Just Your Average Tip: You Already Have a Pillow

Whether you are car camping or backpacking, or, a long day hike where you are looking to take a rest, you already have a pillow with you. There is no need to take an actual pillow (way to big and heavy for backpacking!), or even one of those smaller travel pillows. All you need to […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Bring an Extra Tent Stake

Bring an extra tent stake. Chances are, you will lose, break, bend beyond repair, one of your tent stakes. Even if you do not lose one, it may come in handy as an extra tie down for your tarp, or some other use. Image from Lawson Outdoor Equipment I actually keep a couple with me […]

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Know Your Limits (or, my attempt at summiting the East Peak of Mount Osceola)

It was the perfect weather for hiking. It had rained for a few days prior, but it was going to hold out for most of the day according to the forecast. I drove the 3 hours north at 6am that morning, and arrived at the parking area for the Greely Pond Trail (which is the […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Trekking Poles and Wet Weather

Here’s another video tip for you, again recorded when I was at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation over Memorial Day weekend. Same issues – bad orientation, slightly out of breath, but, at least in this video I am not as sweaty! This tip focuses on the importance of using trekking poles when hiking in wet weather […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Follow the Trail Markers

A slight change from normal JYAT programming… with a video tip this week! I was out hiking last Friday at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in Princeton, MA, recording some video of the trip. While I was there, I recorded a few tips along the way, here is the first one! More videos to come, tips, […]

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