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  • Re: preseason shell maintenance

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    HowieT2
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I'm squarely in pregame mode. About time to get the gear ready. I've gotten into the habit of washing the shells with tech wash and then running them through a cycle with the water repellency refresher and then into the dryer. I've seen where some recommend doing the spray on water repellent, but that seems like an unnecessary pia to me. Wondering what you guys do, if anything.
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park is right in Jefferson County's backyard

    Camping News
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    While Interstate 70 and U.S. 285 clog with mountain traffic each weekend, there's a gateway that leads from Golden to mountain cabins, camping, backcountry trails and panoramic views. And, without traffic, it's just under an hour away from Denver.
  • Ten Universities Compete in First-Ever Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

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

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Coffee; Dr. Pilates.
  • American Camp Association® CEO to Retire

    Featured News
    American Camp Association
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Indianapolis, IN (October 14) — Peg L. Smith, the American Camp Association’s CEO and champion of the camp experience and youth development for 16 years, will retire January 1, 2015. read more
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  • Re: preseason shell maintenance

    HowieT2
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I'm squarely in pregame mode. About time to get the gear ready. I've gotten into the habit of washing the shells with tech wash and then running them through a cycle with the water repellency refresher and then into the dryer. I've seen where some recommend doing the spray on water repellent, but that seems like an unnecessary pia to me. Wondering what you guys do, if anything.
  • Need some bindings.

    prophet0426
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Anyone unloading some bindings? Need a traditional alpine binding preferably with a DIN over 12.
  • Cannon Mt on the History Channel

    SIKSKIER
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    I watched the dumbest reality show I've ever seen last night on the History Channel.Cannon had much input as far as location and the WOW factor of carrying a car suspended under the tram so the bozo could take a "shortcut" over Cannon on their way along the Appalachian trail.It was easy for me to see that most of the program was shot around Cannon while this moronic footage says "were in Me,then NH,Vermont and on and on while I keep seeing shots of Franconia Notch.If you want to see how bad reality TV has come then watch this whole show.Uuhhgg.
  • October Turns

    Puck it
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Based on the current forecast, it looks like these are out of the question.
  • First Snow in Vermont?

    Dave157
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    This was from atop Lincoln Peak near Sugarbush Was this the first snow? 2014FirstSnow-Shawn.jpg Attached Images 2014FirstSnow-Shawn.jpg (100.8 KB)
 
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    Camping News

  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park is right in Jefferson County's backyard

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    While Interstate 70 and U.S. 285 clog with mountain traffic each weekend, there's a gateway that leads from Golden to mountain cabins, camping, backcountry trails and panoramic views. And, without traffic, it's just under an hour away from Denver.
  • Charter School Teacher Charged With Abuse in Tahoe

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    A charter school teacher used California camping trips to South Lake Tahoe in March and May 2013 to sexually molest three boys, the families claim in court. Police said Guinto was being held on more than a dozen charges of sexually abusing students at his former employer, Richmond's Making Waves Academy.
  • 4 dishes that are great during fall camping

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Vegetable Omelette Recipes courtesy of Marcus Monteiro, executive chef at Brassaii Restaurant on behalf of Canadian Tire. 1/4 cup canola or olive oil 12 eggs Salt and pepper, to taste 3 cups chopped spinach 1 cup chopped mushrooms 1 cup chopped onion 1 Tbsp.
  • Get Out: a last hurrah before the frost

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Backcountry camping can be chilly this time of year, but the crisp fall days are an inspiring time to enjoy the last bits of warmth before winter. Located a little more than two hours from Jackson via Ashton, ID, the drive to the southwest entrance of Yellowstone offers unique scenery and the promise of a bone-warming soak in one of this park's most abundant features: hot springs.
  • Girl Guide biscuit bandit still on the loose

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    A biscuit thief who swiped eight cartons of Girl Guides biscuits from a hall in Kapiti last month is still on the loose. But the man who received five boxes of the stolen biscuits will have to complete two weeks worth of community work, a court has ruled.
 
