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  • AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN

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    Rourke
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Note from Rourke: Many may read the following review of the documentary AGENDA: Grinding America Down and laugh at the suggestion that Communism has any influence on current events today. There is a strong parallel between the modern Progressive movement and Communism. Skeptical? Visit the Communist Party USA website - http://www.cpusa.org/ and see for yourself.   by Irish-7 As mentioned in my comment the other night, I took notes while viewing the documentary AGENDA: Grinding America Down. In a private e-mail conversation, Rourke asked me to submit the notes to Modern Survival…
  • When is a deal not a deal

    New England & Northeast Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking Forums - AlpineZone Forums - 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19,23,31
    dlague
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I continue to poke around the internet in an attempt to find deals for the 2014-2015 season. Some of the deals out there are laughable such as $10 off a lift ticket. If it were against lift ticket prices for lets say Black Mountain in NH then it is a deal, but if it is against a lift ticket at Stowe, Killington or even Sunday River - I would say not. Recently, Liftopia has been sending emails out regarding deals. Two years in a row I bought early season lift tickets 1 time to Ragged and another to Gunstock and found out when I got there that the early season rate was the same. So obviously…
  • 2 die as tornado hits Virginia campground

    Camping News
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    The area around Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort, where the twister hit, was under a tornado warning at the time, according to the National Weather Service.
  • The Outdoor Foundation’s Outsiders Ball is on a Roll - New Sponsors on Board

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

    NYT > Camps and Camping
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Breaking free was a thrill, even if I didn’t know what I was running from.
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  • When is a deal not a deal

    dlague
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I continue to poke around the internet in an attempt to find deals for the 2014-2015 season. Some of the deals out there are laughable such as $10 off a lift ticket. If it were against lift ticket prices for lets say Black Mountain in NH then it is a deal, but if it is against a lift ticket at Stowe, Killington or even Sunday River - I would say not. Recently, Liftopia has been sending emails out regarding deals. Two years in a row I bought early season lift tickets 1 time to Ragged and another to Gunstock and found out when I got there that the early season rate was the same. So obviously…
  • O2X Challenges at SB, SR, Loon & Windham

    legalskier
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Link: http://www.o2x.com/collections/races "Obstacle Racing Goes Au Naturel" http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness...campaign=tweet
  • Huge New Gladed area being developed at Saddleback

    xwhaler
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Got this in my email this AM as part of their weekly newsletter....1st time I'd heard the news. Should be good....Saddleback has very few intermediate level glades other than Nightmare Glade on the upper mtn so this is welcome news as folks progress up towards Casablanca, Dark Wizard, etc. If you are looking for a great way to contribute to Saddleback, please consider joining our new volunteer trail maintenance and clearing crew. We will work with the Jimmy, Jared, and the rest of the Saddleback mountain team to make new trails and maintain all the great trails we have. Our first new trail…
  • Green Cord Wood in Southern NH/Seacoast

    xwhaler
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Long shot but does anyone have a good source for green, cut/split/delivered cord wood in the SNH/Seacoast area? I know we have some members here nearby so wondering if you know of anyone? I finally ran through 2.5 cords of a few yrs ago just doing an occasional fireplace burn + firepit----the guy I used last time was great and honest but I cant reach him anymore. Have a few feelers out on CL but a recommendation for wood is always useful---I've had some lousy stuff delivered in the past.
  • Michael Fanti and The Spearheads

    dlague
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I learned of Michael Franti via a ski movie (Warren Miller's Children of Winter) in 2008. At that time he was a little known artist and still is for the most part but gaining now with a couple songs that hit the charts. His sound is kind of a mix of rock/pop, some reggae and a little hip hop (using this term loosely). Well we had a chance to see him at Soulshine at Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH this past weekend. He, and his band, was one of four artists with the other notable artist being SOJA. While SOJA was really fun to listen to with lots of reggae style jammin' and lots of energy, Micheal…
 
 
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  • Camp Moves Me

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

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

    American Camp Association
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    View the digital edition Articles read more
  • ACA Renews Educational Alliance with NASA

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

    American Camp Association
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:29 am
    June 28 Recently, ACA announced an educational alliance with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in order to promote the importance of nature for healthy youth and families. read more
 
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  • (M) The Updated Foot-Care Kit

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-07-22This report: Provides an overview of packraft types, terminology, and design principles; Identifies specific brands and models and compares their key features and specifications; Suggests specific packraft models for various applications. This report features open boats (i.e., packrafts without integrated spray decks or…
  • Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance. by Ryan Jordan | 2014-07-15The Jetboil Joule cooking system is a liquid-feed canister, high-volume cooking system. Liquid feed canister systems take advantage of the canister in an inverted configuration to deliver liquid fuel to the burner, in contrast to upright canister systems, which deliver fuel as vaporized gas to the burner. The primary advantage of a liquid feed canister system is that it offers better cold…
  • (M) Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 11

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. by Damien and Renee Tougas | 2014-07-15The Tougas Family is embarking on an exciting journey; their ambitious plan is to backpack the Appalachian as a family. This episode introduces their plan, gear, and the individual skills brought to the production by each of the family members. The beauty about this project is that the family is learning how to do this sort of trip from scratch and the end product will be something that others families can use for similar endeavors. Read this article at…
  • Delmar's Poll

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences. by Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell | 2014-07-08On the 23 of June 2014 Delmar decided to run a simple poll of BPL readers on what they actually carried. Over 170 responses were received: more than expected. This article summarises the responses. ARTICLE OUTLINE Abstract Introduction Gear, in all its glory Pack Size, Liters Pack Base Weight, lb Shelter Type Quilts and sleeping bags Cooking arrangements Rain Gear Water…
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  • Afghanistan

    Dave
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Afghanistan from Mikai Danger Karl “Afghanistan: a country misunderstood, depressed by conflict, fighting for stability. A country, thought of as inhospitable, is in fact home to some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. Yes, there has been war, their country has been torn, but they are a strong people, just like any other, searching for peace among this chaotic world. I went to Afghanistan in April of 2014 looking to see the real nature of this country. This is what I found.” --------- Join Travel Blog Success and learn how to build, market, and make money from your…
  • La Paz in Under 24 Hours

    Dave
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The author’s first view of La Paz, Bolivia I arrived in Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) with little time to spare. My 2012 journey across South America, from Uruguay through Argentina, Chile and now Bolivia was drawing to a close. The time crunch was due to a scheduled trip into the Peruvian Amazon. Before leaving the semi-tropical warmth of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, I posted a message on Facebook asking friends what I should see and do during my less than 24 hours in the Bolivian capital. More than one suggested I find a way into San Pedro Prison, an idea I was…
  • Berlin: “The People Run this City”

    Dave
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Berlin: “The people run this city” from 365 docobites “A short documentary about Alice Phoebe Lou, an enchanting busker from the streets of Berlin. Alice arrived in Berlin with 500 euros in her pocket and knew how to play just, “a few chords.” She shares her story of how she went from playing underground in the subways under her breath to being amplified to crowds of hundreds of random Strangers in Mauer Park. She also shares the current struggle that is facing street performers in Berlin and how she wants to use her voice to do something about it.”…
  • The Road to Halabja Part XI – Smugglers & Turkey’s Lovely Embrace

    Kevin Post
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The author (center) with employees at a bus station in Silopi, Turkey This is Part 11 of an 11-part series on traveling in Iraq by Kevin Post. Read Part Ten here, or Part One to start from the beginning. The line of cars and trucks carrying petroleum attempting to cross Turkey’s border was unlike any border crossing I’ve ever seen. The taxi I took facilitated the border crossing because these drivers make the trips frequently and are well-known by officials on both sides of the border. It dawned on me that I was traveling for the sake of travel while everyone else was traveling due to…
  • The Road to Halabja Part X – Kurdish Farewell

