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  • June 2015 visit to Big Hole Lookout

    Montana Outdoors
    montucky
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Every summer I visit the old fire lookout near Big Hole Peak in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana. The trail to it is good (USFS trail 368) and it’s a pleasant hike of only about 2.7 miles to the lookout. The elevation of Highway 200 is about 2400 feet; the elevation of the trail head is 5500 feet and the elevation at the lookout is 6922 feet. The old cabin is undergoing a restoration so it may be used as a rental for summer visitors who will enjoy some nice long distance views during their stay there. Deer, elk, possibly a moose, cougar, and black bears may be encountered on the…
  • The end of feature length ski movies?

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    Abubob
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    First Meatheads and now Poor Boyz. I'm all for online content but what will happen if there's no movie to go out to see to kick off the season? http://freeskier.com/stories/only-th...yz-productions
  • (M) Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

    Backpacking Light Magazine
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Backpacking in the west can be physically challenging and logistically belittling to the uninitiated however don't let that stop you! The rewards of this exploration are worth the hardship. by David Chenault | 2015-06-23The first selecting factor for a trip out west must be the season. Major western mountain ranges and high altitude plateaus are the water sinks of the continent, and to serve this end snow lingers well into summer. The dry-dirt walking season in these places is short, limited, and often well populated. There are very compelling reasons why the three month stretch from late…
  • How does your hike compare to the gym?

    CascadeGear.com
    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    When you are out on the trail, have you ever wondered the effects hiking has on your body? Do you feel as if maybe you should be at the gym to boost your fitness level? Well, think again. Hiking may just be the best all around activity for fitness. First let us take a look at some common workout activities done in a gym setting. There are a variety of exercises with a wide range of calorie burn attributed to each. The calorie burn is based on a person weighing 150 pounds and spending one hour at the activity. Running, 5mph- 576 Running, 10mph- 1224 Swimming, moderate- 414 Swimming, vigorous-…
  • Backpacking Exercises and Workout Tips from Joy Konieczka

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    I came across Joy Konieczka’s work through Seattle Backpackers Magazine, a backpacking website where we’ve both provided some guest posts.  Joy’s writing focuses on fitness and backpacking exercises so backpackers can hit the trail in good physical condition. As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve quickly realized that I needed to pay extra attention to keep myself as healthy as possible before I hit the trail, as well as when I’m out on a backpacking trip. I was drawn to Joy’s work because she doesn’t just write about exercises and…
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  • How does your hike compare to the gym?

    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    When you are out on the trail, have you ever wondered the effects hiking has on your body? Do you feel as if maybe you should be at the gym to boost your fitness level? Well, think again. Hiking may just be the best all around activity for fitness. First let us take a look at some common workout activities done in a gym setting. There are a variety of exercises with a wide range of calorie burn attributed to each. The calorie burn is based on a person weighing 150 pounds and spending one hour at the activity. Running, 5mph- 576 Running, 10mph- 1224 Swimming, moderate- 414 Swimming, vigorous-…
  • Backpacking Food: Beyond Noodles

    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The two most important characteristics of backpacking food are lightness and ease of preparation. After all, you have to carry everything you eat, and no one has patience to spend a lot of time on food preparation after a hard day of hiking. Sadly, this leads many backpackers to believe that their cooking choices are limited to commercial packets of noodles and sauce. Fortunately, this is not necessarily the case. Eating well while backpacking does not require a lot of extra effort or a lot of extra pack weight. You don’t have to purchase expensive freeze-dried meals from an outdoors supply…
  • 7 Different Ways to Start a Fire

    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    In the wilderness, fire can be vitally important, even a matter of life or death. In Jack Nicholson’s famous short story “To Build a Fire,” a logger out on an isolated trail in Alaska finds himself unable to build a fire when the temperature is 75 degrees below zero. Naturally, he freezes to death. Most people will never find themselves in such extreme circumstances. Still, if you are going to hike and camp in the wild, making fire is an essential skill. A good campfire provides warmth, comfort, and heat for cooking. Besides, after a hard day of hiking, curling up in warm glow of a fire…
  • Introducing Your Friends to Backpacking

    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Backpacking is an incredible hobby. You get to see some amazing things that you would never see if you stayed near the car, and it’s not at all unusual to want to share the experience with a close friend or a significant other. However, what seems easy to a seasoned backpacker can seem impossible to a novice. If you aren’t prepared, what you expected to be an exciting trip can turn into a disaster for all involved when you have a novice in tow. Blisters, exhaustion, and constant complaining can ruin a trip and strain a friendship. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to end this way. With…
  • How to Choose a Backpack for a Backpacking Trip

    ianadmin
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In backpacking, using the proper type of backpack is extremely important. Some novices think that they can carry everything in their old high-school backpack, but that is definitely not the case! When you have to carry heavy loads up and down for miles over difficult terrain, a regular backpack simply won’t cut it. Backpackers use special backpacks designed to let them carry weight comfortably. What’s the difference? A regular backpack puts all of the weight on your shoulders, while a backpacking backpack uses a frame and a hip belt to transfer the majority of the weight to your hips and…
 
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  • Snowmaking Porn: Summer 2015

    thetrailboss
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    It's a 100 frickin degrees out here and some of these videos are helping keep me cool. Feel free to add your favorites. Killington: Snowbasin, Utah (interesting look at their fully automated system that only requires 3 people to operate each shift :o ) An Ontario place named Calabogie that made this very interesting 15 minute video on their system: OntheSnow.com segments:
  • The end of feature length ski movies?

    Abubob
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    First Meatheads and now Poor Boyz. I'm all for online content but what will happen if there's no movie to go out to see to kick off the season? http://freeskier.com/stories/only-th...yz-productions
  • Introducing the Spivo! Check it out!

    SpivoTeam
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    Some mates and I have been working hard for the last two years to create an awesome ski and snowboard filming equipment called the Spivo. It's a camera mount that rotates 180 degrees at the press of a trigger. Check out our Kickstarter campaign video and let us know what you think! If you like it and want one, make a pledge on our Kickstarter campaign. Otherwise, share it on Facebook or tell your friends about it. Everything helps! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...your-adventure CWX9cwP.jpg Attached Images CWX9cwP.jpg (155.6 KB)
  • Sherpa Adventure Gear

    thetrailboss
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Last month one of our friends was wearing a nice jacket made by them. I saw some of their stuff at a local store--looks like good stuff overall and neat that it is designed and made in Nepal and/or the proceeds pay for Nepalese workers. http://www.sherpaadventuregear.com/ Some nice colors and materials. I just pulled the trigger on some steeply discounted stuff from them on STP. I have a light softshell coming to me ($36) and a casual fleece jacket like Patagonia's "Better Sweater" series ($44). I will have to post a review. All the reviews were very good. It is sized pretty small.
  • Drone hits plane

    Puck it
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    . They are cool but in the hands of idiots like most people are. They are not.
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    Camping News

  • Destination Feature: St. Lawrence River Carpin'

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    By Ashley Rae Although it's only been a few days since I've arrived back home, I am still replaying the amazing weekend of carp fishing I had. What a rush! It was easily one of my favourite fishing experiences yet and I didn't even have to travel far.
  • Sunderland woman drunk in charge children at Lake District holiday park

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. A Wearside mum who was too drunk to care for her son and nephew while on a camping holiday has been given a suspended prison sentence.
  • Shoreline campers visiting Lake Roosevelt advised of rising water levels

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting visitors planning to camp along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers from rising lake levels. Lake Roosevelt is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington.
  • Flash flooding suspected in death of Missouri camper

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    TV reports that the body of 31-year-old Sarah Nicholls of Boonville was found Saturday in Moniteau County. Nicholls was reported missing Friday morning by her family.
  • High-Tech Tools for Your Next Hiking and Camping Adventure

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Equip your outdoor adventures with a portable telescope, iPhone tripod, and more innovative camping supplies you never thought you'd need A cross between a Snuggie and a sleeping bag, this genius product has arm holes to let you grab what you need even after bunking down, pockets to stash your stuff, and a bottom that clips out of the way when you walk around-so you can stay cozy when temps drop at night and stay warm when you leave your tent in the a.m. A cross between a Snuggie and a sleeping bag, this genius product has arm holes to let you grab what you need even after bunking down,…
 
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    Featured News

  • ACA and Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Partner for #mycampsAED Scavenger Hunt!

    American Camp Association
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN — June 9, 2015 — The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) in partnership with the American Camp Association (ACA) and One Beat CPR celebrated National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7) with the launch of a summer-long scavenger hunt to find automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at camps across the nation. This national initiative calls attention to the importance of quickly locating an AED during a cardiac emergency. read more
  • Tom Holland Named New Chief Executive Officer

    American Camp Association
    12 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    After a comprehensive search process, the American Camp Association® (ACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tom Holland will be the new CEO effective June 1, 2015. Tom replaces Peg Smith who retired on January 1, 2015. read more
  • ACA Partners with the United States Olympic Committee for Olympic Day 2015

    American Camp Association
    6 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    The American Camp Association is proud to partner with the United States Olympic Committee for Olympic Day 2015!  Olympic Day is held annually on June 23, to commemorate the birth of the Modern Olympic Games. read more
  • 2015 May/June Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    View the online digital issue! Order bulk copies for your staff. read more
  • Spring 2015 CampLine

    American Camp Association
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    The Spring 2015 CampLine contains articles on handling measles and other communicable diseases at camp, transgender staff and anti-discrimination, an update from the insurance roundtable, and advice from our experts!    Download the Spring 2015 CampLine.  In this issue:  read more
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Backpacking in the west can be physically challenging and logistically belittling to the uninitiated however don't let that stop you! The rewards of this exploration are worth the hardship. by David Chenault | 2015-06-23The first selecting factor for a trip out west must be the season. Major western mountain ranges and high altitude plateaus are the water sinks of the continent, and to serve this end snow lingers well into summer. The dry-dirt walking season in these places is short, limited, and often well populated. There are very compelling reasons why the three month stretch from late…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    News this week: Get a look at the Tahoe Rim Trail, a stove shootout, meet the founder of Soul RIver Runs Wild, and more. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-06-23 Introduction If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". Top Stories Wildfires in California Wilderness Close Trails Near Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest a fire started and had spread to nearly 15,000 acres. Inciweb is giving updated information as the fire continues…
  • Flash Reviews No. 9

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flash Reviews No. 9: MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, Thrunite Ti-3. by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis | 2015-06-17 In This Issue MSR Aquatabs WoolX Lightweight Men’s T-Shirt Thrunite Ti-3 Flashlight MSR Aquatabs Domestic sheep grazing at high altitudes in some Rocky Mountain areas, such as the Wind River Range (Wyoming) or High Uintas (Utah, pictured) may warrant water treatment methods that aggressively target the inactive of protozoan cysts, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidia (Photo: Ottoman Basin, High Uinta Wilderness, Utah; by Ryan Jordan). MSR Aquatabs The Skinny…
  • (M) The California Crest: a northbound mental map

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    An author and composer writes a music suite based off his memories on the PCT. by Max Stoffregen | 2015-06-16In 2013 I was living in New York City working as a ghostwriter for a DJ, a truck driver, a music teacher, a BBQ cook, a technical support clerk at a law firm, and a composer, when I decided that I wanted to walk the length of California. The cultural and physical vastness of the metropolis was for me a strong metaphor for the vastness of the world, and after spending 2 years learning to navigate this world within a world, I was hungry for a transition to a larger scale. I first heard…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18

    13 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    News This Week: Wrangell Alaska is left high and dry, a backpacker survives fifty meter fall, spend the day trekking Tahoma, a Camp Chef Stove that weighs 8.3 ounces, and much more. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-06-13 Introduction If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". Top Stories Wrangell Alaska Left High and Dry Located in what is known as the rainforest of Alaska, Wrangell is experiencing record lows of precipitation. Local…
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  • Medical Repatriation Services and More With a Membership PlN

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Whether traveling abroad for fun or business, it is impossible to foresee an accident or sudden illness. The fact is, while there are traveler’s health policies available for nearly every destination on Earth, most policies do not cover medical repatriation. Medical repatriation is a term that means getting you home for treatment and recuperation. If you have a traveler’s health policy, most policies only pay for transportation to the nearest medical facility, close to your accident or illness. Getting home – that is your problem and an expensive one too. Do you know that the cost of…
  • Pamukkale: Turkey’s Cotton Castle

    Dave
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    View from the top of Pamukkale Sneakers and socks removed, I gingerly stepped onto the path with running water which led down the face of Pamukkale (“cotton castle”) in Turkish. My eyes were convinced the ground would be slippery, however, I quickly realized it was only an illusion. Far from hard and slick, it was soft and spongy, giving a sense of traction I didn’t expect. A natural landscape derived from mineral deposits, Pamukkale has been fascinating visitors and bathers for over a thousand years! The site was recognized by UNESCO in 1988, and is described as follows:…
  • Canada: From Stunning Waterfalls to Charming Surf Towns

    Lindsay
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Niagara Falls (photo: David Lee) Canada – from coast to coast – is a landmass that’s bursting with exotic places and incredible opportunities for adventures of a lifetime. The only problem with visiting Canada is choosing where you’re going to visit and what you want to see. From stunning waterfalls and high-peaked mountains to charming surf towns and unspoiled lakes, the following destinations are the Canada you must see. Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta A place of electric-blue lakes, stunning waterfalls and picturesque landscape, this area is considered a Rocky Mountain wonder and…
  • Ephesus: An Ancient City Full of Surprises

    Dave
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The former House of the Virgin Mary Turkey is full of historical surprises, as I learned on my third day. It all began with an early morning Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Izmir, on the Aegean coast. The highlight on our itinerary was a visit to Ephesus, an ancient city with a history dating as far back as the 10th century B.C. But first, we had the opportunity to visit the former House of the Virgin Mary. House of the Virgin Mary Situated near Ephesus, a small stone structure discovered in the 19th century is thought to be the last home of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.
  • Backpacking in Costa Rica

    Lisa Eldridge
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    A snorkelling trip to Isla Tortuga on the Nicoya Pennisula Known as the greenest country in the world, Costa Rica is home to five percent of the world’s biodiversity. With lakes, volcanos and lush rainforests, it’s easy to see why it is the #1 destination for tourists visiting Central America. Although the country is popular with families, and you’ll find plenty of Americans on Costa Rica family vacations, there is plenty to offer those on a more modest backpacking budget. For travelers who love the thrills of riding waves, Costa Rica surfing is some of the best in the world and…
 
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  • Let There Be Light … On the Trail and in the Tent

    Bruce
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    I recently attended a presentation about Luci, a “solar justice” solution for those who live in “energy poverty” (they have little or no electricity for basic living). Created by Mpowerd, Luci lights are inflatable, waterproof, solar-powered lanterns that recharge indoors or … Continue reading →
  • Forget the Tooth Brush: Chew Your Way to Clean Teeth

    Bruce
    13 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    We all know the sure way to creating an ultralight backpack is to start light with minimalist pack, mat, bag and tent (under 10 pounds). Beyond that, the little things can add up; an ounce here and an ounce there can … Continue reading →
  • Light as Air … Almost: The Thermarest NeoAir XLite

    Bruce
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but no matter. I’m back at it and today I saw a sleeping mat that packs down to almost nothing, is full-length, has a barrier against cold ground, is comfortable and weighs … Continue reading →
  • Ultra-Sil Kitchen Sink just 1.5 Ounces, But holds 2.64 Gallons

    Bruce
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Although I often just use my finger and a little water to clean my bowl and mug after breakfast or dinner on the trail, having a “wash pot” is nice. But too much weight and bulk, right? I recently discovered … Continue reading →
  • In California, the Snow is Nearly Gone: Time to Go Backpacking

    Bruce
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    The drought in California is both good and bad. Bad: we need the snowpack for a good supply of water for city and rural needs. Good: you can get up in the higher mountain elevations right now where there is … Continue reading →
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  • Reader Poll: What’s Your Hammock Insulation System?

