Jul 13, 2015

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Going Camping? Tips for Picking Out Supplies

If you’re planning a camping trip, there’s a good chance you already know the basics of what you’ll need: a tent, a sleeping bag, and a backpack. However, once you start looking into getting these supplies you may be surprised to learn just how many there are to choose from.

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To help point you in the right direction, let’s take a look of some of the different categories and features you may experience on your search.

Picking Out a Backpack

Backpacks are great not only for packing supplies you’ll need at your campsite, but are also essential if you plan on taking hikes during your trip. Camping and hiking packs comes in several different sizes and are usually defined as day, multiday, or expedition packs. You may also see bags defined by the amount of liters it can hold or pounds it can carry.

If you plan on just setting up camp and not venturing too far from that, a day pack  should do the job. However, if you intend on taking you sleeping bag and tent with you on your hikes, you should explore options in the multiday and expedition pack range depending on how much gear you have. You may also find that an external-framed pack (much like the one’s you’d picture a Boy Scout carrying) can come in handy so you can clip on extra gear instead of trying to stuff it all into a bag.

Finding the Right Sleeping Bag

When looking at sleeping bags, you’ll likely see several “temperature ratings” on the packaging or descriptions. What these numbers means is that the sleeping bag will keep the average person comfortable if the temperature stays above that rating number. For example, if a bag has a temperature rating of 35 degrees, it should keep you warm if the outdoor temperature is above 35 (Fahrenheit).

For summer camping in most areas, this should work just fine. However, if you’re planning to go camping during the colder times of year or in particularly chilly parts of the country, make sure to pay close attention to these ratings. A good winter sleeping bag should be able to withstand subzero temperatures.

Choosing a Tent

Like the sleeping bags, tents can also be designed for winter or summer use. More commonly, however, the biggest question tent shoppers are faced with is how big of a tent they’d like. In addition to given actual dimension, many tents are labeled with the number of people it can sleep.

The “2 person” or “4 person” labels are really a guideline. Typically this calculation includes 15 to 20 square feet of room per person, so if you’d like a bit more space, consider going one size up. Another thing to consider is the amount of cargo you’ll be carrying. If you are going to be taking your tent(s) with you on the trail, if may make more sense to get one large tent as opposed to two smaller ones.

Putting Together a Checklist

Having a checklist of items you need is always a good idea. Checkout these tips from REI.


Getting all the right camping equipment can admittedly be a bit confusing at times. However, these basic guidelines should help point you in the right direction.

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Sep 27, 2015

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5 Great Water Bottle Cleaning Methods

One of the knocks on hydration bladders is that they are hard to clean than regular water bottles. But, let’s face it, a well-worn water bottle can get pretty icky as well. Even if the bottle looks clean enough, there can sometimes be an odor emanating from it or, perhaps worse, an “off”taste to your water.

The folks at Sierra Trading post recently made this short video highlighting five different methods for cleaning out your water bottle to eliminated those funky tastes. Check it out:

I had used some of these methods previously but I had never heard of the ice, salt, and lemon one. As the video warns, that might give the next bottle of water a slight lemon taste, but that actually sounds great. Meanwhile, the denture tabs one kind of grosses me out — sorry. Overall, Sierra Trading Post recommends the vinegar method which I can also sign off on as an effective trick.

So have you tried any of these methods for cleaning out your water bottle or hydration bladder? Which do you find works best (or a different method entirely)? Let us know!

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Jun 15, 2015

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Camping Hacks That Might Come in Handy

Tic Tacs, milk jugs, and a belt. These three seemingly unrelated things may just come in handy on your next camping trip.

This short video demonstrates five “camping hacks” that you may not have thought of but could very well make things a little easier when you’re out in the wilderness. Whether it’s keeping critters out of your food, finding a better way to make breakfast, or creating a quick and easy lantern these are great tips to remember when packing for you summer expedition.

Have you tried any of these tips? Will you? Have any other tricks you’d like to share? Let us know!

