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  • Buying used skis

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    Ragman
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Hello all, Im in the market for some used skis. Been searching the web (ebay,craigslist,EVO) and my question is, how do you know if you will need to get the bindings redrilled or not? I mean with most of the skis with bindings they dont tell you what size boot the bindings were set for. Is it bad to redrill skis for binding movement? Ive found many packages out there that I am hesitant to bite on because the ski length Im looking at (165 or so) doesnt usually come with a binding for my monster boot size (12) - I guess Im a freak. ANy help would be great. Thanks guys.
  • New skis for a young dad with kids

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    CuseInDaHouse
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    So I'm looking for a new set of skis. I am an advanced intermediate able to carve turns and will be skiing local hills in MD and PA and an occasional trip to New England. I will be on the hill with my daughter but when she is taking a break I want to go out and rip some groomers, and some off piste skiing. I like to go fast but not supersonic. Just an occasional aggressive pace. I am 5'8" 195 prolly 200 with gear. Size 26.5 boot salmon x pro 120. I have not purchased skis since early 2000. I am looking for sizing recommendations in these skis: Blizzard bushwacker, bonafide, brahma…
  • Tama Police Blotter

    Camping News
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Responded to John Street apartments for unknown alarm going off in the hallway, everything was fine- accidental pull string pulled Received a report of someone camping. Made contact and subject camped in a tent for the night and was going on his way Respond to report of possible fight in progress, verbal only, parties separated.
  • Ten Universities Compete in First-Ever Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fueled by The North Face, the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge invests in college students’ ideas and ingenuity to combat the inactivity trend among young people.
  • Should a Camp Counselor Stop a Student From Trying Coffee?

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Coffee; Dr. Pilates.
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    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31

  • New skis for a young dad with kids

    CuseInDaHouse
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    So I'm looking for a new set of skis. I am an advanced intermediate able to carve turns and will be skiing local hills in MD and PA and an occasional trip to New England. I will be on the hill with my daughter but when she is taking a break I want to go out and rip some groomers, and some off piste skiing. I like to go fast but not supersonic. Just an occasional aggressive pace. I am 5'8" 195 prolly 200 with gear. Size 26.5 boot salmon x pro 120. I have not purchased skis since early 2000. I am looking for sizing recommendations in these skis: Blizzard bushwacker, bonafide, brahma…
  • Trouble in Keene

    4aprice
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Boy what's up with kids these days? Son tells me a lot of PSU students visit KSC. Thank god he wasn't down there this weekend. Alex Lake Hopatcong, NJ
  • Buying used skis

    Ragman
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Hello all, Im in the market for some used skis. Been searching the web (ebay,craigslist,EVO) and my question is, how do you know if you will need to get the bindings redrilled or not? I mean with most of the skis with bindings they dont tell you what size boot the bindings were set for. Is it bad to redrill skis for binding movement? Ive found many packages out there that I am hesitant to bite on because the ski length Im looking at (165 or so) doesnt usually come with a binding for my monster boot size (12) - I guess Im a freak. ANy help would be great. Thanks guys.
  • First snow in NE?

    slatham
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Set up next week certainly makes it possible in the higher ground. gfs_6hr_snow_acc_conus2_57.png Attached Images gfs_6hr_snow_acc_conus2_57.png (238.7 KB)
  • Trying to get back into Skiing after 20+ years

    Ragman
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Hello all. Newbie here. I have a few questions for anyone who can help but first a little background. I skied alot back from 1986 to 1993. Mostly local hills, I would say my experience level was intermediate. I would ski any run on the mountain but double black diamonds with tons of moguls wasnt for me - I would ski 10 to 20 feet, stop and repeat all the way down. I like long trails, carving turns and speed. Not into moguls. I got into a nasty car accident in which I fractured my pelvis and figured my skiing days were done. 20 years later my 8 yr old son shows interest so we went to a local…
 
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    Camping News

  • Tama Police Blotter

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Responded to John Street apartments for unknown alarm going off in the hallway, everything was fine- accidental pull string pulled Received a report of someone camping. Made contact and subject camped in a tent for the night and was going on his way Respond to report of possible fight in progress, verbal only, parties separated.
  • One Veterans RV Joyerney - SF/Seattle then off to Yellowstone! To Bad Walmart, you lost sales

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Scratch the One Walmart at a time part, a practice we did in the late 90's and early 2000's. Seems Walmart for the most part no longer allows overnight guest in its parking lot, and people on the phone were openly hostile towards the idea, going so far as to threaten to call security and and/or the police if they found us car camping in their parking lot.
  • Fresh Clashes in Hong Kong as Thousands Take to the Streets

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Protesters are pepper sprayed by riot police during a confrontation at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong Oct. 17, 2014. Thousands of people in Hong Kong recaptured a protest site Friday night that was cleared by police just a few hours before , in a show of force by the almost three-week-old movement demanding greater democratic rights.
  • Community rallies for Conway scout troop after thieves steal camping gear

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    Members of Conway Scout Troop 804 say their pledges prior to Thursday night's meeting. Conway's Scout Troop 804 had most of their equipment stolen this summer and are holding a barbecue fund raiser on Oct. 25. Boy Scout Troop 804's barbecue fundraiser will take place Oct. 25 in the family life center of First United Methodist Church in Conway.
  • Hay holiday park has 'Best Loo 2014'

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    A CELEBRATED Hay -on-Wye holiday park added the prestigious 'Loo of the Year 2014' award to an already impressive CV, Borders Hideaway Holiday Home Park in Clyro is renowned for its ingenious green schemes - including harvesting rainfall to irrigate the site's plants - however Visit England has also given its washrooms the gold standard. The title rounded out an impressive hat-trick of awards for Borders Hideaway, who were also named among the best 10 caravan and camping parks assessed by the English tourist board.
 
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    Featured News

  • 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
  • 2014 September/October Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    View the online digital issue Articles Cultivating Camp’s Tech-free Traditions in the Digital AgeCatherine Steiner-Adair, EdD Restoring the Human Touch read more
  • ACA and Green Camps Initiative Formalize Educational Alliance

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

    American Camp Association
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    National Fundraising Campaign This October! Join us in a national fundraising campaign this October to support camp scholarships through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund read more
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-10-14The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-14Welcome to Flash Reviews, a new column at Backpacking Light. Flash Reviews will feature short, introductory reviews of selected products that may be new on the market, have not yet received "official" press at backpackinglight.com, or may be just outside the scope of our core product review program to warrant a full review. This column will allow us to feature more gear than ever before in a unique context - actual user experience from a wide variety of authors. The source of the gear may come…
  • (M) Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-07The Smith River drains the little-known Castle Mountains in Central Montana and flows north for more than 100 miles to its terminus at the Missouri River near Ulm. Fifty-nine miles of the Smith flows through the limestone canyon split by the Little Belt and Big Belt Mountains and is managed by the State of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks as a permit-only float section. The river is primitive, with no other public access, between the…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 1

