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  • Summer evening clouds

    Montana Outdoors
    montucky
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    What a beautiful end to a summer day.
  • #AdventureMonday #HellHikeAndRaft Edition – 9/1/2014

    Hiking The Trail
    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    This weeks #AdventureMonday is not going to be your typical photos of adventures. Today I am going to highlight all of the members who whill be joining me on the #HellHikeAndRaft adventure that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are Ski Movies worth the fare?

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    dlague
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    We typically catch two ski movies per season and have done so primarily for the comps that are available! However the comps appear to be fading. I found myself getting bored with recent films because it just seems like more of the same lately. Curious about others POV!
  • Trva Expects Strong Turnout For SW RV Show

    Camping News
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The 2014 Southwest RV Supershow, hosted by the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association , is set set to run Sept.
  • The 2014 Outdoor Foundation’s Outsiders Ball is a Success – Thanks to Generous Sponsors and Attendees

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The annual event will support more than 125 local projects - connecting an estimated 20,000 young people to the outdoors.
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  • Are Ski Movies worth the fare?

    dlague
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    We typically catch two ski movies per season and have done so primarily for the comps that are available! However the comps appear to be fading. I found myself getting bored with recent films because it just seems like more of the same lately. Curious about others POV!
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    skiNEwhere
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
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  • Winter Park hiring chair lift people CO yes advetise on craigs list Catskill s

    ScottySkis
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    http://catskills.craigslist.org/fbh/4641732700.html Ski Lift Ops. Crew Member - Winter Season-FT (Winter Park, CO) TO APPLY PLEASE VISIT WWW.WINTERPARKRESORT.COM/EMPLOYMENT Hope maybe some one here might be interested in this job. Before anyone says me I not looking for a job as of now working on the hill and staying in the east coast now for a few years more is still my plan and that is looking good for now.
  • To BC or not to BC?

    skiNEwhere
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I've slowly started getting into the backcountry the last few seasons, took AIARE I last season, and tagged along with skiers that have a lot more experience than I do, but overall I'd say I do about 80-90% of my skiing at the resorts. Would like to take AIARE II this season so that I can get out a little more.
  • iphone 6 coming soon

    gmcunni
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    who's going to camp out so they can be first in line to get the new iphone 6? http://mashable.com/2014/08/28/apple...ept-9-iphones/
 
 
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  • 2014 September/October Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    View the online digital issue Articles Cultivating Camp’s Tech-free Traditions in the Digital AgeCatherine Steiner-Adair, EdD Restoring the Human Touch read more
  • ACA and Green Camps Initiative Formalize Educational Alliance

    American Camp Association
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Register here for a free webinar to learn more about Green Camps Initiative. read more
  • Camp Moves Me

    American Camp Association
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    National Fundraising Campaign This October! Join us in a national fundraising campaign this October to support camp scholarships through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund read more
  • ACA Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) to Support 21st Century Learning

    American Camp Association
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 — American Camp Association, Inc.® (ACA) has joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the nation’s leader advocating for 21st century readiness for every student. By becoming a P21 member, the ACA enters P21’s diverse coalition of education leaders, the business community, and policymakers supporting student readiness for college, career, and citizenship along the entire continuum of learning. read more
  • 2014 July/August Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    View the digital edition Articles read more
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Bora Smock is certainly not at the pinnacle of ultralight gear, nevertheless it is a versatile piece of clothing that maintains breathability while offering warmth and excellent waterproofing. by Matthew Pullan | 2014-08-26At first, I wasn't sure if I should review the new Paramo Bora Smock combo; I was worried that it was not light enough to be of interest to BPL readers. Rewind six months and there I was at ISPO 2014 helping myself to Nikwax TX direct from a box by one of the exits. Suddenly, the rep (a nice Polish girl) came up and asked me what I thought I was doing. I said I thought…
  • (M) Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Featuring the author's live journals as well as a detailed assessment of trekking gear used on the trip. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-08-26Last week I returned from a trek in the High Uintas Wilderness of northern Utah with three friends, and my son Chase. Our objective was to complete a circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Divide primarily via a "high route" that avoided trails where it made sense, allowed us to camp and and trek by more remote locations, and enjoy a diversity of scenery by crossing high divides between a number of drainages. Our final route was about 55 miles in length, and we…
  • Cinnamon Monkey Bread

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. by Ken Larson | 2014-08-19Sidewinder Ti-Tri & 1.3 Evernew Ti Pot Epicurean Stove (Wooden block shim is needed under stove plate (L 2in x W 1.7in x .433in) + one 14g Esbit Tablet; OR Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen without Wooden block shim OR KOVEA gas stove with either Sidewinder or Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen. 1ea Pint Ziploc bag, 2ea Sandwich bags Fat Daddio's 5" round pan ARTICLE OUTLINE Equipment Ingredients: Dough Topping Coating Preparation # WORDS: 390 # PHOTOS: 6 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 13

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-08-19The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • The Greatest Trip That Never Happened

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable. by Scott Morris | 2014-08-12ARTICLE OUTLINE An unfortunate consequence of my growing immersion in the world of running has been the nagging voice of others questioning my motivation for wanting to do the things that I do or the much more ominous and obvious question of my sanity. That question has never really bothered me much. My simple rationale behind running has always been simple; I enjoy running and it makes me feel good, so I end up doing it a lot. That’s always…
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  • The Importance Of Hiring A Good Tuk-Tuk Driver In Thailand

    Valen
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tuk-tuk driver in Thailand My slouched body slides from side to side in the tuk-tuk as Auddie, my driver, whirls around corners, cuts across parking lots and goes the wrong way down one-way streets to get to me to my destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand on time. Auddie grins broadly at me, looking back at me. I wish he would keep his eyes on the road! Traffic darts head-on at us, but Auddie is not concerned. He knows these roads better than anyone and he has become my Hoke from Driving Miss Daisy. Auddie was my first friend when I moved to Chiang Mai. He was the security man at my condo, and…
  • Follow the Frog

    Dave
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    ____________ Dave's 160-page, all-original Lima Travel Guide is now available for Kindle and PDF.
  • Favorite Peruvian Dishes

    Ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Alpaca is my favorite Peruvian dish Picking Peruvian food as the best in Latin America makes for an easy decision. How can it not? There’s causa and ceviche, chupe de camarones and trucha rellena, alpaca and more. The tough part is picking my favorite Peruvian dishes. But somebody’s gotta make these tough decisions, so here we go, my favorites, after traveling for nearly a month in Perú. 1. Alpaca I made a little joke during my first post on Perú involving alpaca, something I’m happy the folks at PETA didn’t see. Or maybe it would have been fun if they had. Yeah, maybe so. What is…
  • Heavenly Days in North Carolina’s High Altitudes

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Mt. Mitchell (photo: twbuckner) If you’ve never spent time in lovely NC, any number of things may come to mind when you think of the state. Barbeque? College athletics? Bluegrass? Yes, we’ve got all of these things, but the reality of life in this most florid Southern state is much more nuanced. In fact, North Carolina is a vacationer’s paradise, particularly if you enjoy mountains, forests, and the activities therein. North Carolina has its lowlands, but we’re going to focus on two of its loveliest mountain communities, Asheville and Boone. Boone Located right along the Appalachian…
  • Birth of an Independent Traveler

    Dave
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Venice train station It wasn’t by design, but Italy is the country I’ll forever associate with my birth as an independent traveler. I’d arrived in Europe with my best friends from college on one last adventure before we’d have to face the real world. After brief stays in Paris, Amsterdam and Prague, we arrived in Venice, a city I fell in love with upon existing the train station onto the Grand Canal. My friends didn’t share my enthusiasm, and we left a few days later. Tension in the group had been growing from the moment we’d arrived in Europe. I knew…
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  • Force 10 Helium 100

    Stu
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Just got me a nearly new tent as above 1.2kgs. I shall feel like I am floating The "pig on my back" is getting lighter :cool:
  • Lake district

    wildan
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Hi all, sorry not been on for a while, hope you're all well and good. Towards the end of august me and 3 other friends are looking to do a long weekend in the lake district (somewhere) I was just wondering if you guys could recommend any routes that have some awesome views of the countryside, landscapes and that are proper out in the sticks. Do you also know of any campsites that are good and close to the routes. I have only ever been to the lakes once and stopped by waswater? I think that was the name of it. Anyway all help will be much appreciated and greatly received many thanks in advance…
 
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  • Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Review

    Philip Werner
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Therm-a Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot in UseThe Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot is designed for campers, backpackers, fisherman, or kayakers who need more back support than they can get from a foam or inflatable sleeping pad, prefer to sleep up off the ground, or want a cooler sleeping system for camping in hot weather. The UltraLite version of the LuxuryLite Cot reviewed here is significantly lighter weight (depending on the configuration) than the original version of the LuxuryLite Mesh Cot, making it a more portable camping cot for campers who need to carry one under their…
  • The Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof Map

    Philip Werner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Randolph Paths Guidebook and Waterproof MapI’ve been exploring many of the trails in the White Mountains North Country this summer, including those maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) which maintains the trail systems immediately north and south of Rt 2 in the Northern Presidentials (Mts Madison, Adams, and Jefferson), the Crescent Range, and the Randolph Community Forest.If you ever get bored hiking the same 4,000 footers over and over again, I suggest you head north and explore all of the nooks and crannies of the Randolph trail system ranging from the Pond of Safety and…
  • Hike Mt Chocorua

    Philip Werner
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Rocky Summit of Mt Chocorua (3475′)Mt Chocorua is one of the most frequently photographed mountains in the world according to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide. Located near New Hampshire’s Mt Washington (6082′). Chocorua is far from being the highest mountain in the White Mountain National Forest only rising to an elevation of 3475′. But it’s a hiker’s mountain with many fine trails that climb up its summit ledges and  mesmerizing 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks, lakes, and valleys.Pitcher Falls on the Champney Falls…
  • Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated Camping Meals

    Philip Werner
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Good-to-Go Gourmet Dehydrated MealsGood-to-Go is a new gourmet camping food company that’s on a mission to create the best tasting and nutritious dehydrated camping meals available today. Based in Maine, they bring a Down Home sensibility to their dehydrated meals which are gluten-free and available as vegetarian or pescatarian entrees.Good-to-Go Dehydrated Camping Meals – Smoked Three-Bean Chili, Herbed Mushroom Risotto, and Thai CurryMy wife and I tried three Good-to-Go meals this weekend while car camping in New Hampshire and enjoyed them thoroughly. Their Thai Curry (my…
  • Leave No Trace Toothbrushing

    Philip Werner
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Karen, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, brushing her teeth on the Appalachian TrailMaintaining dental hygiene is just as important when backpacking and camping as it is at home. But the question arises, what’s the best way to practice leave no trace toothbrushing and rinse out the toothpaste in your mouth after your brush? My answer may surprise you.Swallow It!While many leave no trace practitioners advocate “broadcasting” your tooth-brushing wastewater by spraying it into the woods by blowing it out your mouth to disperse it, or burying it in a cathole, I’ve found…
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  • Kathleen Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, One to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Kathleen won $100 to Backcountry.com for sharing her gear review! Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Kathleen Ward, our weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com.  Kathleen's review of her Alpine Design 45-degree Micro Lite Mesa Rec Bag was selected randomly from the 36 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 22 through August 28. Every week for five weeks, we're giving one reviewer a $100 gift card, thanks to Backcountry.com. We've got one last $100 gift card left, so you still have time to win. Review your outdoor gear on Trailspace…
  • Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC

