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The OGE Holiday Gift Guide: OGExpert Staff Picks

OGExpert Holiday Gift Guide Staff Picks

Our OGExperts are some of the most gear-hungry humans to adventure this earth: The head of our camping department is fixing to snag his triple-crown next year, the head of our ski department brings over a decade of industry experience to slinging our skis, and the head of our climbing department has climbed all over the country—and with that being said, you could stick any of our staff anywhere in … Read more >>

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Published:December 10, 2019 View Post

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6 Winter Running Tips from Ultra-Runner Aliza Lapierre

As the temperatures begin to plummet here in the Northeast so too does the desire to head out for a run. It’s cold. It’s dark. Your bed is warm. Thoughts of hopping on the treadmill float through your mind, "The treadmill will be fine today" you think.  Or perhaps you even go so far as, “Maybe I’ll just take the winter off.” However rational these thoughts may seem in the … Read more >>

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Published:November 27, 2019 View Post

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Meet An OGExpert: Chris Reamer

What’s an OGExpert? They’re the folks that huff and puff alongside you in the skin track, give you a yell from the lift, move that pad for you at the climbing gym, share their granola at the summit, or help you change the tire at the bike trail head. It’s us. We’ve done it all, and used pretty much every kind of gear along the way. We live, breathe, and … Read more >>

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Published:November 19, 2019 View Post

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Meet An OGExpert: Melissa Mcnell


What’s an OGExpert? They’re the folks that huff and puff alongside you in the skin track, give you a yell from the lift, move that pad for you at the climbing gym, share their granola at the summit, or help you change a flat tire at the bike trail head. They’re us. We’ve done it all, and used pretty much every kind of gear along the way. We live, breathe, … Read more >>

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Published:November 19, 2019 View Post

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Meet An OGExpert: Leela Hornbach

What’s an OGExpert? They’re the folks that huff and puff alongside you in the skin track, give you a yell from the lift, move that pad for you at the climbing gym, share their granola at the summit, or help you change a flat tire at the bike trail head. They’re us. We’ve done it all, and used pretty much every kind of gear along the way. We live, breathe, … Read more >>

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Published:November 19, 2019 View Post

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Stick Season Survival

The time has come. The leaf peepers have cleared out, the wind has a new bite to it, and the warm days of Chaco’ed feet are long gone.

Stick Season has arrived in Vermont.

What is there left to do for the outdoor enthusiast during this less-than-ideal shoulder season? Mountain bike trail networks are closing for hunters, the mountains are getting a bit too icy to hike without winter … Read more >>

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Published:November 7, 2019 View Post

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How to Thru-Hike the 133-Mile Northville-Placid Trail

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The Adirondacks are a wilderness area as bottomless as any other on the East Coast, filled with untainted pockets of forest located miles away from any sense of civilization. Here, trails twist like tunnels through old growth and virgin forests alike, packed dense enough that it's generally only bears and moose who tend to navigate them. Among the most revered of these trails that tunnel their way through northern New … Read more >>

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Published:October 9, 2019 View Post

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How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

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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 >>

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Published:August 15, 2019 View Post

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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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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 … Read more >>

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Published:July 30, 2019 View Post

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