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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…
  • Cato: some excitement or meh?

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    Old Duderino
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I notice there isn't much discussion about the first winter storm of the season. Looking at the storm track it looks like it may drop about 1.5 feet of snow in southern VT and NH. Judging by what were getting now in the DC suburbs it looks like it's going to be as wet as it gets and with the limited open terrain anywhere most likely to provide base and grooming fodder. So is anyone planning to hit it tomorrow? Any resort planning to open new trails as a result of this storm?
  • Homeless in Hazel Dell

    Camping News
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    "I've been in these people's shoes," said John Leach, who's spent time in prison. "It took me a long way to dig myself out."
  • 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
  • (M) The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week

    Backpacking Light Magazine
    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…
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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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  • Cato: some excitement or meh?

    Old Duderino
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I notice there isn't much discussion about the first winter storm of the season. Looking at the storm track it looks like it may drop about 1.5 feet of snow in southern VT and NH. Judging by what were getting now in the DC suburbs it looks like it's going to be as wet as it gets and with the limited open terrain anywhere most likely to provide base and grooming fodder. So is anyone planning to hit it tomorrow? Any resort planning to open new trails as a result of this storm?
  • Cheap Thanksgiving Day turns?

    kelly001
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Anyone aware of any deals going on tomorrow in MA/VT/NH?
  • I am pro snow

    dlague
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I was at a Warren Miller Movie and there was an organization there handing out buttons, t-shirts, posters etc. That organization is "I AM PRO SNOW". People were snagging this stuff up like crazy - well, we are all pro snow right? http://climaterealityproject.org/pro-snow I thought that I would look into it a little further and it turns out it is an organization called - Climate Reality (http://climaterealityproject.org/). What they are doing is clever. The create a wide array of initiatives that target different demographics involving their particular interests. So in effect, they…
  • $200 to cut the line at K...

    Tin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    http://www.killington.com/site/ticke...es/befast_pass So Befast for season pass holders, and BePassed for nonpass holders. If you are stuck waiting at least the fights in the K1 Corral will be entertaining... Next up to bring in money they will charge you to ski individual trails or glades after a storm.
  • K 11/25....

    Tin
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Drove up with Mishka to demo some of his custom skis and get the legs ready. The skis were by far the highlight of the day. The rain and sudden overnight temperature drop led to frozen/hard packed carnage. Lower East Fall was closed after they groomed it, looked like it would be like skiing porcelain. After a trip up K1 and around the Ridge area a few times we went down to Snowdon where we found the same conditions. Not even loose stuff on the sides. Ended up heading over to Superstar and lapping it about a dozen+ times. Upper Skyelark to Bittersweet had some better conditions and far far…
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  • Homeless in Hazel Dell

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    "I've been in these people's shoes," said John Leach, who's spent time in prison. "It took me a long way to dig myself out."
  • Authorities: Homeless man drowned in Lake Lanier

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The body found Monday morning on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park has been identified as a 46-year-old homeless man, authorities said. According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, the identification of Chad Lovett was made using fingerprints lifted during an autopsy Tuesday.
  • Ann Arbor police encourage homeless campers to contact outreach workers for help

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    In an effort to help homeless people who are camping outside connect with services and shelter, the Ann Arbor Police Department is seeking out tents and posting notices that encourage campers to contact the county's Project Outreach Team. "In the event of a camp eviction, call the PORT team!" reads one of the notices said to have been posted at a camp site along the railroad tracks near Argo Pond on Tuesday night.
  • Charity activist camping in York City to collect donations

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors of York founder Bobby Brunner stands with his miniature Doberman Pinscher/Chihuahua mix "Macho Buddy" outside the tent they'll call home for five days Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. It's the sixth year he is staging the charity drive outside Re-Source York at 405 Carlisle Ave. where he urges donors to bring "anything and everything".
  • Anger at 'camping bludgers'

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    The Marlborough District Council is kicking holiday park owners "in the kneecaps" by opening a busy Picton car park to freedom camping bludgers, a Picton businessman says. Picton Top 10 Holiday Park owner Roger Kett said he hoped the plans turned to "custard" to teach the council a lesson.
 
