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  • All you need to know about choosing a camping stove

    CascadeGear.com
    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    In some parts of the US, it’s possible to go backpacking without ever using a backpacking stove. As long as you have a steel pot that you don’t mind getting blackened on the bottom, it’s easy to cook over coals or an open fire. However, sitting in the glow of a campfire at the end of the day during a backpacking trip is becoming an increasingly uncommon experience. Due to the danger of forest fires, many national parks and wilderness areas prohibit fires altogether. Without a campfire, a stove becomes a necessity. Fortunately, there are many different types of backpacking stoves…
  • Winter Drivers. Scratch that. Winter Driving. Scratch that. Winter sliding.

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    billski
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Time for my annual dig out the old winter driving rant. I know, everyone on this forum is an expert winter driver. Well, stop tooting your horn and tell me about the dumb things you see people do in the snow and ice. I don't mean a real accident. I mean lapses of common sense, or simply unskilled an untrained licensed vehicle operators. Probably my all time favorite is getting out of being stuck by stepping on the gas harder and harder until you've melted and refrozen all the snow around your tires and cemented in until spring. :)
  • Stanley Vacuum Coffee System brightens up the morning campsite

    Camping News
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The venerable Stanley brand has introduced an innovative way to enjoy coffee in an outsized Vacuum Coffee System in their Mountain Series that integrates a boiling pot, French press , vacuum insulated bottle and two cups. If you think of Stanley as the rugged thermos your dad took to a construction site or on a fishing trip, it's that but so much more, as evidenced by a robust and varied product line.
  • Nearly Half of Americans Participate in Outdoor Recreation

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Outdoor Foundation’s report shows increase of 700,000 outdoor participants since 2012.
  • Camp Moves Me Achievement Awards and Prize Winners

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

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    In some parts of the US, it’s possible to go backpacking without ever using a backpacking stove. As long as you have a steel pot that you don’t mind getting blackened on the bottom, it’s easy to cook over coals or an open fire. However, sitting in the glow of a campfire at the end of the day during a backpacking trip is becoming an increasingly uncommon experience. Due to the danger of forest fires, many national parks and wilderness areas prohibit fires altogether. Without a campfire, a stove becomes a necessity. Fortunately, there are many different types of backpacking stoves…
  • What are the best hiking boots for you?

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Other than your dog, if you have one, your hiking boots are your best friend on the trail. Comfortable yet supportive, a good pair of hiking boots can help you make it to camp with a minimum of discomfort. However, if your boots are poorly made or poorly fitting, they can become your worst enemy. On the trail, wearing the wrong shoes can cause blisters, bruises, lost toenails, or even pinched nerves. Choosing the right hiking boot is important-but how do you know what to look for? Boots are investment, so to make the best use of your money, you need to consider how they will be used and then…
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    29 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
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  • Winter Drivers. Scratch that. Winter Driving. Scratch that. Winter sliding.

    billski
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Time for my annual dig out the old winter driving rant. I know, everyone on this forum is an expert winter driver. Well, stop tooting your horn and tell me about the dumb things you see people do in the snow and ice. I don't mean a real accident. I mean lapses of common sense, or simply unskilled an untrained licensed vehicle operators. Probably my all time favorite is getting out of being stuck by stepping on the gas harder and harder until you've melted and refrozen all the snow around your tires and cemented in until spring. :)
  • Hunter 11-22

    andrec10
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I know I always bust the mtns chops, but today was a very good first day. And the pass debacle was not too bad this morning. Both ways down held up well and the coverage was very good. Tomorrow will be softer, but there is plenty of snow. By next weekend after the little warmup, it should be decent. Non rant over!
  • turkeys, Cranmore, Wildcat 11-22-14

    Cannonball
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Bonus day! The weekend before Thanksgiving has always been the least likely weekend of the whole year for me to get on the slopes. I've had more days in June than on this November weekend. For my whole adult life the weekend before Thanksgiving has been all about killing and preparing turkeys for the holiday. Usually about 700 per year. But last year was the end of the family's full farm operation. This year we only did enough for ourselves. Out of habit I showed up at dawn to get things started. It was a sucky 19 degrees, but it's been worse and there's really no choice. We got he birds…
  • Killington 11/22 - lift issues?

    Smellytele
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    "4:05 pm 11/22/14-- The Beast would like to say thanks, skiers and riders, for your patience as we worked through some early season kinks in our lift system on Saturday. We know it caused some frustration but rest assured that our Mountain Ops team, the best in the business, is doing everything possible to maximize your vertical on Sunday and beyond." What happened?
  • FS: New 2014, 167 Blizzard Magnum 7.7 skis mounted with IQ-10 CM2 Binding

    bigbog
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    2014 skis...New, 167 Blizzard Magnum 7.7 with its IQ-10 CM2 Binding Blizzard's foam/composite core with wood stringers = a little softer shovel & tail than their all wood Mags. TR = 17.0m, 123/77/105 $290 (+ shipping...from 04401 to US) PM for any pics... Open to meet-up at a Sugarloaf Lot# or somewhere relatively close to Bangor, ME. *PayPal bozos and I have some sort of dispute disagreement = either we meet or pay via MO(check with any who have done deals with me in past).
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    Camping News

  • Stanley Vacuum Coffee System brightens up the morning campsite

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The venerable Stanley brand has introduced an innovative way to enjoy coffee in an outsized Vacuum Coffee System in their Mountain Series that integrates a boiling pot, French press , vacuum insulated bottle and two cups. If you think of Stanley as the rugged thermos your dad took to a construction site or on a fishing trip, it's that but so much more, as evidenced by a robust and varied product line.
  • Freeland son returns home from cross-country trek

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    It took seven pairs of shoes, each with soles worn flat as a pancake; he filled one and a half composition journals with his adventures; and the shiny red cart he started out with, the faithful wheeled horse that lugged food, water, clothing, sleeping bags and tents, is now faded, torn and has a wobbly wheel. The 19-year-old Freeland son left his freshman year at Washington State University, packed his cart with supplies and put one foot in front of the other.
  • Report: Australian RV Production Grows in 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Australian RV production statistics released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia have revealed recovery and growth in the Australian auto-manufacturing sector. The Queensland Times reported that new recreational vehicle production data for September shows a year-on-year growth of 9.8%, compared to September 2013, and overall production for 2014 is 5.1% higher than it was in 2013.
  • Man pulls knife on DeLand Wal-Mart security, police say

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    A Port Orange man is facing charges after threatening loss-prevention officers at a DeLand Wal-Mart with a knife, police said. The loss-prevention officers spotted Philip Dicologero, 52, acting suspiciously in the camping aisle, and after selecting a tent, the officers watched Dicologero place disposable razors in a bag he'd entered the store with, according to a DeLand police arrest report.
  • Home-grown survival kit

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Several months ago I presented a column titled "SHELTER BOX: A Truly Great Idea," that set forth ideas for use in the event of manmade or natural disasters where large numbers of people are displaced for an extended period of time. The organization, based in the United Kingdom, had meticulously determined the most basic and pressing needs to include in a pre-packaged box for mass distribution.
 
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    Featured News

  • Camp Moves Me Achievement Awards and Prize Winners

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

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

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

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

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

  • (M) The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Fastpacking the John Muir trail is a grueling yet rewarding challenge. Nevertheless, the main benefits are the lessons learned throughout the process that can be applied to your life. by Josh Mathe | 2014-11-18The Range of Light. Just saying it out loud makes my pulse quicken and my eyes look to the horizon. The term was coined by John Muir himself, and is a wonderfully visceral description of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains that he roamed and loved. "After 10 years spent in the heart of it, rejoicing and wondering, bathing in its glorious floods of light, seeing the sunburst of morning…
  • (M) Father & Son Re-unite in the Wind Rivers, WY

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A journey defined by reunion, challenges, and a love of the outdoors, Michael and his son, Matt, share fellowship in the rugged Wind Rivers. by Michael Boisvert | 2014-11-18It's been two years since our epic John Muir Trail hike and now Matt and I are back together in God's country. Transportation (flights) went well as did our 4 hour drive across a barren landscape to Pinedale, WY. After a long day, a good dinner and comfortable beds were welcome. Our first morning was beautiful, as was the interesting drive from Pinedale to Big Sandy trailhead. We witnessed dramatic Wyoming ranch scenery…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 4

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2014-11-18ARTICLE OUTLINE Top Stories A Portrait of Orozbek The Edge of the World The Death of Backpacking Trips A Breath of Arctic Air Paddling the Ganges in a £50 kayak Love on the Rocks: Italy's Alta Via 2 Techniques You're lost! Here are ways to get found! 12 Winter Camping Tips Tasty Recipes destined to make your backpacking trips more enjoyable Tips to Backpack more efficiently Gear The Best Sleeping Pads Sarek: Gear Analysis Hanchor Cobble…
  • Can I Cook in my Tent?

