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  • How to Sleep on Cloud Nine All the Time

    CascadeGear.com
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    9 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    After a long, hard day of hiking, nothing beats sliding into a warm, comfortable sleeping bag, right? Well, unless you get cold, or there is nothing in between that large rock on the ground and the small of your back, or your sleeping bag doesn’t fit right…These conditions can make for a long night, as you toss and turn but can’t quite seem to fall asleep. In order to sleep comfortably on a backpacking trip, it’s important to put some thought into your sleep system. There are several different variables that you simply have to consider if you are going to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Plans for the coming week

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    steamboat1
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Driving up to VT. early Mon. morning. Meeting a few friends at K Mon. who are up this weekend & extending their stay an extra day. Tues. & Wed. I'll probably ski K also getting my daily pass price to well under $20, it's at $21 & change now. Driving back to NYC Wed. afternoon after skiing & spending the night at home. My daughter is off work Good Friday & wants to go skiing. I'll be picking her up in the city Thurs. afternoon & driving back up to VT.from there. We have 4 VT. Passes left (2 for her, 2 for me) & the plan is to use them one day at Sugarbush & one…
  • Classic interview: Lemmy - "Never go camping with a one armed man"

    Camping News
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Motorhead celebrate four decades of headbanging this year, and to celebrate we've resurrected Nathan Bevan's colourful chat with the heavy metal legend from 2007 "The trick about interviewing Lemmy," a friend warned me, "is to get him after he's recovered from last night's hangover and just before he starts working on tomorrow's." Indeed, the North Wales-raised rocker has developed a reputation for being a notoriously prickly interviewee, something in which he seems to revel.
  • Outdoor Foundation, Paddle Industry, Outdoor Retailer and the National Park Service Fuel 27,000 Hours Outside through the Paddle Nation Grant Program

    News from The Outdoor Foundation
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to support from generous sponsors, 17 projects in 16 states were funded with 4,050 people engaged in paddlesport activities.
  • ISPO 2015: Part 2

    Backpacking Light Magazine
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. by Matthew Pullan | 2015-03-24ARTICLE OUTLINE After walking past stand after stand of ski fashion wear and other generally mediocre offerings one begins to glaze over a bit. The fact of the matter is, there is precious little at ISPO of serious interest to the SUL minimalist. Thankfully, OMM was there to lift us briefly from our torpitude. Half bags are not new of course, they've been around for ages, but what with OMM being a British firm this will hopefully make them easier to come…
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  • How to Sleep on Cloud Nine All the Time

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    After a long, hard day of hiking, nothing beats sliding into a warm, comfortable sleeping bag, right? Well, unless you get cold, or there is nothing in between that large rock on the ground and the small of your back, or your sleeping bag doesn’t fit right…These conditions can make for a long night, as you toss and turn but can’t quite seem to fall asleep. In order to sleep comfortably on a backpacking trip, it’s important to put some thought into your sleep system. There are several different variables that you simply have to consider if you are going to get a good night’s sleep.
  • 7 Different Ways to Start a Fire

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    In the wilderness, fire can be vitally important, even a matter of life or death. In Jack Nicholson’s famous short story “To Build a Fire,” a logger out on an isolated trail in Alaska finds himself unable to build a fire when the temperature is 75 degrees below zero. Naturally, he freezes to death. Most people will never find themselves in such extreme circumstances. Still, if you are going to hike and camp in the wild, making fire is an essential skill. A good campfire provides warmth, comfort, and heat for cooking. Besides, after a hard day of hiking, curling up in warm glow of a fire…
  • How to get your friends to go backpacking with you

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Backpacking is an incredible hobby. You get to see some amazing things that you would never see if you stayed near the car, and it’s not at all unusual to want to share the experience with a close friend or a significant other. However, what seems easy to a seasoned backpacker can seem impossible to a novice. If you aren’t prepared, what you expected to be an exciting trip can turn into a disaster for all involved when you have a novice in tow. Blisters, exhaustion, and constant complaining can ruin a trip and strain a friendship. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to end this way. With…
  • Outdoor Au Gratin Recipe

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    20 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    This is an easy & tasty recipe for when you are out with your family and need a great side dish. The cream of mushroom soup makes the yukon gold creamy and delicious. Outdoor Au Gratin Save Print If you have the time, this is a great recipe that goes with grilled meats (they take about the same amount of time) or as a dinner! Yields: 3-4 Portions 6 Medium sized Yukon Gold Potatoes 1 can of cream of mushroom or broccoli soup 6 oz of shredded cheddar cheese (do this at home) Salt Pepper Start a fire and wait till you get some coals going. While you wait for the coals, prepare foil sheets…
  • How to avoid food poisoning on your backpacking trip

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    19 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    I must admit, I fear food poisoning more than any other threat when I am outdoors.  I can control cold, heat or even an animal encounter but food is something I must put in my body and being miles or days away from a hospital or even a convenient store pharmacy does not sound very appealing to me.  I do have a background in culinary arts and have always been hyper sensitive to food borne, but being on the trail requires a bit of common sense, preparedness and ingenuity. Meat I love a good pork chop, bbq salmon and yes even a hot dog or bratwurst when I am camping, and it’s a special treat…
 
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  • Plans for the coming week

    steamboat1
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Driving up to VT. early Mon. morning. Meeting a few friends at K Mon. who are up this weekend & extending their stay an extra day. Tues. & Wed. I'll probably ski K also getting my daily pass price to well under $20, it's at $21 & change now. Driving back to NYC Wed. afternoon after skiing & spending the night at home. My daughter is off work Good Friday & wants to go skiing. I'll be picking her up in the city Thurs. afternoon & driving back up to VT.from there. We have 4 VT. Passes left (2 for her, 2 for me) & the plan is to use them one day at Sugarbush & one…
  • Question for Ski Sundowners

    Shredder of Gnar
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Wondering what time you guys think the stairway will be ripe tomorrow -- low of 23, 32 degrees by 11:00, high of 41 and sunny -- it looks to have a NNW exposure from what I can tell, so it definitely won't ripen early like trails with say an exposure like upper Crossover or lower K27 at Huntah, but from last week's event pics, it does look like some sun hits the trail. Is late morning a good bet or wait until early afternoon? Thanks...
  • Snowing agian in the flatlands

    billski
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    Just enough to drive me crazy, not enough to do anything with. Wasted snow! I actually thought about taking off my snow tires, but with the chance of some frozen precip on the roads up norht, I decided to leave them on.
  • NRG 4/4/15, Saturday

    billski
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:22 am
    I'll Be there. Checking out a ski club house afterwards. Carpool from Metro Boston.
  • Magic 3/29/15 Sunday

    billski
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    Checking out the flags. See you on the hill.
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    Camping News

  • Classic interview: Lemmy - "Never go camping with a one armed man"

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Motorhead celebrate four decades of headbanging this year, and to celebrate we've resurrected Nathan Bevan's colourful chat with the heavy metal legend from 2007 "The trick about interviewing Lemmy," a friend warned me, "is to get him after he's recovered from last night's hangover and just before he starts working on tomorrow's." Indeed, the North Wales-raised rocker has developed a reputation for being a notoriously prickly interviewee, something in which he seems to revel.
  • Officials cut ribbon to open park

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    With the Indian River Inlet bridge in the background, the first RVs set up in the new campground on the north side of Delaware Seashore State Park. Park officials are offering free weekend camping to the top 60 most frequent campers at the park.
  • More than a change in scenery

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:47 am
    "Repent" is a religious word I've heard most of my life, and to this day, it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand with fright. As a child, I heard the call to repent burst from the lips of many a revival preacher.
  • 10 reasons camping is great for the whole family

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I'm a recent convert to camping. My husband had been nagging me for years to go camping as a family.
  • Modular Buddy Box furniture makes your van all kinds of recreational vehicles

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    In recent years, we've seen many modular camper conversions and camper-in-a-box kits. The hardware can transform an average, everyday vehicle into an overnight recreational vehicle, then be removed when the road trip is over, leaving the base vehicle ready to drop the kids off at school and make the commute to work.
 
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    Backpacking Light Magazine

  • ISPO 2015: Part 2

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. by Matthew Pullan | 2015-03-24ARTICLE OUTLINE After walking past stand after stand of ski fashion wear and other generally mediocre offerings one begins to glaze over a bit. The fact of the matter is, there is precious little at ISPO of serious interest to the SUL minimalist. Thankfully, OMM was there to lift us briefly from our torpitude. Half bags are not new of course, they've been around for ages, but what with OMM being a British firm this will hopefully make them easier to come…
  • (M) Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased. by Leanne Hennessy | 2015-03-24Our first through-hike trip on the LaCloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario (July 2013; 78 km, 3 days) left us yearning for more adventure. We wanted to plan a more involved trip, test out more gear, and have the opportunity to enjoy a longer time in the beauty of all that is the backcountry of northern Ontario. Fast forward to May 2014. After two additional 3 day trips on the…
  • Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 12

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    News this week: Steger's Solo Winter Traverse through the Boundary Waters, the 235-mile Trans-Adirondack Route, ISPO 2015, and more! by Eric Vann | 2015-03-18On March 15, Will Steger will begin a 200-mile, solo winter traverse by canoe-sled along the Minnesota-Ontario border. The founder of the Steger Wilderness Center, a climate change awareness advocacy group, will rely on his experience from previous expeditions to the North Pole and the Antarctica to complete this challenging endeavor. Steger said he was grateful that he could find a route that "would stretch his skills" and hopes his…
  • (M) New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking. by Roger Caffin | 2015-03-18In September 2013 we reviewed the New Balance MT1210 shoes, and spoke very highly of them. Among other things, they featured Vibram soles, which was a bit of a departure for New Balance. Those original 'version 1' shoes were designed for the Leadville race: This legendary ultramarathon, also known as “The Race Across the Sky”, takes place in Leadville, CO over 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. Known as one of the toughest physical challenges…
  • (M) Amateur Backpacking Videography

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Videography with an emphasis on the pursuit of the "perfect" shot and the ensuing editing can be time consuming, daunting, and distract from your trip. The author presents tactics to make it easier and record your adventures. by Luke Schmidt | 2015-03-11Making a backpacking video doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. Here are some ideas from an amateur. ARTICLE OUTLINE Pecos Baldy Overnight Video Philosophical Justification Guadalupe Fall Traverse Video Step 1 Get a Camera (hint you may already have what you need) Overnight in Big Bend Step 2 Plan Ahead Step 3 Keep the Camera…
 
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  • DIY is the Way to Go

    Guest Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Booking a holiday can be a fraught process, full of questions and decisions. For instance, where do you go? How do you get there? How long do you stay? What board basis do you choose? These are simple questions that need to be answered in order for your holiday to even get past the booking stage, and the way you book will shape the answers to these questions. For instance, do you book online? If you do, then you’re probably best placed to find deals, rather than heading to the High Street or looking through brochures. I don’t tend to book package deals either because I find them a little…
  • Why (and How) to Volunteer Overseas

    Guest Blogger
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you in partnership with MovingWorlds.org. A truly “immersive” travel experience is like the search for the holy grail. We all want it, and yet it’s so hard to find. And, often to the dismay of travelers, it’s not something that can be advertised or bought. It just happens. But as any good backpacker knows, the key to an authentic travel experience is not trying to buy your way into it, but rather to have “stumbled upon it” by putting yourself out there, exposing yourself to chance, and getting the odds in your favor. Volunteering…
  • Bogotá vs Medellín: Recreation, Safety and Transportation

    Ryan
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Sunday Ciclovía in Bogotá Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. We’ve already covered culture, dining, and the economy as part of the first six variables when comparing Colombia’s two biggest cities. That brings us here, to Bogotá vs Medellín: Recreation, Safety and Transportation. We’ll touch on entertainment, green space and the pace of life as well, before giving you our conclusions on everything. Let’s get to it. Live jazz at El Acontista in Medellín 7. Entertainment Bogotá, being the capital and bigger city, has more…
  • Bogotá vs Medellín: Culture, Dining and the Economy

    Ryan
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Bogotá at dusk You hear people debate this all the time — Bogotá vs. Medellín — and on the surface, the answer seems easy. Most foreigners and even more paisas, choose Medellín. It makes sense. The warmer climate and slower pace of life tend to placate a majority of the people I talk to who live in or have visited Medellín, and anywhere I’ve gone those are qualities people tend to prefer, and I’ve been to 16 countries and 40 states in the United States. I grew up in a small town in Hawaii but later lived in New York, not in the city but not far outside it and I spent a…
  • Millévin: Avignon’s Annual Wine Festival