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  • 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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  • (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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  • How to Survive a Lost or Stolen Wallet on Holiday

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Italy’s Tremiti Islands (photo: David Lee) There are some things you don’t mind losing on holiday – your cares and inhibitions to name but two. But losing your wallet can be a serious drag. When your pockets are empty, a foreign country that just a moment before seemed like a magical playground can suddenly become a place of fear and foreboding. Thankfully, there are several ways of ensuring that your cash-strapped state doesn’t last for too long. Think Ahead Should you run into problems, things will go a lot more smoothly if you’ve taken a few precautions…
  • 4 Popular Types of Backpacks

    Guest Blogger
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Caribee Mallorca 70 As certain as there are destinations for all kinds of travelers are backpacks as their ultimate travel companion. Backpacks are great for travelers who just want to enjoy the scenery with their hands free while having everything they need on their shoulders. Here’s a roundup of backpacks that are perfect for certain kinds of travelers. Which kind of travel bug are you? Let’s start! 1. For the Nature Adventurer Usual Destinations: Mountains, forests, hiking spots Being someone who walks a distant miles, the Nature Adventurer needs a backpack that is durable and…
  • How to Stay Put When You Have a Traveling Heart

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Granada, Nicaragua (photo: David Lee) It’s no mystery that a wandering heart constantly lusts for adventure. That’s why for some, traveling is not only a hobby but a lifestyle. Perpetual travelers are not content without seeing the world with their own two eyes. But even the heart fueled with passion tires after a while. Some take short breaks in between by settling down in a place for a while. But if you’re bent on seeking for the thrill that only seeing the world can give, how can you make staying put a bit easier? Here are some tips! Take the Place for a Spin One of the most…
  • 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…
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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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  • Car Camping Holiday Gift Guide

    Philip Werner
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Glamour Camping in AfricaIf you can’t afford one of REI Adventures 1% Glamour Camping Tours in Africa and need to keep your vacations closer to home, here are some lovely car camping gifts for you and your family to bring a little luxury to next car camping expedition.1. Snow Peak Pack & Carry FireplaceDo the old rusty fire rings and grills at campsites turn you off? If so, bring your own Snow Peak Pack & Carry Portable Fireplace for grilling or just sitting around the campfire. Made out of stainless steel, this portable fire pit is easy to set up or fold away, and comes with…
  • Hiking North and South Doublehead

    Philip Werner
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    North Doublehead CabinNorth and South Doublehead are two picturesque mountains located just outside Jackson, New Hampshire, on the eastern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. They’re moderate peaks to climb with special interest to skiers, because one of the trails on North Doublehead is a backcountry ski trail. North Doublehead also has a cabin at the summit that sleeps eight and can be rented for $20/night, from the Forest Service. It doesn’t have running water (you need to melt your own or carry it in ) and you have to gather your own wood, but it has an iron stove…
  • Backpacking Gear Gift Guide: 50 Gifts Under $50

    Philip Werner
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Christmas Day HikingTis the season where we need to start thinking about holiday gifts for our hiking and backpacking friends and family. It’s tough to find great gifts that these picky fanatics will appreciate and since I fall into that target category, I thought I’d help you out with a few suggestions.Finding good gifts for outdoor lovers that cost under $50 is actually rather difficult, but you’ll find something for everyone in this list including: dog owners, beginners, dreamers, foodies, greens, ultralight backpacking fanatics and day hikers.REI Flash 18 Backpack. Great…
  • Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack Size Guide

    Philip Werner
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Stuff Sacks help compress and organize the gear in your backpackStuff sacks are an important part of any hiker’s or backpacker’s packing system. Unfortunately, most of the stuff sacks that manufacturers include with their sleeping bags are just awful in terms reducing volume or quality and you’re better off buying a better one.  The purpose of this article is to review the best stuff sack types and sizes for different types of sleeping bags, so you can buy the right stuff sack for your down or synthetic sleeping bag. A comparison of different stuff sack types: compression…
  • 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…
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  • 6 Reasons to Start at Trailspace

    Alicia MacLeay
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    If you're anything like us, you'd rather be outside than shopping. But if you are buying outdoor gear, clothing, or gifts this holiday season, you should start at Trailspace. Here's why. 6 Reasons to Start at Trailspace was first published on Trailspace.
  • 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.
 