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    Featured News

  • American Camp Association® CEO to Retire

    American Camp Association
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Indianapolis, IN (October 14) — Peg L. Smith, the American Camp Association’s CEO and champion of the camp experience and youth development for 16 years, will retire January 1, 2015. read more
  • ACA and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

    American Camp Association
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 10 , 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) and the Children & Nature Network announce the launch of their partnership to further the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. read more
  • 2014 September/October Camping Magazine

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

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

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

  • (M) Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 2

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. by Eric Vann | 2014-10-22Welcome to Lightweight Backpacking News - a bimonthly (every two weeks) series digest that will bring you updates from around the web about new gear, backpacking and adventure stories, wild trip reports, and much more! If you'd like to submit a link to a timely (fresh) story for us to consider including in our next installment, please send it along to submissions@backpackinglight.com with the subject line "BPL NEWS DIGEST". ARTICLE OUTLINE…
  • (M) Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-22Planning meals and cooking equipment needs for group expeditions can be intimidating. I like to make the process as simple as possible for everyone involved, whether you are on the planning team, the shopping and packaging team, the cooking team, the cleanup team, or the eating team!x This article describes the basic framework for a simple, lightweight group cooking system developed, refined, and tested over the past ten years as a trek leader for Backpacking Light's Wilderness…
  • Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-10-14Welcome to Flash Reviews, a new column at Backpacking Light. Flash Reviews will feature short, introductory reviews of selected products that may be new on the market, have not yet received "official" press at backpackinglight.com, or may be just outside the scope of our core product review program to warrant a full review. This column will allow us to feature more gear than ever before in a unique context - actual user experience from a wide variety of authors. The source of the gear may come…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-10-14The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • (M) Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Philip Werner
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Campfire on a Cool Autumn NightI always carry a small fire-making kit when I go hiking. It contains a Light My Fire firesteel that can generate sparks and a small sandwich bag with vaseline smeared cotton balls as tinder that light easily and will burn for a few minutes, long enough to get the small sticks in my fire to stay lit. I like using the firesteel because it’s so much more reliable than matches (which trap humidity and fail) or even a butane lighter, which will run out of gas eventually or jam.Whichever fire starter and tinder combination you choose, it’s important…
  • GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1L Boiler – (A Cook Pot with a Great Locking Handle)

    Philip Werner
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    GSI Halulite 1.1L Boiler Cook Pot with Locking HandleI like to switch to a separate cook pot and canister stove system for shoulder season and early winter camping when the days get shorter. When I spend more time in camp I tend to cook more elaborate meals, such as dried cheese tortellini, which needs to simmer for 13 minutes: add olive oil and sea salt to taste, and eat out of the pot.My current canister cook system includes a GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1 liter “boiler” pot which has a great locking handle that folds up over the top of the pot and locks it in place when…
  • Bushwhack Bailout

    Philip Werner
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Mike and his Wild Oasis Tarp, surrounded by heavy frostMike and I were cold and wet when we reached the pond. We’d both gotten soaked on the bushwhack up to Mount Anderson (3740′) and had decided to hike back down to Norcross Pond and camp out instead of continuing deeper into the backcountry. It was the prudent call. We’d received much more rain than the forecast had called for during the day, the winds were picking up, and we knew that it would be a frosty night as an overnight low pressure system pushed through the area.We changed into our dry sleeping clothes and puffy…
  • Canister Fever: Wolf Cub and North Peak, Blue Ridge Mountain

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

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

  • Reviewer Dirtwheels Wins $1,100 in L.L. Bean Winter Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Lee (above with his dirt wheels at Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, S.C.) won $1,100 in winter gear from L.L. Bean, including a four-season tent and two winter mummy bags, for reviewing his outdoor gear! Congratulations to Lee Robbins (aka Dirtwheels), winner of a $1,100 winter gear package courtesy of L.L. Bean! For sharing his gear reviews, Lee wins two 0-degree down sleeping bags and a four-season backcountry dome tent, all thanks to the generous folks at L.L. Bean. Lee's review of his TATO Gear Element Titanium Wood Stove was selected randomly from the 253 outdoor gear…
  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win $1000 L.L. Bean Prize

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Haunted Trails in Los Angeles

