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  • Inflatable Solar Lantern a Sustainable Mood-Lighting Solution

    Camping News
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Camping might not be everyone's idea of a fun weekend, but what if you could add some solar-powered mood lighting that transforms your tent into an atmospheric love nest surrounded by nature? The Luci Aura by MPOWERD is an inflatable solar lantern that features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, seven mesmerizing colours, and an all-important smooth fade function. Using the lantern is fairly straightforward, just leave it out in the sun to charge, then inflate it to full size and either choose your favorite color lighting, or set it to cycle through all of them like a rainbow.
  • Portable Power Reviews

    GearGuide
    Matt K.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Got enough portable power? For me the answer is absolutely not. After foolishly leaving a rather respectable Android phone on the top of my car (only to find it later smashed in the middle of a busy street), I picked up a reasonable replacement. I opted for the smaller, 24-hour battery version. For a while, that was sufficient. But with the upgrade to Kit Kat, battery life has gone to hell. So good-bye GPS and Bluetooth. Hello overpromising battery management apps and external battery packs. I’ve tried a number of smaller, portable battery products over the past several months. Most have…
  • New Ski Advice

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    xlr8r
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm looking for some direction in demoing and eventually getting a new pair of skis this year. I currently have a pair of 6 year old 181 K2 Apache Recons. I think it is time for something new, but have not paid any attention to how skis have changed in the last 5 years or so. I would like something a bit wider for the rare powder day. Being a big guy (6'4", 220lbs) the recons tend to sink in powder. Or at the other end of the spectrum, I would like a tighter turn radius as the recons tend to naturally carve on large radius turns. Does anyone have any ideas on what skis I should look into…
  • Horror Stories for Halloween

    Camping News
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    I wrote a column for today's TU Sports section about being scared in the woods. I asked some prolific outdoors people about being spooked in the woods .
  • Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Outdoor Foundation’s report shows increase of 700,000 outdoor participants since 2012.
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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

  • New Ski Advice

    xlr8r
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm looking for some direction in demoing and eventually getting a new pair of skis this year. I currently have a pair of 6 year old 181 K2 Apache Recons. I think it is time for something new, but have not paid any attention to how skis have changed in the last 5 years or so. I would like something a bit wider for the rare powder day. Being a big guy (6'4", 220lbs) the recons tend to sink in powder. Or at the other end of the spectrum, I would like a tighter turn radius as the recons tend to naturally carve on large radius turns. Does anyone have any ideas on what skis I should look into…
  • Tom Menino loses his battle with cancer

    skiNEwhere
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/30/politi...html?c=&page=1 Love him or hate him, it is sad to see the face of Boston pass away. R.I.P
  • Average Annual Snowfall in the Northeast (Map)

    Nick
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Cool map from the US Weather Service in Burlington Attached Images annual snowfall.jpg (94.9 KB)
  • Unique MRG Facebook Page: Midstation Single Chair

    thetrailboss
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In reading the Ski Vermont Magazine, I saw that the longtime mid-station attendant for the Single Chair has his own fanpage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midstation.singlechair?fref=ts He discusses conditions and what music he is playing for riders that day. Pretty neat.
  • Stowe Demo Day Date?

    RISkier
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Anyone know when Stowe will be having their demo day? They usually have one fairly early in December and I'd really like to demo a few skis. Thanks.
 
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    Camping News

  • Horror Stories for Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    I wrote a column for today's TU Sports section about being scared in the woods. I asked some prolific outdoors people about being spooked in the woods .
  • Emergency search locates missing Colac camper

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    EMERGENCY services were kept busy overnight trying to locate an ill Colac man camping with his elderly mother south of Rocklands Reservoir. EMERGENCY services were kept busy overnight Thursday trying to locate an ill Colac man camping with his elderly mother south of Rocklands Reservoir.
  • Couple donate valuable 'poover' to Lincoln horse charity

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Lincoln-based equine welfare charity, Bransby Horses, is thanking a Wiltshire couple after they made a donation worth around A 3,000 - including an industrial paddock hoover. Karen & Bill Nimmo-Scott arrived at the charity base in Bransby in their camper van, camping overnight with their two dogs, on October 27 armed with a number of surprises.
  • WVU, police prep for game

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    Officials at West Virginia University and law enforcement are preparing for a busy weekend as multiple events will bring crowds of students and visitors to Morgantown.
  • Inflatable Solar Lantern a Sustainable Mood-Lighting Solution

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Camping might not be everyone's idea of a fun weekend, but what if you could add some solar-powered mood lighting that transforms your tent into an atmospheric love nest surrounded by nature? The Luci Aura by MPOWERD is an inflatable solar lantern that features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, seven mesmerizing colours, and an all-important smooth fade function. Using the lantern is fairly straightforward, just leave it out in the sun to charge, then inflate it to full size and either choose your favorite color lighting, or set it to cycle through all of them like a rainbow.
 
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  • 2014 November/December Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    View the online digital issue Articles Rosie's Girls: Changing the Story for GirlsTiffany Bluemle Delivering Happiness: Five Things Camps Can Learn from Zappos read more
  • American Camp Association® CEO to Retire

    American Camp Association
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Indianapolis, IN (October 14) — Peg L. Smith, the American Camp Association’s CEO and champion of the camp experience and youth development for 16 years, will retire January 1, 2015. read more
  • ACA and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

    American Camp Association
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 10 , 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) and the Children & Nature Network announce the launch of their partnership to further the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. read more
  • The Children's Music Network Becomes an ACA Educational Alliance

    American Camp Association
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    The Children's Music Network and ACA created an educational alliance to promote singing as part of the camp experience.  We recognize that camp is an important setting for encouraging a life-long love of music.  The mission of the Children's Music Network is to celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas, and creating community. read more
  • ACA and Green Camps Initiative Formalize Educational Alliance

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

  • Flash Reviews No. 3

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Introductory reviews of the Sil-Dripper Coffee Brewer, the Elemental Horizons Pocket, and the Klymit Motion 35 Pack. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-29ul type="disc" > Klymit Motion 35 Pack Sili-Dripper Coffee Brewer Elemental Horizons Accessory Pocket ARTICLE OUTLINE In This Issue Klymit Motion 35 Pack The Skinny The Specs My Take More Info Sili-Dripper Coffee Brewer The Skinny The Specs My Take More Info Elemental Horizons Accessory Pocket The Skinny The Specs My Take More Info # WORDS: 2410 # PHOTOS: 4 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: Flash Reviews > Gear
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 18

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-10-29The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 2

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2014-10-22Welcome to Lightweight Backpacking News - a bimonthly (every two weeks) series digest that will bring you updates from around the web about new gear, backpacking and adventure stories, wild trip reports, and much more! If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". ARTICLE OUTLINE…
  • (M) Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-22Planning meals and cooking equipment needs for group expeditions can be intimidating. I like to make the process as simple as possible for everyone involved, whether you are on the planning team, the shopping and packaging team, the cooking team, the cleanup team, or the eating team!x This article describes the basic framework for a simple, lightweight group cooking system developed, refined, and tested over the past ten years as a trek leader for Backpacking Light's Wilderness…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-10-14The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
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  • 5 Tips for Traveling in Perú

    Ryan
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guinea pig is a popular delicacy in Perú. But I’ll tell you something else about food in my 5 tips for traveling in Perú. They boast some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, but you have to prepare for a handful of things in different parts of Perú: the shy people and weak Wi-Fi, under-budgeting and potent coca leaves, and the good and bad of all the cuisine. Well, there you have it, my 5 tips for traveling in Perú. Thanks for reading. Just kidding. Let’s talk about them. Huacachina was beautiful but it’s no surprise that, in the middle of the desert, the Wi-Fi is…
  • Peschici: Whitewashed Homes and Cobblestone Roads

    Dave
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    White walls invite graffiti, yet even spray paint seems to have its place here Following a fun morning exploring the back streets of Vico del Gargano and lunch at the Arianna Club where we were staying, my fellow bloggers and I were introduced to Peschici. Peschici is a whitewashed seaside village of 4,400 residents at the northernmost point of the Gargano promontory in southern Italy. As was the case in Vico, I felt an overwhelming urge to scurry off and lose myself in the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic center. This time, I also made sure to stop for gelato and to pick up a…
  • Wandering the Back Streets of Vico del Gargano

    Dave
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney Like a mouse in a maze, I wandered the back streets of Vico del Gargano. Every narrow, twisted alley I encountered, my eyes opened a little wider. In years I was 37, but in spirit I was a little kid again. I knew nothing of Vico del Gargano upon arrival, yet it was as though everything I expected of Italy was suddenly before me. The mundane was fascinating. The first door I came across in Vico was also my favorite The…
  • Celebrating New Year’s Eve Abroad

    Dave
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Countdown to New Year’s in Christchurch If my trip around the world taught me one thing, it’s how much I prefer to celebrate Christmas surrounded by family in the United States. I was surprised to find a minimal amount of public decoration in New Zealand my first December spent away from home, and I made it a point to leave Egypt for Belgium ahead of Christmas in 2008 as there would’ve been even less to see there. Celebrating New Year’s Eve abroad, on the other hand, has always been filled with excitement. Since 2007, I’ve had the chance to ring in the…
  • The Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo

    Dave
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Entrance to the Monte Sant’ Angelo A few months ago, I was invited by the kind folks at Gargano OK, a consortium of local businesses, to tour their slice of southeastern Italy. Gargano, part of the Puglia region, is known as the “spur of the boot” on the account of its location just above the “heel of the boot” on Italy’s Adriatic coast. For years, its been known amongst Italians as a budget-friendly beach destination, but as I would quickly come to find out, there’s much more to do here than lie on a lounge chair and work on your tan. Our first…
 
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    Sectionhiker.com

  • Raffle: ENTER to Win a Free TOAKs Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove

