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  • Running Eyewear Reviews

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

    Wild Getaway
    editor
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Camping with the family is a time-honoured tradition. Getting away from the city recharges batteries, bonds the family together and creates memories that simply can’t be recreated elsewhere. The key to any successful camping trip is preparation. Knowing what lies ahead is central to having the right equipment. Proper equipment makes camping fun and easy. There are three overriding principles to make a camping trip a success: Dry, Fed, and Warm. Each of these principles needs to apply to each aspect of the trip. Every camping trip has a basic structure: Site, Shelter, Food, Water, Heat, and…
  • The Ten Essentials: Items for Survival

    Ridgeline Images
    David Lowe
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Essential Survival Gear for Wilderness Travels Whether venturing out for a day hike or planning extended travels into the wilderness, there are certain survival items that you are recommended to carry. The original ten essentials traces its roots back to the 1930s with The Mountaineers, a Seattle based outdoor organization and first appeared in print in Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (1974). In later editions the list was revised to keep pace with modern outdoor equipment. Along with the ten essentials there are four supplemental items including a water purification device and ice…
  • Get Home Bag List – How To Make The Best Kit For YOUR Needs

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

    Hiking The Trail
    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Yes that is really the product’s name. Believe it or not the name of the product is exactly what the product does. Fresh Balls is a quick drying lotion that provides freshness, anti-chafing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Le Massif

    Breakout12
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Hey y'all! I'm trying to plan a trip to Le Massif. While photos that I've seen don't make the place look too advanced, the trail map looks like it is mostly single and double blacks. Can anyone comment on the overall difficulty level? Feel free to drop any other knowledge that you might have as well, such as typical lift lines on weekends, etc. Thanks :)
  • AZ It's Been Awhile Lift Pass Giveaway Blowout - Ends 2/4/2015

    Nick
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Alright guys. I've been slacking I know. But I have passes burning a hole in my desk so here we go. Up for grabs are (4) lift pass vouchers to Attitash or Wildcat, and (4) Lift passes to Pats Peak; which will be given to (8) randomly selected winners. How to enter: You must reply to this thread to be considered an entrant. You only need to post once; multiple entries will not increase your chances of winning. The number of entries you get is a combination of several criteria: Replying in this thread earns you (1) chance to win For every 500 posts you have, you earn (1) chance to winFor every…
  • Trouble accessing Jan 25?

    Abubob
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Was I the only one to have trouble accessing AZ on Sunday? Also seemed to have link issues with a couple videos so I had to relink them.
  • questions about MRG

    fbrissette
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    My gf is heading to MRG with a friend on Wednesday for 'roll back the clock' day. She likes steep hairy runs (no groomers please). She would like suggestions of best runs. Any advice on how to ski MRG is welcome. How busy is 'roll back the clock' day ? And finally, for the hell of me I could not find at what time the lifts open on their website.
  • Who's blowing off work on Wednesday?

    frapcap
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    I sure am!!!
 
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    Camping News

  • Grantham scouts among 3,000 youngsters who took part in winter camp near London

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Grantham scouts met up with 3,000 others from across the UK to welcome in a new year of adventure while camping near London.
  • Campground fees rise this year at Michigan st...

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    User fees are what keep Michigan state campgrounds running, and officials say the first rate increases in seven years are needed to cover the rising costs of maintaining and operating the facilities. The amount of the increase at a particular site depends on its popularity, said parks and recreation chief Ron Olson of the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Five road trips to take while gas is dirt cheap

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    A truck traveling along highway 14, several miles north of Neligh, Neb. AAA reports that the average price of a galleon of gas in the US is just $2.06, so this might be the perfect time for you take a road trip.
  • Christchurch in no rush to enact camper bylaw

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    The Christchurch City Council has put up a ''no camping sign'' at the council-owned car park in New Brighton. The city council will not consider a freedom camping bylaw until at least March despite the unruly behaviour of tourists who threatened a journalist and harassed New Brighton residents.
  • Another Sinai music fest is on the way: Oshtoora taking place April 10-12

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    A new music festival, Oshtoora, will take place from 10-12 April in a valley close to the coastal highway in Ras Sidr in South Sinai. The springtime festival promises to be the latest in the exciting new trend of cultural events that hit the scene before the full force of Egypt's summer heat.
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    Featured News

  • 2015 National Award Recipients

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

    American Camp Association
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    View the online digital issue read more
  • Camp Moves Me Achievement Awards and Prize Winners

    American Camp Association
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    With over $55,000 raised for campers in October, the 2014 Camp Moves Me fundraising campaign was an immense success. Together, we biked, hiked, ran and walked over 7000 miles to help more children go to camp. Thank you to all the participants, the donors and our corporate sponsors for helping to make this launch so impactful. read more
  • 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
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • Flash Reviews No. 4

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch. by Ryan Jordan | 2015-01-20The convergence of electronic devices with functions of interest to backcountry travelers took a huge leap forward with the introduction of the iPhone. In one fell swoop on June 29, 2007, the iPhone heralded an exciting but cautiously optimistic path for multi-function electronic devices. About one year later, the iPhone 3G was introduced. This was perhaps the most important…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Outdoor news: stories, gear, trips, and more! by Eric Vann | 2015-01-20ARTICLE OUTLINE Top Stories Hiking PCT in Winter First Solo-Summit of Denali El Capitan's Dawn Wall Top Stories Shorts Expeditions Wabakimi Provincial Park Hiking in Kauai Expedition Shorts Photo of the Week Skills Reclaim Your Vision Sleeping in a Bivy Skills Shorts Gear Looking for a New House? Nordic Skates Revamped Gear Shorts People Chat with Chris Figenshau Interview with Jon Muir People Shorts # WORDS: 2220 # PHOTOS: 2 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: Media Reviews > Trends
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 23

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2015-01-20The 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…
  • (M) Walking in Nepal

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty. by Scott Morris | 2015-01-14ARTICLE OUTLINE Just as I was questioning whether my girlfriend would be okay with this risk, my foot slipped off the tiny nub of rock and snow it had been clinging to. I repeated the word shit several times out loud as I retreated to the one good handhold I could reach on this vertical section of rock. Scrambling back over the ledge that I had foolishly advanced past, I sat down on the false summit that I just learned…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 22

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2015-01-07The 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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    GoBackpacking

  • The Tripcipe App: A Digital Scrapbook for Travel Planning

    Leah Davis
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The start of 2015 brought with it new goals for me including more diligent travel planning, so I was excited to have the opportunity to test out another new web app for travel planning, Tripcipe. The travel industry is booming in recent years—the US Travel Association reports 133,600 travel industry jobs were added in 2014 alone—and everyone wants a piece of the action. It seems not a day goes by that we’re not learning of a new product or new technology to make every aspect of travel easier, more affordable, more accessible, and more enjoyable overall. Travel planning apps are…
  • Tremiti Islands: Italian Pearls of the Adriatic Sea

    Dave
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    San Nicola Island Turquoise green waters greeted our morning ferry as we approached San Nicola, the most populated of the five Tremiti Islands, all of which belong to southern Italy’s Gargano National Park. Known as the Pearls of the Adriatic, they are Italy’s only islands in this sea and as such have become a popular destination for vacationing Italians. The lack of automobiles and the ability to cross San Domino, the largest island, on foot in a matter of 20 minutes only add to their charm. The imposing structure towering above us in the harbor was the Abbey of Santa…
  • Air Travel Tips: From Start to Finish

    Guest Blogger
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Whether you are planning a yearly vacation or deciding on your next place on a worldwide backpacking trip, air travel may be your best or only option. While it is much quicker than a journey by land or sea, ensuring that your flight goes as smooth as possible helps to set a relaxing tone for arrival at destination, as there tends to be many more problems or challenges that can arise versus traveling by bus or train. Step 1: Booking Your flight Not all the passengers on the same flight pay the same price. To put yourself on the lower end of the price curve, consider some helpful tips when…
  • Inside the White House Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship

    Dave
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    White House badge It’s been a little over a month since The White House hosted 100 of the most influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets in Washington, DC to discuss the importance of study abroad and global citizenship. The experience was a whirlwind of networking, listening and discussions while also eating, drinking and trying to keep my suit and shoes clean despite the winter rain. Why would the White House host a bunch of bloggers when there are dictators, wars and the threat of ISIS to manage? It’s a fair question, and having taken the time to attend, I…
  • Exploring London’s Hidden Food Markets

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Ropewalk It’s easy to see why London is so popular with backpackers and foodies. With a rich variety street food stalls cropping up in every corner, visitors to the city are spoilt for choice. Discerning travellers who want to go local should check out the city’s quieter food markets. Save a small fortune on holiday and experience London’s food markets while avoiding all the tourists. Maltby Street Market: Ropewalk Business hours: Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm Most new backpackers arriving in London won’t know anything about Ropewalk at Maltby Street Market. Discreetly hidden…
 
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    GoXplore

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    renders
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
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  • An iOS app for hiking and backpacking

    alexcougar
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    I've recently bought an app Spyglass that I can't but share it with you guys. It's a great navigational toolkit that has an impressive layout and endless list of functions. To start with, the app looks just amazing, like a pilot's HUD in a cockpit. You can change color filters depending on the light conditions. It supports different maps, including Google maps, Apple maps, Open Street map and Open Cycle map. You can download maps in advance and don't bother about cell signal. It also has many useful features, such as marking waypoints, saving spots (for example, you car locations), measuring…
  • Christmas 2014

    marchingmags
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Merry Christmas to all Goxplore members! :D The weather forecast is predicting drier days ahead. Hopefully it'll be good for some walks soon. I've just been "spring cleaning"(?!) my gear: 2 sets of waterproofs and a pair of gaiters cleaned, re-proofed and ready to rock & er...ramble! I've only got some cheap 2-season boots at present though so I need dry ground. Mind you, Sealskinz socks as a stopgap? Hmm...possibility. I'm hoping for a bargain pair of boots in the January sales. Anyway, enjoy the festive season folks. :)
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    Sectionhiker.com