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2014-10-07Welcome to Lightweight Backpacking News - a series digest that will bring you updates from around the web about new gear, backpacking and adventure stories, wild trip reports, and much more! ARTICLE OUTLINE Introduction News The intersection of technology and the outdoors. Food and Cooking - my favorite. The Wild North Remembering our roots Gear # WORDS: 960 # PHOTOS: 8 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: Features >…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-10-01The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
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  • Wandering the Back Streets of Vico del Gargano

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

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

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

    Lisa Eldridge
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Meander around one of the plazas It’s known for it’s stunning white beaches and azure blue waters but a trip to Cuba is not complete without visiting the island’s capital, Havana. Cuban Music If you love salsa then you’ll love this city. Home of the Buena Vista Social Club, the most famous Cuban salsa of all, Havana has a thriving live music scene. And it’s the place to practice your dance moves whether in one of the city’s bars or the more well-known venues such as Casa de la Musica situated in the new area of the city, with a cover charge of $10. Cubans are so friendly…
  • 3 Practical Reasons to Use TunnelBear VPN While Traveling Overseas

    Ryan
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    TunnelBear VPN program for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, sound like something exclusive to the realm of technogeeks, hackers, and Chinese dissidents, but they are an interesting and useful service to those backpacking and traveling overseas. A VPN is a group of computers networked together over the Internet that will allow you access to private data. Think: employees accessing their company’s network and files while away from the office, universities and their students, etc, all while providing a secure and encrypted connection between the two. You can…
 
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  • Canister Fever: Wolf Cub and North Peak, Blue Ridge Mountain

    Philip Werner
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Mason Jar ‘Canister’ on North Peak, Blue Ridge Mountain (3102′)My right leg sank knee-deep in the black sulfurous mud before I completely toppled into the stuff. As soon as my friends got a whiff, they backed away from me to escape the stench and put some distance between themselves and my mud coated clothing. I can still pick up a whiff, a week later at home.We’d just gotten back to a marked trail after bushwhacking Wolf Cub Mountain, north of Mount Moosilauke. Wolf Cub is a moderate bushwhack made harder because you need to hike for 3.5 miles on a steep,…
  • Climbing Mt Rosebrook

    Philip Werner
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Southern Presidential Range from Mt RosebrookIf you tell a White Mountain peakbagger that you’ve just climbed Mt Rosebrook (3004′), they’re likely to look at you funny and ask where the heck that is. Mt Rosebrook is the main peak of the Bretton Woods Ski resort across the Mt Washington Hotel. Chances are they’ve driven or hiked past it dozens if not hundreds of times and not known what they were seeing.Mt Rosebrook canister (3004′)Rosebrook, as anyone who’s skied Bretton Woods will tell you, has fantastic views of the huge valley on the west face of Mt…
  • Paradox Packs Unaweep 3900 Backpack Review

    Philip Werner
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Off-Trail with the Paradox Packs Unaweep 3900 BackpackOne of the areas of the ultralight backpacking market that has long been underserved are lightweight (3-4 pound) durable backpacks for heavy loads exceeding 40 pounds and ranging up to 60, 70, or 80 pounds or more. Built using modern lightweight yet durable fabrics, with more streamlined UL-style designs, such packs would be ideal for backpackers, climbers, and guides wanting to take longer trips into less developed wilderness areas with limited resupply options.There’s actually a growing audience for packs of this type,…
  • Raffle: Enter to Win a Free Granite Gear Virga 2 Ultralight Backpack

    Philip Werner
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a 54 liter ultralight backpack that is lightweight even by today’s standards. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces (19 ounces) it is truly frameless. Despite its low weight, the Virga 2 is a fully featured Granite Gear backpack with all of the standard amenities that come on their other overnight packs, including large external mesh pockets, an excellent compression system, and a roll top closure, making the Virga 2 a good choice for minimalist backpacking, short trips, or more technical day hiking. Valued at $139.95, you can read my review of the Granite Gear…
  • Climbing The Captain

    Philip Werner
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The CaptainThe Captain is a remote 3540 foot mountain named for its resemblance to El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Located between South Hancock Mountain and Mount Carrigan in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it’s a rugged off-trail bushwhack on the New Hampshire Hundred Highest peakbagging list. Climbing the Captain is a long hike because there are only two, possibly three viable approaches to the peak, all requiring long walks to get into position for an attempt. One approach is to follow logging roads up from Sawyer River Road into the valley between South Hancock and Mt…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win $1000 L.L. Bean Prize

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

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

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We don't want a lack of gear to keep you indoors and lonely this winter. So, we're giving one member two 0-degree down sleeping bags, plus a four-season backcountry dome tent for two, all thanks to the good folks at L.L. Bean! Whether you've been hiking, climbing, paddling, skiing, or trail running, tell us in a review how your outdoor gear has performed in the field, trails, water, and hills. Do so by Tuesday, October 21, and you're entered to win this impressive winter prize package from L.L. Bean worth $1,100. To Enter: Write a review now through Tuesday, October 21, of your own…
  • Win a $1,000 Winter Camping Package from L.L. Bean

    Alicia MacLeay
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    It's time to get ready for winter adventure, with the help of L.L. Bean. We're giving one member a winter camping package for two worth more than $1,000 thanks to the generous folks at L.L. Bean. Review any of your outdoor gear and you could win both a four-season Backcountry Dome Tent and two 0-degree DownTek Mummy bags. We want to know how your own gear performed out there. Tell us about your outdoor equipment or apparel in a review now through Tuesday, October 21, and you're entered to win this impressive winter prize package. Because the fourth season awaits. To Enter: Write a review…
  • Building Trails on Water: American Rivers' Fay Augustyn

    Alicia MacLeay
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Trails don't have to be on land. Fay Augustyn helps communities access, connect to, and protect their rivers through the creation of Blue Trails. Blue Trails are rivers adopted by communities to improve family-friendly outdoor recreation, like paddling, hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching. But Blue Trails aren't only for recreation. They also can stimulate economic growth, bolster existing land and water conservation efforts, and improve the quality of life for communities. river adopted by communities that are dedicated to improving family friendly recreation such as fishing, boating,…
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • Photo Friday – October 17, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    It’s time for another boost of photographic inspiration to get you through the last day of the work week and off into the weekend. First, some residual late-summer inspiration from Kat Sanchez while hiking on the trail to Mount Lowe. Kat is also planning a Plant Community Walk near Whittier... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monument Peak via Desert View Picnic Area

    Scott Turner
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Rising up like a 6,000′ tall frozen wave threatening to crash over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the Laguna Escarpment features some of the most spectacular views anywhere in Southern California. The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the edge of this escarpment while offering access for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Guatay Mountain

    Scott Turner
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Weighing in at 4,875′, Guatay Mountain comes a few hairs and a stepstool short of being counted into the 5,000′ club like its nearby siblings in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Unlike these other nearby peaks, Guatay Mountain boasts one of the last remaining old growth populations of Tecate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chaco Holbuck Boot Review

    Casey Schreiner
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    On the Quick: Style: High top Waterproof: Yes Pros: Extremely comfortable, surprisingly light on the feet Cons: May heat your feet a bit on hot days Best for: Cool weather or wet trails, longer day hikes or backpacking trips, winter sports Retail Price: $150   Most people are familiar with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Kwaay Paay, Mission Dam, and Kumeyaay Lake