    Philip Werner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    TOAKS Titanium Siphon Alcohol StoveThe new TOAKS Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove is a self-priming. top burner jet stove, like the classic Trangia, but much lighter weight and more streamlined.  Here’s a movie of the TOAKS Titanium Siphon Stove burning where you can see the jet-based flame pattern clearly.  The advantage of using a stove like this is that it’s compatible with any type of cook pot, you can simmer with it by covering some of the jets, and it’s super easy to light because it has an open top.Weighing less than one ounce (20 g), the TOAKS Titanium Siphon…
  • Catskills Backpacking: The Escarpment Trail

    Philip Werner
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    One of my favorite multi-day backpacking trips in the Catskills of New York is The Escarpment Trail, which is notable for it’s open vistas and fine views of the Hudson River Valley. This 23.9 mile hike is moderately challenging and is best spread over a 3 day trip, including shuttles, so you can enjoy the views without feeling rushed.The last time I hiked the Escarpment Trail was on a trip led by a good friend who leads backpacking trips for the New York Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The trip leaders for this AMC chapter are fantastic and I’ve backpacked with them in…
  • 10 Life Hacks For Hikers and Backpackers

    Philip Werner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    If you’ve been smitten by hiking and all you can think about is your next trip, it’s time to rearrange your life to maximize your hiking time. Here are a few hiking and backpacking hacks to help you on your way.1. Replace your entire wardrobe with hiking clothes.If putting on your hiking clothes helps get you in the mood for hiking, go ahead and put them on all the time. No one will know that you’re wearing your hiking outfit at work, unless you’ve camped overnight in the woods behind your office park!2. Dehydrate all leftovers so you always have backpacking meals…
  • SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

    Philip Werner
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Trekkertent Stealth Shelter in New Hampshire’s White MountainsA number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out.While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or lightweight, the gear I bring on a day hike or backpacking trip is primarily determined by the conditions I expect to encounter and my trip objectives (see My Gear List Philosophy.) Those conditions vary because the type of…
  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Review

    Philip Werner
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    My boring gray Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad “in action.”When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of the  Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad, which only weighs 15 ounces and has an R-value of 5.7.The NeoAir XTherm is quite similar to Therm-a-Rest’s other NeoAir inflatable sleeping…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner

    Alicia MacLeay
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Think you're too busy to give back to the trails? In addition to running two businesses, Tammy Turner volunteers up to 100 hours a month as Volunteer Coordinator for the independent Mount Hood Chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA). This year alone her chapter's volunteers spent more than 11,000 hours clearing and maintaining the 217 miles of the PCT from north of Mt. Jefferson in mid-Oregon to just north of Mt. Adams in Washington. We managed to pin Tammy down for the Q&A below to learn more about coordinating more than 100 PCT trail crews annually, her favorite gear,…
  • Reviewer Dirtwheels Wins $1,100 in L.L. Bean Winter Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Lee (above with his dirt wheels at Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, S.C.) won $1,100 in winter gear from L.L. Bean, including a four-season tent and two winter mummy bags, for reviewing his outdoor gear! Congratulations to Lee Robbins (aka Dirtwheels), winner of a $1,100 winter gear package courtesy of L.L. Bean! For sharing his gear reviews, Lee wins two 0-degree down sleeping bags and a four-season backcountry dome tent, all thanks to the generous folks at L.L. Bean. Lee's review of his TATO Gear Element Titanium Wood Stove was selected randomly from the 253 outdoor gear…
  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win $1000 L.L. Bean Prize

    Alicia MacLeay
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Snow and ice are coming, and we're gearing up one member with a winter prize package worth $1,100, thanks to the good folks at L.L. Bean. Review your gear by Tuesday, October 21, and you're entered to win two 0-degree down sleeping bags, plus a four-season backcountry dome tent for your winter adventures. Whether you've been hiking, climbing, paddling, skiing, or trail running, tell us in a review how your outdoor gear performs and you're entered to win this impressive Beans prize package. To Enter: Write a review now through Tuesday, October 21, of your own field-tested outdoor gear,…
  • Meet Jim, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Jim and Casper near Lonesome Lake in the Whites of N.H. Congratulations to Jim51111, Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! Each month we recognize and get to know a different member of the Trailspace community. This month it's Jim, a hiker, backpacker, backcountry skier, and snowshoer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Jim is also a member of Trailspace's Review Corps program and the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team based in Franconia, N.H., which assists with lost and injured hikers throughout the White Mountains. Congratulations, Jim, and thanks for sharing your…
  • 2 Sleeping Bags + 1 Tent = 1 Happy L.L. Bean Winner

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We don't want a lack of gear to keep you indoors and lonely this winter. So, we're giving one member two 0-degree down sleeping bags, plus a four-season backcountry dome tent for two, all thanks to the good folks at L.L. Bean! Whether you've been hiking, climbing, paddling, skiing, or trail running, tell us in a review how your outdoor gear has performed in the field, trails, water, and hills. Do so by Tuesday, October 21, and you're entered to win this impressive winter prize package from L.L. Bean worth $1,100. To Enter: Write a review now through Tuesday, October 21, of your own…
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • The State of Southern California Fall Color

    Scott Turner
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Over the last week, Modern Hiker made a couple of trips out to eastern San Diego County, where the higher elevations support large groves of deciduous black oaks. These trees are one of the few non-riparian deciduous trees in Southern California, and they are responsible for putting on a gorgeous... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Hot Springs Mountain

    Scott Turner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    In a wild and lonely corner of the Los Coyotes Reservation stands the highest point in San Diego County. Hot Springs Mountain, which stands about 20′ higher than Cuyamaca Peak, boasts the stunning views you would expect from a 6,533′ mountain smack dab in the center of the Peninsular... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let’s Reclaim The Vandals’ Hashtags

    Casey Schreiner
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    By now, you all know how I feel about this Casey Nocket / Creepytings National Parks vandalism story – I want to make sure that once the Viral News Spotlight turns to its next story, we don’t forget that trash and graffiti are still far too prevalent in our National, State, and Local... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Bernardo Mountain and Lake Hodges

    Scott Turner
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Bernardo Mountain is a prominent and easily accessible peak towering over the tranquil waters of Lake Hodges. Both landmarks play a starring role in this moderate 7+ mile peak-bagging excursion, which also features good views over the eastern half of the county toward the Peninsular Ranges in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GoLite Files for Chapter 11

    Bram Johnson
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week Golite filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The Boulder-based outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer had been in some trouble for a while but the news of bankruptcy comes as a shock at least to us. While the company said that employees would not be affected, Golite was seeking to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Sunrise

    montucky
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
  • Fall colors

    montucky
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Country Road in Autumn Black Cottonwoods in Autumn
  • Western Larch

    montucky
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The mountains in the background are in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains.
  • Fool’s hens

    montucky
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Spruce Grouse ~ Falcipennis canadensis On a short hike across the north-facing slope below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana the other day I came across a total of ten of these medium sized grouse whose species inhabits all of Canada and just the northernmost parts of the United States. Had I been a predator that day, I would have been well fed because they behave as their nickname implies, rather foolishly, letting me get within a few feet of them before they flew, depending to an amazing degree just on their camouflage alone. They weigh about a pound to a…
  • Mountaintop gold

    montucky
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Photo taken from just below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana. In the distance just across the Clark Fork River is KooKooSint Ridge in the Cabinet Mountain range.
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    10,000 Birds

  • Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2014?

    Mike
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Keep your eyes to the skies for vultures circling for fresh meat. Do you think vultures find zombies confusing? This Friday brings a macabre parade of little monsters to those parts of the world that celebrate Halloween. The following day comes El Dia de los Muertos. Both holidays can be fun, but neither are particularly birdy unless you count sexy Halloween birds. Since I’ve been working weekends, I haven’t had much luck hustling up interesting bird sightings. With hope, this weekend will be different. Corey always uncovers exciting avifauna in Queens, which is where…
  • The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

    Dragan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of those mornings that somehow let the light in, but without a trace of sun. I leave tarmac behind, entering a dirt track with my low clearance hatchback, carefully avoiding the trenches deeply rooted by combine harvesters. Going over the side corrugations, I wonder if they have used the snow groomer to flatten this section of the track? Some 40 km north of Belgrade, Serbia, I am driving to the very end of an oxbow lake with the intention of looking for the Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea) that were found here the day before. I already have a history of searches for this species.
  • Are You Going to the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

    Corey
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I certainly can’t wait for 21 January 2015! That will be the opening day of the 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. I had a great time back in 2012 and even more fun in 2014. Who knows what great birds 2015 will bring? Florida is a great place to bird in January because in addition to the year-round species there are a host of birds that winter in the relatively balmy climate that Florida has in winter. That means grassy fields are loaded with sparrows, hummocks are filled with wood-warblers, and wetlands teem with waterfowl. Add to the avifauna…
  • Book Review: Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

    Duncan
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s six weeks to the day till I go to Africa, and of late conversations about the subject have taken a reliable and predictable detour. “Aren’t I worried about Ebola?” To which I reply “No, not personally.” I’ll sometimes add “It’s in West Africa, I’ll be in South Africa. My parents are in England, should I be worried about the conflict on the other side of Europe  in the Ukraine?” Ebola is in the news a lot at the moment. It’s become regrettably political in the US right, which is the absolute worst response to a…
  • Sora! Sora! Sora!

    Nate
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I realize that no one wants to hear about other people’s lists. It can be boring, for sure, but my own birding lately has been pretty much exclusively in service of my home county list, that of Guilford County, North Carolina. As I’ll mention to anyone who cares to listen (and many who don’t), county birding is particularly great for keeping motivated when other aspects of life manage to get in the way of going farther afield. My home county is mostly developed, with various parks, lakes, and fields scattered throughout. The diversity is good, though, and many of the…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2014?

