January/February 2012

In 2005, Kevin Gallagher thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Each day he took 24 pictures of 24 successive steps along an exemplary stretch of trail. In 2011, Gallagher released “The Green Tunnel,” a time-lapse compilation of these images that compresses the thru-hiking experience into a short, fascinating four-minute video. (It takes a…

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If you want a sure-fire indicator of the divide between generations, ask people how far from home they could walk at age 8 without an accompanying parent. The British organization Natural England gave a striking example of that generational divide in a 2007 report by researcher William Bird. In 1926, George Thomas was 8 years…

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It’s been a mild, snow-free winter across most of the country. Consumers have had little reason to buy cold-weather clothing or snowsports equipment—and now outdoor retailers are stuck with a glut of winter inventory that they need to get rid of. February is the time when several big winter clearance sales hit, so here’s a…

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Need another reason to get outside with your kids? It’s good for their eyes! Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to be near-sighted. This is a correlation, not proven cause-and-effect; my grandmother would tell you the real cause for better eyesight is that the outdoorsy kids spend less time reading books in…

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The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to your local ski shop—and stare slack-jawed at the bewildering array of equipment—here’s what you need to…

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When I was a little kid, getting dressed for a winter’s day outdoors started with putting on a union suit. My father bought us full-body long underwear, complete with buttoned “trap doors,” from an Army-Navy surplus store. The suits were red, made of wool, and — at least on my skin — terribly scratchy. “If…

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GoPro produces a series of tiny, lightweight, and extremely durable waterproof video cameras for recording your outdoor adventures in high-definition. Now the company has introduced its Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi remote combo kit, which allow you to remotely control the camera via your computer, smart phone, or iPad, as well as stream your video live…

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You’re outside on a nippy winter day. Old Man Winter claws his grip into your frigid bones. Painful cold gnaws at your fingers and toes. How to fend off their icy bite? It’s simple. Just turn on your clothing. LEARN MORE Check out author Matt Heid’s Equipped gear blog. A small but growing collection of…

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Last winter, for a post here on teaching cross-country skiing, I interviewed a coach in our area Bill Koch League (BKL), an after-school and weekend Nordic program for more than 400 local kids. The program impressed me, and it seemed like fun. Virgil thought so, too, especially after hearing me describe the skills games the…

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What a difference a month makes! I’ve chosen Valentine’s Day for my monthly climb and the weather offers a sweetheart deal to be sure—42 degrees. The sky is leaden, but the forecast gives me hope. My car is the only one in the lot, as a small flock of robins feasts on fruit from an…

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