    Scott Turner
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    This choose-your-own adventure hike through the north section of Mission Trails Regional Park visits a rare patch of native grasslands, a dam constructed by Spanish missionaries, a short but sharp peak ascent, and a lake occupying what was once a military base. Any one of these destinations can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 3. Lost Buck Pass

    montucky
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Another mile and a half on the trail past Upper Geiger Lake is Lost Buck Pass which crosses the Cabinet Divide just below Carney Peak, at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. Looking east from the pass you can see Upper Geiger Lake and beyond, the Vermilion River watershed. The view to the west includes Wanless Lake, Engle Peak, and Goat Peak. To the south you look down the entire length of the Swamp Creek drainage and the Clark Fork River can be dimly seen far in the distance.
  • Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 2.

    montucky
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    A mile or so and another 600 feet in elevation above Lower geiger Lake sits Upper Geiger Lake. To visit the lake itself you can take a short trail off 656 for about a half mile (the Wilderness map calls it trail # 48 but there’s no sign for it so I wonder why they bothered numbering it). There is a sign at the junction with an arrow pointing toward the lake. It’s well worth the short side trip. Upper Geiger is smaller than the lower lake, but lots of folks get tired by the time they reach the lower one and so Upper Geiger receives far fewer visitors. You can tell by the signs of…
  • Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 1.

    montucky
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Some time around the turn of the twentieth century near a pass in the southern part of the high mountain area in western Montana that is now known as the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, a herder who was tending sheep was killed by lightning and a crew had to go up to gather the “bucks” and lost sheep. The pass was then named “Lost Buck Pass” and the photo in my last post was taken from there. Today the area can be accessed on foot or horseback by several trails. The one we chose for our trip on October fifth was trail 656. To get to the trail head, turn west off U.S.
  • Wanless Lake

    montucky
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Photo taken from the Cabinet Divide Trail 360 at Lost Buck Pass; Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
  • Sky shadow

    montucky
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The sun was just above the horizon behind me and to my left. The fat blue line is the shadow of the contrail on the clouds above it.
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    10,000 Birds

  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2014)

    Mike
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Halfway through the month, we in the temperate zones are clearly moving from one season to another. Here in New York, the warm portion of October may be naught but a memory. Wherever you are, get excited for whatever comes next, because it’s coming! In the absence of notable rarities this weekend, I took greatest pleasure in observing big Red-tailed Hawks, which are always awesome despite their ubiquity. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one that he unfortunately failed to photograph, a Dickcissel at Jacob Riis Park in Queens. Fortunately, he managed to snap a shot of a…
  • Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve

    Clare M
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve is between two cities! Palmerston lies to the south east and Darwin to the north west and there is a bicycle path almost right to the reserve. It is only about a half an hour bicycle ride to the lagoons from Palmerston and I have been visiting regularly over the past week because it is no longer one big flooded lagoon. The bicycle path takes you through the bush offering a variety of bird-life along the route and then I cross over at McMillans Road and enter the lagoon system at Fiddlers Lane. The reserve is now reduced from one large flooded lagoon to…
  • Some Cool and Crazy Waterbirds from Costa Rica

    Patrick O'Donnell
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Costa Rica is one of those places that people visit to “see the rainforest”. Although there’s no such thing as “the one and only rainforest”, Costa Rica is indeed a great place to check out this biodynamic habitat. There are some pretty cool tropical forests in Tiquicia (a local name for Costa Rica) and that’s where you need to go to see most of the bird species. However, since Costa Rica also soaks up several feet of rain per year, it has an abundance of rushing rivers, streams, and other waterways. As with every place on the planet, there are birds…
  • Another Reason Conservatives are Bad for Birds

    Corey
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    You know that a government is running amok when it threatens to send tax auditors after a registered charity, in this case the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, with revenues of about $16,000 a year. Apparently, the Harper government doesn’t like organizations questioning, well, anything to do with the environment or, for that matter, anything that might not be sufficiently conservative: The rules say a charity can devote no more than 10 per cent of its resources to political activities, and none to partisan activities, but critics say the guidelines are fuzzy or can be Byzantine in…
  • Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2014?

    Mike
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Keep your eyes to the skies… you never know what you’ll see! Autumn in October means many things to many people more eloquent by half than I. Rabindranath Tagore observed, “The music of the far-away summer flutters around the Autumn seeking its former nest.” According to Percy Bysshe Shelley, “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky…” What are your favorite fall quotes? This weekend holds more work for me, which will keep me locked in. Corey will likely be out and about in the NYC area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2014)

    Mike
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Halfway through the month, we in the temperate zones are clearly moving from one season to another. Here in New York, the warm portion of October may be naught but a memory. Wherever you are, get excited for whatever comes next, because it’s coming! In the absence of notable rarities this weekend, I took greatest pleasure in observing big Red-tailed Hawks, which are always awesome despite their ubiquity. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one that he unfortunately failed to photograph, a Dickcissel at Jacob Riis Park in Queens. Fortunately, he managed to snap a shot of a…
  • Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve

    Clare M
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve is between two cities! Palmerston lies to the south east and Darwin to the north west and there is a bicycle path almost right to the reserve. It is only about a half an hour bicycle ride to the lagoons from Palmerston and I have been visiting regularly over the past week because it is no longer one big flooded lagoon. The bicycle path takes you through the bush offering a variety of bird-life along the route and then I cross over at McMillans Road and enter the lagoon system at Fiddlers Lane. The reserve is now reduced from one large flooded lagoon to…
  • Some Cool and Crazy Waterbirds from Costa Rica

    Patrick O'Donnell
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Costa Rica is one of those places that people visit to “see the rainforest”. Although there’s no such thing as “the one and only rainforest”, Costa Rica is indeed a great place to check out this biodynamic habitat. There are some pretty cool tropical forests in Tiquicia (a local name for Costa Rica) and that’s where you need to go to see most of the bird species. However, since Costa Rica also soaks up several feet of rain per year, it has an abundance of rushing rivers, streams, and other waterways. As with every place on the planet, there are birds…
  • Another Reason Conservatives are Bad for Birds

    Corey
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    You know that a government is running amok when it threatens to send tax auditors after a registered charity, in this case the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, with revenues of about $16,000 a year. Apparently, the Harper government doesn’t like organizations questioning, well, anything to do with the environment or, for that matter, anything that might not be sufficiently conservative: The rules say a charity can devote no more than 10 per cent of its resources to political activities, and none to partisan activities, but critics say the guidelines are fuzzy or can be Byzantine in…
  • Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2014?

    Mike
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Keep your eyes to the skies… you never know what you’ll see! Autumn in October means many things to many people more eloquent by half than I. Rabindranath Tagore observed, “The music of the far-away summer flutters around the Autumn seeking its former nest.” According to Percy Bysshe Shelley, “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky…” What are your favorite fall quotes? This weekend holds more work for me, which will keep me locked in. Corey will likely be out and about in the NYC area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and…
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  • What RVers need to know about Guys with Guns on Baja!

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    From the moment you enter Mexico you see men in uniforms with guns. This is what RVers need to know about Guys with Guns on Baja.
  • What Type of Cover Do I Need For My RV?