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Apr 1, 2015

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Things to Know When You Go Hiking


If your goal is to be protected and pleasing in the outside, it can be difficult to create a short once-over of essentials when trekking and hiking. Do take into account these tips and things whenever go hiking.

Tell some individual where you are going and when you want to return. Tell family or sidekicks your hiking plans. If you’re past due, rescuers could know where to look for you. Posting your timetable on your auto in the trailhead parking structure can be a welcome to tricks, and isn’t admonished.

Bring a compass, an aide, and a manual. I’ve said it before: A compass is a valuable navigational device, yet a lousy talisman. It shows to you no fortunes if it sits in your pocket (which is the spot it’s inclined to stay in case you don’t know how to use it). Consider taking an aide and-compass course.

Bring a light source. Spotlights or headlamps are urgent apparatus, paying little respect to the way that you don’t envision being out after dull. Pop a lower leg or stray trail and, unexpectedly, your quick climb can take a ton extra time. Toss in a move down spotlight and an extra arrangement of fresh batteries to be truly masterminded.

HIKING1Get an atmosphere report. Atmosphere is constantly the trump card in the mountains. When you hit the trail, wear or bring clothing that will keep you warm and dry, paying little respect to the likelihood that the skies are clear. Be willing to turn back if the atmosphere becomes acquainted with weakening. Stay inside and take up sewing if the atmosphere is hazardous. The mountains will regardless be there tomorrow.

Bring a crisis treatment pack. Fundamental stuff does the trick. Bond wraps, sticky tape, wrap, a little squeeze compartment to immerse wounds, hostile to microbial treatment, and anguish relievers are the fundamentals. Moreover, a bandanna goes about as cravat dressing or a sling.

Remember the pipe tape. In the backcountry, a tape is a repair unit on a roll. Wind a few feet around your water bottle and it’ll for the most part be closing adjacent. A crevice in your kayak or a tear in your tent are no fun, however a touch of channel tape can save the day. In case you can’t settle it with a pipe tape, it in all probability wasn’t softened up the primary spot.

Stop and smell the blooms. The summit viewpoint you’re striving for is one and only bit of the trek. The voyage to arrive at that point holds by and large as various prizes in case we back off and admire them. Additionally, in case you have space in your pack, remember your cam.

Bring a great deal of water. Nobody drinks enough water. Besides, you need a lot of it when you’re working out. Two quarts each individual consistently is endorsed. Your body limits better when you’re nicely hydrated and you feel better, also. Two quarts a day keeps absence of hydration away.


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Apr 1, 2015

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Outdoor Pursuits in NY


Nature strolling in Inwood Hill Park

It was similarly the site of a champion amongst the most fantastic trades in area history: here, Peter Minuit obtained Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for trinkets and spots worth about $25 at today’s expenses. The Inwood trail is cleared, and the intense shares are by and large soaking, yet short. All you’ll need is a strong pair of walking shoes, not Everest-bore unit. Additionally bring binoculars: you may recognize an uncovered bird of prey.

Bouldering in Central Park

Picnickers and competitors of different sorts group to Central Park, however this world-extraordinary green space has also transformed into the epicenter of New York’s outside climbing gathering. Bouldering is a demandingly genuine blended pack of rock climbing – it doesn’t oblige ropes, on the other hand you’ll oblige strong muscles to cover short, uncommonly soak partitions, some of them completely vertical. Central Park has three reminiscently named venues where you can endeavor to reach new statures – Cat Rock, Wave Rock and the most predominant of all, Rat Rock. On a better than average day, you’ll find a heap of climbers displaying their stuff.