    Dave
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Entrance to Avignon as viewed from the train station “You’ve arrived at a good time,” the manager of Pop’ Hostel said to me as he checked me into a dorm room. “Tomorrow is the tasting of new wines.” Indeed, the lack of excitement that led me to leave Luxembourg brought me to Avignon, France the night before Millévin, an annual festival held the third Thursday of every November to celebrate the primeur wines (those wines sold the same year the grapes are harvested). The manager then proceeded to highlight the following day’s events: 10 am to 1 pm…
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  • Best Dimensions for a 1 Person Backpacking Tarp

    Philip Werner
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Rectangular Tarp pitched with a fallen tree as a back wallIf you crave a deep connection with the wilderness, there’s nothing more intimate than sleeping under a square or rectangular tarp.Pitching a tarp takes more thought than setting up a tent because you need to consider what the best setup or “shape” will be for the night and whether it needs to be wind or weather resistant, the slope and composition of the ground and whether you’ll be swamped if it rains, or whether it’s safe (widow-makers) or desirable to tie your shelter to a nearby tree for…
  • Bay Circuit Trail Section 1: Plum Island to Rowley

    Philip Werner
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Bay Circuit Trail, Section One, Plum Island to RowleyPlum IslandDate: 1-21-15Starting Location: Joppa Flats Wildlife RefugeDestination: Newbury Lower GreenBCT Map: Section 1, A to DDistance: 6.6 miles; 14.2 miles RT back to carWhen I got to the beach and stood on the sand, I was filled with a feeling of contentment. I’d picked a good winter day to hike to the Northern Terminus of the Bay Circuit Trail on Plum Island. The sun was warm and the wind still, although temperatures were still only in the high 20’s.The Northern Terminus of the Bay Circuit Trail, at The Atlantic…
  • Silky Saw’s BIGBOY Folding Saw for Trail Maintenance

    Philip Werner
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    A comparison between the smaller Silky 9 inch GOMBOY Saw and the Silky 14 inch BIGBOY SawSaws are an amazingly versatile tool for a backpacker or camper to carry in woodland terrain, both for trail maintenance and for cutting firewood, provided it’s done in accordance with Leave No Trace Principles and local fire regulations.Note: Leave No Trace is not against fires in the backcountry, Leave No Trace recommends the responsible use of campfires, so people can enjoy them and to minimize campfire impacts, such as scorched ground, partially burned wood, the construction of new campfire…
  • Core Clothing for 3 Season Hiking and Backpacking

    Philip Werner
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Hiking Up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Mt Washington (New Hampshire)New Jersey – New York Border, Appalachian TrailLeaving Torridon – ScotlandAndrew Skurka posted a very informative series last week about the 13 Core Clothing items he wears for 3 season backpacking. We corresponded over the weekend, and he suggested that I write up my list for comparison purposes. Unlike Andrew, I only use 9 clothing items vs his 13, (not including hats, socks, or gloves), but there’s still a high degree of overlap in the kinds of clothes we rely on.Environmental NeedsMost of the hiking and…
  • ULA Circuit Backpack Review

    Philip Werner
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    ULA Circuit BackpackThe ULA Circuit Backpack is a streamlined lightweight backpack with a surprising amount of flexibility for many types of backcountry adventure. Made with bomber fabrics and feature-rich, the Circuit is tough enough for year-round use in 4 season conditions.Internal Storage and OrganizationWith 68 liters of total capacity, the ULA Circuit can hold a lot of gear, not even counting what you can lash its exterior. Most of the pack’s storage is in a large main compartment that secures with a roll top closure, making it easy to pack and access the gear stored inside. The…
 
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  • Meet JR: UL Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Congratulations, JR, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Georgia ultralight backpacker and master of the selfie stick wins an Alite Mayfly camp chair for his helpful gear reviews. Meet JR: UL Backpacker and Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, Kali, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Washington backpacker, snowshoer, and English teacher wins a pair of TOPO Athletic trail shoes for her many helpful gear reviews. Meet Kali: Backpacker, Teacher, Reviewer of the Month was first published on Trailspace.
  • Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More

    Alicia MacLeay
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The lightest hammock, a hardshell with a softer Gore membrane, a ski/climb/move pack, and flexible snowshoes: we've got more gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer. Sub7 Hammock, Soft Gore Jacket, Ski/Climb Pack, More was first published on Trailspace.
  • Hoka Hikers, Recycled Down, and Solar Purifying

    Alicia MacLeay
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Hoka hiker, recycled down from Ternua, and a SolarBag to purify water. Check out these gear highlights from Outdoor Retailer. Hoka Hikers, Recycled Down, and Solar Purifying was first published on Trailspace.
  • Meet Brian: Colorado Backpacker, Teacher, Gear Reviewer

    Alicia MacLeay
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, Brian, our latest Reviewer of the Month! The Colorado backpacker, skier, climber, and teacher wins a Source Ultimate hydration system, plus a gear goodie pack, for his helpful reviews. Meet Brian: Colorado Backpacker, Teacher, Gear Reviewer was first published on Trailspace.
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  • Photo Friday – March 28, 2015

    Casey Schreiner
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    It’s Spring Break, so this week’s Photo Friday is a celebration of that most time-honored tradition — the spring break road trip. We’ve been getting a ton of really fantastic images in the #modernhiker hashtag lately, but these four are our favorites for this week – Johnny Sanchez took his family up to Big Sur…
  • What’s Next for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

    Casey Schreiner
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The auditorium at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center was packed to capacity last night for a presentation and short question-and-answer session titled “San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – What’s Next?” Organized by the Sierra Club, the event aimed to get people up to speed with the new National Monument so far and give a glimpse…
  • Hiking Worsham Canyon

    Casey Schreiner
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Less than a mile from the trailhead to the very popular (and often overcrowded) Turnbull Canyon lies the inconspicuous trailhead for the Elderberry Trail. It can be very easy to miss – the sign isn’t terribly visible from the road, it’s placed at a sharp hairpin turn, and odds are you won’t find many other…
  • Meet the 52 Hike Challengers

    Casey Schreiner
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    One of the primary goals of Modern Hiker is getting people outside, exploring the trails and parks that may literally be hiding in plain sight right in their backyards, so when we started seeing Instagram photos from our readers tagged with the 52 Hike Challenge hashtag, we had to investigate further. The idea behind the…
  • How to See Yosemite’s Natural Firefall

    Kiel Maddox
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    If you know about Yosemite National Park, then you know the countless iconic places within the park; Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Glacier Point, and many others. There is however one thing that gets left out nearly all the time, the naturally occurring Firefall that takes place on the Eastern side of El Capitan…
 
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  • “Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.”

    montucky
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    This morning as the overnight fog began to drift out of the valley, the webs were very noticeable.
  • While waiting for the wildflowers…

    montucky
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
  • The blossoms of the willows

    montucky
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It rained here all of yesterday and I wanted to photograph the willows which are just starting to bloom but while the soft light was wonderful for taking pictures, the rain wasn’t. I tried by holding an umbrella with one hand, a hiking staff serving as a monopod with another hand and the third hand (!/?) working the camera. (And, to make it more interesting, what I was trying to shoot was too high for me approach closely, forcing the use of a 70 – 300mm lens to shoot from a distance of about 5 feet.) So when today turned up dry, I re-shot yesterday’s photos again with a real…
  • Woodland Star and friends

    montucky
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    A few of the tiny wildflowers are beginning to emerge. Small-flowered Woodland star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum (blossom size about 1/4 in – .64cm) Spring Draba, Spring Whitlow-grass ~ Draba Verna (blossom size 1/8 in – .32cm)
  • Visit to a Waterfall

    montucky
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Every year, at some time during winter, I try to visit the waterfall that stands about a quarter mile from the northeast corner of Dog Lake (Rainbow Lake) on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I missed completely last year and for one reason or other didn’t make it this winter until today. Some of the ice still remains despite the warm temperatures, and today the sun was out and the sky was blue. A good day for a visit.
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  • Recipes needed

    Redgannet
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    This week I am appealing for bird feeding recipes that include peanut butter. As part of an art installation, I needed a couple of dozen glass jars. Now get this; jars are more expensive when they are empty than when they are full of peanut butter! Ever frugal, I bought lots of peanut butter, confident that it would not go to waste. The birds will love it, I thought to myself, but I was wrong! I have tried smearing it on the old oak tree, spreading it on bread and scattering it across the lawn, even mixing in meal worms to tempt the birds to try it, but they continue to turn up their beaks.
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2015?

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Once spring has tentatively sprung in the northern half of the world, spring break must inevitably follow. So many of you are rushing to warmer climes for beaches and booze… how I envy you! Not wishing to fight the throngs of Rochesterians mobbing the airport, I’ve decided to stick around and hope for some early migrants in the Southern Tier. Corey will be holding down the NYC Metro area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below. Whatever your plans this weekend, make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Also be sure…
  • What’s in a Name: Northern Goshawk

    Carrie
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    At the request of blog management, I’m embarking on a series of posts on the names of birds. Since we’ve covered some generalities already, once a month I’ll be exploring how a species, genus, or family of birds got its name, and how those names fit in with our larger understanding of, and relationship with, birds. To kick this off, I’ve decided to start with the Northern Goshawk. First of all, it’s a gos-hawk, not a gosh-awk. Which is good. Gosh-awk would be undignified. Some people do think the Northern Goshawk is undignified, at least compared to the falcons,…
  • A Bird Rehabber Goes Birding. And Thwarts Mongooses.

    Suzie
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is the reason I’m birding in Tanzania with no field guide. The last time I visited my friend India, who lives in the hills above Karatu, I brought my own field guide and filled a notebook with bird names, descriptions, and sketches. But that was seven years ago. India founded and, along with Managing Director Peter Leon Mmassey, runs the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. Their Rift Valley Children’s Village is currently home to 90 kids, a large staff, and and a revolving cast of volunteers; TCF sponsors kids from other villages to attend secondary schools, and runs outreach,…
  • The Sounds of a Tiger-Heron

    Alfredo Begazo
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    One of the most impressive aspects of the Tropical Rainforests is the incredible array of sounds produced by animals. Interior forest animals, from invertebrates to large mammals, rely on sounds to communicate; the forest is so dense that visual cues are meaningless. I enjoy rainforest animal sounds and like to pay attention to what is making this or that sound. Over the years and after many visits, I have become familiar with rainforest birds and mammals sounds. One of my highlight stories was my first experience with the sounds of a Rufescent Tiger-Heron. During my first few knights in the…
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  • Recipes needed

    Redgannet
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    This week I am appealing for bird feeding recipes that include peanut butter. As part of an art installation, I needed a couple of dozen glass jars. Now get this; jars are more expensive when they are empty than when they are full of peanut butter! Ever frugal, I bought lots of peanut butter, confident that it would not go to waste. The birds will love it, I thought to myself, but I was wrong! I have tried smearing it on the old oak tree, spreading it on bread and scattering it across the lawn, even mixing in meal worms to tempt the birds to try it, but they continue to turn up their beaks.
  • Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2015?

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Once spring has tentatively sprung in the northern half of the world, spring break must inevitably follow. So many of you are rushing to warmer climes for beaches and booze… how I envy you! Not wishing to fight the throngs of Rochesterians mobbing the airport, I’ve decided to stick around and hope for some early migrants in the Southern Tier. Corey will be holding down the NYC Metro area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below. Whatever your plans this weekend, make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Also be sure…
  • What’s in a Name: Northern Goshawk

    Carrie
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    At the request of blog management, I’m embarking on a series of posts on the names of birds. Since we’ve covered some generalities already, once a month I’ll be exploring how a species, genus, or family of birds got its name, and how those names fit in with our larger understanding of, and relationship with, birds. To kick this off, I’ve decided to start with the Northern Goshawk. First of all, it’s a gos-hawk, not a gosh-awk. Which is good. Gosh-awk would be undignified. Some people do think the Northern Goshawk is undignified, at least compared to the falcons,…
  • A Bird Rehabber Goes Birding. And Thwarts Mongooses.