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Looking for a cover for our travel trailer. There are so many out there and reading the reviews are overwhelming! They are so expensive and I would like
  • Creating RV Protective Chair Back Covers

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I recently saw some chair back covers on a used RV. They were ideal for when the camper is moving so that the chairs don't hit together. I have not found
  • Campfire Apple Crumble

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Editors Note: This recipe was submitted on our Favorite Camping Recipes Page. You can make this in a cast iron skillet with lid....and if no campfire
  • RV Lifestyle And Camping Articles

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Looking for articles on the RV Lifestyle, Camping or the great outdoors? Come visit us we have some great articles. If you have written an article about RVing or Camping you can put it on our site
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  • High Lakes Tenkara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So you’re thinking of going on a trek and you’ve got to carry all you kit, and you’re wondering if you’ve got the boots for the job? The following guide will give you some advice and show you what to look for when buying the right boots for backpacking. What is Backpacking? However, I’m getting [...]
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    Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer

  • Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Hansel
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Tweet I have one new and a few used kayaks for sale. The kayaks are in Grand Marais, Minnesota, but if we can coordinate it correctly, I can meet someone in Duluth, Minnesota, because I often get down there. 2012 Perception Expression 15 Red w/skeg. Mid-level touring kayak with some features of an expeditions kayak. Turns easily and the skeg keeps it going straight when you want it to go straight. Lots of room for hauling gear. 2011 UK Canoe & Kayak Magazine Best Touring Kayak! Length: 15’0 / 456 cm Width: 24″ / 61 cm Max Capacity: 325 lbs / 148 kg Deck Height: 14.5″ / 37 cm Weight:…
  • River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed

    Bryan Hansel
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Tweet Minnesota adventurers Dave Freeman and Paul Schurke, who have been in Brazil since late May canoeing the Amazon’s mythical “River of Doubt,” successfully completed their 400-mile expedition today. During this centennial year, they have retraced President Theodore Roosevelt’s epic 1914 first descent of the river that nearly cost him his life and now bears his name, the Rio Roosevelt. Despite the challenges that plagued the 1914 trek, Roosevelt commented repeatedly in his diary about the stunning beauty of the jungle. Dave and Paul were pleased to find that…
 
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  • Garmin Edge 1000 Review

    Amy Jurries
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Cycling Japan Throughout the summer and most recently when cycling across Japan, the Garmin Edge 1000 served as my trusty bike sidekick. Whether simply recording my training rides, giving me real time performance information, or helping me navigate unfamiliar territory, the Edge 1000 has officially ousted my phone as the bike computer of choice. The Garmin Edge 1000 Bundle package includes a speed sensor, cadence sensor, and heart rate strap. To make your life easy, all of the sensors come pre-paired with the device. If you own other ANT+ sensors, such as a power meter, Di2, or…
  • Ass Armor To Protect The Butt Draggers

    Amy Jurries
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever tried to snowboard and spent more time on your backside than actually on top of the board? Even seasoned riders biff from time to time and butt plant into the hard pack snow or worse yet—ice. Well now there is no need to crawl away in humiliation and pain, as the Ass Armor compression short takes the hit for you. Ass Armor is a low profile compression short featuring D3O impact-absorbing technology that supposedly performs 67% better and is 40% thinner than traditional foam-based materials. The bespoke D3O smart impact protection is made from 6mm of a pre-curved composite…
  • Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Travel Coffee Kit

    Amy Jurries
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mark this as one of the most brilliant collaborations yet from Timbuk2—the latest pairing with Bay Area coffee aficionados Blue Bottle brings you everything you need for that all important cup o’ joe on the road. No more hotel or gas station coffee in your early morning jetlag induced desperation with the Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Tavel Coffee Kit at your side. The stylish and sophisticated looking case is constructed from a 14 oz. waxed canvas with genuine leather trims. Inside, the bag is lined with felt, padded, and scratch protected for safe transport of all your essential coffee…
  • Get Your Caffeine Kick From A Stick Of Run Gum

    Amy Jurries
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Want a quick caffeine hit before your workout but don’t want to be loaded down with liquids (or have to take a mid-ride bathroom break)? Skip the coffee and grab a stick of gum instead. Run Gum packs caffeine, taurine, and B vitamins into a chewing gum that is specifically designed for athletes. Unlike most sources of caffeine that are absorbed through the lining of the stomach, Run Gum delivers a kick up to 5x faster through sublingual (under the tongue) absorption. Run Gum offers a no-calorie caffeine alternative through the use of a combination of artificial sweeteners. Each piece of…
  • Veloloop Bike Traffic Signal Trigger

    Amy Jurries
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever sat at a traffic light on your bike, hopelessly waiting for any car to approach behind you just so the light will turn green? Many cities across the country do not have vehicle detection loops that are properly calibrated for bikes. A new invention called Veloloop looks to circumvent this problem with an attachment for your bike that will trigger traffic sensors just like a car. Vehicle detection loops, or inductive-loop traffic detectors are used to detect vehicles passing over or arriving at a certain point. An insulated, electrically conducting loop is installed in the pavement with…
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  • Food Matters

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

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

    Survival Spot
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    [Via Gear-Report.com] The post Hammock Camping Basics illustration appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • This Is America’s Sugar Addiction – An Infographic

    Survival Spot
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    [Via ZeroHedge.com] The post This Is America’s Sugar Addiction – An Infographic appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Simple Project Of The Month: The DIY Camping Shower

    Survival Spot
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    How to Build It 1. Attach a small piece of tubing to the outlet on a 12-volt output pump [A]. 2. Add an elbow fitting to the tubing, and connect a length of hose [B]. Run the hose to another elbow fitting, and screw that to a piece of plastic pipe [C]. 3. Attach an elbow fitting to the other end of the pipe, and screw a showerhead [D] to it. 4. Wire the pump to a 12-volt car lighter plug [E], and drop the pump in a bucket of water. The Tools A.12-volt output pump B.hose C. plastic pipe D. showerhead E. 12-volt car Lighter Plug 5. For a freestanding shower that can be attached to a cooler, add…
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    DMOutdoors

  • 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…
  • Mt. Rainier 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I am super excited to announce that this Labor Day weekend, on September 2, 2014, I will take on my next biggest mountaineering goal, Mt. Rainier, with a guided attempt with RMI Expeditions.  Mt. Rainier, which stands at 14,410 feet above sea level, is the most glaciated mountain in the lower United States.  Located in the Cascade Range within Washington State, Mt. Rainier is also the most prominent peak in the lower United States and the 21st most prominent peak in the world - which means that it is massive, and one of the best.  In addition to that, its an active volcano with…
  • Hancocks for Sunset - 8/1/14

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    With July behind us, it was time to see what peaks were needed for August.  This summer has been loaded with family outings, more so than the last few years.  That's been totally awesome, and it's only allowed for hiking on different days, rather than both days every weekend.  With a party for Saturday to attend, my brother and I set out sights on a Friday night sunset hike for the first of August.  Our peak selection was the Hancock's. Hancock Notch TrailA high squirrel doesn't give a sh*t about usWe got there in good time after work, being prepared the night before,…
 
