September/October 2009

The weather in the White Mountains over Labor Day weekend was just about perfect, with cool temperatures and fair weather clouds during the day and a brilliant full moon at night. So far, that’s the same forecast looking forward: perfect hiking weather. As I mentioned in my previous post, over the next two weeks I’ll…

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Big Agnes produces some exceptionally light, high-quality, and well-reviewed three-season tents, including the Emerald Mountain SL, Seedhouse SL, and Copper Spur UL series of one-, two-, and three-person tents. (“SL” stands for “superlight” to distinguish it from the slightly heavier, though still very lightweight, “ultralight” or “UL” designs.) Of the three series, the one that…

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Sometimes even your GPS doesn’t know where it is. If your GPS is having trouble acquiring a satellite signal, consider the following: A GPS unit looks for satellites based on the location where it last acquired a position fix. If you’ve since moved more than a few hundred miles, it will need to search the…

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We’re coming into my favorite time of year to hike as a family. The last few nights have been cool, and the days have finally lost that sticky feeling. This morning, for the first time in weeks, Virgil and Ursula wanted jackets on before they went outside. The cool, dry air makes for perfect walking….

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You do everything right. You carry the Ten Essentials and know how to use them. You leave your itinerary with someone you trust. You have extensive backcountry experience in a variety of conditions and terrain. Yet the worst can still happen. You or somebody in your group takes a terrible fall, has a heart attack,…

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