    Alicia MacLeay
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    "The trail blew me away and changed my life." Like thousands of hikers before and since, in 2002 Andrew Downs had a profound experience thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. But, Downs took his dedication to the trail further than most. He went on to earn a master's degree in natural resource management specifically to help protect the Appalachian Trail and the AT experience for others. "I think everyone should have the opportunity for a similar experience on the AT," he says. In our Q&A below, we talk with Downs about serving as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest…
  • Big Red Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, Two to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Big Red scrambling on Mount Muir during a recent John Muir Trail thru hike. Nice hat! Congratulations to long-time community member and gear reviewer Rick (aka Big Red), our third weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com.  Rick is a backcountry skier, hiker, plant physiology professor, and American transplant based in Norway. His review of the Big Agnes Pumphouse ("too low-volume to be a good inflation device... but makes a good solar water heater") was selected randomly from the 56 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 15 through August 21.
  • Meet Leah, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Congratulations to Leah (aka Lah, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! Each month we recognize and get to know a different member of the Trailspace community. This month it's "salty sailor" Leah, a Colorado native turned Florida paddler, backpacker, free diver, and world traveler. Congratulations, Leah, and thanks for sharing your many helpful gear reviews with us, including Good to Go's Herbed Mushroom Risotto: "a fresh, healthy, and tasty alternative to the every growing line of pre-packaged backpacker meals." For your contributions, you win this month's…
  • Greg wins $100 Backcountry.com Gift Card, Three to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Greg Caporale (GCap48)! Greg, a hiker from New York State, is our second weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Every week for five weeks, we're giving one reviewer a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Greg's review of his Platypus Hoser water reservoir ("great reservoir, no taste or smell, and no leaks.") was selected randomly from the 39 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 8 through August 14. We've got three more $100 gift cards to go, so you still have time to win. Review your outdoor gear…
 
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  • Hike Aliso and Woods Canyons

    Scott Turner
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    One of Orange County’s most popular and accessible trails is also one of its most beautiful and diverse. The 3,789 acre Aliso and Woods Canyons Regional Park in Aliso Viejo features riparian woodlands, grassy meadows, rolling hills, views of the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Canyon, and sandstone... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Photo Friday – August 29, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    If you’re thinking about making another pot of poor-quality coffee and spending more time staring out the window than getting work done, then it’s probably time for another Photo Friday. This week’s winners should give you some great inspiration for hitting the trail on this long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I am #Omniten Documentary Trailer

    Casey Schreiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Way back in 2012, I was chosen to participate in Columbia Sportswear‘s first #omniten program – an untested and very experimental program where they chose 10 outdoor writers and athletes from various backgrounds and locations and brought them to Sedona and the Grand Canyon to test out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike the Observatory Trail

    Scott Turner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Beyond its beautiful forests and meadows, Palomar Mountain is most famous for its Observatory. Established in 1928, the Palomar Observatory contains several telescopes, including the 200” Hale Telescope, which is open for visitation from 9am to 4:30pm. The campus, which is beautiful in itself, is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Meeting for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Exceeds Capacity

    Casey Schreiner
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Hundreds of people trying to attend the first meeting on the proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Monument were prevented from entering the building, as the 410-person venue had reached capacity before the event had even begun. San Gabriel Mountains Forever – the coalition responsible for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Baree Creek Basin

    montucky
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Baree Creek Basin photographed from USFS trail 63 as it nears the Cabinet Divide trail (USFS trail 630) in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of western Montana.
  • A stream that hides

    montucky
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    There is a small stream not far from where I live that flows through a deep wooded canyon for about seven miles before it briefly enters a larger one which then flows into the Clark Fork River. In early spring the water flow is continuous but after about mid-summer the stream bed for about a mile at the lower end of the canyon is completely dry. The following photos (in no particular order other than just as I ascended the trail) were taken the other day on a short hike up into the canyon and they show a little of what is hidden above the dry stream bed (in the first photo) near the start of…
  • Lemon Meringue Shark

    montucky
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    And another fun guy: (This one looks to me like some kind of confectionery concoction.)
  • Summer evening clouds

    montucky
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    What a beautiful end to a summer day.
  • Two of his three worlds

    montucky
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • A Brown Booby in Queens

    Corey
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    On Friday morning, 29 August, I had the good fortune of being able to work from home. What that meant for me, birding wise, is that I could get out for a few hours in the morning and then get home and get to it on my laptop without having to worry about things like showering, getting dressing, or commuting. And seeing as there were good northwest winds overnight, weather radar had shown lots of birds taking off, and the winds were expected to continue from the north through the morning, I decided that I would make my way to Fort Tilden at first light and install myself on the Battery Harris…
  • High Noon Birding in the Mountains of Los Angeles

    Donna
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    [If you are looking for my first-Tuesday-of-the-month book review, it will be in this spot next week. For now, I present a story of an excellent day's birding on a visit to Los Angeles last week.] It was 7:04am when we saw our target bird. Scaly-breasted Munia, formerly Nutmeg Mannikan, is supposed to be easy to find in southern California in late August (just check the eBird graphs), but the established exotic had eluded me till Catherine Hamilton and Luke Tiller invited me to bird their small Pasadena neighborhood park. We soaked in the sight of two male Munias, a few feet from the dog run.
  • Another Great Shorebirding Day at Jamaica Bay

    Corey
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saturday morning, 30 August 2014, was a perfect time for shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. The high tide was set for late morning so I could take my time getting out there, the sun was going to be out providing enough light for some good digiscoping, and we had a three-day weekend so I could spend more time than usual without really shorting my family. And, happily, the shorebirds even remembered to show up! From my initial entry onto the East Pond at the south end I was immersed in shorebirds. There was a small horde of peeps present, mostly the expected…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2014)

    Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Since we in the U.S. are enjoying a long weekend, you got extra time to establish a Best Bird of the Weekend. Did Monday morning birding make a difference? While I saw plenty of cool birds this weekend, including at least 10 Common Nighthawks, I was most engaged by a veritable swarm of Cedar Waxwings skimming along the surface of a pond for flies like swallows. Corey got into some great shorebirds and hungry muck at Jamaica Bay, where a group of Hudsonian Godwits proved well worth the cost of a boot full of mud. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments…
  • Europe’s Brown Warblers: a map through the maze

    Jochen
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If, by a chain of peculiar events or by purposeful decision, you find yourself somewhere in central Europe, you sooner or later will not be able to avoid seeing a little bird, usually the size of a House Sparrow or smaller, with a slender bill, a rather vertical posture, which will be hopping through some dense vegetation, and which you will have to accept as being a WARBLER. There’s no way around it as the various species are reasonably common, and you will surely want to identify them. But boy, do Euro warblers  have a bad reputition for being notoriously difficult to identify.
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  • High Noon Birding in the Mountains of Los Angeles

    Donna
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    [If you are looking for my first-Tuesday-of-the-month book review, it will be in this spot next week. For now, I present a story of an excellent day's birding on a visit to Los Angeles last week.] It was 7:04am when we saw our target bird. Scaly-breasted Munia, formerly Nutmeg Mannikan, is supposed to be easy to find in southern California in late August (just check the eBird graphs), but the established exotic had eluded me till Catherine Hamilton and Luke Tiller invited me to bird their small Pasadena neighborhood park. We soaked in the sight of two male Munias, a few feet from the dog run.
  • Another Great Shorebirding Day at Jamaica Bay

    Corey
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Saturday morning, 30 August 2014, was a perfect time for shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. The high tide was set for late morning so I could take my time getting out there, the sun was going to be out providing enough light for some good digiscoping, and we had a three-day weekend so I could spend more time than usual without really shorting my family. And, happily, the shorebirds even remembered to show up! From my initial entry onto the East Pond at the south end I was immersed in shorebirds. There was a small horde of peeps present, mostly the expected…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2014)

    Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Since we in the U.S. are enjoying a long weekend, you got extra time to establish a Best Bird of the Weekend. Did Monday morning birding make a difference? While I saw plenty of cool birds this weekend, including at least 10 Common Nighthawks, I was most engaged by a veritable swarm of Cedar Waxwings skimming along the surface of a pond for flies like swallows. Corey got into some great shorebirds and hungry muck at Jamaica Bay, where a group of Hudsonian Godwits proved well worth the cost of a boot full of mud. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments…
  • Europe’s Brown Warblers: a map through the maze

    Jochen
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If, by a chain of peculiar events or by purposeful decision, you find yourself somewhere in central Europe, you sooner or later will not be able to avoid seeing a little bird, usually the size of a House Sparrow or smaller, with a slender bill, a rather vertical posture, which will be hopping through some dense vegetation, and which you will have to accept as being a WARBLER. There’s no way around it as the various species are reasonably common, and you will surely want to identify them. But boy, do Euro warblers  have a bad reputition for being notoriously difficult to identify.
  • Palmerston birding

    Clare M
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Following on from our long drive from Broome to Kununurra, where we visited the Poo Ponds before catching up on sleep, we headed on north. We were soon over the border and we left Western Australia to enter the Northern Territory. We didn’t have time to stop and visit the Keep River National Park this year, because we had to get ourselves as far as Palmerston before sunset and we had just lost 1 1/2 hours as we crossed the border. There were some brief stops at the river at Timber Creek and at Victoria River Crossing and also at Katherine, but there was a lot of country to cover to get…
 
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    Ryan Jordan

  • High Uinta Wilderness – Day 9: 21.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    21.Aug.2014 – Rainbow Lake This morning I awoke early to cloudy skies, a light fog on the lake surface, and the chattering of fastidious chipmunks and squirrels preparing their stash for the oncoming winter. I watched a pair of deer – a large mule buck and his doe – meander out of the woods on the far shore, and graze in the shoreline grasses for a few minutes. Then a bit of sunshine peeked through, and they wandered back in, out of sight. As the sunshine became stronger, a light rain began to fall, delivering almost imperceptibly tiny droplets softly onto my tarp and barely…
  • High Uinta Wilderness – Day 8: 20.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    20.Aug.2014 – Four Lakes Basin Last night came with a lot of steady, rousing, cold rain. It was the first night of the trip where I slept chillier than I’d like. In the middle of the night I slid on (slinked into?) a pair of polypropylene see-thru tights. They constitute my base layer bottoms. They look like women’s nylons, and weigh a scant 1.6 oz. they are horrible to wear against the skin (you poor ladies) so I wear them at night over my trekking pants, which creates a nice warm sleep for my legs. As the rain slowed down and the dark turned to light, I heard the cute…
  • High Uinta Wilderness – Day 7: 19.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    19.Aug.2014 – A Cold Front in the High Uintas Late last night high winds and the disappearance of the stars signaled the onset of a cold front that was predicted yesterday by high cirrus clouds streaking across the Uinta sky. This morning it is 40 degrees (*F) and raining, and we are engulfed in the clouds here at Margie Lake. We slept in. During a break in the storm, I got up and fished, catching several Margie brookies until the rain came again. I retrieved the Ursacks, brought them to my mates, and we cooked and ate breakfast in our shelters. The rain came down harder so we hunkered…
  • High Uinta Wilderness – Day 6: 18.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    18.Aug.2014 – Alone on the Rock Creek Shelf I find it kind of funny that most guidebooks to the Uintas calls anything more than 10 miles from the trailhead “remote”. However it didn’t really dawn on me until this trip. We’ve only seen a handful of people, and only then in a single place (Dead Horse Lake). We haven’t seen a human soul otherwise in the six days we’ve been out so far. Sheep and cows, of course. Elk. Mule deer. Mountain goats. And today, a mama moose! But no people. I awoke this morning to an eerie grayish orange alpenglow on the mountain…
  • Photo from our camp this morning at Reconnaissance Lake

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Here’s a live photo from our camp this morning at Reconnaissance Lake (18.Aug.2014). Our shelters are the little dots at the base of the talus field in the lower left part of the photo. The big mountain is Peak 12,385, the southernmost high point of the Yard Peak Massif, and the most dramatic. Godspeed, RJ // Follow our trek in the High Uinta Wilderness! Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this expedition online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/uintas2014 and receive updates from Twitter via @bigskyry (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry).
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  • Welcome to Adventure Centre!

