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Winter Desert Camping

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Joshua Trees in WinterEager to beat the winter blues and get an early start on your camping season? Winter desert camping might be the choice for you. Both winter and desert camping differ from summer season, non-desert camping. The following is a look some of these main differences, as well as note some prime locations in the American West where you can try out desert winter camping. You’ll also find a suggested packing list for desert camping. (Hint: an LED flashlight or LED headlamp should be high on your list!)

What is Winter Desert Camping?

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High Power LED Flashlights: Important Equipment for Tornado Season Preparation

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

nssl0054Tornado season is on the way. In the United States, tornados tend to move northward; they may be spotted from late winter to mid-summer, according to the specific area. Northern states see the most powerful tornados touch down in June and July, while tornado season in Gulf coast states tends to be strongest in the spring. Tornado Alley, a strip of land across Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, southern Minnesota and South Dakota, typically sees the most severe storms in late spring.

Whenever tornados most frequently appear in your area, it’s important to be prepared. This article reviews recent tornado statistics, and offers predictions on how this year will stack up. It also examines the advantages of including a high power LED flashlight in your tornado emergency kit. Finally, you’ll find a list of other helpful survival items to include in your kit, other than an LED flashlight.

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Camping Lanterns: Propane vs. LED Battery

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Camping enthusiasts love to sit under the stars, listening to ambient sounds drifting in the background – the chirping of grasshoppers, the croaking of frogs, the crackling of the campfire. For many adults, these camping memories also include the hissing of a nearby propane camping lantern.

The propane camping lantern has long been the traditional choice for camping illumination. In 1885, Austrian chemist Auer von Welsbach invented the durable thorium mantle, which created the basis for 100 years of propane lantern technology. (Historians note that Welsbach was partially driven by the competition of the incandescent electric light.) The propane lantern became a powerful source of light, providing the equivalent of a 300-watt light bulb.

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End of the World 2012: Survivalist Guide for Preparation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

21.12.2012 _DDC4836Dec. 21, 2012: It’s almost here. For some, this date signals nothing more than the final three days of Christmas shopping. To others, however, it’s considered the end of the world. It is the date on which the 5,125-year-long cycle in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, closely associated with the Mayan Civilization, will end.

Many people interpret that to mean the world as we know it will come to an end, often referring to Mayan and Hopi Native American prophecies about the end of the world. Many major religions insist the world will come to an end at some point, as well, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism (although none of them indicate it might happen this year). Indeed, as the Earth’s North and South poles shift magnetic positions and a growing number of natural disasters continue to plague the planet, there seems to be plenty of evidence that major change is afoot.

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Rapid Response Knives: What Is Blade Assist Technology

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Some people say humans are the most successful species on earth because we specialize. If each of us had to figure out how to grow food, for instance, our complex civilizations would not exist. Through trade and barter, humans have been able to achieve what we have Folding Knife Imageprecisely because we don’t have to understand everything about our lives. The new line of Rapid Response Knives with Blade Assist Technology by COAST exemplifies the accomplishments our species can attain through specialization.

Setting the Stage: An Overview of Blade-Assist Technology

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LED Tactical Flashlights for Law Enforcement

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Issaquah WA Police Car - (Public Domain) ImageFor law enforcement professionals, LED flashlights are more than just handy gadgets – they’re crucial tools for investigation, applying non-lethal force and accurately aiming firearms. Tactical flashlights may be integrated into weapons, but most of the time police officers and other law enforcement personnel carry separate LED flashlights, which can be used for everything from non-lethal crowd control to checking the sobriety of a driver.

The bright beam of an LED flashlight in the eyes is often enough to stop a criminal in his or her tracks. Perhaps law enforcement experts’ most critical use of LED flashlights is in illuminating high-risk situations. If you’re pursuing an armed assailant, an LED flashlight can make a life-or-death difference. Below is a look at how law enforcement professionals can benefit from LED flashlights. (more…)

Creating Future Campers: How to Teach Kids Camping Safety

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

preparing-campfireKids can learn a lot from a good camping trip. From applying basic navigational abilities to playing LED flashlight tag, there are a plethora of useful skills to be gleaned from a family camping expedition. An important one is how to remain safe when out in the wilderness. Below are suggestions for how to teach kids about camping safety.

Educating Youngsters on How to Pack for Camping

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Modern Camping: The Evolution of Camping From Necessity to High-Tech

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Campfire on Honeymoon Beach, Isla Danzante The first camper’s handbook was written in 1908 by Thomas Hiram Holding, whom many consider the grandfather of camping as a recreational activity. Holding learned his camping skills during a 1200-mile trip across America in a wagon train in 1853. Back in those days, canvas tents and wood-burning cook fires were the norm.

Today’s camping expedition looks very different. Indeed, camping technology and campers’ habits have evolved so quickly in the last decade or so that even the mountaineering pioneers of the 1970s would be shocked. (more…)