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  • Belleayre Resort will fail unless scaled back, Catskill Heritage Alliance(NY Catskil

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    ScottySkis
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    http://www.watershedpost.com/2014/be...es=og.comments I agree it to much and not fair. Above: A rendering of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released in April 2014 by the DEC. The Catskill Heritage Alliance, a local environmental group that has long been critical of the proposed Belleayre Resort project in Highmount, has released a study that claims the resort will fail unless scaled back. The study, commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based firm Public and…
  • Big Agnes integrates LED lighting system into camping tents

    Camping News
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Flashlights, lanterns, headlamps, tent lights a there are a lot of different ways to light up a campsite.
  • The Outdoor Foundation’s Outsiders Ball is on a Roll - New Sponsors on Board

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Outdoor Foundation is proud to announce a full roster of sponsors for the 2014 Outsiders Ball, held on August 5th, at 6 pm -- the eve of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
  • Deadly Tornado Hits Campground in Virginia Two Times

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A severe storm left two people dead, injured 36 others and sent massive trees flying at a Chesapeake Bay campground filled with vacationing families.
  • Camp Moves Me

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    American Camp Association
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    National Fundraising Campaign This October! Join us in a national fundraising campaign to support camp scholarships through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund read more
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  • Belleayre Resort will fail unless scaled back, Catskill Heritage Alliance(NY Catskil

    ScottySkis
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    http://www.watershedpost.com/2014/be...es=og.comments I agree it to much and not fair. Above: A rendering of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released in April 2014 by the DEC. The Catskill Heritage Alliance, a local environmental group that has long been critical of the proposed Belleayre Resort project in Highmount, has released a study that claims the resort will fail unless scaled back. The study, commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based firm Public and…
  • How Far Would You Go On a Day Trip?

    timm
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Something said in the "when is a deal not a deal" made me curious about how far people were willing to travel on day trips. I try to stay around 2.5 tops but thinking about upping it this year.
  • Something is Brewing at Sundown at it's not Beer!

    WoodCore
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    https://www.facebook.com/Ski.Sundown...type=1&theater Sundown 07312014.jpg Attached Images Sundown 07312014.jpg (65.2 KB)
  • POV chairlift accident!!

    skiNEwhere
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Seems to be quite a few chairlift related accidents is south america this year!! this is crazy scary http://unofficialnetworks.com/2014/0...oche-argentina Hope they are alright, especially the guy in black adjusting his boots that was almost directly under the chair when it fell. I can't find him later in the video
  • This resort had a BAD day!!!

    drjeff
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Check out what happened after a flash flood to this resort in Slovakia :-o http://unofficialnetworks.com/2014/0...-and-rockslide
 
 
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    American Camp Association
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    National Fundraising Campaign This October! Join us in a national fundraising campaign to support camp scholarships through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund read more
  • ACA Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) to Support 21st Century Learning

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

    American Camp Association
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
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  • ACA Renews Educational Alliance with NASA

    American Camp Association
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2014) — The American Camp Association (ACA) is announcing a new educational alliance with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), whose mission is to drive advances in science, technology, and exploration to enhance communication, knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth. read more
  • Register Your Camp for the Great American Backyard Campout!

    American Camp Association
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:29 am
    June 28 Recently, ACA announced an educational alliance with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in order to promote the importance of nature for healthy youth and families. read more
 
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  • (M) Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices. by Matthew Morrissey | 2014-07-30In an academic publication, this space would be filled with justifications of the physical, mental and social benefits of outdoor activities and the importance of its associated clothing; this audience will be intrinsically aware of these benefits and keenly aware of the importance of good clothing for enjoyment, comfort and safety in the outdoors. But what exactly does 'good clothing mean? In addition to…
  • (M) MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear. by David Chenault | 2014-07-30The article will not discuss harness construction or suspension design, save tangentially in a few places. These are complex topics which deserve (many) independent treatments. That said any pack project should begin with quite a bit of planning and contemplation. A clear and comprehensive consideration of the intended uses will drive all subsequent decisions, from harness and…
  • (M) Gear Guide: Packrafts

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-07-22This report: Provides an overview of packraft types, terminology, and design principles; Identifies specific brands and models and compares their key features and specifications; Suggests specific packraft models for various applications. This report features open boats (i.e., packrafts without integrated spray decks or…
  • (M) The Updated Foot-Care Kit

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet. by Darin Banner | 2014-07-22In the summer of 1978, my dad took his scout troop into the High Uintas for a week of hiking and fishing. He brought along my brother and me. We were eight and six years old respectively. The scouts and the leaders carried their equipment in their big external-frame backpacks while horses carried in the heavy canvas tents and food. My brother and I had small daypacks with our warm clothes inside. We carried…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 11

    15 Jul 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 | 2014-07-15The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
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  • Niseko, Japan: A Powder Paradise for Skiers and Snowboarders

    Dave
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Mt. Yotei (photo: Andrew K. Smith) Tucked inside the western edge of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Niseko is a world-renowned powder paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike. Anticipation for the each Winter season starts when the first snows begin to fall atop Mt. Yotei, known as the “Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido.” Due to its proximity to Siberia, Niseko benefits from weather patterns bringing cold air across the Sea of Japan, where moisture collects, and is later dumped in the form of snow across the region. Lots of snow. An average of a little over 595 inches (15 meters) per…
  • Top 10 Things to Do in Budapest

    Dave
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Budapest as seen from St. Stephen’s Basilica Budapest is one of those cities everyone seems to like, so as my Eastern European rail trip of 2012 continued, I caught a train from rainy Bratislava to the overcast Hungarian capital. I budgeted four days to explore Budapest, which I’d soon come to find was not nearly enough. The city is filled with history, museums, intrigue and mineral-rich baths. If you’re heading to Budapest, be sure to pack some travel insurance, such as the policies offered by Southern Cross Travel Insurance. They’ll ensure you’re…
  • The Scarred & the Beautiful, Jammu & Kashmir

    Dave
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Scarred & the Beautiful, Jammu& Kashmir. from Harshit Vishwakarma “‘The Scarred & the Beautiful’ is a reflection of the state Jammu & Kashmir away from the conflict. Shot on iPhone 5s.” --------- Join Travel Blog Success and learn how to build, market, and make money from your blog. Membership includes written tutorials, audio interviews, live webinars, Facebook forum, and much more.
  • DrinkAdvisor: A Mobile App Showcasing the World’s Best Bars

    Dave
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As travelers, we’re familiar with feeling like the new guys or gals in town, but that doesn’t mean we need to settle for any old bar or dance club when it’s time for a night out. Enter DrinkAdvisor, a comprehensive, and more importantly free, mobile app available for both iPhone and Android that delivers high quality bar and club listings for over 200 of the world’s largest cities. Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s quick and easy to get started. Users have the option of signing in with Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or if they prefer, registering with…
  • Afghanistan

    Dave
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Afghanistan from Mikai Danger Karl “Afghanistan: a country misunderstood, depressed by conflict, fighting for stability. A country, thought of as inhospitable, is in fact home to some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. Yes, there has been war, their country has been torn, but they are a strong people, just like any other, searching for peace among this chaotic world. I went to Afghanistan in April of 2014 looking to see the real nature of this country. This is what I found.” --------- Join Travel Blog Success and learn how to build, market, and make money from your…
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  • Lake district

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

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

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

    Le_Quack
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Hey can someone recommend a new sleeping mat. My old galert one is knackard the valve no longer keeps air in/out so if I lie on it it deflates and inflated when I store it. Its also kinda large and heavy. BUDGET: £40 or cheap might go to £45 for a good one I would prefer inflating, must fit in my alpkit bivvy, pack down small as I'm trying to stop hanging stuff from the outside of my bag. Thanks for any recommendations or help.
 
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  • Camping Gear Checklist

    Philip Werner
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    My wife has expressed a willingness, even a desire to go car camping with me. But we both get anxious when we have to pack up for a multi-day car camping trip, so I created this checklist of all the stuff we need to bring. It really helped minimize the stress of getting ready for our last trip which was a smashing success. I hope it helps you avoid divorce (or worse), as well!Click Here to Download a PDF of the SectionHiker.com Camping Gear ChecklistCampsite SetupTent (w/stakes, poles, and guylines) Gear Loft Mallet or hammer for tent stakes Dust pan and brush to clean sand out of…
  • The Daniel Webster (Scout) Trail

    Philip Werner
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The Daniel Webster (Scout) Trail begins inside the Dolly Copp Campground off Rt 16, directly opposite from Imp Face.After several years of compulsive peakbagging in the White Mountains, I’ve changed my goals and set out to hike many of the trails that I’ve never set foot on before. With over 1500 miles of interconnected trails, there are still many miles of trails in the Whites that I’ve never hiked and I expect this “project” will run well into the future. While I haven’t given up climbing mountains, climbing a peak is no longer one of my prerequisites for…
  • Desert Hiking Tips, Tricks and Best Practices from the PCT by Mike Henrick

    Philip Werner
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    It’s common to see the trail wind its way ahead for miles at a time like this scene at Deep CreekGrowing up exploring the dense, rain forests of the eastern United States, my first steps in the desert of the Pacific Crest Trail came as an incredible shock.Desert HikingI had never imagined seeing the trail wind its way down the mountain in front of me, past juniper and pinyon pine, across the sage strewn valley and all the way up the next ridge miles away. The wide open landscapes often felt like convection ovens when strong winds combined with burning sun to steal moisture away from…
  • How to Avoid Thunderstorms While Hiking and Backpacking

