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Mount Mansfield: The Man, The Moose, The Legend

The summit of Vermont's highest, most legendary peak

Due to glacial activity thousands of years ago, it’s not unusual for New England mountains to have human or animal-like outcroppings reminiscent of a face or a head.

Take for example, the famous, but now fallen, Old Man of the Mountain on Cannon in New Hampshire, or his counterpart across the street on Eagle Cliff, the Old Lady of the Mountain, aka the Watcher, who still resides there today. All … Read more >>

How to Spring Clean Your Outdoor Gear

Spring Clean your gear

After getting home from spending time in the great outdoors, whether it’s a day hike or weeklong camping trip, the last thing anyone feels like doing is cleaning their gear. All too often, exhaustion and procrastination win out, and people tend to stuff their dirty, grimy gear in the far corner of a garage only to discover that, come spring, their tent or backpack has become a Petri dish of … Read more >>

How to Get Your Kids Skiing at an Early Age

Getting your kids into skiing at an early age

Slopeside meltdowns, freezing tears on frigid lift rides, urgent bathroom breaks the minute you’ve gotten all geared up: Hitting the slopes with your little ones can be a big-time challenge, not to mention a big hit to the wallet. But the benefits—getting your kiddos passionate about skiing and riding and creating a whole new level of outdoor fun for the whole fam—are well worth the hassle.

To help you navigate …

The Insider’s Guide to Mount Washington in Winter

A mountaineering training expedition on Mount Washington.

Temperatures flirting with 20 below and winds gusting over 50 miles per hour aren’t exactly what you might expect when you start the drive up I-93 north from Boston under cool, but clear, winter skies. But in just a few hours of driving, you can quickly be transported into what, without hyperbole, can be described as the world’s worst weather.

Standing at a height of 6,288 feet, in a region … Read more >>

5 Incredible Ice Climbing Spots Near Burlington

5 Incredible Ice Climbing Spots Near Burlington

Once the temperatures dip, the Green Mountain State turns from its rich summer greens into an icy mecca of frozen waterfalls and wintery landscapes. Road cuts turn to ice walls, and that small trickle of water over moss-covered rock at the crag is now transformed into a pillar of ice.

This transformation signals the time for climbers to drop the chalk and tight-fitting, rubber-soled shoes in favor of insulated boots, crampons, … Read more >>

How to Tackle a Long-Distance Hike in Winter

How to tackle a long distance hike in winter

Hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which begins on Georgia’s Springer Mountain and runs all the way north to Mount Katahdin in Maine, is certainly a hardcore adventure. But making it through the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine—generally considered the wildest, most remote section—earns another level of bragging rights. Signs posted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Coalition at either end of the trail sum it up nicely:

“There are no places to …

The Best Skiing in Vermont: 5 Must-Visit Resorts Close to Burlington

Winter has finally decided to show up in Vermont, and now that the temperatures have dropped and the white stuff has started to fall, the call of the slopes can be answered. Luckily, there are a handful of options within an hour’s drive of downtown Burlington. So grab your gear and figure out which mountain will keep you happiest as you schuss through the powdery stashes you’ve been waiting for … Read more >>

Knowledge Page Update: How to Choose the Right Tent

How to choose the right tent

Looking to buy a new tent? Check out our updated knowledge page on how to choose the right one and learn everything there is to know about tent weight, livability, construction and more.

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The Best Dog Gear for Summer 2018

At OGE, we love our dogs. Nothing’s better than taking our four-legged life partners along on all our summer adventures, and just as we want the best gear for ourselves, we want them to have the best stuff too. Check out this list of the best dog gear for this summer and never leave your furry pal at home again.

1. Ruffwear Approach Pack

Get your dog trail-ready with …

The Best Spots for Spring Rock Climbing

The weather is starting to warm up (in places that aren’t Vermont, anyway) and that means one thing, naturally: Spring rock climbing road trip!

We gathered up several of OGE’s many resident rock climbing aficionados and asked them for their favorite climbing destinations, some classic routes there, and some beta for making your next trip there a great one.

In this article: Smith Rock | Rocktown | The Obed |… Read more >>

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