    Kevin Post
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kurdish flag in Zakho This is Part Ten of an 11-part series on traveling in Iraq by Kevin Post. Read Part Nine here, or Part One to start from the beginning. Mahmed’s intuition served us well and we finally found a dimly lit rest area far more primitive to other rest stops and gas stations I was accustomed to seeing while in Iraq and covered in photos of Kurdish nationalistic icons. I couldn’t see anything on this dark night with the exceptions of aircraft above the mountains. Although I am not particularly religious I am happy that we stopped to pray; I enjoyed the silence and the…
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  • Oggie 8 Challenge - Saturday 2nd August - Fundraising for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescu

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

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

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

    Philip Werner
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Click for Video of the Crying Indian: Keep America BeautifulI hate to say it, but I have a nagging feeling that the entire Leave No Trace movement is dead. DOA. No one except the Boy Scouts of America seems to teach it anymore and the only mention you ever see of Leave Not Trace is when the LNT principles are printed by outdoor companies on their gear in an effort to greenwash their corporate image.I am a Leave No Trace Master Educator. I received a scholarship from Leave No Trace to pay for my Master Trainer Certification and while I believe in the outdoor ethical principles advocated by…
  • Esbit 750ml Titanium Pot

    Philip Werner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Esbit 750 ml Titanium Pot on a UL wood stoveI have a weakness for ultralight titanium cookware and when I saw the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Mug Pot over the winter, I knew I had to try it  out. I was pulling together a new wood and solid fuel based cook system for ultralight backpacking trips and the size and features of this pot appealed to me. It was smaller and lighter weight (3.75 ounces) than any of the other titanium pots I owned, but large enough to serve as a cook pot, bowl, or mug. It’s smaller size also makes it easier to pack for my 36 hour fast and light backpacking trips…
  • Great Hikes: Franconia Ridge Traverse

    Philip Werner
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Franconia Ridge Trail – Looking back at Mt Liberty and Mt FlumeThe Franconia Ridge Traverse is one of the most magnificent hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and one that I never get tired of hiking. Located in Franconia Notch, the route involves climbing four 4000 footers: Mt Flume (4328′), Mt Liberty (4459′), Mt Lincoln (5089′), and Mt Lafayette (5260′) by the Franconia Ridge Trail, which runs north to south between Flume and Lafayette.Mighty Mt Lincoln on the Franconia Ridge TrailOnce you’re on the ridge, the hiking is fairly easy…
  • Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 800F Review

    Philip Werner
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    My assistant demonstrates the hood on the Sierra Designs Backcountry QuiltThere are three things you should take away from this review of the new 24 ounce Sierra Design’s Backcountry Quilt:Sierra Designs has improved on the original quilt concept with a built-in hood that will appeal to backpackers and campers who’ve used mummy bags in the past but want to lighten up their gear. It’s a brilliant design innovation on many levels. More on this below.The Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt is significantly less expensive than the custom-made quilts you can buy from cottage…
  • Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking by Allison Nadler

    Philip Werner
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Click to see Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking on PresiThe benefits of ultralight backpacking and carrying lighterweight gear aren’t limited to overnight backpacking trips, but can also benefit day hikers. There’s a huge overlap in the type of equipment, clothing, gear and skills that backpackers and day hikers require on hikes, especially when peakbagging big or remote mountains that require long approach hikes.No one knows this better than Allison Nadler, founding organizer of the Northeast Peak Baggers Meetup Group, a hiking group with close to 700 members dedicated to…
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  • Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen

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

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

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

    Alicia MacLeay
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In addition to the essential gear, climbers also require open, protected climbing areas. The nonprofit Access Fund works to keep U.S. climbing areas open and accessible, and to conserve the climbing environment for all forms of climbing. To support stewardship, two Access Fund staff members travel the country full-time from February through November helping maintain climbing areas. Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson are the 2014 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team. The couple assesses climbing area conservation needs, works with local groups and volunteers, and…
  • Review Your Gear to Win $300 of Katadyn-Optimus Gear

    Alicia MacLeay
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Review your outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a complete backcountry camp kitchen worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. One gear reviewer will win the culinary essentials, from food and water to fire and more, including a canister stove system, gravity filter, weekend's worth of meals, food heat pouch, titanium spoon, refillable lighter, and Piezo igniter. To Enter: Write a review now through Wednesday, July 30, of your own field-tested outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear. Every complete, qualifying review counts as an entry, and helps…
 
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  • Win a NYNE Mini Bluetooth Speaker

    Casey Schreiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    We recently posted our review of the NYNE Mini bluetooth speaker and talked about how much we liked it for those outdoor adventures when you could use a little light background music. The folks at NYNE were nice enough to send us two – but we don’t need both so we decided to share... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: NYNE Mini

    Casey Schreiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    As a hiker, I am mostly against the use of headphones or music on the trail. Unless you’re doing an out-and-back and the way back is a bit on the boring side – or if you’re climbing up something like the 99 Switchbacks in the middle of the day and just want a bit of extra… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike Mount Woodson

    Scott Turner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Of the four loosely defined geographic regions in San Diego County, the region between I-15 and the Peninsular Ranges probably gets the highest visitation and use. This is due to its accessibility to the heavily populated coast in addition to a wealth of different hiking opportunities. Many of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hike the Agua Tibia Loop in Cleveland National Forest

    Scott Turner
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    I don’t often like to get into comparisons between San Diego and our bolder, brassier, and eminently more congested neighbor counties to the North, but the one thing that San Diego County seems to lack in comparison with Los Angeles, San Bernadino, and Riverside Counties are those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Photo Friday – July 18, 2014

    Casey Schreiner
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Well, I take one week off to go traveling and I’m flooded with awesome photos from readers when I get back. That’s not a bad way to come home! It looks like you’ve been pretty busy lately – we’ve got hiking snapshots from all over California this week, starting with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How To Choose The Best Baby Carrier?

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

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

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

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

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:05 am
    I have always been addicted to shopping since my childhood. I used to buy dresses, shoes, accessories and various other things almost every month since I started earning. That would have been around 7 years back. Things have changed now and I am a proud mom of 2, a boy and a girl. My boy is 2 years old and my girl is 6 months now. I was thinking of going for shopping today with them but just realized that I would not be able to take them both because I only have a single stroller. This gave me an idea of this blog post about what all things I should take care of while going out with my kids…
 
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  • The clover blossoms are not all that’s sweet.

    montucky
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
  • Seldom seen

    montucky
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Mountain Hollyhock, Wild Hollyhock ~ Lliamna rivularis These are seldom seen in this area, but worth looking out for.
  • Growing in the spotlight

    montucky
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Ocean Spray ~ Holodiscus discolor Even in a deep forest there are small places where sunlight peeks through and this fairly large plant found its own spotlight in which to flourish.
  • Stalking and stalked

    montucky
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Spotted Coralroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata These flowers are in the orchid family and are saprophytic. They do not have chlorophyll that most plants use for food production and therefore do not have green leaves. They derive their nutrients from decaying organic matter and because of their dependence on that they may be abundant in one part of a forest one year and completely absent there the next. Because they live in such close symbiotic association with soil fungi they cannot be be cultivated. While I was slithering on my back through the tall grass like an inverted snake, stalking these…
  • Daisy & friends

    montucky
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    I like the tiny one peeking out from under the petals.
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  • Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

