Coral and Heather on the summit of North Moat Mountain

Climbing North Moat Mountain in Winter

My friend Lisa and I led a hike up North Moat Mountain(3196′) last weekend, a surprisingly strenuous 3000-footer located within spitting distance of Mt Washington. It’s a peak I’ve attempted to climb several times in the past as part of a full traverse of South Moat, Middle Moat, and North Moat, only to be turned around […]

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Wearing a Polar Buff Reversible on a really cold winter day when it was 3 degrees at the trailhead. Note frozen moisture in mustache.

Reversible Polar Buff: A Versatile Winter Layer

I’m always experimenting with my winter layering system, and one new item that I’ve started carrying on really cold winter days when I go hiking or snowshoeing is a Reversible Polar Buff. While the Reversible Polar Buff can be configured in several different ways, as Henry demonstrates above, I mainly use mine as a neck gaiter in winter, […]

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Frozen Beaver Pond

Bay Circuit Trail Section 2: Rowley to Boxford

After many fits and starts and dead-ends trying to hike Section 3 from south to north, I decided to turn things around and hike Section 2 from north to south because I hoped the blazing would be more “obvious” for a southbounder. This strategy helped immensely. in so small part because most of the trail […]

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If you cover the canister with warm water and set it in the plastic drinking cup, you can still use the WindBoiler even if the temperature is below canister gas' normal operating range of approx 20 degrees

MSR WindBoiler Stove System Review

The MSR WindBoiler, is a new canister stove system built around the wind-proof and super fuel-efficient radiant burner that the company originally developed for The Reactor Stove. Unlike conventional backpacking stoves, radiant burners don’t have flame jets, which makes them impervious to windy weather so that they burn hotter and longer on the same amount of […]

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Apa Sherpa holds the world record for Mt Everest ascents at 21 successful climbs.

Meet the Man Who’s Climbed Mt Everest 21 Times: Apa Sherpa

Join the AMC’s Boston Chapter as they present a unique slideshow & video hosted by Apa Sherpa himself – the only man in history to have reached the summit of Mount Everest a record 21 times, and one of the greatest mountaineers who has ever lived. Cost: Tickets, priced at $12 for AMC members/students and […]

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Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

Book Review: Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

I get tremendous personal satisfaction from learning, practicing, and using my outdoor skills when I go hiking, and it’s become an integral part of every day hike or backpacking trip I take. But there are so many outdoor skills that I am unfamiliar with covered in Mors Kochanski’s classic “Bushcraft”, that I could easily spend […]

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