  • MSR WindBoiler Stove System Review

    Philip Werner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    MSR WindBoiler Stove SystemThe MSR WindBoiler, is a new canister stove system built around the wind-proof and super fuel-efficient radiant burner that the company originally developed for The Reactor Stove. Unlike conventional backpacking stoves, radiant burners don’t have flame jets, which makes them impervious to windy weather so that they burn hotter and longer on the same amount of canister fuel.The WindBoiler Radiant burner has no visible flameThe WindBoiler radiant burner has a rounded concave surface, covered by a wire screen, that sort of looks like the surface of the sun when…
  • Meet the Man Who’s Climbed Mt Everest 21 Times: Apa Sherpa

    Philip Werner
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Apa Sherpa holds the world recor for Mt Everest ascents at 21 successful climbs.Join the AMC’s Boston Chapter as they present a unique slideshow & video hosted by Apa Sherpa himself – the only man in history to have reached the summit of Mount Everest a record 21 times, and one of the greatest mountaineers who has ever lived.Cost: Tickets, priced at $12 for AMC members/students and $15 for the general public. Location: The Verve Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick 1360 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760. That’s on Rt 9 in Natick (opposite the Natick Mall). Time: Time: 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Ticket…
  • Book Review: Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski

    Philip Werner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Bushcraft by Mors KochanskiI get tremendous personal satisfaction from learning, practicing, and using my outdoor skills when I go hiking, and it’s become an integral part of every day hike or backpacking trip I take. But there are so many outdoor skills that I am unfamiliar with covered in Mors Kochanski’s classic “Bushcraft”, that I could easily spend the rest of my life becoming proficient in them.Who the heck is Mors Kochanski, you’re wondering? Considered by many to be a grandmaster of wilderness survival and primitive skills, Mors Kochanski is credited with…
  • Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Nemo Astro Air Lite 20R Sleeping Pad

    Philip Werner
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Lightweight and simple, the NEMO Astro Air Lite 20R sleeping pad offers a plush 3” thickness, with horizontal baffles for maximum comfort. This elegant and lightweight inflatable pad also features and a raised baffle at the head end which can be used as a built-in pillow. Weighing just 14.3 ounces (14.7) with a stuff sack, the Astro Air Lite 20 rolls up exceptionally small, providing more space in your pack for other essentials. Rated for temperatures down to 45 degrees, the NEMO Astro Air Lite 20 inflatable sleeping pad makes a great backpacking pad for fast and light adventures.To…
  • How to Get Backpacking Gear Sponsorships

    Philip Werner
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador (Sponsorship) Application FormBackpacking and outdoor gear companies sponsor hikers and other athletes because it’s a very inexpensive form of advertising.The basic formula goes like this: they give you a piece of free gear or a steep discount on purchases you make through them, and you become a walking billboard for their brand, endorsing their product on the trail, writing blog posts for their website, putting their logo on your blog, and posting pictures to their Facebook page or Instagram feed so they have content they can use to advertise their…
 
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More

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

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

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

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2014! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews. Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014! was first published on Trailspace.
  • "Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet

    Alicia MacLeay
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    "If you are not getting out in the outdoors, nature can pass you by. You’ll see it, but you will not really see it. You will know it, but you will not love it. Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett, managing director of 1% for the Planet, loves it. "Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet was first published on Trailspace.
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    Modern Hiker

  • Photo Friday – January 23, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    As we gear up for a killer history hiking weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday, we know you might just need one little push of beautiful nature photography to help get you over those last few hours of work-week drag. Thankfully, we’re getting a ton of great submissions on Flickr and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want to Hike to a View of Jupiter’s Moons?

    Casey Schreiner
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Well, OK – maybe not hike all the way up TO Jupiter, but if you’re in the mood to take a nighttime trip to see a rare celestial event you should head to Griffith Park Observatory on Friday January 23rd. The Observatory is staying open late and using its telescopes to broadcast the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Canyon View Loop in Whitewater Preserve

    Shawnté Salabert
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    The bright, wide slash of Whitewater Canyon is a place of many treasures – well, the more natural kind, at least. From towering fanglomerate cliffs to the (sometimes) rushing Whitewater River, from the sandy desert floor to lush riparian greenery, this is a place unlike any other in Southern... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Stanley Peak

    Scott Turner
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    “You can tell who the old man is here.” That’s what the elderly gentleman on the trail said as he turned to see me gaining on him as we came up the Sage Trail toward Stanley Peak. The gentleman introduced himself to me as a 70 year-old retiree who had found himself gaining too... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Interview with PB from Opus Orange

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    As far as backpacking bands go, it’s tough to find a better fit than Santa Monica’s Opus Orange. Founded in 2010, the band’s membership has expanded to half a dozen members with Paul Bessenbacher (PB) at the center. The band has released several EPs and scored the John Muir Trail... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Cliff ice along the Flathead River

    montucky
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Montana Highway 200 follows the Flathead River for the last 20 miles of the river before it flows into the Clark Fork River and in that 20 miles there is a stretch of about a half mile where a cliff used to run right up to the river. When I was a kid the old highway in that area had been constructed over a steep and winding path that went up, over and around the cliff. Later, the cliff was blasted out to allow the road to be rebuilt flat and straight, right along the bank of the river. The new cliff face now has numerous seeps from it which freeze in winter, making some attractive ice…
  • A blue mountain day

    montucky
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Photo of the Mission Mountains taken from the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge in the Mission Valley.
  • River ice

    montucky
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    This time of the year ice builds up along many of the western Montana rivers. So far this year it is less than in many years. Following are a few photos of ice along the Flathead River a few miles from where it enters the Clark Fork of the Columbia, about 110 miles south-southwest of Glacier National Park. In more severe years, the ice in this place covers the entire river and piles up on itself.
  • Big icicle

    montucky
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Although this may look like a “frozen waterfall”, it is really only a very large icicle, formed where a small trickle of water from a cliff top provides, over time, enough volume to freeze and create this 60-foot column. The tiny stream that produces it is not even large enough to be noticeable in summer. In winter it makes a statement of its own.
  • The cold, snowy life of a Snowman…

    montucky
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    For the first time in over 40 years of living in western Montana I experienced a Christmas without snow in the valley until … On Christmas day our son and his wife climbed into his truck, drove a little higher into the mountains and returned with a load of fresh, new snow and built a Christmas snowman for us. After Christmas the weather stayed cold and the snowman seemed to enjoy his home in the yard until… On Sunday, January 4th it began to snow and at midnight when I checked on the snowman he looked like this: And at 8 AM after it snowed all night, leaving us about 9 inches of the white…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

    Corey
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. -Pete Dunne For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills. Ever since I saw my first spoonbill, a vagrant in New Jersey, I have been a bit obsessed with the big, pink, bizarrely-billed birds. Three years ago I shared a gallery of images of spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge but I think it is time for another. You can never get enough spoonbill! These photos were all taken during the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival at…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2015)

    Mike
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” Why he was so cynical about a meaningful exchange of beautiful moments and memories, I’ll never know. I dipped on the King Eider drake that had been holding court around Irondequoit Bay but did muster a couple of Common Goldeneyes. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was easy for him to pick despite the fact that he had over 100 species from which to choose. The Whooping Crane is a very special bird and seeing one for the first time is a…
  • The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

    David
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A new paper out this month attempts to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the origins and diversification of the American sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, cardinals, tanagers, and their kin, an enormous group of birds more than 800 species strong. (Photo: Golden-crowned Tanager, Iridosornis rufivertex, in Andean Ecuador © David J. Ringer) The authors have created, in their words, a “near-species-level” phylogenetic tree of approximately 832 species using genes from both mitochondrial (all species) and nuclear (all genera) DNA, a major computational feat that…
  • Grey Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

    Clare M
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of our favourite walks at this time of year is to walk from Town Beach in Broome to the Port in Broome and back. It is a walk that takes a couple of hours with spectacular views across Roebuck Bay with a red cliff backdrop and bright blue seas. The main attraction of this beach from September until April beyond the view and lack of people is the large flocks of shorebirds. The first section of the beach is a rock ledge, which makes for easy walking and runs approximately one third of the length of the walk to the Port. The following section is red sand, which can be very soft if the tide…
  • Good News for South Georgia’s Pipit Population

    Meredith Mann
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    A bird species battling an onslaught of invasive rats just got a glimpse of hope. Researchers say that South Georgia Pipits have hatched chicks. (Image above by Brian Gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons) While this is happy news for any parents, and wonderful news for any threatened species (these Pipits live only in South Georgia, near Antarctica, and number only 3,000-4,000 pairs), it’s tremendous news for those trying to eradicate rats from the island. That’s because these birds won’t breed when rats are around. (And let’s face it, would you go to all the effort of breeding if there…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

    Corey
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. -Pete Dunne For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills. Ever since I saw my first spoonbill, a vagrant in New Jersey, I have been a bit obsessed with the big, pink, bizarrely-billed birds. Three years ago I shared a gallery of images of spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge but I think it is time for another. You can never get enough spoonbill! These photos were all taken during the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival at…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2015)

    Mike
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” Why he was so cynical about a meaningful exchange of beautiful moments and memories, I’ll never know. I dipped on the King Eider drake that had been holding court around Irondequoit Bay but did muster a couple of Common Goldeneyes. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was easy for him to pick despite the fact that he had over 100 species from which to choose. The Whooping Crane is a very special bird and seeing one for the first time is a…
  • The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

    David
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A new paper out this month attempts to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the origins and diversification of the American sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, cardinals, tanagers, and their kin, an enormous group of birds more than 800 species strong. (Photo: Golden-crowned Tanager, Iridosornis rufivertex, in Andean Ecuador © David J. Ringer) The authors have created, in their words, a “near-species-level” phylogenetic tree of approximately 832 species using genes from both mitochondrial (all species) and nuclear (all genera) DNA, a major computational feat that…
  • Grey Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

    Clare M
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of our favourite walks at this time of year is to walk from Town Beach in Broome to the Port in Broome and back. It is a walk that takes a couple of hours with spectacular views across Roebuck Bay with a red cliff backdrop and bright blue seas. The main attraction of this beach from September until April beyond the view and lack of people is the large flocks of shorebirds. The first section of the beach is a rock ledge, which makes for easy walking and runs approximately one third of the length of the walk to the Port. The following section is red sand, which can be very soft if the tide…
  • Good News for South Georgia’s Pipit Population

    Meredith Mann
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    A bird species battling an onslaught of invasive rats just got a glimpse of hope. Researchers say that South Georgia Pipits have hatched chicks. (Image above by Brian Gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons) While this is happy news for any parents, and wonderful news for any threatened species (these Pipits live only in South Georgia, near Antarctica, and number only 3,000-4,000 pairs), it’s tremendous news for those trying to eradicate rats from the island. That’s because these birds won’t breed when rats are around. (And let’s face it, would you go to all the effort of breeding if there…
 
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  • Kayaking Adventures in 2014: My Paddling Year in Review

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

    Bryan Hansel
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Tweet One of the challenges for new kayakers is launching your kayak in light surf, especially if you haven’t had any instruction and haven’t developed a sense of balance or gotten your sea legs. A light shore break can feel mighty challenging if you’ve never paddled out before, especially one with a slight dumping wave. The viral video making the rounds on the Internet right now shows a man trying to get through the surf break on a sit-on-top kayak. He fails big time, ends up mowed over by his kayak several times and eventually ends up on the rocks. While the video is suppose to be…
  • Welcome to Minnesota. Show Me Your Boat Trailer Papers, Please.

