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The DOs and DON’Ts For Leaf-Peeping Season

*Takes deep breath*

Ahhhhhh. Fall in New England. There’s really nothing like it. Leaves crunching under your feet, back roads, crisp air, and the full spectrum of nature’s colors blanketing everything in sight. When the colors reach their peak, there’s inevitably an influx of people trying to get a glimpse. Here are some helpful DOs, DON’Ts, and resources to keep in mind when it’s time to peep some foliage.

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10 Iconic Autumn Adventures in the Northeast

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As the jewel tones of Autumn begin to appear with the fireworks bursts of sugar maple reds, the Northeastern United States turns into an idyllic, Norman Rockwell-esque land of farmers markets, children playing in leaf piles, and explosive colors blanketing the hills. Well-known as one of the preeminent leaf viewing destinations in the world, this part of the country also offers outdoor enthusiasts the chance to go beyond the typical … Read more >>

The 10 Best Day Hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks

Sunrise on a peak like Skylight can be an incredible experience.

For those on the West Coast, 4,000-foot peaks might not even be worth blinking at. Not so, in the East. With our cities, and even most of our trailheads, sitting at less than 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s the comparatively small 4- and 5,000 footers that tower above. But even if these ancient, weathered peaks may be somewhat modest in size compared to the behemoths of the West, it … Read more >>

How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip


For many of us, menu planning for a backpacking trip is a last minute consideration. Stop off at a grocery on the way up to the mountains and grab the essentials: mac and cheese, ramen, oatmeal, and, of course, bars, bars, and more bars. But the longer your hike (around the third day of a backpacking trip is usually when it becomes tough to eat another energy bar), the more … Read more >>

Introducing OGExplorers!

It’s no secret: we LOVE Vermont. We are fortunate enough to live in a state whose terrain allows for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, and any other adventure you can think of. We love feeling inspired by others to adventure in our beautiful home state, and we hope we can pass along that inspiration to you! To help us achieve this, we’re working with (and growing!) … Read more >>

OGExperience: Ultralight Backpacking Q&A

In honor of his upcoming attempt to do the Long Trail in 10 days, Chris Reamer—our very own ultralight backpacking OGExpert—sat down to field some of your Instagram questions about going ultralight. If you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge into gram-counting, toothbrush-cutting, weight-weeniedom, these are the answers you’ve been looking for.

Q: What trails have you hiked?

A: I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, the Long Trail in … Read more >>

Chasing the Shade: 6 Crags You Can Climb in the Summer

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For climbers, an “endless summer” would be a waking nightmare. As the temperatures rise and, in many parts of the country, humidity increases, rock becomes hotter to the touch and chalk turns to paste on sweaty palms. Crags that are prime for climbing in the spring and fall are suddenly off-limits since no one wants to belay a buddy in the glaring sun all day.

But in a few magical …

11 Backpacking Hacks You’ve Never Thought Of


Learning a better way to do something when backpacking often comes from fixing your own mistakes (looking at you, #7), learning from other people on the trail (thank you, #2), or figuring out how to manage when you forget something at home (cough, cough, #9). Use these tips and tricks from the trail for easier goings on your next trip.

1. Whittle Eating Utensils Out of Sticks

Don’t worry if …

Celebrate Your Freedom to Recreate: Free Things to Do Outside around Burlington

Free things to do outside in and around Burlington Vermont

Just getting outside is free, sure. But getting into a specific outdoor activity—climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, paddling—costs money, and sometimes, a lot of money. So to celebrate the 4th of July, and freedom in general, we’ve compiled a list of things to do outside, in and around Burlington—for free!

1. Hike at Eagle Mountain Natural Area – Milton

A half-hour north of Burlington, the Eagle Mountain Natural Area offers panoramic … Read more >>

Tough Travels: A Green Mountain Epic

Tough Trails: A Green Mountain Bikepacking Epic

Often, we go on outdoor excursions with a set purpose: a peak to summit, a line to ski, a trail to ride, a goal in mind. More often than not, we accomplish these goals—but it’s the times that we don’t that can truly ingrain themselves in our minds, and hold the lofty title of adventure. Some may even cross into the territory of an epic—which entail a requisite amount of … Read more >>

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