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  • 'Glamping:' Rustic camping meets luxury in Yellowstone

    Camping News
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Kyra Melchor, 5, right, and her sister Elly Melchor, 9, relax inside a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. Glamping - a term that combines glamour and camping - offers the adventure of camping without the hassle of having to set everything up yourself and sleep on the ground.
  • Trying to get back into backpacking

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    Blixed64
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Hello all, For about 6 months when I was 14 I was a part of an outward bound program that took 5 day backpacking expeditions through mostly the White Mountains every week. I learned a lot but I've forgotten a lot of it (I'm 26 now) but I had some extra money and I bought the same gear I used to have for my outward bound program for myself and my girlfriend. I don't want to start out going out for a week but I do want to plan maybe three days for us to hike a nice loop that maybe takes us by some moving or still water. I never had to plan the trips myself but we would work with the guides as…
  • A family, wooed by down-covered beds, converts to 'glamping'

    Camping News
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    In this May 16, 2015, photo, Elly Melchor, 9, stands by a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. Glamping _ a term that combines glamour and camping _ offers the adventure of camping without roughing it.
  • At Sleepaway Camp: Joy and Misery

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jennifer Weiner’s account of her daughter’s camp experience prompts other mothers to offer their stories.
  • Big Agnes Partners with ACA

    Featured News
    American Camp Association
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    ACA is pleased to partner with Big Agnes,The Mother of Comfort. Through this partnership employees of an ACA accredited and member camps will receive a 30% "pro-deal" discount off retail price on Big Agnes outdoor camping gear.   Big Agnes will donate a portion of your  purchase to ACA to support education.  read more
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  • Trying to get back into backpacking

    Blixed64
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Hello all, For about 6 months when I was 14 I was a part of an outward bound program that took 5 day backpacking expeditions through mostly the White Mountains every week. I learned a lot but I've forgotten a lot of it (I'm 26 now) but I had some extra money and I bought the same gear I used to have for my outward bound program for myself and my girlfriend. I don't want to start out going out for a week but I do want to plan maybe three days for us to hike a nice loop that maybe takes us by some moving or still water. I never had to plan the trips myself but we would work with the guides as…
  • This is awesome - Pipe Dreams!

    dlague
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    DC presents Robbie “Maddo” Maddison’s “Pipe Dream,” giving the world a chance to witness history being made as Maddo rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. From his helmet to motocross boots, Maddo was dressed for FMX when he took his dirt bike into the unchartered saltwater terrain of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia.
  • All This for .01 Degrees Celsius? Joe Bastardi

    Puck it
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Pretty interesting take on it! "Given the facts, I can’t help but wonder: Did policymakers ever take Economics 101, or a course in how to read a chart?" http://patriotpost.us/opinion/36771
  • When (and who) Will Test the Guns First?

    ss20
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Time to get serious about stoking the stoke... Last year, Sugarloaf and Sunday River both tested their snow guns on Spetember 19th! Who (and when) will be the first to test their snow guns and throw out a frozen product. This has really become an advertisement point for resorts. No longer is it just a race to be the first to open, it's become a race to get frozen product on the ground for the hype. I'm saying October 1-10. Last year was a cold fall. Hard to get sub 32 temperatures in September south of Canada.
  • Heated ski poles project

    HeatUp
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Hi all, We are a startup currently working on a heated ski poles concept. We are inviting skiers all over the world to collaborate in defining and designing the ski pole of the future. It takes less than 5 mins to participate and participants will be the first to be discover the final product. You can join the project here: https://app.inbe.ca/en/app/public/he...ignees-heat-up Cheers!
 
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    Camping News

  • A family, wooed by down-covered beds, converts to 'glamping'

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    In this May 16, 2015, photo, Elly Melchor, 9, stands by a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. Glamping _ a term that combines glamour and camping _ offers the adventure of camping without roughing it.
  • A family, wooed by down-covered beds, converts to 'glamping'

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    In this May 16, 2015, photo, Kyra Melchor, 5, and her sister Elly Melchor, 9, are seen sitting on a bed inside a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. Glamping _ a term that combines glamour and camping _ offers the adventure of camping without the hassle of having to set everything up yourself and sleep on the ground.
  • 'Glamping:' Rustic camping meets luxury in Yellowstone

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Kyra Melchor, 5, right, and her sister Elly Melchor, 9, relax inside a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. Glamping - a term that combines glamour and camping - offers the adventure of camping without the hassle of having to set everything up yourself and sleep on the ground.
  • Takapuna camping ground supporters' bid for long-term lease

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Supporters of the Takapuna waterfront camping ground turned out in force tonight in a bid to push for its long-term lease on public reserve and a facelift, buoyed by feedback showing 80 per cent of 7725 people approved. To applause at a special meeting of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park co leader Jan Gopperth made a plea for the board to "honour the people's wishes".
  • 5 Date Night Ideas for Frugal Couples

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:28 am
    Open up any magazine targeted to women and you'll see article after article telling you that couples should continue to spend time with each other by scheduling regular date nights . The articles typically say that date night is good for your relationship and helps you focus on each other.
 
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  • Big Agnes Partners with ACA

    American Camp Association
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    ACA is pleased to partner with Big Agnes,The Mother of Comfort. Through this partnership employees of an ACA accredited and member camps will receive a 30% "pro-deal" discount off retail price on Big Agnes outdoor camping gear.   Big Agnes will donate a portion of your  purchase to ACA to support education.  read more
  • ACA Responds to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

    American Camp Association
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    The series premiers on Netflix July 2015 INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 21, 2015) -- The American Camp Association® (ACA) is aware of the release of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp (WHAS), on Netflix. The mini-series will revisit the fictional camp and characters of the original movie that was released in 2001. read more
  • 2015 July/August Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Download the Digital Issue Articles Foundations for Brighter Tomorrows- 2014 Eleanor Eells Award Winners Serving Our Nation's Young Heroes- How Camp is Impacting the Lives of Military Children read more
  • ACA and Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Partner for #mycampsAED Scavenger Hunt!

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

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

  • (M) A Brief Look at Lindal Valves

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Testing shows debris could be inside canister fuels. by James D. Marco and Roger Caffin | 2015-08-04 Introduction A few weeks ago I was discussing a minor problem with one of the Caffin stoves with Roger Caffin, the manufacturer and Editor for Backpacking Light. His stoves are custom produced in his workshop in Australia. He wrote a series of articles explaining his design process and finalizing the design he is currently offering, starting at The Evolution of a Winter Stove, Roger Caffin, BPL, 5 parts starting in July 2013. I mentioned that after some use I found there were a few metal…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 22

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    In this week's news: Crew One completes #windrivers 2015, bear advice from a controversial figure, compare tent options, and more. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-08-04 Introduction If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". Top Stories Bear Takes a Swipe at Backpacker’s Tent in Hopes for Food Following the safety rules for food storage and preparation was not enough to deter a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. Doug Kelley and…
  • Flash Reviews No. 12

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Flash Reviews No. 12: Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles, All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet, MyCharge Portable Device Charger. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-08-01 In This Issue
  • (M) Microadventures: Breaking Down the Barriers of Visiting a Wild Place

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Microadventures are exactly that - tiny little trips with minimal fuss, minimal gear, and maximum bang for the buck. by Ryan Jordan | 2015-07-28The term "microadventure" was coined by Alastair Humphreys to represent, at its core, a trip taken very close to home for a short period of time. It involves less time, less prep, less gear, and less cleanup. Here are my Top 5 tips for keeping microadventures simple. ARTICLE OUTLINE Microadventure Tips: Top 5 1. Simplify the Menu! 2. Simplify the Camping Bed! 3. Simplify the Clothing System! 4. Be Ready at All Times! 5. Do Your Own Thing! (and Adapt…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 21

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Teenaged expeditioners + news, gear, and stories. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-07-21 Introduction If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". Top Stories Scott Jurek- Record Holding Ultra Runner Completes A.T. for New Record You may have heard of Scott Jurek in the ultra running world for his many records. He authored “Eat and Run”, a book that profiles his life and career. He set the American record for longest distance on…
 
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  • 3 Middle East Breaks Which Are Still Safe

    Guest Blogger
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Dead Sea (photo: israeltourism and Itamar Grinberg) Need a break? Want to go on holiday? Well, have you considered a trip to the Middle East this time? Due to political turmoil and disturbances, planning a holiday in the Middle East may sound a little unsafe. But, the Middle East still has a lot to offer its tourist while ensuring they’re safe there. Three Middle East countries which are still very safe to travel and explore are Israel, Jordan and Oman. Israel Israel offers a variety of experiences ranging from history, archaeological sites and education to beauty, splendor and…
  • 4 Quintessential Things to Do in England

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The National Gallery in London (photo: Elliott Brown) England is one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world. It has some of the best attractions and activities with a rich culture, amazing historic monuments, and well-preserved tourist sites. The museums in England contain the world’s most precious treasures. English theaters host some of the world’s greatest artists, performing in musical concerts and classical plays. With hotels and various types of tourist accommodation available to fit almost all budgets, you’re assured a pleasant stay any time you visit this…
  • Introducing FLYTE, a Non-Profit to Encourage Student Travel

    Dave
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Growing up, it was my parents who introduced me to travel through trips to Disney World, Arizona, Mexico, Hawaii (my personal favorite), and England. Heck, I even have a few fond memories of our driving tour of Pennsylvania Dutch Country! But, for many American families, travel, even budget travel, is considered a luxury they can’t afford. And as I learned at last December’s White House Global Summit for Study Abroad, surprisingly few American students either choose to take advantage of or can even afford to study overseas. All this is to say I’m happy to share news of a…
  • 5 Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Santo Domingo National Palace (photo: Jean-Marc Astesana) The Dominican Republic is much more than sandy beaches and resorts, it also has mountains, desert lands, colonial architecture, city nightlife and famously welcoming people. Here are some of the things you should consider doing and seeing while visiting the Dominican Republic. 1. Explore Santo Domingo You’ll likely fly into Santo Domingo so why not see what the capital has to offer. It’s the oldest city in the Caribbean and has plenty of cobblestone streets to remind you of that fact. Old plantation mansions can be found in the…
  • Discover Lithuania in 5 Stops

    Guest Blogger
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Vilnius Cathedral (photo: Bernt Rostad) Need another travel destination, but you’re short of ideas? Consider amazing, yet-to-be-discovered Lithuania! In this country, you can see old cities, castles, and natural wonders too. Here are the top five destinations to get you started. 1. Vilnius, the Capital City Chances are you’ll arrive in Vilnius, the capital, first, so you’ll definitely want to explore the city. The biggest and one of the oldest cities in Lithuania will amaze you with a lot of green space and friendly people who will be happy to help you. Although this is a…
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    LightBackpacking.com

