Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities’ Category

Introduction to Outdoor Compass Games: Orienteering and Geocaching

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Americans are more sedentary than ever, and it seems like every day brings a new study showing the health impact of sitting for long stretches. For example, research from Louisiana’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that people who sit for a majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die from a heart attack.

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Kids’ Summer Camps: How to Choose the Right One, and What to Pack

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Educational research shows that kids often slide backwards during the summer, at least in their recall of what is taught during the regular school year. However, time off from the formal structure of school allows many students to pursue their own unique interests.

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What to Bring Car Camping

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Car camping isn’t as rigorous as backcountry hiking, but it still requires quite a bit of preparation. Below, you’ll find a basic list of what to bring car camping. (more…)

Outdoor Cooking: Basic Tools for Campfire Cooking

Monday, July 11th, 2011

For millennia, humans gathered around a campfire every evening to share food, stories and love. Perhaps those early years in human civilization are somehow wired into our genetic makeup. Especially in today’s world of endless digital distractions, a campfire has a magical ability to create a serene environment where people can unwind and watch their troubles float away like smoke on the breeze.

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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…)

Getting Ready for Trail Running

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

If you have always wanted to get into running, but do not feel like your local track, neighborhood or treadmill is right for you, consider trail running, a sport where you trek your way through natural settings. Most trail runners practice this sport because of the isolated settings and the ability to exercise several muscles in the body at once on more challenging trails. Before you run out the door and into the woods, learn how to properly prepare for a trail run and stay safe.

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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…)

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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