September/October 2011

When you think of Cape Cod, visions of sandy beaches and summer often come to mind. Yet, long after the crowds and traffic have departed, this famed sandy peninsula offers another, less-known treat in the form of foliage displays that last into November, featuring an array of natural communities that are uncommon elsewhere in New…

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I spent the weekend getting my Wilderness First Aid recertification in a course taught by the Wilderness Medical Institute. Now that the course is done, I intend to update my first aid kit with a few new items, especially for wound care. Here are WMI’s recommendations for dealing with a wound in a wilderness setting,…

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You could say that FoodCorps grew from its grassroots. The seeds of the national service program were sown through many initiatives that have been trying to reframe the relationships that children, families, schools, and communities have with food. Some of those initiatives are already national in scope, such as the National Farm to School Network,…

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Late last month, as the school year was beginning in Massachusetts, 6 young adults prepared for new jobs in Lynn, Gloucester, and Boston. They attended a training and orientation session. Nothing special there, right? However, their employer and the work they were preparing to do are unusual, indeed. They might, in fact, be a way…

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The next installment in my ongoing series of simple tips and tricks to improve your pictures. Fall is here, which means the arrival of glorious fall foliage that explodes around you like a kaleidoscope of color. Except your pictures never seem to capture the vivid hues you remember. There’s a common culprit: reflected glare. Eliminate…

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How do you hike the Appalachian Trail with a cat? That question has come up recently following a post about “trail angels” who took in AT thru-hikers during Tropical Storm Irene. When Irene first started battering central New England, “trail angel” Greg Cook took in a pair of thru-hikers. They stayed with him for five…

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More than seven years ago I acquired an M-ROCK camera bag for my recently purchased digital SLR camera. It’s been one of the best pieces of gear I’ve ever owned. It’s successfully protected my camera on hundreds of trips into the backcountry, including multi-day forays into winter snows and summer deluges. These are the features…

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If you’ve ever tromped around in a pair of rigid mountaineering boots, you know the clunk, clunk, clunking discomfort they entail. They’re hard on your shins. They’re taxing on your calves. Yet stiff soles are all but essential if you intend to do any serious winter climbing or mountaineering. If only there was a boot…

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Letterboxing, questing, and geocaching are different takes on a similar theme: treasure hunting in the outdoors. Each form combines the art of navigation with puzzle solving, in which participants follow clues to reach a special spot—and, often, a special reward. The navigation can rely on simple, handwritten notes or clever riddles, or on the standard…

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The greenest garment is one that’s never made in the first place. In keeping with this philosophy, Patagonia just announced an expansion of their Common Threads Initiative, an ongoing effort that encourages people to reuse and recycle their outdoor clothing. In cooperation with eBay, Patagonia just launched a dedicated eBay Patagonia Store to help—and encourage—consumers…

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