  • Backcountry Coffee: Three Ultralight Backpacking Options

    Bruce
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    I recently visited Snow Peak’s USA headquarters in Portland to check out all the lastest goods and gadgets. One of the items that caught my eye was the Snow Peak Collapsible Pour Over Coffee Brewer.                 … Continue reading →
  • California’s Lost Coast A Rare Beauty of a Hike

    Bruce
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Note: click on photos to make them larger and smaller. Backpacker Magazine recently featured a article about backpacking the Lost Coast, a 30-mile stretch of beauty sandwiched between Northern California’s King Range Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Three companions and … Continue reading →
  • Let There Be Light … On the Trail and in the Tent

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

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

    Bruce
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but no matter. I’m back at it and today I saw a sleeping mat that packs down to almost nothing, is full-length, has a barrier against cold ground, is comfortable and weighs … Continue reading →
 
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  • Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp Shelter

    Philip Werner
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System includes a tarp, inner tent, and front beak.The Hyperlight Mountain Gear Echo II  (MSRP $675) is an ultralight cuben fiber tarp shelter system consisting of a two-person tarp, a large inner tent, and a beak that you can attach to the tarp to create a vestibule. The Echo II is considered a “system” because you can choose to leave components at home in good weather, thereby slashing your gear weight. See my recent review of the Echo II for full details about this bomber cuben fiber shelter.To EnterTo enter this random…
  • The Wild River Trail in the Wild River Wilderness

    Philip Werner
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    A Moose near the Wild RiverWednesday was my day off and I was determined to hike, rain or shine. I woke up at 5:00 am and was headed out of Cold River Camp by 6 o’clock, before the morning bell.My destination was a section of the Wild River Trail that I’d never been on before. This trail runs along the Wild River, a high gradient stream, which grows into a roaring boulder choked river as it flows north through the White Mountain National Forest.As I turned down the five-mile long unpaved road leading to the trail head, I saw a young bull moose feeding on submerged vegetation in a…
  • Illustrated Tent Terminology Guide

    Philip Werner
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Do you find the jargon and terminology around camping and backpacking tents confusing? This handy illustrated guide helps demystify tent terms and technology, so you can find the tent that best suits your needs.Eureka Timberline A-frame TentA-Frame TentClassic pup-style tent patterned after old army tents where the walls form an ‘A’ shape. Eureka makes a lot of tents in this style, including the classic Eureka Timberline tent.Cabin TentsCabin styles tents have near-vertical walls that maximize the amount of interior space for occupants. They’re most commonly found on larger,…
  • Hammocks: Continuous Ridgelines or Not?

    Philip Werner
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Continuous Ridgeline System in use – note how ridgeline is suspended above the flyMany hammock hangers choose a continuous ridgeline for suspending their tarps between two trees. I used this technique after buying a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock and Superfly tarp from a friend who’d set up his tarp suspension system this way, but quickly discarded and replaced it with something much simpler called a  two-line or split-line system using Dutchware Stingerz.Continuous RidgelinesA continuous ridgeline suspension system has two main parts:The ridgeline, a long piece of cord that you…
  • Great Hikes: Speckled Mountain and the Blueberry Ridge Trail

    Philip Werner
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:55 pm
    View of Mt Washington, the Carter Range, and the Royces from the Speckled Mountain SummitSpeckled Mountain (2906′) is the site of an old firetower in Evans Notch, just inside the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. Hiked together with the above-treeline Blueberry Ridge Trail, they provide unsurpassed views of Mt Washington, the East and West Royce Mountains, and the Baldfaces, from a perspective few White Mountain hikers have ever experienced.Caribou Speckled Wilderness BoundaryWhile there are several picturesque trails that climb Speckled…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Gear to Paddle, Cut, Cook, Capture, Eat, and Sleep

    Alicia MacLeay
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Paddlers had a myriad of options to get them on the water at Outdoor Retailer's Open Air Demo. But there was also a range of trail gear on hand. Check out our daily highlights. Gear to Paddle, Cut, Cook, Capture, Eat, and Sleep was first published on Trailspace.
  • Stop the Swelter: Win $350 of Platypus Hydration Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Summer may swelter, but Platypus wants you to stay hydrated on the trail year-round. From a hydration pack to a water filter system, this month we're giving one member a plethora of Platypus prizes worth more than $350. Stop the Swelter: Win $350 of Platypus Hydration Gear was first published on Trailspace.
  • Congratulations, Kelly, Winner of an Elie Kayak

    Alicia MacLeay
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Congratulations, Kelly, winner of an Elie touring kayak and Lavika paddle. For sharing her trail shoe review in July, she wins this $1,000 paddling package. Congratulations, Kelly, Winner of an Elie Kayak was first published on Trailspace.
  • Last Days: Review Your Gear to Win an Elie Kayak

    Alicia MacLeay
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    How is your gear treating you this summer? Review your outdoor gear by Thursday, and you're entered to win a Strait 120 XE kayak from Elie Sport, plus a Lavika paddle. Last Days: Review Your Gear to Win an Elie Kayak was first published on Trailspace.
  • We're Giving a Gear Reviewer an Elie Kayak and Paddle

    Alicia MacLeay
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Next week, we're giving one Trailspace gear reviewer his or her own Elie kayak and Lavika paddle to gear them up and get them out on the water. We're Giving a Gear Reviewer an Elie Kayak and Paddle was first published on Trailspace.
 
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  • Upper Big Sycamore Canyon

    Casey Schreiner
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    On May 2, 2013, the Springs Fire erupted near the 101 and made its way through the hills near Thousand Oaks and into Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had burned 24,238 acres of land and 12% of the total land of the…
  • Gear Review: Thule Capstone 50L men’s backpack

    Scott Turner
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Specs: Retail Price: $199.99 Height: 28″ Width: 11.75″ Depth: 10.25″ Weight: 3.3 lbs Colors: Blue, orange, and black For more info, visit Thule’s website Pros:  – Extremely comfortable fit – Good breathability from the mesh back panel – Side zippers allow easy access to items deep within the pack’s main chamber – Attractive design and…
  • Jordan Hot Springs

    Brian Eagen
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Jordan Hot Springs is one of my favorite spots in the Golden Trout Wilderness (part of Inyo National Forest). This route provides a relaxed hiking experience as it drops almost 3000 feet in 5.75 miles to the hot spring and a moderate challenge as you gain that elevation on the way back. This is by…
  • Nicholas Flat

    Casey Schreiner
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Hiking to Nicholas Flat from Leo Carrillo State Park is perhaps one of the most rewarding hiking experiences you can have in Southern California. The trail itself is beautiful but challenging, rising through four different plant communities as it climbs almost 1700 feet from the Pacific Coast to the Flat, which has the feel of…
  • Wildwood Regional Park

    Casey Schreiner
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks packs a shockingly diverse landscape into its 1,765 acres. There are sweeping grasslands, prominent ridges and peaks like Lizard Rock, the beautiful year-round Paradise Falls and its oak and sycamore-lined riparian canyon, and even some unusual eroded rock formations like Indian Cave. The park is home to seven different…
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    10,000 Birds

  • What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

    Erika Zambello
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania. Everything is quiet and serene; a few bird calls here and there, the low buzzing of insects, the swish of a breeze through summer leaves are all you can hear. As you walk on, a shape suddenly appears on the trail before you and before you can even take another step you hear what could only be a small explosion as a pair of brown wings takes off in front of you, startling you out of your wits and making you dive for cover. No, you have not stumbled upon a Civil War re-enactment, but a startled Ruffed Grouse, the state bird of Pennsylvania. The…
  • Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

    Donna
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I came late to bird feeding, and when I was finally able to put out a “thistle” sock and a seed feeder (or two or six), I was amazed by the learning curve. Shelves of feeders to choose from, ranging from inexpensive tubes to porcelain sculptures; bags and barrels of shelled and unshelled seed, including something called variously thistle, nyjer or niger; guidelines on when, how, where to do the actual feeding. There was cleaning, lots of cleaning of feeders and yard. And squirrels. Aggravatingly, many squirrels. Who knew? It turned out, many people. There is a long list of articles and…
  • Honduras Birds

    Corey
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    A week-long family vacation to Honduras is sadly over. Fortunately, we made lots of great memories and took lots of photos. But rather than inundate you with cute family pictures and regale you with tales of Desi’s first trip to the Neotropics I have decided to start with a quick post with some pictorial highlights of the birds we saw like, for example, the Keel-billed Toucan above. We spent two days in Copan and the balance of our time at The Lodge at Pico Bonito from which we went on several excursions. It was a great time and Desi cried when we left because he wanted to stay longer.
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2015)

    Mike
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Don’t mourn the passing of the summer season just yet. Believe it or not, we still have all of August and much of September in which to revel in heat and humidity, at least on my side of the Equator. Some of us will get more than others, but all of us should enjoy what we can! I didn’t get too far afield this weekend, but enjoyed the impact adding a nut blend to my feeder has had: Red-bellied Woodpeckers look huge next to the usual sparrows, finches, and chickadees! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was difficult to choose, seeing as part of it occurred while he was still in…
  • Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

    Nate
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Birding in Florida is unique in that so much of that state’s plenty is evident even to the casual observer. There are few places in the United States where simply driving around can leave you with a list of 30+ species, many of them large and spectacular. I’ve spent the last week in southwest Florida. It’s a family vacation, sure, but there’s always time for birding and in Florida, the birding often finds you. There are a few places where that is especially obvious, and one of those is the town of Cape Coral, just north of Naples along the Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral…
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    10,000 Birds

  • What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

    Erika Zambello
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania. Everything is quiet and serene; a few bird calls here and there, the low buzzing of insects, the swish of a breeze through summer leaves are all you can hear. As you walk on, a shape suddenly appears on the trail before you and before you can even take another step you hear what could only be a small explosion as a pair of brown wings takes off in front of you, startling you out of your wits and making you dive for cover. No, you have not stumbled upon a Civil War re-enactment, but a startled Ruffed Grouse, the state bird of Pennsylvania. The…
  • Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

    Donna
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I came late to bird feeding, and when I was finally able to put out a “thistle” sock and a seed feeder (or two or six), I was amazed by the learning curve. Shelves of feeders to choose from, ranging from inexpensive tubes to porcelain sculptures; bags and barrels of shelled and unshelled seed, including something called variously thistle, nyjer or niger; guidelines on when, how, where to do the actual feeding. There was cleaning, lots of cleaning of feeders and yard. And squirrels. Aggravatingly, many squirrels. Who knew? It turned out, many people. There is a long list of articles and…
  • Honduras Birds

    Corey
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    A week-long family vacation to Honduras is sadly over. Fortunately, we made lots of great memories and took lots of photos. But rather than inundate you with cute family pictures and regale you with tales of Desi’s first trip to the Neotropics I have decided to start with a quick post with some pictorial highlights of the birds we saw like, for example, the Keel-billed Toucan above. We spent two days in Copan and the balance of our time at The Lodge at Pico Bonito from which we went on several excursions. It was a great time and Desi cried when we left because he wanted to stay longer.
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2015)

