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Outdoor Research Women’s Oasis Sun Sombrero, or Maybe Looking Cool Doesn’t Matter (Being Cool Does)

In the desert I won’t be able to rely on leafy trees for shade like I can at home in the Hudson Valley. Continue reading

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Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap, or These Knees Are as Old as I Am (Unfortunately)

Imagine my surprise when I finally hit the trail and learned that muscle or lung or heart failure weren’t going to stop me from achieving my goal, but my knees just might. Continue reading

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Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP, or Paying Full Price for Hiking Boots Hurts the Wallet (But Not the Feet)

I’ve been hiking in sneakers my whole life. Good hiking sneakers–I don’t head out in a pair of Keds or Chuck Taylors–but sneakers nonetheless. For the last two years or so I’ve rocked a pair of Saucony Excursion trail runners that … Continue reading

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Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket, or I Got Exactly What I Wanted (on Clearance)

As I have mentioned previously, I’m not much for foul-weather outdoorsmanship. I know there are people who love to hike and camp and fish and what-have-you in the cold rain. I am not one of those people. It’s part of why … Continue reading

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The Gear List, or What I Need to Bring With Me (For a Goldilocks Pack)

One of the innumerable benefits of booking my Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike with a professional tour company is this: Every bit of planning from before dawn on day one until we’ve emptied the tank on day five has been done … Continue reading

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