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Bill Donovan on Southwest Twin Mountain

Why We Lead Hikes

Being a volunteer hiking or backpacking leader takes a lot of work. You need to reserve a day months in advance, plan a trip, advertise it, screen the people who want to come, get everyone to show up on time, make sure everyone sticks together and has fun during the hike, and gets back to […]

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Wild River Wildernes, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Where is the Wilderness?

The world became alarmingly smaller when I discovered I had cell phone service in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. You have mail!  I immediately regretted turning my phone on. That was two summers ago. When I’d first hiked this remote section of the Appalachian Trail a few years earlier, I’d been warned not to expect any cell […]

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I go to Outdoor Retailer to meet with old friends like Zeus Cochrane from Hennessey Hammocks

Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014: Hiking and Backpacking Gear Highlights

I was at the Outdoor Retail Trade Show last week in Salt Lake City checking out the latest products that outdoor manufacturers and retailers will begin selling in Spring and Fall 2014. While I get to see a lot of new products, it seems like the number of companies that focus mostly on hiking, backpacking, and […]

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The Tougas Family

Kickstarter: Help Support Beyond Our Boundaries, A Family Backpacking Video Series

In April of 2014 my family and I will start our long anticipated thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. All five of us: me, my wife, two teenagers, and one pre-teen. I am looking forward to this new chapter in our family’s life, although I know it won’t be easy, I am excited for the transformation […]

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1962. Snow Ranger Leavitt Bowie informs skiiers of the avalanche conditions in that famous snowbed of the East -- Tuckerman Ravine. Photo courtesy of the Forest History Society.

How to Prevent More Winter Hiking and Avalanche Accidents on Mt Washington

There was another avalanche accident on Mt Washington last weekend where two hikers got caught in an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine because they didn’t know where they were, they didn’t have a map, compass, winter boots, headlamps, they hiked in low visibility with blowing snow, and they split off from their group of four, even […]

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Mont Bell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket

Ultralight Gifts for Ultralight Backpackers

Ultralight backpackers are difficult to shop for because they hate carrying things that they don’t need. So the trick to buying them holiday gifts is to buy them something that is lighter than the apparel or gear that they already own. Here is a selection of awesome ultralight backpacking gifts that any ultralight backpacker (male […]

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