I posted this article a few years ago, since then a few things have changed. I found broken links, some links were no longer appropriate for this website. I fixed my article and put in pictures I had taken in the past. I only wished I had taken and saved more pictures some items have been removed that I miss. This is still a very nice place to visit. For a small area it has outstanding variety.
I won’t steal any more thunder from the article. to read more please click here.
Time for me to complete this review for the Sealskinz Cold Weather Glove under the unique conditions we are all experiencing. My outdoor activities have continued but with changes like covering my nose and mouth with a bandanna and keeping my distance from others. I reduced food shopping to every 2-3 weeks, but I continued to take local walks. I wore Sealskinz gloves when temperatures were below the mid 60’s.
The lower temperature was about 25 F and the upper range was in the high 60’s. My walks were in my neighborhood and were from 60 to 90 minutes. One part of my walk is along Silver Lake. There are no houses along this stretch of the lake and the view is always good.
I was not surprised when my hands were comfortable at the lower temperatures. Ii surprised me that my hands were still comfortable when the temperatures were in the upper 60’s. At some point during the walk I could feel sweat rolling down my calves. I could feel the warmth on the back of my hands caused by the intensity of the sun on the black surface of the gloves. I wore a black shirt that day and my back felt like it was burning.
My back felt like it was burning, yet I was not feeling anywhere near that hot on the back of my hand. The outside of the glove felt hot to the touch. I think this speaks well for the insulating properties of these gloves.
The WP Extreme Cold Weather Glove were provided by Sealskinz for review purposes. Sealskinz is “a Great British company”. I love the motto of the company “Necessity – The mother of invention.” Their product line consists of hats, gloves and socks. They were the first company to use a three-layer patented technology in their hats, gloves, and socks.
These gloves have a tab to help when putting on the gloves. There is a strap with hook and loop design to secure the gloves once on your hand. To read more about the Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove please click here.
The MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles were provided by for review purposes.
The New England weather is crazier than ever but hiking with the MSR Dyna-lock Explore poles made it easier and safer. The ground being frozen during this period was constant. The snow cover varied from near bare to about six inches of snow. Most Wednesdays I hike in Harold Parker forest with a group of hikers for at least two hours. With about 35 miles of trails there is a lot of variety. I also did some local walks.
In this update I will relate my experiences with the baskets. There are adjustments to make my hiking more efficient. I show you why I like the locking mechanism of the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. To me there is nothing better than quick and easy, especially when it is 20 F.
I have not seen that much difference in poles weights for most good poles. These poles are a couple ounces lighter than the ones I have used for many years and I can’t tell the difference especially in winter with the extra weight of clothing. To read more please click here.
Spending time outdoors has many benefits, but sometimes it’s nice to hear about good news from outdoor companies that give back. I’m going to try to share that information with our readers once a week. After doing a little digging, I was a bit surprised at all the companies I found that give back in different ways. From water conservation and providing clean drinking water solutions, providing opportunities to get outdoors to under-represented groups to working to develop products that are made from recycled materials, or made to be easily recycled. It is really uplifting to read about companies, big and small that give back in ways that benefit so many people.
Talking about good news from outdoor companies:
First up, since if you’d like to attend, you might need some notice. Yeti is presenting Stories from the Wild in a multi-city film tour, showcasing unreleased films about the outdoors. Yeti’s products are ‘Built for the Wild’ and their films ‘come from the wild’. All proceeds go towards helping to preserve wild spaces. The first showing is in Colorado on January 29th. I plan on attending the showing in Somerville, MA on March 25th.
Each stop will feature seven unreleased films that capture the unbreakable human spirit, ambassador visits, and raffles for YETI products.