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cooking in a tent has revolved around a stigma of gear destruction and personal harm. Cooking in a tent is not that dangerous and being responsible and aware of the hazards allows for safe cooking in a tent. by Roger Caffin | 2014-11-11There is no limit to the stupidity available on the Internet. Many people will tell you most vehemently that you must never ever cook in your tent, for fear of ... death or disaster, or the tent police or something. Others, with greater experience, especially of bad weather, will simply point out that they have been cooking in their tent for decades, and are…
  • (M) Packrafting without a Good Map

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Despite losing their map during a stream crossing early in the trip, the adventurers trek on determined to hit the big water. by Luke Schmidt | 2014-11-04Sometimes little mistakes have a big impact on your happiness and quality of life. Sometimes they just add spice to an adventure. I wouldn't have thought that carelessly shoving a map in my cargo pocket would totally change my second big packrafting trip, but it did. Here’s video overview of our hiking and packrafting trip. Bob Marshell with Morgan Vimeo from Luke S on Vimeo. ARTICLE OUTLINE Introduction The Beginnings of a Fiasco Day 1…
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  • Marmaris, Turkey: Don’t Listen to the Bad Press

    Guest Blogger
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Marmaris, Turkey (photo: Keraban Aga) There are some places in the world that get a bad reputation through no fault of their own. Usually it’s through the rather questionable actions of a minority of people which tars an entire nation and its holiday resorts, and I think the same can be said about Turkey. Now, I’m not here to bad mouth the place, quite the opposite, because I love it, and I’m currently spending six months of my year living here, and it makes me angry to say the least when I read bad stories in tabloids, which in turn puts holidaymakers off visiting and experiencing…
  • Nicaraguan Food: Typical and Traditional Cuisine

    Maria Laborde
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Specially-seasoned Nicaraguan pork with tajadas (fried plantains), rice and beans, salad by the wonderful chefs at Monty’s Beach Lodge Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Maria Laborde. Like in many Latin American countries, Nicaraguan food goes back as far as pre-Columbian times, being transformed and influenced post the Spanish Conquista. This is evident not only in the name of some of its dishes, but also the ingredients and spices used in them. Most of the traditional Nicaragua menu is known as “criollo,” which is how Indian-Spanish fusion cuisine is also…
  • Top 10 Destinations in Latin America for 2015

    Dave
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Frida Kahlo Museum Latin America is a region of the world offering something for everyone: epic landscapes, towering mountains, breathtaking glaciers, large cities, charming pueblos, passionate people and a history of ancient cultures. Over the last five years, I’ve managed to visit much of Central America and South America, though I still have a few countries left to be seen in the latter. In creating a list of top destinations for 2015, I couldn’t resist coming back to some of my favorite places. Contiki, a global leader in vacations for 18 to 35 year olds, has recently…
  • Le Grotte: A Thrilling Boat Tour of the Sea Caves of Gargano

    Dave
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The tiny entrance to the first grotto we visited Impossible was the word that came to mind as our boat’s captain positioned us to enter our first grotto. The dark, narrow entrance was no more than a few inches larger than our boat, with the task made all the more challenging by the undulating waters of the Adriatic beneath us. The experience reminded me of amusement park rides purposefully engineered to take riders as close to walls and obstacles as possible, without actually touching them; the goal being to incite fear and excitement. The captain navigates the boat into the narrow…
  • 5 Tips for Traveling in Perú

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

    dogrob
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Been quiet on here lately hasn't it, I log on occasionally to see what's new. I would post something myself but haven't really been anywhere lately apart from some bike rides and local walks.
 
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  • You Know You’re a Hiker When….

    Philip Werner
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    when you’d rather stare at mountains in the distance than watch TV.I confess. It’s all true.You know you’re a hiker when…when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories.when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams.when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day.when your mind arrives at the hike days before your body reaches the trailhead.when a friend comments on the state of your feet: “is that from your boots?”when you meet your non hiker friends after a long hike and…
  • Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

    Philip Werner
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down JacketBig Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use.Big Agnes’ newest down jacket, the Third Pitch Hooded DownTek Jacket, is an ultralight marvel that is warm enough to serve as your warmest puffy layer on belay, on wind-swept mountain summits, or while melting snow in camp, without the weight or bulk of a much heavier down…
  • Hiking Gear Casualties and Deaths, 2013-2014

    Philip Werner
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Pre-emptive shoegoo toe caps on La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail RunnersHiking in New England is really rough on gear and I go through many rolls of Tenacious Tape and tubes of Shoegoo every year to repair my favorite backpacking and mountaineering gear, outdoor clothing, and electronics when they are damaged or wear out. If you don’t try to extend the lifespan of your gear today, you’d be amazed how far those two products can restore hurt clothing, footwear, backpacks, tents and sleeping bags and extend its lifetime.Here’s a roundup of the hiking and backpacking gear…
  • DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Communicator Review

    Philip Werner
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Wearing the DeLorme inReach Explorer on my shoulder strap in the Royce RangeThe DeLorme inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator and GPS tracking device that sends and receive text messages, can send an SOS message for help, and track your route and GPS waypoints, even when you are out of range of cell phone towers and wireless networks. I’ve been using one since late summer on all of my backpacking trips and day hikes and it’s a big step up from the SPOT Gen 3 satellite messenger, which provides a subset of the inReach Explorer’s capabilities and still suffers from…
  • Great Hikes: Baldface Circle Trail in Evans Notch

    Philip Werner
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Hikers on South Baldface (3570′)The Baldface Circle Trail is one of the most magnificent hikes in the White Mountains with nearly 4 miles of open ledge rivaling the northern Presidentials in terms of views. Located in the northeastern corner of the Whites near the New Hampshire and Maine border, the trail is a challenging and strenuous 9.8 mile loop which climbs the Baldfaces (North and South), the two most challenging summits in the Evans Notch area. Burned by fire in 1903, these two bald mountains provide jaw-dropping views of the of the higher summits in New Hampshire and Maine,…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Meet Lee, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations, Lee, our Reviewer of the Month. The South Carolina mountain biker, hiker, and hammock hanger wins a personal light from RTG, plus more outdoor goodies for his helpful reviews. Meet Lee, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    "Most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t always know what the right thing is," says Dean Ronzoni. That's where Leave No Trace comes in. Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace was first published on Trailspace.
  • Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner

    Alicia MacLeay
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Coordinating trail crews, favorite gear, the "Wild" phenomenon, and making this planet even better. We talk with Tammy Turner, Volunteer Coordinator for the Mount Hood Chapter of the PCTA. Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner was first published on Trailspace.
  • Reviewer Dirtwheels Wins $1,100 in L.L. Bean Winter Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Congratulations, Lee (Dirtwheels), winner of $1,100 in winter gear from L.L. Bean! For sharing his gear reviews, he wins two 0-degree down sleeping bags and a four-season backcountry dome tent. Reviewer Dirtwheels Wins $1,100 in L.L. Bean Winter Gear was first published on Trailspace.
  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win $1000 L.L. Bean Prize

    Alicia MacLeay
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We're gearing up one member for winter with $1,100 in L.L. Bean gear. Review your outdoor gear by Tuesday, October 21, and you're entered to win two sleeping bags and a four-season backcountry tent. Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win $1000 L.L. Bean Prize was first published on Trailspace.
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • Valet Parking at Runyon This Weekend

    Casey Schreiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    KPCC reports that upstart smartphone valet service Curbstand will be offering $5 parking at the Fuller Avenue entrance of Runyon Canyon, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles ($4 if you tag the company’s social media accounts on a post of your own). The service will be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Photo Friday – November 21, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    On this week’s Photo Friday, we’ve got some wonderful images of trail work, scenes from one of the toughest hikes in Southern California, and even a bit of winter to usher us into the Holiday Season. First up we’ve got Kat Talley-Jones‘s shot of some tough-looking trail work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Hazard Peak via Islay Creek

    Brian Eagen
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This loop hike takes you up the backside of Hazard Peak, via Islay Creek and the Barrance connector trail.  Since there is very little shade over these 9 miles it’s advisable to get an early start.  There are three distinct sections on this hike: a flat stroll up Islay Creek, a steep climb and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is the Bridge to Nowhere Bungee Illegal?

