when you'd rather stare at mountains in the distance than watch TV

You Know You’re a Hiker When….

I confess. It’s all true. You know you’re a hiker when… when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories. when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams. when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day. when your […]

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Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Big Agnes’ newest down jacket, the Third Pitch Hooded DownTek Jacket, is an ultralight marvel that is […]

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Pre-emptive shoegoo toecaps on La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners

Hiking Gear Casualties and Deaths, 2013-2014

Hiking in New England is really rough on gear and I go through many rolls of Tenacious Tape and tubes of Shoegoo every year to repair my favorite backpacking and mountaineering gear, outdoor clothing, and electronics when they are damaged or wear out. If you don’t try to extend the lifespan of your gear today, you’d be amazed how far […]

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Two-way communication with Search and Rescue

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator Review

The DeLorme inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator and GPS tracking device that sends and receive text messages, can send an SOS message for help, and track your route and GPS waypoints, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. I’ve been using one since late summer on all of […]

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Hikers on South Baldface

Great Hikes: Baldface Circle Trail in Evans Notch

The Baldface Circle Trail is one of the most magnificent hikes in the White Mountains with nearly 4 miles of open ledge rivaling the northern Presidentials in terms of views. Located in the northeastern corner of the Whites near the New Hampshire and Maine border, the trail is a challenging and strenuous 9.8 mile loop […]

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Munroe's Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

Munroes Family Restaurant: A White Mountain Hiker Feed

Munroe’s Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire is a mandatory stop if you want to fuel up before or after winter recreational activities. A family style restaurant, it’s a great place to get strong coffee, huge omelets, pancakes, or waffles before you venture into the cold for winter hiking, snowmobiling or skiing in the […]

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