    Bryan Hansel
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Tweet Next time you trailer your canoe or kayak in Minnesota, you could be pulled over by a conservation officer who demands to see your papers. Well, it might not be that bad and your papers are a decal on your trailer, so it’s really not like that at all. But, next July if you trailer your canoe or kayak in Minnesota, you’ll be required to have an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal on your trailer. This new law is another attempt by Minnesota to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as the spiny water flea, zebra mussels and the ever-so-tasty rusty crayfish. It has…
  • Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Review

    Bryan Hansel
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Tweet Most campers put little thought into the stakes that they use. With newer tents, you almost don’t need to because they often come with v-shaped stakes. It wasn’t always that way. Just a mere 10 years ago, most tents were shipped with flimsy aluminum pegs that bent the second that they even saw the ground. Not so today — at least with the tents that I’ve bought recently. So, any aftermarket stake that you buy has to be something special. For me that means a lighter and stronger stake beats out the stakes included with a tent any day. With that in mind, I had a chance to test out…
  • 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 all political…
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    The GearCaster

  • Innovation Award Winners Winter 2015

    Amy Jurries
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Although tons of cool new gear was on show at Outdoor Retailer last week (we will continue our coverage here over the coming days), a few items stood out as truly innovative. Here are our picks for Innovation Award Winner Winter 2015. Columbia TurboDown Wave: This unique method of jacket construction combines 900-fill water-resistant down with Omni-Heat Thermal synthetic insulation–the two run through the jacket in a ‘wave-like’ pattern, with the down flanking both sides of the baffles. The jacket lining and shell are stitched into this internal wave, rather than into each other in…
  • Better Drinking In The Outdoors

    Amy Jurries
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just because you are heading outdoors doesn’t mean you want to leave your libations at home. Instead of drinking out of a camp mug or worse yet, a plastic cup, these purpose built vessels are made to keep your drinks cold or hot and look good in the process. For the beer drinkers, the new Stanley Vacuum Steel Growler ($50) will keep your beer cold for up to 16 hours with the vacuum insulted body and the steel lined, foam insulated lid. A heavy duty handle makes it easy to pour and carry, while the growler is guaranteed leak proof so you can throw it in your pack and go. Pair the…
  • Has Voormi Reinvented Weatherproofing?

    Amy Jurries
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Former tech-executive Dan English recently founded Colorado based Voormi with the idea that the outdoor apparel industry was ripe for innovation. By taking a new approach to everything from local sourcing and manufacturing to direct-to-consumer retailing, the small start-up company hopes to make a big impact. Instead of talking 3-layer or 2.5-layer laminates and coatings for weatherproof garments, Voormi took a weave approach with their new Core Construction technology–co-constructing a variety of knit textiles in and around functional cores such as a waterproof or windproof membrane.
  • Beartooth Turns Your Phone Into A Two-Way Radio

    Amy Jurries
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many companies are looking for ways to keep you connected off the grid without using expensive satellite services. Following in the steps of devices such as goTenna and Ueppa!, new company Beartooth created a peer to peer communication platform that simply snaps onto your phone. Beartooth’s technology enables iOS and Android phones to communicate even if the cellular network is unavailable, failed, or congested. Using a software controlled UHF/VHF radio, Beartooth lets you communicate with fellow Beartooth device owners within a few miles–both voice and data (current devices on…
  • Ski Boots Become Breathable Thanks To Gore-Tex

    Amy Jurries
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ski mountaineering, ski touring, or backcountry skiing are more of a highly active pursuit than say resort skiing–you need to use your own power to get uphill. This means sweat and sweaty feet equal cold feet. To combat clammy, cold feet at the end of the day, Gore-Tex teamed up with top ski mountaineering boot manufacturers to create more breathable liners for those that earn their turns. Most ski boot liners today are made from a specially formulated thermo-forming closed cell EVA foam. This foam consists of millions of tiny cells, or bubbles, which when heat-molded into a specific…
 
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    Gambolin' Man

  • SAN FRANCISCO BAY TRAIL: Nature Refuge, Wildlife Haven, Avian Sanctuary (and Killer Views) Within Easy Reach at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

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

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

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

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

    12 Mar 2013 | 7:26 pm
    Feathery blue late winter days – or is it early spring? – cry out for an exotic setting. How about tropical lassitude on the Big Island or a quick Baja excursion to the Sea of Cortez. Failing that, could you believe an unexpected Southwest style adventure! Yes, a desert-like environs awaits not far from the raw Bay Area – just head inland, south, less than two and a half hours driving distance. Beyond do you know the way to San Jose. Past Morgan Hill and the unseen rugged hills of Henry Coe State Park to the east. Zipping by the quaint historic California biker town of San Juan…
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  • Top 10 Moments of 2014

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    What a year it was! As always, I am extremely fortunate to be healthy and able to experience these unforgettable adventures.  This year, 2014,  I hiked farther and higher than I did in any of the 3-4 prior years, and that means I pushed and challenged myself even harder over the difficult terrain, and often times through less than favorable conditions.  I went on 72 total outings (separate hikes) this year, climbed 208 total mountains (a handful of new ones too), 332,289 feet of elevation gain, and hiked 941 miles.  Just like the last few years, I've selected my top ten…
  • Inside The Moments - Winter Hiking: Planning A Single Winter Season Attempt of the 48 White Mountain 4000 Footers

    2 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Pondering the idea of planning and completing a single winter season of the 48 4000-footers and New England 4000-Footers were probably the two most exciting things I've ever done.  Indeed the hardest for sure, because they took months of planning, and weeks after week(ends) of execution (two years in a row).  In my younger days, I had incredible experiences playing youth and high school hockey and winning championships, but now, taking on my own challenges in the mountains has replaced those feelings of competitiveness and pursuit of challenging goals.  Winter peak-bagging does…
  • Mt. Rainier 2014: Exploring the Pacific Northwest

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I knew last year that this summer I was going to be climbing Mt. Rainier, but come June, I did not have anything booked yet.  If I was going to go for it, my next biggest climbing goal, its simply up to me to just do it.  I watched as some of the climb dates with RMI slowly start to fill up.  It was mid-June when I pulled the trigger and booked a final spot on a Labor Day weekend climb with RMI.  Just like that, I was going to climb Rainier, and within a few short weeks I had my complete plan in place to fly out to the Pacific Northwest and join RMI for a 4-day program and…
  • Presidential Traverse - 9/7/14

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    On Sunday, September 7th, just 48 hours after the end of an exciting trip out west to climb Mt. Rainier, I set out to celebrate with a full Presidential Range Traverse.  I enjoy returning "home" and celebrating with a good adventure, taking those good feelings from a successful trip and bringing them back to savor on the peaks that got it all started.  I had eight Presidential Traverses under my belt, including four already in 2014, this would be my 5th.  I've done times of 20hrs, 15hrs, 13hrs, 10:50, 10:45, and my best previous time was 10:20.  Most of those times didn't…
  • Mt. Jefferson Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) - 9/12/14

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights is an elusive natural light phenomena that occurs when there is a collision of mangetospheric particles and solar wind in the upper atmosphere.  With news of the sun unleashing a massive coronal mass ejection (CME), there was a significant increase in the chance of witnessing the aurora due the to the CME's force being directed toward the earth.  CME's happen every so often, but I guess more often the released forces are facing away from earth.  With a build-up of news stories, my brother and I easily made the decision to…
 
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  • Best of 2014

    Matt K.
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    It’s that time of year again – when we at GearGuide pause and reflect on the last 12 months and the great gear we had the privilege to try and review. As always, a handful of products stood out from the rest. Items that just stuck with us, received continued use and rose to the top of the heap. Below is that list in alphabetical order, from apparel and eyewear, packs and vests, pumps and timepieces. Bolle Sixth Sense Eyewear 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…
  • Running Eyewear Reviews

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

    Matt K.
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Bolle claims the Bolt was designed for cycling. But the Bolt is far from a one-trick pony. Our sample came with the photochromatic NXT Photo V3 lens (which was designed specifically for the golf course). When combined, the frame and lens works well for at least three sports in our humble opinions. Sure, you can ride and golf in these. But you can also hit the road and trail in your running togs and be more than satisfied with the Bolt. The Bolle Bolt sunglasses cover a wide field of view. The two lenses are interchangeable with others to cover an even broader range of conditions. We liked the…
  • Tifosi Lore with Interchangeable Lenses Review

    Matt K.
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    In our experience, Tifosi often presents one of the most cost-effective eyewear options around. This is especially true considering most Tifosi products feature interchangeable lenses, and often include several lens sets in the basic price of the product. The Lore is one such example. Our’s came with the crystal clear frame and three sets of lenses (red, clarion blue and clear) for less than $80. Now that’s a bargain. The Lore has an aggressive wraparound styling that’s somewhat reminiscent of some Oakley products. Wide at the temple, heavily sculpted and swooping towards the ear. The…
  • Under Armour Zone 2.0 with Blue Polarized Lens Review