    Jochen
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Germany is underrated as a birding destination. Nestled right in the middle of Europe, we have a little bit of everything, a nice cross section of Europe’s avifauna. We have, for instance, very beautiful birds, like European Bee-eater,  Blue Tit, and Kingfisher. Then of course, we have amazing birds such as Wallcreeper, Hoopoe, and Black Woodpecker. For sure we have great birds like Great Crested Grebe, Great Bustard, and Great Spotted Woodpecker. And since the year 2000, we have an even greater bird, the… Greater Rhea! Greater Rheas, a species the Germans call Nandu, are…
  • Feral Pigeons World Wide

    Dragan Simic
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Year’s Day 2014. With binoculars around my neck, I am leaving home, wondering which will be the first species on my year list. On a parking lot, I pass by an invisible bird and continue to my local patch of the Ada Huja Danube Riverbank, where my first bird becomes the Rook. And yet, I have passed by one before that. The one I do not count. I do not notice. I do not write down. For a passionate birder, it must be an unusual behaviour? Or, is it? Ornithology, as well as birding, deals with wild birds. While my invisible bird didn’t exactly walked out of a henhouse, it almost did.
  • New York City’s First Eurasian Collared-Dove

    Corey
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Eurasian Collared-Dove, as Larry has already ably pointed out, has spread rapidly across North America since its release in the Bahamas in the mid-1970s. But for some poorly (or not-at-all) understood reason, its spread across North America has shown a very northwesterly orientation, so while birders as far away from the epicenter of the North American introduction in Florida as British Columbia get to see Eurasian Collared-Doves regularly we New Yorkers and other northeasterners are deprived. In fact, in New York State, other than a small breeding colony west of Rochester, there are…
  • The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion: Coming to a Town Near You!

    Larry
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) was first released in the New World on the island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. In the mid-1970s, a local breeder was burglarized and a few of his birds escaped, after which the breeder released his remaining stock of about 50 birds1.  Since its introduction, this dove has spread quickly across the North American continent. This is an animated map made from Christmas Bird Count data of Eurasian Collared-Dove sightings from 1987 through 19972. The northwestern spread of this non-native species made it to my yard a few years ago. Click on…
  • Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

    Duncan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Zealand has a very odd biota these days. There are the endemics, which are odd in their own way, and then there introduced species, which are so varied in their type and origin that you get the feeling you’ve arrived at the aftermath of a small zoo that escaped. In many ways, that is exactly what happened. People have moved useful plants and animals around with them as long as they had the wit to do so. They took dogs to Australia, chickens across the Pacific, rabbits to England, horses to the New World, and then brought potatoes back. A housecat in Buenos Aires got its start in…
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    10,000 Birds

  • Feral Pigeons World Wide

    Dragan Simic
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Year’s Day 2014. With binoculars around my neck, I am leaving home, wondering which will be the first species on my year list. On a parking lot, I pass by an invisible bird and continue to my local patch of the Ada Huja Danube Riverbank, where my first bird becomes the Rook. And yet, I have passed by one before that. The one I do not count. I do not notice. I do not write down. For a passionate birder, it must be an unusual behaviour? Or, is it? Ornithology, as well as birding, deals with wild birds. While my invisible bird didn’t exactly walked out of a henhouse, it almost did.
  • New York City’s First Eurasian Collared-Dove

    Corey
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Eurasian Collared-Dove, as Larry has already ably pointed out, has spread rapidly across North America since its release in the Bahamas in the mid-1970s. But for some poorly (or not-at-all) understood reason, its spread across North America has shown a very northwesterly orientation, so while birders as far away from the epicenter of the North American introduction in Florida as British Columbia get to see Eurasian Collared-Doves regularly we New Yorkers and other northeasterners are deprived. In fact, in New York State, other than a small breeding colony west of Rochester, there are…
  • The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion: Coming to a Town Near You!

    Larry
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) was first released in the New World on the island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. In the mid-1970s, a local breeder was burglarized and a few of his birds escaped, after which the breeder released his remaining stock of about 50 birds1.  Since its introduction, this dove has spread quickly across the North American continent. This is an animated map made from Christmas Bird Count data of Eurasian Collared-Dove sightings from 1987 through 19972. The northwestern spread of this non-native species made it to my yard a few years ago. Click on…
  • Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

    Duncan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Zealand has a very odd biota these days. There are the endemics, which are odd in their own way, and then there introduced species, which are so varied in their type and origin that you get the feeling you’ve arrived at the aftermath of a small zoo that escaped. In many ways, that is exactly what happened. People have moved useful plants and animals around with them as long as they had the wit to do so. They took dogs to Australia, chickens across the Pacific, rabbits to England, horses to the New World, and then brought potatoes back. A housecat in Buenos Aires got its start in…
  • The Cattle Egret Expansion

    a Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Will Raup is a birder from upstate New York who helped Corey learn a lot about birds when Corey was first starting out as a birder. He blogs at The Nightjar – The tales of an Upstate New York Birder and otherwise stays busy being an eBird reviewer, taking care of his kids, and, recently, planning a trip to Europe where he hopes to see lots of new birds. When you think of invasives, you think of the birds that have been helped by human beings to get where they are, such as House Sparrow or European Starling.  Other species have certainly expanded their ranges, but never in such a rapid…
 
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  • Day 13: Exit & Re-Entry

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

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

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

    Ryan
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We have stopped for the day after a short hike to take a half day to recover from our arduous trek across the top of the Chinese Wall. We are camped on the banks of the West Fork of the South Fork of the Sun River in a shady grove of lodgepole pines. We have a nice beach, good sitting logs, a stone firepit, a bear pole, and green luxurious grass for lounging. I am drinking coffee and the boys are playing a game of hearts. We have looked forward to being off of our feet for a few hours to rest them. The dogs are weary! As we reflect on the past few days and the expedition leadership curriculum…
  • Day 8 & 9: The Chinese Wall

    Ryan
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Day 8 & 9 – The Chinese Wall On Monday we left the cozy shade of the lone pine tree at our meadow camp on the Upper White River and immediately started bushwhacking through a forest understory dominated by huckleberry and deadfall. We soon emerged into steep meadows and then onto a mixture of limestone scree and isolated stands of subalpine fir. 2,000+ feet of elevation gain later we were standing atop the Chinese Wall at its terminus just south of Larch Hill Pass. The temperature was 80 degrees and our trek along the wall would remain in unshaded heat for the next two days. Water…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Hansel
    18 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    Tweet A kayak cockpit cover keeps the gunk out of your cockpit when travel down the road and helps save gas money — I lose about 1 mpg when traveling without cockpit covers. It can also keep gear inside of your boat. For example, I strap by paddle float and pump into the cockpit, but a cockpit cover can ensure that they stay in the cockpit and that the wind doesn’t rip them out. When you’re storing your kayak (especially if you store it outside), a cockpit cover will keep debris and mice from getting into the boat — if you leave something for mice to eat in your under…
  • Kelty TrailLogic TN2 Tent Review

    Bryan Hansel
    13 May 2014 | 10:39 am
    Tweet I really wanted a Sierra Designs Lightning tent and had ordered one last fall only to find out that they were out of stock, so I decided to wait until spring to buy the new version when it came out. When I saw the new SD lineup, I was pretty shocked. The Lightning was gone and something that looks like it fell off the deepend replaced it. I know that Kelty is a downline of SD, so I decided to see if the old tent somehow filtered downline into Kelty. It sort of did in the form of the Kelty TrailLogic TN2 tent. I ordered one and this is my preliminary review. Here’s what Kelty says…
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    The GearCaster

