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  • Two Person Backpacking Tents

    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog
    Daniel Cheaptents
    12 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    We are currently stocking a range of excellent two berth tents designed for backpacking and general camping. Detailed information about these tents can be found via the ultralight tents and lightweight tent sections of our website. To help you choose the most suitable tent for your requirements here is a round up of some of [...]
  • Force Ten Tents – New for 2015

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

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

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

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    Bryan Hansel
    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Several years ago Alan Sinclair downloaded the free canoe drawings for the Têtes de Boule Hunter’s Canoe, a 9-foot, 8-inch pack canoe. A year or so later he sent in a contribution of $50 to help cover the costs of the time spent producing the drawings. Then he began construction with no clue how to do anything. He made it as skin-on-frame, regretting the departure from tradition, because he thought that would be simplest and would make a very light boat. It’s taken a very long time but he finally got it finished. Alan sent several pictures and a thank you upon completion of…
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  • RIP Marselis Parsons

    deadheadskier
    27 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    If you've spent anytime living in Vermont or watching much local news, he pretty much WAS the Vermont news anchor for decades. Spending most of my teens and twenties in VT, I've watched more of Marselis than any other newscaster. Sad to hear the news he's passed http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessag...ournalism-dies
  • Almost summer fun!

    catsup948
    25 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Pretty cool this time of year I can ski Thursday and go to the beach a couple days later! Water was very cold! Attached Images 1432601440456.jpg (22.0 KB) 1432601477423.jpg (40.6 KB)
  • Mount Snow 5-24

    drjeff
    24 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    So Mount Snow plowed out the snow that was left from the last HUGE jump on Inferno, and set up a few rails for some hike too turns. Trace snow had it at just over 60 vertical feet and was size wise about equal to a football field. I hiked 10 runs and about 600 vertical feet making about 100 turns total in 45 minutes! Just a beautiful 70+ degree Memorial Day Weekend with some earned turns! Day 60 in the books for me! That might be the end of my season... Although I am going to Mount Hood in about 6 weeks to pick my daughter up from ski camp. My ski boots might be traveling with me... ;)…
  • Three in one day 5/23/15

    dlague
    23 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Ok we started by skiing Killington today, however my son wanted to go to the rail jam at Mount Snow. So after about 5 runs we packed it up and headed further south. While driving down route 100 we passed Okemo and thought it would be good to picnic at. Got there and the mountain road was open so we took a drive. Low and behold where the half pipe was there was still some snow with a nice spine to ski on. Since we had our gear we opted to hike it and ski it. I will post pics in another post. My son did a second hike and I broke open a Harpoon IPA to watch. I did not ski the spine but he did…
  • Good reason to keep wearing a helmet, even in the Spring

    Cornhead
    23 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    I was skiing K today, I just started down the steep pitch at the bottom of SS, I was skiing skier's far right. Suddenly this young "adult" comes flying off the lip from the woods on the edge of the trail, he got good air, then slammed into me. I gave him a little physics lesson, he went down, I did not, he hit me in the head with some part of his body, not sure what part, elbow perhaps, rang my bell a little. I asked him if he was alright, and I just said, " Not cool". He must've been moving at a good clip, I didn't see him till he was flying through the air towards me. I…
 
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    Camping News

  • Solavore camping oven cooks and bakes with the power of the sun

    30 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Most of the equipment we saw at Overland Expo came in large, XL and XXXL sizes, but there were also a few interesting accessories on show. The Solavore oven is a simple cooking device that transforms the sun's rays into baking and slow-cooking heat.
  • Dublin High students sustain minor injuries after camping stove explodes

    29 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Two 16-year-old Dublin High School juniors received minor burns Friday afternoon after a butane-powered camping stove they were using during a school event exploded, fire officials confirmed. The students -- one boy and one girl -- were selling food for a club fundraiser, and utilizing a camping stove with a butane canister, when they noticed the flame had gone out.
  • Top tips for bad-weather camping

    29 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Muir definitely understood the draw of going out in the untrammeled wilderness. But I think it's safe to say he wasn't looking at a big, nasty rain cloud over Yosemite when he said that.
  • "The worst thing to happen to public camping since poison ivy"

    29 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    As Washington lawmakers continue to hammer out a deal on a two-year operating budget, a lot of the focus has been on how much money will be sent to the state's public schools. It's been a rocky couple of years for Washington's state parks.
  • Slide Show: 10 most popular national parks for camping

    29 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Last year, camping of all kinds rose throughout the U.S. national park system, according to the National Park Service. The total number of completed overnight stays hit 8.45 million in 2014, up nearly 7% from 7.91 million in 2013, Park Service data show.
 
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    Featured News

  • Tom Holland Named New Chief Executive Officer

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

    American Camp Association
    6 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    The American Camp Association is proud to partner with the United States Olympic Committee for Olympic Day 2015!  Olympic Day is held annually on June 23, to commemorate the birth of the Modern Olympic Games. read more
  • 2015 May/June Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    View the online digital issue! Order bulk copies for your staff. read more
  • Spring 2015 CampLine

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

    American Camp Association
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    View the online digital issue read more
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land. by Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author | 2015-05-27ARTICLE OUTLINE #1: The Forks of the Sun Trailhead: Gibson Reservoir Route Alternates #2: The Bobwhite loop Trailhead: Benchmark Route Alternates #3: The South to North loop Trailhead: Benchmark Route Alternates #4: The White Wall traverse Trailhead: Silvertip Route Alternates #5:…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 17

    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    News this week: Rising Arctic Temperatures, California’s El Nino, Yellowstone Rangers Save a Man’s Life, Turn a Low-Cost Tent into a Great Tent, and Much More. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-05-27 Introduction If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". Top Stories New Studies Show That Increased Arctic Temperatures May be Affecting Weather Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns Professor Edward Hannah and Ph.D. Student Richard Hall (…
  • Flash Reviews No. 7

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus. by Jonathan Davis | 2015-05-19ul type="disc" > Kestrel Knives Ultralighter Eddie Bauer Mens Quantum T-Shirt Survive Outdoors Pocket Survival Pak Plus ARTICLE OUTLINE In This Issue Kestrel Knives Ultralighter The Skinny The Specs More Info Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T-Shirt The Skinny The Specs My Take More Info Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus The Skinny The Specs My Take More Info # WORDS: 1400 # PHOTOS: 5 Read this article at…
  • (M) Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack. by Roger Caffin | 2015-05-19Headlamps have gone from being quite exotic and expensive items to more reasonable prices but while they used incandescent globes they were always power-hungry, battery-eating things. Unfortunately, the more energy efficient globes made by, for example, Welch Allyn are more expensive. Then the manufacturers switched to using white LEDs and the power demands fell. The headlights were of course still expensive, but the battery life went up (or the…
  • (M) What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills

    12 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Preppers, Primitive Skills, the Military, and Hunters are all groups of people that have learned to thrive outdoors in their own way. Backpackers can take lessons from these other groups to make them more successful. by James Long | 2015-05-12For those of you without cable television, you may not have heard much about preppers. Despite what the sensationalized reality shows would have you believe, most so-called preppers tend to be focused on practical solutions to unforeseeable problems. While some preppers focus more on one particular disaster they believe to be possible or likely, many…
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    GoBackpacking

  • 8 Inspiring Reasons to Visit Salta

    Guest Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Train to the Clouds (photo: Nicolás Mendoza) Argentina’s northwest corner certainly packs a punch. There are many reasons to visit the province of Salta. It boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, with vast mountains and valleys, and has a rich cultural heritage from Incan and other indigenous cultures. To inspire you, here are eight reasons to visit Salta. 1. Salta City The capital of Salta, bearing the same name as the province, is often overlooked thanks to all the incredible attractions in its surroundings. But the city, nicknamed ‘Salta, La Linda’ – Salta,…
  • Caldea Andorra: A Mountain Spa with Laser Light Show

    Dave
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Caldea Andorra spa The warm water’s current pulled me outside the glass and steel structure, where my head was suddenly exposed to the freezing temperatures and the white snowflakes drifting down from a jet black sky. My body comfortably warm beneath the water, I lifted my feet and let the current carry me along the outdoor channel. I floated outside for a few minutes, not wanting to forget a moment so strange and beautiful. I had no idea what to expect when I scheduled a four-day visit to Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra, Europe’s sixth smallest country, on the heels…
  • Monaco: A Day Trip with Exotic Cars and Super Yachts

    Dave
    25 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Monaco at dusk Monaco may only be a 30-minute train ride from Nice along France’s Côte-d’Azur, but once you emerge from the station within the world’s second smallest country (0.78 square miles), you’re on another planet. A planet where Italian supercars ply the roads, billionaires moor their luxury super yachts and James Bond scenes unfold. The Ferrari F430 I took for a ride Driving a Ferrari I’d purposefully chosen Monaco over Nice as the pick-up point for my first Ferrari driving experience, thinking if there were a place to cruise around in style,…
  • Why A Gulet Cruise Should Be At the Top of Your Bucket List

    Neysha Bauer
    19 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Have you ever heard of a Gulet Cruise? Neither had I. Fortunately, it’s not the kind of word you forget, so when I began planning my holidays for the next year, I started to do a bit of digging. I quickly came across all of these transporting words that pop from the page. Things like Mediterranean, wine and beer, bays and beaches. If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of it’s a sunny beach. You too? I thought so. Let me give you a fair warning: if you’re the kind of person who hates a good adventure, stop right here; everything you’re about to read isn’t for you. On the…
  • Finding the Best Hotels in the Land of Patriots, Red Sox and Baked Beans

    Guest Blogger
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Boston skyline (photo: Robert Lowe) As the largest city in New England, Boston is replete with rich historical districts, highly revered sports teams and dazzling, picturesque backdrops, notably during the fall. When it comes to vacationing in this all-American city, finding the best hotels can be something of a challenge due to the complexity of all the choices unless you have the right guide. Competent sources such as Hipmunk (Hipmunk.com) have made it easier for travelers coming to Boston to navigate the offerings and available hotels in this formidably sized town, presenting rates across…
 
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    LightBackpacking.com

  • Forget the Tooth Brush: Chew Your Way to Clean Teeth

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

    Bruce
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but no matter. I’m back at it and today I saw a sleeping mat that packs down to almost nothing, is full-length, has a barrier against cold ground, is comfortable and weighs … Continue reading →
  • Ultra-Sil Kitchen Sink just 1.5 Ounces, But holds 2.64 Gallons

    Bruce
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Although I often just use my finger and a little water to clean my bowl and mug after breakfast or dinner on the trail, having a “wash pot” is nice. But too much weight and bulk, right? I recently discovered … Continue reading →
  • In California, the Snow is Nearly Gone: Time to Go Backpacking

    Bruce
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    The drought in California is both good and bad. Bad: we need the snowpack for a good supply of water for city and rural needs. Good: you can get up in the higher mountain elevations right now where there is … Continue reading →
  • The Perfect Backpacking Holiday Present: The Jetboil Stove System

    Bruce
    13 Dec 2013 | 4:26 pm
    My desire to have presents under the tree, no doubt, is a leftover from when I was a kid. As a kid, the sky was the limit. Now, I will be content to see just one: the Jetboil Sol Advanced … Continue reading →
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  • ENTER to WIN a FREE Gossamer Gear G4 Backpack

    Philip Werner
    28 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Gossamer Gear G4 Ultralight BackpackThe 53L Gossamer G4 ultralight backpack is considered a classic ultralight backpack. Created in 1998, this frameless rucksack style pack is crafted for long distance hikers or winter campers who need extra capacity to haul more food, water, or winter weight insulation. The G4’s unique pack shape minimizes loss of loft in your sleeping bag, the massive side pockets can hold two 2-liter bottles on each side, and the generous mesh pocket on the back of the pack separates your wet clothing from your dry gear. Recommended for loads of 30 pounds or…
  • Backpacking Boom or Bust?