    Casey Schreiner
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Over the weekend, several readers wrote into Modern Hiker concerned about a seemingly last-minute addition to a Los Angeles County zoning plan that would change the zoning of Bungee America’s 50 acres of private land in San Gabriel Canyon (an area popularly known as the Bridge to Nowhere)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Sitton Peak

    Scott Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    One of the better kept secrets in Southern California hiking is the presence of a large Federal Wilderness tucked between Ortega Highway, the semi-rural town of Fallbrook, and sprawling Camp Pendleton Marine Base. This wilderness protects the nearly pristine San Mateo Canyon watershed, which offers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Blending of the seasons

    montucky
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Photo taken from the bottom of Munson Creek canyon, elevation 2,400 feet. In the background is Eddy peak and the lookout at its top is at 6,957 feet.
  • Galaxies in the ice: an update

    montucky
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    After some research on the bubbles in the ice I found that the bubbles are formed when plants on the pond bottom release methane gas and the bubbles freeze when they reach the cold surface of the pond, with further bubbles stacking up below. The ice on the pond in which these bubbles are frozen is 6″ to 12″ thick.
  • Galaxies in the ice

    montucky
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    This afternoon it seemed appropriate to visit a place a few miles from the house where a tiny part of the Lolo National Forest sits right where a small stream enters the Clark Fork River. It’s a remote place, not because of its location, but because it’s rather brushy and boggy and rocky and therefore few people visit there. Animals do though; bears, deer, coyotes… and beavers. A beaver dam which, of course, must be investigated. The water backed up by the dam has frozen now and the ice there is nearly a foot thick. (I checked that very carefully before stepping out onto it.) In…
  • Cedar Waxwings

    montucky
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    The berries they are eating are from the Red Hawthorn AKA Columbian Hawthorn, Crataegus Columbiana.
  • Cold day at Munson Creek

    montucky
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Outstanding Pied Oystercatcher parenting!

    Clare M
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you monitor a species of birds over many years you learn a lot from your observations and you soon become aware of the fact that some birds are just better at parenting than others. Of the sixteen pairs of Pied Oystercatchers between Gantheaume Point and Willie Creek on the south side, which is a length of breeding territories covering 23 kilometres-just over 14 miles-only one chick fledges most years. There is egg predation, chick loss and sometimes possibly just some “bad parenting”! One pair of Pied Oystercatchers laid eggs the first year and did not appear to realise they…
  • Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake

    Redgannet
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Positive reinforcement tells me that I should be finding snakes in Houston, TX. The first one was found simply by accident, but consistent herpetological luck at Houston’s Arboretum makes me look harder and longer until I find one. It took two visits during this trip, but I was rewarded with a very intimate look at a charming little snake. This is the Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus orarius. It was sunning itself on a log beside the water and was very tolerant of me and other people passing by on a board walk just 6 feet away. The snakes at the Arboretum have surprised me…
  • Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2014?

    Mike
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    No snow here! As someone who lives close enough to Buffalo to feel both tremendous fear and relief regarding the 7 feet of snow that engulfed that part of Western NY, I can assure you: November weather is WILD. If this weekend affords you a window to get outdoors, you should take it… who knows when a snownami or similar calamity will blow your way. I’m thinking of heading to Lake Ontario to see if any smart birds fled east. Corey will be pondering New York birds both in the field and in his upcoming field guide. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be…
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tulsa

    Suzie
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just returned from an amazing tour of Tulsa … wildlife rehabilitators, fabulous artists, even an NPR interview with Rich Fisher –  all to benefit WING-IT, Tulsa’s dedicated group of rehabbers. I stayed with renowned writer/artist/rehabber Kim Doner (I call her Whirlwind Kim, with good reason), met up with my longtime rehabber pal Leslie Jackson, missed the globetrotting Shan Goshorn by one day, chatted with raptor rehabbers Kathy and Gary Siftar (who I’d known for years but never met in person), and drove around with (and admired the gorgeous photos of) Tulsa…
  • Waterfowl at the Local Water Treatment Plant

    Alfredo Begazo
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    As it turned out the month of October brings some of the common migratory waterfowl to our local water treatment plant ponds in Indian River County, Florida. Coots, Blue and Green-winged Teals are staple at the ponds throughout the winter time. Other ducks such as American Wigeons, Northern Pintails, and Northern Shovelers are as common at the ponds as the frequency and duration of each cold front. Visiting the local water treatment plant after a cold front has become a habit for some of the county birders. We never know what is in store for us there. The ponds are good birding spots…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Outstanding Pied Oystercatcher parenting!

    Clare M
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you monitor a species of birds over many years you learn a lot from your observations and you soon become aware of the fact that some birds are just better at parenting than others. Of the sixteen pairs of Pied Oystercatchers between Gantheaume Point and Willie Creek on the south side, which is a length of breeding territories covering 23 kilometres-just over 14 miles-only one chick fledges most years. There is egg predation, chick loss and sometimes possibly just some “bad parenting”! One pair of Pied Oystercatchers laid eggs the first year and did not appear to realise they…
  • Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake

    Redgannet
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Positive reinforcement tells me that I should be finding snakes in Houston, TX. The first one was found simply by accident, but consistent herpetological luck at Houston’s Arboretum makes me look harder and longer until I find one. It took two visits during this trip, but I was rewarded with a very intimate look at a charming little snake. This is the Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus orarius. It was sunning itself on a log beside the water and was very tolerant of me and other people passing by on a board walk just 6 feet away. The snakes at the Arboretum have surprised me…
  • Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2014?

    Mike
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    No snow here! As someone who lives close enough to Buffalo to feel both tremendous fear and relief regarding the 7 feet of snow that engulfed that part of Western NY, I can assure you: November weather is WILD. If this weekend affords you a window to get outdoors, you should take it… who knows when a snownami or similar calamity will blow your way. I’m thinking of heading to Lake Ontario to see if any smart birds fled east. Corey will be pondering New York birds both in the field and in his upcoming field guide. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be…
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tulsa

    Suzie
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just returned from an amazing tour of Tulsa … wildlife rehabilitators, fabulous artists, even an NPR interview with Rich Fisher –  all to benefit WING-IT, Tulsa’s dedicated group of rehabbers. I stayed with renowned writer/artist/rehabber Kim Doner (I call her Whirlwind Kim, with good reason), met up with my longtime rehabber pal Leslie Jackson, missed the globetrotting Shan Goshorn by one day, chatted with raptor rehabbers Kathy and Gary Siftar (who I’d known for years but never met in person), and drove around with (and admired the gorgeous photos of) Tulsa…
  • Waterfowl at the Local Water Treatment Plant

    Alfredo Begazo
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    As it turned out the month of October brings some of the common migratory waterfowl to our local water treatment plant ponds in Indian River County, Florida. Coots, Blue and Green-winged Teals are staple at the ponds throughout the winter time. Other ducks such as American Wigeons, Northern Pintails, and Northern Shovelers are as common at the ponds as the frequency and duration of each cold front. Visiting the local water treatment plant after a cold front has become a habit for some of the county birders. We never know what is in store for us there. The ponds are good birding spots…
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    The Everything About RVing RVers Blog

  • The Radio in My Rv Doesn't Work

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Editor's Note: This question is in reference to a 2001 Kit Companion Fifth Wheel Trailer The radio has been tested and is OK. I also have no power to
  • Mexico Stew - Crockpot

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Editors Note: This recipe was submitted on our Favorite Camping Recipes Page. Mexico Stew - Crockpot Serves 10-12 Ingredients: 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • Trailer and RV Weight Demystified

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    There is no RV-related subject that causes more arguments than RV weight. RV weights are confusing at best. This article will clear up the confusion.
  • How Do I Get Rid of the Condensation in My RV

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    I have a problem with my 1995 Leisure Travel Freedom wide body. When we use the furnace especially on a rainy night, We have condensation on the inside
  • Marshmallow S'more Sandwich Cookies

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Editors Note: This recipe was submitted on our Favorite Camping Recipes Page. Marshmallow S'more Sandwich Cookies Our kids and grandkids love this
 
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  • Clothing Advice for Autumn Walking and Camping

    Daniel Cheaptents
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of [...]
  • Softshell Jackets Advice

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

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

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

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

  • An Email From An Anti-Hunter

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer A few days ago I received an email from an animal rights activist. It’s not the first time and like the ones before, mostly contains the kind of language that cannot be printed in a publication such as this. The thing that baffles me time and again is how these people can put “love”, “respect” and “compassion” in the same sentence with wishes “… that you will die a gruesome
  • Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

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

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

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

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

  • Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Digitsole Remote Control Heated Insoles