    Daniel Cheaptents
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you’ve not had a chance to visit our outdoor gear store, why not do the next best thing? In the video below, Martyn, one of our friendly gear experts, will take you on a guided tour around the various sections of our bricks and mortar shop. You can see our outdoor clothing, running gear, [...]
  • Buying the Right Boots For Backpacking – A Guide

    Gareth L
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So you’re thinking of going on a trek and you’ve got to carry all you kit, and you’re wondering if you’ve got the boots for the job? The following guide will give you some advice and show you what to look for when buying the right boots for backpacking. What is Backpacking? However, I’m getting [...]
  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

    Gareth L
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Would the Proclaimers be willing to walk 500 miles, if after half an hour their boots were rubbing and their soles had just come off right in the middle of a cold wet puddle? I doubt it! Especially as they knew they had to do 500 more! Joking aside, and it may seem the obvious [...]
  • All-Round Tents – A Guide to Choosing the Best!

    Gareth L
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some of us have a tent for every camping scenario. Our resident gear junkie Martyn had at last count 5 tents (maybe he’s looking to open his own camping store!) If you go camping very regularly and have the money it makes sense to have tents each designed for specific purposes, e.g. wild camping, microadventures, [...]
  • What is the Best Wild Camping Tent?

    Gareth L
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding! Martyn, our resident expert on wild camping, and I [...]
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    The GearCaster

  • Turbine Nasal Dilation Device

    Amy Jurries
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Due to complications at birth, I have never been able to breathe much out of my nose. I never really thought of this as a performance hinderance (except for maybe at yoga nose breathing exercises), but according to Australian company Rhinomed—the more air you can draw in through your nose, the higher your power output. When it comes to athletic performance, most of us think about being faster and stronger, or going further. But what about reducing that feeling of being short of breath, making your normal exercise easier and ultimately enabling you to work harder? Turbine is a nasal…
  • How To De-Stink Your Backpack

    Amy Jurries
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    During most of my summer adventures, I wore some form of pack—whether it be a hydration pack for mountain biking, a large backpack during multi-day hikes, or smaller backpacks for climbing. Shoulder straps and even back panels are perfectly positioned to soak up as much of your sweat as possible, so it’s no wonder they tend to get stinky pretty quickly. Leave them wet in the back of your car for a couple of days and you can add mold and mildew to the mix. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you from offending all your friends (and even yourself) next time you grab your pack to head…
  • Ceramic Coating Adds Abrasion Resistance To Cycling Apparel

    Amy Jurries
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Although the ceramic print fabric from Schoeller Textiles has been around a few years, the higher price took some time for cycling brands to hop on board. Proven to reduce road rash in the event of a crash, the highly abrasion resistant fabric will now be incorporated into Scott cycling apparel. Another result of the prosperous Eschler-Schoeller partnership, the ceramic coating technology incorporates fine ceramic particles in a pentagon-shaped design. Normally in a bike crash, your cycling apparel almost immediately tears away, creating skin on gravel/asphalt contact and giving you a nasty…
  • Deuter Road One Cycling Pack

    Amy Jurries
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another mountain bike-road cycling cross over product for you—Deuter launches the Road One. A sleek cycling pack built for those extra long road rides, the Road One saves you from having from looking like a chipmunk with over-stuffed jersey pockets. When I rode the California Coast Classic last fall, I wore a small pack where I could store a jacket, sunscreen, food, my wallet, phone, spare tubes, pump, and anything else I might need for sitting on the bike all day. Different to heading out on your local training ride, you just can’t hold everything you might need or want in your…
  • Fetch GoPro Camera Mount For Your Dog

    Amy Jurries
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In case you missed the big news yesterday, GoPro released their latest mount. No, it’s not another mount for your helmet or a stick mount to take rad selfies, this time it’s for your dog. Called Fetch, a purpose-built dog harness features built-in, strategically placed camera mounts so you can watch as Fido digs, runs, swims, sniffs, and generally enjoys life. The GoPro animal channels have always been some of the most popular, with people creating their own mount solutions for their pets. It was only a matter of time before the company came up with their own canine mounts. I…
 
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  • 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…
  • PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: Primo Hiking Along the West Fork of Chalone Creek Among Towering Rock Formations Inspires Awe and Reverence

    12 Mar 2013 | 7:26 pm
    Feathery blue late winter days – or is it early spring? – cry out for an exotic setting. How about tropical lassitude on the Big Island or a quick Baja excursion to the Sea of Cortez. Failing that, could you believe an unexpected Southwest style adventure! Yes, a desert-like environs awaits not far from the raw Bay Area – just head inland, south, less than two and a half hours driving distance. Beyond do you know the way to San Jose. Past Morgan Hill and the unseen rugged hills of Henry Coe State Park to the east. Zipping by the quaint historic California biker town of San Juan…
  • REGIONAL PARKS BOTANIC GARDEN: Native California Plant Communities Showcase California’s Ecological Heritage & 160,000 Square Miles of Biodiversity

    18 Feb 2013 | 3:48 pm
    Huffing and puffing your way up a steep incline in the Berkeley Hills, you’re on a world-class bike ride to a beloved destination five miles distant - Inspiration Point. Nimitz Way Trail picks up for an easy and routine, but oh-so-splendid 12-mile round-trip adventure hike or bike ride traversing a paved section of Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Parks atop San Pablo Ridge. It’s a beautiful experience anyone of any ability and age can access and enjoy. (Hence, numerous close encounters with stroller mobs and other masses of outdoor loving humanity hogging up trail space with nary a clue that…
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  • This Is America’s Sugar Addiction – An Infographic

    Survival Spot
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    [Via ZeroHedge.com] The post This Is America’s Sugar Addiction – An Infographic appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Simple Project Of The Month: The DIY Camping Shower

    Survival Spot
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    How to Build It 1. Attach a small piece of tubing to the outlet on a 12-volt output pump [A]. 2. Add an elbow fitting to the tubing, and connect a length of hose [B]. Run the hose to another elbow fitting, and screw that to a piece of plastic pipe [C]. 3. Attach an elbow fitting to the other end of the pipe, and screw a showerhead [D] to it. 4. Wire the pump to a 12-volt car lighter plug [E], and drop the pump in a bucket of water. The Tools A.12-volt output pump B.hose C. plastic pipe D. showerhead E. 12-volt car Lighter Plug 5. For a freestanding shower that can be attached to a cooler, add…
  • The Anatomy Of a Backpacker

    Survival Spot
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    [Via OhPioneer.com] The post The Anatomy Of a Backpacker appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Stand Your Ground Gun Laws

    Survival Spot
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    The post Stand Your Ground Gun Laws appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • The Private Life of Chickens

    Survival Spot
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The post The Private Life of Chickens appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
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  • Mt. Rainier: Tracking The Climb

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Starting tomorrow, Tuesday morning, September 2nd, you can track my progress as I attempt my climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier with RMI Expeditions.  Below are approximate times for the climb in Pacific and East time zones.  Once tracking is started, my location should update approximately every 8-10 minutes depending on satellite coverage.Tracking ScheduleClimb Begins: Tuesday, September 2nd - 8:15am (PST) / 11:15am (EST)Summit Day: Wednesday, September 3rd - 12:00am (PST) / 3:00am (EST)Climb Ends: Wednesday, September 3rd - Afternoon*I expect to stop tracking at Camp Muir, and…
  • Mt. Rainier 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Photo Credit: Bryan Hendrick / RMI CollectionI am super excited to announce that this Labor Day weekend, on September 2, 2014, I will take on my next biggest mountaineering goal, Mt. Rainier, with a guided attempt with RMI Expeditions.  Mt. Rainier, which stands at 14,410 feet above sea level, is the most glaciated mountain in the lower United States.  Located in the Cascade Range within Washington State, Mt. Rainier is also the most prominent peak in the lower United States and the 21st most prominent peak in the world - which means that it is massive, and one of the best.  In…
  • Hancocks for Sunset - 8/1/14

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    With July behind us, it was time to see what peaks were needed for August.  This summer has been loaded with family outings, more so than the last few years.  That's been totally awesome, and it's only allowed for hiking on different days, rather than both days every weekend.  With a party for Saturday to attend, my brother and I set out sights on a Friday night sunset hike for the first of August.  Our peak selection was the Hancock's. Hancock Notch TrailA high squirrel doesn't give a sh*t about usWe got there in good time after work, being prepared the night before,…
  • Mt. Moosilauke & South Peak for Sunset - 7/30/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    This little adventure here is another one of my recent mid-week night jaunts up above 4,000 feet.  This time, it was the convenient Mt. Moosilauke on Wednesday, July 30th, and I had a date with sunset on the summit.  I'm hardly ever late for anything except work, but either way my goal for this one was to work hard, stay on point, focused, and push myself to guarantee my arrival for sunset....and then, of course, enjoy it!  With it being 6:15pm and just the Glencliff Trail ahead, I know that it wouldn't be a problem, as I've done this whole hike in 3.5 hours before.The field…
  • Bushwhack to Bear Pond, Redrock Ravine - 8/9/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    This adventure has been my list for some time, and a few months ago, my brother and I set the date in stone.  Lots of lead up discussion as we prepared.  I have all sorts of ideas lately, with a few upcoming trips that are recons for a possible winter adventure, including this hike.  I was hoping we'd get a chance at West Bond from the pond, with a bushwhack descent down the west ridge, but it didn't happen this time.  However we were excited to make it here, and it was an awesome new adventure in a place I love.It's always fun when there's an opportunity for nights out in…
 
