With our environment changing at a super-quick rate on a global scale, it’s important to know that even small choices can have a big impact when you’re spending time outdoors. To illustrate this, I recently went into our ever-growing inventory and found some products* that got me stoked on reducing my personal adventure footprint, asked some of our staff what some of their favorite sustainable products were, and I listened … Read more >>
We’re excited to announce the latest recipients of the OGE Charitable Grant Fund! This grant cycle’s field of applicants was our most crowded yet, with over 20 local organizations submitting grant applications to help see their conservation or outdoor education-related projects through to fruition.
Thank you to all who applied, and, most importantly, a huge thank you to all of the OGE consignment customers whose generous donations make the grant … Read more >>
Until now, people of all ages have had bars worth of wax shavings strewn across the garage, basement, or in my case, kitchen floor, ordinary rooms turned ski tuning areas. Well, we all just waxed for the last time. Ever. Yeah, you read that right…Skiers and riders are traditionally creatures of habit. Concrete in their mind about the right buckles being tightened first, boot on which foot first, same base … Read more >>
*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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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 … Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>