    Mike
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Don’t mourn the passing of the summer season just yet. Believe it or not, we still have all of August and much of September in which to revel in heat and humidity, at least on my side of the Equator. Some of us will get more than others, but all of us should enjoy what we can! I didn’t get too far afield this weekend, but enjoyed the impact adding a nut blend to my feeder has had: Red-bellied Woodpeckers look huge next to the usual sparrows, finches, and chickadees! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was difficult to choose, seeing as part of it occurred while he was still in…
  • Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

    Nate
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Birding in Florida is unique in that so much of that state’s plenty is evident even to the casual observer. There are few places in the United States where simply driving around can leave you with a list of 30+ species, many of them large and spectacular. I’ve spent the last week in southwest Florida. It’s a family vacation, sure, but there’s always time for birding and in Florida, the birding often finds you. There are a few places where that is especially obvious, and one of those is the town of Cape Coral, just north of Naples along the Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral…
 
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    Ryan Jordan

  • Day 11: Exit / Green River Lakes

    Ryan
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    It was a muggy, rainy night and mosquitoes by the hundreds were positioned and waiting on the outside of the mesh of my inner tent. With the cold, wind, and altitude of the past several days, we’d hardly seen a mosquito since leaving Spider Lake 9 days ago. Now, back in the woods at just…
  • Day 10: Tourist Creek

    Ryan
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:39 pm
    As idyllic as the upper basin of Tourist Creek is, we have discovered all the more reason why it will forever remain a special place to us. The very remote entrance from the top is protected by an approach requiring travel over crevassed glaciers and descent of a gully choked with snow, talus, and unstable…
  • Day 9: Wind River Glaciers

    Ryan
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    I began brewing coffee at 4:45 AM this morning so I had a little incentive to get up early to enjoy the distant orange glow of the clear sky sunrise out my open tent door. The rest of the Crew started stirring an hour later, and we quickly packed up camp and made our last…
  • Day 8: Gannett Peak

    Ryan
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Our approach to Gannett Peak came from the south (via Bonney Pass) – we are on an eleven-day expedition where a Gannett summit attempt was only one objective. We are weaving a high route from Spider Lake (via Elkhart Park) to Baker Lake (exiting via Green River Lakes), so in addition to our attempts on…
  • Day 7: Bonney Pass & Staging for Gannett

    Ryan
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    “I only experience real adventure when I don’t know what the outcome will be.” – Reinhold Messner After a freezing cold morning that left a skin of ice on the snowmelt pools near our tents, we left our camp below Helen Peak and successfully made hauled our 40+-lb packs up 2,000 feet of talus and…
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  • Why I Got Out of the Sea Kayak Guiding Business

    Bryan Hansel
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:29 pm
    According to a study published in APS journal Psychological Science, after receiving an unappealing prize for hard work, a six-year-old kid will hold on to it. Whereas a four-year-old kid who works hard for an unappealing reward will detach themselves from that reward by giving it away. The six-year-old, says the study, “tend to employ a cognitive strategy to accommodate the knowledge that they worked hard to earn an unattractive reward.” They revalue the reward based on how difficult it was to earn it. The four-year-old doesn’t perform that metal jump and sees the prize as…
  • Red Paddle Company 11′ Sport SUP Review

    Bryan Hansel
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    For that last few months I’ve had the opportunity to test a Red Paddle Company 11′ Sport SUP and review it. I got it on loan and had planned on taking it to Florida in March and April, but as you’ll read below that didn’t happen. I managed to test it in the lakes of northern Minnesota after the lakes thaw. NOTE: For those of you who follow the site, you might be surprised that PaddlingLight started covering SUPs as this has been primarily a canoe and kayak website mixed with philosophy about and advocacy for wilderness and wild places. Ultralight trips are being…
  • How We Lose Access to Wild Places

    Bryan Hansel
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Recently, Scott Jurek, a long distance runner, completed a record-breaking run from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail (AT). He finished the trail in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes. That’s quite an accomplishment and I’m sure from a runner’s perspective and the perspective of a FKT (Fastest Known Time) enthusiast it’s an amazing way to travel the AT. It took me almost six months to do the same. I met a trail runner on my 1996 thru-hike, and ended up spending a night with him in a trail shelter when he missed the canoe shuttle across the Kennebeck River. If I…
  • What I’d Bring on a Summer Canoe Trip

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

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

  • Vaude Alpstein 450 DWN Ultralight Sleeping Bag

    Amy Jurries
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Is a sleeping bag without a back or a zipper still technically a sleeping bag? Vaude answers that with a resounding heck yes, taking the down quilt concept one step further in the new Alpstein series of ultralight sleeping bags. The Alpstein sleeping bag series pairs minimal weight with more freedom of movement for a more comfortable night’s sleep outdoors. Taking its name from the mountain peak surrounding Lake Constance in Germany, the Alpstein can be best described as a down blanket with a foot. Vaude sleeping bag developer Markus Ernst claims, “It is this quilt concept that makes…
  • Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffels

    Amy Jurries
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is no better way to haul a bunch of gear than with a big burley duffel. The North Face and Patagonia seem to currently dominate the outdoor duffel bag market, with newcomers like Granite Gear and now Eagle Creek hoping for a piece of the pie. You can never have too many duffels, right? The new Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffels focus on simple design balanced with well thought out organization and carryability. Lightweight yet durable, the duffels are made from a strong, storm-proof Bi-Tech Armor Lite material that uses a more environmentally friendly non-petroleum based fabric coating.
  • Kitsbow All Mountain Glove

    Amy Jurries
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    California based mountain bike apparel company Kitsbow introduces its first glove to the accessory lineup–a leather, long-finger mountain bike glove called the Men’s All Mountain Glove. Looking to the past for inspiration, the team took classic leather driving gloves and updated them with modern touches for a comfortable and custom fit. The palms and fingertips of the mountain bike gloves are made from high-quality Pittards leather–this not only gives you better grip and feeling on your bars/brakes, the leather will conform to your hand over time for that elusive custom fit.
  • Gnarbox–Backup Your GoPro in The Field

    Amy Jurries
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You know the feeling–you captured that awesome timelapse on your GoPro the first night out but in the process, ate up all your memory. Or you just completed a huge photo shoot and can’t wait to get out of the backcountry to backup, organize, edit, and share. Well, a new device called the Gnarbox let’s you now do all that from the field. Pocket sized and weatherproof, Gnarbox enables you to store up to 128GB of full resolution footage from any camera–plug up to 3 cameras into the device via USB3, SD, or microSD. Laptops, external hard drives, and cords can finally be…
  • Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim

    Amy Jurries
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, Garmin announced their first set of underwater friendly heart rate monitors. The HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim feature compact designs for minimal drag through the water. Storing up to 20 hours of heart rate data during your swims, both devices forward this data on to a compatible Garmin device at the end of each session and can even send real-time heart rate data to your watch when the monitor is out of the water. Specifically designed for triathletes, HRM-Tri is the smallest and lightest heart rate monitor from Garmin, capturing heart rate data during every leg of your race. The HRM-Tri…
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    Gambolin' Man

  • POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE: Sublime Sensations, Sweet Serenity and Sun-Baked Solitude on the Great Beach

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    "Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard you call" . . . the nostalgic lyric from Jimmy Buffet's classic '74 album AIA is blaring on the CD player, keeping rollicking company as you cruise splendidly and freely, unobstructed by traffic, toward your destination and call for today. Mother, Mother Pacific Ocean! Long overdue, it's time to explore the fantastic and remote Great Beach defining Point Reyes National Seashore and emblematic of its mystical charm and allure, where the lone and level sands stretch far away in both directions . . .Waking up to fog and mist, you figure…
  • SAN FRANCISCO BAY TRAIL: Nature Refuge, Wildlife Haven, Avian Sanctuary (and Killer Views) Within Easy Reach at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Near Emery Point, I pop off my bike at a seaweed strewn, sandy brown beach to watch dozens of Sanderlings devour flies and gnats at shore’s edge. Rhythmically attuned as a single organism, the frisky flock is dancing to and fro to the ebb and flow of gently lapping waves, hungrily stabbing at the receding waters' exposed sand with short stout black bills. Then - an oblivious dog owner arrives and sets her pooch loose, creating panic and havoc as the small sandpipers lift up en masse and skitter away in a flurry of bleeping disapproval.Near busy University Avenue and Frontage Road,…
  • BIG BREAK REGIONAL SHORELINE: Paddling the Wind-Swept "Inland Coast" of the Great California Delta

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    A great blue expanse beckons from beyond the shallow trough of water gently lapping at your old-school Radisson docked at Big Break Regional Shoreline's alluring put-in. What better place to sweat out an adventure, rekindle awe, and stoke curiosity than in these 1648 acres of brackish tidal and fresh water marshes, sloughs, ponds, creeks, alkali grasslands and meadows.Big Break essentially is a rehabilitated parcel of once-industrialized, long-neglected land in the much-abused California Delta, not all bad news. Today, park stewards have created a model for shoreline reclamation efforts,…
  • MORGAN TERRITORY: Adventure and Exploration in Mount Diablo’s Black Hills Seeking Vestiges of Once Proud, Once Strong Volvon / Ohlone / Yokuts People

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:24 pm
    August 20 – soaring mercury levels, zero humidity and red alert conditions would dissuade most sensible minded folk from choosing Morgan Territory as a playground today.  The sprawling parkland is not exactly a place where two-legged critters (operating two-wheeled contrivances) want to be finding themselves on a powder keg day. You could spit and set brown grassy fields ablaze. It’s been a terrible drought year, a perfect storm of catastrophic fire conditions – the Sierra Nevada Rim Fire burned an unimaginable 400 square miles of pristine National Forest land and part of Yosemite…
  • OH, OREGON: Road Trippin’ Your Scenic Byways, Feastin’ on Your Panoply of Natural Wonders, You Amazin’ Beaver State

    28 Aug 2013 | 8:11 pm
    Blog Author's Disclaimer: Unexpected detours, rough road ahead. Watch for prolix potholes, periphrastic palaver, narrative avalanches, and circumlocutory cloverleafs of deconstruction. No exit for 8,000 word miles. GPS possibly required (Good Perambulatory Skills). Do not attempt without high-clearance mind-set or 4-Wheel Drive ambition. Curmudgeon on board.The threat of a summer downpour brings drama and a peculiar aroma in the air. Braving tenebrous conditions without tent or tarp, the Gambolin’ Duo is camped on a bluff overlooking Oregon’s Crooked River in high desert country…
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • MRE’s: A New Look at a Classic Survival Food

    Survival Spot
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Last weekend my boyfriend and I decided to take a little trek into the wilderness to put our survival skills to the test. It’s always a good idea to practice your preps and make sure that your skill set is up to par by conducting periodic drills to simulate what would actually happen in a bug out situation. We decided to head up to a beautiful remote lake and take our new kayaks out on the water. The plan was to hike around a steep mountainside and locate a suitable site to build a shelter and make camp. The idea being that if we need to bug out to the wilderness one day, it would be…
  • Check Out Our Link Directory of Survival Sites!

