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  • What makes a good bird guide?

    10,000 Birds
    Dragan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was: post no adverts. This made me think… I don’t think I’ve ever posted adverts – only recommendations. E.g., whenever I travel and use the services of local guides, if I was happy with them, I do recommend them. I am not dissatisfied with guides who do not manage to find the target bird, if they do try with all their heart. I accept that there are no guarantees and respect anyone’s hard work – while it does not always lead to success, occasional failures do not…
  • Cinnamon Monkey Bread

    Backpacking Light Magazine
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. by Ken Larson | 2014-08-19Sidewinder Ti-Tri & 1.3 Evernew Ti Pot Epicurean Stove (Wooden block shim is needed under stove plate (L 2in x W 1.7in x .433in) + one 14g Esbit Tablet; OR Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen without Wooden block shim OR KOVEA gas stove with either Sidewinder or Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen. 1ea Pint Ziploc bag, 2ea Sandwich bags Fat Daddio's 5" round pan ARTICLE OUTLINE Equipment Ingredients: Dough Topping Coating Preparation # WORDS: 390 # PHOTOS: 6 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView…
  • Sierra Designs Tensegrity Tent

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    Amy Jurries
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary, Sierra Designs created a new Elite Collection of gear. This lightweight yet high performance line of products includes everything from rain gear to tents and sleeping bags, all reflecting the brand’s new unconventional approach to design. Similar in style to the MSR FlyLite tent, the non-freestanding Tensegrity (a rift on tensional integrity) ditches the majority of poles in favor of using your trekking poles as support instead. One small pole for the foot area and seven tent stakes ensure this tarp tent offers enough interior space…
  • Farmer's Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

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    Puck it
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation." More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected…
  • Camping Cheaply at Goodale Creek

    Camping News
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Camping does not need to be expensive. This is a camping ground that is only about $5 a night.
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  • Farmer's Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

    Puck it
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation." More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected…
  • Stash Discussion Private Subforum - Yes or No?

    Nick
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Thinking you need to be registered user with a minimum of 500 posts to see it. Good idea?
  • Revealing Secret Stashes Online - Why YOU are an IDIOT for doing it...

    Highway Star
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Recently a long time poster who should know better and will remain nameless* because he's an idiot felt the need to post directions here to one of Killington's more interesting (but far from the most interesting) off the map spots. I would not normally take time from my busy day to write such a detailed PSA, but seemingly this part of "bro-code" is not evident to some people. Why is this a problem? Everything is a secret until people find out about it. It is one thing to be an accomplished skier and to observe the mountain while skiing and find something off trail to ski....it's…
  • Lost Valley, ME to close?

    Nick
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Somehow i missed this in June. http://www.wmtw.com/news/struggling-...307236#!bGUpHv Quote: "We're just at a point (where) it takes a lot of money to keep a place like this going. We have just run out of money. So now we're looking at options because closing is the last thing we want to do," said Connie King, co-owner of Lost Valley.King said the resort has been struggling for years because of weak winters. She said this last winter was great for snow, but too cold for many folks to come out. When she and fellow co-owner Lincoln Hayes bought Lost Valley 10 years ago, the money was…
  • Never Have I Ever....(ski version)

    MadMadWorld
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    ......Lost a ski off!
 
 
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  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 13

    19 Aug 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 | 2014-08-19The 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…
  • Cinnamon Monkey Bread

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. by Ken Larson | 2014-08-19Sidewinder Ti-Tri & 1.3 Evernew Ti Pot Epicurean Stove (Wooden block shim is needed under stove plate (L 2in x W 1.7in x .433in) + one 14g Esbit Tablet; OR Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen without Wooden block shim OR KOVEA gas stove with either Sidewinder or Fat Cat It's a Snap Windscreen. 1ea Pint Ziploc bag, 2ea Sandwich bags Fat Daddio's 5" round pan ARTICLE OUTLINE Equipment Ingredients: Dough Topping Coating Preparation # WORDS: 390 # PHOTOS: 6 Read this article at BackpackingLight.comView…
  • The Greatest Trip That Never Happened

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable. by Scott Morris | 2014-08-12ARTICLE OUTLINE An unfortunate consequence of my growing immersion in the world of running has been the nagging voice of others questioning my motivation for wanting to do the things that I do or the much more ominous and obvious question of my sanity. That question has never really bothered me much. My simple rationale behind running has always been simple; I enjoy running and it makes me feel good, so I end up doing it a lot. That’s always…
  • (M) Martin Titanium Knife

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Weighing about the equivalent of half an ounce (16 M&M's) this knife has a 2.75 inch blade that easily guts fish and small game. Better yet it self-sharpens. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-08-12Direct from Mike: I got into knifemaking about a year ago. I became fascinated with "carbidized" edge technology where a layer of very hard tungsten carbide is micro-welded on one side of the edge. The softer substrate (e.g. steel or titanium) wears away more quickly, constantly revealing a fresh carbide edge. The result is a knife that is largely self-sharpening when used on some materials (e.g. cardboard),…
  • Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-08-05Much of the Olympics remained unexplored until the early part of the 20th century. Many summits and off piste routes were pioneered by ambitious Boy Scouts and "Hikemasters" (i.e., trek leaders) walking out of Camp Parsons, situated between the deltas of the Quilcene and Dosewallips rivers. In 1987 I would join the Camp Parsons Staff, and within a few years would carry the Hikemaster moniker with a later generation of Boy Scouts keen on exploring the range's glaciers, slide…
 
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  • 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…
  • Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels

    Dave
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels from David Joseph Falossi II ____________ Dave's 160-page, all-original Lima Travel Guide is now available for Kindle and PDF.
  • Tips for Scuba Diving in Cenotes

    Gina Douglas Tarnacki
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Opening to a Cenote in Mexico If you’re vacationing in Cancun or other parts of Mexico along the Riviera Maya on the country’s east coast, you’re bound to see tours and advertisements for visiting cenotes. Most cenote visits consist of snorkeling or swimming in a cenote. Since cenotes are deep sinkhole caverns in the earth typically filled with teal hued water and framed by rocks and swinging vines, this will no doubt be memorable, but here’s a little secret: scuba diving is the best way to see a cenote. Here’s why. Cenote Scuba Diving Means Less Crowds First off, it…
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  • 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:
  • Lake district

    wildan
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Hi all, sorry not been on for a while, hope you're all well and good. Towards the end of august me and 3 other friends are looking to do a long weekend in the lake district (somewhere) I was just wondering if you guys could recommend any routes that have some awesome views of the countryside, landscapes and that are proper out in the sticks. Do you also know of any campsites that are good and close to the routes. I have only ever been to the lakes once and stopped by waswater? I think that was the name of it. Anyway all help will be much appreciated and greatly received many thanks in advance…
  • Oggie 8 Challenge - Saturday 2nd August - Fundraising for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescu

    andyharbach
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    The Oggie 8 Challenge is taking place on Saturday 2nd August, and there are still some spaces left for team of 4 or more. The challenge involves walking over 8 3000ft peaks in the Ogwen Valley, and raising money for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation whilst doing it. It is a fun event followed by a party, and each competitor gets a goodie bag and food! More details can be found at http://www.ogwen-rescue.org.uk/oggie_8/
  • Slide share to combat ignorance about TBE

    Tick Alert
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Ramblers,walkers, hikers and group organisers can now access a quick presentation to inform members about the risk from ticks carrying a dangerous virus in Europe. Protect Yourself from Tick Borne Encephalitis in Europe is available on the Tick Alert website (www.tickalert.org) and focuses on travel between spring and early autumn to any of 27 countries where TBE is endemic. It shows how the disease is contracted, explains the serious symptoms that can arise and what to do to protect against TBE, which is a viral disease transmitted within minutes from the bite of an infected tick. Every year…
 
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  • History Inside the Blue Line: Place Names of the Trans Adirondack Route

    Philip Werner
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    History Inside the Blue Line: Place Names of the Trans Adirondack RouteI sometime wonder if Erik Schlimmer and I live in parallel universes. I don’t know Erik very well and we’ve never met face to face, but I can understand why he’s so fascinated by hiking in the Adirondack Park and the region’s unique history. It’s the same passion I have for hiking and exploring New Hampshire’s White Mountains, researching its past, and protecting its future.New York’s Adirondack Park is the largest state-protected park in the lower 48 . It is huge, containing…
  • Raffle: ENTER to WIN a FREE Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent

    Philip Werner
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Click to Watch the Kelty TN3 Video Overview (shown above)The new Kelty TrailLogic TN3 Tent is a roomy, well-ventilated tent for 3 people that features a roll-up rain fly for campers who like to look at the stars at night. With room for 3 people, this tent is lightweight and compact enough to carry for backpacking or car camping trips. With two side doors, it’s perfect for couples who want a little extra room to spread out and has two large side vestibules for storing extra gear. Valued at $299.99 retail, the TN3 was selected by Backpacker Magazine as an Editor’s Choice in…
  • Campsite Regulations: The 200 Foot Rule

    Philip Werner
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Camping at a  non-designated, pre-existing campsiteI recently met a pair of new backpackers, Bill and Elena, and they asked me my opinion about the 200 foot rule. This is a  a backcountry camping rule in many federally regulated forests.Check your local regulations for specifics because they vary accross different federal and state jurisdictions. If you hike within the White Mountain National Forest, here is a link to their Backcountry Camping Rules. In certain fragile areas, the 200 foot rule is replaced by a distance of is 1/4 mile.The 200 foot rule says: No camping within 200 feet of…
  • Zpacks.com Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks

    Philip Werner
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Summer UL gear List – 9.93 PoundsUpgrading your stuff sacks to ultralight cuben fiber stuff sacks is often overlooked as a way to reduce your pack weight, but it can have a huge impact if you use heavier waterproof stuff sacks or compression sacks today.I switched to cuben fiber stuff sacks this spring because a lot of my older silnylon stuff sacks had bitten the dust. I upgraded to the cuben fiber stuff sacks made by Zpacks.com because they’re super lightweight, and they come in lots of different sizes and colors which helps me keep my gear organized, and Zpack’s prices…
  • Reader Poll: What’s the Worst Weather You’ve Ever Hiked In?