    Philip Werner
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    A Warbonnet Ridgerunner Double Layer HammockHammocks are a great alternative to camping on the ground in a tent. You don’t have to worry about finding flat and level ground to pitch a tent, you don’t have to worry about rain flooding your tent at night, or about nasty spiders and snakes crawling into bed with you. If you have two trees about 15 feet apart, you’re usually good to go.But being suspended in the air, you need to insulate the bottom of your hammock in moderate and cool temperature weather to stay comfortable at night.The QuestionWhat are the components of your…
  • 7 Advantages of Alcohol Backpacking Stoves

    Philip Werner
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Alcohol backpacking stoves are popular with long distance hikers and with good reason. Here are the 7 reasons why they’re a good option for backcountry cooking, especially if you’re a beginner, looking to soften the up front expense of buying backpacking gear.DIY Cat Food Can Alcohol Stove1. Alcohol stoves are inexpensiveAlcohol stoves are very inexpensive and you can easily make your own with just a hole punch and a cat food can.You can buy denatured alchohol at any Walmart, Home Depot,or Hardware Store2. Fuel is readily availableMost people burn denatured alcohol in an alcohol…
  • Yama Mountain Gear Factory Tour

    Philip Werner
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Gen Shimizu, founder of Yama Mountain Gear, fabricating a cuben fiber shelter in his workshopCalling Yama Mountain Gear’s digs in Charlottesville, Virginia a factory might be an overstatement, but not for long. Founded by gear guru and long distance hiker Gen Shimizu, Yama Mountain Gear is poised for rapid expansion into the burgeoning lightweight backpacking and fast packing market with a remarkable product pipeline full of innovative new ideas and product designs.Half Japanese and half Pennsylvania Dutch, Shimizu is an expert product designer noted for his elegant and functional…
  • Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE Cuben Fiber Backpack from Hyperlight Mountain Gear

    Philip Werner
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Hyperlight Mountain Gear Summit Pack (30L)The 30L Hyperlight Mountain Gear Summit Pack weighs a mere 12.7 ounces. Made out of ultralight cuben fiber for day hikes and summit attempts, or for anyone pushing the super ultralight limits, the Summit holds enough water, food, extra gear and clothing for your big day. And it’s streamlined so you can bring it on your bigger adventures or just use it around the town or for cycling, walking or commuting to work. For full specifications, see Hyperlight Mountain Gear.To EnterTo enter this random raffle to win a 30L Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit…
  • How to Seam Seal a Tent or Tarp by Martin Rye

    Philip Werner
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Seam Sealing a Tent or TarpWhen you buy a Tarp Tent, a silnylon tarp shelter, or a hammock tarp, it’s best to seal the seams using McNett’s Silnet (also called Gear Aid Silnet) in order to make them waterproof in the rain. Most of these shelters are not seam sealed or seam taped, so you have to do it yourself.Here is my simple guide to do that.You need:A brush that you don’t mind throwing away afterwardsA tin can or something to mix up inA bit of card, or a very steady handDamp clothMcnett Silnet, which is sticky messy stuffPaint thinnerStart with mixing at 3 to 1 paint…
 
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  • Simi Peak and China Flat

    Casey Schreiner
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Much like the Puente Hills, the Simi Hills are often overlooked by hikers drawn to the wider swaths of wilderness present in the nearby mountain ranges. For the Simi Hills, the neighboring Santa Monica and Santa Susana Mountains cast a sizable shadow on this smaller range hemmed in by suburbia, but the region has some excellent…
  • Hike Rocky Oaks Park

    Casey Schreiner
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Rocky Oaks Park is a small but beautiful slice of protected land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Managed by the National Park Service, this former ranch land holds a shaded picnic area covered by beautiful live oaks, a man-made seasonal pond that (when it has water in it) serves as a rest…
  • Hiking the Rae Lakes Loop

    Scott Turner
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mile for mile – and perhaps inch for inch – the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park contains some of the most stunning and celebrated scenery in a mountain range world-famous for stunning and celebrated scenery. The route consists of three separate but connecting trails that travel through glacially-carved canyons, a high country…
  • Hiking the Sugarbowl Loop

    Scott Turner
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Hike the Sugarbowl Loop through Redwood Canyon on an early June morning, and you may see the sun’s rays filtering down through the boughs of towering sequoia trees. You will pass through verdant corridors of Pacific dogwoods, which may be heavily laden with delicate white flowers. Bright red snow plant may rise out of the…
  • Buena Vista Peak in Kings Canyon

    Scott Turner
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Buena Vista is Spanish for “good view,” which is exactly what you’re going to get on this easy 2 mile out-and-back hike in Kings Canyon National Park. This is one of the easiest peaks you can bag, and it may seem like you’re cheating a little bit considering the astounding views down Redwood Canyon, over the Kings Canyon high…
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  • June 2015 visit to Big Hole Lookout

    montucky
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Every summer I visit the old fire lookout near Big Hole Peak in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana. The trail to it is good (USFS trail 368) and it’s a pleasant hike of only about 2.7 miles to the lookout. The elevation of Highway 200 is about 2400 feet; the elevation of the trail head is 5500 feet and the elevation at the lookout is 6922 feet. The old cabin is undergoing a restoration so it may be used as a rental for summer visitors who will enjoy some nice long distance views during their stay there. Deer, elk, possibly a moose, cougar, and black bears may be encountered on the…
  • Friday’s wildflowers

    montucky
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Harebells ~ Campanula rotundifolia Harebells ~ Campanula rotundifolia Pearly Everlasting ~ Anaphalis margaritacea Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare Pipsissewa, common prince’s-pine ~ Chimaphila umbellata Pipsissewa, common prince’s-pine ~ Chimaphila umbellata Nodding onion ~ Allium cernuum Nodding onion ~ Allium cernuum
  • Wildflowers blooming today,

    montucky
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    well, at least on the lower part of the Spring Creek trail. American twinflower ~ Linnaea borealis White spirea ~ Spiraea lucida Three-spot Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata (an orchid)
  • Revett Lake ~ 2015

    montucky
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:48 pm
    When I visited Revett Lake in late summer of 2014 the tall stalks of Bear Grass flowers could be seen in vast quantities on the seep mountainside on the far side of the lake, although the flowers were already gone. I made a note then to return this year during the time that they would be blooming because it would be a magnificent sight. Well, today I paid another visit and although the Bear Grass is in bloom, they are very sparse compared to normal years and the spectacle I had anticipated was not there. It’s still a nice hike and a beautiful lake, and following are a series of photos…
  • Wild Blue Flax

    montucky
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Wild Blue Flax AKA Prairie Flax ~ Linum lewisii, found growing on Camas Prairie.
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  • Birding and Fly-fishing in Belize

    Erika Zambello
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Oh Belize. A beautiful country on Central America’s coast, Belize boasts spectacular diving and snorkeling, immense cave systems, beautiful rivers, dense jungles, and of course, hundreds and hundreds of birds. My husband and I arrived in Belize just after a late afternoon thunderstorm. It was the beginning of the rainy season, and a quiet time in Hopkins, a small Garifuna village in south-central Belize (they are much busier when it is winter in the US). Our plan was to spend a few days seaside before going inland, and we were itching to get out on the water. We got our chance on a…
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Eating Fiddler Crabs at the Marine Nature Study Area

    Corey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:04 am
    The Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside is one of the premiere places in New York to get great looks at a variety of saltmarsh species without having to slog through a saltmarsh. The boardwalks through the marsh are well-constructed and offer an intimate view of the specialized creatures that call the challenging intertidal environment home. I was there for awhile on Friday afternoon and, as usual, enjoyed my time there, mostly because of a single amazingly cooperative Yellow-crowned Night-Heron that was so intent on hunting fiddler crabs that it essentially ignored both me and my…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2015)

    Mike
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:43 pm
    The past week has been invigorating for Americans who support freedom, dignity, and equality. Hopefully you celebrated by enjoying some fine birds! I took a family trip down to rural Pennsylvania, where I can always count on seeing an abundance of Eastern Kingbirds… and I did. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend could have been the White-faced Ibis at Captree Island, his first of the year, but White-faced Ibis are boring. It could have been the Yellow-throated Warblers at Connetquot River State Park but he didn’t get any pictures. It could have been and of a trio of amazingly…
  • The other Great Egrets

    Jochen
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Great Egrets Ardea alba are confusing on many levels. The first level is the most harmless of them all since it only pertains to birders engaged in international conversations: its common name. Known as the Great Egret in the Americas, it was commonly referred to as the Great White Heron in the Old World. This was unfortunate since it invited confusion with the Carribean white morph of the Great Blue Heron, and nowadays it is thus mostly called the Great White Egret. This does appear to make things easier, but it has lead to a confusing situation on the next level, its taxonomic affiliations.
  • Croc and rock birding trip part 1

    Clare M
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    We have recently returned from a “croc and rock” birding trip that took us further into the Kimberley to visit some gorges, see some crocodiles and a great variety of bird-life. There is a lot to see beyond Broome and we chose to spend several days away camping in the bush away from mobile phone coverage, electricity and running water. This may not be everybody’s idea of fun, but to us it is one of the best parts about living where we do. We have just set off once again on another bush-trip and this will take us further off the beaten track to hopefully once again observe…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Birding and Fly-fishing in Belize

    Erika Zambello
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Oh Belize. A beautiful country on Central America’s coast, Belize boasts spectacular diving and snorkeling, immense cave systems, beautiful rivers, dense jungles, and of course, hundreds and hundreds of birds. My husband and I arrived in Belize just after a late afternoon thunderstorm. It was the beginning of the rainy season, and a quiet time in Hopkins, a small Garifuna village in south-central Belize (they are much busier when it is winter in the US). Our plan was to spend a few days seaside before going inland, and we were itching to get out on the water. We got our chance on a…
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Eating Fiddler Crabs at the Marine Nature Study Area

    Corey
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:04 am
    The Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside is one of the premiere places in New York to get great looks at a variety of saltmarsh species without having to slog through a saltmarsh. The boardwalks through the marsh are well-constructed and offer an intimate view of the specialized creatures that call the challenging intertidal environment home. I was there for awhile on Friday afternoon and, as usual, enjoyed my time there, mostly because of a single amazingly cooperative Yellow-crowned Night-Heron that was so intent on hunting fiddler crabs that it essentially ignored both me and my…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2015)

    Mike
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:43 pm
    The past week has been invigorating for Americans who support freedom, dignity, and equality. Hopefully you celebrated by enjoying some fine birds! I took a family trip down to rural Pennsylvania, where I can always count on seeing an abundance of Eastern Kingbirds… and I did. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend could have been the White-faced Ibis at Captree Island, his first of the year, but White-faced Ibis are boring. It could have been the Yellow-throated Warblers at Connetquot River State Park but he didn’t get any pictures. It could have been and of a trio of amazingly…
  • The other Great Egrets

    Jochen
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Great Egrets Ardea alba are confusing on many levels. The first level is the most harmless of them all since it only pertains to birders engaged in international conversations: its common name. Known as the Great Egret in the Americas, it was commonly referred to as the Great White Heron in the Old World. This was unfortunate since it invited confusion with the Carribean white morph of the Great Blue Heron, and nowadays it is thus mostly called the Great White Egret. This does appear to make things easier, but it has lead to a confusing situation on the next level, its taxonomic affiliations.
  • Croc and rock birding trip part 1

    Clare M
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    We have recently returned from a “croc and rock” birding trip that took us further into the Kimberley to visit some gorges, see some crocodiles and a great variety of bird-life. There is a lot to see beyond Broome and we chose to spend several days away camping in the bush away from mobile phone coverage, electricity and running water. This may not be everybody’s idea of fun, but to us it is one of the best parts about living where we do. We have just set off once again on another bush-trip and this will take us further off the beaten track to hopefully once again observe…
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  • What I’d Bring on a Summer Canoe Trip

    Bryan Hansel
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Over the years, I’ve written a lot about what I bring on canoeing and kayaking trips, and now that I’ve sold my kayak guiding business (blog post coming on why soon) I’m really looking forward to canoeing more often. In fact, I’ve been in a canoe more often than I’ve been in a kayak this year. I haven’t been able to say that since 2006. Not only have I been canoeing more often than in past years, I’m starting to think about a few new and interesting trips that I could take in the next five years by canoe. I’m really excited about canoeing, so…
  • Watson’s Merino Wool Long Underwear Review

    Bryan Hansel
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Starting in late winter and early spring, I’ve been testing Watson’s Merino 150 Wool Long Underwear. Watson’s, a company I wasn’t familiar with, is part of Chateau Lingerie, a company based out of Quebec, Canada. While I used the long underwear mainly for walking around and on photography outings instead of paddling trips, I feel like I’ve used it enough to provide an honest review. For canoeing, it will function basically the same as it does for wearing around. For kayaking for me, it’s all about whether or not it’s comfortable under a drysuit…
  • What weighs 13.8 ounces and is made from wood?