    Amy Jurries
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do your feet tend to get cold while playing outside in winter? Normal foot warming solutions such as boot heaters and disposable toe warmers are bulky and don’t always work as directed. New company Digitsole hopes to fix the cold toes problem with battery-powered heated insoles that you control remotely with your phone. The Digitsole features layers of Neotech, Poron TX3, and Soft Touch PU micro-fiber that house a heating element, control board, and Hi-Cap USB rechargeable battery.  To operate, simply place the Digitsoles in your boots or shoes as a replacement for the existing…
  • The Wolffepack Swinging Backpack

    Amy Jurries
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    How many times have you been out on the trail and couldn’t be bothered to take a photo or grab a drink of water because you didn’t want to stop and remove your pack? Now you don’t need to. The Wolffepack enables you to get inside your pack without ever taking it off. Invented by David Wolffe, the unique Wolffepack design connects the bag part of the pack to the straps on your shoulders using cords. These cords can be released to allow the pack to separate from the straps and then revolve around to the front of your body and back again. A locking and releasing system on the…
  • Cape to Cape: Cycling 1000 km Across Japan

    Amy Jurries
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Ken Kawamura   I could see it in his face. That look of “I can’t believe what is happening right now” but too respectful, or shocked, to actually say something. Standing there, at the entrance to dinner, I slowly glanced down. The toilet slippers, meant only to be worn in the bathroom itself, were still firmly planted on my feet. I had just violated God knows how many of Japan’s rules of cleanliness. The one thing I do know for sure is that it is virtually impossible for a foreigner to truly understand Japan. It’s too old, nuanced, and complex. As Anthony Bourdain would…
  • Skida Fun and Colorful Headwear

    Amy Jurries
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    My latest obsession is Skida–a Vermont based company that makes colorful and fun hats, neck warmers, and accessories to keep you warm during your fall and winter outdoor activities. Don’t worry guys–there are plenty of choices here for you, too. Started by Vermont skier Corinne Prevot while she was still a student at Burke Mountain Academy, Skida quickly turned from a simple hobby making hats for her teammates and friends into to a full on business. Her mom, Margie, stepped in to help out while Corinne went through college, finally setting up HQ in Burlington upon her…
  • Build Your Own Bamboo Bike

    Amy Jurries
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is no better sense of accomplishment than when you build something from scratch using your own hands. Whether it be a pumpkin pie or a tiny house, the experience is the same. Singapore company Bamboobee has launched a Build It Yourself (BIY) Bike Kit that lets you build our own bamboo bike from parts in just a few days. The BIY Bike Kit comes with 7 different bamboo pieces that make up the frame structure, along with all the necessary tools required for a simple weekend home project. You don’t need sophisticated machinery or engineering expertise to build your own bamboo…
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • Are you prepared for an Earthquake?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inside The Moments - Winter Hiking: Planning A Single Winter Season Attempt of the 48 White Mountain 4000 Footers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ember Equipment Modular Urban Backpack Review

    Matt K.
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    First ImpressionsWay back in April, we wrote about our fascination with a Kickstarter project from a new company called Ember Equipment. The group set out to raise $150,000 to build their first product, a military-inspired product known as the Modular Urban Backpack. I dug the concept and made my own personal investment in the project – choosing the Outfitters Pack with all the accessories and geegaws. So did a lot of other folks. Ember raised more than double their initial target, enough to produce about 1,000 of their prototype. Mine arrived in August about a month or so behind the…
  • Portable Power Reviews

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

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

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

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

  • Leatherman – Micra

    Jodie
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    It's a neat set, designed to attach to a keyring. These aren't the tools you'd want to grab if you needed to fix something technical, but they are the kind of tools you might use on a daily basis, making this a neat and practical additional to any pocket. I've actually surprised myself by using this more often than my more 'tool-heavy' multi-tool, as these are things you tend to want to have to hand. Read more...
  • Elliot Brown – Canford Impact Resistant Watch

    gearweare
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    These watches; they look smart enough to go with a Saville Row suit, but they're built tough enough to go with a suit of armour. They're rugged action timepieces for the kind of person who doesn't want to be wear a plastic sports watch. Read more...
  • Sub Zero – Womens Factor+1 Base Layers

    Jodie
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Having wriggled into the top and bottoms, I was particularly impressed at the leg length – these are not going to give you that horrible chilly strip around the top of your ankles, there’s plenty of material to keep you snug. Read more...
  • Aquapac – Announces Outdoor Champion

    Jodie
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Each year the folk over at Aquapac pick an individual who they feel deserves a lot more public recognition. Somebody – anywhere in the world – who has devoted their life to making the world a better place for others. […] Read more...
  • Berghaus – Rannoch Insulated Hydroloft Jacket

    Andy
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    What I'd use the Rannoch for is as a ready-packed warm layer in my bag. Something that doesn't suffer from being crushed in to a compression sack, and which will be ready when you get to the summit and sit down for a sarnie, or if the sun dips behind one too many clouds. And for that, it's a really neat, simple solution. Read more...
 
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    Gear Exposure

  • Patagonia Alpine Houdini review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Camping Tip: Clever uses for used dryer sheets

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
      We all know that everything in your house can be used in some way while camping. However we do not want to take it all with us on our trips. So we limit what we take and only take the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday – 11/17/2014

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    What kind of adventure did you have this weekend? Did you make sure to tag your photos with #hikingthetrail? These awesome folks did! Every week we choose awesome photos from across the interwebs to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bacon Condoms, Drone Porn, Robot Penguins and Lubmbersexuals.

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    You might want to file most of what you are about to read in the um what category in your brains or maybe even just forget you even read it in the first place. Every now and again it is fun to take a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Tips for Passing the Long Fall Nights – Guest Post

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
      With Autumn in full swing, the leaves are falling, as well as some snow, and colder temperatures are taking their hold. During most of the year we have the opportunity to hike well into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Introducing Epic Social Adventures

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you did not follow the epic social adventure that was Hell Hike and Raft you all missed out on an amazing adventure! Thank you to those of you who did!  During the planning of  Hell Hike and Raft... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Brian's Backpacking Blog

  • Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

    Brian Green
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    I don’t know of any other knives for $20 that can beat the Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter. It’s a ridiculously good value and worth considerably more. I running a quick knife giveaway for the blaze orange handle version that I reviewed earlier this year. It comes unboxed and very slightly used, so it would not be a good candidate for re-gifting. The Dozier is one tough son of a gun and up to just about any task that a hiker/backpacker would need. I’ve already snapped up several more of these puppies while I still can and save them as random gifts for friends or Christmas stocking stuffers!
  • Affordable and Useful Holiday Gift Ideas

    Brian Green
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holidays are right around the corner and I’m getting lots of inquiries about holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy loved ones. Here are a couple of small backpacking, hiking, and camping related gear picks based on things that I own, use, and would highly recommend to anyone. Unlike many of the holiday gear gift lists that you’ll see popping up, this one consists of things that every hiker or backpacker should own. Buy them something they’ll actually use. Solar Charger Lets be honest, nearly all of us carry some form of electronic device when we’re out hiking. Whether…
  • Bushnell SolarWrap Mini Solar Charger

    Brian Green
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I’ve been waiting for a light weight, compact solar charger to hit the market for a very long time. So I was excited when I discovered the Bushnell SolarWrap Mini a few months ago. Until now the only solar charging solutions on the market all largely consisted of the same standard configuration – one or more photovoltaic panels, protected by glass and hinged together using layers of heavy-duty cordura fabric. They were all heavy, bulky, and fragile. In short, not something I wanted anything to be a part of. Over time companies such as Goal Zero refined the genre and made significant…
  • Outdoor Products Amphibian 20L Waterproof Pack

    Brian Green
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense backpack is a 20L waterproof pack that earned the #1 spot in a recent Backpacker Magazine rating of waterproof packs. I am in the process of introducing my children to canoeing, and given their penchant for inviting water into the craft, I was intrigued by the opportunity to review a waterproof pack. Simple Design In design, the Amphibian is about as simple as it comes: a single, waterproof main compartment seals with a roll-down top. Two water-resistant side pockets with hooded, water-resistant zippers hold small, more or less flat items. A…
  • Hungry Hikers Meal Review

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

  • Remember, It’s a Pittance of Time

    Erica Hargreave
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    It’s a pittance of time … Take the time today to remember why we enjoy the freedoms we do. And pray that we never face such horrors again. It’s a pittance of time … remember. Lest we forget.
  • Creating A Travel Themed Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Alpine Ascents International Gear Sale

