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  • Red 10’6″ Ride Inflatable SUP Review

    Inflatable SUP World
    Allison
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It is tough to design an all-around board that excels in most water conditions. The Red 10’6” Ride succeeds in many ways. It is not only stable and comfortable to paddle, but it also glides smoothly through the water, is responsive to quick turns and has enough rigidity and rocker to take on surf. I […]
  • Red 9’6” Allwater Inflatable SUP Review

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

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

    Inflatable SUP World
    Allison
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Sea Eagle Needlenose is very popular and is the stand-up paddleboard I use most often. This is a great instructional video that Dan from Sea Eagle put out that should help answer any questions you have regarding the set up of this board. In particular what I found super helpful with this video was […]
  • Video: Epic Ride With C4 Waterman ISUP’s

    Inflatable SUP World
    Allison
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This awesome video is just over 11 minutes long and features some incredible people taking on the rapids of the main section of the Salmon River in Idaho. I love videos that showcase how incredibly strong and resilient inflatable stand-up paddleboards can be. C4 waterman is a great company that manufacturers some really solid inflatable […]
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  • All Killer No Filler

    AdironRider
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REIbSgufwSU" target="_blank"> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REIbSgufwSU I think ski movies suck balls these days. Everything is just slow mo snow falling or wildlife. Last I checked Nat Geo was a cable channel not a ski film. Anyways, I present to you my personal favorite edit of all time. Johan O from TB5. Its not HD, its not the latest tricks, but this segment is 4 minutes of hard charging riding, huge mute grabs, and straightlines. Anyone else have a favorite ski movie edit that isn't just total fluff. My jones rating is…
  • Scottish Independence?

    thetrailboss
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    It's been an interesting debate over the past few weeks. Initial results, as of 7:39pm mountain, suggest that the "no's" are leading...or at least in the three councils reporting. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-...itics-29263022 I spent nine months there in 2001-2002. Amazing country. Really nice folks. Beautiful country. Really different from England in many ways. Lots of natural resources and lots of open space, but not too many people. I love it there and know there is a lot of pride, but I think that it would be very difficult for them to make it on their own. Oil is going…
  • Have at it!

    skiNEwhere
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
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  • Naked Ski Jump Fail

    Nick
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Dude's name is Sam Ruttiman. Lucky he didn't hurt himself with a ski edge or something :P Quote: The Canadian Australian freeskier competed in an event called the Toyota One Hit Wonder this weekend at Thredbo wearing only his skis and a helmet. Yes, just those two things.
  • Hunting Elk with Skis and a Lasso

    Nick
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    http://thesheridanpress.com/?p=24965 I posted something a while ago about hunters on skis, but this was new to me. Pretty wild. Ski down and catch up to / rope up an elk. I'm sure even local hunter VDK03 would find this impressive. Quote: “They get the lasso around the antlers and set perpendicular to the line. The elk gets pissed off and jerks left and right — like the ‘Old Man and the Sea’ — and the elk wears itself out. The skier gets dragged along for an hour or more,” National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins said. “It’s pretty damn crazy. It’s so impressive.” f…
 
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    Camping News

  • Standoff worsens as Chinese troops enter Chumar again

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    The standoff in Chumar region in Ladakh worsened on Saturday after a second intrusion by Chinese army personnel in two days was reported at another point after they had withdrawn from the same area. Around 50 personnel of People's Liberation Army arrived in nine vehicles at Point 30R and they were in addition to the 35-odd personnel who were already camping at a hillock in the Chumar area itself, official sources said.
  • City to clamp down on RV parking

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    The end of camping season means the city's bylaw department will be moving towards taking a closer look at how residents are parking their recreational vehicles. Bylaw services manager Fred Crittenden said his staff will be doing more proactive enforcement over the next couple of weeks when they see RVs and trailers parked on the street.
  • Ukiah police and fire log: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. To anonymously report crime information, call 463-6205.
  • Jeremy Roloff's Outdoorsy Wedding Registry Revealed-See the Craziest Items on the List

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    There's only one day left until Jeremy Roloff weds his longtime girlfriend, Audrey Mirabella Botti , at his family's farm in Oregon. And just before we hear wedding bells go off, E! News has learned what is on the Little People, Big World couple's registry for when they do become husband and wife.
  • Tolleson cracks down on urban camping

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Tolleson ban on urban camping targets homeless downtown TOLLESON -- Tolleson forbids urban camping in an effort to prevent homelessness in new downtown. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1sbq5gh The city is holding its downtown grand opening on Dec. 12, and it wants to make sure people don't set up camps or sleep on public property Tolleson has renovated its downtown to the tune of $9.2 million, which city leaders think could make it an inviting place for people who are homeless to lay their heads.
 
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  • 2014 September/October Camping Magazine

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

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

    American Camp Association
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    National Fundraising Campaign This October! Join us in a national fundraising campaign this October to support camp scholarships through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund read more
  • ACA Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) to Support 21st Century Learning

    American Camp Association
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 — American Camp Association, Inc.® (ACA) has joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the nation’s leader advocating for 21st century readiness for every student. By becoming a P21 member, the ACA enters P21’s diverse coalition of education leaders, the business community, and policymakers supporting student readiness for college, career, and citizenship along the entire continuum of learning. read more
  • 2014 July/August Camping Magazine

    American Camp Association
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    View the digital edition Articles read more
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-09-17 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView All: &gt;
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 15

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-09-16The 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…
  • Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet. by Darin Banner | 2014-09-16In 1997, John Vonhof published the first edition of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatment for Athletes. There are several foot books out there, but John's is unique because it's written for endurance athletes who travel by foot. John has been trail running and participating in ultra marathons since 1982. In 1987, he and Will Uher speed packed the 211-mile John Muir Trail in 8.5 days. In 1992, he made a career change to the medical field and…
  • (M) The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove. by Roger Caffin | 2014-09-10Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2006. (OK, OK, a bit obsessive, but so what?) Several novel features were required of the design, in the interests of versatility, functionality and safety. The features were explained in Part 1; finer technical details about how the features might be implemented were given in…
  • (M) The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions. by Darin Banner | 2014-09-10b>Question: What weighs less than a pound, supports up to 30 pounds of weight, has a volume of 2,000 cubic inches (32 liters), and has a waist belt? Answer: The best backpack in the whole wide world! In my never-ending quest to lighten my pack while increasing my comfort, I had come to an impasse with a foundational piece of gear-my backpack. I wanted a pack that could be used for warmer-weather, week-long backpacking…
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  • The Importance Of Hiring A Good Tuk-Tuk Driver In Thailand

    Valen
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tuk-tuk driver in Thailand My slouched body slides from side to side in the tuk-tuk as Auddie, my driver, whirls around corners, cuts across parking lots and goes the wrong way down one-way streets to get to me to my destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand on time. Auddie grins broadly at me, looking back at me. I wish he would keep his eyes on the road! Traffic darts head-on at us, but Auddie is not concerned. He knows these roads better than anyone and he has become my Hoke from Driving Miss Daisy. Auddie was my first friend when I moved to Chiang Mai. He was the security man at my condo, and…
  • Follow the Frog

    Dave
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    ____________ Dave's 160-page, all-original Lima Travel Guide is now available for Kindle and PDF.
  • Favorite Peruvian Dishes

    Ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Alpaca is my favorite Peruvian dish Picking Peruvian food as the best in Latin America makes for an easy decision. How can it not? There’s causa and ceviche, chupe de camarones and trucha rellena, alpaca and more. The tough part is picking my favorite Peruvian dishes. But somebody’s gotta make these tough decisions, so here we go, my favorites, after traveling for nearly a month in Perú. 1. Alpaca I made a little joke during my first post on Perú involving alpaca, something I’m happy the folks at PETA didn’t see. Or maybe it would have been fun if they had. Yeah, maybe so. What is…
  • Heavenly Days in North Carolina’s High Altitudes

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Mt. Mitchell (photo: twbuckner) If you’ve never spent time in lovely NC, any number of things may come to mind when you think of the state. Barbeque? College athletics? Bluegrass? Yes, we’ve got all of these things, but the reality of life in this most florid Southern state is much more nuanced. In fact, North Carolina is a vacationer’s paradise, particularly if you enjoy mountains, forests, and the activities therein. North Carolina has its lowlands, but we’re going to focus on two of its loveliest mountain communities, Asheville and Boone. Boone Located right along the Appalachian…
  • Birth of an Independent Traveler

    Dave
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Venice train station It wasn’t by design, but Italy is the country I’ll forever associate with my birth as an independent traveler. I’d arrived in Europe with my best friends from college on one last adventure before we’d have to face the real world. After brief stays in Paris, Amsterdam and Prague, we arrived in Venice, a city I fell in love with upon existing the train station onto the Grand Canal. My friends didn’t share my enthusiasm, and we left a few days later. Tension in the group had been growing from the moment we’d arrived in Europe. I knew…
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  • Lightweight kit

    dogrob
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    How about this lot for some lightweight kit, I shall never complain again when using my usual rucksack... Attachment 210 Attached Images rucksack.jpg (22.7 KB)
  • Force 10 Helium 100

    Stu
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Just got me a nearly new tent as above 1.2kgs. I shall feel like I am floating The "pig on my back" is getting lighter :cool:
 
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    Sectionhiker.com

  • REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

    Philip Werner
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The REI Dash 2 ultralight tent – a radical departure from the signature REI dome tent design.The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent with its aerodynamic fly, high cut vestibule doors, and 15 denier ripstop nylon construction represents an interesting change in direction for a company that has long focused on making more conventional dome-style two person…
  • 20 Essential Backpacking and Hiking Videos (and they’re FREE)

    Philip Werner
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Watch 7 Principles of Leave No Trace Backpacking by CleverHikerDave Collins, The Clever Hiker is back with a fantastic video series sponsored by gear manufacturers Gossamer Gear, Sawyer, Zpacks.com. Dave’s given me early access to these videos and they are really worth watching. I think they’re incredibly well done and that day hikers and backpackers, beginners and experts, can all benefit by watching them.Take the new Leave No Trace video shown above. This is the best explanation of Leave No Trace, I’ve ever seen, anywhere, period. Dave makes it simple to understand what…
  • Stealth Camping and Pre-existing Campsites

    Philip Werner
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A stealth campsite, way off trail, and hard to detect from more than 20 yardsStealth Camping has become a fashionable term in backpacking circles, but I’m convinced that most people don’t know what it means. They confuse it with pre-existing campsites, which are very different.Stealth CampsitesMost stealth campsite have never been used before. They’re called stealth campsites because:No one should be able to tell you’re there when you’re campingNo one should know you were ever there after you leaveYou don’t tell anyone else about where they’re…
  • Bear Mountain Bushwhack – Sometimes the Bear Gets You!