    Bryan Hansel
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Right now I’m testing out a prototype wood canoe paddle that weighs 13.8 ounces on my scale. It feels feather light in the hand. It’s stiff but has just enough flex to feel good. Plus it looks really sexy. More to come as I test this paddle throughout the summer. Here are a few pictures: The post What weighs 13.8 ounces and is made from wood? appeared first on PaddlingLight.com. You can leave a comment by clicking here: What weighs 13.8 ounces and is made from wood?.
  • First SUP Crossing to and Circumnavigation of Isle Royale

    Bryan Hansel
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    I ran into an interesting post on a friend’s Facebook page the other day. He posted this cut from the Cook County News Herald’s Cook County Law Enforcement briefs. It’s from a call placed at 6:57am on May 5th. It said: Grand Portage: Caller said her husband paddleboarded out to Isle Royale and is now disorientated and can’t make it back. Now that’s interesting. My knee-jerk reaction was that some idiot on a SUP did something stupid, and at least it wasn’t a “kayaker” this time. Before I made a wise-ass crack on my friend’s wall, I decided…
  • Used Wilderness System Tsunami 175 and 165 Sea Kayaks For Sale -SOLD

    Bryan Hansel
    31 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    SOLD – All boats are sold.   I have Tsunami 175s and Tsunami 165s for sale. These are used but in great shape. These are a great sea kayak and perfect for Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, oceans or inland lakes. They’re stable, handle rough water and work well for beginners and advancing intermediate paddlers. You could circumnavigate Isle Royale in this kayak or take off on a 20-day trip if you wanted. They’re also perfect for day trips and have excellent handling. All have rudders and upgraded seats for additional comfort. The seat is a $60 upgrade from the stock…
 
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  • Fly Pedals V2: Universal Clipless Pedal Adapters

    Amy Jurries
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do you have a one bike quiver where you like to ride clipless on your commute or for training but not so much when heading to the store or pub to meet friends? Regularly changing pedals is not exactly convenient and wearing clipless shoes all the time is a pain. Enter Fly Pedals–universal flat pedals that quickly convert your clipless pedals into platforms. Made from 100% aircraft grade aluminum, Fly Pedals V2 are a simple, lightweight, and affordable adapter to convert your road or mountain bike for casual riding. They essentially work just like your clipless shoes–a cleat…
  • Rum Runner 11.5 Modular SUP Review

    Amy Jurries
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Scandinavian company Point 65 Sweden, best know for their modular kayaks, recent released a line of modular SUPs. For the past few weeks, I have been playing with the Rum Runner 11.5 in the waters around the Bay Area. The Rum Runner comes in two sizes–11.5 feet and 12.5 feet. Made from polyethylene, the board is incredibly stiff and impact resistant. The board shows up at your door in three different sections. The sections are incredibly easy to assemble. Four different ratchet straps–two in front and two in rear of middle section–slide into the corresponding buckles on the…
  • The Micro Drone 3.0 Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand

    Amy Jurries
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    While most of us think capturing outdoor footage from a drone would be pretty cool, the expense and likelihood of crashing said drone as a newbie pilot prohibits us from taking the leap. Enter the Micro Drone 3.0. At $150 and the size of your palm, this is a drone for mere mortals. A starter drone if you will. Intelligent motion sensors onboard the Micro Drone 3.0 enable it to hover and fly in a straight line–this means it depends less on your expert flying skills to keep afloat and headed in the right direction. The drone comes with indoor bumpers to protect the rotors in case you…
  • Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25

    Amy Jurries
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday, Garmin announced their smallest and lightest bike computers yet–the Edge 20 and the Edge 25. Capturing basic ride data, the new bike computers are for those cyclists who just want something simple and easy to read on their ride without taking up much space on the handlebars. Weighing in at 25 grams and measuring 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, the Edge 20 and Edge 25 are even smaller and lighter than Lezyne’s Mini GPS, previously the smallest and lightest bike computer on the market. Both Garmin bike computers capture your basic essential ride data such as time, distance,…
  • How To Wash Your Helmet

    Amy Jurries
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Summer is here and with it comes the heat. For those of you that bike or climb, this most likely means you wear a sweaty helmet almost every day. Regardless the type, it’s a good idea to wash your helmet once in a while to keep the nasties at bay and your climbing or riding partners happy. Over the past couple of months as I started ramping up the miles and hours spent on the bike, I noticed I was starting to breakout heavily around the jaw line. Only recently did it dawn on me that this was probably caused by my helmet straps and not some crazy adult-onset hormonal freakout. Bacteria…
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  • Check Out Our Link Directory of Survival Sites!

    Survival Spot
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    These are all great survival sites that we know you’ll love! Have a site you want added to the directory? Just click the link below, click “add url” and follow the instructions to have your survival site added to the list. Survival Sites Photo Courtesy: National Geographic The post Check Out Our Link Directory of Survival Sites! appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Modern Marvels: Farming Technology

    Survival Spot
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    The post Modern Marvels: Farming Technology appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • How to Start a Fire Without Matches

    Survival Spot
    13 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    There is a primal link between man and fire. Every man should know how to start one. A manly man knows how to start one without matches. It’s an essential survival skill. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a fire, but you don’t have matches. Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, like the kid in Hatchet. Or perhaps you’re out camping and you lose your backpack in a tussle with a bear. It need not be something as dramatic as these situations — even extremely windy or wet conditions can…
  • How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets

    Survival Spot
    12 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Check out this great information on how to forecast weather without gadgets. This could be crucial knowledge in a survival situation. [Via Marisys.com] The post How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • “PrepperCon” Emergency Preparedness Convention Coming to Utah

    Survival Spot
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Photo Courtesy: LinkedIn We’ve all heard about ComicCon, DragonCon and all the other “Cons” or conventions for enthusiasts of all types.  Now we finally have our very own emergency preparedness convention aimed at Survivalists and I must say – it’s about time!  The prepping industry has really taken off over the past several years thanks to shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers which have really helped to bring emergency preparedness to the mainstream. Gone are the days when people who choose to be responsible for their own survival by stocking up on food storage…
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  • Kinsmans & Cannon - 6/6/15

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    After a fun and fast mid-afternoon bush whack hike to Owls Head, I grabbed a chicken parmesan sub in Lincoln before heading on over to Lafayette Place.  I was excited to continue hiking into the night as it would be my 8th round finish on Cannon.  It was a beautiful night with warm temperatures, a breeze, and little bugs.  The Kinsmans and Cannon are my least frequented peaks, at this point in the journey for the grid, which means I'll be visiting them in each of the next few months, and will also finish 9th round on Cannon.Lonesome Lake TrailA nice tribute and quote to live…
  • Owl's Head with East Bushwhack Descent - 6/6/15

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Oh the dreaded but awesome Owl's Head! Still after twelve summits, its one of the most fun of the 48 in my book, and never the most dreaded.  On this day, I was rewarded with spectacular weather and great views, which I had not experienced on Owls Head in quite some time.  The previous 4 summits in 2015 were winter conditions or at night, or at night in the pouring rain, so it was exciting to have good weather, and it made me a little frisky for an extra challenge.Black Pond Trail The front of Owl's Head from just before Black Pond As I started from Lincoln Woods at…
  • Hancocks, Osceolas, & Mt. Tecumseh - 6/3/15

    5 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    With 17 4,000-footers to hike this month for my goal. On Wednesday night, I set out for my usual mid-week night hike to kick off June, and for this night I decided on the Hancocks & Osceolas.  I decided on the Hancock's first so that I could get a good daylight glimpse of the multiple crossings in case they were higher than the norm (see below for river crossing photos).  At 7:44pm, I was off and headed up the trail.Starting the hike to the Hancocks     Almost to the Hancock Loop Trail Last light approaching the South Hancock SummitIt was nice to have some…
  • Tom, Field, & Avalon - 5/30/15

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    After just a couple hours of restless napping in my front seat at the end of Haystack Road (after a 17 mile Twins, Zealand, Hale Loop), I headed over to Crawford Depot around 5:00am to wait for my brother and niece to arrive.  I had plenty of time to re-set-up my pack, lighten it, and have my coffee and a muffin.It was a nice warm day, and we got started around 8:00am. It was exciting for me to be headed up to Mt. Tom to close out May at a nice easy pace and being with my niece and brother. She was also excited, as this would be her 6th and 7th 4,000-footers.Crossing Crawford…
  • Twins, Zealand & Hale - 5/29/15

    2 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    With just a couple of days left to bag three 4,000-footers for my May goal, it was time to take care of North Twin and Zealand.  I planned to hike on Wednesday, but with a hectic change of plans, I head up on Friday night to start. I had wanted to squeeze these two in with a plan to meet my brother and 11 year old niece the next morning to grid-out May on Mt. Tom. I was planning to do North Twin and Zealand as separate hikes, but with a lot of stress going on personally, I decided that when I made it to North Twin in under two hours, that I would just bang out a loop, exiting over Hale,…
 
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    GearGuide

  • Ryders Thorn Sunglass Review

    Matt K.
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    First Impressions Ryders Eyewear is one of a number of growing Vancouver-based outdoor gear companies springing up in that marvelous Canadian city. Guys like Arc’teryx, Brodie, Rocky Mountain, Sombrio Cartel, Sugoi and many others call Vancouver and its suburbs home. Their products, by and large, deliver outstanding quality and bang for Canadian and US buck. Don’t interpret that as cheap by the way. Several of these Canadian brands clearly occupy a more premium stature. So where do the Ryders stack up? We received a couple of samples recently and gave the Ryders Thorn a shot on our rides…
  • Dolly Varden Roaring Fork Shirt Review

    Matt K.
    6 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    First Impressions Dolly Varden Outdoor Clothing hails from Calgary Canada and boasts an All-American-Made line of apparel. Their fly-fishing and travel inspired gear includes shirts, pants, shorts, tees (imprinted with such phrases as I’d Fish It) and, of course, the obligatory hoodie and trucker hat. What fashion-forward apparel brand would be caught dead without these latter two critical pieces? We had the chance to check out a number of their items – including the Men’s Roaring Fork Shirt – which arrived in a bright blue check pattern, one of three options for this nicely tailored…
  • REI Igneo Short Review

    Matt K.
    31 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    First Impressions Looking for a pair of shorts to take you into the summer? Now is the perfect time to go hunting for something new. Shorts are all over retailers’ shelves. And I hit the local REI recently to find a pair to replace an aging set of Pranas that served me well over the past few seasons. What I found was a terrific addition to the outdoor wardrobe in the form of REI’s Igneo Short. Long, lean and stretchy set them apart from the rest. Features REI promotes the Igneos as great for climbing and hiking. They should work well for wading streams too. REI constructs the Igneos from…
  • AKU Bellamont Mid Plus Review

    Matt K.
    23 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    First Impressions We first wrote about AKU boots back in 2012. We marveled at their out-of-the-box comfort and hand-crafted quality. The Bellamont Mid Plus sticks to that very familiar territory for AKU. Expert bootmaker 146855 made our sample boots in Romania and they arrived in the only color available, dark brown. Very sharp. Features Out of the box, the Bellamont Mid Plus boots don’t disappoint. The product is part of the AKU’s mountain-inspired line. In other words, AKU designed the Bellamont Mid Plus’ for more urban wear than mountain trekking. “Outdoor style footwear for daily…
  • Loquiz Outdoor Game Platform Review

    Matt K.
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    First Impressions Dig geocaching? Ever setup an outdoor scavenger hunt? If you have, then this new gaming app for iOS and Android just might be for you. It comes from a little company based on the other side of the world from GearGuide HQ – Tallinn, Estonia. The region is a surprising hotbed of innovation thanks to some early investment by Skype and a few other high-tech companies. And, at first glance, Loquiz is a pretty sweet first release from this Eastern European developer. Features At its heart, Loquiz is a gaming platform designed for the creation and delivery of outdoor-oriented…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • South Moat & North Doublehead - Solo Hike

    20 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    South Moat Mountain (2,760ft)Trail: Moat Mountain TrailElevation Gain: 2,200ftMiles:  5.4 miles roundtripDuration: 3.5 hrs (includes stop along trail at the summit for 30 min)Difficulty: Easy to moderateNorth Doublehead (3,053ft)Trail: New PathElevation Gain: 1,600ftMiles:  3.0 miles roundtripDuration: 2 hrs, 15 min (includes stop along trail at the summit for 15 min)Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuousChecked off numbers 20 & 21 of my NH 52 With A View list! I wasn’t planning on bagging 2 peaks from the list today, but after 2,200 feet of elevation gain to the summit of…
  • Thin Air - Multi Pitch Rock Climb

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Thin Air (5.6)360 feet, 5 PitchesCathedral LedgeNorth Conway, NHWe did this route in 3 instead of 5 pitches. My leader Geoff combined P1 & P2. And P4 & P5. The traverse section is my fave section of this route. On our last pitch, the area between the two flakes were really reachy for me, and on my first attempt I slipped. But I found the very top section of the flake on the right to be a bomber hold. It was plenty enough so that I could get my feet up and onto the bulgy flake on the left. I would def do this route again! Enjoy some photos I took  while on the route.At the base of…
  • New England ReSoul

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    Thanks New England ReSoul for the re-sole! Gotta bring these babies with me to Colorado!!- Posted by Hawaii Girl Adventures using BlogPress on iPhone!
  • Genetian Pond Shelter - Solo Hike