  • Petzl Glacier and Ski Mountaineering Ice Axes

    Amy Jurries
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For 2015, Petzl adds a couple new lines of ice axes to their collection. Meant for ski mountaineering, basic glacier travel, and intermediate climbing on varied terrain (classic mountaineering), the new ice axes round out the otherwise highly technical lineup for Petzl. The Glacier and Glacier Literide are built for glacier travel and ski mountaineering. The straight-shafted Glacier ice axe comes in three different lengths (60 cm, 68 cm, and 75 cm) with an aggressively toothed steel pick and adze built got efficient step cutting. The base of the anodized aluminum shaft features a machined…
  • First Look: Pearl Izumi Spring ’15

    Amy Jurries
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In Boulder, CO last week, Pearl Izumi gathered a few women’s running, tri, and cycling editors for a first look at the Spring 2015 run and ride lines. We had a great time meeting, riding, and running with the actual developers and brand managers, while getting a behind the scenes look at how the products are made and tested. One thing is for certain—it’s nice to see so many women on the team designing the women’s gear. Below you will find highlights from each of the different collections. Pearl Izumi has so much great gear coming out next spring, but these are just a few…
  • Salomon S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX

    Amy Jurries
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For Spring 2015, Salomon has created the perfect shoe for those of us aspiring to be Kilian Jornet and knock off a speed ascent or two. A cross between a hiking and mountaineering boot, with an insulation temperature down to 20°F, the S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX will quickly get you up (and back down) all but the highest and coldest of mountains. The lightweight (500g or 17.64 ounces) S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX is the most dynamic shoe in the new X Alp range from Salomon. Constructed using the patented Carbon Edging Chassis, the boot is extremely flexible for moving up and down hill quickly, while…
  • 9 Years On A Boat Sailing The World

    Amy Jurries
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2005, Outdoor Industry vets Katie and Jim Thomsen finally decided to pack it in, buy a boat, and sail the Mediterranean. Nine years later, they are still at it, now having circumnavigated the globe, stopping to explore countless countries in the process. Aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 40 named Tenaya, the couple have seen and experienced places that would not be possible by any other form of transport. I was fortunate to meet up with Katie and Jim in Istanbul earlier this month, share a meal and be amazed by their stories of years past and what is yet to come. If you ever dreamt about sailing…
  • goTenna Off The Grid Communication Device

    Amy Jurries
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    New company goTenna has developed an off-the-grid communication device that pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth LE to enable you to send and receive encrypted text messages (up to 160 characters) and share GPS locations with other goTenna users without the need for cell or satellite service. In addition to enabling you to communicate with others within 32 mile range depending on terrain (using a low-frequency 2-watt radio wave), it also lets you create your own networks with other individuals or with specific groups. Very similar to the Uepaa! app in Europe, goTenna allows for a…
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    Paddling.net News and Features

  • Product Review: Aspire 100 kayak by Wilderness Systems

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    It is perfect for a first time kayaker of smaller frame. Extremely stable. I've never had a problem getting in and out with the 44" cockpit.
  • 3 students, 1 canoe - Week 5

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    3 Fort Lewis College (CO) students are paddling down the Missouri River for a research project to understand environmental changes and effects of land use on the water.
  • Kayak Draw Stroke (In-Water Recovery)

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In this short tutorial video, Mike Aronoff demonstrates the kayak draw stroke with an in-water recovery, and gives step-by-step instructions.
  • New Product: Kayak/Canoe Trailers by Remackel Trailers

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Remackel Trailers builds 2, 4, 6, and 8 place galvanized steel canoe trailers that can stand up to any rugged road. With removable racks, these trailers can also be used as utility trailers.
  • Heavenly moments in the Boundary Waters

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When canoe country beckons, with its campfires and shore lunches, still waters and rapids, you get up and go, putting your shoulder to a paddle and enjoying piecemeal, if necessary, what once were weeklong excursions
 
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    GearGuide

  • ASICS GT-2000 2 Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great American Backyard Campout

    Camper T
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    For 10 years now the National Wildlife Federation has been sponsoring the Great American Backyard Campout. The Great American Backyard Campout is to help get people out camping and introduce new people to the joys of camping. This year they are hoping to get 200,000 thousand people out camping for the Great American Backyard Campout. Will you be one of them? Here is a letter with more info about the Great American Backyard Campout. Think back a moment to some of your favorite summer memories. Chances are, many of them involve vacations and spending time outside. So what’s a great way to…
  • Top Ten Camping Gifts for Father’s Day

    Camper T
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Father’s Day is just around the corner. Father’s Day is a great time to get the camping gear that special father has always wanted. Here are Camp Out Colorado’s suggestions for some great camping gifts for dad on Father’s Day. Leatherman Tool Click for more details. There is nothing quite as handy as a multi tool. Above anything else this is the tool that is used the most. It is very handy to have a multi tool. Besides the normal uses all of the various tools on them can really help out when something unexpected breaks or needs some adjusting. Includes needle nose pliers, regular…
  • Free Fishing Weekend June 7 and 8

    Camper T
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Colorado’s free fishing days are coming up on June 7th and June 8th. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish without a license. All other rules and regulations apply so make sure to stick to your fishing limits for whatever you are fishing for. Fishing is a fun and family friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. Colorado is wonderful place to fish as we have a large variety of types of fish. Colorado is almost split in half with cold fresh water fishing areas in the mountains and higher elevations (approximately 6000 feet or higher). At lower elevations and out along in plains there are fresh…
  • Bellaire Lake Campground Hit by High Wind Weather

    Camper T
    24 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    On May 22nd the Bellair Lake Campground was hit by a high wind weather event. There seems to be some dispute weather this was a tornado or a micro-burst.  However, whatever it was, this has caused the Bellaire Lake Campground to be closed until further notice. Luckily nobody was hurt. There were a few camping in the campground at the time but were not hurt. Luckily this happened before they were really busy with the summer camping crowd. For up to date information on Bellaire Lake Campground please visit American Land & Leisure’s website: Bellaire Lake Campground closure updates.
  • Pine Beetle Spraying near Red Feathers and Surrounding Campgrounds

    Camper T
    20 May 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Some of the campgrounds in north central Colorado are going to be closed for the first few weeks of camping season. Due to the late season snow the mountains received this year, the US Forest Service was unable to spray the campgrounds for pine beetles before the camping season begins. The pine beetle spraying in these very popular campgrounds is now scheduled to start in late May and go through mid June. While these popular campgrounds are being sprayed, no camping or day use will be permitted. It’s important that the US Forest Service get these campgrounds sprayed before the pine…
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    Outward Bound - Outdoor Adventure Education Blog

  • Outward Bound Summer Reading List for the Adventurous Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

  • Boreas – Super-Tramp Backpack System

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

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

    Jodie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Sometimes you see something, that quite literally stops you in your tracks, and in this instance made me go ‘wow, that’s ruddy brilliant!’ This happened as I walked past the Mamalila stand at the Outdoor trade show in Frierichschafen. Mamalila was […] Read more...
  • Therm-a-Rest – Treo Chair

    Jodie
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    The nifty bit of Therm-a-Rest's design is that the chairs tripod legs also doubles up as the case once it is packed down, and because it needs to be strong enough to take your weight , it is super sturdy meaning that it should be fairly bombproof when being carted around. Going back to my notes... the chair can support up to 113kg, which in English money is knocking on for 18 stone. Read more...
  • MSR launches award winning WindBoiler stove

    Jodie
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The new WindBoiler stove from MSR (Mountain Safety Research) gives outdoor enthusiasts the excellent wind protection of the alpinist Reactor Stove System with the user friendliness of a convenient, compact system for weekend backpackers. The result is a stove that offers easy use, super speedy boil times, and impressive fuel efficiency. Read more...
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    Gear Exposure