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

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

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

    Survival Spot
    12 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Check out this great information on how to forecast weather without gadgets. This could be crucial knowledge in a survival situation. [Via Marisys.com] The post How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
 
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  • 2016 Calendar Photo Contest!

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Submit your photo and if we choose to publish it in the 2016 calendar you'll win a $200 gift certificate to the Paddling.net store!
  • Feature Canoe - ALLY 515 Folding Canoe

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
  • Store Feature: Kayaking T-shirt

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This classy short-sleeve tee pictures a kayak and kayak paddle along with the text "Kayaking". Also available in long sleeve.
  • Topographic Maps

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Learning the language of topographic maps is like learning to read. And that means reading the contours that depict the ups and downs of the terrain. Tamia takes her first steps on that journey today, and she invites you to come along...
  • Thousands flock to Ohio River

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    A nice photo gallery of the more than 1,400 canoes and kayaks that took to the water during the Ohio River Paddlefest on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.
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    GearGuide

  • Nike Stretch Woven Pant Review

    Matt K.
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Quick Take Review Some days you need a pant that’s just warm enough for a morning run. Other days you need a pant that’s comfortable for lounging. The Nike Stretch Woven Pant handles both tasks (okay, one of them isn’t so much a “task”) with ease and style. I received a pair as a gift recently and despite one not-so-short-coming, they’ve earned a solid spot in the GearGuide apparel rotation. Nike makes the Stretch Woven Pant from a combination of polyester and spandex. The material gives the pant a very nice lightweight and easy stretch. The company includes a number of nicely…
  • Cadence Raw Denim Cycling Jeans Review

    Matt K.
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Quick Take Review Spun out of the cycling culture on the West Coast – San Francisco to be specific — Cadence offers a range of mostly soft goods for road biking and urban riding. Bibs and jerseys, jackets and caps dominate the company’s line. But you can also find the occasional water bottle and co-branded Ritchey hardware for your trusty stead. I received a note recently from one of Cadence’s reps urging me to try their new Raw Denim cycling jeans. Sounded good to me and a few days later a pair arrived at GearGuide HQ. Cadence manufactures their Raw Denim jeans in the good ‘ol…
  • Forté Contour XFC Saddle Review

    Matt K.
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Quick Take Review To replace or not to replace, that’s the question. When should an original OE bike saddle be replaced? Lots of reasons can lead to a “yes” answer to that question. The saddle could just not comfortable. Too wide or too narrow, too long or short. A fit specialist can help you but you’re the ultimate judge of what works or doesn’t. Or the saddle could simply be tired, with the top cover frayed and worn out. Whatever the reason, when the time comes to open your wallet and purchase another saddle, there are many, many options. I did a little shopping recently to…
  • GearGuide Gear is Here!

    Matt K.
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Quick Take Review of The Printful For a while now, I’ve been looking for a good on-demand provider of t-shirts and other imprint-able items. Not so much for GearGuide but for some other projects. In the past, we used traditional silk screeners and embroidering companies. These organizations typically delivered good quality results. But their too long turnaround times, unpredictable shipping fees and somewhat hidden setup costs made it tough to provide good value to our customers. We began the search with a set of important criteria. We needed WordPress and WooCommerce integrations. This…
  • Ryders Thorn Sunglass Review

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

  • Carter Dome - Solo Hike

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Shaka from the summit!Carter DomeElevation: 4,832ftMt. Hight - Elevation: 4,675ftDuration: 7 hours (includes stops along the trail and at both summits)Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook, Carter Dome, Zeta Pass, Carter-MoriahElevation Gain:  3,350 ftDistance: 10.2 miles roundtripMy 4000+ Peak #33Listed 4000+: #9Difficulty: Easy to Moderately StrenuousWhat a beautiful day to bag #33! I got to the parking lot at the Nineteen Mile Brook trailhead and it was just about filled. I had been along this trail when I hiked into the Carter Notch hut back in 2013. There was snow and the trail was…
  • Epilogue Colorado 2015

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Trip SamplerOverall, this trip was AMAZING! Geoff, Kevin, Kevin and I got a taste of everything, Jeff made sure of that. He also made sure it was affordable!Staying at a hostel at 10,000 feetHiking 14ers of the Colorado RockiesBackpacking and camping up to 11,600 feetClass 3 hike to a 14ersCamping in ghetto campsiteMulti-pitch rock climbing up to 9,000 feetThere was something in it for everyone! To all those that couldn’t make it….too bad you said “No” to all of this! ;)A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!This trip gave me oodles of ideas for future Colorado trips! Personally, I really need time to…
  • Day 9 Colorado 2015

    19 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Ramada Plaza, Denver CentralGot up and had a really good appetite for breakfast. So it’s a good thing breakfast was at 6am. The place isn’t fancy, but the breakfast spread here is, surprisingly, not too shabby – skimpy continental breakfast, NOT! Yogurt, cottage cheese, smoked sausage links, ham slices (no bacon), home fries, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, variety of breads, hot/cold cereals, jams/jellies, peanut butter, and make-your-own-waffles were available buffet style.We left the Ramada at 7:30am and on the way to the airport we returned our car rental. Our flight went on without…
  • Day 8 Colorado 2015

    18 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Schooldaze (5.5 ) – Multi pitch rock climbingElevation Gain: 450 feetTurret Dome – 8,620 ftThis morning we rose early to pack up and head out to the Turret Dome of Eleven Mile Canyon. I slept really well in this campsite! Actually, I slept better than any other night on this trip. :)  Which is a good thing since we were climbing this morning. We stopped off at a local convenience store and stocked up on breakfast, coffee and hiking food.At the canyon, we parked at the picnic parking lot, geared up and crossed the footbridge over the South Platte River. We turned left onto the grassy…
  • Day 7 Colorado 2015

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Our last morning of this gorgeous view!Camping at the South Colony Lake was truly an amazing experience. Every morning I got up and found it to be so peaceful to be surrounded by the mountains. How could you not enjoy the views? The light here at any time of the day was incredible! We left our South Colony Lake campsite today to head out to the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area. We were all packed and headed out at 8:30am. Instead of descending the trail we came up on 3 days earlier, we descended the shorter loop back to the junction. More gorgeous views on our descent!There were…
 
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    Camp Out Colorado

  • Free Park Entrance on Colorado’s Birthday

    Camper T
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    That’ right, free park entrance to all 42 Colorado State parks on August 3rd. Other fees and costs still apply but the entrance fee will be waived. Get out and enjoy your local Colorado State Park. It is a beautiful summer, Make the most out of it! Here is more information and the press release. CPW marks Colorado Day with Free Park Entrance August 3 DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife marks Colorado Day, the commemoration of Colorado’s acceptance into statehood, with free park entrance at all 42 state parks, Monday, Aug. 3. “Colorado Day is an opportunity for…
  • Free Park Entrance to Active-Duty Military and Veterans in August

    Camper T
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Colorado Parks and Wildlife is doing something awesome for our active-duty military and veterans in the upcoming month. They are offering free park entrance! This is an great opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Colorado parks have to offer. This is the perfect time to enjoy Colorado in the height of the outdoor adventure season. Read the full press release below. Free Park Entrance for Military Press Release DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers free park entrance to active-duty military and veterans during the month of August as a result of House Bill 15-1045, signed into…
  • Go Camping for the Great American Campout 2015

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

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

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

  • Student Profile: Northwest Instructor Development

    Sam Silver
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    From Corporate Buyer to Outward Bound Instructor A Wisconsin native, Maddie Rock had never been to the West Coast. So when, two years out of college, she quit her job as a New York City based corporate buyer to attend a 50-day Northwest Instructor Development course, the excitement was palpable. “I’d heard that Outward Bound courses were great, and I wanted to find a pathway into full-time outdoor education work. An Outward Bound Instructor course was a good way to make the switch,” Maddie remembers. “I chose the Northwest course area based on its geography and course elements:…
  • Northwest Instructor Development: Not Your Average Gap Year

    Bethany Buchanan
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Empirical and anecdotal data confirm* what Outward Bound suspected all along: the gap year experience is a powerful thing. Situated in that crucial period between high school and the freshman year of college, or between undergraduate and graduate degrees, Gap Year and Semester programs offer the unique opportunity to think deliberately about future plans; to develop self-sufficiency and confidence; to explore and re-focus career options, and to learn in a fresh, hands-on context. But the gap year and corresponding benefits need not be limited to a slot between academic stints. In fact, a…
  • Outward Bound Summer Reading List 2015

    Sam Silver
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Continuing in it’s tradition, Outward Bound Staff Members, Instructors and Directors from across the U.S. have put together a summer reading list for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers and courageous spirits. The list contains everything from popular new favorites such as Wild to must-read classics like In Patagonia. The books on this list emulate Outward Bound’s expeditionary learning framework and weave in our values of compassion, integrity, excellence,  inclusion and diversity. Each book is matched up with an Outward Bound activity or expedition, so whether you hope…
  • How to Pay For Your Gap Year Program

    Sam Silver
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain You’ve done the research. You and your parents have read the articles citing the benefits of gap year programs. You spoke with others who went down this path. And now, you’re ready to go. You’re ready to experience learning in the wild; to push yourself in unfamiliar and exciting settings; to focus on your interests- whether…
  • 81-Day Rockies to Ecuador Leadership Semester – An Expedition Snapshot

    Bethany Buchanan
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    A few days ago, we featured Outward Bound alum Ben Gager, who had just completed an 81-day Outward Bound semester course that took him from the Colorado Rockies, through the canyons of Utah, through the deserts of California, all the way to the active volcanic peaks of Ecuador. According to Ben, the 81-day leadership expedition was just the right thing to prepare him for the rigors of coursework at the University of Montana, where Ben is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Resource Conservation. Outward Bound semester alum, Ben Gager. Our last post focused on the key learning takeaways…
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Merrell – All Out Blaze Sieve (Women’s Walking Sandal)

    Jodie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    I have to say, my shoes have been tough-tested and abused in a way that could easily have left them stinking. And they smell as fresh as the day I got them out of the box. THAT is a recommendation, a positive endorsement – it really is! Read more...
  • PrimaLoft Launch Silver Insulation Active

    Jodie
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    PrimaLoft have launched a new highly breathable and warm insulation called Silver Insulation Active. This soft, packable and water-resistant insulation is designed to regulate the wearer’s comfort levels during intense activity. It has an impressive warmth to weight ratio –  the Silver […] Read more...
  • Mike Pfotenhauer is 2015 OutDoor Celebrity of the Year

    Jodie
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Osprey founder and Chief Designer Mike Pfotenhauer was named OutDoor Celebrity of the Year 2015 at this year’s OutDoor trade show, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The award was presented to Mike by industry expert and Equipment Editor at German Outdoor magazine, Frank Wacker, […] Read more...
  • Edelrid ropes get a new finishing treatment

    Jodie
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    All Edelrid Pro Line ropes now feature a new finishing treatment called Pro Dry impregnation. This process ensures that ropes only absorb a maximum of one to two per cent of their weight in water. We were fascinated to learn […] Read more...
  • Oprey Update Kid Carriers With AG technology

    Jodie
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Osprey have updated their children’s carriers, and from Spring 2016 you will be able to buy the Poco carrier with the impressive AntiGravityTM 3D suspended mesh back system first released in the Atmos & Aura backpack series. (you can read our review […] Read more...
 
