Packs with Personality: Our Favorite Backpacks for Spring 2017

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Warm weather has arrived and with it, plenty of activities to choose from. Your potential for adventure is limited only by your imagination – and perhaps the gear you need to get from A to B. In order to ensure that no outdoor activity goes unpursued for lack of equipment, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new spring backpacks, each one fine-tuned to maximize your fun this season.

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Published:April 18, 2017 View Post

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How Not to Lose Your Mind During Shoulder Season

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Well friends, it’s that time of year. The snow is melting into great big puddles of muddy muck, running/biking/hiking trails are too damp to run/bike/hike on, and temps do not yet merit breaking out your beer cooler and bee-lining it to the nearest body of water.

We have arrived at shoulder season.

Much like the waning moments of an epic weekend, shoulder season is, for us outdoor folk, a very … Read more >>

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Published:March 30, 2017 View Post

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Our Favorite Yoga Essentials for Spring 2017

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Yoga may be a year-round activity, but the warmer months bring about a unique opportunity to take your practice outside and renew your spirit in the fresh air. Whether you’re a class-a-day devotee or simply someone who appreciates the ease of movement that yoga wear provides, take a look at some of our favorite essentials for the spring 2017 season.

1. Lole Ziona Bra

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Published:March 17, 2017 View Post

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Protect Your Powder Hound: Winter Safety Tips for Your Dog

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When the snow starts falling and the promise of fresh powder fills the land, you may want to grab your favorite four-legged adventure pal and head outside.

By all means, you should.

But before diving paws first into cold weather activities, make sure you’re well-equipped and knowledgeable on the ways that winter weather can affect your dog.

Gear up before you head out

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Published:January 9, 2017 View Post

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Ski Review: Fischer Ranger 90 Ti

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Stability in all terrain: powder, piste and untamed. The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti is perfect for the all mountain skier looking for lightweight strength and versatility.… Read more >>

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Published:December 16, 2016 View Post

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Fast and Light: An Alpine Photographer’s Gear Guide

About the author: An Outdoor Gear Exchange contributor, Matthew Tufts is a freelance adventure filmmaker and photographer. After 18 years in Vermont and four more in California, he’s taken his life to the road, indefinitely.

I live in a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. (Laugh all you want #VanLife-ers.) I actually find it quite spacious. The imminent adoption of a dog may make it feel slightly smaller, but I think it’ll work … Read more >>

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Published:December 9, 2016 View Post

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Breaking the Granite Ceiling: Pushing Each Other Past Our Limits

Bouldering. Trad. Sport. Indoor. Aid…The list of climbing types goes on. Each facet of the sport is characterized by its own unique set of challenges, physical (and sometimes mental) demands, and personalities.

For Vermont-based climber Anna Gutwin, the varied nature of climbing has been a major draw to the sport. It has provided her with the ability to evolve her skills and experiences and carry her love for climbing throughout … Read more >>

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Published:October 13, 2016 View Post

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New England Rock Climbing: The Destinations

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It’s prime-time for New England climbing, a magical time of year when the weather cools, the bugs are gone, and the rock is dry. It may in fact be the one time of year that we can brag about our climbing–the foliage, that sweet, Goldilocks-esque spot in temperature–it’s an amazing time, if however short.

So! Read on, and plan a road trip around New England while … Read more >>

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Published:October 11, 2016 View Post

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Breaking the Granite Ceiling: Start Back at the Very Beginning

“But, aren’t you scared?”

These are the words that Dharma Frost often comes face to face with when she tells tales of her solo backpacking adventures.

Her answer?

“No, not really.”

Dharma has hiked and backpacked her way through miles upon miles of trail by herself, many of those miles belonging to the rugged Appalachian Trail. To date, she has never been mugged, kidnapped, attacked by a bear, or encountered … Read more >>

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Published:September 15, 2016 View Post

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Breaking the Granite Ceiling: Born into the Outdoors

For some, exposure to the outdoors doesn’t come until later on in life. An inspiring Outward Bound trip in high school or a move to a mountain town in college might spark an interest in the outdoor-oriented lifestyle that is developed over time as an adult.

Kelsey Boleski, however, was born into the outdoors.

Growing up in the Mad River Valley meant learning to ski just about as soon as … Read more >>

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Published:August 23, 2016 View Post

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