    Mike
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Keep your eyes to the skies for vultures circling for fresh meat. Do you think vultures find zombies confusing? This Friday brings a macabre parade of little monsters to those parts of the world that celebrate Halloween. The following day comes El Dia de los Muertos. Both holidays can be fun, but neither are particularly birdy unless you count sexy Halloween birds. Since I’ve been working weekends, I haven’t had much luck hustling up interesting bird sightings. With hope, this weekend will be different. Corey always uncovers exciting avifauna in Queens, which is where…
  • The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

    Dragan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of those mornings that somehow let the light in, but without a trace of sun. I leave tarmac behind, entering a dirt track with my low clearance hatchback, carefully avoiding the trenches deeply rooted by combine harvesters. Going over the side corrugations, I wonder if they have used the snow groomer to flatten this section of the track? Some 40 km north of Belgrade, Serbia, I am driving to the very end of an oxbow lake with the intention of looking for the Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea) that were found here the day before. I already have a history of searches for this species.
  • Are You Going to the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival?

    Corey
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I certainly can’t wait for 21 January 2015! That will be the opening day of the 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. I had a great time back in 2012 and even more fun in 2014. Who knows what great birds 2015 will bring? Florida is a great place to bird in January because in addition to the year-round species there are a host of birds that winter in the relatively balmy climate that Florida has in winter. That means grassy fields are loaded with sparrows, hummocks are filled with wood-warblers, and wetlands teem with waterfowl. Add to the avifauna…
  • Book Review: Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

    Duncan
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s six weeks to the day till I go to Africa, and of late conversations about the subject have taken a reliable and predictable detour. “Aren’t I worried about Ebola?” To which I reply “No, not personally.” I’ll sometimes add “It’s in West Africa, I’ll be in South Africa. My parents are in England, should I be worried about the conflict on the other side of Europe  in the Ukraine?” Ebola is in the news a lot at the moment. It’s become regrettably political in the US right, which is the absolute worst response to a…
  • Sora! Sora! Sora!

    Nate
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I realize that no one wants to hear about other people’s lists. It can be boring, for sure, but my own birding lately has been pretty much exclusively in service of my home county list, that of Guilford County, North Carolina. As I’ll mention to anyone who cares to listen (and many who don’t), county birding is particularly great for keeping motivated when other aspects of life manage to get in the way of going farther afield. My home county is mostly developed, with various parks, lakes, and fields scattered throughout. The diversity is good, though, and many of the…
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    Ryan Jordan

  • High Lakes Tenkara

    Ryan
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    October 3, 2014 Tonight I heated a flat slab of granite in the firepit, then used the rock to plank-cook two salted tenkara-caught cutthroat trout for dinner. // Last night was windy, but the temperature warmed before morning. I didn’t have to sleep with my clothes on all night, and my socks dried out so…
  • Finding Lightning

    Ryan
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    It’s not hard to find something if you know where to look. After all, Lightning Lake is on the map, you can get GPS coordinates for it, and you can see it with Google Earth. However, Lightning Lake has a long and storied history among Golden Trout fishermen and backcountry addicts as being notoriously difficult…
  • The Certain Uncertainty of Off-Trail Travel

    ryan
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Planning off-trail travel is sometimes an exercise in theory. You really don’t realize how much of it is entertainment until your feet are on the ground. Much of the time, in rather short order, you ditch your plans, open your eyes, and adapt. If there is ever a time when you go into a route…
  • Packrafting the Smith River: Day 4

    ryan
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Packrafting the Smith River: Day 4 Gusty winds blew across the bench above the river where we were camped last night at Rattlesnake Bend. They swirled around unpredictably and I slept with one eye open wondering if one of the big limbs belong to the fir tree sheltering my bivy sack was going to come…
  • Packrafting the Smith River: Day 3

    Ryan
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I’ve always held fast to the idea that spending time in the wilderness offers the clarity of thought that comes with having to make fewer inane decisions, being insulated from the incessant distractions of information bombardment and technology access, ridding oneself of the trivial urgency that demands the same level of excitement from you as…
 
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Softshell Jackets Advice

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

    Daniel Cheaptents
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    We are excited to announce that we are stocking a new range of parkas from Didrickons. If you are looking for a stylish and practical winter coat then Didrickons’ parkas are just what you need. Our range includes parkas for men, women, boys and girls so you can keep your whole family dry and warm [...]
  • Snowdonia Hiking – Cnicht

    Daniel Cheaptents
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Cnicht is fondly known as the “Matterhorn of Wales”. This is due to its similarity, when viewed from Porthmadog, to the iconic alpine mountain of the same name. However, it was when I was hiking on Elidir Fawr that Cnicht caught my attention. When viewed from the north, the ridge like nature of Cnicht is [...]
  • ThermoBall Insulation from The North Face

    Daniel Cheaptents
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    When you’re out in the cold and wet its vital to keep warm. The warmest outdoor jackets use an insulation material sandwiched between a outer shell. Just like with sleeping bags, there are two main choices for insulation material. These are either down or synthetic. Both of these insulation materials loft up, trapping air voids [...]
  • Welcome to Adventure Centre!

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

  • Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

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

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    © By Othmar Vohringer It has been a while since we did a “News Roundup” here at Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer. In other words, it about time for one. Staying informed is very important for hunters and anglers, especially about news of new pending legislation. Without further ado here is the latest news in the outdoor world. It is with great regret that a missing hunter in Calgary hunter has
  • Sturgeons –BC’s Very Own River Monsters

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer Sturgeons are truly unique creatures believed to be on earth in their present form for the last 200 million years, the end of the Triassic period, ranking them among the most ancient animals to inhabit earth. There are 25 different species of sturgeons around the globe from China to Russia, Europe and North America. North America is home to the species “White Sturgeon” which
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    PaddlingLight.com

  • Protect Wilderness and Our National Parks with Your Vote

    Bryan Hansel
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Tweet One of the missions of PaddlingLight.com is to grow paddlesport participation in order to increase wilderness protection. The belief is that as people start to paddle and enjoy the woods more, they’ll want to preserve it. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “”The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” Unfortunately, Canoeists Are Getting Older and Introducing Fewer New People to the Wilderness. When you have fewer people interested in the wilderness and the national parks, there’s a smaller chance the people of…
  • Should Kayakers Pay for a Rescue?

    Bryan Hansel
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Tweet Every now and then someone does something stupid or someone does everything right and gets into trouble, he finds himself in a situation that he can’t get out of on his own and calls mayday (see How to Call Mayday When Canoeing or Kayaking). This happens to both professional and recreational boaters and it happens to kayakers and canoeists. We rarely hear about the rescues of people from freighters or off of cruise ships, but if a kayaker or canoeist gets into trouble, there’s no doubt it will make the 6 o’clock news. That news is often followed with the pundits…
  • Enerplex Solar Power Review

    Bryan Hansel
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Tweet Over the summer, Enerplex sent me a few products to test out and review. I received Enerplex Kickr IV and a Enerplex Jumpr Slate 10K for review. I spent the summer using them to charge my smartphone and tablet and other USB powered devices, such as a camera. And I’ve found that I love the products. I find writing reviews for products that I love more difficult than for products that I’m so-so on, so I’ve been procrastinating on this review, because I love this bit of kit. Enerplex Kickr IV Reivew The EnerPlex Kickr IV solar panel is a foldable and flexible 6.5 watt…
  • Aquabound Manta Ray Carbon Paddle Review

    Bryan Hansel
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Tweet For a little over a month, I’ve been using Aquabound’s Manta Ray Carbon paddle as my primary paddle for personal trips and for guiding. Aquabound sent me the paddle so I could do a Manta Ray Carbon paddle review. I’ve used the paddle with a number of different boats, including a NDK Explorer, Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Pro and a Dagger Alchemy. The conditions that I tested it in ranged from calm to 4-foot choppy wind waves. I also used it for surfing in waves up to 3 feet and for playing in rock gardens in waves to 3 feet. I tested the 210 cm version. One of my…
  • Kayaks For Sale

    Bryan Hansel
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Tweet I have one new and a few used kayaks for sale. The kayaks are in Grand Marais, Minnesota, but if we can coordinate it correctly, I can meet someone in Duluth, Minnesota, because I often get down there. SOLD — 2012 Perception Expression 15 Red w/skeg. Mid-level touring kayak with some features of an expeditions kayak. Turns easily and the skeg keeps it going straight when you want it to go straight. Lots of room for hauling gear. 2011 UK Canoe & Kayak Magazine Best Touring Kayak! Length: 15’0 / 456 cm Width: 24″ / 61 cm Max Capacity: 325 lbs / 148 kg Deck Height: 14.5″ /…
 
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    The GearCaster

  • How To Survive Zombie Apocalypse-Petzl Style

    Amy Jurries
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Source: Petzl Principles of Zombie Escape   The Petzl Technical Institute has done it again. First with the Holiday Tech Tips on how to properly lower Santa down the chimney at Christmas, and now, Petzl attacks head on (literally) the tools and techniques you need to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Something to think about as you head out after dark tonight. In the style of their standard Technical Notice that comes with every product, Petzl first outlines the gear you need to be prepared—helmet, small pack, gloves, ice axe, personal escape system, harness, hammer, and running shoes, with…
  • Patagonia Tsampa Soup

    Amy Jurries
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few years ago, Patagonia started Patagonia Provisions with an aim beyond just selling good food, but also that of reforming various supply chains in the process. The initial product was Wild Salmon Jerky (now rebranded as Wild Sockeye Salmon) that comes only from abundant, sustainable runs in the North Pacific and harvested in specific migration routes to avoid harming less abundant species. The latest product out of the Provisions group is Tsampa Soup, a hearty, organic, dried soup mix you can eat at home or on the trail. Integral to Tibetan culture, tsampa is a hearty, nutty tasting flour…
  • Oakley Airwave 1.5 Now Controls Your VIRB

    Amy Jurries
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Looks like Oakley, Recon Instruments, and Garmin held a meeting of the minds in order to create the ultimate in snow goggles. The latest Oakley Airwave 1.5 not only delivers Recon’s heads-up display functionality, but now also enables you to live view and control your Garmin VIRB Elite action camera. The new Oakley Airwave 1.5 uses a wireless connection (ANT+?) and a specially designed app to allow the goggle’s heads-up display to be used with the Garmin VIRB Elite action camera. Your snow goggles can now show you live video previews, as well as overlay data from the VIRB’s…
  • The Hepburn From Ilk Outerwear

    Amy Jurries
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week I met with Mike Weiss, an outdoor industry veteran and one of the founders of Ilk Outerwear together with his girlfriend, Emily. After watching Emily struggle to find apparel that offered form as well as function to match her San Francisco lifestyle, the two set out to create a women’s outerwear line that offered the best of both worlds. It was inspiring, to say the least, to hear Mike talk about wanting to create a brand founded on multi-functional pieces for women. Yes, there are brands such as Outlier or even Levi’s who do a great job with functional fashion, but to…
  • HTC RE Handheld Video Camera

    Amy Jurries
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    You knew it wouldn’t take long before more phone manufacturers wanted in on the handheld video camera game. Apart from the fact that the new HTC RE looks a bit like a can of pepper spray or a submarine periscope, this dead simple to use device might be the answer for those that don’t need all the pro features and matching price of the GoPro Hero4. Designed to fit more naturally in your hand than most action cameras, the RE’s one button operation will never leave you asking, “Is this thing on?” The camera features a 16MP sensor that captures both photos and HD…
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • Are you prepared for an Earthquake?