    Philip Werner
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Bear Mountain (3220′, rear)I had a surprising experience over the summer on top of North Percy Peak, a mountain north of the White Mountain Region, in northern New Hampshire. As I sat there pondering the view, I realized that I couldn’t name any of the mountains spread out in front of me. I’d become so intimate with the high peaks to the south in the White Mountain National Forest, that looking at a novel vista was rather startling.But the fact remains that I don’t know the names or profiles of most of the peaks in the White Mountains, only the 48 x 4000 footers and a…
  • My Gear List Philosophy

    Philip Werner
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Backpacking GearWhen I started getting into lightweight backpacking, I spent a lot of time staring at my gear list to make sure I squeezed every ounce of weight out of it. That’s ok. It’s part of the process that every lightweight or ultralight backpacker goes through when they realize that they can be more comfortable by carrying less weight.But as the number of trips and seasons that I hiked increased, I quickly realized that there’s no such thing as a static gear list. My gear list changes on almost every trip I take based on seasonal weather conditions, terrain, trail…
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    Trailspace Blog

  • Meet Big Red, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Big Red on the John Muir Trail this summer.(Photo by Pennie Rand) Congratulations to Rick Strimbeck (Big Red), Trailspace's newest Reviewer of the Month! Each month we recognize and get to know a different member of the Trailspace community. This month it's long-time community member, backcountry skier, hiker, plant professor, and all-around inspiring guy Rick of Trondheim, Norway (latitude 63.4° North). Congratulations, Rick, and thanks for sharing your many helpful gear reviews and trip reports with us over the past decade. Rick reviewed seven pieces of gear in August alone,…
  • Reviewer Megan Wins $100 Backcountry.com Gift Card

    Alicia MacLeay
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    For sharing her lantern review, Megan won a $100 gift card toward new gear, thanks to Backcountry.com!. Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Megan Digeon (aka MrsMustard) our final weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com! Megan's review of her MPowerd Luci inflatable solar lantern was selected randomly from the 36 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 29 through September 4. Here's what Megan, a Florida hiker, had to say about the Luci: "This small, inflatable, solar powered light is fairly quick to charge and provides hours of light for…
  • Kathleen Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, One to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Kathleen won $100 to Backcountry.com for sharing her gear review! Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Kathleen Ward, our weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com.  Kathleen's review of her Alpine Design 45-degree Micro Lite Mesa Rec Bag was selected randomly from the 36 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 22 through August 28. Every week for five weeks, we're giving one reviewer a $100 gift card, thanks to Backcountry.com. We've got one last $100 gift card left, so you still have time to win. Review your outdoor gear on Trailspace…
  • Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC

    Alicia MacLeay
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    "The trail blew me away and changed my life." Like thousands of hikers before and since, in 2002 Andrew Downs had a profound experience thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. But, Downs took his dedication to the trail further than most. He went on to earn a master's degree in natural resource management specifically to help protect the Appalachian Trail and the AT experience for others. "I think everyone should have the opportunity for a similar experience on the AT," he says. In our Q&A below, we talk with Downs about serving as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest…
  • Big Red Wins $100 Backcountry Gift Card, Two to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Big Red scrambling on Mount Muir during a recent John Muir Trail thru hike. Nice hat! Congratulations to long-time community member and gear reviewer Rick (aka Big Red), our third weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com.  Rick is a backcountry skier, hiker, plant physiology professor, and American transplant based in Norway. His review of the Big Agnes Pumphouse ("too low-volume to be a good inflation device... but makes a good solar water heater") was selected randomly from the 56 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 15 through August 21.
 
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    Modern Hiker

  • Photo Friday – September 19, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    It’s time for another Photo Friday to kick start your weekend, which means it’s time for me to feature four great new images from Modern Hiker readers. Once again, the #modernhiker tag on Instagram is becoming a really fun place to browse wonderful outdoor photography. Let’s kick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hiking the Syncline Loop Trail

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    “Warnings” are the name of the game on the Syncline Loop Trail. Most topo maps will make special note of the trail’s condition, stating things like “Primitive Trail” and “Difficult to Follow.” Signs near the trailhead echo that language with capital letters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hiking the Chesler Park Loop in Canyonlands

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you’re in the mood for some terrain and rock formations that will make you think you’re on another planet, this loop in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park via the Chesler Park and Joint Trails needs to go on the top of your to-hike list ASAP. This 10.4 mile loop takes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hiking Dead Horse Point State Park

    Casey Schreiner
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just outside of the outdoor Mecca of Moab, squeezed next to the larger and generally busier Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park lies tiny Dead Horse Point State Park. It could be easy to overlook this 5300-acre park for the bigger name attractions nearby, but doing so would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Best Summer Hikes in Southern California

    Casey Schreiner
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In our previous post – 9 Rules for Hot Weather Hiking – we told you all of our favorite tips for still getting outside in Southern California during miserable late summer heat waves. But – as with most hiking experiences – your choice of trail has the biggest impact on your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Terrace Lake (2)

    montucky
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
         Terrace Lake sits about due north of one of my favorite places, Mount Headley in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, but it is not approachable from that direction, instead, the trail head to the lake is at the end of the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek road: well, not at the very end, but believe me you don’t want to drive on that road any further. At the present time, the trail does not show on any map and the trail sign is missing. Other than that, it’s a cinch to find. The trail itself was renovated about four years ago and it is the very best trail that I have…
  • Revett Lake

    montucky
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Revett Lake at 10 this morning. It is in the Panhandle National Forest just on the Idaho side of the Montana – Idaho border near Thompson Pass, about 24 miles west of Thompson Falls, Montana.
  • Terrace Lake

    montucky
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Terrace Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana
  • Bear – Baree Lake loop ~ Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

    montucky
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    This is a photo tour of a loop hike on August 29, 2014 through the southeast tip of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. It started with USFS trail 178 at road 148 (3700 feet elevation) to USFS trail 63 then on 63 to USFS trail 360 (the Cabinet Divide trail at 6400 feet elevation). From there, south down the Cabinet Divide a mile and a half or so to USFS trail 489 and back down it about 5 miles to road 148 and up the road to the starting point. The total distance was about 11.5 miles and took 10 hours of hiking. You can follow the route, the access road and the trails on the Kootenai National…
  • Baree Creek Basin

    montucky
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Baree Creek Basin photographed from USFS trail 63 as it nears the Cabinet Divide trail (USFS trail 630) in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of western Montana.
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Marlow Lagoon

    Clare M
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    While we have been living in Palmerston in the Northern Territory I do miss our garden at home in Broome and all of our daily visiting birds. However I am able to visit Marlow Lagoon in town regularly and cycle there most days to observe the changing bird-life as the different trees flower. There is a huge variety of bird-life and by visiting at different times of day I have found over 65 species, with the highlight so far being the Black Bittern that I wrote of last week. It is a very peaceful place during the day and usually I am the only person present, but it is quite popular in the…
  • Barred Owl

    Redgannet
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What is it about Owls that casts such a spell over folk? If there is one order of birds that is guaranteed to draw involuntary gasps and odd keening noises, it is the Strigiformes. A recent experience left me upside-down in a drift of pine needles as finding myself face-to-face with a Barred Owl was such a shock that I lost the power of standing. Alert calls from a small patch of woodland at Tyson’s Corner, VA, near Washington DC, prompted me to take a look and see what was upsetting the flock of scolding birds. Owls were at the forefront of my mind, but then aren’t they…
  • New Research Examines How, and Where, Birds Fly

    Meredith Mann
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “I want you / to show me the way,” Peter Frampton sings. Pop music is all well and good for people, but how do birds know the way, when it comes to flying? Two new studies help provide answers. If you’ve ever wondered how ancient birds learned to transition from land to air, then an article in Smithsonian has you covered. It reports on research that attempted to uncover whether flight originally started as a running leap, or a misdirected fall. The verdict? Birds seem to have an inborn gift for righting themselves while falling, as evidenced by the way fledgling Chukar Partridges…
  • Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2014?