    Philip Werner
    27 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Out of Stock Backpacking Gear“Backpacking and camping gear is flying off the shelves this year”, said a store manager I know who works at a major outdoor retailer.“We haven’t seen anything like this since the 70’s,” the last time that backpacking was popular in the United States.Has the economy improved or are people so inspired by the movie “Wild” that backpacking has become popular again? Is demand being driven by younger millennials or are droves of middle-aged hikers quitting work and heading for the hills?“We’ve run out…
  • Tenkara Fly-Fishing and Hiking in the White Mountains

    Philip Werner
    26 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Tenkara Instructor and Fishing Guide, Ken Elmer, Tenkara fly fishing on the Swift RiverI like learning new skills and Tenkara Fly Fishing is my latest new foray. This is a minimalist, ultralight form of fly fishing using a telescoping 11-12′ carbon fiber rod (weighing 2-3 ounces), a line, fly, and net, making it ideally suited to fishing on day hikes and backpacking trips where you don’t want to be weighed down with waders and a lot of tackle. Developed in Japan (about three hundred years ago), Tenkara is ideally suited to fishing in small mountain streams where a long cast is…
  • ZPacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Backpack Review

    Philip Werner
    25 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    ZPacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Cuben Fiber BackpackThe ZPacks.com Arc Blast Backpack is an ultralight cuben fiber backpack with an external carbon fiber frame that is available in three sizes: 45L, 52L, and 60L. Weighing just 17.4 ounces in the 60L version (shown here in orange), the Arc Blast is rated for 30 pound loads making it ideal backpack for thru-hikers and lightweight backpacking trips with up to a week’s worth of food.Cuben FiberIf you’re not familiar with cuben fiber, here’s a fast primer. Cuben fiber is an ultralight material used by several ultralight…
  • The View from Stinson Mountain

    Philip Werner
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Stinson Mountain TrailheadLocated just outside Rumney, near Plymouth, New Hampshire, Stinson Mountain (2900′) is way off the beaten track as far as White Mountain peaks go and finding the trail head is an adventure all by itself. Once I left pavement and headed down the unpaved road that surrounds Stinson Lake, I relied on my intuition and followed the deeply eroded road leading to the trail head parking lot, praying that my muffler would survive the journey.Stinson Mountain is on the New Hampshire 52-with-a-view list which is a wonderful peakbagging list to work through if you enjoy…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • It's Go Time! Meet Cliff Jumping, Hiking, Foraging Jesse

    Alicia MacLeay
    12 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Congratulations to Jesse, a cliff-jumping, climbing, backpacking Minnesota father, teacher, and artist. As Reviewer of the Month, Jesse wins an Air Chair Compact from Crazy Creek. It's Go Time! Meet Cliff Jumping, Hiking, Foraging Jesse was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet Jeff: Texas Climber, Adventure Traveler, Engineer

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

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

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

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

  • Hike Paramount Ranch

    Casey Schreiner
    27 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    As a hiking area with entertainment industry cred, few places can match Paramount Ranch. Since 1927, this former ranch has stood in for dozens of locations in hundreds of movies, TV shows, and internet programs. Al Jolson and Gary Cooper were here, as were W. C. Fields, Mae West, and the Marx Brothers. This is…
  • Hike to the Cave of Munits

    Casey Schreiner
    19 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    Native Americans had a long and rich history in Southern California well before Spanish settlers could ever be described as “fresh off the boat,” but unfortunately due to disease, dispersement, and development (along with some Mission-style romanticizing of the past), many Californians aren’t aware of the extent of their presence or depth of their culture.…
  • Hiking the Boucher Hill Loop

    Scott Turner
    15 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    The summit of Boucher Hill (pronounced booker) offers a panoramic view of most of San Diego County and a fair amount of Riverside and Orange County. These stunning views have a practical function in addition to an aesthetic one, as the State Park and National Forest Service conjointly operate the Boucher Hill Lookout Tower, which…
  • Etching Vandals Spotted in Grand Canyon

    Casey Schreiner
    14 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Since we broke the Casey Nocket / Creepytings story last year, we’ve had a lot of time to think about social media and outdoor vandalism. Does social media encourage vandalism in more remote parts of parks? Can social media be used to track down vandals who would otherwise go unnoticed? You can make a case…
  • Go Hike L.A.: Mount Hollywood and Griffith Park

    Casey Schreiner
    6 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Join me on Saturday, May 30th for Modern Hiker’s May #GoHikeLA event – a moderate six-ish mile hike to Mount Hollywood. The event is co-organized by Atlas Obscura, who also helped us with our March #GoHikeLA event at Echo Mountain. Atlas Obscura is celebrating something they’re calling Obscura Day on the 30th – with more…
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Anne Creek Trail 426

    montucky
    21 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    On Monday I did a little exploring on what was a very old trail that had once been discontinued. It is near the area of a rather large wildfire last summer and the fire crews apparently sawed it out to use to access the fire. It is in a very remote and rugged area. Now it has been added back on the USFS trail inventory and I know it will take me to a peak that I have wanted to visit for years. I made it over the first two stream crossings on foot bridges which were put in place by the fire crews, but I turned back (for now) at the third because it had to be forded and I was not prepared for…
  • Big Spruce Creek

    montucky
    18 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Big Spruce Creek where it enters the West Fork of Thompson River
  • Prickly rose

    montucky
    16 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Prickly Rose ~ Rosa acicularis
  • Triteleia

    montucky
    13 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Large-flowered Triteleia ~ Triteleia grandiflora
  • Early season hiking woes

    montucky
    7 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    On my way this morning to see if a hike to Terrace Lake might be possible I encountered a seasonal road closure a few miles short of the trail head that I hadn’t thought about: closed until June 15 for protection of Grizzly bears. Hiking the extra few miles would not have been too bad, but without knowing the trail status after that, maybe not so good; later perhaps. While in the neighborhood, a drive to the Four Lakes trail head would be good. Most of the snow was gone from the road and I made it to the trail head OK, but the trails were still snow covered, it was too late by then to…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Easy, Bonus Birding at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

    Patrick O'Donnell
    30 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are lots of great birding sites in Costa Rica. In fact, go anywhere with a good amount of natural forest and the birding is gonna be good. Although most birders visiting Costa Rica hit pretty much the same sites, you could just as well go to a bunch of other, lesser known places with the same type of habitat and see most of the same birds. However, there are a few stand out sites here and there that are significantly better for species like Jabiru, Lance-tailed Manakin, and Nicaraguan Grackle to name a few. Visiting those out of the way spots is necessary if you want to add these and…
  • Fancy Pigeon Blues

    Carrie
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do much birding in the city, and your thoughts will turn again and again to feral pigeons. As I have pointed out before, we owe the much-maligned sky rat a debt of gratitude. Introduced as they are over much of their range, they’ve nevertheless become a crucial part of the urban ecosystem, recycling discarded french fries into tasty meals for falcons in a way that surpasses human ingenuity (although there are few stats on the rate of clogged arteries among the falcons in question.) Human ingenuity has found a lot of uses for pigeons, though. Some are fatal on the face of it (squab,…
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2015?

    Mike
    29 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    What fresh wonders will the magical last weekend of May deliver? If you live in NYC, one of the world’s great cities, you can rejoice in the spectacle of Manhattanhenge, as sunset this evening aligns with majestic symmetry with the New York City street grid. On the other hand, if you don’t live in New York, you can deal with it, just as you do every weekend… Of course, I kid, since I am a grateful Bronx expat. I’ll be rocking Rochester this weekend, enjoying that fact that I don’t have to contend with a city street grid. Corey is working hard these days, but I…
  • Birding from a Hide

    Dragan
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What do you think makes for a good bird hide? I have asked myself that same question many times over the last six months, until last week, when I was involved in an opening ceremony of five new bird hides at the Palic Lake, by the town of Subotica in the very north of Serbia, along the border with Hungary (all photos are from that area). As one of the consultants, I was part of the project from the beginning, so this was an icing on the cake – let’s see the final results. Comfort? There is one other nature reserve further south, the Obedska bara wetland, managed by the state forestry…
  • What is a Palm-thrush?

    Duncan
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    A post I wrote a few weeks ago where I made some disparaging remarks about America’s pseudowarblers (and poetry) generated a certain amount of negative feedback, and clearly some apologies are in order. Mum, Dad, I’m sorry I described my childhood as feral. As for the rest of you, poking fun at your pseudowarblers is too much fun for me to stop. Not that I’ll be talking about them today, instead I’ll be talking about thrushes that aren’t thrushes. This time it is the Old World that has misnamed a group of birds, or in fact several groups. It all comes back to a…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Easy, Bonus Birding at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

    Patrick O'Donnell
    30 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are lots of great birding sites in Costa Rica. In fact, go anywhere with a good amount of natural forest and the birding is gonna be good. Although most birders visiting Costa Rica hit pretty much the same sites, you could just as well go to a bunch of other, lesser known places with the same type of habitat and see most of the same birds. However, there are a few stand out sites here and there that are significantly better for species like Jabiru, Lance-tailed Manakin, and Nicaraguan Grackle to name a few. Visiting those out of the way spots is necessary if you want to add these and…
  • Fancy Pigeon Blues

    Carrie
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do much birding in the city, and your thoughts will turn again and again to feral pigeons. As I have pointed out before, we owe the much-maligned sky rat a debt of gratitude. Introduced as they are over much of their range, they’ve nevertheless become a crucial part of the urban ecosystem, recycling discarded french fries into tasty meals for falcons in a way that surpasses human ingenuity (although there are few stats on the rate of clogged arteries among the falcons in question.) Human ingenuity has found a lot of uses for pigeons, though. Some are fatal on the face of it (squab,…
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2015?

    Mike
    29 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    What fresh wonders will the magical last weekend of May deliver? If you live in NYC, one of the world’s great cities, you can rejoice in the spectacle of Manhattanhenge, as sunset this evening aligns with majestic symmetry with the New York City street grid. On the other hand, if you don’t live in New York, you can deal with it, just as you do every weekend… Of course, I kid, since I am a grateful Bronx expat. I’ll be rocking Rochester this weekend, enjoying that fact that I don’t have to contend with a city street grid. Corey is working hard these days, but I…
  • Birding from a Hide

    Dragan
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What do you think makes for a good bird hide? I have asked myself that same question many times over the last six months, until last week, when I was involved in an opening ceremony of five new bird hides at the Palic Lake, by the town of Subotica in the very north of Serbia, along the border with Hungary (all photos are from that area). As one of the consultants, I was part of the project from the beginning, so this was an icing on the cake – let’s see the final results. Comfort? There is one other nature reserve further south, the Obedska bara wetland, managed by the state forestry…
  • What is a Palm-thrush?

