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  • Wild Camping: 15 Essential Tips

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    David Lowe
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:46 pm
    How to Fully Embrace a Wild Camping Experience The basic essence of wild camping entails seeking out wilderness experiences away from official campgrounds. While actual ‘hiding’ isn’t usually necessary unlike stealth or guerrilla camping that tend to be undertaken in more urban environments, it is still important to keep a relatively low profile. Different countries, states and territories all have their own rules and regulations when it comes to wild camping in National Parks and Forest Service lands so check with the relevant land agency to be safe. The other crucial…
  • Do you need a hiking exercise plan?

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    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    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-…
  • What To Eat In The Wilderness: A Survival Guide

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    Survival Spot
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Please include attribution to ukoakdoors.co.uk with this graphic. The post What To Eat In The Wilderness: A Survival Guide appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Drill Your Own Water Well

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    Survival Spot
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The post Drill Your Own Water Well appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Top 10 Uses For Knives In A Survival Situation

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    Survival Spot
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    [Via KnowledgeWeighsNothing.com] The post Top 10 Uses For Knives In A Survival Situation appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
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  • How to get your friends to go backpacking with you

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:37 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…
  • Outdoor Au Gratin Recipe

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    This is an easy & tasty recipe for when you are out with your family and need a great side dish. The cream of mushroom soup makes the yukon gold creamy and delicious. Outdoor Au Gratin Save Print If you have the time, this is a great recipe that goes with grilled meats (they take about the same amount of time) or as a dinner! Yields: 3-4 Portions 6 Medium sized Yukon Gold Potatoes 1 can of cream of mushroom or broccoli soup 6 oz of shredded cheddar cheese (do this at home) Salt Pepper Start a fire and wait till you get some coals going. While you wait for the coals, prepare foil sheets…
  • How to avoid food poisoning on your backpacking trip

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    I must admit, I fear food poisoning more than any other threat when I am outdoors.  I can control cold, heat or even an animal encounter but food is something I must put in my body and being miles or days away from a hospital or even a convenient store pharmacy does not sound very appealing to me.  I do have a background in culinary arts and have always been hyper sensitive to food borne, but being on the trail requires a bit of common sense, preparedness and ingenuity. Meat I love a good pork chop, bbq salmon and yes even a hot dog or bratwurst when I am camping, and it’s a special treat…
  • Do you need a hiking exercise plan?

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    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 Planning for a 5 day Trip

    admin
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Anytime you go backpacking, packing properly is extremely important. However, the longer you plan to be away from civilization, the more important it becomes. On a one day trip, forgetting an item or two is often not a big deal-unless it’s something like a sleeping bag on a cold night or a tarp or tent on a rainy one. Usually, you can improvise or go without whatever it was that you forgot, and the only result will be some temporary discomfort until you get back to civilization the next day. However, on a five day trip, forgetting something important can cause you to have to abort your…
 
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  • Skier sues buddy

    gmcunni
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    this seems ridiculous http://unofficialnetworks.com/2015/0...g-ski-accident we have no free will, we only do what were told by others????
  • Mad River Glen - Video Report 2/18/15

    SkiRay
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    MAD RIVER You won't find a big fancy lodge. To be lost in the crowd. You won't find a speedy gondola. Or even a detachable quad. You won't find big wide open runs and lots of groomed trails. You will find comfort. A place to be who you are. A single chair to share a few moments of serenity A place where memories are shared together A warm bowl of Chili waiting for you at the bottom You reached your happy place. A place we call home. - by Alicia Alba
  • Catamount?

    twinplanx
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    Anybody ski there recently? Heading up with my brother & niece. It will be her second time. Just wondering what to expect. Looks like a warm day, so we will attempt to get an early start and have a low key kinda day...
  • Mount Snow - this weekend intel (2/28)

    gmcunni
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    Shitstorm crowded or post Pres week lull? it is club weekend ($50 tx) so leaning toward crazy crowded
  • Blue Mountain 2/25/15

    4aprice
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    When the boy finished his racing career I thought that I had probably seen the last of Blue Mountain after spending 3 days/season there for races, however, a friend of mine scored some tickets and invited me to meet him out there for a day on Wednesday. Couldn't have picked better as it was a beautiful sunny day with nice temps. Blue is in great shape with as much natural snow as I have ever seen. Skied pretty much everything except for Paradise and Burma Road which are slow skiing zones (no slow skiing yesterday). Surprised that Challenge did not have bumps but Barney's, Widow Maker and…
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    Camping News

  • Super Retail Group Shutters Kiwi Chain to Focus on Australia's Evolving Outdoor Market

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Super Retail Group's , which is Australia's largest sporting goods retailer, began liquidating its three-year-old FCO Fishing-Camping-Outdoors retail chain in New Zealand Jan. 26 as part of a major restructuring of its $500 million-a-year Leisure Retailing division. Hilco Merchant Australia Pty said it began going-out-of-business sales at all 13 of FCO stores in New Zealand Feb. 26. Hilco is offering discounts of up to 40 percent on $20 million of inventory that includes branded apparel, footwear and equipment for fishing, outdoor recreation, boating, water sports and RV, caravan and tent…
  • Just another land grab: Why a clansman from the Red Centre has joined the battle for Redfern

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Christopher Tomlins, from Alice Springs, has his morning cup of tea at The Block Tent Embassy in Redfern, Sydney. Christopher is a member of the Freedom Summit for Alice Springs delegation and will remain at the sit-in until "something positive that comes out of this standoff".
  • Enrollment for Camp Riley opens

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Any child age 8 to 18 with a physical disability is welcome to attend. Online applications to secure a spot for Camp Riley are available at RileyKids.org/Camp .
  • John Brian Jones: Farm worker plunged 200ft to his death during...

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    John Brian Jones, 21, died after "tagging along" on the expedition at the last minute, with the lack of preparation contributing to his death, an inquest heard A young farm worker plunged 200ft to his death during a 'shambolic' camping expedition up one of Britain's highest mountains, an inquest has heard. John Jones, 21, died after "tagging along" on the expedition on Mount Snowden at the last minute, with the lack of preparation contributing to his death, a coroner said.
  • Mayor apologizes following incident with homeless man's tent

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Mayor Henry Braun addressed the media today after a young homeless man in Abbotsford's tent was damaged on the weekend and left with a note telling him he couldn't keep camping out in the park. Cody O'Day, the young man who was camping in Ravine Park , said that after interacting with a city volunteer, he returned to find his tent overturned, his food missing, and a note telling him he couldn't camp there.
 
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    Featured News

  • Winter 2015 CampLine

    American Camp Association
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    The 2015 Winter CampLine features an article on handling camp matters with divorced parents, Federal public policy updates and emerging issues, and new resources for severe weather emergency preparedness. Download the Winter 2015 CampLine  In this issue . . .  read more
  • Measles - Information for Camps

    American Camp Association
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    Updated February 16, 2015 Download a copy of ACA's Key Messages About Measles and Camps read more
  • An Operational Transformation for ACA

    American Camp Association
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    The American Camp Association is pleased to update our membership on the operational transformation of ACA. In order to carry out its mission of enriching lives through the camp experience, ACA has created 14 new positions to help serve our camp community.  After an extensive search, we are proud to announce that our team has been assembled and the orientation process has begun for all staff members. read more
  • 2015 National Award Recipients

    American Camp Association
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    ACA is honored to recognize the following individuals and programs as recipients of our 2015 Awards. We greatly appreciate their continued dedication and contributions to camp and ACA. Learn more about ACA’s awards. read more
  • 2015 January/February Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    View the online digital issue read more
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 5: Infra-Red testing

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. This installment focuses on infra-red testing. by Roger Caffin and John Linn | 2015-02-24We will assume you have read Parts 1 to 4 of this series, so we won't rehash the aim of this winter stove project in any detail. Briefly though, the design is of a butane/propane stove designed for liquid feed from an inverted canister, and suitable for serious winter use. A key feature of the design is the new type of heat exchanger used to vaporize…
  • (M) Candle Stoves

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The quest for the best ultralight stove continues...and it depends on how you define the "best". What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency. by Russell Lawson (with minor assistance from Roger Caffin) | 2015-02-24In 2007 BPL published an article on Candle Stoves by Mark Hurd. The idea worked, but had some limitations. Recently Russell Lawson decided to see if he could import some ideas and technologies from wood gasifiers and pressurised jet alcohol stoves to produce a better candle stove - with some success. This design is for those who find enjoyment in…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2015-02-18After 70 days of lying down Andrew Iwanicki stood up. His legs felt heavy, his heart was racing as beads of sweat streamed down his face, but he was finally free to move around. Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: Media Reviews > Trends
  • (M) BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A very inexpensive yet lightweight and effective stove. Works great for small-group, overnight cooking. by Roger Caffin | 2015-02-18Stoves are getting smaller and maybe more cute. Consistent with my previous comments about how leadership in the design of small stoves has moved away from the old 'big brands' to China, this little aluminum/titanium/brass BRS-3000T stove manages to be even lighter than all the rest, at just 24 g. Yes, I weighed it. In addition, it can be bought from a number of eBay web sites at well under US$20, posted to you. Does this trend mean trouble for the older Western…
  • (M) Steripen Classic 3: Spotlite Review

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    SteriPEN has heeded our pleas and its newest model continues to offer great water treatment while getting rid of some of the bugs from previous models. by Roger Caffin | 2015-02-10We have reviewed the original Steripen Adventurer - not bad although very early models drew too much current when off (since fixed), and the very successful Steripen Adventurer Opti, which replaced the water sensing pads with a white LED sensor. Now the company has gone back to the original design, reviewed all that they have learned, and upgraded it to the Classic 3, which seems better than ever. It kills viruses,…
 
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  • Farewell to Brazil

    Ryan
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Daniel, one of the hostel guests, gets friendly with Wally the Walrus, while Alex, one of the hostel owners, does his best Ice Cube impression with that serious face. Sunday, Jan. 18, Fortaleza The folks at Full Sail Hostel were in full party mode the night before, and they “convinced” me to join them, the reason I was suffering so much on this last morning in northeast Brazil. Maybe this was fitting, this farewell to Brazil. I would return to Colombia ready to get back to work with no urge to go out at all, something I do rarely anyway, hence the reason I was hurting so bad. It…
  • The Beaches of Northeast Brazil

    Ryan
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    My first beach day in Maceió, at Praixa Paripueira, was spent with new friends and perfect weather. Saturday, Jan. 3, Maceió, Alagoas The beaches of northeast Brazil stretch for miles and miles, and I wondered if anyone had ever made it to all of them. I doubt it. I bet most Brazilians haven’t even done it. My cousin’s husband Gustavo, a Sao Paulo native, told me during my trip that he had yet to visit northeast Brazil and I’m not surprised because his country, in square miles, is bigger than the adjoined, continental 48 in the United States. With limited time, I went to those…
  • 4 Things You Need, From Salvador to Fortaleza

    Ryan
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    With Chikungunya becoming a big problem, it’s wise to carry mosquito repellent in Brazil. Every trip brings something unique. Sure, some will remind you of others, either through common needs, a second encounter with familiar people, or a specific feature shared among different landscapes, something. But as I thought about the four things you need, from Salvador to Fortaleza, the journey I just made, I kept coming back to what you will read about below. 1. Patience Patience easily is No. 1. This region of Brazil moves at a slower pace, and trying to hasten the lifestyle to move like New…
  • Trover: The Ultimate Photo Sharing Travel App

    Dave
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Though they lie closer to the coast of Nicaragua than Colombia, San Andres and Providenia are two Caribbean islands belonging to the latter. I’d been wanting to visit them for years, and last month, I finally booked a roundtrip flight from Medellín for a week-long working vacation. Soon after, Trover invited me to learn more about their travel app and asked that I share my experience here. The timing was perfect. Based in Seattle, Washington, Trover was founded in 2011 by Jason Karas and Richard Barton, the latter of whom founded Expedia at the age of 26 while at…
  • Starting the New Year in Historic Salvador

    Ryan
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Front row seats to some good live music turned out to be the highlight of New Year’s Eve in Salvador. Wednesday, Dec. 31, Salvador They wear white on New Year’s Eve in Salvador. They believe it brings good fortune in the New Year and who the hell am I to argue, so I put on the whitest outfit I could find without looking like I was selling ice cream. I wore a white tank top and my black and white surf shorts, and for some silly reason, my shoes as well. The night took us to the beach, where the tide came in when I was not paying attention, drenching my shoes. Good job moron, I said to…
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    Ecuador Adventures

  • Climate of Ecuador

    Diego Altamirano
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    The climate of Ecuador varies by region, due to differences in altitude and, to a degree, in proximity to the equator. The coastal lowlands to the west of Ecuador are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). Coastal areas are affected by ocean currents and between January and April are [...]
  • Wonderful 2-day tour to Ecuador’s adventure and spa capital Banos

    Kerstin Heydecker
    2 May 2013 | 5:27 pm
    In the beginning of April we did a great two day tour to Banos with our clients Randy and Sarah from Colorado/USA. Both love hiking, so beautiful Banos, Ecuador’s adventure capital, was the ideal destination! Banos is a 4 hour drive away from Quito in the Tungurahua province – it’s one of Ecuador’s most popular [...]
  • Sightseeing in Quito with Quito Tour Bus

    Kerstin Heydecker
    29 Nov 2012 | 6:38 am
    Since the beginning of 2012, tourists in Quito can enjoy city tours with the Quito tour bus, double-decker hop-on/hop-off buses leaving once an hour (first tour starts a 9 am). At an affordable cost of 12 USD, you can drive through Quito and discover the city from a new perspective. The audio comments are in [...]
  • Why Galapagos island hopping is such a great alternative to a cruise!