    Mike
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    September is a ‘tweener month, straddling two seasons and belonging entirely to neither. Helen Hunt Jackson describes this delectable transition in a poem entitled, what else, September: By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. I’m hoping for the best of weather and cheer this weekend as I visit NYC to go birding in Queens with Corey. Corey will probably also support birds and all other living things by participating in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday, 9/21. Don’t miss it, New…
  • Pelican Lake (Greece): Magic Revisited

    Dragan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Early September morning. The sun rises over the village of Chrysochorafa, by Kerkini Lake in the north of Greece, not far from the triple border with Bulgaria and FYRO Macedonia. Barn Swallows and Eurasian Collared Doves on the wires… I was here for the first time in April this year (find about it here) and easily made up my mind: this is a place worthy of many returns. Before this trip, I asked Steve Mills, the author of ‘Birdwatching in Northern Greece’, which sites would he recommend at this time of the year. His answer was, this site is already dry, that one may not be too bad,…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Barred Owl

    Redgannet
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What is it about Owls that casts such a spell over folk? If there is one order of birds that is guaranteed to draw involuntary gasps and odd keening noises, it is the Strigiformes. A recent experience left me upside-down in a drift of pine needles as finding myself face-to-face with a Barred Owl was such a shock that I lost the power of standing. Alert calls from a small patch of woodland at Tyson’s Corner, VA, near Washington DC, prompted me to take a look and see what was upsetting the flock of scolding birds. Owls were at the forefront of my mind, but then aren’t they…
  • New Research Examines How, and Where, Birds Fly

    Meredith Mann
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “I want you / to show me the way,” Peter Frampton sings. Pop music is all well and good for people, but how do birds know the way, when it comes to flying? Two new studies help provide answers. If you’ve ever wondered how ancient birds learned to transition from land to air, then an article in Smithsonian has you covered. It reports on research that attempted to uncover whether flight originally started as a running leap, or a misdirected fall. The verdict? Birds seem to have an inborn gift for righting themselves while falling, as evidenced by the way fledgling Chukar Partridges…
  • Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2014?

    Mike
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    September is a ‘tweener month, straddling two seasons and belonging entirely to neither. Helen Hunt Jackson describes this delectable transition in a poem entitled, what else, September: By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. I’m hoping for the best of weather and cheer this weekend as I visit NYC to go birding in Queens with Corey. Corey will probably also support birds and all other living things by participating in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday, 9/21. Don’t miss it, New…
  • Pelican Lake (Greece): Magic Revisited

    Dragan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Early September morning. The sun rises over the village of Chrysochorafa, by Kerkini Lake in the north of Greece, not far from the triple border with Bulgaria and FYRO Macedonia. Barn Swallows and Eurasian Collared Doves on the wires… I was here for the first time in April this year (find about it here) and easily made up my mind: this is a place worthy of many returns. Before this trip, I asked Steve Mills, the author of ‘Birdwatching in Northern Greece’, which sites would he recommend at this time of the year. His answer was, this site is already dry, that one may not be too bad,…
  • Birders Should Attend the People’s Climate March

    Corey
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week here at 10,000 Birds we did a theme week called “Extinction Week.” We covered a wide variety of topics but to me the most important was the one that David Ringer covered. His topic was the report recently issued by the Audubon Society where the organization claimed 314 species of birds in the United States and Canada are threatened by climate change. 314! Just in North America north of the Rio Grande! This is an enormous threat to our birdlife! If 314 species are threatened in the United States and Canada then the numbers world wide must be absolutely staggering.
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  • What is roof restoration?

    Jimmy Joseph
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Does your roof require some form of restoration? There is no better place to find professionals than here. Speak to us today and allow our well qualified team of experts to handle your roof restoration melbourne project as soon as possible. We serve a wide range of clients, both households and commercial properties. Every client is extremely important to us and we exist to make sure that your roofing needs are served in a satisfactory manner. If you want to replace a tiled roof with colorbond, or your tin roof with brand new tiles or metal – there is lots of information here to help you…
  • Relocating To Another State Requires Careful Planning And Reliable Removalists

    Jimmy Joseph
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It is not uncommon for people having to shift to other states, if their employers requires their services at a different location, or because they have been offered a better job in another state, which can give a boost to careers. Such changes can mean a new home, a new state, and even a new life, but one where you may still need to carry part of what you have acquired over the years. If you are simply moving within your own city – such as Melbourne for example – that is when you need to look at a removalists melbourne company that is into local removals only and can shift your…
  • Why Your Kids Beds Are Important Factors In Their Lives

    Jimmy Joseph
    5 May 2014 | 11:19 pm
    These days a kid’s bedroom is more than just a place to sleep, it’s a mini family room where he takes his friends to play when they come over. A kid might have a computer, a small stereo, a ton of toys to play with, that’s where his buddies and him go when they want to make a ruckus. This is the biggest reason that parents should consider buying their kids, a kid’s bed. A nicely decorated kid’s bed that either looks like a car, a ship, or castle can widen the imagination and occupy children for hours on end while the parents chitchat in the other room, worth way…
  • SEO Melbourne Services – Choosing The Right Company

    Jimmy Joseph
    27 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    If you have heard about search engine optimization, it’s more than likely because you may be trying to rank your website higher in the search engines. The ability to have top rankings for the keywords that represent the products that you sell can only help you increase the amount of sales that you make each year. When a person searches for a particular keyword, and if your website shows up, it increases the probability of making additional sales, all from free traffic that you get from the Internet. To help you do this, there are many SEO services that can help you achieve this goal,…
 
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  • Packrafting the Smith River: Day 2

    Ryan
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Today we paddled 17 miles in summer-like heat, enjoyed good river flows and solitude, and startled a swimming bear. // Last night I stealth camped, cowboy style in my bivy sack, under pines in the forest above the river and behind our camp. I packed up before sunrise, and walked down to the river to…
  • Packrafting the Smith River: Day 1

    Ryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Five o’clock came awfully early this morning, but when I realized after my first cup of coffee that I’d be floating the Smith River in a packraft by nine, my grogginess was replaced by anticipation. After a grab-and-go breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, and toasted bagels, we piled into the van and began the…
  • Staging for the Smith River

    ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    As of today, the Smith River is running about 190 cfs, which is a good level for packrafts. It’s too low for big rafts, way too low for drift boats, and OK for canoes. I love boating rivers in a packraft. It means we can sneak in when others can’t, and enjoy off-season solitude on…
  • Reflections from Windy Pass

    Ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    September 13, 2014 Windy Pass Cabin Gallatin National Forest Montana “To countless people the wilderness provides ultimate delight because it provides the thrills of jeopardy and beauty. It is the last stand for that glorious adventure into the physically unknown.” – Bob Marshall, Founder of the Wilderness Society ::: We left Bozeman this morning for…
  • Gallatin Crest, Day 0 – Developing a Tolerance for Uncertainty

    ryan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    I’ve written about it before and will write about it again. Having a high tolerance for uncertainty is a positive character trait and we should embrace every opportunity that comes our way, to practice our response to uncertainty. Stephanie reminded me of the exciting opportunity to practice dealing with uncertainty tonight as we discovered, just…
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  • ThermoBall Insulation from The North Face

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Would the Proclaimers be willing to walk 500 miles, if after half an hour their boots were rubbing and their soles had just come off right in the middle of a cold wet puddle? I doubt it! Especially as they knew they had to do 500 more! Joking aside, and it may seem the obvious [...]
  • All-Round Tents – A Guide to Choosing the Best!

    Gareth L
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some of us have a tent for every camping scenario. Our resident gear junkie Martyn had at last count 5 tents (maybe he’s looking to open his own camping store!) If you go camping very regularly and have the money it makes sense to have tents each designed for specific purposes, e.g. wild camping, microadventures, [...]
 
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    Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer

  • Leave No Trace Behind

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    (Column orginally published in the Merritt Herald - Othmar Vohringer - The Outdoorsman) © Othmar Vohringer When we return from our trips in the wilderness we should make sure that we leave no trace of our visits behind. Yet it seems as the years pass I see more and more people leaving refuse in the bush. Sometimes it is just a few beverage cans but more and more often I am finding discarded
  • Childhood Memories That Last A Lifetime

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    © Othmar Vohringer On Facebook I came across a “Meme” that contained the following verse: “Memories aren’t made playing video games on the computer.” I had to think about this for a minute and realized that there is a lot of truth in it. Virtually all of my most treasured and vivid childhood memories revolve around outdoor activities with family and friends. Conversely I have almost no
  • Merritt Teenagers Ranking High At Shooting Sports

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    (This column has previously been published in the Merritt Herald) © Othmar Vohringer With all the news in the media about youth drug addiction and crime it is refreshing to see that there are still young people working hard to achieve success in life. I met Sunshine and Dakota O’Donovan for the first time five years ago when they took part in the youth archery that the Nicola Valley Fish &
  • B.C. Government Allows Hunters To Shoot Feral Pigs Anywhere At Anytime

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:27 pm
    © By Othmar Vohringer Wild and feral pigs have been spotted in the Kamloops, Okanagan, Peace, Kootenay and Lower Mainland regions, and the government doesn’t want any of it. In a media release the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced that the swine are now listed as a “schedule C” animal and hunters with a valid hunting license could shoot them anywhere and
  • Will the BC mountain caribou be extinct in our lifetime?