    14 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    AMC Genetian Pond ShelterTrail: Austin Brook TrailElevation: 2,270 ftElevation Gain: 1,500 ftMiles: 7.0 miles RoundtripDuration: 4.5 hours (includes stops for trail photos & 30 min @ shelter)Difficulty: Easy to ModerateTrailhead parking: 44°24'45"N  71°4'6"WOriginally I was set to solo a practice hike to the Hermit Lake Shelter at Tuckerman Ravine today. But when I awoke this morning and read Jeff D's email about a possible practice hike to the Genetian Pond Shelter, I decided to check it out instead. It's mileage/gain is similar to the mileage/gain we expect to backpack to…
  • Diana’s Bath, Champney Falls, Cathedral Ledge - Easy Hike

    11 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Just a few photos of some short hikes on a weekday. Spent the day at some mellow waterfalls and at the top of Cathedral Ledge. The trail to Diana’s Bath falls is wide, well-maintained and easy. I can see why this spot attracts many families with small children. Afterwards I drove to the top of Cathedral Ledge.  During the winter season, this gate is locked. At the top is a parking lot and a short walk to fenced views above climbing route finishes. Chatted a bit with Tom Sawyer who was belayingMike Cummins up the route called “Refuse”.  From the lookout point with…
 
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    Camp Out Colorado

  • Go Camping for the Great American Campout 2015

    Camper T
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The Great American Campout for 2015 is almost here. This is a program that is run by the National Wildlife Foundation. Learn how you can help out to protect wildlife and the natural resources we enjoy so much when we are camping. National Wildlife Foundation Great American Campout From the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, charged with perpetuating the wildlife resources of the state, also provides a variety of…
  • Free Fishing Weekend June 6 and 7

    Camper T
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Colorado River near Eagle Colorado is a great place to fish this free fishing weekend. Enjoy a free fishing weekend this coming weekend on June 6th and June 7th. Free fishing weekends in Colorado mean that you do not need a license to fish! So dust off your fishing gear and get out there and go fishing! Don’t have any fishing gear? No problem! Ask a friend who does go fishing if you can borrow some of their fishing gear. Better yet, see if they would be interested in the free fishing weekend to go out with you and enjoy some fishing. The free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to…
  • Camping Season Begins Memorial Day Weekend

    Camper T
    20 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Memorial Day weekend is here, marking the official start of the camping season in Colorado. If you are an avid camper, you may have already been out this year since many of the campgrounds in Colorado are open year round. Most campgrounds do not accept reservations during the off season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go camping in them. Just be aware that they often do not have all the available services that they normally would during the normal camping season. Campsites ordinarily may offer electricity, water, outhouses or other facilities. The off-camping season is coming to an…
  • Memorial Day Camping Top Ten Trip Tips

    Camper T
    18 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    The Memorial Day Weekend camping trips are almost here. Everyone is gearing up for camping during Memorial Day Weekend in their favorite campsites can campgrounds. It’s important to keep a few things in mind when heading out to your favorite camping destination on Memorial Day Weekend. It is always crazy before a camping trip. This seems to be expounded on holiday weekends such as Memorial Day because so many are trying to “beat the mob”. Here are the Memorial Day Camping Top Ten Trip Tips to keep in mind when heading out camping this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day Camping Top Ten…
  • Camping with Bears in Colorado

    Camper T
    3 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Bear encounters when camping can be dangerous. One fact that all campers in Colorado have to face when out camping is that we are sharing these areas with many different species of wildlife. Most will leave campers alone and many won’t be seen when you are camping since we tend to scare them away. But bears are an exception. They are curious creatures and have little to fear from any natural predator so they do not always flee from campers out in the wilderness like most other animals do. This can cause a variety of problems, but mostly it endangers the safety of those out camping as…
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    Outward Bound

  • Learn to Lead in Maine: Outward Bound Instructor Development

    Bethany Buchanan
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E.E. Cummings Though E.E. Cummings did not complete an Outward Bound course, and was perhaps never acquainted with an Outward Bound Instructor, we have no doubt that the “someone” he refers to could very well be one of ours. After all, who better to reveal that “deep inside us something is…
  • Outward Bound to Co-Sponsor The 2015 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

    Sam Silver
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Continuing its tradition of providing premier outdoor experiential learning opportunities while prioritizing risk management and safety, Outward Bound will co-sponsor the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) October 14- 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Join us in Portland, OR for the 22nd annual WRMC. In addition to being a co-sponsor, along with Student Conservation Association and National Outdoor Learning School, many of Outward Bound ‘s affiliates, administrators and field staff will share lessons and preferred practices- many drawn from Outward Bound’s five decades as a…
  • 10 Things Your Teen Wants From an Outward Bound Course

    Bethany Buchanan
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    (But Doesn’t Know It Yet) Parents often have brilliant ideas about what their kids should do during the summer. And kids – especially teenagers – often have their own, quite different notions. Although some teens and parents never quite see eye to eye on the ideal summer experience, there are some opportunities where you can both be happy. On one hand, the Outward Bound expeditionary learning framework ensures that students are using their time in a productive, character-enhancing manner – which makes parents happy. And on the other hand, students on Outward Bound expeditions get…
  • Outward Bound Course Memories: Ode to the Instructors

    Brian Pacini
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For our very last Outward Bound Course Memories: Staff Edition post, we’ve chosen a story that is both short and sweet. Brian Pacini, our Director of Analytics and New Media for Outward Bound is a numbers man. He keeps tabs on web traffic, enrollments, and all manners of big data. And he creates impressive charts and graphs to help us understand the ebbs and flows of consumer behavior. He is a man of relatively few words. So it is only natural that Brian’s memory is brief and concise. Read his story, below. “Strength and Gentleness” by Brian Pacini I took an Idaho Salmon River…
  • Outward Bound Course Memories: The When of Compassion

    Kim Young
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The adults who enroll on our Outward Bound Adult courses are unequivocally brave. They have taken a precious week of vacation to go spend time in the wilderness with a group of complete strangers. They have said goodbye to their comfortable bed. They have left behind their electronic devices – and – even harder – their kids, spouses, and families. They are clearly committed to personal growth, life lessons and broadening horizons. On an Outward Bound Adults course, the participants often come from a variety of backgrounds, possess diverse life experiences and have unique personal goals…
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Brunton donates 250 TruArc 3 compasses to The Scouts Association

    Andy
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Brunton have been manufacturing navigation products since 1894 and they believe that nurturing navigational skills in young people is invaluable.  Learning orienteering tests a wide range of skills from how to use a map and compass to mental and physical agility. […] Read more...
  • Cascade Designs Celebrates 30 years of Manufacturing in Ireland

    Andy
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Cascade Designs, the parent company of some of the most respected and well-known brands in the outdoor industry is celebrating its 30th year in its European manufacturing facilities in Cork, Ireland. The parent company Cascade Designs Inc was originally set up […] Read more...
  • Get set for safe camping this summer   

    Andy
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    As the summer gets into full swing, we Brits up and down the country are planning our camping, caravanning and festival getaways. With this in mind, the trade association for the LP Gas industry, UKLPG, is reminding holiday-makers and festival […] Read more...
  • Thanks a billion! Polartec recycles its’ billionth bottle

    Andy
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    The material whizzes Polartec have used one billion clear plastic bottles, destined for landfill, in the production of its high quality fabrics, which are used by some pretty major brands in their outdoor wear. Polartec has been recycling plastic bottles […] Read more...
  • Edelrid – Typhoon Climbing Shoe

    Jodie
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:43 am
    The toe of the shoe felt very positive from the very first wear which enabled me to climb with confidence, particularly important whilst slab climbing. The slightly stiff sole was great for edging outside and gave support on pocket and slab climbing. Read more...
 
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    Gearexposure

  • Arc’teryx Carrier Duffle: lightweight and sturdy

    Vincent
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Arc’teryx is back with an incredibly resistant duffle bag that should satisfy the explorers looking for a good mix between lightweight and durability. The canadian brand offers various sizes and colors, all made from a N400r-AC2 nylon fabric. From the several different colours offered, most are quite flashy. Not ideal if you value discretion, but definitely a must for low light environments. The interior of the bag is coated in a white, reflexive fabric that also helps illuminate its content. It is fairly impressive to see how lightweight and compressible this duffle bag is. When…
  • Kniper, the ultimate survival tool?

    Vincent
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    If you plan to roam mother nature this summer, you must already know the importance of packing a knife. But if the knife is one of the most universal and well-rounded tools, Kniper could be its ultimate and most versatile expression. Although the Swiss Knife is a classic, a tool carved out of a single metal piece has its advantages. Compared to a traditional multi-tool, the Kniper offers a better handling and overall solidity thanks to its single piece of 420 high-carbon stainless steal. It guarantees a very good resistance to corrosion, meanwhile it’s flashy color makes it easier to…
  • Garmin Edge 20 & Edge 25 : the smallest bike GPS in the world

    Vincent
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    Garmin just announced the release of Edge 20 & Edge 25, the 2 smallest bike GPS in the world. Both bike computers offer complete features despite their size. They will display and gather all kinds of data for cyclists : distance, speed, altitude and location. In terms of navigation, both can use GPS and GLONASS systems and download routes.Edge 25 offers more connectivity thanks to its Bluetooth support and ANT+ compatibility (so you can connect it with a heart rate sensor), and will give you the possibility to share your results on social networks. Pair it with a smartphone for live…
  • La Sportiva Xplorer: versatile, lightweight approach shoes

    Vincent
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Released by the Italian brand La Sportiva, those Xplorer could offer a good alternative for those who want to swap between hiking boots and rock-climbing shoes. Combining the stability of boots with the lightweight of soft climbing shoes (without excelling at neither of those), they are ideal in terms of versatility. The complete lacing of those Xplorer (going all the way to the toes) provide a good stability. The feet are fairly well protected, while the shoes offer a sticky sole (by Vibram) for a better grip. The foot bed, however, are no better than average. You might want to get spare…
  • Climbing a 700-year-old giant tree

    Vincent
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    Meet Chris Sharma, a 34-year-old from California who took tree climbing to the next level. Renowned mountain climber (he set up a number of 5.15 climbing routes in the entire world, and climbed ropeless the sea cliffs of Mallorca), he took on that project and connected with his roots as a child tree climber. But what does that gigantic 253 foot (77 meters) high sequoia have to do with the modest trees we all climbed as children? Well, it’s all about the method. Always make sure to pick a sturdy tree, “hardened and strong”. You don’t want to put your weight on a crumbly bark!
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    Mungo Says Bah - Camping, Bushcraft, Photography and More!

  • Carving Wooden Spoons

    Simon Peacock
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Here are a couple of spoons I carved from a single chunk of white ash (fraxinus americana) I gathered from the park behind where I live in Toronto. The already-dead tree had collapsed in a windstorm last year. To finish them, I soaked them in olive oil for a day. It wasn't until I had oiled them that I realized the the bowls are translucent. They're not so thin that they are too delicate to use, but the wood just seems to have that certain quality that transmits light so beautifully. I used 120 grit sandpaper, and you can see the abrasive marks on the bowl. Next time I'll go up to 220, and...
  • Redux: A Tutorial on How To Build a Coke Can Stove for Hiking, Bushcraft and Camping

    Simon Peacock
    15 Feb 2011 | 4:27 am
    I was just looking over my Coke can camping stove tutorial and thought it might be a good time to post it again - it is such an easy stove to make, and lots of fun. Okay, following up on a post about emergency preparedness, picture this: your power has just gone out. It is the middle of winter, and the battery-powered radio reports that a major substation has suffered an outage due to iced-over power cables. You are told to expect that power will return in no less than 7 days. So you get out all the blankets in the house, and warm up the bed. You find your 72 hour kit, first aid kit,...
  • Mungo Is Still Mad About Wool Blankets

    Simon Peacock
    27 Jan 2011 | 12:32 pm
    So this is a rewrite of an older post. I'm going to start writing more again soon - but with the cold winter upon us here in Ontario, I wanted to share my Wool Blankets post again. Stay warm out there! I picked up some wool blankets recently at a second hand thrift shop. They cost $4 each. I am utterly amazed at the prices there. To buy a new King sized blanket at the Hudson's Bay store in Canada, it would cost me $475. For a Double sized blanket, $275. Even to buy one on Ebay.ca, with shipping factored in, I'd be paying at least $75. So instead, I occasionally stop in at the neighbourhood...
  • A Snowy Saturday, Spent Indoors

    Simon Peacock
    15 Jan 2011 | 4:59 pm
    It was a snowy Saturday here in Toronto, so we stayed indoors and played and read and napped and had a great time. James and his sticker book. James playing with stickers. Monty sniffing James. A view outside the back window, with the shed and school. The winter rose bush. James putting stickers on my arm. The abominable snow beagle, Monty. Monty standing guard. Monty running away. Cheers, Mungo Are you subscribed to the Mungo Says Bah! RSS feed yet? If not - you know what to do... You can also follow my tweets at @MungoBah This post is from the Mungo Says Bah blog at... Please visit the…
  • 'Twas the Night before Bahmas (The Story of St. Mungo and Team of Beagles)

    Simon Peacock
    24 Dec 2010 | 5:45 pm
    Twas the night before Bahmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Mungo soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon…
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  • Camping season is here and we know the most popular camping destinations.

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    23 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Camping season has begun for most of America and according to Yonder they know where the most popular camping spots are. With more than 22,000 campgrounds across the country, how is a camper to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday – 6-22-2015

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    22 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Lots of great hiking in the mountains this past week! Thank you everyone for sharing. If you would like to have your photo featured all you have to do is tag your photos with #hikingthetrail. Have a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor News You Should Not Miss 6-21-2015

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    21 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    NOLA selected for new outdoors initiative NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – City leaders announced Monday that New Orleans has been selected as one of 50 cities to take part in a new initiative to help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sawyer MINI Water Filter – Gear Review – and Giveaway

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    20 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The Sawyer MINI Filter is a light and super easy way to keep your water clean. This filter can be used as a stand alone squeeze filter, used as an inline filter for your hydration bladder, or even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Importance of Hygiene while hiking and camping.