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

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

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

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

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

    Ben
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Klean Kanteen Wide 27oz is your standard Klean Kanteen 100% stainless steel but with a wider mouth. It comes with 3 cap options and in other sizes. The post Klean Kanteen Wide 27oz review appeared first on Gear Exposure.
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    BIRDINGBLOGS.COM

  • Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video

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

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

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

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

    Grrlscientist
    8 May 2013 | 12:00 pm
    Magpie. Image: acrylic painting by Shelli Ogilvy (2008). Summary: A delightful book for baby birders that is crammed with poetry, information and gorgeous paintings of birds! Oh yeah, it teaches the letters of the English alphabet, too. Do you wish to share your love of birds, art and books with (your) children? If so, then you will really enjoy the Alphabet Bird Collection, a lovely children’s book that was written and illustrated by Shelli Ogilvy [Sasquatch Books, 2009; Amazon UK; Amazon US]. This beautiful book is designed to teach children the alphabet whilst also teaching them a…
 
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  • Sierra Trading Post and HTT talk “Finding Adventure in Everyday life” #trailtime 4pm MDT July 24

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

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Congratulations to the June 2014 Winners of the Golden Boots Blogger Award. A little Campy  alittlecampy.com 100 Peaks – 100peaks.com 3up Adventures – 3upadventures.com Walk Simply – walksimply.com [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Out of the blue.

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Open the laptop and check my email. Junk Junk and more Junk. I begin the process of deleting all of the crap mail and come across one titled. “#### Thinks You’re an Expert”. (I have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #Adventure Monday 7/21/2014

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    21 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Welcome back to another #AdventureMonday We have some awesome submissions this week. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Expedition Granted: Your Dream, Your Passion Project, $50,000 to get you there.

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Do you want a chance to get $50,000 to make your dream or passion project come true? Simply head on over to expeditiongranted.nationalgeographic.com and submit your idea. I was sent information about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Trail Report: FHSP - Panther Branch to Debord Falls (Father's Day Hike)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Renovo Trio Water Filter

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

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

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

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

    Brian Green
    22 May 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It should come as no surprise to anyone that Ka-Bar make great knives. Not just great knives, but legendary and highly functional knives that have stood the test of time. Yet despite knowing that, if you had told me that Ka-Bar could make a serious quality folding knife for $20, that I would actually want to carry, I would have just laughed at you. Apparently the joke is on me though, because that’s exactly what Ka-Bar have done with their award-winning Dozier Hunter lock back all-purpose knife. The most affordable and practical every day carry folder that I have ever had the pleasure…
 
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    Roamancing

  • Navigating European Travel

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

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

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

    Emme Rogers
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Nothing feels more like summer to us than outdoor music festivals!  And with so many great ones in Burnaby, BC, we have a tendency to relish in the staycation close to home each summer with lazy days of reading by the pool, puttering with our patio pots turning our decks into summer oases, and revelling in the music that comes to us each summer. Not long now until I will be striking a similar pose at Deer Lake Park this summer! I single out Burnaby as they happen to host a summer favourite of ours, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, and as they’ve been raising bar the last few…
  • Food and Drinks of Mexico: Sinaloa Region

    Brie Mason
    28 May 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I’ve got one thing to shout out here … Chiiilooooorrrrrio!!!! (Pronounced Chilorio, but must be said in an excited holler type of fun vacation voice with the rolling of the r’s accentuated)  I have to say that during our stay in Mexico, breakfasts were by far our most interesting meals.  We woke one morning to find our friend cooking up a pot of meet which she explained was a pork dish called Chilorio native to the Sinaloa region.  She then proceeded to add several eggs to it! The method … And the final product … Delicious in tortillas! The addition of eating…
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    The Good Badger

  • Redefining Pain

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

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

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

    Zach Davis
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Blogging rule #1A: never acknowledge how long it’s been since you’ve last posted. Man has it been a long time since I’ve last posted!  So many things have happened.  Barack Obama was elected as our first black president, dick pics become easier than ever, and the government took a two week siesta. What’s that?  Literally none of that is new?  So, what did we miss? I guess there were some pretty epic boops.  And as it turns out, the NSA is listening to and reading everything we say.  Let’s go with the boops. But, believe it or not, this PSA is not about…
  • Running with the Bulls: With Concussions, Without Repercussions

    Zach Davis
    8 Aug 2013 | 11:33 pm
    I recently returned from a three week backpacking trip of Spain with a pair of good friends.  In a nutshell, it was bananas (bananas come in nut shells, everyone knows that).  Below is part one of a two part story from the trip.   Wednesday, July 9th, 2013 9:30pm: We arrive to Pamplona, the location of San Fermin (the Running with the Bulls festival). The sky is still fully lit, which adds to our already jet-lagged induced body-clock disarray.  Alex- a close friend and the trip’s organizer- and I had been traveling for the previous 48 hours, because missing our connecting flight…
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    Seattle Backpackers Magazine

  • Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket Review

    Christopher Cervelloni
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    My old rain jacket did a great job of keeping out the rain. It also did a great job of keeping in sweat. So when I first tested Mountain Hardwear’s Super Light Plasmic Jacket, I thought I was getting more of the same. I was wrong. Just like the website claims, The Plasmic Jacket’s, “Dry.Q™ EVAP’s innovative system of channels disperses moisture for faster evaporation, improved breathability and a drier interior feel without pit zips.” The first test was just coincidence. A thunderstorm caught me walking home from the library. Concerned about ruining the borrowed books, I…
  • Top 10 List Of 10 Essentials Lists

    Cameron Ownbey
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Top 10 list of the 10 essentials lists   REI 10 Essentials http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html 1 Navigation (map and compass) 2 Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen) 3 Insulation (extra clothing) 4 Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) 5 First-aid supplies 6 Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles) 7 Repair kit and tools 8 Nutrition (extra food) 9 Hydration (extra water) 10 Emergency shelter Backpacker Magazine 10 Essentials http://www.backpacker.com/november-2010-ten-essentials/slideshows/138 1 Headlamp 2 First-aid Kit 3 Sunblock 4 Trail food 5 Fire 6 Knife 7…
  • The American Dirtbag Book Review

    Isaac Tait
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Luke Mehall, head honcho at www.climbingzine.com and one of my favorite bloggers, recently released his second book titled, The Great American Dirtbags. It is a book about searching, about longing, and it is also a book about discovery and awakening. It is one part autobiography/biography and the other part musings about a lifestyle coveted by many, but only lived by a valiant few – the American dirtbags. The writing is engrossing and brutally honest. I was impressed by the openness of the stories. No details were left out (not even the incriminating ones). The story starts with a young…
  • Wilderness Refuge: Whitney Lake

    Steven DeWitt
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Independence Day kicks off the summer tourist season here in Colorado’s high country, signaling the end of quick trips to the grocery store and the start of reduced solitude for the next 6-8 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, without tourism our economy would quickly dry up. But by mid-Sunday of the July Fourth Weekend, after the parades and the fireworks and the cookouts, finding myself with an unexpected free day I unfolded a topo map of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area to selfishly plan a day of refuge in the Natural World. Holy Cross Wilderness Area – Colorado The next morning I woke with…
  • Deodorant Review

    Greg Christensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Deodorant isn’t something I think about a lot. I use it. And I notice when other people don’t. When I’m hiking or camping, I might pack a stick so I don’t offend my loved ones. But I’d never bothered reading the labels. So I’d never considered whether the ingredients were natural or not. I just assumed if I wasn’t grossing people out by the end of the day, my money was well-spent. In the last few weeks I sampled three different underarm deodorants to see if one was better than another. And to make sure each was thoroughly tested, I applied them before hiking, biking, P90X…
 
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    ModernSurvivalOnline.com