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    GearGuide

  • Analog Chronograph Watch Reviews

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    What’s a chronograph, you ask? A chronograph is a watch that combines stopwatch functions with the normal time-telling capabilities of a standard watch. So by definition, that sport watch you’ve been wearing all these years is a chronograph. But those sport watches with their myriad of digital displays just aren’t a cool as an old-school analog chronograph. With multiple dials on a classic watch face, rotating bezels and tachymeters for tracking time or calculating speed, the analog chronograph is highly practical and damn good looking. We looked at three recently and here’s what we…
  • Casio Edifice Black Label Chronograph Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    First Impressions The outdoor and motorsports-oriented Casio Edifice Black Label Chronograph was brought to our attention by the guys over at WatchCo.com. It’s a stylish all-black chronograph of the 24 hour variety. Ours arrived in a striking metal canister and, thanks to its easily adjustable resin band, was ready to go seconds after arrival. Features Casio makes the Edifice Black Label Chronograph from stainless steel. The case is a modest 41 millimeters and the lug distance is 22 millimeters. Around the bezel, you’ll find a built-in tachymeter for calculating speed over distances. On…
  • Dakota Stainless Steel Chronograph Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    First Impressions So Dakota Watch Company is not the first company I think of when looking for outdoor-oriented timepieces. But Dakota definitely provides some utility products like clip watches that can hang on your pack within easy reach. Some have built-in flashlights and compasses. Others include clippers for trimming your fly line. Still others feature multiple clips for holding other items in place. A few steps above those at $195 MSRP is the Stainless Steel Chronograph. It arrived in small leather-like case that belied the heft of the product contained therein. Features The Dakota…
  • Wenger GST Chrono Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    First Impressions Wenger S.A. is one of the two Swiss companies behind the Swiss Army Knife. Now part of its rival Victorinox, the company continues to manufacture watches and other products under its original brand name. One of those products is the Wenger GST Chrono. It’s available in a blacked-out version or standard stainless with leather or metal link bands. Ours arrived from one of our favorite retailers Sierra Trading Post in the standard stainless and leather band version. Features The GST Chrono looks larger than its 41 millimeter case size would lead you to believe. It looks much…
  • Fly Fishing Vest Pack Reviews

    Matt K.
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    A few years ago I made the switch. After trying a range of traditional fly fishing vests, I moved to a much more up-to-date piece of gear – the vest pack (or should you prefer the pack vest). These versatile pieces of fly fishing gear do what the name implies. They provide both the function of a vest and backpack, allowing for the transportation of your fly fishing essentials along with such things at extra clothing, a hydration bladder and much more. At the point where I made the move, there were only a few options. Now there are many more. Here are three top choices we had the chance to…
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  • Manoa Falls - Walking

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Manoa Falls - WalkingDistance: 1.6 roundtripTime: 1.5 hrManoa ValleyElevation Gain: 800 feetDifficulty: Very EasyDanger: LowParking fee: $5 (discount for Kama'aina)After staying out late the night before watching my niece and her band EMKE perform, I  didn’t want to do a long or strenuous hike. So I scheduled a wicked easy, short walk/hike to Manoa Falls with Darrell and Neil. When we pulled into the parking lot, I knew there‘d be a good flow at the falls as it was pouring. But by the time we were ready to leave the parking lot, the rain had stopped. We got to the 100-foot falls and…
  • Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hau'ula-Papali Loop - HikingDistance: 7 milesElevation Gain: 700 ft (Hau'ula), 800 ft (Papali)Difficulty: EasyDanger: LowSolemates Hawaii HikersIf bad luck comes in three's, then today was a day for it! I arrived late to the meeting place, I dropped my 2nd (and last) litre of Gatorade down a steep gulch, and I lost my iPhone (with its Mophie external battery). First of all, I should've followed Stewart Ball's driving directions. Coming from Pearl City over H3, I should've taken the exit for the Kaheliki Hwy instead of following directions from Kaneohe along the Kamehameha Hwy. It…
  • Aiea Loop - Hiking

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Aiea Loop - HikingDistance: Approx 5 miles roundtripDuration: 2.5 hoursDifficulty: EasyDanger: LowOut hiking with my cousins again, this time on the wicked easy Aiea Loop! This trail is located at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area at the end of Aiea Heights. It's a short hike with wide, rooty trails. The trail is mostly shady and winds through the foothills of the Ko'olau Range. For the most part, it was sunny but in the middle of our hike it started to rain. But that was brief and the sun came back out by the time we completed our hike. The loop hike starts at the upper parking lot and…
  • Mount Olympus - Hiking

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Mount Olympus (Pu'u Awawaloa) Elevation: 2,486 ftElevation Gain: 1,562 ftTrail: Wa'ahila Ridge trailDistance: 6 miles roundtripDuration: 5 hoursDifficulty: Easy to ModerateUp and down, up and down - my cousin Darrell and I bagged another peak! Mt. Olympus, with its broad summit, stands in the back of Manoa Valley. Renamed by Punahou students because of its commanding presence, it went by Awawaloa (long valley) by the early Hawaiians. We parked at the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail Recreation Area at the top of St. Louis and our hike was uphill from the get-go. The lower Wa'ahila Ridge Trail was…
  • Maunawili Demonstration Trail - Hiking

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Maunawili Demonstration Trail - HikingSolemates Hawaii HikersDistance: Approx 4 - 4.5 miles roundtripDuration: 4 hours (including spots along the trail as well as a break for lunch)Difficulty: EasyDanger: LowGot to do another hike with the Solemates Hawaii Hikers. Instead of meeting at the Mauanwili Demonstration Trail trailhead in Waimanalo, we met about 100 yards or so up the street at a private home. We were able to park our cars in the front yard and start our hike from there. The Maunawili Demonstration Trail is 9 miles long from Waimanalo to the Pali. We only hiked about 2 to 2.5 miles…
 
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  • Hike // Mt. Dana, Yosemite National Park

    Chris Marks
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mt. Dana Summit Panorama I usually break hikes into segments up in my head. Dana has three. The part where you go up, the part where you go up a whole lot more, and the part where you hike down. Even though the summit of Mt. Dana is just over three miles from the trailhead - the hike takes up the better part of the afternoon as it’s quite steep. The summit views are some of the tops in the Sierra making Dana a very popular climb. Hike Summary DifficultyHard Distance~5.8 Miles PopularityVery Popular Peak SeasonSummer Fees$20 Yosemite Entrance Fee Dana Meadows The trailhead for Mt. Dana is…
  • Hike // Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park

    Chris Marks
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest Summit. Light smoke from the early days of the Rim Fire. Clouds Rest is among the hardest of the classic Yosemite day-hikes. It’s a 14-mile round trip journey with endless ups and downs which even rivals it’s more famous neighbor Half Dome. Despite the difficulty though, the enduring popularity of Clouds Rest is a testament to how fantastic the payoff views are. The whole thing is capped off with a short, easy, scramble with a little bit of a pucker factor up to the top where a view worthy of all the miles and climbing awaits. The view…
  • Monday Morning // Old is New

    Chris Marks
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I've been up to a little housekeeping. All over the blog I've updated old content to be consistent with new styles and formats I've set up and be generally a little less awful. In some cases that means rewriting old posts, adding new photos, or adding all new content. The posts below are some of the favorites that have been updated but there is more all over the blog (and also much more to still be done). Please poke around and enjoy. Mount Whitney Main Trail, Day 1 and Day 2Big Basin, Berry Creek FallsAngel Island, Backpacking Loop (I added a second day to this…
  • Playlist // Rainy Day

    Chris Marks
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    We've had a lot of much needed rain recently (it's been two solid weeks since I've had to water my garden, yes!) here in the Bay Area. It's had me in a pretty mellow mood - which gets me feeling like some mellow jams. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea), blanket, and settle in by the fire place (or your crappy radiator if you live in an apartment like us!) and mellow out with our Rainy Day playlist. Our Favorite TracksChris // Gun Street Girl - Tom WaitsLiterally one of my favorite songs - period. I'll never get sick of listening to Waits sing with that gravely voice of his that sounds like he's…
  • Hike // Black Mountain Loop, Monte Bello OSP

    Chris Marks
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    I live in Mountain View, California. The mountain we have a view of is Black Mountain (2,812 ft). It’s probably the most prominent peak from the Sierra Azul to San Bruno Mountain. It’s surprising how well the mountain hides in plain sight though. Crowds at the top are calmer than you might expect from such a prominent peak. Once you know it’s there though it’s no surprise how fantastic the view from the top is. The wild Santa Cruz mountains sit to the west and urbanized Bay Area sprawls out to the east. From the trailhead in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (OSP) - Black Mountain is…
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  • VARTA – to supply free torches to MREW

    Jodie
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Battery & torch brand VARTA have signed up to supply  Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW) volunteers with batteries and Indestructible Torches, free of charge. MREW currently has approximately 3500 volunteers, so that’s a whole mountain of batteries! Additionally to this […] Read more...
  • Lifeventure – Expedition Wheelie Duffle

    Jodie
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    When unfurled it holds a seriously impressive 120litres, this means it has ample space for not only a couple of weeks clothes, and it's highly likely you'll also be able to bung in your activity gear minimising the amount of bags you'll have to take. Read more...
  • Silva – Trail Runner II USB Head Lamp

    Jodie
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Afraid of the dark? If you are, that’s a particularly tricky situation if you want to keep up running through a UK winter. Silva’s Trail Runner II headlamp could definitely come in handy for those darker months. Read more...
  • FIT Top – Water Bottle

    Jodie
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    I like to glugg; sipping just doesn't do it for me, and I get frustrated with the 'sports' tops with pushes or straws that you don't tilt to drink, so I immediately warmed to this bit of kit. Read more...
  • Mammut – Ridge High GTX Boots

    Jodie
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In an unusual move for GWA, our reviewer has decided that the only way to give an honest appraisal of these boots is by embarking on a long-term test of their build-quality... read our initial review to find out why. Read more...
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  • Win $50k with your own outdoor adventure video

    Rutger
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    National Geographic is offering you the chance to win 50.000 dollars! All you have to do is convince a jury of experts (in art, food, social sciences, technology, filmmaking, journalism, engineering and the environment) that your dream expedition is the best of them all. The prize money you can win must be used for projects and expeditions that fit the... The post Win $50k with your own outdoor adventure video appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • The Asolo Drifter GV, a shoe for every situation

    Rutger
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Whether you’re at a dance or hiking in the middle of nowhere, you need good shoes. Asolo now offers a very versatile boot which is useful in many situations, although you might want to skip the dance. Made with materials focused on performance and durability, the Asolo Drifter GV is designed for high performance in any situation. Ideal for traveling... The post The Asolo Drifter GV, a shoe for every situation appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Polartec’s best technologies paired in two new jackets coming this fall

    Joe
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Polartec, the fabric and insulation specialist, has been producing some innovating products over the past few years. With some of the best in class synthetic insulation and waterproof fabrics, Fall Winter 2014 will be an interesting season for gear. One of the most acclaimed waterproof and breathable fabric out there is the Polartec NeoShell with its great stretch for its... The post Polartec’s best technologies paired in two new jackets coming this fall appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Mammut adds new via-ferrata and hiking boots to collection

    Fabien
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    To complement an already comprehensive range of footwear, Mammut is adding three boots to its mountain collection. Via-ferrata addicts will be pleased as two of those have been design with this sport in mind. First is the Alto High GTX, specially designed for via ferrata and multi-day hikes. It features a gripex IronGrip sole – flexible ribs and special lugs... The post Mammut adds new via-ferrata and hiking boots to collection appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag

    Rutger
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When you think you’ve seen it all in terms of down sleeping bags comes Haglöfs with a new concept that will interest the Ultra light crowd. The L.I.M. DOWN (momentarily the lightest down sleeping bag on the market) won a design award from the prestigious Outdoor Industry Award in the category sleeping bags. The unique design was necessary to save... The post Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag appeared first on Gear Exposure.
 