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    GearGuide

  • Portable Power Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

  • My First Trad Lead - Rock Climb

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

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

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

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

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

  • Outward Bound to Co-Sponsor the Wilderness Risk Management Conference

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

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

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

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

    Steve Matous
    1 Feb 2014 | 9:31 am
    Mark Hesse, a longtime Colorado climber, conservationist, and wilderness educator, died from unknown causes in Boulder on Monday. He dedicated his life to outdoor education and was widely recognized for his work in conservation. Mark was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife and two grown daughters. Hesse was a leader in the Outward Bound system for many years, at first with COBS working with youth in open enrollment and at-risk programs as well as the professional development courses for business. He was co-founder and executive director of the Santa Fe Mountain Center…
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  • Brunton – Hydrogen Reactor

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The device itself converts little cartridges of Hydrogen in to electricity, which in turn powers your USB-compatible device. There are no batteries. No wall chargers. No solar panels and no winding anything up. It's really bloody clever stuff. Read more...
  • Aclima – Warmwool Hooded Sweater

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    There's a hood (as the name probably gives away), but it converts from completely folded away, leaving you with a round-neck, to neck gaiter, to full balaclava when the weather is absolutely bracing. Read more...
  • Spotty Otter – Adventure Waterproof Splashsuit

    Jodie
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    I let him have a splash in some puddles, then he decided a sit on the path to contemplate some stones was in order - all the better to see if any water would seep through. On getting back indoors, the only water seepage was wet socks and this was through the suit being a little too big and him not yet able to wear wellies, so a big thumbs up there. Read more...
  • Osprey – Questa 27 Pack

    Jodie
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    So as I mentioned the Questa 27 is a female specific commuter pack, what does that mean though? Well the first and most visible feature is that the shoulder straps are close together, which for me made a huge difference - especially on the days I really loaded the pack. Read more...
  • Merrell – Annex GTX Casual Hiking Shoes

    Jodie
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    The Annex-es are pretty solid with good support, the ‘Remember Me’ foam footbed started out with some short term amnesia, but they are settling in, the nylon arch shank certainly makes it’s presence felt, which I got used to, and the Vibram sole is hefty and solid enough to provide a good walking platform and also are fine for driving Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

  • Berghaus and Polartec team up for new Lawers fleece

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

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

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

    Ben
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Insulation is probably where most brands try to innovate year after year. The battle to get the warmest most resistant and compressible material will never end. Patagonia have taken a different route than most and… The post New Patagonia Nano Air jacket with new type of insulation appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • GoPro Hero4 specs leak, built-in display and 4K at 30fps

    Ben
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    The story broke on Reddit yesterday with some leaked promotional materials detailing the new specifications of the next iteration of the famous action camera. Other sources came to coroborate the leaks and we now have… The post GoPro Hero4 specs leak, built-in display and 4K at 30fps appeared first on Gear Exposure.
 
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    Hiking The Trail

  • Cowboy Camping and why all adventurous people should do it at least once!

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Cowboy Camping as defined by Urban Dictionary as “Sleeping outside in the backcountry without an overhead shelter (such as a tent or tarp), usually done in the context of backpacking.“ On two of my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Reflecting on the Past Year and Planning for 2015 – Guest Post

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It’s the time of year when many backpackers are trying to squeeze out those last few trips before the cold winter months arrive. But when the snow starts falling and the gear is stored away, that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ausangate Alpacor® Performance Hiking Socks – Gear Review

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As hikers and backpackers we have experienced merino wool in many types of clothing especially our socks. The most common is Merino is wicking, quick drying, and antimicrobial. There is a new sock... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • LifeStraw® GO by Vestergaard filtering water bottle – Gear Review

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    One of the products that I received as part of the Hell Hike and Raft Epic Social Adventure was a LifeStraw® Go by VesterGaard. They have taken their LifeStraw® technology and adapted it to be built... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WOJO Wallet Review and Giveaway!

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Wojo wallet is a light weight compact wallet that keeps all of your cards and cash together when you are out for an adventure. You could be climbing a mountain, fishing for the big catch, or even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Brian's Backpacking Blog

  • Hanchor Cobble Backpack and Ripple Pack

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

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

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

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

    Brian Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’ve been testing the TATO Element titanium wood burning stove for the past three or four months and I have to say that I am very impressed with not only its performance as a backpacking stove, with the thought and detail that has clearly gone into its design. TATO Gear is a small family owned manufacturer of ultralight outdoor equipment – all their gear is 100% made in USA. Specifications Weight: 4.5 oz (5oz including stuff sack) Material: Titanium Size Assembled: 4 ¾” x 3 ¼” x 4 ½” (tall) Size Folded: 6″ x 5 ½” x ⅜” Cost: $55 Fold Flat…
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    Roamancing

  • Deer Lake Park: An Awesome Outdoor Music Venue & Burnaby, BC Local Treasure

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

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

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

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

    Erica Hargreave
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I feel most fortunate to be so well travelled, but despite that, I am embarrassed to admit that I am very poorly versed on booking travel or searching out the best deals and most cost effective options.  You see, aside from flights home to visit my Mom (in which my travel options are quite limited), most of my travel is to speak at various places around the world, so other people are booking my flights, just as was most of my travel with my Dad growing up.  This meant I had not idea where to start on finding the best route and most cost and time effective options for travelling within…
 
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    The Good Badger

  • Q&A: How Do I Get Over Writer’s Block?

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

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

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

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

    the Good Badger
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Why You Need to Be Eating Bone Broth Right Now Primer: if you’d prefer a much more intellectual take on why bone broth needs to be in you, check out this Weston A Price article.  This article is a perfect representation of why I (instantly) bowed out from the health blogging game: it’s a crowded space, I don’t do original research, and quite frankly, I consume far too much whiskey to preach an ideal diet (old fashions are my life fuel). That said, 18 months of obsessive research has equipped me with knowledge that has undoubtedly improved the quality of my life.  I’d…
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Brenthaven Velo Backpack Review

    Andy Zahn
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If you commute by bicycle, and carry along electronics, then the Brenthaven Velo Backpack is for you! Rugged yet sleek, the Velo’s water resistant exterior protects against all but the heaviest rain, while a waterproof interior pocket guarded by two sets of sealed zippers will keep laptops with screen sizes as large as 16” snug and dry. This interior compartment is also cleverly designed to suspend a laptop in the center of the pack so that it is not touching any of the exterior walls. Aside from waterproofing, the Velo is extremely well designed; the twin pockets on the back are…
  • Petra Hilleberg – The Quintessential Northwest Executive and Maker of the Essential Northwest Tent

    Dutch Franz
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The world of recreational tents is extremely competitive with many outdoor powerhouses seeking to dominate the market, so how does a small family owned business from Sweden take on the big boys and make some of the best, most versatile tents in the industry… just ask Petra Hilleberg, daughter of the owners and founders (Mom and Dad), and President of Hilleberg Incorporated. Go from the Sound to the Summit in just one tent – photo by Petra Hilleberg (Washington’s Olympic Peninsula) “The goal is to always keep the goal the goal; and making the highest quality tent possible has always…
  • Ryders Eyewear Review

