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  • Layering System For Skiing Denali West Butt

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    CurlyFry
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Looking for some thoughts on this loadout: Upper: LW baselayer 1/4 zip (blue) Microgrid 1/4 zip (Grey) OR Whirlwind Hoody (Wind protection hoody) Eddie Bauer Igniter Jacket 100g Primaloft (Main Belay Layer) Rab Latok Hardshell (Event) Marmot 8000m Parka (Super cold belay layer) Lower: Boxers OR Softshell pants (grey) Exp Weight EMS Bottoms Arcteryx Theta SV Bibs (black) Puffy Pants I am mainly debating substituting the 100g primaloft layer for a 200weight fleece or a 60g primaloft layer. And should I bring softshell if im using the Theta SV with full side zips for venting?
  • Central Christian Camp in Guthrie hosts races for dirt bikes, four-wheelers

    Camping News
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Dirt bikes and four-wheelers will be racing at Central Christian Camp south of Guthrie. The races are a benefit for Make Promises Happen, a camping program for children with special needs.
  • The REI Foundation and The North Face Announced as Presenting Sponsors of Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    2015 Registration Opens -- Inviting Colleges to Participate and Compete to Get the Most People Outdoors and Active
  • Camping According to Your Taste

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jim Rogers of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) talks about campgrounds that offer amenities like Wi-Fi, pools and zip lines.
  • Spring 2015 CampLine

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    American Camp Association
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    The Spring 2015 CampLine contains articles on handling measles and other communicable diseases at camp, transgender staff and anti-discrimination, an update from the insurance roundtable, and advice from our experts!    Download the Spring 2015 CampLine.  In this issue:  read more
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    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31

  • Layering System For Skiing Denali West Butt

    CurlyFry
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Looking for some thoughts on this loadout: Upper: LW baselayer 1/4 zip (blue) Microgrid 1/4 zip (Grey) OR Whirlwind Hoody (Wind protection hoody) Eddie Bauer Igniter Jacket 100g Primaloft (Main Belay Layer) Rab Latok Hardshell (Event) Marmot 8000m Parka (Super cold belay layer) Lower: Boxers OR Softshell pants (grey) Exp Weight EMS Bottoms Arcteryx Theta SV Bibs (black) Puffy Pants I am mainly debating substituting the 100g primaloft layer for a 200weight fleece or a 60g primaloft layer. And should I bring softshell if im using the Theta SV with full side zips for venting?
  • Jay Peak -trip report 4/19/15

    SkiRay
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    If there was one video that we would ask you to watch to the end, this would be April means one thing to the Albas, The coming of the close of the ski season. Even though we want this season to never end, All good things must So we take in as many last turns Enjoy the extra "Sol" And embrace this Spring with: "Sol" Full Sunday Sol means SUN in Spanish. It was a tough edit and you will see why. Lots of great skiing in this video. Thank you letting us be part of your community and for your taking part in our adventures.
  • Jay, 4/25-4/26

    Cornhead
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    Anyone else plan on being there? Snow is in the forecast. My buddy is checking pricing today. He said he and his buddy went last Spring, approximately $100 for 1 night's stay, 2 days skiing.
  • Trek Bikes QR Lever Recall

    bvibert
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    FYI - http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/...Release-Lever/ http://www.trekbikes.com/pdf/recalls...otice_USEN.pdf Check those QR levers!
  • Really great price on these

    Puck it
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Anyone use these? http://www.amazon.com/ThermaCell-Rec.../dp/B00K97XX3A
 
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    Camping News

  • Central Christian Camp in Guthrie hosts races for dirt bikes, four-wheelers

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Dirt bikes and four-wheelers will be racing at Central Christian Camp south of Guthrie. The races are a benefit for Make Promises Happen, a camping program for children with special needs.
  • 'Cliff camping is way beyond the edge of my reason'

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    What's date night on a ledge really like? Amanda Killelea took her husband Sam to Rhoscolyn in Anglesey for a night she'll never forget - or want to repeat Hanging 50ft above the sea with only a camp bed separating you from the waves crashing below, this is probably the most extreme night's sleep you'll ever have - if you can conquer your fear of heights, fear of falling, fear of climbing, fear of abseiling, and fear of needing to go to the loo in the middle of the night. Anglesey in North Wales is the only place in the UK where daredevil climbers can spend a night on a portaledge.
  • 7 items for an ultimate father- son camping trip

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    Camping was supposed to be one of those drab pastimes that became fashionable only in recent times. Camping hasn't gone away; it's more popular than ever.
  • No electricity is the ultimate first-world problem

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    "I wish the SES would hurry up and fix the electricity ... I want to watch the next two episodes." My mum is referring to our daily ritual of watching our current TV series of interest, Masters of Sex .
  • Northern Minnesota might have seen peak of forest tent caterpillars

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Forest tent caterpillar numbers crashed in 2014, a year they should have multiplied, surprising forest pest experts but leaving residents and visitors of northern forests grateful and their trees intact. Even better news is that the number of leaf-eating north woods caterpillars likely will be down again this year just when it was expected they would peak.
 
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  • Spring 2015 CampLine

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

    American Camp Association
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    View the online digital issue read more
  • Winter 2015 CampLine

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A solo, multi-week expedition along the Brooks Range proves to be mentally and physically challenging as the author faced uncertain conditions and rugged terrain. by Jörgen Johansson | 2015-04-22The ANWR, according to the local vernacular, is the largest reserve of its kind in the US, covering most of the Brooks Range from the Canadian border to the Trans Alaska pipeline on Dalton Highway. It is a bit bigger than Ireland, a bit smaller than Austria or about the size of Maine or South Carolina, take your pick. In this huge area there is no habitation, no roads, no trails and no bridges.
  • Flash Reviews No. 5

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flash Reviews No. 5: Excalibur Dehydrator #3526TCDB, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze, LuminAid PackLite 16 Version 2 by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis | 2015-04-22ul type="disc" > Excalibur Dehydrator Five Tray Model 3526TCDB Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze LuminAid Packlite 16 Version 2 ARTICLE OUTLINE In This Issue Excalibur Dehydrator A premium food dehydrator with five trays, a clear front door, and an adjustable temperature range that is low enough to preserve the active enzymes in fruit and vegetables, but high enough to safely dehydrate meat for jerky. MSRP $269.95. The Specs My take…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    News this week: The U.S. Senate votes yes on SA 838, Eric Barone becomes the fastest man on a mountain bike, YouTube opens 360 video uploading, an off-trail route in King's Canyon, Exped Lightning Review, and much more! by Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann | 2015-04-15One year ago an avalanche took the lives of 16 sherpas on Mt. Everest. Last fall a team from ESPN went to the region to chronicle the story. The result of their journey was a film showing the events that lead to their deaths and the ways in which the Sherpa community responded. On April 18, 2014 just as the climbing season was…
  • (M) ISPO 2015: Part 3

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. by Matthew Pullan | 2015-04-15More of an epilogue than a third instalment; I covered most of what I saw in parts one and two. There were one or two things, however, that I couldn't let go without a mention. The above for instance, was so new it had been finished off literally the night before the show. BPL readers will be familiar with the ATK Newmark binding; it has featured in a few articles now. As you can see in the photo, this new version has a U spring heel lock so that the boot…
  • Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market. by BackpackingLight.com Staff | 2015-04-07The Backpacking Light's Guide's Gear Award identifies products that are recommended by the guides and instructors of Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School, and represents gear that offers exceptional performance, light weight, durability and…
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  • Top 10 Most Amazing Car Adventures in the World

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Mongol Rally (photo: Sam Greenhalgh) The moment we receive that special piece of paper that says we can drive, the great wide world opens up to us. There are more than 64,000,000 km of road on this planet, and its definition is almost as wide as an 8-lane interstate. We assign the word ‘road’ equally to a 160 km per hour autobahn and barely disguised mud track in Sub-Saharan Africa, but when the driver hits those straights for the first time that frisson of excitement, anticipation and exhilaration is much the same. Mechanics, fuel, visas and imagination permitting, you can go anywhere.
  • Second Time Is The Harm In Paraguay

    Ryan
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The presidential palace in Paraguay Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part story. Read Part 1 here. That’s right, I said second time is the harm in Paraguay, not charm. My quick return trip there was anything but charming. After enjoying the Jesuit ruins, I should not have gone back. Let’s start in Iguazu Falls. It is there that I crossed back into Paraguay, this time to Ciudad del Este, one of the ugliest cities I have ever seen. There are no hostels there, just cheap, dirty hotels for people on a budget, as I was. I could not keep the mosquitos out of my room and in…
  • Paraguay And The Jesuit Ruins

    Ryan
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part story.  Missing the bus meant a trip to Paraguay and the Jesuit Ruins. What? This is just another story about the random things that happen when you’re backpacking, the ebb and flow in which a slight setback can lead to a super discovery. I never thought about traveling to Paraguay. My two-month trip in 2012 was going to be Argentina and Uruguay, that’s it, and we already know I made a stop in Chile to climb an active volcano. Well Paraguay was my first surprise detour. The idea came about in…
  • TripVerse: An App to Help You Streamline Your Travels

    Leah Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Research and organize your upcoming trips with TripVerse TripVerse, an online itinerary viewer, is the latest app that wants to streamline the way you plan your travels. For a traveler like myself who doesn’t do much planning beforehand, it takes a lot for an app like this to impress me. Despite some flaws in its early stages of development, I think TripVerse may just be the app that changes the way I plan. How It Works Getting set up on TripVerse begins much like many other online travel apps. Create a profile. Find friends to follow. Discover other users’ pre-planned trips.
  • The Best Countries For Solo Female Travellers

    Lisa Eldridge
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The San Blas Islands, Panama Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Lisa Eldridge, author of A Female Guide to Solo Travel.  Whether you’re new to solo travel, have travelled before or are a solo veteran, choosing the right country for you depends on your level of comfort and how challenging or adventurous you want your trip to be. So what makes a country good for solo travellers? Safety, friendly locals, language, good infrastructure and the ability to meet other solos are the key ingredients. If you’re looking for ease, pick a country with locals who speak the same…
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  • Clarendon way

    dogrob
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    The Clarendon way is a 24 mile walk from Salisbury to Winchester, I did this with a mate a few weeks ago. It was fairly hard going actually and despite the clear weather it was fairly windy which made it chilly when you stopped for a break, we both had blisters at the end and completed it in just over 8 hours and with the extra 1.5 miles to my mates house in Winchester it was more like 25.5 miles. For anyone that's interested http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarendon_Way
  • Is this the end for online Forums?

    dogrob
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:31 am
    It seems with all the dedicated social networking sites that online forums such As this seem to be getting quieter and quieter, it's a shame because I enjoy GX even if it only seemed to have 5 or 6 regular contributors lol. Let's try and wake it up, anyone been anywhere lately?
 
