Category Archives: Camping

Desperate Steps: Life Death, and Choices made in the Mountains of the Northeast- my book review

   Desperate Steps is the late 2015 book release from the Appalachian Mountain Club. The subtitle is “Life, Death, and Choices made in the Mountains of the Northeast”.  I just finished my second close reading. The book is a sobering … Continue reading

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My Birthday Weekend- Hiking The Hills

Exiting the car in the iced-over parking lot on Friday afternoon I decided to leave my Stabilicer traction devices in the vehicle.  My brother Roy was already walking on the multi-purpose trail and he shouted over, “No ice here” so … Continue reading

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My Keynote address at the Winter Camping Skills Symposium

In October of 2014,  I flew out to Minnesota where I delivered the Saturday night Keynote address at the Annual Winter Camping Symposium.  I just discovered that Four Dog Stove has released a video of my 90 minute presentation.  I … Continue reading

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Expert recommends northern winter footwear choices

Tim Smith has launched a video series focusing on key aspects of best practices for not only survival, but what I call “thrival” in the northern winter forests. This video lays out your two choices: cold/dry, and cold/wet scenarios. It … Continue reading

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How to enjoy snowy trails, frozen lakes in Acadia National Park — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

“A lot of people think the park is closed, but it’s not.” Acadia is the only National Park in New England, and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  During the summer, it’s so crowded ( estimated 2.8 million … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s EZ Gift Guide for Hikers

Wondering what gift to get that walker, hiker, or budding adventurer at this giving time of year?  Here are my suggestions for ten things that might be just the ticket, choices which won’t stress the pocketbook too much. First off … Continue reading

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Day 1: Snow Walkers’ Rendezvous 2015

I’m back in Fairlee, Vermont to attend my favorite annual gathering of the year, The Snow Walker’s Rendezvous. The event consistently attracts 100 fans of winter foot travel, be it walking, hiking, snowshoeshoeing, or skiing. It runs from Friday night … Continue reading

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