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  • Run for Birds at the British Birdfair

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

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

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

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

    Grrlscientist
    15 May 2013 | 1:00 pm
    SUMMARY: The newly-sequenced scarlet macaw genome will provide many important insights into avian and human biology, behaviours and genetics and will contribute to parrot conservation. Scarlet macaw, Ara macao, in flight. Image: Tambopata Research Center. [NOTE: This image has been altered; it has been cropped.]After many years of research into the behaviours, diseases, genetics and life history of scarlet macaws, a team of scientists have taken their studies to the next level. Christopher Seabury, an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Texas A&M University’s college of Veterinary…
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    Hiking The Trail

  • #AdventureMonday #HellHikeAndRaft Edition – 9/1/2014

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    This weeks #AdventureMonday is not going to be your typical photos of adventures. Today I am going to highlight all of the members who whill be joining me on the #HellHikeAndRaft adventure that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #ShareAdventure – Terror in the Indian Heaven Wilderness

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Story Submitted by Oliver Lazenby who sharesh is adventures and other stories on his website Oliverlazenby.wordpress.com Everyone knows the feeling of being in a warm bed with a full bladder;... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Follow the #HellHikeAndRaft Adventure Live

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    28 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The #HellHikeandRaft Epic Social Adventure starts September 1 2014. Follow the adventure LIVE! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Adventure to Hell and Back has Begun!

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This adventure will literately take me to Hell and back again. Hells Canyon that is. The deepest canyon in the lower 48. Just like all journeys this one has to start somewhere. Many will say that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 8/24/2014

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    25 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday We have some awesome submissions this week. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Brian's Backpacking Blog

  • Greenbelly Meal Bars Giveaway

    Brian Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I was recently contacted by Chris Cage, the founder of Greenbelly meal bars, to see if I would like to try some samples of his new bars. Never one to turn down free food, I jumped at the opportunity and thought I’d share my findings with all of you. Keep reading for a chance to win some Greenbelly meal bars for yourself. Born of Necessity Like so many entrepreneurs before him, Chris’ concept for the Greenbelly meal bars was born out of the lack of a better, more healthy alternative. Chris developed the idea for Greenbelly meal bars during two years of travel that culminated in…
  • Capsul Wallet – Multipurpose Card Case

    Brian Green
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    When reducing the bulk and weight of a wallet, one challenge that may arise is how best to store a car key, ID, credit card, or change when backpacking, kayaking, or the like. In recent months I have used a Wojo wallet for my ID, essential credit cards, and cash, but its compact design precludes holding change or a key. The Capsul wallet (seen below in Acid Green) is one solution to this problem. More Than Just a Wallet Constructed of 100% “virgin polypropylene plastic” (Capsul’s phrasing), the Capsul Multipurpose Card Case is a cleverly hinged box that offers light weight (20g/ 0.7oz…
  • TATO Element Makes Wood Burning Enjoyable

    Brian Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’ve been testing the TATO Element titanium wood burning stove for the past three or four months and I have to say that I am very impressed with not only its performance as a backpacking stove, with the thought and detail that has clearly gone into its design. TATO Gear is a small family owned manufacturer of ultralight outdoor equipment – all their gear is 100% made in USA. Specifications Weight: 4.5 oz (5oz including stuff sack) Material: Titanium Size Assembled: 4 ¾” x 3 ¼” x 4 ½” (tall) Size Folded: 6″ x 5 ½” x ⅜” Cost: $55 Fold Flat…
  • Renovo Trio Water Filter

    Brian Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Renovo Trio is a triple-stage water filter that its manufacturer says is for “emergencies, survival, hiking, camping, hunting, or travel.” That covers a lot of territory, but given the Trio’s relatively compact size (7.1 in./18 cm.) and weight (4.13 oz./117g after use), there is no reason one couldn’t employ it in all of these endeavors. I’d been curious about this filter since I first heard about it, so when I had a chance to test it, I jumped at the opportunity (Thank you, Brian). I conducted initial tests in my local creek before engaging in actual backcountry use during a…
  • Win a New and Improved Hummingbird Hammock ::Winner Announced::

    Brian Green
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    A lot of amazing things have happened with Hummingbird Hammocks in the few short months since I first wrote about their amazingly compact and light weight hammock. They’ve built up their inventory and have been busy fulfilling their Kickstarter orders and shipping all the hammocks that you all bought. They have a brand new website: http://www.hummingbirdhammocks.com/ and you can now follow them on Twitter @HHammocks and Facebook. New and Improved Hummingbird Hammocks have been working extremely hard to improve their hammock. They’ve managed to make it even lighter without…
 
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Hiking in Sluice Boxes State Park

    Kodi Clary
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    All photos by Mathew Pea Montana is one of those states with a huge variety in landscapes. As you drive across Montana, the state offers some stunning views with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and some that are really kind of monotonous as you cross miles and miles of open plains. That’s not to say that these areas have nothing to offer. If you look out your window for long enough, you’re likely to see antelope, deer or buffalo, and there’s something very charming about the farms and small towns you pass through. But what really amazed me about Montana was the truly beautiful…
  • Adventure Science’s 100 Miles of Wild Expedition to the Tsingy de Bemaraha (Madagascar): Part I

    Simon Donato
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    When most of us plan trekking expeditions to far flung places, we have the luxury of using detailed maps and of having easy access to information useful for plotting an adventure. From experience, though, I can tell you that the real fun and adventure comes from planning an Adventure Science expedition to an uncharted part of the world— no maps, no trails and little previous exploration. The sense of wonder, discovery and gratitude can be overwhelming when traveling in areas such as these. All photos by Kensington Tours This October, I’ll be leading an experienced group of researchers and…
  • CleanLife No Rinse Shampoo Review

    Kodi Clary
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m a big fan of showers in my daily life, but I also love camping and backpacking. This summer I’ve been doing a lot of camping— less for fun and more because I got a job at a ski resort two and a half hours from home. Being a server, I can’t look dirty, but because I sleep in my car and in tents half of the week, showering isn’t always an option. Recently I invested in some no-water cleaning options. One that I have been using throughout this summer is called CleanLife No Rinse Shampoo. It’s a shampoo that you douse your hair in and then towel dry. No water is needed, which is…
  • Ed Viesturs Climbs for Kids

    Shira Moffatt
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ed Viesturs is known for summiting the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without oxygen, but not many people know the work Ed does to help under-resourced youth develop critical life-skills and experience the great outdoors with Big City Mountaineers (BCM).  In July, Ed led a team of 19 climbers on a trip to Chamonix, France to climb Mont Blanc through BCM’s Summit for Someone program.  The team raised over $200,000 to help send 1,000 BCM kids on life-changing expeditions of their own. The Summit for Someone (SFS) program is championed by Ed and exists to raise money to fund week-long…
  • How to Make a Shelter in the Backcountry

    Kyle Koch
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Shelter: It’s one of the back-country essentials, and in a survival situation it can save your life. But do you know how to make a shelter without your store-bought tent and directions in hand? Knowledge is power, and it weighs less than a tent. With some warm clothes, a poncho and some creativity, you’ll be able to spend weeks in the beautiful Washington wilderness with just a day pack. Sometimes when I go to REI, I’m overwhelmed by all the gear; I have to spend hours talking with people, looking at different items and comparing prices. Then I still need to go try out whatever I…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Why should I get Dog Tags?

    Rourke
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)   The earliest mention that I can find about dog tags is of the soldiers in the U. S. Civil War placing their personal identifying information on pieces of paper or writing their names inside of their uniforms. This way if they were killed in action, someone would know who they were and their address to notify their families. Around 1906, a circular aluminum disc was suggested to the U. S. Army to be issued to all of their personal. Sometimes in 1913 identification tags were made mandatory for all military personal. Sometime in WWII, the circular…
  • Any auto mechanics out there?

    Rourke
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    This may seem like an odd request for a preparedness site but hey,  I am willing to give it a shot. My wife drives a 2007 Ford Expedition XLT. It is the 4×4 model. A few weeks ago the vehicle started running extremely rough. I know little about cars but I felt it was obvious it was not firing on all 8 cylinders. I had the check engine light check and it came back a couple cylinders were misfiring. I suspected the spark plugs needed to be changed. I did a bit of research and discovered changing the spark plugs on this beast is a huge problem. The spark plugs are two piece models and due…
  • September is National Preparedness Month

    Rourke
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Ever since I was a kid this time of the year always put me in “prep” mode. A few days of cooler weather hints that Fall and Winter are approaching – and hunting season. Being from the northeast the winter provided snow storms and power outages. I remember one particularly large winter storm – possibly 1977. We woke up in our single story home to find snow drifts keeping us prisoner. From what I remember my brother climbed out a window and shoveled out the front door. The next day my mother and I walked to the grocery store with a sled to carry the groceries back. I…
  • Have a Kindle? One Second After only $2.99

    Rourke
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    At the time of this publishing the classic prepper fiction book “One Second After” is available on Amazon for only $2.99 (Kindle Edition). If you have a Kindle and have not read One Second After – I highly recommend it. Here is a summary from Amazon.com: In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones,…
  • MSO participates in “expert roundup”……..

    Rourke
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I recently participated in an “Expert Roundup” of sorts over at BestMultiToolKit.com.  Check it out HERE. As part of the roundup I answered the following question: “What was the single most useful tool you’ve ever used while outdoors?” The single most useful tool I have ever used was a knife. To be more specific – it was a Gerber BMF (Basic Multi-Function). See attached picture. Unfortunately I no longer own the knife but although it was a beast – it was extremely durable and versatile. There are lots of jobs a small knife cannot do that a large knife can however there…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Welcome to Adventure Centre!

    Daniel Cheaptents
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you’ve not had a chance to visit our outdoor gear store, why not do the next best thing? In the video below, Martyn, one of our friendly gear experts, will take you on a guided tour around the various sections of our bricks and mortar shop. You can see our outdoor clothing, running gear, [...]
  • Buying the Right Boots For Backpacking – A Guide

    Gareth L
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So you’re thinking of going on a trek and you’ve got to carry all you kit, and you’re wondering if you’ve got the boots for the job? The following guide will give you some advice and show you what to look for when buying the right boots for backpacking. What is Backpacking? However, I’m getting [...]
  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

    Gareth L
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Would the Proclaimers be willing to walk 500 miles, if after half an hour their boots were rubbing and their soles had just come off right in the middle of a cold wet puddle? I doubt it! Especially as they knew they had to do 500 more! Joking aside, and it may seem the obvious [...]
  • All-Round Tents – A Guide to Choosing the Best!