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    17 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    The is no denying hikers and folks who have been camping for more than one day stink. It is something that we all realize that we do and embrace that fact but just because we smell or have a nice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Race Report:2015 KTC Lakeshore Trail Trek Marathon

    Tim Bird
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:39 am
    Last weekend, I had the opportunity to run in another one of the Knoxville Track Club's trail series races, The Lakeshore Trail Trek Marathon. This was the first year for the marathon. Last year I ran this same trail race but the long distance portion was a brutal for me 16 miler as I went out to... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Outad 2 in 1 Bluetooth Speaker and LED Lamp

    Tim Bird
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    Have you ever found yourself around the campfire or out by the grill wishing you could crank your playlist louder? Let's face it, the volume on your smart phone really isn't that loud especially when you're outside. Enter the Outad 2 in 1 Bluetooth Speaker and LED Lamp. This little baby has what... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Xterra Knoxville 2015 Is Coming Soon

    Tim Bird
    12 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Below is the press release from Dirty Bird Events about Xterra Knoxville Trail Run and Triathlon: "Dirty Bird Events to host “Xterra Knoxville” Saturday and Sunday June 6-7, 2015 at Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness  May 8, 2015 Image Courtesy of: Dirty Bird Events XTERRA Knoxville Trail Race –... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Body Glide

    Tim Bird
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    In the majority of the races I run, blisters and chaffing are rarely a concern for me. Anything under a marathon in normal temps/climes I never have to worry about things rubbing and causing issues, think shirt on nipples, inner thighs rubbing, your feet, etc. However, each time I've taken a foray... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Terramar Climasense 2.0 Thermolator (Pant, 1/2 zip, and mock)

    Tim Bird
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    As an ambassador for Terramar Sports, I've been able to get out in the winter months and continue training and racing without issue. This time around, I was fortunate enough to receive their Climasense 2.0 Thermolator Pant, 1/2 zip and mock shirt. Let me tell you, I really love my TXO 2.0 layers... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
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  • Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food

    Brian Green
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I’ve noticed that as my chocolate lab Coco has gotten older her eating habits have changed. We rescued Coco as a young dog approximately two years old so we never really had her as a puppy. When she was young she would devour any amount of food that we put out for her as soon as the bowl hit the ground. That led to us splitting her food into two servings during the day so that she wouldn’t eat her entire quota of food in the morning and be hungry and begging for food the rest of the day. Now, as an eight year old “senior” dog Coco has lower energy needs than those of a young pup.
  • The ‘BGET’ Esbit Tray Stove is Now in Production

    Brian Green
    27 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Ever since I first posted about my frustration with Esbit fuel tablets (more than four years ago now) and my eventual solution of developing a more efficient Esbit tray stove, I have received a steady stream of emails from readers asking if I could make them a stove and sell it to them. Despite giving away the instructions, a step-by-step guide, and a template, some people simply didn’t want to fiddle with making the stove themselves. That’s fine, I totally get it. For a while I tried making my Esbit tray stoves for those that asked and sold them for a few bucks just to cover shipping,…
  • Compass Caddy Review

    Brian Green
    19 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Here’s a clever little Kickstarter project called the Compass Caddy. It let’s you carry your baseplate compass right on your trekking pole so that it’s easily accessible and ready for navigation while you’re hiking. The Compass Caddy is the brain child of Peter Knight an avid backpacker and hiker from Hadleigh, England. Fits all sizes Peter designed the Compass Caddy to accommodate different makes and models of baseplate compasses that have varying widths as well as attaching to different diameter trekking poles. This means that you can get the perfect fit for your particular compass…
  • Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

    Brian Green
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself. Choose your model I have a weBBem watch Traveler model (black PVD case) and Overlander model (white dial) to give away thanks to the generosity of my friends at weBBem. Both watches come in a rugged waterproof pelican-style container and the option of a NATO style strap or paracord bracelet. They are both powered by Japanese Miyota quartz movements (as…
  • My Favorite Hiking Apparel

    Brian Green
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos throughout my blog. It’s great to hear you’re digging around through my older articles. So for those of you that asked, below is a collection of the items that I most commonly wear. These are my “go-to” pieces. Find what works for you The clothes that I wear are probably outdated compared to many of today’s more…
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  • The Color Run Los Angeles

    Brie Mason
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    If anyone ever asks you to join them to do The Color Run, you need not hesitate, simply shout, “YES!” My daughter wanted to do The Color Run Los Angeles with some friends of hers. When I found out a couple other parents were going, I was on the fence between “Oh good, she’ll be safe with them.”, and “Well, if these parents can do it, I should do it too.” Little Miss Mason’s enthusiasm was so contagious that her encouragement for me to participate won me over! Once she showed me their promotional video, I knew there was no way I could just…
  • Solana Beach and Winner’s Circle Resort with Teens

    Brie Mason
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Our Solana Beach adventure was part of a weekend getaway I planned for the occasion of my son’s 16th birthday. We spent the whole first day at SeaWorld San Diego and you can read about the fun we had in this previous post SeaWorld San Diego. After our action packed day at SeaWorld, we drove just 15 minutes to a room we had reserved at the Winner’s Circle Resort. This hotel is a little gem of a place in Solana Beach that proved to be the ‘sweet’ we were looking for in a Sweet 16 experience. By the way, is it called something different for a boy? All the party…
  • SeaWorld San Diego with Teens

    Brie Mason
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:14 pm
    I often write about traveling as a family with my husband and two teens, but this trip I switched things up a bit, subtracting the husband and adding 3 additional teens! My son recently turned 16 and rather than throw a tremendously expensive bash in a club, as many here have become accustomed to doing, we decided to take him, his sister and a few friends away for the weekend to enjoy a day at SeaWorld San Diego and a day in the lovely Solana Beach community. Yes, I too thought I was a little crazy for taking this on, but I knew it would be fun and create memories of a lifetime. Through a lot…
  • Nerding Out in Egypt to 40 Million Year Old and Present Day Mangroves

    Erica Hargreave
    17 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I remember being 14 years old and listening on in fascination as Mrs Jones lectured to us in science class about the many adaptations of the mangrove. It wouldn’t be until 23 years later that I would lay my eyes on a mangrove, and that first mangrove would not be alive, but rather a fossilized specimen on the floor of a 40 million year old ocean, in what seemed to be an alien landscape from Star Wars. Fossilized Mangroves in Egypt’s Wadi Al-Hitan, the Valley of the Whales. Egypt‘s Wadi Al-Hitan was like something out of my wildest imagination. I don’t have bucket…
  • Dancing in Mexico Red Boot Stomp Style

    Brie Mason
    6 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Our Roamancing red boots do love to dance and they had quite the splash dancing in Mexico! We were very fortunate to have visited friends during a non-peak travel season and had many highly sought after moments on the beach with absolutely no one else there! You know what an empty stretched out sandy beach with no one on it makes you feel like doing? Well, first it makes you want to run with the wind in your hair and leap into a lover’s arms like the best romance movies, but that’s best left for the sunset. Beyond that, the absolute best thing to do is … dance! I created a…
 
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Hiking Hawaii’s Puna Trail

    David Lowman
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Big Island of the Hawaiian Islands has many rich and magnificent hiking trails. On the Windward, or east, side of the island is a[Read More...] The post Hiking Hawaii’s Puna Trail appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Vivobarefoot Trail Freak Shoes Review

    Andy Zahn
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Upon initial inspection, the Vivobarefoot Trail Freak looks like just a water shoe; colorful, flexible and breathable – unlike any hiking shoe I’ve ever worn. When[Read More...] The post Vivobarefoot Trail Freak Shoes Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Mountain Hardwear Men’s Drummond Short Sleeve Shirt Review

    Isaac Tait
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Men’s Drummond Short Sleeve Shirt by Mountain Hardwear is a piece of stylish and functional everyday wear that is just at home on the trail as[Read More...] The post Mountain Hardwear Men’s Drummond Short Sleeve Shirt Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Osprey Aura AG 65 Women’s Pack Review

    Anna Elliott
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
    What you’ve been hearing is true. Osprey’s new Anti-Gravity suspension system on the Women’s Aura AG and the Men’s Atmos AG is changing the game.[Read More...] The post Osprey Aura AG 65 Women’s Pack Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Mailbox Peak via the Old Trail: Trip Report

    Kristin Wuhrman
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    A trip up Mailbox Peak via the Old Trail (7.3 miles roundtrip) – another hike checked off the bucket list. The views from Mailbox are phenomenal,[Read More...] The post Mailbox Peak via the Old Trail: Trip Report appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
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  • From the Desk of John Rourke – June 30th, 2015

    Rourke
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
      I have put this out there before and made some contacts: If you are in the York County, SC area and interested in joining a MAG send me an email. A local group there is looking for potential members. emergencycd(at)gmail(dot)com Yesterday Glenn Beck commented on the situation in Greece. Listen to it below. Very interesting. About 8 minutes: Beck Blitz Greece economy I finished the book series 299 Days(Book Nine) and have to admit it was emotional to have such a wonderful story come to an end. “I Miss America” My brother recommend “The Last Alaskans” TV show…
  • Video of the Week: How To Set Up Your Plate Carrier

    Rourke
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.  For those of us who have plate carriers the decision on exactly how to set it up can create sleepness nights and fights with the spouse. The following video provides one perspective.       Amazon.com Widgets 
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – June 29th, 2015

    Rourke
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Just a reminder: Several weeks ago something happened and many of the first 2 years of published posts disappeared. I ended up finding them. Rather than republishing them all at once I sometimes pick one here and there and bring it back to current. If you see something and it looks familiar – this might be the reason. There are a series of buttons at the bottom of each post under the words “Share this:”. These have been there for a while and is a great way to share posts to others on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I just added a “Print” button which should help…
  • I can see it coming…..

    Rourke
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
      I can see it. I can see the countless stories of kids lemonade stands being shut down due to local governments requiring permits. I can see towns fining people who back into their driveways rather than pull in to expose their license plate. Of course the town officials must make sure that all vehicles are registered and not left just sitting in the home owners driveway. I can see tax bills arriving to the “owner” of every single piece of property  across the nation. If the taxes are not paid – regardless of the amount – the property will be taken by the…
  • Emergency Essentials sale almost over!!

    Rourke
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    ENDS TOMORROW!!!! For the month of June Emergency Essentials has several items on sale at deep discounts that you may find attractive. Emergency Essentials has been an industry leader and long time supporter of this website. Great company! Here are a few examples: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Peppers  Reg. $35.99  SALE: $21.49 Mountain House Breakfast Skillet  Reg. $36.99  SALE: $19.99 ​ Emergency Essentials Diced Freeze Dried Chicken  Reg. $54.99  SALE: $29.99 Emergency Essentials Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches  Reg. $33.99  SALE: $17.49 Emergency Essentials…
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  • Rhine River Trail: Bonn to Koblenz

    trailsnet
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Remagen, Germany Makes Good Bike Base Camp If you’d like to explore the Rhine region of Germany by bike, the town of Remagen, Germany provides a good central location for basing your adventures. This bike tour is different than most European long-distance trail tours because it gives you the opportunity to stay at one location … Continue reading » The post Rhine River Trail: Bonn to Koblenz appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • A Guide to The Moselle River Trail

    trailsnet
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    A Bike Trail With Many Names First of all, so that you don’t get confused on your Moselle River Trail tour, this famous European bike path has many different names. As far as signage goes, the first one on the following list is by far the most common. But you will also see it referred … Continue reading » The post A Guide to The Moselle River Trail appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Fun Cities Along Moselle River Trail

    trailsnet
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    Metz, France Starts the Moselle River Trail With so many incredible towns and cities located in Moselle River Valley, it’s hard to decide where to start. Metz is a great place to start your trail adventure on the Moselle River, so let’s take a closer look at it. I already covered some of Metz in … Continue reading » The post Fun Cities Along Moselle River Trail appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • European Trail Foods

    trailsnet
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Trail Food in Europe I love the bumper sticker that says, “I bike to eat!” I’m not sure if that’s why I bike, but I certainly enjoy both biking and eating. So one essential ingredient in the whole European biking experience is the opportunity to try lots of different foods. Both the types and presentations … Continue reading » The post European Trail Foods appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Grand European Trail Tour

    trailsnet
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Purpose of the EuropeanTrail Tour I love riding and hiking trails, and long distance trails are the ultimate. We have great long-distance trails in the United States, and I’ve enjoyed riding the following just to name a few: Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania C & O Canal Towpath Trail in Maryland Silver Comet Trail in … Continue reading » The post Grand European Trail Tour appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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  • Adventures in your own neighborhood 

    OffHiking.com
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
       Any time I think about an adventure I think of going someplace far away, new, and exciting. This is not always the case. Many of the easiest and most interesting places to explore are right in your own neighborhood. Even though these short local trips may not be as exciting as going to a further away destination they can be very important for several reasons.     First, smaller adventures give you an opportunity to test out any new gear you add to your collection in a more controlled environment. Testing your gear in a controlled environment decreases your chances…
  • Summer Gear and Posts

    OffHiking.com
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Hey everyone, We are currently in the middle of one of the best times of the year to test new products and gear. I am currently writing up my review on some of the great products I have found and Have been using this summer. These reviews will be starting to get posted up in the blog and will also have links to the products. This is very exciting because it gives the opportunity to update my bags with new gear that I will be using on my own adventures. I am also working on getting more products of my own added to the online store so check back frequently for great new OffHiking.com items. If…
  • Beginning to focus more on the blog…

    OffHiking.com
    19 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Hey everyone, I have not gotten to do as much writing lately because I have been focusing on work and I have not been getting to keep up with the blog. This is going to be changing and I am going to be sharing more of my adventures even if they are smaller adventures. I hope you will all hang in there and check back soon to see my next blog post. The post Beginning to focus more on the blog… appeared first on OffHiking.Com.
  • 2015 Spring Backpacking Trip

    OffHiking.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Finally, I am getting to post about our 2015 Spring Backpacking Trip that happened a week ago. This trip was a 19.5 mile loop trail in Raccoon Creek State Park. Starting from the beginning I was very excited about this trip. About two weeks before my friend Mike had text me saying that he wanted to get out and go camping while he was on his spring break from college. I love going camping so of coarse I wanted to go as well so I got online and started looking to reserve a camping spot at the state park. Unfortunately their campgrounds had not opened yet so the only camping locations that were…
  • Could You Survive?