  • Row Gardening: Easier & More Bountiful than Square Foot Gardening

    Rourke
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    From Rourke: This post was originally posted over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE. By Beverly Sandlin For all of the hype about square foot gardening and raised beds, when two of my sisters, both avid and experienced gardeners (better than I am) stopped by last week, we had a little discussion and all decided that raised beds and square foot gardening is less productive and harder than the time tested standard row garden. I can hear it already, “Heresy!” So, here is why three sisters in Minnesota are going back to row gardening: a. The raised beds dry out faster…
  • What will it take? Part #2

    Rourke
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    By “The Coach”, Contributing Editor Part 1 can be seen HERE.   I am writing this article on Wednesday, 7/16/14. I am writing this article because NO main stream news service is covering ANY of these stories. These news articles are evidence that we continue to lose our constitutional rights and the main stream news media does NOT even cover it. I found all of these articles on the “Drudge Report”. This article was written in a periodical named “The Hill” by Mr. Tim Devaney on 07/14/14. The name of the article is; “New alert system gives president special code for emergency…
  • AGENDA: GRINDING AMERICA DOWN

    Rourke
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Note from Rourke: Many may read the following review of the documentary AGENDA: Grinding America Down and laugh at the suggestion that Communism has any influence on current events today. There is a strong parallel between the modern Progressive movement and Communism. Skeptical? Visit the Communist Party USA website - http://www.cpusa.org/ and see for yourself.   by Irish-7 As mentioned in my comment the other night, I took notes while viewing the documentary AGENDA: Grinding America Down. In a private e-mail conversation, Rourke asked me to submit the notes to Modern Survival…
  • “The Minuteman” News arrives at ModernSurvivalOnline

    Rourke
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    “The Minuteman” news is now available here on ModernSurvivalOnline 24/7. The Minuteman is a custom news source made specifically for the readers of ModernSurvivalOnline.  It is available here within the pages of MSO (HERE) or as a stand alone website – available HERE. I created The Minuteman to provide a “one stop shop” for getting news – as well as provide a service to all of you – MSO readers. News categories include HEADLINES, World, Politics, Leisure, popular Photo’s and Video’s, and more. The page is updated twice daily. For those…
  • VIDEO: Common Core education – ridiculous

    Rourke
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Unless you live in a vacuum you probably have hard of “Common Core” – a new way of teaching math. I did not fully understand it until some time ago when I saw a demonstration on the “new and improved” method. I could not believe my eyes as I watch a simple math problem which would normally take just a few simple steps become over complicated. Does it work? Sure – you get the same answer but the extra steps and thinking required certainly leads to a higher chance of mistakes. There is a growing revolt against Common Core across the country. See for yourself:…
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    CheapTents Outdoor Gear Blog

  • Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots

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

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

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

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

    Gareth L
    19 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    Jack Wolfskin’s Gossamer Tent is one of the growing breed of what I would classify as hybrid tents, which are in between a bivi and traditional one person camping tent, it’s no surprise that many people refer to such tents as Bivi Tents. The Jack Wolfskin brand name and its excellent price have seen the [...]
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  • Colorado Trail: Section 1

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

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

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

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

    trailsnet
    19 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    New Directions To Trailhead Thanks to Larry, an astute Trailsnet user, the new comments option located directly below each trail information area is being put to good use. Actually Larry sent an email about some potential misdirections on one of the Trailsnet trail listings for the Hawthorne Trail in Florida. Larry pointed out that the … Continue reading » The post Trail Comments Working Already appeared first on trailsnet.com.
 
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    Focusing On Wildlife

  • Fertilizer: one of the three major drivers of biodiversity loss this century

    Supertrooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The world’s grasslands are being destabilized by fertilization, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. In a study of 41 grassland communities on five continents, researchers found that the presence of fertilizer weakened grassland species diversity. The researchers surveyed grasslands in countries around the world, such as China, the U.S., Switzerland, Tanzania [...]  
  • Blanford’s Short-toed Lark – Azezza

    Jem Babbington
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A trip to a stony plateaux area of Azezza in the hope of seeing Blanford’s Short-toed Lark, formally Red-capped Lark, provided few birds but did turn up a flock of about 40 larks. They were incredibly flighty and very difficult to photograph and as a result I only ended up with a single photo of [...]  
  • Rare yellow-legged tortoiseshell butterfly spotted in UK

    Supertrooper
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A butterfly last seen in the UK more than 60 years ago has been spotted in parts of East Anglia. The yellow-legged tortoiseshell, also known as the scarce tortoiseshell, was seen at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk. Additional sightings have since been reported in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, said Butterfly Conservation. Experts believe the butterflies, usually found [...]  
  • Portrait of the Juvenile Acorn Woodpecker

    Larry Jordan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) nest on my property here in Northern California. They are conspicuous, gregarious and a joy to watch. Click on photos for full sized images. This woodpecker is a cooperative breeder and lives in family groups of up to a dozen or more individuals. This is an adult male sticking his head [...]  
  • Changyuraptor yangi: New Feathered Dinosaur Discovered in China

    Supertrooper
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A team of paleontologists from China, the United States and South Africa has described a new species of a feathered dinosaur that lived in what is now northeastern China during the Cretaceous period, about 125 million years ago. The new dinosaur, named Changyuraptor yangi, belongs to Microraptoria – a specific group of predatory four-winged raptorial [...]  
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  • Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod

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

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

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

    Erik Miller
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    The article Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock: Best of Two Worlds first appeared on Man Makes Fire. EVERYONE LOVES A HAMMOCK. That’s why, when I started searching for a backpacking tent, I chose the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock. Sometimes it’s hard to find a nice flat place to pitch a tent and sleep on the ground — over a full night, even big smooth bumps under a sleeping pad can result in pain come morning. On the other hand, hanging blissfully from a hammock is pretty much always good. Plus, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is more than just a standard hammock —…
  • How to Choose an Ultralight Backpacking Sleeping Pad

    Chris Maxcer
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The article How to Choose an Ultralight Backpacking Sleeping Pad first appeared on Man Makes Fire. Backpackers have more ultralight sleeping pad options than ever before. There are dozens of different sizes, shapes, and types of construction, ranging from dirt-simple foam pads to lush inflatable cushions four-inches thick. How do you choose? The Klymit Inertia X Frame is an extremely light air pad — at just 9.5 ounces, we’ve eaten sandwiches that weighed more. The answer gets pretty easy once you understand the basic types of backpacking sleeping pads, their sizes, weight, and how…
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    Outdoor Minded Mag

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

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

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

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

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

    Lauren Rains
    31 Jan 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Microadventure: To longboard from my front door in Boulder, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, out to the lovely city of Denver. Sponsors: OZ Longboards based in Evergreen, Colorado who provided the skatebord. SolePack, who provided packing accessories. Both wonderful and innovative companies doing big things and with great people behind them. Behind The Scenes: This was quite the trip! A roller coaster to say the least. I actually mentioned this particular microadventure on my about page as one of the most defining moments in my life. I think I felt compelled to put this…
 
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  • This is Life on the Spectacular (and Insanely Difficult) GR 20 in Corsica

    Madison Dragna
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    For a background on Corsica’s GR 20, please see my previous post HERE. “Have you ever done this kind of stuff before?” a red-faced, slightly petrified Brit asked me as she cautiously perched herself on the jumbled rock pile that is the GR 20. “Oh yes. If it wasn’t this hard, I would have been pretty upset” I replied, pausing to comprehend her thick English accent. We were only on our second day of the trail. I knew nothing. I’m a dumbass. My newly proclaimed fiancé and I expected the scrambles and steep pitches. No complaining about the terrain would be tolerated. We knew…
  • The First Test