Kayaking on Gowanus waterway

imageInquiry out the spooky clues of Brooklyn’s old cityscape and paddle on a champion amongst the most polluted conduits in New York City. The channel was starting late declared a Superfund site by the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency is loved by Brooklynites and experiences one of the area’s most occasion neighborhoods. Still, the Gowanus has advanced past anybody’s desires from its days as a present day channel: it’s in no time clean enough to help creating amounts of crabs and distinctive species. Basically don’t fall in. The Dredgers Club leads free voyages through the trench from April to October. You’ll make sure to perceive some common life, in the same path as the odd heron, and furthermore elegant individuals hurrying to presentations and bars.

Cruising lessons at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The ruler of Queens parks is the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A past dumping ground – the flash for the “valley of red hot stays” – Flushing Meadows offers social investments in wealth: the NY Hall of Science and City Field. For grass huggers who might lean toward yet not to meander into the dull blue sea, consider cruising on the amusement focus’ Meadow Lake. The American Small Craft Association offers sensibly assessed lessons that will demonstrate every one of you the stray pieces, from gear the pontoon to directing it.

Mountain biking in Wolfe’s Pond Park

New York City’s “ignored” ward is probably most remarkable for its eponymous – and free – ship. Yet Staten Island similarly has some astounding parks. Mountain biking lovers longing for some unpleasant territory movement should consider the thickly lavish Wolfe’s Pond Park on the island’s southern extensions. The amusement focus’ trails, suited for both youngster and widely appealing level riders, are the most up and coming development to the metro range’s creating arrangement of mountain bike courses. You’ll find a variety of region – frigid lakes, sandy shorelines and thick timberland. Juveniles – or families – can deal with level trails, while the gutsier can endeavor root and rougher ways.

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Mar 31, 2015

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Tips to Plan a Backpacking Trip


Many people like backpacking through the outdoors. It brings us closer to the nature, and is extremely healthy for our bodies. But, how to plan such a trip? You can’t just wake up and decide to go backpacking through the outdoors. Well, we are going to give you 7 tips that can help you with that, and will make sure your backpacking trip goes without any glitches.

Tip 1 – Find a partner

Going to a backpacking trip to the outdoors alone is never a good idea, even if you have a lot of experience. It’s always a good idea to bring someone with you. If you have experience than you can teach that partner a thing or two. If don’t have experience, than you can learn a thing or two from your partner. Plus safety is always in numbers.

Tip 2 – Decide when and where to go

You need to decide how long your trip will last, when will you take it, and where are you going to go. Some locations are overcrowded in certain times, and especially around the holidays, and that is why you need to make these decisions as earlier as possible, in order to avoid any awkward situations on your trip later.

Tip 3 – Equip yourself with maps and compasses

backpacking_tipsYou need to know where you’re going, and to know that location in detail. That’s why you should bring compasses and maps with you, both regular maps and topographic maps. Of course, first you need to learn how to read them, if you don’t already know that. When you are familiar with your surroundings, you are much safer, and that’s one of the reasons why you should follow this advice.

Tip 4 – Plan your route

If you plan your route properly, there is no chance for you to get lost or to keep walking in circles. If you don’t know how to do this, ask someone with more experience, of call Forrest services, and they will be happy to help you. And remember, you must make your camp close to a water source each night. If there are no reliable water sources, make sure you bring enough water with you.

Tip 5 – Check for permits and local regulations

Before you go on your backpacking trip to the outdoors, see if you need any king of permit, and then get it. Going without a permit is not advised, so following the rules would be appreciated. Also, you should check into the regulations of the locations you are traveling to, because they exist to protect you, and not because someone just thought of them for no particular reason. Also, check out if there are some fire regulations, and make sure you follow them.

Tip 6 – Bring food and equipment.

Make sure you consult your partner on the type of food you’ll be bringing on this trip, and make sure you strike a deal on that issue. Also, check your equipment before the trip, and make sure it’s in working order. Besides the equipment, make sure you have the appropriate clothing for this kind of a trip.

Tip 7 – Tell someone where you’re going

And finally, you should tell someone where you’re going, and leave your plan of this backpacking trip to them. That way, if something happens to you, the authorities will know exactly where to look for you.

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