    Duncan
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    A post I wrote a few weeks ago where I made some disparaging remarks about America’s pseudowarblers (and poetry) generated a certain amount of negative feedback, and clearly some apologies are in order. Mum, Dad, I’m sorry I described my childhood as feral. As for the rest of you, poking fun at your pseudowarblers is too much fun for me to stop. Not that I’ll be talking about them today, instead I’ll be talking about thrushes that aren’t thrushes. This time it is the Old World that has misnamed a group of birds, or in fact several groups. It all comes back to a…
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    The Everything About RVing RVers Blog

  • Books That Will Make RVing With Your Dog Easier

    30 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    If you enjoy taking your dog with you while you travel in your RV, you might enjoy some of these books and resources. here are some books that will make RVing with your dog easier.
  • My Wife's Negotiation Tips for Buying an RV

    29 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    We took our three kids to one of the RV shows in our area and by the time my wife got done negotiating, we came back with only two kids and a great Class A Motorhome. Here are her negotiation tips.
  • What You Need For A Pet Road Trip

    28 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    When you take your pooch along on the road, there are a few things you should remember to carry with you. This is What You Need For A Pet Road Trip.
  • Rancho Verde - A Hidden Baja Treasure For RVers

    28 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Editor's Note This story was submitted on our What Is Your Favorite RVing Or Camping Destination Page This campground is one of our favourites because
  • Get Ready To Go RVing and Camping

    27 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    We know that Going RVing and Camping is fun and we hope that visiting Everything About RVing makes it even more fun. We give you excellent information about RVs, Camping and the RV Lifestyle.
 
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  • Two Person Backpacking Tents

    Daniel Cheaptents
    12 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    We are currently stocking a range of excellent two berth tents designed for backpacking and general camping. Detailed information about these tents can be found via the ultralight tents and lightweight tent sections of our website. To help you choose the most suitable tent for your requirements here is a round up of some of [...]
  • Extreme Food for Adventure Racing and Backpacking

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

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

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

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

  • Skin-on-frame Têtes de Boule Hunter’s Canoe Built

    Bryan Hansel
    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Several years ago Alan Sinclair downloaded the free canoe drawings for the Têtes de Boule Hunter’s Canoe, a 9-foot, 8-inch pack canoe. A year or so later he sent in a contribution of $50 to help cover the costs of the time spent producing the drawings. Then he began construction with no clue how to do anything. He made it as skin-on-frame, regretting the departure from tradition, because he thought that would be simplest and would make a very light boat. It’s taken a very long time but he finally got it finished. Alan sent several pictures and a thank you upon completion of…
  • Website Note: PaddlingLight Got a Facelift

    Bryan Hansel
    6 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Just a note in case you haven’t clicked through to PaddlingLight recently: we got a facelift! After years and years of the old design, we updated the look and features. This was one of those things that was on the back burner, but with Google’s recent changes to search we were forced to do it or risk losing our page ranks on mobile. Many of our readers are reading on tablets or smartphones, so it also made sense to make the change. Screenshot from the mobile friendly size. The two goals with the redesign were: Make the website responsive for all screen sizes. You can see this in…
  • Wilderness and Public Lands: You Own Them

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

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

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

  • The Most Comfortable Pants Ever

    Amy Jurries
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s unanimous. Both of our male testers, Shannon Croom and Terry Doyle, agree–the Mountain Khakis Camber 107 pants rock. The Camber mix style, durability, and versatility with a comfort that is tough to beat. The look and fit of these pants allow them to be worn for a long work day, hours on the hiking trails, or just a night out on the town. The Camber 107 have a mid-rise, relaxed fit, and wear like a pair of jeans, with plenty of deep pockets, including a thigh-based cell phone snap pocket that fits an iPhone 6 or larger. Cowboy size belt loops mean you can thankfully leave…
  • What I’m Wearing: Sunglasses Edition

    Amy Jurries
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    No outdoor activity kit is complete without a pair of sunglasses. Here are the three pair I find myself wearing day after day for spring and early summer activities. Julbo Venturi ($120): For mountain biking, I really like wide range photochromic lenses, as I am constantly riding in and out of the sun and need to be able to read the trail. The Zebra Light lenses on the Venturi get darker or lighter (cat 1 – 3) depending on the conditions, taking around 20 seconds or so to make the transformation. The lenses feature an anti-fog coating and with the open, frameless design, I haven’t…
  • An Activity Tracker In Your Ear

    Amy Jurries
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On your next run or ride, leave your phone, watch, and fitness tracker at home–all you need is a pair of the Dash wireless earbuds. These Bluetooth wireless headphones not only offer crisp sound for your music, but also feature biometric and phone functions, becoming an activity tracker that can compete with smart bands like the Garmin VivoFit, Jawbone Up, or Polar Loop. The tiny earbuds pack in a motion sensor, a thermometer, and an optical sensor. The Dash can record your running distance, walking pace, and frequency, as well as biometric body data like heart rate or oxygen…
  • Mont Blanc Becomes Largest Panorama In World

    Amy Jurries
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The enormity and beauty of one of my favorite places in the world, the Mont Blanc Massif, can be difficult to accurately describe in either words or images. Nothing seems to do it justice. Until now. Via the largest panoramic photograph in the world, you too can experience what it feels like to stand before the white giant, all without ever hopping on a plane to Geneva. A team of 5, including Italian photographers Filippo Blengini and Alessandra Bacchilega, spent two weeks at 3500 meters in temperatures hovering around -10 degrees C to capture over 70,000 photos in every direction. Yes,…
  • Essentials For Backpacking Yosemite North Rim

    Amy Jurries
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week, I plan to head off to Yosemite for a few days of backpacking, most likely along the North Rim. Here is my gear for the trip. Pack Gregory Deva 70 ($319): Fully redesigned for 2015, this beast of a pack comfortably carries even the heaviest of loads. I have worn it for numerous multi-day backpacking trips, including the Uintas, Desolation Wilderness, and Yosemite. The Deva 70 uses three different torso sizes (XS, S, M) with shoulder canting and hipbelt angles curved to fit the female form. The A3 suspension system moves with your body to deliver maximum comfort and stability when…
 
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • How to Start a Fire Without Matches

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

    Survival Spot
    12 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Check out this great information on how to forecast weather without gadgets. This could be crucial knowledge in a survival situation. [Via Marisys.com] The post How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • “PrepperCon” Emergency Preparedness Convention Coming to Utah

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

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

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

  • Owl's Head - 5/24/15

    26 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Some probably wonder who in their right mind attempts Isolation and Owl's Head back-to-back. In pursuit of my goal to complete the Grid this November, I have 16 peaks to complete this May, and it just so happened that (as of last week) the last seven I needed required all separate hikes. Then, turns out I have the chance to close out May with my brother and 11 year old niece on Mt. Tom next weekend, so with Isolation, Owl's Head, North Twin, and Zealand left, and in order to spend time family this Memorial Day weekend, it was decided to do Isolation and Owl's Head back-to-back starting…
  • Mt. Isolation - 5/23/15

    26 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    This year's Memorial Day was a little different. I'm used to putting together a big plan, but this year it was a bit more laid back.  After enjoying a huge steak dinner out to eat with my girlfriend on Friday night, I slept in and woke up with a nice breakfast.  I even had a quick soak in the tub to ease some tight leg muscles before leaving. With everyone already involved into their Saturday Memorial Day festivities, I was just heading up the pike around noon.It was 3pm when I started my way up the Rocky Branch Trail. The trail was nice and knowing I wanted to hike Owl's Head…
  • Mt. Whiteface - 5/20/15

    22 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    It was another really nice Wednesday afternoon in the mountains.  Needing all individual peaks requiring individual hikes this months, Whiteface was my next target. The temperatures were comfortable to start, but once some elevation was gained, a cool breeze dropped temperatures low enough to see my breath.  This seemed strange because it was really sunny and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  It was a fun and fast climb to the summit, reaching it in just over an hour from the Ferncroft parking lot.  It had been a long time while since I ascended the Blueberry Ledge…
  • Mt. Carrigain - 5-20-15

    22 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    After finishing up my hike to Whiteface, I quickly headed to my next target, Mt. Carrigain.  On the way, I saw a deer off to the right, and then just a few minutes later, a good-sized bear crossed quickly in front of my car.  It's a little interesting having seen that, and knowing I'm about to hike Carrigain just after the sun has gone down.  Well, in all my hikes night or day, I've only seen bears on the road, so what's to worry. The night time woods are awesome.It was about 9:20pm when I started my hike to Carrigan.  It in the 40s, so I had put on a thin baselayer under…
  • Tripyramids Loop - 5/13/15

    14 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    It was another beautiful Wednesday night in the mountains. This week's adventure would take my brother, friend Alton, and I around the classic Tripyramids Loop, up the North Slide, over the Tripyramids, and down the South Slide.  We were treated to great trail conditions and comfortable temperatures for this nice evening jaunt into the Sandwich Range Wilderness.Beautiful afternoon in the Sandwich Range WildernessOnly ice left at the beginning of the slideWe just missed the sun going down behind the peaks, but the sunset we did have provided enough of an epic scene for what is always a…
 
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    GearGuide

  • AKU Bellamont Mid Plus Review

    Matt K.
    23 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    First Impressions We first wrote about AKU boots back in 2012. We marveled at their out-of-the-box comfort and hand-crafted quality. The Bellamont Mid Plus sticks to that very familiar territory for AKU. Expert bootmaker 146855 made our sample boots in Romania and they arrived in the only color available, dark brown. Very sharp. Features Out of the box, the Bellamont Mid Plus boots don’t disappoint. The product is part of the AKU’s mountain-inspired line. In other words, AKU designed the Bellamont Mid Plus’ for more urban wear than mountain trekking. “Outdoor style footwear for daily…
  • Loquiz Outdoor Game Platform Review

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

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

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

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

  • Five Must-Haves for your next outdoor adventure

    Rohnan
    19 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    There’s a lot of outdoor gear vying for space in your backpack or the back of your four-wheel drive, but there are a few essential items that should go with you when you hit the great outdoors. Good footwear If you’re going to be doing any walking away from pavements or soft beach sand, good shoes or boots are a must. Your feet are the most important part of your body on a hike, and they’ll be doing most of the work, so they’re worth looking after with a properly fitted shoe. Look for a shoe that’s waterproof yet still let your feet breathe; modern synthetics are great for this (and…
  • Jet Set Jobs: How to Get Paid to Travel

    Rohnan
    12 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Many people dream about retiring early from their working lives and travelling the world while they are still young. However, some people do not necessarily need to retire in order to travel and access all four corners of the globe. There are a number of jobs that allow employees to travel across the world and visit various continents while earning money. Some people are lucky enough to visit the world’s greatest monuments, or one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events in a lifetime. Meanwhile, others prefer to produce their thoughts in writing while some choose to extend their…
  • Why A Trip To Kas In Turkey Is Well Worth Considering For Your Holiday This Year

    Rohnan
    7 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Pronounced “Kash”, Kas in Turkey is a truly unspoilt, charming and friendly Turkish resort, which was once a busy and thriving Fishing town, but is now a popular, yet quiet, tourist destination for those looking for something a bit different from their holiday. Attracting a wide range of single people, couples and families, Kas offers something that is on one hand tranquil but on the other exciting, with much to see and do and the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas. About Kas Kas is a small town and a district of Antalya Province, easily reached by both Antalya and Dalaman…
  • Siracusa: Nature, Culture and Stunning Seafront Villas