    Matt K.
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This past summer, the folks at performance apparel manufacturer Under Armour introduced a new hydrophobic lens technology dubbed Storm. They co-developed the technology with optics company Zeiss and incorporated it into a range of their new product line including the Zone 2.0. Our sample arrived in the satin black finish and sporting blue polarized lenses. The Zone 2.0 provided a standout fit. They somehow felt lighter than similarly weighted products like the Bolle Bolt (both products sit right at 7/8 of an ounce). The thin frames hugged the temple and kept the Zone’s from bouncing around…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • Resetting Climbing Routes

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Weekday mornings, I find, are the best days to go in and practice. I love that the place is relatively quiet and you don’t need to wait in line for a route. This morning I was meeting Jeff S. to do some top rope climbing. While waiting for Jeff, I took some photos of the re-set of the “Lead Wall” at the Central Rock Gym in Watertown, MA.What is a Lead Wall?A Lead Wall is a wall with many climbing profiles. There are no anchors at the end of the routes for top rope climbing. Each route on the Lead Wall must be ascended by a climber with a rope attached to their harness. As the climber…
  • Monkey Wrench & The Cleft - Multi pitch Ice Climbing

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Left Hand Monkey Wrench, WI3The Cleft, WI2+Mount WillardCrawford Notch, NHAs I write this, I’m tired, a bit sore, but very happy! Two days in Crawford Notch, it was an amazing weekend! This morning Jeff S.  took me up the Left-Hand Monkey Wrench and The Cleft. It was way lot warmer (20 degrees) to climb today than yesterday.View from Monkey WrenchRoute 302, Crawford NotchView from Monkey WrenchFlume (left) and Silver Cascades (right)Crawford Notch, NH                                     …
  • Willey’s Slide – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Willey’s Slide, WI2Mount WilleyCrawford Notch, NHIt's a beautiful, blue sky day, and you don't think you'll get wet but from the bit of sweat from climbing. But anything can happen. And thin ice with running water under it happened to us on today's climb at Mt. Willey!Is it cold enough yet? Zero degree temps were forecasted for today but Sean and I went anyways. We were the first at the parking pullout below the Slide and the cold blasted us as we stepped out of my truck. There is a direct correlation between the cold temps and my profanity. Immediate frustration set in as my…
  • 2014: A Year Review

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I cannot believe how quickly 2014 has come and gone, but it has been another fantastic year! I still climb 3-5 days per week and have taken to actually enjoying practicing indoor climbing. Where I once abhorred color-coded plastic holds, I’ve come to appreciate their challenges with the simple thought of, “well, all that would be on if I were outdoors!”  :PAnyways, the start of 2014 couldn’t come soon enough. I had received all brand-spanking new ice climbing gear for Christmas (2013) from my wonderful husband. Although he isn’t a climber and has absolutely no idea about buying…
  • Buh Bye Facebook!

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    I'm no longer on Facebook. My personal account as well as Hawaii Girl Adventures and East Coast Tropics Facebook accounts have been deactivated. I will still continue to post and blog my climbing and hiking photos here on www.hawaiigirladventures.com. You can also follow "Hawaii Girl @LocalHawaiiGirl" on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/LocalHawaiiGirl
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  • Jottnar – Bergelmir Jacket

    Andy
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    I was discussing the jacket yesterday with a friend who bought one for use in all-weather climbing (his job). He's the kind of bloke who can spend all day outdoors in bitter wind without donning a pair of gloves whilst I'm stood next to him watching the tips of my fingers fall off. I was bemoaning the one small point that I don't like about the Bergelmir - the lack of hand-warmer pockets - and my friend reminded me that if you do indeed spend all day outdoors, or you're a seasoned mountaineer, then you don't use hand-warmers as much as a soft desk-dwelling weekend-warrior like me. Fair point.
  • Zamberlan – Vioz 996 GT boots

    Jodie
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    These boots are excellent. I haven't had a single blister or a rub. I've been kicking them into snowy mountains and scrambling around on rocky slopes happily for a few months now and they really aren't showing a mark, they are clearly better boots than I've ever owned before, and my feet and snuggly and dry. I love them. If you're after a quality B1 boot, and these fit the shape of your feet you really should give them a try. Read more...
  • Mountain Craftsman – Custom made Jacket

    Andy
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Paul makes all kinds of things from fleeces to tents and even repairs damaged kit. Where Mountain Craftsman stands out from so many other manufacturers though, is that he will make made-­to­-measure clothing that fits beautifully... Read more...
  • Darn Tough – Boot Sock Cushion

    Jodie
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Put these socks on your wish list. They are outstanding. Not only for cushiony-comfort, but for the company who makes them who have got their marketing spot on, and for them being in all the right colours, with clear sizing and affordable price points, and for the cherry on the top lifetime guarantee. Read more...
  • Regatta – Women’s Breaktrail Fleece

    Jodie
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    check it out to ensure it’s not too short for your personal preference – and if it’s not, then buy it. I honestly don’t think you will find a better fleece on the market considering practicality, function, style and price. Read more...
 
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    Gear Exposure

  • New Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 for long distance runners

    Ben
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    In pursuit of ever lighter and better footwear, British brand Inov-8 is adding to its range of off-road shoes with the new Race Ultra 270. Following on the steps of its heavier sister, the Race… The post New Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 for long distance runners appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Swedish magazine Sportfack names Haglöfs sustainability brand of the year

    Ben
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Consumers are increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment and the demand for sustainability made gear is growing rapidly. Just looking at the number of Bluesign certified products on the shelves compared to just… The post Swedish magazine Sportfack names Haglöfs sustainability brand of the year appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Unobtrusive mountain refuge in a heart of stone

    Ben
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Do you find yourself dreaming about spending a few days in a smal but cosy mountain hut, hidden to all passers by? This boulder, named Antoine makes great use of its small space and hides… The post Unobtrusive mountain refuge in a heart of stone appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Holiday gift guide 2014: Climbers

    Joe
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    A few hand picked ideas for to give to a your climbing friend or partner. A great variety of gear for all budgets. The post Holiday gift guide 2014: Climbers appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Merrell Trail Glove 2 review, the benchmark shoe just got better

    Ben
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Trail Glove 2 from Merrell is a minimalist shoe for trail running. It is also, as the name suggests, the second iteration of a model that was well received by the industry. The post Merrell Trail Glove 2 review, the benchmark shoe just got better appeared first on Gear Exposure.
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    Mungo Says Bah - Camping, Bushcraft, Photography and More!

  • Wooden Spoon Carving Gift

    Simon Peacock
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Here are a couple of spoons I carved for my girlfriend - I carved them from a single chunk of white ash (fraxinus americana) I gathered from the park behind where I live in Toronto. The already-dead tree had collapsed in a windstorm last year. To finish them, I soaked them in olive oil for a day. It wasn't until I had oiled them that I realized the the bowls are translucent. They're not so thin that they are too delicate to use, but the wood just seems to have that certain quality that transmits light so beautifully. I used 120 grit sandpaper, and you can see the abrasive marks on the…
  • Redux: A Tutorial on How To Build a Coke Can Stove for Hiking, Bushcraft and Camping

    Simon Peacock
    15 Feb 2011 | 4:27 am
    I was just looking over my Coke can camping stove tutorial and thought it might be a good time to post it again - it is such an easy stove to make, and lots of fun. Okay, following up on a post about emergency preparedness, picture this: your power has just gone out. It is the middle of winter, and the battery-powered radio reports that a major substation has suffered an outage due to iced-over power cables. You are told to expect that power will return in no less than 7 days. So you get out all the blankets in the house, and warm up the bed. You find your 72 hour kit, first aid kit,...
  • Mungo Is Still Mad About Wool Blankets

    Simon Peacock
    27 Jan 2011 | 12:32 pm
    So this is a rewrite of an older post. I'm going to start writing more again soon - but with the cold winter upon us here in Ontario, I wanted to share my Wool Blankets post again. Stay warm out there! I picked up some wool blankets recently at a second hand thrift shop. They cost $4 each. I am utterly amazed at the prices there. To buy a new King sized blanket at the Hudson's Bay store in Canada, it would cost me $475. For a Double sized blanket, $275. Even to buy one on Ebay.ca, with shipping factored in, I'd be paying at least $75. So instead, I occasionally stop in at the neighbourhood...
  • A Snowy Saturday, Spent Indoors

    Simon Peacock
    15 Jan 2011 | 4:59 pm
    It was a snowy Saturday here in Toronto, so we stayed indoors and played and read and napped and had a great time. James and his sticker book. James playing with stickers. Monty sniffing James. A view outside the back window, with the shed and school. The winter rose bush. James putting stickers on my arm. The abominable snow beagle, Monty. Monty standing guard. Monty running away. Cheers, Mungo Are you subscribed to the Mungo Says Bah! RSS feed yet? If not - you know what to do... You can also follow my tweets at @MungoBah This post is from the Mungo Says Bah blog at... Please visit the…
  • 'Twas the Night before Bahmas (The Story of St. Mungo and Team of Beagles)

    Simon Peacock
    24 Dec 2010 | 5:45 pm
    Twas the night before Bahmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Mungo soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon…
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    Hiking The Trail

  • Celebrating on the summit! What to take to celebrate in style!