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    © By Othmar Vohringer That might very well be the case if drastic conservation measures are not enacted quickly. The emphasis here is on “quickly”, which is a bit of an oxymoron in politics. The southern mountain caribou populations are in rapid decline despite an extensive provincial recovery plan. Why? The caribou recovery plan is complex and contains important short and long term measures
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  • Aquabound Manta Ray Carbon Paddle Review

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

    Bryan Hansel
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Tweet I have one new and a few used kayaks for sale. The kayaks are in Grand Marais, Minnesota, but if we can coordinate it correctly, I can meet someone in Duluth, Minnesota, because I often get down there. Wilderness Systems Focus 155 – NEW Brand new. Never used. I won this in a contest and already have too many kayaks, so this one has to go. This is $1419 new. I’m selling it to you for $999. You’re going to save $420 on this buy vs. buying it new in the store. This is a brand new kayak. Never used. The Focus 155 blends the stability and predictability of the Tsunami model…
  • River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed

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

    Bryan Hansel
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Tweet Last year, I had a bunch of kayak deck slate stickers made to make them for sale again. I still have a bunch left and available for purchase. Deck slates are handy for taking notes while on the water, for tracking tide information and for keeping notes for navigation. Instructors also use them for writing down names and tracking how a student does during each exercise or paddle stroke. You write on a deck slate with a grease pencil, and the slates clean up easily either by rubbing the grease off with a wet finger or with an alcohol prep pad. The stickers are easy to apply. And stick to…
  • Rhythm of the Hayes: Paddling Expedition to Hudson Bay

    Bryan Hansel
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Tweet From Juan Pablo Quiñonez: The expedition will focus in creating a short film with “our connection to nature” as its theme. Two ecotourism and outdoor leadership students will embark on a remote route along the Hayes River from northern Lake Winnipeg through 610 kilometres of wilderness to arrive at their destination on the shores of Hudson Bay. Their journey will follow along a historic fur trade route and one of the few major rivers in Manitoba not influenced by hydroelectric development. Jennifer Ford and Juan Pablo Quinonez are students at Mount Royal University in…
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    The GearCaster

  • Strava Adds Auto-Pause And Goal Tracking

    Amy Jurries
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Using GPS movement as a guide, the new version of Strava automatically detects when you are at rest and pauses the app. Once you begin moving, auto-pause will turn off again. Now your moving and resting time can be calculated during the actual activity instead of after upload when you get back home. Both runners and cyclists craving more accurate speeds and splits will benefit from the addition of auto-pause, now available for all iOS and Android devices running Strava’s mobile app. The new feature intelligently pauses and restarts the recording of an activity when you momentarily stop. In…
  • Pinhead Complete Bike Lock System

    Amy Jurries
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    For anyone that lives in a bike theft heavy area, carrying more than one lock to secure your bike is the norm. You normally need a lock for the frame as well as the wheels, and even that doesn’t guarantee your bike won’t be stripped for parts. Now you can secure your entire bike, components and all, with just one key using the Total Bike Protection system from Pinhead. More than 4,000 people fall victim to bike theft every year in San Francisco. A report from the city’s Budget and Legislative Analyst estimated that bicycle thefts had gone up 70 percent between 2006 and 2012…
  • Wahoo TICKR X

    Amy Jurries
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Available this week, Wahoo’s latest heart rate monitor records your workout with or without your phone. The TICKR X is perfect for those high-intensity workouts where carrying much of anything is not an option, such as running, swimming, or even Crossfit workouts. In device-free mode, the TICKR X captures up to 16 hours of your heart rate, calorie burn, and workout duration, auto-syncing the data to your phone later. When used in conjunction with your phone, the TICKR X adds advanced motion analytic capabilities and can capture indoor cycling cadence. Additional analytics (e.g. laps,…
  • Chequamegon 40 Mountain Bike Race

    Amy Jurries
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a land where diesel-powered adventure reigns, the town of Hayward, WI welcomes the onslaught of “granola fueled forest fairies” twice a year. Each February, the surrounding area fills with world-class Nordic skiers vying for Birkibeiner gold, while in mid-September, the fat tire set rolls in for the Chequamegon 40 mountain bike race—both run on the same course. According to locals, the mountain bikers are a bit more tolerable because at least they drink beer. Earlier this month, I road tripped from California to Wisconsin, stopping off at mountain bike meccas such as Crested…
  • Fly6 Cycling HD Camera Tail Light

    Amy Jurries
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Will the threat of being caught on tape make motorists behave better around cyclists? New company Fly Lites seems to think so. The company created a bike tail light with built-in HD camera that records in real-time what happens behind you, keeping you riding worry free at all times. Fly Lites was created by friends and inventors Kingsley Fiegert and Andrew Hagen after Kingsley was hit by a slingshot projectile from a passing car while cycling. Watching the vehicle drive off into the distance with no recourse spawned the concept that is now being widely adopted across Australia. After an…
 
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    Survival Blog | Survival Spot

  • This Is America’s Sugar Addiction – An Infographic

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

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

    Survival Spot
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    [Via OhPioneer.com] The post The Anatomy Of a Backpacker appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • Stand Your Ground Gun Laws

    Survival Spot
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    The post Stand Your Ground Gun Laws appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
  • The Private Life of Chickens

    Survival Spot
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The post The Private Life of Chickens appeared first on Survival Blog | Survival Spot.
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  • Mt. Rainier: Tracking The Climb

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    With July behind us, it was time to see what peaks were needed for August.  This summer has been loaded with family outings, more so than the last few years.  That's been totally awesome, and it's only allowed for hiking on different days, rather than both days every weekend.  With a party for Saturday to attend, my brother and I set out sights on a Friday night sunset hike for the first of August.  Our peak selection was the Hancock's. Hancock Notch TrailA high squirrel doesn't give a sh*t about usWe got there in good time after work, being prepared the night before,…
  • Mt. Moosilauke & South Peak for Sunset - 7/30/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    This little adventure here is another one of my recent mid-week night jaunts up above 4,000 feet.  This time, it was the convenient Mt. Moosilauke on Wednesday, July 30th, and I had a date with sunset on the summit.  I'm hardly ever late for anything except work, but either way my goal for this one was to work hard, stay on point, focused, and push myself to guarantee my arrival for sunset....and then, of course, enjoy it!  With it being 6:15pm and just the Glencliff Trail ahead, I know that it wouldn't be a problem, as I've done this whole hike in 3.5 hours before.The field…
  • Bushwhack to Bear Pond, Redrock Ravine - 8/9/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    This adventure has been my list for some time, and a few months ago, my brother and I set the date in stone.  Lots of lead up discussion as we prepared.  I have all sorts of ideas lately, with a few upcoming trips that are recons for a possible winter adventure, including this hike.  I was hoping we'd get a chance at West Bond from the pond, with a bushwhack descent down the west ridge, but it didn't happen this time.  However we were excited to make it here, and it was an awesome new adventure in a place I love.It's always fun when there's an opportunity for nights out in…
 
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  • BirkSun Plus Power Bank Review

    Matt K.
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Quick Take Review Got enough portable power? For me the answer is absolutely not. After foolishly leaving a rather respectable Android phone on the top of my car (only to find it later smashed in the middle of a busy street), I picked up a reasonable replacement. I opted for the smaller, 24-hour battery version. For a while, that was sufficient. But with the upgrade to Kit Kat, battery life has gone to hell. So good-bye GPS and Bluetooth. Hello overpromising battery management apps and external battery packs. I’ve tried a number of smaller, portable battery products over the past several…
  • Analog Chronograph Watch Reviews

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    What’s a chronograph, you ask? A chronograph is a watch that combines stopwatch functions with the normal time-telling capabilities of a standard watch. So by definition, that sport watch you’ve been wearing all these years is a chronograph. But those sport watches with their myriad of digital displays just aren’t a cool as an old-school analog chronograph. With multiple dials on a classic watch face, rotating bezels and tachymeters for tracking time or calculating speed, the analog chronograph is highly practical and damn good looking. We looked at three recently and here’s what we…
  • Casio Edifice Black Label Chronograph Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    First Impressions The outdoor and motorsports-oriented Casio Edifice Black Label Chronograph was brought to our attention by the guys over at WatchCo.com. It’s a stylish all-black chronograph of the 24 hour variety. Ours arrived in a striking metal canister and, thanks to its easily adjustable resin band, was ready to go seconds after arrival. Features Casio makes the Edifice Black Label Chronograph from stainless steel. The case is a modest 41 millimeters and the lug distance is 22 millimeters. Around the bezel, you’ll find a built-in tachymeter for calculating speed over distances. On…
  • Dakota Stainless Steel Chronograph Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    First Impressions So Dakota Watch Company is not the first company I think of when looking for outdoor-oriented timepieces. But Dakota definitely provides some utility products like clip watches that can hang on your pack within easy reach. Some have built-in flashlights and compasses. Others include clippers for trimming your fly line. Still others feature multiple clips for holding other items in place. A few steps above those at $195 MSRP is the Stainless Steel Chronograph. It arrived in small leather-like case that belied the heft of the product contained therein. Features The Dakota…
  • Wenger GST Chrono Review

    Matt K.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    First Impressions Wenger S.A. is one of the two Swiss companies behind the Swiss Army Knife. Now part of its rival Victorinox, the company continues to manufacture watches and other products under its original brand name. One of those products is the Wenger GST Chrono. It’s available in a blacked-out version or standard stainless with leather or metal link bands. Ours arrived from one of our favorite retailers Sierra Trading Post in the standard stainless and leather band version. Features The GST Chrono looks larger than its 41 millimeter case size would lead you to believe. It looks much…
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  • Manoa Falls - Walking

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

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

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Aiea Loop - HikingDistance: Approx 5 miles roundtripDuration: 2.5 hoursDifficulty: EasyDanger: LowOut hiking with my cousins again, this time on the wicked easy Aiea Loop! This trail is located at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area at the end of Aiea Heights. It's a short hike with wide, rooty trails. The trail is mostly shady and winds through the foothills of the Ko'olau Range. For the most part, it was sunny but in the middle of our hike it started to rain. But that was brief and the sun came back out by the time we completed our hike. The loop hike starts at the upper parking lot and…
  • Mount Olympus - Hiking

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Mount Olympus (Pu'u Awawaloa) Elevation: 2,486 ftElevation Gain: 1,562 ftTrail: Wa'ahila Ridge trailDistance: 6 miles roundtripDuration: 5 hoursDifficulty: Easy to ModerateUp and down, up and down - my cousin Darrell and I bagged another peak! Mt. Olympus, with its broad summit, stands in the back of Manoa Valley. Renamed by Punahou students because of its commanding presence, it went by Awawaloa (long valley) by the early Hawaiians. We parked at the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail Recreation Area at the top of St. Louis and our hike was uphill from the get-go. The lower Wa'ahila Ridge Trail was…
  • Maunawili Demonstration Trail - Hiking