    Philip Werner
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Thunderstorm Activity for the Appalachian Trail in Stratton, MaineI am very cautious when hiking during thunderstorm season, especially above treeline where these is no protection from lightning, hail, and high winds. I’ve just had too many calls where thunderstorms have caught me out in the open and scared me half to death with their fury. While I can peacefully sleep through storms like this while camping at night, it’s a totally different matter to be caught out in the open with no place to hide.While there is a chance that you’ll get beaned by a baseball chunk of ice…
  • Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad Review

    Philip Werner
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Klymit Static V Luxe Inflatable Sleeping PadKlymit’s new Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad is an interesting twist on a luxury inflatable sleeping pad, combining a decadent 30″ width, with a pad that is easy to inflate, and rolls up into a small bundle barely the size of many ultralight weight backpacking pads. It’s also incredibly inexpensive, only costing $89, which should terrify luxury sleeping pad manufacturers who charge customers several hundred dollars for a comparable product.Weighing 26.5 ounces, the Static V Luxe is best considered a base camping or car camping…
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  • Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus

    Alicia MacLeay
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Congratulations to community member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! Daniel just won a complete backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire Foods. Daniel's review of his Grivel Salamander climbing helmet was selected randomly from the 209 outdoor gear reviews submitted since July 1: A very comfortable helmet that has multiple sizes available. A great helmet for ice climbing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. ... I own several different climbing helmets and this one has by far become my favorite across all climbing sports. For…
  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen

    Alicia MacLeay
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    What's your most dependable outdoor gear? How well has your backpacking tent, climbing rope, kayak, or other equipment fared on your backcountry adventures? Review your gear, apparel, or footwear now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Plus, by sharing your independent review, you'll help other outdoor enthusiasts find and share the best outdoor gear. On Thursday, July 31, one lucky gear reviewer will win a backcountry camp kitchen, including a canister stove system, gravity…
  • Meet Soleful2001, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Congratulations to Soleful2001 (aka Joe White), 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 Joe, a North Carolina backpacker and photographer who hikes light, but without "the ounce counting obsession." Congratulations, Joe, and thanks for sharing your many helpful gear reviews with us, including of your Sawyer Mini Filter ("solo hikers will enjoy the convenience and protection") and the NEMO Astro Air Lite 20R ("compact, lightweight,…
  • Filter, Food, Fire: Win $300 of Kataydn-Optimus Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stay hydrated and well fed on the trail this summer. We're giving away $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. One lucky gear reviewer will win a backcountry camp kitchen, including a canister stove system, gravity filter, weekend's worth of meals, food heat pouch, titanium spoon, refillable lighter, Piezo igniter, and more. Review any of your outdoor equipment or clothing now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win all of this gear for your next trip. To Enter: Write a review now through…
  • Protecting Climbing Crags: Meet the Access Fund Conservation Team

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In addition to the essential gear, climbers also require open, protected climbing areas. The nonprofit Access Fund works to keep U.S. climbing areas open and accessible, and to conserve the climbing environment for all forms of climbing. To support stewardship, two Access Fund staff members travel the country full-time from February through November helping maintain climbing areas. Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson are the 2014 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team. The couple assesses climbing area conservation needs, works with local groups and volunteers, and…
 
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  • Meeting to Help Protect Solo Hikers in Wake of Attack

    Casey Schreiner
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Last week, a female hiker was attacked in Ernest E. Debs Park while hiking alone in the morning. The woman said the man knocked her to the ground and threatened her with a knife before running off. Many in the community have noted the behavior of the suspect is very similar to attacks that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike East Mesa in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    Scott Turner
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
      Cuyamaca Rancho State Park contains a massive and varied landscape featuring a variety of outdoor experiences. The park includes forested peaks, tranquil lakes, river valleys, rugged chaparral covered slopes, numerous springs, and gentle, rolling mesas studded with pine trees. Of the two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ready for a Boat Race on the L.A. River?

    Casey Schreiner
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    It’s a good time to be the L.A. River right now. After years of being regarded as nothing but a concrete ditch or open sewer, our little river is now finally starting to get the respect it deserves. We’ve had idyllic kayaking journeys, documentary films, city-approved Master... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Lake Cuyamaca and the Stonewall Mine

    Scott Turner
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    On the north end of sprawling Cuyamaca Rancho State Park lies a lovely man-made lake set next to a shady pine and oak forest. Nearby sits the site of San Diego County’s most productive gold mine. This easy hike with low distance and mild inclines connects the two and features great scenery,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

    Casey Schreiner
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Just a short drive or bus trip away from the crazy-charming city of Taxco lies one of the largest cave systems in the world. It’s protected by the Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, which is also home to the cave system Grutas de Carlos Pacheo as well as several rock climbing routes and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    10,000 Birds

  • Least Terns Complete Another Nesting Season in Florida

    Alfredo Begazo
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    The end of July marks the end of the Least Tern’s (Sterna antillarum) nesting season in Florida. Young Least Terns, some still begging for food, begin to appear on Florida beaches and will soon continue their flight south eastern South America. But making it to a flying age in Florida is an accomplishment in itself. There are very few beaches in the Sunshine State that are safe and remote enough to harbor nesting least terns. In response to the crowds, dogs, and habitat encroaching least terns took to the gravel rooftops as alternative nesting sites. Over the years more and more tern nested…
  • Birding California: A Regional Primer

    Felonious Jive
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    When one thinks of taking a birdcation somewhere in the U.S., the same few states always come to mind first…Alaska, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. That’s where everyone goes, and for good reason. However, I am here to make the case for birding California. With the largest state list by a considerable margin and a mind-boggling diversity of habitats, I reckon we have some amazing birding to offer. So if you are thinking of doing some birding out this way, here is a quick run-down of some of the state’s best birding areas. In any given year, vast numbers of shorebirds migrate…
  • The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay

    Larry
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is one of the ubiquitous birds seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. They are a non-migratory species found in western coniferous and mixed-coniferous forests, breeding from Alaska, western Canada, and the United States south through western Mexico to Nicaragua. Although they are normally non-migratory, populations that breed at high elevations typically move to lower elevations during the winter. Often found around campgrounds, the boisterous calls from these conspicuous birds can be heard from a distance. I have never…
  • Birding by Volunteering

    Duncan
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Well, it’s official. Over a decade since I was last there, I am finally heading back to Africa late this year. Not forever mind, I’ll still be living here in New Zealand and carrying on as its beat writer here (I may even write about New Zealand again some time). But my long wait to see antelope, zebras and everything in between is finally over. As has been the case every time I’ve been to Africa before, I won’t be there just for play. The first time I went was for my Masters Field Trip, studying tropical ecology in Kenya (otherwise known as the best month of my life).
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2014)

    Corey
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The end of July is when shorebird migration truly picks up, at least in eastern North America. It is also when a huge number of people are hitting the beach, which often serves as habitat for those migrating shorebirds. If we could only find good ways to get beach-goers interested in birds instead of irritated by them. Ideas anyone? While others were enjoying the beach this weekend I was enjoying the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where I reacquainted myself with the mud and the shorebirds. Of those shorebirds my Best Bird of the Weekend was a hulking Long-billed Dowitcher that…
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  • Least Terns Complete Another Nesting Season in Florida

    Alfredo Begazo
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    The end of July marks the end of the Least Tern’s (Sterna antillarum) nesting season in Florida. Young Least Terns, some still begging for food, begin to appear on Florida beaches and will soon continue their flight south eastern South America. But making it to a flying age in Florida is an accomplishment in itself. There are very few beaches in the Sunshine State that are safe and remote enough to harbor nesting least terns. In response to the crowds, dogs, and habitat encroaching least terns took to the gravel rooftops as alternative nesting sites. Over the years more and more tern nested…
  • Birding California: A Regional Primer

    Felonious Jive
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    When one thinks of taking a birdcation somewhere in the U.S., the same few states always come to mind first…Alaska, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. That’s where everyone goes, and for good reason. However, I am here to make the case for birding California. With the largest state list by a considerable margin and a mind-boggling diversity of habitats, I reckon we have some amazing birding to offer. So if you are thinking of doing some birding out this way, here is a quick run-down of some of the state’s best birding areas. In any given year, vast numbers of shorebirds migrate…
  • The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay

    Larry
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is one of the ubiquitous birds seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. They are a non-migratory species found in western coniferous and mixed-coniferous forests, breeding from Alaska, western Canada, and the United States south through western Mexico to Nicaragua. Although they are normally non-migratory, populations that breed at high elevations typically move to lower elevations during the winter. Often found around campgrounds, the boisterous calls from these conspicuous birds can be heard from a distance. I have never…
  • Birding by Volunteering

    Duncan
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Well, it’s official. Over a decade since I was last there, I am finally heading back to Africa late this year. Not forever mind, I’ll still be living here in New Zealand and carrying on as its beat writer here (I may even write about New Zealand again some time). But my long wait to see antelope, zebras and everything in between is finally over. As has been the case every time I’ve been to Africa before, I won’t be there just for play. The first time I went was for my Masters Field Trip, studying tropical ecology in Kenya (otherwise known as the best month of my life).
  • Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2014)