    Rohnan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    If you want a busy holiday full of beautiful landscapes and rich culture, Sicily is the place for you! Specifically, the area around Siracusa is a must if you plan to enjoy Sicily’s beaches. An unmissable place to visit is Vendicari Nature Reserve. This place is incredible and there is so much to do. There is a fabulous beach with clear blue water. There is also scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and awesome Hellenic ruins! In Siracusa, there is the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, the marvellous quarries, Arethusa’s Fountain and the Temple of Apollo.
  • Six Great Ski Resorts to Visit in Europe

    Globetrooper Chris
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Skiing is an all time favorite winter sport for many. Don’t get cabin fever and stay in all winter. Get yourself to some of Europe’s hottest ski resorts to melt away those winter blues. A ski holiday is nothing short of a winter wonderland full of powdery white snow to slosh and slice through with your skis. When all is said and done, you can retire next to the fireplace with a warm beverage. Where will go for your next ski holiday? Here are some of Europe’s best ski destinations to go to. Val Thorens With it’s peak towering at 2,300 meters, Val Thorens is…
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • Coyote, Blues & Tardis – Multi pitch rock climb

    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Coyote Rain (5.6)140 ft, 2 pitchesWonderland WallEvening Blues (5.7)135 ft, 2 pitchesWonderland WallTardis (5.7)65 ft, 1 pitchIndigenous WallMore training for Colorado climbing! Jeff, Kevin and I spent the day climbing at Longstack Precipice. It took us a bit to find the trail, so we ended up following the dirt road until it ended. Then bushwacked our way up to the base of the Wonderland Wall. And on our way out, we took the climber’s path which took us to the logging road and back to the open area where we parked. But next time going to follow these directions:At 1.5 miles of Rines Road in…
  • Mt. Major - Spring Hike

    15 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Mt. Major (1,786ft)Trails: Mt. Major mainElevation Gain: 1,100ftDistance: 3.4 milesDifficulty: Easy to Moderate Great to get out hiking with Tim B. again. Enjoy a few photos taken of this little fun cardio workout!- Posted by Hawaii Girl Adventures using BlogPress on iPhone!
  • Wavelength – Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

    2 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Wavelength (5.8)1,080 feet, 10 pitchesWhitehorse LedgeNorth Conway, NHMay 2nd brought a fabulous day for a first multi-pitch rock climb of the season!Counting the ‘walk-up’ to the Launch Pad, Sean, Tom and I did 10 pitches today of The Slabs, Center of Whitehorse Ledge. We had blue skies the entire day, climbed the 5.8 pitch listening to Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ outdoor convention speech and met a “totally blind” climber on his very first multi-pitch climb.Our climbing plan; start on the Standard Route’s direct route (Quartz pocket) and if it was dry, onto…
  • Rose Ledges- Rock Climbing

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Rose Ledges Erving, MAFirst day of top rope climbing of the season! Combined AMC Berkshire and the Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England Meetup.  11 ropes set up on the Main wall, Overhanging Buttress and the Ampitheater (short wall). More photos: http://www.meetup.com/MountaineeringNewEngland/photos/26074336/
  • Farewell Ice!

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

  • Camping Season Begins Memorial Day Weekend

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

    Camper T
    18 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    The Memorial Day Weekend camping trips are almost here. Everyone is gearing up for camping during Memorial Day Weekend in their favorite campsites can campgrounds. It’s important to keep a few things in mind when heading out to your favorite camping destination on Memorial Day Weekend. It is always crazy before a camping trip. This seems to be expounded on holiday weekends such as Memorial Day because so many are trying to “beat the mob”. Here are the Memorial Day Camping Top Ten Trip Tips to keep in mind when heading out camping this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day Camping Top Ten…
  • Camping with Bears in Colorado

    Camper T
    3 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Bear encounters when camping can be dangerous. One fact that all campers in Colorado have to face when out camping is that we are sharing these areas with many different species of wildlife. Most will leave campers alone and many won’t be seen when you are camping since we tend to scare them away. But bears are an exception. They are curious creatures and have little to fear from any natural predator so they do not always flee from campers out in the wilderness like most other animals do. This can cause a variety of problems, but mostly it endangers the safety of those out camping as…
  • How to Go Camping on a Budget

    Camper V
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Camping is a budget-conscious vacationer’s dream! Camping on a budget can be quite easy. In Colorado, we are lucky enough to have so many beautiful campgrounds, in some of the most beautiful state and federal parks in the country. If you are on a budget, camping is one of the best ways to get away and refresh yourself without breaking the bank! Camping on a Budget – Campsite Costs Camping fees for campgrounds in Colorado are usually $10-$20 per night. This may be in addition to entrance fees but those tend to be in the $10 area. Usually, camping requires an initial investment for…
  • What To Do When Getting Lost While Camping

    Camper T
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Getting lost while camping is one of the worst things that can happen. Even in an area you frequently visit or on open terrain, you may still become lost or disoriented and should always be prepared for it. All too often campers and other outdoor enthusiasts find themselves getting lost while camping in an area they are familiar with. It is very important to be prepared for the possibility and have vital survival gear with you. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. Things to Pack that May Save Your Life There are a few things that everyone engaging in outdoor activity…
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    Outward Bound

  • Get Ready For Adventure: Preparing for an Outward Bound Expedition

    Bethany Buchanan
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’ve made your big decision. You’ve chosen to embark on an Outward Bound expedition. Congrats. Now. Get ready. You’ve considered dozens of exciting destinations across the United States. You’ve debated between kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, sailing, rafting, canyoneering, mountaineering and rock climbing. You’ve convinced your parents that you’re ready for an outdoor adventure that’s more than just a summer camp. Your paperwork is done. Your tuition is paid. And now you wait. You watch the days tick by until school is out; until the sun is on your face; until your…
  • Wilderness Therapy or Outward Bound: Which One is Right for Your Family?

    Bethany Buchanan
    18 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” -Isak Dinesen The benefits of the wilderness – and its positive effects on youth in particular – have been documented, extolled, and celebrated through the ages. Wordsworth mourned the loss of nature in the midst of industrialization. Thoreau went to the woods because he “wished to live deliberately.” Even in the 21st century, we are a culture with deep roots in the outdoors. So it is natural that, when faced with poor or destructive behaviors at school or at home, experimentation with drugs or more serious…
  • Make it an Instagram-Worthy Summer

    Sam Silver
    12 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    This summer, instead of just liking photos from amazing outdoor locations, be the one to take them. Whether you hit your stride on backcountry soil, strike your balance high above treeline or find your rhythm on rolling blue waves, Outward Bound is gearing up to make this summer one to remember…and to share. The only caveat, you have to wait until after to post photos- as cell phones aren’t allowed on course. Check out some photos of summer activities taken on Outward Bound courses that anyone would be proud to post on their Instagram page. Bring on the likes. Maine Coast…
  • Outward Bound’s Top 12 Survival Skills for Life

    Bethany Buchanan
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Outward Bound courses do more than teach students how to survive in the wild; they teach them how to thrive – on their course and in their lives. They expose students to the thrills of our natural world – and show them how to enjoy these extreme places in a safe, responsible manner. In addition to building character, leadership and teamwork, these expeditions provide students with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the classroom, workplace, with their families and in their communities. At the beginning of every expedition, Outward Bound students receive detailed instruction on risk…
  • Find the World Around You: Maine Service & Leadership Semester

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

  • Coleman Event Shelter Pro – 15×15

    Jodie
    28 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    In all, taking in to account that I am a man and therefore incapable of reading or following instructions, it took us about 25 minutes to set up the Coleman Event Shelter Pro for the first time. But what that gave us was a truly enormous sheltered area that photographs don’t do justice to. I can imagine this being perfect on a car camping trip for a small family or for a bunch of mates on a fishing weekend Read more...
  • Scruffs – Over the Head Jacket

    Andy
    26 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The cuffs and waist batten down nicely with velcro and a drawstring respectively, and for those of us who like a Full English with Extra Tea for breakfast and lunch, there's a handy zipper which stretches 6 inches up one side and allows the jacket to be taken on and off more easily. Read more...
  • SIGG Hello Kitty on the Farm 0.3L Kid’s Drink Bottle

    Jodie
    26 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    Interestingly, this is the only container I have that doesn’t leak – not even a tiny bit. And for that reason alone I recommend this SIGG bottle highly. A lot of design and cleverness has gone in to the construction of the top to ensure it doesn’t leak. Read more...
  • Osprey – Aura AG65 Backpack

    Jodie
    20 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    The wide waist-belt/load lifter bar sits very comfortably and something magical happens with the weight distribution. The ‘anti-gravity’ technology does indeed work. Initially, I struggled with hoisting on and off but once I’d nailed my technique, had no difficulty. The harness is super comfy and adjusts quickly and easily. And the mesh also does its job – no sweaty back for me. Thankfully I didn’t need the rain-cover, neatly stowed in the top or an ice-pick (loops on side) during this trip. Read more...
  • Regatta – 3-in-1 Carrington Jacket

    Jodie
    17 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    When I was on my way back, it really started throwing it down and the wind picked up even further - and I stayed toasty warm and dry. It really is totally waterproof. If I’d worn waterproof trousers, or at least not jeans, I’d have been fully toasty. I was really impressed. Read more...
 
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    Gearexposure

  • Radinn’s crazy electric wakeboard in an insane video teaser

    Joe
    22 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Personal electronic transportation is fast becoming a huge industry. While a few years hago there wasn’t much apart from Segways, today is full of electric longboards and other unicycles. The Radinn Wakejet Cruise however, is something else entirely. Wakeboarding is cool but it suffers from a major drawback. You need to convince someone to man the boat and get bored doing circles while you have fun. The upside of course is the waves created by the boat, but lets forget that for a moment. What if you could wakeboard with just the power of the board. No kite, no boat, no wing. And now…
  • Stash 18, a new lightweight daypack from Klymit

    Ben
    20 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Utah based gear manufacturer Klymit, known for their very advanced and sometimes revolutionary kit, is adding a new daypack to its line of lightweight backpacks. The Stash 18, available at the end of the month, is the smallest in Klymit’s collection. It features a unique inflatable back support system called Air Frame. The back panel can be inflated using the strap-integrated pressure pump. This gives the Stash 18 support, similar to packs with frames, but also comfort by improving breathability on the back area. The Air Frame is removable and Klymit say you can use it as a pillow or…
  • Lily, the cute intelligent drone camera that follows your outdoor adventures

    Ben
    13 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Now that everyone’s got an action camera to share their adventures with the world, standing out from the swarm of GoPro-shot videos is getting increasingly difficult. But what was before reserved to professionals, smooth over-head shots and the like, is getting accessible thanks to drones. And here comes Lily. This cute – it has smiling eyes – and powerful drone has everything you’ll need to take incredible shots of yourself while out and about. It’s not the first of its kind obviously but the specs are getting decent: 1080p videos at 60fps, 720p 120fps for…
  • Amer Sports acquires tracking app Sports Tracker

    Joe
    7 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Sports Tracker, pioneer in sport tracking applications for mobile has announced last Monday its acquisition by the giant Amer Sports. They were the first, back in 2004, to create a training app for mobile devices. They are today one of the biggest smartphone app for tracking physical exercise in terms of user base. 2 million users log runs, bike rides, hikes and more on the platform every month. Amer Sports is a giant in the sports industry. If the name does not sound familiar, think Salomon, Arc’Teryx, Mavic or Suunto. Both companies could benefit greatly of the deal with Sports…
  • Garmin reveals new VIRB X and XE action cameras

    Ben
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Iterating on their first foray into the action camera market with the VIRB, Garmin has revealed the next version of it action camera. New form factor and much more. It is essentially two new models Garmin is introducing. The VIRB X the VIRB XE are based on the same GoPro-like rectangular form factor. Both new VIRB are bigger, 77.0 x 40.6 x 36.8 mm, than the GoPro Hero 4: 59 x 41 x 30 mm(WxHxD) but weight exactly the same at 150g. Garmin’s cameras have built-in housing for immersions and can go down to 50m (40m for a GoPro). The X model can do 1080p and 960p videos at a maximum of 30fps…
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    Hiking The Trail

  • 10 Adventure Documentaries you can stream on Netflix

    admin
    30 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    If you are like me you are always looking for something new to curb your wanderlust. Here is a list of adventure and outdoor documentaries that you can stream on Netflix. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New outdoor podcast launches. Hiker Radio Episode 1.

