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  • The Coolest Camping Gadgets of 2014

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

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

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    jonathan Quinn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    This survival tool is called Rescue Me Balloon, a small, easy-to-carry emergency survival tool that places an SOS balloon 150 feet above a person in an survival situation and illuminates an SOS signal using an LED light. The rescue me balloon will stay afloat, and lasts a week! For anyone stranded in the wilderness, lost at sea, or needing immediate assistance, Rescue Me Balloon is the most cost efficient, reliable, and longest lasting way to ask for help. This has to be one of the most innovative things i have seen in the world of survival tools in a very very long time. very small, and can…
  • (M) Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

    Backpacking Light Magazine
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease. by David Chenault | 2014-12-17Many visitors, unfamiliar with the major National Parks of the western United States, are surprised and dismayed when they discover that not only does backpacking there require a permit, but that securing that permit during prime season typically requires a reservation made months in advance. Many first visits to the new "Wild West" have gone awry this way. This need not be so. What…
  • Some Basic Bushcraft Skills for Backpackers

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    Philip Werner
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning SawMy ultralight backpacking friends will roll their eyes in dismay when they hear I’ve started carrying a 9.4 ounce Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning Saw on my shoulder season and winter hikes. But I believe that the gear you carry on a hike or a backpacking trip should meet your objectives and goals for the specific journey you’re taking, not the other way around.Hiking during shoulder seasons or off-trail, on long winter hikes above treeline in the mountains, and winter backpacking trips requires a different set of skills and gear than the minimalist…
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    8 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
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  • All you need to know about choosing a camping stove

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

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

    billski
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    I have a non-iphone. I want to tether my phone to my jacket, so when I take it out I don't drop it. I'm thinking of getting some sort of ruggedized case and attach a tether to it. I only need it when I'm skiing or hiking. My phone has no way to physically connect anything to it, so I figure I need a case. I'm thinking of getting one of those cases made of fabric, drilling a hole in the case and attach a tether. I don't case if it's not a perfect fit or if I have to hack up the case a little. What options do you think I have? thanks
  • Sugarbush - Mt Ellen 12/19

    rocojerry
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The clouds on the summit and mountain finally lifted a bit in the afternoon for a few shots above the clouds.... Dabbled in the glades a bit, some things still lurk below -- but the mountain looks great all around... my brother chris slaying the pow-pow the north chair, collecting base readings... its about that deep everywhere natural.. in drifts, its deeper... on the groomers, it was pretty firm today.. Trail of the the day: Upper FIS Runner up: Every other trail - Exterminator, Bravo, Elbow, Looking good, Tumbler, Which Way, Brambles, Semi-Tough Loser: lower mountain groomers
  • Going to Burke Saturday Dec 20

    Abubob
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Saw $42 on Liftopia and decided it was better than waiting until next week to ski. Anyone else?
  • Pico 12/18 and Sunapee 12/19

    medfordmike
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thursday I returned to Pico after being their opening day. Conditions were still very good snow wise. They received about 3 inches up top which helped keep things nice. The trees particularly around Outpost were still very nice. Light crowd and lifts were ski on all morning. They have really resisted the urge to groom most of the mountain which was nice to see. Visibility was a bit bad and flat light was nearly everywhere in the morning but the conditions more than made up for it. Friday I used up a free pass at Sunapee. I have a house close by and while it is not a favorite of mine they are…
  • Pro skis

    St. Bear
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Just a random thought I had. Do you think a pro ever hated the skis a company made for them? Like what if Chris Benchetler thought the Bent Chetler was too stiff, or not damp enough? Would he still have to use it all season? Or just when he's being photographed, and the rest of the time he'd switch to other skis?
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    Camping News

  • Cam-O-Bunk Bunk Bed Cot System Rises to the Top of Outdoor Sleeping

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    One of the most amazing, innovative camping products I've come across in all of my outdoor years, Disc-O-Bed's Cam-O-Bunk XL Bunk Bed Cot System rises above the "cot-petition" if there is any to be had, and "stacks up" comfort better than any camp bedding I've ever come across, especially considering eight years of gritty, active duty Marine Corps living! Pursuing my passion outdoors as a lover of God's creation, avid hunter, seasoned outdoor communicator and even, as you'll see, a speaker, still leads to many primitive camping opportunities. Whether my assignments and adventures lead to…
  • Meredith: where the best bands get the Boot

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Held on Nolan's Farm between Geelong and Ballarat and run under the spiritual guidance of legendary matriarch Aunty Meredith, the festival is an idiosyncratic event that thrives on 24 years of tradition. Those customs includes a BYO alcohol policy, a "no dickheads" rule, three days of camping, a wide-ranging line-up that touches on so many different musical styles, a nude running race, and the intriguing salute known as The Boot.
  • Earlybird tickets for Sunrise festival now available

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    The award winning Sunrise Celebration is back for its tenth festival. With great music, organic food, boutique camping and ethical conversations.
  • Outdoor living: Top RVs, campers and tents of 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Another year, another few dozen ways to escape urban life and set up camp in the wild ... 2014 has been an interesting year for campers. From the heavy-duty off-road machines of Overland Expo to ultralight bicycle campers, and from familiar campground designs to new concepts of sea and air camping, the year has seen a large variety of innovative designs from around the world.
  • Judge accepts receiver has reformed

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    A 31-year-old man who was found with about $7000 worth of stolen property from two Marlborough burglaries has received a community-based sentence. Shaun William Macfarlane, of Tasman, was sentenced to three months' community detention, 70 hours' community work and six months' supervision when he appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday.
 
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • (M) Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease. by David Chenault | 2014-12-17Many visitors, unfamiliar with the major National Parks of the western United States, are surprised and dismayed when they discover that not only does backpacking there require a permit, but that securing that permit during prime season typically requires a reservation made months in advance. Many first visits to the new "Wild West" have gone awry this way. This need not be so. What…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 6

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2014-12-17ARTICLE OUTLINE Top Stories Zion Slot Canyons Montana Land Package Passes Cody Townsend's Line of the Year Contradicting Visions of the Grand Canyon's Future Top Story Shorts Expeditions Fatbiking the Land of 1000 Lakes Bikepacking Huayhuash Mountains Photo of the Week Skills 5 Essential Winter Survival Skills World Record Slackline Skills Short Gear Ultralight Running Gear List La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Boots Other Tidbits # WORDS: 1360 #…
  • Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-12-10Need a backpacking gear checklist for winter snow cave camping? The proficient snow cave builder can deal with extremely cold and foul conditions with a weekend (3-day) pack weight of less than twenty pounds. Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: Gear Lists > Gear
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 20

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-12-09The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • (M) Berghaus Vapourlight Hypertherm FZ Jacket Review

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Vapourlight Hypertherm Jacket is an incredibly versatile jacket which can be worn in reverse to accommodate multiple weather conditions. It is ideal for a hiker who wants to leverage one piece of gear. by Will Rietveld | 2014-12-09Berghaus is a British manufacturer of outdoor gear that now distributes in the US. I expected to find a plethora of durable, traditional gear, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that Berghaus has an extensive in-house research and testing program and lays claim to some of the lightest technical gear to be found anywhere. ARTICLE OUTLINE Overview…
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    GoBackpacking

  • Holiday Travels: How To Best Keep Comfy!

