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Winter Sports Enhancement using Cytomax and GU

I have never been a fan of sports recovery drinks or powders like Gatorade and don’t normally use them for 3 season backpacking because I feel that frequent all day snacking with unprocessed foods provides me with adequate calories and sodium. However, I just finished a book called Extreme Alpinism: Climbing …

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Preventing Dehydration in Winter

Hiking up to Mt Garfield in Winter

If you’re not careful, it’s very easy to become dehydrated in the winter particularly if you’re engaged in sports like snowshoeing, backcountry skiing or mountaineering. Under these conditions, it’s not enough to be on the lookout for yellow pee; you need to hydrate before exertion and regularly during all outdoor …

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Mt. Greylock: Thunderbolt Hill

Mt. Greylock (3,491 ft.) is the highest peak in Massachusetts. Located in the Berkshires near New York State, the Mount Greylock land form is composed of a north-south oriented central ridge: Saddle Ball Mountain (3,247 ft ); Mount Greylock, the high point (3,491 ft); Mount Fitch (3,110 ft); and Mount Williams …

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Asolo AFS Evoluzione: Plastic Mountaineering Boot

Asolo AFS Evoluzione Mountaineering Boots

This weekend, I rented a pair of plastic mountaineering boots to try out in preparation for my upcoming Introduction to Mountaineering Course. This is a 3 day class that I’ll be taking with the International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway, NH in less than 2 weeks. Some of the …

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Becoming a Naturalist

For many years, my primary motivation for hiking and backpacking has been to experience a form of meditation practiced by Buddhists called walking meditation. This differs from sitting meditation, because the practioner is moving outdoors with their eyes open, paying close attention to their experience of walking. This level of …

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