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The first of hopefully many many shows for Hiker Radio. On this short introductory show Scott and I took time to properly introduce themselves by talking about their outdoor backgrounds, blogs and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hipcamp helping you discover and book new places to camp

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Hipcamp utilizes its growing network to help find the best camping spots across the country. They source photos, tips, and updated information from their network of people just like you. The best... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ALL-Terrain Sound by FresheTech – Gear Review

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you are looking for a portable rugged water proof speaker for your camping or float trips the ALL-Terrain Sound by FresheTech is something you are going to want to look at. The speaker is small... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 5-25-2015

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    On this special #AdventureMonday let us first take a moment to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. On this day shall forever memorialize those who have passed in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • Xterra Knoxville 2015 Is Coming Soon

    Tim Bird
    12 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Below is the press release from Dirty Bird Events about Xterra Knoxville Trail Run and Triathlon: "Dirty Bird Events to host “Xterra Knoxville” Saturday and Sunday June 6-7, 2015 at Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness  May 8, 2015 Image Courtesy of: Dirty Bird Events XTERRA Knoxville Trail Race –... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Body Glide

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

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

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

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

  • The ‘BGET’ Esbit Tray Stove is Now in Production

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

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

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

    Brian Green
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos throughout my blog. It’s great to hear you’re digging around through my older articles. So for those of you that asked, below is a collection of the items that I most commonly wear. These are my “go-to” pieces. Find what works for you The clothes that I wear are probably outdated compared to many of today’s more…
  • Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

    Brian Green
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I enjoy the process of trying new recipes, packaged meals, and just generally tinkering with food before the hiking year gets crazy. Better to test early and find out what my likes and dislikes are rather than discover on the trail that my food options for the next several days suck. Amazing Thai Curry One of the new hiking meals that I tried recently was by Good To-Go Food, thankfully there is absolutely nothing sucky about their meals. In…
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    Roamancing Travel

  • Nerding Out in Egypt to 40 Million Year Old and Present Day Mangroves

    Erica Hargreave
    17 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I remember being 14 years old and listening on in fascination as Mrs Jones lectured to us in science class about the many adaptations of the mangrove. It wouldn’t be until 23 years later that I would lay my eyes on a mangrove, and that first mangrove would not be alive, but rather a fossilized specimen on the floor of a 40 million year old ocean, in what seemed to be an alien landscape from Star Wars. Fossilized Mangroves in Egypt’s Wadi Al-Hitan, the Valley of the Whales. Egypt‘s Wadi Al-Hitan was like something out of my wildest imagination. I don’t have bucket…
  • Dancing in Mexico Red Boot Stomp Style

    Brie Mason
    6 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Our Roamancing red boots do love to dance and they had quite the splash dancing in Mexico! We were very fortunate to have visited friends during a non-peak travel season and had many highly sought after moments on the beach with absolutely no one else there! You know what an empty stretched out sandy beach with no one on it makes you feel like doing? Well, first it makes you want to run with the wind in your hair and leap into a lover’s arms like the best romance movies, but that’s best left for the sunset. Beyond that, the absolute best thing to do is … dance! I created a…
  • Frogs at the RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) in Burlington, Ontario: An All Ages Adventure

    Erica Hargreave
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    As a teenager, it was a science fair project on frogs that landed me my first job in a research lab at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario – which was an awfully cool summer job and pivotable moment in my life.  So when I heard there was a frog exhibit on at the RBG this winter (until April 12th, 2015), I had to go! Loved the scrappy look on this toad’s face! On my first visit, I took my nieces and nephew, which was fun to see their reactions … Still trying to decide if the African Bullfrog was bigger than his head. … enjoy the various frog…
  • Cold Weather Photography and Videography Tips

    Emme Rogers
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    One of the things that I love about travel is the various new things it teaches me, often when I am not expecting it. This was the case on my recent trip to go dog sledding with Winterdance, next to Algonquin Park in Haliburton, Ontario. While anticipating an exciting day, I was not expecting a lesson in Cold Weather Photography and Videography, which is what the day gave me in addition to dog cuddles, beautiful scenery, exhilarating adventure, and great outdoor exercise! I received a camera kiss from this handsome fellow, just seconds before his saliva froze the camera lens. You see,…
  • Pike Place Seattle: The Original Starbucks, Flying Fish and a Gum Wall!

    Brie Mason
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The Entrance to the Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle   When you leave the sightseeing to your kids, you never know what you will get, but it most certainly will involve something intriguing.  That’s exactly what I did on a recent weekend getaway to Seattle. My two teens talked to other people and looked up things they might like to see. They then discovered that we could get to their favourite choices all in one place; Pike Place Market. I had them look up the address on our GPS and off we went to see a wall full of gum (not typically on an adults must-see list), fish being…
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • SALEWA Alp Flow Mid GORE-TEX Boots Review

    Liz Forster
    29 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    For years, I have owned two pairs of hiking boots: an industrial boot able to carry me through 30 days in Alaska with a 60[Read More...] The post SALEWA Alp Flow Mid GORE-TEX Boots Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Easy Trail Tiramisu

    Tanya Krezevska
    27 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
      Tiramisu is one of my family’s beloved sweets, and I’ve always dreamed about having it in the backcountry, too. The original recipe requires fresh products[Read More...] The post Easy Trail Tiramisu appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0° Stormdown Sleeping Bag Review

    Anna Elliott
    27 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
      To put the Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0° Stormdown Sleeping Bag to the test, I took it on three snow camping trips up at Mount[Read More...] The post Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0° Stormdown Sleeping Bag Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Badger Tenkara Classic Rod Review

    Isaac Tait
    21 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    I had the great fortune of testing the Badger Tenkara Classic Rod in the birthplace of Tenkara, the mountain streams of Japan! It has proven[Read More...] The post Badger Tenkara Classic Rod Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Hanwag Tatra Lady GTX Boots Review

    Anna Elliott
    13 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The German-made Tatra Lady GTX hiking boots from Hanwag are boots made ready to get outside. From their comfortable fit to their heavy duty traction[Read More...] The post Hanwag Tatra Lady GTX Boots Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – May 29th, 2015

    Rourke
    28 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
      Happy Birthday Mom. You are missed so much. There was quite a response on the guest post yesterday A Basic Bug-In Plan.  Both D. and author Jonathan Hollerman chimed in opposition to the article. Others were very supportive. Figured I would provide my own take. I think preppers prepare for one reason – to live. It’s really that simple. They want to live. They want their family and maybe friends to be safe and secure.  Sometimes that outlook that something bad may happen so we will just “prepare” for it clouds our senses of reality. Guess what…..things…
  • REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

    Rourke
    28 May 2015 | 6:01 pm
      The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club. Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25 Joining the Seeds of the Month Club  – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store. Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your 1st month 4 packs of seeds every month thereafter 100% NON GMO 30 day money back guarantee 25% off vegetable gardening products in our online store Free shipping For more…
  • Letter Re: Homemade MRE

    Rourke
    28 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Rourke: In case you missed it reader Karen left some great info ina comment related to my recent post “Homemade MRE“: Thanks Karen!! I’ve come up with a list of quick protein meals, with the caveat that these are not good for long-term storage, but they will save you in a pinch. I’d really like to get a list of those items which contain more calories, and are more healthy than than the items on this list. Tuna Helper, Tuna Hamburger Helper, freeze-dried hamburger Packaged Chicken Soup Mix MRE’s Hormel Complets Home Frozen Dinners and Frozen Leftover Meals, packaged in…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – May 28th, 2015

    Rourke
    27 May 2015 | 7:27 pm
    I have found Facebook as a very useful tool for finding great deals on used stuff. I belong to several area groups targeting general merchandise or firearms. Keeping an eye on deals will bring up a great bargain once in a while. Don’t use Facebook? No problem. That is a choice everyone makes for themselves. Appreciate the responses to my question about Rock Island 1911’s. I am not a huge fan of 1911’s but saw one at my local shop and it caught my eye. I believe this is the model: I have owned a Kimber and a Para but am just so used to polymer frame pistols I have continued…
  • A Basic Bug-In Plan

    Rourke
    27 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. by Jon in Colorado Springs All you ever read about is bugging out, and bugging-out if the ‘’Stuff Hits The Fan’’ or ‘’It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. Whether your plan is to bug-out to your second home in the country, your cousin’s farm that you visited once when you were eleven, or some random spot in a national forest somewhere I hope you can get there.  I will admit I wish I had a second home to go to, but that is not an option for most household incomes! Yes I do have some rural places…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Two Person Backpacking Tents

    Daniel Cheaptents
    12 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    We are currently stocking a range of excellent two berth tents designed for backpacking and general camping. Detailed information about these tents can be found via the ultralight tents and lightweight tent sections of our website. To help you choose the most suitable tent for your requirements here is a round up of some of [...]
  • Extreme Food for Adventure Racing and Backpacking

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    29 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Help Trailsnet Build a Network of Trails Beginning on May 14, 2015, Trailsnet.com began accepting donations to help build a network of trails on the internet. Check out the awesome “Donate” button at the top of the right-hand column on this (and other) Trailsnet page(s). Running a not-for-profit website takes a lot of time and … Continue reading » The post Trailsnet Accepts Donations appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Bicycle Paths in Iceland

    trailsnet
    29 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    Reykjavik Bike Paths I was pleasantly surprised to see that Iceland has an extensive network of bike paths in and around Reykjavik. This includes the area around the Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. After a short bus ride from Iceland Keflavik Airport to the Blue Lagoon, I was impressed by all … Continue reading » The post Bicycle Paths in Iceland appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • OmniWheel Review

    trailsnet
    22 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    OmniWheel Makes Any Bike an Electric Bike This OmniWheel Review is part of an ongoing series of trail-related products featured on Trailsnet.com. The OmniWheel is a revolutionary new product, made by Evelo, designed to make just about any bicycle into an electric bike. In essence, when you purchase an OmniWheel, you are purchasing a wheel, … Continue reading » The post OmniWheel Review appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • World Trails Network

    trailsnet
    15 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    World HIKING Trails Network I was so excited when I learned that there was a World Trails Network complete with a World Trails Network Conference. Was this finally it?… the Holy Grail of trail organizations and trail websites. There are certainly some awesome organizations out there with American Trails and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy right up there … Continue reading » The post World Trails Network appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Starry Nights Bike Path

    trailsnet
    8 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Back to the Future Bike Path A very futuristic Dutch Starry Nights bike path pays tribute to Van Gogh and one of his most iconic paintings. This glowing bike path is in the town of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. (see map below) Eindhoven is southeast of Amsterdam and was once home to Vincent Van Gogh. … Continue reading » The post Starry Nights Bike Path appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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  • Beginning to focus more on the blog…