    Corey
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The end of July is when shorebird migration truly picks up, at least in eastern North America. It is also when a huge number of people are hitting the beach, which often serves as habitat for those migrating shorebirds. If we could only find good ways to get beach-goers interested in birds instead of irritated by them. Ideas anyone? While others were enjoying the beach this weekend I was enjoying the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where I reacquainted myself with the mud and the shorebirds. Of those shorebirds my Best Bird of the Weekend was a hulking Long-billed Dowitcher that…
 
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  • High Uinta Wilderness 2014

    ryan
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    We’ll be taking a trip into the High Uinta Wilderness August 11-21, 2014. Check back here for more as the trip approaches and be sure to follow updates via Twitter @bigskyry.
  • Day 13: Exit & Re-Entry

    Ryan
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We slept under the stars last night, cowboy style, as the embers from our final campfire faded in the light of the full moon. I couldn’t sleep. I knew I wanted to finish the expedition and ride the high that comes with accomplishing what you set out to do. I was also looking forward to taking a hot shower, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and sleeping under cotton sheets. I also miss my wife and can’t wait to see her. But exiting the wilderness after such a long and engaging experience comes with the challenge of re-entry. I’m a bit envious of Walker, Aiden, and Chase,…
  • Day 12: South Fork of the Sun

    Ryan
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Today we packrafted the South Fork of the Sun River from our secret campsite near Pretty Prairie to The Gorge. It may have been the funnest day of packrafting on the whole trip. The South Fork of the Sun is running at a healthy flow of around 550 or 600 cfs today, maybe. The waves are big, there’s lots of Class 2 water, and the rapids are splashy. Our packraft repairs held up through the whitewater and limestone riverbed. The day started off overcast, cool, and a little breezy, so we packrafted in our raingear to stay warm as waves broke over our heads and filled our boats with water.
  • Day 11: West Fork Blues

    Ryan
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I don’t have a prosperous relationship with the West Fork of the South Fork of the Sun River. Over the years, I’ve lost trophy trout in its submerged trees, slipped and swam in its slippery fords, and portaged its countless logjams with my packraft. But the West Fork has an allure that is hard to resist. Deep green pools that harbor trout of untold size, beautiful and expansive mountain views that reward the persistent floater, and of course, good whitewater at high water. This year I had the opportunity to share its beauty and misery with our Venturing Crew. We left our camp on…
  • Day 10: R & R in the West Fork

    Ryan
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We have stopped for the day after a short hike to take a half day to recover from our arduous trek across the top of the Chinese Wall. We are camped on the banks of the West Fork of the South Fork of the Sun River in a shady grove of lodgepole pines. We have a nice beach, good sitting logs, a stone firepit, a bear pole, and green luxurious grass for lounging. I am drinking coffee and the boys are playing a game of hearts. We have looked forward to being off of our feet for a few hours to rest them. The dogs are weary! As we reflect on the past few days and the expedition leadership curriculum…
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  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    29 May 2014 | 9:04 am
    We all talk about wild camping, the inter-web is awash with blogs and sites dedicated to it. But exactly what is wild camping? I originally wanted to write a post about the features you may want to consider for a backpacking tent or bivi bag, but my research opened up so many questions as to [...]
  • Jack Wolfskin Gossamer Bivi Tent Review

    Gareth L
    19 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    Jack Wolfskin’s Gossamer Tent is one of the growing breed of what I would classify as hybrid tents, which are in between a bivi and traditional one person camping tent, it’s no surprise that many people refer to such tents as Bivi Tents. The Jack Wolfskin brand name and its excellent price have seen the [...]
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  • River of Doubt Centennial Canoe Expedition Completed

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Hansel
    18 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    Tweet A kayak cockpit cover keeps the gunk out of your cockpit when travel down the road and helps save gas money — I lose about 1 mpg when traveling without cockpit covers. It can also keep gear inside of your boat. For example, I strap by paddle float and pump into the cockpit, but a cockpit cover can ensure that they stay in the cockpit and that the wind doesn’t rip them out. When you’re storing your kayak (especially if you store it outside), a cockpit cover will keep debris and mice from getting into the boat — if you leave something for mice to eat in your under…
 
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    The GearCaster

  • Zlagboard – A Smart Hangboard

    Amy Jurries
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unless you are Chris Sharma or Sasha DiGiulian, almost every climber could use a bit more strength. For rock climbers in particular, finger strength is especially useful and can help compensate for other technical weaknesses. Most climbers turn to the tried and tested hangboard method for training sport-specific grip strength, but how do you know you are actually improving? The Zlagboard is not your average hangboard. Paired with your smartphone, it enables you to accurately quantify your training results, allowing for steady and predictable increases in load. The app walks you through…
  • Sea to Summit Sleeping Pads

    Amy Jurries
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For Spring 2015, Sea to Summit is launching a whole new category with a line of sleeping pads. Featuring a unique construction and multiple varieties from ultralight to ultra comfort, the new sleeping pad line has something for everyone. Dot welded together, numerous Air Sprung Cells function the same way as a pocket spring mattress. Acting independently, the air chambers conform to your boy contours without affecting adjacent cells. Tis independent movement allows for uniform distribution of pressure and a softer, more comfortable, and more supportive sleep. The Sea to Summit sleeping pads…
  • Haglöfs Ultralight Backpacking Kit

    Amy Jurries
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Similar to what Kelty did with the TraiLogic collection, Swedish company Haglöfs put together a base backpacking kit that includes all the basics you need to hit the trail. Designed more for hut-to-hut type hiking adventures (there is no tent-just a sleeping bag), the kit can easily be upgraded to suit a full backpacking trip. The new Trekking Less Is More (L.I.M) collection from Haglöfs helps you bring only what is absolutely necessary for adventures where every gram or ounce matters. Including a midlayer, hiking pants, shoes, shell, backpack, and sleeping bag, the kit weighs less than…
  • Therm-a-Rest EvoLite Mattress

    Amy Jurries
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    The new Therm-a-Rest EvoLite mattress blends the convenience of self-inflation with the added comfort of air. Using a new type of foam that the company claims is the lightest and most compressible on the market, the mattress offers NeoAir quality comfort while saving you quite a few breaths in the setup process. The 5 cm thick EvoLite uses Atmos Foam—a new type of foam that is lighter and more compressible than the standard urethane foam used in other Therm-a-Rest mattresses. The foam is poured in a closed, atmospherically-controlled chamber, allowing for precise control over uniformity and…
  • Replenish Your Electrolytes With Salazon Chocolate

    Amy Jurries
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    We all know we need to replenish the salts lost from our body as we sweat throughout the day outside. Many people do this by eating salty snacks or sipping on electrolyte drinks. We also know that dark chocolate is not only a good energy source when out on the trail, but also delivers an antioxidant punch. So why not combine the both for the perfect trail food? Founded a few years ago by Pete Truby after an epiphany while out hiking in Utah,  Salazon is the first brand to be completely built around salted chocolate. Sure, companies such as Lindt have introduced sea salt flavors but not…
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  • ASICS GT-2000 2 Review

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

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

    Matt K.
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Quick Take Review A few years ago, I discovered what I thought was the perfect running short. Not too long, not too short. Three great pockets including a zippered wallet-sized rear. Great fit and hard wearing. They were the Brooks Essential Shorts in a 7-inch length. Specs Fabric: Nylon Weight: 6.125 oz Length: available in either 5 or 7 inch Dang, they were nice. Actually they still are nice. I own several pairs and run in them every week. The nylon fabric is soft. The fit relaxed. The internal liner – made out of something Brooks calls Equilibrium – is comfortable. They’re light…
  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Matt K.
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    Father’s Day is around the corner. If you’re still looking for ideas for your outdoor enthusiast Dad, look no further. Here are four suggestions – all between $80 and $165 – for the guy who loves to get outside. HuMn Wallet The HuMn Wallet is definitely not your granddaddy’s money clip. Instead, the HuMn Wallet Mini delivers the carrying capacity of a standard wallet with a fraction of the bulk. It has two plates that deliver RFID skimming protection and in optional carbon fiber are beautiful to look at. I’ve banged mine around for quite a while now and seen not a single…
  • RAVPower Element Review

    Matt K.
    18 May 2014 | 9:28 am
    Quick Take Review These days, it’s rare that we’re not packing some sort of portable electronical device. Pods and Pads, Droids or some other USB chargeable product is typically in our company. And although when close to home, we rarely run out of battery charge, long days and off-the-grid trips require a second source of power. RAVPower provides a range of options for just that purpose including the RAVPower RP-PB09 Element. The RAVPower RP-PB09 delivers a unique combination of battery power and lighting in a relatively compact little package. It’s essentially a charger, lantern and…
 
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  • Outward Bound Summer Reading List for the Adventurous Spirit

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

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

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

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

    Amanda Hoel
    29 Jan 2014 | 8:42 am
    In 2010, I announced to my coworkers in Chicago that I would be moving to Maine the following month. It was a decision that had been coming for a long time as I grew tired of the hustle and bustle of big city life. I had my eye on Maine, ever since visiting as a teen and falling in love with it. Everyone had the same slightly confused expression. Predictable words would follow: “Maine?” (long pause) “What’s in Maine?” It’s a great question and a question I still get asked when I travel to different parts of the country. In regards to Outward Bound, the question is often…
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    GearWeAre.com