    Guest Blogger
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Comfy Commuter Travel Pillow  Comfy Commuter is an innovative travel product brand committed to offering the most comfortable travel accessories, most famous for their original Comfy Commuter Travel Pillow. At first glance, this pillow looks like a standard U-shaped neck pillow, but it is much more with its cushioned wider and higher sides, which makes for very comfortable head and neck support. The Comfy Commuter also has patented flat-back head support which allows your head to rest most comfortably, and does not force you into a forward leaning position. Velcro straps allow it to wrap…
  • Treat Yourself – Save up to 40% on Small Luxury Hotels of the World

    Ryan
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kandolhu Island, The Maldives (photo: SLH) Backpacking on the cheap is one of the best ways to see the world without a doubt. You can stretch your dollars further and travel for much longer by traveling how the locals travel, eating where the locals eat, and staying in quirky little hostels all across the globe. It’s a great way to see the world and I wouldn’t trade it for a day back at my desk for anything. But if we’re going to be totally honest, the life of a long-term budget traveler isn’t always glamorous. Tip toeing into the hostel dorm at night and then trying…
  • Rio Cutural Secrets – Getting to Know Rio de Janeiro with a Private Tour

    Ryan
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rio de Janeiro (photo: Mark Goble) Rio de Janeiro, the bustling metropolis at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer Statue and along Guanabara Bay, is also known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and for good reason. Rio is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is widely heralded for its spectacular natural surroundings, its glistening beaches, carnaval, rambunctious nightlife, and the friendly attitude of the local cariocas. Rio has long been a popular tourist destination–indeed, the most popular in South America–but has further catapulted into the…
  • White House Summit: Go Backpacking Goes to Washington, DC

    Dave
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Greetings from the frigid capital of Washington, DC. I’m thrilled to share that I’m in town to attend a travel blogger summit at the White House tomorrow, December 9, 2014, on the topics of study abroad and global citizenship. I was invited as one of the top 100 most influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets, and will be joined by others flying in from around the United States and the world. To quote the press release, “The summit will highlight U.S. Government initiatives and discuss strategies for encouraging American students to study, volunteer, and work…
  • Arequipa: Peru’s Medellín

    Ryan
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Catedral and the Plaza de Armas had a nice tinge at sunset The primary reason to stop here was to eventually make the trip to Colca Canyon. But I had other reasons. I had read that Arequipa is similar to Medellín, the Colombian city I call home, and I was even more convinced when a paisa (person from Medellín) I used to hang out with saw on Facebook that I was traveling in Peru, and that we needed to meet up in Arequipa, his new home. The first thing I noticed was the climate, so pleasant, apparently another City of Eternal Spring, Medellín’s nickname. I later learned that the…
 
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    LightBackpacking.com

  • Light as Air … Almost: The Thermarest NeoAir XLite

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

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

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

    Bruce
    13 Dec 2013 | 4:26 pm
    My desire to have presents under the tree, no doubt, is a leftover from when I was a kid. As a kid, the sky was the limit. Now, I will be content to see just one: the Jetboil Sol Advanced … Continue reading →
  • Ray Jardin: Father of Modern Lightweight Backpacking

    Bruce
    14 Jul 2013 | 5:23 pm
    It was 1998 and I had just finished my first year of backpacking with a pack that weighed in at 45+ pounds. Then I read the book, the Ray Way, a guide to ultralight backpacking, and instantly became a devotee. … Continue reading →
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  • 10 Great Outdoor Adventure Books For Hikers

    Philip Werner
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    following atticus1. Following Atticus by Tom RyanTom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter.A Million Steps2. A Million Steps by Kurt KoontzPart diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is Kurt Koontz’s engaging memoir of hiking the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to…
  • Some Basic Bushcraft Skills for Backpackers

    Philip Werner
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning SawMy ultralight backpacking friends will roll their eyes in dismay when they hear I’ve started carrying a 9.4 ounce Silky GOMBOY 240 Pruning Saw on my shoulder season and winter hikes. But I believe that the gear you carry on a hike or a backpacking trip should meet your objectives and goals for the specific journey you’re taking, not the other way around.Hiking during shoulder seasons or off-trail, on long winter hikes above treeline in the mountains, and winter backpacking trips requires a different set of skills and gear than the minimalist…
  • Reader Poll: Why Aren’t More Young People Trail Maintainers?

    Philip Werner
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Saco District Trail Adopter TraineesIn my interview with Whitney LaRuffa, President of ALDHA-West that I published last week, Whitney expressed a concern that younger people, in their 30’s and 40’s, aren’t involved in trail maintainance activities. The ensuing discussion was rather interesting with different commentors expressing different theories for why many so more older people volunteer to maintain trails.JimC wrote:Well I was born in the first 1/4 of the baby boom years and by and large our parents left us to organize ourselves. Want to play ball? … show up at the…
  • The Pros and Cons of Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    Philip Werner
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Vermont Appalachian Trail SignThe Appalachian Trail Conservancy says that 20% of the people who claim to hiking the Appalachian Trail each year are section hikers, although I suspect that the actual number is much higher. While some section hikers complete the trail in just a few years, many others take a decade or more to hike all 2180 miles from Springer Mountain to Katahdin.If you have a passion to hike the Appalachian Trail, which is still arguably one of the greatest adventures one can undertake in the United States, section hiking the trail has many advantages worth…
  • The Gossamer Gear SitLight Sit Pad

    Philip Werner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack with Removable SitLight Sit Pad in the pack’s pad pocketAll of Gossamer Gear’s overnight backpacks, the Mariposa (69L), the Gorilla (46L), the G4 (66L), and the Murmur (36L) include a SitLight Sit Pad that can be used as a seat during rest breaks or in camp. The foam pad slides into two elastic pad sleeves on the pack of the back to provide cushioning and enhance ventilation. It can also be quickly removed and used as a seat or a dry surface, serving multiple purposes, and eliminating the need to carry an extra sit pad with you on the trail.I…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • "Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet

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

    Alicia MacLeay
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, Sean, our Reviewer of the Month! The Maryland backpacker, bartender, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace Trainer wins a WhisperLite Universal stove, thanks to MSR, for his helpful reviews. Meet Sean: Backpacker, Bartender, Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • 6 Reasons to Start at Trailspace

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

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

    Alicia MacLeay
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    "Most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t always know what the right thing is," says Dean Ronzoni. That's where Leave No Trace comes in. Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace was first published on Trailspace.
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • Photo Friday – December 19, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    It’s the last Photo Friday before the holidays kick into full force, and the bulk of Los Angeles evacuates to colder climates for family gatherings. We here at Modern Hiker are going to be on a light publication schedule for the rest of the year – we’ll be working on some behind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Trails of 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    It’s a year’s end week of lists here on Modern Hiker – we’ve already told you our Best Neighborhoods for hikers in L.A., our most popular new trails from this year, our biggest stories, and now – our top trails from the year regardless of when they were published.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What’s Going On With Casey Nocket?