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  • Hike Santiago Peak

    Scott Turner
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    We at Modern Hiker have been committing an egregious sin for far too long. We have brought you some of the best trails in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernadino County, and San Diego County. We’ve ventured far afield to the Sierra Nevadas, Utah, Arizona, and beyond to cover the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike to Berlin Forest

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany have been sister cities since 1967. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of that arrangement, the cities exchanged some local flora in 1990. Here in L.A., we got Griffith Park’s Berlin Forest – a small grove of pine trees above Griffith... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Western Canyon

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    If you like to hike up to the Griffith Observatory but are getting tired of the usual approaches and firebreaks, or if you’re just looking for a way to create a longer loop trail to destinations deeper in the park’s interior, then much-overlooked Western Canyon may be a nice addition to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guajome County Park

    Scott Turner
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Guajome County Park is an oasis of marshes, creeks, ponds, and lakes tucked into bustling east Oceanside. The park offers several miles of trails, a campground, two day use areas with picnic tables and playground equipment, fishing, and hiking, all within 30 minutes of most of North County. While... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Glendale Peak

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Glendale Peak is one of those hidden-in-plain-view gems: an easily reachable peak with stellar views that – for some reason – seems to go overlooked by most hikers who generally keep trudging past the short side-trail on their way to Mount Hollywood. But on a clear day, Griffith Park... [[ 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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  • Henslow’s Sparrow at Jacob Riis Park, Queens, New York

    Corey
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We were at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in central Queens on Sunday afternoon. We being me, Daisy, and Desi, having a grand old time watching Desi play with the remote control car he got for his birthday, the remote control airplane having crashed and been temporarily put out of service on its maiden flight. Desi was running around like crazy chasing the car which he was controlling and finding it hilarious when he managed to crash it into either of his parents’ feet. Then my phone rang. It was Tom Burke. He was with some other birders at Jacob Riis Park, out on the barrier beaches of…
  • Sooty Terns are Very Loud

    Duncan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m not quite sure why I started thinking about Sooty Terns today, but once I did couldn’t get them out of my mind so I may as well harness that and do a post on them. They are, I think, the most numerous species of seabird in the tropical Pacific I haven’t done a post on yet. If not, then certainly the loudest. Their name in Hawaiian is ewa ewa, literally “cacophony”, and another name for the species is wideawake tern, which is how they’ll leave you at first. They manage this noise not only through individual effort but their habit of breeding in dense,…
  • The Plateau Effect

    Felonious Jive
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Birders can often be predictable. For example, even though you know I am The Greatest Ornithologist, it would surprise none of you to know that I still grind my teeth and frequently break into sweats because I was not able to go chase the Olive-backed Pipit found last month in southern California (a state record). When a friend of mine told me he saw the pipit from 20 feet away, I responded by telling him to “eat sh*t and die”. But let’s face it….it’s not difficult to deduce that many birders in the state feel exactly how I feel about this subject. But as with…
  • Cassin’s Kingbird, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York

    Corey
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Late in the evening on Saturday, 15 November, phone lines started humming after Kai Sheffield reported a Cassin’s Kingbird at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to eBird. He gave a great description and included photos. Birders were a bit upset that the bird hadn’t been promptly reported when it was found a bit before noon but most were more interested in making sure that they cleared their schedule to be at Floyd Bennett Field early the next day. After all, this was only the second record from New York State and the first wasn’t seen by many as it was a one-day wonder back in…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2014)

    Mike
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Did you enjoy the last normal weekend of your calendar year? Hopefully, you indulged in your favorite expressions of banality and lethargy while you could; now that the holiday season is kicking off, the pressure is on! I took a run up to the lake and picked out several sharp Ring-necked Ducks amidst the abundant Mallards. Corey was extremely lucky this weekend to get a Cassin’s Kingbird, the second record for the species in New York State. But that bird was in Brooklyn whereas his Best Bird of the Weekend, a Henslow’s Sparrow, was his first in seven years and also his first of…
 
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  • Henslow’s Sparrow at Jacob Riis Park, Queens, New York

    Corey
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We were at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in central Queens on Sunday afternoon. We being me, Daisy, and Desi, having a grand old time watching Desi play with the remote control car he got for his birthday, the remote control airplane having crashed and been temporarily put out of service on its maiden flight. Desi was running around like crazy chasing the car which he was controlling and finding it hilarious when he managed to crash it into either of his parents’ feet. Then my phone rang. It was Tom Burke. He was with some other birders at Jacob Riis Park, out on the barrier beaches of…
  • Sooty Terns are Very Loud

    Duncan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m not quite sure why I started thinking about Sooty Terns today, but once I did couldn’t get them out of my mind so I may as well harness that and do a post on them. They are, I think, the most numerous species of seabird in the tropical Pacific I haven’t done a post on yet. If not, then certainly the loudest. Their name in Hawaiian is ewa ewa, literally “cacophony”, and another name for the species is wideawake tern, which is how they’ll leave you at first. They manage this noise not only through individual effort but their habit of breeding in dense,…
  • The Plateau Effect