    Kerstin Heydecker
    27 Nov 2012 | 11:47 am
    In May 2012 we started offering Galapagos island hopping tours and by now these tours are one of our bestsellers! Why are these tours a great alternative to a Galapagos cruise? 1. The most convincing argument is the price! Galapagos is on the bucket list of so many travelers and it’s definitely not a cheap [...]
  • Peguche and Otavalo Artisan tour with Barefoot Expeditions

    Kerstin Heydecker
    23 May 2012 | 2:52 pm
    The Saturday market in Otavalo is definitely a must see for most tourists who visit Ecuador – indeed the market is huge and a paradise for anybody looking for souvenirs, handcrafted local products and jewellry. But to truly appreciate the handcrafted items, we decided to do a tour to the surrounding villages to see the artisans at work. We start our tour with a visit of the Peguche waterfalls outside of Otavalo, a sacred place to the local indigenous people, which gets extremely crowded during the Inti Raymi Festival on June 24th, the Festival of the Sun. A big party with music, dancing and…
 
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  • The Wisdom of Hiking Groups: Reflections on Solo Winter Hiking in the Northern Presidential Range

    Philip Werner
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Mt Adams, Presidential RangeThe big story last week was the accidental death of a solo hiker, Kate Matrosova, who died from exposure between Mt Madison and Mt Adams in New Hampshire’s Northern Presidential Mountain Range. A so-called “expert hiker”, she attempted to traverse Mt Madison, Adams, Jefferson, and Washington on a day when it was 35 degrees below zero with 100 mph winds. Her body was found 24 hours after she activated a PLB distress beacon. She had neglected to bring any emergency gear, including a sleeping bag and a bivy sack, and was lacking snowshoes.There…
  • Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka Review

    Philip Werner
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    A smiling Section Hiker melting snow in camp wearing the Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled ParkaThe Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka is the quintessential puffy down jacket that’s equally appropriate for winter camping in subzero temperatures or standing on a windy subway platform. This is a seriously warm down jacket made to keep you toasty in the coldest conditions imaginable, above treeline on a frigid crag, or at your kid’s lakeside hockey game.Filled with an impressive 200 grams of ultra-warm 800 fill power DriDown, this parka has a box baffled construction, found on…
  • Winter Fire Building Practice – Twice Makes Right

    Philip Werner
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    A winter fire made from batoned woodI headed back into the winter woods to practice building a winter fire, a survival skill that I want to master in case I ever need an emergency fire. (see Winter Survival Fire Lighting Skills – Why Don’t We Teach Them? and  Winter Fire Building Trip.)The objective of this practice session was to see if I could build a fire with wood that had been split into very thin, pencil sized pieces of wood using a Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife, using a practice known as batoning. I deliberately limited the fire wood I collected to a length of blow…
  • The Winter Route up Mt Carrigan

    Philip Werner
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The summit of Mt Carrigan (4681′) from Signal RidgeThe route up Mt Carrigan (4681′) in winter is one of the longest, but most rewarding, scenic hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Fourteen miles in length with 3800′ of elevation gain, the winter climb up Carrigan is one of those hikes where more often that not, you’re likely to hike out after dark by headlamp. That doesn’t make it less appealing to climb, but you need to have the stamina for a long day and a potentially grueling snowshoe, since the trail is often covered in deep snow.Katie at the…
  • Cross Country Skiing: A Different Way to Experience the Trail

    Philip Werner
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Cross-Country Skiing A Different Way to Experience the TrailCross-country skiing is a popular sport in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and one that complements the excellent winter hiking and snowshoeing in the region. It also provides access to winter views, such as the one of Mt Crawford here from the banks of the mighty Saco River, that are virtually unreachable without skis.I’ve been wanting to get into cross-country skiing for a few years and finally took the plunge this winter. I’d done it as a teenager with my father, decades ago. I’d enjoyed it then although…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, Kali, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Washington backpacker, snowshoer, and English teacher wins a pair of TOPO Athletic trail shoes for her many helpful gear reviews. Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More

    Alicia MacLeay
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The lightest hammock, a hardshell with a softer Gore membrane, a ski/climb/move pack, and flexible snowshoes: we've got more gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer. Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More was first published on Trailspace.
  • Hoka Hikers, Recycled Down, and Solar Purifying

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Hoka hiker, recycled down from Ternua, and a SolarBag to purify water. Check out these gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer. Hoka Hikers, Recycled Down, and Solar Purifying was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet Brian: Colorado Backpacker, Teacher, Gear Reviewer

    Alicia MacLeay
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, Brian, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Colorado backpacker, skier, climber, and teacher wins a Source Ultimate hydration system, plus a gear goodie pack, for his helpful reviews. Meet Brian: Colorado Backpacker, Teacher, Gear Reviewer was first published on Trailspace.
  • Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014!

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2014! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews. Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014! was first published on Trailspace.
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • Boden Canyon

    Scott Turner
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    It was turning out to be a lousy day. Things weren’t going well at my job. I was tired and cranky. I was experiencing the post vacation blues. My head hurt. Everything bugged me. As I commenced my hour-long commute thinking dark thoughts, I pulled over on the side of Highway 78 at the east…
  • Go Hike L.A.: Upper Las Virgenes

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    We know it’s a little last-minute, but we just nailed down the final details for our March Go Hike L.A. event. On March 8th, we will celebrate springing forward with an extra hour of daylight at the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve! Join Modern Hiker and naturalists from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority…
  • New Modern Hiker Shirts in Stock

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Good news for the sartorially-minded hiker — the Modern Hiker shop on Adayak just launched a brand new design for shirts this morning, detailing just about everything you need to file a day under the “successful” category – eating, sleeping, and hiking. These slick tops are available in both men’s and women’s sizings in a…
  • Hiking Turnbull Canyon

    Casey Schreiner
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    Between the cities of Whittier and Hacienda Heights, roughly bordered by the Pomona Freeway, Orange Freeway, and the 605, lies a low, small member of California’s transverse mountain ranges known as the Puente Hills. The Hills are dotted by a sprawling system of parks and open spaces that provide easily accessible beauty and outdoor recreation…
  • Hiking Lower Doane Valley and French Valley

    Scott Turner
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    If you are looking to take a vacation from the dry, shrubby, bouldery interior of San Diego County, but you do not have several days to travel to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the cool forests of Lower Doane and French Valleys will provide the ultimate getaway. These pine-rimmed meadows bordered by a spring-fed creek are…
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    Montana Outdoors

  • The third rapids & more lichens

    montucky
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    On the Clark Fork River, a half mile down stream from where I live there are two sets of rapids visible from the highway, much admired and often fished and photographed. A mile down stream from them is a third set of rapids but not visible and hardly known, but it can be reached by a mile hike through a section of state land from the far side of the river. I enjoy fishing there and visit at other times of the year also to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Today the temperature was about 20ºF and an icy breeze was blowing down river, but the sky was clear and it was pretty down at the third…
  • The first of 2015

    montucky
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After about a half mile of hiking toward a trail that I intended to visit today I tired of all of the snow and ice and turned back. I hike for the pure pleasure of it and saw no point in hiking where it wasn’t fun. And there are other places to go, one of which is Buttercup Ridge, where the very first wildflowers bloom every year about this time. It’s a small area, about 50 feet by 100 feet atop a very steep, narrow, rocky, cliffy ridge, and why buttercups bloom there nearly two months before they bloom anywhere else is a complete mystery to me. They do though, after all, bloom in…
  • This is why I flunked Lichen 101

    montucky
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    About a mile further up the mountain from the cliffs in yesterday’s post there is a rocky, south-facing, open ridge often frequented by Big Horn Sheep, elk and deer. There were none of them in residence yesterday, but I noticed some very pretty lichens and some small mosses which seemed to be thriving there on the rocks, none of which I can positively identify. For those who are knowledgeable in such things, here are some photos (and a couple of guesses about what they are). Possibly Yellow-green cushion moss (Dicranoweisia crispula) That little moss was about the size of a quarter, and…
  • Short hike on a strange day

    montucky
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    After all of the snow and ice that we’ve been walking on lately, today I found a short hike that was all on dirt. What a pleasure!
  • February day at Munson Creek

    montucky
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Our unseasonably warm temperatures lately prompted me to make a quick visit to Munson Creek today and I found that all of the ice along the stream has melted, an extremely unusual condition for this time of year. Today’s high temperature was 53ºF while last year at this time the nights were down to -23ºF; quite a difference year to year! The stream water is only a little higher than usual though.
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    10,000 Birds

  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2015?

    Mike
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Every weekend deserves at least a little excitement, but I’m finding it difficult to get too worked up about another ice-rimed February weekend. So much for going out like a lamb! At least this miserable (YMMV) month is coming to an end. I’ll dream of an opportunity to encounter a cool owl, falcon, or boreal vagrant along the lake this weekend, but I can’t say for sure I’ll actually look for one. Corey will continue to uncover the best birds the New York Metro region has to offer. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans…
  • The Brazilian Pepper and the birds that love it

    Alfredo Begazo
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) is widespread in south and central Florida. The sequence of events in the establishment of this exotic tree is one that relates to frugivorous birds. It is a good example of birds dispersing and harvesting their own food supply. Brazilian pepper now covers hundreds of thousands of acres in south and central Florida, as well as many of the islands on the east and west coasts of the state. It is considered the most widespread exotic plant in the state occupying more than 700,000 acres. Brazilian Pepper, Photo: Alfredo Begazo As the story goes,…
  • What’s So Special About the Gadwall?

    Larry
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Seriously? Just look at this drake. Pretty dapper wouldn’t you say? Pete Dunne calls the Gadwall (Anas strepera) the “Dapper Gray Dabbler.” Click on photos for full sized images. Pete goes on to state that “the plumage of the male is distinctive. The head and body are overall gray, shot through with subtle brown highlights and bracketed by a small black bill and a very obvious black butt. At extreme distances, the silver rump (actually the tertials of the folded wing) shines with reflected light.” “Females and immatures are cold brown, contrasting with a…
  • Waterfowl at Baisley Pond Park in Winter

    Corey
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Baisley Pond Park in southern Queens is a spot that few birders venture to despite it being a magnet for wintering waterfowl. It is inconvenient by mass transit, requiring a bus ride at the end of a ride on the subway, and the nearest highways, the Belt and the Van Wyck, tend to clog up with traffic. But I visit whenever I can because the park’s namesake pond is mostly surrounded by vegetation, which gives birds cover; it is underbirded, which means that there is a chance to find something good that would be otherwise overlooked; and it can be covered relatively quickly, which means…
  • Winter Birding (By Car) at Jones Beach State Park

    Corey
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    Jones Beach State Park in Nassau County, New York, is a great place to bird at all seasons. In winter, especially with the kind of winter we have had this year, it can be brutal. I was reminded of this one morning last week when I had to work out on Long Island so thought that I would do some before work birding at Jones Beach. Because, you know, why not? Unfortunately, it was a very cold day with strong winds. To add to my misfortune, I had to be dressed professionally, which meant that I could neither have long underwear on nor winter boots. This limited my birding severely as every time I…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2015?