    Suzie
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is the reason I’m birding in Tanzania with no field guide. The last time I visited my friend India, who lives in the hills above Karatu, I brought my own field guide and filled a notebook with bird names, descriptions, and sketches. But that was seven years ago. India founded and, along with Managing Director Peter Leon Mmassey, runs the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. Their Rift Valley Children’s Village is currently home to 90 kids, a large staff, and and a revolving cast of volunteers; TCF sponsors kids from other villages to attend secondary schools, and runs outreach,…
  • The Sounds of a Tiger-Heron

    Alfredo Begazo
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    One of the most impressive aspects of the Tropical Rainforests is the incredible array of sounds produced by animals. Interior forest animals, from invertebrates to large mammals, rely on sounds to communicate; the forest is so dense that visual cues are meaningless. I enjoy rainforest animal sounds and like to pay attention to what is making this or that sound. Over the years and after many visits, I have become familiar with rainforest birds and mammals sounds. One of my highlight stories was my first experience with the sounds of a Rufescent Tiger-Heron. During my first few knights in the…
 
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  • A Voice For Canada’s Wild Turkey

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    © Othmar Vohringer (Column originally published in the Merritt Herald) It is no secret that organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia and a long list of similar organizations right down to the many local Fish & Game Clubs across Canada pour millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours into wildlife conservation. Some of
  • News: Vermont Considering Crossbows For Fall Archery Hunt

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    © By WILSON RING / Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board wants to expand the use of crossbows during the fall archery deer-hunting season, hoping to lure more hunters by making shooting easier and more precise. Vermont currently allows archers to use crossbows only if they have a physical condition that prevents them from using a traditional vertical bow.
  • Merritt Resident Wins Bronze Medal At Canada Winter Games in Prince George

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer (Originally published in the Merritt Herald - Othmar Vohringer, The Outdoorsman) Dakota O’Donovan, a young Merritt resident, and his teammate Brian Ng from Langley scored a bronze medal in the air pistol shooting competition at the Canada Winter Games 2015, held in Prince George. Dakota O’Donovan has come a very long way in the shooting sport from his beginnings when he
  • Harper Government Reforms Firearm Act

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer In October 2014 the Harper Government introduced an amendment to the existing firearm act they named “Common Sense Firearm Licensing Act”. Bill C-42 as it is called officially has passed second reading in November of 2014 and it widely believed to pass the 3rd and final reading too, despite strong opposition of the Liberals and the NDP, both of which announced that if they
  • An Email From An Anti-Hunter

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    © Othmar Vohringer A few days ago I received an email from an animal rights activist. It’s not the first time and like the ones before, mostly contains the kind of language that cannot be printed in a publication such as this. The thing that baffles me time and again is how these people can put “love”, “respect” and “compassion” in the same sentence with wishes “… that you will die a gruesome
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  • More Tower Problems for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

    Bryan Hansel
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Tweet The sky was so crystal clear last night. I stepped out of my house to go get something out of my car and noticed that the treeline in my yard would make a great night photo. I shut off all the lights in the house and made this shot. I live in northern Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Boundary Waters (BWCA or BWCAW) is a designated wilderness area with no development except for portage trails tying together 1,200 miles of canoe routes and some 2000 designated campsites. At over 1 million acres and 150 miles along the Minnesotan and Canadian border, it is the…
  • Sea Kayak Safety

    Bryan Hansel
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Tweet Practitioners of SEA KAYAKING are a bunch of safety-conscious hoopy froods.  We sass this because sea kayakers always talk about safety. For example, “You just posted that video of the place I paddle. The video only showed calm water, but it gets crazy there. You should have introduced the video with a 15 minute safety talk about the dangers of paddling there when it gets crazy.” Sea kayakers have conversations that stretch out into 100s of comments about how one advertisement showing calm water might lead someone to buy a recreational kayak and go paddling in 10-foot waves. They…
  • Slightly Off Topic: GOP Wants to Make Hikers and Bikers Pay to Hike and Bike

    Bryan Hansel
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Tweet Recently in Minnesota members of the state’s GOP proposed that hikers and bikers pay user fees to use state trails (not to mention they already pay for a park pass). I wouldn’t be surprised to see paddlers targeted as well for using state water trails. The reason the GOP cited was because snowmobilers pay user fees, everyone else should for fairness. I wanted to see how much snowmobilers pay and where the funding for the state’s 22,000+ miles of snowmobile trails actually comes from. The biggest source of funding is the gas tax paid by all drivers. For fairness, says Rep. Tony…
  • National Parks Traveler’s Guide to Paddling the Parks Is Out

    Bryan Hansel
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Tweet The 2nd Annual Essential Guide to Paddling the Parks by National Parks Traveler is out. The cover photo is mine and I have an article about paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from Voyageurs National Park to Grand Portage National Monument. There are a ton of great articles in the magazine and it’s worth spending some time on this winter day looking through its pages. The post National Parks Traveler’s Guide to Paddling the Parks Is Out appeared first on PaddlingLight.com. You can leave a comment by clicking here: National Parks Traveler’s Guide to…
  • Free Kayak Plans and Free Canoe Plans

    Bryan Hansel
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Tweet For years, PaddlingLight has been giving away the free drawings of historic and recent canoe and kayak, but I didn’t know how many plans people were downloading. In the last year I decided to start tracking just a few of the downloads to get a grasp on how many were actually being downloaded. I picked 5 of the 35 free drawings that I offer: a popular historic kayak design that has been built many times, a history canoe that has been built many times (most often in Italy), a canoe that looks interesting but hasn’t been built often (if at all), an original yost-style, skin-on-frame…
 
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  • Wahoo Adds Turn By Turn Navigation

    Amy Jurries
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week, Wahoo Fitness announced a new partnership with phone app Ride with GPS in order to add turn-by-turn navigation capability to the RFLKT and RFLKT+ bike computers. This functionality is a nice upgrade for those that might not want to mount their phone on their bikes for navigational purposes. When using the Ride With GPS app together with your RFLKT or RFKLT+ bike computer, you can now access turn-by-turn directions through the app in order to get where you need to go or follow a pre-planned route. The even app enables you to download map and ride cues to access navigation offline…
  • Filter Your Water On The Go

    Amy Jurries
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The team at Silicon Valley startup Liquidity Nanotech believe they have created the quickest and easiest way to drink clean water fetched from any source. Whether traveling abroad or hiking in the backcountry, simply fill up the Naked Filter portable water filtration bottle and start drinking–no pumping, no chemicals, no batteries, and no waiting. Based on 15 years of R&D from leading polymer scientists and experts on nanostructured materials, Liquidity designed a nanofiber membrane that physically separates particles from your water by trapping them inside. The Naked Filter bottle…
  • Just Right – Skiing in Sweden

    Amy Jurries
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ski resorts in Sweden are not hard to find–almost every town boasts a local hill (yes, even Stockholm). The largest and some of the most popular, however, lie in the Jämtland Härjedalen region, located in the central part of the country along the Norwegian border. Dubbed the “lungs of Europe”, the area offers up not only clean air, but also an endless number of year-round outdoor activities. During our trip to Sweden with Columbia Sportswear and Jämtland Härjedalen Turism, we had the chance to sample three different ski areas, exploring both on and off-piste, in addition to…
  • Burnt Lips No More With Snow Peak HotLips

    Amy Jurries
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    As we backpackers ever endeavor to lighten our loads, many of us have simplified our kitchen kits down to one or two lightweight vessels used for all our cooking and drinking needs. Titanium cups and pots with mug-style handles are not only incredibly lightweight, but are useful for preparing hot meals and beverages directly over a fire or stove and then consuming them from the same cup. While this reduced-weight approach can save numerous ounces if not pounds on our back, there are some problems. For example, anyone who has tried to drink a hot beverage directly from a titanium cup or pot…
  • Lezyne Ventures Into Bike Computers

    Amy Jurries
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Officially announced at the Taipei International Cycle Show last week, Lezyne unveiled their brand new line of bike computers. The full Lezyne GPS collection features three bike computers–the Power GPS, Super GPS, and Mini GPS–all offering a varying level of functionality, including the ability to pair with your phone and other bike sensors. The smallest and lightest bike computer on the market (30 grams and barely larger than the size of a quarter), the Mini GPS is compact yet powerful. Simply turn it on, press start and go for a ride. Essential ride data is presented on a…
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    GearGuide

  • Castelli Race Day Track Jacket Review

    Matt K.
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    First Impressions Was poking around in one of my favorite local sporting goods retailers the other day. And in their cycling section, I ran across the Castelli Race Day Track Jacket. Deep black with red accents and Castelli’s trademark scorpion logo on the left chest. Not something you’d probably wear cycling, but very cool nonetheless. I picked it up for around $60. Features Castelli pioneered a range of cycling clothing innovations including lycra shorts and the use of die sublimation in cycling jerseys – two things that make road racing the spectacle it is today. The Race Day Track…
  • Women’s Sunglasses Reviews

    Cheryl K.
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Summertime, summertime, not quite summertime. But it might as well be in Northern California thanks to the overabundance of sunshine and corresponding lack of rain. Of course, we worry about the continuing drought, yet that hasn’t stopped us from getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. Running, biking, hiking and speed walking the dog are just a few of the ways we spend our time these days, sunglasses always at the ready. Here’s three women’s models that caught our attention and received a fair amount of use over the past couple of months: Native Chonga 6 Native delivers an…
  • Marmot Mini Hauler Review

    Matt K.
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Quick Take Review They say it looks like a duffle bag for a leprechaun. And funny enough, the Marmot Mini Hauler actually does. Until I read the description on the Marmot website, I hadn’t made the connection to how similar this shaving kit looks to a regularly sized duffle bag. Pretty funny. And pretty clever too. The Marmot Mini Hauler has the same construction, same handles and same visual cues as many of its much larger siblings. Styling aside, the Marmot delivers a very traditional shaving kit in the Mini Hauler. It’s one big open space for carrying just about everything you need on…
  • Stan’s Tire Sealant Review

    Matt K.
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Quick Take Review Well for crying out loud, it’s March already. Time to get the mountain bike out of the barn and on the trail. This season, I packed my tubes with Stan’s Tire Sealant as extra protection against dreaded Goathead Thorns. Also known as puncture vine – for very good reason – this invasive plant took massive root in the nearby fields and trails over the past several years. Last year, it wreaked havoc on our riding. Tube after tube went by the wayside with too many holes to repair. And when I started looking for some help, Stan’s kept coming up in my research. Stan’s…
  • Spring Running Gear – ASICS Speed and Thermopolis Reviews

    Matt K.
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    Despite what the groundhog saw, spring time arrived early in Northern California. And moderate morning temps make the switch to shorts and a long-sleeve top the preferred approach for an early run. Our pick for those quick dashes include the quarter/half zip. On colder days, we throw one on under a jacket. On those with more moderate temps, the top serves as the outer layer. ASICS serves up two that can handle a range of spring conditions, the Speed Softshell Top and Thermopolis LT Half Zip. ASICS Speed Softshell Top 6 We’re suckers for softshell fabrics at GearGuide. Just something about…
 
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  • Six Great Ski Resorts to Visit in Europe

    Globetrooper Chris
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Skiing is an all time favorite winter sport for many. Don’t get cabin fever and stay in all winter. Get yourself to some of Europe’s hottest ski resorts to melt away those winter blues. A ski holiday is nothing short of a winter wonderland full of powdery white snow to slosh and slice through with your skis. When all is said and done, you can retire next to the fireplace with a warm beverage. Where will go for your next ski holiday? Here are some of Europe’s best ski destinations to go to. Val Thorens With it’s peak towering at 2,300 meters, Val Thorens is…
  • DIY or Package Deal

    Globetrooper Chris
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Saving money is always a major consideration when it comes to buying or booking anything. Whether it’s a new car, finding cheaper insurance, food shopping, basically anything, if you can save money then you’re always going to be happier as a result. Holiday shopping is exactly the same, and booking a great deal will give you a boost of energy, allowing you to look forward to your time away without having to worry so much about how to pay for it. Saving at this point will also give you more to spend whilst you’re away. This brings to mind the argument of whether booking your holiday DIY…
  • The 10 Best Street Food Around The World

    Globetrooper Chris
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    One of the best things about travelling and going on holiday is the different food that you get to sample that contains local and ingredients. Here we walk you through some of the best street food that is found across the globe. Check out the MyBreakTrip blog for other amazing articles like this one. Jerk Chicken ( Jamaica ) Jerk chicken has become a household dish served up all over the world, but you will never have jerk chicken like you get cooked for you on the streets of Jamaica. Up and down the coast and tucked away down the narrow streets you will find restaurants serving up chicken…
  • Five Beautiful Cities to Enjoy the Northern Lights

    Globetrooper Chris
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Recognised as one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena of our planet, millions of people go in search of the Aurora Borealis every year. Desperate to enjoy the dancing greens, yellows and purples above the Northern Hemisphere skies, beauty-lovers travel the length of the planet to witness the sight. Here we explore five of the most beautiful cities in which to enjoy the Northern Lights. Reykjavik One of the most affordable and accessible places to see the Northern Lights, the capital of Iceland provides a stunning setting for the event. There is plenty to do during the day in Reykjavik…
  • A Few Days in the Brazilian State of Bahia

    Globetrooper Chris
    13 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    When I was looking for a specific region of Brazil to visit, it was hard to avoid the obvious choices. It would have been real easy to say, here I come, since I could have easily spent a couple days there and then jumped over to Sao Paulo. The Amazon Rainforest was another obvious choice, but I am not a huge fan of snakes, bugs, or piranha for that matter. Then I came across an incredible picture, and I knew that I would have to dictate my trip around what I had just seen. After doing a little bit more research, I knew my trip would have to begin in Salvador. Salvador Pelourinho We landed in…
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  • Monkey Wrench & Upper Hitchcock - Spring Ice Climbing