    Dana Feldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    We went backpacking during this past Fourth of July weekend with our friend Matt to test our gear and our overall attitude about setting out in March. Our destination was Spirit Lake, an alpine lake tucked into the Pecos Wilderness and between five and six miles from the trail head at the base of Santa Fe Ski. (In truth, the destination was to be Lake Katherine, but it is about two more miles in and we decided Spirit Lake was as good as any. It turned out that Lake Katherine was crowded so we were blessed with a good excuse to not go as far as we originally had planned.) We had exceptional…
  • The 100-Mile Mosquito Brothel

    Dayna Thomas
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I had always assured people I wouldn’t be alone on the AT, but knowing I would be a southbounder, I’m not sure I really believed it. But when I got to Medway, there were seven of us in the van on our way to the AT Lodge–all southbounders. I summitted Katahdin last Tuesday with three other hikers: Derek, Neon, and Fiber One. Neon got his name from a hiker on top of Katahdin who noticed his brightly colored shoes. Fiber One wouldn’t tell me how he got his name, and he acted really embarrassed when I asked. Come on, Fiber One! We’re all friends here! Derek and I…
  • To Hammock, to Tent, or Both?

    Stacia Bennett
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Being about 8 months out from the start of my hike, I’m starting to really think about gear options. What I’m having the most trouble with is whether to hammock camp or use a tent. It seems those who have an opinion about this have very strong ones. A couple of months ago I purchased a Warbonnet Blackbird, a fantastic amazing marvelous creation and I’ve absolutely loved it so far. The craftsmanship is stellar and it’s a breeze to set up and take down. however… I did a 4.5 mile stretch of the AT in Grayson Highlands back in May. Hiked up, camped overnight, then…
  • From Teacher to Hiker in 8 Months…

    Sarah Tollackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    “Love flowers best in openness and freedom.” -Edward Abbey Brother looking out after a long hike near the west coast in S. Korea. When I’m not trudging through quarter-life crisis’—which seem to be happening more often than naught—or molding the minds of our future generations (you’ve been properly warned parents) I enjoy dreaming about my next crazy venture beneath the skies. Currently, my mind and heart are stuck on the idea of hiking 2,100+ miles. Why would anyone voluntarily hike the distance of the US from South to North you’re currently asking yourself? Well,…
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    Paracord Blog

  • How to Make a Survival Paracord Bracelet – Coyote Trail Braid

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

    Brooke olson
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Make a paracord ring to go with your paracord bracelet or necklace! It has a fantastic braided look, good for both women and men! Related Posts:Reinforced Paracord Ring HitchHow To Add A D Ring To a Paracord Dog CollarHow to Make a Survival Paracord Bracelet – Coyote…How to make a Paracord Buddy – Bored ParacordHow to Make the Sea Turtle Knot by TIAT
  • Paracord Bracelet with Beads

    Brooke olson
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Spice up a paracord bracelet with beads of all kind! Use wood beads, plastic beads, glass beads or lettered beads to personalize every paracord project you do. Related Posts:Great Ideas Using Yarn, Beads, and ParacordParacordists MiBSAR ranger beads – how to the tie…How To Make Paracord Mummy Skull Bead LanyardHow to Tie a Four Strand Round Braid by TIATParacord Bracelet/Lanyard Whistle Buckle Test and Review…
  • How to wrap a backpack handle with paracord

    Brooke olson
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Reinforce your backpack handle with paracord! Survival backpacks can get very heavy very fast and the handle might not be strong enough to carry it from. Putting paracord around it will equip you with an extra supply of paracord and extra strength for your handle. Related Posts:Paracord Handle Wrap How To550 Paracord Knife Handle Wrap (How To)Knot of the Week: Paracord WrapppingHow To Wrap A ESEE Izula Paracord KnifeParacord: Another Great Idea For Using 550paracord
  • A Simple Means of Attaching Buckles to a Paracord Tie

    Brooke olson
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Tying It All Together shows us how to attach paracord to a buckle without the use of a jig. It’s simple and easy to do for those who like to make bracelets free hand. Related Posts:How To Tie The Cobra Paracord Survival Bracelet VideoSimple Guide to Making a Paracord FobHow To Tie a Cobra Paracord Survivial Bracelet With BuckleHow to attach 550 paracord to a paracord fid / paracord…Four Loops at the Buckle on Your Paracord Bracelet
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    The Great Escape Trail

  • Fly Fishing – What You Need to Get Started

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

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

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

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

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

    Rob Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This past weekend I decided to detect at a local park and was reminded of the importance of carrying the right digger for the area that you detect. As soon as I got to the park I noticed another guy carrying his older model metered metal detector towards the grassy area next to the parking lot. He smiled and said “That’s what we’re going to do, too!” I smiled back and said “Awesome, good luck bud!” He made his way towards the walking trail while I finished gearing up. As I was walking his way I noticed that he was using a hand pick to retrieve a target. As…
  • The Learning Curve or TLC for Newbies

    Keith Darce
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever wondered what was under your front yard or at your local park or swimming hole? Have you ever watched one of the shows about metal detecting on TV or the internet and thought “Gee, that looks like fun, I want to try that myself? Does that describe you? Hello, my name is Keith, aka Konadog. I recently got into metal detecting and thought maybe I could answer some of the questions I had before I got one and by writing about it together we can grow into seasoned veterans and share the learning curve. I got my first detector a week before my 58th birthday as a gift May 20th,…
  • A Coin Popping How To

    Rob Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    What do you do when you want to metal detect an area but the lawn is too well manicured to dig a plug? Well there are a couple of other ways to retrieve a target other than the classic plug digging procedure. Coin Popping is a technique that allows you to “pop” a coin out of the ground without actually digging. In this video, Youtube User Joey Wilson demonstrates two different target retrieval techniques. Coin popping and The Slit Method. Both of which leave very little evidence that a coin was ever removed from the ground. Here TreasureBarrel demonstrates how to pop a shallow…
  • Detecting365 Proudly Sponsors Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club

    Rob Williams
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    “Detecting 365 is a proud Sponsor of the Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club (MTMDC), one of the oldest and largest detecting clubs in the United States! Middle Tennessee was a hotbed for Civil War activity, as it was the site for many major battles, skirmishes and other activity during the war. As a result metal detecting is an extremely popular hobby here and some of the best detectorists in the country are located here. “Detecting365 and MTMDC are committed to promoting responsible detecting and supporting of the detecting community world-wide. Since our offices are located in…
  • MINELAB RELEASES SDC 2300 GOLD DETECTOR

    Rob Williams
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    MINELAB RELEASES SDC 2300 GOLD DETECTOR – Press Release Lisle, Ill., July 9, 2014 – Minelab, the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs, today announced the official release of its latest product, the SDC 2300 All-Terrain Gold Detector. The collapsible military-grade compact detector comes assembly free and is waterproof and fully submersible up to a depth of ten feet (3m). The rugged detector enables detectorists to clearly identify even the smallest patches of sub-gram gold. During product testing, field testers have…
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    50 Campfires

  • Camping Tips: Using The 4 Camping Tote System

    50 Campfires
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Having a way to organize all of your camping gear will make going camping more fun. We promise. There are certainly different ways to do it from using a shoe organizer to using the tride and true camp box. We have always used 1-2 camping totes but do spend time digging through to find the 1 thing we need. We love receiving camping tips from our readers and Kevin Pilson sent us a good one. His boy scout troop uses the 4 camping tote system. You would certainly have to be traveling in a larger vehicle than a car to pull this off, but it is a great idea. Kevin separates his totes in to Cooking,…
  • The Journeyman Dry Bag Backpack Is For The Hybrid Lifestyle