    Felonious Jive
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Birders can often be predictable. For example, even though you know I am The Greatest Ornithologist, it would surprise none of you to know that I still grind my teeth and frequently break into sweats because I was not able to go chase the Olive-backed Pipit found last month in southern California (a state record). When a friend of mine told me he saw the pipit from 20 feet away, I responded by telling him to “eat sh*t and die”. But let’s face it….it’s not difficult to deduce that many birders in the state feel exactly how I feel about this subject. But as with…
  • Cassin’s Kingbird, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York

    Corey
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Late in the evening on Saturday, 15 November, phone lines started humming after Kai Sheffield reported a Cassin’s Kingbird at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to eBird. He gave a great description and included photos. Birders were a bit upset that the bird hadn’t been promptly reported when it was found a bit before noon but most were more interested in making sure that they cleared their schedule to be at Floyd Bennett Field early the next day. After all, this was only the second record from New York State and the first wasn’t seen by many as it was a one-day wonder back in…
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2014)

    Mike
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Did you enjoy the last normal weekend of your calendar year? Hopefully, you indulged in your favorite expressions of banality and lethargy while you could; now that the holiday season is kicking off, the pressure is on! I took a run up to the lake and picked out several sharp Ring-necked Ducks amidst the abundant Mallards. Corey was extremely lucky this weekend to get a Cassin’s Kingbird, the second record for the species in New York State. But that bird was in Brooklyn whereas his Best Bird of the Weekend, a Henslow’s Sparrow, was his first in seven years and also his first of…
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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

  • For Sale: Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera

    Bryan Hansel
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Tweet Selling my Nikon AW1 waterproof interchangeable lens camera. There’s the normal wear and tear. Some scratches on the back. Images from this camera have run double truck in Ocean Paddler Magazine. This is a huge upgrade in image quality vs. p&s cameras. $525 + shipping New for $699 at Amazon. The post For Sale: Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera appeared first on PaddlingLight.com. You can leave a comment by clicking here: For Sale: Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera.
  • 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…
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    The GearCaster

  • Warm and Cold Weather Bike Apparel Essentials

    Amy Jurries
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    What you wear on the bike can quickly make or break your experience. For me, layering is the key. Over the course of the summer and through the fall, these have been my go to road bike apparel pieces. I included my favorites for both warm and cool weather. Warm Weather During my ride across Japan, these are the two “kits” I wore regularly. Velocio Signature Bib Short ($199): For extra long days on the bike, it’s hard to beat the comfort of bib shorts. Made from a smooth Italian lycra fabric, these bibs use minimal seams and a silicone gripper leg band for a comfortable fit.
  • Collapsible Bamboo Trekking Poles

    Amy Jurries
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    After hiking the PCT a couple of summers ago and becoming obsessed with the weight and functionality of gear, University of Washington student Dan Sedlacek teamed up with two of his fellow students to form Uphill designs. Their first product, Uphill Trekking Poles, are made from 95% sustainable materials, including bamboo and cork. Uphill chose bamboo for reasons in addition to the obvious sustainability story. Co-founder Mounica Sonikar studied the structural properties of bamboo for her Master’s thesis and found it to be stronger than both aluminum and steel. The hollow structure of…
  • The Basics of Cyclocross – How To Videos

    Amy Jurries
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I participated in my first cyclocross race over the weekend. The first lap was a bit of a train wreck, but I managed to end up on the podium in the end, had a fantastic time, and am now officially hooked. After all, what can be better than mud, donuts, bikes, and beer–all during the course of a 45 minute race. To prepare for my first race, I studied a bunch of how to videos then went down to the local park and practiced. A lot. For those of you interested in trying the sport, here are some videos to help you get started. My favorite instructional videos by far and away come from the…
  • Backcountry and Resort Ski Apparel Essentials

    Amy Jurries
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    A number of resorts, even here in California, opened over the weekend. Ski season is officially here. Below you will find eight apparel essentials for both resort as well as backcountry skiing. For those heading out into the backcountry or even sidecountry, please check out our accompanying backcountry snow safety essentials. 1. Black Diamond Vapor Point Shell ($399): This winter, Black Diamond finally released their first line of women’s technical apparel. And what a great line it is. Made from Gore-Tex Active, this lightweight and extremely breathable jacket won’t cause you to…
  • 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…
 
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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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    Paddling.net News and Features

  • Adventurer Nears End of Montana to Dallas Paddle

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Keith Lynch has been canoeing all the way from Twin Bridges, Mont., and he's steered the canoe 4,000 miles down the Missouri River to the Mississippi River and then up the Red River.
  • How to Hold a Kayak Paddle

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Mike Aronoff talks about the basics of holding a kayak paddle in this video while also briefly addressing the parts of a paddle. Grip strength, width of grip and a few other pointers are demonstrated in this segment that will be useful for the beginning kayaker.
  • New Product: Drytunes by Drytunes

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    This unique combination speaker/dry box is designed to be played closed with external playback controls while keeping your valuables safe & dry inside.
  • Shirt Special + New Kayak Sunset Shirt!