  • Teko – Merino Womens’ Midweight Hiking Socks

    Jodie
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You might not know it, but not all socks are made equal… and these Teko Merino wool hiking socks, designed specifically for womens’ feet prove my point perfectly. Whilst obviously all socks are designed for the same purpose, (to put […] Read more...
  • Opinel – No.18 Saw

    Andy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    I mean, just look at that beautiful curvy wooden handle and the finish on the stainless steel locking mechanism. It's a thing of craft, and you get the feeling that an old man, smoking Gitanes and drinking a small table glass of red wine, spent an hour hand-sanding the handle to make it just-so. Read more...
  • Houdini – Twill Action Pants

    Andy
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    I don't think I've ever described anything as being a bit penisy before, but thanks to quite a stiff zipper and a generously lengthy crotch, the Action Pants certainly do make you look like you're ready for action. Flying the flag. Waving Houdini's magic wand. A little bit too excited about life. Read more...
  • Boreas – Super-Tramp Backpack System

    Jodie
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    The folk over at Boreas (sister company of Alite) have come up with, what we think is, a rather nifty suspension system for their backpacks. They’ve called it the Super-Tramp and with a simple pull of a strap the back […] Read more...
  • UST – BASE all-weather tarp

    Andy
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Configuring the BASE tarp is a task to bring joy to the heart of any knot afficionado. The bag it comes in has a couple of handy ideas for ways that you can use the guylines, trees or even your walking poles to create a shelter. I prefer the old mucking-around until you've got bored approach myself. Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

  • Mammut adds new via-ferrata and hiking boots to collection

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

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

    Ben
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Polartec announced in a recent press release its battle against Pontetorto and its German distributor Christian Weichert, Internationale Textilvertretungen GmbH for patent infringement. The Massachusetts based company and inventor of the modern polar fleece is suing Italian based textile manufacturer Pontertorto over its Tecnostretch fabric. Filed with the German District Court in Dusseldorf, Polartec claims Pontetorto is infringing on its... The post Polartec files patent infringement case against Pontetorto appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Light My Fire 8-piece Mealkit 2.0 review

    Joe
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Sometimes a bit of extra weight can gain you a lot of comfort. You could eat your meals directly out of the pot or you could bring a plate or a bowl and make the experience more civilised. If you go for the second option then the Light My Fire Mealkit 2.0 could be the perfect mess kit for your... The post Light My Fire 8-piece Mealkit 2.0 review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
  • Klean Kanteen Wide 27oz review

    Ben
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Klean Kanteen Wide 27oz is your standard Klean Kanteen 100% stainless steel but with a wider mouth. It comes with 3 cap options and in other sizes. The post Klean Kanteen Wide 27oz review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
 
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  • Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video

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

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

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

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

    Grrlscientist
    8 May 2013 | 12:00 pm
    Magpie. Image: acrylic painting by Shelli Ogilvy (2008). Summary: A delightful book for baby birders that is crammed with poetry, information and gorgeous paintings of birds! Oh yeah, it teaches the letters of the English alphabet, too. Do you wish to share your love of birds, art and books with (your) children? If so, then you will really enjoy the Alphabet Bird Collection, a lovely children’s book that was written and illustrated by Shelli Ogilvy [Sasquatch Books, 2009; Amazon UK; Amazon US]. This beautiful book is designed to teach children the alphabet whilst also teaching them a…
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  • Hiking Trails Around the World – Guest Post

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Hiking trails provide enjoyment for people around the world. Every country offers its own unique variations on the standard trail. In fact, a person can tell a lot about a country from hiking its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 7/28/2014

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday We have some awesome submissions this week. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gearing up for Outdoor Retailer

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Outdoor Retailer is soon upon us. A week of outdoor gadgets and gear. OR has two shows to match the outdoor industries seasons.  The Winter and Summer markets. OR is the nations largest B2B outdoor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cheap Quality Gear – LeftLane Sports Promotion

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    As an outdoor enthusiast I am always looking for the next best piece of gear that is lighter than its predecessor without breaking the bank. Enter LeftLaneSports.com a membership based deal website.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sierra Trading Post and HTT talk “Finding Adventure in Everyday life” #trailtime 4pm MDT July 24

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    24 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Join Sierra Trading post and HTT today at 4pm MDT for #trailtime twitter chat. We will be talking about “finding adventure in everyday life” [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Appalachia & Beyond

  • Trail Report: FHSP - Panther Branch to Debord Falls (Father's Day Hike)

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

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

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

    Tim Bird
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    So Robin just sent me a link to some camping tips with kids. I thought I would share them here. I'm liking number 10. What's your favorite or some other tips you would add to this list? Tips for Camping with Kids Happy Trails and Happy Camping, Tim and Robin This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
  • Gear Review: Terramar Body-Sensors Thermolator II Jersey

    Tim Bird
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    As most of you are aware, and for those of you who aren't, I am a brand ambassador for Terramar Sports. What is this Terramar Sports you ask? Well let me tell you, only the best base layers you can find to fit all sorts of bills for outdoors activity regardless of season. It's been over a year... This is a content summary only. Please visit Appalachia & Beyond for the full post, pictures and links.
 
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    Brian's Backpacking Blog

  • TATO Element Makes Wood Burning Enjoyable

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

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

    Brian Green
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    A lot of amazing things have happened with Hummingbird Hammocks in the few short months since I first wrote about their amazingly compact and light weight hammock. They’ve built up their inventory and have been busy fulfilling their Kickstarter orders and shipping all the hammocks that you all bought. They have a brand new website: http://www.hummingbirdhammocks.com/ and you can now follow them on Twitter @HHammocks and Facebook. New and Improved Hummingbird Hammocks have been working extremely hard to improve their hammock. They’ve managed to make it even lighter without…
  • Critter CR2 Multifuel Stove Stand on Kickstarter

    Brian Green
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    I thought I’d share with all of you (another) pretty cool Kickstarter project that I recently backed. The Critter CR2 is a pocket-sized folding stove stand that is designed to be compatible with the majority of ultralight stoves that folks like us carry, such as soda can alcohol stoves, trangia stoves, and even sterno for car campers. It can also be used just as easily with a wood fire. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to test one of the stainless steel versions of the Critter CR2 for the past few weeks and have taken it with me on several short trips. The stainless steel…
  • Making the Suunto Vector better with Sugru

    Brian Green
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:50 pm
    The Suunto Vector is the quintessential rugged outdoor ABC watch and for the most part I am extremely happy with mine. However, there are a few things that I would love to see changed or improved that would, in my opinion, make the Vector the perfect adventure watch. Always Room for Improvement Some of the things that I’d like to see improved on the Suunto Vector include things like having it be solar powered or at least recharged by solar cells, after all Casio G-Shocks have been doing this extremely well for how long now?. I’d also like to have the Vector be automatically…
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  • LA Kiss Arena Football

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

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

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

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

    Emme Rogers
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    A couple of months ago we threw down the gauntlet to challenge you to show us how travel makes you feel with your very own travel happy dance!  And there is no better time to do that then in the summer, when everyone kicks back to groove out to the music.  I know that is what we will be doing this weekend at the 2014 CBCMusic.ca Festival! For a little taste of what you can expect, here is some of the happy dancing at the same venue at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC last summer: Curious to see a #TravelHappyDance of our own? Here’s Lori: … and something a little less refined…
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    The Good Badger

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 11 Tips for Hiking With Babies & Toddlers

    Rebecca Walsh
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Many first time parents are under the impression that once they add a baby to the family, adventures will suddenly come to a screeching halt. While children certainly change the pace of an outdoor adventure, babies and toddlers are surprisingly resilient and fun to hike with. Hiking with babies and toddlers is more art than science— what works for one family may not work for another, but here are a few tips and tricks that we’ve picked up as our family has grown.   Packing We take a base camp approach when we leave our car at the trailhead. In it, we stash extra clothing, shoes,…
  • PowerPot V Review

    Melissa Farage
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It can be the bane of a backpacker’s existence: you’re out on a multi-night backpack and your cell phone’s battery dies. Depending on the situation and weather condition, this could be either an inconvenience or a real emergency. PowerPot V uses thermometric technology in an innovative way to harness the power of your stove or campfire, providing campers with the ability to charge their electrical devices simply by boiling water. While compact solar panels can be an option for charging electrical devices, the PowerPot can create energy rain or shine, night or day, making it a reliable…
  • Hiking the Corridor in the Grand Canyon

    Andrew Grieve
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    I had the good fortune this Spring to be able to travel to Arizona and backpack for ten days in the Grand Canyon. My original plan was to do a one week North Rim trip with a guiding company, but I decided to add a 3 day solo trip to take in the South Rim as well. This is an account of my solo trip. Sunset on the South Rim Access to the canyon is typically available through Flagstaff Arizona on Route 66 where a regular shuttle service picks up from the Amtrak station downtown. The drive up to South Rim Village takes just under two hours, and the shuttle drops off at all of the hotels in the…
  • A Test of Two Blister Resistant Socks

    Rebecca Walsh
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    When it comes to an adventure on the trails, I consider socks to be my most essential piece of clothing. It doesn’t matter if I’m chasing toddlers down an easy local trail, out for a morning jog or bagging a peak, a good pair of socks can make or break the day. For the past several months, I’ve put two different pairs of running socks to the test, the Balega Blister Resistant Quarter and the Fitsok ISW with a no-show cuff.   Balega Blister Resistant Quarter Since I have very blister prone feet, I was excited to test the Balega Blister resistant socks. But, at the same time, I’m…
  • Shooting the Milky Way

