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February 2012 Archive

Gear Review: MSR PocketRocket

Tuesday, February 28, 2012  |  Gear
Gear Review: MSR PocketRocket

What is three ounces fits in your palm and makes fondue?

The MSR PocketRocket of course.

We love this tiny, efficient, ultra-light stove for everything from day hikes to local excursions in New York City's parks.

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A Beginner's Guide to Ice Climbing

Thursday, February 23, 2012  |  
A Beginner's Guide to Ice Climbing

Every climber has a different reason for pursuing such seemingly dangerous, even ridiculous sports. For me, it's about being outdoors year round, spending time with people who enjoy the same, and the mental challenge that comes with facing one of my most debilitating fears.

Guest blogger Katie Levy shares her love for ice climbing and gives tips on how to stay safe outside.

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Gear Review: Hiking Pants

Wednesday, February 22, 2012  |  Gear
Gear Review: Hiking Pants

Overwhelmed by all of the gear choices?



Discover Outdoors guide Kevin Cafaro spends some time in a local gear shop trying to find the perfect hiking pants. Here he reviews a variety of pants from Prana, Eastern Mountain Sports, Mountain Hardware and Rab.

Moral of this gear review? Never wear denim.

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Trail Reading: Best Hikes Near NYC

Thursday, February 16, 2012  |  Education
Trail Reading: Best Hikes Near NYC

Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? In Best Hikes Near New York City Discover Outdoors guide and author Ben Keene details the best hikes within an hour's drive of the New York metro area perfect for the urban and suburbanite hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home. Each featured hike includes detailed hike specs, a brief hike description, trailhead location, directional cues, and a detailed map.

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Gear Review: Lobster Gloves

Wednesday, February 15, 2012  |  Gear
Gear Review: Lobster Gloves

Stop using cold fingers as an excuse for not riding your bike during the winter: Pearl Izumi's Pro Softshell Lobster Gloves will keep your hands warm and may even make you sweaty.



Our gear opinions are based on personal experience with the gear - no hormones or steroids, these free-range reviews are fully organic and certified.

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Backcountry Recipe: Gado Gado

Thursday, February 9, 2012  |  Recipes
Backcountry Recipe: Gado Gado

When we head outdoors, we often go without the luxuries we are accustomed to at home. Many adventurers find themselves faced with watery oatmeal and bland pasta. Yet with talent, practice, and a little ingenuity, you can feast while camping. Experienced backcountry chef Jessica Wolinsky, shares one of her favorite recipes along with pictures of amazing backcountry delicacies.

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Gear Review: Golite Pinnacle

Wednesday, February 8, 2012  |  Gear
Gear Review: Golite Pinnacle

What can comfortably fit two bottles of wine, a couple pounds of cheese, a baguette and a blanket?

The Golite Pinnacle backpack of course.

The Pinnacle can also fit a down jacket, a rain jacket, three liters of water, a bathing suit, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit and the above items.

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Guide Profiles: Meet Kevin

Thursday, February 2, 2012  |  People
Guide Profiles: Meet Kevin

Kevin's outdoor career began when he started walking and realized how fun it was to climb anything and everything. He started climbing trees, but quickly moved on to basketball poles, statues, rock gyms and ultimately real rock.

He entered the boy scouts in grade school where he could combine his passion for climbing with hiking and camping.

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Gear Review: RoadID

Wednesday, February 1, 2012  |  Gear
Gear Review: RoadID

This past weekend as I dragged myself to the finish line of my first marathon

I was not comforted by mile marker 23, the mirages that I saw on the final bridge or the cold pint of ice cream I had waiting for me but by the fact that if anything went awry I was wearing a RoadID.

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