Winter Hiking

Getting home safely while winter hiking means knowing when to call it quits. The mountain, the trail, the journey: They’ll all still be there another day. A responsible hiker sets a turnaround time before hitting the trail, especially in winter, when daylight fades much earlier than other times of the year. But there are also…

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Sometimes, warm is worse when hiking on ice. Greg Maino won’t forget one mild winter day, when melting ice made for a treacherous hike up Hunger Mountain in Vermont’s Worcester Range north of Montpelier. Maino, an experienced Vermont hiker and skiier, and his friends, all of whom were new to the area, struggled over slippery…

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Winter snow lingers into spring in locations across the Northeast. The sun rises higher in the sky with each passing day. And if you’re outside reveling in it all, the underside of your face is about to get some serious UV exposure. Time to slather up with some quality sunscreen—and make sure you apply it to…

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Maps are passports to adventure and armchair exploration. As you look toward the 2018 summer hiking season, new maps, updated for both popular and lesser-known destinations—plus one gorgeous new wall map—provide rich and up-to-date fodder for planning your next big adventure. Here’s what’s caught my eye of late. Cohos Trail 2017 Map Update If you’re looking…

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  Last month I acquired a new pair of winter boots featuring Vibram’s new Arctic Grip technology, which is designed to provide extra traction and grip on slick, wet ice. Here’s my verdict. Vibram introduced its Arctic Grip technology in 2016 with much hype, many a rave review, and an exclusive one-year deal with footwear…

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We had quite the deep freeze earlier this winter in the Northeast, which provided me with ample opportunities to play outside in the Arctic chill with my two boys, ages 6 and 7.  Here’s my advice for keeping kids warm and comfortable in frigid temperatures—because if they’re not, it’s game over for the fun. In my…

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One of the bigger challenges in winter hiking is keeping your feet warm and comfortable, especially if you’re out in the chill for prolonged periods of time. Proper winter footwear is essential, of course, to keeping warm, but there’s another challenge that you may not be considering: foot sweat. Your feet are the second sweatiest part…

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Bitter cold has settled in the Northeast, with temperatures plunging into the single digits and below throughout the region. Such temperatures aren’t just unpleasant, they can be downright dangerous, especially if you add any sort of wind to the bone-chilling equation. Here’s how I dress for warmth when I’m spending time out in such conditions….

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Sweat is your nemesis on cold-weather adventures. Perspire heavily, and your damp clothing will steal precious body heat. Minimize this risk—and your sweat—with the following techniques. HIKE SLOW AND STEADY NOT FAST AND SWEATY. Maintain a low to moderate pace to avoid overheating, especially on uphill climbs. DON’T OVERLAYER. You need surprisingly few layers when…

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Congress passed the National Trails System (NTS) Act 50 years ago this October, designating the country’s marquee footpaths, the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast and Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast, as National Scenic Trails. The NTS also recognizes two additional categories, National Historic and National Recreation trails, and has grown to include…

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