July/August 2011

How do you help create the next generation of environmental stewards? It’s a question that Judy Silverberg and others have been trying to answer for several years—a question made both more difficult and more urgent by the knowledge that today’s youth increasingly lack a strong connection to the outdoors. In 2006, Silverberg, head of wildlife…

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Looking for a recreational kayak for two? No, wait, for one? Used to be that you had to buy two separate boats to have both. Now you can have it all with a single modular kayak from Point 65, a Swedish company that has recently begun offering its wares through L.L. Bean and other U.S….

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Ursula’s new backpack leans against her bed, its top opened wide. All its 6.5 liters of volume are empty at the moment — the long underwear, socks, hiking boots, rain gear, and mess kit that will fill it still scattered about her bedroom. I’ve promised Ursula that I’ll finish packing today while she’s 20 miles…

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Interested in a stove that weighs less than 3 ounces, burns in blissful silence, features no complicated moving parts, and uses a low-cost and widely available fuel? Plus is inexpensive, durable, and ultra-simple to use? Meet the alcohol stove, a featherweight cooker that can instantly shave a pound or more off your packweight. Its unique…

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Before you head to the high peaks of the White Mountains, check out the current conditions with the help of these live web cams. Mount Washington and the PresidentialsThe Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) operates several excellent webcams that cover all sides of the Presidentials, including views from Bretton Woods, Wildcat Mountain, Attitash Ski Area, and…

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A young woman stood before a group of children outside a community center in South Royalton, Vermont, and asked them, “Do you like my pack?” It was an extraordinary pack, stuffed to the brim and beyond. A teddy bear peeked out from under the top flap between a fluffy pillow and a yoga mat. A…

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If you love espresso and want a piping hot shot of delicious caffeine at your next campsite, check out the Presso Espresso Maker. This elegantly designed piece of machinery requires no electricity, just boiling water and a little muscle power. Simply add espresso grounds to the basket, pour water in the top, pull up the…

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Wednesday lunches have been particularly filling for young Boston-area environmentalists this summer. For six weeks in a row, starting in mid-June and ending tomorrow, the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) has hosted the Young Environmentalists Program (YEP), a series of brown-bag lunch talks for interns and junior staff to learn from people in the field…

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Greenheads are a type of large biting fly that live in saltwater marshes from early July until early August. When they’re out in force, they can be a blood-sucking bane for beachgoers from North Carolina to Maine. Here’s what you can do to keep them at bay. Greenheads are big, roughly an inch long, and…

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Trees are everywhere in the Northeast backcountry. Good tent sites are not. Unlock the secrets of hammock camping and you’ll radically expand your choices for overnight sites. Plus you’ll save weight, stay dry, keep the bugs at bay, and enjoy a swinging good time in the process. Today’s backpacking hammocks are marvels of lightweight packability,…

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