    Casey Schreiner
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The pumpkins are out on porches and supermarkets are being flooded with fun-sized candies, which means Halloween is right around the corner. But what if your idea of a spooky good time involves fewer costumes and more time out in the woods? Well worry not, because L.A. has more than its fair share... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “Art” in the Parks

    Casey Schreiner
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This morning, our friend Rebecca at Calipidder alerted us via a Facebook post to a woman named Casey Nocket who had traveled to the west coast from New York for a few weeks. Ms. Nocket had been enjoying her time in the outdoors so much that she decided to document her trip on Instagram. And… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Wooded Hill

    Scott Turner
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Laguna Mountains Recreation Area offers a massive network of trails that allows the hiker to piece together tremendous loops encompassing soaring desert views, cool pine forests, vast meadows, and rugged hillsides. But not every worthwhile hike in the Lagunas is an epic, nor is every worthwhile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ahnu Coburn Boots Review

    Casey Schreiner
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    On the Quick: Style: Mid-height Waterproof: Yes Pros: Lightweight, breathable, secure-feeling, and great-looking. Cons: A little stiff on the first run – will need to be broken in. Best for: Day hikes and backpacking, people who crave foot-security. Retail Price: $165 (can sometimes be found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Review

    Bram Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    On the Quick: Weight: 11oz Dimensions: 7.6” x 16.5” x 6.1” Capacity (gal/L): ~ 200 / ~750 Output (gal/L): ~ 1 quart/min / ~ 1 L/min Type: Activated Carbon MSRP: $74.95 – but can often be found cheaper. At the time of writing, Amazon is listing this item at $56.70 Available from: REI and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Montana Outdoors

  • Morning between the clouds

    montucky
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
  • Willows by the river

    montucky
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
  • Old trail… old dog…

    montucky
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    High in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains across the river, autumn has just painted the ridge tops with long brush strokes as the western larch have changed out of their green summer jackets and donned bright coats of gold, and an old trail up toward Sacajawea Peak has been calling my name, telling me it’s time for another visit. The section of trail where this photo was taken in June of 2007 has been discontinued, but I think of it often and still know where it is. I would like to think that the wild hunter in the photo is still around; if he is, he’s a very old dog!
  • Rainbow Lake

    montucky
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    In the old days this lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation was called Dog Lake. I have never understood why the name was changed.
  • Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 3. Lost Buck Pass

    montucky
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Another mile and a half on the trail past Upper Geiger Lake is Lost Buck Pass which crosses the Cabinet Divide just below Carney Peak, at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. Looking east from the pass you can see Upper Geiger Lake and beyond, the Vermilion River watershed. The view to the west includes Wanless Lake, Engle Peak, and Goat Peak. To the south you look down the entire length of the Swamp Creek drainage and the Clark Fork River can be dimly seen far in the distance.
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    10,000 Birds

  • An odd foraging behavior for a Vulture

    Alfredo Begazo
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    New World vultures of the genus Cathartes (Greater Yellow-headed, Lesser Yellow-headed and Turkey Vultures) look much alike. Greater and Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures are so similar that for a long time were thought to be the same species. The fact that one, the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, acted so differently and favored a different habitat alerted ornithologists to look closer and determine that indeed they were two separate species Seeing a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (LYHV) forage on the grassy open floodplains of Amazonian Rivers is like seeing a Harrier in action. LYHV forage for…
  • Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

    Larry
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California Audubon Council meeting hosted by Plumas Audubon Society. Audubon chapter leaders meet once a year for these council meetings to share their ideas and successes with other chapters and discuss ways to improve members participation and enjoyment of birding and conservation activities. The last time I visited Portola was in the summer of 2011 when the Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) were nesting there. Click on photos for full sized images. This bird was perched along a country road…
  • Chasing cuckoos

    Duncan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds here that are a) hard to find but b) can be found in many places. Most rare birds here are only found in specialised places, but you can always rely on our cuckoos to be potentially anywhere, even if your actual chances of seeing one are vanishingly small. It’s a foolish idea to go out and actually try and find them, better to just be ready to possibly see them at any time, while knowing you probably won’t. That said, it was just such a silly impulse that took me last…
  • How smart are parrots?