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    Gearexposure

  • Shiftpod: a futuristic, weather insulated pod-tent for extreme environments

    Vincent
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Shift is an American spiritual organization, born from the ashes of one of the Burning Man festivals in the southwestern American deserts. The Shiftpod is their creation: an innovative pod-tent for camping and festivals (especially in arid environments). According to the manufacturer, it takes no more than five minutes to set up and doesn’t use any poles to stand in place. Thanks to its insulated nylon fabric, the Shiftpod is designed to reflect the sunlight (thus the heat). It will stay cold during the hot days, and warm during the nights (and will withstand the elements thanks to its…
  • Z-Cam E1, the world´s smallest 4k action camera

    Vincent
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Better than a GoPro ? It might be hard to say at that moment, but we can already confirm that it will be smaller. The camera uses a 4/3 micro lens mount, compatible with lenses from several major brands (Panasonic, Sigma, Olympus and Leica). It can capture videos up to a 4096×2160 resolution. The E1 cam uses a motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) that eliminates noise from the pictures, as well as allowing shooting in dark environments. Its compatibility with mobile applications (for iOs and Android users, with Wi-Fi 802.11N support) will allow you to remotely control the…
  • Patagonia Merino Baselayers: quality fabrics from polyester and Patagonian wool

    Vincent
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    If you plan to go on an expedition in a cold area, wearing an efficient base layer is of the utmost importance. The Patagonia brand just announced their brand new base layers : the Capilene, Merino and Merino Air Baselayers. From now on, the manufacturer will offer 3 different fabrics for their base layers. The Capilene Baselayer (made from recycled polyester), the Merino Baselayer and the Merino Air Baiselayer (a blend of patagonian wool and Capilene fiber). The 18.9 micron merino wool aims at offering a mix of warmth and breathability, while having some interesting details (like the thumb…
  • LuminAID : an innovative, solar-powered inflatable light

    Vincent
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    The LuminAID had to attract our attention. Looking like an shiny cushion, that eco-friendly light source might prove interesting for all your camping trips. The product was originally design to provide renewable light in an unfriendly environment (after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti), and is now available for the public. Just inflate it to use it, and fold it to easily put it in your bag (it only weighs 3.5oz). The light is available in 3 different models : PackLite 12, PackLite 16 and PackLite Spectra. The first two respectively provide 12 and 16 hours of light (up to 32 hours if you reduce…
  • HELIOS 25 by Haglöfs, the ultralight award winning backpack

    Vincent
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Swedish manufacturer Haglöfs (known for its backpacks since 1914) just won the award for best product in the outdoor show of Friedrichshafen 2015. We’re talking about the leading outdoor trade show, in the german region of Badden – Württemberg (close to the swiss and austrian borders). The intelligent design of the ROC HELIOS 25 was made possible with the help of the mountain rescue expert Jacopo Bufacchi. The Italian climber declared : “While developing Mountain Ultimate, phrases such as ‘lower weight’, ‘more strength’, ‘climb higher’ and ‘go faster’ guided…
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    Northern California Hiking Trails

  • Trinity Alps Wilderness Trail Conditions

    John Soares
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    I get a lot of emails and blog comments from backpackers and day hikers asking me about the conditions of specific trails in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. I answer when I can and when I have the time, but there are over 550 miles of trails in over 500,000 acres. There’s no way I can […]Related Posts:Hiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity AlpsCanyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes in the Trinity…Federal Court Ruling Could Restrict Access to Private Lands…Interview with Conifer Country Author Michael KauffmannNational Trails Day 2015 in Northern California
  • National Trails Day 2015 in Northern California

    John Soares
    31 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    National Trails Day 2015 is this Saturday, June 6th. What Exactly Is National Trails Day? It’s a national program run by the American Hiking Society to promote awareness and improvement of trails throughout the United States. Different public, private, and nonprofit groups run a variety of events that range from trail maintenance and construction to […]Related Posts:Trinity Alps Wilderness Trail ConditionsFederal Court Ruling Could Restrict Access to Private Lands…Hiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity AlpsInterview with Conifer Country Author Michael KauffmannCanyon Creek…
  • Canyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes in the Trinity Alps

    John Soares
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    The Canyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes are likely the most popular destinations in the Trinity Alps, and for good reason. They have everything a backpacker wants: roaring creeks with waterfalls, verdant meadows, abundant wildflowers, deep, rock-ringed lakes, and towering granite peaks. Below I share an updated version of the trek from my book […]Related Posts:Hiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity AlpsTrinity Alps Wilderness Trail ConditionsInterview with Conifer Country Author Michael KauffmannVideo of Crater Lake from Garfield PeakFederal Court Ruling Could Restrict Access to…
  • My Latest E-book Helps Freelance Writers

    John Soares
    30 Jul 2013 | 12:08 am
    In between hiking in northern California and southern Oregon I’ve written a new e-book: Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work. I know most of you are hikers, but I also know that some of you are writers. You can find details about specializing as a freelance writer here.Related Posts:Interview with Conifer Country Author Michael KauffmannTrinity Alps Wilderness Trail ConditionsNational Trails Day 2015 in Northern CaliforniaWalking the Camino de Santiago in Northern SpainHiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps
  • Videos of California’s Russian Wilderness

    John Soares
    26 Jul 2013 | 4:46 pm
    I’ve been exploring the Russian Wilderness in northern California over the last two summers. Here are my best videos. Enjoy! Big Duck Lake Paynes Lake Big Blue Lake Southern Russian Wilderness from the Pacific Crest TrailRelated Posts:Hiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity AlpsInterview with Conifer Country Author Michael KauffmannTrinity Alps Wilderness Trail ConditionsCanyon Creek Lakes and Boulder Creek Lakes in the Trinity…Video of Crater Lake from Garfield Peak
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  • Climbing up and sipping coffee at La Gran Piedra – Guest Post

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    Cuba is a great country that people can’t help fall in love with. There are many things to do in Cuba. This amazing Caribbean island has anything that any seasoned traveller may possibly want:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    As I get closer to my own adventure this summer I continue to enjoy all of the photos you all continuously share and tag with #hikingthetrail. Keep sharing those photos and tagging them with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mount Lemmon Summer Adventure Part 2

    admin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    My my week of camping at Mt. Lemmon continued. If you missed part 1 you can read it here. We moved our camp to the Rose Canyon Campground. We knew that the forth of July weekend would be make things... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 7-27-2015

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We may not go on big crazy adventures that take us all over the world but how many people take the time to adventure in their own backyards? We would love to see some of your backyard adventures. Tag... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mount Lemmon Summer Adventure Part 1.

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    My roommates and I packed up the vehicles and headed into the mountains. Our destination was Mt. Lemmon. We had a week of camping, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors planed. The vehicles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • Gear Review: Thule Capstone 32L Backpack

    Tim Bird
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:28 am
    Some of you might have heard and even seen that Thule (luggage and car roof rack giants extraordinaire) has started making backpacks for outdoor adventures. That's right, the brand that dominates the "on top of your car" bicycle rack world and apparently luggage world has entered the outdoor scene... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Munk Pack Oatmeal Pouch

    Tim Bird
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    As an ultra marathon trail runner, I'm always looking for ways to refuel during my long training runs. We're talking runs that are anywhere from 10 to 30 miles. I'm always trying new things during my training so that come race day, I have everything dialed in and I know that what I put in my body... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Be Unique with Keen's UNEEK Open Air Footwear Review

    Appalachia & Beyond
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    I have a serious obsession with all things sandals, flip-flops, and barely-there footwear. So when Keen approached me asking to review the new Women's Uneek Open Air Footwear, I jumped - literally! - at the opportunity to give them a try. My Keen Newports are my absolute favorite shoes on the face... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Race Report:2015 KTC Lakeshore Trail Trek Marathon

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

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

  • Finding The Best Moving Companies In Manhattan

    10 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Hey guys, today I am going to give you some really good advice on finding the best moving companies in your area, in our case it was beautiful Manhattan. First, you are going to want to search around, this means in various search engines, and many review sites, for moving companies that are local to you. To give you an example of what we did, we had to do a search for moving companies in manhattan and found about a thousand to choose from. Now we had to slim down the list obviously, because a list of a thousand local movers does not really help us at all. So next on the agenda was to send…
  • Check Out This Reliable Locksmith In Fort Lauderdale

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ok all of you guys and girls, today we are back to bring you a review of a local company that we recently used and did a fantastic job for us. One employee that works here just so happened to leave their keys in their car. It was the end of the day and time to go home. A few of us stayed with them to help out. We quickly got out our phones, opened up Google, and searched for locksmith in fort lauderdale and then started to call them. Once we had a few options to choose from we talked about it and then we had to make a decision. To either pick the cheapest one or the one that could get their…
  • Is There A Good Locksmith In Santa Monica

    7 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    This is a pretty good question I think, as the locksmith industry has taken on a shaky name in the past. The thing is that you need to actually search and then inquire before just hiring any old locksmith. Recently we were in California, Santa Monica to be exact, and we needed to find a locksmith out there, now since we were on vacation we didn’t know of any at the time, so I went online and searched for locksmith santa monica and that gave me a bunch of numbers to start with. Then I just compared the prices, the amount of time it would take for an employee to arrive, and if they were…
  • What’s The Deal With High PR Backinks

    17 Feb 2014 | 11:49 am
    So what is the deal with these links, and why are we hearing so much about them these days. Well for one, as pretty much everyone knows, or should know, links are what drive rankings. So the better the links, the better the rank. That is why so many people are talking about these high pr backlinks today and probably for the near future. Anyone who thinks links are useless are or a thing of the past, doesn’t know much about how to rank a site. Now, you can’t just magically get these links, you have to go about it very carefully. You have to know the right people, or the right…
  • Welcome Back Guys & Gals

    11 Sep 2013 | 8:12 am
    Hey everyone, so sorry for being away for so long. It has been hectic and crazy over here. My apologies for not posting anything in a long time. Now everything is ok and we are back in full effect. Stay tuned for a lot of new information and pictures. I should have the site updated within a day or two. Again, sorry for leaving everyone hanging, and thanks to everyone who has sent emails and supported me. The post Welcome Back Guys & Gals appeared first on Hiking With Impunity.
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  • Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

    Brian Green
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Last month I wrote about transitioning my chocolate lab, and hiking partner, Coco to the Merrick Backcountry raw infused dog food line. That spurred a flurry of emails and questions via social media asking about hiking gear and packing lists for dogs. I was making preparations to take Coco on a short hike right as I was publishing the last blog post, so I figured that I’d use that as an opportunity to pull together a list of what I usually take on a trip with her. To my surprise it was more than I realized. Carry Weight Considerations for Dogs As a general rule of thumb a dog can…
  • Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food

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

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

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

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

  • 2015 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival – Gearing Up For A Good Time!

