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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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Mountain Hardware Phantom Down Jacket

I bought the Mountain Hardware Phantom Down Jacket on sale about 2 weeks ago because I needed an exceptionally warm coat for winter camping and mountaineering. Since then, I've worn it everyday and I am amazed at how warm it is. The Phantom's insulation is 800 fill goose down making it …

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How Big is your Backpacking Knife?

This article is in response to Jason's Klass' post In defense of the knife. Jason believes that a knife is important to carry in the backcountry. His preference is a 2.6 oz. Spyderco Delica 4. A perfectly logical choice, except maybe the part about defending yourself from mountain lions. But …

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