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    At the base of Upper Hitchcock with Crawford Notch in the backgroundLeft Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3)Upper Hitchcock (WI3-)Mount WillardCrawford Notch, NHForecasts called for cloudy skies and some snow. But all that gave way to blue skies and sunshine by the time Jeff S. and I reached the base of the Hitchcock Gully. We pretty much broke trail up Lower Hitchcock, traversing right to Left Hand Monkey Wrench, then onto the base of Upper Hitchcock. It was slow going but we took our time anyways since there were only two other teams in the area climbing.At the base of Upper HitchcockIt was my very…
  • Cinema Gully, East Face Slabs & The Cleft – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing

    7 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Cinema Gully (WI2)East Face Slabs Left (WI3)The Cleft (WI2+)Mount WillardCrawford Notch, NHI love when Jeff S. takes me ice climbing with him - I get to do some freaking fun climbing on a little alpine playground! Mount Willard is home to some awesome ice and alpine routes. Today I had the opportunity to climb two more of those routes and then finish off on The Cleft.Cinema Gully(WI2)It was cool to see a bolt at the belay station of the 1st pitch. Jeff asked if I wanted to set a belay station there or walk up a bit to a thin sheet of ice. Since it would mean one-and-a-half roped pitches,…
  • My First Ice Lead – Ice Climbing

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Willey’s Slide Center (WI2)Mt. WilleyCrawford Notch, NHSuper stoked! Did my first lead on ice today! The second pitch of Willey's Slide (center) with Geoff N. Didn't go too far....about 40 meters to set up an anchor on the face of a fat bulge. Placed two pieces of pro (very snowy pitch).The approach (steep uphill) wasn’t what I was looking forward to. But once at the base of the climb, it was all but forgotten. The Slide looked different. When Sean and I were here this past January, there were hardly an rolling bulges. It was a different story today. There were rolls and rolls of ice,…
  • The Tablets Center - Ice Climbing

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The Tablets Center (WI3-4)Lake Willoughby State ParkWestmore, VermontA tiny branch, really? I damn well knew it wouldn’t be secure but I grabbed onto anyways. Why that small branch and not one of the tree trunks that the rap webbings were around or the two cordelette that my leader Geoff had set around the tree trunks….I have no idea. I do know that in that very moment that I lost my balance, fell back and that tiny branch I had grabbed snapped, I felt incredibly stupid. But I was lucky today. We were 4 feet from the edge of a ledge and Geoff still had me on belay. So when I fell, Geoff…
  • Crampon Frontpoints - Ice Climbing

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Last season I climbed with the AMC-NH Mountaineering Group and got some good advice on my crampons. Tom Sintros noticed that the frontpoints of my crampons were too far back. He adjusted the toe bail for me and in addition to my Frontpoints protruding further, this adjustment got my secondary points to protrude past the front of my boot as well. And this adjustment prevented me from hitting the ice with the toe of my boot. *thumbs up*Here’s a great post from Will Gadd’s blog on getting front and secondary points…
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  • Bailee Sets Sail: A Sailing Expedition With Outward Bound

    Bethany Buchanan
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t.” –Henry Ward Beecher When we ask about 17-year-old Bailee Miller’s least favorite part of her two-week Hurricane Island Outward Bound sailing trip last summer, she laughs. “The morning dips!” she exclaims. “Getting in that cold water every morning was the hardest part. It’s funny because I did so many other really hard things – living and sleeping on a 30-foot boat, spending two nights alone on solo, learning to tie all those different types of knots,…
  • The Power of an Outward Bound Struggling Teens Expedition for At-Risk Youth

    Bethany Buchanan
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
      “As a family we knew we needed help,” recounts Kjerstin Klein, mother of Outward Bound Struggling Teen graduate Dylan Klein. “Communication was starting to break down, and we were watching Dylan’s decision-making process and going “whoa.’” Klein knew that her dynamic, super-active, risk-taking 14-year-old son was becoming an at-risk teen. And as a dedicated and proactive parent, she kept asking herself “what am I going to do to give my kid what they need to succeed?” Dylan taking his new kayaking skills to the river post Outward Bound. Though they considered many…
  • Tips For Working with Troubled Teens

    Jack Hilbrich
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Re-published from the Voyageur Outward Bound School blog.  I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of work instructing courses for Voyageur Outward Bound School’s award-winning Struggling Teens & Young Adults Program. I’ve also had the privilege, if you want to call it that – I do, of learning from teens who challenge the status quo. This sometimes manifests itself as troublesome behavior– disrespect, breaking trust, self-harm, you name it. DISCLAIMER: These tips aren’t based in any formal research. They are based on my experience and the lessons I’ve learned as a Field…
  • Top 10 Reasons Outward Bound Is Not Your Average Spring Break

    Bethany Buchanan
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
      Sarah gathers up the rope after another great climb in Joshua Tree. Photo by Graham Ottley. break, n.1 - A short interval between lessons, usu. in the middle of morning or afternoon school. The word “break” is commonly defined as “a short interval between lessons,” and commonly associated with flip flops and tan lines; swimsuits and sunburns; late nights and pool parties. But there are other, less average ways to define Spring Break. “Break” can also mean “an act of breaking; breakage, fracture” or “an interruption of continuity” These meanings, while certainly…
  • Joshua Tree Spring Break Backpacking: The Desert Awakens

    Bethany Buchanan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
      As the sun rises and sets, the long shadows make the desert come alive. Photo by Rikki Dunn. For westward travelers and desert newcomers alike, arriving at Joshua Tree National Park can feel like landing on a different planet. After an easy flight and short drive from the Palm Springs airport, students often feel that they’ve stepped into alien territory as they walk among bizarre, spiky trees and piles of exposed granite monoliths. And yet, according to Outward Bound California Program Director Graham Ottley, this harsh, Dr. Seuss-looking course area actually seems tailor-made for…
 
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  • Outwell – Earth 5 Tent

    Andy
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    This just arrived from Outwell – the Earth 5, which is a pretty big tunnel tent with bags of room for a couple and a dog… or 5 really close friends. We got it pitched in 10 minutes and were […] Read more...
  • Regatta – Ultra Max-Mid X LT Walking Boot

    Jodie
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    I can also verify that they’re waterproof, thanks to the Isotex internals, because I did a little puddle sploshing. In fact I enjoyed puddle sploshing so much that Mrs Muz ran out of excuses to tell wary passers-by and ended up just walking off. She’s no fun, that woman. Read more...
  • Komperdell – C3 Carbon Compact poles

    Jodie
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    These Komperdell poles are an excellent product with some nice features. The added orange flash stickers on the upper section make the poles easy to spot if you stop for a break and drop them down into some long grass … I have spent 15 minutes looking for a disguised lost pole in the past, but these would stand out a treat. Added to this the manufacturers have added the signatures of the world’s leading mountaineers to the middle section of the pole – an endorsement I assume, but a nice touch only visible when the middle section is extended. Read more...
  • Brunton – Revolt 9000 mAh Waterproof Portable Charger

    Jodie
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    You plug it in, fill it with the magic of electrikkery and take it off on your holibobs or, in my case, hospital. With only Sky News, crappy games and my evil, mickey-taking Facebook friends for company on my iPhone 6 (and the slightly less evil Mrs Muz from 2.30pm – 4.30pm and again from 6pm – 7pm), I managed to drain my phone a couple of times over. And the Brunton Revolt was a sanity-saver. Read more...
  • Hi-Tec Big Walk

    Jodie
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Hi-Tec, the headline sponsors of this years Keswick Mountain Festival are inviting all festival goers to join the ‘Big Walk’ event plus the chance to win some amazing prizes! The Hi-Tec Big Walk comprises three National Trust guided walks that are perfect […] Read more...
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  • Pillow talk: three self inflatable pillows tested

    Ben
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    All three pillows in this article were generously given to us by the guys at Sleeping Bag Outlet for the purpose of this review. There aren’t that many pillow reviews out there and it is definitely an under valued item in most kits. If you are an ultralighter or a die-hard adventurer you probably don’t care. But if weight or space are not your first concerns then bringing an actual pillow could get you those needed hours of sound sleep. Our three contenders are all self-inflating pillows. We took them to various camping trips, car camping and backpacking outings. We had some good…
  • Award winning Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG now available

    Ben
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    The Aura and Atmos AG were demoed on last years trade shows and made a name for themselves when the gold industry award was attributed to the Atmos AG 65 at Outdoor. The principal difference in the new models is the AntiGravity back system. This new type of suspended back panel is said to make the pack float on your back while still supporting the weight perfectly. Both the Atmos and the Aura AG are designed for hikers and come with all the usual bells and whistles you can expect from Osprey. Another new feature and a unique one if we were to believe the marketing guys, is the ventilated hip…
  • New Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 for long distance runners

    Ben
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    In pursuit of ever lighter and better footwear, British brand Inov-8 is adding to its range of off-road shoes with the new Race Ultra 270. Following on the steps of its heavier sister, the Race Ultra 290, the 270 is, you guessed, 20 grams lighter. The drop has also been reduced to bring the athlete closer to the ground. What was 8mm is now 4mm. The rest of the shoe is from the same great recipe that has made Inov-8 a go-to brand for many long distance runners. Their ‘Standard’ fir allow for more room to let your feet spread as the race goes on. You’ll also find the polymer…
  • Swedish magazine Sportfack names Haglöfs sustainability brand of the year

    Ben
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Consumers are increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment and the demand for sustainability made gear is growing rapidly. Just looking at the number of Bluesign certified products on the shelves compared to just a few years ago shows that the biggest brands are taking it seriously.Haglöfs was awarded at Swesport, the Swedish outdoor and sports trade show, the title of Sustainability Brand of the Year. The Swedish gear manufacturer has been committed to the environment for a long time now. They have put the bar very high for 2015 with their goals: 50% of all Clothing products…
  • Unobtrusive mountain refuge in a heart of stone

    Ben
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Do you find yourself dreaming about spending a few days in a smal but cosy mountain hut, hidden to all passers by? This boulder, named Antoine makes great use of its small space and hides well in the landscape. source: Viralnova The post Unobtrusive mountain refuge in a heart of stone appeared first on Gearexposure.
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  • Wise Words from a Lost Soul.

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:02 pm
    I have been reading a book called The Last Season. It is about the life of Randy Morgenson a National Park Service Backcountry Ranger and his disappearance in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #AdventureMonday 3/23/2015

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    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Where did you go on an adventure this past weekend? Did you find spring or was winter still hold on? Here are this weeks #AdventureMonday picks. If you would like to have your photo featured on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor News Roundup

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    22 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Hear that, kids? The outdoors is calling With Biscayne Bay at her back, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell unveiled a national effort Friday to bridge the growing gap between the great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh – First Look

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    21 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Over the past few weeks I have been testing out the Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh shoes. Ahnu has been overhauling their shoe designs to allow the shoes to be worn in the city, but be rugged... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HikingTheTrail.com’s Latest Awards.

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    17 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Over the past few weeks HikingTheTrail.com has been honored with being named for several awards and Top 10 lists. I wanted to share these with all of you and thank you for helping make them possible!... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • My Favorite Hiking Apparel

    Brian Green
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos throughout my blog. It’s great to hear you’re digging around through my older articles. So for those of you that asked, below is a collection of the items that I most commonly wear. These are my “go-to” pieces. Find what works for you The clothes that I wear are probably outdated compared to many of today’s more…
  • Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

    Brian Green
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I enjoy the process of trying new recipes, packaged meals, and just generally tinkering with food before the hiking year gets crazy. Better to test early and find out what my likes and dislikes are rather than discover on the trail that my food options for the next several days suck. Amazing Thai Curry One of the new hiking meals that I tried recently was by Good To-Go Food, thankfully there is absolutely nothing sucky about their meals. In…
  • Review of Paleo Meals To Go

    Brian Green
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    At last, quality ingredients and freeze dried convenience combine to create delicious, healthy, and paleo-friendly backpacking meals. For quite some time now I’ve wondered how long it would be before paleo diet eating options would hit the outdoor industry. Well now they’re here and thanks to Paleo Meals To Go I couldn’t be happier. Eating Paleo for three years and counting I’ve been eating a paleo diet (and doing Crossfit) for close to three years now and it works for me. If you don’t know what the paleo diet is all about and the benefits it provides I’m not about to explain it…
  • CertHero – An Easier Outdoor Certification Search

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

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

  • Frogs at the RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) in Burlington, Ontario: An All Ages Adventure

    Erica Hargreave
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    As a teenager, it was a science fair project on frogs that landed me my first job in a research lab at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario – which was an awfully cool summer job and pivotable moment in my life.  So when I heard there was a frog exhibit on at the RBG this winter (until April 12th, 2015), I had to go! Loved the scrappy look on this toad’s face! On my first visit, I took my nieces and nephew, which was fun to see their reactions … Still trying to decide if the African Bullfrog was bigger than his head. … enjoy the various frog…
  • Cold Weather Photography and Videography Tips

    Emme Rogers
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    One of the things that I love about travel is the various new things it teaches me, often when I am not expecting it. This was the case on my recent trip to go dog sledding with Winterdance, next to Algonquin Park in Haliburton, Ontario. While anticipating an exciting day, I was not expecting a lesson in Cold Weather Photography and Videography, which is what the day gave me in addition to dog cuddles, beautiful scenery, exhilarating adventure, and great outdoor exercise! I received a camera kiss from this handsome fellow, just seconds before his saliva froze the camera lens. You see,…
  • Pike Place Seattle: The Original Starbucks, Flying Fish and a Gum Wall!

