Archive for the ‘Adventure Travel’ Category

Heading for the Mountain: Prepare Your Car’s Emergency Kit

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Sure, you packed the season pass, but did you remember to bring an LED flashlight on your last skiing expedition? Even if you’re just traveling to and from base lodge, it’s smart to have an emergency flashlight and other supplies in your car. Remember, inclement weather strikes quickly in the mountains, where a sunny day can shift suddenly into whiteout conditions. Having the right survival equipment on hand could save your life. So, take heed skiers and snowboarders: stow the items we’ve listed below in your car emergency kit.

What to Include in your Car’s Emergency Kit

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Trick or Treat: Why LED Headlamps are Perfect for Halloween

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Halloween

  • Fake blood: Check.
  • Pillowcase: Check.
  • Reflective tape: Check.
  • Flashlight: How about a headlamp instead?

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What to Bring on a Geocaching Expedition

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Geocaching was a hot pursuit when GPS devices first hit the mass market, and although the hubbub has died down somewhat, the hobby lives on for many outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re not familiar with the term, geocaching is basically a worldwide treasure hunt in which GPS coordinates are used to track down hidden caches, which contain small trinkets or souvenirs. It’s a great way to add a sense of excitement and purpose to your hiking adventures.

Once you own a GPS device, it’s also fairly inexpensive; all you really need is a good LED flashlight or headlamp, some small tokens or “treasures” to replace what you take, and your regular hiking supplies. Here’s a more detailed look at what to bring on a geocaching expedition: (more…)

Backpacking: How to Properly Load your Pack

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Many experienced backpackers have honed their pack loading skills to a science. For those just starting out, however, loading up a pack for a multi-day backcountry trip can seem baffling. Not only do you have to make everything fit, but you need to position your gear for optimal weight distribution as well as accessibility. The last thing you need when night falls is to have to dig through your pack in the dark to find your LED headlamp.

While the finer points of pack loading are often learned through experience, there are some basic principles you can follow to ensure your gear – and your own safety – are protected. (more…)

How to Bury a Survival Cache

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ApocalypseIf you’ve been paying attention to current events lately you probably know that the world seems to be in pretty bad shape. Between tsunamis, revolutions, wars, and the ominous predictions of a 2012 apocalypse, it’s easy to believe that the world as we know it is coming to an end. A natural reaction to recent natural disasters is to prepare an emergency survival cache should tragedy strike. But how can you protect your survival cache in the chaos that will surely follow a natural disaster? Simple – bury it.

Buried survival caches are gaining popularity across the country, but what exactly should go in one? And what’s the best way to bury it? Good questions.

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Idaho Moon Monument Makes List of Top Ten Destinations

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Craters of the MoonGood news for Idaho! Yahoo recently named the famous Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho one of the ten places every kid should see. Forget Disneyland – Craters of the Moon is a rugged, fascinating landscape with a rich history and plenty to see. It’s fun for adults, too! Here’s some basic information on the park. Enjoy!

What’s the story?

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March Outdoor Events Calendar

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The temperature may still be in the low 40s, but spring will be upon us before you know it. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the outdoor events calendar. This March, grab a jacket, leave the comfort of the indoors, and get back out into the wild. The following events are all great opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to wake from their winter hibernations. Enjoy!Coast March Outdoor Events Calendar

What: The Bachelor Butte Dog Derby
When: Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6
Where: Wanoga Snow Park, near Sunriver, Oregon
Contact: Bino Fowler at bfowler70@q.com.
Described on the organization’s website as “a return to racing sled dogs”, this trophy race will take you through the beautiful Cascade Mountains and offers short, middle, and distance courses. Not a musher? Don’t worry! Spectators are encouraged to come cheer on the racers.

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Washington Man Completes “Seven Summits”

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

You may not know it, but there is an exclusive club to which, if you’re like most people, you do not belong. No, we’re not talking about the Skull and Bones or the Freemasons. We’re talking about the group that consists of anyone that has scaled what climbers call “The Seven Summits”. The Seven Summits are the tallest peaks on every continent, and from reports by The Olympian, only 86 Americans have ever done this. In fact, only about 280 people worldwide have done this. Oh, wait – make that 281.

Last month, Olympia, Wash., resident Steve Giesecke joined the Seven Summits club by scaling Antarctica’s Mount Vinson, a freezing 16,000 foot peak that on average is the highest of all the summits. The 56-year-old mountaineer starting the Seven Summits challenge in 1989 by climbing Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Since then he has mastered the other five summits, including Kilimanjaro, Kosciuszko, Carstensz Pyramid, Everest, Elbrus, and Aconcagua.

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