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How to Start Backpacking Without Breaking the Bank

Backpacking doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor.

So, you want to get started with backpacking? But you either don’t own the right gear, know what the right gear is, or some combination of both. Not to worry! Backpacking is easily one of the easiest outdoor activities to try out.

In terms of technical expertise, there’s not much of a learning curve. You don’t need to know how to place gear or build anchors like you do at … Read more >>

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Published:May 15, 2019 View Post

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5 Family-Friendly Adventures in Burlington

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It’s hard to continue the pre-kid lifestyle once kids come into the picture. Getting out for a good run, a full-day out on the bike, a multi-pitch climb (just one?), relaxing at the beach, or even just hanging out with friends for dinner can be a challenge at times. But, now, you have no more excuses, at least while you’re in Burlington. Here are five family-friendly outdoor adventures that will not only … Read more >>

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Published:May 9, 2019 View Post

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7 Tips for Camping with Kids

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Did you switch out the car seats into the SUV? Did you pack sunscreen? What about bug spray? Oh shoot, we need to bring Lil’ Bear or else Ella will be in full-on riot mood at bedtime.

All parents know how difficult it can be to just get out the door for family outings, and sometimes the challenges associated with having young children can feel very restrictive for active, adventurous … Read more >>

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Published:May 6, 2019 View Post

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Insider’s Guide to Acadia National Park

Views from Mount Gorham, Acadia National Park.

Maine’s rocky coastline, rolling mountains and dense wilderness all converge in the northeast corner of the state to create the serene yet vibrant area of Acadia National Park. It is composed of 47,000 acres, and is home to the highest coastal peak on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. The park’s rugged beauty and accessible scenic areas attract more than two million visitors per year.

Acadia came to be … Read more >>

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Published:April 29, 2019 View Post

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High Water, Higher Stoke: The 11th Annual New Haven Ledges Race

Whitewater kayaking at the 11th annual New Haven Ledges Race

Full disclosure: OGE is a sponsor of this event.

With skiing and winter in the rear view mirror, the outdoor enthusiast must shift to other pursuits—like whitewater kayaking—to get their adrenaline fix.

For 11 years now, the beginning of April has seen whitewater kayakers from as far as Alaska and Idaho flocking to Bristol, Vermont for the annual New Haven Ledges Race, an event that sets the tone for a … Read more >>

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Published:April 17, 2019 View Post

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Think You Could Paddle the Longest Canoe Trail in the Northeast?

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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest canoe trail in the Northeast. Stretching for a grand total of 740-miles, it winds from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, passing through the vast Northern Forest, New England villages, and rugged scenery. Paddling it end-to-end means navigating twenty-two rivers, fifty-eight lakes, and over a dozen watersheds, ducking into Canada and traversing wide swaths of backcountry.

Of the eighty-seven paddlers … Read more >>

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Published:April 15, 2019 View Post

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10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

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Weekend backpacking trips are one of the greatest gifts of the summer. You can get so much in just two to three days: a breathtaking vista, a serene mountain lake, a secluded old-growth forest. The only problem is that all too soon you’re back at the trailhead, preparing for the long drive home and wondering how you’ll get through five more days before your next big adventure.

Usually, this is … Read more >>

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Published:April 5, 2019 View Post

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How to Spring Clean Your Outdoor Gear

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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 >>

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Published:March 7, 2019 View Post

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Hydro Flask Presents: 4 Hot Vermont Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

We’re deep into January at this point, and the east coast is clawing their way out of one of the most brutal arctic breakouts in years following Winter Storm Grayson’s Cyclone Bomb.

Naturally, our thoughts turn to drinking.

Whether you’re out snowshoeing, skinning in the backcountry, or just huddled inside with a good book, these drinks are guaranteed to take the edge off what has been a bitingly chilly season. Read more >>

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Published:January 9, 2018 View Post

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Packs with Personality: Our Favorite Backpacks for Spring 2017

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Warm weather has arrived and with it, plenty of activities to choose from. Your potential for adventure is limited only by your imagination – and perhaps the gear you need to get from A to B. In order to ensure that no outdoor activity goes unpursued for lack of equipment, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new spring backpacks, each one fine-tuned to maximize your fun this season.

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Published:April 18, 2017 View Post

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