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    We all have our traditions of what we take up to the summit to celebrate. For those of you who like to celebrate in style but do not wish to carry the extra weight. We have a few products that will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fresh Balls – Hygiene for your groin area – Gear Review

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Yes that is really the product’s name. Believe it or not the name of the product is exactly what the product does. Fresh Balls is a quick drying lotion that provides freshness, anti-chafing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 1/19/2015

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    So much adventuring so little time! Where did your adventures take you last week? Tag your photos with #hikingthetrail and your photos could be featured here each Monday! Winter Hiking ❤... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Perfect Campfire from Start to Finish – Infographic

    admin
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
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  • Iris O. Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trail #62 – Trail Report

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Located at the Northeast side of Tucson on the edge of front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains lies the Iris O. Dewhirst trail. Also commonly known as the Pima Canyon Trail #62. This well... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Hiking With Impunity

  • Check Out This Reliable Locksmith In Fort Lauderdale

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Today I am going to talk about the very popular topic of buying instagram followers. It is being talking about all over the place, so I am going to give my opinion today. First of all, let me say that buying any type of social media followers, likes, tweets, or anything like that probably is not morally the best thing to do. However, if your doing it just to plant a seed, then it can be overlooked just a little bit. So if it were me, and I needed a large social media following to help my business, I would probably do this. I would initially start my social media following by buying a small…
  • Is There A Good Locksmith In Santa Monica

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

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

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

  • Roamancing Swiss Views: Our Switzerland Swimsuit Illustrated Exposé

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

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

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

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

    Erica Hargreave
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Gotta love the holidays at the Royal Botanical Gardens! The Holidays for me have never been about presents, but rather family, at least that is since I became an adult and moved thousands of miles away from family.  The Holidays are the one time of year that we are all home and get a chance to see each other.  And as I am now Auntie, the holidays are about spending time with my sister and brother’s kids, as well as my adult family members, and with that we’ve been creating new traditions of our own. One of our favourite new traditions is the annual Holiday Train Show at the…
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    The Good Badger

  • How to Be Happy in 2015

    the Good Badger
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Pre-AT Good Badger would be lecturing on some sort of New Year’s Resolution path toward mastery right about now.  My feelings toward goals haven’t changed. They’re the single most important factor for creating success.  Instead, my preoccupation with success has taken a backseat to happiness.  Success without happiness is hollow.  It’s a car without an engine.  A basketball hoop without a ball.  A chimi without a changa. The key to happiness is appreciation.  So I will instead take this opportunity to reflect back and share what most contributed to my happiness…
  • 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…
 
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • L.L. Bean Northport Pants Review

    Rebecca Walsh
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The L.L. Bean Northport Pants feel like yoga pants but wear like hiking pants, blending comfort with style and function. Designed with a relaxed fit[Read More...] The post L.L. Bean Northport Pants Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Taking on the Pacific Crest Trail: 2,650 Miles for Scholarships

    Arielle Parris
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Big ideas start with a single spark. My adventurous spirit caught fire three years ago, when I found out I had the audacity to attempt[Read More...] The post Taking on the Pacific Crest Trail: 2,650 Miles for Scholarships appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack Review

    Kristin Wuhrman
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    When you’re on a mission to bag a few peaks or walk the city streets, take the Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack along. I’ve found that[Read More...] The post Cotopaxi Inca 26L Backpack Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Winter Hiking Foods

    Tanya Krezevska
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Hiking and backpacking can be a great way to stay active and fit year-round, but you have to take extra precautions when hiking during the[Read More...] The post Winter Hiking Foods appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Review

    David Lowman
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    At first glance, the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed looks way different than any other typical sleeping bag. The most obvious and notably difference about this bag[Read More...] The post Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – January 26th, 2015

    Rourke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Good luck and stay safe to all those in New England about to get hammered by this massive winter storm. Be smart: Stay in place, don’t travel, stay warm – and ask others for help if you need it. More information can be found HERE. I have a new AR arriving today. Review in a few weeks after I get a chance to test is out. Time to have some fun! Sarah Palin is an intelligent women. She just mentioned that she “seriously” would be interested in running in 2016 for President. Really? No – I don’t think she is really thinking about it but now many pundits are…
  • Food Storage for 30 Days

    Rourke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Rourke:  The following was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. by Harry I’m an Engineer and really like solving problems.  Especially, when there are lots of variables leading to a number of potential solutions.  That allows me to put some of my personal preferences into the mix and develop what I believe is the best solution. One of my sons asked me to put together a food plan for him out of our stores for an upcoming trip he is planning.  The basic requirements are to feed two 30ish young men who are very active for 2 weeks.  There were several parameters I was…
  • MSOnline Contest: Your SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

    Rourke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” knife and the best one will win a Gerber Machete Pro. I am not looking for a picture of your knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest. Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen this as your SHTF knife. The contest will run from February 1st through March 1st. Each entry will be presented here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Anyone…
  • And the winners are…….

    Rourke
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    As usual judging for this most recent writing contest was extremely difficult. I wish I could offer something to all those that participated as so many quality posts were sent in. Well – it had to be done. I placed a premium on the level of “How To” information as well as overall knowledge derived from each post. Honestly there were several articles that could have placed in the top 3 positions. It’s all perspective.   Let’s go ahead and get started: 1st Place – Building a Bucket Ham Repeater by ALC – OnPoint Tactical has donated one of…
  • Thank you contest sponsors…..

    Rourke
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
      Just wanted to give a big “shout out” to all of the sponsors to my last Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest. I appreciate there willing to participate. If any of you are looking for survival & preparedness products/training – please consider these fine folks.   Here they are along with a list of what they donated: 1st Place – – OnPoint Tactical has donated one of their Urban Escape & Evasion classes. Value: $795,  Directive21.com has provided a Royal Berkey System Value: $283.00, CampingSurvival.com has offered up two…
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    trailsnet.com

  • Safe Community Paths are the Answer

    trailsnet
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Walking to School Isn’t Inherently Dangerous Parents in Maryland are being investigated because they let their elementary children walk a mile home from school. If they really believe that the community isn’t safe for walking, then they should be using their time and resources to build safe community trails rather than hassling parents for doing … Continue reading » The post Safe Community Paths are the Answer appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Sark Island: A Car Free Paradise

    trailsnet
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Island Trails The Island of Sark is tough to get to, but well worth the journey. It is located off the coast of Normandy, France, but accessed, indirectly from England. Since there is no airport on the island, the only way to get there is on a boat from England to Guernsey and then another … Continue reading » The post Sark Island: A Car Free Paradise appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trailsnet Foundation

    trailsnet
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Vital Trail Infrastructure When we think of charitable causes for third world countries or for the environment, we often think of food, clothing, shelter & medicine. And these are fine charitable contributions. But these contributions are futile unless there is a way of getting them to where they are needed. Typically these contributions come from … Continue reading » The post Trailsnet Foundation appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Long-Distance Trail Movies

    trailsnet
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Wild set on Pacific Crest Trail First there was the movie The Way starring Martin Sheen and set on the Camino de Santiago, a long-distance hermitage trail in Spain. Now we are happy to see a movie set on the Pacific Crest Trail in California, Oregon and Washington. This latest movie is called Wild and stars … Continue reading » The post Long-Distance Trail Movies appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Controversial Trail Topics

    trailsnet
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    How Controversial Can a Trail Be? Look on both sides of this post. Now look above it and below it. What do you see? More importantly, what don’t you see? Let me count the things you don’t see: advertisements corporate sponsorship government sponsorship affiliate sponsorship donor funding volunteer obligations So what’s my point? Go look … Continue reading » The post Controversial Trail Topics appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Poll: Should wolves be slaughtered to save caribou?

    Supertrooper
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The BC government has launched a wolf kill program, blaming the wolves for the drastic decline of caribou, a decline which is actually caused by habitat destruction. So is the wolf kill a solution? Killing wolves will not bring the caribou back in the absence of adequate habitat protection for caribou. Culling intelligent, social animals [...]   Read more...
  • Video: A natural wonder – the sardine run

    Supertrooper
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the frenzy of excitement as an army of ocean predators, from dolphins and humpback whales to dive-bombing gannets, pursue the vast mobile feast that is the Sardine Run. Cameraman Bart Lukasik digs into his archives to bring us a selection of last year’s most breathtaking footage from the epic migration.     This video [...]   Read more...
  • Video: Discovery of the Mysterious Kipunji Monkey in East Africa

    Supertrooper
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Travel West, and the valley changes from grassland to true African jungle. Here, in the little-known mountains of southern Tanzania and Rwanda, live many unique animals, including the Kipunji monkey which was only discovered in 2005.       This video was first published by BBC Earth on 16 Jan 2015.         Read more...
  • Video: Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii

    Supertrooper
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    On a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in December 2014, I had the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild. After their night feeding our in the deeper waters, pods of dolphins come to more shallow waters in the early morning. These dolphins were about a half mile of the Kona shores [...]   Read more...
  • Video: Gamekeeper jailed in Scotland for killing bird of prey

    Supertrooper
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A gamekeeper who trapped and killed birds of prey has been jailed for four months. George Mutch, 48, was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after being convicted of laying illegal traps and killing a goshawk by hitting it with a stick. It is the first custodial sentence for the crime of persecuting raptors, or birds [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice

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

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

    Chris Maxcer
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The article Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The Klymit Static V2 inflatable sleeping pad offers one of the best lightweight backpacking pad experiences for your money. In fact, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s the best deal going: At just under $60, the Static V2 weighs barely over one pound yet offers 2.5 inches of cushion in a roomy pad that’s 23 […] The post Klymit Static V2 Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 16 More Great Gifts for Fly Fishing Fanatics!

    Chris Maxcer
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The article 16 More Great Gifts for Fly Fishing Fanatics! first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Once we got started finding the first 15 best gift ideas for fly fishers, we just couldn’t stop! Are we obsessed? Definitely. Is fly fishing itself an obsession? Always. And fly fishermen . . . are they fanatics? Usually. Yes. (They will be once they catch their first monster trout.) In any event, finding great […] The post 16 More Great Gifts for Fly Fishing Fanatics! appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 15 Best Gift Ideas for Fly Fishing Fanatics

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The article 15 Best Gift Ideas for Fly Fishing Fanatics first appeared on Man Makes Fire. In our Man Makes Fire guide to the best fly fishing gift ideas, we choose some of the core gear that most every fly fisherman needs, could use, or would appreciate. Some of these fly fishers already have some of this gear, but gear wears out, breaks down, and gets lost. Plus, some of these […] The post 15 Best Gift Ideas for Fly Fishing Fanatics appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
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    Appalachian Trials

  • Breaking Through Mental Barriers on the AT

    Jamie Ratchford
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The Appalachian Trail can be an incredibly challenging endeavor. There may be times when you forget why you’re going it (but hopefully not, if you’ve read Appalachian Trials) and moments you can’t believe you ever thought you could do it in the first place. There may be days of doubt and dread, snow, sleet, rain, ......
  • Eating in the “Real World” Versus Trail Eating

    Sprinkles
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    The holidays are over and for many people the new year is a time to clean up their diet and begin eating healthier again. While I was preparing my lunch consisting of Mexican-style chicken breast, quinoa, sweet potato, and avocado I had a thought: isn’t it funny  how what we eat in the real world ......
  • 5 Takeaways From My Summer On The AT.

