May/June 2013

Few things are more demoralizing on a backpacking trip than multiple days of sustained rain. No matter what you do, you’re going to get wet. Your boots and socks will get wet. More and more of your gear will get wet. And, quite likely, your mood will start to get a bit wet as well….

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NEMO Equipment of Dover, N.H., now lists an entirely new spec for each of its shelters—tent topographic diagrams—which are designed to help better visualize the three-dimensional space inside the tent. Today’s standard tent specs include the floor dimensions and peak height, but convey no information about how steeply (or not) the tent walls slant inward…

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It’s an innovative, 4-ounce rethink of ambient lighting technology. Developed by MPOWERD, this compact lantern features 10 white LEDs powered by a solar-rechargeable battery that provides enough light to illuminate 15 square feet for six to twelve hours. According to the product specs, it takes six hours to charge the lantern, which can be done…

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Dawna Blackstone was born and raised in the Greenville area of Maine, where her dad was a game warden, and she’s never wandered too far from its woods and waters. As a school health coordinator and part-time health teacher in Greenville, she has helped her students learn about the natural beauty around them, bringing groups…

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When it comes to understanding GPS technology, this particular term is one of the most common, most important, and simplest to understand of the lot. What is a waypoint? Simply put, it’s the coordinates to a specific location, usually described using one of two coordinate systems: Latitude-longitude or UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator). Conceptually, the terms…

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AMC White Mountain Huts are full of life once again this summer with a multi-talented hut croo ever-ready to provide guests with the best meals, visitor education, and laugh-out-loud skits. In this video, 2013 hut croo members share their stories about hut life and the unique guest experience one receives upon a visit to AMC’s…

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Devices will be increasingly available that allow you to stay connected anywhere on Earth. It’s an inevitable trend in technology. The Spot Global Phone is the latest manifestation of this trend, a satellite phone you’ll soon be able to buy from major retail outlets. You can read all about in the press release, but here…

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Several readers commented on the recent post Is a Tent Footprint Worth It? and offered several suggestions for alternative tent floor protection. One of the best options? Tyvek. Made by DuPont, Tyvek is that heavy-duty, tear-proof, water-proof paper-like stuff used to wrap homes during construction to protect exposed materials from the weather, as well as produce indestructible…

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It sounds like a joke: Adding microscopic particles of pulverized rock into a fabric to enhance its heat-dissipating capabilities. But it’s not. It’s the new Armachillo product line from Duluth Trading Company, a Wisconsin-based apparel company that specializes in outdoor work wear. Even the company’s press release sounds tongue-in-cheek. “Armachillo gear is featherweight, sweat-sapping, tough-as-blazes,…

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Philadelphia is a glorious place to be a kid outdoors, as anyone who has explored the city’s Fairmount Park can tell you. The largest landscaped urban park in the world, Fairmount is just one of Greater Philly’s many attractions. With its moderate seasons, expansive open spaces that stretch from the city to the countryside, and…

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