    Casey Schreiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    For those of you who don’t know, in addition to writing about the outdoors I’ve also got a good 11 or so years of television writing and producing under my belt. Most of the time during those years was working on daily, live shows that covered news and viral trends. I’ve probably... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biggest Stories of 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    2014 was a big year for Modern Hiker – we started off with a big site redesign, added some amazing new voices to the site, and I started the first strides to making it my full time job. A few months later, there was a crew from Good Morning America in my living room. So,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best New Hikes of 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    Modern Hiker added more than 100 new trails to our ever-growing database in 2014, from tropical canyons in Hawaii to ancient Aztec pyramids in Mexico and impact craters in remote Utah. We certainly have our favorites in that group, but we also wanted to see which trails you liked best – so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • This morning’s grouse

    montucky
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Ruffed Grouse – Bonasa umbellus
  • Frosty morning

    montucky
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Perhaps just a little bit moody.
  • Seeking Bigfoot

    montucky
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:06 pm
    It was supposed get up to 51º and rain today. Instead, there were intermittent clouds and fog and the temperature was around 30º . So, a fairly good day to go out looking for Snowshoe rabbits (AKA Snowshoe hare, AKA Varying hare). The “snowshoe” part of the name (and the “Bigfoot” reference) comes from their oversized hind feet which enable them to easily stay on top of the snow and help them outrun their predators. (The hat does not belong to the rabbit, it’s mine, just there for perspective). The large prints are from the rear feet, the small ones from the…
  • Winter fog

    montucky
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
  • Good morning for a breakfast of Hawthorn berries

    montucky
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Fresh snow covered the ground during the night but the breakfast table was set in the trees.
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Greenland’s Arctic Tern

    a Guest
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Greenland is the world’s biggest island taking up more than 2,000,000 km2 of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Greenland is a beautiful place with a rich flora and fauna, and the Greenlandic birdlife is especially fascinating. Thankfully, travel writer Mia Petersen has offered us the inside scoop on what makes birding Greenland special. There is a total of 235 different bird species in Greenland, most of them are migratory birds with approximately 60 species breeding within the land. Some of the most common breeding birds are White-tailed Eagles, Northern Fulmars, Black Guillemots, Common…
  • Otham: The new eBird hotspot!

    Redgannet
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of you will not have heard of Otham. Neither had I until I bought a tree there. Mature living trees are not usually sold in The UK and I knew that there would be some resistance from Mrs Gannet, but I overcame her doubts by pointing out that it came with a house. As far as she, Her Majesty’s Land Registry and the mortgage company are concerned, we have bought a house in the pretty village of Otham, Kent, but let there be no mistaking my motivation, the beautiful English Oak in the front garden was my raison d’acheter. Carrie recently noted that no-one had ever submitted an…
  • First Noel

    Carrie
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    An itinerant lifestyle, while wonderful in some regards, does not lend itself to forming certain connections. While I enjoy birding with others, I’ve never really been part of the warp and weft of a birding community. In particular, since I generally travel in late December, I had never participated in a Christmas Bird Count until Corey kindly invited me to take part this year. The Queens bird count seemed like a good place to get my feet wet. No one was shocked that I don’t have a car, and I was placed with an experienced Queens stalwart, the illustrious Donna Schulman, who had…
  • The Warbler Guide App: A Review by an App-loving Birder

    Donna
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the beginning, birding apps were all about sound—bird songs, bird calls. And it was good and convenient, especially during spring migration. The text on birding apps was pretty much like reading a field guide. In many cases it duplicated a print field guide, which was fine, because a field guide on your phone was still a lot lighter and more convenient than a book in your pocket. Then came the realization that apps could present information in ways not remotely possible for the artifact known as the book. And we had links and filters and quizzes, and it was good and convenient and fun…
  • Wildlife Appreciation Gifting

    Suzie
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Season’s Greetings! Here’s a present for you: a nice turkey vulture. Somebody found him by the side of the road. He’s not feeling well. Here ya go. Good luck! Are you refusing delivery? Hmm, better call a wildlife rehabilitator. They’ll take him. What would they like in return? Nothing. Well … ok. Money. It’s less than a week until Christmas. You’re late. You’ve taken care of the major items, but you need more. There are people on your list who are impossible to shop for. If you send something, you’re rolling the dice as to whether or not it…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Greenland’s Arctic Tern

    a Guest
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Greenland is the world’s biggest island taking up more than 2,000,000 km2 of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Greenland is a beautiful place with a rich flora and fauna, and the Greenlandic birdlife is especially fascinating. Thankfully, travel writer Mia Petersen has offered us the inside scoop on what makes birding Greenland special. There is a total of 235 different bird species in Greenland, most of them are migratory birds with approximately 60 species breeding within the land. Some of the most common breeding birds are White-tailed Eagles, Northern Fulmars, Black Guillemots, Common…
  • Otham: The new eBird hotspot!