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  • AT Section Hike: Daleville, VA to Sunset Field, Blue Ridge Parkway

    Philip Werner
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Cornelius Creek Shelter, Virginia Appalachian Trail“A hiker that can’t eat is a hiker who can’t hike,” said Ken Wallace, the trail shuttle driver who’d come and fetched me off the Appalachian Trail just below Apple Orchard Mountain. After a two days of a stomach bug, I was getting off the trail to take a zero and get better.My appetite hadn’t been very good since I got on the trail in Daleville, Virginia, just outside of Roanoke, and I was getting more and more nauseous every day. It was time to get off the trail after 40 miles and go into town to…
  • Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Exped Synmat Winterlite Sleeping Pad

    Philip Werner
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The 25 inch wide Exped SynMat Winterlite Sleeping Pad is very warm and comfortable to sleep onThe Exped Synmat Winterlite Sleeping Pad ($199) is a lightweight but luxurious high R-value inflatable sleeping bag (R-Value = 4.9) , that is warm enough for camping on snow, in addition to three season use. Weighing just 18.3 ounces in a 25″ wide (71″ long) model being raffled here, this pad is much wider and more comfortable than narrower 20″ wide lightweight sleeping pads. If you prefer a wider pad, this is the ride for you! For more details, check out of the Exped Synmat…
  • Backpacking Stove Safety

    Philip Werner
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    George Cooking Dinner in the CatskillsBackpacking stoves can greatly increase your comfort and safety on multi-day trips and in challenging weather conditions. There’s nothing like hot food at dinner to warm you up after hiking in the rain all day or hot coffee after sleeping in a shelter after a cold night.However, backpacking stoves can also be very dangerous if used carelessly. Here are a few guidelines to keep you safe and your tummy happy.Most backpacking tents are highly flammable and cooking inside them or near them should be avoided.Bring along food than can be eaten without…
  • Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

    Philip Werner
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you’re going to buy Sierra Design’s Elite Rain Chaps, you’re going to want to buy them together with Sierra Design’s Cagoule Jacket - they should really be sold together as a set. The rain chaps alone are insufficient for rain protection unless used with a long trench-like hiking rain coat, like the Cagoule, or a rain poncho that completely covers your crotch.I’m not exactly why Sierra Designs sent me the Elite Rain Chaps alone to test without the Cagoule Jacket, but I dutifully tried them out in hypothermia-inducing conditions in the pouring rain because…
  • Book Review: Chris Townsend’s Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

    Philip Werner
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles by Chris TownsendEleven thru-hikers completed the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 1982, and Chris Townsend was one of them. Inspired by the writings of John Muir and Colin Fletcher, Chris journeyed from the United Kingdom to experience the American wilderness, hiking through desert, forest, and mountain ranges on an epic 2600 mile journey from Mexico to Canada.While hiking the PCT then was somewhat wilder and less popular than it is today. the 2,600 mile trail provides a gateway to an immersive wilderness experience for those that brave its vastness. Chris’…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Meet Jeff: Texas Climber, Adventure Traveler, Engineer

    Alicia MacLeay
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Congratulations to Texas climber and worldwide adventure traveler Jeff! As Reviewer of the Month, he wins a pair of innovative Keen Uneek sandals in appreciation of his helpful gear reviews. Meet Jeff: Texas Climber, Adventure Traveler, Engineer was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet JR: UL Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Congratulations, JR, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Georgia ultralight backpacker and master of the selfie stick wins an Alite Mayfly camp chair for his helpful gear reviews. Meet JR: UL Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month

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

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

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

    Scott Turner
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Some time around 100 million years ago beneath what is now Joshua Tree National Park, an upwelling of molten rock oozed towardthe Earth’s surface. As the rock cooled, it formed a vast block of intrusive (beneath the surface) igneous (from the Latin ignis, meaning “fire”) rock. Such  blocks of igneous rocks – in this case, monzogranite…
  • The Historic Drought of 2012-????

    Scott Turner
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Featured Image: “Shasta Lake low” by Bobjgalindo – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons By now, you have no doubt heard that the state of California is in the midst of a drought. To date, the drought has gotten serious enough that news outlets everywhere are talking about the state’s pending water catastrophe. The…
  • Rim Of The Valley Corridor Public Meetings Scheduled

    Shawnté Salabert
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Back in 2010, the National Park Service introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor, a “special resource study” area, to determine whether it made sense to link the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) with the San Gabriel Mountains (“including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys”) for inclusion in the National…
  • Hiking Haleakala Crater

    Scott Turner
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    If you are planning on going to Maui, or if you’ve ever been to Maui, chances are that you have a certain set of expectations about what your time there will be like. The Valley Isle is famous for its climate, perfect beaches, snorkeling, laid-back style of life, winding highways to sacred pools, and the…
  • Fee Free Weekend in the National Parks

    Shawnté Salabert
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Hatching a last-minute adventure plan for the weekend? You might want to consider heading out to celebrate the kickoff of National Park Week, a joint venture between the National Park Service & the National Park Foundation that runs from April 18-26. Not only are the parks offering an assortment of awesome activities and volunteer opportunities, but they’re also…
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  • In the last few days…

    montucky
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Many, many years ago, someone driving along Highway 200 tossed out the core of a pear and the seeds took root. The little tree was too close to the highway and the highway crews cut it down year after year. And each year at least a little part remained on the side furthest from the road. This year there is a branch that has formed what may be a new trunk, far enough from the roadway that it might survive. It has grown to about 8 feet high and is just covered with the most beautiful blossoms. Pear blossoms More species of wildflowers have also begun to bloom, some very early, I think, but…
  • Clear, and cold, and… vital!

    montucky
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
  • Spring ride

    montucky
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Does Spring ever feel good this year! A perfect day for a very pleasant ride a few miles up into the hills! Western Springbeauty, Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata
  • A little of the Munson Creek trail (USFS Tr 372)

    montucky
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Today I hiked the first couple of miles of the Munson Creek trail (from about 2,400 ft elevation to about 3,400 ft elevation) to see how the winter treated it. It was in very good condition, with a sprinkling of wildflowers all along, but only of some of the early blooming species were blooming. It is a steep and rather rough trail that is well worth hiking later in the summer when the valley is hot and the trail is cool and when there are dozens of species of wildflowers in bloom (and I will return later to see them). Here are a few photos of the trail and the flower species now in bloom…
  • Any day is a good day if there’s a Trillium in it.

    montucky
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    The Trilliums are starting to bloom now at the footbridge over Munson Creek. (And a couple of friends joined in.) Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis Rough-fruited Fairybells ~ Disporum trachycarpum
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • The Black Album: Black Birders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-tailed Godwits, Black Flamingos, and more

    Meredith Mann
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    After a long hiatus that included a new cat, a new apartment, and enough time with the in-laws to last me quite awhile, here’s a rundown of April’s bird news: Funny, sad, and thought-provoking … an African-American ornithologist’s video tips for birding while black. (Even more thought-provoking is the original article from which it sprang.) Props on the sweet Barred Owl call, too. “I just flew nonstop from Canada to South America and boy, are my arms tired.” No, you didn’t. But the fall-migrating Blackpoll Warbler (as photographed above by Corey) apparently does. Writer…
  • Lesser Celandine

    Redgannet
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Because I know that you are a cultured bunch and because you probably won’t have time to stop and smell the roses for the next couple of weeks, I call William Wordsworth to my aide to help usher in spring. He, daffodils mostly spent by the end of April, turns to the Lesser Celandine for his inspiration and to feed his yellow fetish. To The Small Celandine Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies, Let them live upon their praises; Long as there’s a sun that sets, Primroses will have their glory; Long as there are violets, They will have a place in story; There’s a flower that…
  • What’s in a Name: Chuck-will’s-Widow

    Carrie
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    “So what birds have you seen lately,” people say to me when they’ve run out of other things to say and don’t mind listening to me ramble on like the slightly dotty enthusiast I am. And finally, at long last, I’ve found the answer that gets me even weirder looks than “American Woodcock.” For last week, I saw my life Chuck-will’s-widow. Let’s face it, the entire Caprimulgidae family is a fiesta of nomenclatural goofiness, which is only appropriate given that these are species that look odd, act odd, and sound odd. As John James Audubon…
  • T.H. White: When Writers Become Bad Falconers

    Suzie
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This will probably be the only bad review you’ll ever read of H is for Hawk. Note: it’s not really a bad review, it’s a good review with a sidebar. Helen Macdonald writes breathtaking prose, her story is poignant and filled with all kinds of fascinating bits of information, and she has an extremely likable voice. So what’s wrong with the book? T.H. White. Macdonald is, among her many accomplishments, a falconer. Her autobiographical story alternates with her meditations on T.H. White, who wrote The Once and Future King and The Sword and the Stone, and who was also a falconer –…
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2015?

    Mike
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Enjoy the view at Moorcroft Manor in South Africa Waking up to snow at the end of April is uncommon even here in western New York. My immediate reaction this morning was not fit for print, while my second was to wonder if April Fools Day fell twice this month. While I gave a moment’s thought to our new spring arrivals, they are probably much better equipped to cope with the cold than I am at this point. Just another reason to be incredibly impressed with even the smallest songbird… If tomorrow is free of frost and flurries, I might be persuaded to seek out new migrants. Corey…
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    10,000 Birds

  • The Black Album: Black Birders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-tailed Godwits, Black Flamingos, and more

    Meredith Mann
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    After a long hiatus that included a new cat, a new apartment, and enough time with the in-laws to last me quite awhile, here’s a rundown of April’s bird news: Funny, sad, and thought-provoking … an African-American ornithologist’s video tips for birding while black. (Even more thought-provoking is the original article from which it sprang.) Props on the sweet Barred Owl call, too. “I just flew nonstop from Canada to South America and boy, are my arms tired.” No, you didn’t. But the fall-migrating Blackpoll Warbler (as photographed above by Corey) apparently does. Writer…
  • Lesser Celandine

    Redgannet
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Because I know that you are a cultured bunch and because you probably won’t have time to stop and smell the roses for the next couple of weeks, I call William Wordsworth to my aide to help usher in spring. He, daffodils mostly spent by the end of April, turns to the Lesser Celandine for his inspiration and to feed his yellow fetish. To The Small Celandine Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies, Let them live upon their praises; Long as there’s a sun that sets, Primroses will have their glory; Long as there are violets, They will have a place in story; There’s a flower that…
  • What’s in a Name: Chuck-will’s-Widow

    Carrie
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    “So what birds have you seen lately,” people say to me when they’ve run out of other things to say and don’t mind listening to me ramble on like the slightly dotty enthusiast I am. And finally, at long last, I’ve found the answer that gets me even weirder looks than “American Woodcock.” For last week, I saw my life Chuck-will’s-widow. Let’s face it, the entire Caprimulgidae family is a fiesta of nomenclatural goofiness, which is only appropriate given that these are species that look odd, act odd, and sound odd. As John James Audubon…
  • T.H. White: When Writers Become Bad Falconers

    Suzie
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This will probably be the only bad review you’ll ever read of H is for Hawk. Note: it’s not really a bad review, it’s a good review with a sidebar. Helen Macdonald writes breathtaking prose, her story is poignant and filled with all kinds of fascinating bits of information, and she has an extremely likable voice. So what’s wrong with the book? T.H. White. Macdonald is, among her many accomplishments, a falconer. Her autobiographical story alternates with her meditations on T.H. White, who wrote The Once and Future King and The Sword and the Stone, and who was also a falconer –…
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2015?