    50 Campfires
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When Mo Elliot first started Fayettechill out of his college dorm, he always dreamed of being able to produce unique outdoor gear that was designed specifically for the hybrid lifestyles we lived. After years of developing Fayettechill’s identity as a brand and production capabilities, they are ready to offer the Journeyman Dry Bag Backpack to the public. We reached out to Mo Elliot for an exclusive interview on this great new product that is tough enough to take to the top of a Mt. Everest, but also versatile enough to use day to day. What is your backstory? Originally from Dallas, TX.
  • Little Sun Solar Light Review

    50 Campfires
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    You can feel good about your purchase of a Little Sun Solar Light. Not only are you getting an awesome little solar light, you’re also helping those in need. The Little Sun helps get clean, reliable and affordable light to areas without access to electricity. Appearance:The Little Sun is an attractive solar light. The bright yellow casing is in the shape of a sun with rays. The back has decent sized solar panel that is definitely made with quality in mind. As small as it is, the Little Sun puts out quite a bit of light with 2 different settings. Taking just 5 hours of direct sunlight to…
  • The SunBell Solar Lamp Review

    50 Campfires
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Solar power is taking the camping world by storm and for good reason. Solar power allows us to still use our precious electronic devices with out the need to plug in to a wall. We’ve seen a lot of solar products lately but nothing really compares to what we see in The SunBell Solar Lamp. This all-in-one solution for light and charging is truly a masterpiece. Appearance:The SunBell made by Bright Products is unique in every way. Coming in 3 different colors this bell shaped light is sleek and efficient. With a large lamp surface, this solar powered device can really put out some great…
  • Best Camping Games For A Rainy Day

    Sue Halpern
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    To be human is to play games whether played at a kitchen or picnic table; in the backyard or in the wilderness; played alone or with others. Plan ahead when packing your gear and it’s game on at the camping site even if it rains. Board games have been found by archeologists in the hieroglyphs and burial sites of ancient Egypt. Games are a structured expression of play. They teach us to think or to work together. Games capture the ideas and behaviors of people at one period of time and carry that through time to their descendants. It’s true! I have taught my children and grandchildren…
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    Ridgeline Images

  • Prevent blisters with Tegaderm film dressing

    David Lowe
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    Say Farewell to Blisters with Tegaderm Foot blisters out on the trail are more than just a nuisance and have in a worse case scenario the... The post Prevent blisters with Tegaderm film dressing appeared first on Ridgeline Images.
  • Sesshoseki Murder Stone

    David Lowe
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Legend of the Sesshoseki Murder Stone Our second day in Nasushiobara was spent around the Nasu Onsen hot spring resort situated under the looming Mount Nasudake.... The post Sesshoseki Murder Stone appeared first on Ridgeline Images.
  • Momijidani Suspension Bridge

    David Lowe
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Longest Suspension Bridge in Nasushiobara Located a 70 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo the popular tourist spot of Nasushiobara is a picturesque region in Tochigi Prefecture.... The post Momijidani Suspension Bridge appeared first on Ridgeline Images.
  • Mt. Honita 本仁田山

    David Lowe
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mt. Kobutaka コブタカ山 – Mt. Honita 本仁田山 . A Summer Hike to Mt. Honita The hike to Mt. Honita is usually combined as part of a... The post Mt. Honita 本仁田山 appeared first on Ridgeline Images.
  • Petzl Tikkina 2 headlamp review

    David Lowe
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:08 am
    Petzl Tikkina 2 headlamp Designed for Everyday Lighting Needs With dusk quickly approaching you set up camp and start preparing dinner only to find that your... The post Petzl Tikkina 2 headlamp review appeared first on Ridgeline Images.
 
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    Campfire Magazine - The Recreational Guide to Central Maine. Made in Maine - Events In Maine

  • 5 Things You Don't Want to Miss at The Maine Lobster Festival (Besides Eating Lobster)

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

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

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

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Wood Carving Camp, June 27-29, 2014 Master woodcarver Tom Cote, of Limestone Maine, and Searsport Shores Ocean Campground are happy to announce the first annual Wood Carving Camp with an Acadian Flair June 27-29, 2014 in Searsport, Maine. The weekend celebration is the culmination of the Cote Family week long residency at the campground. All are invited to bring tools and celebrate woodworking traditions by displaying and selling their work, offering/taking $5/hour classes and sharing their experiences over a Saturday night potluck supper and hootenanny. The Acadian bread oven will also be…
  • What's Happening This Weekend - 6/20 - 6/22/2014

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:41 am
    2014 Whatever Family Festival and Kids Day 150 Events run from Wednesday, June 18th to Friday, July 4th, 2014. The Great Kennebec River Whatever Family Festival and Kids Day in Capitol Park, now celebrating 37 consecutive years! Saturday, June 28th, brings 80 events and activities to Capitol Park, with musical presentations, dancing, balloons, hands-on activities, and much more! Begun in 1978, the Whatever Family Festival commemorates the cleanup of the Kennebec River and celebrates the people and environment of the river communities. Thanks to the many businesses and organizations that…
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    Women's Gear Guide

  • Dakine Trail Photo Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • De Passage Trailer

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here's a cool trailer to the 20-minute short - De Passage, which premieres in the UK next week. To celebrate the launch of Surfdome’s first pop up shop, Surfdome and Reef have joined forces for the screening of the film. Find about their great competition as well!
  • Fancy a dirty weekend?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Most festival goers will put on their wellies, zip up their rainproof and try their best to avoid the mud that accompanies bad weather. But then the Boryeong Mud Festival in Korea, isn't like most. Check out our gallery and find out more!
  • Running in the Family

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Former middle-distance and long-distance runner Liz McColgan broke records galore and won world titles - but cites her first Commonwealth Games gold as her career highlight. She spoke to us about her memories - and daughter Eilish, who contests the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in Glasgow 2014.
  • A Week in Cambodia

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Cambodia may not be at the top of every travellers' to-do list of South East Asia, but for Toby Elliott, his week in Cambodia was enough to leave him believing it should be. He explains why in his blog.
  • Vancouver on Foot

    Birgit Nazarian
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    From vibrant urban centres to the stunning scenery - Vancouver in British Columbia, has something for all outdoor lovers. Birgit Nazarian shares her highlights from one of the most walk-able cities she's ever been to.
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    Erich Wegscheider

  • 10 Reasons for Toe Socks

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

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

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

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

    Erich
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    I’ve been in Bali ~2.5 weeks now. In that time, I’ve mastered non-defensive scootering on the left side of the road, choosing entrees that contain the least amount of sustenance, and creating artsy-looking sweat spots on t-shirts. Sounds like it’s all fun and games, huh? Well, that’s pretty much the truth. Since settling in Ubud, […] The post Getting Going In Bali appeared first on Erich Wegscheider. Head there to read more!
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    Inflatable SUP World

  • Airhead SUP Carrier Review

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

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

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

    Allison
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:43 pm
    SUP Yoga has become extremely popular in the last few years. Although I am not a regular yoga student myself I have seen many people both individually and in classes doing yoga on their boards out on the water. It’s not only a beautiful and peaceful way to exercise but doing yoga on a paddle […]
  • Advanced Elements Fishbone Review

    Allison
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Advanced Elements Fishbone is a new inflatable SUP that has a unique design ideal for touring and racing. I found this SUP to be a lot of fun to paddle. The 6” thickness makes it very stable and even a total beginner would feel very secure on this board. It has enough features to […]
 
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    Festival Essentials

  • How to Work at Festivals

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Build An Upside Down Fire

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

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

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

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

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

  • Exploring Zion Like a Local

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

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

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

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

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