    OffHiking.com
    19 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Hey everyone, I have not gotten to do as much writing lately because I have been focusing on work and I have not been getting to keep up with the blog. This is going to be changing and I am going to be sharing more of my adventures even if they are smaller adventures. I hope you will all hang in there and check back soon to see my next blog post. The post Beginning to focus more on the blog… appeared first on OffHiking.Com.
  • 2015 Spring Backpacking Trip

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

    OffHiking.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    It is very exciting to watch the TV shows where there is someone out in the wilderness surviving with very little if any gear. This is very dangerous and can make it very difficult if not impossible to survive. Many people think that this could never happen to them, but the problem is that normally when you are in one of these situations it is not by choice. Every adventure you go on involves some risk and this post is going to be about creating a survival kit to help you survive should things ever go bad. The biggest consideration in a survival kit is making sure that every item in your kit…
  • Leave No Trace

    OffHiking.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    For this post I am going to discuss conservation and the idea of leave no trace. The outdoors is a beautiful place full of adventure, but if it is not protected we risk destroying the outdoors. I am sure all of you have been out hiking and in a beautiful view in the middle of the woods there is old garbage laying all over the place. This ruins the spirit of being in the wild. First if it came into the woods with you it should leave with you when you go. Nothing is more frustrating than finding a scenic view ruined by the litter. Anytime you go out on an adventure you should take a garbage bag…
  • Essentials for any Adventure

    OffHiking.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    For my first blog post I am going to start with the ESSENTIALS for any adventure.These are the items you should always have with you. It doesn’t matter if your hiking, biking, or kayaking these are the items that you should never leave without. These items are considered the essentials because they can potentially save your life if anything were to not go as planned. The Yough River flowing through Ohio Pyle Navigation The first category for these essentials is going to be navigation. You may not think you will need this if you are going some place that you think you know. This thinking…
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Pitotoy solitario (Solitary Sandpiper) Tringa solitaria

    Marcelo Allende
    30 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    El camino de ingreso a Rincón Ombú chico en ocasiones presenta las condiciones apropiadas para que las aves limícolas estén presentes; generalmente luego de la lluvia los desagües de los campos al tener agua escurriendo forma charcos de distintos tamaños en los que estas aves se sienten en su hábitat predilecto y fotografiándolas desde el [...]   Read more...
  • Water rail

    Noushka Wildlife
    30 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    The sun has finally decided to shine timidly. If the males screech like pigs being slaughtered this female iss much too busy to attract their attention. She is raising three beautiful black chicks and offers a great show, running back and forth in search of blood worms to feed them. Râle d’eau – Rallus aquaticus [...]   Read more...
  • Japanese aquariums vote to stop buying Taiji dolphins

    Supertrooper
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Aquariums in Japan have voted to stop buying live dolphins from the town of Taiji, where the annual slaughter of hundreds of cetaceans has drawn widespread condemnation, after being threatened with expulsion from the world’s leading zoo organisation. The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) voted to stay part of the World Association of [...]   Read more...
  • Various sub-species of Desert Larks in Saudi Arabia

    Jem Babbington
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Geographical variation in Desert Lark Alauda deserti is complex, and numerous races have been named mainly on the basis of plumage coloration. The colour of the birds appears to be directly related to the colour of the local soil and rocks with birds from sandy habitats are mostly buff-coloured, those of stony or rocky ground [...]   Read more...
  • 12 Extraordinary Pictures Show Animals Headed for Extinction

    Supertrooper
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    On Endangered Species Day, there are thousands of species that may not be around for long. The term “endangered species” usually brings to mind charismatic animals—fluffy pandas and majestic tigers. But there are thousands of lesser-known species that are in greater danger of disappearing. These animals, categorized as “critically endangered” by the International Union for [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • New Waterproof LifeProof FRĒ Power Case for iPhone 6 on the Way

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

    Chris Maxcer
    12 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The article How to Get Started Backpacking first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Backpacking appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking

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

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

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

  • Harper’s Ferry-Port Clinton, PA: Lots of bugs. And some thoughts on being a woman out here

    Maggie
    30 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Total mileage: 1217 Average daily: 18-22 (sensing a theme here)   This message brought to you from the Port Clinton Hotel, in Port Clinton PA. This lodging has the distinction of being the only place we’ve stayed at that requires a deposit for your towel. I saw the shared bathroom though, and I think I’m going ......
  • Big Miles and Big Adventures

    David
    30 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Part way through day 56 it occurred to me that instead of getting into Daleville in four days I could get there in three and spend an extra day at the coffee shop—it would only require my two biggest days yet right in a row. What the hell, I thought, it would be good to ......
  • McAfee Knob Proposal

    Sharon
    30 May 2015 | 4:29 am
    Day 60 We awoke before dawn. Nate was adamant about watching the sunrise on McAfee Knob, and because this was one place on the AT that we both looked forward to since we decided to do our thru-hike, I couldn’t blame him. Camping on the knob is not allowed, so we slept at a shelter ......
  • Time for a break (727.8 miles)

    Jesse Smith
    29 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After 52 days on the trail I’m taking a much anticipated vacation from the trail. As my original goal to get to Harpers Ferry, WV by this weekend was not realistic, I’m temporarily yellow blazing up to the area for some sightseeing with my family. The only drawback to taking this much time off is ......
  • Stretch—Days 37 to 44

    Sara Douma
    29 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Starting May 21 Day 37: 11.7 mi (481) Meatstick and I made it out of Damascus after laundry and resupply with help of the trail angel Pooh Bear. Thanks! $10 Face Bug Net, $36 Big Agnes Pillow, $28 Resupply Day 38: 21.5 mi (502.5) Meatstick and I paced the day perfectly. We relaxed on top ......
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    Detecting365 Online Metal Detecting Magazine

  • Metal Detecting Tips from 25 years Experience

    Rob Williams
    30 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    Whether you have been in the hobby for 5 days or 5 years these tips shared by Detecting365 CEO Clark Rickman can help you become a better detectorist. 1) Know your metal detector! Learn every little thing about it! This sounds obvious, but I have often ran out screaming into the field with a new…
  • Nice after work hunt!

    Terry Goes4Ever
    29 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Finally got out for a hunt been almost two weeks! Met with Hollis Gaskill and we hit an old house got over $4 bucks modern coins, several wheats, military CLICK TO VIEW
  • Rain, rain, rain

    David Borboa
    29 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Let me add yet another blog post about the rain to the already saturated (he he he…) metal detecting blogosphere. Yes, I am going to blame the lack of metal detecting CLICK TO VIEW
  • Letting the waves do the hard work

    Gary Drayton
    28 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    I was too busy to go out metal detecting over the memorial day weekend, so I got a jump start on the upcoming weekend. Two hours high tide hunting late CLICK TO VIEW
  • Develop Your TreasureVision and Literally See the Past

    Clark Rickman
    26 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Confession: I see things that are not there when I'm detecting. And I strongly recommend that you do as well.
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    50 Campfires

  • Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole Review

    50 Campfires
    28 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    To roast hot dogs or marshmallows, we cannot think of a cooler campfire roaster than the Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole. Instead of the traditional wood sticks or simple metal wire roasters, this piece of campfire gear makes the experience more fun. Just as the website and reviews say, you really feel like you’re holding a fishing pole. So turn some heads and try out this product at your next campfire. Appearance: The Firebuggz Fire Fishing Pole looks like a fishing rod. It’s made of decent gauge metal that should withstand some very high heat. The actual fish cutout on the roaster…
  • Bacon Filled Smoked Stuffed Peppers

    50 Campfires
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    You don’t have to run out and buy a $1,200 smoker to get the taste of great smoked food. We’ve proven this fact to be true with these smoked stuffed peppers that are piled full of bacon and other goodies. Smoking food really brings out the flavors and now you can let your grill easily do the work for you with just one little device. The A-Maze-N Tube Smoker works like a charm. It comes in 6″, 12″ or 18″ and fits in pretty much every size grill. Just pack it with your favorite smoking pellets and light that baby on fire – it will take it from there. Stuffed…
  • To Die For Smoked Ribs

    50 Campfires
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ribs are the staple of American BBQ and group gatherings. If you can cook a mean rib dinner you will have friends for life – and line of people waiting to get a taste. Smoked ribs bring everything up a level, the flavor, taste and tenderness are undeniable. The real kicker to this mouth-water meal is a homemade rub and homemade BBQ sauce to give your smoked ribs that unique taste that just can’t be found in a rub you buy off the shelf. The best part about smoking food is that it doesn’t actually have to be done in a fancy smoker. You can actually use your grill to smoke by…
  • Grilled Zucchini and Potato Foil Packet

    50 Campfires
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s one of the easiest meals or side dishes to pull of when you’re camping – the foil packet. You can put a wide variety of food items in a foil packet and find success. One of the greatest ways to experiment is to throw things together and see how they meld. We’ve done just that a million times and have found success in most, including this Grilled Zucchini and Potato Foil Packet. With red pepper and garlic chunks thrown in and a coating of breadcrumbs this crispy dish is perfect to make anywhere. Finding easy things to throw together for a BBQ or gathering will make…
  • Wine Infused Smoked Chicken

    50 Campfires
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Grilled food is delicious but smoked food blows it out of the water. The flavor that smoked food provides is untouchable and tough to fake. The flavor changes based on the chips or pellets used but the mouth-watering goodness remains constant. An easy way to feed a group is with a large hunk of meat, like a full chicken. Take your turkey game up a notch with this wine, butter and garlic infused smoked chicken. It’s hard to explain just how mind blowing this delectable bird tastes. You’ll have to make it. You may think that you’d need a huge smoker to accomplish this smoked…
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Okuchichibu Mountains Western Tokyo

    David Lowe
    29 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Wilderness at Tokyo’s Doorstep Situated within the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park in the western part of Tokyo, the Okuchichibu Mountains are a hiker’s paradise allowing us city dwelling folk to escape the confines of the nearby metropolis. The mountains comprise five peaks included in the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains including the striking Mount Kinpu the second highest of the Okuchichibu Mountains. The following ten peaks and mountain passes hope to provide a quick snapshot of this remarkable wilderness area. 1. Mount Kinpu 2,599 m (Yamanashi / Nagano Prefecture) 2. Mount Kumotori…
  • Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山

    David Lowe
    27 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Kougen Hut 高原ヒュッテ – Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山 – Mt. Douman 道満山 Duration: 2 days Distance: 11 km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Kentokuyama Tozanguchi Bus Stop Finish: Kentokuyama Tozanguchi Bus Stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.26 Kinpu-san 金峰山 Kobushi 甲武信]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Spectacular 360-degree Panorama from Mount Kentoku If…
  • Mt. Obora 大洞山

