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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Appalachia Journal. Pam Bales left the firm pavement of the Base Road and stepped onto the snow-covered Jewell Trail to begin her mid-October climb. She planned a six-hour loop hike by herself. She had packed for almost every contingency and intended to walk alone….

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Not confident in how to winter camp? We’ve got you covered with these tips for setting up your tent in the snow and cold—and loving it. Vibrant. When picking a tent, go with a yellow or orange fabric over green or gray. Research shows cheerier colors are friendlier to your psyche if you’re tent-bound for…

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Merino wool comes from a particular variety of sheep that produces extra fine and soft wool. In the outdoor world, it is commonly used in socks and long underwear, among other uses. A natural fiber, it is warm and comfortable against the skin and a popular alternative to synthetic options like polyester or polypropylene. Smartwool may…

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We’ve finally moved past the swelter of summer and into the glorious days of autumn. That means crisp days, cool nights, and brain-popping foliage all around. It also means darkness comes earlier with each passing day. As you head outdoors on your next autumnal adventure, keep these two tips for safe fall hikes top of…

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Take the train to Highland center! Take an old-fashioned train ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad past steep ravines and cascading streams, and enjoy an overnight stay at AMC’s Highland Center in scenic Crawford Notch. It’s an exhilarating way to immerse yourself in the mountains. Make your reservation at 603-466-2727. This special is open to…

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  Picture your most beloved piece of gear, the loyal companion that has accompanied you on your greatest adventures. Now imagine that, no matter the wear and tear, your pack or bivy doesn’t have to end up in a landfill. Instead, it could be stitched up and repaired, accompanying you or someone else on future exploits. …

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Are you ready to try fastpacking? For ultralight backpackers and trail runners, the answer might be a speedy: ‘YES!’ Kristina Folcik didn’t know she was about to have her world rocked. A 40-year-old ultrarunner from Tamworth, N.H., she has been zipping up and down trails in the White Mountains for nearly 20 years. In fact,…

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This post is part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies; see a running list below. Based in Standish, Maine, Rogue Industries produces distinctive leather wallets made in Maine that are remarkable for several reasons. First, they feature an odd design that is square on one end and curved on the other. Why? They’re…

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“Your body is not a temple. It’s a furnace, and you need to fuel that furnace. Eat up.” I am certainly not going to argue with Mitra Karimian. I’m starving after the long bus ride from Boston to New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, and our overnight women’s snowshoe to Lonesome Lake Hut tomorrow is going to…

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Ticks are arguably the nastiest, most pernicious, most maddening outdoor threat we face here in the Northeast. I hate them, these vectors of disease, who crave adherence to my flesh, to inflate with my blood. So nasty. In early spring, adult ticks resurface after laying low through the winter. They are larger and easier to…

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