    Philip Werner
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Stacked pancaked clouds like this, called Lenticular Clouds, are often the harbinger of heavy rainMost of us have had to hike in bad weather at one time or another, on day hikes or backpacking trips.While there have been plenty of times when I’ve cancelled a day hike or postponed it do to bad weather, I’ve also be forced to deal with pop-up thunderstorms and violent rain that we not forecasted and unavoidable. Backpacking trips are no different, especially when you’ve been out for a few days without access to an updated weather forecast, and a new weather front blows through…
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  • Meet Leah, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Congratulations to Leah (aka Lah, 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 "salty sailor" Leah, a Colorado native turned Florida paddler, backpacker, free diver, and world traveler. Congratulations, Leah, and thanks for sharing your many helpful gear reviews with us, including Good to Go's Herbed Mushroom Risotto: "a fresh, healthy, and tasty alternative to the every growing line of pre-packaged backpacker meals." For your contributions, you win this month's…
  • Greg wins $100 Backcountry.com Gift Card, Three to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Greg Caporale (GCap48)! Greg, a hiker from New York State, is our second weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Every week for five weeks, we're giving one reviewer a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Greg's review of his Platypus Hoser water reservoir ("great reservoir, no taste or smell, and no leaks.") was selected randomly from the 39 outdoor gear reviews submitted August 8 through August 14. We've got three more $100 gift cards to go, so you still have time to win. Review your outdoor gear…
  • Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

    Seth Levy
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    On the third day of Outdoor Retailer, Sierra Designs introduced its Elite Cagoule and Rain Chaps, reinvigorating two decidedly retro styles of rain gear for its 50th anniversary collection; Big Agnes showed a new series of mtnGLO tents with glittering integrated-LED technology; and Vargo Outdoors confirmed its mastery of all things titanium by introducing a line of titanium-infused performance apparel.   Sierra Designs EliteCagoule and Rain Chaps  Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule with vent flap and Rain Chaps Sierra Designs is challenging convention by reintroducing two older styles of…
  • MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack

    Seth Levy
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer.   MSR's WindBoiler personal cook system with Hanging Kit. MSR WindBoiler Personal Stove MSR's new WindBoiler Personal Stove System uses the same radiant burner technology with built-in heat exchanger that powers the Reactor stove. But, unlike the Reactor, which is meant for group use, the WindBoiler is designed for personal use in punishing…
  • First $100 Backcountry.com Winner, Four to Go

    Alicia MacLeay
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kim reviewed his Big Agnes tent ("more headroom, sturdy construction, ease in assembly") and won $100 to Backcountry.com! Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Kim Fenske! He's our first weekly winner of a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Every week for five weeks, we're giving one reviewer a $100 gift card to Backcountry.com. Kim's review of his Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 tent was selected randomly from the 54 outdoor gear reviews submitted in the past week. Congratulations on being the first of our five winners, Kim! We've got four more…
 
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  • Hike Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

    Scott Turner
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cowles Mountain is hardly a secret to San Diego hikers. This easily accessible, moderately challenging peak can be reached from several different directions, and it offers the best views (marine layer permitting) of downtown San Diego county. In fact, the peak is the dead opposite of a secret, as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win A Season Pass from Mountain High

    Casey Schreiner
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    We here at Modern Hiker started out our site with the mission of letting the world know more about Southern California’s surprisingly little-known hiking trails … and we’re betting a lot of those people who think the best hiking in SoCal is a dirt path from a parking lot to an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Asked to Make San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

    Casey Schreiner
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Talk about moving at the speed of government. Since 2005, people have been working toward making the San Gabriel Mountains a National Recreation Area instead of a National Forest. A National Park Service study from that year through 2009 yielded some inspiring conclusions – as the NPS put... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: The Ultralight Sublite Tarp Tent

    Bram Johnson
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
      On the Quick: Sleeps: 1 Weight: 19.5oz Floor Area: 20sqft Interior Height: 42in Length: 86in Width: 42in MSRP: $209 Available From: www.tarptent.com As an Ultra-Lighter, I’m always doing whatever I can to shed any extra weight from my pack,  from trimming tags to eradicating luxury items.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Photo Friday – August 15

    Casey Schreiner
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the late post – this is coming to you live from the Portland Airport, where I’m catching up on some work after spending the last few days with the Columbia Sportswear Omniten following the premiere of our Jordan documentary (more on that soon!). This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Top 3 Electric Scooter for Kids

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Electric scooters are a thing of joy for kids. The latest models are brilliantly designed to encourage kids to ride them and also keep them safe during the ride. Electric scooters are light in weight. They make the playing time of the kids not only fun but also offer complete movement to the body. The height of the scooters can be adjusted as and when the kid grows up. Some of the electric scooters last even when the kids become adults. While selecting kids electric scooters, parents should make sure that the wheels of the scooter are sturdy enough to maintain the balance. Many electric…
  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    Are you in search of the ideal baby carrier? Well, it is quite understandable how desperate you are to carry your baby in any place you go. The good thing is that there is a great deal of baby carriers in the market currently. A lot of companies are making baby carriers to ensure that parents are in a better position to move around with their babies without any form of inconvenience. The problem is that the quest of choosing the best baby carrier can prove really challenging. While the great number of baby carrier brands in the market can be considered an advantage, confusion in selecting the…
  • Myths about Rear Facing Convertible Car Seat

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:04 am
    We might often wonder why babies up to a certain age are advised to sit in a rearward position or why it is recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to let all children up to the age of two, face rearward while traveling in a vehicle. In the past few years, there has been a trend where toddlers up to an age of four years are made to sit in a rear facing position in their car seats due to the fact which came into light lately. As per the laws of physics, during a front collision of the vehicle, all the energy of destroying force is distributed evenly across the front seat…
  • How To Keep Baby Safe At Home

    4 Feb 2014 | 4:10 am
    Life seems to be so beautiful and innocent when you have a baby at your home. At the same time, it is your responsibility to take care about his safety at home. The world for your baby is your home where he can find various places to explore as babies are curious about everything which comes in their way. The baby being inquisitive tries to play with everything and this is the time where the role of parents comes into picture. The safety of the baby is in the hands of his parents as there is no substitute to surveillance. Childproofing or baby proofing can be done in various ways and in…
  • Essential Things for Creating an Environment for Writing

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:26 am
    It is a common conception that real writers wait for inspiration to strike, this may not apply for all writers. Most writers use a daily writing regime which requires self discipline. This is important in realizing your daily writing target without much effort. Basically, a writer needs to set up with sensory cues that provoke your impulse to write. Budding writers then have to nurture this creative spark and turn it into a passion by putting it into their daily itinerary. To begin with, a writer has to find out the elements that elicit their creative state. The following are the 3 Essential…
 
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  • Summer evening clouds

    montucky
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    What a beautiful end to a summer day.
  • Two of his three worlds

    montucky
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
  • A very pleasant surprise

    montucky
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last week on very pleasant hike with a new friend I had just commented that there was practically no animal life on the rocky top of the mountain because of the deep winter snow there (at 7,400 feet) when his sharp eyes spotted this little fellow. Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, Callospermophilus lateralis This fairly large ground squirrel gets up to 12 inches in length and weighs as much as 13 ounces. It is an omnivore and can reside on that rocky mountain top because it will hibernate from some time between August and November (depending on altitude) until it again emerges any time from…
  • Along Trail 345

    montucky
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    This old trail has been de-commissioned by the Forest Service but it still exists and I walk along parts of it when I can. Something of interest seems always to be there. Fireweed ~ Epilobium angustifolium Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus) are ripening Thimbleberry blossoms (From my archives) Pinedrops ~ Pterospora andromrdea Pinedrops are saprophytic perennials, without chlorophyl or green leaves. You have to look closely at them to tell if they are newly blossoming or dried from the previous year. Northern Green Bog Orchid ~ Platanthera huronensis Bog orchids can easily be overlooked. Pine…
  • Late evening storm

    montucky
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    In the month of July there were 21 days when our temperature reached over 90º. The grasses in the valley and the lower slopes of the mountains are tinder-dry and the fire index is “very high”. Early this afternoon I noticed a helicopter heading west-northwest trailing the all-too-familiar water bucket, and not long after, a 4 engine aircraft flew the same path: it had a red tail.. a slurry bomber. Late in the afternoon I spotted the fire burning in steep, rocky terrain high on Koo Koo Sint ridge about 6 miles downriver from here. I’m glad I won’t be on that one!
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  • What makes a good bird guide?