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Buy 2 Shirts, Get 1 Free! Mix and match any of our 50+ shirts and save; including the popular Sunset Kayak design now available in a Texas Orange color!
  • Trip Report: Mullica River (NJ)

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This 12-mile stretch is my favorite Pine Barren river run. Mainly because it is 4 distinct rivers. The put in is just off the northbound side of route 206 across from Atsion Lake.
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    GearGuide

  • Black Friday and Holiday Deals

    Matt K.
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Check it out, here’s GearGuide’s list of deals from top outdoor merchants. The post Black Friday and Holiday Deals appeared first on GearGuide.
  • Ember Equipment Modular Urban Backpack Review

    Matt K.
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    First Impressions Way 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 USB The…
  • Cycling Eyewear Reviews

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

  • LifeEdge – Waterproof case for iPhone 5/5s

    Andy
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    ...After this I did what any man would do and jump to the next logical test. Strapping it to the winch of a Landrover Defender and going off roading in deep muddy puddles! At this point I wimped out a little and decided to keep the phone with me in the cabin, thinking that I’d find out if it worked afterwards by seeing if any moisture had got inside. Read more...
  • Therm-A-Rest – Treo Chair

    Jodie
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    If my experience on this test is anything to go by, once you’ve pulled the chair fabric over the frame and secured it using the tough corner pockets you’ll instantly find it occupied by someone who is not you, telling you what they think of it. This is inconvenient. Read more...
  • 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...
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  • #AdventureMonday 11/24/2014

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Did everyone have an awesome weekend of adventures? Did you make sure to tag your photos with #hikingthetrail? These awesome folks did! Every week we choose awesome photos from across the interwebs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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.

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    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! ]]
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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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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • 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…
  • Armpocket® Armband Aero i-10 Review

    Kristin Wuhrman
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    You know you’re a runner when you think it’s perfectly reasonable to get up before sunrise to squeeze in a run before work; or you have multiple playlists with names like “race pace energy,” “long run jams” and “hill killers.” However, the ongoing struggle is finding that “ultimate armband” to carry your music, necessities and that has absolute comfort. After running the Armband Aero i-10 through a thorough test, overall, I was impressed and would agree completely with Armpocket armband’s message –  “It’s not any one thing. It’s everything! The ultimate…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – November 27th, 2014

    Rourke
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
      I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving today. I plan on stuffing myself with ridiculous quantities of turkey, stuffing, corn, pumpkin pie – and a family desert called “fruit salad”. This fruit salad is made with fruit cocktail and whip cream. Man o man – it is good. I will probably watch The Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, football  and wish it was snowing outside. Will spend some time in the garage looking over some supplies – but for the most part will just try to relax. Enjoy the day and relax (unless the in-laws are over). Rourke…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – November 26th, 2014

    Rourke
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
      I guess my hopes for peaceful protests in Ferguson was a dream. Pretty pathetic the violence, property destruction, and flag burning. Those US flags the “protesters”  are burning  – – hundreds of thousands of people died for that flag. Show some respect. Pathetic. Half the protesters are there just to cause trouble and the other half are taking selfies on their Obama phones so they can post on Facebook that they are there. Going to be another long night. Here is some interesting information. Ever think about the very first Thanksgiving? Wonder what it may have…
  • Black Friday Sale at JRH Enterprises

    Rourke
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    New ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor JRH Enterprises is having a special Black Friday sale as well as special pricing starting today and lasting through the weekend. JRH Enterprises carries all kinds of preparedness related products such as freeze dried food, night vision equipment,  perimeter alarms, body armor, gas masks, medical kits, and tactical gear of all kinds. JRH is known for superior customer service and their incredible night vision equipment. Check ‘em out. Rourke    
  • Every Day Carry…..