    Jessica Georgia
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:31 pm
    5 Takeaways From My Summer On The AT....
  • My Pre-AT Gear Testing Adventure

    Markie Rexroat
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Upon walking into my apartment right now, people might either guess I’m thru-hiking the AT or I’m a doomsday prepper. Either way, things are close to being all squared away on the gear and supplies front. Last weekend a friend and I escaped from our mountain-less Indiana home, to the Grand Canyon for some hiking and ......
  • 5 Ways to Remedy the Bad Days

    Ashli Baldwin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Cold, wet, hungry, and tired, I limped into Lincoln, NH and decided I was quitting the trail. I was over 1,800 miles in and I had had enough. With cuts and bruises along my legs and the fresh rip in my shorts, I felt defeated. After finally making my way to Chet’s Hostel, I laid ......
 
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    Great Escape Trail

  • Opening Shop

    greatescapetrail
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I grew up fishing. My father owned a bait & tackle shop called “Fish Heads” for a short time in the early 80s. I spent my formative years combing through fishing catalogs and casting into hula hoops my father set up in the yard as targets. My father used to brag that his three-year-old son could use a spin caster. The second word I said was, “fish.” My maternal grandfather worked at Pflueger. When he retired they gave him his work locker which I have to this day. It holds my fishing equipment. On school mornings when most kids were asleep, my father had us out on a…
  • They’re Killing White Woolly Buggers

    greatescapetrail
    28 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Photo by Daniel Holmes I am anxious to get out the river, any river; flies are tied, I have a new rod and reel courtesy of my wife, and, reports are, steelhead fishing is good. Fishing reports are supposed to be honest, unlike the fisherman you might pass on the trail who, when asked how the fishing has been, replies with something along the lines of, Great. They’re killing white woolly buggers. These recommendations seldom mean much to me. It’s the same as me asking a stranger what gets his wife in the mood and then going home and trying the same on mine. Sometimes, nothing…
  • Winter Steelhead Fishing Tips

    greatescapetrail
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You have waited half the year for the thrill of a steelhead hook-up. You’ve whisked away the glorious spring mornings and the summer evenings daydreaming of the superior steelhead season. Stricken by this malady, you tolerate blistering wind chills and lake effect snow. Steelhead are the only freshwater gamefish that will strike a fly savagely in in 33°F water water, leap relentlessly above the surface of the water, make blistering runs through the current, and send you back to the truck for a warming chigger of bourbon. Try to get your fly to drift two-to three-times slower than the…
  • Steelhead Fishing Report – November 2014

    greatescapetrail
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    [stag_intro]Snow is on the ground, the Browns are in first place after polishing off the Bengals, and steelhead are in the river.[/stag_intro] It doesn’t get better than this folks. Forget The Fumble, The Drive, The Shot, and Red Right 88. Northeast Ohio is abuzz with the Return of the King, a Cy Young winner, Browns in 1st, and Steelhead in the River. Get out and fish now while water conditions are still good. Once this current snow starts to melt the river will definitely be on the rise. The post Steelhead Fishing Report – November 2014 appeared first on Great Escape Trail.
  • Ohio Morel Hunting

    greatescapetrail
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Spring is the season for morel hunting in Ohio. With temperatures climbing and a recent torrents of rain, you expect large numbers of half frees, yellow, grays, and black morels. We find most morels under dead elm and ash as well as in disturbed areas of the forest under black cherry trees. Ohio Morel Hunting Please note, we are not scientists. We are educated observers with a few years of experience foraging our neck of the woods. There aren’t many public woods in Portage County, Ohio yet we are able to find morels in some fairly inconspicuous places. On many occasions we leave the…
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    50 Campfires

  • How Many Layers Should I Wear In Cold Weather?

    50 Campfires
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    At least once a week I come across an article about layers. How many should I wear? What should they be made of? How many layers should I have for various activities? There is a lot written about layering because it is actually really important to get it right in cold weather. If you’re going to be out for an extended period of time you have to layer correctly so you sweat as little as possible. In fact, you’ll be just a tad bit cool if you get it right. It’s also important because you might be a couple miles away from your house or car, and won’t have a lot of…
  • What We Are Listening To: February

    50 Campfires
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    At 50 Campfires we take turns each week with taking over the controls that power the music and vibe in the office. I always like to start the week off light with some classic Beatles and Oasis. We need that time to get back into the flow off the work week after spending the weekend enjoying the outdoors. I know everyone might be sick of Take Me To Church by Hozier, but how can you not love the chorus? I have always been a huge fan of Jack White and Lazaretto is the first vinyl I ever bought. The record is awesome and the vinyl offers new features that have never been done before. Always been…
  • aLokSak Waterproof Bag Review

    50 Campfires
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    aLokSak Waterproof Bag Review Whether on the beach, walking in the rain, or accidentally dropping your phone in the toilet (probably not that last one), aLokSak Waterproof Bag is a great tool to keeping your most valuable items dry and safe. Appearance: aLokSak looks much like your common zip-lock bag—except on steroids. The aLokSak is thick, clear, sleek and simple. The thickness gives the ease of knowing it’s a durable plastic coating that will cover your valuables. The sizings come in rectangle or square: 3×6 to 16×24, and 12×50 for weapon storage. Functionality: The…
  • 7 Tips For Winter Geocaching

    Clint Carlson - Editor
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Winter can be one of the best times to geocache! No bugs, less people around, and less undergrowth make winter geocaching a great time. With that said, there are still specific challenges that can make things difficult. These tips will help you get the most out of your chilly excursion in search of treasure.   1. Make sure the last found date has happened since a snowfall In this particular screenshot there are two geocaches I’d add to my list for the day. I’d avoid the ones that need maintenance (red wrench) and I’d avoid the bottom one because it hasn’t been found…
  • Make A Day Of It: A Winter Micro Adventure

    Chelsey Janes - Editor
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean you have to hunker down indoors and wait for spring to arrive. There are the traditional things to do outdoors in the winter like snowshoeing, skiing and sledding but we like to stray from the norm and spend the day on a Winter micro adventure. If you dress warm, pack a good lunch with a hot beverage and set out with a plan for the day – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the fun to be had. A micro adventure can be anything you want. From heading out to a state park right after work to walk the trails for an hour to a full…
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • The Ten Essentials: Items for Survival

    David Lowe
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Essential Survival Gear for Wilderness Travels Whether venturing out for a day hike or planning extended travels into the wilderness, there are certain survival items that you are recommended to carry. The original ten essentials traces its roots back to the 1930s with The Mountaineers, a Seattle based outdoor organization and first appeared in print in Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (1974). In later editions the list was revised to keep pace with modern outdoor equipment. Along with the ten essentials there are four supplemental items including a water purification device and ice…
  • Backpacking Quick Reference Checklist

    David Lowe
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    Essential Gear For Backcountry Hiking Key to an enjoyable and safe backpacking adventure is remembering what to pack. The following list includes essential items for multi-day hikes from summer through early winter. Important is to tailor your layering system according to the season and expected weather conditions.   Route Finding Map (in protective cover) Route description / guide book Compass / handheld GPS Headlamp (extra batteries)   Clothing / Footwear Base layer: wicking top / bottom Mid layer: light to mid-weight fleece Insulating layer: down jacket Outer layer: breathable…
  • 10 Lesser Known Places to Visit near Tokyo

    David Lowe
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Worthwhile Excursions Away from the Bustle of Tokyo Whilst downtown Tokyo offers a seemingly endless array of sightseeing possibilities, sadly not enough visitors get the chance to broaden their horizons and travel beyond the city limits. Included below are but a small selection of less travelled destinations on the fringes of Tokyo (all within 3 hours of Shinjuku Station) waiting to be explored. Most won’t be found in your guide books but nonetheless make worthwhile day trips, providing an opportunity to check out some stunning rural landscapes. 1. Hossawa Falls, Hinohara Village (Tokyo)…
  • Odake Falls

    David Lowe
    28 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Winter Waterfall Wonders at Odake Falls Tokyo contains some rather noteworthy waterfalls including the Hossawa Falls which are included in the One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan. While at the Odake Falls 大岳滝 are around half the height of the Hossawa Falls they are no less impressive and given their seclusion means more of a chance to enjoy them in peace. The original plan was to drop by the nearby Odake Limestone Cave on route but unfortunately it was closed. This particular cave was discovered in 1961 and to this day remains with the same family. Although the gentleman who first uncovered…
  • Mt. Nokogiri 鋸山

    David Lowe
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Mt. Nokogiri 鋸山 – Jigoku Nozoki 地獄のぞき Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 4km Difficulty: easy Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Hamakanaya Port (Tokyo Wan Ferry) Finish: Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line)   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions An Intriguing History Makes Mount Nokokgiri a Wonderful Day Out Whilst dwarfed by nearby Mount Atago 愛宕山 (408m) the highest mountain in Chiba Prefecture, Mount Nokogiri 鋸山 (329m) affords…
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    Erich Wegscheider

  • 2014 By The Numbers

    Erich
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Races are hard to write about. Remembering what happened and spinning them in a way that comes across as interesting is basically impossible to do. Writing about triathlon training is an even tougher task, but when a year’s worth of training data is collected, it’s… eh, it’s still boring. So, allow me to tell you about flip […] The post 2014 By The Numbers appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • North Face Endurance Challenge

    Erich
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Sometime after finishing Leadville, I figured running a 50-miler would be a nice way to cap off the year. At the time, the North Face Endurance Challenge sounded like a walk in the park. After all, I only had to run half as far. I have a very flawed sense of logic, because running such distances […] The post North Face Endurance Challenge appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • Leadville Trail 100 Run

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

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

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

  • BTP 2-Stage Electric Pump for ISUP’s Review

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The hand pumps that come with the inflatable stand-up paddleboards are pretty good… they work far better than they did a few years ago. As more and more inflatable SUP’s come on the market the competition rises.  Not only are the boards competitive but so are the accessories and gear that come with them such […]
  • Seth The Pup Who Loves To SUP

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Meet Seth, my dog.  You may have noticed this little guy in many of our photos riding shotgun on our stand-up paddleboards. He is as much a part of this website and our testing process as I am. Seth absolutely loves to go stand-up paddling. When his lifejacket comes out he knows we’re heading to […]
  • Werner Nitro SUP Paddle Review