    Mike
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Every weekend deserves at least a little excitement, but I’m finding it difficult to get too worked up about another ice-rimed February weekend. So much for going out like a lamb! At least this miserable (YMMV) month is coming to an end. I’ll dream of an opportunity to encounter a cool owl, falcon, or boreal vagrant along the lake this weekend, but I can’t say for sure I’ll actually look for one. Corey will continue to uncover the best birds the New York Metro region has to offer. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans…
  • The Brazilian Pepper and the birds that love it

    Alfredo Begazo
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) is widespread in south and central Florida. The sequence of events in the establishment of this exotic tree is one that relates to frugivorous birds. It is a good example of birds dispersing and harvesting their own food supply. Brazilian pepper now covers hundreds of thousands of acres in south and central Florida, as well as many of the islands on the east and west coasts of the state. It is considered the most widespread exotic plant in the state occupying more than 700,000 acres. Brazilian Pepper, Photo: Alfredo Begazo As the story goes,…
  • What’s So Special About the Gadwall?

    Larry
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Seriously? Just look at this drake. Pretty dapper wouldn’t you say? Pete Dunne calls the Gadwall (Anas strepera) the “Dapper Gray Dabbler.” Click on photos for full sized images. Pete goes on to state that “the plumage of the male is distinctive. The head and body are overall gray, shot through with subtle brown highlights and bracketed by a small black bill and a very obvious black butt. At extreme distances, the silver rump (actually the tertials of the folded wing) shines with reflected light.” “Females and immatures are cold brown, contrasting with a…
  • Waterfowl at Baisley Pond Park in Winter

    Corey
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Baisley Pond Park in southern Queens is a spot that few birders venture to despite it being a magnet for wintering waterfowl. It is inconvenient by mass transit, requiring a bus ride at the end of a ride on the subway, and the nearest highways, the Belt and the Van Wyck, tend to clog up with traffic. But I visit whenever I can because the park’s namesake pond is mostly surrounded by vegetation, which gives birds cover; it is underbirded, which means that there is a chance to find something good that would be otherwise overlooked; and it can be covered relatively quickly, which means…
  • Winter Birding (By Car) at Jones Beach State Park

    Corey
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    Jones Beach State Park in Nassau County, New York, is a great place to bird at all seasons. In winter, especially with the kind of winter we have had this year, it can be brutal. I was reminded of this one morning last week when I had to work out on Long Island so thought that I would do some before work birding at Jones Beach. Because, you know, why not? Unfortunately, it was a very cold day with strong winds. To add to my misfortune, I had to be dressed professionally, which meant that I could neither have long underwear on nor winter boots. This limited my birding severely as every time I…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Force Ten Tents – New for 2015

    Daniel Cheaptents
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    We are excited to announce that we have extended our range of Force Ten tents. Designed for expeditions and mountaineering, these high quality tents are durable and will protect you when you are camping in harsh weather conditions. Tents have come on a long way since the classic orange, A-frame Force Ten tent of old. [...]
  • Dove Step with Jonny Rankin: Interview

    Daniel Cheaptents
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    One of the most exciting aspects of walking can be an unexpected sighting of birds or other wildlife. Some of our most popular blog posts are about the wildlife we can encounter whilst out in the countryside, such as birds or prey, bats and hares. In this interview we find out about an iconic bird [...]
  • Country Walking at Lansdown, Bath

    Daniel Cheaptents
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    With views along the Avon valley from Bath to Bristol, an iron age hill fort, a horse racing course, a battle monument and wildlife sightings this turned out to be a superb and fascinating walk! Starting from the village of Upton Cheney my route took me down through fields and across a wooded stream to [...]
  • Clothing Advice for Autumn Walking and Camping

    Daniel Cheaptents
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of [...]
  • Softshell Jackets Advice

    Daniel Cheaptents
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    If you’ve been out walking when the weather is mild but showery you’ll know that keeping comfortable can be a bit awkward. If you keep your waterproofs on all the time you end up overheating, but then you don’t want to get wet when it rains. This is where softshell jackets come in. During changeable, [...]
 
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    Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer

  • Harper Government Reforms Firearm Act

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer In October 2014 the Harper Government introduced an amendment to the existing firearm act they named “Common Sense Firearm Licensing Act”. Bill C-42 as it is called officially has passed second reading in November of 2014 and it widely believed to pass the 3rd and final reading too, despite strong opposition of the Liberals and the NDP, both of which announced that if they
  • An Email From An Anti-Hunter

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer A few days ago I received an email from an animal rights activist. It’s not the first time and like the ones before, mostly contains the kind of language that cannot be printed in a publication such as this. The thing that baffles me time and again is how these people can put “love”, “respect” and “compassion” in the same sentence with wishes “… that you will die a gruesome
  • Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    News Item provided by OutdoorHub.com New Jersey wildlife officials confirmed that the state’s first traces of bluetongue virus have been found on two dead deer. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the deer were discovered in Somerset and Morris County last month (September 2014) and tested positive for the disease, which is spread by bites from the midge Culicoides imicola.
  • New York Allows Crossbows For Hunting

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
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  • PeTA Announces New Plan To Harass Anglers And Hunters

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    © By Othmar Vohringer The animal rights lunatic fringe group PeTA announced that they will launch submersible drones called "Aquatic Angel" equipped with cameras to stalk anglers. The "Aquatic Angel" is the newest tool of this animal rights group, following on the heels of the "Air Angel" drones released in 2013 to harass hunters while in the field.  I guess the drones are submersible for one
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    PaddlingLight.com

  • Sea Kayak Safety

    Bryan Hansel
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Tweet Practitioners of SEA KAYAKING are a bunch of safety-conscious hoopy froods.  We sass this because sea kayakers always talk about safety. For example, “You just posted that video of the place I paddle. The video only showed calm water, but it gets crazy there. You should have introduced the video with a 15 minute safety talk about the dangers of paddling there when it gets crazy.” Sea kayakers have conversations that stretch out into 100s of comments about how one advertisement showing calm water might lead someone to buy a recreational kayak and go paddling in 10-foot waves. They…
  • Slightly Off Topic: GOP Wants to Make Hikers and Bikers Pay to Hike and Bike

    Bryan Hansel
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Tweet Recently in Minnesota members of the state’s GOP proposed that hikers and bikers pay user fees to use state trails (not to mention they already pay for a park pass). I wouldn’t be surprised to see paddlers targeted as well for using state water trails. The reason the GOP cited was because snowmobilers pay user fees, everyone else should for fairness. I wanted to see how much snowmobilers pay and where the funding for the state’s 22,000+ miles of snowmobile trails actually comes from. The biggest source of funding is the gas tax paid by all drivers. For fairness, says Rep. Tony…
  • National Parks Traveler’s Guide to Paddling the Parks Is Out

    Bryan Hansel
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Tweet The 2nd Annual Essential Guide to Paddling the Parks by National Parks Traveler is out. The cover photo is mine and I have an article about paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from Voyageurs National Park to Grand Portage National Monument. There are a ton of great articles in the magazine and it’s worth spending some time on this winter day looking through its pages. The post National Parks Traveler’s Guide to Paddling the Parks Is Out appeared first on PaddlingLight.com. You can leave a comment by clicking here: National Parks Traveler’s Guide to…
  • Free Kayak Plans and Free Canoe Plans

    Bryan Hansel
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Tweet For years, PaddlingLight has been giving away the free drawings of historic and recent canoe and kayak, but I didn’t know how many plans people were downloading. In the last year I decided to start tracking just a few of the downloads to get a grasp on how many were actually being downloaded. I picked 5 of the 35 free drawings that I offer: a popular historic kayak design that has been built many times, a history canoe that has been built many times (most often in Italy), a canoe that looks interesting but hasn’t been built often (if at all), an original yost-style, skin-on-frame…
  • Kayaking Adventures in 2014: My Paddling Year in Review

    Bryan Hansel
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Tweet It’s January 2015 and I thought I should look back at 2014 and see what fun I had kayaking and canoeing. 2014 was a busy year for me otherwise. We bought a house that needed (and needs) lots of work. My kayaking company, North Shore Expeditions, hired its first full-time guide other than myself and my photography business was busy, busy and more busy. That left very little time for personal kayaking and canoeing. I actually didn’t get the canoes out once this year. Kayaking this year was mainly work for me. I paddled very little for personal reasons and when the season was over, I…
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    The GearCaster

  • Skiing Telluride With Mammut

    Amy Jurries
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Smack dab in the middle of show season—the marathon series of outdoor product conventions that include the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the Ski Industry Association, and ISPO, the Euro equivalent of Winter OR—I had the good fortune of going to Telluride to check out the operations at Wagner Skis, a custom ski maker that specializes in crafting skis that are tailored exactly to you, and to play with some of the latest and greatest hard and soft goods from Swiss-based Mammut. It was a heady, fun, and fast trip that included testing new product, taking factory tours, getting avalanche…
  • Pizza In A Pouch-The Squeezable Real Food Trend

    Amy Jurries
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Real food in a squeezable pouch–it’s everywhere. First adopted by paleo enthusiasts and toddlers alike as a snack to reduce the chance of “hangry” episodes, traditional energy bar companies are beginning to embrace the real food during exercise trend (thanks Skratch Labs!). Clif, Munk Pack, and Power Bar–to name just a few–created a variety of squeezable pouches, from sweet to savory, where you no longer have to chew your food. The Clif Organic Energy Food pouches were inspired by the home recipes of Team Clif Bar athletes, including world-class ultra…
  • More Affordable Snow Goggles

    Amy Jurries
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Snow goggles are a necessity but sometimes this piece of our winter kit can take a big bite out of our wallets–especially given how prone they are to scratching and getting lost each season. Both K2 and Giro answered our plea and created snow goggles that are both high-tech and affordable–sure you may not get the multiple lens change options but these goggles will leave you will plenty of leftover beer money for après time. The PhotoAntic and PhotoAntic DLX from K2 takes advantage of the company’s high performance spherical lenses in a modern, oversize, semi-frameless…
  • Helly Hansen Norviz Reflective Training Collection

    Amy Jurries
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Inspired by Norway’s Northern Lights, Helly Hansen’s new Fall/Winter 2015 training collection is designed to keep you running safe and confident on poorly lit roads and even trails through winter’s darkest months. Invisible to the naked eye, the reflective fabric used in Helly Hansen’s Norviz line of base layers and outerwear only reveals its hidden reflectivity when exposed to some form of direct light (pictured top illuminated by flash). The large brushes of reflective hits offer 360 degrees of visibility when you are out running at night. The Pace Norviz Jacket, an all-over…
  • Stio Environ Jacket Review

    Amy Jurries
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the outdoor apparel company Stio has plenty of opportunity to test out their functional outdoor gear on the slopes and trails that surround this wilderness mecca of a town. All that hard work has proven successful with their winter sports shell, the Environ Jacket. Composed of the company’s own 3-layer waterproof and breathable material known as Brio 3L, the 100% polyester jacket makes an excellent winter jacket for all types of activities. The water-resistant Aquaguard zippers on the center front and waist pockets ensure no soggy papers at the end…
 
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    GearGuide

  • Spring Running Gear – ASICS Speed and Thermopolis Reviews

    Matt K.
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    Despite what the groundhog saw, spring time arrived early in Northern California. And moderate morning temps make the switch to shorts and a long-sleeve top the preferred approach for an early run. Our pick for those quick dashes include the quarter/half zip. On colder days, we throw one on under a jacket. On those with more moderate temps, the top serves as the outer layer. ASICS serves up two that can handle a range of spring conditions, the Speed Softshell Top and Thermopolis LT Half Zip. ASICS Speed Softshell Top 6 We’re suckers for softshell fabrics at GearGuide. Just something about…
  • Performance Running Sock Reviews

    Matt K.
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Climacool, Duo Dry and Coolmax. Spider Nets, Y Heels and Zone Cushioning. These are just a few of the high-tech fabrics and special features of the latest crop of performance running socks. These days, you can spend upwards of $50 on a pair of compression socks, but for this review we decided to stay away from that lofty area and keep our sights on products in the sub $10 range. Here’s three that worked for us: Adidas Athletic Superlite Socks 8 The Adidas Athletic Superlite socks come three to a pack for a per pair price of around $5. Not bad for a branded running sock. Feature-wise, you…
  • Outgo PT Pod Review