    Redgannet
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of you will not have heard of Otham. Neither had I until I bought a tree there. Mature living trees are not usually sold in The UK and I knew that there would be some resistance from Mrs Gannet, but I overcame her doubts by pointing out that it came with a house. As far as she, Her Majesty’s Land Registry and the mortgage company are concerned, we have bought a house in the pretty village of Otham, Kent, but let there be no mistaking my motivation, the beautiful English Oak in the front garden was my raison d’acheter. Carrie recently noted that no-one had ever submitted an…
  • First Noel

    Carrie
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    An itinerant lifestyle, while wonderful in some regards, does not lend itself to forming certain connections. While I enjoy birding with others, I’ve never really been part of the warp and weft of a birding community. In particular, since I generally travel in late December, I had never participated in a Christmas Bird Count until Corey kindly invited me to take part this year. The Queens bird count seemed like a good place to get my feet wet. No one was shocked that I don’t have a car, and I was placed with an experienced Queens stalwart, the illustrious Donna Schulman, who had…
  • The Warbler Guide App: A Review by an App-loving Birder

    Donna
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the beginning, birding apps were all about sound—bird songs, bird calls. And it was good and convenient, especially during spring migration. The text on birding apps was pretty much like reading a field guide. In many cases it duplicated a print field guide, which was fine, because a field guide on your phone was still a lot lighter and more convenient than a book in your pocket. Then came the realization that apps could present information in ways not remotely possible for the artifact known as the book. And we had links and filters and quizzes, and it was good and convenient and fun…
  • Wildlife Appreciation Gifting

    Suzie
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Season’s Greetings! Here’s a present for you: a nice turkey vulture. Somebody found him by the side of the road. He’s not feeling well. Here ya go. Good luck! Are you refusing delivery? Hmm, better call a wildlife rehabilitator. They’ll take him. What would they like in return? Nothing. Well … ok. Money. It’s less than a week until Christmas. You’re late. You’ve taken care of the major items, but you need more. There are people on your list who are impossible to shop for. If you send something, you’re rolling the dice as to whether or not it…
 
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    PaddlingLight.com

  • Launching Your Kayak in Light Surf

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

    Bryan Hansel
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Tweet Next time you trailer your canoe or kayak in Minnesota, you could be pulled over by a conservation officer who, just like the KGB in the former Soviet Union, demands to see your papers. Well, it might not be that bad and your papers are a decal on your trailer, so it’s really not like that at all. But, next July if you trailer your canoe or kayak in Minnesota, you’ll be required to have an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal on your trailer. This new law is another attempt by Minnesota to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as the spiny water flea, zebra…
  • For Sale: Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera

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

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

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

  • Cycling Fusion Asks: Why Suffer?

    Amy Jurries
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    While most riders will spend quality time in the pain cave this winter, indoor cycling training company Cycling Fusion asks what’s the point of all that suffering? Instead of pain, sweat, and tears, SufferLess Videos offer you an escape. Next time it’s -40 degrees F outside, why not head into the garage and take a ride around Kauai, Hawaii. No, the folks at Cycling Fusion did not get lost on the way to Sufferland, As the official trainer for the Tour de Cure, they know that even though high intensity based workouts are great, they are not for everyone. Instead of scaring people…
  • Julbo Aerospace Fog-Free Snow Goggles

    Amy Jurries
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Almost all ski and snowboard gear has adapted to the growth in backcountry or freeride skiing, so why not snow goggles? Much like sunglasses tend to fog when you ride your bike slowly uphill, snow goggles start to fog the minute you stop moving fast. We all know that pulling sunglasses a bit away from your face usually solves the problem, so why can’t you do this with goggles? Well now you can. New for 2015, Julbo introduces the Aerospace Goggle that will officially be unveiled at Outdoor Retailer next month. Built for both uphill and downhill adventures, the Aerospace is the pet…
  • Wide Path Camper

    Amy Jurries
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bike touring is fun, but sometimes carrying all that stuff on your bike and spending night after night in a tent can become a chore. What if you could sleep in a cozy camper instead? Founded by Danish designer and bike enthusiast Mads Johansen, the Wide Path Camper is a tiny camper built into a travel trailer you tow behind your bike. When you are done riding for the day, simply pull over in some scenic spot and your camp is set up for the night. Designed for bikes with the built in trailer, the camper is lightweight (40kg — lighter than my electric cargo bike) and folds down to about…
  • Silca Low Pressure Floor Pump

    Amy Jurries
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tires inflated to the proper psi can play a huge difference in your ride experience. Standard floor pumps are generally geared more towards road bikes or for use as all-arounders, with gauges that read from 0-160 psi. This makes it difficult to accurately pinpoint the lower pressure levels required for mountain, cyclocross, gravel, and even fat tire bikes. Silca addresses the problem with a dedicated floor pump for low pressure tires. The SuperPista Ultimate features a 0-60psi gauge that Silca claims delivers +/- 1% accuracy (most only deliver +/- 5% accuracy). Capable of true 1/2 psi…
  • Kitsbow Brings Back Mountain Biking Nostalgia

    Amy Jurries
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The founding fathers of mountain biking all wore jeans (sometimes complete with knee pads) and wool shirts. While most modern mountain bikers now dress head to toe in lycra, California based mountain bike apparel brand Kitsbow wants to bring back a bit of that nostalgia with the Drifter Jean and Icon Shirt–classic pieces perhaps more appropriate now for the urban cyclist. The slim-fit Drifter ($230) is a classic 5-pocket denim jean with small refinements for cyclists. Interior seams are smooth and finished in order to offer a more comfortable active fit, plus the four-piece curved waist…
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • Emergency Communication Devices Explained

    Survival Spot
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    [Via ZipScanners.com] The post Emergency Communication Devices Explained appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Top 10 Uses For Knives In A Survival Situation

    Survival Spot
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    [Via KnowledgeWeighsNothing.com] The post Top 10 Uses For Knives In A Survival Situation appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Are you prepared for an Earthquake?

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

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

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

  • Retracing an Epic Journey

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In May 2011, 47-year-old Sandy Robson set out to become the first female sea kayaker, to paddle from Germany to Australia. "I'm expecting to reach Australia in 2016 and I'm hoping to write a book afterwards about my journey," she says.
  • Feature Kayak - Etain 17-3 by Valley Sea Kayaks

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
  • Snow Canoeing!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter weather doesn't have to stop the canoe fun... it's just frozen water after all. The dog can actually give chase now!
  • Feature Trip: San Juan Islands Kayak Inn Tours (WA)

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kayak the beautiful, rugged San Juan Islands during the day and retreat to luxurious local Inns and fine dining at night. These tours are first class in every way!
  • How to Turn Your Kayak

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Gordon Brown examines the forward sweep and reverse sweep strokes from stationary positions and also demonstrates these turning strokes in rough seas.
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    GearGuide

  • Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

    Matt K.
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Holiday traditions, you ask? Of course we have them at GearGuide. They start with the outdoor ornaments and bungee-jumping Santas that adorn our Christmas tree. And they extend to a series of stocking stuffers we repeat year after year. If you’re looking for a few last minute suggestions, feel free to borrow from our list. Expedited shipping is still available from most retailers so you can still get these delivered before Christmas Day. Mini-Tool If you know someone that’s hitting the trail or road hard, they need one of these. One of each of their trusty mounts. Most have more than a…
  • Snow Days at Bay Area Discovery Museum

