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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 >>

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Published:August 9, 2019 View Post

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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 >>

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Published:July 2, 2019 View Post

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Taking Care: A 3-Part Series

Taking Care

Anyone who spends time outdoors understands the importance of protecting our wild spaces. In a time where public lands are under attack and recreational value seems to come secondary to commercial value, it is more important than ever to promote education, use, and most of all, the stewardship of the places we play.

Each summer, individuals known affectionately as “caretakers” commit themselves to life in the outdoors. They live without … Read more >>

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Published:May 28, 2019 View Post

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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 … Read more >>

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Published:May 24, 2018 View Post

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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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Published:April 16, 2018 View Post

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Trip Report: The Grand Traverse

Sam Duchaine is a former OGEr, backcountry skier, and all-around rad lady. So when she reached out to us to write about her experience doing the Grand Traverse race for the first time, needless to say, we were stoked. Check it out:

Moving swiftly through the mountains. That is all I need to do. One foot in front of the other.

Years ago, I lived in Gunnison, Colorado. I was … Read more >>

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Published:April 9, 2018 View Post

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Thru Hiker Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Hiking the AT (Not Really)

It’s early March, and intrepid backpackers across the country are making final preparations for northbound—NOBO—thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail.

To get in the spirit of the season, we hosted an AMA on reddit, where 5 of our resident thru hikers (3 NOBOs, 2 SOBOs) answered questions from, jib-jabbed with, and gave gear recommendations to any redditors who had hiker-trash aspirations of their own—and we’ve gathered our favorite Q&A’s for … Read more >>

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Published:March 9, 2018 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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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Women’s

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1. Marmot Women’s Eliana Sweater

For those who are privy to the temperature regulating power of wool and seek to combine style with warmth, the Marmot Eliana is an ideal match. This sweater jacket is well-suited for everything from autumn hikes through the woods to running errands to cozying up après ski by the fire.

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2. Ibex Reese Hoody

Like an all-day-long hug that … Read more >>

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Published:November 9, 2016 View Post

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Men’s

1. Prana Hooded Henley Sweater

The holiday sweater has been modernized with Prana’s Hooded Henley Sweater. It’s made with lambswool for enhanced warmth and the shoulder panels and faux leather toggles offer elevated style. Designed for durability and long lasting wear with superior fabrication and construction.

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2. Blundstone 268 Casual Shoes

The Blundstone 268’s are quite a handsome pair of classic Chukkas! Whether … Read more >>

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Published:November 9, 2016 View Post

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