    Brooks Cowles
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I am what you might call a sunglasses connoisseur. I feel like a good pair of shades can go a long way and that certain kinds are better for certain occasions. Needless to say, I was very excited when given the opportunity to add to my collection by reviewing the Trapper model sunglasses by Ryders Eyewear. Brooks and Davis Cowles both wearing Trapper sunglasses by Ryders Eyewear while biking the Philip’s Ridge Trail in Jackson, WY The Trappers are great. The idea is that they protect your eyes from the sun and elements with large lenses and wide temples. This was great for me because,…
  • Colorado High Country Autumn

    Steven DeWitt
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    We’re in the midst of a spectacular autumn season here in the Colorado high country. Autumn in the West is hard to comprehend, even with photography to help, until you’ve experienced it. In the Rocky Mountains of Central Colorado, autumn means shocking blue skies, early snow above 9,000 feet and cascading waves of golden aspen forests. Aspens always steal the show: populus tremuloides otherwise known as the Quaking or Trembling Aspen is the only aspen species native to northern and western North America. The slightest breeze makes the leaves of this ancient tree quake, oftentimes fooling…
  • New Zealand on Foot: 1800 Miles on the Te Araroa Trail

    Margaret Hedderman
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In the movies, the protagonist must always face a “call to action,” and invariably, turn it down at least once. When Gandalf came knocking on Bilbo’s front door, the poor hobbit was downright disturbed by the thought of an adventure, the “nasty disturbing uncomfortable things” that they are. My call to action came nearly four years ago, when I stumbled across a little trail named Te Araroa on the Internet. Photo by Rory Chapman Beginning at the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Te Araroa connects the length of the country– both islands– and finishes at the southern tip, 3,000 km…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 20th, 2014

    Rourke
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Saw several types of .22LR at Wal-Mart on Saturday – CCI Mini-Mag 40-grain Standard Velocity boxes of 100 for $7.97 which is a good price but I didn’t want standard velocity. They also had 50 round boxes of Remington Yellow Jackets for $4.99 – too rich for my blood and I have not had a lot of luck in semi-auto’s with Yellow Jackets. This past weekend my trip to Georgia was great and time spent in the country was long overdue. Weather was perfect and time with the family was awesome.  Not much like a bonfire at night and hearing coyotes off in the distance. Will post…
  • Ebola Information from AlertUSA Threat Journal

    Rourke
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Via the latest issue from ThreatJournal.com: Infected Nurse Exposes Hundreds In Multiple States Obama to Bring Foreign Ebola Victims to U.S. National Guard and Reserve Activated   Between Oct 12-17, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following related Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices: 10/17 – FLASH: Dallas healthcare worker who cared for US Ebola index patient T. Duncan reportedly ill w Ebola symptoms on cruise ship off coast of Belize. Developing.. 10/16 – AlertsUSA has confirmed Pres. Obama will issue exec order enabling deployment of Natl Guard forces to at least one W.
  • 11 month test – canned crackers

    Rourke
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    My wife made some no-bean chili the other night. Stuff is fantastic but I must have saltine crackers to go with it. She said we were out……EXCEPT those ones in the jars sitting in the cabinet. She was referring to several jars of crackers that I had canned back in November of 2013. Would they still be crisp and taste good after 9 month? My wife said I was insane for eating crackers that old. I unscrewed the ring and pulled up on the tightly held lid – and air rushed in making that “thwish!!” sound. Of course I called my 15 year old son over as my test subject.
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 18th, 2014

    Rourke
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I am mostly AFK (away from keyboard) this weekend at my brothers place in Georgia. If you are not aware he lives on 42 acres out in the country. Planning on doing some shooting and testing a few things. Stay tuned. I just ordered the book The Ebola Survival Handbook after hearing some good reviews including from frequent reader  and commenter Arlene. Should arrive next week. Hopefully the information won’t ever be needed. Question I was recently asked: Those that take prescriptions that are necessary for life – what options are there to stock up and deal with it in case of an…
  • Thoughts on Ebola

    Rourke
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Rourke: The following was sent in by “KAT” who works in the medical field. There is very little real information because this virus has only recently received the level of attention it should have given its seriousness. Other hemorrhagic fevers include Marburg virus and Rift valley fever, all of which have been localized to Sub-Saharan Africa. This primitive is deadly, mammals have no natural resistance, deregulates the entire blood clotting system through the body. There is disruption of the pathways regulating fluidity and clotting with in the body and causes death by creating…
 
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Winter Parkas from Didricksons

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

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So you’re thinking of going on a trek and you’ve got to carry all you kit, and you’re wondering if you’ve got the boots for the job? The following guide will give you some advice and show you what to look for when buying the right boots for backpacking. What is Backpacking? However, I’m getting [...]
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    trailsnet.com

  • Great Bike Philosophy

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Retirement is a Good Time to Explore Trails I have often been perplexed by those folks who say, “I wouldn’t know what to do if I retired.” Having been retired for six years, I have the opposite problem. There are still too many things to do to fit in a 24 hour day. Finally, I … Continue reading » The post Retirement Trail appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Viral Shark Video Gives Rare Look at a Feeding Frenzy

    Supertrooper
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A video posted on YouTube shows as many as a hundred sharks devouring a school of bluefish near a beach, a rarely seen phenomenon. The sharks are so focused on their meal that several wash up on the sand, putting their lives in danger, a scientist says. According to the YouTube posting, the video was [...]   Read more...
  • De Aalscholver

    Tom Smit
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    De meeste mensen zullen hem ongetwijfeld wel eens gezien, voorbij vliegend laag over het water of zittend in een boom. Met name dat laatste verbaasd me elke keer weer. Deze vogels zijn namelijk uitgerust met enorme zwemvliezen aan de poten waarmee ze uitstekend kunnen zwemmen en onder water op jacht kunnen gaan naar de toch [...]   Read more...
  • Rewilding the Land Can Reconnect Us to the Natural World

    Supertrooper
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding – the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals and plants that once lived there – is one way we can restore the balance in nature. And in ourselves. From his home in Oxford, England, [...]   Read more...
  • Ölandshelg

    Per-Eric Svahn
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    En tripp ner till Öland och dess fåglar gav många nya bilder framför allt på tajgasångare och stäpphök som visade upp sig fint.             Read more...
  • Use of mammals still prevalent in Brazil’s Conservation Units

    Supertrooper
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For as long as humans and animals have co-existed, people have utilized them as resources. Animals, and their parts, have been used for a variety of purposes, ranging from basic food to more esoteric practices such as in magical ceremonies or religion. A new study published in mongabay.com‘s open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science has found [...]   Read more...
 