    Rourke
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
      by Benjamin Thomas   For anyone new to everyday carry the biggest hurdle to overcome is not so much gun selection as holster selection.  Admittedly it all comes down to a very personal choice – but for someone just deciding to add a carry gun to their every day routine – help to narrow down the choice might save some money!   I have tried over a dozen different styles of holsters and I am too ashamed to admit how much money I have wasted on trying to get it right.  I think I am there finally, but it was not an easy journey.   To start off, a single style…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – Ferguson Verdict

    Rourke
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    As  I type this I am watching the announcement of the Grand Jury verdict finding that there was not sufficient evidence to charge Officer Wilson with a crime in shooting Michael Brown. Police in riot gear pouring out of the building in preparation of rioting/violence/whatever. I suspect it will be a long night in Ferguson and I hope peaceful. The Grand Jury heard the facts and next to Officer Wilson are the best positioned to make a decision on what really happened. For what it is worth I accept their decision. So far I have received very few entries to the current MSO Guest Post Writing…
 
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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

  • Nicaragua Canal Trail

    trailsnet
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Nicaragua Canal In December of 2014, work is scheduled to begin on the Nicaragua Canal, also known as the Nicaragua Grand Canal. This is a rare opportunity to work, in conjunction with the canal construction, to build a transcontinental trail, the first of its kind in the world. Please take a look at the email … Continue reading » The post Nicaragua Canal Trail appeared first on 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.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Video: On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

    Supertrooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    At dawn the bush comes to life. Birds sing, a lion roars and a tiny deer steps gingerly past my veranda. As the first rays of light touch the acacias, there is a soft voice by the canvas and a tea tray is set out. Soon after sunrise, I grab my camera and climb on [...]   Read more...
  • Dark-eyed Junco

    Scott Simmons
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This past week I was in St.Louis, and I had no time for any birding, but I did walk around the campus where I was working looking to see what may be lurking around. I didn’t see anything unusual, but it was nice to see many White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, which we don’t get [...]   Read more...
  • Video: Humpback Whales Cause Quite the Surprise As They Hunt for Herring

    Supertrooper
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each year, thousands of people embark on whale watching tours in hope of spotting the majestic humpback whale in the wild. These baleen whales—who engage in lively leaps and flips, enhanced by their thin flippers and blue-back coloration—can put on quite the show for onlookers, but there is something extra special about encountering these marine [...]   Read more...
  • Shake if Off

    Morkel Erasmus
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    All is quiet, except for the sound of doves and guinea fowl in the distance. The sky is bright blue on a winter’s morning. I am sitting in an underground research bunker in Etosha National Park in Namibia. He approaches from the southeast, ambling like they usually do. His footfalls are quiet, eerily quiet, like [...]   Read more...
  • Greylag geese, in for winter…

    Noushka Lavril
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Anser anser –  About 200 Greylag geese arrived on the site at Mazères in the south of France in a frantic commotion! They settled far, out of reach for our lenses, but in the middle of morning small groups formed to graze on the banks. One of those came towards us and settled to feed [...]   Read more...
 
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Epic Black Friday and Beyond Gear Deals

    Chris Maxcer
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    The article Epic Black Friday and Beyond Gear Deals first appeared on Man Makes Fire. There are tons of insane gear deals hitting right now, some of which you can nab immediately and some of which you’ll need to wait until Black Friday to take advantage of. Others will roll through the weekend while still others hit on Cyber Monday. Either way, we’ve rounded up some of the best to […] The post Epic Black Friday and Beyond Gear Deals appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Even Cavemen Had Tools: The Starter Tool Kit

    Erik Miller
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The article Even Cavemen Had Tools: The Starter Tool Kit first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Hammering, drilling, nailing, and sanding — these actions mean “building” to many people, but also they mean frustration and pain to rookies. In this case rookies include recent grads, youth who didn’t take shop class, and anyone who doesn’t hammer, drill, nail, or sand on a regular basis. I recently had a young accountant ask me if […] The post Even Cavemen Had Tools: The Starter Tool Kit appeared first on 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.
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    Appalachian Trials

  • The First Real Shakedown Trip

    George
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This weekend, Ian and I went on our first shakedown hike together. Linda looked at the temperature and opted out. Once again, we kept it pretty simple. We drove out to the Berkshires and hiked from Jacob’s Ladder up to the October Mountain Shelter, a distance of about 7 miles. This was a nice easy ......
  • 3 Very Worthwhile Gadgets for Backpackers

    Bennett Travers
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Some people begin their Appalachian Trail journey intending “to have a digital detox” or “to replace staring at screens with staring at stars”. Other hikers prefer to find a balance between technology and trees. I was one of the hikers to fall in the second category. During my 2014 thru-hike, I found my phone use ......
  • The Lyme Light

