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If El Nino is as strong as experts predict, you’re going to need to dry those hiking boots. Of course, you can use the time-tested method of wadded-up newspapers shoved into shoes – a reason for the print medium to endure, folks! – but this device uses a self-limiting temperature dryer inserted into the boot or trail-runner and UV light to neutralize bacteria. There’s also a 12-volt vehicle adapter, so you can plug in while driving home from the trailhead.
“Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations,” by Olivier La Carrer
$24.99; Black Dog & Leventhal Books
This is a great gift for armchair travelers because, as the title suggests, these aren’t places you necessarily want to visit. Then again … you might want to visit the coal town of Jharia, where the ground constantly burns with fire. Or how about the Amityville Horror house in New York?
Runner’s World “11 Types of Annoying Running Partners”
1. The Hypochondriac
2. The GPS Town Crier
3. The Autobiographer
4. The Social-Media Obsessive
5. The Frequent Pit-Stopper
6. The One-Stepper (always just slightly ahead)
7. The Space-Invader
8. The Excuse-o-Matic
9. The Chronically Tardy
10. The Chronically Flatulent
11. The Historian (always saying running was better decades ago)