    Matt K.
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Hunting for something to do in between storms this weekend? Well you might want to check out the Snow Days Family Fundraiser at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The event continues through today at the venue which is located on the Marin Headlands in full view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We visited the event yesterday thanks to the invitation of Northstar ski resort. They cosponsored the event and provided the snow — which was strategically placed under a tent in the center of the museum grounds. If you’ve never been to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, go. The facility is made up of a series…
  • Eddie Bauer Opens New Flagship Store in San Francisco

    Matt K.
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    What do you do when you hear Eddie Bauer is opening a new flagship store in San Francisco? Well, if you’re in the area, you go. That’s what I did this past Wednesday night. Eddie Bauer is like an old friend around GearGuide HQ. We still remember the heyday of expansion ahead of other northwest retailers like REI. They had gear with cred back in the day. Heck, Eddie Bauer invented the quilted down jacket. They became the the west coast equivalent of L.L. Bean while being far more adventurous, rugged and stylish. Unfortunately, the company started chasing the elusive fashionista with…
  • Holiday GiftGuide 2014

    Matt K.
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Get cracking. Seriously, I’m not kidding. With Thanksgiving falling a week later than usual this year, you better get out there and do your holiday shopping without delay. There’s one less weekend to get that special outdoor someone that perfect gift. To ease the pressure, we at GearGuide came up with a little inspiration to get you going. Here’s five options to consider on your way to your local sporting goods store, shopping mall or online retailer. Microfiber Towels Even in the dead of winter, we return from those morning runs dripping with sweat. (Sorry if that grosses some of you…
  • Black Friday and Holiday Deals

    Matt K.
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Check it out, here’s GearGuide’s list of deals from top outdoor merchants.
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    Hawaii Girl Adventures

  • Buh Bye Facebook!

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

  • Parent Perspective: Bidding Farewell for 81 Days

    Amanda Lindelow
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
      Over the course of a year, we see many students on courses ranging in length from 8 to 22 days. At the Colorado Outward Bound School they backpack through the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains, summit peaks, squeeze through slot canyons and paddle through world-class waters in the Utah backcountry. They learn rock climbing skills, camp craft, how to work as a team – and they discover there is more in them than they know. Among the thousands of students we see each year, there is an elite class who undertake the ultimate grueling and rewarding rite of passage: the semester course.
  • Columbine Cookbook Series: Bliss Balls

    Kim Young
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
      It’s been a while, but it’s finally time for another recipe from the classic Columbine Cookbook from Colorado Outward Bound School. After conducting a not-so thorough investigation, we think this cookbook is from the late 60′s. A really cool piece of our history, knowing that Instructors and students were in the backcountry cooking and devouring these recipes over 50 years ago! And, how much has backcountry cooking changed since the 60′s, really? Not much. You’ll see. So, I have picked out a recipe to share with you that is still just as delicious and…
  • 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…
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Jottnar – Alfar Mid Layer

    Jodie
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    I simply love it. It's warm, waterproof, shower-resistant and is super lightweight and not once has it let me down, and you know what that tagline it's not just spurious marketing shizzniz, you really do feel like you can tackle a bigger challenge when wearing the right kit, I even found myself planning a Scottish hill walking trip with this on my back! Read more...
  • Mindshift Gear – r180 Trail Backpack

    Andy
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:21 pm
    The design has been influenced by people who like to take their photography outside. I know that I have missed images because I have needed to take off my pack and get something out. This bag won’t help me take better photographs, but it will certainly help me make the most of opportunities. Read more...
  • Ohyo – 1000 Collapsible Drinking Bottle

    Jodie
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The main benefit, though, and the reason for the inclusion in my ZASP is the tiny size that the bottles will pack down to. The 500ml collapses down to the size of a badly crushed drinks can, and the new 1000ml Sport version is not much larger. Read more...
  • Christmas Gift Guide

    Jodie
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Gifts for under £20, which is 4 pints of lager at one of those Gastropub places. Make someone's Christmas with a funny shaped bulge in their stocking this year. Read more...
  • Sigg – Outdoor Cutlery

    Jodie
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    The SIGGs fold down into a fairly compact size, similar to a Swiss Army Knife, and come with a neat nylon carrying pouch. They look pleasingly well engineered, and the three parts - knife, fork and spoon - fold out and then pull apart for use, and slot together solidly to stow away. At 195g they aren't lightweight -they're made from chunky stainless steel, so they feel reassuringly strong when in use. Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

  • Holiday gift guide 2014: Climbers

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

    Ben
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Trail Glove 2 from Merrell is a minimalist shoe for trail running. It is also, as the name suggests, the second iteration of a model that was well received by the industry. The post Merrell Trail Glove 2 review, the benchmark shoe just got better appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Patagonia Alpine Houdini review

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

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

    Joe
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    We’ve taken the Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody to a few hikes and outdoor adventures and came back with mixed feelings. A jacket that has good specs on paper but a few quirks in real-life conditions. The post Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
 
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    Hiking The Trail

  • New Backpacking and Hiking Podcast The First 40 Miles

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I have been listening to a new podcast called “The First 40 Miles” brand new to the podcasting scene that have several episodes released. The creators are a Heather Legler and Josh Legler... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Epic Outdoorsy things to do in the Lake Tahoe area with a twist! #takemethereflipkey

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    What would happen if you are dropped off in a town and said GO? Where would you go?  What would you do? FlipKey is launching a brand new way to find awesome things to do in a very creative way. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Hiking and Backpacking Documentaries you can stream from amazon.com

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    While looking for something on Amazon.com  I saw a recommended instant video.  It happened to be Flip Flop Flippin. A documentary I had been wanting to find. I took at look and ended up renting it. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Amazing Gadgets for the Outdoor Hiker – Guest Post

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Humans now than ever are less adapted to the natural world. We are soft and squishy. However what sets us apart from the beasts is our wondrous intelligence that has led to technological... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 12/15/2014

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    This weeks #AdsventureMonday should warm your harts and adventure spirits. Please keep tagging those photos with #hikingthetrail and sharing them on our Facebook page.   Hiking in a cloud. Bay... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • Gear Review: Terramar Climasense 2.0 Thermolator (Pant, 1/2 zip, and mock)

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

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

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

    Tim Bird
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    The following post is brought to us by Ernie Allison - Bird Enthusiast. Ernie approached us about doing a guest post and well with how busy we've seemed to be we thought that would be great. We love to watch birds, especially in the fall. They're always on our back deck coming to take the cat food,... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Trail Report: FHSP - Panther Branch to Debord Falls (Father's Day Hike)