    Brie Mason
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The Entrance to the Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle   When you leave the sightseeing to your kids, you never know what you will get, but it most certainly will involve something intriguing.  That’s exactly what I did on a recent weekend getaway to Seattle. My two teens talked to other people and looked up things they might like to see. They then discovered that we could get to their favorite choices all in one place; Pike Place Market. I had them look up the address on our GPS and off we went to see a wall full of gum (not typically on an adults must-see list), fish being…
  • Roamancing Swiss Views: Our Switzerland Swimsuit Illustrated Exposé

    Emme Rogers
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We (or at least ‘I’) couldn’t help ourselves!  When we’d heard that Swimsuit Illustrated had kicked of 2014 with their own Swimsuit Illustrated edition of Swiss Views, we decided we had to show them up with our own Roamancing Edition of Swimsuit Swiss Views!  Although as you’ll see from the post below we were somewhat loose in our definition of a ‘swimsuit’.  Seems our only consistent criteria was that the roamancing red boots were parading their way through our shots! As we landed to sunshine in Zürich (after a long, icy cold Canadian winter) it…
  • Absinthe In Travel: A Lesson in the Importance of Trusted Friends

    Tessa Taylor
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    My last trip to Europe was one of those adventures that showed me the true value of travelling with trusted friends. We were on a choir trip throughout Germany, France and the Czech Republic, singing in castles and fortresses and having a marvellous time. As you might expect with a group of twenty-somethings, drinking and getting up to mischief played a leading role in the trip. Photo courtesy of Paukras. It was on one of these nights that the power of friendship really shone for me. While in Prague a group of the choristers decided it was a must to try absinthe, in the customary fashion.
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Where to Hike in 2015: Pasayten, Glacier Peak and Goat Rocks Wilderness

    Andy Porter
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Have you completely filled in your hiking schedule for the summer? Hopefully there is still some room to add a few more hikes, because these[Read More...] The post Where to Hike in 2015: Pasayten, Glacier Peak and Goat Rocks Wilderness appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Basic Tenkara Casting

    Matt Sment
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Editors Note: Tenkara is the perfect companion on any backpacking trip. The rod and equipment is ultralight. Setup is quick and simple enough that you can get your[Read More...] The post Basic Tenkara Casting appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 5/5s Review

    Brad Weiser
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    When I hike, it’s typically an experience in immersion, as I try to breath in my surroundings more so than capture them for reminiscing at[Read More...] The post Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 5/5s Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • 5 Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipes

    Tanya Krezevska
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Want to eat like a gourmet on the trail and not carry pounds of food on top of all of the equipment that you will[Read More...] The post 5 Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipes appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
  • Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampons Review

    Skye Hansen
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hillsound Equipment Inc. – based in Vancouver, Canada – started out by designing and selling crampons. The FreeSteps6 is a simple anti-slip addition to their[Read More...] The post Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampons Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • VIDEO: Canik TP9 SA

    Rourke
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I have looked at the Canik TP-9SA and was pretty impressed with what I saw. I have inquired with a few companies trying to get a test model myself but have not had any luck. Hickok45 talks of his testing of the TP-9SA – which has gained tremendous popularity due to its sub-$400 price tag and list of features.      
  • VIDEO: How to Store Your Medicine

    Rourke
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Check out this video from The Patriot Nurse……How to Store Your Medicine.      
  • Your job – getting one & keeping it

    Rourke
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    This post was previously published HERE on MSO. I am a production manager at a manufacturing facility for my regular job. As the main person who does the hiring/firing at my plant – I have come across pretty much everything you can think of when it comes to employment issues. With the unemployment problems this country has – for some “survival” today means getting a job – or keeping the one they have. I hope with this post to provide some insight and recommendations to improve your situation whatever it may be. For the Unemployed - A few thoughts for those that…
  • Preparedness philosophy from Sootch00

    Rourke
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Here are a few preparedness “philosophy” videos from Sootch00. Good stuff!! Rourke          
  • Recommended Fiction Book: WerewolveSS

    Rourke
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    This is a book – no longer in publication – that I read probably 15 years ago. Written by Jerry & Sharon Ahern - it has a certain “feel” to the writing that lends itself to those interested in survival & preparedness (and of course firearms). WerewolveSS is an excellent read with an awesome storyline. Those that may not be familiar with Jerry Ahern – I interviewed  him a couple of weeks ago. He is the author of a post-nuclear war book series called The Survivalist. He also writes regularly in several gun publications. WerewolveSS in my opinion is one…
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    trailsnet.com

  • Camino del Rey Trail in Spain

    trailsnet
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Camino del Rey Trail Photos Say it All If trail enthusiasts in Spain can find the funding for this incredible suspended trail, then cities, states, counties, provinces & countries should easily be able to fund the vital trails needed to form an essential network of trails for recreation, exercise and transportation. Although most people call … Continue reading » The post Camino del Rey Trail in Spain appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Hiking in Japan – An Outdoor Paradise

    trailsnet
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Mountain Climbing in Japan Japan is a land steeped in beauty, history and culture. For the outdoor enthusiast, it’s all here. Approximately 73% of the islands landmass in uninhabitable due to the many mountain ranges that stretch in all directions and as far as the eye can see. So, if you are into the gut-busting … Continue reading » The post Hiking in Japan – An Outdoor Paradise appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Trailsnet Has Trails in Every State

    trailsnet
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Find Trails in All 50 States on Trailsnet Trailsnet has now fulfilled their main goals for 2014 – 2015. The second of those two goals was to provide an option for finding and adding international trails on Trailsnet. That goal has now been accomplished. But our #1 goal, for the last couple years, has been … Continue reading » The post Trailsnet Has Trails in Every State appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Ohio Trails and Bike Museum

    trailsnet
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Bike Trails in Ohio Way back in 2011, Trailsnet dubbed Ohio as Trail State of the Year. Well it just keeps getting better. Trailsnet has now discovered two new attractions that make Ohio the king of trail biking. So in addition to great trails like the Ohio to Erie Trail (325 miles), the North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT) (270 miles) … Continue reading » The post Ohio Trails and Bike Museum appeared first on trailsnet.com.
  • Weekly Trail Information Posts

    trailsnet
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    Saturday Trail Posts With all the big Trailsnet news coming out including the international trails information blog-post and the big surprise announcement coming out on March 14, it’s about time that we got a little more organized. So starting today, we’re going to try making at least one post per week on Saturday mornings. What do … Continue reading » The post Weekly Trail Information Posts appeared first on trailsnet.com.
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    OffHiking.Com » Blog

  • 2015 Spring Backpacking Trip

    OffHiking.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Finally, I am getting to post about our 2015 Spring Backpacking Trip that happened a week ago. This trip was a 19.5 mile loop trail in Raccoon Creek State Park. Starting from the beginning I was very excited about this trip. About two weeks before my friend Mike had text me saying that he wanted to get out and go camping while he was on his spring break from college. I love going camping so of coarse I wanted to go as well so I got online and started looking to reserve a camping spot at the state park. Unfortunately their campgrounds had not opened yet so the only camping locations that were…
  • Could You Survive?

    OffHiking.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    It is very exciting to watch the TV shows where there is someone out in the wilderness surviving with very little if any gear. This is very dangerous and can make it very difficult if not impossible to survive. Many people think that this could never happen to them, but the problem is that normally when you are in one of these situations it is not by choice. Every adventure you go on involves some risk and this post is going to be about creating a survival kit to help you survive should things ever go bad. The biggest consideration in a survival kit is making sure that every item in your kit…
  • Leave No Trace

    OffHiking.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    For this post I am going to discuss conservation and the idea of leave no trace. The outdoors is a beautiful place full of adventure, but if it is not protected we risk destroying the outdoors. I am sure all of you have been out hiking and in a beautiful view in the middle of the woods there is old garbage laying all over the place. This ruins the spirit of being in the wild. First if it came into the woods with you it should leave with you when you go. Nothing is more frustrating than finding a scenic view ruined by the litter. Anytime you go out on an adventure you should take a garbage bag…
  • Essentials for any Adventure

    OffHiking.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    For my first blog post I am going to start with the ESSENTIALS for any adventure.These are the items you should always have with you. It doesn’t matter if your hiking, biking, or kayaking these are the items that you should never leave without. These items are considered the essentials because they can potentially save your life if anything were to not go as planned. The Yough River flowing through Ohio Pyle Navigation The first category for these essentials is going to be navigation. You may not think you will need this if you are going some place that you think you know. This thinking…
  • New Blog and Website

    OffHiking.com
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Welcome to my new blog and website. This site is going to contain information about hiking and other outdoor activities. It is also going to contain some of my own outdoor adventures. Currently this blog is going to be the main source of this information, but I will also include images from my adventures into the gallery. I really hope that you are going to enjoy the blog and I look forward to publishing my first real post soon. The post New Blog and Website appeared first on OffHiking.Com.
 
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • VOTE for the Best Photo of the Week 28 Mar 2015

    Supertrooper
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Week” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. This week’s featured image: Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) perched on a branch in Manu National Park, Peru by Glenn Bartley Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and browse through the slideshow. Then select the [...]   Read more...
  • Fishing at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

    Larry Jordan
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I photographed and shot video of this Snowy Egret fishing at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge recently.                   Read more...
  • Rembrandt’s monkey: good news for Africa’s newest primate

    Supertrooper
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It all started with Georgette’s pet monkey. Deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rainforest, in the remote village of Opala, a team of researchers noticed a little girl with a strange-looking monkey on a leash in 2007. The girl, Georgette, told the scientists it was called ‘lesula,’ but no one had heard of [...]   Read more...
  • Little Ringed Plover a new ringing species for Saudi Arabia

    Jem Babbington
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Whilst ringing at Sabkhat Al Fasl we caught and ringed a Little Ringed Plover. This is the first time we have caught this species in Saudi Arabia and was a new ringing species for Nicole. We caught the bird in a small 12 metre double panel mist net set for pipits, in a relatively open [...]   Read more...
  • Thousands of geese fall from Idaho sky in likely avian cholera outbreak

    Supertrooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said on Monday. Dozens of Idaho department of fish and game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses [...]   Read more...
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    Man Makes Fire

  • Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015

    Chris Maxcer
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The article Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015 first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post Gear Guide: Best Waterproof Cameras 2015 appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • How to Get Started Fly Fishing

    Chris Maxcer
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The article How to Get Started Fly Fishing first appeared on Man Makes Fire. The post How to Get Started Fly Fishing appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready

    Chris Maxcer
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    The article Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready first appeared on Man Makes Fire. When I step off the beaten path, I usually end up taking my iPhone. Sometimes it’s there for emergencies, but often I use it for photos, video, and maps. Trouble is, even if I’m just hiking, rain keeps it tucked away. That’s where a rugged waterproof case comes in, ideally from a manufacturer you can […] The post Catalyst iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review: Rugged and Ready appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice

    Chris Maxcer
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The article Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Ice fishing 20 miles out on Lake Superior is a kickass way to fish, no doubt about it, but when you pull a monster up from the depths below through clear ice, it makes for an entertaining video for the guys at home, especially when the guys catching the fish are having a helluva good […] The post Ice Fishing: Monster Lake Trout Caught through Clear Ice appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
  • Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review

    Chris Maxcer
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The article Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Most guys I know take their smartphones into the field — backpacking, fishing, and hunting, as well as rafting, swimming, and skiing. In addition to the camera, smartphones have GPS-based topo maps and can even sometimes can get a signal miles from the nearest road. Most of these guys just keep their phones in deep pockets […] The post Fear No Water: LifeProof frē for iPhone 6 Waterproof Case Review appeared first on Man Makes Fire.
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    Appalachian Trials

  • Bear Wrist—I mean, Gear List. Damn you, AutoCorrect!