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    A couple months ago I went on the hunt for a new stand-up paddle for my boyfriend. After much research I chose the Werner Nitro SUP paddle. I was excited to try it. I had read only really positive reviews and I knew it was super lightweight, strong and versatile. We have now used it […]
  • SUP Deals For The Holidays

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    With the holidays fast approaching, online stores are starting to offer all kinds of great deals. Black Friday is almost here and it is the biggest shopping day of the season. I have been receiving numerous emails from retailers advertising their Black Friday deals. Many are having pre Black Friday sales as well so if […]
  • airSUP 96SL Inflatable SUP Review

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The airSUP company is based out of Japan and has an impressive line-up of inflatable stand-up paddleboards. They ship worldwide and their boards are popular in Japan, Australia and the USA. I was lucky to be able to try out their 9’6” super light inflatable SUP.  I was really impressed with this board and totally […]
 
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Get Home Bag List – How To Make The Best Kit For YOUR Needs

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

    Chris Ruiz
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    More than getting yourself safe, survival means being calamity-ready and making sure that you have stored ample amount of food and water. With a preparedness guide and proper food storage, you can have a lifetime supply of food.  Looking at your food storage options is especially important if: You are planning on bugging in or shelter in in place for any period of time You are planning on caching food and supplies along your bug out route You have a bug out location where you will be storing food for months or years There are lots of food storage options, you don’t need to limit…
  • Top 10 Prepping New Year’s Resolutions

    Chris Ruiz
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Happy New Year!  I hope you rang in 2015 in style.  With the new year starting people have been asking me what my new years resolutions are going to be.  Rather than giving the typical answer of going to the gym/being healthier/improving habits, etc. I started to think, “What could I resolve to do to increase my level of preparedness?” New Years Resolutions For Preppers It turns out there are LOTS of things I can do and I was wondering if anyone else was in a similar situation, trying to look at 2015 and see what their prepping related goals should be.  If you are one of these…
  • Best Prepping Articles Of 2014 From Around The Web

    Chris Ruiz
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    It has been a busy year for the preparedness community with many worldwide and local events testing our resolve.  Looking back at 2014 we can remember the rise of Ebola and ISIS as well as the civil unrest around the Ferguson case. It can be hard choosing what to prepare for and there are so many great resources out there to use to learn the skills you need to be truly ready.  I thought it would be useful to put the most popular preparedness related articles here in one place, not only for The Bug Out Bag Guide, but also from other sites around the web.  I reached out to over 100…
  • Bugging In Vs Bugging Out: How To Decide In An Emergency

    Chris Ruiz
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    Bugging out is undoubtedly one of the most popular topics in survival literature, as well as in online discussion forums.  Assembling a bug out bag is something akin to a rite of passage among preppers and we love to critique each other’s kits.  We talk endlessly about bug out locations (BOLs) and bug out vehicles (BOVs).  Yet, for all of that discussion, one rather critical part of the plan is often lacking attention.  We talk a lot about HOW to bug out but we often forget to give thought to the WHEN of bugging out. Weighing Your Options First of all, I firmly believe that bugging out…
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Maharashtra

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

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    "Kutch nahi dekha toh kuch nahi dekha"! (Haven’t seen Kutch then you haven’t seen any thing) - This line sounds like a part of any other state tourism marketing venture but things are a bit different in this case. Once you see the glistening white panorama of white sands across the blue...
  • A Guide to Pondicherry: All You Need to Know Before You Go

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    There are only a few places in India where history meets modernity with geography playing a significant backdrop. The Union territory of Pondicherry is one such place. Constitutionally, the Union territory of Pondicherry is a collective name given to the districts of Pondicherry, Karaikal,...
  • 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Uttarakhand, they say, is the land of the gods. Now that's not too difficult to believe because it is magical enough to hypnotize the most powerful angels in heaven. In this article, we cover some of the more uncommon places of this Shangri-la. These aren't exactly commercialized conventional...
  • Beat the Chill: Top Winter Destinations in India

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
    It's not too late to start planning for some awesome, winter retreats and part of the preparation should include looking at some of these destinations which are best to be visited in winter months. Here are some of our suggestions for affordable — and less crowded — winter getaways:   1)...
 
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    ADAPT » Outdoor

  • California could take private land to ensure surfer’s access to Martins Beach

    Ben
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    The access road to Martin’s Beach. Photo: Flickr/Coast Road. California state is threatening to step in to ensure that surfers and other beach goers have access to Martins Beach. The State Lands Commission may use powers never employed in its 77-year history, seizing private land for public use to end a battle between surfers and billionaire, Vinod Khosla – one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, who has been locking a gate at his beach property along California’s Pacific Coast. The battle, which ADAPT reported on here, started when Khosla locked the only gate allowing…
  • Rent a Fire Tower and Camp in the Sky

    Ben
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    The wallpaper from Campo Santo’s upcoming adventure game FireWatch. Stick it as your desktop wallpaper for a daily dose of desk adventure. As soon as the wallpaper from the upcoming Campo Santo game, FireWatch surfaced on the web, I immediately downloaded it and pasted it on screen as my desktop wallpaper. I was psyched, a feeling you normally don’t get when sitting at a desk (unless your playing a video game). Then I realized something, sometimes the idea of adventure gets you just as pumped. According to Outside Online, the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac spent the…
  • Surfers save a Wallaby swept out to sea

    Ben
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    A little while back we reported stories where surfers saved some tourist swimmers stuck in a rip and helped out with a crash landed hot air balloon. When you’re out in the line up, keeping an eye on your fellow surfers is a great habit to develop, helping keep surf sessions safe during large swells and currents. It seems that the mindset of the surf-samaritan extends well beyond fellow surfers. This pair of Australian shredders came across a wallaby in trouble and were able to rescue the little guy. The two surfers, Jason Finlay and Scott Dennis, came across the wallaby as it…
  • Incredible Snow Storm Hits New York State

    Ben
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    The post Incredible Snow Storm Hits New York State appeared first on ADAPT.
  • Riverboarder Rescues Squirrel from River Rapids

    Ben
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    The squirrel soaked through, just after being pulled onto the riverboard from the rapids. Screen grab from Caters News YouTube video. During a recent riverboarder session, Thomas Paterson (a riverboarder from Oakville, Ontario, Canada), came across a stranded squirrel stuck on a rock in the middle of the river rapids. Wanting to help the little critter to safety Paterson captured the rescue on his GoPro and the video was posted by Caters News Agency: Paterson swam over to the rock, that the squirrel was stranded on, and positioned his riverboard against it, hoping to coax the squirrel to…
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    The Kayak Critic » The Kayak Critic

  • My canoe camping trip to the boundary waters reserve

    Alex
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Many years ago when I was a teenager, my family along with a couple of other families that we were friends with, all went on a camping trip in the boundary waters reserve in Minnesota. It was an amazing time that I still remember to this day. The astonishing boundary waters wilderness area is over […]
  • What to wear hiking: Steer clear of clothes made of cotton!

    Alex
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    What to wear hiking is one of the most basic survival choices one can make. Too many beginner hikers spend more time and money on their gear than their clothing. Rarely do they ask what is the best hiking clothes one should wear for a camping trip. Don’t get me wrong, there is no harm in spending […]
  • 5 Best Kayaking Destinations in Nebraska Lakes & Rivers

    Austin
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’ve never been to Nebraska you may picture it as a barren, treeless, boring prairie filled with, well, nothing. While certain areas of NE are just like that – boring as they are barren – other areas are strikingly beautiful and pleasant. This under appreciated state is actually a hidden gem in the kayaking […]
  • 5 Exciting & Fast Rivers for Whitewater Kayaking in Idaho

    Austin
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Idaho is a secluded and beautiful state located in the Northwestern United States. Idaho license plates boast of their “Famous Potatoes”, but trust me, this state has more to offer than potatoes, their #1 cash crop. If beautiful and secluded wilderness is what you’re after, Idaho is a great place to check out! It’s the […]
  • 3 Hot Kayaking Destinations in Remote Nevada

    Austin
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Nevada is a large southwestern state known mainly for being home to one of America’s favorite playgrounds, Las Vegas. While Vegas is certainly a fun place to visit, the state of Nevada has so much more to offer that it’s a shame most people only associate it with Vegas. I’ve actually said to a friend […]
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • Gary’s Gear List, First Edition

    garyfunk2
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    As someone who has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for the first time forty years ago it has become more and more important for me to become gear and weight conscious as the miles tally up on my hiking career. It is for this reason, that I’ve made it my goal to leave the border with a pack weight of just twenty pounds including my food. Obviously, when in the Sierra Nevada region more cold weather gear will be required which will increase pack weight in that area. One benefit of having such a long hiking career is that I’ve been able to accumulate a healthy list of gear items…
  • Testing Gear Before the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

    jonjadams31
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Long distance hikes are unique because of the fact that they span multiple months and a variety of weather conditions. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is no exception to this rule and because of this it is crucial that those embarking on such a journey as the PCT have tested all their gear ahead of time. Being able to trust your gear when you encounter conditions that call for a certain piece clothing or equipment is imperative to success on thru-hikes. Recently, the San Diego area received a cold front combined with a wet weather system that created snowy conditions in nearby Mount Laguna. The…
  • Cold Weather Preparation on the PCT

    garyfunk2
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    What kind of weather will we have before we start backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail? That is a question we are frequently asked. The amount of precipitation above or below normal for the season and, especially the amount that falls a few months prior to departing, will be a good indicator of the snow levels in not only the Sierra Nevada region but also southern California. High snow levels in the early miles will require extra gear and will slow down anticipated mileage. Most hikers prefer to start in mid-to-late April to avoid this potential early slowing from the border. With 3 years of…
  • San Diego PCT Sloggers Trail Itinerary: 1st Edition!

    jonjadams31
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Planning the trail itinerary and resupply points is one of the toughest and most crucial parts of the preparation process for a thru-hike. Our first edition of our Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) itinerary were derived mostly from the Halfmile PCT maps which are a very useful tool when planning for the hike. The maps are regarded as the most accurate PCT maps available and include extremely beneficial notes on water points, noted campsites, how to get to towns and more. You can visit Halfmile’s website from our links page. Firstly, let’s start with an overview of where we are planning…
  • TRAINING HIKE: Barrel Springs to Agua Caliente Creek Camp Overnight!

