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minus 33 merino wool clothing, "We need to be our own advocates and perform a little trail maintenance sometimes. Don’t leave it up to someone else. Clean up after yourself and leave no trace." Read more #Merinoholics on the blog: http://ow.ly/PO1c30bSaRb … … … … … #getoutside #outdoors #adventure #explore #hike #hiking #camping #travel #getoutdoors #optoutside #mountains #nature #wilderness #hikelife #hikeNH #hikeSafe #ShareTheCode #hikethewhites #newhampshire #whitemountains #getoutsidenh #leavenotrace #findyourtrail #nationaltrailsday

Leave No Trace

I try to get out weekly for a mountain run, hike or climb.  I didn’t have a ton of time as I needed to get some house work done since it’s spring.  I went out to my local haunt for a run with a little elevation and to allow the puppy to stretch his legs before he gets miserable with the heat.

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From Alleghany National Forest to Haiti

This spring was a season of change and as always, adventure. I played my last college softball game, graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, completed a black diamond rope course (it was killer), adopted a puppy, traveled to Haiti, and started grad school.

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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, The feeling you have after a #longweekend!

Top 5 Reasons to Wear Wool in the Summer

Top 5 Reasons to Wear Wool in the Summer

Wool is a winter favorite for obvious reasons – excellent insulative properties, can keep you warm even when wet, and its warmth-to-weight ratio makes it a packable favorite on the go. But did you know that the same properties that make Merino Wool so great in the winter can also apply to summer conditions? Check out our top 5 reasons to consider keeping your Merino Wool out for the summer.

 

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, blog post by Jamie on a night rescue in the White Mountains of NH

A Call Out, Mt. Lafayette

Its Saturday night right around 10:00 pm, and I’m in the process of getting ready for bed. I’m brushing my teeth when my phone starts ringing and on the caller ID  it shows PVSAR, which is the acronym for Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue. READ MORE

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Respect Wildlife

It’s estimated that between 94% and 97% of New Hampshire is undeveloped land, making vast amounts available for natural wildlife habitat. Some of the finest wildlife watching in the state can be enjoyed while hiking in the White Mountains.
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Be Prepared to Turn Back

One of the most common mistakes hikers make is the failure to turn back. Although “summit fever” can be a persuasive emotion, ambition is not a good reason to put oneself in a dangerous situation.
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Avalanches and Ice Falls

An avalanche is a very real winter hazard, especially in steeper ravines. Everyone in your group should have a good knowledge of avalanche safety. Education and training are critical, so each member of your group should take an avalanche safety course.
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minus 33 merino wool clothing, Flora above Treeline NH Lay of the Land

NH White Mtns: Hiking Above Treeline

The White Mountains include a huge variety of terrain, from windswept alpine areas above treeline to dense boreal forests, sheer cliffs and low-lying intervale and swamp land. There are 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in the White Mountains, and a number of notches (called passes or gaps in other mountainous regions). These include Pinkham, Crawford, Franconia, Bear, Kinsman, Jefferson, and Carter Notches. The terrain can be very steep and rocky, so plan accordingly, as short sections of trail can take much longer than anticipated.

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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, Exploring the #mountains of #utah is always a good way to spend the day! #hiking #hiker #ut #modernoutdoorsman #getoutside #mountainlife #explorer #wilderness #keepitwild #nature #mothernature #ourplanetdaily #upwego #exploremore #simplyadventure #wildernessculture #goneoutdoors #welcometonature #welivetoexplore

Leave Your Plans

Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.

Your hike begins before you reach the trailhead. It’s important that you research, write down and distribute your plan before you leave.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Hiker Safety

Prevent Injuries on the Trail

Injuries and afflictions on the trail

Accidents happen to even the most experienced and best prepared hikers. That’s why it’s important that you know how to rescue yourself if you’re injured or become ill on the trail.

  • Be prepared with knowledge: of the terrain, first aid, how to stay warm and dry.
  • Be prepared with gear. If you take a fall on a day hike, you may have to spend the night. Have what you need to stay warm, dry, hydrated. Matches, flashlight, whistle and other items in your pack you thought you’d never need may mean the difference between getting home quickly and safely – or not at all.

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Forest Bathing

Last week I had the fortune of coming home for Easter. The East coast ordered us up chill nights in the 40s and sunny days in the 80s. (Layers of wool were applied and removed as needed.) While home in the Adirondack Park, we were sure to spend some time on the mountain-side; hiking the trails, drinking the spring melt water, and breathing in the evergreens. Some people say that a walk in the woods can be just what the doctor ordered and recently I found evidence supporting that claim.READ MORE

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Check the Weather…Then Check Again

Weather can be harsh and changeable

You should always take the weather into consideration before setting out on any hike. If you’re hiking in a mountainous area, be aware that weather in the mountains is generally colder and more severe than in the valleys—and the weather can change quickly. Often in higher elevations, especially above treeline, rain, snow and fog are possible at any time of the year.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, Happy 1st day of Spring! Who's ready for some good hiking weather?