    Dutch Franz
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Alpine Ascents International, Seattle’s world famous adventure guide service and outfitter, updates their rental gear every few years… What does this mean for you? It means high quality, slightly used gear at insane prices at their gear sale – just in time for holiday shopping. This is what I found when I checked out the sale on Thursday. The colors and variety of the clothing are limited – it is rental gear – but the quality is excellent. Some items, particularly the women’s clothing, are in excellent “like new” condition with a good selection of sizes. The men’s…
  • The Top 5 Booze for Backpacking

    Anna Elliott
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Those of us who have breathed mountain air, walked through golden alpine meadows, or slept beneath starry skies know that the great outdoors are a kind intoxicant in and of themselves. However, many of us also know that there’s nothing wrong with cracking open a cold one after a long day of getting your wilderness on or sharing a drink with your hiking partners around the fire. But enjoying a drink in the backcountry comes with its own set of issues – how much weight am I willing to take on for that backpacking buzz? How do I negotiate weight versus tastiness of beverage?
  • Seattle Sports Co. AquaKnot 1800 Backpack Review

    Heather Porpiglia
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Designed for rafting, canyoneering and cycling, the AquaKnot 1800 handles the elements. I set out for some casual wear-and-tear as well as some rough-and-tumble beating. I wanted to test the pack in the worst conditions; full submersion, beating on the rocks and a downpour. The pack definitely holds up and keeps dry in the rain and splashing of paddles. Made of a vinyl urethane, the pack holds out water and the shoulder straps dry within an hour or so with average temps. The pack is comfortable for a casual hike or having to go around town, the waist straps are not padded, so I would not…
  • Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle Review

    Greg Christensen
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Photos by Jessie Keller When I’m stand-up paddle boarding and focusing on my balance, I usually find myself wishing my load could be just a little lighter. Mostly my gut. But sometimes my paddle. A lighter paddle isn’t just about the ease of carrying it to and from the shore. A lighter paddle means less distraction from your balance and less fatigue throughout ride. The Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle is a 29-ounce, 100% carbon shaft that is noticeably lighter than most SUP paddles. Working from side to side across the water, it was far easier to pick up and never threw me off balance. The…
  • A Military Rescue in Madagascar: Risks of Exploring Uncharted Regions

    Simon Donato
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
      As I pulled out the satellite phone, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I’m about to do this. I can’t believe I am calling for rescue.” It was surreal and a situation completely new to me. My three-man reconnaissance team sat on a barren hill top, sweating and enduring the relentless buzzing of the “sweat bees,” which swarmed exposed skin during daylight hours. We were 9 hard fought miles from our base camp and nearly out of food and water. Our planned exit strategy involved at least another 5 miles of bushwhacking to reach a trail on the map. The temperature hovered…
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Thoughts on effect of Ferguson decision….

    Rourke
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    As I write this the decision from the Grand Jury on whether to charge Officer Wilson in the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. It is being widely predicted that the decision will be NOT be to charge the officer and that widespread violence and protests will follow. Will there be targeted violence against police officers? How about black on white violence due to the racial implications of the case?  The case has demanded national attention and protests have not only been in Ferguson but in communities across the country. The possibility exists that violence could occur outside the…
  • Snow in Buffalo…..

    Rourke
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Need to be reminded of why preparedness is not something crazy people do but rather common sense and a responsibility? Take a look at these pictures from Buffalo, NY. When a snowfall can be measured in YARDS that is one heck of a storm! Remember – not everyone was sitting at home when this snow fell. People were stuck at work, in schools, and in their car. Another reminder to be prepared wherever you are. A little planning and keeping a kit in the car would do wonders in being able to handle a variety of situations.   LOCAL SNOWVEMBER AERIAL GEE LOCAL SNOWVEMBER AERIAL GEE…
  • REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

    Rourke
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 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…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – November 21st, 2014

    Rourke
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Charlotte, NC ex-Mayor Patrick Cannon just went to prison after admitting to taking bribes. Pathetic excuse for a man in my opinion. Everyone makes mistakes but that doesn’t mean I have to like it nor have any use for them. What makes matters worse I heard a reporter interviewing one of his supporters and she said he never took bribes and if he did – it was to help the City of Charlotte. Folks – this is why we are in the state we are in. Unintelligent, foolish, uninformed voters placing  fools into position of power and authority and then sticking it too us. Wonderful. Home…
  • Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven

    Rourke
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The following article was originally published back in July of 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years on ModernSurvivalOnline.   – – Rourke   By Ken B Introduction One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food.   The most abundant fuel available is wood.  There are many ways to use wood to cook food…the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”.  However, these methods are not the most fuel efficient, and a lot of…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Clothing Advice for Autumn Walking and Camping

    Daniel Cheaptents
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of [...]
  • Softshell Jackets Advice

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

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

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

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

  • Denver to Boulder Bikeway

    trailsnet
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Boulder/Denver Bikeway Finally, the dream has become a reality. The Denver/Boulder Bikeway will connect two of America’s greatest bicycle towns allowing for both recreational and bike commuter access. This Colorado bike trail will provide access to communities including Denver, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior and Boulder. The first phase of the bike path will run from … Continue reading » The post Denver to Boulder Bikeway appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Solar Bicycle Path in the Netherlands

    trailsnet
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Solar Bike Path The post Solar Bicycle Path in the Netherlands appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trail Information Entry System Feedback Requested

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

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

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

  • ‘Guns kill trees too': overhunting raises extinction threat for trees

    Supertrooper
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new paper confirms what ecologists have long feared: hunting birds and mammals drastically raises the risk of extinction for tropical trees. Following the long-lifespan of a single canopy tree, Miliusa horsfieldii, researchers discovered that overhunting of animals could increase the chances of extinction for the species fourteen times over a century, from 0.5 percent [...]   Read more...
  • Alilicucú común (Tropical Screech-Owl) Megascops choliba

    Marcelo Allende
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Este fue uno de los mejores momentos fotográficos de este 2014; esta noche mientras se preparaba la cena en Rincón Ombú chico fuimos muy afortunados en ser acompañados durante unos minutos por esta pareja de lechuzas que se acercaron a la casa de Luis para quizás investigar que era lo que estábamos haciendo nosotros. Desde [...]   Read more...
  • Badger cull cost over £3,000 for each animal killed

    Supertrooper
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The first of two controversial badger culls in England cost £3,350 for every badger killed. Official figures show that the pilots cost the taxpayer £6.3m in their first year, during which 1,879 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The Government said the costs were high due to monitoring of the humaneness and efficacy of [...]   Read more...
  • Bluethroats returning in numbers – Sabkhat Al Fasl

    Jem Babbington
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    My last ringing trip to Sabkhat Al Fasl was almost cancelled due to the wind. The forecast all week had been strong winds continuing until Friday, the only day I could go ringing. I was very kken to go ringing though as I can only go once a week and due to the lack of [...]   Read more...
  • Orphaned Baby Sea Otter Learns to Float: Explaining Viral Video

    Supertrooper
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team of animal experts to raise an orphaned sea otter. A baby southern sea otter named Pup 681 has made a splash online since a video of her squealing, squirming, and learning to swim at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium went up on YouTube. [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Backpacking Strategy: Base Camps and Day Hikes

    Chris Maxcer
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The article Backpacking Strategy: Base Camps and Day Hikes first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Here’s a strategy you can use to get more out of your backpacking adventures — the concept of base camps and day hikes. It’s super simple, but when you’re planning a trip, it lets you get yourself into an area so that you can more fully explore it. Sometimes the spot you really want to […] The post Backpacking Strategy: Base Camps and Day Hikes appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Deer Trails Illuminated by Fresh Snow Reveal Extensive Network

    Chris Maxcer
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    The article Deer Trails Illuminated by Fresh Snow Reveal Extensive Network first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you’re a hunter, you’ve seen deer slip away through thick brush and timber while making little noise. Or cruise up steep hillsides while feeding. And you’ve likely followed a game trail or two — but after a light dusting of new snow, we suddenly saw an extensive network of game trails appear on the […] The post Deer Trails Illuminated by Fresh Snow Reveal Extensive Network appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Thought Your Elk Hunt Was Tough? Try Bowhunting on BC Mountaintops

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The article Thought Your Elk Hunt Was Tough? Try Bowhunting on BC Mountaintops first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you think driving up to your hunting site on a four-wheeler and then walking a thousand yards is tough, check out this insane video of elk bowhunting British Columbia with Marc Warnke of Outdoors International. The elk in this video hang out on the tops of rugged mountains right along with goats. In any […] The post Thought Your Elk Hunt Was Tough? Try Bowhunting on BC Mountaintops appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Gerber E-Z Skinner, E-Z Saw Review: Handy & Affordable

    Erik Miller
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The article Gerber E-Z Skinner, E-Z Saw Review: Handy & Affordable first appeared on Man Makes Fire. We all have our favorite knives. My personal favorite is a folding knife I carry almost everywhere. However, to make big game processing a little quicker out in the field, you want a couple of good processing tools at a reasonable price. For me, I like the Gerber E-Z Skinner and the Gerber E-Z Saw. Unless […] The post Gerber E-Z Skinner, E-Z Saw Review: Handy & Affordable appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag Review

    Erik Miller
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The article ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag is a beast! I took the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Frame + Pack Bag through the paces at elk camp this year. This combination is not really a frame and pack but a full system for hunting and packing meat quarters. The frame has a comprehensive lashing system, 5250 cubic inches […] The post ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
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  • Meet the Class of 2014: 158 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

    Zach
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    For the last six months, as part of a weekly series, Appalachian Trials has been proudly showing off the summit photos of this year’s Appalachian Trail thru-hikers.  We figured it was about time to celebrate the entire class of 2014 in one grand post! We dare you to look through these photos and NOT feel an overwhelming vicarious sense ......
  • Friend or not to friend, that is the question.