    Matt K.
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Quick Take Review We like the guys at McNett. The company occupies a unique part of the outdoor industry supplying products that help revitalize and repair gear. (To us, there’s nothing more satisfying than fixing something that’s been damaged or malfunctioning). The company’s brands include the full line of ReviveX products, which we use to recondition outerwear, Aquaseal, that’s helped us keep waders in service, and a range of tapes and other products for customizing and repairing equipment. McNett recently introduced the Outgo series of microfiber towels. When we received our…
  • Eddie Bauer Downlight StormDown Jacket Review

    Matt K.
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    First Impressions Right before Christmas, we spent some time in the new Eddie Bauer store in downtown San Francisco. Nice spot. And we picked up a new jacket while we were there. An Eddie Bauer Downlight StormDown Jacket, to be precise. Ours came in the Cinder (silver) with bright blue zippers. It’s a nice color combination, not one you see everyday, and we like it. Features The Downlight StormDown employs 800-fill-power down and as the name implies is light weight at 13.5 ounces. The product definitely has that “puffy” jacket feel, similar to the L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Jacket. But…
  • Running Eyewear Reviews

    Matt K.
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Who said running in winter didn’t require eye protection? We certainly didn’t at GearGuide. In fact, given the low-angle sun, you might even need it more than usual along with some additional versatility in the lens choice to deal with those low-angle and low-light conditions. We found three options recently that met our spec for winter running. They’re size medium, feature less heavily tinted lenses (some interchangeable, others hydrophobic and photochromatic) and feature progressive, wrap-around two-lens styling. Here’s the three: Bolle Bolt – Far from a one-trick pony, the Bolt…
 
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    Notes of a Globetrooper

  • DIY or Package Deal

    Globetrooper Chris
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Saving money is always a major consideration when it comes to buying or booking anything. Whether it’s a new car, finding cheaper insurance, food shopping, basically anything, if you can save money then you’re always going to be happier as a result. Holiday shopping is exactly the same, and booking a great deal will give you a boost of energy, allowing you to look forward to your time away without having to worry so much about how to pay for it. Saving at this point will also give you more to spend whilst you’re away. This brings to mind the argument of whether booking your holiday DIY…
  • The 10 Best Street Food Around The World

    Globetrooper Chris
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    One of the best things about travelling and going on holiday is the different food that you get to sample that contains local and ingredients. Here we walk you through some of the best street food that is found across the globe. Check out the MyBreakTrip blog for other amazing articles like this one. Jerk Chicken ( Jamaica ) Jerk chicken has become a household dish served up all over the world, but you will never have jerk chicken like you get cooked for you on the streets of Jamaica. Up and down the coast and tucked away down the narrow streets you will find restaurants serving up chicken…
  • Five Beautiful Cities to Enjoy the Northern Lights

    Globetrooper Chris
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Recognised as one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena of our planet, millions of people go in search of the Aurora Borealis every year. Desperate to enjoy the dancing greens, yellows and purples above the Northern Hemisphere skies, beauty-lovers travel the length of the planet to witness the sight. Here we explore five of the most beautiful cities in which to enjoy the Northern Lights. Reykjavik One of the most affordable and accessible places to see the Northern Lights, the capital of Iceland provides a stunning setting for the event. There is plenty to do during the day in Reykjavik…
  • A Few Days in the Brazilian State of Bahia

    Globetrooper Chris
    13 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    When I was looking for a specific region of Brazil to visit, it was hard to avoid the obvious choices. It would have been real easy to say, here I come, since I could have easily spent a couple days there and then jumped over to Sao Paulo. The Amazon Rainforest was another obvious choice, but I am not a huge fan of snakes, bugs, or piranha for that matter. Then I came across an incredible picture, and I knew that I would have to dictate my trip around what I had just seen. After doing a little bit more research, I knew my trip would have to begin in Salvador. Salvador Pelourinho We landed in…
  • A Kiwi Experience Review: Bus Tour VS Driving Across New Zealand

    Globetrooper Chris
    8 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    New Zealand has long been the haunt of the young travelers heading off to find adventure, memorable experiences and an adrenaline rush. Whether you are traveling on your own or with friends or family, one of the things you need to consider is how you will get around the country. There are two main options: jumping on a tour bus or hiring a car. The decision can affect both your budget and your experience of the country so it is important to weigh up the options. The Kiwi Experience   When choosing a tour operator, ensure they are reputable and experienced. Kiwi Experience is the leading…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • The Tablets Center - Ice Climbing

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The Tablets Center (WI3-4)Lake Willoughby State ParkWestmore, VermontA tiny branch, really? I damn well knew it wouldn’t be secure but I grabbed onto anyways. Why that small branch and not one of the tree trunks that the rap webbings were around or the two cordelette that my leader Geoff had set around the tree trunks….I have no idea. I do know that in that very moment that I lost my balance, fell back and that tiny branch I had grabbed snapped, I felt incredibly stupid. But I was lucky today. We were 4 feet from the edge of a ledge and Geoff still had me on belay. So when I fell, Geoff…
  • Crampon Frontpoints - Ice Climbing

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Last season I climbed with the AMC-NH Mountaineering Group and got some good advice on my crampons. Tom Sintros noticed that the frontpoints of my crampons were too far back. He adjusted the toe bail for me and in addition to my Frontpoints protruding further, this adjustment got my secondary points to protrude past the front of my boot as well. And this adjustment prevented me from hitting the ice with the toe of my boot. *thumbs up*Here’s a great post from Will Gadd’s blog on getting front and secondary points…
  • Waterfall & Standard Route Cave - Ice Climbing

    8 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Waterfall (WI3)The Standard Route Cave (WI3)Frankenstein Cliffs, Crawford Notch, NHClimbing Frankenstein Cliffs in Crawford Notch is my favorite place to climb. I never get tired of the ride through the Notch or the views, as well. This weekend would be busy, in addition to those in our meetup group climbing, there would be other climbers in the North Conway area for the 2015 Mt. Washington Ice Fest as well as the AMC Boston Ice Climbing Program, not to mention all the skiers. My lead climbing partner for Saturday was Jeff S. After a hearty breakfast I met Jeff at the Arethusa Falls trailhead…
  • Railroad Cut, NH – Ice Climbing

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Railroad Cut – Ice ClimbingSW4-Cheshire North Rail TrailKeene, NHOkay, so I know I said I wouldn’t climb on another single digit day, but the addiction is strong and I couldn’t resist! To add, it was windy so I actually thought that being within “The  Cut” would somehow give me some protection from the wind, but not so. And the ice was sooooo hard - not getting any purchase for my feet isn’t fun for this Hawaii Girl, I hate climbing on my hands and arms! But we did get a couple of climbs in, so I'll quit whining here. Just a few photos of our day at “The RR Cut”. 
  • Chuckle - Yates Screamers Reciept

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    I was excited about getting Yates Screamers. This was my first purchase of this sort of climbing gear and since I plan to start leading ice this season, was excited about adding these to my lead climbing gear. So when I opened my order and took a look at the receipt, not only was I surprised, I got a good chuckle as well! Thanks to Bill over at Rock and Snow in New Paltz, NY for making my day! hehehe!
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    Outward Bound - Outdoor Adventure Education Blog

  • Top 10 Reasons Outward Bound Is Not Your Average Spring Break

    Bethany Buchanan
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
      Sarah collects up the cord after another great climb in Joshua Tree. Photo by Graham Ottley. break, n.1 - A short interval between lessons, usu. in the middle of morning or afternoon school. The word “break” is commonly defined as “a short interval between lessons,” and commonly associated with flip flops and tan lines; swimsuits and sunburns; late nights and pool parties. But there are other, less average ways to define Spring Break. “Break” can also mean “an act of breaking; breakage, fracture” or “an interruption of continuity” These meanings, while certainly…
  • Joshua Tree Spring Break Backpacking: The Desert Awakens

    Bethany Buchanan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
      As the sun rises and sets, the long shadows make the desert come alive. Photo by Rikki Dunn. For westward travelers and desert newcomers alike, arriving at Joshua Tree National Park can feel like landing on a different planet. After an easy flight and short drive from the Palm Springs airport, students often feel that they’ve stepped into alien territory as they walk among bizarre, spiky trees and piles of exposed granite monoliths. And yet, according to Outward Bound California Program Director Graham Ottley, this harsh, Dr. Seuss-looking course area actually seems tailor-made for…
  • In Remembrance of The Honorable John C. Whitehead

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Dear Friends and Family of Outward Bound, The Outward Bound family is sad to announce the death of The Honorable John C. Whitehead. Mr. Whitehead was a highly respected member of the Outward Bound community with a deep passion and respect for Outward Bound, the programs, and the students served. He became involved with Outward Bound in the early 70s, and helped lead and support Outward Bound through his roles as Trustee and Advisor during the 80s and 90s. Mr. Whitehead was named the Kurt Hahn Award recipient in 1987, which is an award named in honor of the founder of Outward Bound and…
  • Parent Perspective: Bidding Farewell for 81 Days

    Amanda Lindelow
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
      Over the course of a year, we see many students on courses ranging in length from 8 to 22 days. At the Colorado Outward Bound School they backpack through the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains, summit peaks, squeeze through slot canyons and paddle through world-class waters in the Utah backcountry. They learn rock climbing skills, camp craft, how to work as a team – and they discover there is more in them than they know. Among the thousands of students we see each year, there is an elite class who undertake the ultimate grueling and rewarding rite of passage: the semester course.
  • Columbine Cookbook Series: Bliss Balls

    Kim Young
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
      It’s been a while, but it’s finally time for another recipe from the classic Columbine Cookbook from Colorado Outward Bound School. After conducting a not-so thorough investigation, we think this cookbook is from the late 60′s. A really cool piece of our history, knowing that Instructors and students were in the backcountry cooking and devouring these recipes over 50 years ago! And, how much has backcountry cooking changed since the 60′s, really? Not much. You’ll see. So, I have picked out a recipe to share with you that is still just as delicious and…
 
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Didriksons – Angelina Parka

    Jodie
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    This parka has all the pedigree and detailing that you need to withstand the white stuff and all the other elements that mother nature likes to throw at you. It's a tad too chunky to appeal to the hardcore mountain types, but it looks right at home on the gentler slopes, and for a bit of Apres ski, shopping, dog-walking and general winter living. Read more...
  • Bright Products – Sunbell Solar Lamp

    Andy
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    It's a solar-charged (or wall charged) LED light, which can be used as a spotlight, torch, room-light, phone charger, amplifier and centre-piece! It might be easier to watch the video... Read more...
  • Lifesystems – Emergency Strobe Light

    Andy
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    Lifesystems say that it can be seen from a mile off. On a clear night, with good visibility, that may be true. On a more realistic night you'll be easy to spot for around half a mile, and detectable from a little further. That's usually close enough if someone's actively searching for you. Read more...
  • Sigg – Launch Brushed Steel Hot & Cold Range

    Jodie
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    As you may recall whilst at the OTS show last year, GWA HQ were given a sneaky peek preview of Sigg’s new colours for 2015. And it’s probably fair to say that we were rather wowed by the new colours […] Read more...
  • Sprayway – Zeus jacket

    Jodie
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:56 am
    There's no fuss, no drama, no offensive styling, and nothing to go wrong with it. It goes without saying that it's entirely windproof. It weighs next to nothing and packs down very small. I can't think of any reason why you'd not have it at the top of your bag in the mountains, to pull out whenever the rain arrives. It's simply brilliant. Read more...
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  • Interview with Noah Strycker

    Gunnar
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Ultimate Big Year. Did you hear about the guy who has set out to be the first person to see 5000 species of birds in a year – THE ULTIMATE BIG YEAR? Yes, it is acclaimed author, birder, ornithologist Noah Strycker. You really have to follow his quest on Audobon.org. Before Noah’s imminent arrival in Peru, and our birding together for three weeks, I took the opportunity to pick his brain somewhat. I had hoped to do a videoblog, but Noah’s busy birding schedule and scarce access to wifi made this impossible.  Anyway, here are some questions answered. If you have more…
  • Run for Birds at the British Birdfair