    Bennett Travers
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    So you’ve finished 2,185 miles. It’s taken you many months and hard climbs and beautiful views to make it to that final ascent. I’m proud to say I did that. I celebrated my accomplishment on the top of Mt. Katahdin on August 21st next to many other amazing hikers. We all sat for hours, enjoying ......
  • 6 Important Backpacking Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail

    Jessica Porter
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    All backpackers make mistakes; I certainly did. Here's your chance to learn from mine. Make your own. ...
  • The Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail This Week

    Kenny Howell
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    We continue to peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram with the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and #AppalachianTrials and select a few of the best each week. This week we take a look at photos snapped between 11/17/14 – 11/24/14. If you would like your picture to be included, be sure to use the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and/or #AppalachianTrials (we give preference to this one).  And follow ......
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Preparing Your Cottage for Winter

    David Harnden
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Your cottage has given you the best years of its life – and the best years of yours – so give it some love back by properly winterizing your cottage. We’re not going to lie, cottage maintenance takes some work, but if you know what you’re doing, you won’t have to work overtime. Closing your cottage for its long winter’s nap is invariably important if you want to avoid any nasty surprises come spring. We’ve created a checklist of things you have to cover before you close down for the season. This should put your mind at ease so you can put your cottage…
  • 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…
 
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    slickandtwistedtrails.com

  • The Coolest Camping Gadgets of 2014

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

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

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

    Dustin Walker
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    There’s nothing quite like tackling a tough trek in the blistering heat. Sweat stings your eyes as you power up the inclines. Your feet burn and your throat feels charcoal-dry. But when you finally get to camp and drop that pack to the ground, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you didn’t let the heat beat you down. Not today. It’s freakin’ scorching where I am on the Canadian west coast, which is a big reason why the first-ever edition of the S&TT Roundup is heavily focused on knee-killin’ trekking hot spots. From the under-rated Australian Outback to a crazy…
  • 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…
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    Detecting365

  • Some finds from the fields last couple weeks

    Terry Goes4Ever
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Here is yet another catch up post to show you some of my finds from the farm fields. The post Some finds from the fields last couple weeks appeared first on Detecting365.
  • Port Eliot Rally - Two Silver Hammereds.

    Janner 53
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Yesterday I had a splendid days metal detecting on the Port Eliot Estate in Cornwall. The post Port Eliot Rally - Two Silver Hammereds. appeared first on 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.
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    50 Campfires

  • Gear of the Year : Biolite Basecamp

    50 Campfires
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    2014 Gear Of The Year: Biolite Basecamp Like many others, the 50 Campfires crew was sitting around one day thinking, “Man, it’d be pretty cool if we could have a compactable stove top that also had a large enough cook top for something like eight burgers at once. If that stove top could have foldable legs to adjust cooking heights, that’d be even better. For the times we need to transport this stove, it’d be really great if it came with a handle. What if the stove had a lever that could turn from grill to boil with one touch? If we want to get real crazy, how cool would it be to have…
  • Gear of the Year : Camp Chef Outdoor Oven

    50 Campfires
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    2014 Gear Of The Year: Camp Chef Outdoor Oven What happens when you bring your entire oven range to the outdoors? Your entire life changes, that’s what. You know those cheesy commercials of the “cool parent” at soccer practice who brings the coolest snacks for the kids and they flock around jumping for joy? The Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Camp Oven is perfect for this situation. Can you imagine baking a pizza for all the hungry kids to enjoy after soccer practice? They’ll be like starved lions jumping for food around you. You’ll be the talk of little league. But it doesn’t stop…
  • Gear of the Year : Yumbutter

    50 Campfires
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    2014 Gear Of The Year: Yumbutter If you’ve ever been out hiking and craved a peanut butter sandwich or a good banana with peanut butter on it, then you know how unrealistic it may be to whip out a jar of your favorite peanut butter, grab a knife, and spread it on your food of choice. Not to mention the mess it makes and the clean up. Who wants to shove a peanut buttery knife back in their bag? Not us. And hopefully, not you. So should humanity go peanut butter-less while hiking and adventuring this beautiful planet of ours? We say, no! We should be able to eat peanut butter without the mess…
  • Gear or the Year : Yeti Hopper Cooler

    50 Campfires
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    2014 Gear Of The Year: Yeti Hopper Cooler We’ve all been there. We fill our coolers for the weekend with our favorite beverages on a Friday only to have a pool of lukewarm water on Saturday afternoon. It’s sad. It’s unacceptable! But keeping things cold isn’t the only problem with most coolers. When you think about it, coolers are not very friendly. They’re bulky and take up half the trunk. They are made of a plastic that is prone to break when it’s put through the ringer—not to mention the every-breaking plastic handles. Did we mention their inability to hold ice and beverages…
  • Gear of the Year : CRKT Eat’n Tool