    Ginger
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Some of my reasons to hike with a friend or two. What are some of your reasons?...
  • How to Deal With Those Who Don’t Support Your Thru-Hike

    Paul "BigTex" Bunker
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    You have decided to hike a long trail, spend months in the woods, mile after mile, living your dream. You made a commitment to yourself to start and set a date as you begin to prepare. Now you are ready to tell people of your dream that is closely becoming a goal. But don’t think ......
  • The Continental Divide Trail is at Risk, Here’s How You Can Help

    Zach
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In no uncertain terms, long distance backpacking is on the rise.  With the impending release of a pair of major motion pictures (Wild and A Walk in the Woods) centered around the United States two most popular long trails, the term “thru-hike” is about join the national lexicon. Of the country’s three long trails- the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest ......
  • What Is A Bucket List?

    Maija Le
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    We all have a bucket list, or at least a hazy outline in our minds, so we should know how to define one right? I thought I could, but then I really thought about it, researched it, shared ideas with friends, thought about it again, and I came to the conclusion that it’s a more ......
 
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    Loughborough Inn

  • The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show

    David Harnden
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show is celebrating its 32nd year as New Jersey’s top outdoor tradeshow – and it’s not hard to see why. From January 8-11, 2015 this event will be attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world – including us! This incredible event features thousands of things to do and see, including the highly anticipated Garden State Winter Classic 3D Archery Tournament, The Garden State Deer Classic, the BBQ lover’s Fire & Ice Expo as well as the American Fly Fishing School’s ‘Simul-cast Pond’ – a 50 foot long casting pond that lets you bone…
  • The Great American Outdoor Show

    David Harnden
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The Great American Outdoor Show celebrates outdoor tradition in an exciting 9 day marathon tradeshow. Of course, we had to get in on the action. This event takes place on February 7-15, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and boasts 1,000 exhibitors and 650,000 square feet of space dedicated to all things outdoor. From shooting manufactures, to fishing boat and RV dealers, to outfitters, art and of course, resorts – the Great American Outdoor Show has something for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. Loughborough Inn will be at booth 2418. We’re excited to be a part of this jam…
  • The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow

    David Harnden
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow is our time to shine! We’re thrilled to be going to this event to promote all the incredible features of The Loughborough Inn and our stunning area.  The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow runs from February 26 – March 1, 2015 and boasts thousands of vendors, celebrities, seminars and an impressive host of family friendly events. At the Loughborough Inn we’re lucky – we have a wonderful group of returning guests that come back to the Inn every year, and we’re looking forward to seeing our group of regulars expand. A lot of this…
  • The World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition

    David Harnden
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The final tradeshow on our circuit is the World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition. The expo will be held in Suffern, New York from March 5 – 8, 2015 and marks the 38th year running. We’re excited to be a part of it! The World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition attracts over 2 million anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. It gives us the opportunity to showcase the Loughborough Inn as one of the nation’s premier outdoor resorts. We’re hoping to attract even more anglers to our shores and also promote our cabins and cottages to families and couples. We love the fact…
  • Toronto Cottage Vacation

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

  • These mangled trains are a work of art. But would you risk $115 to see them?

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

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

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

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

    Dustin Walker
    20 Nov 2013 | 10:03 pm
    You gotta take care of your feet. There’s absolutely no chance of getting anywhere, on any type of hiking trail if your hooves are hurtin.’ And when it comes to hiking in the winter, it’s essential your feet are nice and snug in a decent pair of boots. But I’m betting you already know all this. So rather than lecture you good folks about why you need to lace up quality footwear, I’ll provide you with some info you can actually use — assuming you’re the type who loves to dabble in winter hiking or snowshoeing. So without further ado, here are 6 of the best winter hiking…
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    Detecting365

  • How Much Discrimination?

    Rob Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Are you wondering how much discrimination you should use? The best discriminator is your digger! When in doubt, dig it out. The post How Much Discrimination? appeared first on Detecting365.
  • HNL: Detecting at a “Hole” Notha’ Level!

    Clark Rickman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Take it to the next level by abandoning "magic settings" and learning to adjust your machine on the fly. The post HNL: Detecting at a “Hole” Notha’ Level! appeared first on Detecting365.
  • Detecting in the Dark

    Clark Rickman
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Since the time changed a couple of weeks ago, it gets dark in central Tennessee just after 5:00pm.     So lately, if I want to get out and detect in the afternoon, I find myself detecting in the dark, especially if I’m on a good site where I’m finding stuff.  I admittedly have a… The post Detecting in the Dark appeared first on Detecting365.
  • World War 1 War Medal Goes Home.

    Janner 53
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    By Janner53 The British War Medal Found At Wembury. As of late there has not been much action here on my blog due to standing in as supervisor in work and being …read more Via:: Janner53 The post World War 1 War Medal Goes Home. appeared first on Detecting365.
  • Did He Just Lie? What Would You Do?

    Rob Williams
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    You’re detecting with a buddy that brought you along on a permission that he secured at a beautiful 1837 Colonial house. You are both having a great hunt and have made some amazing finds there. Unbeknownst to you at some point your friend cut an underground cable wire while digging. After a few hours the… The post Did He Just Lie? What Would You Do? appeared first on Detecting365.
 
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  • Hi-Tec Sports EZ Shandels Overview

    50 Campfires
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    OverviewHi-Tec is passionate about footwear. From lightweight hiking boots, to comfortable running shoes; casual shoes, all use the latest innovative technology. The new Hi-Tec Sports EZ Shandels are perfect for exploring the campsite, hitting the trail and even the water. The post Hi-Tec Sports EZ Shandels Overview appeared first on 50 Campfires.
  • GSI Outdoors Destination 24 Kitchen Kit Overview

    50 Campfires
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Overview: From GSI Outdoors: “The GSI Outdoors Destination 24 Kitchen Kit is an all-in-one 24 pc. Kitchen set that has every utensil for any gourmet expedition, including 4 full sets of cutlery. It also has pivoting tools that rotate from stored to working position. It is equipped with waterproof shaker modules that screw together to keep spices dry and flavorful. The condiment bottles hold your favorite flavor enhancer. The attractive, ballistic nylon outer case keeps everything organized.” Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors Product: Destination 24 Kitchen Kit Price: $49.95 The post GSI…
  • Grape Solar Rhyno 500 Portable Generator Overview

    50 Campfires
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Overview: From Grape Solar: “Portable Power without the fumes. The Grape Solar RHYNO 500 Portable Generator Uses a 100-watt monocrystalline folding solar panel to charge a 40 Ah lithium-ion battery. The PowerCase has 1 12 volt DC output, 1 AC outlet and a 500 watt pure sine inverter for power where you need it, when you need it.” Manufacturer: Glacier Solar Product: Rhyno 500 Portable Generator Price: $1625.00 The post Grape Solar Rhyno 500 Portable Generator Overview appeared first on 50 Campfires.
  • Grape Solar GoCharger 10 Overview

    50 Campfires
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Overview: From Grape Solar: “The Grape Solar GoCharger 20 Watt folding panel is the most advanced folding solar panel on the market. Grape Solar’s unique Black Hole technology allows more light to be captured at the panel surface for better production even in suboptimal conditions. The use of high frequency thermal welded construction means that the solar cells are better protected from water and dust than traditional sewn folding panels. ” Manufacturer: Glacier Solar Product: GoCharger Price: $824.99 The post Grape Solar GoCharger 10 Overview appeared first on 50 Campfires.
  • 10 Winter Survival Hacks