    Greg
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the dog, in Swahili. Nebo, sleeping at first on the cool concrete floor under the dining room table startled awake, ears scanning. Nebo was a large Doberman who had never learned that one-man one-dog thing. He was gentle. And listening…
  • I Want This Bird to be Something…

    Corey
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Two weeks after finding a Say’s Phoebe at Edgemere Landfill in the company of my family I convinced them to return to Edgemere yesterday afternoon for another visit. Northwest winds had been blowing all day and the flight of both passerines and raptors had been impressive. We had a grand old time dodging grasshoppers, checking out the snails, and watching the hawks. But that northwest wind got kind of brutal after awhile so we decided to head off the top of the capped landfill and find a more sheltered area to enjoy the day. As I drove slowly down the gravel road a distant raptor…
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • An odd foraging behavior for a Vulture

    Alfredo Begazo
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    New World vultures of the genus Cathartes (Greater Yellow-headed, Lesser Yellow-headed and Turkey Vultures) look much alike. Greater and Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures are so similar that for a long time were thought to be the same species. The fact that one, the Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, acted so differently and favored a different habitat alerted ornithologists to look closer and determine that indeed they were two separate species Seeing a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (LYHV) forage on the grassy open floodplains of Amazonian Rivers is like seeing a Harrier in action. LYHV forage for…
  • Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

    Larry
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California Audubon Council meeting hosted by Plumas Audubon Society. Audubon chapter leaders meet once a year for these council meetings to share their ideas and successes with other chapters and discuss ways to improve members participation and enjoyment of birding and conservation activities. The last time I visited Portola was in the summer of 2011 when the Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) were nesting there. Click on photos for full sized images. This bird was perched along a country road…
  • Chasing cuckoos

    Duncan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds here that are a) hard to find but b) can be found in many places. Most rare birds here are only found in specialised places, but you can always rely on our cuckoos to be potentially anywhere, even if your actual chances of seeing one are vanishingly small. It’s a foolish idea to go out and actually try and find them, better to just be ready to possibly see them at any time, while knowing you probably won’t. That said, it was just such a silly impulse that took me last…
  • How smart are parrots?

    Greg
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the dog, in Swahili. Nebo, sleeping at first on the cool concrete floor under the dining room table startled awake, ears scanning. Nebo was a large Doberman who had never learned that one-man one-dog thing. He was gentle. And listening…
  • I Want This Bird to be Something…

    Corey
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Two weeks after finding a Say’s Phoebe at Edgemere Landfill in the company of my family I convinced them to return to Edgemere yesterday afternoon for another visit. Northwest winds had been blowing all day and the flight of both passerines and raptors had been impressive. We had a grand old time dodging grasshoppers, checking out the snails, and watching the hawks. But that northwest wind got kind of brutal after awhile so we decided to head off the top of the capped landfill and find a more sheltered area to enjoy the day. As I drove slowly down the gravel road a distant raptor…
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    Ryan Jordan

  • High Lakes Tenkara

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

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

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

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

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

  • Winter Parkas from Didricksons

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Should Kayakers Pay for a Rescue?

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Open Beer With Your Bike: WiseCracker

    Amy Jurries
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever finished a bike ride, excited to tuck into that cold beer, only to lack a bottle opener? Sure there are bike racks, belts, dog collars, flip flops, and other gear that comes with an integrated bottle opener, but what if you forget those as well? Here’s a better idea—stick the bottle opener on the bike itself. San Jose frame builder Mike Ahrens originally created the bike mounted bottle opener for a bit of a laugh at the 2006 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. To Ahrens’ surprise, the bottle openers were a huge hit, so much so that he began selling them as an accessory…
  • A Surfboard Made From Cardboard

    Amy Jurries
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ernest Packaging Solutions works with clients to develop unique packaging solutions for their products that protect them from the elements and other external factors when shipping. Whether it is a new package design for Eddie Fiola’s BMX bike or shipping freshly baked cakes right to your doorstep, Ernest will come up with a unique solution. As part of a new video series called Cardboard Chaos, the company has teamed up with some outdoor sports companies to show you just how far cardboard can go. Headquartered in Southern California, the company decided the best way to launch the new…
  • Patagonia Helps Hawaiians Install Home Solar