    50 Campfires
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    2014 Gear Of The Year: CRKT Eat’n Tool Imagine you’re starving out in the middle of nowhere. You find a metal box that holds a hearty bowl of soup, a steak, and a bottle of your favorite beverage. This metal box is bolted shut. For this endeavor you can only use one tool. What are you going to use? Let’s weigh the options. You could bring a fork to eat the succulent steak, or you could bring a spoon to sip your bowl of soup. A bottle opener would be nice to crack that cap off your bottle to enjoy. But none of these will help get that dang metal box open. You could bring a wrench,…
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • 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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    Inflatable SUP World

  • 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

  • Prepper Gift Guide – Get That Special Prepper In Your Life What They REALLY Want

    Chris Ruiz
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    Thanksgiving has arrived and I hope you had a great one filled with family, good times, and football.  After the big meal, while everyone is still in a daze, is when the adults in my family usually do our Secret Santa drawing.  It got me thinking that the holidays are fast approaching! I am fortunate enough to have most everything that I need and I generally ask that a donation be made in my name.  However, there are some cool, useful things out there that would be good to have that maybe I just haven’t been able to convince myself to splurge on yet. Maybe Santa (or his helper,…
  • 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…
 
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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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    ADAPT network » Outdoor

  • Super Cute Bear Cub Attacks Man’s Leg

    Ben
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Bear attacks aren’t something that you would normally want to watch. This video of a bear cub attacking a man’s leg is definitely the exception, you’ll probably watch it at least a second time. After scrambling after the man’s leg and grabbing it, the cub goes in for a bite to the knee. In truth the cub is just play fighting and having fun – the video makes for a fun little watch. The post Super Cute Bear Cub Attacks Man’s Leg appeared first on ADAPT network.
  • Incredible Snow Storm Hits New York State

    Ben
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    East Aurora, NY is now a winter wonderland. Perfect for roof to roof snowboarding. Photo from Flickr/dwstucke. Record snowfall has come as a surprise to the people of Western New York, this past week, with the city of Buffalo grinding to a halt under six feet of snow, which is nearly a year’s worth in three days. It’s not all fun and games though. Driving bans have been put in place, and roofs have been buckling under the weight. Governor Cuomo has had to declare a state of emergency in the area, with rescue crews travelling all the way from Long Island to help dig out the area. The…
  • 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…
 
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    The Kayak Critic » The Kayak Critic

  • 5 Exciting & Fast Rivers for Whitewater Kayaking in Idaho

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

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

  • TRAINING HIKE: Barrel Springs to Agua Caliente Creek Camp Overnight!

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

  • 5 Christmas gift ideas for an adventurer

    Charley Radcliffe
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    (Edit: Added a seventh, Something that helps others) Christmas is fast approaching and the panic of getting the right present of Sophie is creeping in. Every Christmas, birthday, and anniversary is the same; she not-so-casually drops hints and I do my best to remember them. I do, however, like to get her something that she... Read More Read more at 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.
 
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  • 5 best tom Brown Jr. books

    Quinn jonathan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Tom Brown, Jr. (born January 29, 1950) is an American naturalist, tracker, survivalist, and author. According to Brown, he grew up in New Jersey being trained by his adopted grandfather (a Lipan Apache) until he was 17. For the next decade, Tom traveled and lived primitively in various places across North and South America. Returning to New Jersey, he became a professional tracker, which in turn led to him forming the “Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School” Here, in one essential volume, are the basics of wilderness survival. The most ancient and important skills,…
  • winter safety tips | 8 need to know tips

    Quinn jonathan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    8 need to know tips Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us do not know winter safety tips, and are not ready for its arrival. We all should be prepared for winter safety. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.  1) Winterize your home Install weather-stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls. Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks. Winter is a season of recovery and preparation. Paul Theroux 2) Equip in advance for emergencies Be prepared for…
  • 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…
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    GearShed

  • Ten Tips for Winter Walking

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Winter walking can be a great chance to explore the outdoors and is one of the things that we look forward to the most now the weather has turned cold. Whether you plan to try a big mountain route or an easy ramble, it can be great fun for the whole family. We’ve put together our ten top tips on winter walking to share our passion and help get you into the outdoors. 1. Check the weather Perhaps the most important step for any day out on the hills and one that will influence your decision for all the other tips below. Before heading out, make sure you check both the local weather forecast…
  • 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…
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