    OffHiking.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    It is very exciting to watch the TV shows where there is someone out in the wilderness surviving with very little if any gear. This is very dangerous and can make it very difficult if not impossible to survive. Many people think that this could never happen to them, but the problem is that normally when you are in one of these situations it is not by choice. Every adventure you go on involves some risk and this post is going to be about creating a survival kit to help you survive should things ever go bad. The biggest consideration in a survival kit is making sure that every item in your kit…
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Video: Racing baby elephants understimate the muddiness of mud

    Supertrooper
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Apparently “slow and steady wins the race” isn’t part of the baby elephant curriculum. This playful trio was far too busy racing to a watering hole in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve to remember that mud is … well, muddy. While their mothers had no trouble traversing the sticky pit, the little ellies got a [...]   Read more...
  • Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction

    Supertrooper
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world’s rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday. In an update to its “Red List” of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hailed some clear advances in saving endangered [...]   Read more...
  • Dideric Cuckoo a new Saudi Arabian species for me – Raydah Escarpment

    Jem Babbington
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Whilst birding with Phil in the farm area at the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment I heard a Dideric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius calling nearby. Luckily I had the window open and knew the call so we stopped the car and started looking for the bird. As it was very vocal we soon located it sitting [...]   Read more...
  • Vaquita porpoise going extinct right before our eyes

    Supertrooper
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you’ve never heard of the vaquita, then picture a porpoise about the size of a small human with black-lined, expressive eyes and a rounded mouth. The smallest members of the porpoise family, vaquitas are today found only in the waters of Mexico’s northern Gulf of California – and pretty soon, you won’t find them [...]   Read more...
  • Pijuí corona rojiza (Rufous-capped Spinetail) Synallaxis ruficapilla

    Marcelo Allende
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    El 9 de Mayo pasado en el Complejo Don Rodolfo la suerte estuvo de mi lado nuevamente con este escurridizo furnárido, fue la primera vez que pude fotografiarlo relativamente despejado y de cuerpo entero. Mencioné la palabra suerte en primer lugar porque con las aves las fotos salen buenas siempre y cuando ellas colaboren, de [...]   Read more...
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  • LifeProof FRĒ Power Case Review: Waterproof with 2x Battery

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    The article LifeProof FRĒ Power Case Review: Waterproof with 2x Battery first appeared on Man Makes Fire. LifeProof FRĒ Power Case Review: Waterproof with 2x BatteryDurabilityFit and FinishEase of UseOverall Value2015-06-154.5Overall ScoreThe new LifeProof FRĒ Power for iPhone 6 Case solves two core problems for most adventurers — the need for a rugged waterproof case and the need for extra battery power. The FRĒ takes the popular design of the frē waterproof […] The post LifeProof FRĒ Power Case Review: Waterproof with 2x Battery appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Mophie Makes ‘Juice Pack’ Battery Case Waterproof

    Chris Maxcer
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The article Mophie Makes ‘Juice Pack’ Battery Case Waterproof first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Mophie, the maker of the popular line of smartphone “juice pack” battery cases, will soon release a new rugged and waterproof iPhone 6 battery case — the juice pack H2PRO. Obviously, for adventurers everywhere, this is damn fine news. The H2PRO essentially doubles your iPhone 6 battery life by packing enough juice for one extra […] The post Mophie Makes ‘Juice Pack’ Battery Case Waterproof appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • New Waterproof LifeProof FRĒ Power Case for iPhone 6 on the Way

    Chris Maxcer
    27 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The article New Waterproof LifeProof FRĒ Power Case for iPhone 6 on the Way first appeared on Man Makes Fire. LifeProof has announced a new waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6: The LifeProof FRĒ Power Case. The new case basically takes LifeProof’s popular frē waterproof case — read our frē review — and adds a fully-sealed battery pack that will charge a spent iPhone. For outdoor adventurers, the combination of a full recharge and the waterproof […] The post New Waterproof LifeProof FRĒ Power Case for iPhone 6 on the Way appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • How to Get Started Backpacking

    Chris Maxcer
    12 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The article How to Get Started Backpacking first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Backpacking appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    The article 7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Learning to save weight backpacking is all about making compromises and smart decisions. Sure, you can shell out hundreds — or thousands — of dollars and buy the most expensive super-ultralight gear . . . or you can achieve a lighter backpack the way the rest of us do: By looking for smart, big wins […] The post 7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
 
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    Appalachian Trials

  • We CAN have nice things! This is how.

    Dylan Niknot
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In November of 2014 the Baxter State Park Authority penned a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Let’s be honest, it may have been addressed to Wendy Jassen, but it was written to you, me and everyone else using the trail.  The letter should have open opened a flood gate of outcry, and public shaming from those on and ......
  • Month Two (Part 1)

    Scribe
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    Howdie, y’all! (hmm, maybe I’m spending a tad too much time in the south…) I know it’s been FOREVER since I posted, but apparently the south doesn’t believe in reliable WIFI (or working computers…) Needless to say, it’s been tough finding a way to post without using up my cell battery. But, I’m off-trail for ......
  • This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

    Kenny Howell
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We continue to peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram with the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and #AppalachianTrials and select a few of the best each week! This week we take a look at photos snapped between 06/22/15 – 06/29/15. If you would like your picture to be included, be sure to use the hashtag #AppalachianTrail ......
  • Thanks, AT!

    Lara McLellan
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In the most wonderful turn of events that has ever occurred, I will be returning to the Appalachian Trail on July 11th.  Just call it yet another extension on my bedtime: one of my friends that I was hiking with likened my desire to remain on the trail for a longer duration to the pleas ......
  • Boiling Springs, PA to Fort Motgomery NY.

    Oliver Hudgins
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Day 67 Only did around 14 miles out of boiling springs. This first spot is the Darlington shelter and it is supremely crowded. Several weekend warriors and right now,  A pretty gross family just rolled up with kids. The mother just threatened her little girl with binding her wrists and ankles with hair ties. So ......
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    Detecting365 Online Metal Detecting Magazine

  • Recovered: Selma Arsenal CSA Lube Grooved Bullet

    Clark Rickman
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:17 pm
    An uncommon, historic bullet with a big story to tell is unearthed in Middle Tennessee
  • Going the extra yard

    Gary Drayton
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Yesterday I got a chance to go metal detecting at a popular tourist beach in Palm Beach county Florida. This place is hit hard by many beach and water hunters, CLICK TO VIEW
  • Love Token Find.

    Janner 53
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:14 am
    Silver Love TokenAfter a month of no metal detecting for one reason or another, I was able to get out yesterday on a club dig. We had CLICK TO VIEW
  • Metal detecting UK, new permission and possibly an aircraft dial?!

    Andys UK Detecting Blog
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Hello all, I only got back from my holiday at 11pm last night and was totally knackered today but I'm never one to pass the opportunity to get out detecting CLICK TO VIEW
  • Resource: ID ME Facebook Group

    Clark Rickman
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Despite all my research books and constant perusal of eBay and other image-heavy resources, I typically dig two or three things a month that look old and good, but that I just cannot readily identify after a reasonable amount of effort.  I’ve used a wide variety of forums and social groups to get help in the…
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    50 Campfires

  • Grilling With The Sun

    50 Campfires
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If someone were to tell you they could prepare a delicious meal using only the power of the sun in 20 minutes, would you believe them? Before GoSun, the answer would most likely be no. Now, the answer is yes! We had an inspiring opportunity to talk with Patrick Sherwin who is the founder of an amazing new solar powered line of appliances at GoSun Stove. Their first product introduced as the GoSun Sport, was launched in 2013 as the first portable and practical solar cooker. It has the abilities to cook meals in as fast as 20 minutes and reach temperatures up to 550°F/ 290°C. People all…
  • 2 Grilling Recipes To Make With The Sun

    50 Campfires
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Grilling with flame, totally get it. Grilling with the sun, what? Well it’s the hottest flame there is and it’s pretty fun to tell your friends that the food they’re eating was grilled using the sun. But just putting a piece of meat on your patio table and expecting it to cook probably won’t work. You need a device, a device to harness the sun. Solar powered cooking is unique and there are a few companies making products to accomplish this goal, one of which is the GoSun. From breakfast to dessert the GoSun slides out some great creations, two of which we have shared below. Of course…
  • Aspect Solar EnergyBar 100 Review

    50 Campfires
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Going camping doesn’t mean that you have to leave certain amenities behind. Electronic devices, for example, can be great additions to your camping trip. Checking out local attractions, looking up trail maps, keeping tabs on the weather, and taking pictures/video can really add a lot to a weekend spent camping. Keeping those favorite devices charged when you are outdoors can be a pain. You either have to bring spare batteries for everything, tons of cables and adapters, or barely use your devices so they last the weekend. The Aspect Solar EnergyBar 100 was designed just for these…
  • 180s Bluetooth Headphone Ear Muffs

    50 Campfires
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    These are the 3rd generation of the 180s Bluetooth headphones. They have several different iterations. A soft shell version, a woman’s stitched, but the main thing is it keeps you connected at all times, warm and connected. They’re behind the head patented technology and it syncs with your I-Phone or any of your phones. They’re connected with Siri and Google now and so with one touch you can call home, play music, find a pizza place. It also allows you to listen to music and receive calls without ever having to reach for your phone. It’s a lot of fun. They’re $80 retail…
  • Klean Kanteen 32oz Vacuum Insulated Growler Review

    50 Campfires
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Klean Kanteen’s products are known to focus their style and design on providing customers with BPA free and easy to clean products. This vacuum insulated 32oz Growler is no different. Made with 100% stainless steel, this canteen is durable and safe for you to bring your drinks with you anywhere you go. Speaking of drinks, if you have a tasty cold beverage inside, it will keep cold for 24 hours! Perfect for long treks in the woods, because everyone knows how refreshing it is to gulp down a swig of hot water when you’re thirsty. NOT. This canteen is tough, functional, and has a lifetime…
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • 10 Unusual Sights Hiking Around Tokyo

    David Lowe
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Weird and Wonderful Sights on the Trail Hiking around Tokyo provides a great chance to escape the crowds, unwind and feel some personal space often lacking in the city. While charming scenery is abound there are times you are left scratching head as to what’s really going on. Included below are some of the more unusual scenes that I’ve come to witness on my travels through the Japanese mountains. 1. The Mount Jinba Horse The summit of Mount Jinba on the Kanagawa / Tokyo prefectural border is famed for a not so subtle concrete horse or as some have suggested something more akin to a…
  • Okuchichibu Mountains Western Tokyo

    David Lowe
    29 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Wilderness at Tokyo’s Doorstep Situated within the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park in the western part of Tokyo, the Okuchichibu Mountains are a hiker’s paradise allowing us city dwelling folk to escape the confines of the nearby metropolis. The mountains comprise five peaks included in the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains including the striking Mount Kinpu the second highest of the Okuchichibu Mountains. The following ten peaks and mountain passes hope to provide a quick snapshot of this remarkable wilderness area. 1. Mount Kinpu 2,599 m (Yamanashi / Nagano Prefecture) 2. Mount Kumotori…
  • Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山

    David Lowe
    27 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Kougen Hut 高原ヒュッテ – Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山 – Mt. Douman 道満山 Duration: 2 days Distance: 11 km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Kentokuyama Tozanguchi Bus Stop Finish: Kentokuyama Tozanguchi Bus Stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.26 Kinpu-san 金峰山 Kobushi 甲武信]   Get Directions For Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From To Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Spectacular 360-degree Panorama from Mount Kentoku If…
  • Mt. Obora 大洞山

    David Lowe
    8 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Shougen Toge 将監峠 – Mt. Obora 大洞山 – Sanjounoyu 三条の湯 Duration: 3 days Distance: 35.5km Difficulty: hard Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Ochiai Bus Stop Finish: Omatsuri Bus Stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.25 Kumotori-san Ryokami-san 雲取山・両神山]   Get Directions For Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From To Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Golden Week Hikers on Mass While Golden Week in Japan tends to correspond with some of…
  • Mt. Koubou 弘法山

    David Lowe
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Mt. Gongen 権現山 – Mt. Koubou 弘法山 Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 7km Difficulty: easy Usage/Traffic: heavy Start: Hadano Station (Odakyu Odawara Line) Finish: Tsurumaki-Onsen Station (Odakyu Odawara Line)Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.28 Tanzawa 丹沢]   Get Directions For Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From To Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Family Oriented Hike in the Mount Oyama Foothills Located in the foothills south of Mount Oyama this…
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Current Drives Huey SUP Review

    Allison
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Current Drives is a company based out of Seattle that focuses on bringing clean, quiet and functional electric drive systems to water sports. They have one highly durable inflatable SUP called the Current Drives Huey that I got to test out and review. However besides their Huey ISUP they also manufacture an ElectraFin that can […]
  • Saturn 11’ Ultra-Light ISUP Review

    admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    This board is about as light and portable as they come. Weighing only 17 lbs. it is extremely easy to carry anywhere you want to go. It is basic in design but stable and fun to paddle. It is great for cruising around on lakes, ocean bays or rivers. The best part about the 11’ […]
  • Red Paddle Co 14’ Elite ISUP Review

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The Elite Race is an ISUP of a different class. This board can compete against hard-board designs in speed and performance. It is lean and strong and extremely fun to paddle. If you are new to stand-up paddling it might take a little time to get used to the sleek design of this board. However […]
  • Red Paddle Co Sport ISUP Review

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The 2015 Red Sport inflatable SUP has a streamlined design and functional features that makes this board an awesome addition to the inflatable SUP world. I love that Red has added an 11’ ISUP to their lineup. The size and shape of this board make it an ideal choice for anyone with a small to […]
  • Ten Toes Board Emporium Weekender Review

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Ten Toes Board Emporium at this time makes four different inflatable stand-up paddleboards. I was lucky enough to get to try out their very versatile 10’ Weekender ISUP. What I like most about this board is how easy and convenient every aspect of it is. It provides all the features you need and has a […]
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Preparing for an EMP Attack – Can Faraday Cages Help?