    Survival Spot
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    [Via LifeGear.com] The post Are you prepared for an Earthquake? appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Drill Your Own Water Well

    Survival Spot
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The post Drill Your Own Water Well appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Food Matters

    Survival Spot
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” – Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what’s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some…
  • How to Build Your Own AC

    Survival Spot
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    The post How to Build Your Own AC appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Hammock Camping Basics illustration

    Survival Spot
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    [Via Gear-Report.com] The post Hammock Camping Basics illustration appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
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    Paddling.net News and Features

  • Transporting Your Kayak

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Anna Levesque looks at rack system options for transporting your kayak on top of your vehicle. She also demonstrates the correct form for lifting, and technique for loading/tying down your craft.
  • Product Review: 17' Standard canoe by Osagian Canoe

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    I bought a 17' standard used as a back up boat for when friends want to come along on the lakes in our area. It is insanely stable and tracks well but with the great tracking comes very wide turns.
  • Kayak trip ends badly

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Not a happy picture for the owner of this vehicle, who learned a costly lesson about driving on soft tidal sand to retrieve a kayak...
  • Reflections of a River Runner

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Kevin Callan explains some differences between canoeing a river and canoeing a chain of lakes. He also looks at the importance of scouting rapids in this article.
  • New Product: Roam Series Kayak by Dagger

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Roam Series kayaks are designed for outdoor enthusiasts who need performance and versatility for an adventurous lifestyle, with features equipped for whatever the moment throws at them.
 
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    GearGuide

  • Portable Power Reviews

    Matt K.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Got enough portable power? For me the answer is absolutely not. After foolishly leaving a rather respectable Android phone on the top of my car (only to find it later smashed in the middle of a busy street), I picked up a reasonable replacement. I opted for the smaller, 24-hour battery version. For a while, that was sufficient. But with the upgrade to Kit Kat, battery life has gone to hell. So good-bye GPS and Bluetooth. Hello overpromising battery management apps and external battery packs. I’ve tried a number of smaller, portable battery products over the past several months. Most have…
  • Jackery Giant Review

    Matt K.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Jackery is located near my old stomping grounds in the heart of Silicon Valley. And they specialize in a range of external and add-battery products for the power strapped iPhone crowd. The company’s products range from a case with built-in battery for the iPhone 5 through to their Giant – a 12,000 milliamp hour best capable of delivering enough juice to run your devices for an additional 220 hours (according to the Jackery website). We put the Jackery Giant to the test recently and were impressed. Specs Weight: 10.4 oz Dimensions: 3.1 x 4.3 inches Capacity: 12000 mAh Connectors: 2 USB The…
  • Cycling Eyewear Reviews

    Matt K.
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Cycling in the late fall is one of my favorite things. Leaves on the ground. Crispness in the air. Less crowded roads and trails. The shorter days and lower sun angles require a slightly different class of eyewear. Sure, you still need coverage and ventilation. But you also need a little additional versatility in the lens choice to deal with the low-angle and low-light conditions. We found three options recently that met our spec for fall cycling. They’re all designed to fit medium-size noggins, feature less heavily tinted lenses (some interchangeable, others photochromatic) and boast the…
  • Bolle Sixth Sense with Modulator Rose Gun Oleo Lens Review

    Matt K.
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Can you say blades? Holy Oleo Batman, that’s the Bolle Sixth Sense. These aggressive wrap-around shades come in a variety of colors and lens tints including a bright red and fire colored version. Our sample was a tiny bit more conservative in shiny black and gray with a photochromatic rose lens. The Bolle Sixth Sense sunglasses cover a wide field of view. So wide, in fact, that the lens borders are almost out of your field of view. If that’s still not enough for you, Bolle includes a set of side wings to further extend the frame and protect from side glare and air infiltration. Specs…
  • Native Itso with Sportflex Lens Review

    Matt K.
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Native Itso is one of the newer members of the Native performance eyewear line up. Just about every product from the company comes with a polarized lens and the Native Itso is no exception. Our gunmetal colored frame came with a silver reflex polarized lens along with a Sportflex option which we used for our testing. The Native Itso fit well. Not too big or too small, just right. Native lines the interior of the temple with a lightly rubberized material for nice grip. These shades definitely stayed in place despite being one of the heavier in our test. The Native nose bridge also…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • My First Trad Lead - Rock Climb

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Powder Puff 5.6Rock RimmonManchester, NHMy very first Trad Lead climb! It was mellow and super easy as I had top roped and seconded this route very many times. Super stoked! Thanks so much for Jeff for the belay and to Geoff for letting use his Trad rack and giving me beta. Some photos taken of our day!Jeff and Geoff on the same route
  • Rainbow Slabs - Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Gorgeous day for a couple of multi-pitch climbs along the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire! I assisted leader Jeff D. taking up a first-timer to multi-pitch climbing, he loved it. Good job Varma on your first multi-pitch climb! Enjoy some photos taken of our day.The Pillars of Dickulese (5.6)260 feet- 2 pitchesRainbow SlabsThe Lower Kancamagus Area Varma up the 1st pitch with Jeff on his belay At the 2nd belay station (3) Varma up the 2nd pitch (2) Varma rapping down to the 2nd belay stationThe Perfect Wave (5.7)160 feet- 2 pitchesRainbow SlabsThe Lower…
  • The Standard Route - Multi pitch Rock Climbing

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Standard Route (5.5)1,080 feet, 8 pitchesWhitehorse LedgeNorth Conway, NH 
  • Manoa Falls - Walking

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

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

  • Columbine Cookbook Series: Bliss Balls

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

    Mark Vermeal
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
      Continuing its tradition of providing premier expeditionary learning opportunities while prioritizing safety, Outward Bound will co-sponsor the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in Atlanta, Georgia, October 1- 3, 2014. With over 50 years as a leader in the experiential education industry, Outward Bound experts and staff will share lessons and safety principles they have developed in its five decades leading students on wilderness expeditions. Outward Bound uses the WRMC to build partnerships and provide its peers with valuable tools to help them continue to evolve the…
  • Outward Bound Summer Reading List for the Adventurous Spirit

    Kim Young
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
      Outward Bound Schools from across the U.S. have put together recommendations for summer reading that range from laugh-out-loud funny, A Walk in the Woods, to what we believe is an American classic, Desert Solitaire. The list is as varied and interesting as our Schools, our course areas and our staff. Running through this list are themes that echo Outward Bound values: compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion and diversity. Each book is matched up with a classic Outward Bound expedition. So, whether you are preparing for an Outward Bound expedition, you just returned from…
  • Outward Bound Adult Programs Offer Renewal, Transformation

    Amanda Hoel
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
      When people find out I work for Outward Bound, I’m often met with “Oh, wilderness programs for teenagers, right?” I then explain that, though we have many programs for teenagers, we also have a wide range of programs for adults. What usually follows is, “I would love to have done that, but that opportunity passed me by.” As a recent alumna of an Outward Bound program for adults, this response always perplexes me. What does it mean? Adult sailing course with Outward Bound. To me, the response signifies the reluctance many of us adults have to take time off from work, invest in…
  • Wilderness Instructor Course with Northwest Outward Bound School

    Nadia Lubeznik
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:26 am
      Nadia Lubeznik is an alumna of a 50 day Northwest Wilderness Instructors Course, and subsequently, has worked as an Outward Bound instructor at Northwest Outward Bound School, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and Outward Bound Australia over the last six years. Here is Nadia’s story. Caption: Nadia Coming Off the Deschutes River. At age 30, I found Outward Bound, and my life was never the same. I’d been working as a corporate event planner in Chicago, a high-paced, high-stress position that kept me indoors and on concrete. I didn’t know what my life was missing until I…
 
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Keen – Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot

    Andy
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Styling-wise, they're definitely on the contemporary end of the scale, with Keen's trademark big rubber toe rand, and that chunky sole with red flash down the side. The uppers are fairly complex affairs with a lot of stitching that may put some people off. I have to say that I've never had a pair of Keen shoes where the stitching has started to rot or break though, and I've worn them in a pretty unforgiving manner over the years. Read more...
  • Montane – Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

    Andy
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    I think that one of our Judges summed up the Axion almost perfectly when he said "It's just a nice place to be". It is. It envelopes you in comfortable warmth, and you feel protected and almost invincible against the elements. It's a 'bring it on' jacket. Read more...
  • Merrell – Moab Gore-Tex Beluga

    Jodie
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Like a moggy drooling over catnip, there are four smells that I just can’t get enough of: freshly-struck matches, petrol (not at the same time, m’lud), new cars and brand new trainers. Knowing this already, it still came as something of a surprise when Mrs Muz came home from work one day to find me with my overly-generous nose firmly embedded inside one of these Merrells. I was also wearing one of her flowery bras and wellies, but that was easily explained away. I think. Read more...
  • Craghoppers – Kiwi Pro Trousers