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Maunawili Demonstration Trail - HikingSolemates Hawaii HikersDistance: Approx 4 - 4.5 miles roundtripDuration: 4 hours (including spots along the trail as well as a break for lunch)Difficulty: EasyDanger: LowGot to do another hike with the Solemates Hawaii Hikers. Instead of meeting at the Mauanwili Demonstration Trail trailhead in Waimanalo, we met about 100 yards or so up the street at a private home. We were able to park our cars in the front yard and start our hike from there. The Maunawili Demonstration Trail is 9 miles long from Waimanalo to the Pali. We only hiked about 2 to 2.5 miles…
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  • Hike // Mt. Dana, Yosemite National Park

    Chris Marks
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mt. Dana Summit Panorama I usually break hikes into segments up in my head. Dana has three. The part where you go up, the part where you go up a whole lot more, and the part where you hike down. Even though the summit of Mt. Dana is just over three miles from the trailhead - the hike takes up the better part of the afternoon as it’s quite steep. The summit views are some of the tops in the Sierra making Dana a very popular climb. Hike Summary DifficultyHard Distance~5.8 Miles PopularityVery Popular Peak SeasonSummer Fees$20 Yosemite Entrance Fee Dana Meadows The trailhead for Mt. Dana is…
  • Hike // Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park

    Chris Marks
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest Summit. Light smoke from the early days of the Rim Fire. Clouds Rest is among the hardest of the classic Yosemite day-hikes. It’s a 14-mile round trip journey with endless ups and downs which even rivals it’s more famous neighbor Half Dome. Despite the difficulty though, the enduring popularity of Clouds Rest is a testament to how fantastic the payoff views are. The whole thing is capped off with a short, easy, scramble with a little bit of a pucker factor up to the top where a view worthy of all the miles and climbing awaits. The view…
  • Monday Morning // Old is New

    Chris Marks
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I've been up to a little housekeeping. All over the blog I've updated old content to be consistent with new styles and formats I've set up and be generally a little less awful. In some cases that means rewriting old posts, adding new photos, or adding all new content. The posts below are some of the favorites that have been updated but there is more all over the blog (and also much more to still be done). Please poke around and enjoy. Mount Whitney Main Trail, Day 1 and Day 2Big Basin, Berry Creek FallsAngel Island, Backpacking Loop (I added a second day to this…
  • Playlist // Rainy Day

    Chris Marks
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    We've had a lot of much needed rain recently (it's been two solid weeks since I've had to water my garden, yes!) here in the Bay Area. It's had me in a pretty mellow mood - which gets me feeling like some mellow jams. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea), blanket, and settle in by the fire place (or your crappy radiator if you live in an apartment like us!) and mellow out with our Rainy Day playlist. Our Favorite TracksChris // Gun Street Girl - Tom WaitsLiterally one of my favorite songs - period. I'll never get sick of listening to Waits sing with that gravely voice of his that sounds like he's…
  • Hike // Black Mountain Loop, Monte Bello OSP

    Chris Marks
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    I live in Mountain View, California. The mountain we have a view of is Black Mountain (2,812 ft). It’s probably the most prominent peak from the Sierra Azul to San Bruno Mountain. It’s surprising how well the mountain hides in plain sight though. Crowds at the top are calmer than you might expect from such a prominent peak. Once you know it’s there though it’s no surprise how fantastic the view from the top is. The wild Santa Cruz mountains sit to the west and urbanized Bay Area sprawls out to the east. From the trailhead in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (OSP) - Black Mountain is…
 
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  • Nigor – Wickiup Tipis

    Andy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Nigor is sister brand of Eureka, and is the company’s no-compromise offering for high-end camping. We love their range of Wickiup Tipis, which are super-lightweight for their size and made from some of the finest components in the world. The […] Read more...
  • Eureka! – Sphinx 3 Plus

    Andy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Eureka is a Dutch brand of high-quality tents which are available in the UK. Their Sphinx 3 Plus tent caught our eye because of some really neat attention-t0-detail features. The one shown above, in particular, we liked a lot. There’s […] Read more...
  • Coleman – Cortes 8 Plus

    Andy
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    This big old thing from Coleman’s next-year range features a cool hinged door which we liked. It’s made from a thin tent material, but it has a flexible rib running around its edge that keeps it taut and acting like a […] Read more...
  • True Mountain – Windproof

    Jodie
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    We here at GWA have a bit of a soft spot for British start-ups, and it always layers on the fuzzy feeling of well-being when those start-ups produce good kit. True Mountain fit that mould. Started by a chap called […] Read more...
  • PureLime – Compression Bra

    Jodie
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It’s obviously been developed for women with actual breasts who actually do real exercise, and that’s great. It kept everything strapped down right where it was supposed to be. No black eyes or escapees to frighten the farmers. I have no complaints at all about its performance under bouncing. But, I do have a genuine gripe with this bra though. It’s the thing that’s stopping me giving it full marks. It’s a RIGHT pain in the bum to put on. Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

  • HANCHOR creates lightest chalkbag

    Rutger
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Weight is your enemy while climbing. The more weight you carry, the harder it is to go up. This is simply what gravity does to us, we have to live with it. HANCHOR knows this… The post HANCHOR creates lightest chalkbag appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Edelrid wants us to know more about climbing ropes

    Ben
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How much do you know or do you think you know about your climbing rope? It’s the most critical peace of our climbing equipment and yet most of us don’t know much about it. German… The post Edelrid wants us to know more about climbing ropes appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Win $50k with your own outdoor adventure video

    Rutger
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    National Geographic is offering you the chance to win 50.000 dollars! All you have to do is convince a jury of experts (in art, food, social sciences, technology, filmmaking, journalism, engineering and the environment) that… The post Win $50k with your own outdoor adventure video appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • The Asolo Drifter GV, a shoe for every situation

    Rutger
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Whether you’re at a dance or hiking in the middle of nowhere, you need good shoes. Asolo now offers a very versatile boot which is useful in many situations, although you might want to skip… The post The Asolo Drifter GV, a shoe for every situation appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Polartec’s best technologies paired in two new jackets coming this fall

    Joe
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Polartec, the fabric and insulation specialist, has been producing some innovating products over the past few years. With some of the best in class synthetic insulation and waterproof fabrics, Fall Winter 2014 will be an… The post Polartec’s best technologies paired in two new jackets coming this fall appeared first on Gear Exposure.
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    Hiking The Trail

  • #HellHikeAndRaft Hiking into the shadow of the Devil Part 1.

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Alarm on our phones go off. We had set multiple just in case. I stumble to turn mine off. We slowly begin waking up. We had a late night chatting and making sure everything was ready for day 1 of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #HellHikeandRaft How it All Started

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Like any good story we can not skip the first chapter to get to adventure. If you would like to read a summery you can find that here. Before I get to the daily write ups I wanted to go back to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday – 9/15/2014

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday. Here are this weeks awesome photos. There were so many to choose from that It made it very hard to select this weeks picks. Thanks everyone for tagging your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureStories – Encounters with bighorn sheep near Jasper National Park

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Story Submitted by Hank Vlietstra On one of my bigger backcountry backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies, I was in the midst of 3 glorious days above treeline near Cataract Pass at the boundary of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sport Chalet Expert Announcement and Giveaway!

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
      A couple months ago I was contacted by Sport Chalet and was asked to be a part of their new community and they named me as one of their Expert Ambassadors. This has been in the works for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • 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.
  • Save on Hiking Gear for the Family!

    Robin
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Zulily has some amazing deals on hiking and running gear for the family today! Everything from Trail Toes shoes for kids to Salomon gear for men and women. Head on over and check it out before it's all sold out! *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.*   Happy... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review & Giveaway: Life Straw

    Tim Bird
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    A while back we were asked if we would be interested in reviewing the LifeStraw® by Vestergaard. It wasn't long (a week if that) before the LifeStraw® was at our door step. Being avid outdoors people you can only imagine what our answer was. We wouldn't be here right now if we had answered the... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Sharing some Camping tips...

    Tim Bird
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    So Robin just sent me a link to some camping tips with kids. I thought I would share them here. I'm liking number 10. What's your favorite or some other tips you would add to this list? Tips for Camping with Kids Happy Trails and Happy Camping, Tim and Robin 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

  • Triple Aught Design Recon AC Pant

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

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

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

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

    Brian Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Renovo Trio is a triple-stage water filter that its manufacturer says is for “emergencies, survival, hiking, camping, hunting, or travel.” That covers a lot of territory, but given the Trio’s relatively compact size (7.1 in./18 cm.) and weight (4.13 oz./117g after use), there is no reason one couldn’t employ it in all of these endeavors. I’d been curious about this filter since I first heard about it, so when I had a chance to test it, I jumped at the opportunity (Thank you, Brian). I conducted initial tests in my local creek before engaging in actual backcountry use during a…
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Bryce Canyon: A Diamond Among Diamonds

    Sarah Almond
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Labor Day Weekend had finally arrived and my trusty camping-companion, Alex, and I made grand plans to take a five-day camping trip to Zion National Park. Attracting over 2.5 million visitors a year, Zion is the 8th most visited National Park in the U.S., and we couldn’t wait to soak in the sights. But how in the world we thought we could score a campsite here, on one of the most popular camping weekends of the summer- sans reservation- is beyond me. The four-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Zion led us from full campground to full campground, and it was nearly midnight when we finally…
  • AnySharp Pro Review

    Brooks Cowles
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Let me start by saying that I am neither a culinary professional nor a knife connoisseur. I am, however, naturally curious and the fact that the AnySharp Pro claims to be the “best knife sharpener in world” definitely piqued my interest, so I figured I would put it to the test. The AnySharp Pro and a few of the knives I used To say it exceeded my expectations is an understatement. There are a couple of features in particular that I found exemplary. First, the AnySharp Pro has the patented “PowerGrip,” which is essentially a suction cup that can be activated by flipping a small lever.
  • Backcountry Photo Essentials: Wide-Angle Lens

