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The DOs and DON’Ts For Leaf-Peeping Season

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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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10 Iconic Autumn Adventures in the Northeast

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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 >>

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Published:September 5, 2019 View Post

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The 10 Best Day Hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks

Sunrise on a peak like Skylight can be an incredible experience.

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 >>

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Published:August 27, 2019 View Post

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Introducing OGExplorers!

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 >>

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Published:August 13, 2019 View Post

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11 Backpacking Hacks You’ve Never Thought Of

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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

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Published:July 10, 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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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.

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Published:April 29, 2019 View Post

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