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    Man Makes Fire

  • 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014

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

    Chris Maxcer
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The article 5 Deer Rattling Tips: How to Call in Big Bucks During the Rut first appeared on Man Makes Fire. One of the most exciting ways to hunt whitetail deer is by rattling to call them in to you. I started rattling for bucks a few years ago, and in the interest in sharing what has turned out to be the most adrenalized deer hunting tactic I’ve ever experienced, here’s what I’ve learned. Where you hunt and the weather will affect your results. I’m sure there are differences between how and when big bucks respond in Texas, Iowa, and Idaho. What I’ve found in…
  • SJK Rail Hauler 2500 Backpack Review: Ultimate Hunting Pack Versatility

    Chris Maxcer
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The article SJK Rail Hauler 2500 Backpack Review: Ultimate Hunting Pack Versatility first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The new SJK Rail Hauler 2500 hunting backpack system is a beast! When it first arrived, I thought, “Oh man, this pack is big.” But then I tried it on, and it seemed to disappear. I adjusted the shoulder straps, cinched up the hip belt, and busted out a few imaginary hunting moves: Rifle to shoulder, then twisting from the hips, back and forth, stepping over a log, avoiding a tree, then ducking under imaginary brush. You’ve got to admit, the SJK Rail Hauler…
  • SJK Carbine 2500 Hunting Backpack Review

    Chris Maxcer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The article SJK Carbine 2500 Hunting Backpack Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The SJK Carbine 2500 tactical hunting backpack has been designed with versatility in mind — it’s big enough to carry a lot of gear but small and compressible enough to take anywhere. Plus, its pocket system gives you easy access to core hunting gear, including a handy pocket that will hold 12 rifle rounds with its built-in elastic loops. The guys at SJK seem to know that a hunting backpack can make a good rifle rest for those moments when you need to throw yourself on the ground and go prone…
  • Must-Watch Video: ‘Danny MacAskill: The Ridge’

    Chris Maxcer
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    The article Must-Watch Video: ‘Danny MacAskill: The Ridge’ first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Some guys hone their skills so well they are able to perform amazing feats that other mortals have a hard time imagining, much less imagining doing themselves. Such a man is Danny MacAskill. The guy is a Scottish cyclist who can ride a bike anywhere — jumping fences, riding on top of fences. He can bust moves in a city over concrete in ways that you have to watch two or three times just to understand. Meanwhile, that’s all well and good, but what about outdoor adventure? We…
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    Appalachian Trials

  • A Peak into Affirm’s Appalachian Trail Journal

    Craig Tsao
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    So it’s official. I solo hiked from Springer to Katahdin (which I am petitioning to rename K-titty). I started on April 3, 2014 and finished on September 23, 2014. It was a blast. However, I’ve been disappointingly absent from blogging. On top of having the worst cell phone provider to use on the Appalachian Trail (SPRINT), I apparently forgot to write on a daily basis now that I’m back in civilization. Kind of like that one time I forgot to go to the gym 468 days in a row. To kind of make up for my serious lack of contribution in content for this wonderful site, here are some edited…
  • I Almost Died Today: Swept Away By a Flash Flood

    Julieann Hartley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Today, I almost died. My poles and my thunder thighs saved my life. Please, read and share my story as a precaution to all the hikers out there! This afternoon, while I was hiking out of the White Mountains after the most terrifying experience I have ever had, I tried to decide whether I wanted to share the true story, or share a version that would not give my mother a heart attack. I decided on the truth. Please don’t show my mother. Here’s my story: I’m currently training to hike the Appalachian Trail, beginning next April. Because I only have 4.5 months to complete the trail, I’m…
  • Congratulations to This Week’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

    Zach
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This post is all about celebration! We want to feature your incredible accomplishment of successfully thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail right here on AppalachianTrials.com! If you’ve completed your thru-hike, send us your Katahdin summit photos (or Springer for our SOBOs / wherever you end for the flip-floppers).  Email us your photos here and be sure to include your Trail Name, finish date, and a link to your site (if you have one).  Also be sure to add yourself to the Thru-Hiker Registry to connect with fellow thru-hikers!! Check out all of the previous Appalachian Trail…
  • Oh boy, am I out of shape.

    Maggie
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    When I’m not writing, I am actively stalking everyone else’s Appalachian Trials posts, and it’s a bit alarming to see all of these shakedown hikes and fitness reports coming in. I spent this summer training for a burly trail race: lots of running, hiking, and backpacking (spoiler alert: I still did terribly). But since the race back in mid-September, I have not exercised at all, minus some climbing gym sessions and throwing the Chukit for the dog. Last night, Rocky came home after a 13-hour day working construction, and I was in the same La-Z-Boy I’d been in when he left, still…
  • Episode 44: Disco from “The Trail Show” [Part 1]

    Pox Holiday
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Worlds Collide! Podcast Nerds Unite! You’ve asked for it, it’s finally here: The Trail Show meets The Pox & Puss Podcast! Disco joins Pox Holiday in the basement of the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Outfitter Store. Disco (who makes his home in Colorado) was in town for his High School reunion, so he made the short 2hr 45min drive to come see Pox. Pox and Disco discuss: What it’s like to “drive” their shows Their first memories of the Appalachian Trail Beer and how it can add to the editing process The Chunky Gal Trail And much more! Part 2 will be our…
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Toronto Cottage Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

  • D365 Ultimate Seeded Club Hunt Tips

    Clark Rickman
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Yesterday, my wife Jessica and I participated in our first club hunt, the annual Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club picnic and hunt.    This was our first such hunt.   I have to admit, as  I detect primarily to enjoy history, the prospect of a seeded hunt (one in which the finds are planted) didn’t really appeal to me.   I pictured an Easter Egg hunt for adults.   We went to hang out with the other local detecting enthusiasts anyway, and I’m glad we did.  I really enjoyed not only interacting with other like-minded persons, but I dug a lot of coins and found that many…
  • Who Says Money Doesn’t Grow On Tree’s?

    Rob Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This weeks featured find comes from our friend Dave aka Digger-Dave on the metal detecting forums and it goes to show that you just never know what you may find out there! Who Says Money Doesn’t Grow On Tree’s? “Well I found this yesterday while doing a woods hunt. This is just another one of those mysteries that we come across with our finds. We ask who, how and why! The ACE 350 metal detector screamed 1-cent as I scanned the ground. I dug the hole and the Pin Pointer told me there was something in this chunk of tree bark. I didn’t have the tools with me to deal with…
  • What Type of Detectorist Are You? – A Poll

    Rob Williams
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    What type of detectorist are you mainly? Beach Hunter? Relic Hunter? Coin Shooter? Take the poll and let us know! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Share your answer in this fun poll! Final Thoughts So, what type of detecting do you do most often? Join the Discussion Please discuss this article below!!! We want to hear from you. If you like this article, please reward us by liking D365 or this article on Facebook or Twitter. Photo Credits R. Williams The post What Type of Detectorist Are You? – A Poll appeared…
  • Find of a Lifetime – What Would You Do?

