REI Revelcloud Jacket Review

In the last few years there has been a surge of down and synthetic insulation jackets on the market intended to replace fleece as the mid-layer of choice. REI’s answer to the popular Patagonia Down Sweater has been the Women’s Revelcloud Jacket. Designed to be worn by itself at temperatures between 50F to 65F or in colder temperatures as a mid-layer, this  jacket is offered in a variety of different sizes and a multitude of colors and also uses recycled materials in its design. Read More

Thorlo Moderate Cushion Mini Crew Sock Review

Dry, well cushioned, comfortable feet are important for enjoying any outdoor activity. Even with the best hiking shoes, having the wrong socks can result in blisters, cramping, undue friction and foot pain. It is difficult to find a high quality sock that reduces the effects of friction and pressure points from your shoes that is also highly breathable and wicks moisture away from your foot, especially during heavy use in hot climates. The Thorlo Women’s Moderate Cushion Mini Crew Sock is a top performer in all these areas and is guaranteed to keep your feet feeling great while out on the trail. Read More

Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review

Between its solid design and amazingly low price, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 is a great investment if you are looking for a solid 3-season 1-2 person tent. Simple to set-up, free standing, well ventilated and spacious for 1 person with gear, if you’re looking for a dependable, quality tent without spending hundreds of dollars the Grand Mesa 2 is highly recommended. Read More

REI Women’s Flash 50 Pack Review

As a petite person, the second most important quality in outdoor gear next to comfort is weight. At only 2lbs 8 oz, the weight of the REI Womens Flash 50 Pack is significantly lighter than one would expect for this comfortable, feature-filled pack. For an even lighter configuration, the framesheet and top lid can be removed and it will weigh only 29 oz! After having tried a few packs around 4 lbs I immediately noticed how much lighter the Flash 50 felt on my back. Read More

Joby Gorillapod Flexible Mini Tripod Review

So you are out on the trail and want to take a self portrait of you and your BFF? Or maybe you are doing a solo hike of the Appalacian Trail and want some photos of yourself and the background scenery to show everyone back home. Typically as most of us do, we look for that perfectly horizontal tree limb or that shoulder height boulder and spend several minutes masterminding some way to mount the camera. Most mini tripods out there just wouldn’t help in this situation but the Joby Gorillapod Original is the perfect solution! Read More

Kayland Hyper Traction Mountaineering Boot Review

Whether you’re ice climbing, mountaineering or hiking in alpine terrain, a comfortable mountaineering boot is essential. Having short but wide feet has made finding the proper outdoor footwear a daunting task for me. Luckily however, I did some online research and came across the Kayland Hypertraction Unisex mountaineering boot at 50% off the list price and other than a few secondary issues, I am glad I purchased them. Read More

Mountaineering Training with Mt Washington Observatory’s Edu Program

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For those who live in New England with an interest in getting into winter alpine mountaineering, there aren’t too many options locally for training grounds. However, with its above treeline presence combined with the extreme weather conditions, Mount Washington offers a great place to learn key mountaineering skills. Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeastern US at 6,288ft and is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountain National Forest. Read More