    Andy Porter
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Palouse Falls One of the biggest challenges in getting good shots of the Milky Way is simply getting far enough away from the ambient light of “civilization.” Once you’ve already lugged your stuff, not to mention yourself, all the way out to some fantastic spot to camp, why not take advantage of it by getting some shots of the Milky Way? Nowadays, I find myself planning my trips around the moon cycle so that I can get to some remote, cool spots for astrophotography.                   The basics of capturing good shots are not really very…
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Gault on…..Problems at the CDC

    Rourke
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
      …..OOPS!   With all the international news stealing most of the headlines you may have missed the comedy of errors that’s been going on the last few months at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta Ga.   Note: My permanent base of survival operations is located approximately 85 miles down wind of the CDC… oops! In March, one of the CDC’s labs “accidentally” contaminated a sample of animal flu with a highly lethal strain of the H5N1 virus before sending it to another lab in a less than  protective container. The lab that received the…
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bugging out? Don’t leave the bicycle behind……

    Rourke
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 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.       From the Supply House: Here are a few popular survival & preparedness items available at deep discounts on Amazon. Many items are available with Free Shipping on orders over $35.  Survival Wisdom & Know How(BOOK): Survival Wisdom & Know-How is the most complete, all-in-one volume on every…
  • Thug Nation….

    Rourke
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The following article was published over at The Pigeon Pages by Sally LeMaster. Miss LeMaster is an investigative reporter who is on an endless pursuit for the truth – in an effort to get this country back from the clutches of those who are in the process of destroying it. The world of this article are right in line with my thinking. – Rourke   “In my opinion, Gennifer Flowers was telling the truth; so was Monica Lewinsky, and so was Kathleen Willey, and so, lest we forget, was Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who says she was raped by Bill Clinton.” –…
  • Help for minor burns

    Rourke
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Several years ago I worked for a metal plating business and worked around soldering irons. It was a frequent occurrence that workers – including myself – would get burns on our fingers and hands. As you may know getting burnt on the pad of your fingers is extremely painful and the pain can last for quite a while. The standard treatment for these burns was  an immediate cold water flush and then  treating the area with Water-Jel. Water-Jel is a 2% Lidocaine gel which cools and soothes. I was pretty impressed with how well it worked. Now – it takes some time but after a…
  • Prepper Survival 1962

    Rourke
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The following article has some unfortunate relevance as tensions grow between the United State and Russia. Many believe that numerous events are signs we are in the midst of a new Cold War. Here is the article. This was originally published back in 2012. It can be seen in its original format HERE.   From Rourke: I was honored to be mentioned in a local Florida publication - www.tropictied.com.    By Linda Leonardy I have been wondering lately just why I seem to have this great need to prepare. At first I could not even acknowledge to myself just what it was I felt like I needed…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    29 May 2014 | 9:04 am
    We all talk about wild camping, the inter-web is awash with blogs and sites dedicated to it. But exactly what is wild camping? I originally wanted to write a post about the features you may want to consider for a backpacking tent or bivi bag, but my research opened up so many questions as to [...]
  • Jack Wolfskin Gossamer Bivi Tent Review

    Gareth L
    19 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    Jack Wolfskin’s Gossamer Tent is one of the growing breed of what I would classify as hybrid tents, which are in between a bivi and traditional one person camping tent, it’s no surprise that many people refer to such tents as Bivi Tents. The Jack Wolfskin brand name and its excellent price have seen the [...]
 
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    trailsnet.com

  • Family Tent

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    21 May 2014 | 5:56 am
    German City to Eliminate Roads Imagine a world without cars? If you’re having trouble with that, let’s scale it back to a city without cars. Hamburg, Germany has ambitious plans to replace roads with greenways and gradually eliminate the need for automobiles within 20 years. It’s already in my calendar to visit there when it’s … Continue reading » The post City of Trails? appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – review

    Supertrooper
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The arcane world of falconry is infamous for a snobbery that dates back to the medieval period, when different raptors were pegged to a hierarchical list of feudal stations. So the noble peregrine was for princes, the dainty merlin was milady’s bird, and – as we know from Barry Hines’s novel – it was just [...]  
  • Ringmärkning

    Per-Eric Svahn
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Då börjar min ringmärkningssäsong vid Eckern idag, det blev 119 fåglar av 12 arter fångade med 3 nät så bra tryck var det. Här en ärtsångare. Mer siffror på denna sida: Ringmärkningssidan  
  • Tuco-Tuco: Four New Species of Gopher-Like Mammal Discovered in Bolivia

    Supertrooper
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A multinational group of scientists headed by Dr Scott Gardner of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has described four new species of burrowing rodents from the South American genus Ctenomys. Commonly called tuco-tucos, these rodents are members of the family Octodontidae, although they are sometimes classified in their own family – Ctenomyidae. Their name is derived [...]  
  • Breeding Shikra at Sallal Al Dahna – Tanoumah

    Jem Babbington
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sallal Al Dahna is a wadi or valley with large mature trees and a permanent pool of water with a small waterfall. The valley is situated about two kilometres from Tanoumah on the road to Abha. This site is good for seeing the increasingly rare Arabian Magpie. The taxonomic position of the Arabian Magpie Pica [...]  
  • Monkeys use field scientists as human shields against predators

    Supertrooper
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you’re monkey—say a samango monkey in South Africa—probably the last thing you want is to be torn apart and eaten by a leopard or a caracal. In fact, you probably spend a lot of time and energy working to avoid such a grisly fate. Well, now there’s a simpler way: just stick close to [...]  
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  • Hennessy Hammock in Action

    Erik Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The article Hennessy Hammock in Action first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Friday evening had finally arrived and my good friend Eric and I where taking two of our boys each — so four kids — camping on Reed Island in the Columbia River.  To get to the island, we were boating out in three kayaks so space and weight were limited. I brought a huge and heavy six-man tent for me and the boys. Eric, being a little more savvy, brought his Hennessy Hammock and a small two-man tent for his boys. Since I had just used a Blue Ridge Camping Hammock on a climbing trip to Mount St. Helens…
  • Tenkara Fly Fishing Video Gallery

    Chris Maxcer
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The article Tenkara Fly Fishing Video Gallery first appeared on Man Makes Fire. After reading the excellent “Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod” post by contributor Jens Hegg, we just had to check out a few tenkara fishing videos that show tenkara fishing in action, including one where a guy from Tenkara Guides lands a monster rainbow trout in the middle of a torrential downpour. Great stuff all around. Check these out for more tenkara fishing action:   Check Out Tenkara Rods on Amazon.com: Explore Tenkara Rods The post Tenkara Fly Fishing Video Gallery appeared first on Man…
  • Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod

    Jens Hegg
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The article Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Fish on! My fingers immediately jump to the task of mending line, reaching for the reel to gather up the slack as I pull up on the rod tip . . . and they grab nothing but air. This is the stuff of a fisherman’s nightmare, the one where a trophy trout is on the line but some bizarre equipment malfunction lets the big one get away. And even though I realize in passing that the rod has seemed almost nonexistently light this morning, it is not a nightmare — it’s the stuff of dreams: It’s 6:30 a.m., near the…
  • ‘Coolest’ Cooler Ever Combines Blender, Speaker, Charger, Lights, and a Ceramic Knife

    Chris Maxcer
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The article ‘Coolest’ Cooler Ever Combines Blender, Speaker, Charger, Lights, and a Ceramic Knife first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Our new hero Ryan Grepper has invented a new modern-day cooler, and his crowdfunding Kickstarter launch quickly generated nearly $4.5 million in pre-production sales support — and his project has 46 days to go. Success? Absolutely. So what gives? Coolers have been around forever, right? That’s the point. So Grepper invented a new one, and his orange bad boy — dubbed the “Coolest” — is a party cooler that boasts a…
  • 7 Rules for Reconnaissance, aka Adventure Recon 101

    Chris Maxcer
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    The article 7 Rules for Reconnaissance, aka Adventure Recon 101 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Obviously we’re not talking about special forces reconnaissance behind enemy lines here. Scouting for a spot: The dunes on the Snake River below Lower Granite Dam We’re talking about everyday adventure recon, that is, checking out your world so you can more fully enjoy it later. I recently stumbled upon this notion of recon — of using it as an organizing principle. The problem with everyday adventure is that it takes time. There’s an element of risk, and it rises…
 
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    Outdoor Minded Mag

  • Gear Review: 12 Survivors Tactical Backpack is Heavy Duty to the Max

    Lauren Rains
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Sometimes we need a tactical backpack that can take a beating. One that is tactical enough to withstand any circumstance. One that can be recklessly tossed on top of a shuttle van about to take you 16 hours across a country. One that you can take into the woods with you for days on end. One that’s designed with organization in mind, as well as toughness. This combination of toughness and organization comes together flawlessly with the 12 Survivors Tactical Backpack. Today, we’re going to do a run through of this backpack, which is designed especially for someone who needs…
  • Gear Review: BungyPump Training Poles