    Dragan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was: post no adverts. This made me think… I don’t think I’ve ever posted adverts – only recommendations. E.g., whenever I travel and use the services of local guides, if I was happy with them, I do recommend them. I am not dissatisfied with guides who do not manage to find the target bird, if they do try with all their heart. I accept that there are no guarantees and respect anyone’s hard work – while it does not always lead to success, occasional failures do not…
  • Spectacular Birding on Cerro Montezuma

    Mike
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    What happens when you visit one of the best birdwatching sites in the region with the highest number of endemic bird species in the Americas in the world’s birdiest country? Your mind gets blown. How else can I describe two days at Cerro Montezuma in Colombia? Cerro Montezuma or Montezuma Peak lies within Tatama National Park in Colombia’s Western Cordillera. (Xeno-canto has a helpful map.) The area is known for a military base, the legendary Montezuma Lodge, and a boatload of birds. This last trait can be attributed both to the terrific verticality of this humid cloud forest and…
  • Best Bird of the Year – 2013

    Duncan
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m at a yearly disadvantage when it comes to deciding my Best Bird of the Year (BBOY) here on 10,000 Birds. This is because unlike most of the writers here I live in the Southern Hemisphere, which means that like a lot of people over here I take my yearly long break over the Christmas period. When all of you are settling in inside away from the snow for family, food and arguments, we’re all getting our travel on. So while most people have picked their BBOY by Thanksgiving, each year I have to nominate a bird knowing I could very well see something better between the story…
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Dinosaurs!

    Greg
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a fantastic paper just out in Science: “Sustained miniaturization and anatomoical innovation in the dinosaurian anceestors of birds” by Michael Lee, Andrea Cau, Darren Naishe and Gareth Dyke. I want to talk about this research but if you really want to know more about it, don’t rely on me; one of the co-authors of this important paper is Darren Naish, who happens to be a stupendous blogger, and he has written the research up here. So go read that for sure, and revel in the excellent graphics. Meanwhile I have a few random thoughts. Whales are cows. It is technically correct,…
  • Amazing New York State Pelagic Trip

    Corey
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    It was a week ago, at about 8 PM, that fifty-something birders boarded the Starstream VIII in Freeport and headed out over the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I was one of those birders. And that makes me very, very, very, happy. Why? Well, I guess I should start at the beginning… I was the fourth to sign up for the trip which means that I was also the fourth to board the boat, which meant that I had my choice of plum spots to sleep. You see, despite being a large, two-decked, boat, we were loaded up with birders. Quite a few birders had to pack onto the top deck, which ended up…
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  • What makes a good bird guide?

    Dragan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was: post no adverts. This made me think… I don’t think I’ve ever posted adverts – only recommendations. E.g., whenever I travel and use the services of local guides, if I was happy with them, I do recommend them. I am not dissatisfied with guides who do not manage to find the target bird, if they do try with all their heart. I accept that there are no guarantees and respect anyone’s hard work – while it does not always lead to success, occasional failures do not…
  • Spectacular Birding on Cerro Montezuma

    Mike
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    What happens when you visit one of the best birdwatching sites in the region with the highest number of endemic bird species in the Americas in the world’s birdiest country? Your mind gets blown. How else can I describe two days at Cerro Montezuma in Colombia? Cerro Montezuma or Montezuma Peak lies within Tatama National Park in Colombia’s Western Cordillera. (Xeno-canto has a helpful map.) The area is known for a military base, the legendary Montezuma Lodge, and a boatload of birds. This last trait can be attributed both to the terrific verticality of this humid cloud forest and…
  • Best Bird of the Year – 2013

    Duncan
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m at a yearly disadvantage when it comes to deciding my Best Bird of the Year (BBOY) here on 10,000 Birds. This is because unlike most of the writers here I live in the Southern Hemisphere, which means that like a lot of people over here I take my yearly long break over the Christmas period. When all of you are settling in inside away from the snow for family, food and arguments, we’re all getting our travel on. So while most people have picked their BBOY by Thanksgiving, each year I have to nominate a bird knowing I could very well see something better between the story…
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Dinosaurs!

    Greg
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a fantastic paper just out in Science: “Sustained miniaturization and anatomoical innovation in the dinosaurian anceestors of birds” by Michael Lee, Andrea Cau, Darren Naishe and Gareth Dyke. I want to talk about this research but if you really want to know more about it, don’t rely on me; one of the co-authors of this important paper is Darren Naish, who happens to be a stupendous blogger, and he has written the research up here. So go read that for sure, and revel in the excellent graphics. Meanwhile I have a few random thoughts. Whales are cows. It is technically correct,…
  • Amazing New York State Pelagic Trip

    Corey
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    It was a week ago, at about 8 PM, that fifty-something birders boarded the Starstream VIII in Freeport and headed out over the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I was one of those birders. And that makes me very, very, very, happy. Why? Well, I guess I should start at the beginning… I was the fourth to sign up for the trip which means that I was also the fourth to board the boat, which meant that I had my choice of plum spots to sleep. You see, despite being a large, two-decked, boat, we were loaded up with birders. Quite a few birders had to pack onto the top deck, which ended up…
 
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  • Photo from our camp this morning at Reconnaissance Lake

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Here’s a live photo from our camp this morning at Reconnaissance Lake (18.Aug.2014). Our shelters are the little dots at the base of the talus field in the lower left part of the photo. The big mountain is Peak 12,385, the southernmost high point of the Yard Peak Massif, and the most dramatic. Godspeed, RJ // Follow our trek in the High Uinta Wilderness! Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this expedition online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/uintas2014 and receive updates from Twitter via @bigskyry (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry).
  • High Uinta Wilderness – Day 5: 17.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    17.Aug.2014 – Walking the Shelf This morning dawned with clear skies, warm sun, and tiger trout rising to flying ants at our camp along the lightly forested north shore of Dead Horse Lake. Eden and Mike packed up first. This was to be their last day on the trail and they would walk out the West Fork of the Black Fork River trail, nine or so miles to a trailhead where a shuttle would pick them up. I thoroughly enjoyed their company. I will miss the Rabbi and the Big Persian on the rest of this trek. Dan, Chase and I left camp en route to Dead Horse Pass. The terror of this climb has…
  • High Uinta Wilderness, Day 2: 14.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    14.Aug.14 – Explorer Peak An epic day in a Wild Place is made with two ingredients. First, it requires a healthy mix of uncertainty and adversity. Second, it is best enjoyed when you don’t believe it can happen to you on the day you don’t expect it. Today we had both. I wore my down parka (an 8.1 oz hooded anorak custom made by my friend Ben Smith at Goosefeet Gear) to bed last night to stave off the cold. (You need some insurance when you’re only packing a 14 oz down quilt and sleeping at high altitudes in stormy weather.) This parka packs a punch – it’s…
  • Tarp Camp, Cleveland Lake (Photo)

    Ryan
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Tarp camp at Cleveland Lake, High Uintas Wilderness, Utah. This is a 9-foot square flat tarp made by Hyperlite Mountain Gear (link). Weight is about 9 oz naked and complete with enough guy lines and stakes for a serious storm above the treeline, about a pound. // High Uinta Wilderness! Enjoy live dispatches and photos via satellite from this expedition online at http://www.ryanjordan.com/uintas2014 and receive updates from Twitter via @bigskyry (http://www.twitter.com/bigskyry).
  • High Uinta Wilderness, Day 1: 13.Aug.2014

    Ryan
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    13.Aug.2014 – Cleveland Lake Dear Mom: Happy Birthday! You are not forgotten by me just because I’m tramping in the Wilds. I love you! This morning I awoke at 5:25 AM not very eager to emerge from the fancy multi-thousand count Egyptian cotton sheets at the Park City hotel generously comp’d to me by one of my consulting clients. But here I am at 11 PM tucked into my Katabatic Chisos quilt (14 oz!) at 11,172 feet in elevation at the spectacular Cleveland Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. This is Day 1 of a 9-day, 50 or 60 mile expedition where we are attempting a high…
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  • 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, [...]
  • What is the Best Wild Camping Tent?

    Gareth L
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding! Martyn, our resident expert on wild camping, and I [...]
 