    Gareth L
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some of us have a tent for every camping scenario. Our resident gear junkie Martyn had at last count 5 tents (maybe he’s looking to open his own camping store!) If you go camping very regularly and have the money it makes sense to have tents each designed for specific purposes, e.g. wild camping, microadventures, [...]
  • What is the Best Wild Camping Tent?

    Gareth L
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding! Martyn, our resident expert on wild camping, and I [...]
 
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    trailsnet.com

  • Trail Quote

    trailsnet
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Trails are for Relaxing The trail is the thing. Not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all that you are traveling for. The post Trail Quote appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Family Tent

    trailsnet
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Nothing Beats a Good Tent… … after a hard day on the trail. But finding a good family tent is difficult. Most backpacking tents are too small &/or not very durable for family camping. Fortunately, TentLab has created a great tent for those family backpacking trips.. or canoe trips or even car-camping trips. Strong Tent … Continue reading » The post Family Tent appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Colorado Trail: Section 1

    trailsnet
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Hiking the Colorado Trail I completed most of section one of the Colorado Trail this summer. Due to some wilderness regulations and gnarly blisters, I’ll need to go back and tackle part of segment 4, but that’s already in the works. I highly recommend the Colorado Trail for you long-distance hikers out there. It’s absolutely … Continue reading » The post Colorado Trail: Section 1 appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Retirement Trail

    trailsnet
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Retirement is a Good Time to Explore Trails I have often been perplexed by those folks who say, “I wouldn’t know what to do if I retired.” Having been retired for six years, I have the opposite problem. There are still too many things to do to fit in a 24 hour day. Finally, I … Continue reading » The post Retirement Trail appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Social Trails & Social Media

    trailsnet
    28 May 2014 | 1:48 pm
    What are Social Trails? The Trailsnet “trail phrase of the day” is Social Trails. Social trails are unofficial trails that often branch off of “official trails.” Social trails are often used by locals to get from one trail to another, from a neighborhood to a trail or from a trail to a business. Social trails … Continue reading » The post Social Trails & Social Media appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Basra Reed Warbler? – Dhahran Hills

    Jem Babbington
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    On 14 May 2014 I found an odd looking warbler in the reeds at the percolation pond at Dhahran Hills. This is a good location for seeing Indian (Clamorous) Reed Warblers but this bird looked a little different and gave me the impression it may be a Basra Reed Warbler. The bird was not a [...]   Read more...
  • World’s last wild Siberian tigers threatened by illegal logging, global warming, disease (Part II)

    Supertrooper
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is the second part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part I discussed overall forest loss in the region and its major drivers. The very fact that there are Siberian tigers in the world today is something of a miracle. In the 1940s, just 20 animals remained in the [...]   Read more...
  • Mosqueta ojo dorado, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer

    Marcelo Allende
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Mosqueta ojo dorado fotografiada el día Domingo 17 de Agosto por Luis Krause en los pastizales aledaños a su casa de fin de semana en el Club Refugio Ombú en la Provincia de Corrientes.   Read more...
  • Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs

    Supertrooper
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Selective logging in India’s Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica. The research, conducted by K. S. Seshadri of Pondicherry University and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, assessed frog communities in logged and unlogged forests in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger [...]   Read more...
  • Arabian Wall Brown – Tanoumah

    Jem Babbington
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whilst birding the southwest of Saudi Arabia in July 2014 we saw a number of Arabian Wall Brown Lasiommata felix a butterfly in the Nymphalidaefamily. It is found in southwestern Saudi Arabia and Yemen where it inhabits the western escarpment of the Arabian Peninsula. It can be found all the way north to Taif in [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • World’s Most Dangerous Ride?

    Chris Maxcer
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The article World’s Most Dangerous Ride? first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you’re afraid of heights, you might not want to watch this video of Adam Riemann ride his motorcycle along a high and narrow Himalayan trail carved from the sheer face of a cliff that plunges hundreds of feet straight down to a raging river. Of course, lots of motorcycle riders can tool around single track trails in the forest at high speeds and never make a mistake that leads them astray. And lots of guys can walk across a 2×4 on the ground. Move it up 20 feet in the air and it’s a whole new…
  • Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon

    Chris Maxcer
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The article Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon first appeared on Man Makes Fire. An eating utensil seems like a simple thing — until you don’t have one. Remember getting a pudding in your packed lunch when you were a kid . . . but then realized you didn’t have a spoon? Sure, you scooped the pudding out with a cookie or tried to slurp it like a drink, but damn, a spoon would have been nice. When I first went backpacking years ago, I ran into freeze dried meals, which are cooked by dumping boiling water into a foil-like bag and sealing it up for a few minutes…
  • Little Lost Mountain Goat Kid at Ingalls Lake

    Chris Maxcer
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The article Little Lost Mountain Goat Kid at Ingalls Lake first appeared on Man Makes Fire. This is a cool, quick clip of a mountain goat kid calling for its mother at Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. How’s that cool? Just watch. The post Little Lost Mountain Goat Kid at Ingalls Lake appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness: Backpacking with Mountain Goats

    Tracy Ackerman
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The article Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness: Backpacking with Mountain Goats first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Just north of Cle Elum off of I-90, Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a 2.5-hour road trip from Seattle, which makes it a popular destination for both day hikes as well as overnight backpacking stays. The hike starts at the Esmerelda trailhead, which is where you’ll sign in and pick up a permit. The trail takes off uphill for four miles, but it’s not super steep. Besides, it’s not bad when you can stop and eat huckleberries off the bushes at…
  • Obsession – Fly Fishing for Big Brown Trout in Oregon

    Chris Maxcer
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The article Obsession – Fly Fishing for Big Brown Trout in Oregon first appeared on Man Makes Fire. In this 16-minute fly fishing video, a couple of fishing buddies spent five months filming and fishing for big brown trout in central Oregon. Of course, they hook into some nice browns. The camera work is pretty good, the soundtrack not bad at all, and the fish are big — a perfect combination for kicking back and watching the whole thing with a cup of coffee or a sandwich. In fact, the production quality is what sets this video apart from so many others. Created by Joe Cima and Seth…
 
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    Appalachian Trials

  • This Week’s Best Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

    Zach
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Typically, we dig through all of the Instagram photos tagged with #AppalachianTrail, however this week there were too many superb photos with the hashtag #AppalachianTrials- so we’re using exclusively those. If you would like your picture to be included, be sure to use the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and/or #AppalachianTrials (we give preference to this one).  And follow Appalachian Trials on Instagram for even more AT love. Here is this week’s best pictures from the #AppalachianTrail (with the winner of the week at the bottom): @_brettevans and something out of The…
  • Let It Go Contest Winners

    Kori Feener
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in the #letitgo contest to win a free rental of Hard Way Home and a signed copy of Appalachian Trials.  Every answer was enlightening. Be sure to rent Hard Way Home which will be available Thursday September 4th on Vimeo On Demand Here The post Let It Go Contest Winners appeared first on Appalachian Trials.
  • Behind the Scenes: Appalachian Trail Workers

    Jennifer Williams
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We hike. We absorb every overlook and wish we could be spiderman so we could sling a web and hop every mountain peak in the distance (or at least I do). We absorb the mist from waterfalls. We take in all of the beauty that nature gives us. We clear our minds on trails and run away from reality. We take these things for granted. We are all guilty. How often do we actually stop to think about who actually made this trail possible? Who installed this footbridge so our “waterproof” boots do not get wet? Who made this gravel path so we are not up to our calves in muck? Who dug this…
  • Congratulations to This Week’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!!!

    Zach
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    This post is all about celebration! We want to feature your incredible accomplishment of successfully thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail right here on AppalachianTrials.com! If you’ve completed your thru-hike, send us your Katahdin summit photos (or Springer for our SOBOs / wherever you end for the flip-floppers).  Email us your photos here and be sure to include your Trail Name, finish date, and a link to your site (if you have one).  Also be sure to add yourself to the Thru-Hiker Registry to connect with fellow thru-hikers!! Trail Name: Kristo the Lion Summit Date: August 21st…
  • Episode #41: Bert Kreischer

    Pox Holiday
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Here it is! Our conversation with Travel Channel Host, Stand Up Comedian, Author, and Podcaster: Bert Kreischer! Some of you might also recognize Bert from his appearances on podcasts such as: “The Joe Rogan Experience”, “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour”, and “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend”. Maybe you know Bert as “The Machine”, but in this podcast we have a wonderful opportunity to discuss the amazing locations visits and the experiences Bert has hosting his show “Trip Flip”. We also get some behind the scenes info about the show: - He tells us about one of his…
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Summer Vacation Ideas Part 2: Cottage Vacation

    David Harnden
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    If your idea of the perfect summer vacation revolves around the lakeside, you’re not alone. The lake is a bastion of peace and tranquility in an otherwise hectic, over-scheduled and over-stressed world. Ideally, many of us would love to live by the lake all year round, but of course, the weighty practicalities of day-to-day living make this improbable, if not all out impossible for most. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy hit of perspective a few times a year by taking a lakeside vacation. It is a well-known fact that stress is one of the major contributing…
  • Kingston Attractions to See this Summer

    David Harnden
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Kingston, Ontario already boasts the title of Canada’s first capital and the beloved home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. Since it was first established as Fort Cataraqui in 1673, Kingston, Ontario has enjoyed a rich and eventful history as one of the province’s most vital political, military, educational and tourist centers. While this vibrant city offers countless activities any time of year, summer is definitely the most popular time to visit Kingston attractions – for those looking to take in the full-scope of exciting seasonal events and…
  • Housekeeping Cabins at the Loughborough Inn

    David Harnden
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Want to plan a getaway in the lap of nature that affords you all the luxuries of the Loughborough Inn without a structured meal plan? We’ve got you covered. While our delicious meals make the dining room the most popular place at the resort 3 times a day, we understand that sometimes convenience can take other forms. Food allergies, extreme dietary restrictions, food preferences, and the rare opportunity to lounge at leisure while on vacation might make our newest housekeeping cabin option your best bet. Anyone who’s sat down at our tables will tell you the meal times and dining…
  • 2014 Bass Fishing Guide

    David Harnden
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Bass fishing in Ontario is an incredibly popular pastime. Much of its appeal can be attributed to the prolific nature of the species as well as their relatively predictable behaviours, which makes bass easy and fun to catch for both beginners and experienced anglers. Bass fishing is definitely is one of our biggest draws on Loughborough Lake! Bass Characteristics Bass are part of the Centrachidae family, a group of ray-finned sunfish. In total, this family has 37 species under its umbrella, including rock bass, and large and smallmouth bass. All species in the Centrarchidae family are only…
  • Canada Day Cottage Activities

    David Harnden
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    No day at the cottage is just any day. There’s always something new and exciting to do! This July 1st, we want to help you make the most of your Canada Day cottage activities by offering up some fun, festive and unique ideas. Perhaps best of all, our suggestions are affordable, easy and perfect for kids or kids at heart. 7 Fabulous Canada Day Cottage Activities: Most of us already break out the sparklers and bust out the fireworks, but there’s more to Canada Day than burning your eyebrows off – though that’s definitely a tradition for some! Let’s take a look at some other Canada…
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    slickandtwistedtrails.com