    Mike
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Enjoy the view at Moorcroft Manor in South Africa Waking up to snow at the end of April is uncommon even here in western New York. My immediate reaction this morning was not fit for print, while my second was to wonder if April Fools Day fell twice this month. While I gave a moment’s thought to our new spring arrivals, they are probably much better equipped to cope with the cold than I am at this point. Just another reason to be incredibly impressed with even the smallest songbird… If tomorrow is free of frost and flurries, I might be persuaded to seek out new migrants. Corey…
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    wend mag

  • Help for Home Owners On Painting Your House

    Jimmy Joseph
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    House painting through the help of house painters will make your house look comfortable, have a good aesthetic appeal and look fresh. Even if you have no experience with painting your house, you can still be able to make it look amazing by knowing the best tips used when painting the house.     The following are house painting tips that are used by reliable and professional master house painters:   The house should be cleaned up, this is because when the house is clean the paint sticks to the walls easily. When paint is applied to a clean house, it makes the house appear striking.
  • What is roof restoration?

    Jimmy Joseph
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Does your roof require some form of restoration? There is no better place to find professionals than here. Speak to us today and allow our well qualified team of experts to handle your roof restoration melbourne project as soon as possible. We serve a wide range of clients, both households and commercial properties. Every client is extremely important to us and we exist to make sure that your roofing needs are served in a satisfactory manner. If you want to replace a tiled roof with colorbond, or your tin roof with brand new tiles or metal – there is lots of information here to help you…
  • Relocating To Another State Requires Careful Planning And Reliable Removalists

    Jimmy Joseph
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It is not uncommon for people having to shift to other states, if their employers requires their services at a different location, or because they have been offered a better job in another state, which can give a boost to careers. Such changes can mean a new home, a new state, and even a new life, but one where you may still need to carry part of what you have acquired over the years. If you are simply moving within your own city – such as Melbourne for example – that is when you need to look at a removalists melbourne company that is into local removals only and can shift your…
  • Why Your Kids Beds Are Important Factors In Their Lives

    Jimmy Joseph
    5 May 2014 | 11:19 pm
    These days a kid’s bedroom is more than just a place to sleep, it’s a mini family room where he takes his friends to play when they come over. A kid might have a computer, a small stereo, a ton of toys to play with, that’s where his buddies and him go when they want to make a ruckus. This is the biggest reason that parents should consider buying their kids, a kid’s bed. A nicely decorated kid’s bed that either looks like a car, a ship, or castle can widen the imagination and occupy children for hours on end while the parents chitchat in the other room, worth way…
  • SEO Melbourne Services – Choosing The Right Company

    Jimmy Joseph
    27 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    If you have heard about search engine optimization, it’s more than likely because you may be trying to rank your website higher in the search engines. The ability to have top rankings for the keywords that represent the products that you sell can only help you increase the amount of sales that you make each year. When a person searches for a particular keyword, and if your website shows up, it increases the probability of making additional sales, all from free traffic that you get from the Internet. To help you do this, there are many SEO services that can help you achieve this goal,…
 
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    The Everything About RVing RVers Blog

  • Get Ready To Go RVing and Camping

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We know that Going RVing and Camping is fun and we hope that visiting Everything About RVing makes it even more fun. We give you excellent information about RVs, Camping and the RV Lifestyle.
  • I Go RVing For My Health

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Editors's Note: This story was submitted on our Why Do You Love RVing Page I have had Asthma all my life although it was not diagnosed properly until I
  • A Life Changing Event Led Us To RVing

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    This is for you. The curious, the naysayers, and the one's that need to know that it can be done before spreading their own wings. James Adams once said
  • Six Safety Tips for RV Parking at Casinos

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Here are six safety tips for RV parking at casinos overnight.
  • Favorite Games of RVers

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    We asked the following question on our Everything-About-RVing.com Facebook Fan Page: If you play games while camping in your RV, what is your favorite
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Extreme Food for Adventure Racing and Backpacking

    Daniel Cheaptents
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Deciding what food to take when you are backpacking can be a difficult choice. Its always a balancing act between nutrition, energy, taste, longevity, weight, volume, ease of preparation and cooking time. Fortunately we now have a way of making that choice much easier for you! Our new range of meals from Lancashire based company [...]
  • Mikael Strandberg – Expeditions – Interview

    Daniel Cheaptents
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    You would be hard pushed to find many people who have explored such a number of diverse and uninhabited parts of our planet as Expedition Guide and Documentary Producer Mikael Strandberg. These include Eastern Africa, Patagonia, Siberia, Arabia and more. He has travelled on foot, bicycle, horseback, ski, reindeer sled, with camels and even with [...]
  • Force Ten Tents – New for 2015

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

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

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

  • Wilderness and Public Lands: You Own Them

    Bryan Hansel
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    In the U.S., we have an extensive system of public lands. If we were to average out how many acres each individual U.S. citizen owns, it would be 1.99 acres of federal lands. Many agencies control the public lands, but the primary big four stewards of our lands are the: U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service. The Department of Defense is the fifth largest steward of land. Over the 20 years leading to 2010, federal land ownership declined by 18 million acres, nearly 2.8%.(1 p.15) That means that if you are a U.S. citizen, your…
  • More Tower Problems for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

    Bryan Hansel
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    The sky was so crystal clear last night. I stepped out of my house to go get something out of my car and noticed that the treeline in my yard would make a great night photo. I shut off all the lights in the house and made this shot. I live in northern Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Boundary Waters (BWCA or BWCAW) is a designated wilderness area with no development except for portage trails tying together 1,200 miles of canoe routes and some 2000 designated campsites. At over 1 million acres and 150 miles along the Minnesotan and Canadian border, it is the…
  • Sea Kayak Safety

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

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

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

  • How To Treat Road Rash

    Amy Jurries
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am not sure I buy into the school of thought that you are not a real cyclist until you crash, but I guess I am a real cyclist now. On Easter, I crashed coming down Mt. Tamalpais–I slid out and went down hard descending around a bend. Hard enough to warrant a trip to the ER to see if anything was broken (thankfully no) and if I needed stitches (yes and no–more on that later). There are numerous opinions on how best to treat road rash–wet/dry/covered/uncovered–but this is the routine I followed based on the advice I was given by the ER doctor. This is by no means meant…
  • Raleigh 2016 CX Lineup

    Amy Jurries
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    At Sea Otter last week, Raleigh showed off their new line of 2016 cyclocross bikes. Comparing their history of continual design improvements to that of the evolution of the beer coozie, Raleigh’s new mud loving machines drop some weight while upping the component specs for the Pros and Cat 3 racers alike. The top of the line RXC Pro ($5250) weighs in at just under 19 pounds and features a Direct Connect Carbon frame and Raleigh Custom Carbon Monocoque fork with thru axles front and rear. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 11 speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes will keep you running…
  • Dropper Bibs Make Life Easier For Female Cyclists

    Amy Jurries
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone says once you go bibs you will never go back. But for us women, it’s not that easy. When nature calls, we need to fully strip off all our top layers just to get the bibs down–a huge pain in the the backside, especially on long rides or when needing to go behind the nearest tree. Cycling apparel companies heard our plea and started creating bibs with a variety of drop seat designs. Here are some of our favorite dropper bibs this season. Pearl Izumi Drop Tail Bib Shorts ($175): The Women’s P.R.O. In-R-Cool Bib Shorts feature both a front closure that keeps your bib straps…
  • Six Collapsible Backcountry Booze Haulers

    Amy Jurries
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Backpacking season is here and just because you hike miles away from civilization, doesn’t mean you need to camp uncivilized. Ditch the boxed wine–instead, these collapsible booze haulers will carry your favorite tipple, keep it fresh for days, then fold down to nothing when you’re done. All you have to do is decant. GSI Highlands Flask: These multi-layer, BPA-free, laminate bottles with foiled exterior flatten and roll when you have finished drinking for easy storage in your pack. An integrated pour assist handle makes for spill-free sharing while the wide-mouth opening…
  • Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE

    Amy Jurries
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Starting to resemble a GoPro action camera, Garmin claims to have changed the VIRB X and XE form factor to allow for more mounting options. In addition to enhanced video and audio modes, the new action cameras come packed with a variety of built-in sensors and wireless functionality options, which can be utilized through the new G-Metrix feature for a wide array of data overlays. The VIRB XE shoots HD footage at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps, with super slow-mo, image stabilization and different zoom levels. VIRB X shoots HD footage at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps, with slow-mo and zoom options.
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • “PrepperCon” Emergency Preparedness Convention Coming to Utah

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

    Survival Spot
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    There is nothing quite like the delight of growing your own vegetables. Growing your own vegetables organically ensures healthful produce and saves you the high prices of organically grown produce at the grocery store. Different vegetables require different conditions to thrive. The table below provides general guidelines for growing vegetables.   Courtesy Of: The Garden Central   Learn more about growing vegetables with this great book that covers all of the details you’ll need to know in order to start your own successful vegetable garden: The post Guidelines For Growing…
  • How To Build and Install Raised Garden Beds

    Survival Spot
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    With gardening season fast approaching and already starting in some areas it’s time to start planning your garden layout. Raised beds have become increasingly popular over the past few years due to their reputation for easy maintenance. Raised beds help to keep weeds down and produce more than regular in ground gardens, they’re also great for growing in small spaces. Check out the infographic below to learn about how to build and install raised garden beds. Photo Courtesy: Pinterest.com http://www.raisedgardenbedshowto.com/ The post How To Build and Install Raised Garden Beds…
  • What To Eat In The Wilderness: A Survival Guide

    Survival Spot
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Please include attribution to ukoakdoors.co.uk with this graphic.   The post What To Eat In The Wilderness: A Survival Guide appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Emergency Communication Devices Explained

    Survival Spot
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    [Via ZipScanners.com] The post Emergency Communication Devices Explained appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
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    Paddling.net News and Features

  • Evoke Paddlesports Added to Buyers Guide

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Now you can check out the Evoke Paddlesports line of kayaks and compare them with the many canoes and kayaks available to research in the Paddling.net Boat Buyers' Guide.
  • Why you'll catch more fish from a kayak

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The selling of fishing kayaks, rigged from front to back for serious fishing, has become a lucrative business in Australia, with thousands of new kayaks sold every week. The main reason? Price point.
  • Feature Kayak - Edge 13 by Riot Kayaks

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
  • Canoe Jumping

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Where you might use this skill, who knows?? But something fun to do when you find yourself bored, in a canoe, and out on the water...
  • Feature Trip: Self-Guided kayaking in Finland

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Finland is a great destination for kayaking. The thousands of lakes and beautiful sea are the perfect setting for a kayak trip for all skill levels. Join us and explore the Finnish nature the best way possible!
 
