Caring For Your Outdoor Gear

Outdoor people often invest a lot of money acquiring gear. If you spend a little extra time on the back end of a trip washing, drying, replenishing and repairing you will save time, money, and prolong the life of your gear.  You know the scene, you get home, you’re tired, want a shower, and a cold beverage. In a rush you throw your gear in the garage telling yourself you’ll get to it later. Next thing you know it’s time … Read More

Respecting Natural Places

I have been passionate about the value of spending time in nature since the 1980’s. It has always been a place of peace and grounding. In this time of pandemic and social distancing (and gym’s being closed) more and more people are flocking to our parks, trails, lakes,and rivers for physical fitness and mental health.  Trails are more crowded. If you don’t arrive early, parking lots are full and you are left looking for another place to enjoy nature. This … Read More

Staying Found with Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive! The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Managing Hypothermia

Hypothermia is the lowering of the body’s core temperature; brain and muscle function become impaired. You may recognize the signs and symptoms of hypothermia in your friends, but your body has no mechanism to recognize hypothermia in yourself. You can slip down the hypothermia continuum without realizing you are getting dangerously cold. Your body is reacting to losing more heat than it can produce. In treating hypothermia it is important to know two things: how your body loses heat, and … Read More

Dress for Success: Staying Warm

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Its that time of year again, the snow if flying,the temperatures are dropping and the sun is disappearing beneath the horizon way to early. Are you prepared for cold temperatures?  Keep yourself safe and warm! The winter landscape can be stunningly beautiful, peaceful, less crowded, and exhilarating. With the right clothing and mindset, you can safely enjoy this winter wonderland. Hypothermia and frostbite are the two main concerns in the winter environment. Hypothermia: The lowering of the body’s core temperature. … Read More

Ice Safety

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On an afternoon walk yesterday to Freedom Pond I noticed someone ice skating. Skating on frozen lakes and ponds is one of my favorite winter activities (this year I will be rehabbing from shoulder surgery so I’ll be watching from the sidelines). It prompted me to re-publish a portion of a blog that I wrote last year. Please skate smart. A few precautions can be the difference between the best day ever and your worst nightmare. Before heading out on … Read More

Why Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive!  The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Cooking Extravangaza

  On Saturday, April 21st, I had the pleasure of working with Beth Arnold and Gerry Saunders.  We spent the day creating culinary delights with a group of fantastic people from Maine and raising money for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, SRLT . Gerry taught the finer points of using a Dutch oven and fry bake. Folks worked together creating  biscuits, cinnamon buns, brownies, and apple crisp. Beth worked the fire pit. She helped folks create some pretty amazing chili and pesto … Read More

Happy Camper Backpacking Food

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Good food means happy campers, tent mates, spouses, and kids. The variety of ingredients available for creating delicious meals for outdoor enthusiasts has quadrupled since I first started backpacking.  Back in the day you had to do a significant amount of prep work in order to have a good, healthy, hardy, and satisfying meal. Now with a click of a button, you can order dried fruits, vegetables, meat, powdered hummus, dried refried beans, powdered cheese, eggs, and even peanut butter! … Read More

Featured Program: Introduction to Outdoor Culinary Arts

Join North Star Adventures LLC on Saturday April 21st from 9am – 4pm for our Outdoor Culinary Arts Program. Enjoy a day of great food and community. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT). All are welcome. We do require that people under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult. The event will be held at the North Star Adventures base at 491 Stevens Rd in Unity Maine. Good food can mean the … Read More

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