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  • Advice from a Naturalist: Christmas Fern

    Advice from a Naturalist: Christmas Fern

    After the last leaf has fallen and other plants have died back for winter, the Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) brings a touch of green to the forest floor all winter with its evergreen fronds. Named for these fronds that persist through Christmas and all winter long, Christmas Fern is native to the eastern United States, and I have observed them...

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  • Advice from a Naturalist: Signal Knob in the Fall

    Advice from a Naturalist: Signal Knob in the Fall

      Do you want to see some fall color in the mountains, but you want to avoid the traffic on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah? Try Signal Knob on Massanutten Mountain in George Washington National Forest! Just over an hour's drive from Good Wolf Gear, the Signal Knob trailhead (38.935, -78.320) is your entry to this 10 mile loop on the Massanutten, Meneka Peak, and Tuscarora Trails. The...

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  • Hiking Pole Tips

    Hiking Pole Tips

    Here’s a "tip" for hiking poles: Rubber hiking pole tips reduce damage to the trail, are quieter on rocks and roads, and provide excellent grip on most surfaces. Quality tips will last 100s of miles, but they eventually become rounded off and need replacement. I put a wrap of cloth tape on my pole for a tighter fit, and I’ve...

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  • Dry Feet are Happy Feet

    Dry Feet are Happy Feet

    Dry feet are happy feet! 🐧 Wet feet have soft skin and are more susceptible to blisters. When my feet are wet from rain, mud, puddles, or sweat, I always take off my socks and shoes when I have an opportunity to dry them, like here, descending from North Carter Mountain in New Hampshire 🧦

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  • Hiking Poles

    Hiking Poles

    Remember to adjust your hiking pole length for an extended uphill or downhill trail. A shorter pole helps maintain a natural arm position going uphill as the trail is higher in front of you. Likewise, a longer pole is good for downhill. An inch or two (2.5-5cm) of adjustment is all it takes.I shortened my poles 2 inches ascending the...

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  • Fuel Management

    Fuel Management

    I weigh my partially used fuel canisters and compute the remaining fuel. I use 6-12 grams per day depending on how cold the water and air are, if I make coffee, if I have to simmer, etc. This one has 94 grams of fuel left, so it will be more than enough for 5 nights. I'm eating my favorite @mtnhouse...

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  • What's In Your Toilet Kit?

    What's In Your Toilet Kit?

    What's in your toilet kit? This is what I have:1. Toilet paper in a zip plastic bag. You can remove the cardboard tube to make it smaller.2. Duece of Spades trowel in case there is no privy/ outhouse available. It really is the #1 for #2.3. Wet wipes, plus a plastic bag to pack out the wipes, because they can’t...

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