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    GearGuide

  • Loquiz Outdoor Game Platform Review

    Matt K.
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    First Impressions Dig geocaching? Ever setup an outdoor scavenger hunt? If you have, then this new gaming app for iOS and Android just might be for you. It comes from a little company based on the other side of the world from GearGuide HQ – Tallinn, Estonia. The region is a surprising hotbed of innovation thanks to some early investment by Skype and a few other high-tech companies. And, at first glance, Loquiz is a pretty sweet first release from this Eastern European developer. Features At its heart, Loquiz is a gaming platform designed for the creation and delivery of outdoor-oriented…
  • Nike Lunar Glide 6 Review

    Matt K.
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    First Impressions Strangely enough, I ran across the new Nike Lunar Glide 6 on a run in Orlando Florida. While taking timeout from a business trip to get a few miles in, I found myself at a Nike Store and ventured inside. Almost immediately I spotted the new Lunar Glides. Although I didn’t make my purchase right then and there, I was impressed enough to pick up a pair a few days later at my local Bay Area retailer. Unfortunately, my West Coast connection didn’t have the wild color schemes featured in the Nike-owned outlet and I settled for your basic black. Features The Lunar Glide 6…
  • RuggedTec FlashBang Bluetooth Flashlight & Speaker Review

    Matt K.
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    First Impressions A few months ago, we had the chance to check out the RuggedTec RoqBloq. Nice product that scored 7.3 on our GearGuide scale. Recently the company introduced a complementary product called the FlashBang. It combines the functions of a flashlight and a BlueTooth speaker into a single, cylindrical package. Heck of an idea especially for those interested in a bike-mountable option for carrying around your tunes. Our sample arrived the other day in a basic black rubberized finish. Nice. Features You can see the family resemblance between the RuggedTec FlashBang and RoqBloq. They…
  • Castelli Race Day Track Jacket Review

    Matt K.
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    First Impressions Was poking around in one of my favorite local sporting goods retailers the other day. And in their cycling section, I ran across the Castelli Race Day Track Jacket. Deep black with red accents and Castelli’s trademark scorpion logo on the left chest. Not something you’d probably wear cycling, but very cool nonetheless. I picked it up for around $60. Features Castelli pioneered a range of cycling clothing innovations including lycra shorts and the use of die sublimation in cycling jerseys – two things that make road racing the spectacle it is today. The Race Day Track…
  • Women’s Sunglasses Reviews

    Cheryl K.
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Summertime, summertime, not quite summertime. But it might as well be in Northern California thanks to the overabundance of sunshine and corresponding lack of rain. Of course, we worry about the continuing drought, yet that hasn’t stopped us from getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. Running, biking, hiking and speed walking the dog are just a few of the ways we spend our time these days, sunglasses always at the ready. Here’s three women’s models that caught our attention and received a fair amount of use over the past couple of months: Native Chonga 6 Native delivers an…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • Farewell Ice!

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Huntington RavineTrails: Tuckerman Ravine, Fire/Service RoadI had a phenomenal ice season and I owe it to several lead ice climbers; Jeff Stone, Geoff Nichols and Sean Bowen. I've benefited greatly from and am inspired by their experience and patience. Thank you!This was supposed to be a multi-pitch ice climb and my last of the season, but it was not meant to be. I met Jeff and Maggie in the gear room at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. We headed up the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail along with a large crowd headed toward Tuckerman Ravine. Once at the floor of Huntington Ravine, Maggie headed…
  • Huntington Ravine “The Fan” - Solo Spring Hike

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Huntington Ravine Floor (4,100ft)Elevation Gain: 2,100ftDistance: 5.2 miles roundtripTrails: Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine, Fire/Service RoadNot my usual hike to a summit, but above 4000 feet for sure. The Huntington Ravine floor, commonly known as “The Fan” was my destination for this morning. I had originally planned to hike this yesterday but today the forecast called for a sunny, deep blue sky day. 'The Fan' is a huge open boulder field below the headwall that spreads out like one of those old hand fans.  Normally you would have to navigate around, over, and in between some…
  • Drone Camera - Standard Route - Multi pitch Ice Climbing

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Standard Route  (WI3+)Frankenstein CliffsCrawford Notch, NHAll last winter I had been asking him to go out ice climbing and he kept declining. So when I got Jeff B ’s email last week about ice climbing, I thought it was a joke and had to I read it several times. Jeff’s son Todd is a professional photographer/videographer and he needed some ice climbing shots/vids via GoPro Drone. http://toddjburgess.com/I contacted Jeff S. and made sure to check the weather - Sunday was the better of the two. Originally I had chosen Cinema Gully but was told that it would be too thin. So when…
  • Monkey Wrench & Upper Hitchcock - Spring Ice Climbing

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    At the base of Upper Hitchcock with Crawford Notch in the backgroundLeft Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3)Upper Hitchcock (WI3-)Mount WillardCrawford Notch, NHForecasts called for cloudy skies and some snow. But all that gave way to blue skies and sunshine by the time Jeff S. and I reached the base of the Hitchcock Gully. We pretty much broke trail up Lower Hitchcock, traversing right to Left Hand Monkey Wrench, then onto the base of Upper Hitchcock. It was slow going but we took our time anyways since there were only two other teams in the area climbing.At the base of Upper HitchcockIt was my very…
  • Cinema Gully, East Face Slabs & The Cleft – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing

    7 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Cinema Gully (WI2)East Face Slabs Left (WI3)The Cleft (WI2+)Mount WillardCrawford Notch, NHI love when Jeff S. takes me ice climbing with him - I get to do some freaking fun climbing on a little alpine playground! Mount Willard is home to some awesome ice and alpine routes. Today I had the opportunity to climb two more of those routes and then finish off on The Cleft.Cinema Gully(WI2)It was cool to see a bolt at the belay station of the 1st pitch. Jeff asked if I wanted to set a belay station there or walk up a bit to a thin sheet of ice. Since it would mean one-and-a-half roped pitches,…
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    Outward Bound - Outdoor Adventure Education Blog

  • Find the World Around You: Maine Service & Leadership Semester

    Sam Silver
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    “I decided to take an Outward Bound semester between high school and college. I was attracted to the range of challenges I had never faced before, giving me experiences and the opportunity to learn more about myself and others. I also wanted something that would satisfy my desire to travel, love of the outdoors and give me a taste of life away from home.” Service Semester Alum, Molly Austin The term “Gap Year” is traditionally defined as “a year that you spend traveling, working, etc., before continuing your studies.” However here at Outward Bound, we sometimes like to break…
  • Instructor Profile: Emily Durkin, Voyageur Outward Bound School

    Bethany Buchanan
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “I know that whether my students remember my name or not, I had a positive impact on someone’s life. They’re looking back at their Outward Bound experience – maybe ten years from now – knowing that it’s meaningful and worthwhile,” Durkin explains. As a Voyageur Outward Bound School Instructor for over six summers and a teacher during the school year at the small, private Telluride Mountain School in Telluride, CO, Emily Durkin is a master at combining outdoor education with methods traditionally used in the classroom. Durkin rarely has a day off– yet the time she spends with…
  • INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: Lauren ‘Ren’ Ledford, Colorado Outward Bound School

    Bethany Buchanan
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
      Ren Ledford, Colorado Outward Bound School Instructor Outward Bound Instructor Lauren ‘Ren’ Ledford of the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS), is not eager to broadcast her list of accomplishments, though it is lengthy and impressive. She also doesn’t brag about her qualifications, another long, hard-earned list. She doesn’t talk about her Masters degree in Outdoor Education. Instead, she remains quiet; perceptive; modest and humble. But a look at her resume reveals that Ren was once a competitive wildwater kayaker; that she volunteers in international disaster…
  • Bailee Sets Sail: A Sailing Expedition With Outward Bound

    Bethany Buchanan
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t.” –Henry Ward Beecher When we ask about 17-year-old Bailee Miller’s least favorite part of her two-week Hurricane Island Outward Bound sailing trip last summer, she laughs. “The morning dips!” she exclaims. “Getting in that cold water every morning was the hardest part. It’s funny because I did so many other really hard things – living and sleeping on a 30-foot boat, spending two nights alone on solo, learning to tie all those different types of knots,…
  • The Power of an Outward Bound Struggling Teens Expedition for At-Risk Youth

    Bethany Buchanan
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
      “As a family we knew we needed help,” recounts Kjerstin Klein, mother of Outward Bound Struggling Teen graduate Dylan Klein. “Communication was starting to break down, and we were watching Dylan’s decision-making process and going “whoa.’” Klein knew that her dynamic, super-active, risk-taking 14-year-old son was becoming an at-risk teen. And as a dedicated and proactive parent, she kept asking herself “what am I going to do to give my kid what they need to succeed?” Dylan taking his new kayaking skills to the river post Outward Bound. Though they considered many…
 
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Salomon – CityTrail Community Runs & Demos

    Jodie
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Whether you run every day or once a week, long or short distances, you’ll know that it’s important to get a shoe that gives you the best foothold, ride and grip to enjoy every terrain element of your urban run. […] Read more...
  • Fjallraven – Ovik Trousers

    Andy
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    They're made from Fjallraven's G1000 fabric which is a very dense weave of polyester with 35% cotton thrown in. The result is a textile which feels lighter than a denim but which is windproof, UV-resistant and very abrasion resistant. In fact, the weave is so dense that they're actually drizzle-proof. You'll get damp eventually, but the low cotton content means that they'll dry much, much quicker than jeans or other work trousers. Read more...
  • Discovery, Fun and Family Adventures – For Free

    Jodie
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Coleman and the Camping and Caravanning Club have buddied-up to give campers free camping this summer. Obviously with all amazing deals it’s important to read the small print…. Free 12 month Camping and Caravanning Club online membership when you purchase a […] Read more...
  • Boom – Swimmer Bluetooth Speaker

    Andy
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    Heh, I see what they did there with the name for this cool little wireless speaker. Swimmer; I suppose it could be a play on the fact that it's totally waterproof, but come on... Read more...
  • Kozi Kidz – Stockholm Jacket

    Jodie
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    To sum up, I think this jacket is exceptionally good value for money. It’s really well made too, which is refreshing when it comes to kids’ stuff. Too many manufacturers think that they don’t need to put much effort into children’s clothing because they will grow out of it at about the same time it falls apart. Read more...
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    Gearexposure

  • Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 review

    Ben
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Late January was announced the Race Ultra 270 from british gear manufacturer Inov-8. We had the chance to get a pair to review and after 2 months of testing here is what Marie thinks about the shoe. Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 overview Designed specifically for long distance races, the Race Ultra 270 is a lighter version of the 290. The big difference being the 4mm drop versus 8mm on the Race Ultra 290. Another change is the foot protection going around the whole shoe on the 290 is now reduced to a toe cap on the 270. Obviously if you want to cut down weight, some things have to go. The Race Ultra…
  • Primus’ Eta Lite has a new sleeve, calls itself Lite+

