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Winter Hiking Essentials

Winter hiking essentials — crucial gear and intel to hike safely this winter.

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Hiking Gear Deals

These are the best deals I’ve found this week…

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Winter Gear Checklist

Download this helpful PDF with explanatory notes and a handy winter day-hike gear checklist.

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Free Zoom Virtual Backgrounds: Catskills Summits

Please enjoy this collection of Free Zoom Virtual Backgrounds. This set contains 16 images of Catskills summits.

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Winter Hiking Gear: Microspikes

Microspikes have, effectively, opened up the world of winter hiking

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Hiking Sit Pads

When your legs need a rest, there’s no need to punish your butt

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Catskills vs Adirondacks: 9 Differences

For planning, prepping and execution, here are the 9 key differences between hiking the Catskills and Adirondacks high peaks.

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KÜHL Hiking Shorts (Review)

We thought it would be fun to test some high-end hiking shorts. Would they live up to their own hype?

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Best Bug Spray & Bug Repellent

This three-tiered best bug spray system keeps me (mostly!) bite free in New York’s backcountry every season

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What to Pack: The 10 Essentials

The ten essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry. This essential gear can keep you safe and on track. In an emergency, it might save your life.

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Best Hiking Boots 2021

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

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Best Hiking Books for Hikers

These are the best hiking books I’ve found to date. Many were instrumental in getting me started, and giving me the confidence to hike the wilderness solo.

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Hike Your Dog Safely in the Heat

From springtime on, heat indices can regularly blow past safe limits for our canine companions. Here’s how to keep your pooch cool and safe on the trail this season.

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Tick Season

Tick season sucks. When to worry, where to look, how to avoid, the best ways to prevent, and how to treat any tick bites you find.

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Hiking & Camping Gear List

There’s so much to read and learn about hiking gear. Here’s a basic list of the things you’ll use most often on your day hikes and campouts.

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Snowshoe Basics

The number of snowshoe options is overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for, and where to get your first pair.

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Grab this before your next hike…

Winter Gear Checklist

The perfect quick reference to keep you safe on your next cold weather hike

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