    50 Campfires
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    10 Winter Survival Hacks for an Enjoyable Winter While we here at 50 Campfires are generally big fans of winter, we also know that it’s not always fun and games. The truth is that while winter can be stunningly beautiful and a whole lot of fun, it can also be downright annoying. Cold weather, seemingly endless darkness, and frozen precipitation in its myriad of forms can make everyday life a lot more challenging. But rest assured, winter doesn’t have to be that hard! There are a lot of ways to make winter life a little easier and many of them won’t even require a trip to the store! Here…
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  • Showa Kinen Park Autumn Foliage

    David Lowe
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Showa Kinen Park Autumn Delights Pencilling in an annual pilgrimage to Showa Kinen Park to photograph the autumn foliage or koyo has been a prominent fixture on my calendar over the years. The 165 hectare National Government Park lies close to my work place in Tachikawa and after grabbing some lunch usually make my way across to the Tachikawa Gate entrance. While the lustrous autumn hues certainly draw the crowds its vast size means it always possible to find a little solitude to take in the changing seasons. This year like most was met with clear blue skies and along with my trusty Pentax DA…
  • Mt. Gozenyama 御前山

    David Lowe
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Mt. Gozenyama 御前山 – Mt. Sasuzawayama サス沢山 Duration: 5 hours Distance: 10km Difficulty: easy-moderate Usage/Traffic: light Start: Sakaibashi bus stop Finish: Lake Okutama Bus StopMaps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.23 Oku-tama 奥多摩]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Splendid Autumn Hues Impress on this Lesser Walked Mountain Trail With the autumn weather arguably at its finest…
  • Mt. Buko 武甲山

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Allison
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sea Eagle is updating their lineup of inflatable stand-up paddleboards for the 2015 season. Available as of November 25, 2014 is a completely redesigned, new version of their popular Sea Eagle Longboard SUP. Updates to the existing Longboard include: Two size options to choose from – an 11 foot board great for those under 200 […]
  • Hala Butterknife Double Bladed SUP Paddle

    Allison
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    The concept of a double bladed SUP paddle is interesting. I like the versatility it brings but before trying one out I questioned whether it would be comfortable and convenient to actually use. As far as double bladed SUP paddles go, the Hala Butterknife is a nice one. It has a carbon shaft and fiberglass […]
 
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • The Knowledge: Prepper Book Review

    Chris Ruiz
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We’ve all seen post-apocalyptic movies or TV shows that feature heroic survivors scrounging for food and, more likely than not, fighting off some sort of un-dead enemy. It all looks so…achievable, doesn’t it? In the movies, someone always manages to build a fire and find drinking water; no one ever dies of dehydration or from an infected wound. The question is, if civilization were to collapse, could we rebuild life as we know it? According to The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch by Dr. Lewis Dartnell, the answer is no. In this eye-opening survivalist guide, the…
  • Choosing An Off-Grid Stove + How To Make Alcohol Fuel + A Still Giveaway!

    Chris Ruiz
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Some well-seasoned, cast iron cookware and a carefully constructed fire offer just about everything a chef could want. However, you’re not going to lug cast iron pots and pans around to make a camp kitchen when you are bugging out. For solo, long distance, treks into the wilderness, smaller, portable stoves are more appropriate. In this article we’ll discuss lightweight, reliable cooking stoves, small enough to fit into a bugout bag. We’ll also highlight options that utilize clean burning and renewable fuels and even show you how to make your own alcohol-stove fuel at the end of the…
  • How To Find The Best Hunting Knife For Your Kit

    Chris Ruiz
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    You’ve been on the road for more than a month. Your initial supplies have run out and you have no choice but to rely on your skill as a hunter. Whether you trap, use a bow, slingshot, gun or just your wits, once your target is down you will need to skin and dress it (cut the meat and prepare it for cooking), and the most important piece of equipment you will be needing is a good hunting knife. A hunting knife is crucial if you want to: Keep safe. A skinning environment is slippery and wet. A dull blade and slippery handle are sure to cause injury during the skinning process, and in a…
  • How To Prep Like A Spartan

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

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

  • The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland : All You Need to Know

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Nagaland, the state of the ancient tribes never seemed so alive to the world until the Hornbill Festival came into being. The past and the present never came together like it does at this grand fiesta. A celebration of the Naga way of life, this festival is a bedlam of colours where every tribe...
  • 12 Festivals in India You Won't Want To Miss

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Festivals define this land of diversities and the word 'diversity' enters the gamut of festivals as well. We Indians define unity in diversity and the festivals show diversity in unity because celebrations bind us all. The wide array of variety you get to see in them is what sets the country...
  • Auroville: Things to Know About the International Spiritual Retreat in India

    2 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    A 150km drive from Chennai on the scenic East Coast Road leads to the French flavored union territory, Pondicherry or Puducherry. A few kilometers away from this colonial city, is a relatively less known one of its kind township in India; Auroville. What to expect For Casual day visitor:
  • Following Rama's trail : Take a road trip to places in Ramayana

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Pushkar, one of the oldest cities in India hosts one of a kind Camel & livestock trading fare where more than 50,000 camels are decorated, raced, displayed & traded ever year. Fare originally started to attract local cattle traders to do business has now also turned into one of India's most...
 
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  • 400 People Bury Heads in Sand to Protest against G-20 Climate Change Blackout

    Ben
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Over 400 people expressed their feelings towards the G-20 climate change blackout. Screen grab from YouTube video. More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand of Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday. This was the second ‘head in the sand’ protest held in Australia this year, the first demonstration was held back in September in Queensland, and included 80 people. The ‘head in the sand’ protest was to campaign against the decision of the Australian government, to ignore climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit over the weekend. Instead they wanted to…
  • Riverboarder Rescues Squirrel from River Rapids

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

    Ben
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Imagine being able to breath underwater. Screenshot of freediving from GoPro Hero3 video. Besides being able to fly like a bird, breathing underwater like a fish is another cool ability many people have on their super power wish list. Maybe they don’t…but they should because how awesome would that be? Being able to stay underwater and breath without a big scuba cylinder strapped to your back would be an incredible experience. The improved underwater safety implications would change the game for sports such as big wave surfing, where multiple wave hold-downs are extremely…
  • Forest Service Warns People to Stop Taking Selfies With Bears

    Ben
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Photo from Flickr/Tambako The Jaguar. There are some things that you would think wouldn’t have to spelled out for people. Well that list just seems to be getting shorter and shorter. The latest item to be crossed off the above mentioned list is telling people not to “take selfies with bears.” That’s exactly what officials with the U.S. Forest Service, at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, are doing. The creek is the site of a massive annual kokanee salmon run upstream, which also attracts hungry bears looking to nab a meal. Lately the spectacle has also…
  • Fisherman Rescues Drowning Bald Eagle

    Ben
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Don Dunbar was out fishing in the waters of Nanoose Bay in British Columbia, Canada. He encountered a young bald eagle, struggling to ‘swim’ back to land. While it certainly wasn’t the catch Dunbar had in mind, after some careful thought and encouraging the eagle towards the boat, he was able to lift the eagle out of the cold water into a fishing net. The Eagle was clearly exhausted and after a breather went about hopping about the boat, spreading it’s wings to dry off. Check out the raw footage of the rescue below, you can see that the distressed eagle took Dunbar by…
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    The Kayak Critic » The Kayak Critic

  • 3 Hot Kayaking Destinations in Remote Nevada

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

    Austin
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Colorado is a beautiful, expansive, and mountainous state in the midwestern United States. It is home to the legendary Rocky Mountains, and is a huge destination for winter sports enthusiasts. But Colorado offers awesome outdoor activities year-round! For kayakers, river rafters, and other water sports fans, CO is a paradise on earth! I grew up […]
  • My Top Favorite Kayak Fishing Holes in Wyoming

    Austin
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Wyoming is a beautiful and mountainous state in the western United States. It’s the least populated state in the country, and that’s evidenced by the huge amount of raw, untouched wilderness that this incredible state has to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find something to love about Wyoming, although the state is particularly […]
  • My Experience Kayaking Montana’s Legendary Whitewater Rivers

    Austin
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Montana is a beautiful and mountainous state in the Northwestern United States. Although known mostly for it’s scenic mountain views and rolling hills, Montana also has a number of great opportunities for kayakers and anglers alike. Montana has many lakes to explore from the comfort of your kayak, but for me, it’s all about the […]
  • Our Favorite Arizona Kayak Fishing Destinations