    Ben
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Last year’s new product from Primus was the Eta Lite, a great all-in-one stove for personal use that came with pot, integrated wind protection, lid and sleeve. Now they’ve announced a name change and a new sleeve. The Eta Lite is now known as the Lite+. Apparently someone else had the rights on “Eta Lite” so Primus changed it for Lite+. And to justify it to the consumer they decided to change the pot’s sleeve. It now features the name in big letters and is made of G-1000, a very durable fabric. The rest of the specs goes unchanged: 78% fuel efficiency, 1500 watts…
  • First footwear products from Arc’teryx now available

    Ben
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    Announced last year during the summer Outdoor Retailer trade show, Arc’teryx is getting into the footwear segment this spring. There are five different models in this new collection: Bora GTX, Bora² GTX, Acrux, Acrux GTX and Acrux² GTX. Common to all the models is the construction. We’ll start with the inner layer, a form fitting liner that is said to be highly breathable. They call it Adaptive Fit and in the GTX version, this liner uses a Gore-Tex membrane for water protection. Around that goes the single-piece PU coated thermolaminated upper. Its mission is to be highly…
  • Award winning Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG now available

    Ben
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    The Aura and Atmos AG were demoed on last years trade shows and made a name for themselves when the gold industry award was attributed to the Atmos AG 65 at Outdoor. The principal difference in the new models is the AntiGravity back system. This new type of suspended back panel is said to make the pack float on your back while still supporting the weight perfectly. Both the Atmos and the Aura AG are designed for hikers and come with all the usual bells and whistles you can expect from Osprey. Another new feature and a unique one if we were to believe the marketing guys, is the ventilated hip…
  • Pillow talk: three self inflatable pillows tested

    Ben
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    All three pillows in this article were generously given to us by the guys at Sleeping Bag Outlet for the purpose of this review. There aren’t that many pillow reviews out there and it is definitely an under valued item in most kits. If you are an ultralighter or a die-hard adventurer you probably don’t care. But if weight or space are not your first concerns then bringing an actual pillow could get you those needed hours of sound sleep. Our three contenders are all self-inflating pillows. We took them to various camping trips, car camping and backpacking outings. We had some good…
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    Hiking The Trail

  • Outdoor Products Shasta Weather Defense™ 30L Day Pack – Gear Review

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I was intrigued to work with Outdoor Products to review the Shasta Weather Defense™ Backpack to not only learn more about the different lines of packs, but to also see if my own misconceptions of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Reflecting on why the mountains are important in my life.

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I have always been someone who spent as much time outdoors as possible. As a youth I spent more time outdoors than I did indoors even during the wild midwest winters. I grew up being a part of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Congratulations March 2015 Golden Boots Blogger Award Winners!

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    22 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Congratulations to the March 2015 winners of the Golden Boots Blogger Award. The Golden Boots Blogger award is to recognize outdoor adventure bloggers who are adventuring and sharing amazing stories. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you man enough to take on the wilderness? – Infographic

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The right survival gear and knowledge can make being lost in the wilderness feel like a spa day at the Ritz. But stumble around unequipped and ill-prepared, and it's just a matter of time before you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 4-20-2015

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Welcome to another #AdventureMonday. Lots of great adventure photos and videos were shared this past week. I sure do have the wanderlust bug and I am sure all of you do as well. Where will your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • Gear Review: Body Glide

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

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

    Tim Bird
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I've been running err... rather trail running for about 2 years now, and up until the past few months,  I've never really had a problem with blisters except for really long runs/races. (We're talking 50k or more). This year though has been a whole different ball game starting with my training... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Race Report: Barkley Fall Classic 50K+

    Tim Bird
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    It's been a bit since the running of the Inaugural Barkley Fall Classic and I'm still blown away at what all who toed the line accomplished that day. It's races and moments like this which will remain in my memory for a long time. Some 200 plus souls toed the line on Saturday, September 20, 2014... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Guest Post: Bird-Watching Hike with Kids

    Tim Bird
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    The following post is brought to us by Ernie Allison - Bird Enthusiast. Ernie approached us about doing a guest post and well with how busy we've seemed to be we thought that would be great. We love to watch birds, especially in the fall. They're always on our back deck coming to take the cat food,... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Borelli Active Scarf Review

    Dutch Franz
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The action scarf may not get the respect it’s due in the outdoor apparel world, but the Borelli Active Scarf is about to change that.[Read More...] The post Borelli Active Scarf Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Washington Man Survives Second Bear Attack on the Same Trail in 4 Years

    Rebecca Walsh
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    A man recently survived a bear attack near Joint Base Lewis-McChord about 45 minutes outside of Seattle. The 300-pound bear charged him as he was[Read More...] The post Washington Man Survives Second Bear Attack on the Same Trail in 4 Years appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Moji Foot Roller Review

    Joy Konieczka
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Self-care pain management is all the buzz these days with the popularity of trigger point therapy and self-myofascial release. Trigger point therapy is concentrated pressure[Read More...] The post Moji Foot Roller Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Paleo Meals to Go Review

    Sierra Davis
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    While I am firm believer that everything tastes better in the backcountry, finding lightweight options that provide ample calories, but don’t add bulk to your[Read More...] The post Paleo Meals to Go Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • 3 Hot Drinks for the Trail

    Tanya Krezevska
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    It’s so great to have something hot to drink when you’re out on the trail, especially on those cool days. Nothing beats the joy of[Read More...] The post 3 Hot Drinks for the Trail appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Big sale at Emergency Essentials

    Rourke
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    As usual Emergency Essentials is having a great sale on all kinds of things preparedness-related. Great selection, great prices and great service have kept Emergency Essentials a leader in the preparedness industry. Here are a few of the items on sale: Victorio Hand Grain Mill – reg. $91.19      SALE: $44.99 Emergency Food Buckets – huge selection at deep discounts Mountain house #10 Can Chili Mac – reg. $28.99      SALE: $19.99 Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Radio – reg. $30.00      SALE: $22.99 Emergency Essentials Buttermilk Biscuit Mix 54 oz. –…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 24th, 2015

    Rourke
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    It wasn’t until Thursday night when I realized my “From the Desk of…..” never went live for Thursday. Sorry about that. America has changed a lot in the past couple decades. Many believe not for the better. Yesterday I saw that it is predicted that over the next 8 years the immigrant population(combination of legal and illegal) will hit 51 million people and account for more than 80% of the entire population growth. I am not against legal immigration. This is not good news for the future of America. Bruce Jenner was a great athlete. Now? Who cares? I don’t. If…
  • Anaphylactic Shock In Austere Settings

    Rourke
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Rourke: This article can be seen here in its original format. In a disaster or any other situation that leaves us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Allergic reactions may ensue in susceptible individuals. When we develop an allergic reaction, it might be mild or it might be severe. If severe enough, we refer to it as anaphylaxisor anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis is the word used for serious and rapid allergic reactions involving one or more parts of the body which can become life-threatening.
  • Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

    Rourke
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    This review was originally published HERE.   I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“.  Having to trek on foot for several miles to hundred miles or so would be difficult with my condition. To make things a bit easier I want to put together a very lightweight pack. I…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 22nd, 2015

    Rourke
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The Panhandle Rancher let me know about this. I can’t believe this crap. John Deere has stated that EVERYONE that has bought one of their tractors does NOT own the tractor. Nope – they paid the money but they do not own the machine. Rather – they purchased a lifetime LEASE to use the tractor. Holy ridiculous Batman! Check this out: In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of…
 
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Extreme Food for Adventure Racing and Backpacking

    Daniel Cheaptents
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    Deciding what food to take when you are backpacking can be a difficult choice. Its always a balancing act between nutrition, energy, taste, longevity, weight, volume, ease of preparation and cooking time. Fortunately we now have a way of making that choice much easier for you! Our new range of meals from Lancashire based company [...]
  • Mikael Strandberg – Expeditions – Interview

    Daniel Cheaptents
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    You would be hard pushed to find many people who have explored such a number of diverse and uninhabited parts of our planet as Expedition Guide and Documentary Producer Mikael Strandberg. These include Eastern Africa, Patagonia, Siberia, Arabia and more. He has travelled on foot, bicycle, horseback, ski, reindeer sled, with camels and even with [...]
  • Force Ten Tents – New for 2015

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

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

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

  • Trail Gear Suggestion: Coatback

    trailsnet
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    What is Coatback? Coatback is an ideal solution for those trail days that start out chilly but warm up as the day goes on. Doesn’t that sound like pretty much every day on the trail? It does for me, so that’s why I appreciate the Coatback.The mantra for how to dress on the trail is, … Continue reading » The post Trail Gear Suggestion: Coatback appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Where is Everytrail Website?

    trailsnet
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    I Can’t Find the Everytrail Website? Everytrail.com seems to have disappeared. I was disappointed when I discovered this, because Everytrail was one of my favorite websites – favorite trail website and favorite all-around website. So let me start out by saying thanks to Chris and the rest of the gang at Everytrail for providing a great … Continue reading » The post Where is Everytrail Website? appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Bicycle Camper Trailer

    trailsnet
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Portable Bicycle Camper Trailer Tent camping and hotels are no longer the only options for those of you who like to travel on long-distance bicycle paths. Thanks to companies that are starting to manufacture foldable bicycle trailers & portable bicycle trailers, you now have the option of towing a camper trailer behind your bike. In … Continue reading » The post Bicycle Camper Trailer appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Camino del Rey Trail in Spain

    trailsnet
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Camino del Rey Trail Photos Say it All If trail enthusiasts in Spain can find the funding for this incredible suspended trail, then cities, states, counties, provinces & countries should easily be able to fund the vital trails needed to form an essential network of trails for recreation, exercise and transportation. Although most people call … Continue reading » The post Camino del Rey Trail in Spain appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Hiking in Japan – An Outdoor Paradise

    trailsnet
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Mountain Climbing in Japan Japan is a land steeped in beauty, history and culture. For the outdoor enthusiast, it’s all here. Approximately 73% of the islands landmass in uninhabitable due to the many mountain ranges that stretch in all directions and as far as the eye can see. So, if you are into the gut-busting … Continue reading » The post Hiking in Japan – An Outdoor Paradise appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Aphrodisiac for fish and frogs discovered

    Supertrooper
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A supplement simply added to water has been shown to boost reproduction in nematodes (roundworms), molluscs, fish and frogs – and researchers believe it could work for humans too. Dr Keith Davies, senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and his colleague Dr John Hart, CEO of Endocrine Pharmaceuticals Ltd, observed guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata) [...]   Read more...
  • Boyerito (Variable oriole) Icterus pyrrhopterus

    Marcelo Allende
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Antes de llegar al portòn de entrada al Club refugio Ombù Luis se encontrò con este Boyerito perchando en el alambre de pùas oxidado, una de las mejores perchas para obtener los mejores desenfoques por la distancia con respecto a los pastizales del segundo plano; comparto hoy estas fotografìas que se obtuvieron durante el dìa [...]   Read more...
  • VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 25 Apr 2015

    Supertrooper
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Hooded Merganser taken at Vancouver Island by Glenn Bartley. Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you like best of [...]   Read more...
  • Red-throated and Tree Pipits – Dhahran Hills golf course

    Jem Babbington
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    A trip to Dhahran Hills golf course in early April allowed me to scan the grassy fairways near to the walking path. Here I saw plenty of pipits of two different species. The majority were Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus with up to ten in small flocks in a couple of places. Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis [...]   Read more...
  • Recently discovered ‘punkrocker’ frog changes skin texture in minutes

    Supertrooper
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In 2006, a husband-and-wife team – Katherine and Tim Krynak – discovered a tiny new frog species, smaller than a U.S. quarter, in the Reserva Las Gralarias, a nature reserve in north-central Ecuador. They took its photograph and nicknamed it the “punkrocker” frog because of spine-like projections coming out of its skin. For the next [...]   Read more...
 
