Everyday Carry: What to Bring with You Everywhere

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. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Unexpected Uses for LED Headlamps

June 20th, 2011

Even if you are not the outdoorsy type, LED headlamps are more useful than you may think. Unlike a flashlight, a headlamp gives you the ability to complete tasks hands-free, which is advantageous for several tasks. If you do any of the following activities, an LED headlamp can help make your life easier: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Car Maintenance Tasks Anyone Can Do Using an LED Headlamp

June 17th, 2011

A common problem with car maintenance is a lack of illumination. Not being able to see what you are doing can make it seem like it is easier to take a car to a mechanic for even the simplest tasks. An LED headlamp or an LED flashlight can help you complete basic car maintenance tasks with ease, even if you are a novice. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Ready for Trail Running

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Survival Skills Every Backpacker Should Know

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Oregon Bear Hunting Tips

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

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

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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