    Gunnar
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    You don’t want to miss running and see birds with this view! Hambleton view Rutland Joanna Sayers. At 7 AM on August 16 we are arranging a run on the Hambleton peninsula at Rutland Waters Nature Reserve. There is nothing strange about a run here. The local runners from Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, Leicestershire and Rutland Sports and Melton Running Club run here all the time. And for birdwatcher as one of the prime sites in the UK for Osprey and home for the British Birdfair every year in mid-August the Rutland Waters Reserve hardly needs an introduction. One would have…
  • Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video

    Gunnar
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Water resistant 20 megapixel camera and HD Video in a 12x optical zoom binocular! This sounds simply amazing. Check these specs. Sony OLED Electronic View Finder – the highest resolution for a reasonable price. Not as good as your Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski of course, but perhaps good enough? Built in GPS 0.8-12x optical zoom 25x digital zoom Full HD recording in 2D and 3 D with AVCHD video files Exmor R CMOS image sensor which is very sensitive in low light conditions. 20.4 Megapixel stills Optical Digital Image Stabilizer Water resistant jacks for mic, headphones and for additional…
  • FINAL: World Birding Destination Cup 2013

    Gunnar
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:13 pm
    Rounding up 2013. One New Years resolution is to blog more. Let’s see if we can kick some life into this great blog. In order not to leave any loose threads, here is the Gran Finale of the somewhat impossible challange to choose what destination (usually a country) is the best in the world  for birders. The criteria varies for different people. For some the exoticness  of the species one encounters is the main thing, for others the diversity or sheer numbers are more important. And for many travellers simply safety, accessibility, infrastructure and logistics are paramount. What is…
  • Falcon Finale murder mystery for free

    Gunnar
    9 Aug 2013 | 6:16 am
    Bob White solves a birder murder mystery. This looks almost to good to be true to lovers of detective stories and birdwatching. A free murder mystery with birders as main characters. Having just finished a Swedish crime novel The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (the best successor to Stig Larsson according to many), I checked my twitter account and see a tweet from JanDunlap (@BirderMurder) Free download of Falcon Finale (Birder Murder #4) today thru Sunday at http://www.amazon.com/Falcon-Finale-ebook/dp/B005KMBJAS. First, with that @reply I felt spammed, but as there was the word FREE included…
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  • What to do with your used outdoor gear!

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    With lighter weight gear and new technology changing gear all the time, what do we do with our old gear? We have used and abused our favorite gear but some of it just does not measure up. We spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 2/23/2015

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    23 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    We have a great collection of photos to share with you this week from some awesome folks. Keep tagging your photos with #hikingthetrail to be featured next week. Enjoy! Spent Valentine's Day in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Adventure News you should not miss!

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    22 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    He did it! Cazenovia man finishes 222-mile journey by hiking Mt. Marcy in sub-zero conditions! Cazenovia fitness coach Tim O’Shea did it — and he did it during two of the coldest days of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 2/16/2015

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    16 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Another week has come and gone. We hope that all of you are out enjoying this fantastic three day weekend. If you would like to have your photos featured in #AdvetnureMonday simply tag your photos... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Man’s Favorite Meat Is Put to the Test – Infographic

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    13 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Is your kitchen equipped with all of the appropriate bacon and jerky-making accessories? Just like your wardrobe should be stocked full of the essentials, your kitchen should be stocked with various... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Review of Paleo Meals To Go

    Brian Green
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    At last, quality ingredients and freeze dried convenience combine to create delicious, healthy, and paleo-friendly backpacking meals. For quite some time now I’ve wondered how long it would be before paleo diet eating options would hit the outdoor industry. Well now they’re here and thanks to Paleo Meals To Go I couldn’t be happier. Eating Paleo for three years and counting I’ve been eating a paleo diet (and doing Crossfit) for close to three years now and it works for me. If you don’t know what the paleo diet is all about and the benefits it provides I’m not about to explain it…
  • CertHero – An Easier Outdoor Certification Search

    Brian Green
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Meet Logan Randolph – professional mountaineering guide, ski patroller and outdoor certification guru. The last part may seem a little out of place. After years of working outdoors, Logan (and his partner Sam Aarons) founded CertHero.org the first centralized site for finding outdoor courses and certifications. It’s pretty awesome. Find the Perfect Course for You CertHero solves a problem that I’ve faced and many of you probably have as well – signing up for wilderness first aid and other outdoor certifications can be frustrating and unnecessarily complicated. First…
  • weBBem Traveler – Analog Watch

    Brian Green
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I own quite a few watches, as many of you probably know. Some of my watches could be considered “high-end” and others are better described as every day beaters. Not too long ago I designed my own set of retro compressor case Swiss dive watches that went into a limited product run of 500 pieces each – called the Prometheus Ocean Diver. I mention this to explain that I know a thing or two about watches, their production, their specifications and movements, and some of the tricks of the trade – both good and bad. When I was asked to test an inexpensive watch designed for…
  • Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

    Brian Green
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    I don’t know of any other knives for $20 that can beat the Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter. It’s a ridiculously good value and worth considerably more. I running a quick knife giveaway for the blaze orange handle version that I reviewed earlier this year. It comes unboxed and very slightly used, so it would not be a good candidate for re-gifting. The Dozier is one tough son of a gun and up to just about any task that a hiker/backpacker would need. I’ve already snapped up several more of these puppies while I still can and save them as random gifts for friends or Christmas stocking stuffers!
  • Affordable and Useful Holiday Gift Ideas

    Brian Green
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holidays are right around the corner and I’m getting lots of inquiries about holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy loved ones. Here are a couple of small backpacking, hiking, and camping related gear picks based on things that I own, use, and would highly recommend to anyone. Unlike many of the holiday gear gift lists that you’ll see popping up, this one consists of things that every hiker or backpacker should own. Buy them something they’ll actually use. Solar Charger Lets be honest, nearly all of us carry some form of electronic device when we’re out hiking. Whether…
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    Roamancing

  • Pike Place Seattle: The Original Starbucks, Flying Fish and a Gum Wall!

    Brie Mason
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The Entrance to the Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle   When you leave the sightseeing to your kids, you never know what you will get, but it most certainly will involve something intriguing.  That’s exactly what I did on a recent weekend getaway to Seattle. My two teens talked to other people and looked up things they might like to see. They then discovered that we could get to their favorite choices all in one place; Pike Place Market. I had them look up the address on our GPS and off we went to see a wall full of gum (not typically on an adults must-see list), fish being…
  • Roamancing Swiss Views: Our Switzerland Swimsuit Illustrated Exposé

    Emme Rogers
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We (or at least ‘I’) couldn’t help ourselves!  When we’d heard that Swimsuit Illustrated had kicked of 2014 with their own Swimsuit Illustrated edition of Swiss Views, we decided we had to show them up with our own Roamancing Edition of Swimsuit Swiss Views!  Although as you’ll see from the post below we were somewhat loose in our definition of a ‘swimsuit’.  Seems our only consistent criteria was that the roamancing red boots were parading their way through our shots! As we landed to sunshine in Zürich (after a long, icy cold Canadian winter) it…
  • Absinthe In Travel: A Lesson in the Importance of Trusted Friends

    Tessa Taylor
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    My last trip to Europe was one of those adventures that showed me the true value of travelling with trusted friends. We were on a choir trip throughout Germany, France and the Czech Republic, singing in castles and fortresses and having a marvellous time. As you might expect with a group of twenty-somethings, drinking and getting up to mischief played a leading role in the trip. Photo courtesy of Paukras. It was on one of these nights that the power of friendship really shone for me. While in Prague a group of the choristers decided it was a must to try absinthe, in the customary fashion.
  • #SuperVoices: Recognize And Share Your Superpowers!

    Tessa Taylor
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Photo courtesy of Kevin Lawver A few years ago I would travel quite often between school in BC and work on a First Nations reserve in Alberta. My road to discovering my own superpower and using it to empower my life truly begins with this journey. Moving across a province for four months when you do not know anyone on the other side can be one of the most terrifying experiences.  I was terrified. When I arrived at my temporary new home, my fears were soon assuaged as I was made welcome like a lost daughter come home at last. My first day I was brought to a local community event for…
  • The Pleasures of Being Home For The Holidays

    Brie Mason
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    There are a lot of magical places to visit over the holidays, and I always treasure new memories made.  We have family that live far away so we normally split our holidays over the years by travelling different places to visit them.  Recently, however, we had one of our most magical Christmas’ ever when we decided to just stay home. When you are able to take your time decorating your tree as a family it becomes a day full of memories. We have special ornaments that represent different events in our lives and we revisit those times as we hang each one. Being home for the holidays means…
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Columbia Sportswear Mighty Lite III Jacket

    Ruby McConnell
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Sometimes, it’s good to be wrong. Like when it comes to basic comfort. Fir instance, for reasons of my own, I have avoided down “puffy”[Read More...] The post Columbia Sportswear Mighty Lite III Jacket appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Top 8 Safety Tips for Winter Camping

    Sierra Shafer
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Winter camping can be an incredible way to enjoy the wilderness year round – but there are inherent and hidden dangers. Adequate planning and preparation[Read More...] The post Top 8 Safety Tips for Winter Camping appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Pau Hana Big EZ Air Inflatable SUP Review

    Greg Christensen
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
      I know, I know. An inflatable stand up paddle board sounds as sturdy as a sew-it-yourself backpack or a click-and-lock mountain bike. But once[Read More...] The post Pau Hana Big EZ Air Inflatable SUP Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Planning and Packing for Winter Backpacking

    Sierra Shafer
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:40 pm
    For those willing to brave cold temperatures, don multiple layers and take a few extra precautions, winter camping can be an incredible way to enjoy[Read More...] The post Planning and Packing for Winter Backpacking appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Kelty Dualist 6 ThermaDri Sleeping Bag Review

    David Lowman
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The new Kelty Dualist 6 sleeping bag is based on a new concept for winter bags. It has two layers of different materials both of[Read More...] The post Kelty Dualist 6 ThermaDri Sleeping Bag Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
 
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  • From the Desk of John Rourke – February 26th, 2015

    Rourke
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield’s killer found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Justice served. The latest episodes of The Walking Dead have me a bit…..bored. Don’t get me wrong the show is still great there is just something different about it. I continue to wonder where they get all their ammunition and batteries. Scavenging? Maybe for the batteries not so sure on the ammo. If the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow would you have enough ammunition? Picked up 100 rounds of .22 Magnum – CCI Maxi-Mags – for $14.99. Shop has a limit of 1…
  • Running out of ammo!

    Rourke
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    By The Coach, Contributing Editor   My wife and I are fans of the TV show “The Walking Dead” but not because it is a zombie show. We use the show as a teaching tool. As we watch the show, we discuss the situations that the characters encounter. My wife and I do a, what if we were in that situation. How would we handle that situation differently? Yes I know some of the situations that are in the “Walking Dead” are totally unrealistic. One of our BIG problems that my wife and I have with the “Walking Dead” TV series is, where do they get all of their ammunition? They seem to…
  • ENTRY #11 & #12 SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

    Rourke
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Here are a few entries in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro. I am not looking for a picture of a knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest. This could be something unique with the picture or maybe the description – or both. Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen this as your SHTF knife. The contest will run through March 1st. Each entry will be…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – February 25th, 2015

    Rourke
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    My son told me that his Science teacher runs a club at school called “PRIDE”. The club is only for black kids. Why does that bother me? Is it because I could care less what color someone is? Is it because I believe that we are beyond segregation activities such as this? We are all Americans. Let’s take some PRIDE in that for a change! 20,000 illegals crossed Mexican border in last 60 days. Wonderful. Someone needs to put a hit out on Punxsutawney Phil and his damn weather predictions. He is solely responsible for all this winter weather. I look back in time to some of the…
  • Review: Solvent Trap Adapter from Infinite Product Solutions

    Rourke
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Ever hear of a “solvent trap adapter”? If not you have now. Amazing what people come out with nowadays. A solvent trap adapter is a small tool which attaches to the end of a firearm and allows an oil filter or similarly threaded objects to be attached. The intended purpose of a solvent trap adapter is to attach an oil filter to the end of a barrel to make cleaning the firearm easier. Simply attach the adapter, screw on the oil filter – and any solvents and cleaning materials that go down the barrel will collect in the oil filter rather than on your table, counter, floor,…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Force Ten Tents – New for 2015

