Editorials

Digital Life Continuity Planning

Digital Life Continuity Planning

When my father died eight years ago, we didn’t know the password for his laptop. It was a problem because he kept some of his and my mom’s financial information on his hard drive and we couldn’t retrieve it. It took months …

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Fear Management in Fearful Times

Fear management in fearful times

The past few weeks have been frightening. There’s the fear that we or our loved ones will get sick and require hospitalization or die. There’s the fear that everything we’ve worked for all of our lives is forever gone, that we will …

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Is Drop Outdoors Dead?

Is Drop Outdoors Dead?

Is the Outdoor Community on Drop.com (formerly MassDrop) dead? It’d be a shame because it is the ONLY PLACE to buy really high-quality lightweight backpacking gear at heavily discounted prices. For example, Dan Durston X-Mid-1 Tent for $200 Granite Gear X60 Backpack …

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Trekking Pole Tent Reliability and Risks

Trekking pole tents use hiking poles for setup instead of dedicated tent poles. While this saves weight, it also introduces an element of risk that is worth considering if one of your trekking poles were to break during a trip. Trekking poles …

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National Forest Firewood Harvesting Permits

national forest firewood permits

Most US National Forests allow people to harvest firewood for personal use, but you must have a Forest Service-issued permit and you must follow specific guidelines, which can vary from forest to forest (The BLM sells similar permits for the land they manage.) In my neck of the woods, …

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My Independence Day

Philip Werner on Mt Chocorua

I quit my corporate job six years ago today. Up till then I’d told myself that I could put up with all the bullshit “for the money,” but it was eroding my soul. I needed to hike my own hike and follow own …

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Mouse Mobiles

Mouse-Proof Food Hangs at Moose Mountain Shelter, New Hampshire Appalachian Trail-

When I was a kid, my mom got me interested in making mobiles, you know, kinetic hanging art. To this day, that’s what I think about whenever I see mouse hangs, or whatever they’re called, in Appalachian Trail Shelters. First the basics: …

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