    Austin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Arizona is a large and beautiful state located in the southwestern United States. It is the 6th largest state in the country and the 15th most populous. Arizona is famous for its beautiful desert views, and for the world-renowned Grand Canyon. While any trip to AZ should include a trip to the Grand Canyon, there […]
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • Thoughts on Training for The PCT

    garyfunk2
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    There are many different approaches to go about training for the PCT.  Most of which I imagine are successful considering some hikers simply hike their way into fitness the first several weeks having done little or no conditioning ahead of time.  I remember in the early years, many PCT’ers were so fired up at the beginning that they pushed themselves so hard they often sprained their knees or ankles and then needed to rest several days to recover, losing all that time they were trying to save. I guess that’s not surprising considering how much more the packs weighed back then. In…
  • TRAINING HIKE: Agua Caliente Creek Trail

    jonjadams31
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    When preparing for a trip as long as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) it is important to not only make sure your supply packages and town stops are planned out and in order. It’s also crucial to prepare your body for the wear and tear of walking all day everyday for an extended period of time. This means doing as much pre-departure training hikes as possible. Currently, as we are roughly 5 months out from the departure date of April 1, 2015, I am  hiking at least 3 times a week. Most of which are the usual 5-8 mile in town trails I’m used to. However, to give myself a change of…
  • Itinerary Coming Soon!

    jonjadams31
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Check back soon, we’re currently in the process of finalizing what our trail itinerary is going to be for the start of the trip. We will have something posted in the next week or so we’re hoping. Thanks!
  • April 1, 2015

    jonjadams31
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Check back here once we’ve started the trail on April 1, 2015 to follow our progress!
  • Jon’s Initial Gear List

    jonjadams31
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Nowadays, as gear technology continues to advance, it seems as though the mantra “less weight is best” resonates far and wide. With lighter weight often comes heavier cost though, so the trick for someone in most situations (myself included) is to balance the two. How does one maximize functionality but not spend a small fortune doing so? You’ll find in my gear list there is a pretty decent mix of higher end and lower end items to do just that. My mindset is that you spend in the areas that you feel are most important for you along the way and maybe skimp a little on the…
 
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    Digital Steak

  • A winter microadventure: the choice is yours.

    Charley Radcliffe
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    Winter has well and truly arrived and, with a brief break in the snow, I decided I needed to check out this Microadventure game that so many people have been enjoying (Sophie’s night out and Anna McNuff’s many microadventures). With so much going through my mind recently, I knew some quality own-time would be greatly... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • My Alpine Apprenticeship: 6 months on

    Charley Radcliffe
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    It’s November, six months after I started my alpine apprenticeship, and we’re all still rock climbing in shorts and tshirts and, after an unseasonal summer, the Autumn has shown Chamonix’s true colours. It is beautiful here right now and, though the days are getting shorter and the mornings are certainly crisper, now seems as good... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Taming the Swarm

    Charley Radcliffe
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    After writing about my recent epiphany, the journey to finding meaning in what I’m doing, and decision to focus on a single mission over the next year, a good friend emailed me an article called Taming the Swarm by Oliver Emberton. Wow, this article really nails it! Ideas are cheap The author illustrates direction, focus, and... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • What is my purpose?

    Charley Radcliffe
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    This is a rather expansive question but one I have been wrestling with since moving to Chamonix. What is my purpose? What am I actually doing right now? And, am I happy with that direction? Every great change is preceded by chaos – Deepak Chopra As most of you will know, Sophie and I have... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • What’s the worst that can happen?

    Charley Radcliffe
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    When I’m about to make a big decision, I often take the time to ask myself, What is the worst that can happen? I don’t mean this in a throw caution to the wind sort of way. I mean this as; based on my judgement, experience, and intuition, what are the consequences of my actions... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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  • Car Emergency kits | How to Build one

    Quinn jonathan
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    How to Make a Car Emergency Survival Kit Everyone should carry a car emergency Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Anyone driving in remote areas, especially during winter months is at risk of ending up in a wilderness survival situation. Here is what you will need: 1) a shovel 2) windshield scraper and small broom 3) flashlight with extra batteries 4) battery powered radio 5) water 6) snack food including energy bars 7) raisins and mini candy bars 8) matches and small candles 9) extra hats, socks and mittens 10) First aid kit…
  • Tom Brown jr | Real thoughts

    Quinn jonathan
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Tom Brown jr Recorded this live on Tuesday evening, October 15th 2014 at the Tracker Studio. For more information regarding the on-line Protection class to be held Oct. 26th that Tom references in this video. Share and Enjoy • Pinterest • Facebook • Twitter • Google Plus • LinkedIn • Email • RSS
  • Camping Safety Tips | How to Stay Safe

    Quinn jonathan
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The most effective way to stay safe during camping is to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare, and go over these camping safety tips.Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Travel with a companion.  You don’t want to be by yourself in case of an emergency. Leave a copy of your itinerary  with a responsible person. Include such details as the make, year, and license plate of your  car, the equipment you’re bringing, the weather you’ve anticipated, and when you plan to…
  • Tornado safety | How to Stay safe

    Quinn jonathan
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tornadoes: How to stay safe Tornado safety tips when a severe thunderstorm is imminent or already occurring in your area, it’s time to put your plan into action. Pay close attention to any storm watches or warnings that have been issued for your location.  If You’re in a Building Make sure you have a portable radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio, for weather alerts and updates. Seek shelter in the lowest level of your home, such as a basement or storm cellar. If you don’t have a basement, go to an inner hallway, a smaller inner room or a closet. Keep away from all windows…
  • Pocket Survival Kit List

    Quinn jonathan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Heres a detailed pocket list of what you will need to build your own great pocket survival kit to carry with you, or to carry in your vehicle! A mini Pocket Survival Kit is a small survival kit which consists of the most essential outdoor survival tools and supplies which are the hardest to improvise or replace. A mini survival kit is intended to be carried along all the time and is usually designed to complement other survival tools carried along in a larger, separate bag. These kits may be referred to as BOATs, or Bug-Out Altoids Tins. Many items included in a pocket survival kit are…
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  • Getting out in the UK this winter

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    When someone mentions winter sports people immediately jump to mainland Europe, the Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees. However, we have access to amazing areas just in our backyard! Most people if asked would say that Scotland is the capital of the UK winter sports scene and with good reason, with so many activities on offer, the ruggedness of the Cairngorms, Grampians and Cullins to name but a few and generally reliable snowfall (compared to other parts of the UK) it does come out trumps. However, when the snow is good, there are equally as good climbs and adventures to be had in the Lake…
  • Get Out Of London For The Weekend With The Sharing Economy

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Sure, London has some of the world’s best restaurants and bars but when it comes to getting into the great outdoors it can leave you feeling a little cut off. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re putting together a series of tips and guides so you can go to get out of London for the weekend or even the day and experience some of our great British countryside. The sharing economy is opening up the way we travel with companies like AirBnB making short term travel cheap and convenient by letting homeowners rent out there spare rooms to traveller online. At GearShed, we’re opening up…
  • Why Lend Out Gear With The Sharing Economy?

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    At GearShed we love exploring the outdoors. We set up this site with the idea of creating the biggest community of like-minded outdoor lovers in the UK. A community that helps each other get into the outdoors and share stories of their adventures to inspire others. To help people share the outdoors we rely on all the folks willing to list their own gear. We’ve put together what we think are some excellent reasons for you to join us and feel at ease while you’re doing it. Individuals and even businesses that list their gear on our site have access to a huge audience of potential borrowers,…
  • Exploring More Of The Great Outdoors With The Sharing Economy

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    At GearShed we want to get more people into the great outdoors, especially those that wouldn’t normally get the chance. Whether you live in inner city London, are setting out on your first DofE challenge or are a seasoned mountaineer there are so many different ways to experience our countryside utilising the tools of the sharing economy. The UK is a great place to explore because it has so many different types of landscape from high mountains, lakes, rivers, rolling hills, cliffs, miles of coastline, caves to beaches. What’s more there are hundreds of new sports you can try in each of…
  • What is the sharing economy?

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The term “sharing economy” started to be used in the mid-nineties, though until the last couple of years was relatively unheard of. Now people are far more aware of the word sharing economy but may be a bit more confused as to what it actually means and what it can do for you. The sharing economy or peer to peer (P2P) economy is a system which allows the sharing of physical or human resources. Now, this is a rather loose definition but there are virtually no limits to what you can do in the sharing economy. Users of the peer-to-peer economy can be participants (borrowers), providers…
 
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