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    Man Makes Fire

  • 7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking

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

    Chris Maxcer
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    The article The Ultimate Backpacking Gear List first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post The Ultimate Backpacking Gear List appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Spring Fever and Fly Fishing for Monster ‘Brown Noser’ Trout

    Chris Maxcer
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The article Spring Fever and Fly Fishing for Monster ‘Brown Noser’ Trout first appeared on Man Makes Fire. I don’t know about you, but when I see the nose of a big trout break the surface as it feeds on tiny little bugs again and again, I get a rush of adrenaline and start stalking the feeding fish. Hooking a big brown on a little midge — or even an ant, well, man, […] The post Spring Fever and Fly Fishing for Monster ‘Brown Noser’ Trout appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015

    Chris Maxcer
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The article Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015 appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • How to Get Started Fly Fishing

    Chris Maxcer
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The article How to Get Started Fly Fishing first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Fly Fishing appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
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    Appalachian Trials

  • 25 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm

    Kyle
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Day 1) 4/20/15 The drive down involved a lot of sign games, Long John Silvers, 80’s music, and laughs. But finally getting here felt unreal! We found the service road that led to Springer Mountain, and after getting caught in a small thunder storm on the way up, and everybody doubting my directions, we finally ......
  • Fontana to Hot Springs

    Oliver Hudgins
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Forgive any misspellings or gramatical errors, being on a phone and limited wifi precludes extensive editing.  Day 10 Took a zero day today. My first one yet. After 164 miles, it felt like a good time. I made my stay at the Fontana lodge worth it, staying the latest before checkout  and I spent the ......
  • Pebbles and Bam-Bam

    tosh.a
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Total Miles: 62.3 Favorite piece of gear: trekking poles, hands down A few years ago, I fell off a small ladder attempting to turn on an air conditioning unit in a hostel in Buenos Aires whilst drunk, and awkwardly landed on my foot. The moral of that story is: never trust Michelle to hold a ......
  • Crashing On and Off the AT

    Amanda Rogers
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    I earned my trail name a little after a week on the trail. Sitting in front of the Budget Inn in Hiawassee drinking beer with a bunch of other hikers, my dog knocked over a few beers (some full, some empty) and earned herself the name Party Foul. This was both apt and amusing, and ......
  • Finding Direction

    Jennifer Legan
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Closing piece. Rewind nine days and I was Green Monkey thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Fast forward and I’m Jen, sitting in my new apartment, typing this on my laptop from the comforts of my bed. I’m not laying restless in a broken tent with rain soaking through the seams. I’m not counting the miles till ......
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  • 3 Sweet Substitutes for the Packed Annapurna Circuit

    Dustin Walker
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    The Annapurna Circuit has been a mainstay on Top 10 trekking lists for years. The reasons are obvious. Hikers get to tread through alpine forests, thick jungle and the remarkable high altitude desert of the Tibetan plateau during this famous three-week trek. Buddhist culture, killer views –this is truly one of the most epic trails in the world. But unfortunately, it’s no longer a remote mountain escape. Not only did more than 100,000 people tread along this route in 2012, but roads have been gradually extended at both ends of the trail. And construction continues. This work will give…
  • The Coolest Camping Gadgets of 2014

    Dustin Walker
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    BY KELLY DUNNING Outdoor gear has come a long way in the last decade or so. And although bringing a cool camping gadget into the wilderness certainly isn’t essential, it can make your trip a lot easier and more enjoyable. Assuming you don’t buy junk, of course. So I’ve compiled a short list of 6 of the best camping gadgets on the market to help you figure out which device is worth the price – and yes, there are affiliate links in here.   NEMO’s Helio Pressure Shower You no longer have to smell the ripe and musty body odour that you generate after a few days in the woods –…
  • These mangled trains are a work of art. But would you risk $115 to see them?

    Dustin Walker
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Mangled iron. Crushed trees. And loads of eye-popping graffiti. That’s the pay off after hiking the 3-kilometre trail to ‘Train Wreck’, located on the outskirts of Canada’s resort town of Whistler. After an easy stroll down a wooded path, across some train tracks and alongside the Cheakamus River, you’ll stumble into a train graveyard that dates back to the 1950s. Here rusted hulks sit pinned between mammoth cedars — one even juts out a few feet over a small cliff. Many of the cars are in decent shape, making them the perfect canvass for some impressive urban…
  • The Essential Guide to Backpacking with A Dog

    Dustin Walker
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    BY KELLY DUNNING For me, backpacking and dogs go together like wool socks and hiking boots: It just makes sense to put ‘em together. A dog makes an ideal hiking partner because they’re curious, full of energy and happy to follow you anywhere you want to go. And they love all the extra exercise they’re getting. However, if you and Fido have never been on a backpacking trip together before, there are a lot of things you should know before you set off. So to learn more about the fine art of backpacking with a furry companion, I consulted Chris Puls and Lonnie Olson of Dog Scouts of…
  • 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…
 
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    Detecting365 Online Metal Detecting Magazine

  • Friday Nite penny trifecta

    Terry Goes4Ever
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    After work did a door knock. First place was a huge house and a huge yard. I got an Indian and the large cent in first 15 min then lady CLICK TO VIEW
  • St. George's Day nets me four Georges.

    Janner 53
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
    First of all Happy St. Georges Day all. I had a brill day myself out metal detecting for five hours and as luck would have it I dug four different CLICK TO VIEW
  • Eyeballing Silver and Digging Deep!

    Nugget Noggin
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    I went metal detecting at a Civil War camp , and I located a really faint signal with the AT Pro. I dug down over two feet and finally found CLICK TO VIEW
  • Hail Mary finds

    Gary Drayton
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    I have quite a few nice finds I refer to as "Hail Mary" finds, last minute digs that saved me from going home from the beach empty handed.This "Bobby Dazzler" CLICK TO VIEW
  • Today's Beach Hunt.

    Janner 53
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I was going to put gold and silver in the heading but that would have looked too exciting. As you can see I did find some gold and silver at CLICK TO VIEW
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    50 Campfires

  • The American RVer Infographic

    50 Campfires
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    With over 9 million Americans packing up the RV and hitting the open road each year, we were happy to find this infographic from Winegard. The infographic gives us some fast facts about the American RVer. The world of RVing, some of the most popular RV destinations that are worth making the drive to and a nice outline of who RVers really are. Click here to download the infographic. The post The American RVer Infographic appeared first on 50 Campfires.
  • GasWatch Product Campaign: Check Propane Level From App

    50 Campfires
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    GasWatch has been providing propane grill fans with grilling gadgets for over a decade. As a trusted maker of Propane Gauges, Propane Gas Level Indicators, and Digital Propane Scales GasWatch adds predictability to gas grilling. Today GasWatch launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for its newest product, a propane tank scale that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The campaign will run for 35 days in hopes of raising $30,000. The scale accurately measures how much propane is left in the tank, and alerts users through their phones so that they never unexpectedly run out of gas while…
  • LokSak OpSak Storage Bag Review

    50 Campfires
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    LokSak OpSak Storage Bag Review Some bags are meant to keep dirt and water out. Some bags are meant for carrying a lot of stuff. This bag by LokSak does all that as well as keeping odors trapped inside. Sound odd? Not if you are camping in the woods and you want to keep the wild animals away from your food. This series of bags will keep your food from the elements and the smell out of the noses of bears and other animals near your campsite. Appearance: The OpSak looks like a storage bag, except it is thicker and more durable. This product is simple, but very well engineered and put…
  • We Love Thermo Tent’s Quieter Warmer Design

    50 Campfires
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Tents aren’t just a way to keep rain off of your head. If you’re camping for a few days it becomes your home. It’s where you lay down and read, take a nap, or just lounge. So why wouldn’t you want it to be even more cozy than it already is? The Thermo Tent on Kickstarter is a staff pick and we think it’s easy to see why. Derek O’ Sullivan claims to have created a tent that is much better at regulating temperature, while also providing a more quiet interior. Anyone who has stayed in a public campground will understand why that would be amazing. We caught…
  • 50 Campfires To Hand Out Awards At The National Hardware Show

    50 Campfires
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The first National Hardware Show took place in New York City in 1945. It has grown every year since then, and now has over 2,500 exhibitors across 15 different categories. You’ll find everything from coolers to bluetooth speakers to tents, and attendance exceeds 25,000 people. This is why 50 Campfires is proud to announce that we’ll be attending the National Hardware Show this year to discover new products and hand out awards. Why the National Hardware Show? Because it allows us to show you the entire spectrum of camping gear that people are using day in, day out. We love…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Mt. Koubou 弘法山

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

    David Lowe
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    A Guide to Mountains in the Kanto Region The Kanto Region which includes Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa contains many of the most popular hiking trails in Japan. Whilst the following list is a work in progress, it aims to provide a summary of recommended mountains to hike around Kanto. Please check back for future posts. Name of Mountain (Highest – Lowest) Elevation (metres) Difficulty 1 – 7 (1 least difficult) Length of Hike Typical Hike Time PHOTO Mt. Akadake 赤岳 2899 m 6 25 km 3 days Yokodake 横岳 2829 m 6 25 km 3 days Mt. Ioudake 硫黄岳…
  • The Sagamiko Illumination Forest

    David Lowe
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Largest Illumination Event in the Greater Tokyo Area A short one hour train ride from downtown Tokyo ushers you to the largest illumination spectacle in the Kanto area, the Sagamiko Illumillion. Illumination events in Japan are immensely popular with Tokyo alone host to a total of 23 large scale illuminations this year. The most admired include the Omotesando Illumination with its striking champagne coloured LEDs and the Tokyo Dome city winter illumination that boasts over 2.2 million lights. In contrast the Sagamiko Illumillion in Kanagawa Prefecture leaves the rest for dead with more than 5…
  • Mount Takao Plum Blossom Festival

