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Miles Outside

Miles Outside Dehydrated Baby Food

By Mary Reed

Yes, you can take your baby backpacking and here’s one thing to make the job easier.

High Peak Alpamayo 55

High Peak Alpamayo 55 Backpack

By Attila Horvath

If someone didn’t tell you this was a $80 backpack, you’d guess the price at twice as much. Nothing about the High Peak Alpamayo 55 itself says cheap.

Write it Down! Photo by Mary Reed.

Write It Down! Journals

By Mary Reed

I keep a notebook in my car at all times. This notebook contains journal entries from past trips, contact info on favorite campgrounds and restaurants, tips gleaned from other outdoor travelers and a complete car camping gear list.

Darn Tough Vermont wool hiking socks.

Darn Tough Vermont Hiking Socks

By Attila Horvath

If the person who coined the phrase “fits like a glove” had been wearing socks by Darn Tough Vermont, we might instead be saying “fits like a sock” to describe a perfect fit.

Get Out!, the book. Photo by Mary Reed.

Get Out!

150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future

By Judy Molland, review by Mary Reed

Get Out!, aside from having a great name, has other good qualities – namely, it is a tidy little book of 150 quick ideas to get kids out in nature and to teach them basic green habits.

Austintacious Tortilla Soup. Photo by Mary Reed.

Packit Gourmet

By Attila Horvath

What makes for great pack-in backcountry meals? The folks at Packit Gourmet have asked the same question, and the answer is largely satisfying.

The National Parks DVD set.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

By Ken Burns, review by Mary Reed

If you missed this on PBS, no worries: The National Parks, a 12-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, is available on DVD.

2009 gear in review.jpg

2009 Gear in Review

2009 was yet another year stocked with regionally produced gear and regional book titles, advancements in cradle-to-grave green gear and lots more. Here’s our recap:

The 24-ounce Bemco backpacker oven

Bemco Backpacker Oven

By Mary Reed

If you’re into gourmet backcountry cooking or even if you’re just a gearhead, wow your friends at camp by whipping out the aluminum Bemco Backpacker Oven.

Look ma, it works when wet. Photo by Mary Reed.

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Paper

By Mary Reed

No need to triple Ziplock your field journal – get a Rite in the Rain notebook and don’t worry about inclement weather. This waterproof writing paper really works.

The Ruff Wear Bivy Bowl.

Ruff Wear Bivy Bowl

By Mary Reed

This puppy comes in at just two ounces, so it really does make it easier to spend quality time with your pet in the outdoors.

The ENO single nest hammock. Photo by Mary Reed.

Eagles Nest Outfitters Single Nest Hammock

By Mary Reed

This hammock will have you planning all of your trips around it. Beach? No way. Desert? Nah. You need trees.

Just one of the Surf Ohio t-shirts to choose from.

Surf Ohio T-shirts

By Jaclyn Boland

Ride the wave of comfort with Surf Ohio t-shirts. That’s right, surfing Ohio’s greatest rivers.

Random Rides in East-Central Kentucky by Jerrell Goodpaster.

Random Rides in East-Central Kentucky

By Jerrell Goodpaster, review by Attila Horvath

If you’re getting bored with pedaling the same old roads this season, grab this guidebook and start scheming.

Element Bars, the DIY energy bars. Photo by Attila Horvath.

Element Bars

By Mary Reed

File this one under Great Idea – or maybe, Idea I Wish I’d Had. The Element Bar is a DIY energy bar that you make with the click of a mouse.