    Lauren Rains
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    Today we’re going to take a look at the BungyPump training poles – a resistance training tool to help intensify your hikes and speed up your strength training. First Impressions: To be honest with you, when I first received this I was a little skeptical. Standing still, the resistance of the bungee poles up and down sliding motion didn’t seem very strenuous, and I thought it simply going to be more of an inconvenience. WRONG! My opinion soon changed after I took these guys out on a hike around San Francisco’s parks. Let’s Look At The Basics of How These Work:…
  • Gear Review: The Collapsible Ohyo Water Bottle

    Lauren Rains
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Today we’re going to take a look at the Ohyo Collapsible Water Bottle, which is an incredibly useful, collapsible water bottle. If you’re like me and you nerd out a bit on any travel and outdoor gear that you can make smaller, lighter, and more compact, then you’ll love this! Let me start of by first saying that I do have a deep bond wit my Nalgene. We’ve been through a lot together from all the hikes in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to my 30 mile skate trek microadventure from Boulder to Denver. And while it will always have a special place in my heart and latched…
  • 50 Mile Walk Along the Atlantic (DJW Project)

    Lauren Rains
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:00 pm
  • Boulder to Denver Skate Trek

    Lauren Rains
    31 Jan 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Microadventure: To longboard from my front door in Boulder, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, out to the lovely city of Denver. Sponsors: OZ Longboards based in Evergreen, Colorado who provided the skatebord. SolePack, who provided packing accessories. Both wonderful and innovative companies doing big things and with great people behind them. Behind The Scenes: This was quite the trip! A roller coaster to say the least. I actually mentioned this particular microadventure on my about page as one of the most defining moments in my life. I think I felt compelled to put this…
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    Appalachian Trials

  • Episode #39 – Zachsquatch And The Stuff In Your Pack

    Pox Holiday
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    This week Pox & Puss discuss: The stuff in your pack Have you ever carried a piece of gear that was teetering on the edge of “unusable”? Have you carried something in your pack that served no practical purpose? Did it have sentimental value? Have you ever carried something that you didn’t know was in your pack? A rock….or a canned ham? We have a conversation with 2014 Northbounder and Appalachian Trials Blog author, Zachsquatch. He tells us about an interesting time he had on trail with a sword-wielding Russian, he describes the average day in the life of an iPhone…
  • 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Thru-Hiker

    Maggie Wallace
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Eight hundred and twenty three (point two) miles from Springer Mountain, someone told me how to make oatmeal.  Not Muesli.  Not steel cut oats that they boiled for half an hour over the fire.  It was not an exotic or complicated recipe.  It was a packet of instant oatmeal made by Great Value (which is neither). The conversation (and my day) began with the unmistakable, irritating noise of a camp stove firing up at 7 AM sharp – next to my head.  The hiker, who noted my consciousness with pleasure rather than chagrin, was overjoyed to have someone to talk to while he made his breakfast.
  • To Katahdin and Back Again: A Hiker’s Tale

    Sarah Tollackson
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A friend recently told me that I was Frodo, and Mt. Katahdin was my Mt. Doom. I’m a huge LOTR fan, so naturally I grasped firmly onto that metaphor, and I don’t plan on letting go any time soon. Picture it: I’m fighting my way to Katahdin, through blizzards, bloody and broken feet (albeit less hairier), a continuously empty stomach, and treacherous mountain passes. Fortunately there will be no orcs to contend with, or megalomaniac wizards attempting to take over the world. And then, when all seems lost, I stagger my way to the top of the mountain and triumphantly stand with the ring in…
  • What Are the Best Towns Along the Appalachian Trail? [POLL]

    Zach
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After a few unfortunate days on the Trail- say a bad thunderstorm, extreme hot or cold temperatures, a rolled ankle- nothing that rejuvenates a hiker’s spirits quite like a trip to town.  A day or two worth of greasy food, a shower, real bed, more greasy food, laundry, a movie at the local hostel, a few beers, some more greasy food- and you’re ready to reassume your outdoor animal-like alter ego. But some towns have a bit more gravity than others- those with the complete package: friendly people, standout restaurants, accommodating hostels, notable hikes into and/or out of…
  • Humbled: Monson to Stratton

    Dayna Thomas
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Total mileage: 188.2 The best part about Monson was that my dad came into town. He picked me up at Shaw’s and took me to Waterville,  where we had AYCE pizza and tried to fix my broken ipod. Sadly, my ipod is no more. R.I.P., Pablo. The loss of Pablo was devastating because my ipod keeps me sane while I’m hiking all day. But my dad loaned me his, and I have also been hiking with Derek, Pickles, and Slim Jim, so I haven’t been left all alone with my thoughts. Things always work out. After hanging out with my dad, he dropped me back off at the trail. I was excited to run into…
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    Paracord Blog

  • Threading Paracord Draw Strings

    Brooke olson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Using paracord as a drawstring provides strength and design to any of your pouches, bags and purses. This is a quick and easy tip using an ordinary straw to push the cord through the cloth. Related Posts:Bushcraft Project : How To Make “Char Cloth”How To: Make a Quick Deploy Paracord Survival BraceletRidgeback Quick Deploy Paracord BraceletSuper Easy Paracord EarringsParacord Key Fob Fast Rope For Quick Deployment
  • DIY Paracord Net / Hammock Chair

    Brooke olson
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    I love being able to go camping with a bunch of friends. We sit on logs and the ground when we don’t have enough camping chairs to go around. However, this technique using paracord is a much more comfortable way to sit around the fire! Related Posts:Basic Camp KnotsThin Blue Line Paracord BraceletHow To Make A Paracord VooDoo ParaBuddySmall selection of knots used in BushcraftAdding Paracord to a Boonie Hat
  • How to Make a Double Coin Snake Knot Bracelet

    Brooke olson
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    This is a beautiful bracelet design my TIAT! The round knotted strands with the decorative knot in the middle offer a look of elegance for your wrist! Related Posts:How to Make a Double Coin Snake Knot Bracelet by TIATHow to Tie the Spiral Knot by TIATHow to Tie Compound Double Coin Knots by TIATHow to Make a Snake Knot Viceroy Paracord BraceletHow to tie a Double Snake Paracord Knot
  • How to Make a Pupa Pull Tie

    Brooke olson
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Make a nifty lanyard tie for yourself that is quick and simple! It’s also great for a key fob or zipper pull! Related Posts:Easy Paracord Zipper PullFast Deployment Survival Bracelet (How to)How to Make a Tomahawk Sinnet (Paracord) Bracelet by TIATSurvival Kit Tips: How To Make A Paracord DonutHow to Make a Barnacle Knot Lanyard
  • How to Make a Survival Paracord Bracelet – Coyote Trail Braid

    Brooke olson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    A braided bracelet always looks good on someone’s wrist! Try this awesome Coyote Trail Braid braid by BoredParacord and see for yourself how it looks simple and flattering! Related Posts:How to Make the Meandering Lark’s Head Braid…How to Make the Starthistle Braid (Paracord) Bracelet by…The Coyote Trail Paracord Bracelet InstructionsHow to Tie a Four Strand Round Braid by TIATHow to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet – Solomans…
 
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    The Great Escape Trail

  • Fly Fishing – What You Need to Get Started

    Roger Hoover
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Rod, Reel and Line Rods, reels and line are all categorized by a line weight. Line weights are listed between 1 – 12 with 1 being the lightest and most delicate and 12 being the heaviest. Use lighter line weights for small fish and delicate presentation of your fly, heavier weights for longer casting and […] The post Fly Fishing – What You Need to Get Started appeared first on The Great Escape Trail.
  • Brown Bucktail Streamer – Fly Pattern

    Roger Hoover
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Our Brown Bucktail Streamer is based on the Lake Erie Shiner made popular by Floyd Franke, a respected and accomplished fly tyer from the heart of the Catskills. Floyd developed this fly to serve as an imitation of a common trout bait years after he observed some fisherman easily taking their limit of trout using […] The post Brown Bucktail Streamer – Fly Pattern appeared first on The Great Escape Trail.
  • Using Sakasa Kebari on Lakes and Ponds

    Roger Hoover
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    A reader posed the question: How do I fish on Lakes and Ponds with Sakasa Kebari? We have the answer. Tenkara and fly fishing in general isn’t limited to stream, creek or river fishing. You can use sakasa kebari on lakes and ponds and we’re here to tell you how simple it is. Ignore the […] The post Using Sakasa Kebari on Lakes and Ponds appeared first on The Great Escape Trail.
  • Edward Abbey – Freedom and Wilderness

    Roger Hoover
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Thankful to have stumbled on a digitized copy of Edward Abbey’s ‘Freedom and Wilderness’; a collection of Abbey reading select essays from his catalog. Here they are: Come on In ) Fire Lookout ) The Dead Man at Grandview Point ) The post Edward Abbey – Freedom and Wilderness appeared first on The Great Escape Trail.
  • Daniel’s Minnow Fly Pattern

    Roger Hoover
    8 Feb 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Inspired by a fellow fisherman whose mastery of fishing with a plastic minnow has sent me in a relentless pursuit to replace it. Introducing Daniel’s Minnow, a simple epoxy minnow fly pattern based on those I’ve seen elsewhere with some slight modifications. I use coyote or fox squirrel tail for the back, rabbit or craft […] The post Daniel’s Minnow Fly Pattern appeared first on The Great Escape Trail.
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    50 Campfires

  • Which Canoe Is Right For You?