    Lisa S
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, may sound harmless enough but its effects can be devastating. An EMP is essentially an intense burst of energy (for instance a lightning bolt, which is simply a highly concentrated EMP event that is very localized) that, depending on size and intensity, could potentially wipe out electrical and information systems across vast areas. EMPs can occur naturally, as with lightning and a case we will explore later in this article, as well as through man-made sources such as nuclear or radio-frequency (non-nuclear) weapons. In order to properly prepare for such a…
  • Advanced Tactical Hip Bag Vs. Maxpedition Jumbo EDC Bag

    Lisa S
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Note: This review was contributed by one of our readers. Jeremy from Alaska compares his previous EDC bag from Maxpedition to his newest one, which is made by Rothco for The Bug Out Bag Guide. To view pricing and purchasing options in our store, CLICK HERE. Introduction I carry concealed on a very regular basis, but sometimes there are situations where on-body carry is just not practical for me.  So, I take the next available option:  off-body carry in a “man-purse.” Now, set aside your reservations for this, because I understand most, if not all, the disadvantages to taking…
  • BOB, GHB, EDC, INCH… Which Survival “Bag” Is Right for You?

    Lisa S
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Note: This article was contributed by Dan F. Sullivan of SurvivalSullivan.com.  To learn more about Dan you can see the About the Author section at the end of the post. It can be a little intimidating for newbies to know what all these bug out bag acronyms mean, let alone knowing which ones to focus on. Ask 10 people and you get 10 different answers, right? Different people live in different situations and have different needs which is why we need to make it clear what each of them is and to point out the differences so you can make the right choice. The BOB (Bug-Out Bag) Designed to help…
  • Comparison of Ranged Survival Weapons

    Chris Ruiz
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here at TBOBG, we’ve covered all kinds of preps. Among those, of course, are preps for defense and food procurement. Even though you’ve painstakingly researched and selected the ideal armament for your situation and have been religiously stocking up on ammunition, there may come a time when these careful preps aren’t sufficient. Perhaps you’ll have suffered a raid, an unrepairable malfunction, or simply run out of ammo. In any of these instances, you would do well to have some alternatives to the usual collection of firearms. Read on to learn up on some of the best alternative ranged…
  • Learn To Build Shelter For Any Survival Situation

    Lisa S
    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Summer’s right around the corner, and for many people that means getting back to the great outdoors, whether it be for a day hike or a weekend camping trip. This summer, take advantage of your time outdoors to practice the invaluable skill of building survival shelter. That’s right, you need to step out of your comfort zone, leave your four-person tent and goose-down sleeping bag, and try to construct adequate shelter with only the items that would be available to you in a disaster scenario. It’s the perfect time because if something does go wrong, you can always retreat back into your…
 
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    ADAPT Network » Outdoor

  • How to Prevent Contact With Poisonous Plants in the Great Outdoors

    Community
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    One surefire way to ruin a picture-perfect hiking adventure is to come in contact with a poisonous plant and suffer the consequences: unbearably itchy skin rash, headaches, dizziness, nausea – the list goes on and on. How can you avoid these poisonous green adventure-sappers? It’s all about knowing what to look for. The Poison behind the Plant Although a number of plants can provoke a skin reaction, three major poisonous culprits tend to cause an irritating skin rash: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. All three of these plants contain an oily sap called urushiol. This sap is…
  • Stuck on Survival – 25 Uses for Duct Tape on Your Next Camping Trip

    Community
    5 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    While it is hard to imagine how a simple roll of gray tape could be so mighty, duct tape is famous for its uncanny ability to fix just about anything. If you’re planning some quality time outside – where you may be far from the conveniences of modern life – having the necessary supplies for self-reliance is a must. Throw some duct tape in your pack and you’ll be prepared for everything from clothing repairs to first aid solutions and fire starters, with a catch-all survival tool for whatever sticky situations may arise. When times are rough, here are some ways duct tape may help get…
  • Possible Railroad Tunnel through Mt. Everest

    Ben
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Photo: Flickr (alexdram). An extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the China-Nepal border has been proposed by China. This would require boring a railroad tunnel through the tallest mountain in the world! There is currently no rail line linking the Chinese-controlled Tibet with Nepal and officials say a 335-mile railway tunnel connecting the two counties, with a portion of the route passing through the world’s tallest mountain, would boost trade, and increase tourism. “If the proposal becomes reality, bilateral trade, especially in agricultural products, will get a strong boost,…
  • Travelling the US to Film all 59 National Parks

    Ben
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Will and Jim Pattiz at work. Possibly the best office in the world!. Photo courtesy of MTJP. More Than Just Parks (MTJP) is a project started by brothers Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media. We featured the first 3 short films from this awesome project on ADAPT here, here and here, but if you missed them, I’ll post them in this article as well. MTJP was started by the Pattiz brothers, originally from Georgia, with the simple but meaningful goal to encourage more people to get out and experience what’s theirs. While the goal might be simple, the execution is…
  • A Breathtaking Short Film of Joshua Tree National Park.

    Ben
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    The third short film from More Than Just Parks (MTJP) is the culmination of more than two weeks spent exploring Joshua Tree National Park. The team, consists of two brothers Will Pattiz & Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media, as well as additional crew members joining throughout the project. They chose Joshua Tree because of its unique landscape. Its immense boulder piles, colourful cactus fields, endless desert expanses, and unusual Joshua trees make for a spectacular setting. The team’s journey started in the Joshua tree fields of Black Rock Canyon. From there they hiked,…
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  • 28 Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques: How To Catch Bass In Any Season

    Alex
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    There is no bad season for bass fishing. We listed our top bass fishing tips, whether you are looking for stripers, white bass, largemouth, or smallmouth. Because in our book, the action can be great on any lake and on any given day. Different tactics and techniques can outperform others, but this article on how […]
  • How To Kayak With Your Dog? Read These 10 Tips on Kayaking With a Dog

    Alex
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    If you have a pup, you should definitely give dog kayaking a try. Whether you’ve been kayaking for a while or you’re relatively new to the sport, it’s a total bummer when you have to leave your dog behind every time you hit the water. If you’ve been thinking he might enjoy a day in […]
  • Canoe Repair, Maintenance & Care Tips: Aluminum, Wood & Royalex

    Alex
    13 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Many of you either bought your canoe, built them by your own or with the help of plans available online. Regardless of how much you paid for your plans (or who you got them from), the combination of the material costs and the time put into building your boat work of art, makes this an investment worth […]
  • 10 Basic Tips Before You Head Out On Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition

    Alex
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Since recreational kayaking has been growing in popularity, many experienced kayakers have been trying their hands (or paddles for that matter) at sea kayaking expeditions, which requires a bit more strength and endurance. Below are 10 vital tips for anyone who is going out for their first sea kayaking expedition. 1. Learn the fundamentals of […]
  • How To Kayak & How To Get In And Out Of A Kayak With Ease

    Alex
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Kayaking can be a very fun and enjoyable activity. It’s not a particularly challenging process once you get used to it, but it can be intimidating at first. To help beginner and novice kayakers get their feet wet (pun intended), we have put together a list of basic tips that will help you learn how […]
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • Day 90: The Wife Arrival

    jonjadams31
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    I spent the day running errands with my Mother around town. Unfortunately the errands took a little longer than I thought so I wasn’t able to reconnect with my buddy Adam, who I had dinner with the night before. Just a couple hours after we got done running around town Sandy and Marissa, the wife of Pie (love this pun, btw) and my wife were set to arrive. My Father and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy as we waited and just as the movie credits began to roll they pulled up. It was so very nice to see my lovely wife again and to know I would get to spend the next month with her.
  • Day 89: More Town Rest

    jonjadams31
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    My stomach started to deteriorate slightly again so I filled my prescription for the Giardia antibiotics and started taking them today. The doc I had said I might not need them since I seemed to be improving pretty quickly but after a full day of eating real foods again my stomach apparently had more fuel to go back to its old ways. So it’s pills three times a day for me until the pills are gone and hopefully the parasite will be too. Morel of the story, always filter that water kids. Godspeed.
  • Day 88: Hanging Out In Town

    jonjadams31
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Not much more to report as I am still hanging out in town to recover. Pie is through Belden now though, seems like he is making good time on his way to Old Station. More info as it comes. Godspeed.
  • Day 87: Doctor’s Visit (Picture Drop!)

    jonjadams31
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Well, as Pie hikes on I am in the Redding area resting and rehydrating after a bout of what was most likely Giardia. They weren’t able to confirm it 100% because I hadn’t eaten really anything in over a day and had already lost just about everything (sorry, TMI I am sure) so they weren’t able to get a sample to test but the doctor said he was confident that’s what it was and prescribed me some anti-nausea meds and Giardia antibiotics and loaded me up with 4 liters of IV fluids (which made me feel so much better so much faster than I could have hoped). So, since I am…
  • Day 86: A Long Commute

    jonjadams31
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    I woke up today feeling slightly better but still a little dehydrated and like I didn’t have anything nutritionally to fuel myself. Despite that, I decided I wanted to give it a shot for the day so I ate my oatmeal and started packing up my gear. Pie heard me rustle around and came to check in and I said I wanted to give it a try and by 8 am we were packed up and ready to go. By the time we had all our gear in the packs I could feel my oatmeal starting to resurface a little, not a great sign. I managed to keep it down, but we had hiked for only 45 minutes before I felt like I had run a…
 
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    Digital Steak

  • Climbing the Frendo Spur – A very civilised affair

    Charley Radcliffe
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Climbing the Frendo Spur is high up on many alpinists dreams when they arrive in Chamonix. A striking line that towers over town, rising right underneath the Aiguille du Midi telepherique in full view of all the camera happy tourists. Described as a mid-grade classic, I’ve had my eye on this route for several years... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • 3 Lessons from climbing in an electrical storm

    Charley Radcliffe
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    The weather in Chamonix is typical early summer weather – amazing sunny mornings then, between 1pm and 2pm, the clouds come in and shortly after a storm kicks off. It is pretty much like clockwork. Jesse and I set off on a rock climb up high that would easily get us back to safety in time.... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Single pitch rock climbing in the Peak District

    Charley Radcliffe
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:09 pm
    People travel from all over the world to come and climb in what is now my back yard, Chamonix – it is truly exceptional with so much variety; from sport climbing to ice, to alpine mountaineering to alpine rock climbing. It truly is a climbing Mecca. One thing I’ve missed, however, is single pitch rock climbing... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Training in London for the mountains

    Charley Radcliffe
    28 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    I have been so excited about coming back to London to study and hopefully qualify as a personal trainer – it is the culmination of several years hard work, life changing decisions, and listening to that little voice deep inside me. As exciting as that is, I knew I was going to be missing Chamonix,... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • My Top 5 Running Moments

    Charley Radcliffe
    23 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Recently my blogging buddy and running inspiration, Runner Beans, wrote a great piece about her Top 5 Running Moments – she is a prolific marathon runner and her list included the London Marathon twice, Berlin Marathon, New York Marathon, and a beautiful sounding Valentine’s day run with her other half. Inspired by this, Stuart Storr... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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    Wilderness Today

  • How to Properly Sharpen a Blade: Hunting & Survival Knife Sharpening Tips

    Great Outdooring
    7 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The actual process of honing your pocket knife, survival knife or hunting knife’s edge of your knife’s blade is a relatively simple process and thus requires little explanation. However, having the proper whetstone for the job at hand is an integral part of the process and yet, choosing a whetstone can be a rather complicated process requiring extensive explanation. Then, there is the matter of different types of blade steels and different types of blade grinds which require different grits and different honing angles. So, if you do not yet understand the difference between a…
  • Suggested Recurve Bow Draw Weights for Target Shooting & Hunting

    Great Outdooring
    30 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
      The fact that many people still consider the ancient practice of archery to be an enjoyable recreational sport is evidenced by the numerous different local archery shops in any given location. However, when first entering the sport of archery, one of the questions that inevitably comes up is “what draw weight bow do I purchase”? Well, the obvious answer to that question is to purchase a bow with the maximum draw weight that you can comfortably draw. That answer really only applies to those archers who intend to hunt game with their bows because, the truth is that archers…
  • Suggested Compound Bow Draw Weights for both Hunting & Target

    Great Outdooring
    23 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Just like the crossbow, the modern compound bow has undergone an amazing evolution in the last couple of decades with significant advances in arrow speeds. Consequently, the process of choosing the correct draw weight for a compound bow is actually far more complicated than it is for a traditional bow due to significant differences in riser design, limb design, and cam design. In fact, any two different models of compound bows with the same draw weights may feel entirely different from each other when drawn due to those differences. Therefore, choosing the correct compound bow draw weight is…
  • 50 Amazing Images of the Grand Canyon that will Encourage an Arizona Road Trip

    Great Outdooring
    21 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    The epic Grand Canyon.  One of the seven magnificent wonders of the world.   One of the most visual spectacles on the planet.  The views are absolutely amazing and can only be described as a natural masterpiece. In the past decade, popular vacation spots like Six Flags, Disneyland and Sea World would trump the most amazing natural wonders as families went looking for more “entertainment” themed family trips. Recently however, there’s been a growing outdoors movement and some of the most amazing places are starting to make their way back as popular vacation spots. The Grand Canyon is…
  • Best Recurve Bows For Hunting: 2015 Reviews

    Great Outdooring
    17 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In today’s hunting world, compound hunting bow and modern crossbow are to archery what the metallic cartridge with smokeless powder and Berdan primers is to firearms. With that being said, it’s somewhat surprising that there would still be such a large group of archers today who choose to use a recurve bow instead since the level of technology it employs is equivalent to that of muzzle loaders, black powder, and percussion caps. However, the fact of the matter is that the modern, recurve, hunting bow is still very much alive and very popular among archers. Consequently, several…
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    The Amateur Outdoorsman

  • Backpacking Meal Planning Tips with Tanya Krezevska

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    When it comes to backpacking meal planning, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that many of you are like me. We opt for one of the many pre-packaged meals and energy bars to get us through a backpacking trip.  Since most of us already have all the gear we need stashed away at home, the only thing we need to pick-up is the food (and maybe a good whiskey), which can be done while heading out-of-town at the grocery or sporting goods store. Sure, this can save time, and depending on what you buy can be fairly cost-effective, but it doesn’t allow for the best tasting or…
  • Backpacking Exercises and Workout Tips from Joy Konieczka