    Andy Porter
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Glacier Peak It’s a chore to carry a full-frame DSLR on a long backpacking trip. I have one standard lens, a 24-105mm lens, which I have been using for some time and have been very happy with. Together, I would guess that these two items add about 4 pounds to my backpack. Because of this, I resisted the idea of getting a second lens— the added bulk and weight as well as having to change the lens often deterred me. What changed my mind and got me to add a second lens was nighttime imaging. Simply put, the shorter the focal length of a lens, the longer you can set the shutter speed…
  • Preparation for Fall Backpacking

    Ryan Rankin
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Fall is around the corner and, for those who know, some of the best backpacking of the year is approaching. Thinner crowds, leaves changing colors, less bugs and wildlife that is is hurriedly preparing for Winter. But with dropping temperatures, shorter days and quickly changing weather, backpacking in the Fall also comes with more risk. With some pre-planning and foresight on the trail, you can be better prepared so your trip goes off without a hitch. Photo by Vincent Lock Flickr.com Planning for your Trip Planning for Fall trips requires a few additional steps to your normal prep. For…
  • Heliotrope Ridge

    Andy Zahn
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    When I was growing up, my parents would regale me with stories of their adventures in Alaska— particularly their accounts of glaciers, which they visited by foot, ski or kayak. I have since been enamored of these ice rivers, but most of my hiking has been done in Southwest Washington or in Idaho, where there are few easily accessible glaciers. I have seen them in the distance— on the slopes of Rainier or in the crater of St. Helens— but for the most part they have been too far away to make a deep impression. My quest to encounter a real, crevasse filled, blue tinged, rock crushing…
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Men…..read this.

    Rourke
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The following post IS directly related to preparedness – preparedness for your soul, your life, and your happiness. I originally posted it back in September of 2013 however I felt the need to put it out there again. Being aware of the changes that have happened in my life have also made me be able to improve. My journey has just begun….and it is fantastic. Much of what I am going to present is just a small segment of what can be much more eloquently read in the pages of a book called Wild at Heart. I have been meeting with a group of men who have been studying this book and the…
  • REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount

    Rourke
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
      The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club. Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25 Joining the Seeds of the Month Club  – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store. Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your 1st month 4 packs of seeds every month thereafter 100% NON GMO 30 day money back guarantee 25% off vegetable gardening products in our online store Free shipping For more…
  • A few random thoughts…..

    Rourke
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    First off…..Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a tough week for me and I am looking forward to the weekend. I see that Australia foiled an ISIS plot to hold public beheadings in two cities. Amazing that I continue to see people state that it’s an overreaction to suggest that the threat could be here in the United States. Meanwhile law enforcement have sent out a bulletin stating that ISIS is calling on “lone wolves” here in the States to attack US soldiers. Yeah – nothing to see here folks….move along. I saw that Amazon has revamped their Kindle Fire…
  • Back to the Wild: Wilderness Survival Kit

    Rourke
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    by Victoria It pays to be prepared in every area of your life, and that makes it fundamentally important that, if ever you should find yourself out hiking across mountain or moorland, traversing streams or chasing through forests, you have a wilderness survival kit to hand. Around the world, the great outdoors poses many dangers to the unprepared. The wilderness is beautiful and invigorating, with an immediacy and freshness long absent from our urban towns and cities. We should all be encouraged to push ourselves and our children to experience nature first-hand, and yet, the outdoors can be…
  • Free Online Preparedness Training……

    Rourke
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Published this previously here on MSO and it has been awhile – thought I would pass on some information again on free preparedness training that can be taken online. This training is provided by the NC Center for Public Health Preparedness. Topics for study include: Bioterrorism Chemical Emergencies Radiation Emergencies Natural Disasters Pandemic Influenza Organizational Planning and more……….. Follow this link to check it out for yourself: North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness Training Web Site Rourke
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • ThermoBall Insulation from The North Face

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Would the Proclaimers be willing to walk 500 miles, if after half an hour their boots were rubbing and their soles had just come off right in the middle of a cold wet puddle? I doubt it! Especially as they knew they had to do 500 more! Joking aside, and it may seem the obvious [...]
  • All-Round Tents – A Guide to Choosing the Best!

    Gareth L
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some of us have a tent for every camping scenario. Our resident gear junkie Martyn had at last count 5 tents (maybe he’s looking to open his own camping store!) If you go camping very regularly and have the money it makes sense to have tents each designed for specific purposes, e.g. wild camping, microadventures, [...]
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Nighttime Lights Reset Birds’ Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn’s Chorus

    Supertrooper
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      High on bluffs overlooking the Pacific, Dominik Mosur was strolling along at 2 a.m. searching for owls. Darkness enveloped the Presidio, a historic military encampment turned national park, as Mosur made his way through cypress-scented fog. Alert in the mist as he cut through a forest, Mosur listened for the hoot of the great [...]   Read more...
  • Egyptian Geese

    Julie Feinstein
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Egyptian geese are abundant in Kensington Gardens in London where I took these pictures. The bird’s native range is in the Nile Valley in Egypt and throughout subsaharan Africa. Introduced and escaped birds have established feral populations throughout southern Europe. I sometimes see Egyptian geese in urban parks in the northeastern United States. Feral populations [...]   Read more...
  • VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 20 Sep 2014

    Supertrooper
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Willow Ptarmigan on the tundra in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada by Glenn Bartley. Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the three images you [...]   Read more...
  • Norway whale catch reaches highest number since 1993

    Supertrooper
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fishermen in Norway have caught 729 whales this year, the highest number since it resumed the controversial practice in defiance of international pressure, industry sources said on Monday. “The season is more or less finished and it’s been very good,” said Svein Ove Haugland, deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation. The eventual figure [...]   Read more...
  • POLL: Should the Faroe Islands’ whale slaughter be allowed to continue?

    Supertrooper
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The recent arrest of 14 volunteers working to stop whaling in the North Atlantic Ocean’s Faroe Islands has focused a spotlight once again on a local tradition stretching back over a thousand years. Six of the protesters were found guilty this week of interfering with the grindadráp, or grind, as these drive hunts are called, [...]   Read more...
 
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    Man Makes Fire

  • How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Trout

    Chris Maxcer
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The article How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Trout first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you want to learn how to fly fish for trout, you need a fly fishing rod — but which one? Fly rods come in different lengths and “weights” of rods, not to mention a wide range of prices and even cork handle styles. Where does a new fly fisher begin? Don’t worry and don’t overthink this — with just a few tips, a good trout rod is easy to find and it’s an easy choice to make. To start, get a 4-piece rod instead of a 2-piece. Why? Packability. Trust me. It’s…
  • The Last GoPro Review You’ll Ever Need

    Chris Maxcer
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    The article The Last GoPro Review You’ll Ever Need first appeared on Man Makes Fire. From the GoPro HERO3+ to the not-yet-released HERO4, the challenge isn’t figuring out which GoPro version you need — that’s easy. The challenge isn’t even choosing which action sports camera to buy, no, the challenge is making sure that when you choose a GoPro action camera that you actually use it. You know you want one, but you haven’t pulled the trigger yet — here’s how to stop obsessing over the tech specs and make the right move. Why You Need a GoPro As an…
  • Required Gear: A Big DSLR Camera?

    Chris Maxcer
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The article Required Gear: A Big DSLR Camera? first appeared on Man Makes Fire. I’ve taken some sweet photos over the last several years. A great shot starts with recognizing the subject and putting yourself in the right position to capture it. Framing the shot is key, too, and while I’m far from an expert, I think about frames in terms of thirds — if you’ve got mountains and sky, consider giving the mountains two-thirds and the sky one-third. Or if there’s a lake or dog or anything, look for ways to divide the subject into thirds, equally into thirds or with one element holding…
  • World’s Most Dangerous Ride?

    Chris Maxcer
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The article World’s Most Dangerous Ride? first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you’re afraid of heights, you might not want to watch this video of Adam Riemann ride his motorcycle along a high and narrow Himalayan trail carved from the sheer face of a cliff that plunges hundreds of feet straight down to a raging river. Of course, lots of motorcycle riders can tool around single track trails in the forest at high speeds and never make a mistake that leads them astray. And lots of guys can walk across a 2×4 on the ground. Move it up 20 feet in the air and it’s a whole new…
  • Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon

    Chris Maxcer
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The article Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon first appeared on Man Makes Fire. An eating utensil seems like a simple thing — until you don’t have one. Remember getting a pudding in your packed lunch when you were a kid . . . but then realized you didn’t have a spoon? Sure, you scooped the pudding out with a cookie or tried to slurp it like a drink, but damn, a spoon would have been nice. When I first went backpacking years ago, I ran into freeze dried meals, which are cooked by dumping boiling water into a foil-like bag and sealing it up for a few minutes…
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    Appalachian Trials

  • Facing My Fears

    Jason Schultz
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    I have come to the conclusion that walking the trail is going to make me face a lot of my own issues, fears and inhibitions. There is no greater breach of comfort zone than immersing yourself in the woods for six months without technology, fast food and showers. As I begin my preparations, I am already starting to face some of those fears. After reading fellow blogger Little D’s post on the topic <clicky clicky> and in an attempt to overcome and conquer my own fears, I decided to be open and share them with you.  Please try not to judge, unless you have no skeletons in your own…
  • The Irony of it All

    Mellanie Paredes
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I’m going to start off by saying that I am TERRIBLE with introductions. In fact, I have written for a handful of blogs and I can’t find words to describe who I really am. The only way to describe myself is that I am a girl with fleeting passions. I love something one day and I find myself bored the moment it is no longer challenging. The only constant in my life has been the passion that I have for adventure. DAMN, I just wrote my first successful “about me”! I concocted this crazy idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail sometime between hiking the Pacaya Volcano,…
  • “You’re Gonna Be Eaten By a Bear” – A Tale of Support