  • S&TT Roundup: The Latest On Killer Treks From Across The Globe

    Dustin Walker
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    There’s nothing quite like tackling a tough trek in the blistering heat. Sweat stings your eyes as you power up the inclines. Your feet burn and your throat feels charcoal-dry. But when you finally get to camp and drop that pack to the ground, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you didn’t let the heat beat you down. Not today. It’s freakin’ scorching where I am on the Canadian west coast, which is a big reason why the first-ever edition of the S&TT Roundup is heavily focused on knee-killin’ trekking hot spots. From the under-rated Australian Outback to a crazy…
  • The Best Of Slick & Twisted Trails (2013)

    Dustin Walker
    18 Dec 2013 | 10:25 pm
    I don’t do crowds. Especially not outdoors. Sure, I can deal with a packed grocery store or a sports bar with a full house, but a wooded hiking trail should never feel like a subway station at 5:15 p.m. It doesn’t matter how awesome the scenery is or how much of a challenge the terrain presents, people-packed paths drive me bonkers. It’s this somewhat irrational angst that motivated me to launch Slick & Twisted Trails almost exactly one year ago. I wanted to create a forum and resource for folks who crave remote and unusual outdoor experiences; those who love secret…
  • 6 Solid Winter Hiking Boots Worthy Of Your Feet

    Dustin Walker
    20 Nov 2013 | 10:03 pm
    You gotta take care of your feet. There’s absolutely no chance of getting anywhere, on any type of hiking trail if your hooves are hurtin.’ And when it comes to hiking in the winter, it’s essential your feet are nice and snug in a decent pair of boots. But I’m betting you already know all this. So rather than lecture you good folks about why you need to lace up quality footwear, I’ll provide you with some info you can actually use — assuming you’re the type who loves to dabble in winter hiking or snowshoeing. So without further ado, here are 6 of the best winter hiking…
  • 5 Of The World’s Most Unique Adventure Tours

    Dustin Walker
    6 Nov 2013 | 10:30 pm
    There’s culinary tours, wildlife tours, and tours to places that will make your skin crawl. In fact, no matter what you’re into, odds are there’s a tour operator out there somewhere who can hook you up with just what you’re looking for. But what if the experience you crave is a bit out of the ordinary? Maybe you want an extreme challenge or to go somewhere few people have roamed before? That was certainly what I was looking for a few years ago when I traveled to Peru. And with enough digging, I found what I wanted. If you’re an adventurer looking for a different sort…
  • Would You Hike These Haunted Trails?

    Dustin Walker
    23 Oct 2013 | 10:46 pm
    There’s really two kinds of fear. First, there’s the cliff-hanging, adrenaline-boosting ‘please-God-don’t-let-me-fall’ kind of terror that every outdoor explorer has probably experienced at some point. And then there’s the other kind of fear. It’s more subtle; it creeps up slowly, tightening your chest and sending shivers through your bones. It’s the stuff Richard Matheson books are made of. And in today’s shock-focused culture, this feeling is increasingly hard to come by. I think that’s too bad because a little bit of heart-pounding fear (whether it’s the extreme…
 
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    Detecting365

  • Bottle and Privy Digging

    Rob Williams
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Bottle and privy digging are two side-hobbies that most metal detectorists rarely, if ever do. Most consider it a chore or waste of time. But in reality sifting a site is the most crucial way to determine the age and history of an area. So what is a Privy? priv·y; privē; noun: a toilet located in a small shed outside a house or other building; outhouse. Guest Article: Donneybrook Sifting out privies sometimes takes hundreds of hours of work, but the non-metallic artifacts missed by a detector allow the hours to slip away. What kind of a payoff might you expect from hunting a privy? In my…
  • Just One Good Find

    Rob Williams
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The longer I metal detect the more relaxed I have become about the hobby. By that I mean that I have learned to have a lot more patience than I had when I started metal detecting a few years back. I do most of my metal detecting in the woods at long forgotten old home sites and I have found some great items through the years. The problem with that is, in the summer months the brush and briars are too grown up to be able to swing a detector. That has forced me to expand my horizons and find new places to detect. After having probably my best hunt ever at an old fairgrounds where I found gold,…
  • Fridays Featured Find II

    Rob Williams
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This weeks Featured Find for Friday comes from our friend Donneybrook. Donneybrook was detecting in the shallow waters of Northern Florida while using his Fisher F2 Metal Detector. Donney describes his hunt like this, “I was using the Fisher F2 in some shallow water at a little freshwater swimming area and got a solid 48 on the F2. I scooped up a handful of sand and gravel in my hand and low and behold, my first Tungsten Carbide ring! Needless to say, this 10 gram beauty made my day. I only got the F2 a few months ago and already it has been working miracles for me.” Final…
  • Garrett ProPointer – The Other Half of Your Detector

    Rob Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m the type of guy that likes to give credit where credit is due. For the last few years I have used a Garrett Pro-Pointer to help pinpoint targets in the plug. The propointer is a vital tool in any detecting arsenal. In my opinion, the Garrett Pro-Pointer is the other half of my metal detector and I wouldn’t want to detect without one! Having said that, the nature of electronics is such that no matter how well a product is made, sometimes issues arise. Recently I contacted Garrett due to an issue with my Pro-pointer. I spoke with Rusty and the folks at Garrett customer service.
  • Detecting365 New Servers

    Clark Rickman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    In preparation for the release of version 2 of the online detecting magazine, Detecting365 has been moved to new large and powerful Hybrid Servers.   Detecting365′s parent company, Detecting Empire, has partnered with Chicago, Illinois based provider WiredTree to provide hardware configuration and technical support for its new release. Detecting365 would like to thank you, the metal detecting enthusiast and readers, those that write and share their content, the detecting industry and all of our other supporters.   You make this possible.   Thank you so much. Stay tuned!  Great…
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  • BioLite Kettle Charge Review

    50 Campfires
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    BioLite has been developing and manufacturing advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean, safe and easy as modern fuels. These devices also provide electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. Although the new BioLite Kettle Charge, doesn’t use wood to cook, it does provide safe water and 10 watts of chargeable power. Appearance: As with all of the BioLite products, the Kettle Charge just looks sexy. From the stainless steel pot to the orange handle with Smart LED dashboard it just gives off the aura of a well made product. The BioLite Kettle Charge is…
  • Blackfire Clamplight Mini Lantern Overview

    50 Campfires
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Overview The Blackfire Clamplight is a flashlight designed for the most functionality possible. Blackfire designed this product to work seamlessly when the user needs both hands and can’t hold a flashlight at the same time. Built with the capability to swivel, clamp, and stand on its own, this light truly is versatile and built for performance. What Makes It Unique Blackfire Clamplight Mini Lantern is the first and only miniature lantern able to clamp to anything whether its branches and backpacks to tents and boats. Perfect for backyard barbeques, lighting workspaces, and in case of…
  • Case Knives Trapper Hunter

    50 Campfires
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    If you hunt or spend anytime outdoors you want a knife with a few different blades to handle many different tasks. You need a tool to cut, slice and saw. Here is a knife that does all that and still fits into your pocket. Case has a reputation for making beautiful, durable, handcrafted knives and Case Knives Trapper is the perfect example of that. The handle is beautiful natural jigged amber bone – truly beautiful. This pocket knife come with three slip joint blades all made from try-sharp surgical steel. This knife comes with your standard clip blade to do anything from sharpening…
  • Barebones Safari Tent Overview

    50 Campfires
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Overview The mission of Barebones is to inspire people to get outdoors. Barebones tries to efficiently and independently supply the “bare” necessities needed to live; food, water, shelter and power. Their tents are one-of-a-kind and gives you the experience of being outdoors while having the luxury of being indoors. What Makes It Unique With 120 square feet of living, the Barebones Safari Tent gives you an all new base camp. The tent sleeps 8 people with room to spare; no more squatting your way through a tiny tent. Made from custom cated aluminum and covered by a weather…
  • Sanuk Men’s Longitude Sandals Overview

    50 Campfires
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Overview: Sanuk makes creatively inspired yet thoughtfully designed footwear for men, women and kids. The California-based footwear brand has earned critical acclaim for its signature footwear. Their shoes allow you to find enjoy your day in comfort and style. The Sanuk Men’s Longitude Sandals are a fashionable men’s sandal for the beach, campsite and every day use. What Makes It Unique: The Sanuk Men’s Longitude Sandals are part of the Party Wave collection of sandals that are water-friendly and adventure ready. These super comfortable sandals feature Sanuk’s…
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  • Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus review

    David Lowe
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    ProLite Plus Delivers Year Round Warmth and Comfort Therm-a-Rest weren’t kidding when they claim that a well-cared for mattress should last years. Only in the last few months has my 18 year old Therm-a-Rest finally been retired more due to comfort issues than anything else. Over the intervening years many a company has endeavoured to replicate the success of the original Therm-a-Rest self-inflating mattress but few have garnered the same level of industry respect. Therm-a-Rest’s commitment to manufacture locally in Seattle, U.S.A. also stands it apart amongst its competitors.
  • Yatsugatake 八ヶ岳

    David Lowe
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Mt. Akadake 赤岳 – Mt. Yokodake 横岳 – Mt. Ioudake 硫黄岳 Duration: 3 days Distance: 25km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Minoto Kogen Lodge Finish: Umijiri Station (JR Koumi Line) Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.32 Yatsugatake 八ヶ岳]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Kanto’s Adventure Playground – Yatsugatake The eight main peaks which make up the…
  • Suunto A-30L Compass review

    David Lowe
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Enjoy Precision Navigation with the Suunto A-30L Compass Along with a detailed topographic map an accurate compass is a must have for any backcountry adventure. In a previous post I offered a summary of what to look for when choosing an outdoor compass and today I want to introduce another excellent but affordable offering from Suunto, a company renowned for precision navigation. The A-30L falls under Suunto’s adventure compass range as characterized by its ability to be operated in low light with luminescent markings and a magnifying lens on the transparent baseplate. Further up in the…
  • Erinji Temple

    David Lowe
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Erinji Temple Pays Homage to a Pre-eminent Daimyo Nestled in the mountain foothills surrounding Koshu City, a wine and grape growing area, finds the Erinji Temple 恵林寺 which is well-known throughout Japan. The temple was founded in 1330 and later rebuilt by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. A fire in 1910 destroyed much of the original building leaving only the red gate as a reminder to bygone days. Significant is a monument and grave of Takeda Shingen a pre-eminent daimyo from a time when Japan was dominated by powerful regional families. The inside of the…
  • Nishizawa Gorge

    David Lowe
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Nishizawa Keikoku Bus Stop 西沢渓谷入口 – Nanatsugama Godan Falls 七ツ釜五段の滝 Duration: 3.5-4 hours Distance: 10km Difficulty: easy Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Nishizawa keikoku iriguchi bus stop Finish: Nishizawa keikoku iriguchi bus stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.26 Kinpu-san 金峰山 Kobushi 甲武信]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Emerald Waters of the Nishizawa…
 