    Tim Bird
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Father's Day has come and gone but it is still fresh in my memory. The day before I had ran a 16 mile trail race in a little over 3 hours, but on Father's Day when asked what I wanted to do, I wanted to spend the day in the woods with my girls. We would only hike a little over 2 miles but the time... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
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    Brian's Backpacking Blog

  • CertHero – An Easier Outdoor Certification Search

    Brian Green
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Meet Logan Randolph – professional mountaineering guide, ski patroller and outdoor certification guru. The last part may seem a little out of place. After years of working outdoors, Logan (and his partner Sam Aarons) founded CertHero.org the first centralized site for finding outdoor courses and certifications. It’s pretty awesome. Find the Perfect Course for You CertHero solves a problem that I’ve faced and many of you probably have as well – signing up for wilderness first aid and other outdoor certifications can be frustrating and unnecessarily complicated. First…
  • weBBem Traveler – Analog Watch

    Brian Green
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I own quite a few watches, as many of you probably know. Some of my watches could be considered “high-end” and others are better described as every day beaters. Not too long ago I designed my own set of retro compressor case Swiss dive watches that went into a limited product run of 500 pieces each – called the Prometheus Ocean Diver. I mention this to explain that I know a thing or two about watches, their production, their specifications and movements, and some of the tricks of the trade – both good and bad. When I was asked to test an inexpensive watch designed for…
  • Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

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

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

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

  • #SuperVoices: Recognize And Share Your Superpowers!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gregg Treinish: Adventuring with a Purpose

    Ryan Rankin
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    At Seattle Backpackers Magazine, we’re always looking for leaders in the outdoors who can inspire us through their experiences. We sat down with Gregg Treinish, founder of the nonprofit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, to get his take on what moves him in outdoor stewardship. Check out this piece to get inspired by his adventures. National Geographic named Gregg an Emerging Explorer in 2013, and Adventurer of the Year in 2008 for the first-ever completion of a 7,800-mile, 22-month hike of the Andes Mountain Range. Currently, he is the Executive Director of ASC, which…
  • Andy Best’s Top 5 Wild Places

    Andy Best
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
      Editor’s Note – Photographer and cinematographer Andy Best has built his life around traveling to the world’s most wild places. He gets out there and captures spectacular landscapes so that we can all be inspired to adventure ourselves. In this piece, I asked Andy to come up with his top 5 wild places – an impossible task for anyone who loves the outdoors and especially for someone who gets outside as much as Andy. Andy insisted that it would be impossible for him to rank these five places, so instead he compiled a list of some of the places that have reached…
  • Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack Review

    Steven DeWitt
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    When I moved to Colorado twelve years ago, I was still shooting strictly with film. I had a 35mm system, a few medium format systems and a 4×5 press camera system. Lugging the medium formats up into the mountains was not my favorite thing. Just thinking about it makes my back hurt. In those days, I would wrap my gear in capilene t-shirts and stash them at the top of a sturdy daypack or an overnight pack. Since then, I’ve always been on the lookout for ways to improve my camera pack systems. I still use the 4×5, but most of the time I’m shooting with my DSLR. My go-to pack for…
  • Chums Storm Series Downriver Bag Review

    Greg Christensen
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Photo by Jessie Keller When you’re rafting, kayaking, SUPing or scrambling around waterfalls, you need a place to keep your camera, keys and backcountry permit. The Chums Storm Series Downriver bag is a waterproof satchel designed to keep everything from your iPhone to your spare t-shirt dry. There are two compartments. The smaller front pocket is closed with a zipper, and there are five small drainage holes to keep water from collecting. (This is not the pocket you want to keep your smartphone in.) The main pouch is larger and has a roll-top closure that is secured with two side-release…
  • Adventure Science’s 100 Miles of Wild Expedition to the Tsingy de Bemaraha (Madagascar): Part II

    Simon Donato
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is brought to you by Adventure Science team member Ian MacNairn. Along with working as a part of the Adventure Science crew, Ian is a North Face sponsored athlete and one of the best ultrarunners in Canada. You can find more of Ian’s work at Canadian Running Magazine. To learn more about Adventure Science’s expedition, check out A Military Rescue in Madagascar: Risks of Exploring Uncharted Regions and Adventure Science’s 100 Miles of Wild Expedition to the Tsingy de Bemaraha (Madagascar): Part I         The Adventure…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • FIREARMS VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Servin’ Up the Second Amendment

    Rourke
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events. This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. A restaurant whose wait staff works their job armed. That’s right – they carry a loaded pistol while taking your order. Customers are encouraged to come in the place armed as well. How much you want to bet they will NEVER be robbed? Thanks Coach for sending this in.
  • Twelve Days of Preparedness…..Day Twelve

    Rourke
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
      On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me……. Twelve Holy Bibles…….. Eleven Cylume Lightsticks Ten SOG Tactical Tomahawk’s Nine cases of MRE’s Eight P-51 Can Openers Seven cans of Freeze Dried Chicken Patty Chunks Six BaoFeng UV-5R Two-Way Radio’s Five pairs Mechanix Fast-Fix Gloves Four Emergency Space Blankets Three Frontier Emergency Water Filters Two OD Paracord Bracelets and a Gerber Warrrant Tactical Knife in a Maxpedition Falcon II  Backpack.  Holy Bibles? Absolutely……
  • FIREARMS WEEK: Tips for a budget AR build

    Rourke
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
      By J Dobson   I doubt there is a more popular weapon system available today than the modern sporting rifle, or AR. They can be had in many different calibers and configurations, more accessories than you can imagine and they are genuinely fun to shoot. On top of all that, in the 5.56 caliber they are inexpensive to shoot compared to many other calibers. Another great thing about the AR rifle is that, at this time, they can be built or bought relatively inexpensively. My purpose for writing this article is to give the reader some ideas and advice on building a budget AR rifle. I…
  • Twelve Days of Preparedness…..Day Eleven

    Rourke
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
        On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…….   Eleven Cylume Lightsticks Ten SOG Tactical Tomahawk’s Nine cases of MRE’s Eight P-51 Can Openers Seven cans of Freeze Dried Chicken Patty Chunks Six BaoFeng UV-5R Two-Way Radio’s Five pairs Mechanix Fast-Fix Gloves Four Emergency Space Blankets Three Frontier Emergency Water Filters Two OD Paracord Bracelets and a Gerber Warrrant Tactical Knife in a Maxpedition Falcon II  Backpack. Cylume Lightsticks? The elves love ‘em!!
  • Training Day: 3 Tips to Gain Tactical Advantage during Martial Law