    Emme Rogers
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    For 7 years now our summer highlight in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland is the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, otherwise now known as my Birthday Bash! Proof that I know how to throw a good Birthday Bash! My friends love the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival so much that they now place it on their calendars before they make their other plans for the summer, and it has even become the much anticipated and talked about summer event for my friend’s kids (as with children 12 and under getting in for free, it has become a bit of a family affair, which as Auntie Emme, I love)!  This year,…
  • Special Olympics World Games 2015 Open Water Swimming

    Lori Yearwood
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Open Water Swimming Starting Line I had an amazing experience officiating the Open Water Swim Race of the Special Olympics World Games 2015! This was definitely one of those volunteer situations where you get more out of the experience than you could ever put into it. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to spend time with athletes and coaches from around the world and experience such powerful moments. Posing With Athletes From Germany I was in the athletes’ tent as the session began, standing by as they all checked in. It was amazing to hear all the different languages spoken…
  • The Color Run Los Angeles

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

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

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

  • Trail Chef iPhone App & E-Book Review

    Sierra Davis
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better in the backcountry after a long day on the trail. However, it takes some careful preplanning to[Read More...] The post Trail Chef iPhone App & E-Book Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Colorado Cyclist Killed in Enduro World Series

    Dutch Franz
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Cyclist Will Olsen, 40, of Edwards, Colorado, died Saturday after a crash in the Enduro World Series mountain bike race held at Crested Butte, CO.[Read More...] The post Colorado Cyclist Killed in Enduro World Series appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Man Attacked by Bear at JBLM: Second Attack on Base in Five Months

    Dutch Franz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Saturday morning, a man was attacked while scouting for deer hunting areas on Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM), Wash. According to the Director of Emergency Services[Read More...] The post Man Attacked by Bear at JBLM: Second Attack on Base in Five Months appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Shades of Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail

    Dutch Franz
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    I felt fortunate when I won the National Park Service lottery to hike the 90-miles (plus) around Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail. However, by[Read More...] The post Shades of Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Trip Report: Camp Muir, Mount Rainier

    Kristin Wuhrman
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Planning a trek up the Big One – Mount Rainier – gets my adrenaline pumping the minute I start packing my backpack. My husband and[Read More...] The post Trip Report: Camp Muir, Mount Rainier appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
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  • Panhandle Rancher responds…..EDC

    Rourke
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Panhandle Rancher responds to comments regarding a Guest Post published here several days ago. The original article can be read HERE.  – – – Rourke Every Day Carry, revisited.   Might I have erred by considering the military looking bag carrying male a threat? At least one reader thinks so. We have created a dangerous modern society and I submit there are more assaults, robberies, burglaries, and homicides in areas of high population density, which might explain the many police cars in urban areas. Reconsider the physically fit, bag carrying male, striding purposefully…
  • Video of the Week: Putting together a stripped AR lower

    Rourke
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.  YouTube can be a great thing in particular for finding out how to do something or fix something. Building an AR lower can be a daunting task if you have never done one. Being able to set up a laptop or even a phone and follow step-by-step, well, makes things pretty simple. Here is one such example:      
  • Priorities of preparedness…..

    Rourke
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I recently left a comment on someone’s FaceBook wall concerning preparedness – and left a list of “Steps to Preparedness”. Here is what I put:   Food & Water Shelter Medical Supplies Firearms Shortly thereafter a comment was left disagreeing (which I have no  problem) with the order which I placed the list in. The comment stated that Shelter should be  first. Putting some more thought into “Steps to Preparedness” gave me some idea’s – and here they are –   First – someone that decides to prepare – for…
  • The Panhandle Rancher speaks of EDC…….

    Rourke
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. The subject matter is extremely relevant.  Everyday Carry Not long ago, my daughter who is a third year medical student and I planned to dine at a nice restaurant which is co-located in a busy area along with other restaurants and fast food businesses. We were in a diesel one ton ranch pickup equipped with a massive front bumper concealing a 12,000 pound pull winch. As we walked from the parking lot toward the restaurant I spotted a short haired and physically fit white male, about 35 years of age, carrying what…
  • Netflix pick: Jericho

    Rourke
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Netflix is an excellent deal in my opinion. For less than $10.00 per month you can access and watch thousands of movies, documentaries, program and more through your computer, TV, media player or entertainment system. I am recommending the cancelled TV series Jericho as a “Netflix Pick”. Summary of the series: Wayward son of Jericho mayor Johnston Greene (Gerald McRaney), Jake (Skeet Ulrich) returns to the rural Kansas town to collect an inheritance, only to be stranded by a nuclear blast that cuts off communications to the outside world and makes Jake a reluctant leader amid…
 
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  • U.S. 36 Bikeway Update

    trailsnet
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Boulder to Denver Bikeway I really want to give you some good news about the trail formerly known as the Boulder to Denver Bikeway. I was hoping  that “phase 1″ of the cycleway would be completed by now. But alas, I suppose if they’re having this much trouble figuring out what to call the bike … Continue reading » The post U.S. 36 Bikeway Update appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Rhine River Trail: Bonn to Koblenz

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

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

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

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

    OffHiking.com
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Introduction For part 2 of the Ready Day Pack post I am going to discuss what I put in my pack and a brief description of how I packed mine. Having all of the gear you will need for your area is an essential part of any day trip. This is what will make your trip enjoyable rather than a complete disaster. H2O The first thing I put into my back was my hydration bladder. This will act ass padding against your back to provide you with a soft surface so other gear is not jabbing into your back all day. Staying properly hydrated is very important for any trip to ensure your safety. I generally…
  • Ready Day Pack Part 1

    OffHiking.com
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    This post was created because I’ve been noticing that with a hectic schedule it has been very hard to keep up with my blog or even just get out and enjoy the outdoors. I think this is a problem that many of us face in society today where we must put off hobbies and things we like to do so that we can stay caught up on the “important” things. This has created the need for a previously prepared day pack so that you can get outdoors with very little preparation. For this to work I wanted a very minimal yet versatile bag I could leave in my home office and keep it prepared to…
  • Adventures in your own neighborhood 

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

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

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

    Supertrooper
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Faroese villagers have slaughtered about 250 pilot whales in the past 24 hours according to Sea Shepherd activists monitoring the traditional summer hunts in the north Atlantic islands. The whale pods, which migrate past the islands in July and August, were herded by flotillas of small boats on to two beaches where villagers waded into [...]
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Scott Simmons
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    It used to be that when I went to Merritt Island NWR, my sole destination was Blackpoint Wildlife Dr. It is by far the most popular part of the refuge, especially for visitors from out of town. But the refuge actually has many wonderful locations. Some are wildlife drives, and some allow you to get [...]
  • Video: Behold the iridescent glory of hummingbird feathers!

    Supertrooper
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The gorget (pronouced “gor-git”) is a shimmering patch of feathers found on the throats of males in many hummingbird species. The brilliant, shifting colours arise not from pigments in the feathers, but rather from their microscopic structure. Audubon explains: The term comes from days of old, when a knight-in-armor wore a metallic collar – or [...]
  • A Bubbling Bee

    Julie Feinstein
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    A while ago I wrote a blog about the fly pictured above.I’d caught it in the unlikely act of blowing a bubble. Although no one knows why flies blow bubbles, theories range from concentrating liquid food by evaporation, to aerating to reduce some kinds of microbial activity, to fly sickness, cleaning the mouthparts, cooling off [...]
  • POLL: Should there be a ban on importing lion trophies?

    Supertrooper
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Conservationists and politicians have called on the EU to ban the import of lion heads, paws and skins as hunters’ trophies from African countries that cannot prove their lion populations are sustainable. The slaughter of a radio-tagged lion called Cecil in Hwange national park by the American dentist, Walter Palmer, was described as a tragedy [...]
 
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Olympus TG-4 Review: Rugged & Fast

    Chris Maxcer
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:49 pm
    The article Olympus TG-4 Review: Rugged & Fast first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Olympus TG-4 Review: Rugged & FastRuggednessVersatilityPhoto QualityVideo QualityEase of Use2015-07-264.5Overall ScoreThe 16 megapixel Olympus Stylus TG-4 Tough waterproof camera is one of the best point-and-shoot rugged camera options available in 2015. Is it perfect? No. But it’s darn good. In this review I’ll cover the standout features, where it fits best, and help you learn […] The post Olympus TG-4 Review: Rugged & Fast appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • LifeProof FRĒ Power Case Review: Waterproof with 2x Battery

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

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

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

    Chris Maxcer
    12 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The article How to Get Started Backpacking first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Backpacking appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
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    Appalachian Trials

  • Mentally Mastering the Mountains

    James McShane
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Approximately four years ago, I made the long journey from the hills of the Ozarks in Missouri to the steep mountains of the Rockies in Colorado. Now, I’m no slouch when it comes to hiking. I took to the outdoors like a moth to flame and I’ve built up quite a bit of experience over ......
  • Sweet Home Massachusetts 

    George
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    We are now finished with Vermont and have moved into our home state. Vermont took us 11 days. We made two town stops, one in Killington and one in Manchester Center. We averaged almost 14 miles per day, and had our first 20-mile day.    In my last post, I mentioned that Vermont was very ......
  • Andover-Monson, ME: Into the ‘Hundred!

    Maggie
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Total mileage: 2,075 Miles to go: 114 Average daily miles: 18-22 Here comes the final stretch. We’re heading into the 100 Mile Wilderness tomorrow, and the next time we pop out of the woods, we’ll be at the base of Katahdin. I’m happy to report that finishing the trail FINALLY feels like it’s really going ......
  • Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Type 2 Utility Pack

    Ashli Baldwin
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Learn about the Type 2 Utility Pack by Gossamer Gear, a company that specializes in lightweight backpacking gear that has been around since 1998. Their goal is to create innovative lightweight designs that improve the backpacking experience....
  • NY, CT, Gone Fishing

    David
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    First full day in New York was tough and fun. I climbed repeatedly over eight-foot boulder formations and down the orther side. I caught up with Clifhanger, Ox, Firestarter, and Loon. The shelters were cool, big stone structures from the outside, but trashy on the inside. I camped near one after 19.6 miles and played ......
 