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  • 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…
  • Namby Pamby, the Kayaker and Minnehaha Falls

    Bryan Hansel
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Tweet Minnesota is in flood. We’re getting lots of rain on top of lots of rain, which means that many of the streams and rivers are at some of their highest levels ever. If you’re a whitewater kayaker, your ears probably just perked up a little, because you know that the legendary whitewater rivers of Lake Superior’s north shore run the best during the spring runoff when the water is cold. It’s June and the water is somewhat warm, which means warm whitewater on the north shore. But that’s not all, 53-foot Minnehaha Falls on the Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis hit…
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    The GearCaster

  • Olloclip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens

    Amy Jurries
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Although you may not believe it possible, your Instagram photos just got better. Olloclip created a 4-in-1 lens attachment for your iPhone that works with all your favorite apps in both photo and video mode, to make your images even better. Fisheye summit selfie, anyone? The 4-in-1 lens fits in the palm of your hand and quickly connects to your iPhone when you need it. The four lenses included are a Fisheye, Wide-Angle, and 2 Macro lenses in one small, convenient package. If at first you don’t see the exact picture you’re looking for, simply flip it over to switch lenses. The Fisheye…
  • Sea to Summit X-Pot

    Amy Jurries
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A cooking pot that collapses down into a flat disk? Sign me up! Building off their X-Series of camp cookwear, Sea to Summit combined a flexible pot with a hard anodized aluminum base to create a cooking vessel that won’t take up a ton of room in your pack. The walls of the X-Pot are constructed from a flexible, heat-resistant, food grade silicone. Sturdy and easy to cook in when open, the pot collapses down into a flat disk when not in use. The base of the pot is made from a durable 3-series, hard anodized aluminum—a great heat conductor for quick cooking. Silicone is a synthetic…
  • Sierra Designs Tensegrity Tent

    Amy Jurries
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary, Sierra Designs created a new Elite Collection of gear. This lightweight yet high performance line of products includes everything from rain gear to tents and sleeping bags, all reflecting the brand’s new unconventional approach to design. Similar in style to the MSR FlyLite tent, the non-freestanding Tensegrity (a rift on tensional integrity) ditches the majority of poles in favor of using your trekking poles as support instead. One small pole for the foot area and seven tent stakes ensure this tarp tent offers enough interior space…
  • Roundup Of The Season’s Best Outdoor Shorts

    Amy Jurries
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The warmer weather of summer always brings with it an uptick in activity, to which my Endomondo account can attest. Over the past few months, the trails around Pittsburgh have served as a head-to-head testing ground for outdoor shorts from Outdoor Research, Icebreaker, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Salomon, and Mountain Hardwear. The purpose of the test was to look for shorts that covered a wide variety of fabrics and designs, and that could be used for multiple activities both on and off the trail. You will find my thoughts on each below. Outdoor Research Backcountry Boardshorts (pictured top)…
  • Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Review

    Amy Jurries
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Mark Going of Columbia Sportswear One of my pet peeves is an over-engineered day pack—there is absolutely no reason for a padded hipbelt and major suspension system during single day or fast and light pursuits. It just makes the pack heavy and you shouldn’t be carrying that much gear in the first place. Therefore, I was incredibly happy to see Ultimate Direction launch the super streamlined Fastpack 20. For most of the summer, it has been by go-to done-in-a-day type pack, whether cycling across Yosemite, mountain biking and hiking in Germany, running an adventure race…
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    Gambolin' Man

  • BIG BREAK REGIONAL SHORELINE: Paddling the Wind-Swept "Inland Coast" of the Great California Delta

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    A great blue expanse beckons from beyond the shallow trough of water gently lapping at your old-school Radisson docked at Big Break Regional Shoreline's alluring put-in. What better place to sweat out an adventure, rekindle awe, and stoke curiosity than in these 1648 acres of brackish tidal and fresh water marshes, sloughs, ponds, creeks, alkali grasslands and meadows.Big Break essentially is a rehabilitated parcel of once-industrialized, long-neglected land in the much-abused California Delta, not all bad news. Today, park stewards have created a model for shoreline reclamation efforts,…
  • MORGAN TERRITORY: Adventure and Exploration in Mount Diablo’s Black Hills Seeking Vestiges of Once Proud, Once Strong Volvon / Ohlone / Yokuts People

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:24 pm
    August 20 – soaring mercury levels, zero humidity and red alert conditions would dissuade most sensible minded folk from choosing Morgan Territory as a playground today.  The sprawling parkland is not exactly a place where two-legged critters (operating two-wheeled contrivances) want to be finding themselves on a powder keg day. You could spit and set brown grassy fields ablaze. It’s been a terrible drought year, a perfect storm of catastrophic fire conditions – the Sierra Nevada Rim Fire burned an unimaginable 400 square miles of pristine National Forest land and part of Yosemite…
  • OH, OREGON: Road Trippin’ Your Scenic Byways, Feastin’ on Your Panoply of Natural Wonders, You Amazin’ Beaver State

    28 Aug 2013 | 8:11 pm
    Blog Author's Disclaimer: Unexpected detours, rough road ahead. Watch for prolix potholes, periphrastic palaver, narrative avalanches, and circumlocutory cloverleafs of deconstruction. No exit for 8,000 word miles. GPS possibly required (Good Perambulatory Skills). Do not attempt without high-clearance mind-set or 4-Wheel Drive ambition. Curmudgeon on board.The threat of a summer downpour brings drama and a peculiar aroma in the air. Braving tenebrous conditions without tent or tarp, the Gambolin’ Duo is camped on a bluff overlooking Oregon’s Crooked River in high desert country…
  • PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK: Primo Hiking Along the West Fork of Chalone Creek Among Towering Rock Formations Inspires Awe and Reverence

    12 Mar 2013 | 7:26 pm
    Feathery blue late winter days – or is it early spring? – cry out for an exotic setting. How about tropical lassitude on the Big Island or a quick Baja excursion to the Sea of Cortez. Failing that, could you believe an unexpected Southwest style adventure! Yes, a desert-like environs awaits not far from the raw Bay Area – just head inland, south, less than two and a half hours driving distance. Beyond do you know the way to San Jose. Past Morgan Hill and the unseen rugged hills of Henry Coe State Park to the east. Zipping by the quaint historic California biker town of San Juan…
  • REGIONAL PARKS BOTANIC GARDEN: Native California Plant Communities Showcase California’s Ecological Heritage & 160,000 Square Miles of Biodiversity

    18 Feb 2013 | 3:48 pm
    Huffing and puffing your way up a steep incline in the Berkeley Hills, you’re on a world-class bike ride to a beloved destination five miles distant - Inspiration Point. Nimitz Way Trail picks up for an easy and routine, but oh-so-splendid 12-mile round-trip adventure hike or bike ride traversing a paved section of Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Parks atop San Pablo Ridge. It’s a beautiful experience anyone of any ability and age can access and enjoy. (Hence, numerous close encounters with stroller mobs and other masses of outdoor loving humanity hogging up trail space with nary a clue that…
 
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    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
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  • The Private Life of Cows

    Survival Spot
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
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  • Gun Laws By State

    Survival Spot
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:37 pm
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  • How to Handle a Police Encounter

    Survival Spot
    3 Jan 2014 | 9:57 am
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  • 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…
  • The Tripyramids for Sunrise & Tom, Field, Willey - 6/21/14

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Way back at the end of June, I did a fun double-hit-and-run of a couple of hikes for my 6th round.  The Tripyramids and Tom, Field, and Willey.  It just so happened that one of the Tripyramids would be the completion of my 3rd solo round of the 4,000-footers, AND it was the day of the summer solstice - an exciting day to hike!  I was shooting for sunrise, but I had not decided which route of ascent until I was at the Livermore Trail head.  I then decided to go North first, but didn't decide whether to take Scaur Trail or the North Slide. As I approached the junction for…
  • Mt. Carrigain - 6/26/14

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Since I have changed jobs, I have more of an opportunity to try and get some mid-week hikes in after work.  This Thursday night trip to Mt. Carrigain started that trend, which I hope to continue.  This is a good way for me to knock off the smaller hikes needed for the grid, but at the same time, it's affording me opportunities to take in sunsets from above 4,000 feet.Driving through Franconia NotchThe ride up to Carrigain seemed long, and the clouds were weird, but it was clearing a little.  I wasn't sure how much enjoyment I would get with Carrigain on this night, but that was…
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  • Product Review: Coosa kayak by Jackson Kayak

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    As a big guy (275lbs) I was looking for something stable for floating rivers. Couldn't have found anything better. Seat is comfortable, just right for me in the low position. Can sit in it all day and not have numb feet or legs.
  • Clearance Prices Reduced Further!

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've made some final price reductions on items in the Paddling.net store! Don't miss the Schitt Creek t-shirts, Ladies kayak t-shirts, canoe and kayak hats, and much more.
  • Entering a Kayak & Attaching Sprayskirt

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This video demonstrates the proper technique to get into a kayak and also features how to put on and properly attach a sprayskirt.
  • New Product: Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T by Hobie

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Mirage Pro Angler 17T features three different seat configurations include traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social seating or solo with plenty of space for standing, casting and fly fishing.
  • Trip Report: Missouri River (ND)

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The trek took us 3 hours, though that included probably 20+ min in breaks, and a pretty casual to moderate pace.
 