    Erin Tate
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It never ceases to amaze the amount of support my brother and I are getting for our big hike. “You’re gonna be eaten by a bear.” My coworker Glenn leans back in his chair smirking. We’re on break at work and one of the Senior Keepers, Tim, asks how my attempts at locking down sponsorship goes. This conversation happens at least once a week – the other zookeepers in my department see me reading the latest gear guide or book on the AT and a genuine discussion on preparation ensues. Then Tim takes a sip of his tea or a bite of salad and gives sage advice and…
  • Episode 42: Gordon Biggerstaff

    Pox Holiday
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    We were so lucky to have Gordon Biggerstaff on our show this week! Pox caught 2014 Northbound Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gordon before he left for his home in Scotland. We sat down at the Friends of the Smokies offices in Sevierville, TN. Gordon was working the night shift when he listened to Bill Bryson’s “A Walk In The Woods“, and from there the inspiration began. There’s a discussion of bears, ice cream, how surprisingly cold Georgia can be sometimes, and lazy Rattlesnakes. Gordon was also raising money for two separate charities as he hiked, one in the US and one…
  • 18 Absolutely Brilliant Backpacking Hacks

    Carlie Gentry
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    I, among many, have read a million and one tricks, tips and hacks for outdoor living. I’ll admit it, I think they’re fun and every thirty second one is something rational enough that I may use it in my lightweight backpacking adventures. But most of them seem to be for car campers living out of the back of a mini van. No matter how hard it is to shove a roll of toilet paper into a ZipLoc bag, I will never carry around a homemade TP dispenser (via: pinterest). Zach had the great idea of sifting through all the oversized can charcoal stoves (via: diyncrafts) and 5 gallon bucket noodle…
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Summer Vacation Ideas Part 2: Cottage Vacation

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

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

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

    David Harnden
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Bass fishing in Ontario is an incredibly popular pastime. Much of its appeal can be attributed to the prolific nature of the species as well as their relatively predictable behaviours, which makes bass easy and fun to catch for both beginners and experienced anglers. Bass fishing is definitely is one of our biggest draws on Loughborough Lake! Bass Characteristics Bass are part of the Centrachidae family, a group of ray-finned sunfish. In total, this family has 37 species under its umbrella, including rock bass, and large and smallmouth bass. All species in the Centrarchidae family are only…
  • Canada Day Cottage Activities

    David Harnden
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    No day at the cottage is just any day. There’s always something new and exciting to do! This July 1st, we want to help you make the most of your Canada Day cottage activities by offering up some fun, festive and unique ideas. Perhaps best of all, our suggestions are affordable, easy and perfect for kids or kids at heart. 7 Fabulous Canada Day Cottage Activities: Most of us already break out the sparklers and bust out the fireworks, but there’s more to Canada Day than burning your eyebrows off – though that’s definitely a tradition for some! Let’s take a look at some other Canada…
 
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    slickandtwistedtrails.com

  • The Essential Guide to Backpacking with A Dog

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

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

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

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

    Dustin Walker
    6 Nov 2013 | 10:30 pm
    There’s culinary tours, wildlife tours, and tours to places that will make your skin crawl. In fact, no matter what you’re into, odds are there’s a tour operator out there somewhere who can hook you up with just what you’re looking for. But what if the experience you crave is a bit out of the ordinary? Maybe you want an extreme challenge or to go somewhere few people have roamed before? That was certainly what I was looking for a few years ago when I traveled to Peru. And with enough digging, I found what I wanted. If you’re an adventurer looking for a different sort…
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    Detecting365

  • Field of Dreams – Detecting Scenario 7

    Rob Williams
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    You are invited by another detectorist to hunt a big yard that he has obtained permission to detect. He has previously found rare coins and artifacts on the site. On your hunt together you both have some incredible finds and have a great hunt. You feel many more significant finds are still there and ask him several times to go back with him to hunt. No matter how many times you ask him to go metal detecting, your buddy continually puts you off and eventually he doesn’t invite you to return. Someone tells you to approach the property owner directly and get your own permission to detect…
  • A Punch In the Face – Detecting Scenario 6

    Rob Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    As you are driving home from work you pass by a beautiful old farmhouse that you have been wanting to detect for a long time. You pull into the driveway to ask permission to metal detect and notice two very old shade trees in the front yard. Those large trees could be a honey hole for some great finds. You get out of your car and walk up to the door. When you ring the doorbell an angry drunk answers and punches you right in the face. Well, that wasn’t very nice! All you wanted to do is metal detect! What Would you do?. Final Thoughts Often the “correct answer” seems obvious, but…
  • A Mad Brother – What Would You Do?

    Rob Williams
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Detecting Scenario #5 – A Mad Brother! You have permission from a lady to metal detect a large pasture that is part of an estate. While detecting, her brother approaches you and asks what you are doing there. When you tell them who gave you permission, he angrily tells you to pack up your metal detector and leave. You have permission to be there, but this guy is obviously mad and isn’t hearing anything else that you have to say. Resistance is futile right now but you want to stay and metal detect even though it’s obvious that your words are falling on deaf ears. What would…
  • Broken Pipes – Detecting Scenario 4

    Rob Williams
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    You finally got permission to metal detect at a spot that you’ve been wanting to detect for a long time. You are detecting in a nice yard of an expensive home while the occupants are away. After a couple of hours you get a nice sounding signal and decide to dig it. This particular tone sounds so sweet that you can not wait to see what it is! Unfortunately, After digging six inches down you notice that your target is actually a brass fitting for a lawn irrigation system. Your shovel just misses the brass fitting but it pierces the PVC pipe! Water erupts out of the ground and is shooting…
  • Detecting Scenario 3 – No Strings Attached

    Rob Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    There’s nothing sweeter than getting permission to metal detect at a new spot. Especially if a homeowner happily gives you permission with no strings attached, but he asks that you show what you find at the end of the hunt. Sounds fair enough, right? While detecting in the front yard, you dig a beautiful gold wedding band with a huge diamond in it. You can tell that it is an expensive ring just by looking at it. Later at the end of the day when your hunt is over the homeowner asks what you found. What do you do? Do you show him the ring, or do you remain quiet about it? Final Thoughts…
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    50 Campfires

  • Two Incredible Planets You Can See In October

    50 Campfires
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Some of the greatest stargazing opportunities in North America come around during the fall season, and this even includes the other planets in our solar system. They may only look like dots mixed in above the stars, but in reality they are beautiful reminders that there is far more to reality than plane Earth. October in particular brings out a couple of planets that are rare occurrences in the night sky during the rest of the year. Only five of Earth’s planetary neighbors are actually visible during 2014, but there are two in particular that you’ll be able to see in October. Uranus This…
  • 5 Science Based Tips To Staying Warm

    50 Campfires
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Thanks to the Polar Vortex last year I had to endure the coldest winter in my entire life. I threw boiling water in the air and watch it turn to mist – that’s cold. Summer is over and the fall foliage is developing all around us. That only means winter is coming and the dreaded cold. This year I plan to be more prepared and turned to science to keep warm this winter. Here are 5 science based tips to staying warm. Stay Dry I know this is obvious. However, staying dry is hard if you are bundled up too much and sweating or stomping through icy puddles or wet snow. The trick is layering and…
  • Pacsafe Camsafe V25 Backpack Review

    50 Campfires
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Pacsafe has had a clear goal in mind since the companies inception: keep travellers gear safe from thieves and protected from the rigors of travel. The Pacsafe Camsafe V25 backpack was designed for the traveler who loves to take pictures. Meant for all travel, from a camping trip to a safari in Africa, the Camsafe V25 backpack will stand up to the elements and make taking pictures easy. Appearance: The sleek appearance of the Pacsafe Camsafe V25 backpack draws you in immediately. The all black look gives this backpack a ruggedly tough look. The first thing you notice is the amount of zippers,…
  • Green Belly Meal Bar Review

    50 Campfires
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Is the Green Belly Meal Bar really a meal replacement? Chris Cage decided to create a meal replacement bar after hiking 20 miles a day on the Appalachian Trail and becoming frustrated with the lack of options for meals on-the-go. Fast food was unhealthy, fresh fruit was perishable and protein bars weren’t filling. I thought about making an entire nutritionally balanced meal for endurance athletes and individuals on the go. Not just a “bar” to fill in the hungry cracks of the day, rather an entire meal that would supply about 1/3 of an individual’s daily nutritional…
  • Falcon Sound 911 Personal Safety Horn Review

    50 Campfires
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Falcon is one of the most renowned manufacturers of safety horns, especially for the outdoor and marine market. With a wide variety of horns from industrial to personal use, Falcon has been making long lasting, powerful signal horns for years. The Falcon Sound 911 Personal Safety Horn is a great air horn for the outdoor lover. Providing a peace of mind while jogging or hiking the trails, the Sound 911 will be there to protect you in an emergency situation. Appearance: At first glance, the compact size of the Sound 911 is apparent. Taking up a very small footprint, this powerful air horn can…
 
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸

    David Lowe
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸 – Mt. Hamaiba ハマイバ丸 Duration: 2 days Distance: 16.2km Difficulty: easy-moderate Usage/Traffic: light Start: Yamatoten Mokusan Onsen bus stop Finish: Yamatoten Mokusan Onsen bus stopMaps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.24 Mt. Daibosatsu 大菩薩嶺]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions One of Yamanashi’s 100 Revered Mountains The original plan for this hike…
  • Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus review

    David Lowe
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    ProLite Plus Delivers Year Round Warmth and Comfort Therm-a-Rest weren’t kidding when they claim that a well-cared for mattress should last years. Only in the last few months has my 18 year old Therm-a-Rest finally been retired more due to comfort issues than anything else. Over the intervening years many a company has endeavoured to replicate the success of the original Therm-a-Rest self-inflating mattress but few have garnered the same level of industry respect. Therm-a-Rest’s commitment to manufacture locally in Seattle, U.S.A. also stands it apart amongst its competitors.
  • Yatsugatake 八ヶ岳