    50 Campfires
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    So you want to get out on the water, eh? There are a lot of options out there for canoes. It all comes down to the type of canoeing you’ll be doing. Let’s take a look at a few points to consider when shopping for canoes. Flatwater vs whitewater If you live by more lakes than rivers you can get away with a lighter canoe that also tracks better. There is often a trade off in durability though. If you see yourself spending more time canoeing down rivers you’ll need to get a canoe that can withstand the occasional bang from a rock. Solo or tandem Are you looking to get out on the water by…
  • Fudge Cookie S’mores

    50 Campfires
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    It’s weird posting this recipe with only two ingredients, but it is too awesome to not write about. When I make s’mores, the only way I can eat them is if the chocolate is melted too. That is very hard to do when you are out in the Great Outdoors roasting mallows. The chocolate is always hard. One of our readers, Elizabeth, camp up with this awesome idea: Fudge Cookie S’mores. It was one of the best ideas we’ve heard in a while, now we can barely eat a traditional s’more anymore (sadly). All you need to do is replace the graham cracker and chocolate with two Fudge Striped Cookies…
  • Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

    50 Campfires
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    One of our readers, Elizabeth, was camping with her husband when they both had a craving for a good Philly Cheesesteak. Elizabeth then decided to make her own Philly Cheesesteak recipe in a pie iron and let me be the first to tell you that it is wonderful! Pie iron cooking is one of my favorites while camping. They clean up easy and most of the recipes are fairly simple. This recipe works the best when you do a little preparation ahead of time. Elizabeth suggested to chop up and sauté the onions, green peppers and mushrooms. She put the sautéd vegetables in a sealed container to bring with…
  • Case Knives Fishing Knife

    50 Campfires
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    When you go camping, a filet knife is very useful when cooking fish, but the long flimsy blade makes them hard to pack. Case Knives made a great pocket knife for fishing or campers that like to prepare and eat their fish at the campsite. The Case Knives Fishing Knife features a long-clip blade and a scaler blade to clean and scale fish right at your campsite. The knife also comes with a hook disgorger on the end of the scaler blade for the those troubled times on the lake. All blades are made with the tru-sharp surgical steel, so you know this knife will last. The Case Fishing Knife has it…
  • Lightspeed Outdoors Tiny Tent Review

    50 Campfires
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    If you’ve ever been camping with kids and thought “man it would be nice if they had their own tent,” you will love the Tiny Tent. The LightSpeed Outdoors Tiny Tent makes for a fun, portable play area for kids and pets that sets up in seconds. Appearance:  When all set up, the Tiny Tent by Lightspeed Outdoors displays a nice assortment of earthy colors. The self inflating mat slides underneath the floor of the tent in a protective shell. Functionality:  It really doesn’t get much easier than setting up a LightSpeed Outdoors tent. The Tiny Tent can literally be set up…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Dainichi Boulder Yamanashi Prefecture

    David Lowe
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    A Climb up the Dainichi Boulder Aside from scaling the majestic peak of Mt. Mizugaki, another equally stunning viewpoint was delivered from the Dainichi Boulder 大日岩 on the first day. I previously passed by this rather massive rock conglomeration during last year’s hike to Mt. Kinpu and was struck by how beautifully it contrasted with the blue autumn skies. Apart from taking a few quick snaps during the lunch break there was little time to explore further. On this second visit with time on my side, I was eager to take a closer look and possibly even scamper its imposing escarpment.
  • Mt. Mizugaki 瑞牆山

    David Lowe
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    Mizugaki-sansou 瑞牆山荘 – Mt. Mizugaki 瑞牆山 Duration: 5.5 hours Distance: 7km Difficulty: moderate Usage/Traffic: moderate Start: Mizugaki-sansou Finish: Mizugaki-sansouMaps: Shobunsha’s Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50,000 [No.26 Kinpu-san 金峰山 Kobushi 甲武信]   Get Directions For: Driving Walking Bicycling   show options hide options Avoid Tolls Avoid Highways From: To: Fetching directions...... Reset directions Print directions Jutted Granite Towers and Splendid Views from Mt. Mizugaki Mt. Mizugaki with its precipitous granite crags is a…
  • Prevent blisters with Tegaderm film dressing

    David Lowe
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    Say Farewell to Blisters with Tegaderm Foot blisters out on the trail are more than just a nuisance and have in a worse case scenario the potential to ruin a hike. I have previously written about the importance of looking after your feet through the use of high quality socks. Today I’m going to extend this a little further and talk about Tegaderm transparent film an excellent first line product to prevent blisters. During my University days I distinctly remember donning on a new pair of Scarpa boots only to find the lustrous Italian leather shredding away layers of skin. In those days the…
  • Sesshoseki Murder Stone

    David Lowe
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Legend of the Sesshoseki Murder Stone Our second day in Nasushiobara was spent around the Nasu Onsen hot spring resort situated under the looming Mount Nasudake. Apart from hiking trails, bathing in public hot springs, suspension bridges the resort includes the Heisei no Mori a retreat still utilised by the imperial family though the gardens are open to the public. One other noteworthy sight worth exploring is the Sesshoseki Murder Stone 殺生石. Just the name alone was enough to pique my curiosity – a murdering stone, I just had to see it for myself. The term stone here is a little…
  • Momijidani Suspension Bridge

    David Lowe
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Longest Suspension Bridge in Nasushiobara Located a 70 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo the popular tourist spot of Nasushiobara is a picturesque region in Tochigi Prefecture. The city has two main hot spring towns namely Nasu Onsen and Shiobara Onsen. Over the course of our two day visit to the area we had a chance to take in the main sightseeing locales while relishing in the cooler weather that comes with staying on the Nasu plateau. After picking up a hire car from Nasushiobara Station our first point of call had us heading across to Shiobara Onsen which is famous for a remarkably long…
 
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

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

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Kennebec River Tour of Skowhegan Proper via Canoe/Kayak Friday July 18th – 10amSkowhegan History House Museum & Research Center66 Elm St., Skowhegan, MELead by Benjamin Doty, CuratorMeet at Arnold Park on Skowhegan Island at the rear of the Federated Church Parking Lot Photo: Mike Mol - Flickr Central Maine Egg Festival Friday July 18th Manson Park, Pittsfield, MEIncludes Kiwanis Karnival, street dance, egglympics, live music, horseshoe contest, parade, artists and a quiche/cheesecake contest.http://centralmaineeggfest.wix.com/centralmaineeggfest Camden Walking Tours Friday July…
  • Complete Guide to Maine's 4th of July Fireworks

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    There is not much better than the 4th of July in Maine.  From Parades to Fireworks, we sure know how to celebrate Independence Day in the Vacationland. Here’s a complete guide to all of the approved 2014 Fireworks shows across the state.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July Weekend! Ashland – July 6th 9:15pm - At The Ashland Fish & Game Club, Ashland Auburn – July 4th 9:30pm - West Pitch Park, Overlooking The Falls, Auburn Augusta – July 4th 9:15pm - East Side Boat Landing, Augusta Bangor – July 4th 9:30pm - Waterfront Park, Bangor Bar Harbor –…
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 6/28-6/29

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Wood Carving Camp, June 27-29, 2014 Master woodcarver Tom Cote, of Limestone Maine, and Searsport Shores Ocean Campground are happy to announce the first annual Wood Carving Camp with an Acadian Flair June 27-29, 2014 in Searsport, Maine. The weekend celebration is the culmination of the Cote Family week long residency at the campground. All are invited to bring tools and celebrate woodworking traditions by displaying and selling their work, offering/taking $5/hour classes and sharing their experiences over a Saturday night potluck supper and hootenanny. The Acadian bread oven will also be…
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    Women's Gear Guide

  • Dakine Trail Photo Review

    Jordan Curet
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Dakine Trail Photo 16L pack is a great way to get your camera out to all the backcountry adventures around Aspen. The minimalist design and padded compartments make it ideal for hiking, biking, or any other trail sport you can think of.  The side entry to camera gear makes this pack great to get […] The post Dakine Trail Photo Review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • MicroAdventures: Therm-a-Rest Mira sleeping bag review

    Tracy Remelius
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Overview The Therm-a-Rest Mira Women’s Sleeping Bag is new for 2014. It’s a three season, 15ºF 750+ fill goose down bag that has special features to keep women warm and comfortable for a great night sleep. It features a women’s specific cut, an extra warm toe-box, secure links to keep connected to your sleeping […] The post MicroAdventures: Therm-a-Rest Mira sleeping bag review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • 2014 Giant Intrigue Review

    Leah Fielding
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Overview liv/Giant, the women’s specific product line of the Giant brand, designed a whole new women’s all-mountain bike this year. Conceptually similar to the Giant Cypher and women’s Trance of year’s past, the Intrigue 1 and 2 were redesigned this year to accommodate the new 27.5-inch wheel. In summary, the new 27.5-inch wheel size […] The post 2014 Giant Intrigue Review appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • MicroAdventures: Canoe Camping

    Tracy Remelius
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Canoe camping is one of my favorite ways to camp. The beauty of it is that whatever you carry get’s to float, rather than carrying it on your back. There are a number of small lakes and ponds nearby with established campsites that are almost always empty on a weeknight. So since I’m just getting […] The post MicroAdventures: Canoe Camping appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
  • MicroAdventures 2014

    Tracy Remelius
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s be MicroAdventurers! Some months back, I was totally inspired by Alastair Humphrey’s MicroAdventure project. He promotes the concept that we don’t need to take on huge expeditions in order to have more adventure in our lives. After reading his blog, I gave a talk about the concept. Listen here. This concept also inspired me […] The post MicroAdventures 2014 appeared first on Women's Gear Guide.
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    OutdoorBuzz

  • What’s Up Doc?