    Amy Jurries
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Announced last week, Patagonia has formed a partnership with Honolulu-based Kinaole Capital Partners and Bank of Hawaii to create a $27 million fund aimed at helping homeowners purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar energy systems in Hawaii. Working with local solar installation companies and taking advantage of state and federal tax credits, the new fund will accelerate renewable energy infrastructure in the state. The $13 investment from Patagonia comes from the company’s $20 Million & Change investment fund launched in 2013 to help innovative, like-minded startups bring about…
  • Garmin Edge 1000 Review

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

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

  • Food Matters

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trip Report: Little River (VA)

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I usually begin at the Little River Dam and paddle upstream about 5 miles towards Snowville. Very quiet water for 4.5 miles, then you encounter a class 1 Rapids.
  • Backcountry Canoe Rule Debate

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Cliff Jacobson looks at the 'maximum group size' rule in the BWCA by making some observations and voicing his calculated call for a slight change to this current restriction.
  • Paddling Perks 2015! Calendar, T-Shirt and More Just $25!

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2015 Paddling Perks program is now available! Check out the 2015 calendar, the new t-shirts and the SAVINGS you will enjoy once you sign up. All for just $25
  • Paddling through fall's palette

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently paddled a 5-mile reach, up and back, where I enjoyed a quiet afternoon among a forest preparing for winter and surrounded by incredibly awesome fall color.
  • Massive pumpkin paddled to world record

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Charles Clark broke a world record by paddling 100 meters in a pumpkin weighing 440 pounds.
 
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    GearGuide

  • Portable Power Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

  • My First Trad Lead - Rock Climb

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

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

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

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

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

  • Columbine Cookbook Series: Bliss Balls

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

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

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

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

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

  • UST – 10-day Lantern

    Andy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Sometimes a piece of gear boasts a claim that is so definitive, that the only way to test it is to call them out on that claim. So we stuck some batteries - an honourable mention must go to Varta's High Energy Alkaline AAs - in UST's 10-day lantern and turned it on. 24 days later, it finally went out. Read more...
  • Brunton – Hydrogen Reactor

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

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

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

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

  • Berghaus and Polartec team up for new Lawers fleece

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

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

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

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

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

  • Update on the “Art Vandal” Casey Nocket

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    The National Park Service Issued a press release earlier today in regard to the vandals actions. The National Park Services is waiting for each of the 10 parks to confirm that the parks and locations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is creating “art” at national parks vandalism or Art?

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    An Instagram user Creepytings aka Casey Nocket has posted several photos of her so called art at national parks and is starting to gather some hatred for her work. This morning I have seen several... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 10/20/2014

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome back to another edition of #AdventureMonday! Another great week of awesome photos to showcase. Please make sure to tag your photos with #hikingthetrail to have a chance to be featured next... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cowboy Camping and why all adventurous people should do it at least once!

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

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

  • Hanchor Cobble Backpack and Ripple Pack

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creating A Travel Themed Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Seattle Sports Co. AquaKnot 1800 Backpack Review

    Heather Porpiglia
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Designed for rafting, canyoneering and cycling, the AquaKnot 1800 handles the elements. I set out for some casual wear-and-tear as well as some rough-and-tumble beating. I wanted to test the pack in the worst conditions; full submersion, beating on the rocks and a downpour. The pack definitely holds up and keeps dry in the rain and splashing of paddles. Made of a vinyl urethane, the pack holds out water and the shoulder straps dry within an hour or so with average temps. The pack is comfortable for a casual hike or having to go around town, the waist straps are not padded, so I would not…
  • Off-Season Conditioning for Hiking

    Joy Konieczka
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    We’ve all had an epic year of adventures on the trail!  You should feel really good about the fitness gains you’ve made over the season. It’s important to maintain (or even improve) your fitness in the off-season so that your body is ready to handle hiking and backpacking the trails again next spring. But you don’t need to spend hours in the gym hitting every body part in conditioning for hiking. *Keep it simple and start with perfect form.   Training Rules with Exercises: Stand tall Abdominals contracted Chest open while slightly engaging the shoulder blades…
  • Dragontail Shadowfire 360 Tenkara Rod Review

