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Adventure Funk and How to Deal With It

You know that feeling when an epic adventure comes to an end? I am talking about that sadness that might come over you when you get off the mountain and you have a pack full of wet gear, your day job and all of the chores of daily life waiting for you. This is perfectly…

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Gear Review: Julbo Venturi

If you want one pair of sunglasses with lenses that will work on everything from bike rides at dusk to walking on glaciers then look no farther than the Julbo Venturi. These photochromic sunglasses eliminate the need for multiple lenses and they will become your new best friend as soon as you put them on.…

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The New England Bucket List

You only get one shot at life and that means that you should seek out as many adventures as possible. New England is a region where adventure is easy to find. The challenge is choosing the most epic and bucket list worthy experiences. Below you will find “The New England Bucket List” which, in my…

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The dos and don’ts of hiking underwear

Underwear might be one of the least glamorous yet most important pieces of gear that you take into the backcountry. The right pair of underwear provides support, prevents chafing and all kinds of other good things. The wrong pair can do all kinds of not good things. However, finding the “right” pair of underwear might…

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Tread Labs Insoles Review

Happy feet are the key to enjoying a day on the trails, a run or just about anything for that matter. This means that your footwear needs the right amount of support and that is where Tread Labs wants to help. They recently sent me a few samples of their new insoles so I could…

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Harris Mountain Road to the Notch Loop

Location: Harris Mountain Road, Granby MA Difficulty: Difficult Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet Distance: 9.6 miles Trail Map  Are you looking for a rugged hike with scenic views and minimal crowds? If so then the M+M/ Robert Frost Trail from Harris Mountain Road to the Notch Visitor Center is for you. This 9.6-mile hike has plenty…

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Mount Warner: Salamander Loop

Location: Mount Warner Road, Hadley MA Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 210 feet Distance: 2 miles Trail Map The Salamander Loop on Mount Warner, in Hadley MA, is a new trail that packs a lot of interesting stuff into 2 miles. It should be at the top of your list if you are looking for a…

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Trail Running Western Massachussetts Book Review

I have been trail running in Western Massachusetts for over 17 years. During that time I ran the same 5 trails over and over; that is until I got my hands on an amazing book called Trail Running Western Massachusetts by Ben Kimball. This book will be your key to unlock the trail running greatness…