Articles by: Steve Hines

What’s Biting You? Part Two: Treatment And Prevention

What’s Biting You? Part Two: Treatment And Prevention

[Editor Note: This is Part Two of a two-part article on Lyme disease by Steve Hines, outdoorsman and Wilderness First Responder. Click here for Part One: What’s Biting You?] Treatment The best treatment for Lyme disease bacteria is antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually[Read More…]

by May 10, 2017 0 comments Health
Lyme disease is no longer considered limited to the Northeast.
Credit: CDC

What’s Biting You? Lyme Is Now A National Problem

If You Are Walking In The Woods This Spring, Be Wary Of Ticks. [Editor Note: This is the first of a two part article on Lyme disease by Steve Hines, an avid outdoorsman and certified Wilderness First Responder.] Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick. Lyme disease has become a nation-wide epidemic with[Read More…]

by May 2, 2017 5 comments Health
Tucked in the woods, this is a cozy cabin. No bears, too!
Credit: Homeaway

Rustic Elegance with Fairy Tale Flair In Stowe

It’s More Than “Just Right” Just One Mile From Stowe Resort. In Stowe, Vermont, a stone’s throw from world class downhill and cross country skiing sits quintessentially rustic Goldilock’s Cottage, welcoming overnight guests. When Jill Evarts purchased the cabin and four acres of land about twelve years ago, she didn’t need to do a lot of work on it. She[Read More…]

by February 13, 2017 0 comments East, Other News
A hike along a forest trail restores the mind and spirit.
Credit: Steve Hines

How I Choose Hikes

Outdoor Expert Says Consider Your Purpose For Walking. [Editor Note: Steve Hines will be teaching a hiking boot fitting workshop at the REI in Reading, MA., on August 10 at 6:30 pm. If you are in the area, drop by REI at 279 Salem St. and say hi.] I like to hike. I hike for exercise, escape/“mental health” and to enjoy[Read More…]

by July 28, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Boot Fitting Tips As Hiking Season Heats Up

Boot Fitting Tips As Hiking Season Heats Up

An Expert Provides Advice On Right Fit for Hiking Boots. As hiking season gets in full swing you may be considering new boots for your upcoming adventures. In the thirteen years I’ve been helping people choose hiking footwear, I’ve gathered four critical tips to share: Length Width Volume Shape Length – Two lengths are important. A) the heel to toe[Read More…]

by June 27, 2016 1 comment Boots
The Right Hiking Boot For The Senior You

The Right Hiking Boot For The Senior You

Balancing The Scales: Hiking Footwear—Comfort vs. Support. At the shop where I work, questions customers often ask include: “I’ve been wearing the same boots for over twenty-five years, is there anything new?” “How comfortable should my hiking shoes/boots be?” “What’s the boot that gives me the most support?” “Which type of hiking footwear protects my ankles best?” While hiking footwear[Read More…]

by May 11, 2016 0 comments Gear
Comparing Five XC Ski Bindings for “Ease of Use”

Comparing Five XC Ski Bindings for “Ease of Use”

SeniorsSkiing Correspondent and Cross Country Expert Rates The Big Five Bindings. You’ve paid for your trail pass and are ready to head out on the trails at your favorite xc ski touring center. How easy is it to put your skis? In this review, I discuss five common binding types, the key features of each, and I rate them on[Read More…]

by January 13, 2016 5 comments Accessories
Gorman Chairback Lodge is a rustic winter retreat that appeals to your inner Thoreau.
Credit: Steve Hines

An X-C AMC Lodge Deep In The Maine Woods

X-C Ski Six Miles To Gorman Chairback Camp Lodge and Guest Cabins. If you’re an active cross country skier, you probably enjoy staying where you ski. Plus, if you’re an active senior xc skier you most likely enjoy comfortable surroundings, pleasant company and staff as much as you enjoy snow covered trails. A number of locations across the USA come[Read More…]

by November 17, 2015 0 comments East
A SAR team practices at Yosemite.
Credit: US Park Service

Op-Ed: SAR In The Mountains

Debit or Credit? If you head out on the Atlantic Ocean in a canoe and run into trouble, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will send a 110 foot cutter to rescue you. End of story. This is not always the case here on land. The U.S. Park Service also maintains Search and Rescue (SAR) teams in each of the National[Read More…]

by October 7, 2015 3 comments Features
Real hiking boots are lightweight and support your ankle.  Sneakers don't cut it on the trail.
Credit: REI

Grow A Hiking Habit: Part Two–More Stuff

Outdoor Guru Steve Hines Offers More Ideas For Taking A Hike. Summer hiking season is in full swing. The temperatures are warming and trails are dry. After covering the ten essentials in Grow A Hiking Habit: Part 1, some other items will help you more enjoy your hiking. Boots: Stout boots with good support are a must. Look for boots with[Read More…]

by July 7, 2015 2 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 1
Here are the "Ten Essentials": Gear you will need for a hike.
Credit: Steve Hines

Grow A Hiking Habit: Part One

An Expert Offers Advice On Getting Started Hiking is a great fitness activity for seniors. Whether you are an Alpine or Nordic skier, hiking can keep you in shape to enjoy the slopes or trails this coming winter. Hiking is enjoyed on many levels from simple day hikes in your local woods or conservation lands to classic mountain hikes in[Read More…]

by June 11, 2015 0 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 1
Harvesting goose down in humane conditions is a movement in the outdoor clothing industry.

Is Your Down Jacket Responsible?

Contributor Steve Hines’ Explainer On Humane Goose Down Harvesting. If you ski or do any winter outdoor sport you probably have or have had a down jacket. Now is a good time to evaluate what you have and will need for next winter.  If down is truly the answer, then you have to know there are choices between vendors who provide[Read More…]

by May 7, 2015 0 comments Accessories
Note toe lift technique when walking on the flat.
Credit: Connie Phillips

The Get Started Basics Of Snowshoeing

Here’s Another Way To Enjoy Winter That Seniors Can Easily Get Into Snowshoeing, once a practical means of winter travel, is now a winter recreational activity. It provides many folks  an outdoor winter alternative to skiing or X-C. In fact, most ski areas now offer snowshoeing as an option. If you like walking, you will enjoy getting out on snowshoes. Some[Read More…]

by February 24, 2015 2 comments Features, Gear

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