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

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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

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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

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“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

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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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Breaking the Granite Ceiling: At Home on the Water

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150 miles of paddling over 9 days.

That is how Amy Dorfman kicked off her summer; a feat that anyone who has ever lifted a paddle before would deem rad, very rad indeed.

During the course of their water-born adventure, Amy and her two kayaking compadres covered nearly the entirety of Lake Champlain, from Benson’s Landing all the way north to Missisquoi Bay in Canada. Amy pushed through some of … Read more >>

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Published:July 28, 2016 View Post

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Breaking the Granite Ceiling: Women in the Outdoors

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It’s no secret. The outdoor industry has room to improve in the area of gender diversity. Whether it’s offering up more diverse color options for women’s-specific gear, hiring more females into influential roles, or simply refraining from making assumptions about skill level based on gender, there’s plenty to be done.

However, plenty of progress has already been made as well.

Sitting in a room full of outdoorswomen at an Outdoor … Read more >>

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Published:July 12, 2016 View Post

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Onion River Race and Ramble 2016

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This past weekend on a woefully wet Sunday, scores of Vermont’s finest paddlers came out to race and ramble their way down the Winooski River. In what can only be described “prime Vermont river weather,” these brave men, women, and children put their hoods up and their heads down to cover an 10.5 mile stretch of the Champlain Valley’s largest river. What may seem like a torturous outing to many … Read more >>

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Published:June 9, 2016 View Post

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