    jonjadams31
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    As mentioned in a previous training hike post, Marissa and I (Jon) were planning on doing an overnight hike/camp trip to the trail camp that is roughly 4 miles north of Warner Springs along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This is the account of that overnight hike. To get to the Barrel Springs entry point on the PCT we parked along Montezuma Valley Road (S22) at the 1 mile marker. There was a pretty well defined dirt pullout on the south side of the road with good shade cover where we parked. From the car we entered onto the PCT by crossing the road (Look both ways! The speed limit is 55 here…
 
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    Digital Steak

  • I want to be a Mountain Athlete, everything else will come from there

    Charley Radcliffe
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    I love being in the mountains. That combination of the physical, mental, and emotional pressures make me feel truly alive. To make the most of it, and to stay safe there, I want to be a mountain athlete. The buzz, strength, and determination I have developed in the mountains has turned into a true asset in... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • It takes two to Tango

    Charley Radcliffe
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Sophie and I give each other a knowing look after dinner, saying ‘do we have any chocolate?’. I get up and find some stashed away for emergencies and we both smile guiltily. It’s well into 2015 and we are both trying to undo the inevitable Christmas indulgences but it is so easy to break when... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Making friends in new places

    Charley Radcliffe
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    I’m standing at a belay looking up at the clear blue skies as Pat and Graeme sort out the gear for the next section of the climb we are on. 7 months ago I didn’t know either of these guys but I’ve been working hard at making friends and, already, we have confidence in each other,... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Starting 2015 as a beginner

    Charley Radcliffe
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Where to begin. Do I start with a summary of what an incredible year 2014 has been? The ideas and plans for 2015, Sophie and I have been hatching? Or the feeling that, even after so many experiences, I still feel like a complete beginner. 2014, a quick review In the last 12 months, rather... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Cogne Ice Opening Festival

    Charley Radcliffe
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    The arrival of winter is being very stubborn, with no significant snowfall and relatively warm temperatures, it was going to be a challenge for Matthias Scherer, Tanja Schmitt and Heike Schmitt with the Cogne Ice Opening Festival. Getting to Cogne At just over an hour drive from Chamonix, Sophie and I headed over on the... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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    The Flashlight Guide

  • Tactical Flashlight Review – What Are The Top 5 Tactical Flashlights?

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

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

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

    Jo
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Before we start with the CREE flashlight review, we need to clarify one thing first. CREE actually refers to the high output LED bulb that flashlights use and is not a brand of flashlight. Thus our CREE flashlight review is of flashlights that are noted to use CREE LED light bulbs. CREE bulbs are organised into models, each with an increasing total flux/output. The models include: P4, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, R2, R3, R4, and R5. The P4 measures at 80 lumens, the Q5 at 107 lumens and the R5 at 137 lumens. However, it is important to note that a number of factors ultimately influences the output of a…
  • SureFire M951 – KIT02, Millennium Universal Incandescent WeaponLight

    Jo
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The SureFire M951-KIT02, or SureFire M951 for short, is a serious weapons light. This is not the flashlight that you are going to give to your kids to play with or your wife to keep in her purse! The SureFire M951 is designed to be used by professional soldiers and law-enforcement that operate in tactical situations. The Surefire M951 is designed to be used on Mil-Std 1913 Picatinny rail interface equipped shoulder-fired weapons. The flashlight is constructed from durable Mil-Spec hard anodized Aluminum (Mil-A-8625 Type III Class 2) and the rugged CNC machined housings are o-ring sealed for…
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    SouthernGuyReviews

  • French Creek Turkey Call

    Southern Guy
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    French Creek Game Calls Click to enlarge Making any product from scratch is hard enough as it is but to do that in a business environment is even harder. Over at French Creek Game Calls in West Virginia that is exactly what they do, they make each call from scratch, hand turning them from a variety of woods, both domestic and exotic. They make the French Creek turkey call and the French Creek deer grunt calls which can be viewed on their Facebook page FrenchCreekGameCalls. What are the different types of turkey calls? Click to enlarge There are a variety of turkey calls on the market today…
  • Vicious 4lb high-vision

    Southern Guy
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Get Vicious! Vicious 4lb high-vision yellow panfish 100 yard fishing line is bright yellow which makes it easily visible, even while wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day.  The advanced copolymer technology they use to make the line makes it low memory which is a great addition to any fishing line. When you cast your line out and see a bunch of waves in the line this is what is refered to as memory if you fish with a baitcaster this can be very troublesome. You can purchase some at GetVicious.com, the four pound hi-vision 100 yard spool is $2.99 on their website as of 01/04/2015! They have a…
  • Yankum Tackle Chatterbait

    Southern Guy
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Yankum Tackle Company Click to enlarge When I first got in touch with Yankum Tackle, I got in contact with Mr. Kilpatrick, who was busy packing up a shipment, at 7:30pm on a Sunday! Now that is customer service, you think any major retailers care about service like that? I had a short discussion with Mr. Kilpatrick about who I was and what I do, he said he would send me something the next day, and that he was busy packing a large order. I told him, I understood and would wait to hear back from him, I hung up the phone not expecting to much out of the situation. Yankum Tackle is a small…
  • Thera Pearl’s Back Wrap with Strap

    Northern Gal
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Is this product outdoor related? Click to enlarge For all you hunters out there that have sustained back pain by pulling back too far on your bow or hauling that huge carcass back to the truck, I have the thing for you to relieve the pain, Thera Pearl back wrap with strap.  It was designed by a doctor that is well aware of the problems patients have in applying the proper treatment for sore, strained back muscles.  The microwave heat/cold pack design of the wrap is made with a nontoxic, flexible pack filled with tiny beads that can be used hot or cold giving you twice the therapeutic…
  • The Umbrella Rig

    Jason Cossey
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Is the Alabama rig good or bad? Hey Yall, Jason Cossey here again, I have been asked about doing a general review on the umbrella rig so I will give you my views on this controversial rigging. First of all I would like to start by saying I believe that this bait/lure has no place in professional tours or any kind of elite series tournament formats. Let me start by saying this is not a foolproof way to catch fish and it takes a level of skill and determination to catch fish on these riggings. In this article I will be sharing my beliefs and views on it. I am going to start with the how to and…
 
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    Wild Getaway

  • Packing For The Family Camping Trip

    editor
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Camping with the family is a time-honoured tradition. Getting away from the city recharges batteries, bonds the family together and creates memories that simply can’t be recreated elsewhere. The key to any successful camping trip is preparation. Knowing what lies ahead is central to having the right equipment. Proper equipment makes camping fun and easy. There are three overriding principles to make a camping trip a success: Dry, Fed, and Warm. Each of these principles needs to apply to each aspect of the trip. Every camping trip has a basic structure: Site, Shelter, Food, Water, Heat, and…
  • Top Ten Tips For Camping With Kids

    editor
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Camping with kids can be a challenge. More tents, more space, more sleeping bags, more food, all your favourite recipes now need to be doubled and more time will be spent looking after them than normal. It can also be the most rewarding experience of your life. Seeing the outdoors through their eyes gives you a whole new perspective on the world around you. Watching them navigate through a woods and picking up sticks and other bits and pieces to examine brings out ancient hunter/gatherer traits in all of us. 30 years of camping has taught me many things. What I learned the first time I took…
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  • The Best Trails in San Francisco Bay Area

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    The Best trails in San Francisco Bay Area You can find there are very few areas in the US have as many unbelievable hiking trails as the San Francisco Bay Area. Starts from coastal hikes to waterfalls, poison oak mountain lions, leisurely strolls, long treks, adventurous trails, giant redwood trees all are awesome. Here are some of the nice and favorite bay areas of San Francisco which are best for hiking, backward trails. Steep Ravine via Matt Davis Trail at Mt Tamalpais State Park Over 200 miles of trails are accessible in the Mt Tamaulipas State Park .It is located just north of the city…
  • Best Hiking trails in North Carolina near Northern Mountain

    timur
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:03 am
    North Carolina offers some spectacular vistas to the people who are always fascinated about hike. Northern Mountains are the most attractive part of this amazing hiking destinations. More than twenty hiking trails are located here for the hikers. Every year about thirty five million people of the United States go for hiking and Northern Mountain in North Carolina us one of the most popular among their favorite hiking destinations. Let’s have a look over those beautiful trails near Northern Mountain. Waterfall Tour of Hanging Rock State Park, N.C. Hike length: 5.2 KM Hike duration: Half day…
  • 7 Best Kids Hiking Boots Reviews for 2015

    Isteak Ahmed
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    While hiking with kids, we all have to be more cautious and more sincere.  Likewise adults, hiking boots for kids are also the most important equipment. That’s why, we are going to offer you a short but effective collection of 7 best kids hiking boots in 2015. No doubt, hiking is a worldwide popular way of passing the holydays. It is performed not only for enjoyment but also for healthier and happier life. People, who hike regularly, do have strong body with fresh mind and happy life. So it is important to start the habit of hiking at the very beginning of life. Parents who are conscious…
  • Health Benefits of Hiking, Here is the proof

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    First of all, we must admit, hiking is the most exciting than any other outdoor adventures. Because of its generosity, hiking can be performed by kids, adult and old-age people. But unfortunately, most of the folks are not acknowledged about the health benefits of hiking. That’s why, today our concern is to present some proof about health benefits of hiking before you guys. We just love to hike for so many reasons. Some of us take a tour for enjoying the natural beauty, where some people don’t want to miss the chance of capturing immense landscape and some of us take a ride only for…
  • Review of best trekking poles 2015 for the Money

    Isteak Ahmed
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    As a part-time or regular hiker, we all know how important trekking poles are for any successful hiking trip. Trekking poles are meant to provide better safety and stability, while hiking in the terrain mountain path or muddy lakeshore. But most of the time people don’t even care about brining trekking poles thinking about extended budget. But, trust me, now you can get the best trekking poles for the money. By considering the boosting demand and the money factor, several brands have been manufacturing best quality trekking poles within very low price. Here, we’ll be discussing and…
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