    David Lowe
    8 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Shougen Toge 将監峠 – Mt. Obora 大洞山 – Sanjounoyu 三条の湯 Duration: 3 days Distance: 35.5km Difficulty: hard Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Ochiai Bus Stop Finish: Omatsuri Bus Stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.25 Kumotori-san Ryokami-san 雲取山・両神山]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Golden Week Hikers on Mass While Golden Week in Japan tends to correspond with some…
  • Mt. Koubou 弘法山

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

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

  • The End of Triathlon

    Erich
    28 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    The clock read 4-hours, 19-minutes, and 24-seconds. I didn’t know it then, but that marked the end. After 53 races and nearly 8 years, the triathlon chapter in my life closed. The decision to step away was not at all premeditated, but rather a long process of unconscious decisions. In short, the opportunity cost to race […] The post The End of Triathlon appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • 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!
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Ten Toes Board Emporium Weekender ISUP Review

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Ten Toes Board Emporium at this time makes four different inflatable stand-up paddleboards. I was lucky enough to get to try out their very versatile 10’ Weekender ISUP. What I like most about this board is how easy and convenient every aspect of it is. It provides all the features you need and has a […]
  • California Board Co. 132 Current Review

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    California Board Company makes several different SUP’s and surfboards and now they have one very cool inflatable stand-up paddle board called the 132 Current. The 132 Current is a well made versatile ISUP that can be paddled standing or kayak style. It comes with a comfortable seat that attaches to the D-rings on the center […]
  • Isle Carbon Fiber 3-Piece SUP Paddle Review

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re looking for a great travel SUP paddle, this is a good one! I was totally impressed with the Isle Carbon Fiber 3-piece paddle. For the price you get a really nice all carbon fiber paddle that breaks down into 3-pieces to easily take with you anywhere. It is lightweight, it has an ergonomic […]
  • Airhead SS Camouflage ISUP Review

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    This is one of the most stable inflatable SUP boards on the market. It is wide, it is strong and it is ideal for any person who would like a little extra stability while out on the water. Specs For The Airhead SS Camouflage 10’8” long 38” wide weighs 32 lbs. can hold up to […]
  • SipaBoard – The Self-Inflating Smart SUP

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    After learning about the world’s first smart, self-inflating, electric SUP I knew I had to share it with all of you. For those of us who already love the advantages and conveniences that an inflatable SUP has to offer, it is easy to appreciate a self-inflating board. However the SipaBoard takes convenience to a whole […]
 
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Comparison of Ranged Survival Weapons

    Chris Ruiz
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here at TBOBG, we’ve covered all kinds of preps. Among those, of course, are preps for defense and food procurement. Even though you’ve painstakingly researched and selected the ideal armament for your situation and have been religiously stocking up on ammunition, there may come a time when these careful preps aren’t sufficient. Perhaps you’ll have suffered a raid, an unrepairable malfunction, or simply run out of ammo. In any of these instances, you would do well to have some alternatives to the usual collection of firearms. Read on to learn up on some of the best alternative ranged…
  • Learn To Build Shelter For Any Survival Situation

    Lisa S
    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Summer’s right around the corner, and for many people that means getting back to the great outdoors, whether it be for a day hike or a weekend camping trip. This summer, take advantage of your time outdoors to practice the invaluable skill of building survival shelter. That’s right, you need to step out of your comfort zone, leave your four-person tent and goose-down sleeping bag, and try to construct adequate shelter with only the items that would be available to you in a disaster scenario. It’s the perfect time because if something does go wrong, you can always retreat back into your…
  • 5 Low Cost EDC Pocket Multiools Reviewed (Less than $5 Each!)

    Chris Ruiz
    13 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    So you’re looking for a low-cost, convenient EDC tool that doesn’t require an extra bag or a lot of dedicated room in a purse. Sometimes it’s not convenient to lug around a full-sized tool; and sometimes it’s not convenient to pay for one either! If you still want to have the capability to pry up a stuck grate, tighten a loose screw, maybe bonk a stubborn head or two, and still crack open a bottle in the backyard without dropping a ton of cash for the chance, check out some of these awesome EDC pocket tools from Gearbest.com. Get by with GearBest For each of these tools, we spent a…
  • Make Yourself More Self Sufficient: 7 Skills to Learn & 4 Bad Habits To Ditch

    Lisa S
    7 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the modern world, becoming ‘self-sufficient’ typically implies successfully finding employment that allows you to acquire your own place to live, transportation, etc., effectively severing your dependency on and financial ties to your parents. By this commonly accepted definition, a 23-year-old accounting apprentice able to support himself financially would be considered self-sufficient. However, taking a closer look at his life we find that he really hasn’t acquired any useful skills for, well, living. After work, he spends most of his free time playing video games. He typically…
  • Best Multitool For Backpacking & Survival

    Chris Ruiz
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Just by reading this, you’re showing that you’re likely all about organized and efficient daily preparation. Most dedicated preppers and EDCers will take a certain pride in getting the greatest amount of performance out of the smallest and most efficient possible package. Many of us also pride ourselves on being the person who can, under almost any circumstance, immediately find a creative fix for any problem. When it comes to packing a lot of usability into a single unit, the only thing that comes close to a prepper’s ingenuity is a well thought out multitool. An appropriate multitool…
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • 6 Best Road Trips from Mumbai

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

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

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    Bangalore is the best place to be in if you love road trips. We've got have got great highways, charming towns and hill-stations, never-ending natural splendor, and numerous destinations to reach in one day or less. Each of these routes has abundant opportunities of great scenic rides and...
  • Amazing Locations for Dream Destination Wedding in India

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Matches may be made in heaven, but heaven does not decide your wedding venue, and deciding on a location for your nuptials can be quite a task. For those looking to tie the knot in dreamy, surreal locations, or in peaceful, exclusive spots, destination weddings might be a saviour. Since weddings...
  • 5 Reasons Why the Jaipur Literature Festival is a Must-Visit for All

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Jaipur Literature Festival is the biggest free literary fest anywhere in the world, being a five day celebration of art, literature and music in all their forms.  The eighth lit fest ended on 25th January, 2015 after five days of talks, book launches, book signings, musical performances and...
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    ADAPT network » Outdoor

  • Stuck on Survival – 25 Uses for Duct Tape on Your Next Camping Trip

    Ben
    5 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    While it is hard to imagine how a simple roll of gray tape could be so mighty, duct tape is famous for its uncanny ability to fix just about anything. If you’re planning some quality time outside – where you may be far from the conveniences of modern life – having the necessary supplies for self-reliance is a must. Throw some duct tape in your pack and you’ll be prepared for everything from clothing repairs to first aid solutions and fire starters, with a catch-all survival tool for whatever sticky situations may arise. When times are rough, here are some ways duct tape may help get…
  • Possible Railroad Tunnel through Mt. Everest

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

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

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

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

  • Canoe Repair, Maintenance & Care Tips: Aluminum, Wood & Royalex

    Alex
    13 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Many of you either bought your canoe, built them by your own or with the help of plans available online. Regardless of how much you paid for your plans (or who you got them from), the combination of the material costs and the time put into building your boat work of art, makes this an investment worth […]
  • 10 Basic Tips Before You Head Out On Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition

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

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

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

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

  • Day 58: Errands on Owens Valley and Back to Trail

    jonjadams31
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    We awoke in our serviceable Mammoth hotel around 7:30am, which is a pretty good sleep in for Pie and I. These days off are starting to show on us. We didn’t linger long before we were in the car and off to Red’s Meadow. When we arrived, we ate breakfast at the cafe there. Then we walked the 20 feet over to the general store and dropped our supply boxes off there. We will be back at Red’s Meadow on the PCT on about 8 days. With that bit of business taken care of we headed back south to Mammoth Mountaineering Supply to pick up a sleeping pad I had called and put on hold there…
  • Day 57: Drive to Mammoth

    jonjadams31
    28 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    The day began in San Diego as our break with family was drawing to an end. Marissa, my wife, got up and got ready for work and I helped make breakfast and tea for her. The next thing I knew she was out the door and I was left to spend a few last hours with our dog, Buster. Pie and his wife, Sandy, picked me up at 11am and we were on the road north. We stopped in Temecula to have lunch with my sister, Crashley. It was nice to spend some time with her, I hadn’t seen her since before we left. After lunch we were back on the road. The plan was to drive all the way to mammoth to drop off our…
  • Day 56: Home for a Day

    jonjadams31
    27 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    We are still at home in San Diego for a little it so no hiking updates. All I can say, is that it has been great to see family and friends for a little time. We will head back up Wednesday night to be able to get back on the trail Thursday morning. Godspeed.
  • Day 55: Change of Plans

    jonjadams31
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    So, yesterday we woke up in Lone Pine and Pie turned to me and said, “How do you feel about taking a few days off?” I don’t have a strict timeline so o told him I was up for whatever he wanted to do. That was a decision made. We packed up all our gear and loaded it into Erik’s car and headed south. We are taking a few days off to let the snow storm in the Sierra Nevada area clear out and we will head back to the trail Wedneaday or Thursday. Glad for some time to enjoy the company of family and friends back in San Diego for a few days. Godspeed.
  • Day 54: Leaving Lone Pine (Small Picture Drop!)

    jonjadams31
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    We are spending part of the day in Lone Pine today before heading back into the Sierra’s. The weather ahead looks a little tough for the first part of the week still but is supposed to clear up late in the week and into the weekend so we have that to look forward to. We will be going back in the way we came out, up and over Kearsarge Pass and probably just go up a few more miles in order to set up for our next pass, Glenn Pass, the following day. With just a few miles on the docket for the day here are some of the photos I’ve taken on the phone over the last stretch, Pie has many…
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    Digital Steak

  • Training in London for the mountains

    Charley Radcliffe
    28 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    I have been so excited about coming back to London to study and hopefully qualify as a personal trainer – it is the culmination of several years hard work, life changing decisions, and listening to that little voice deep inside me. As exciting as that is, I knew I was going to be missing Chamonix,... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • My Top 5 Running Moments

    Charley Radcliffe
    23 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Recently my blogging buddy and running inspiration, Runner Beans, wrote a great piece about her Top 5 Running Moments – she is a prolific marathon runner and her list included the London Marathon twice, Berlin Marathon, New York Marathon, and a beautiful sounding Valentine’s day run with her other half. Inspired by this, Stuart Storr... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • 5 interesting things I’ve learnt training to becoming a personal trainer

    Charley Radcliffe
    17 May 2015 | 1:53 am
    Last week I made it to the halfway point in my intensive personal training course at Fitness Industry Education and passed my tests as a gym instructor. The course has been really eye opening – I knew I would learn a lot but some nuggets of information have been real keepers. I wanted to share... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Taking a step into the unknown

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

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

  • Suggested Compound Bow Draw Weights for both Hunting & Target

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

    Great Outdooring
    21 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    The epic Grand Canyon.  One of the seven magnificent wonders of the world.   One of the most visual spectacles on the planet.  The views are absolutely amazing and can only be described as a natural masterpiece. In the past decade, popular vacation spots like Six Flags, Disneyland and Sea World would trump the most amazing natural wonders as families went looking for more “entertainment” themed family trips. Recently however, there’s been a growing outdoors movement and some of the most amazing places are starting to make their way back as popular vacation spots. The Grand Canyon is…
  • Best Recurve Bows For Hunting: 2015 Reviews

