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How to Dumpster Dive: Essential Equipment

Friday, June 24th, 2011

dumpster diveDespite the negative images the phrase may carry, dumpster diving is an art. What better way to find cool stuff for free, while having an adventure as well? If you don’t mind getting a little dirty and doing some spontaneous dumpster rummaging, then you may want to try your hand at a dumper dive. Of course, you’ll need the right tools and equipment to be successful and have fun. Listed below are five general tips on preparing for a night out dumpster diving. (more…)

Everyday Carry: What to Bring with You Everywhere

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

There are essential items you should carry with you at all times in the event of an emergency or simply an unexpected happening. These items can include lip balm, a list of emergency phone numbers, a small flashlight, medication or a notepad. This guide will outline the basic everyday carry items you should consider taking with you wherever you go. (more…)

Introduction to Wilderness First Aid

Monday, June 13th, 2011

first aid kitAnytime you plan to spend time in the backcountry, you need to be prepared with the proper equipment and knowledge. In addition to knowing CPR and carrying basic gear, like a folding knife or multi tool with you, you should also know first aid techniques specific to the wilderness. Special gear, like an LED headlamp, can also come in useful. When you know wilderness first aid, you can apply its basic principles under stress. The types of ailments and injuries that can happen in the wilderness are uncountable, but knowing the basics can help you deal with almost any situation. (more…)

5 Survival Skills Every Backpacker Should Know

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

survival gearWhen you’re backpacking in the wilderness, you never know what type of situation you might run into, which is why it’s important to be prepared for anything. Your pack is your lifeline, carrying all of the gear and emergency supplies you’ll need to survive away from civilization; however, you’re limited in terms of how much you can put in it.

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Outfitting Your Mountain Bike for Night Trips

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

mountain bike at nightMountain biking at night can provide a rush you just can’t get during the daytime. For some busy enthusiasts, nighttime may even be the only available time to ride, particularly when daylight hours are in short supply. In either case, nighttime mountain biking requires extra safety precautions and different gear, including LED lights, that you normally don’t need for riding during the day. Following are suggestions for what to bring and how to trick out your mountain bike for night riding. (more…)

Oregon Bear Hunting Tips

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

black bear at mt. ranierThe state of Oregon alone has up to 30,000 black bears. While grizzly bears were once native to the state, they have been gone for nearly a century. Despite their name, black bears can have cinnamon, brown or blond fur.

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5 LED Headlamp Etiquette Tips for Outdoorsmen

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

LED headlamp at dinnerOutdoor enthusiasts love LED headlamps. You can strap one onto your forehead and then forget about it while you go about your nighttime business bathed in powerful light.

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Tips for Choosing an LED Headlamp

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

LED headlamps are one of the latest accessories to gain popularity among outdoor enthusiasts and those who like to work with their hands. These headlamps come equipped with light emitting diodes, or LED lights, which provide a brighter light than traditional lights used in headlamps. LED lights use less battery power than traditional flashlights, thus providing significantly more hours of light. Consequently, an LED headlamp is 90 percent more efficient than one that does not use LEDs.

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Damascus Knife Maintenance Tips

Friday, May 27th, 2011

C244398 Damascus SkinnerMade from Damascus steel, a Damascus knife uses a particular type of metal developed for sword making in about 300 BC. A Damascus blade knife has a distinctive banding and mottling pattern that appears wavy, like flowing water or wood grain. Swords made of Damascus steel had a reputation for being shatter-resistant, strong and capable of maintaining a sharp edge for a long time.

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Rafting the Grande Ronde River

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Grande Ronde RiverOregon’s network of rivers is a gold mine for rafting enthusiasts, with a wide variety of rapids ranging from mild to highly technical. Whitewater rafters travel to the Northwest from all over the world to navigate the region’s renowned rapids and scenic rivers. For beginners, or rafters who want a more laid-back experience, the Grande Ronde offers a stunning combination of mild rapids and scenic beauty.

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