    Jodie
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The trousers are nicely put together with well thought out design touches such as 3 zipped pockets - although I could probably live without the one on the butt. The hems have been finished with heel tape meaning they won't get rubbed and tatty quite so quickly. They wash and dry really rather quickly and still look smart after several outings in the mud and showers. Read more...
  • UST – 10-day Lantern

    Andy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Sometimes a piece of gear boasts a claim that is so definitive, that the only way to test it is to call them out on that claim. So we stuck some batteries - an honourable mention must go to Varta's High Energy Alkaline AAs - in UST's 10-day lantern and turned it on. 24 days later, it finally went out. Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

  • Patagonia Alpine Houdini review

    Ben
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Patagonia Alpine Houdini review, a minimalist emergency jacket for bad weather made by environmental champion Patagonia The post Patagonia Alpine Houdini review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Berghaus and Polartec team up for new Lawers fleece

    Ben
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    British gear expert Berghaus is adding a new fleece jacket to its winter collection with the Lawers. Pairing Polertac fabric with Berghaus’ own grid fleece, this jacketis looks perfect for all-year cold and wet weather.… The post Berghaus and Polartec team up for new Lawers fleece appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody review

    Joe
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    We’ve taken the Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody to a few hikes and outdoor adventures and came back with mixed feelings. A jacket that has good specs on paper but a few quirks in real-life conditions. The post Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • HTC announces the Re, an action camera for ‘normal people’

    Ben
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Better known for its Android smartphones, HTC is announcing today the début if its first action camera. Dubbed Re, this small piece of shiny plastic wants to carve a piece of the market from GoPro… The post HTC announces the Re, an action camera for ‘normal people’ appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • New Patagonia Nano Air jacket with new type of insulation

    Ben
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Insulation is probably where most brands try to innovate year after year. The battle to get the warmest most resistant and compressible material will never end. Patagonia have taken a different route than most and… The post New Patagonia Nano Air jacket with new type of insulation appeared first on Gear Exposure.
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    Hiking The Trail

  • 5 ways to increase your hiking speeds!

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
      Hiking is a learned skill. Sure it is simply walking but we can always improve our techniques to allow for faster hiking speeds. Here is a list to help you begin increasing your hiking speeds.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Update on the “Art Vandal” Casey Nocket

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    10/23/2014 — 12:20 MST – Update: A huge congratulations and thank you goes out to to Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd of calipidder.com who brought the vandal’s art to the attention of social... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is creating “art” at national parks vandalism or Art?

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    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    An Instagram user Creepytings aka Casey Nocket has posted several photos of her so called art at national parks and is starting to gather some hatred for her work. This morning I have seen several... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 10/20/2014

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    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome back to another edition of #AdventureMonday! Another great week of awesome photos to showcase. Please make sure to tag your photos with #hikingthetrail to have a chance to be featured next... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cowboy Camping and why all adventurous people should do it at least once!

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Cowboy Camping as defined by Urban Dictionary as “Sleeping outside in the backcountry without an overhead shelter (such as a tent or tarp), usually done in the context of backpacking.“ On two of my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Hungry Hikers Meal Review

    Brian Green
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hungry Hikers sent Murray’s Hurried Currie, Three Sisters Scramble and Chicken Pot Pie for me to take into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last week. Each meal is freeze dried and packaged up into meals for two. I had two captive test subjects with me on the trip that agreed to be unbiased guinea pigs for each of the meals. Murray’s Hurried Curry Upon reading the directions on the back of the package the Hurried Curry is a simple to make and tasty meal. I cooked the meal in my GSI soloist cookset and used the indexed cup to measure out two cups of water and proceeded to bring…
  • Hanchor Cobble Backpack and Ripple Pack

    Brian Green
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Like many people with a penchant for backcountry exploration, I am always eager to test the features and abilities of new packs to determine their virtues. The Hanchor packs featured in this review arrived for testing shortly before a four-day, three-night trek in the Linville Gorge Wilderness of North Carolina. While no Cobble pack is made in my size, I nevertheless set aside my familiar pack and eagerly loaded these packs with 18 pounds of base weight gear and another 8.8 pounds of food (including an indulgent amount of snacks in anticipation of formidable terrain) and took off for 23 miles…
  • Triple Aught Design Recon AC Pant

    Brian Green
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Triple Aught Design Recon AC pants are designed to be light weight yet provide maximum comfort and functionality during long-term “covert” operations. Luckily, you don’t have to be a covert operative in a foreign land or special forces to justify having the very best gear. These pants are equally at home in the backcountry and ready for anything you can throw at them. Triple Aught Design Triple Aught Design, or TAD for short, is a San Francisco-based company that has risen to fame in recent years based on the reputation and quality of their products. Their name comes from…
  • Greenbelly Meal Bars Giveaway

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

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

  • Creating A Travel Themed Garden

    Brie Mason
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Traveling creates lasting memories, where even a simple photograph can take us back in time to the sights, smells and emotions we experienced.  For all the busy times of the year, or the financially strapped times, when we are unable to travel; having those memories can bring a lot of happiness to our day!  For this reason, we try to have elements that evoke the vacation spirit all throughout our house … inside and out! For the green thumbs out there, we have discovered some lovely ways to implement this idea in a travel themed garden. There are some lovely ways you can evoke the idea…
  • Deer Lake Park: An Awesome Outdoor Music Venue & Burnaby, BC Local Treasure

    Rob Jones
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Among many other benefits of traveling anywhere and making connections while you do it is gaining a sense of perspective that helps you to more concisely appreciate your home. But sometimes, you don’t have to travel very far to accomplish this. I’m talking about local treasures. These are the places, the events, the venues that make our home special to us, and where we make some of our most treasured memories. This leads me to Deer Lake Park, and specifically how it serves as one of my favourite local destinations, and certainly one of my most beloved music venues in the Lower…
  • Exploring The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

    Brie Mason
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Being that my kids are in high school, it has been ages since we’ve been to any sort of museum, science centre or art gallery. I figured it was time to add some culture back in their lives.  When thinking back on all the field trips they have been on, combined with places we have taken them to, I realized they had never seen a dinosaur exhibit.  I really don’t know how that’s possible, but it’s just not something that ever happened.  Thus, our 2014 expedition to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles! I admit, they were not that excited when I said where we were…
  • LA Kiss Arena Football

    Brie Mason
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    There’s no doubt about it, nothing is as exciting as watching a live sporting event.  Well, a lot of things could actually be more exciting, but when it comes to sports, watching it live is the best way to do it.  I had never been to see arena football until I recently attended an LA KISS game.  It was exhilarating! I’m pretty sure I’ve been spoiled should I ever try to see a game in another city. The Arena: I like the size of the field as opposed to traditional Football. The LA Kiss play at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The mood is set with energetic rock music, high…
  • Hiking the Tofino Bomber Trail

    Megan Ho
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last summer, after returning from Tofino, I discovered I had missed something interesting. Though I had fulfilled all my plans of hitchhiking, surfing, hot springs, and whale watching, I had missed a significant hike: the Tofino Bomber Trail. In 1945, during WWII, a RCAF Canso bomber plane crashed in the woods off the Pacific Rim Highway during a routine patrol of the coastline. While all twelve people onboard survived and made it out of the woods, the crash was deemed too expensive to clean up and the plane was left out in the woods. Now, almost seventy years later, the crash site is still…
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  • How Morning Chili Could Be Ruining Your Life

    the Good Badger
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    (This post is an adapted version of one I recently posted to Appalachian Trials.  If you prefer the PG version I encourage you to head there.  If not, you’ve come to the right fucking place.) Yesterday, I woke up to a crockpot full of steamy-hot, delicious grass-fed beef and bison chili.  The night before, I dedicated an hour to chopping and dicing onions, garlic, peppers, and jalapenos- then browning these veggies plus meat, mixing it with my soaked and sprouted black beans, tomatoes, and homemade bone broth.  I then set this factory of olfactory orgasmic matter to cook for…
  • Q&A: How Do I Get Over Writer’s Block?

    the Good Badger
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    We’re introducing a new series to the Good Badger called: “Q&A”, which is short for question and answer.  After a thorough investigation (conducted by me), the conclusion has been reached that I am the unquestioned coiner of this phrase.  You know this claim is valid because you’re reading it on the Internet.   If you have a question you’d like answered, send it here. Today’s question comes from Zach D in Denver, CO who writes the following: Hi the Good Badger, I know you’re probably busy saving baby animals from being abducted by evil…
  • 3 Reasons Why I Love Backpacking (And You Should Too)

    the Good Badger
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Warning: the following post uses the f-word (fuck, not filibuster) 15 times.  If you’re looking for some wholesome reading, you’re fuck out of luck.  Make that 16. Most people in this country don’t backpack, and quite frankly, that’s a good thing.  Backpacking is rewarding in large part because of this fact- it’s where you go to get away from the masses.  Add to this some beautiful scenery and a dash of exercise, and you’ve listed all the reasons why someone might enjoy this combination sport / hobby / lifestyle.  Right? Wrong. The reasons to love…
  • Redefining Pain

    the Good Badger
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    A hundred billion neurons.  Ten trillion cells.  One hundred trillion bacteria.  All of this influenced by an immeasurable number of environmental and biological factors. Human beings are complex creatures, aren’t they? If you look through a microscope, perhaps.  If you take a step back, however, human behavior can be summarized in one sentence. We move toward pleasure and away from pain.  In most situations, pain plays a greater role in our motivation.  Burning your hand on a hot coal, walking across broken glass, or getting punched in the face with a baseball bat are all painful…
  • How to Vacation to Europe on the Cheap

    the Good Badger
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A Western-European vacation is bacon for the soul. Few places on earth provide such a magical combination of history, beauty (in landscapes, architecture, people, and accents), FOOD, and culture without sacrificing any of the first-world luxuries that Americans tend to get itchy without.  The lone downside also happens to be a devastating one: the tornado-like effect it has on bank accounts.  The cost of airfare and lodging alone is the equivalent of 2,000 pounds of avocado, a shark boat, or this ocean garbage super important key.  Think of the possibilities. Many, reasonably albeit…
 