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    50 Campfires

  • Pocketknives For Everyday

    50 Campfires
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Once you own a pocketknife and start carrying it with you everyday, it becomes another piece of your everyday wardrobe. Never again will you leave home without it. Having a knife in your pocket lets you handle cutting tasks conveniently, immediately, and better yet, one-handedly. Pocketknives can also come in handy for a variety of other daily tasks you might stumble upon, including opening packages, slicing food on the go or getting a splinter out. Other events might be more rare, such as using the knife for starting fires, personal protection, or even a first aid instance to save…
  • In The Can … or Bottle?

    50 Campfires
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Heat. Blazing sun. Perspiration soaking through your shirt. That’s the definition of a “dog day.” Nothing’s cooler, more refreshing, or more iconic than an icy cold beer. For those moments, nothing but a brew that’s light, cutting, and cold will do. We’ve got them. But after dark, well after the sun goes down, it’s time for slowing down, for savoring these last awesome nights of summer. Sitting on the porch or around a campfire, you owe it to yourself to try something a little more sophisticated–something that perfectly sets off other indulgences like a s’more with dark,…
  • These Clothes Are the Coolest

    50 Campfires
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    As we roll into the hottest month of the summer, you’re probably looking for ways to cope with the heat. Yes, that chilly AC feels great, but you’re an outdoorsy person! You’re looking for ways to go on adventures and not die of heat stroke. Evaporative cooling is the answer! Evaporative cooling has been around for thousands of years. What is it? Well, when a liquid evaporates from a surface it brings the latent heat with it, resulting in a cooling of that surface. You’re experiencing this right now in the form of sweat. When your body overheats you start to sweat, which in turn…
  • Camping With Canines 101

    50 Campfires
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Making sure you and your dog enjoy every minute of your camping trips together. Preparation for a camping trip is key to its success; even more so when you’re planning to go camping with canines. Dogs are normally low maintenance and easy to please, but you should prepare well in advance if you want your canine to join you on your camping adventure.   Will Your Pup Enjoy Camping? Consider these factors before bringing your dog: Is your dog easily stressed or excited? Does your dog dislike being tied up or on a leash? Is your dog difficult to restrain when excited? Does your dog have…
  • Nighttime Cocktails

    50 Campfires
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    When the sun goes down, it’s no longer about that perfect refreshing drink to sip on when you’re hot and parched. A nighttime cocktail calls for another flavor and an extra kick to get your night going. We’ve got two tasty drinks that fit perfect with the nighttime scene. The Aunt Roberta may sound innocent and mild, but it is far from! Aunt Roberta is not messing around, as this drink contains only alcoholic beverages with no added flavorings. Mix up one of these bad girls and you will definitely be in for the night. Aunt Roberta   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5…
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    Women's Gear Guide

  • Opedix Core-Tec 2.0 Review

    Jordan Curet
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The women’s Opedix Core-Tec 2.0 offers a scientifically engineered base layer in the form of comfortable compression shorts. Opedix makes several garments that are intended to promote dynamic alignment and optimal join function. Opedix uses a patented design they call Torque Reform Technology to enhance core stability. Basically by improving alignment, athletes will see reduced […] The post Opedix Core-Tec 2.0 Review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • GlideSoul perfectly suited to SUP

    Jordan Curet
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Living high in the Rocky Mountains and far from the ocean waves and sandy beaches, you might not think you need a wetsuit. But with the advent of SUP, stand-up paddleboarding, in Colorado, a Glidesoul full wetsuit might be just what you need. The rivers of the Rockies are snowmelt, so when you expect barely […] The post GlideSoul perfectly suited to SUP appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • Dakine Trail Photo Review

    Jordan Curet
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Dakine Trail Photo 16L pack is a great way to get your camera out to all the backcountry adventures around Aspen. The minimalist design and padded compartments make it ideal for hiking, biking, or any other trail sport you can think of.  The side entry to camera gear makes this pack great to get […] The post Dakine Trail Photo Review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • MicroAdventures: Therm-a-Rest Mira sleeping bag review

    Tracy Remelius
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Overview The Therm-a-Rest Mira Women’s Sleeping Bag is new for 2014. It’s a three season, 15ºF 750+ fill goose down bag that has special features to keep women warm and comfortable for a great night sleep. It features a women’s specific cut, an extra warm toe-box, secure links to keep connected to your sleeping […] The post MicroAdventures: Therm-a-Rest Mira sleeping bag review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • 2014 Giant Intrigue Review

    Leah Fielding
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Overview liv/Giant, the women’s specific product line of the Giant brand, designed a whole new women’s all-mountain bike this year. Conceptually similar to the Giant Cypher and women’s Trance of year’s past, the Intrigue 1 and 2 were redesigned this year to accommodate the new 27.5-inch wheel. In summary, the new 27.5-inch wheel size […] The post 2014 Giant Intrigue Review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • NRS Earl Inflatable SUP Review

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I had wanted to review this board and happened to come across a couple while I was out paddling one day who had the NRS Earl 6. They were nice enough to let me spend a little time with the board and try it out. I only had that one shot with it so I […]
  • Airhead SUP Deluxe Coast Guard Kit

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Normally when I SUP I wear a waistpack PFD because I find it is more comfortable than wearing a normal lifejacket. However I got to review the Airhead SUP Deluxe Coast Guard Kit and found that the life vest included in this kit was extremely comfortable while stand-up paddling. I found the armholes to be […]
  • Current Drives Huey SUP Review

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

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

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

  • How To Choose The Best Lightweight Tent For Camping, Recreation, and Bugging Out

    Lisa S
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    We recently published a great article that provided tips for building shelter in any survival situation, which we highly recommend that you read and familiarize yourself with. However, while learning to build shelter from found materials is a skill we feel everyone should have, there are also many advantages to carrying a tent with you for excursions into the wilderness. Having a tent saves the effort and time of preparing shelter from scratch – allotting you more energy to expend on other aspects of your camp – and can provide life-saving shelter in cases of extreme weather or…
  • Going Off the Grid – How to Make Your Home Self-Sufficient

    Lisa S
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    In past articles, we’ve shown you what habits to pick up and which to break in order to make yourself more self-sufficient – now it’s your home’s turn. Making your home self-sufficient will not only increase your preparedness and chance of survival in times of crisis, but also will help you save on household costs such as electricity and water – win/win! In a survival situation, your ability to power your home without reliance on a power grid, municipal water, or other external resource will greatly increase your chance of survival as many of these resources will no doubt be…
  • Gear Up: How To Choose the Best Tactical Pants

    Lisa S
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here at The Bug Out Bag Guide, we asked our readers what areas of survival preparedness they were most interested in learning more about and overwhelmingly the answer was tactical clothing for bug-out and get-home scenarios. To provide you with the most complete and comprehensive resource on tactical survival clothing, we’re writing a series of articles starting with this one on the best tactical pants to pack for your survival plans. Believe it or not, the clothing you choose for your bug-out or get-home bag can have a substantial impact on your chances for survival. The right clothing can…
  • Free EDT Multitool Review

    Lisa S
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here at BOBG headquarters, we’re as interested as anybody in saving a few bucks on gear. Considering how many food and tool preps we’d like to carry and to set aside, it can be tough to justify the cost of all the gear. Luckily, we have a few staffers that excel in finding freebies and hot deals. One of the free survival tools he recently found is the EDT mini multitool. If you’re into free tools, take a look at the EDT multitool review below! Where to Get ‘Em The folks over at SurvivalLife.com are a great source for free survival tools. They mix it up with handcuff keys, multi tools,…
  • Preparing for an EMP Attack – Can Faraday Cages Help?

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

  • Offbeat Places to Visit in Kerala

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Leonardo DiCaprio once visited Kerala and said “If there is heaven on Earth then it is here”, and he was not wrong. Kerala has the perfect weather throughout the year and serves as an idyllic location for a getaway full of amazing memories and experiences. This state is full of scenic beauty...
  • 10 Less Known Places around Delhi

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Not that Delhi has any dearth of interesting places to visit, but if you feel like venturing out of the city for a weekend or a long weekend to an offbeat destination - Delhi doesn’t disappoint you there as well. Delhi has the foothills of the Himalayas on two sides and the Great Plains and the...
  • Ten Offbeat Places to Visit in Karnataka

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    When you think of the southern part of India, don’t places like Kerala, Tamil Nadu strike you first? I believe they do. You think of the back waters, a few dance forms, hill stations, with waterfalls surrounding you and impeccable beaches- so pretty you wouldn’t want to leave from there. There’s...
  • 6 Best Road Trips from Mumbai

    21 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    Yes there are lots of things to do in Mumbai itself, but once in a while we have got to venture out of the city, and what better city than Mumbai to plan a road trip. We have got fabulous highways -one of the best in country, beautiful laid back hill-stations couple of hours from Mumbai and we...
  • 20 Reasons Why Ladakh Motorcycle Trip Must Be On Your Bucket List

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Ladakh bike trip - beyond all the hype, reaching the height of 18,000 feet, is still a life time experience. If this is something you have been wanting to do for some time but haven’t done already for whatever reasons, here is some motivation for you to go ahead and plan that dream trip this...
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    The Kayak Critic | RSS Feed

  • Fishing For Beginners: First Time Fishing Tips & Checklist

    Alex
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    We all start somewhere, so its about time we shared our view of the basics on fishing for beginners. Fishing has been known as a past time, a form of recreation, a hobby and a sport. There are weekend anglers and tournament fishermen all over the country. Some people even spend thousands of dollars every year on […]
  • Crappie Fishing Tips – How To Catch Crappie Fish

    Alex
    11 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Crappie are arguably the most popular pan fish in America. Many anglers spend a great deal of time fishing for them in every season and in every region of the country. They are good to eat, and they can reach a size of up to 5 pounds. While Crappies that big may be rare, they […]
  • 28 Bass Fishing Tips & Techniques: How To Catch Bass In Any Season

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

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

    Alex
    13 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Many of you either bought your canoe, built them by your own or with the help of plans available online. Regardless of how much you paid for your plans (or who you got them from), the combination of the material costs and the time put into building your boat work of art, makes this an investment worth […]
 