The Hiker’s Responsibility Code

How To Prepare For A Successful Hike

Preparation is key for anything you do in life, and hiking is no exception. Preparing ahead of time for hiking adventures will help keep yourself and others safe, and will make it easy to have fun once you get out on the trail. Knowing The Hiker’s Responsibility Code, developed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish & Game, should be your first step in preparing for hikes.

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Minus33 Merino wool clothing, Gear to Take on the Trail

Proper Gear and Clothing

Having the right gear on the trail is important for safety, comfort, and enjoyment. The list of clothing and equipment below is recommended by the New Hampshire Fish & Game to bring with you any time you’re venturing onto the trail. You can learn more on the hikeSafe web site.

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Nature’s Cold Challenge

I Love Overnight Hiking.

 

It allows me to take on longer trails, enables me to spend more time to appreciate nature and disconnect from the busy life. Winters in the mountains are usually pretty quiet. Most of the wildlife has either traveled to warmer climates or gone into hibernation, the sap of the trees and bushes made its way down to the roots until the temperature rises again in the spring. The layer of snow that covers everything dampens all sounds and creates a feeling of stillness and peacefulness. A few hikers might brave the cold for a day trip.

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Tough on Nature, Soft on Skin

Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a sensitive skin.

 

I couldn’t go to the swimming pool without developing a rash from the chlorinated water. I went through spouts of eczema and allergic reactions most of my life. I cannot wear any synthetic fabric for too long and I can definitely not have polyester on my skin when involved in intense physical activity. As I’ve learned to avoid those situations altogether, it has never been a major problem for me. But it eventually changed, when I moved to Alaska and felt compelled to take on the outdoors through various sports.READ MORE

Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, #Hiking never gets old. Explore the #outdoors and jump for joy!

Why You Need to Prepare for Your Hike

I have been learning how to hike for a few years now. I know it may sound silly to learn how to hike, but there is so much more to hiking than throwing on a pack with some granola bars and water in it and setting off to find the best views the mountains have to offer. There is a lot of preparation and research that has to be done in order to assure you did everything possible to be prepared and return safely.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, Who says you can't do it all? #Merinoholic Emma started in the snow and ended at the equator. Watch her trip video on the blog: http://ow.ly/RoOF30aik9L

The Adirondacks to the Andes

January 2017 was a month of adventure.

 

I started the New Year snowboarding with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. Temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of the mountain.  Visibility was poor at times but it was still some amazing riding. After 4 days in the Adirondacks, I made my way down to Eastern PA to meet my girlfriend and fly out of Philly to volunteer in Ecuador.  Our nine hour layover in Atlanta gave us enough time to leave the airport and explore what the city had to offer.

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Thermerino’s Maiden Voyage

I had a plan to hike Mt Willey on 01/09/2017. I wanted to hit the Tom/Field/Willey loop to bag all three 4000’ers but my hiking partner cancelled and I didn’t want to make that road trek back to the vehicle or be stuck hitching.

I had been waiting to get my grubby little hands on the new Minus33 Thermerino Jacket and finally pulled the trigger on it.  This was to be its maiden voyage.  I’ll admit, I was apprehensive of taken an unknown/unproven (to me) product into Crawford Notch when it was -10* out.  I own a heavier down jacket that I had been taking into the woods with me but was too excited for this jacket to leave it behind.  I opted to throw an extra, “heavy” top in my pack just in case.

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Minus33 Woolverino Midweight Merino Corespun Blend Men's Flyless Running Tights

Woolverino Men’s Midweight Flyless Running Tight

Searching for the perfect bottoms so you can stay active through the winter? Our Woolverino Flyless Running Tights are designed with you in mind. While everyone else is bundled up inside, you’re keeping up with your routine. The extra wide flyless design and extended gussets are designed to move with you, while also making sure you don’t look like you’re running around in your underwear. Our Midweight fabric is perfect as a solo layer, or for layering up when you need wind or water protection. Choose merino wool for the best winter experience.

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Minus33 Woolverino Midweight Micro weight Merino Corespun Blend Women's Leggings

Woolverino Women’s Micro Weight Leggings

Leggings: way more comfortable than pants. Now imagine them with superfine, soft, breathable merino wool. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Our new Woolverino Micro Leggings are excellent as a solo layer for warm days, and heavenly as a base layer under pants when it cools down. Our Woolverino core spun blend brings you extra durability while still feeling light and dry like the merino wool you know and love. Our Micro weight fabric is perfect for all-seasons, and any activity.

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Minus33 Woolverino Micro Weight Merino Corespun Blend Women's V-Neck T-Shirt

Woolverino Women’s Micro Weight V-Neck T-Shirt

The Woolverino Women’s V-Neck is great as a base or solo layer. A V-Neck option gives you more room to breathe when you’re working hard. Its yoked shoulders and side panels create a garment that moves with you. Our new Micro weight fabric brings you a soft, featherlike feel so you aren’t weighed down on the move. Light and breathable, this will become your favorite t-shirt for year-round activites, indoors and out.

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