Summer Camping

Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. I first profiled Good To-Go last February, back when the small, Maine-based producer of dehydrated meals offered just four options, including one of the best-tasting dehydrated meal options (Thai Curry) I have ever tried. Now the company has expanded its offerings to include six new dishes, each of which hews closely to…

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Got trees? In the wooded backcountry of the Northeast, the appeal of hammock camping is obvious—you can pitch a comfortable, sleep-worthy hammock in far more places than a tent. But hammock camping has its challenges as well, from learning to pitch one appropriately (and with minimal impact) to protecting yourself from rain and weather. For me personally, one of the…

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ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING GEAR might seem like a modern phenomenon, featuring the latest and lightest high-tech materials, but the idea dates back to the very beginning of organized hiking in New England. More than two dozen outdoor organizations attended the first meeting of the New England Trail Conference (NETC) in 1916. These college outing clubs, hiking…

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This summer I introduced my two boys, age 4 and 6, to the fun and excitement of backpacking. After several long and squiggly nights over the course of two trips, here is one of the most important things I learned. Based on my highly unscientific sample size of two, it’s clear that young sleepers move…

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Tent footprints are cut to precisely match a tent’s floor dimensions. When placed underneath the tent, they provide protection from abrasion, moisture, and general wear-and-tear and are generally recommended when a few extra ounces aren’t a big deal. (It’s a different story when you are counting ounces, however. More on this below.) Nearly every gear…

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At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts. It is also a delightful destination if you’re looking for a short overnight backpacking adventure. There are several options for camping on Mount Greylock. Five backcountry shelters dot the flanks of the mountain, two of which are on the mountain’s western slopes. There’s also…

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You can spend a lot of money to get the latest, greatest, ultralight-est backpacking tents out there. You don’t have to. A range of solid, sturdy, and affordable tents are available that will provide you with reliable shelter for years to come. Less Is More. Here’s the thing: You need to be willing to carry…

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Consider this an adventure into the extremes of ultralight backpacking gear. It’s a place you go once you’ve moved beyond cutting ounces and entered the sub-ounce realm of counting grams. And in this realm lies the genre of ultralight toothbrushes. Here are some of the options. The Toob It’s the “fun go-anywhere refillable toothbrush!” The…

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Ultralight sleeping bags weigh almost nothing, pack down smaller than a water bottle, and one can easily last for the rest of your backpacking life. Yes, it’s an expensive investment but its longevity, comfort, and incredible stuffability make it much easier to rationalize—especially if you’re the type who expects to be out in the wilds as…

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Planning for summer adventure? Now’s the time to locate—and book—your exciting destination of choice. If you’re thinking of heading north to Maine, here are my top three life-list outdoor destinations to consider. Baxter State Park There is no other mountain like Katahdin in the Northeast. Rising a mile high, this granite monolith features two distinct…

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