    Daniel Cheaptents
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    We are excited to announce that we have extended our range of Force Ten tents. Designed for expeditions and mountaineering, these high quality tents are durable and will protect you when you are camping in harsh weather conditions. Tents have come on a long way since the classic orange, A-frame Force Ten tent of old. [...]
  • Dove Step with Jonny Rankin: Interview

    Daniel Cheaptents
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    One of the most exciting aspects of walking can be an unexpected sighting of birds or other wildlife. Some of our most popular blog posts are about the wildlife we can encounter whilst out in the countryside, such as birds or prey, bats and hares. In this interview we find out about an iconic bird [...]
  • Country Walking at Lansdown, Bath

    Daniel Cheaptents
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    With views along the Avon valley from Bath to Bristol, an iron age hill fort, a horse racing course, a battle monument and wildlife sightings this turned out to be a superb and fascinating walk! Starting from the village of Upton Cheney my route took me down through fields and across a wooded stream to [...]
  • Clothing Advice for Autumn Walking and Camping

    Daniel Cheaptents
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of [...]
  • Softshell Jackets Advice

    Daniel Cheaptents
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    If you’ve been out walking when the weather is mild but showery you’ll know that keeping comfortable can be a bit awkward. If you keep your waterproofs on all the time you end up overheating, but then you don’t want to get wet when it rains. This is where softshell jackets come in. During changeable, [...]
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  • Trailsnet Goes International

    trailsnet
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    International Trails on Trailsnet Finally!! Trail lovers worldwide, rejoice. Now it is possible to add trails from anywhere in the world on Trailsnet.com. Have a favorite river trail in France? No problem. How about a favorite historical trail in England? Add that baby. A trekking trail in New Zealand? We’d love to see it. Adding … Continue reading » The post Trailsnet Goes International appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trail Funding Fast Fact

    trailsnet
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Federal Funding for Walking and Bicycle Paths   A recent survey indicated that 74% of Americans would like to see federal trail funding maintained or increased for biking and walking paths. The post Trail Funding Fast Fact appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Colorado Front Range Trail

    trailsnet
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Colorado Front Range Trail from Wyoming to New Mexico Most Colorado citizens are unaware that one of America’s premier trails is being proposed to run along the most densely populated portions of the state including Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins. The Colorado Front Range Trail would run all the way … Continue reading » The post Colorado Front Range Trail appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trail Advocacy

    trailsnet
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Support Politicians Who Support Trails In this age of partisan politics, it is refreshing to note that trails seem to be a nonpartisan issue. Although it is true that some strongly anti-trail politicians such as John McCain and Jim Inhofe are republican, that is not necessarily the party’s default viewpoint. Recently, Colorado Republican State Senator … Continue reading » The post Trail Advocacy appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Ontario Hiking and Backpacking Trails

    trailsnet
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Ontario Becoming Best Trail Destination Worldwide If you are planning your summer hiking excursion, you may want to add Ontario to your short list. Over the past couple years,  Ontario has become one of the leading trail destinations worldwide. If you search trail information on Twitter, chances are, you’ll run across a number of trail-related … Continue reading » The post Ontario Hiking and Backpacking Trails appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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  • 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…
  • Leave No Trace

    OffHiking.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    For this post I am going to discuss conservation and the idea of leave no trace. The outdoors is a beautiful place full of adventure, but if it is not protected we risk destroying the outdoors. I am sure all of you have been out hiking and in a beautiful view in the middle of the woods there is old garbage laying all over the place. This ruins the spirit of being in the wild. First if it came into the woods with you it should leave with you when you go. Nothing is more frustrating than finding a scenic view ruined by the litter. Anytime you go out on an adventure you should take a garbage bag…
  • Essentials for any Adventure

    OffHiking.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    For my first blog post I am going to start with the ESSENTIALS for any adventure.These are the items you should always have with you. It doesn’t matter if your hiking, biking, or kayaking these are the items that you should never leave without. These items are considered the essentials because they can potentially save your life if anything were to not go as planned. The Yough River flowing through Ohio Pyle Navigation The first category for these essentials is going to be navigation. You may not think you will need this if you are going some place that you think you know. This thinking…
  • New Blog and Website

    OffHiking.com
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Welcome to my new blog and website. This site is going to contain information about hiking and other outdoor activities. It is also going to contain some of my own outdoor adventures. Currently this blog is going to be the main source of this information, but I will also include images from my adventures into the gallery. I really hope that you are going to enjoy the blog and I look forward to publishing my first real post soon. The post New Blog and Website appeared first on OffHiking.Com.
  • Welcome

    OffHiking.com
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Welcome to the blog. Soon this page will be filled with regular blog posts. please check back soon. The post Welcome appeared first on OffHiking.Com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Four arrested for allegedly attempting to export 150 native animals to Europe

    Supertrooper
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Four men are in custody in Perth accused of attempting to export more than 150 native animals from Western Australia. The men were arrested at Perth international airport earlier this month after customs was tipped off by postal workers who noticed something amiss in packages sent from destinations including Carnarvon, Tom Price and Geraldton. All [...]   Read more...
  • 42 pangolins rescued, then sold to restaurants

    Supertrooper
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On February 1st, local police seized 42 live Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) from poachers and handed them over to forest rangers in Vietnam’s northern province of Bac Ninh. While the poachers were slapped with a fine, the rangers turned around and sold the live pangolins to local restaurants for a reported $56 a kilo, netting [...]   Read more...
  • Red Knot at Daytona Beach Shores

    Scott Simmons
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Daytona Beach Shores is a great place to go to see gulls in the winter time in Florida. About an hour before sundown, they fly in and land along the coastline by the tens of thousands. My father and I went to see Thayer and Iceland Gulls that have been seen there frequently. We picked [...]   Read more...
  • Inaguan Lyretail: Scientists Unveil New Species of Hummingbird

    Supertrooper
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    According to a group of ornithologists led by Dr Christopher James Clark of the University of California, Riverside, the two subspecies of a hummingbird known as the Bahama Woodstar actually represent distinct species. The Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae) is a member of the North American branch of the bee hummingbird group Mellisugini. This bird is [...]   Read more...
  • Joined for a Drink

    Morkel Erasmus
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    This year has been a whirlwind thus far and my photo processing has taken a serious back seat between a new role at work, continuous family commitments and other random things. I found time tonight to take a quick peek at some of my photos from our safari to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in December [...]   Read more...
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  • How to Get Started Fly Fishing

    Chris Maxcer
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The article How to Get Started Fly Fishing first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Fly Fishing appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready

    Chris Maxcer
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    The article Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready first appeared on Man Makes Fire. When I step off the beaten path, I usually end up taking my iPhone. Sometimes it’s there for emergencies, but often I use it for photos, video, and maps. Trouble is, even if I’m just hiking, rain keeps it tucked away. That’s where a rugged waterproof case comes in, ideally from a manufacturer you can […] The post Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The article Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Ice fishing 20 miles out on Lake Superior is a kickass way to fish, no doubt about it, but when you pull a monster up from the depths below through clear ice, it makes for an entertaining video for the guys at home, especially when the guys catching the fish are having a helluva good […] The post Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review

    Chris Maxcer
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The article Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Most guys I know take their smartphones into the field — backpacking, fishing, and hunting, as well as rafting, swimming, and skiing. In addition to the camera, smartphones have GPS-based topo maps and can even sometimes can get a signal miles from the nearest road. Most of these guys just keep their phones in deep pockets […] The post Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review

    Chris Maxcer
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The article Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad ReviewCushionBuild QualityOverall SizeCost-to-Value Ratio4.5Overall ScoreThe Klymit Static V2 inflatable sleeping pad offers one of the best lightweight backpacking pad experiences for your money. In fact, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s the best deal going: At just under $60, the Static V2 weighs barely over one pound yet offers […] The post Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
 
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  • All the Things I Never Knew I’d Know About Hiking Gear

    Laurel and Eric
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    One thing you should know about Eric is that he hates shopping, as in despises it. One thing you should know about me: I also hate shopping. A shopping trip with the two of us goes something like this: Step 1:  Gather courage to leave the house with a clear mission of what is needed. ......
  • Trail Karma: Protecting What We Love Most

    Carlie Gentry
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    For most of us who seek the adventure, freedom and beauty of places like the Appalachian Trail, a pristine view off of a mountain peak is the pinnacle of what Mother Nature has to offer. It swells your heart with a feeling of unity and belonging. It brings about an understanding of the large expanse ......
  • Off the Beaten Path – Hiking Shepherd Trails in the South Caucasus

    Andrew Repp
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    I’ve lived most of my life off the beaten path. First as an expat kid in St. Petersburg, Russia, then as a Mt. Kilimanjaro summit climber at 19, and most recently as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Azerbaijan from 2011-2014. For those of you who don’t know, Azerbaijan is situated at the ......
  • Ben (Zee) Trail Update #1 – Georgia Bound

    Ben Reynolds
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Kaili and I decided to try to beat out the storm and drove down a day early. By the time we got into Georgia the snow had started coming down in buckets so the Ohio boy took over for the Mississippi girl driving in the snow.  It took us an extra 3 hours and some ......
  • Of Toenails and Things

    Jeanne Church
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Journal Entries from February 2015 February 9, 2015 This morning, as I was looking at my shaggy toenails,  I wondered whether my lightweight, backpacking husband was planning on bringing toenail trimmers.  So, I asked him. “No” he said, “They’re too heavy. We’ll just chew them off with our teeth. You’ll do mine and I’ll do ......
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    Detecting365 Online Metal Detecting Magazine

  • Bits from today's hunt.

    Janner 53
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    Today's finds: Whistle, 8x1d, 2xhalfpennies, 6xdecimal, little red bell, scouts badge, doggy tag with the name PETE, sixpence dated 1945, squashed thimble and 2 buttons.I was itching to get out CLICK TO VIEW
  • Interview with 2014 MTMDC Master Hunter Johnny Pryor

    Clark Rickman
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    We sat down with Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club's Master Hunter of the Year to see what makes him tick.
  • Post-Medieval 'Dog Nose' Silver Spoon. Dated 1712.

    Janner 53
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    Dog Nosed silver spoon dated 1712 with the initials I-W-S-C inscribed.After 2 years my one and only treasure find is finally coming to a close. I dug this silver spoon CLICK TO VIEW
  • How to find big rings

    Gary Drayton
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Heres a fool proof method of searching for big gold or platinum rings at the beach, don't go looking for them! I find several really big diamond encrusted platinum CLICK TO VIEW
  • History With Kris - Folk of the stone

    Addicted To Bleeps
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    How the people of Folkestone came to be named that way. ★ SUBSCRIBE TO BLEEPS: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjlEYE57maiv4T_6uvzrVCQ?sub_confirmation=1 ★ BLEEPS SITE: http://www.bleeps.me ★ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Addicted-to-Bleeps/227075850758431 ★ HUNTS!: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4CEC5AC9E26D7089 ★ COMEDY DETECTING STORY: CLICK TO VIEW
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    50 Campfires

  • 3 Best Road Trip Apps

    50 Campfires
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    They’re is just something about the freedom of a road trip that words just can’t explain. It’s like the world is yours for the taking – ready to be explored. If you’re headed out on a long trip, you should make the best of it. We’ve compiled a list of the 3 best road trip apps to help you find unique attractions, stuff your face with delicious food and experience the wild in new way. 1. Best Road Trip Ever If you’re looking for offbeat attractions, new sights to see, and tastier eateries to try out, the Best Road Trip Ever is the perfect traveling app for…
  • Road Trip Planner: How To Make The Most Of It

    50 Campfires
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    At 50 Campfires, we’re all about traveling and picking the perfect destination. There’s just something about getting out of your everyday life and planning an adventure to look forward to. But there are usually two areas we tend to dislike: getting there and leaving. Road trips to our favorite camping destinations or getaways are great, yet we tend to agonize over the long drives—especially if kids are involved. We’ve all heard the phrase “are we there?” more than we’d prefer. Is there a way we can avoid the long, boring car rides? We think so. And we don’t mean by taking a…
  • Get The Party Started With The Original Nomad Portable Hot Tub