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  • Fly Fishing Vest Pack Reviews

    Matt K.
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    A few years ago I made the switch. After trying a range of traditional fly fishing vests, I moved to a much more up-to-date piece of gear – the vest pack (or should you prefer the pack vest). These versatile pieces of fly fishing gear do what the name implies. They provide both the function of a vest and backpack, allowing for the transportation of your fly fishing essentials along with such things at extra clothing, a hydration bladder and much more. At the point where I made the move, there were only a few options. Now there are many more. Here are three top choices we had the chance to…
  • Fishpond Wasatch Tech Pack Review

    Matt K.
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    First Impressions Fishpond is known for their innovative take on fly fishing gear. Interesting and fresh designs, unique and lively color combinations, and an overall bold approach to their designs set them apart. The Fishpond Wasach Tech Pack certainly lives up to that expectation. Our sample arrived in a medium green with Fishpond’s signature grosgrain accents. The color combo is known as alpine green and it’s darn handsome. There’s also a brown version (called barnwood) and a lighter option (known as overcast, I believe). Features So what does the Wasatch having going for it? Well,…
  • Umpqua Swiftwater Tech Vest Review

    Matt K.
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    First Impressions I don’t know what Umpqua did in the design of their new vests and packs. Whatever they did, they did it right. So far this year, we had the chance to test their Ledges Waist Pack and the Deadline 3500 Duffel. Both provide standout performance. But the product we’ve been most looking forward to trying is the Swiftwater Tech Vest. Something about it delivers immediate appeal. And that seems to be the case no matter who I show it to. They immediately gravitate to the look and the thoughtful configuration that goes far beyond what you expect from a new market entry. Features…
  • ASICS GT-2000 2 Review

    Matt K.
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    First Impressions We’re no strangers to the ASICS product line, having run in a range of their shoes including the vaunted Kayano, the Gel-Lyte33 and FujiTrainer. We decided to take a slight step down this summer and try one of their mid-tier stability shoes – the ASICS GT-2000 2. Out of the box, we saw nothing down market in these sleek electric blue and lime green beauties. They appear lower slung than the Kayano and at almost $40 less the GT-2000 provided a pretty compelling value proposition. Features This past winter, I shifted into a pair of more neutral runners. It’s a continuing…
  • Mountain Bike Hero Kit Review

    Matt K.
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    Quick Take Review Sometimes things get lost in the elaborate GearGuide inventory system. Unfortunately, that happened recently to a Hero Kit – a pre-packaged set of bike repair gear assembled and sold by a Butte, Colorado-based company known as Hero Enterprises. A sample Mountain Bike version arrived in the late fall and languished over the winter months only to resurface here in early summer. The story goes like this: the Hero Enterprises founder – an avid biker – often found himself in situations where he needed to help others. Flat tires, broken chains, you get the idea. People…
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  • Mammut – Ridge High GTX Boots

    Jodie
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In an unusual move for GWA, our reviewer has decided that the only way to give an honest appraisal of these boots is by embarking on a long-term test of their build-quality... read our initial review to find out why. Read more...
  • Spare Keela 5 minutes & it could save your life

    Jodie
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Keela has produced a leaflet, in association with Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue England & Wales, called Spare Five Minutes; It Could Save Your Life (pictured below) and it contains invaluable safety advice for people planning to get out […] Read more...
  • Tenn – Cycling Jersey

    Jodie
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    So with the mercury nudging the mid-twenties, I donned the skin tight top and headed out for a pre-Prudential Ride London 100, 35 mile training ride, making sure that the three rear pockets were stuffed with the usual spare innertubes, tyre levers, pump, phone and money etc. The jersey also, having a useful small zipped rear pocket for keys and other valuables. Read more...
  • Boli – 5 Litre Collapsible Water Container

    Jodie
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    When you're travelling by bike (motorised or not), you don't want to be carrying anything excessive or unneccessary. But at the campsite you also don't want to be going back and forth to the tap for every cup of tea! Boli's collapsible water bottle solved this issue for me recently in a very satisfactory manner Read more...
  • Tentsile -Tree Tents

    Jodie
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It is an interesting design, and one that requires no pegs or even a pump, but for the Stingray you will need three trees. For suspension this three-person tent relies on ratchets and straps to keep you off the ground. However if you do find yourself treeless the tents are also designed to be pitched on the ground like a conventional tent. Read more...
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    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 your dream expedition is the best of them all. The prize money you can win must be used for projects and expeditions that fit the... 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 dance. Made with materials focused on performance and durability, the Asolo Drifter GV is designed for high performance in any situation. Ideal for traveling... 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 interesting season for gear. One of the most acclaimed waterproof and breathable fabric out there is the Polartec NeoShell with its great stretch for its... The post Polartec’s best technologies paired in two new jackets coming this fall appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Mammut adds new via-ferrata and hiking boots to collection

    Fabien
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    To complement an already comprehensive range of footwear, Mammut is adding three boots to its mountain collection. Via-ferrata addicts will be pleased as two of those have been design with this sport in mind. First is the Alto High GTX, specially designed for via ferrata and multi-day hikes. It features a gripex IronGrip sole – flexible ribs and special lugs... The post Mammut adds new via-ferrata and hiking boots to collection appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag

    Rutger
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When you think you’ve seen it all in terms of down sleeping bags comes Haglöfs with a new concept that will interest the Ultra light crowd. The L.I.M. DOWN (momentarily the lightest down sleeping bag on the market) won a design award from the prestigious Outdoor Industry Award in the category sleeping bags. The unique design was necessary to save... The post Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag appeared first on Gear Exposure.
 
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  • Run for Birds at the British Birdfair

    Gunnar
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    You don’t want to miss running and see birds with this view! Hambleton view Rutland Joanna Sayers. At 7 AM on August 16 we are arranging a run on the Hambleton peninsula at Rutland Waters Nature Reserve. There is nothing strange about a run here. The local runners from Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, Leicestershire and Rutland Sports and Melton Running Club run here all the time. And for birdwatcher as one of the prime sites in the UK for Osprey and home for the British Birdfair every year in mid-August the Rutland Waters Reserve hardly needs an introduction. One would have…
  • Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video

    Gunnar
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Water resistant 20 megapixel camera and HD Video in a 12x optical zoom binocular! This sounds simply amazing. Check these specs. Sony OLED Electronic View Finder – the highest resolution for a reasonable price. Not as good as your Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski of course, but perhaps good enough? Built in GPS 0.8-12x optical zoom 25x digital zoom Full HD recording in 2D and 3 D with AVCHD video files Exmor R CMOS image sensor which is very sensitive in low light conditions. 20.4 Megapixel stills Optical Digital Image Stabilizer Water resistant jacks for mic, headphones and for additional…
  • FINAL: World Birding Destination Cup 2013

    Gunnar
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:13 pm
    Rounding up 2013. One New Years resolution is to blog more. Let’s see if we can kick some life into this great blog. In order not to leave any loose threads, here is the Gran Finale of the somewhat impossible challange to choose what destination (usually a country) is the best in the world  for birders. The criteria varies for different people. For some the exoticness  of the species one encounters is the main thing, for others the diversity or sheer numbers are more important. And for many travellers simply safety, accessibility, infrastructure and logistics are paramount. What is…
  • Falcon Finale murder mystery for free

    Gunnar
    9 Aug 2013 | 6:16 am
    Bob White solves a birder murder mystery. This looks almost to good to be true to lovers of detective stories and birdwatching. A free murder mystery with birders as main characters. Having just finished a Swedish crime novel The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (the best successor to Stig Larsson according to many), I checked my twitter account and see a tweet from JanDunlap (@BirderMurder) Free download of Falcon Finale (Birder Murder #4) today thru Sunday at http://www.amazon.com/Falcon-Finale-ebook/dp/B005KMBJAS. First, with that @reply I felt spammed, but as there was the word FREE included…
  • Journal Club: Scarlet macaw genome sequenced

    Grrlscientist
    15 May 2013 | 1:00 pm
    SUMMARY: The newly-sequenced scarlet macaw genome will provide many important insights into avian and human biology, behaviours and genetics and will contribute to parrot conservation. Scarlet macaw, Ara macao, in flight. Image: Tambopata Research Center. [NOTE: This image has been altered; it has been cropped.]After many years of research into the behaviours, diseases, genetics and life history of scarlet macaws, a team of scientists have taken their studies to the next level. Christopher Seabury, an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Texas A&M University’s college of Veterinary…
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  • Outdoor Retailer Gear In Review – Boot Spotlight

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    One of the types of gear I always keep an eye on is Boots. As technology is constantly changing so are the boots that we put on our feet. This years featured boots are built with some awesome new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 8/18/2014

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday We have some awesome submissions this week. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From one Adventure to Another

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
      The storm from Outdoor Retailer is starting to disperse and life is getting back to a normal swing. August and September have been and are going to be the busiest months for me so far this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor Retailer Gear In Review – Technology Spotlight

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Technology was everywhere at OR. Tents, Packs, Shoes, and of course solar products were all being highlighted. I have picked a few of my favorite tech products that stood out. Coghlans introduces... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • August 2014 Golden Boots Blogger Awards Announced

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Chronic Climber Chick – chronicclimberchick.com SoCal Hiker – socalhiker.net Alpha Roaming – alpharoaming.com Go Chase The Sun – gochasethesun.com [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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…
  • Win a New and Improved Hummingbird Hammock ::Winner Announced::

    Brian Green
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    A lot of amazing things have happened with Hummingbird Hammocks in the few short months since I first wrote about their amazingly compact and light weight hammock. They’ve built up their inventory and have been busy fulfilling their Kickstarter orders and shipping all the hammocks that you all bought. They have a brand new website: http://www.hummingbirdhammocks.com/ and you can now follow them on Twitter @HHammocks and Facebook. New and Improved Hummingbird Hammocks have been working extremely hard to improve their hammock. They’ve managed to make it even lighter without…
 
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    Roamancing

  • Exploring The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

    Emme Rogers
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    One of my favourite Canadian cities is Ottawa! Such a beautiful city! I love that Ottawa has a certain European charm to it, with it’s historic buildings, under the city tunnels, and in places cobblestone streets and courtyards.  I love that it boasts a diverse and interesting mix of residence that don’t shy away from a deeper discussion or debate. I love all the culture and theatrics (whether in theatre or parliament) that Ottawa offers at every bend! I love the diversity of cuisine that acts as a salacious temptress to the taste buds in Ottawa!  But most of all I love that…
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    The Good Badger