    Rourke
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    By Cherie Chinese General Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War” that battles with your opponent are predetermined long before the action begins. Intelligent war tacticians only fight winnable battles, whereas the fool just shows up hoping to win based on naive confidence and arrogance. Victory is only attained by conquering the enemy before the battle begins. Ad nauseum news coverage of Ebola and ISIS, along with recent currency deals between Russia and China not involving U.S. dollars, are surefire signs of imminent wartime conditions in America. Nouriel Roubini, an economics…
 
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    trailsnet.com

  • Long-Distance Trail Movies

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Solar Bike Path The post Solar Bicycle Path in the Netherlands appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Grey-headed (Purple) Swamphen a new ‘Patch’ species – Dhahran Hills

    Jem Babbington
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Birding the ‘patch’ has been relatively quiet this autumn but as always I have been out and about most days looking to see what if anything has turned up. On Friday 12 December I went birding again. As it was the weekend I took my girls with me and we went to the settling ponds, [...]   Read more...
  • Striking new gecko discovered in Thailand

    Supertrooper
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sai Yok bent-toed gecko found on forested hill near Myanmar border, researchers think more species await discovery in biodiverse region A research team based in western Thailand has discovered a new gecko species in the Kanchanaburi Province, a region renowned for its number of species found nowhere else in the world. A recent publication in [...]   Read more...
  • Milano plomizo (Plumbeous Kite) Ictinia plumbea

    Marcelo Allende
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Observar a los Milanos volando para atrapar insectos en vuelo es un espectáculo inolvidable, tanto el Milano plomizo como el Milano tijereta son verdaderos acróbatas del aire a la hora de atrapar libélulas, cigarras u hormigas voladoras; ni hablar del momento en el que dirigen su pata hacia el pico para cortar el insecto por [...]   Read more...
  • Video: Incredible footage shows leopard attacking two male antelope while they fight

    Supertrooper
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A brave antelope makes an unlikely escape after being ambushed by a leopard as it battled a rival. The red lechwe was already exhausted having locked horns with another male when the killer cat struck – but managed to shake it off. The fast-paced footage was shot by safari guide Thomas Nkwazi, in the Okavango [...]   Read more...
  • Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 13 Dec 2014

    Supertrooper
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
    We are delighted to announce the results of our latest photo competition. First Prize is awarded to Ruth Thiessen for her outstanding image “Brides Dance”. Glenn Perrigo wins Second Prize with “Portrait of a Hungry Bobcat”. Third Prize is awarded to Jacqueline Deely for “Catch of the Day!”   See detailed results below: (click on [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • 16 More Great Gifts for Fly Fishing Fanatics!

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

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

    Chris Maxcer
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The article 20 Stocking Stuffers for Hunters first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Great stocking stuffers for hunters will, of course, fit into a stocking, but more importantly, they should be reasonably inexpensive — under $50. Most of these stocking stuffers for hunters are under $50 and many of these gifts for hunters are under $25. If you’re looking for even more gifts — some of which can […] The post 20 Stocking Stuffers for Hunters appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 10 More Best Gifts for Hunters

    Chris Maxcer
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The article 10 More Best Gifts for Hunters first appeared on Man Makes Fire. We started out with 15 Best Gift Ideas for Hunters in 2014, but we just couldn’t stop — there’s so many more great gift ideas for hunters, and here’s 10 more. For starters, hunters need gear that spans different kinds of hunting in different weather for different animals in different parts of the great outdoors. […] The post 10 More Best Gifts for Hunters appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • 15 Best Gift Ideas for Hunters

    Chris Maxcer
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The article 15 Best Gift Ideas for Hunters first appeared on Man Makes Fire. There are tons of great gift ideas for hunters in 2014 – large, small, inexpensive, and high-quality “lifetime” gifts that could be passed down for generations, like a quality binocular. Alpen and Vortex offer no-fault warranties forever, so an investment in great optics now could be put to use by future hunters in your household. But […] The post 15 Best Gift Ideas for Hunters appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
 
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    Appalachian Trials

  • How Many Packsacks Can You Carry

    Jill Aubin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    My cousin Lisa and I have spent the last 2 1/2 years talking about hiking the AT. When we both started hiking together, we would only bring water with us and maybe a snack. After we had hiked a few of the trails around a 60 mile radius from where we live, we decided we ......
  • Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses for a Thru-Hike?

    Madison Dragna
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    If you battle with bad eyesight like I do, deciding on contacts or glasses for a thru-hike is a big decision. I’ve seen numerous forums on WhiteBlaze.net discussing the issue. However, I have to say, there is no right answer. Just like every piece of gear, it all depends on you. My Method For my ......
  • The Thru-Hiker’s Code of Conduct

    Zach
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    If you take one piece of advice away from this website, let it be this post. Recently, the Baxter State Park Authority issued a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy voicing concerns about the behavior of thru-hikers.  Instead of paraphrasing the letter, you can read the important sections for yourself below (click to enlarge).   Some in ......
  • Inside Look: Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, TN

    Kayla Carter
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A cross-country road trip from Southern California began Mary and Terry Hill’s search for a unique and rural place to establish their business and new home. Their dream of owning a bed and breakfast came true when they established the Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast in 2003. The Origins The first winter the Hills resided ......
  • Choosing Between Two Packs: Deuter ACT Lite and Deuter ACT Zero

    Danielle Drayer
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    My search for the perfect backpack was predictably easy, if only because the vast majority of packs are too big for me. Many hikers talk about spending hours at their local outfitter trying on every pack in the store. Not me. I am extra petite: I stand 5 feet tall and weigh less than 100 ......
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Preparing Your Cottage for Winter

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Coolest Camping Gadgets of 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Best Drinking Gifts for Outdoorsy Folks

    50 Campfires
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    We tend to look for the obvious when shopping for new camping gear or gifts for the outdoorsperson in our life: chairs, fire starters, coolers, gadgets, sleeping bags. But what about the fun drinking gifts for the outdoors that are commonly looked over? Here’s a list of 10 best drinking gifts for the outdoors people in your life (or maybe for yourself). iFlask Though it looks like an iPhone, we assure you, it’s not. So next time you’re trying to be sly and stealthy, here’s the flask you need to waltz on by with your drink of choice. Buy it here. Stanley Adventure Flask There are…
  • What We’re Listening To This Month

    Clint Carlson - Editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We play music all day at the 50 Campfires office, and it’s always a nice blend of old and new. This week I’ve been digging back into Ray LaMontagne and it’s been delicious. I saw him in concert a few years back and it was fantastic. Another coworker turned me on to Cage the Elephant recently – great stuff. Sheryl Crow is back in the mix – specifically her second album. I’ve always been a fan of the first two. Plenty of simple heartfelt tracks on them both. Gun In My Hand by Dorothy is a good foot stomper. If you haven’t heard The Punch Brothers cover…
  • Paul Bunyan’s Secret Workout