    David Lowe
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    The Arrival of Spring Heralds in Plum Blossoms In past years I have been somewhat reluctant venturing into areas invested with sugi (a Japanese conifer) at this time of year with a predisposition towards lengthy sneezing bouts. But decided to risk my health anyway to take in the some of the 10,000 plum trees in the Baigo area of Mt. Takao coming into bloom. The crimson and white plum trees are scattered along a 5 km section of the old Koshu Kaido and while the flowers pay witness to a considerable crowd of day trippers it never feels overly congested. Along the river I ran into some local…
  • Wild Camping: 15 Essential Tips

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

  • Isle 11 ft. Explorer Inflatable SUP Review

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Isle Surf and SUP was founded in 2004 and is based out of San Diego, California. They have a great line of inflatable stand up paddle boards and after many comments and questions from visitors to our site regarding the Isle boards, I was super happy to get the chance to review one. I’ve been […]
  • How To Transport Your Inflatable SUP

    admin
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Most people want an inflatable SUP because they are so portable and compact. With an inflatable you have options and the advantage of being able to transport it anywhere by all different means. You don’t need to use a roof rack if you don’t want to or do any heavy lifting to get it where […]
  • Advanced Elements Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Advanced Elements started over a decade ago and began with hybrid inflatable kayaks that were unique to the market. Their kayaks have been very popular and the company has grown over the years. As of today they offer over seventy different products that sell worldwide including five different inflatable stand-up paddleboards. Their boards are well […]
  • Airhead Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Airhead is a really cool company that has a few nice inflatable SUP boards to choose from. They are part of the larger Kwik Tek family of brands. Kwik Tek manufactures lots of different water sport products including inflatable towable tubes, wakeboards, water ski and tow ropes, snow tubes, inflation accessories and of course inflatable […]
  • Airis Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Airis is the inflatable SUP brand for Walker Bay. Walker Bay has been around since 1997 producing recreational water products. Walker Bay is known for innovative, functional and unique products and their Airis stand-up paddle boards definitely fit that bill. The Airis boards have some unique features that make them stand out without sacrificing any […]
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Getting Your Loved Ones to Prepare

    Lisa S
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Note: This article was contributed by Dan F. Sullivan of SurvivalSullivan.com.  To learn more about Dan you can see the About the Author section at the end of the post. Getting Your Loved Ones To Prepare One of the biggest frustrations we face as preppers is not the myriad of dangers that threaten our existence. It’s not the fact that, the more we prepare, the less prepared we feel. It’s the fact that no matter how much we argue and fight, our families are oblivious to the idea of prepping. Sometimes they even laugh at us and call us crazy, tension rises and, before you know it, it…
  • Prepping For Small Spaces

    Lisa S
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Now that you’ve read all of our articles on gathering preps (And learned to save money while you do it!), it’s time to find a good place to stash your stuff. We aren’t all fortunate enough to have a multi-acre compound with a series of concrete bunkers to store our hard-earned gear and preps. With 80% of the United States population residing in urban areas, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re in an apartment or smaller house without a bunch of property or storage space. Let us show you how to store all of your preps effectively without cluttering up your entire living area. How…
  • 7 Common Prepping Mistakes…And How You Can Avoid Making Them!

    Chris Ruiz
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    Note: This article was contributed by Dan F. Sullivan of SurvivalSullivan.com.  To learn more about Dan you can see the About the Author section at the end of the post. 7 Common Prepping Mistakes Getting ready for the apocalypse is a somewhat complex matter because there’re a lot of variables involved: your age, your location, your financial situation, your current preparations, your neighbors, your location, the climate, your bug-out location, your family and many more. Complexity leads to mistakes, not that there’s anything wrong with them; it’s always good to make them because…
  • How To Choose The Best Hiking Headlamp For Bugging Out

    Chris Ruiz
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    In a survival situation, timing is everything. The extra couple seconds it takes you to reach something in your pack can very literally mean the difference between life and death – especially if that item is needed for first aid or self-defense. Having both hands available at all times can be a huge advantage, and a great way to ensure you can maneuver hands-free is by wearing a headlamp. In survival situations, headlamps (or headtorches, depending on where you hail from) are extremely convenient and useful, as well as having a variety of applications outside of survival situations…
  • Nitecore Mega Review – 2 Flashlights + A Titanium Tactical Pen

    Chris Ruiz
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
     In this review article, I’ll give you the rundown on a trio of tools from Nitecore including the general-use EA21 flashlight and the EDC-focused MT06 flashlight and NTP10 Titanium Pen. I’ve had these tools for several weeks now, and have had plenty of opportunities to put them through their paces. The MT06 EDC light and NTP10 tactical pen have been riding with me daily as part of my EDC gear. Meanwhile, the EA21 has served me well on home duty and on a few camping trips. Read on to see how I tested them and what I thought! Top to bottom: NPT10 Titanium Tactical Pen, MT06 EDC Light, and…
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    Best Tactical Flashlight

  • What Is The Best Compact Flashlight Of 2015?

    Michael
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    What To Look For In The Best Compact Flashlight? If you are looking for the best compact flashlight, you need to bear in mind that there are some very specific things you will want to look for. Just like with any other flashlight, the last thing you want to do is just pick the most powerful compact flashlight on the shelf.  In order to purchase the best compact LED flashlight you will need to pay attention to the fine details because that is what is going to allow one to stand out from the rest. Before you get started DOWNLOAD the FREE Tactical Flashlight Buyers Guide Checklist PDF. It will…
 
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    ADAPT network » Outdoor

  • Possible Railroad Tunnel through Mt. Everest

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

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

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

    Ben
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    The second short film from More Than Just Parks (MTJP) is the culmination of two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The team, consists of two brothers Will Pattiz & Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media, as well as additional crew members joining throughout the project. They chose Great Smoky Mountains as their second park because of it’s extraordinary display of fall/autumn colours and it’s importance as the most visited national park in the US. The team’s adventure started in the beautiful Northwest corner of the park in the popular area known…
  • A Visually Stunning Journey through Olympic National Park.

    Ben
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    The first short film from More Than Just Parks (MTJP) is the culmination of a month spent backpacking through Olympic National Park. The team, consists of two brothers Will Pattiz & Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media, as well as additional crew members joining throughout the project. They chose Olympic as their first of the MTJP short films due to its incredible diversity. It is unlike any park on the planet offering glacial mountain peaks, old-growth rainforests, and over seventy miles of wilderness coast, all within a day’s drive. The team’s journey started in the…
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  • 10 Basic Tips Before You Head Out On Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition

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

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

    Alex
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned fisherman, you’ve probably heard about fish finders or maybe even used them in the past. However, even most people that use these devices don’t really understand how they work. How Do Fish Finders Work First, let’s go over what fish finders are and what they do. Basically, these […]
  • Bramley Johnson from Modern Hiker Shares His Choice of Camping Meals for Ultralight Backpackers

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

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

  • Day 24: Best Western to Mile 352

    jonjadams31
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    We got up early from the comfort of our Best Western queen sized beds to get a jump on the day. Early, meaning up at 5:30am and out the door by 6am to the continental breakfast and on to the trail. We packed up our boxes and extra bags for Steve and Ann to grab from our room in the morning so we could slackpack the 10 miles to the dirt road we’ve selected as our pickup point. The hike itself wasn’t bad considering it was cold from our early start and the wind. We made the 352 mile mark a little after 10am and hopped in the car and are on our way to the Annual Day Zero PCT Kick Off…
  • Day 23: Cajon Junction and a Nearo (Near Zero) Day

    jonjadams31
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today we woke up thankful that we put our tents up for wind protection as the dew was plentiful. The wind we were worried about lasted maybe an hour or two into the night and thankfully died down after that. We reached camp right around 5pm, cooked and took to relaxation quickly. Around 6:30pm, Chris and Damien (who I hiked with the first day out of Idyllwild) rolled into the area and set up their tents to make our little area look like a cool little shantytown or Hooverville. When we woke up this morning we did the usual eat breakfast, pack up and get rolling. Originally the plan was to hike…
  • Day 22: Mojave River Forks Campground to Mile 335

    jonjadams31
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    When we woke up at the campground we let ourselves sleep in some. We had been doing an up by 6am and out by 7 routine. We were only 30 minutes off from that but it sure felt good. After packing up camp we headed back on the not-really-a-trail back toward the PCT. We remembered that we passed a water tank on the way into camp last night so we made our way through the brush toward the water tank that would get us to the spot we left off on from the PCT, and we only had to hop one barbed wire fence today! Once back on the PCT we wound our way down the trail eventually coming to a dam. Once…
  • Day 21: Slackpack for 16 Then Back to Reality

    jonjadams31
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We woke up pretty early today trying to get a good start to the day as Mel and Cindy (now going by Numbers for her constant attempts to call our mile mark 198 instead of 298) were going to start heading down south for their first session of the PCT Kick Off at Lake Morena. We hiked from Splinter’s cabin at mile marker 298 to highway 173 after the Mojave reservior dam. This was at mile 314, and where Mel met us to pick up Numbers and head south. The hike itself was pretty easy and had some great scenery through the Deep Creek area. After Mel and Numbers left us we hoisted up our full…
  • Day 20: Slackpack to Splinter’s Cabin

    jonjadams31
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Welp, today I am officially in my third decade on this planet. The big 3-0. Alright, now everybody knows that and it’s out of way we can never mention it again. Today, Cindy and I slackpacked from mile 281 to mile 298. The hike was pretty easy. Mostly flat with just a few up hills and downhills through a pine forest on a perfect day. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike for my birthday. We even saw a good sized black lizard do 8.5 push ups for us! We couldn’t give him full credit for the last one, he didn’t bend his arms enough (sorry buddy). Well I am low on data so…
 
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    Digital Steak

  • Taking a step into the unknown

    Charley Radcliffe
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    Nepal was an incredible trip. Not only did I get to experience a wonderful and inspiring new country, I also had a massive amount of time to reflect on where I have been, where I am, and where I want to go. I have written about searching for my purpose, taming the swarm of ideas... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Adventure with a capital A

    Charley Radcliffe
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    It is not news that I have made massive changes in my life to pursue more adventures. These have been challenging, fun, exciting, scary, and more. I have pushed myself to my limits and set out into the unknown, savouring every moment of it. These have all been amazing adventures for me, new steps into... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Embracing change

    Charley Radcliffe
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    I have experienced a lot of change over the last 12 months. In fact, looking back on where I was last March to today, it is hard to recognise the life I had as my own. For all the change I have embraced, it has not got any easier nor any less scary. I have... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna, coming home

    Charley Radcliffe
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    I’ve been home nearly a week now but Annapurna, and Nepal, feels like a lifetime ago. Was it really just two weeks ago that I realised the weather gods were conspiring against me and the opportunity to run the circuit would need to be put on hold for now? Making the decision to not carry... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna, turning a setback into a come back

    Charley Radcliffe
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I’m lying on a bed in a hotel in Pokhara, sniffling with a cold. Not exactly how I thought day 7 of my Run Annapurna adventure would be. There has been non-stop snow for over a week up high which has completely blocked the Thorong La pass putting any attempt at even walking the Annapurna... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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    The Flashlight Guide

  • What Is The Best AAA Flashlights?