  • 3 Reasons Why I Love Backpacking (And You Should Too)

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

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

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

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

    Zach Davis
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Blogging rule #1A: never acknowledge how long it’s been since you’ve last posted. Man has it been a long time since I’ve last posted!  So many things have happened.  Barack Obama was elected as our first black president, dick pics become easier than ever, and the government took a two week siesta. What’s that?  Literally none of that is new?  So, what did we miss? I guess there were some pretty epic boops.  And as it turns out, the NSA is listening to and reading everything we say.  Let’s go with the boops. But, believe it or not, this PSA is not about…
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  • Third Beach to Oil City

    Anna Elliott
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    North Cascades The post Third Beach to Oil City appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Pre-Trail Maintenance for Your GPS Receiver

    Blake Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo by Daveynin flickr.com Summer is a great time to head for the trail and practice with a GPS receiver. There are several things hikers can do before leaving home. First, make a short checklist so that nothing is forgotten. Begin by checking the electronic setup of the GPS receiver: Take a look at the batteries The coordinate system setup Electronic mapping Review the waypoint management. Then, tune-up the receiver to maximize position accuracy by looking at how displays and waypoints are managed. Here are a few recommendations to consider. Setup Dump those old AA batteries and put in new…
  • Mammut Mercury Jacket Review

    Isaac Tait
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Mammut Mercury Jacket has become my favorite jacket. From negative ten degree days on the slopes, to chilly July evenings in the mountains, this jacket has proven to be worth its weight in gold. The Mammut Mercury jacket is a lightweight fleece jacket with a low-profile hood, good looks, and zippered hand warmer pockets. It is great either layered or by itself. Pros The jacket is VERY soft. Even after several months’ worth of trips through the washing machine, it’s still soft. The low-profile hood is warm and soft and it will also fit under a helmet. When the jacket is fully…
  • Third Beach to Strawberry Point

    Melissa Farage
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Olympic Coast boasts some of Washington’s most beautiful and challenging terrain, offering stunning vistas no matter the season or weather. While the coast is often characterized by the Third Beach to Oil City 17-mile thru-hike, it also provides shorter trips for backpackers simply looking for a weekend getaway. The stretch of coast from Third Beach to Strawberry Point is notorious for its stunning beaches and twists of trails punctuated by ladders. While it does require hikers to time the tides, the planning is definitely worth it. The start at the trailhead is innocuous, boxed in by…
  • Nikwax – Gives New Life to Your Favorite Garments

    Isaac Tait
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    My trusty Triple Aught Design Stealth Hoodie LT was looking pretty haggard. There were a few stains that just would not wash out and, during a surprise thunderstorm, the jacket soaked through in a matter of minutes. After hundreds of days of use and washing it with my normal clothes (something I later learned from Nikwax you are not supposed to do, at least with “normal” detergent) my favorite jacket looked like it was going to be hung up in my closet to retire. Then I found out about Nikwax’s Gear Rehab program. I sent my jacket to Nikwax and a few weeks later they mailed it back…
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Lessons of Ferguson

    Rourke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
      The recent news media have been covering the anarchy in Ferguson, MO due to a Police officer shooting and killing an eighteen year old male suspect named Michael Brown.  There have been numerous conflicting stories regarding the shooting, since I was not there to witness it myself, I will not attempt to pass judgment on anyone involved. There is however several facts I know to be true.  The first fact is a young African-American man was killed.  The second is the local population is angry and is rioting in the streets; the third fact is the Police are struggling, but will maintain…
  • Check out BestPreparednessDeals.com

    Rourke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I have an announcement……and an invitation. Just a reminder about a sister site to ModernSurvivalOnline…..BestPreparednessDeals.com. Like many preppers I have been trying to stock up on various supplies over the past few years. Prior to each purchase I would do a substantial amount of research to get the absolute best price possible. After all – I am on a budget like many others and try to stretch my dollars as far as possible. The purchasing power of the dollar is down while the need to purchase supplies is up. The purpose of BestPreparednessDeals is to highlight a…
  • Off-Grid lighting idea….cheap!

    Rourke
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Visiting my local Wal-Mart to check on the ammo selection I found a display of solar landscaping lights on clearance for .72 cents each. These are the very cheap models usually selling for $1.00. I bought 10 of them. I believe these small 1 lumen solar lights could be useful in a power outage. I am going to make a small wooden stand with holes in it to store the lights. This stand would allow the lights to be carried all at once outside to be charged during the day. At night they can be brought in to provide a soft source of illumination. The top black part of the light which houses the solar…
  • National Weather Service Huntsville, Alabama Part 2

    Rourke
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    From Rourke: The following post was previously published on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. Everything that follows is 100% true. by BePrepared, see Part 1 here I’m guessing around this time EMA declared this tornado scene an MCI (Mass Casualty Incident). This is akin to the scene in the movie “The Professional” where Gary Oldman’s character turns to the cop next to him and says, “Bring me everyone.” The cops looks at him and says, “Who?” and Oldman screams at him, “EVERYONE!!” Units down the state start getting phone calls to see who…
  • “The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has been vastly underestimated”

    Rourke
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people, has been vastly underestimated and will require “extraordinary measures, on a massive scale” if it is to be contained, the World Health Organisation has warned. The admission came as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the medical charity, said the disease was spreading “faster than we can respond to”, and accused the WHO of being too slow to react. The outbreak, which is the worst to date, has killed 1,069 people, with 1,975 cases recorded in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
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  • 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, [...]
  • What is the Best Wild Camping Tent?

    Gareth L
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding! Martyn, our resident expert on wild camping, and I [...]
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  • Trail Quote

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    28 May 2014 | 1:48 pm
    What are Social Trails? The Trailsnet “trail phrase of the day” is Social Trails. Social trails are unofficial trails that often branch off of “official trails.” Social trails are often used by locals to get from one trail to another, from a neighborhood to a trail or from a trail to a business. Social trails … Continue reading » The post Social Trails & Social Media appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Wildlife on South Georgia’s Bird Island – in pictures

    Supertrooper
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The UK overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean is a haven for sea birds and fur seals where the British Antarctic Survey monitors long-term population trends. Jerry Gillham photographs the island’s wildlife This article was first published by The Guardian.   Read more...
  • Lightning doesn’t strike twice but Kasey does!

    Ewan Miles
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I finished off the last blog post by talking about the special experience and fascinating research of been on first name terms with a wild whale. On the 24th June during a Whalewatch Explorer this was exemplified monumentally in a memorable natural spectacle. Going Back to the year 2000 a minke whale with a distinctly notched dorsal fin [...]   Read more...
  • Saída curta em Eldorado do Sul, RS

    Jefferson Silva
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Durante essa semana, um integrante do COA POA postou que tinha visto uma marreca-de-coleira, em Eldorado do Sul. Pedi o local, e com as coordenadas colocadas no GPS, parti para a cidade, junto com o amigo Jair Kray. O local indicado fica dentro de uma propriedade privada, então tentamos outros locais. Primeiro uma estrada que [...]   Read more...
  • 13 newly-discovered birds declared extinct

    Supertrooper
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a recent update of the IUCN Red List, scientists have identified 13 new bird species that have gone extinct since 1500. In total the list now finds that at least 140 bird species gone extinct in the past five hundred years, representing 1.3 percent of the world’s total known birds. The new extinct birds [...]   Read more...
  • Sabi Sands: February 2010 (Part 1)

    Morkel Erasmus
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some of you may recall that I have been posting some WAY overdue trip reports on my blog as well. I am still far behind, but I thought it best to get going again…my last report was a series of posts on a trip with my wife to the Kruger National Park in 2009. Let’s [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • How to Choose the Best Backpacking Pack

    Chris Maxcer
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The article How to Choose the Best Backpacking Pack first appeared on Man Makes Fire. With so many options, choosing a backpacking pack is crazy hard for a beginner. While you can survive with most any pack, consider this: Your enjoyment of a hidden backcountry gem can be influenced by the pain in your joints. Plus, a good pack is an investment — they last years, and I’ve known some that are still kicking after a decade of abuse. Here’s how to find the perfect multi-day backpacking pack for you. What You Need to Know About Backpacking Packs Today’s best packs either…
  • Why You Need a Smartphone Battery Case for Backcountry Adventure: The TYLT ENERGI Case Review

    Chris Maxcer
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    The article Why You Need a Smartphone Battery Case for Backcountry Adventure: The TYLT ENERGI Case Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you’ve gone backpacking, camping, hunting, bike riding, or fishing, odds are, you took your smartphone with you. Sure, if you’re lucky, you got yourself so far off the beaten track that you were out of cellular service range — but there’s more to packing an iPhone into the forest than keeping up with email or Twitter. Like maps. Most smartphones have both maps and built-in GPS. On my iPhone, my favorite maps app is Topo Maps by…
  • How to Choose the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag 2014

    Chris Maxcer
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    The article How to Choose the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag 2014 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Choosing a backpacking sleeping bag can be a nerve-wracking experience — but it doesn’t have to be. You can obsess over the size and shape of your bag, obsess over the material or cost, or you can understand what will give you the best backpacking sleeping bag experience, find a bag for you, and get on with planning your next trip into the backcountry. I’m going to make this really simple: Down is the best. Get a down bag. If you don’t know what down is, down is super…
  • Camping on Reed Island on the Columbia River