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • A Trip Down the Billy Goat Trail

    Max Terzano
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    It was a beautiful, autumn day. From my vantage point atop the cliff – alongside the stunning views – I could see  kayakers zipping through rushing rapids, rock climbers rappelling down cliffs and Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarders paddling. All of this, as well as warning signs advising the unprepared to turn back. Sounds like Colorado, maybe Washington – but the reality is, I was standing just a stone’s throw away from the nation’s capitol of Washington, D.C. I had taken the day to hike the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls, Maryland, to be precise. This…
  • Salt Lake City’s Shoreline Trail

    Sarah Almond
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    With the Wasatch Mountains looming just to the east of Salt Lake City, the hiking, biking and backpacking options are endless. For those who don’t have the time or desire for mountain adventures, however, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail provides an easy-to-access, multi-use pathway that stretches over 100 miles from Idaho through Utah. The trail was established in 1990 with the concept of following what was the shoreline of glacial Lake Boneville nearly 15,500 years ago.   Photo by Ted & Dani Percival Flickr.com Just across the street from Hogel Zoo lies the small…
  • Strangers Like Angels – Book Review

    Isaac Tait
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Crossing the Niger River in Mali, 1977 Strangers Like Angels is an enchanting tale about Alec and Jan Forman, a young couple from Britain who embark on a global adventure. Set in the mid-1970s, their saga is recounted from the photos, journal entries and letters to and from family back home during their multi-year trip – all compiled into a wonderful and beautiful memoir. In the pages of this delightful autobiography, they share their epic venture through Antartica, to the deserts of Africa, in the far off lands of central Asia and everywhere in between. The prose is decidedly British…
  • The Truce Between the East vs the West

    Liz Forster
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Photo by brewbooks Flickr.com Any magazine photo spread illustrating backpacking in the United States feature the grand peaks of the West, from Denali in Alaska to Mt. Rainier in Washington. Why wouldn’t they? These and similar peaks throughout the West own entire horizon lines, silencing any opposing force from both man and nature. They challenge even the most basic bodily functions like breathing with depleted oxygen levels at questionably healthy elevation levels. And lastly, but not exclusively, these behemoths prepare climbing aficionados for other formidable peaks around the world…
  • On the Hunt: Fall Mushroom Hunting in the Northwest

    Ruby McConnell
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Photo by pfly Flickr.com The rain has come. Most of us grimace and grit our teeth at the first few showers of the year, preparing to hunker down inside our rain gear and under umbrellas for the next few months. The first weeks are the hardest, we slip into the early stages of recovery – anger and denial, refusing to venture out, to give in to soggy pants legs and cold hands. We brace ourselves for the time change and the short, gray days of winter. We might cancel the first hike of the season due to rain and stay home instead to make cookies or contemplate taking up an indoor hobby,…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 31st, 2014

    Rourke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! If you are looking for a scary movie to watch tonight – or over the weekend – check out Incidious: Chapter 2. It is on Netflix and can be rented at a local Redbox. No need to see the first one – it stands alone just fine. I saw it in the theater – very scary and well done. The Conjuring is another good one if you haven’t seen it. With activist groups publishing guides on how to vote without an ID and voting machines switching votes from Republican to Democrat I suspect this election will be the most fraudulent in recent times. Yesterday…
  • Tractor Supply LED Emergency Light

    Rourke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Went to my local Tractor Supply to get my dogs favorite treats. While walking around looking at all the goodies I came across this multi-LED flashlight priced at $4.99. It came with batteries and had a spring-loaded clip point on it. It also had a magnet on the backside so it could be stuck on a fridge – or wherever. It also had a second flashlight on one end which provided a pretty decent concentrated beam. What I have been most impressed with is the grid of 20 LED’s on the front. When turned on they throw out a wide flood of light. Truly – this would be great to stick on…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 30th, 2014

    Rourke
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    HAM radio update: I will be taking classes from my local HAM club in December then testing for my licence once the class is over. Looking forward to it so I can actually do some talking on air. My efforts to build a small homemade repeater so as not to rely on the area’s local one are not going so well. I will write up something to describe what I am doing and see if anyone out there has any suggestions. So – Obama Administration is planning to bring Ebola patients(doctors and medical-aide workers) to the United States. Logic tells me that the care should go to them, not them to…
  • Building a Fire Tube Storage Device

    Rourke
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    From Rourke – – > This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE in its original format. By Methane Creator Seems, since I don’t carry everything I need to start a fire in my pocket, I always have to dig around to find where I put my dry tinder, matches, lighter, etc.  Now, using 1” PVC pipe with caps has really simplified my access.  I currently have made 6” in length pipes that will hold a butane lighter, 6 birthday candles, 6 waterproof matches, 2 WetFire tablets, and quite a bit of dryer lint.  Sure, I could put fewer items…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2014

    Rourke
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I am about done reading Day by Day Armageddon. Next up is The Remaining – a sorta “zombie” book recommended by longtime reader “Fred”. After reading the more than 1,900 positive reviews I am really looking forward to get my hands on it. A friend of a friend of my wife’s posted on Facebook about how she is mad at one of the local grocery stores. Why? Glad you asked. Her young son hit his head when he fell while running in the store. Some how the store made her little boy trip – apparently. Things like this drive me banana’s. Guess what? Little…
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  • Softshell Jackets Advice

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

    Daniel Cheaptents
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    We are excited to announce that we are stocking a new range of parkas from Didrickons. If you are looking for a stylish and practical winter coat then Didrickons’ parkas are just what you need. Our range includes parkas for men, women, boys and girls so you can keep your whole family dry and warm [...]
  • Snowdonia Hiking – Cnicht

    Daniel Cheaptents
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Cnicht is fondly known as the “Matterhorn of Wales”. This is due to its similarity, when viewed from Porthmadog, to the iconic alpine mountain of the same name. However, it was when I was hiking on Elidir Fawr that Cnicht caught my attention. When viewed from the north, the ridge like nature of Cnicht is [...]
  • ThermoBall Insulation from The North Face

    Daniel Cheaptents
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    When you’re out in the cold and wet its vital to keep warm. The warmest outdoor jackets use an insulation material sandwiched between a outer shell. Just like with sleeping bags, there are two main choices for insulation material. These are either down or synthetic. Both of these insulation materials loft up, trapping air voids [...]
  • Welcome to Adventure Centre!

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

    trailsnet
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Enter Trail Information on Trailsnet.com It’s been a few months now since the Trail Information Entry System was updated on Trailsnet.com. The good news… We’ve had more people subscribe to the site than ever before. Our subscriber numbers have skyrocketed. The bad news… Not one person has entered trail information since the new system was … Continue reading » The post Trail Information Entry System Feedback Requested appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Great Bike Philosophy

    trailsnet
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The post Great Bike Philosophy appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trail Quote

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

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

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

  • Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds

    Supertrooper
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yale University ornithologists Prof Richard Prum and Jacob Berv have mapped out the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for the Neotropical cotingas – some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking birds in the world. There are more than 60 species of the cotingas, a highly diverse group of birds that make up the family Cotingidae. They [...]   Read more...
  • Results: Best Photo of the Month Competition October 2014

    Supertrooper
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We are delighted to announce the results of the Best Photo of the Month Competition for October 2014, which was sponsored by Vanguard Optics. First Prize of a Vanguard Spirit ED 8 x 42 binocular valued at £269.99 RRP (inc VAT) is awarded to Nancy Elwood for her outstanding image “Great Horned Owl Family”. Jose [...]   Read more...
  • With death of rhino, only six northern white rhinos left on the planet

    Supertrooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Rhino conservation suffered another tragic setback this weekend with the sudden death of Suni, a male northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Suni’s passing means there are only six northern white rhinos left in the world, and only one breeding male. “Consequently the species now stands at the [...]   Read more...
  • Waterbuck Wink

    Morkel Erasmus
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I was trawling through my archives tonight, making space for new files by deleting files that are now 2+ years old that I haven’t touched yet, when I came across this photo. The species depicted is a Common Waterbuck, found throughout much of Southern Africa. The photo was taken in the Kruger National Park late [...]   Read more...
  • WIN the next “Best Photo of the Week” competition

    Supertrooper
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Our next photo competition starts on Saturday 01 November 2014. It would be really great to see one of your outstanding images in the line-up. Don’t miss the deadline – upload your photo today and WIN the competition! This week’s featured image: Orange-bellied Euphonia in the Manu National Park, Peru – Photo by Glenn Bartley. [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Alpen Shasta Ridge Binocular Review

    Chris Maxcer
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The article Alpen Shasta Ridge Binocular Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. A good pair of binoculars will open your eyes to a world you didn’t know existed. With sharp and clear optics that let in a lot of light, suddenly the smudge a 1,000 yards away turns into a bedded down buck. Without binoculars, you walk on by. With binoculars, you’ve got a cool new challenge […] The post Alpen Shasta Ridge Binocular Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Why You Need to Hunt with a Good Set of Binoculars

    Chris Maxcer
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    The article Why You Need to Hunt with a Good Set of Binoculars first appeared on Man Makes Fire. I’ve known a lot of guys who rely on their rifle scopes to act as their binoculars — and I’ve been that guy myself. Unfortunately, your rifle scope isn’t the safest way to check out something moving in the brush, and when a vague shape climbing up a ridge at twilight turns out to be […] The post Why You Need to Hunt with a Good Set of Binoculars appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014

    Chris Maxcer
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The article 11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. We had such fun nailing down the 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers we just couldn’t stop. Here’s 11 more great gifts for backpackers — and hikers — that will help you find something perfect for your hard-to-shop-for backpacker. And here’s one thing to remember about backpacking: Those who do it love to try out new […] The post 11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014 appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014

    Chris Maxcer
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The article 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. This holiday season, we’re here to help you find the best gifts for backpacking. A lot of backpackers like to upgrade one major piece of equipment every year, which lets them replace old and heavy gear. If your backpacker needs a new backpacking sleeping bag, choose a new down bag. If you remember your backpacker complaining […] The post 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014 appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 5 Deer Rattling Tips: How to Call in Big Bucks During the Rut