    50 Campfires
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    The New Year marks a time of change and self-betterment. Every year in January something incredible happens: millions of people make the courageous decision to get in shape with a gym membership. And every year in February something equally incredible happens: millions of people “forget” they’ve made this health commitment. So this year at 50 Campfires, we wanted to find a way to stay in peak performance for the summer weather to come. We thought there was no better way to get in shape than to follow in the footsteps of a true outdoorsman: Paul Bunyan. Who wouldn’t want to emulate the…
  • 5 Breathtaking Locations To Pitch A Tent

    50 Campfires
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    January is the start of the New Year and the New You. We all make resolutions to better ourselves that we will forget by February. Don’t worry; we are just as guilty. Instead of making so many resolutions, we like to use January to start planning our summers. We want to max out the fun outdoors. With limited weekends to dedicate to camping trips, we want to find the best location to take in all the beauty the outdoors has to offer. With that in mind we want to blow your minds with these 5 breathtaking locations to pitch a tent. Northwest Big Island State Park – Eastsound, WA Blind…
  • 4 Healthy Camping Meals For A New You

    50 Campfires
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A weekend of camping doesn’t have to mean a complete derailment of those healthy eating habits you’ve mastered at home. Ok, you can sneak a cookie or two we won’t tell, but the main meals can remain wholesome and healthy – and we’re here to help you accomplish that. An alternative to s’mores and hot dogs, these 4 healthy camping meals will be so delicious you won’t even know you’re eating healthy. Vegetable Packed Frittata There is nothing better to get your day started than a protein packed breakfast. A colorful display of veggies gives this…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Mt. Nokogiri 鋸山

    David Lowe
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Mt. Nokogiri 鋸山 – Jigoku Nozoki 地獄のぞき Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 4km Difficulty: easy Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Hamakanaya Port (Tokyo Wan Ferry) Finish: Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line)   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions An Intriguing History Makes Mount Nokokgiri a Wonderful Day Out Whilst dwarfed by nearby Mount Atago 愛宕山 (408m) the highest mountain in Chiba Prefecture, Mount Nokogiri 鋸山 (329m) affords…
  • Ultralight Primus Femto Stove P-115 Review

    David Lowe
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    One of the World’s Lightest Gas Canister Stoves at 56g Investing in a quality lightweight stove is something all backpackers should consider a wise investment. In my university hiking days I was an exponent of the Trangia alcohol-burning stoves but ultimately found their weight and rather heavy fuel consumption a shortcoming. These days I prefer the simplicity of canister style stoves which along with being lighter and fuel efficient are significantly more compact to carry around. This past year I have been road testing the ultralight Primus Femto P-115 canister stove. This model is…
  • X99 High-End Content Creation PC Build

    David Lowe
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Intel X99 Performance PC Build While this PC review makes a slight tangent from my usual ramblings about the Japanese outdoors, it would be fair to say that a solid grounding in technology, in this case desktop PC components is vital for creating an efficient digital photography workflow. The recent release of the enthusiast class Intel X99 Express Chipset means time has finally come to retire my faithful yet sightly ailing six year old Bloomfield Core i7-920 and MSI X58 motherboard. Over the past few weeks I have been feverishly planning and reading up on reviews in anticipation of…
  • Showa Kinen Park Autumn Foliage

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

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

  • North Face Endurance Challenge

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

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

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

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

    Erich
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I got a pair of Hoka One One Stinson Trails this past May and was immediately impressed. Not to be cliche, but it was Love at First Run, as that particular Strava activity indicated. I wrote about my first impressions of the shoes and those thoughts can be seen here. As of today, the 25 July, […] The post Second Review of Hoka Shoes Plus Mike Rutt Interview appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
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  • Seth The Pup Who Loves To SUP

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best Prepping Articles Of 2014 From Around The Web

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Guide to Rann Utsav: All You Need to Know Before You Go to Kutch

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

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

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Nagaland, the state of the ancient tribes never seemed so alive to the world until the Hornbill Festival came into being. The past and the present never came together like it does at this grand fiesta. A celebration of the Naga way of life, this festival is a bedlam of colours where every tribe...
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    ADAPT » Outdoor

  • Rent a Fire Tower and Camp in the Sky

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Best Kayaking Destinations in Nebraska Lakes & Rivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    jonjadams31
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Check back here once we’ve started the trail on April 1, 2015 to follow our progress!
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    Digital Steak

  • Cogne Ice Opening Festival

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

    Charley Radcliffe
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    Winter has still not quite arrived in Chamonix but it is most definitely on its way. It has got me thinking about what I’m most looking forward to this winter and I just can’t wait for my first winter season in the Alps. Summer is wonderful here but there are some really unique and incredible... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • 5 Christmas gift ideas for an adventurer

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

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

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

    jonathan Quinn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    This survival tool is called Rescue Me Balloon, a small, easy-to-carry emergency survival tool that places an SOS balloon 150 feet above a person in an survival situation and illuminates an SOS signal using an LED light. The rescue me balloon will stay afloat, and lasts a week! For anyone stranded in the wilderness, lost at sea, or needing immediate assistance, Rescue Me Balloon is the most cost efficient, reliable, and longest lasting way to ask for help. This has to be one of the most innovative things i have seen in the world of survival tools in a very very long time. very small, and can…
  • 10 great survival knives

    jonathan Quinn
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Here i put together a list of 10 great survival knives in my opinion. If you want  a knife to add to your collection or just one to put in your survival kit here are 10 great survival knives to pick from. some are pricey but like with a lot of things you get what you pay for and i found this to be true when it comes to buying knives. The steel used, if its tempered, and just the quality of the knife makes a whole lot of difference. Fieldcraft Knife by B.O.B.: The Brothers of Bushcraft The knife is ten inches long in total, with a blade length of 4 and a half inches. This makes a compact, but…
  • Cool bug out bags

    jonathan Quinn
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Here are some cool bug out bags that are a great deal, and are very nicely made. these can be used to build your survival kits to have stashed back and ready for any survival situation, or can be used for just about anything you want to use them for. Emergency Survival 72 Hour Bug Out Bag FOX Tactical Field Operator’s Action Pack This Survival Bag provides food, water and basic supplies for one person for 72 hours. The Basic Survival Bag includes: FOX Tactical Field Operator’s Action Pack (Black): 22″ x 16″ x 9″. Food/Water: 2 2400 Calorie Food Bar Packets by SOS Food Lab-Made in…
  • 5 best tom Brown Jr. books

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

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

  • Ten Tips for Winter Walking

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

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

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

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

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