    Isaac Tait
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Dragontail Shadowfire 360 Tenkara Fly Fishing Rod is a great rod at an even greater price. For the budding Tenkara angler looking to get into the sport, this is a great first rod. The rod has a 6:4 action, so it falls right in the middle of the flex scale (2.5 – 12.5). The softer action is great for working fish on a finer tippet, which reduces the risk of the tippet breaking.                     Pros The Shadowfire is an extraordinary value. For less than $100 you get a beautiful 12’ rod. The rod is perfectly suited for medium to…
  • Five Essentials for Fall Camping

    Sarah Almond
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Photo by Vincent Lock Flickr.com The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping and you are beginning to realize you aren’t ready to call it quits with camping quite yet. You want to take advantage of this beautiful time of year and pitch your tent in the amber forests, scramble up mountains covered in vibrant colors and warm up around a toasty fire. However, tackling this new ambition with your summer camping gear will surely deter you from ever embarking on this adventure again, so make sure you’re properly equipped. Below are five essentials for fall camping.   Photo by…
  • Brenthaven Velo Backpack Review

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

  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 23rd, 2014

    Rourke
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Last year I went to the Uwharrie National Park on an off-road trip with some friends. I drive a stock Jeep Wrangler 2-door and was told we were going to stick to the easy trails. Well – once we started out it wasn’t bad but soon the one-way trail turned a lot rougher than I wanted to take my daily driver. You know what? NO PROBLEM! Took it slow and was just amazed at what I was able to go over and around with the decent clearance and short wheel base. This is a video I took showing some vehicles taking on a part of the course I managed to go around: I know I am not the only Jeep…
  • Survival Biscuits?

    Rourke
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I wrote this awhile back over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. Figured many of you have not seen it as it is buried deep within the archives. To see it in its original form click HERE. Food is my major concern when looking at my preps. I feel like I could just never have enough. At this point I have a large variety of types of food including common grocery store items as well as dehydrated and freeze dried. I stopped by a local Sunbeam Bread Outlet store and saw a display of different bread mixes. What caught my eye was these were “Just add water“. I picked up a few for $1.29 each…
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 22nd, 2014

    Rourke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I appreciate you stopping by and visiting here on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Took the family to my brothers place in Georgia for the weekend. If you are not a long time reader you may not be aware that my brothers place is my bug out location. My overall plan is to stay at home – in place. If for some reason I need to move the family I have two options – one approx 30 miles away and then in Georgia – 3+ hours away. Anyways – back to my weekend. Here are some pics I took. A few are previews of things to come:
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Best Way to Hang a Hammock || Rap Rings

    Rourke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events. Not sure if you can get much more simpler than this method for securing a hammock. Simply awesome!  – – – Rourke                                
  • Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

    Rourke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
      Video’s/Movies Atlas Shrugged:Part One Atlas Shrugged: Part Two AMERICA: Imagine a World Without Her   Food Storage PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Dymatize Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla – the best! Mountain House 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit   Articles from around the ‘net Ebola and the Butterfly Effect Rightful Liberty and “Standing Up” The Scout Rifle What happens to debt and mortgages after an Economic Collapse? Buying a .22LR These Days                    
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Winter Parkas from Didricksons

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trail Information Entry System Feedback Requested

    trailsnet
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Enter Trail Information on Trailsnet.com It’s been a few months now since the Trail Information Entry System was updated on Trailsnet.com. The good news… We’ve had more people subscribe to the site than ever before. Our subscriber numbers have skyrocketed. The bad news… Not one person has entered trail information since the new system was … Continue reading » The post Trail Information Entry System Feedback Requested appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Great Bike Philosophy

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

  • Could sleeper sharks be preying on protected Steller sea lions?