    Chris Maxcer
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The article 5 Deer Rattling Tips: How to Call in Big Bucks During the Rut first appeared on Man Makes Fire. I started rattling for bucks a few years ago, and in the interest in sharing what has turned out to be the most adrenalized deer hunting tactic I’ve ever experienced, here’s what I’ve learned. Where you hunt and the weather will affect your results. I’m sure there are differences between how and when big bucks […] The post 5 Deer Rattling Tips: How to Call in Big Bucks During the Rut appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
 
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  • Episode #44: Disco from “The Trail Show” [Part2]

    Pox Holiday
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Part 2 of Pox Holiday’s talk with Disco from The Trail Show Podcast Direct Download Link:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/trailshuttles/44_-_disco_pt2.mp3 The Nantahala Outdoor Center: Outfitter’s Store http://noc.com/retail-locations/outfitters-store Just past the “Kayak Graveyard” http://www.southwesterncc.edu/health-sciences/outdoor-leadership/outdoor-leadership-aas Otto NC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto,_North_Carolina Wayah bald tower http://www.romanticasheville.com/images2009/wayah2.jpg Wesser bald tower (Heavy Breathing Trigger Warning)…
  • My Life’s Trail Has Had No Blazes

    James Perkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    It was a Tuesday in December of 2013 and the roommates and I were celebrating Cousin Scotty’s birthday with a good hike through the Cohutta Wilderness in the north Georgia mountains. The four of us had been hiking and backpacking as a group for months now at this point. Now that we all lived together ......
  • Is Morning Chili Stopping You From Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Yesterday, I woke up to a crockpot full of steamy-hot delicious grass-fed beef and bison chili.  The night before, I dedicated an hour to chopping and dicing onions, garlic, peppers, and jalapenos- then browning these veggies plus meat, mixing it with my soaked and sprouted black beans, tomatoes, and homemade bone broth.  I then set this ......
  • Some of the Best (and Worst) Places to Stay on the AT

    Jessica Porter
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Hiking the Appalachian Trail is expensive for even the most frugal hiker, so picking the best hotels and hostels to spend money on is important. Following is a list of some of the best (and the worst) places I stayed at during my thru-hike. Keep in mind, there are tons of options along the trail ......
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Camp Stove and Fuel Options

    Nicole and Alex Docta
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In line with my last post about How Much Food Appalachian Thru-Hikers Should Be Eating, this post is all about FIRE!  Well, it is indirectly about fire because you use fire to cook your food.  There are many ways to go about harvesting your fire whether it be in the fire pit, through a home-made alcohol ......
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  • Toronto Cottage Vacation

    David Harnden
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Photo Credit: Paul Bica | Flickr Life can get hectic and sometimes you need a vacation – and sometimes life can get so hectic that you need a vacation from planning your vacation. For many city dwellers who delve into the frantic hustle of urban living every day, the weight of this truth increases exponentially. We hear you loud and clear, and this is why we’re lending a hand by taking the guesswork out of planning your trip from Toronto to the Loughborough Inn for your perfect Toronto cottage vacation. We’ve mapped out all the best places to stop along the way and the most…
  • Get Geared Up for 2014 – Best Bass Fishing Gear

    David Harnden
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Ontario’s beautiful waters are flowing and another year of superb bass fishing is here. Before you head out, it’s important to ensure you have all the best fishing gear onboard to guarantee a year of exceptional angling. We know, we know: You can catch fish with even the most basic fishing equipment. Heck, you can catch them with your bare hands. This said, being able to do something doesn’t mean you have to, and it certainly doesn’t mean you should! After all, you can mill your own flour – and there is nothing wrong with this – but most people would prefer to buy it…
  • Summer Vacation Ideas Part 2: Cottage Vacation

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

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

    David Harnden
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Want to plan a getaway in the lap of nature that affords you all the luxuries of the Loughborough Inn without a structured meal plan? We’ve got you covered. While our delicious meals make the dining room the most popular place at the resort 3 times a day, we understand that sometimes convenience can take other forms. Food allergies, extreme dietary restrictions, food preferences, and the rare opportunity to lounge at leisure while on vacation might make our newest housekeeping cabin option your best bet. Anyone who’s sat down at our tables will tell you the meal times and dining…
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    Detecting365

  • A POLL: Do You Detect In The Winter Months?

    Rob Williams
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    For me, Fall and Winter are prime metal detecting months. I am lucky enough to live far enough in the South that the ground usually doesn’t freeze here. Not everyone is so lucky, and that brings us to today’s poll question: Do You Detect in the Winter Months? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Final Thoughts Detecting is a hobby that can be done year round if you are lucky enough to live in an area with mild winters. Join the Discussion Please discuss this article below!!! We want to hear from you. If you like…
  • Fisher F75 Upgrade Primer

    Clark Rickman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Fisher is now offering a major upgrade for the F75 and F75 LTD. The upgrade is performed for a flat fee for F75s purchased before July 1, 2014.  It is free for F75s purchased between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.  You must send your detector in to Fisher to have the upgrade performed.   The upgrade fee includes free shipping for sending the machine to Fisher and for its return to you. UPGRADE FEATURES NOTE:  If you have a regular Fisher F75 (non-LTD), you have the option to upgrade it to an F75 LTD which includes boost and cache modes for an additional fee. The upgrade includes:…
  • Supplemental Detecting Find Collections

    Clark Rickman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    We all find lots of items while detecting that may not really be what we are looking for.    Why not collect and display some of these? Pet Vaccination “Rabies” Tags I was detecting this past weekend in Nashville with Bill, a veteran detectorist whose detecting career has spanned several decades and at least three continents.    I recovered a metal pet rabies tag and remarked to him that finding them for some reason always depresses me.  Bill told me that he collects them, and his goal was to find one from every year.   Later he showed me all the tags he’d found over…
  • The Consensus is What Would You Do?

    Rob Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    We all know that asking permission to metal detect is the right thing to do under most circumstances. Our code of ethics state that “Before searching public sites, always check laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern your hunt.” But, what if you check the laws and ordinances in a small town and realize that there are no ordinances listed on that town’s website, and that their parks department doesn’t even have it’s own website? What if you read every last one of that towns ordinances and were positive that no such ordinance exists in that town?
  • Taking Photos Can Improve Your Success

    Rob Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    After reading the article ‘Don’t Eat a Loser’s Lunch’ I was inspired to find a couple of new places to metal detect. What I eventually found was two old homesteads way back in the woods. I had noticed one of the spots on an old map a couple of years back, but never really paid much attention to it. When I got there I realized that what I thought was a barn was actually an old house that is falling to the ground. Rock Foundation As you can tell by the construction of the foundation, this is a very old house. I spent a few hours there and found some clad coins as well as a few…
 
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    50 Campfires

  • Jack O Lantern Grilled Cheeses

    50 Campfires
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    In spirit of Halloween, I want to share a simple recipe that is also fun to make. Jack O Lantern grilled cheeses take only 5 minutes to make. I love to make these cute treats around Halloween in a pie iron over the fire with my nieces and nephews. These grilled cheeses are a favorite among the younger members of my family because they are cute and fun to make. All you have to do is cut the design you want out of a couple of slices of bread and you have a meal even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Check out the full article and more Halloween recipes at Diethood. Photo Credit: Diethood Jack…
  • Frost River Canoe Packs Overview

    50 Campfires
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Frost River Canoe Packs Overview: Frost River builds their bags to the standards of those who came before them. Taking generations of necessity and turning it into something that is somehow new and old at the same time. Their canoe packs are a new tradition but an old innovation. The Frost River Canoe Packs are built for a very specific task (hauling the stuff that will sustain you) in a very specific environment and they do a very well. What Makes It Unique: The Frost River Canoe Packs come in many shapes and sizes. Some with pockets, some very simplistic. All of the packs are crafted with…
  • Craghoppers Nosilife Mens: Overview

    50 Campfires
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Overview: NosiLife has become the first choice for hot-climate travelers who need cool, comfortable, easy-care travel clothing complete with top-notch technologies – such as full UPF40+ sun protection, moisture control and permanent insect repellent – when and where they matter most. What Makes It Unique: The Craghoppers Mens Nosilife line is permanently treated with insect repellent. Other insect repellent treated clothing is good for a limited number of washes. Manufacturer:Craghoppers Product Name: Nosilife Mens MSRP: Varies     The post Craghoppers Nosilife Mens:…
  • MountainSmith Deluxe Cooler

    50 Campfires
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    MountainSmith Deluxe Cooeler Overview: MountainSmith designes of high-level performance backpacks, lumbar packs, travel storage, camera bags and luggage. What Makes It Unique: MountainSmith Deluxe Cooler is perfect road trip partner with insulated sides that keep your food and beverages icy cold and bottle opener. This cooler works well as a stand-alone piece or integrated with our Modular Hauler Systems. This cooler is perfect for tailgates, picnics and camping. The built in drink tray is great for spill free recreation and the mesh side pockets to stash snacks and extras. Manufacturer:…
  • MountainSmith Sleeping Bags Overview

    50 Campfires
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    MountainSmith Sleeping Bags Overview Overview: Mountainsmith designes of high-level performance backpacks, lumbar packs, travel storage, camera bags and luggage. What Makes It Unique: MountainSmith sleeping bags can take you to trail, camp or summit with their variety of relaxed and comfortable sleeping solutions. With their proprietary Mountainloft synthetic insulation and generous dimensional cuts, you a great night’s sleep over a variety of temperature ranges, climate conditions, and outdoor settings. Manufacturer: MountainSmith Product Name: Sleeping Bags MSRP: Varies The post…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Mt. Buko 武甲山

    David Lowe
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Mt. Buko 武甲山 Duration: 6 hours Distance: 15.5km Difficulty: easy-moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Yokoze Station Finish: Urayamaguchi StationMaps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.24 Okuchichibu 奥武蔵・秩父]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Mt. Buko’s Scarred Facade Unmasks an Impressive Backdrop My first glimpse of Mount Buko’s chiselled veneer was on the way to Mount…
  • Lake Okutama (Ogochi Dam) Tokyo