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • Day 126: Elk Lake Resort

    jonjadams31
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    We woke up around our normal time and were on the trail after taking care of the usual morning tasks. Up around 6:30am and hiking by 7:30am. We stopped for lunch after 12 miles, leaving just 10 PCT miles and a mile on the side trail to get into Elk Lake Resort. Our lunch spot, Mac Lake, was pretty nice too. It was a little more open and full a lake than some of the others we had been passing and collecting water for the afternoon was pretty easy as well. All in all, a great spot to take a break. After lunch, we knocked out our remaining 11 as quick as possible and arrived at Elk Lake Resort a…
  • Day 125: Leaving Shelter Cove

    jonjadams31
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Since Shelter Cove didn’t have a restaurant we hit the store one last time before getting back on the trail. I got 2 little breakfast burritos and a tea and Pie got 2 breakfast burritos and a hot cocoa. After breakfast was done we said goodbye to the other hikers that were hanging out by the store and headed out. We decided that we were going to walk the road up to highway 58 and pick the trail up there as it appeared to cut out some climb and looked a bit shorter. We might be crazy enough to hike the PCT, but we try to hike smarter when we can. Once we rejoined the PCT we figured out…
  • Day 124: Shelter Cove Resort

    jonjadams31
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    With just about 11 miles to reach Shelter Cove Resort from Crescent Lake we had a leisurely morning. I was up around 6am after not sleeping great because of my leg. We took our time packing up and eating breakfast and eventually said our goodbyes to Robin and Bill before heading out around 8:30am. We walked the gravel road #60 up to a horse camp where we picked up the Oregon Skyline Trail again. From there we had just over 5 miles to a lake that would serve as our half way point and a snack break spot. After our break we hiked the remaining 5ish miles into Shelter Cove Resort. All in all my…
  • Day 123: Springs Campground on Crescent Lake

    jonjadams31
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    We only had 16 miles to go to reach Crescent Lake, where we decided we would camp for the night. My leg was pretty tight in the morning so I wasn’t moving at my usual pace. We got to a decent place for a break after about 2 hours and 5 miles. This was the junction for the Oregon Skyline Trail, which we had already decided we were taking. After another 5 miles or so we reached a lake that was calling to us to have lunch there. As two guys that sometimes heed the call of the wild we listened. After our lunch, we headed on down the trail to reach a gravel road. Just before the road we saw…
  • Day 122: Highest Point in Oregon and Washington

    jonjadams31
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    It is weird to think that we still have over a month to go and today we had lunch at the highest point on the trail in Oregon or Washington. Never again will we reach an elevation above 7600, apparently. Before that point, we passed Mt. Thielsen which provided some excellent views for the morning part of our hike. Then we reached the first of our water sources for the day, Thielsen Creek. Unfortunately, by this time my left leg was starting to hurt. It was a bit tender after yesterday for some reason and doesn’t seem to be getting better, although doesn’t seem to be getting worse…
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    SouthernGuyReviews

  • Sufix Nanobraid

    Southern Guy
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    Sufix Nanobraid Unveiled At ICAST 2015 If you are any sort of angler, you should know that today starts one of the most important shows of the year for anglers. The 15th thru the 17th is ICAST 2015 in Orlando, Florida, the industry’s premier trade show. There will be lots of new products being unveiled at this year’s ICAST, Rapala and it’s respected Rapala Brands will be unveiling a wide variety of groundbreaking new products. They have everything from lures, line, terminal tackle and accessories sure to benefit anglers worldwide! I would love to sit here and tell you about…
  • The Chaos Within Me

    Southern Guy
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    The Chaos Of Who I am There are so many people out there who can not bare the thought of not getting approval from the rest of society on their clothing, cars, house and their personality/looks. I used to think this way as well when I was in my late teens and early twenties but a lot has changed since then and now I can care less what anyone thinks of me!   I am now an open book and will tell complete strangers almost everything about myself, some of it being my deep dark secrets that I used to be ashamed of.  If society was more willing to accept people for who they are, the world…
  • Angry Sturgeon Lures

    Southern Guy
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Angry Sturgeon Lures Southern Guy gives it: ★★★★ 5 Stars Click to enlarge These days, true craftsmanship and pride in your work has pretty much gone extinct, most work is done by mindless zombies snapping together parts at a assembly line without any care in what they are doing. There is vast amounts of fishing equipment on the market, which falls into 3 different categories for me. First, there are products which are made to catch the fisherman and not the fish, then there are products made to catch fish but are not the best thing to look at, finally there are products…
  • Hot Spring Time Baits

    Southern Guy
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Rapala’s Red-Hot Baits The spring fishing season is upon us and the local bite is starting to pick up, it is time to put to work your early spring fishing tactics and techniques. Northerners are anxiously awaiting the spring thaw and southerners, such as myself, are dealing with the spring’s frigid water temperatures. The cold-water bite can be troublesome to some and down right elusive to others, there are many ways to improve your early spring fishing results. One of those tactics is to use the proper lures to acquire more bites, selecting the right lure for the job is critical.
  • Bobby’s Perfect Buzz

    Southern Guy
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Official home of the Original Hollow Body Frog! Southern Guy gives it: ★★★ 5 Stars Click to enlarge There are a lot of fishing frogs on the market today but I have yet to find another one like Bobby’s Perfect Buzz from Snag Proof Lures. This is truly a universal frog that can be used with many different fishing techniques by any type of angler be him/her a novice or a seasoned professional, it is perfect for teaching kids to fish! Snag Proof has been around since 1961 and they are the home of the Original Hollow Body Frog invented by Mr. Harry Ehlers in the late 1950’s…
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    Wilderness Today

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing: Tips For Anglers Just Starting Out

    Wilderness Today
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Due to its grace, beauty, and slower pace, many people find fly fishing to be a very calm, soothing, and relaxing, sport; even those who possess intense, type A, personalities. On the other hand, it can also be very exciting when the fish are striking your fly on every cast and, it can be very frustrating when the fish are refusing your fly and yet, are taking others right beside it. Also, it never, ever, fails that no matter how experienced a fly fisherman you are and, even when you know it is there, if there is a tree within casting distance, you will get caught in it! Therefore, all fly…
  • 35 Reasons the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the Ultimate Outdoor Vehicle (Pictures)

    Wilderness Today
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If you are an avid fan of the outdoors then you know that very few vehicles are as capable as the Jeep Wrangler when it comes to off-road adventures.  The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in particular has exploded in popularity since the 4 door model became available in 2007.  The Jeep unlimited matches plenty of space with balance, looks and top level off road capability right off the assembly line. While there are plenty of capable trucks and SUV’s, few vehicles can match the following that the Jeep brand has.  Add in the limitless ways you can modify your Jeep and you have an awesome…
  • How to Properly Sharpen a Blade: Hunting & Survival Knife Sharpening Tips

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

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

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

  • Epic Adventures, Backpacking with Kids, & the AT Crew; An Interview with Scott Gauvin

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Scott Gauvin courtesy of HikingForward.com Are you a backpacker who wishes you could hit the trail more often or simply stay involved in the hiking community even though you can’t hike as much as you want? Is it important to you to pass on your love of the outdoors to not only others, but your family as well? If so, then I  think you’ll enjoy reading about Scott Gauvin, author of the outstanding site Hiking Forward. There are a ton of backpacking sites, many cover similar topics like gear reviews, trail reports, backpacking skills, etc. Mine’s not much different. But…
  • Backpacking Meal Planning Tips with Tanya Krezevska

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

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

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

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

  • All About Shotgunning

    Logan
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    This was a very long time ago and $2,500 was a bundle to spend for a Parker side-by-side with pretty wood, some engraving, and a very straight stock. Monty was not doing too well and since he shot for money he viewed an escaping live pigeon with melancholy. The shoot still had a long way […] The post All About Shotgunning appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • You Too, Can Be a Master Shotgunner

    Logan
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    I missed the same quail four times on a single rise. I did this with a 20-gauge over-under Browning shotgun, which is unusual although I am sure many quail have been missed four times with autoloaders or pumpguns. By telling you how I missed the quail I hope to explain why I have long been […] The post You Too, Can Be a Master Shotgunner appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Rifle Scopes

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

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

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

  • How To Survive A Thunderstorm: What To Do (Part 4 of 4)

    Mac
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    So there’s good news and bad news, which do you want first? Bad news? Alright. The bad news is (and I’ve mentioned this many times before), that there is no... Read more The post How To Survive A Thunderstorm: What To Do (Part 4 of 4) appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Mt. Kasa (笠ヶ岳)

    Mac
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Name: Mt. Kasa Japanese name: 笠ヶ岳 (Kasagatake) Location: Gifu, Japan (岐阜県) Summit elevation: 9,505 ft / 2,897 m Elevation change: 6,233 ft / 1,900 m Round-trip distance from trailhead: 13.54... Read more The post Mt. Kasa (笠ヶ岳) appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Photo Essay: Everest Base Camp Trek

    Mac
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    After twelve days in the Himalaya and many thousands of units of elevation change, I have successfully returned to the civilized world (read about the trek here if you prefer... Read more The post Photo Essay: Everest Base Camp Trek appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • How To Survive A Thunderstorm: The Myths (Part 3 of 4)

    Mac
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    I’ve already discussed the basics of thunderstorms and how to predict them, but now we’ll discuss something important: the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding lightning. Unfortunately, searching the internets... Read more The post How To Survive A Thunderstorm: The Myths (Part 3 of 4) appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • App Review: Halfmile’s PCT App

    Mac
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Halfmile’s PCT app is perhaps the most widely used navigation app on the Pacific Crest Trail. The app is basically a glorified PCT data book with GPS capabilities. Basically, you... Read more The post App Review: Halfmile’s PCT App appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
 
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    Escape2Explore Blog

  • 9 Life-Changing Travel Hacks You Wish You Knew About Sooner

    Swamy S
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Travel can be fun, but it can be equally tedious if things aren’t in order. Since, travelling involves carrying plenty of things (at least for most of us), it is important to make sure whatever is being carried is available in a moment’s notice and in good condition. But, these things don’t happen of their own accord. You need to act smart and prepare a cheat sheet for travel. So why wait? Let’s get it the ball rolling. 1. Charge You Phones With TV Image Source: http://goo.gl/1N53dh Surprised? We thought so. Many of the latest television sets have a USB port nowadays. So, for some…
  • 6 Types Of People Who Always Screw Up Your Trekking Plans

    Swamy S
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Trekking is fun. Period. There’s hardly any activity that compares to a trek. As a trekker you are bound to come across all kinds of people, interested in trekking or otherwise. The most interesting kind among them, are the ones who talk the talk but never show up on the big day. They come in all forms and have a whole host of reasons up their sleeves to avoid any kind of trekking activity. Let’s take a look at these wackies and their ridiculous traits. Warning: Some are plain outrageous. 1. Mr. Money Penny Hardcore trekkers splurge little on a trek that is a known fact. But, there are…
  • 4 Reasons Why Trekkers Are The Best People You’ll Ever Meet

    Swamy S
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    Humans are societal beings. They thrive on living in groups. That is how nature made us, and is the accepted norm. But, choosing with whom to spend your time is completely up to you. Given that humans have a penchant for doubling their kind, you have plenty of options to choose from. The best among them are the trekkers. Why? Perhaps it’s the genes, but there is more to them than that. We will give you the reasons why trekkers are the best kind of people going around. They Define Optimism It’s no secret that trekking requires a certain plan. You can be rest assured they have thought about…
  • 12 Jaw-Dropping Pictures That Will Leave You Awestruck

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

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