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    I came across Joy Konieczka’s work through Seattle Backpackers Magazine, a backpacking website where we’ve both provided some guest posts.  Joy’s writing focuses on fitness and backpacking exercises so backpackers can hit the trail in good physical condition. As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve quickly realized that I needed to pay extra attention to keep myself as healthy as possible before I hit the trail, as well as when I’m out on a backpacking trip. I was drawn to Joy’s work because she doesn’t just write about exercises and…
  • Evernew Titanium Non-Stick 900ml Pot with a Handle Review

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    30 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Overview of features The Evernew titanium non-stick 900ml pot is has been my lone cooking pot for awhile now. This pot is versatile enough to to cover just about all of my cooking needs. Its non-stick surface is great for those who enjoy cooking something more than boiling water for freeze dried meals and with a capacity of 900 ml (34 fl oz), you have enough room to mix a few different ingredients for your favorite dish. And the 900 ml, which is a shade under 4 cups, the pot will boil enough water to make you about 2 cups of coffee in the morning. Evernew titanium non-stick 900ml pot also…
  • An Interview with Ray Rippel: Planning Your Thru-Hike of the John Muir Trail

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    12 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Ray Rippel, a civil servant (DoD), retired Soldier & writer/photographer for Strawberry Lake Media, LLC. I’m a big fan of Ray Rippel and I was so glad when he agreed to an interview. I’ve been following him for more than a year and love his content about the John Muir Trail. He’s an avid hiker and author of Planning Your Thru-Hike of the John Muir Trail, which is a must read for anyone interested in hiking the JMT. I had planned on hiking the trail in 2014 until an ankle problem put a wrench in my plans, but while I was in the planning stages, Ray’s book was…
  • Do More With Less: A Pacific Crest Trail Movie

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    9 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Do More With Less, a beautifully done video that you can not watch just once. Do More With Less is a conversation between over 100 hikers traveling from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Throughout the 2,660 miles and endless challenges the community talks about hiking, abandoning the grid, and how to live an adventurous lifestyle. This film is not-for-profit and was made to give back to the PCT community. It was filmed by Travis “Duke” Barron and Eric “ET” Timmerman as they thru hiked the PCT from Mexico up to Canada in 2014. For those of you getting the itch for your…
 
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  • 10 Common Misconceptions About Mountaineering

    Nathan
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Extreme sports or any activity that involves adventure is always under scrutiny or overestimated in its deliverances. Mountaineering is the act of climbing mountains or hiking up a particularly challenging landscape that qualifies as one. It is thrilling and demands a certain level of dedication. Still there are some notorious misconceptions about mountaineering that take a fraction of appeal out if it especially if a person is of the cautious nature. The ten most common misconceptions about mountaineering are as follows. Mountaineering excludes small sized summits Some believe going big or…
  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Mountain Climbing

    Nathan
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    A typical сlіmb ѕtаrtѕ еаrlу іn thе dау. A group оf сlіmbеrѕ mіght fоllоw a trаіl uр through раѕturеѕ аnd wооdlаndѕ. Sоmе groups рrеfеr tо stay on the trаіlѕ аll thе wау to thе tор оf thе mountain. Thеѕе grоuрѕ do nоt nееd special еԛuірmеnt; they juѕt nееd a раіr оf gооd lungѕ аnd strong lеgѕ. But ѕtіll, good climbers wоuld bring аlоng a расk соntаіnіng first aid ѕuррlіеѕ, wаrm сlоthіng аnd еxtrа food. Hоwеvеr, thеrе аrе оthеr grоuрѕ whо еvеntuаllу leave the path and head…
  • Are You Climbing The Best You Can? Three Signs of Failure

    Nathan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you thinking of making up your way the big wall? At that point verify that you and your partner are completely ready and prepared with the aptitudes that you have to tackle this big climbing endeavour. Climbing needs proper and extensive planning and a careful specialized comprehension of the considerable number of mechanics of climbing and your apparatus. The expectation to learn and adapt for rock climbing can be steep. It takes direction, it takes mentorship, and it takes climbing, a great deal of climbing. While there is no substitute to just putting in the hours, Once you’ve…
  • Which Kayak Should You Get For River Fishing?

    Nathan
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    There is a wide variety of kayaks available and deciding which one is right for you will depend on what you need the kayak for and where you plan to use it. When it comes to river fishing there are certain important considerations. First off, the longer and narrower a kayak is, the faster it can move. But if your main concern is fishing, you are better off with a wider kayak for sturdiness. With a wider kayak, there is less possibility of flipping. Length considerations will depend on your height and whether you would share the kayak with someone else. Sit-On-Top or Sit-In: Generally, a…
  • Top 10 Locations To Go Hiking In The United States

    Nathan
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    America іѕ one of thе many соuntrіеѕ thаt everyone drеаmѕ tо vіѕіt. A lоt оf реорlе wаnt to mіgrаtе or wоrk there. It ѕееmѕ lіkе еvеrуthіng thаt уоu nееd іѕ already thеrе аnd whаt соuld be grеаtеr thаn gеttіng сlоѕе tо some оf the Hollywood сеlеbrіtіеѕ thаt we so аdоrе? Nevertheless, whеn you are planning tо gо on a vacation іn the lаnd оf frееdоm, уоu mау wаnt tо knоw ѕоmе of the bеѕt рlасеѕ that you ѕhоuld рау a vіѕіt. Rеаd furthеr аnd bе ready to pack уоur things аnd ѕреnd…
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  • Comprehensive Guide to Rifle Scopes

    Logan
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Rifle scopes are optical sighting devices that enable a hunter or gunman to see long-distance targets telescopically, thus even from afar they’re able to shoot or “snipe” at them with eerie precision. They’re essentially a combination of lens, eyepieces or oculars, reticle markings, illumination technology, and so forth. Nowadays, many firearm users have some kind […] The post Comprehensive Guide to Rifle Scopes appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • Air Rifle Owners Guide – Information you MUST Know

    Logan
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:41 pm
    People often ask me “how can I become more accurate with my shooting” my answer is a boring one and I can always see the person’s disappointment straight away and that’s you’ll never become an accurate shooter without practice. Now this answer is a little simple but I will explain the reason why I give […] The post Air Rifle Owners Guide – Information you MUST Know appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • How To Sight In A Scope

    Logan
    21 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    How many different methods have you heard of when it comes to how to sight in a scope? Probably a lot, just as we have. There are a lot of opinions on how to sight in a scope, but there are a lot of different needs for sighting in that scope. Some folks want to […] The post How To Sight In A Scope appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • Survival Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Survival

    Logan
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Hunting and Survival Tips The key to survival is preparation. Oftentimes, however, being in a survival situation means that you may not have the necessary tools or equipment at your immediate disposal. Proper survival training and know how allows you to use the items in your environment to your advantage. Such knowledge is invaluable and […] The post Survival Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Survival appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • 7 Reasons You Fail To Take A Deer Every Year

    Logan
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:50 pm
    I know and you know, sometimes we just have lousy seasons. There may be things that happen that are out of our control that cause us to miss an opportunity to bring a deer, or deer, home. However, there are a number of Hunters who fail to bring a deer home year after year. I […] The post 7 Reasons You Fail To Take A Deer Every Year appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
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    Path Untraveled

  • Fit for Adventure II: Let’s start with water.

    J. Paul
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    I posted an article last week about hydration, and we’re going to revisit that topic now. Hydration isn’t just important when you’re talking about survival or strenuous activity, it’s a critical factor of total-body health and weight loss! We’re going to cover this concept pretty quickly – because it’s actually very simple. You don’t need a formula to determine how much water to drink. You definitely don’t need an app, a light-up water bottle, or any of that other goofy crap. All you need is to have water close at hand and a desire to…
  • Pyramid: Adventure travel is gaining popularity.

    J. Paul
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Infographic provided by Pyramid Travel Products Adventure travel is rising in popularity – so much so that the majority of tourism boards now consider it a $263 billion standalone sector of the $8 trillion travel industry. “Package holidays have taken a big hit,” said president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Shannon Stowell. “[People] have done the package holidays, they’ve done the beach, they’ve done Disney and Vegas, and now they’re looking for something more interesting.” Stowell’s theory is that most consumers want to do their…
  • 7 Awesome webcams that will make you want to travel.

    J. Paul
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Webcams offer us the ability to experience sights from all over the world without leaving our homes. That’s great and all, but here at Path Untraveled, we’re all about seeing it for ourselves! Consider these great camera feeds “advanced reconnaissance” for your next travel destination. Take a look, and you’ll be grabbing your passport in no time! 1. Live Waikiki Beach Cam This live webcam is provided by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Check out the crashing waves, Diamond Head Crater, and the great views offered from the resort! Waikiki Beach…
  • Review: Fox Outdoor Compact Modular Hydration Backpack

    J. Paul
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I was skimming through a magazine the other day and saw that Fox Outdoor was promoting a line of packs in safety orange. This new color option appears to be geared toward hunters, but I took an immediate interest for other reasons: Orange is my favorite color. I’d prefer not to get shot while wandering through the woods. The extra visibility might be useful when riding my bike. It’s “tacti-cool” without looking like I’m on deployment in the state park. Since switching from hiking to biking as my main mode outdoor travel, I was also looking to get a pack…
  • Project Monty: The Accessories

    J. Paul
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The gloves are Mechanix Wear M-Pact gloves in MultiCam. Screen capture from ContourHD 1080p helmet camera. Project Monty continues to evolve, and over the past couple of weeks I’ve been putting some choice accessories to the test. I’m glad to report that nothing has failed, broken, or otherwised let me down. That’s always a good thing when you’re shopping on a budget and buying some of the off-brand stuff, of course. So what have I been putting through the wringer? Magellan Meridian Bicycle Mount As to be expected, it does the job of holding my GPS unit securely. I can…
 
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    Halfway Anywhere

  • Why I Hiked The Pacific Crest Trail

    Mac
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    At some point during all the small talk on the Pacific Crest Trail, it can be expected that your reason(s) for starting the PCT in the first place will be... Read moreThe post Why I Hiked The Pacific Crest Trail appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Mt. Hino (日野山)

    Mac
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Name: Mt. Hino Japanese name: 日野山 (Hinosan) Location: Echizen City, Fukui, Japan (福井県越前市) Summit elevation: 2,608 ft / 795 m Elevation change: 2,346 ft / 715 m Round-trip distance from... Read moreThe post Mt. Hino (日野山) appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • 15 Things I’ve Learned About Japanese School Children

    Mac
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Since relocating to Japan, I have learned a lot about the country’s customs, culture, and children (but mostly about konbinis). And since the children are our future, I think I... Read moreThe post 15 Things I’ve Learned About Japanese School Children appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Everest Base Camp Day 8: Dughla To Lobuche

    Mac
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Starting elevation: 15,157 ft / 4,620 m Ending elevation: 16,142 ft / 4,920 m Elevation change: +985 ft / 300 m Starting oxygen: 58% of sea level Ending oxygen: 56%... Read moreThe post Everest Base Camp Day 8: Dughla To Lobuche appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • What Is The Continental Divide Trail?

    Mac
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Those who have been following Halfway Anywhere for a while now may know that it will be impossible for me to permanently integrate back into society’s web, and that I... Read moreThe post What Is The Continental Divide Trail? appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
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    Escape2Explore Blog

  • 12 Jaw-Dropping Pictures That Will Leave You Awestruck

    Swamy S
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:56 pm
    From scaling steep cliff faces to jumping from dizzying heights, life for some people is either a daring adventure or nothing. The personages in these jaw-dropping pictures are true daredevils and will surely make your heart skip a beat with their death-defying action, or may inspire you to become an adventure junkie. 1. Castleton Tower,  Castle Valley (Utah) Image Credits: Krystle Wright 2. Handi Gundi Betta, Karnataka (India) In Picture: Rameez Rami (Team Escape2Explore) 3. Cuillin Ridgeline, Isle of Skye (Scotland) Don’t look down: Danny MacAskill surveys his playground. 4.
  • 5 Treks Around Bangalore You Can’t Afford To Miss This Monsoon

    Swamy S
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    Monsoon in India brings with it, loads of joy and relief from the torturous heat of the summer. While the layman is happy to experience the change in climate, the trekkers are overjoyed by the fact. Why is that? Simple, because monsoon gives them the opportunity to revel in the arms of nature. Areas around Bangalore provide excellent opportunity for adventure enthusiasts to get their dose of fun. For those who have just caught the adventure bug, worry not, we have five treks around Bangalore that’ll light you up. 1. Dudhsagar Trek Image Credit: Karthik Narayana Located on the Mandovi…
  • 5 Reasons To Go On A Trek Date Before Getting Married

    Swamy S
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    There comes a time in everyone’s life when they fall for a special person, a person with whom they want to spend rest of their life. There are so many things that you’d like to do to make them feel special. You take them out on romantic dates, buy them flowers and what not, until there comes a time where you run out of options. That’s the time when a trek date can come in handy, like the ace in the pack. We’ll give you 5 reasons to try a trek date before marriage. Read on, for the choicest piece of advice. It Isn’t Mundane From ages, coffee shops, cinema halls and parks have been…
  • Kurinjal Peak Trek In Seven Amazing Shots

    Swamy S
    27 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Amazing things happen on treks every day, and when they do, Escape2Explore is there to capture them. “Kurinjal Peak Trek In 7 Amazing Shots” showcases those wild, adventurous, and wonderful moments that were captured during an exciting trek to Kurinjal peak in Kudremukh National Park. [Plan A Trek To Kudremukh Peak] Getting There Escape2Explore runs a number of departures to Kudremukh National Park encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater for different tastes. Check out our upcoming treks here.
  • Top 10 Things To Do In Narayanagiri

    Swamy S
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Narayanagiri at jalamangala is an idyllic hill which is close to Ramnagar, It is 76 kilometres from Bangalore. The rocky hill is 3800 feet in altitude, on the top of the hill you can find Lakshmi Narasimha temple which will be open only on weekends. Jalamangala is a calm and peaceful village which offers small ponds and numerous caves. The hill is accessible via an irregular footpath in the lower parts and rough steps, hewn on the stone rock face in the upper reaches. Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTz6CT0JHSE Narayanagiri also offers a scenic view of small rainwater pond on one…
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