    David Lowe
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Mt. Akadake 赤岳 – Mt. Yokodake 横岳 – Mt. Ioudake 硫黄岳 Duration: 3 days Distance: 25km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Minoto Kogen Lodge Finish: Umijiri Station (JR Koumi Line) Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.32 Yatsugatake 八ヶ岳]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Kanto’s Adventure Playground – Yatsugatake The eight main peaks which make up the…
  • Suunto A-30L Compass review

    David Lowe
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Enjoy Precision Navigation with the Suunto A-30L Compass Along with a detailed topographic map an accurate compass is a must have for any backcountry adventure. In a previous post I offered a summary of what to look for when choosing an outdoor compass and today I want to introduce another excellent but affordable offering from Suunto, a company renowned for precision navigation. The A-30L falls under Suunto’s adventure compass range as characterized by its ability to be operated in low light with luminescent markings and a magnifying lens on the transparent baseplate. Further up in the…
  • Erinji Temple

    David Lowe
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Erinji Temple Pays Homage to a Pre-eminent Daimyo Nestled in the mountain foothills surrounding Koshu City, a wine and grape growing area, finds the Erinji Temple 恵林寺 which is well-known throughout Japan. The temple was founded in 1330 and later rebuilt by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. A fire in 1910 destroyed much of the original building leaving only the red gate as a reminder to bygone days. Significant is a monument and grave of Takeda Shingen a pre-eminent daimyo from a time when Japan was dominated by powerful regional families. The inside of the…
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • What's Happening This Weekend in Maine - 9/13-9/14

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! The unofficial final weekend of summer is here in Maine, but there is plenty going on around the state to celebrate the transition to fall! So, before we trade in lemonade for apple cider and tank tops for sweaters, get out there and make the most of the long weekend. Portland Brew Festival August 29th, 5:30pmThe fourth annual Portland Brew Festival (www.portlandbrewfestival.com) is set for August 29 and 30, and event organizers promise more brewers, additional activities and expanded food options. The 2014 event, which returns to the Portland Company Complex at 58…
  • What's Happening in Maine This Weekend? 8/22 - 8/24

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Union Fair August 16th - 22ndUnion FairgroundsFairgrounds Lane, Union, ME 04862A large family fair famous for the annual State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. Large midway, crafts, animal pull events, harness racing.www.unionfair.org/ Cocktails and Liquers from the Garden August 22nd 5-7pmCoastal Maine Botanical GardensBarters Island Road, BoothbayTreat summer guests to fresh cocktails with ingredients from your summertime garden! Start your evening in the gardens, learning what to grow and collecting herbs, veggies, fruits and berries to use. The class will move to the Kitchen Garden Cafe…
  • What's Happening In Maine This Weekend - 8/15 - 8/17

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Butterfly Garden Walk with Andy Brand Friday August 15 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Coastal Maine Botanical GardensBarters Island Road, Boothbay, ME By mid-August, the Gardens are alive with butterflies! Meander through the summertime blooms in search of these lovely pollinators with Andy Brand, a founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Learn their names, observe their behavior, see their favorite plants - and even get a peek at some in the caterpillar stage! Please bring a hat and water. http://www.mainegardens.org/learning/adults/pollinators/ Belgrade Regional Health Center walking trail…
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 8/8-8/10

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    12th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors ShowAugust 8-10, 2014Harbor Park, Rockland, ME Where "Tradition Shapes Innovation" Maine's only in-water boat and home show will feature the state's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftspeople, designers, furniture makers, marine gear vendors, and musicians. There'll be live music, a Just For Kids activities area, fine Maine food, and the light-hearted Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog(R) Trials (Sunday at 10:30). Admission: $12 adults, under 12 free. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. Harbor and Buoy parks, Rockland. No pets allowed.
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    OutdoorBuzz

  • Vivo Forever!

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Review: Justin Edwards talks about his growing relationship....with his new trail running shoes, the VIVOBAREFOOT Trail Freaks.
  • In Bruges!

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    For Abby Smith, a recent trip to Bruges was about a lot more than just the chocolate. Honest!
  • Life Around Our Coastlines

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Here's another brilliant gallery from Jenny Jones, who this time takes us around the hidden gem - and tiny hamlet - of Cove, in Scotland. Enjoy!
  • Spiritual Intoxication!

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Here's the brilliant first video in a series to be released by Volcom as part of the brand's continued evolution. Surfing, skating, snowboarding, music and art? Yes please!
  • British BMX Championships

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    An awesome weekend of BMX racing gets underway in Kent tomorrow, with more than 1,000 of the UK’s best BMX riders competing for the title of British BMX Champion 2014.
 
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Red 9’6” Allwater Inflatable SUP Review

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

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

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

    Allison
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Sea Eagle Needlenose is very popular and is the stand-up paddleboard I use most often. This is a great instructional video that Dan from Sea Eagle put out that should help answer any questions you have regarding the set up of this board. In particular what I found super helpful with this video was […]
  • Video: Epic Ride With C4 Waterman ISUP’s

    Allison
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This awesome video is just over 11 minutes long and features some incredible people taking on the rapids of the main section of the Salmon River in Idaho. I love videos that showcase how incredibly strong and resilient inflatable stand-up paddleboards can be. C4 waterman is a great company that manufacturers some really solid inflatable […]
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • How To Pack Your Bug Out Bag For Survival

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

    Chris Ruiz
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The old saying goes “The more skills you have the less gear you need”.  This is a great mindset to have and it provides a clear path on the journey to preparedness.  Today I am going to share with you a set of skills and tools that all add up to the overall field known as “Bushcraft”.  If you are an old hand at wilderness survival or are just asking, “What is Bushcraft?” this article will show you what skills to learn and tools to use when growing your bushcraft knowledge and survival abilities. What Is Bushcraft? Bushcraft is the art of using the…
  • How Big and Heavy Should Your Bug Out Bag Be?

    Chris Ruiz
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
      This article was contributed by guest writer Roger Gallager of Security Vantage If chaos suddenly happened and you are at your home, what is the first thing that you’ll get your hands into? Your clothes? Your smartphone? Your iPad? Your wallet? With the clock ticking fast and quick decisions need to be made, your time is not enough. Panic gets to you and you end up stuffing your bag with almost anything that you could easily grab and run away for survival. I’m sure your number one answer for this is your bug out bag. Sadly, a lot of people think that they can just pack…
  • How To Buy Survival Gear Online…Without Getting Ripped Off

    Chris Ruiz
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you ever bought a piece of survival gear online only to be disappointed when it arrived?  It’s really frustrating, right? One of the big problems I had when I was just starting out was telling good gear from the hype and more importantly how to tell a good website from a dishonest seller. In this article, I am going to share some real life examples with you of how I learned to find quality survival gear online including: Understanding your options when finding gear to meet YOUR survival needs Identifying points of quality to look for with ANY survival gear Identifying red…
  • Premade Bug Out Bag Review – Head For The Hills By Survival Bags Inc

    Chris Ruiz
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As I have mentioned in the past, there are a lot of options out there for people looking for a premade bug out bag.  I have reviewed some of the better ones that I have come across (reviews here), including a couple from Survival Bags Inc. I got talking to the owner of Survival Bags, a gentleman by the name of Mike a while back.  We have had some interesting discussions about how he designs his bug out bags and what it’s like running a preparedness related business.  I have been able to learn a lot and every time I open up one of his emails I am glad that we met! Mike was…
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    Best Tactical Flashlight

  • Number 3

    MIchael
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Guess That Flashlight What flashlight is represented in the picture? < Previous Hint This is one of the flashlights mentioned in the article Best Keychain Flashlight. AnswerThe flashlight that belongs to this ANSI FL1 table is the Nitecore SENS AA, a great flashlight with some innovative features like Active Dimming Technology (ADT). Congratulations to all of those that guessed correctly without a hint. Nitecore SENS AA Battery: Single AA Battery Length: 3.2 inches Diameter: 0.78 inches Weight: 0.92 Oz w/o battery LED: Cree XP-G R5 Active Dimming Technology Tail Stand Ability Compatible…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • Indian Rail Journeys – Old wine in a New Bottle?

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    Summer vacations got over a few weeks back and with it one of three official travelling rush period got over, things will be in slow mode till Diwali fever kicks in and after that Christmas. Every year during these rush periods, thousands of us travel across the length and breadth of the country...
  • 25 Incredibly Beautiful World Heritage Sites in India - Part 2

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The various world heritage monuments of India reflects a collective heritage of the past. Continuing on our earlier post, this is the part 2 of 25 Incredibly Beautiful World Heritage Sites in India. In case you’ve not read part one, it is here.   14) Great Living Chola Temples, Thanjavur  
  • 25 Incredibly Beautiful World Heritage Sites in India - Part 1

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The rich and varied cultural heritage of India is unparalleled. It is the diversity you find across the length and breadth of the country, that is the pillar on which our ancient history proudly sits. The UNESCO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, has a list of 1007 (as of 2014) sites,...
  • Trekking In India: The 20 Best Treks in India

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    From the snow capped mountain ranges of Himalayas to rough glaciers to frozen rivers to delightfully colourful valleys of flowers. Indian landscape has some of the most amazing treks which could accommodate varied degrees of difficulty. Trekking in India is not only a physical journey but also a...
  • Sun Kissed Rajasthan - Ten Must Visit Destinations in Rajasthan

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    From sand dunes to palaces, Rajasthan is a bouquet of landscape and history. Also known as the “Land of Kings”, the history of Rajasthan can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Aravalli mountain range, the oldest mountain range of India passes through the land which is also home to...
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