    Supertrooper
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Pacific sleeper sharks, a large, slow-moving species thought of as primarily a scavenger or predator of fish, may be preying on something a bit larger – protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska. A new study found the first indirect evidence that this cold-blooded shark that can grow to a length of more [...]   Read more...
  • We’ve got a Whooper

    Jill Wussow
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hey lookit! It’s a whooping crane! This was a pleasant surprise, definitely wasn’t expecting to come across any whooping cranes any time soon. She (yes she – her name is Latka and she was hatched on June 13, 2013) was hanging out with a pretty big sandhill flock (about 8oish). She was banded and luckily, [...]   Read more...
  • Beautiful Feather Pictures – Birds Flaunt Majestic Tails and Dramatic Collars

    Supertrooper
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A male greater bird of paradise (Paradisaea apoda) poses in the hope of attracting a female in the Aru Islands of Indonesia. This courtship display happens on treetop branches the birds have stripped of their leaves, leaving a clear space in which to put on displays in the early morning light. A male greater bird [...]   Read more...
  • American Crow

    Scott Simmons
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    For some reason, I have had a hard time getting a good photograph of an American Crow. Part of the reason why is that it’s notoriously difficult to distinguish them from Fish Crows if they’re not calling. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible. So I have to see the bird call to know which species [...]   Read more...
  • Sea Otter Teeth Stronger than Human’s

    Supertrooper
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sea otters, which often dine on clams, crabs, and other shelled creatures, have unusually chip-resistant teeth, a new study suggests. Lab tests show that the enamel coating the teeth of sea otters (Enhydra lutris, shown) is up to two-and-a-half times tougher than human tooth enamel, thanks largely to the enamel’s microstructure. In all mammal enamel, [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • 11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014

    Chris Maxcer
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The article 11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. We had such fun nailing down the 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers we just couldn’t stop. Here’s 11 more great gifts for backpackers — and hikers — that will help you find something perfect for your hard-to-shop-for backpacker. And here’s one thing to remember about backpacking: Those who do it love to try out new gear, so even if they already have, say, a headlamp, they’ll appreciate another one. Seriously. Backpackers are like that. Oh, one more thing: most of the clothing…
  • 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Meet 74-Year Old “Drag’n Fly”: Oldest Female Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

    Sarah (Ent)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Badass. There is no other way to describe a 74 year-old who thru hikes the Appalachian Trail. “For me the fun is in the camping and the camaraderie [sic] at the camping areas,” the recent record-breaker said in her Trail Journal. Nan “Drag’n Fly” Reisinger finished her hike on October 19, becoming the oldest woman to thru ......
  • 4 Pieces of Advice for Solo Female Thru Hikers

    Carlie Gentry
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    As an associate at REI, thru hiking the AT comes up quite a bit. Customers want to know they’re speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable backpacker. Sometimes a customer is preparing for their own thru hike and I can’t help but get excited. No matter the reason, the conversation almost always goes the same way. ......
  • You Can Do It (Put Your Backpack Into It)

    Jessica Porter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Before I left to thru-hike the trail, countless people told me different renditions of “I wish I could do something like that” or “I almost hiked it years ago, but something came up.” Now that the trail is done and I’m back home, I hear things like “Wow, that’s amazing. I could never do that.” ......
  • Top Instagram Photos from #AppalachianTrail This Week

    Kenny Howell
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    We continue to peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram with the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and #AppalachianTrials and select a few of the best each week. If you would like your picture to be included, be sure to use the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and/or #AppalachianTrials (we give preference to this one).  And follow Appalachian Trials on Instagram for even more AT love. Here is this week’s ......
  • How to Use Your Thru-Hike on Your Resume

    Paul "BigTex" Bunker
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    You just hiked the Appalachian Trail (or any long trail) and now the reality of the real world sets in; you need a job! But how do you explain to a potential employer, who does not understand the achievement of hiking a long trail, the advantages of hiring you? Well in reality, putting the words ......
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    Loughborough Inn

  • Toronto Cottage Vacation

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

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

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

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

    David Harnden
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Want to plan a getaway in the lap of nature that affords you all the luxuries of the Loughborough Inn without a structured meal plan? We’ve got you covered. While our delicious meals make the dining room the most popular place at the resort 3 times a day, we understand that sometimes convenience can take other forms. Food allergies, extreme dietary restrictions, food preferences, and the rare opportunity to lounge at leisure while on vacation might make our newest housekeeping cabin option your best bet. Anyone who’s sat down at our tables will tell you the meal times and dining…
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  • D365 Ultimate Seeded Club Hunt Tips