    50 Campfires
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    Forget bringing the kitchen sink…bring a hot tub! Looking to step up your glamping game? Why not throw in the Original Nomad Portable Hot Tub? Just think about the expression on your friend’s faces when they roll up an you’re sitting in a hot tub on the beach sipping a cold one. Mind=blown. The Nomad Hot Tub holds four people and will get up to a toasty 105 degrees F. Nice! It will set you back about a grand but hey, you’re having a hot tub party in the middle of nowhere! And to the folks at Original Nomad – we’d gladly field test it anytime  All images…
  • Start Reserving Campsites In February

    50 Campfires
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Many of us are moving into the last month or so of winter, and there is plenty of winter fun left to be had. Nonetheless, it is the perfect time to start reserving campsites. Particularly those coveted hotspots that will require a reservation. If you’ve never started your summer planning this early, you should. Rather than just showing up at a campground and taking whatever is available, you should start putting some thought into the different types of camping you could expose your friends and family to. The modern camper has more options than ever before. Let’s take a closer…
  • Minus 33 Merino Wool Hoodie Review

    Nick Grzechowiak - Director
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    My name is Nick, and I’m addicted to hooded, zippered sweatshirts. I affectionately refer to them as “hoodies”. Last month my “problem” escalated to such an extreme level, that my wife forced me to the store to purchase a new wardrobe closet just to house my collection. Although I’m attempting humor – all of this is true. When I was given the opportunity to test out the Minus 33 Merino Wool Hoodie, everyone in the office knew that this review was designed for me. The first thing that I noticed when taking the hoodie out of the package was the weight and attention to details.
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Wild Camping: 15 Essential Tips

    David Lowe
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:46 pm
    How to Fully Embrace a Wild Camping Experience The basic essence of wild camping entails seeking out wilderness experiences away from official campgrounds. While actual ‘hiding’ isn’t usually necessary unlike stealth or guerrilla camping that tend to be undertaken in more urban environments, it is still important to keep a relatively low profile. Different countries, states and territories all have their own rules and regulations when it comes to wild camping in National Parks and Forest Service lands so check with the relevant land agency to be safe. The other crucial…
  • 10 Interesting Facts about Mount Fuji

    David Lowe
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Mount Fuji Facts, Figures and Musings Famed for its elegant symmetrical cone, Mount Fuji is actually an active stratovolcano last erupting in December 1707. First climbed by a monk in 663, the sacred mountain is beset upon by an annual pilgrimage to climb its peak during the short two and a half month climbing season. Visitor numbers have spiralled over the years and more so recently since its official inclusion as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013. The volcano straddles Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures which means plenty of buck passing about how to deal with the accumulated…
  • Secret War Tunnels Revealed Near Tokyo

    David Lowe
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Allied Air Raids Prompt a Clandestine Munitions Factory During my recent trek out to Saitama to explore The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi, I discovered the subterranean world lurking beneath the caves kept a secret military installation. Juxtaposed with the timeless burial tombs above is a netherworld carved out of military ambition. It’s relatively secluded location in rural Saitama, some 50 km from Tokyo proper offered some hope that it would remain hidden from allied radar. In 1945 during the closing stages of the Second World War attempts were made to establish a clandestine Nakajima…
  • The Hundred Ancient Burial Caves of Yoshimi

    David Lowe
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    The Caves of Yoshimi Unearth an Interesting History The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi are ancient burial tombs carved into the sandstone cliffs in Saitama Prefecture roughly 50 km from downtown Tokyo. They were unearthed in 1888 by Shogoro Tsuboi a founding father of Japanese anthropology and archaeology. While the caves aren’t particularly well known they are noteworthy as comprise the largest ancient grave cluster in Japan and are also designated as a National Historic Monument. It was initially presupposed the 219 caves were the habitation sites of the local indigenous people though later…
  • Nippara Limestone Cave: Spelunking in Tokyo

    David Lowe
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Nippara Limestone Cave the Biggest in Tokyo Located in the sleepy village of Nippara on Tokyo’s outskirts finds Nippara Cave one of the best karst limestone caves in Japan. I previously visited the caves a few years back though was keen to return on a quiet weekday morning to capture in inner spelunking caverns minus the crowds. The cave extends over some 1,270 metres of which 800 metres is accessible to the public and takes around 40 minutes to fully explore. Formed during the Palaeozoic Era about 250 million years ago, the cave has been a sanctuary for religious pilgrimage since the Edo…
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Survival Weapons: How to Make, Purchase, or Scavenge Your Self Defense When SHTF

    Chris Ruiz
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Even the most diligent prepping can be for naught should your tools and supplies be taken off you by force or your bug out plan thrown into disarray by a wild animal attack. Learning ways to defend yourself and your family is as essential as ensuring you have the supplies you’ll need to survive. This article covers the various survival weapons you can use for self-defense in a disaster scenario, including those you can: Make yourself Buy now and practice with Easily scavenge for after a disaster. Why Should I Think About Survival Weapons? Sometimes all it takes is showing your opponent you…
  • Prepping For Pennies: Hacks & Tricks For Prepping Without Breaking The Bank

    Chris Ruiz
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Intro This article comes from Dave Steen, a survival expert with 30+ years in the field and multiple books published on a wide variety of preparedness topics.  If you are looking for more money saving tricks to use while prepping, I suggest you check out Dave’s fantastic book, Prepping For Pennies (click here to see it). Prepping For Pennies One of the first things that hit most preppers starting out is fear. I’m not talking about fear of some disaster, although there are many who start out in prepping just because of such a fear; but rather, fear that they won’t be able…
  • How To Effectively Prepare Your Family For Power Grid Failure

    Chris Ruiz
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Imagine yourself and your family, forced from your home in the dead of winter, with nothing more than the few supplies you were able to carry amongst yourselves. Then imagine being shuttered into a community center with thousands of other families, displaced from their homes as well, relying on what few supplies the government could provide. If you live a comfortable middle-class lifestyle in a first world country, this situation sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? It is not. Families, just like yours, faced this exact plight on December 20, 2013, when a massive ice storm hit parts of central…
  • Get Home Bag List – How To Make The Best Kit For YOUR Needs

    Chris Ruiz
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Jackson maneuvered his way swiftly through the crowded sidewalk, running as fast as he could, his briefcase in one hand and his get home bag in the other – the two things he never left home without. Realizing there was no way he could make his train at this point, he slowed his pace and fell in line with the window shoppers and couples out for a stroll. He was five minutes from the station and the next train wouldn’t be arriving for forty-five minutes, he might as well enjoy the walk. Suddenly, he realized that the entire street was moving against him, and swiftly. The road looked…
  • Food Storage Battle: Cans Vs Buckets

    Chris Ruiz
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    More than getting yourself safe, survival means being calamity-ready and making sure that you have stored ample amount of food and water. With a preparedness guide and proper food storage, you can have a lifetime supply of food.  Looking at your food storage options is especially important if: You are planning on bugging in or shelter in in place for any period of time You are planning on caching food and supplies along your bug out route You have a bug out location where you will be storing food for months or years There are lots of food storage options, you don’t need to limit…
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    Best Tactical Flashlight

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    Michael
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Are you a flashlight retailer, distributor, or manufacturer looking to have your flashlights or other products reviewed on BestTacticalFlashlights.net? Take a look at the Terms and Conditions for our reviews below. Review Terms and Conditions Reviewed flashlights have been either been samples provided by manufacturers, dealers, or purchased by BestTacticalFlashlights.net. All reviews are preformed honestly and with the same guidelines. Reviews can be published on any sites or forums of BestTacticalFlashlights.net’s choice. Including but not limited to besttacticalflashlights.net,…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • 6 Best Road Trips from Bangalore

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    Bangalore is the best place to be in if you love road trips. We've got have got great highways, charming towns and hill-stations, never-ending natural splendor, and numerous destinations to reach in one day or less. Each of these routes has abundant opportunities of great scenic rides and...
  • Amazing Locations for Dream Destination Wedding in India

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Matches may be made in heaven, but heaven does not decide your wedding venue, and deciding on a location for your nuptials can be quite a task. For those looking to tie the knot in dreamy, surreal locations, or in peaceful, exclusive spots, destination weddings might be a saviour. Since weddings...
  • 5 Reasons Why the Jaipur Literature Festival is a Must-Visit for All

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Jaipur Literature Festival is the biggest free literary fest anywhere in the world, being a five day celebration of art, literature and music in all their forms.  The eighth lit fest ended on 25th January, 2015 after five days of talks, book launches, book signings, musical performances and...
  • 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Maharashtra

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Think Maharashtra and images of aamchi Mumbai, with crowded beaches and Bollywood presence flood your mind. Apart from the most populous capital city of India, Maharashtra is known for its misal paav and bombil, the fervent lavani, Mumbaikars' laid back attitude and the ever crowded Gateway of...
  • A Guide to Rann Utsav: All You Need to Know Before You Go to Kutch

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    "Kutch nahi dekha toh kuch nahi dekha"! (Haven’t seen Kutch then you haven’t seen any thing) - This line sounds like a part of any other state tourism marketing venture but things are a bit different in this case. Once you see the glistening white panorama of white sands across the blue...
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    ADAPT network » Outdoor

  • Thoghts on Woolacombe being named top-five beach in Europe

    Ben
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    Woolacombe beach. Photo from Flickr (beckleybisset). A wide stretch of sand and my local surf spot (just down the road from ADAPT), called Woolacombe in Devon has just been named the best beach in the UK and the fourth best-rated in a list of European beaches compiled from reviews on TripAdvisor. Ahead of Woolacoombe in the list of most esteemed beaches in Europe, are Rabbit Beach, in Lampedusa, Italy; Playa de Ses Illetes, on the Balearic island of Formentera; and Elafonissi beach in Greece. You can’t even surf at Rabbit beach, clearly Woolacoombe should be on top of the list, though…
  • Life Travelling on a Twenty Eight Foot Wooden Boat

    Ben
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    “All through my life I’ve found little places to live,” says adventure traveller David Welsford. “And when I was a kid I always built like treehouses and climbed trees and built forts…and um…when I first walked into the Lizzy Belle [name of his boat] and looked her over, I was like this is the perfect fort!” “For me I think what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good. I’ve just been able to make it my own…and she has so much character and so much history and I couldn’t ask for…
  • Orcas VS Great White Shark

    Ben
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Considered the ultimate clash of marine titans, it’s often been wondered who would win in a battle between the top ocean predators: the killer whale or great white shark. The first recorded battle between the predators came in 1997 west of San Francisco, when the clear winner was an adult female orca, though the great white was a juvenile. National Geographic covered another encounter, where a Killer Whale (Orca) was filmed attacking and partially eating a Great White shark, by a whale watching tourist. Most people’s knowledge of killer whales doesn’t extend beyond the…
  • ‘Sailing’ from coast-to-coast: USA by whike

    Ben
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    The post ‘Sailing’ from coast-to-coast: USA by whike appeared first on ADAPT network.
  • ‘Angels’ of the Pacific Crest Trail

    Ben
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    The post ‘Angels’ of the Pacific Crest Trail appeared first on ADAPT network.
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  • Bramley Johnson from Modern Hiker Shares His Choice of Camping Meals for Ultralight Backpackers

    Alex
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I honestly don’t know what they do down there in Texas but their food wins all the awards in my book. Bram @ModernHiker on @PackitGourmet Click to Tweet ModernHiker.com is one of my favorite outdoor blogs to read on top trails and hikes in my area. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you Bram’s […]
  • 34 Camping Experts Reveal Their 3 Easy Camping Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    About a month ago (wow, its been that long!) I reached out to top outdoors camping, hunting, kayaking and canoeing experts to share their top 3 easy camping meal recommendations when heading for a short camping trip. The responses I received (both in breadth and length) have surpassed my expectation. I know I will be using quite a […]
  • Walter Mayo From PaddleNC On Camping Trip Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Personally I like to bring at least one weird or new food just to try and see how it goes. -Walter Mayo Click to Tweet About a month ago I contact Walter from PaddleNC.com to share his go to meals when camping. This is the replay I got that blew me away: “What are the […]
  • Shell Robshaw-Bryan from Camping with Style Shares Her 3 Favorite Camping Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    We always take a BBQ camping with us, which is the ideal way to cook tasty, succulent chicken burgers. -Shell Robshaw-Bryan Click to Tweet Shell (from campingwithstyle.co.uk) was gracious enough to not only provide detailed description and recipe for these meals, but she also accompanied them with beautifully vivid picture. Enjoy her reply! My favourite […]
  • Tom Holtey From Top Kayaker Recommended Camping Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Heck I could almost mix the coffee and the oatmeal together to save cleaning an extra dish. -Tom Holtey Click to Tweet My 3 easiest meals I personally recommend for camping trips: Breakfast Don’t bring coffee grounds, filters, percolators or brew “cowboy coffee”. Get the best quality instant coffee you can find. I like instant […]
 
