September/October 2012

Roughly 4 inches of snow fell Sunday night on top of Mount Washington at the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO). As of 6 a.m. Monday morning, temperatures hovered around 23 degrees, with a brisk 31 mile per hour wind blowing in from the northwest. Other high peaks in the Presidential Range also got pasted with snow…

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Drop it on a rock. Throw it in the river. Give it to your kids. It won’t break. A whole genre of compact, ultra-durable cameras is built for the abusive conditions of the backcountry and everyday life. Here’s the latest on choosing a rugged, pocket-sized camera tough enough for virtually any adventure… This column originally…

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Is your teenager wondering what to do when high school ends? Does she love to hike, or does he want to travel and camp in the backcountry? Maybe a “gap year” focused on the outdoors would be a good next step. More and more educators are seeing the value in young people spending a year…

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The sugar maple is the iconic full-colors-blazin’ rock star of New England foliage. To find more of them on your next big foliage adventure, just take a look at this one simple map. (A few extra tips included as well.) This basic map shows the major geologic provinces of New England. Simply put, sugar maples…

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Pelican produces virtually indestructible cases to protect anything and everything from hard-core abuse. Now the company has introduced a line of urban backpacks designed to keep your laptop or tablet safe from the worst the world can throw at it. Pelican makes well over 100 different styles of cases, and has long been the standard…

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One of my favorite chores of childhood was collecting tinder and kindling for campfires. My brother and I used to scour the Adirondack forest floor for just the right mix of twigs, leaves, and sticks to start our blaze. As we got older, we learned more about how to assemble those materials and manage the…

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Hi-Call Phone Gloves feature a speaker in the thumb and a microphone in the pinky, allowing you to talk directly into your hand and connect with any Bluetooth-enabled phone. They might not be the must-have accessory for this season’s winter adventures, but they certainly are amusing. And who knows, they could very well be a…

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These days I commute by bicycle on a near daily basis. It’s a 28-mile round-trip, which I time on most rides to keep track of my commute hours. So I was a bit flummoxed last week when my average ride time ticked up by roughly five percent on several straight days—and that my regular gear…

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I love high-visibility products. When it comes to riding the roads, especially at night, being visible to drivers means safety and life. Now there may be an entirely new genre of night-time visibility: a tail light that creates a laser-lined bike lane immediately behind you. Created by Slancio of South Korea (a small operation founded…

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It’s apple-picking season! Whether you are returning to a favorite orchard or trying this activity for the first time, here are some ideas to make your family’s visit even more fun, plus nine other suggestions to help your kids connect with nature this fall. These activities are all simple, free or low-cost, and recommended by…

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