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eureka Lounger Cot Overview

    50 Campfires
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Overview: Eureka! has been bringing families and friends together in the outdoors for more than 100 years. With innovative features, their products are designed for a lifetime of use, providing the comfort that makes it easy for you to enjoy life outdoors. The Eureka Lounger Cot is a fantastic hybrid chair to lounge at the campsite. What Makes It Unique: The Eureka Lounger Cot is a hyrbrid between a chair and cot that allows for comfort and style. This very comfortable lounger has 4 different reclining positions and a mesh pillow to allow breathability. Weighing in at 19 pounds, the lounger…
  • Eureka Jade Canyon Tent Overview

    50 Campfires
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Overview: Eureka! has been bringing families and friends together in the outdoors for more than 100 years. With innovative features, their products are designed for a lifetime of use, providing the comfort that makes it easy for you to enjoy life outdoors. The Eureka Jade Canyon Tent was designed with family car campers in mind and is spacious while remaining rugged. What Makes It Unique: The Eureka Jade Canyon Tent is a cabin style tent that comes in both a 4 person and 6 person model. The tent features a 2 pole system with the top poles being made out of aluminum and the side poles out of…
  • Eno Hammocks Island Of Blanket Overview

    50 Campfires
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Overview: Eagles Nest Outfitters started with two brothers wanting to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. They decided to start making hammocks out of their van, and now ENO is one of the most popular hammock manufactures. This ENO Hammocks Island Of Blanket is perfect for the on the go family, beach or festival goer. What Makes It Unique: The ENO Hammocks Island Of Blanket is a large blanket meant for multiple people to lounge on. Perfect for days at the park or to put out for young kids at the campsite. The Island Of Blanket is lightweight and uses the same breathable nylon material that ENO…
  • Little Luxury Portable Water Cooler Overview

    50 Campfires
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Overview Little Luxury aims to bring luxury and innovative technology to water filtration and cooling systems. They’re the first of its kind to develop a patented mini water cooler that both filters tap water and cools the water efficiently. Their products are not only made for efficiency and cleanliness, but also accessibility and portability. What Makes It Unique The Little Luxury Portable Water Cooler can be used with a dual battery or an electric operation. The bottle is a spill-free BPA-free bottle that maintains a temperature of 46 degrees. It is built with the outdoors in mind coming…
  • ENO Hammocks Ember 2 Hammock Under Quilt Overview

    50 Campfires
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Overview: Eagles Nest Outfitters started with two brothers wanting to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. They decided to start making hammocks out of their van, and now ENO is one of the most popular hammock manufactures. This ENO Hammocks Ember 2 Hammock Under Quilt is the most affordable under quilt on the market, but it holds up in toughness to much pricier under quilts. What Makes It Unique: The ENO Hammocks Ember 2 Under Quilt was meant to keep you warm in Fall and light winter conditions. Rated down to 40 degrees this under quilt is made of a great nylon ripstop material with a DWR finish.
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Lake Okutama (Ogochi Dam) Tokyo

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

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

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

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

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

  • 13 Spooktacular Halloween Events Happening in Maine this October

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hala Peño Inflatable SUP Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pandemic Survival: Prepping For Ebola, H1N1, SARS & More

    Chris Ruiz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    With news of Ebola spreading in West Africa and even entering the US in a few isolated cases, people are understandably worried about the possibility of a pandemic coming to their town.  It seems every season there is a new virus or infection to worry about.  With people all over prepping for Ebola, the knowledge you acquire to protect yourself and loved ones in a pandemic survival situation has never been more valuable. In this article I am going to show you what preventative measures to take to reduce your risk of exposure before, during, and after a pandemic.  We are also going to…
  • Premade Bug Out Bag Review – The Survival Preparedness Bag

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

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

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

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

  • Following Rama's trail : Take a road trip to places in Ramayana

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
      In this post we tell Lord Ram’s story by way of taking us through the places that bear witness to his life, that bear witness to the great Indian epic, Ramayan. From the Lord’s birth, through his journey across his exile to the point of his final departure to the enemy kingdom for winning...
  • Pushkar Camel Fair: All you need to know about Pushkar Mela

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

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

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

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

  • Horrors of RV Moisture Damage

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

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

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

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