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Stuck inside? Need some inspiration for your next adventure? Then check out these 10 must-see adventure-based documentaries Toby Elliott has picked out that aren't to be missed!
  • EWS Round 5 Race Day 2

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    The fifth leg of the Enduro World Series took place at the weekend in Winterpark, Colorado, USA. Here’s the edit from Race Day 2, courtesy of the guys at DirtTV.
  • House of (Vans) Fun

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Excited much? House of Vans London opens in a week and a half after more than a year in the making!
  • Enduro World Series Rd5

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    The fifth leg of the Enduro World Series took place at the weekend in Winterpark, Colorado, USA. With spectacular riding and scenery, here's the edit from Race Day 1, courtesy of the guys at DirtTV.
  • Bike to Boardroom

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Fed up with having to change out of your lycra to get ready for the day after riding to work? Introducing the Tour de France Cycling Suit!
 
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    Erich Wegscheider

  • Second Review of Hoka Shoes Plus Mike Rutt Interview

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

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

    Erich
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    If I could only compete in two events this year, I’d choose the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike and Leadville Trail 100 Run. Why? They’re a week apart, start at an elevation of 10,176 feet (3,101 m), and are two of the toughest single-day races in the world. However, I needed to qualify for the […] The post Leadville Marathon appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • First Impression of Hoka Shoes

    Erich
    20 May 2014 | 6:03 am
    Hoka One One shoes are not sold in Bali. Fortunately, and unfortunately, my girlfriend had to fly to the states for a few days, meaning she could grab me a pair. Now that I think about it, her flying there and back kind of equates to arguably the most expensive postage charge for a pair of shoes. […] The post First Impression of Hoka Shoes appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
  • Bali’s Lessons in Endurance

    Erich
    26 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m beginning to forget what life was like back in California. For instance, I’m having a hard time imagining what almond butter tastes like – I used to average a 16-ounce jar of that stuff every 5.8-days. Thankfully, cashews are plentiful and those are an acceptable substitute. It’s even more acceptable when a spoon covered […] The post Bali’s Lessons in Endurance appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Wakooda 10‘6” Inflatable SUP Review

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

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

    Allison
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    For those of you concerned about any difficulty carrying your SUP to and from the water, the Airhead SUP carrier is the perfect solution. This SUP carrier has two straps that wrap around the board and a comfortable shoulder strap. It allows you to easily transfer the weight of the board to your shoulder, which […]
  • Slingshot High-Pressure SUP Inflator Valve Review

    Allison
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    The Slingshot high-pressure SUP inflator valve is a new product on the market this year.  It’s a cool little valve adapter that allows you to inflate your board using a common air compressor such as a tire inflator at a gas station or with a portable compressor that hooks up to your vehicles power source. […]
  • Starboard Astro Whopper ISUP Review

    Allison
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is an awesome board. I had the opportunity to review it, got to keep it for a little while, tried it out several times on different water ways and at the end I can honestly say that I did not want to give it back. There are so many positives with the Astro Whopper. […]
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    Festival Essentials

  • How to Work at Festivals

    Mason
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
      How to Work at Festivals Confucius said it best – “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is why it’s a dream of many to work their whole life in an industry that allows them to do what they love. This is easier said than done, but this is not to say that you can’t have fun for the meantime. For example, a lot of people, maybe including you, are looking for tips on how to work at a festival. After all, festivals are fun. People pay good money to join a festival. Why not work at one and get in for free and maybe even get paid for it?
  • Loy Krathong

    Mason
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    LOY KRATHONG – THAILAND FLOATING FESTIVAL More info at Wikipedia Loy Krathong is an annual Thai festival held throughout the country. It is held in the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar, on the night of the full moon, which usually occurs in November. This is a good time of year for a celebration, the main rice harvest seasons are over, so there’s now plenty of time to celebrate. While not an official public holiday, it is Thailand’s second most widely celebrated festival, after the Songkran Thai New Year celebration. Much like Thailand itself, Loy Krathong is a bit of a…
  • 68 Essential Tent Camping Tips

    Mason
    24 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Tent camping (also known as primitive or traditional camping) is a great way to get started in camping. It is inexpensive compared to buying a motor home or camping trailer or renting an RV. All you need is some camping equipment which can be purchased at many camping stores. Most people start out tent camping and it is the most common way of staying at a Festival (as opposed to boutique camping or staying in a hotel as some do). This type of camping is also called car camping or tailgate camping. You can tent camp at most state and national parks and national forest service campgrounds. Many…
  • How to Build a Campfire

    Mason
    24 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    Let’s face it. Without a campfire, it ain’t campin’. A campfire is one of the few things that can affect all of your senses. The smell of the burning wood for your nose, the warmth for your hands, the flames dancing for your eyes, the crackle and pops for your ears, and of course the taste of the roasted marshmallows for your mouth. Campfires provide a time of socializing and relaxation from a day of camping adventures. Just follow these tips, and you will have a safe and enjoyable campfire. Campfires are a fun and rewarding way to stay warm, cook food and provide a place…
  • Full Reading and Leeds Festival Lineup 2014

    Mason
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    At last! The full lineup for the Reading and Leeds festivals was announced yesterday. The madness is taking place during the bank holiday of August, right through from the 22nd to the 24th. The headliners include Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 so this is 100% looking like a good festival to be going to this year! If you’ve never been to Reading or Leeds before you’re definitely missing out!   Here is the lineup:   Are you attending Reading or Leeds Festival this year? Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know by commenting…
 
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • How To Build An Upside Down Fire

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

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

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

    Chris Ruiz
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are a great many types of gear that make up a well-rounded bug out bag (BOB) but few are as versatile and reliable as a good knife.  Finding the best fixed blade knife is frequently at the top of the list when building your survival kit for good reason.  A quality fixed blade knife can be used for many survival applications, it doesn’t take up much space in a pack, and is simple to take care of.  In this article we are going to take you through the crucial steps in finding the best fixed blade knife for YOUR bug out bag.  There are a lot of options out there and to get you…
  • My First Bug Out Plan Wasn’t Very Good (And How To Make Yours Better!)

    Chris Ruiz
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:28 am
    In this article I am going to share the first bug out plan that I made with some family members.  To be honest, it wasn’t great and if you have seen my current article on How To Make A Bug Out Plan you can tell that I have learned a lot since then.  What was once a simple family conversation on how we would meet up and evacuate has turned into a 14 page template that ANYONE can use to create their own Bug Out Plan, which is available for free download here: In addition to taking a look at what we came up with to evacuate I am going to show you the good points and bad points of the…
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    Blog - Summr

  • Exploring Zion Like a Local

    Doug Darroch
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Known for it's incredible views and spectacular canyons with famous hikes including The Narrows, Subway, and Angels Landing that attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Zion is a world class wonderland and paradise to hikers, bikers, climbers and tourists looking for creature comforts in nature's most spectacular setting.Getting ThereZion is only a 2 and a half hour drive from Las Vegas, a 4 and a half hour drive from Salt Lake City, under 7 hours from Phoenix, L.A. or San Diego and a little over 8 hours from Albuquerque. You can also get direct flights to the St. George airport…
  • Frugal Mini-Getaway Ideas for Families

    Doug Darroch
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A family vacation doesn't mean you have to go to Europe for 2 weeks and brush up on your family ancestry. While your hometown might be awesome you need to get your family out of there as much as possible to see and experience new things. For whatever reason a lot of the best memories seem to happen on vacation. The daily grind can bleed over into the weekends and the same routines every week can easily lead to boredom. Here are some awesome and frugal ideas to get out of town with ways to save money.Road Trip With the internet road trips have never been easier to plan. Pick a destination…
  • Cool Off In Natural Springs This Summer

    Doug Darroch
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Natural cool springs are the epitome of summer. The outdoors, a road trip during a hot day, a swimsuit, sunblock, a hike, nature. All of which are usually involved before you get into the crystal clear and cold beautiful water that is so refreshing once you get used to it.Here are some of the top place in the U.S.. If you know of some other cool springs that we should have mentioned leave a comment so we can include them in the next article.Ichetucknee Springs StatePark, FL -37 miles NW of Gainesville, FL The Ichetucknee River flows 6 miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins…
  • Volunteer, Teach Children & Surf

    Doug Darroch
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer. Volunteering isn't about helping everyone but everyone can help someone. Top that all off with surfing, meeting new friends and memories that will last a life time. Pack your surfboard, here are the best options.Give & Surf Give & Surf is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing sustainable empowerment to indigenous communities in Boca del Toro, Panama through education and community development. Depending on the season volunteer days can consist of preschool, summer school, after school camp, adult…
  • Summer Fun

    Doug Darroch
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Take A Staycation Staycations are completely underrated. Book a hotel in your favorite part of town that you usually don't get to anymore, have the in-laws stay at your home and watch the kids, get an early check-in, take a dip in the pool, go to a fun event, check out the new shops and your old favorites, have a nice dinner, go bar hoping, grab brunch in the morning, back home!
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