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • What's Happening This Weekend in Maine - 8/29-9/1

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! The unofficial final weekend of summer is here in Maine, but there is plenty going on around the state to celebrate the transition to fall! So, before we trade in lemonade for apple cider and tank tops for sweaters, get out there and make the most of the long weekend. Portland Brew Festival August 29th, 5:30pmThe fourth annual Portland Brew Festival (www.portlandbrewfestival.com) is set for August 29 and 30, and event organizers promise more brewers, additional activities and expanded food options. The 2014 event, which returns to the Portland Company Complex at 58…
  • What's Happening in Maine This Weekend? 8/22 - 8/24

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Union Fair August 16th - 22ndUnion FairgroundsFairgrounds Lane, Union, ME 04862A large family fair famous for the annual State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. Large midway, crafts, animal pull events, harness racing.www.unionfair.org/ Cocktails and Liquers from the Garden August 22nd 5-7pmCoastal Maine Botanical GardensBarters Island Road, BoothbayTreat summer guests to fresh cocktails with ingredients from your summertime garden! Start your evening in the gardens, learning what to grow and collecting herbs, veggies, fruits and berries to use. The class will move to the Kitchen Garden Cafe…
  • What's Happening In Maine This Weekend - 8/15 - 8/17

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Butterfly Garden Walk with Andy Brand Friday August 15 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Coastal Maine Botanical GardensBarters Island Road, Boothbay, ME By mid-August, the Gardens are alive with butterflies! Meander through the summertime blooms in search of these lovely pollinators with Andy Brand, a founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Learn their names, observe their behavior, see their favorite plants - and even get a peek at some in the caterpillar stage! Please bring a hat and water. http://www.mainegardens.org/learning/adults/pollinators/ Belgrade Regional Health Center walking trail…
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 8/8-8/10

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    12th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors ShowAugust 8-10, 2014Harbor Park, Rockland, ME Where "Tradition Shapes Innovation" Maine's only in-water boat and home show will feature the state's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftspeople, designers, furniture makers, marine gear vendors, and musicians. There'll be live music, a Just For Kids activities area, fine Maine food, and the light-hearted Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog(R) Trials (Sunday at 10:30). Admission: $12 adults, under 12 free. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. Harbor and Buoy parks, Rockland. No pets allowed.
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 7/25-27

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ossipee Valley Music Festival Ossipee Valley FairgroundsThursday July 24th – Sunday July 27th 291 S. Hiram Rd., Hiram, ME Only 45 minutes outside Portland, The Ossipee Valley Music Festival is a 4-day camping and music festival celebrating roots, americana and bluegrass music. Enjoy four stages of performances, workshops, barn dances, free kids programs, yoga, and more! Headliners include The Wood Brothers, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crowe), and more! Bring your instrument and participate in one of the largest campfire pickin' scenes in New England! Food vendors feature locally…
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  • Life Around Our Coastlines

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Here's another brilliant gallery from Jenny Jones, who this time takes us around the hidden gem - and tiny hamlet - of Cove, in Scotland. Enjoy!
  • Spiritual Intoxication!

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Here's the brilliant first video in a series to be released by Volcom as part of the brand's continued evolution. Surfing, skating, snowboarding, music and art? Yes please!
  • British BMX Championships

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    An awesome weekend of BMX racing gets underway in Kent tomorrow, with more than 1,000 of the UK’s best BMX riders competing for the title of British BMX Champion 2014.
  • Running for the Fell of It

    Laura Jacklin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Laura Jacklin took to the Lakes to give fell running a go - and talks about the ups and downs in her latest blog.
  • Life Around Our Coastlines

    Jenny Jones
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Another collection taken by photographer Jenny Jones around the coast of the UK. This time the gallery showcases a hidden beach she found in Northumberland and her journey there.
 
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    Erich Wegscheider

  • Leadville Trail 100 Run

    Erich
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The Leadville Trail 100 Run is more than a race, it’s an experience. The altitude, community, volunteers, athletes, and founders, Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin, make for an unforgettable experience. Although some parts of race don’t exist in my memory bank, the parts I do remember are awesome, awful, and truly unforgettable. At 4:00 AM, the gun went off […] The post Leadville Trail 100 Run appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • Leadville Trail 100 MTB

    Erich
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is an epic in every sense of the overused mountain bike term. The brut of a course starts 10,176 feet (3,101 m), climbs 12,266 vertical feet (3,739 m) reaching an elevation of 12,530 feet (3,819 m), and covers ~104 miles (167 km) of fire roads, single track, and some tarmac. It’s […] The post Leadville Trail 100 MTB appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • Pre Leadville Trail 100 MTB

    Erich
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Even while living in Bali, I dreamt of toeing the line at the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike and Run. I realize how ridiculous that sounds, because I had more beautiful beaches than I knew what to do with. However, mountains have a pull of me and my priorities may be questionable. It’s less than […] The post Pre Leadville Trail 100 MTB appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • Second Review of Hoka Shoes Plus Mike Rutt Interview

    Erich
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I got a pair of Hoka One One Stinson Trails this past May and was immediately impressed. Not to be cliche, but it was Love at First Run, as that particular Strava activity indicated. I wrote about my first impressions of the shoes and those thoughts can be seen here. As of today, the 25 July, […] The post Second Review of Hoka Shoes Plus Mike Rutt Interview appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • 10 Reasons for Toe Socks

    Erich
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    When I was preparing to run my first ultra last year, the Big Basin 50k, I was chock-full of questions. Handheld water bottle or hydration pack? How many calories should I take in per hour? Are blisters inevitable? Will I run off-course? When do hallucinations set in? Is it cool to go in the woods? […] The post 10 Reasons for Toe Socks appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Video: Sea Eagle Needlenose Instructions

    Allison
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Sea Eagle Needlenose is very popular and is the stand-up paddleboard I use most often. This is a great instructional video that Dan from Sea Eagle put out that should help answer any questions you have regarding the set up of this board. In particular what I found super helpful with this video was […]
  • Video: Epic Ride With C4 Waterman ISUP’s

    Allison
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This awesome video is just over 11 minutes long and features some incredible people taking on the rapids of the main section of the Salmon River in Idaho. I love videos that showcase how incredibly strong and resilient inflatable stand-up paddleboards can be. C4 waterman is a great company that manufacturers some really solid inflatable […]
  • Airhead High Pressure 120V Electric Pump Review

    Allison
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I love using an electric pump with my inflatable boards. It makes inflation super easy and fast. I’ve tried several pumps over the years and from what I’ve seen there are really only a few electric pumps on the market that really work well with inflatable stand-up paddleboards and that are able to get them […]
  • Wakooda 10‘6” Inflatable SUP Review

    Allison
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Wakooda Water Sports first introduced their inflatable stand-up paddleboards in 2012. I got to try out their 10’6” ISUP and found it to be strong and rigid. It has some good features and is versatile enough for a wide variety of people. The best part however is that the price is very affordable and you […]
  • Red 12’6″ Explorer ISUP Review

    Allison
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Red is known for making some of the best quality inflatable SUP’s on the market. I first tried a Red paddle board in the Cook Islands several years ago while on vacation. At the time I didn’t know the name Red and I didn’t have much experience with stand-up paddling but I remember two things… […]
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • How To Buy Survival Gear Online…Without Getting Ripped Off

    Chris Ruiz
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you ever bought a piece of survival gear online only to be disappointed when it arrived?  It’s really frustrating, right? One of the big problems I had when I was just starting out was telling good gear from the hype and more importantly how to tell a good website from a dishonest seller. In this article, I am going to share some real life examples with you of how I learned to find quality survival gear online including: Understanding your options when finding gear to meet YOUR survival needs Identifying points of quality to look for with ANY survival gear Identifying red…
  • Premade Bug Out Bag Review – Head For The Hills By Survival Bags Inc

    Chris Ruiz
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As I have mentioned in the past, there are a lot of options out there for people looking for a premade bug out bag.  I have reviewed some of the better ones that I have come across (reviews here), including a couple from Survival Bags Inc. I got talking to the owner of Survival Bags, a gentleman by the name of Mike a while back.  We have had some interesting discussions about how he designs his bug out bags and what it’s like running a preparedness related business.  I have been able to learn a lot and every time I open up one of his emails I am glad that we met! Mike was…
  • How To Build An Upside Down Fire

    Chris Ruiz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This past weekend The Bug Out Bag Guide Family hosted a barbecue for some close friends.  One of the highlights of this was testing out an alternative fire building method in our back patio firepit.  Instead of building a standard teepee or log cabin we decided to try building what is called an “upside down fire”.  We got some great, hassle-free results from this that we wanted to share with you.  As I always say, it is always good to add new techniques to your survival skills.  At the end of this article you will know how to build an upside down fire on your own! Why build…
  • How To Start Prepping RIGHT NOW

    Chris Ruiz
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This article will show you the basics of how to start prepping and prove that you can take action TODAY to make yourself more self reliant.  Although this article is a great starting point for new readers of The Bug Out Bag Guide it is also a great resource for anyone who is looking for ways to round out their survival skill set or just improve their preparedness. Who Can Learn How To Start Prepping? Mainstream media has recently stumbled onto the preparedness culture and has created some TV shows that have warped the public’s perception of our community.  The truth is that the…
  • How To Build A DIY Rocket Stove + Giveaway!

    Chris Ruiz
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rocket Stoves are a great choice for people looking for an off-grid option for cooking, boiling water, and producing heat.  They are a versatile solution for these 3 applications and more.  There are a large range of designs available to build a DIY rocket stove for home or camp.  I recently came across one of the best rocket stove designs that I have seen from Megan at PremiumRocketStoves.com.  It is simple to build, very low cost, requires nearly no maintenance, and performs admirably in the field.  In this article I am going to show you how to use Megan’s design to build…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • Trekking In India: The 20 Best Treks in India

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    From the snow capped mountain ranges of Himalayas to rough glaciers to frozen rivers to delightfully colourful valleys of flowers. Indian landscape has some of the most amazing treks which could accommodate varied degrees of difficulty. Trekking in India is not only a physical journey but also a...
  • Sun Kissed Rajasthan - Ten Must Visit Destinations in Rajasthan

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    From sand dunes to palaces, Rajasthan is a bouquet of landscape and history. Also known as the “Land of Kings”, the history of Rajasthan can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Aravalli mountain range, the oldest mountain range of India passes through the land which is also home to...
  • Seven UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites In India

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    If you thought India only has the rich and varied cultural heritage to offer, then think again.  Mother Nature has been generous enough on India to bless her with some of the most amazing landscapes.   The UNESCO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, has a list of 1007 (as of 2014)...
  • 20 Buddhists Holy Places in India

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Buddha, or the enlightened one, Buddhism took birth in ancient India, around the ancient kingdom of Magadha, present day Bihar. Practicing Buddhism is most common in Himalayan regions like Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and...
  • 11 Things To Keep In Mind While Travelling In India

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:04 am
      India is a place like no other; it is a country but nothing less than a continent in itself. India is a land of many cultures, more than two dozen languages, a host of castes and religions. You are bound to feel geographical and cultural differences that could put you in trouble sometimes....
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