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • NorCal Mom Cheering From The Sidelines

    Wendy Adams
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Hello, from Northern California. Situated along the Siskiyou Trail, Redding was a trade and travel route connecting California’s Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. My name is Wendy Adams and I am Jon Adams’ mother. When Jon was a young boy he loved the Ninja Turtles, basketball and playing video games. Our family weekends were filled with athletic events, juggling between softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. Back then if you were to tell me that this young man would grow up to be a college scholar, world traveler, and one of the founding members of the San…
  • Why Are You Called Sloggers? What is a Slogger, Anyway?!

    jonjadams31
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We sometimes get asked, “What is a Slogger, anyway?” or “How did you come by that name?” Let’s answer each of those questions one at a time, starting with the definition of a “Slogger.” Depending on the dictionary you are checking you may or may not find “Slogger” within the text, though many list it as a derivative of the root word, “slog.” So to better understand what we as “Sloggers” are we must define the root word, “slog.” Here is our definition of “Slog” in both verb and noun forms as…
  • TRAINING HIKE: Barrel Springs to Warner Springs

    jonjadams31
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning or have looked through our backlog, you may have noticed that Jon and Marissa did a similar hike as an overnight back in November. The main differences of this hike to that earlier one are that Marissa was off at work so this hike included the group of Gary, Lora and Jon; the time of year was much different making the terrain and weather different as well. The other difference was that the group wasn’t going north of Warner Springs to camp as we were being picked up in Warner Springs from Sandy (Gary’s wife and part…
  • TRAINING HIKE: Burnt Rancheria Campground to Kwaaymii Point

    jonjadams31
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    We are just under two months from our departure date and as we draw closer and closer it becomes more and more important for us to start introducing the weight of a thru-hiker’s pack into our training hikes. It is for this reason that when Gary, Lora and Jon hiked the nearly 13 miles from Burnt Rancheria Campground in the community of Mount Laguna, CA to Kwaaymii Point just off the Sunrise Highway to the north. Along the trail, this section would be the first half of day three which would likely end somewhere around the Mason Valley Truck Trail before the Pacific Crest Trail winds its…
  • TRAINING HIKES: Local Trails Used for Training for the Pacific Crest Trail

    jonjadams31
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When preparing for a long distance hike, such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), it’s important to make sure you are in the best possible shape prior to setting out. This will decrease the risk of injury as you start making your way through the trail and increase the mileage you can do right from the get go. It is for that reason the Sloggers have a list of hikes that we like to do during the week that don’t even require leaving the city. San Diego, like many great large metropolitan areas, has saved some land for the city dwellers to be able to get outside and on a trail and get a…
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    Digital Steak

  • Climbers Against Cancer – an interview with John Ellison

    Charley Radcliffe
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    I first met John Ellison at the Chamonix Mountain Festival as both of us were giving a helping hand to the brands setting up their (somewhat complex) stands. We chatted away in the morning sun with me being none-the-wiser to who this happy go lucky and friendly man was. As we carried on chatting over... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna, my next Adventure

    Charley Radcliffe
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    On the 2nd March, I am going to be heading to Nepal to take on what will be my biggest challenge yet – a solo, self-supported run of the Annapurna Circuit. At 200km, with 10,000m of ascent, and with a high point of 5,416m, I am in for a whole world of firsts. My first time to Nepal, my first time... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Lillaz Gully – 2 years, so much progress

    Charley Radcliffe
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    My life in the outdoors has been pretty short, only four and half years ago did Sophie and I sign up to climb Mont Blanc and it was a little over 2 years ago that I came to the Alps for a winter trip to try out waterfall ice climbing. In that first trip, I... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • My First Ski Tour

    Charley Radcliffe
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    Last winter, while still in London, my training consisted of strength and conditioning, and road running. The running didn’t provide the most inspiring of environments but it served a purpose. At the same time, I saw friends out in Chamonix waking up and setting off to go ski tour up a mountain, enjoy the alpine... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Learning to ski in Chamonix

    Charley Radcliffe
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    “You know, I’ve not brought a beginner class over here before”. Mike, our instructor, smiles, shrugs his shoulders, and is suddenly off down a red run. 3 days into me learning to ski in Chamonix and things have suddenly got a little steeper. Once was a snowboarder For the last 15 years or so, I... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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  • Shame on Bassmaster Magazine!

    Southern Guy
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Bassmaster Magazine admitting to trashing our waters?    There are a lot of things in this world that make me angry to see, or that I do not agree with at all. I see so many people caring less and less about the important things in life only to focus their attention to convenience and selfishness.  Maybe it is just me and the fact that I am "old school" in my beliefs, I just believe society has taken a huge step in the wrong direction.  It is sad that today most people just want to concentrate on their own little world and will not go out of their way to change what is wrong with our…
  • Rapala Shadow Rap Series

    Southern Guy
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    A Shadow doesn't die, it slowly fades away   Click to enlarge Rapala has come out with new suspending jerkbaits, the Shadow Rap and the Shadow Rap Deep. These lures combine the horizontal struggle of a dying bait fish with a vertical fade mimicking a minnow's quivering death cycle attracting tremendous strikes from the predator fish that feed on them. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Randall Tharp had this to say about the new Shadow Rap series lures from Rapala. "When you pause it on slack line, it shimmies from side to side as it's suspending there. So even when it's sitting still,…
  • mYcore Heated Un-hooded Jacket

    Southern Guy
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:15 pm
    The mYcore Technology Click to enlarge There are a lot of people out there that would probably benefit from a jacket such as this, especially, considering the winter weather that currently haunts the northern United States, right now. I, honestly, can not understand how people can live in such extreme cold weather areas; I would freeze to death! There are a few products online, these days, that can help with that scenario, they operate in a manner referred to as core temperature heating. A lot of people may not truly understand what that means but to simplify, it basically means, it warms you…
  • The Shredfyn

    Southern Guy
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Catches fish not fishermen! Click to enlarge There are a lot of products on the market these days that are being sold to people due to eye appeal, most of these products will never land a bass. They are simply there so someone can make money off of them, most of these type of products are never tested, they are just sold. Forget all the shiny gimmicky lures and other products that look great to fishermen but not to fish! I have come into contact with a guy who has a product that is not targeted to catch fishermen, it is targeted to catch fish plain and simple. That right there should be the…
  • Folding Pocket Survival Knife

    Southern Guy
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Grizzly Survival Outdoors Products Folding Pocket Survival Knife Click to enlarge I love knives and I use them for a little bit of everything in my daily life, I use them as letter openers, screw drivers, fingernail cleaners, box openers, fishing line cutters, etc. There is a long list of things that I use my pocket knives for, I am rarely without a pocket knife on my person. I have found a knife that adds to the long list of reasons that I carry a knife as part of my EDC (every day carry), the Grizzly Survival Outdoors Products folding pocket survival knife which comes with a flashlight and…
 
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    Hikings.net - Guide For a Memorable Hiking

  • Hiking in Griffith Park

    timur
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Griffith Park is an incredible treasure for Angelino hikers. In fact, Griffith Park stands along the largest urban park within the U.S.A, concerning five times the scale of park in the big apple town. Mo, just under four mile loop in Griffith Park to the height of Mount Hollywood. On a sunny bright day, this hike can provide you with tremendous views of the LA. The basin and near filmmaker Observatory, and its short length belies some genuinely sweat-inducing stretches of incline. It is considered as a very good little hike within the heart of Griffith Park. Image From wikipedia Location:…
  • Hiking Diamond Head Trail

    timur
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:25 am
    Diamond Head trail, which is in the Hawaiian Island, is a place of great pleasure for the hike lover people and they are just so much curious about this trail, which encourages them to explore here again and again. Diamond Head is that the name of a volcanic rock cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and familiar to Hawaiians as Lēʻahi, presumably from Lae ‘brow ridge, promontory’ and ʻahi ‘tuna’ as the form of the Ridge-line resembles the form of a tuna’s fin. Its English name was given by British sailors within the nineteenth century. World Health…
  • Hiking in Fort Collins, Colorado

    timur
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    Colorado, a really popular region for the hike passionate folks and Fort Collins is one of the most desired places in Colorado for the hikers. This place is like an ideal destination for hiking with so many facilities with beautiful natural views. Fort Collins is full of so many trails for walking, jogging, in-line athletics, biking, or a leisurely stroll within the town limits. The paths are maintained all year around and snow is far from the paths throughout the winter months. Trails functions commuter routes for several students and residents in addition. The attractive scenery which can…
  • Hiking Trips – full of joy, fun and enjoyment

    timur
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    Hiking trips can be great experiences for you, if you perform everything right to make the whole trip successful. No matter if you are hiking with your kids or spouse or friends or family, you have got to make the whole trip enjoyable. The joy of hiking trips can be found, if you know how to enjoy your hike. Hiking journeys are an incautious way to take a vacation or somewhat little bit of outing to fancy nature at its finest, up close. By taking a hiking trip you are conjointly able to move to destinations that are remote or laborious to induce to, creating your hiking…
  • Kings Peak – The Highest Mountain In Utah

    timur
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:48 am
    Kings Peak is that the tallest mountain in Utah, thus climb to the summit could be a ceremony of passage for any footer living within the state. Standing at top of the king of mountains in invisible state lines is matter of ritual fact among the outdoor, and this truth is as true in Utah as anyplace else. This implies Kings Peak is one hell of a well-liked mountains to climb. Here is some detailed information about this place for the hike lover folks. Details information of Kings Peak Location: Utah, United States Hike length: 23 miles Estimated time: 3 days Difficulty: Difficult Dog’s…
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  • Guest Post: How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    With a few more months of winter ahead for much of the country, many backpackers who haven’t ventured out since the fall might be getting the itch for a few good nights out on the trail, even if the temps are pretty chilly. To be full prepared for the winter trips, a little additional planning and preparation should take place to account for the colder temps and shorter days. Read the full article at Hub.SierraTradingPost.com The post Guest Post: How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking appeared first on The Amateur Outdoorsman.
  • Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge Day 7: The Final Test

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    A week after testing the square knot and taut line hitch, Day 7 and the final day of the Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge involved testing all 6 knots I had relearned over the course of the past few weeks. Since the the Day 6 test, I did not review any of the knots because I wanted some time to pass without really thinking about how to tie each one, then I could come into this final test with a clear mind of sorts. Materials for the Test: 2 Sections of Rope. One should have a smaller diameter The white rope in the image below has a smaller diameter than the black/red one Tree trucks and…
  • Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    I’m horrible at knots. I really am. I should know how to tie more of them and I should be better at tying those I do know. I’m also in the middle of a VERY long gap between backpacking trips so some of my skills are getting rusty. Since  I need to brush up on a few skills before my next trip, one of those skills being knot tying, I decided to create the Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge for myself. Spread over 6 days, I worked on relearning 6 knots I use on my backpacking trips. I set aside some time each day to start from the beginning of how to tie a knot then went through the…
  • Guest Post: Master the 4 Layer System for Staying Warm on Winter Backpacking Trips

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Learning the art of creating an effective layering system for winter backpacking trips provides the needed flexibility to keep your body warm and dry during the range of activity levels you’ll likely go through when hiking in the winter. Utilizing 3 or 4 layers provides the option of adding or removing certain layers to find the right comfort zone instead of being restricted by only a few layers. Read more about mastering the 4 layer system at Seattle Backpackers Magazine. The post Guest Post: Master the 4 Layer System for Staying Warm on Winter Backpacking Trips appeared first on The…
  • Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge Day 6: Test the Square Knot and Taut Line Hitch

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    The final test day of the Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge was to practice tying the square knot and taut line hitch in a few different backpacking situations. I went down to a local park and spent about 20 minutes tying each knot, below are my thoughts about the final test day. Square Knot Similar to Day 5 of the Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge, I only spent a little bit of time on the square knot. There’s not a lot to remember in regards to tying the square knot, so I tied it a few times using some objects as props then moved on to the taut line hitch.   Taut Line Hitch For…
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