    Jo
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    There are so many different battery types out there right now, and a question we always get asked here is why anyone would buy an AAA flashlight, when now there are batteries that are longer lasting, lighter to carry (and therefore, smaller and more ‘portable’), and give a higher lumen factor. Note: Lumen, abbreviated to lm, is a measure of the total amount of visible light to the human eye from a light source or lamp – the higher the lumen value, the brighter the light source is to the human eye. The answer is availability. A flashlight that works with micro batteries, or watch type…
  • MAGLITE ST3DMR6 3-D Cell LED Flashlight

    Jo
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Click on image to go to Amazon MagLite’s ST3DMR6 flashlight produces 131 lumens from its 3 Watt LED bulb, which is focusable, and is made from Alunimum. It is on the less expensive scale of flashlights, with a MSRP of ~$30, but with the quality and durability that you would expect from a MagLite product. The flashlight measures at a length of 12.34 inches and weighs in at 1.3 pounds. Specifications Weight: 1.3 pounds Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4 x 1.5 inches Model Number: ST3DMR6 Power Source: Alkaline batteries Type of Bulb: LED Luminous Flux: 131 lm Warranty Description: Warranty on parts…
  • Tactical Flashlight Review – What Are The Top 5 Tactical Flashlights?

    Jo
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    In our article How to Choose a Tactical Flashlight, we describe the factors you need to consider when looking for the best tactical flashlight to fit your needs. Here, we will do a tactical flashlight review of the top rated tactical flashlights based on average user rating. The 5 Top Rated Tactical Flashlights What is the best tactical flashlight? To answer that question, we look at the five top rated tactical flashlights as they appear on Amazon. Streamlight 69260 TLR-1 HL High Lumen Rail-Mounted Tactical Light  Click on image to go to Amazon The first tactical flashlight review is of…
  • Guide To Choosing The Best Tactical Flashlight

    Jo
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the most important steps in self-defense and gun safety is knowing your target’s location and what is beyond and in front of it. Not practicing this vital step can result in severe injury or even the accidental death of an innocent person. However, it can be extremely difficult to practice this in a dark area. That is why tactical flashlights have become so popular with gun owners. They’re not only useful for illuminating the area that you’re trying to protect, but they can also be so bright that they can temporarily blind or stun the threat. If you want the best…
  • Streamlight TLR-1 HL High Lumen Rail-Mounted Tactical Light Review

    Jo
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Streamlight TLR-1 tactical flashlight is a rail mounted flashlight that produces 630 lumens through its C4 LED light. The flashlight is made from 6000 series machines aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish and comes with a high temperature shock mounted glass lens. This light comes with a strobe function. Specifications Of The Streamlight TLR-1 Weight: 7.2 ounces Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 3 x 3 inches Model Number: 69260 Batteries: 2 CR123A batteries required. Power Source: Battery-Powered Type of Bulb: LED Luminous Flux: 630 lm Average Battery Life: 1.25 hours Warranty Description:…
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    GreatOutdooring.com

  • The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Review

    Great Outdooring
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to add kayaking to their exercise routine need a watercraft that is lightweight and easily transported. They also need room to stow gear securely, with an eye toward load bearing capacity. The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top rises to all of those challenges and adds durable construction to the mix. Here are a few of the pros and cons of owning the K1, as it is known for short. Pros of the Sevylor QuickPak Coverless SOT: Lightweight:  Every outdoor enthusiast knows that weight is key to a successful hike or camping venture. The QuickPak weighs a…
  • The Old Town 10 Vapor Recreational Review

    Great Outdooring
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Recreational kayaks are designed specifically for calm, protected waters or slow moving rivers. While not perfect for fishing, they are exactly what you would expect.  They are basic ‘yaks that are meant to be used by paddlers with entry-level skills and experience. Even though they are all designed with the same purpose in mind, there are still some boats that are better than others. The best in the class may be the Old Town Canoes and Kayaks Vapor 10. After reading this list of pros and cons, you may agree. Pros of the Old Town Vapor 10: Durability:  The Vapor 10 is made from heavy…
  • The 10 Foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Review:

    Great Outdooring
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    It is an age-old kayak debate: sit-in or sit-on. Each has its advantages and pundits. The topic can be confusing for beginnersand experienced paddlers alike. Even after you have made a choice, you then need to decide which boat to buy. Here are a few pros and cons of the10 foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Sit-in kayak that may tip you toward it and sit-ins in general. Pros of the 10 Foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Kayak: Durability:  The Aruba is made from high density polyethylene. It will survive underwater obstacles as well as run-ins with the occasional rock. The shell may dent, but a breech is extremely…
  • The Perception Sport Conduit 13 Review

    Great Outdooring
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    As your paddling skills advance, you will begin to look for a boat that is faster, has a sharper turning radius, but is still a bit more stable than a touring boat. The Perception Sport Conduit 13 Kayak may very well be the perfect solution for you, especially if you are not ready to spend top dollar for a premium boat. Here are a few of the pros and cons of the Sport Conduit 13 so you can make the most informed decision possible. Pros of the Perception Sport Conduit 13 Kayak: Durability:  The Conduit 13 is made of seamless high density polyethylene. It will endure most hidden hazards as…
  • The Perception Prodigy 10.0 Review

    Great Outdooring
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    Even experienced paddlers of a smaller stature may find it difficult to handle larger boats unless they are out fishing consistently. At the same time, they do not want to sacrifice quality in order to find the right sized recreational craft for their needs. If you fit into this group of outdoor adventurers, the Perception Prodigy 10.0 Kayak may be the best fit for you. Here are a few pros and cons of this boat to help you make a better informed decision. Pros of the Perception Prodigy 10.0 Kayak: Lightweight:  While not as lightweight as an inflatable or some hybrids, the Prodigy 10.0 is…
 
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    The Amateur Outdoorsman

  • 7 Hiking and Backpacking Smartphone Apps

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    While some people like to spend outdoors to get away from their computer, phone, and whatever else distracts them, others want to take full advantage of all the features technology offers them. If you’re someone who likes to bring their smartphone on backpacking trips, there is no shortage of apps to make preparing for and taking a backpacking trip. Here are 7 hiking and backpacking smartphone apps that can make your next trip a little safer and more enjoyable. Gear List/Packing: Making sure you have all your gear before heading out is one of the most important pieces of planning…
  • Campsite Selection Tips

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    While picking a campsite can be a relatively straightforward task, if you’re not careful you might end up in a spot not designated for camping or hurting the surrounding vegetation. When looking for a place to camp, be sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles to minimize any impact to the forrest. For those just getting into backpacking and who are on the trail from the spring to fall, some simple planning before you head out and while backpacking can help you find a good campsite, save a lot of time, and make your night a little more restful. Here are a few campsite selection tips to…
  • Spring Hiking Tips

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    With the melting snow and warmer temperatures, many backpackers are emerging from their winter hiatus to hit the trails. For many, it’ll be the first time hitting the trail this year, so it’s important to take some extra time and prepare for what lies ahead. Muddy trails, rushing rivers, and changing weather conditions are a few of the challenges that come with hiking in the spring. Here are 7 spring hiking tips to keep you safe on the trail and to make the trip a little less uncomfortable: Check the Weather: While you should always check the weather before a trip, pay extra…
  • Guest Post: 6 ways to put together your backpacking kit on the cheap

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    You’re starting to get the backpacking itch. After a few day hikes to some local parks, you’re ready to make the jump into a multi-day trek into the backcountry and get outfitted with everything from a GPS unit to a camping stove and a backpack with the latest features. Then you add up what all that will cost… Ouch. Thankfully, if you’re really looking to spend some time sleeping under the stars this year, with a little planning and some patience, you’ll be able to find what you need at a decent price. Read more about how to save month when buying backpacking gear at GrindTV.com…
  • Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Every year, the U.S. National Park Service offers free entrance days in the national parks throughout the country. Over 100 parks participate in these events, and not only offer free admission, but also provide additional activities, such as outdoor classes, tours, and speaking events. With the cost of some parks running up to and about $30, this is a great opportunity if you’re looking to save a little money on your backpacking trips this year. Here’s a list of parks, by state, that participate in the free admission dates and here are dates for 2015: January 19: Martin Luther…
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  • Why You Should Go Outdoors Right Now

    Nathan
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Without a doubt, the trend in technological development has brought about a lot of ease and convenience into our lives. We now have less need to be outdoors because there our home entertainment gadgets are savvier and we can shop for practically anything with the click of a mouse and get it home delivered. While all the comfort and benefits of technology are desirable and should be enjoyed, it is important not to lose sight of the joys which the outdoors hold for you. Some activities are irreplaceable and going outside is one of them because it brings balance to life and living. So, from time…
  • Top 10 National Parks To Visit

    Nathan
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As people who love exploring the great outdoors and the beautiful nature, we all just want to let loose and have fun. We all want to explore. If there were no exploring or adventure in the outdoors, what would the outdoors even be? These national parks were all preserved, because these environmental landmarks are breathtaking experiences that we would all want to go to. At these parks, you can take a hike, go backpacking, or just explore the wonderful nature around you. Put together by the Great Outdoorz, here are the Top 10 National Parks To Visit: Arches National Park Location: Moab, Utah…
  • 10 Adventures That You Should Experience Right Now

    Nathan
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ah, the great outdoors. The perfect place to get away and explore, or to just relax. But what are you doing right now? Are you outdoors? Even if you are outdoors, is there any adventure involved? There was a quote that inspired us to write this article: “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru After reading this quote our team thought that we could all be having some great adventures, so the Great Outdoorz composed a list of 10…
  • Outdoor Adventure Travel – Get Yourself Energized!

    Nathan
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Outdoor adventure travel is the way to catch nature adventure in an amazing way. As well, a well-considerable reason is also present for it. Certain trips are present here for outing travel and are even considered as the best outdoor adventure travel. If you wish to have a traveling adventure, a bundle of choices are present for you to select and still, they are considered as the best ones. This travel doesn’t only mean to travel overseas or far away. Probably, bulks of outdoor adventure travel are present right in front of you. There is no need to put a lot of amount for this outdoor…
  • 10 Tips To Have The Best Family Camping Trip Of Your Life

    Nathan
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ah, family camping. The only thing in the world where your vacation is spent sleeping in a tent. There are so many things that could be done. Camping is fun alone, but family camping? That’s the best type of camping I like to do. But how do you make your camping trip fun? Here are the best ways to have the best camping trip of your life:   1 – Eat S’mores While Having a Campfire This is an obvious must. S’mores are essential on your next camping trip. Not only are they fun to make, but they are a tasty and delicious treat! 2 – Play Board Games…
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