    Mike and Grace
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Mike here! There are many reasons to post your worldly possessions on the internet. This is so that my Mom knows I have everything I need to survive six months of hiking punctuated by weekly bouts of civilization. PACK SYSTEM! Pack: Deuter ACT Lite 50 +10 Just before I left North Carolina I was fitted for last ......
  • An Inauspicious Start

    Stix (Maggie Quamme)
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    So…I have made it to Hiawassee, GA, which means that I have made it down 69.6 miles of the Appalachian Trail! Yay! However, as my father pointed out when I called him crying on the second day of hiking (I promise I will explain that in a minute), I was not off to a very ......
  • Finding Your True North By Hiking North.

    John Chaffee
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    So here is a great pic, it has nothing to do with the Appalachian Trail.  Well, the event doesn’t, but the mindset does.  This was my computer background for good long while.  It is a pic from one of the obstacles on a Tough Mudder.  I’ve only done three, but I have enjoyed every one ......
  • Mile Marker’s First Two Weeks

    Andrew Repp
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Wow! It’s already been over two weeks  on the trail – I started from Springer on March 10th. My apologies for not updating this sooner, I’ve been using Instagram and Facebook to regularly update folks, usually via photographs. I’ll try to update this weekly but it all depends on Internet access and whether my phone ......
  • Gettin’ Stinky

    Michelle Hand
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Day 8 It was finally time to take a zero day. We finished our hike on a beautiful day up to Dick’s Creek, 11 miles outside of Haiwassee. At first, we were planning on just camping outside of town to save some money, but, yeah, that didn’t happen. After an 11 mile hike that day, ......
 
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    50 Campfires

  • The Do Gooders Of The Outdoors

    50 Campfires
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Not all outdoors companies are created equal. Some go above and beyond to keep our world beautiful and cared for. These do gooders of the outdoors are dedicated to helping the environment and the community through the creation of fantastic products and a sincere mission to make the world a better place. Although there are plenty of companies out there doing good things for the environment, these 5 companies have stood out above the rest. They deserve to be recognized and applauded for going above and beyond to do something good and use their passion to make better others lives. The Do Gooders…
  • 10 Unique National Parks You Must Visit

    50 Campfires
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    How many National Parks can you name? Be honest. We’re guessing the answer isn’t all 58. The marquee parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone seem to get all the attention – don’t get us wrong, they’re worth the visit. All we’re saying is there are 55 other beautiful destinations in our National Park system, including some hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Photo Credit: Alfred Elkerbout via Flickr Founded: At 99 years old, the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is at the center of the volcanic landscape that helped shape the…
  • No Trace Camping Tips

    50 Campfires
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    What is your favorite part about being in nature? For some people, images of a snowy mountain pass or a grandiose adventure into the wild come to mind. For others, simply listening to a freshwater creek slowly trickle through their backyard is a perfect way to spend time outdoors. Most of us would agree that experiencing nature can offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. While enjoying the outdoors, we all have come upon things that remind us that people have been there. From your once entranced state, you are immediately reminded of the realities of your day-to-day…
  • Does Earth Day Matter?

    50 Campfires
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    We love the outdoors. Given that, one would think that getting excited for Earth Day would be an easy sell to people like us. It turns out, we began to wonder if Earth Day merely pays lip service to environmental issues. At first, we thought that this was disconcerting given the fact how much all of us love the outdoors. A knee jerk reaction might be to ridicule us on this fact but it got us thinking about Earth Day and critically looking at what it means 45 years after it was formed. Does it mean the same thing today? Do we, as outdoor enthusiasts, need Earth Day? Why Earth Day Was Important…
  • Kingston Colada Cocktail

    50 Campfires
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Camping and cocktails go together like, well, you know how well they go together. With spring upon us, and summer right around the corner, it’s hard to beat relaxing in the sun with a light and refreshing cocktail. We like our cocktails to be fun, delicious and easy to make while we are camping. If you are looking for something different from your usual camping cocktail creations (be honest, some of these can be a hodgepodge of whatever you have on hand), check out our Kingston Colada Cocktail for a delicious, fresh twist on a classic summer cocktail that is incredibly easy to make. This is…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • 50 Kanto High Peaks and Counting…

    David Lowe
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    A Guide to Mountains in the Kanto Region The Kanto Region which includes Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa contains many of the most popular hiking trails in Japan. Whilst the following list is a work in progress, it aims to provide a summary of recommended mountains to hike around Kanto. Please check back for future posts. Name of Mountain (Highest – Lowest) Elevation (metres) Difficulty 1 – 7 (1 least difficult) Length of Hike Typical Hike Time PHOTO Mt. Akadake 赤岳 2899 m 6 25 km 3 days Yokodake 横岳 2829 m 6 25 km 3 days Mt. Ioudake 硫黄岳…
  • The Sagamiko Illumination Forest

    David Lowe
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Largest Illumination Event in the Greater Tokyo Area A short one hour train ride from downtown Tokyo ushers you to the largest illumination spectacle in the Kanto area, the Sagamiko Illumillion. Illumination events in Japan are immensely popular with Tokyo alone host to a total of 23 large scale illuminations this year. The most admired include the Omotesando Illumination with its striking champagne coloured LEDs and the Tokyo Dome city winter illumination that boasts over 2.2 million lights. In contrast the Sagamiko Illumillion in Kanagawa Prefecture leaves the rest for dead with more than 5…
  • Mount Takao Plum Blossom Festival

    David Lowe
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    The Arrival of Spring Heralds in Plum Blossoms In past years I have been somewhat reluctant venturing into areas invested with sugi (a Japanese conifer) at this time of year with a predisposition towards lengthy sneezing bouts. But decided to risk my health anyway to take in the some of the 10,000 plum trees in the Baigo area of Mt. Takao coming into bloom. The crimson and white plum trees are scattered along a 5 km section of the old Koshu Kaido and while the flowers pay witness to a considerable crowd of day trippers it never feels overly congested. Along the river I ran into some local…
  • Wild Camping: 15 Essential Tips

    David Lowe
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:46 pm
    How to Fully Embrace a Wild Camping Experience The basic essence of wild camping entails seeking out wilderness experiences away from official campgrounds. While actual ‘hiding’ isn’t usually necessary unlike stealth or guerrilla camping that tend to be undertaken in more urban environments, it is still important to keep a relatively low profile. Different countries, states and territories all have their own rules and regulations when it comes to wild camping in National Parks and Forest Service lands so check with the relevant land agency to be safe. The other crucial…
  • 10 Interesting Facts about Mount Fuji

    David Lowe
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Mount Fuji Facts, Figures and Musings Famed for its elegant symmetrical cone, Mount Fuji is actually an active stratovolcano last erupting in December 1707. First climbed by a monk in 663, the sacred mountain is beset upon by an annual pilgrimage to climb its peak during the short two and a half month climbing season. Visitor numbers have spiralled over the years and more so recently since its official inclusion as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013. The volcano straddles Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures which means plenty of buck passing about how to deal with the accumulated…
 
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Airhead Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Airhead is a really cool company that has a few nice inflatable SUP boards to choose from. They are part of the larger Kwik Tek family of brands. Kwik Tek manufactures lots of different water sport products including inflatable towable tubes, wakeboards, water ski and tow ropes, snow tubes, inflation accessories and of course inflatable […]
  • Airis Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Airis is the inflatable SUP brand for Walker Bay. Walker Bay has been around since 1997 producing recreational water products. Walker Bay is known for innovative, functional and unique products and their Airis stand-up paddle boards definitely fit that bill. The Airis boards have some unique features that make them stand out without sacrificing any […]
  • airSUP Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The airSUP company began back in 2010 originally producing boards for the Japan market. They are now sold globally and they have some pretty unique products. All of their boards have a US style fin box, which is able to take almost any US box fin. Their ISUP’s contain either an 8″ fin that is […]
  • Hala Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    I feel like the Hala boards really stand out.  The company hasn’t been around as long as some of the other big names but they are definitely making a name for themselves. They make the type of SUP boards that you can beat the crap out of and know that you and your board are […]
  • Isle Inflatable SUP Comparison Chart

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Above picture from islesurfboards.com I have yet to try the Isle inflatable paddle boards but they have become quite well known and I’ve only heard good things. They have six boards available right now… 7’6” Kids 10’ All Around 10’4” Womens 11’ Explorer 12’6” Touring 15’ Megalodon Without having tried these SUP boards, what stands […]
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    The Bug Out Bag Guide

  • Nitecore Mega Review – 2 Flashlights + A Titanium Tactical Pen

    Chris Ruiz
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
     In this review article, I’ll give you the rundown on a trio of tools from Nitecore including the general-use EA21 flashlight and the EDC-focused MT06 flashlight and NTP10 Titanium Pen. I’ve had these tools for several weeks now, and have had plenty of opportunities to put them through their paces. The MT06 EDC light and NTP10 tactical pen have been riding with me daily as part of my EDC gear. Meanwhile, the EA21 has served me well on home duty and on a few camping trips. Read on to see how I tested them and what I thought! Top to bottom: NPT10 Titanium Tactical Pen, MT06 EDC Light, and…
  • Drones: A Prepper’s Guide

    Lisa S
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Inspiration for new preps can come from unexpected places sometimes.  This happened to me when I was last visiting my parents and had the opportunity to take my Dear Old Dad’s quadrocopter drone for a test flight. The drone, a Phantom 2 by DJI was a blast to fly around.  It also sported an HD camera that took high quality footage of us and the surrounding area.  It was surprisingly easy to control, even for a novice (me).  Watching the drone soar got me thinking, are there any applications to prepping that a drone could be used for? How Would A Prepper Use A Drone? I gave it…
  • Bushcraft Skills: Foraging for food

    Chris Ruiz
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Feeding yourself off the land can be a challenge even in favorable conditions and is one of the most important bushcraft skills to learn.  It takes a good knowledge of local plants and animals as well as the ability to actually catch or gather them to make a meal.  The field of bushcraft has lots of ways to make this easier.  For more basic information on getting started with Bushcraft, check out our article HERE. Bushcraft Skills: Foraging for edible plants Being able to forage for your dinner requires an in depth knowledge of the plants in your area.  You need to know not only what you…
  • How To Build a TSA-Approved EDC Kit

    Lisa S
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Whether you’re heading off on vacation with the family or attending to business in some other part of the world, traveling by plane presents unique challenges for packing your EDC kit due to the rules set out by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding what can and cannot be brought on planes. What is permitted for checked baggage differs from what is permitted for carry-on and to add to the confusion, regulations are constantly changing. Before packing for your trip, make sure you’re current with what is and isn’t permissible by checking the TSA Prohibited Items list…
  • Survival Weapons: How to Make, Purchase, or Scavenge Your Self Defense When SHTF

    Chris Ruiz
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Even the most diligent prepping can be for naught should your tools and supplies be taken off you by force or your bug out plan thrown into disarray by a wild animal attack. Learning ways to defend yourself and your family is as essential as ensuring you have the supplies you’ll need to survive. This article covers the various survival weapons you can use for self-defense in a disaster scenario, including those you can: Make yourself Buy now and practice with Easily scavenge for after a disaster. Why Should I Think About Survival Weapons? Sometimes all it takes is showing your opponent you…
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    Best Tactical Flashlight

  • What Is The Best 18650 Flashlight of 2015

    Michael
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    What to Look For In The Best 18650 Flashlight? When you are looking for the best 18650 flashlight, you need to keep in mind there are some very specific qualities that these flashlights should have. Like all other flashlights, the last thing you want to do is buy a flashlight that doesn’t work, which happens all too often when you shop by price alone. Rather than buying the cheapest flashlight around you are going to want to look for a flashlight that is going to work when you need it to, not just when it wants too. Something else that you need to look at when choosing the best 18650 light…
 
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    Trody Travel Guide - Blog

  • 20 Reasons Why Ladakh Motorcycle Trip Must Be On Your Bucket List

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Ladakh bike trip - beyond all the hype, reaching the height of 18,000 feet, is still a life time experience. If this is something you have been wanting to do for some time but haven’t done already for whatever reasons, here is some motivation for you to go ahead and plan that dream trip this...
  • 6 Best Road Trips from Bangalore

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    Bangalore is the best place to be in if you love road trips. We've got have got great highways, charming towns and hill-stations, never-ending natural splendor, and numerous destinations to reach in one day or less. Each of these routes has abundant opportunities of great scenic rides and...
  • Amazing Locations for Dream Destination Wedding in India