    David Lowe
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Securing Tokyo’s Water Future Paid a Heavy Toll As the responsible agency for supplying drinking water to almost 13 million residents the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks relies heavily on the 185,400 megalitre Lake Okutama (Ogochi Dam). As the largest reservoir in Japan the Ogochi Dam has been instrumental in safeguarding Tokyo’s water supply over the years. But as I discovered its construction wasn’t without considerable sacrifice. Visiting Lake Okutama on a misty morning this past summer it struck me what a colossal infrastructure project had been realised. At…
  • Japanese Giant Hornet [Infographic]

    David Lowe
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Japan’s Deadliest Animal Unveiled If I had nominate one aspect of hiking in Japan that I could really do without it would be hornets. In this case not just any garden variety but the humongous Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica). It’s rightly feared by most hikers over here and not just because of its painful sting but a lethal venom has a good chance of triggering anaphylactic shock. Lists of the world’s most dangerous insects regularly rank the Japanese giant hornet in the top three and for good reason, as anywhere in the realm of 30-40 people succumb to its toxin…
  • Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella review

    David Lowe
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Ultra lightweight Hiking Umbrella from Montbell The use of trekking umbrellas out on the trail is has garnered a fair bit of debate in recent years with some folk who swear by them and others who consider them completely unnecessary. I probably fall somewhere in between and often bring one along for day hikes if the weather looks a bit dodgy. Let’s look at some reasons why they have become a bit of a game changer. Firstly, they are lightweight. The Montbell U.L. trekking umbrella reviewed here comes in a feathery 165 grams including the sleeve case. While some are a fraction lighter such as…
  • A Creepy Abandoned Mountain Hut

    David Lowe
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Kan Toge Mountain Hut It’s amazing what unexpectedly catches your attention exploring remote mountain trails. For me it was last week hiking down from Karisaka Toge on the Yamanashi / Saitama prefectural border. After taking a short breather at a grassy open mountain pass I spotted what appeared to be an incongruously looking old homestead. On closer inspection it was actually the abandoned and timeworn Kan Toge Mountain Hut 雁峠小屋. My map certainly did allude to its presence and apart from a small nearby sign it appeared for the most part to be largely forgotten. As with most…
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • 13 Spooktacular Halloween Events Happening in Maine this October

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Wicked Walking Tours Dates: Ongoing Location: Portland Website: www.wickedwalkingtours.com The legends and history of haunted Portland, Maine come to life with the comedy and tragedy filled tales that "abound in this twisted tour". As a "doomed guide" leads you through the Portland Old Port neighborhood, you will be regaled with strange facts and interesting history. Online reservations are available. Destination Haunt Dates: Ongoing Location: Lebanon Website: www.destinationhaunt.com Destination Haunt combines several Halloween attractions into one. Your frightful journey will take you…
  • What's Happening This Weekend in Maine - 10/3 - 10/5

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    October has arrived and that means the state of Maine will be filled with hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Here are just a few of the fun things happening in Maine this weekend! Saltwater Celtic Music FestivalOct. 3 - 5Downtown PortlandThe Saltwater Celtic Music Festival--located in downtown Portland, Maine--is a one-ticket, multiple-venue event. Saltwater offers a top tier line-up of traditional and contemporary Celtic music from all of the Celtic nations, the U.S. and Canada. Special features include a variety of dance and music workshops, coracle building demonstration, and more.
  • What's Happening In Maine This Weekend - 9/26-9/28

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    GREAT MAINE OUTDOOR WEEKEND!This weekend marks the 7th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, a 3-day event that promotes over 100 outdoor events and activities all across the state of Maine. Organized by the Maine Outdoor Coalition, the weekend-long celebration features hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, stargazing, and much more with the help of dozens of outdoor organizations from York to Machias to Fort Kent and Madawaska. So what types of events are being held? Here's 13 ways to celebrate this fall's Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Don't forget to visit www.GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend.org for a…
  • What's Happening This Weekend in Maine - 9/13-9/14

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As we reach the midpoint of September, fall is truly taking hold in Maine. The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisp.Here are some of the great seasonal events happening this weekend in Maine. Workshop on creating natural food plots for wildlife Sept. 13 - 8amSwan Island mainland ferry landing, corner of routes 197 and 24, Richmond, MESee completed food plots and discuss costs, equipment and other considerations. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay Sept. 13 - 8:30amWhen Maine Audubon first began running this…
  • What's Happening This Weekend in Maine - 8/29-9/1

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

  • Hala Peño Inflatable SUP Review

    Allison
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    If you’re looking for a smaller inflatable SUP for surfing or playing in waves, the 7’11″ Hala Peño is a great option. This board is a lot of fun, super responsive, nicely designed and very well made. The Peño is a wave rider but also has the option of adding a large fin for better […]
  • Red 9’6” Allwater Inflatable SUP Review

    Allison
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The Allwater was designed to paddle well on a variety of different waters. It is extremely rigid and unique in that it has a Rocker Stiffening System. This system was designed to make this board extra rigid, which provides for more control, better performance and increased stability. Although this inflatable SUP is not that big, […]
  • Airhead SUP Anchor Kit Review

    Allison
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Believe it or not an anchor is an excellent accessory for an inflatable SUP. With an anchor you can keep your SUP in one spot. This is ideal for… Fishing Yoga Stopping to enjoy lunch on the water Taking a break in the sun Basically it eliminates the worry of floating away down the river […]
  • Red 10’6″ Ride Inflatable SUP Review

    Allison
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It is tough to design an all-around board that excels in most water conditions. The Red 10’6” Ride succeeds in many ways. It is not only stable and comfortable to paddle, but it also glides smoothly through the water, is responsive to quick turns and has enough rigidity and rocker to take on surf. I […]
  • Video: Sea Eagle Needlenose Instructions

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

  • How To Prep Like A Spartan

    Chris Ruiz
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Spartans were renowned throughout the ancient world for their military prowess and disciplined lifestyle.  They did not win every battle, but they did beat back larger forces to defend their homelands time and time again. This ability came down to their dedication to preparedness, their whole society was geared towards it. Spartan men and women were trained from a young age to respect the community as a whole and dedicate themselves towards its preservation.  This included training in warfare, foraging, adaptation, and conditioning oneself to hardship.  They were in effect a nation of…
  • Pandemic Survival: Prepping For Ebola, H1N1, SARS & More

    Chris Ruiz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    With news of Ebola spreading in West Africa and even entering the US in a few isolated cases, people are understandably worried about the possibility of a pandemic coming to their town.  It seems every season there is a new virus or infection to worry about.  With people all over prepping for Ebola, the knowledge you acquire to protect yourself and loved ones in a pandemic survival situation has never been more valuable. In this article I am going to show you what preventative measures to take to reduce your risk of exposure before, during, and after a pandemic.  We are also going to…
  • Premade Bug Out Bag Review – The Survival Preparedness Bag

    Chris Ruiz
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    As we have discussed, it’s a basic responsibility to have a disaster supply kit in your household. For many people who don’t have the time or inclination to build their own kit from scratch, a premade bag is a great solution. I recently got my hands on The Survival Preparedness 72 Hour Bug Out Bag by Survival Bags Inc and found it to be excellent option in this area. It comes complete with the basic necessities in a backpack that offers versatility and space for customization.  In this article I am going to step you through the in depth testing I did with this survival kit to…
  • Best Slingshot For Survival Situations

    Chris Ruiz
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you hear the word ‘slingshot’ and images of a mischievous Bart Simpson come to mind, you’re not alone; although sling-type devices have been around since biblical times (remember how David slayed Goliath?), only within the last hundred years or so have they been considered legitimate weapons, not vandals’ tools of destruction.  In this article we are going to take a look at what survival situations a slingshot can be an essential tool as well as what qualities to look for when finding the best slingshot for your bug out bag. To save you time here is a list of the best slingshots…
  • Bugging Out With Limited Mobility

    Chris Ruiz
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    It’s fairly easy to find advice for bugging out with ‘people in good health,’ but what if you, or someone you love, are not in reasonable health? How can you ensure all your family members – not just the healthy ones – are prepared to bug out? This concern was recently raised by Kimberly, a reader of this site, who emailed me asking how her and her husband could adapt their bug out plan as they age to ensure their deteriorating health doesn’t limit their evacuation options. Kimberly’s already on the right track – considering potential problems before they happen…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • Following Rama's trail : Take a road trip to places in Ramayana

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    In this post we tell Lord Ram’s story by way of taking us through the places that bear witness to his life, that bear witness to the great Indian epic, Ramayan. From the Lord’s birth, through his journey across his exile to the point of his final departure to the enemy kingdom for winning back...
  • Pushkar Camel Fair: All you need to know about Pushkar Mela

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Pushkar, one of the oldest cities in India hosts one of a kind Camel & livestock trading fare where more than 50,000 camels are decorated, raced, displayed & traded ever year. Fare originally started to attract local cattle traders to do business has now also turned into one of India's most...
  • 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in Indian Himalayas

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    A child's perfect scenery is hardly ever complete without a water body and a grown up's idea of a perfect peaceful spot invariably features a lakeside seat and when the Himalayas are thrown into the picture, magic automatically pours in. The lakes were hand made by the Gods to show mankind the...
  • 12 Offbeat Places In Himachal Pradesh

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
      A journey to serendipity- these undiscovered, untouched spots in Himachal Pradesh retain their maiden glory. Mystical views of silvery peaks and sparkling streams that are sure to leave you in awe. We all want to visit places still spared by the hoards of tourists, so here take a look at our...
  • Remembering Gandhi

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Today is Gandhi Jayanti, the happy birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatama Gandhi, fondly called Bapu, one of the most courageous Indian known. He is still the only one who could rally all of India together for any cause single handed. What did he do and how could he achieve such a...
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