Summer Camping

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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If Willy Wonka were a hiker, imagine what kind of backcountry food he might dream up. Self-contained meals in edible packages? Dissolvable, single-serve coffee balls? Those fantastical-sounding products soon could be a reality. Several companies are developing packaging that eliminates waste—a possible boon for backpackers seeking lightweight, eco-conscious products. “Sustainable design that is both smart…

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Based in Kittery, Maine, Good To-Go produces one of the best-tasting dehydrated meals I’ve yet tried. And unlike the gazillion-ingredient sodium bombs that have long dominated the ‘meal-in-a-bag’ backpacking market, Good To-Go focuses instead on simple ingredients (you can pronounce and recognize all of them) and uses far less salt. To prepare the meals, you…

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I love pyramid tents. They are lightweight, compact, simple to pitch, bomber in weather, and spacious with headroom to spare. They do have one big drawback, of course. There is no floor, so you’ll be setting up shop directly on the ground or snow. You’ll need to select your site carefully in rainy weather to…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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The black bear population is exploding in New England, particularly in Vermont and Massachusetts. As a recent article in the Boston Globe recounts, the number of bears in Vermont has doubled over the past two decades, to an estimated 6,000. In Massachusetts, the population is nine times larger today than 30 years ago (an estimated…

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If you’re cold at night, life is rough. Your sleep suffers, your mood blackens, and the fun factor of camping plummets. The good news? It’s easy to avoid this dark and chilly fate. All you need is the right sleeping bag. THE IDEAL WARMTH People vary significantly in their midnight metabolisms. Do you sometimes wake…

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