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Matches may be made in heaven, but heaven does not decide your wedding venue, and deciding on a location for your nuptials can be quite a task. For those looking to tie the knot in dreamy, surreal locations, or in peaceful, exclusive spots, destination weddings might be a saviour. Since weddings...
  • 5 Reasons Why the Jaipur Literature Festival is a Must-Visit for All

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Jaipur Literature Festival is the biggest free literary fest anywhere in the world, being a five day celebration of art, literature and music in all their forms.  The eighth lit fest ended on 25th January, 2015 after five days of talks, book launches, book signings, musical performances and...
  • 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Maharashtra

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Think Maharashtra and images of aamchi Mumbai, with crowded beaches and Bollywood presence flood your mind. Apart from the most populous capital city of India, Maharashtra is known for its misal paav and bombil, the fervent lavani, Mumbaikars' laid back attitude and the ever crowded Gateway of...
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    ADAPT network » Outdoor

  • Danny Macaskill makes a Solar Eclipse look even Cooler

    Ben
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Danny MacAskill drop off during the solar eclipse at the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye, UK. Photo: Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool. People in the UK and northern Europe woke up today to watch one of the most spectacular solar eclipses for more than a decade. Loads of photos were taken, but I doubt many are as cool as this one of trials rider Danny MacAskill. As part of a Red Bull project, Danny once again returned to his home island of Skye in Scotland to take in the magic of a solar eclipse and create one of the most memorable photos of the year. Photo: Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content…
  • Upcycling Old Billboards into Super Cool Board Bags

    Ben
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    It’s fair to say that the majority of us action sports and outdoor enthusiasts are pretty environmentally concious. After all, the Earth provides our rad natural playground. However, our sports and adventures aren’t always as environmentally friendly as we would like to believe. Take surfing for example, you grab your fibreglass or epoxy board (not a very eco-friendly material) and zip it up into a poly fabric board bag. Then, unless you live right next to the beach, you hop in your car and drive an hour down the road before putting on your neoprene wetsuit and paddling out.
  • Thoghts on Woolacombe being named top-five beach in Europe

    Ben
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    Woolacombe beach. Photo from Flickr (beckleybisset). A wide stretch of sand and my local surf spot (just down the road from ADAPT), called Woolacombe in Devon has just been named the best beach in the UK and the fourth best-rated in a list of European beaches compiled from reviews on TripAdvisor. Ahead of Woolacoombe in the list of most esteemed beaches in Europe, are Rabbit Beach, in Lampedusa, Italy; Playa de Ses Illetes, on the Balearic island of Formentera; and Elafonissi beach in Greece. You can’t even surf at Rabbit beach, clearly Woolacoombe should be on top of the list, though…
  • Life Travelling on a Twenty Eight Foot Wooden Boat

    Ben
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    “All through my life I’ve found little places to live,” says adventure traveller David Welsford. “And when I was a kid I always built like treehouses and climbed trees and built forts…and um…when I first walked into the Lizzy Belle [name of his boat] and looked her over, I was like this is the perfect fort!” “For me I think what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good. I’ve just been able to make it my own…and she has so much character and so much history and I couldn’t ask for…
  • Orcas VS Great White Shark

    Ben
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Considered the ultimate clash of marine titans, it’s often been wondered who would win in a battle between the top ocean predators: the killer whale or great white shark. The first recorded battle between the predators came in 1997 west of San Francisco, when the clear winner was an adult female orca, though the great white was a juvenile. National Geographic covered another encounter, where a Killer Whale (Orca) was filmed attacking and partially eating a Great White shark, by a whale watching tourist. Most people’s knowledge of killer whales doesn’t extend beyond the…
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    The Kayak Critic | RSS Feed

  • How To Read a Fishfinder & How Does a Fish Finder Work?

    Alex
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned fisherman, you’ve probably heard about fish finders or maybe even used them in the past. However, even most people that use these devices don’t really understand how they work. How Do Fish Finders Work First, let’s go over what fish finders are and what they do. Basically, these […]
  • Bramley Johnson from Modern Hiker Shares His Choice of Camping Meals for Ultralight Backpackers

    Alex
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I honestly don’t know what they do down there in Texas but their food wins all the awards in my book. Bram @ModernHiker on @PackitGourmet Click to Tweet ModernHiker.com is one of my favorite outdoor blogs to read on top trails and hikes in my area. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you Bram’s […]
  • 34 Camping Experts Reveal Their 3 Easy Camping Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    About a month ago (wow, its been that long!) I reached out to top outdoors camping, hunting, kayaking and canoeing experts to share their top 3 easy camping meal recommendations when heading for a short camping trip. The responses I received (both in breadth and length) have surpassed my expectation. I know I will be using quite a […]
  • Walter Mayo From PaddleNC On Camping Trip Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Personally I like to bring at least one weird or new food just to try and see how it goes. -Walter Mayo Click to Tweet About a month ago I contact Walter from PaddleNC.com to share his go to meals when camping. This is the replay I got that blew me away: “What are the […]
  • Shell Robshaw-Bryan from Camping with Style Shares Her 3 Favorite Camping Meals

    Alex
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    We always take a BBQ camping with us, which is the ideal way to cook tasty, succulent chicken burgers. -Shell Robshaw-Bryan Click to Tweet Shell (from campingwithstyle.co.uk) was gracious enough to not only provide detailed description and recipe for these meals, but she also accompanied them with beautifully vivid picture. Enjoy her reply! My favourite […]
 
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    San Diego PCT Sloggers

  • Packaging Parties! The Process of Filling Out Your Resupply Packages.

    jonjadams31
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    As we draw ever closer to our Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) departure date it becomes increasingly important to make sure that all of our trail ducks are falling into their places in line. One of the most important ducks is the supply packages that will serve as our lifeline as we make our way from Mexico to Canada over the next few months. There are many ways to organize your packages and really there is no ‘correct way’ to do it other than to go with the method that makes sense to you (and whoever is going to be mailing your packages for you while on the trail). Jon and Gary have…
  • PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    jonjadams31
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    When one decides to go on a journey such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) a lot of questions tend to arise from their friends and family. We’ve gathered a few of those questions from our loved ones in this article and hope to answer them to the best of our ability. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 1. How will you get food? Will you have an opportunity to bathe or shower? We are buying much of our food supply before leaving. Most of the food stuffs will be in the form of freeze dried meals and supplemented with energy bars (mostly ClifBars) and trail mix. This allows us to pack our…
  • Training Hike: El Cajon Mountain

    jonjadams31
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Anybody who lives in, or has driven through, the eastern part of San Diego County has undoubtedly seen the giant rock face that serves as one of the natural borders of the region and shares its name with the city of El Cajon. El Cajon Mountain is at 3,675 feet in elevation but what makes it one of the more difficult hikes in the area is that the elevation gain/loss of the hike ends up being about 4,500 feet. Jon has attempted this hike twice before this group attempt and on his first attempt during the summer (June) the temperatures were 90 degrees plus and he was forced to turn around at the…
  • Training Hike: North and South Fortuna from Jackson Drive Lot

    jonjadams31
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    We’ve already talked about the importance of local hikes as training hikes when preparing for a thru-hike like the Pacific Crest Trail, and this hike is a variation of one of the hikes described within that article. The destinations for this hike are the Mission Trails Regional Park peaks of North and South Fortuna, however, instead of coming from the San Diego River Dam parking lot and climbing to the saddle to then branch out to each peak we’ll be taking a different approach. First, we parked our cars and set up our packs at the Jackson Drive parking lot (where Jackson Drive…
  • NorCal Mom Cheering From The Sidelines

    Wendy Adams
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Hello, from Northern California. Situated along the Siskiyou Trail, Redding was a trade and travel route connecting California’s Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. My name is Wendy Adams and I am Jon Adams’ mother. When Jon was a young boy he loved the Ninja Turtles, basketball and playing video games. Our family weekends were filled with athletic events, juggling between softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. Back then if you were to tell me that this young man would grow up to be a college scholar, world traveler, and one of the founding members of the San…
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    Digital Steak

  • Embracing change

    Charley Radcliffe
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    I have experienced a lot of change over the last 12 months. In fact, looking back on where I was last March to today, it is hard to recognise the life I had as my own. For all the change I have embraced, it has not got any easier nor any less scary. I have... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna, coming home

    Charley Radcliffe
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    I’ve been home nearly a week now but Annapurna, and Nepal, feels like a lifetime ago. Was it really just two weeks ago that I realised the weather gods were conspiring against me and the opportunity to run the circuit would need to be put on hold for now? Making the decision to not carry... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna, turning a setback into a come back

    Charley Radcliffe
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I’m lying on a bed in a hotel in Pokhara, sniffling with a cold. Not exactly how I thought day 7 of my Run Annapurna adventure would be. There has been non-stop snow for over a week up high which has completely blocked the Thorong La pass putting any attempt at even walking the Annapurna... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Run Annapurna kit list

    Charley Radcliffe
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    Two days to go until I get on a plane and fly to Nepal for my biggest adventure yet, running the Annapurna Circuit, a 220km trek in the Nepalese Himalayas. The kit I take on this is going to be crucial to the success of the run; too heavy and I will be slowed down,... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
  • Climbers Against Cancer – an interview with John Ellison

    Charley Radcliffe
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    I first met John Ellison at the Chamonix Mountain Festival as both of us were giving a helping hand to the brands setting up their (somewhat complex) stands. We chatted away in the morning sun with me being none-the-wiser to who this happy go lucky and friendly man was. As we carried on chatting over... Read More Read more at Digital Steak.
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    The Flashlight Guide

  • MAGLITE ST3DMR6 3-D Cell LED Flashlight

    Jo
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Click on image to go to Amazon MagLite’s ST3DMR6 flashlight produces 131 lumens from its 3 Watt LED bulb, which is focusable, and is made from Alunimum. It is on the less expensive scale of flashlights, with a MSRP of ~$30, but with the quality and durability that you would expect from a MagLite product. The flashlight measures at a length of 12.34 inches and weighs in at 1.3 pounds. Specifications Weight: 1.3 pounds Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4 x 1.5 inches Model Number: ST3DMR6 Power Source: Alkaline batteries Type of Bulb: LED Luminous Flux: 131 lm Warranty Description: Warranty on parts…
  • Tactical Flashlight Review – What Are The Top 5 Tactical Flashlights?

    Jo
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    In our article How to Choose a Tactical Flashlight, we describe the factors you need to consider when looking for the best tactical flashlight to fit your needs. Here, we will do a tactical flashlight review of the top rated tactical flashlights based on average user rating. The 5 Top Rated Tactical Flashlights What is the best tactical flashlight? To answer that question, we look at the five top rated tactical flashlights as they appear on Amazon. Streamlight 69260 TLR-1 HL High Lumen Rail-Mounted Tactical Light  Click on image to go to Amazon The first tactical flashlight review is of…
  • Guide To Choosing The Best Tactical Flashlight

    Jo
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the most important steps in self-defense and gun safety is knowing your target’s location and what is beyond and in front of it. Not practicing this vital step can result in severe injury or even the accidental death of an innocent person. However, it can be extremely difficult to practice this in a dark area. That is why tactical flashlights have become so popular with gun owners. They’re not only useful for illuminating the area that you’re trying to protect, but they can also be so bright that they can temporarily blind or stun the threat. If you want the best…
  • Streamlight TLR-1 HL High Lumen Rail-Mounted Tactical Light Review

    Jo
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Streamlight TLR-1 tactical flashlight is a rail mounted flashlight that produces 630 lumens through its C4 LED light. The flashlight is made from 6000 series machines aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish and comes with a high temperature shock mounted glass lens. This light comes with a strobe function. Specifications Of The Streamlight TLR-1 Weight: 7.2 ounces Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 3 x 3 inches Model Number: 69260 Batteries: 2 CR123A batteries required. Power Source: Battery-Powered Type of Bulb: LED Luminous Flux: 630 lm Average Battery Life: 1.25 hours Warranty Description:…
  • CREE Flashlight Review – The Top 3 CREE Flashlights

    Jo
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Before we start with the CREE flashlight review, we need to clarify one thing first. CREE actually refers to the high output LED bulb that flashlights use and is not a brand of flashlight. Thus our CREE flashlight review is of flashlights that are noted to use CREE LED light bulbs. CREE bulbs are organised into models, each with an increasing total flux/output. The models include: P4, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, R2, R3, R4, and R5. The P4 measures at 80 lumens, the Q5 at 107 lumens and the R5 at 137 lumens. However, it is important to note that a number of factors ultimately influences the output of a…
 
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    SouthernGuyReviews

  • Hot Spring Time Baits

    Southern Guy
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Rapala's Red-Hot Baits The spring fishing season is upon us and the local bite is starting to pick up, it is time to put to work your early spring fishing tactics and techniques. Northerners are anxiously awaiting the spring thaw and southerners, such as myself, are dealing with the spring's frigid water temperatures. The cold-water bite can be troublesome to some and down right elusive to others, there are many ways to improve your early spring fishing results. One of those tactics is to use the proper lures to acquire more bites, selecting the right lure for the job is critical. Most of the…
  • Bobby’s Perfect Buzz

    Southern Guy
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Official home of the Original Hollow Body Frog! Click to enlarge There are a lot of fishing frogs on the market today but I have yet to find another one like Bobby's Perfect Buzz from Snag Proof Lures. This is truly a universal frog that can be used with many different fishing techniques by any type of angler be him/her a novice or a seasoned professional, it is perfect for teaching kids to fish! Snag Proof has been around since 1961 and they are the home of the Original Hollow Body Frog invented by Mr. Harry Ehlers in the late 1950's and their products are made right here in the U.S.A for…
  • Cold Classic Recap

    Southern Guy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Cold-water Bassmaster Classic 2015 fishing with the Shadow Rap and Jigging Rap Rapala lures Rapala pros who finished in the top 15 of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell done so by tossing lures the local bass have never seen before. Bringing fish to the weigh-in caught on Rapala's new Shadow Rap jerkbait Mike Iaconelli placed 6th, Ott DeFoe came in 11th and Jacob Wheeler a Bassmaster rookie sealed his top 15 place at the 14th position. Wheeler played a wildcard at the 2015 Classic by throwing a Jigging Rap, a superbly effective Rapala ice-fishing lure. Most people would not expect…
  • Shame on Bassmaster Magazine!