    Erik Miller
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The article Camping on Reed Island on the Columbia River first appeared on Man Makes Fire. One of the great aspects of camping is that it is a guarantee of adventure. Camping for me is a never-ending learning experience, and our trip to Reed Island in the Columbia River was full of learning and adventure. The Washington State Parks agency describes Reed Island as a 510 acre marine park that offers bird watching, boating, beach walking, camping, and a heron rookery. Avid campers like myself are smart enough to interpret this description as “a formidable Columbia River island, overgrown…
  • 3 Best Waterproof Cameras for 2014: Rugged, Compact, and Ready for Action

    Chris Maxcer
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The article 3 Best Waterproof Cameras for 2014: Rugged, Compact, and Ready for Action first appeared on Man Makes Fire. If you’re looking for the latest waterproof camera tech packed into a rugged and compact body, then check out the three best waterproof cameras on the market in 2014. These three cameras from Olympus, Nikon, and Panasonic consistently get the most attention from our “Top 8 Waterproof Cameras for Wet and Rugged Adventure” roundup, and for good reason: They all include GPS, in-the-field WiFi connectivity, and 1080p video recording — all of which, it…
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  • Less than 500 miles to go!

    Amy
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    General update:  I last blogged from Staten Island, NY.  Less than 500 miles to go and I’m hanging on by a thread.  Can’t quit now though! I’ve got a care package waiting for me in about 200 miles.  As long as I keep moving forward, I’ll get there eventually. 8/3/14 Days miles: 17.4 Back to the trail we go! Viking, Mayor, Schweppes, and I woke up this morning at 4:15, left the house by 4:45am, walked a mile toward the subway station, realized quickly that we didn’t remember where it was, and stopped at a convenience store to ask for directions. We missed the…
  • Mental Battles: Stay the Course… or Trail

    Stacia Bennett
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    So many emotions flooded my mind as I packed up my car and drove south on Monday. I just spent three unforgettable months tucked away in the North Carolina mountains, meeting amazing people, hiking, discovering the joy of geocaching, and working my arse off to save money for my pending thru-hike. I quickly grew accustomed to the small town atmosphere, the 75 degree average temps, easy access to the AT and other trails, and pocketing nearly $600 a week, most of which (what didn’t go toward boozy nights) went directly into my hiker savings. View on my drive to work And then Monday…
  • What are the most popular trail names?

    Maggie Wallace
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    My fiancée Little Spoon crunches numbers for breakfast.  Some of you may know this; others may be horrified that this proclivity exists in any human being.  In either event, I have his post-trail curiosity to thank for creating this amazing word cloud. Some of you may have wondered, as we did, what the frequency was of different trail names over the years.  Here is your opportunity to nerd out. We took all of the trail names that the ATC has reported (right back to ‘Dusty’ in 1959) and ran them through a word frequency finder.  After removing articles (of, the, a), here is the top…
  • HIKE For Mental Health

    Kori Feener
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    This past Saturday I had the pleasure of accompanying HIKE for Mental Health on an awareness hike up Mount Washington. Money was raised, fun was had. Check out the video for a brief look at the event and my experience being there. It was great to see not only a hike to raise awareness in regard to an important issue but also to see a community come together in support of a young hiker fighting for his life. To get more info on Parker and see how he is doing follow this link. To join a HIKE for mental health event, or donate please go here And don’t forget to pre-order your rental copy…
  • 5 Reasons to Love Being a Day Hiker

    Caitlyn Cleary
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Last weekend, my good friend Amy and I ventured a few hours east of Nashville on a mission to explore the popular and beautiful Cummins Falls. Cummins Falls, TN It had been a hell of a week, involving a family member in critical condition after an accident, emergency surgery for my best friend, and unauthorized charges on my debit card. When it rains it pours, right? Needless to say, I was looking forward to a short jaunt in the woods. As soon as we stepped from the gravel parking lot into the green tunnel of the lush and shaded trail, I sighed, relaxed, and thought, “I needed this.” As…
 
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  • 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…
  • 8 Outdoor Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

    David Harnden
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Finding the perfect gift ideas for Father’s Day can often feel like an uphill battle. After all, we’re talking about fathers here! These are the guys who just go out and buy what they want before a special occasion rolls around, or, while they are never too shy to tell you to turn down your music or wear a longer skirt, they suddenly become too humble to ask for anything at all…except maybe for some peace and quiet (and there’s a lot of merit in this request!). We get it, and as a group of fathers and father lovers, we are here to make the giving and receiving of Father’s Day…
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  • 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…
  • Would You Hike These Haunted Trails?

    Dustin Walker
    23 Oct 2013 | 10:46 pm
    There’s really two kinds of fear. First, there’s the cliff-hanging, adrenaline-boosting ‘please-God-don’t-let-me-fall’ kind of terror that every outdoor explorer has probably experienced at some point. And then there’s the other kind of fear. It’s more subtle; it creeps up slowly, tightening your chest and sending shivers through your bones. It’s the stuff Richard Matheson books are made of. And in today’s shock-focused culture, this feeling is increasingly hard to come by. I think that’s too bad because a little bit of heart-pounding fear (whether it’s the extreme…
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    Detecting365

  • Garrett ProPointer – The Other Half of Your Detector

    Rob Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m the type of guy that likes to give credit where credit is due. For the last few years I have used a Garrett Pro-Pointer to help pinpoint targets in the plug. The propointer is a vital tool in any detecting arsenal. In my opinion, the Garrett Pro-Pointer is the other half of my metal detector and I wouldn’t want to detect without one! Having said that, the nature of electronics is such that no matter how well a product is made, sometimes issues arise. Recently I contacted Garrett due to an issue with my Pro-pointer. I spoke with Rusty and the folks at Garrett customer service.
  • Detecting365 New Servers

    Clark Rickman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    In preparation for the release of version 2 of the online detecting magazine, Detecting365 has been moved to new large and powerful Hybrid Servers.   Detecting365′s parent company, Detecting Empire, has partnered with Chicago, Illinois based provider WiredTree to provide hardware configuration and technical support for its new release. Detecting365 would like to thank you, the metal detecting enthusiast and readers, those that write and share their content, the detecting industry and all of our other supporters.   You make this possible.   Thank you so much. Stay tuned!  Great…
  • Fridays Featured Find

    Rob Williams
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Our first Featured Find comes all the way from England and was found by Stephen Auker. This is a 16th century Tudor merchants ring with Gold bezel seal. Stephen uses a Full Version XP Deus with a 13 inch coil. The Tudor Merchants ring was found in a pasture in the United Kingdom, and has been declared as UK Treasure Trove. What an amazing find Stephen! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us! Good luck out there buddy, and Congratulations on having your find featured on Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine! Final Thoughts The first installment of “Featured Friday” is here.
  • Featured Friday – Submit A Find – Be Featured

    Rob Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    We’re all proud of our finds and that’s why Detecting365 has implemented a new Feature for our digital metal detecting magazine. “Featured Friday” will showcase your submitted finds photos in an article! All you have to do is submit a photo of your recent find and Click Here to E-mail Us with Your Name, a description of your hunt, what detector you used and any additional information needed to help describe your amazing find. The Editor’s of Detecting365.com will review your photos and pick one each week to be featured in our “Featured Friday” article…
  • Don’t Get Discouraged

    Rob Williams
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Are you in a detecting slump? We all have them, and that’s okay but it’s still easy to get discouraged when you come back empty handed after a three hour hunt. I agree that it’s not always about the finds, but let’s be honest, we’re treasure hunters at heart and finding anything less than treasure is just practice so that we can find more treasure. Lucky for us our hobby affords us options, and there are a few things that you can do to help keep you from getting discouraged. Find New Places To Detect One way that I keep things fresh is by trying new places to…
 
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  • Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack Overview

    50 Campfires
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Manufacturer: Timbuk2 Product Name: Especial Raider Backpack MSRP: $79.00 Overview: Timbuk2 has been making and selling messenger bags since 1989. They take everything in to consideration when they are making their bags, from the material to the environment. The Raider Pack adds to their collection a backpack designed for the commuter. What Makes It Unique: The Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack weighs less than a pound and includes many different features for your commute to work. No more coming into work with sweaty clothes and an oversized backpack for your clothes. This backpack was made…
  • CRKT Spark N Sharp Overview

    50 Campfires
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Manufacturer: CRKT Product Name: Spark’N Sharp MSRP: $29.99 Overview CRKT offers a broad line of sport, work, and professional knives and tools that are purpose driven designs. Their sole purpose is to provide improved functional tools that are purposeful and creative. What Makes It Unique The CRKT Spark N Sharp comes with a sliding plate that moves to expose either the sharpener or the steel striker. The tungsten carbide knife sharpener will keep your blade honed and the magnesium rod fire starter will produce sparks until you have a working fire. The post CRKT Spark N Sharp Overview…
  • High Sierra Pack ‘N Go Backpacks Overview

