November/December 2012

Winter is coming. Time to find your inner Yeti and gear up for a season of snow-tromping adventure. And like that fantastical beast, you’re going to need some oversized feet to travel the deep winter snows. The right pair of snowshoes provides you with the traction, flotation, and bindings you need for your preferred winter…

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Ready to get a Christmas tree? The national forests are full of them—and you’re invited to hike in and cut your own. Tree-cutting permits cost just $5; in the Northeast, they are available for the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. In addition to cash or…

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As winter steadily descends upon us, it’s time to get equipped for a season of cold-weather fun. To help you choose the right winter gear for your needs, I’ve compiled this round-up of my past articles and posts that cover everything from snowshoes to gloves, cross-country skis to long underwear. I hope you find it…

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While walking in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Thanksgiving, my 3-year-old spotted some birds that neither my husband nor I could identify. To my delight, she responded to our ignorance by asking for a bird book for Christmas. I spent much of Black Friday walking in another local conservation area, rather than starting my…

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Keep your feet toasty on a cold winter’s night with these ultra-warm, ultralight socks. When I go winter camping, I usually carry a pair of extra-warm socks dedicated for use in my sleeping bag. They keep my (often cold-blooded) feet cozy and comfortable through the night, which generally improves the quality of my sleep. For…

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The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) runs for 215 miles through southern New England, from Long Island Sound in Connecticut to the New Hampshire border in north-central Massachusetts. The route offers many excellent day-hiking opportunities in all seasons, though options are currently more limited for those interested in an overnight backpacking experience. For an…

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The Wapack Range rises above the dimpled landscape of southeast New Hampshire, a mountain range in miniature that offers wonderful hiking opportunities and many scenic vistas. The 21-mile Wapack Trail runs the length of the range and earns its name from the starting and ending points (Mount WAtatic and PACK Monadnock).  When it opened in…

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For six weeks this fall, my husband and I wrangled our just-turned-3-year-old to “soccer class” in the local park each Saturday morning. When we signed up, I thought we had appropriately low expectations. We wanted a structured reason to get our girl outdoors and active on a morning when errands often intrude. We pictured her…

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The cold-weather cycling season is upon us, which means that it’s essential to develop a warm, comfortable clothing system for your face, head, and ears. Here are some tips for warmer winter riding based on my years of riding through the coldest season. First, start keeping tabs on the exact temperature outside so that you…

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The worst has happened. You’re lost. You’re injured. You’re alone. There’s no way you can make it out of the backcountry on your own. Do you have a way to alert rescuers and help them find you? A few ounces (or less) of emergency signaling equipment could mean the difference between life and death. Here…

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