    Southern Guy
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Bassmaster Magazine admitting to trashing our waters?    There are a lot of things in this world that make me angry to see, or that I do not agree with at all. I see so many people caring less and less about the important things in life only to focus their attention to convenience and selfishness.  Maybe it is just me and the fact that I am "old school" in my beliefs, I just believe society has taken a huge step in the wrong direction.  It is sad that today most people just want to concentrate on their own little world and will not go out of their way to change what is wrong with our…
  • Rapala Shadow Rap Series

    Southern Guy
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    A Shadow doesn't die, it slowly fades away   Click to enlarge Rapala has come out with new suspending jerkbaits, the Shadow Rap and the Shadow Rap Deep. These lures combine the horizontal struggle of a dying bait fish with a vertical fade mimicking a minnow's quivering death cycle attracting tremendous strikes from the predator fish that feed on them. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Randall Tharp had this to say about the new Shadow Rap series lures from Rapala. "When you pause it on slack line, it shimmies from side to side as it's suspending there. So even when it's sitting still,…
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    GreatOutdooring.com

  • Finding The Best Survival Knife in 2015: Ratings & Reviews

    Great Outdooring
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    If you find yourself in an unexpected survival situation, what kind of knife would you want at your side?  Honestly, you would probably be happy to have ANY knife with you.  But obviously since you are reading this, you are someone that plans ahead, and you don’t want just any old knife, you want the best knife possible to well, survive with. The complete comparison guide of knives below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best survival knife is for you. We all have our personal preferences on what makes a good knife to go camping or hiking with, but in an…
  • The 10 Foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Review

    Great Outdooring
    22 Jun 2014 | 9:56 pm
    It is an age-old kayak debate: sit-in or sit-on. Each has its advantages and pundits. The topic can be confusing for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Even after you have made a choice, you then need to decide which boat to buy. Here are a few pros and cons of the10 foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Sit-in kayak that may tip you toward it and sit-ins in general. Pros of the 10 Foot Sun Dolphin Aruba Kayak:  Durability:  The Aruba is made from high density polyethylene. It will survive underwater obstacles as well as run-ins with the occasional rock. The shell may dent, but a breech is…
  • The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Review

    Great Outdooring
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to add kayaking to their exercise routine need a watercraft that is lightweight and easily transported. They also need room to stow gear securely, with an eye toward load bearing capacity. The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top rises to all of those challenges and adds durable construction to the mix. Here are a few of the pros and cons of owning the K1, as it is known for short. Pros of the Sevylor QuickPak Coverless SOT: Lightweight:  Every outdoor enthusiast knows that weight is key to a successful hike or camping venture. The QuickPak weighs a…
  • The Old Town 10 Vapor Recreational Review

    Great Outdooring
    22 May 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Recreational kayaks are designed specifically for calm, protected waters or slow moving rivers. While not perfect for fishing, they are exactly what you would expect.  They are basic ‘yaks that are meant to be used by paddlers with entry-level skills and experience. Even though they are all designed with the same purpose in mind, there are still some boats that are better than others. The best in the class may be the Old Town Canoes and Kayaks Vapor 10. After reading this list of pros and cons, you may agree. Pros of the Old Town Vapor 10: Durability:  The Vapor 10 is made from heavy…
  • The Perception Sport Conduit 13 Review

    Great Outdooring
    13 May 2014 | 12:25 am
    As your paddling skills advance, you will begin to look for a boat that is faster, has a sharper turning radius, but is still a bit more stable than a touring boat. The Perception Sport Conduit 13 Kayak may very well be the perfect solution for you, especially if you are not ready to spend top dollar for a premium boat. Here are a few of the pros and cons of the Sport Conduit 13 so you can make the most informed decision possible. Pros of the Perception Sport Conduit 13 Kayak: Durability:  The Conduit 13 is made of seamless high density polyethylene. It will endure most hidden hazards as…
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    Hikings.net - Guide For a Memorable Hiking

  • Hiking Boots – An Introduction and Overview

    Isteak Ahmed
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:36 am
    There are several forms of hiking boots because of so many types of hikers around the whole universe. The precise things to contemplate while selecting your hiking boots can depend upon the forms of hiking you’re about to do. During this article, I’ll classify hiking boots into four main sorts, equivalent to four main forms of hiking. Likewise for brief walks within the outdoors or knocking around tent in the camp, and to be used throughout simple interludes in a serious hike, normal hiking footwear’s are perfect. For moderate trails in relatively…
  • Review Of Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet

    Isteak Ahmed
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Today we are about to present a very important home or outdoor tools, the Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet with Nylon Sheath. This very hatchet is a best-selling item in tools and home improvement department. But, it can be a nice and functional equipment in your upcoming hiking trips. If you see carefully, you would notice the phrase “Survival Hatchet”. And it indicates how important that hatchet could be in outdoor adventure like hiking, camping, skiing, bon-fire and so on. Our aim is to prove that Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet is an unavoidable hiking checklist for you and…
  • Recognize the Right Hiking Boots for Women

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    If you’re serious concerning hiking then you may at some stage got to place a while into researching the right footwear and ultimately reaching a choice on that pair of women’s hiking boots are going to be best suited to you and your adventures. There are unhealthy consequences of not being ready for hiking and not carrying an acceptable pair of shoes will result in lots of discomfort like blisters and alternative sores that might preferably be avoided. It’s conjointly price mentioning that after you do have a try of snug women’s hiking boots, they’ll not be the correct…
  • Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife

    Isteak Ahmed
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife is a ultimate choice for every hiker. If you want to go for a hike in this coming summer you must have to buy this from Amazon.com. Well, the winter is over and it’s the time to get out and prepare some great adventure. Folks, here we’ll be talking about popular hiking and survival equipment, the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade. That survival knife with sheath is constructed with the valuable experience of Bear Grylls. We can assure that the new Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade have just lifted the survival class into a new level. If…
  • Gerber 31-001062 Bear Grylls Canteen Water Bottle with Cooking Cup

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:53 am
    Bear Grylls product are always favorite to the hikers because of exceptional quality and service. The Bear Grylls Canteen Water Bottle with Cooking Cup can add something like desert in your backpacking checklist. Frankly, water plays one of the most vital role while having a hiking or camping trip. Without sufficient and pure water, you can’t keep yourself energized and motivated. To carry water, The Bear Grylls Canteen Water Bottle will come real handy. Inspired by the classic military bottle carrier, Gerber designed this tough water bottle and added some extra cool features such as…
 
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    The Amateur Outdoorsman

  • Andrew Skurka talks Backpacking Tents with Sierra Designs

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Recently, Andrew Skurka and Sierra Designs got together to talk about about backpacking tent set-ups.  The result was a 45 minute video where Andrew talks about the pros and cons of 6 types of shelters. But the video is more than just describing shelters backpackers can choose from, Sierra Designs and Andrew have been working together to bring a new thinking to old problems for backpacking gear. For those of you unfamiliar with Andrew, he’s most known for his long-distance solo backpacking trips, which include a 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great…
  • “We Belong to It” with Ray Mears

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I really enjoyed watching “We Belong to It” with Ray Mears. When watching the video there’s a simplicity that comes across in everything Ray does, which comes from his focus and attention to detail for having worked so long and hard at the bushcraft profession. He makes it all look so easy. While he’s been working at bushcraft for decades, he says he still has unanswered questions, which is why he still gets after it and keeps on learning. There’s a quote I really like that Ray says towards the end of the end of the video; “The moment you say you’re…
  • Enter to Win a $50 REI Gift Card by Signing up to The Amateur Outdoorsman Newsletter

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    As a thank you to the readers of TheAmateurOutdoorsman.com,  in the first week of April, I’ll give one of my email subscribers a $50 REI Gift Card – good for anything sold online at REI.com or at a REI store. I’ll randomly draw from the list of newsletter subscribers and notify the winner the first week of April in an enewsletter to the entire community. How can I enter to win the $50 REI Gift Card you ask? We’ll, that’s easy. Just fill out the form below with your name and valid email address and you’re all set! If you are already subscribed to The…
  • Guest Post: How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    With a few more months of winter ahead for much of the country, many backpackers who haven’t ventured out since the fall might be getting the itch for a few good nights out on the trail, even if the temps are pretty chilly. To be full prepared for the winter trips, a little additional planning and preparation should take place to account for the colder temps and shorter days. Read the full article at Hub.SierraTradingPost.com The post Guest Post: How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking appeared first on The Amateur Outdoorsman.
  • Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge Day 7: The Final Test

    The Amateur Outdoorsman
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    A week after testing the square knot and taut line hitch, Day 7 and the final day of the Backpacking Knot Tying Challenge involved testing all 6 knots I had relearned over the course of the past few weeks. Since the the Day 6 test, I did not review any of the knots because I wanted some time to pass without really thinking about how to tie each one, then I could come into this final test with a clear mind of sorts. Materials for the Test: 2 Sections of Rope. One should have a smaller diameter The white rope in the image below has a smaller diameter than the black/red one Tree trucks and…
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  • 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Catch Any Fish

    Nathan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    So you love to fish, but you can’t seem to catch a single fish. You feel nibbles, but then your bait gets stolen by a fish. You may even be reeling in the line and then the line snaps. I know how this feels, trust me. So your question is “Why can’t I catch any fish?” and I have a very simple answer. Here are 5 reasons why you can’t catch any fish: 1 – You’re Using the Wrong Equipment If you’re using a monster hook in water where you aren’t going to catch a big fish, then you’re 100% using the wrong equipment. The same goes for…
  • Will You Survive On A Deserted Island?

    Nathan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
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  • 5 Great And Affordable Tents

    Nathan
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    So you want to go camping, but you don’t have a tent. You have seen a bunch of awesome tents that you would love to own, like the Heimplanet Mavericks, but you can’t afford any of them. I am here to help. In this article, I will provide a list of 5, affordable tents that can satisfy your camping needs: • Wenzel Blue Ridge Family Tent Cost: $149.99 Capacity: 7 people Sturdiness: 8/10 This tent is a steal. Having the ability to hold 7 people, it can also hold up very well under high winds and strong rain. With dimensions of 14 X 9 feet, this tent will be bigger than you expect…
  • Whenever You’re Bored, Just Go Outdoors – 50 Things You Can Do

    Nathan
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Many of you guys may get bored often. You may be sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and a soda, eating the chips with one hand and on your phone with the other. This post is designed for all of you guys. I have thought of a number of things to do outside, if you’re bored or not. Here it is: 1 – Play a sport 2 – Jump Rope 3 – Build a fort 4 – Play “Simon Says” 5 – Have a picnic 6 – Climb a tree 7 – Go swimming 8 – Run through the sprinkler 9 – Play spray bottle water tag 10 – Make a slip-n-slide 11…
  • Drone Fishing – Could Your Drone Catch Fish?

    Nathan
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Drone fishing is the act of fishing using a drone. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below! Many drone owners have began to use their drones for various uses now, instead of making it go high in the sky. People have began to start fishing with their drones! Read on. These drone fishers are not catching the fish that we all want to catch on a regular rod, in fact, we would all be disappointed if we caught this type of fish. But catching fish on a drone? Now that’s pretty cool! How do you go drone fishing? You must first be willing to risk your drone to get damaged or even lost…
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