    50 Campfires
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Manufacturer: High Sierra Product Name: Pack ‘N Go Backpacks MSRP: $19.99-$34.99 Overview: High Sierra designs feature-rich, versatile adventure lifestyle gear for adventurers everywhere. They are committed to creating durable, affordable products, no matter what form your adventure takes. The High Sierra Pack ‘N Go Backpacks are a new line of packs for the adventurer who needs to save some space. All of these backpacks stuff down to the size of a football, are super light weight and easily packable. What Makes It Unique: The new High Sierra Pack ‘N Go Backpacks come in a…
  • Ticla Good Love Lantern Overview

    50 Campfires
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Manufacturer: Ticla Product Name: Good Love Lantern MSRP: N/A Overview: Ticla’s philosophy is to produce camping goods that meet three standards: functionality, quality and thoughtfulness. Their goal and motto is to “Camp Better.” The Good Love Lantern does just that due to its ability to be comfortable, functional, and durable. What Makes It Unique: The new Ticla Good Love Lantern is designed to not blind people. It has soft mood lighting but can get really bright just by turning the cover. It has a really clean design that really caught our eye. The Good Love Lantern comes with an…
  • Ticla Elfin Collection Overview

    50 Campfires
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Manufacturer: Ticla Product Name: Elfin Collection MSRP: N/A Overview: Ticla’s philosophy is to produce camping goods that meet three standards: functionality, quality and thoughtfulness. Their goal and motto is to “Camp Better.” Their new Kid’s Elfin Collection does just that due to its ability to be comfortable, functional, and durable. What Makes It Unique: The Ticla Elfin Colletion aims to treat kids more mature. It includes a sleeping bag and pad that are just like mom and dad’s, but are sized down properly for the kids. The sleeping bag includes a really fun and…
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  • 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…
  • Nishizawa Gorge

    David Lowe
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Nishizawa Keikoku Bus Stop 西沢渓谷入口 – Nanatsugama Godan Falls 七ツ釜五段の滝 Duration: 3.5-4 hours Distance: 10km Difficulty: easy Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Nishizawa keikoku iriguchi bus stop Finish: Nishizawa keikoku iriguchi bus stop Maps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.26 Kinpu-san 金峰山 Kobushi 甲武信]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Emerald Waters of the Nishizawa…
  • Hiking First Aid Kit Essentials

    David Lowe
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    First Aid Kit Essentials to Keep you Healthy and Safe out on the Trail When it comes to choosing a first aid kit for backcountry outings you have basically one of two options; make up your own kit or buy one ready-made off the shelf. While there are advantages to both, personally I prefer the build your variety which can be better tailored to your individual needs and preferences. What follows below are 23 essential items that I will take along for both day trips and longer multiday rambles.     Hiking First Aid Kit Checklist 1. SOL 1-2 person adventure medical survival blanket. 2.
  • 10 Best Outdoor and Adventure Blogs

    David Lowe
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Updating my Outdoor Allies blogroll recently made me think about which blogs not only have the most engaging content but also genuinely seek to inspire our outdoor adventures. Whilst the following list is not meant to be all-encompassing and authoritative it does however uncover a few lesser known sites worth adding to our blogrolls and regularly checking back on. Here humbly I present, in no particular order, the 10 Best Outdoor and Adventure Blogs. 1. Hiking in Finland A blogroll on the outdoors wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Hendrik Morkel at Hiking in Finland. As one of the…
 
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • 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.
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 7/25-27

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ossipee Valley Music Festival Ossipee Valley FairgroundsThursday July 24th – Sunday July 27th 291 S. Hiram Rd., Hiram, ME Only 45 minutes outside Portland, The Ossipee Valley Music Festival is a 4-day camping and music festival celebrating roots, americana and bluegrass music. Enjoy four stages of performances, workshops, barn dances, free kids programs, yoga, and more! Headliners include The Wood Brothers, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crowe), and more! Bring your instrument and participate in one of the largest campfire pickin' scenes in New England! Food vendors feature locally…
  • 5 Things You Don't Want to Miss at The Maine Lobster Festival (Besides Eating Lobster)

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Written by Alyssa McCluskey Photos: Maine Lobster Festival 67th Annual Maine Lobster Festival - July 30th - August 3rd, 2014 Harbor Park in Rockland, MaineThe first week of August is a very busy time for the seaside town of Rockland, Maine.  Each year, the Rockland community hosts their internationally recognized Maine Lobster Festival, attracting visitors from around the world to eat succulent Maine lobster right on the coast of Maine.  It’s a five-day event in a small coastal town with plenty to offer visitors.  In addition to enjoying delicious seafood, visitors can…
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 7/18-7/20

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Kennebec River Tour of Skowhegan Proper via Canoe/Kayak Friday July 18th – 10amSkowhegan History House Museum & Research Center66 Elm St., Skowhegan, MELead by Benjamin Doty, CuratorMeet at Arnold Park on Skowhegan Island at the rear of the Federated Church Parking Lot Photo: Mike Mol - Flickr Central Maine Egg Festival Friday July 18th Manson Park, Pittsfield, MEIncludes Kiwanis Karnival, street dance, egglympics, live music, horseshoe contest, parade, artists and a quiche/cheesecake contest.http://centralmaineeggfest.wix.com/centralmaineeggfest Camden Walking Tours Friday July…
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  • Running for the Fell of It

    Laura Jacklin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Laura Jacklin took to the Lakes to give fell running a go - and talks about the ups and downs in her latest blog.
  • Life Around Our Coastlines

    Jenny Jones
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Another collection taken by photographer Jenny Jones around the coast of the UK. This time the gallery showcases a hidden beach she found in Northumberland and her journey there.
  • 9191: Gigi Rüf

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Here's a peek into the Volcom film library in preparation of the forthcoming premiere of "Veeco: A Volcom Filmmaking Documentary" on Aug 26th. 9191 is a sideways introspective into the bewildering snow-covered dreamscape of Gigi Rüf.
  • Enduro World Series Rnd6

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Round Six of the Enduro World Series landed in Crankworx, Whistler. Normally used to racing over at least two days, the intensity was turned right up this weekend. Check out the highlights here.
  • The Scene: Berlin

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Skating. Berlin. Cool sounds. Sit back and enjoy this video filmed and edited by Mark Nickels and courtesy of Kingpin.
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  • Leadville Trail 100 Run

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

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

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

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

    Erich
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    When I was preparing to run my first ultra last year, the Big Basin 50k, I was chock-full of questions. Handheld water bottle or hydration pack? How many calories should I take in per hour? Are blisters inevitable? Will I run off-course? When do hallucinations set in? Is it cool to go in the woods? […] The post 10 Reasons for Toe Socks appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
 
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  • 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 […]
  • Airhead High Pressure 120V Electric Pump Review

    Allison
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I love using an electric pump with my inflatable boards. It makes inflation super easy and fast. I’ve tried several pumps over the years and from what I’ve seen there are really only a few electric pumps on the market that really work well with inflatable stand-up paddleboards and that are able to get them […]
  • Wakooda 10‘6” Inflatable SUP Review

    Allison
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Wakooda Water Sports first introduced their inflatable stand-up paddleboards in 2012. I got to try out their 10’6” ISUP and found it to be strong and rigid. It has some good features and is versatile enough for a wide variety of people. The best part however is that the price is very affordable and you […]
  • Red 12’6″ Explorer ISUP Review

    Allison
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Red is known for making some of the best quality inflatable SUP’s on the market. I first tried a Red paddle board in the Cook Islands several years ago while on vacation. At the time I didn’t know the name Red and I didn’t have much experience with stand-up paddling but I remember two things… […]
  • Airhead SUP Carrier Review

    Allison
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    For those of you concerned about any difficulty carrying your SUP to and from the water, the Airhead SUP carrier is the perfect solution. This SUP carrier has two straps that wrap around the board and a comfortable shoulder strap. It allows you to easily transfer the weight of the board to your shoulder, which […]
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  • 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…
  • How To Build An Upside Down Fire

    Chris Ruiz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This past weekend The Bug Out Bag Guide Family hosted a barbecue for some close friends.  One of the highlights of this was testing out an alternative fire building method in our back patio firepit.  Instead of building a standard teepee or log cabin we decided to try building what is called an “upside down fire”.  We got some great, hassle-free results from this that we wanted to share with you.  As I always say, it is always good to add new techniques to your survival skills.  At the end of this article you will know how to build an upside down fire on your own! Why build…
  • How To Start Prepping RIGHT NOW

    Chris Ruiz
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This article will show you the basics of how to start prepping and prove that you can take action TODAY to make yourself more self reliant.  Although this article is a great starting point for new readers of The Bug Out Bag Guide it is also a great resource for anyone who is looking for ways to round out their survival skill set or just improve their preparedness. Who Can Learn How To Start Prepping? Mainstream media has recently stumbled onto the preparedness culture and has created some TV shows that have warped the public’s perception of our community.  The truth is that the…
  • How To Build A DIY Rocket Stove + Giveaway!

    Chris Ruiz
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rocket Stoves are a great choice for people looking for an off-grid option for cooking, boiling water, and producing heat.  They are a versatile solution for these 3 applications and more.  There are a large range of designs available to build a DIY rocket stove for home or camp.  I recently came across one of the best rocket stove designs that I have seen from Megan at PremiumRocketStoves.com.  It is simple to build, very low cost, requires nearly no maintenance, and performs admirably in the field.  In this article I am going to show you how to use Megan’s design to build…
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