    Great Outdooring
    17 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In today’s hunting world, compound hunting bow and modern crossbow are to archery what the metallic cartridge with smokeless powder and Berdan primers is to firearms. With that being said, it’s somewhat surprising that there would still be such a large group of archers today who choose to use a recurve bow instead since the level of technology it employs is equivalent to that of muzzle loaders, black powder, and percussion caps. However, the fact of the matter is that the modern, recurve, hunting bow is still very much alive and very popular among archers. Consequently, several…
  • The Top 20 Best Pocket Knives For EDC: 2015 Knife Reviews

    Great Outdooring
    17 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Whether you are buying a survival knife, or pocket knife, looking at any manufacturer’s Web site or catalog these days can a bit confusing to say the least. You see, there was a time when most people’s idea of an “every-day-carry” knife consisted of one of the many different types of traditional pocket knife patterns and their idea of a tactical folder was an Italian-style stiletto. However, these days, there seems to be a mass exodus away from the traditional pocket knife patterns of old to what seems to be a long line of various designs of tactical folders which the…
  • Reviews of the Best Hunting Crossbows For The Money in 2015

    Great Outdooring
    17 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    When contemplating the purchase of a crossbow, the first question people often have is why should I choose a crossbow over a compound, recurve, or long bow? Now obviously, if you are physically impaired, then a crossbow may be your only option and some states do limit the use of crossbows for hunting to those who are handy capped. However, other states are not so restrictive and allow any hunter of legal age to use a crossbow. But, that does not answer the original question and thus, some of the many answers to the question of why choose a crossbow are: because both hands are used to draw the…
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    The Amateur Outdoorsman

  • An Interview with Ray Rippel: Planning Your Thru-Hike of the John Muir Trail

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

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    9 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    You can not watch this video just once. Do More With Less is a conversation between over 100 hikers traveling from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Throughout the 2,660 miles and endless challenges the community talks about hiking, abandoning the grid, and how to live an adventurous lifestyle. This film is not-for-profit and was made to give back to the PCT community. It was filmed by Travis “Duke” Barron and Eric “ET” Timmerman as they thru hiked the PCT from Mexico up to Canada in 2014. For those of you getting the itch for your thru hikes this summer, this video will…
  • Testify: A Visual Poem of Trout Fishing

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    “Testify” is a visual poem adapted from the “Testament of a Fisherman” by John Voelker. The visual poem was created by Aaron Peterson for Travel Marquette to promote the opening day of the Michigan trout season. The original poem, coming in at just over 200 words, does a great job at explaining why so many are drawn to rivers and streams of all sizes to spend endless hours being outsmarted by a fish. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to head out on good fishing trip to the streams in the Sierras, but this video really gets the itch going to…
  • 7 Hiking and Backpacking Smartphone Apps

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

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

  • What Dreams Are Made of – Tahiti and Her Islands

    Nathan
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    French Polynesia is the last inhabited place on Earth. Tahiti, along with the surrounding islands, is the most secluded and intimate place for a vacation. It offers all the beauties of a real tropical paradise. This includes white beaches, crystal clear ocean and bustling marine life. Tahiti This is the largest island in whole of French Polynesia. Also, it is the main island of the Society Islands archipelago. This turtle-shaped paradise has everything you can imagine. It has two mountain ranges, exotic nature and incredible beaches. More than 100,000 lucky people live in this unbelievable…
  • The Qlipter – Review

    Nathan
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
                The Qlipter is a device created by Mina Yoo, who is a family woman and entrepreneur . Maker Mina Yoo came up with the concept while climbing Mt. Rainier, with nowhere to rest her backpack but the muddy earth. Her hanging tool for keeping gear off the ground turns out to have hundreds of other applications. The Qlipter Carabiner is the product of Yoo’s desire to have an extra hand to hold her stuff during family trips and outdoor excursions. A multi-purpose tool that functions as a clip, a carabiner, and a portable hook. The Qlipter’s intuitive…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Go Camping In Olympic National Park

    Nathan
    6 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Olympic park is a beautiful national reserve located in Washington State. The vast greenery covers nearly one million acres and allows for a variety of summer fun, including camping, hiking, biking and backpacking. From creeks and plant life to mountain views and wild animals, Olympic park seems to take the best of every national park across the country and combines it into one massive refuge! Here are ten reasons why you should camp at Olympic national park: If you’re into water sports, the creeks and ponds leave little to be desired! You can fish, boat, or simply wade in the water as you…
  • Top 5 Places To Go Kayaking

    Nathan
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Often known at the sea-kayaking destination in the Southeast, Cumberland Island, Georgia is one of the undeveloped barrier islands in the world. Cumberland Island rests along the Atlantic Ocean, just off the Georgia coast. Cumberland Island, Georgia has a truly tranquil experience waiting, with a 12-mile labyrinth of tidal marsh. While you glide through the marshy waters, keep your eyes open for wild animals that call Cumberland Island home, such as majestic horses and wild turkeys, or water animals such as sea turtles and manatees. If you prefer more of a rocky, thrilling ride, consider…
  • Why You Should Go Fly Fishing In The Gallatin River, Montana

    Nathan
    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here at GreatOutdoorz.com, we want to bring you the best places to go, and the best hobbies to take up. We’re aiming at a very specific audience here, but there’s a lot that can apply to people in all different locations with all sorts of different tastes. We’re going to answer the question, “Why You Should Go Fly Fishing In The Gallatin River, Montana,” but to do that, we’re first going to break it down two ways: 1. Why Fly Fishing? 2. Why The Gallatin River, Montana? Without further hesitation, let’s jump in. Why Fly-Fishing? Firstly, this is a sport that’ll last you…
 
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    Best Rifle Scope

  • How To Sight In A Scope

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

    Logan
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Hunting and Survival Tips The key to survival is preparation. Oftentimes, however, being in a survival situation means that you may not have the necessary tools or equipment at your immediate disposal. Proper survival training and know how allows you to use the items in your environment to your advantage. Such knowledge is invaluable and […] The post Survival Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Survival appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • 7 Reasons You Fail To Take A Deer Every Year

    Logan
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:50 pm
    I know and you know, sometimes we just have lousy seasons. There may be things that happen that are out of our control that cause us to miss an opportunity to bring a deer, or deer, home. However, there are a number of Hunters who fail to bring a deer home year after year. I […] The post 7 Reasons You Fail To Take A Deer Every Year appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • 7 Reasons You’ll Lose Your Deer Lease This Year

    Logan
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    I received an email from a buddy the other day. Seems him and his group are losing their deer hunting lease that they’ve had for the last 12 years. This is a large deer hunting lease that has quite a few members. My buddy doesn’t know where he’ll find another deer lease to get on for the upcoming season. […] The post 7 Reasons You’ll Lose Your Deer Lease This Year appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
  • Hunting – The Ultimate animal Guide

    Logan
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Bear Hunting The first step you are going to take on your hunting adventure is the preparation portion. When you have all of the equipment that you need and have the essential items that it takes, you are much more likely to succeed and bring home your trophy. The first thing you should do in […] The post Hunting – The Ultimate animal Guide appeared first on Best Rifle Scope.
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    Path Untraveled

  • 8 Things you need to know about hydration (if you plan on staying alive.)

    J. Paul
    28 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    There are a few things I can still remember vividly from my time aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. The sand pits. The Brown Recluse spiders crawling all over me near the Weapons Battalion barracks. Recruits and Drill Instructors repeatedly saying the words “drink water!” in a sing-song fashion. Without a doubt, it was drilled into us that without proper hydration, we would not survive. “Hydrate or die” is a pretty grim message, but it’s one of CamelBak‘s taglines for a reason. It’s true. You can live for weeks without food, but…
  • Review: Ion “Cool i Cam” S3000 Action/Sport Camera

    J. Paul
    24 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I’ve had to talk myself out of buying a GoPro numerous times over the last six or seven years. I first encountered the cameras when I got into hobby racing back in 2008 (I think it was) and the GoPro wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. Relegated mostly to drift race cars, most people hadn’t even heard of the thing. Now, the GoPro name is synonymous with action cameras (sort of the in the way that “Rollerblade” became the catch-all word for inline skates.) That being said, GoPro is only one of dozens of action camera manufacturers now, and there are plenty of…
  • Project Monty: New Seat, Grips, and Pedals.

    J. Paul
    21 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Monty’s new furniture and functional accessories have been trickling in over the last week or so. I finally got it all put together today and was able to take a quick test-ride. Monty held up pretty well on some rough trails, especially when you consider the somewhat rookie status of the rider. So what did I add to get the folding adventure bike to this point? For the “furniture,” I wanted to switch over to brown to match the tan respray. Although there was an obvious cosmetic reasoning behind this, I also wanted to replace the worn seat, grips, and pedals for functional…
  • Bargain Hunters Beware! eBay isn’t as awesome as it once was.

    J. Paul
    20 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I’ve been an eBay user for decades. Ever since I first discovered the service when I was about 14 and started buying and selling paintball equipment online, I’ve sworn by the great deals that can be had on the world’s premier auction site. To this day, I’m known for my prowess with online bargain hunting…but I noticed something about eBay that could be costing you a lot of money. Just to get something out of the way, I’m also fond of supporting local small businesses. However, I’m not the type of person who believes that great amounts of sacrifice…
  • Project Monty: A Quick Paint Job

    J. Paul
    14 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    After checking the bike out for mechanical problems, I figured I’d might as well repaint the frame and get that part out of the way. I’ve been painting things for a long time (I used to really enjoy modding cars), and over the years I’ve gained quite a hand at quick and dirty spray paint jobs.  I wanted to get rid of the silver/red Euro look and replace it with a neutral tan/khaki color. A trip to the auto parts store and $15 later, I had a can of coyote tan spray paint, as well as a can of self-etching metal primer and a bottle of TSP substitute. Here’s the…
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    Halfway Anywhere

  • Everest Base Camp Day 7: Chukhung to Duglha

    Mac
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Starting elevation: 15,518 ft / 4,730 m Ending elevation: 15,157 ft / 4,620 m Elevation change: -361 ft / -110 m Starting oxygen: 57% of sea level Ending oxygen: 58%...The post Everest Base Camp Day 7: Chukhung to Duglha appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • How Long Does It Take To Hike The Pacific Crest Trail?

    Mac
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, but you don’t know if you’ll have enough time? Let me tell you right now that if that’s the case, I...The post How Long Does It Take To Hike The Pacific Crest Trail? appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Fire Island Rocket Fuel Recipe Guide

    Mac
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Memorial Day weekend has come once again, and with it, hoards of booze-hungry partygoers will be hitting the beaches of Fire Island for another summer of wasted salaries, dead end...The post Fire Island Rocket Fuel Recipe Guide appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Why You’ll Probably Die Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

    Mac
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    So after everything you’ve read you still want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, I have some news for you: you’re probably going to die out there (and nobody...The post Why You’ll Probably Die Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
  • Gear Review: Topo MT Mountain Trainer Trail Runners

    Appa
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Having put my pancake feet through more than their share of beatings, I am now very aware of what they crave. After a long and tedious search, and after having...The post Gear Review: Topo MT Mountain Trainer Trail Runners appeared first on Halfway Anywhere.
 
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