    Rob Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    The weather has been cooler lately. You decide to do some metal detecting in the woods at a new permission. While walking through the woods you notice a very old cabin tucked back among some very large trees. The cabin appears to be over a hundred years old. Since you have permission to be there, you decide to detect around the cabin. After about an hour of detecting, all you really have to show for it is a few relics, some stinkin’ lincoln cents and a pouch full of pull tabs. You decide to leave, but first you want to check around one of the large trees. As you make your way over to…
  • Don’t Eat a Loser’s Lunch

    Clark Rickman
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    “Fortune favors the bold”  -Pliny the Elder When I was in grade school, after our lunch money was stolen by the bullies, my friend Bobby and I would sit in the cafeteria with no lunch.   We would make soup out of  the free condiments  on the lunch tables, which was ketchup and mustard with salt and pepper in it.  We called this free, makeshift soup “Loser’s Lunch”.   You know – the type of lunch you would eat if you were a loser that couldn’t figure out a way to keep your lunch money until lunch time. Artists Depiction Fast forward thirty…
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    50 Campfires

  • OneLogFire : Backyard Campfire – Review

    50 Campfires
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    “Dad, it’s like we have a cabin!” My 5 year old son was excited (to say the least) to have a campfire on a cool fall night in the backyard. In our family, campfires are traditionally reserved for weekends in the woods. On this particular night, we put the OneLogFire through its paces – roasting marshmallows and making s’mores, miles from the great outdoors. Appearance: When we received the OneLogFire, I honestly had to read – and then reread the instructions. I’ve built a few campfires in my day, and the OneLogFire looks nothing like the…
  • Elemental Herbs All Good Lip Balm Overview

    50 Campfires
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Overview Elemental Herbs All Good Lip Balm SPF 20 – organic zinc lip balm now available with a higher SPF in two new flavors. Designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts with extreme sun protection, the zinc oxide balms are built to shield lips from sun damage in even the most concerning conditions. What Makes It Unique The long-wearing formulas, available in coconut and unscented flavors, stay put during high-intensity activities and are remarkably smooth and creamy, despite their high SPF. Manufacturer: Elemental Herbs Product Name: Lip Balm MSRP: $3.50 The post Elemental Herbs All Good Lip…
  • Elemental Herbs All Good Body Lotion Overview

    50 Campfires
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Overview: Elemental Herbs All Good Body Lotion smoothes, softens and rejuvenates skin cells with rich, botanical, 80 percent certified organic ingredients (to NSF standards by Oregon Tilth), including calendula, which stimulates healthy skin cell growth; nutrient-rich rose hip oil, which acts as a topical multivitamin; deep-moisturizing cocoa butter; and other healing herbs and oils. The unique, fast-absorbing formula is not sticky or greasy and offers a clean, fresh feel. What Makes It Unique: The vegan lotion is free of GMOs, gluten and soy, and is offered in three of nature’s most…
  • EcoXBT Bluetooth Speaker Overview

    50 Campfires
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Overview: Grace Digital, the makers of EcoXGear, is an innovator in the world of internet radios and leading manufacture of a wide variety of award-winning wired and wireless home audio solutions. With a goal to provide the consumer with cost effective, advanced audio solutions that perform with elegance and grace, the EcoXBT Bluetooth Speaker is a portable, waterproof speaker meant for water adventures. What Makes It Unique: The EcoXBT Bluetooth Speaker is a unique portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. The EcoXBT is a shock resistant,…
  • EcoStone Bluetooth Speaker Overview

    50 Campfires
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Overview: Grace Digital, the makers of EcoXGear, is an innovator in the world of internet radios and leading manufacture of a wide variety of award-winning wired and wireless home audio solutions. With a goal to provide the consumer with cost effective, advanced audio solutions that perform with elegance and grace, the EcoStone Bluetooth Speaker is a portable, waterproof speaker meant for outdoor adventures. What Makes It Unique: The EcoStone Bluetooth Speaker is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating. This rear mounted subwoofer system has great stereo sound. The EcoStone is fairly small with…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Lake Okutama (Ogochi Dam) Tokyo

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

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

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

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

    David Lowe
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Karisaka Toge 雁坂峠 – Mt. Suisyoyama 水晶山 – Mt. Koreisan 古礼山 Duration: 3 days Distance: 24km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: light Start: Kawamata Bus Stop Finish: Shinchidaira Bus Stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.25 Kumotori-san Ryokami-san 雲取山・両神山]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Little Used Hiking Course Meets a Famous Mountain Pass This hike spans both…
 
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • 13 Spooktacular Halloween Events Happening in Maine this October

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hala Peño Inflatable SUP Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Premade Bug Out Bag Review – The Survival Preparedness Bag

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

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

    Chris Ruiz
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    It’s fairly easy to find advice for bugging out with ‘people in good health,’ but what if you, or someone you love, are not in reasonable health? How can you ensure all your family members – not just the healthy ones – are prepared to bug out? This concern was recently raised by Kimberly, a reader of this site, who emailed me asking how her and her husband could adapt their bug out plan as they age to ensure their deteriorating health doesn’t limit their evacuation options. Kimberly’s already on the right track – considering potential problems before they happen…
  • Primitive Fire Making – 6 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches

    Chris Ruiz
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    In a survival situation being able to start a fire can mean the difference between life and death.  Hopefully your bug out bag has a fire starting kit that will enable you to start a fire quickly and reliably.  But what if this gets wet, lost, or used up?  Then you will need some primitive fire skills to build your fire.  Primitive fire making is a bushcraft discipline that uses simple tools and natural materials to create fire.  Having this in your bushcraft tool kit is an integral aspect of wilderness survival. By being able to make fires quickly and effectively in any weather…
  • How To Pack Your Bug Out Bag For Survival

    Chris Ruiz
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Scared yet excited, Rick raced anxiously to retrieve the large bundle he had carefully hidden in the corner of his garage. This was the moment he had anticipated, and he was ready. Several months ago, Rick had come across a video about Bug Out Bags (BOBs) while surfing the Internet; even with no outdoor or survival experience, he decided he needed one. Planning a personal BOB seemed like an awful lot of work, so in his panic he bought the most expensive pre-made bug out kit he could find. After dropping a whopping $3,000, he felt confident he was prepared for any emergency and left the pack…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • Pushkar Camel Fair: All you need to know about Pushkar Mela

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

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

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

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    There is something about the untouched, undisturbed, magical freshness of North East India. The seven states, also called “Seven Sisters” will not fail to surprise you. The incredible North East of India has wildlife, trekking, caving, tribal culture and much more to offer. Sharing its border...
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    Around the Campsite

  • Horrors of RV Moisture Damage

    Gary Piercey
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Uncontrolled moisture can produce horrific results in an RV but this damage can be easily prevented with a little maintenance throughout the year by controlling humidity inside the RV and repairing leaks outside the RV. The inspiration for writing this article comes from an incident that my in-laws experienced this year which, unfortunately ruined their interest in camping.…
  • Hiking the Skerwink Trail

    Gary Piercey
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    I was watching an amazing episode of the Nature of Things this evening and it got me thinking of a trail that my wife and I hiked this summer so I thought this would be a great topic for camping activities. David Suzuki was interviewing someone about the filming of Wild Canada. There were scenes…
  • Product Review: Tote-N-Stor Portable Holding Tanks

    Gary Piercey
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Have you ever parked your camper for more than a few days and discovered that you need to break camp to dump your black water tank? Tote-N-Stor portable waste transporters have quality construction and great value while providing you with the added waste water storage for those long stays without moving your RV. There is a wide range of…
  • Can your RV Survive a Canadian Winter?

    Gary Piercey
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Winter is coming fast! Is your camper ready to withstand the onslaught of weather or will it disintegrate before your eyes? I’m writing this article to help you prepare your camper to withstand the harshness of a Canadian winter. I live in a coastal city in eastern Canada where winter is as long as summer…
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