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.
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Recently, President Obama announced that troops stationed in Iraq will be brought home in time for the holidays. Moreover, the 33,000 additional “surge” of troops sent to Afghanistan in 2009 will be coming home by September of 2012. Military families across the country rejoiced at this news. Just imagine: Rather than having quality time with Daddy or Mommy squeezed into the span of a short leave, these kids would have their parents home for good – or at least for a good, long while.
However, the transition from military deployment to civilian life can be extremely challenging, both for military personnel and for their family members. Spouses may feel mixed feelings – elation at the prospect of enjoying time with their loved ones, but sometimes also resentment at losing the freedom deployment can provide. As in any marriage, money problems, rumors of infidelity and unrealistic expectations add stress to military reunions. And children face their own challenges when it comes to welcoming home their veteran parents. For instance, kids might openly express anger that Mom or Dad had to leave in the first place.
When purchasing an LED flashlight, there are several things to consider, such as beam distance, run time, lumens or light output, water resistance, the intensity of the beam and the flashlight’s resistance to impact. What shoppers often neglect to notice, however, are the power switches on LED flashlights. The type of switch, its location and the design help determine how you interact with the torch – which can make a big difference in a wilderness or emergency situation.
The following is a look at the different types of LED flashlight power switches and some considerations to keep in mind. (more…)
Men can be hard to shop for, particularly outdoorsmen. There are many different gift options to choose from, but it can be difficult to know what items an individual already has. Luckily, there are a handful of items that an outdoorsman will never say he has enough of, such as a hunting knife. When you need to purchase a gift for an outdoorsman and are stumped on what to get, you can always fall back on one of these endlessly useful items. (more…)
You’re heading out to your car one morning, intent on going to work, when suddenly your usually friendly neighbor tries to eat you. There’s no need to panic: Pull the tacky pink flamingo that’s in your yard out of the dirt and drive the spade end into your zombie-neighbor’s brain as hard as you can. This will give you a few moments to unlock your front door, because the first thing you need to do now is get inside and get your hands on some essential gear to help you survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
WEAPONS. Get yourself a weapon first: the baseball bat in the closet, a couple of knives from the kitchen, the fire poker sitting by the fireplace – all of these are better than a lawn ornament. A firearm is most desirable in this situation, as it requires the least amount of contact to terminate a zombie; however, if you don’t have one, grab your best knives and anything else that will slash, stab, dent or hack a zombie’s head off.
Every fisherman’s kit should include lures, hooks, bait, a net and a good LED flashlight. LED flashlights and headlamps are incredibly useful gadgets for fishing expeditions. They come in handy for dozens of tasks, from baiting your hook to cleaning your catch to finding your way back to your tent if you spent a little too long on the lake. Furthermore, because many fishermen prefer to cast their hooks during the hours of darkness, LED flashlights and headlamps are often considered necessities.
Like humans, fish follow certain activity patterns during a 24-hour period. Although it is certainly possible to catch fish during the day, it is sometimes difficult because this is the time when most fish cling to the shore, hiding under protective leaves and branches to avoid predators. Watch a lake or river at twilight, and you’ll notice a definite uptick in the number of fish jumping and feeding as darkness approaches. Many fishermen even prefer fishing at night, when some species of fish are naturally more active, since they have the protective cover of darkness. Avid night fishermen say that many fish are most active around 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., when they tend to feed.
The striking array of brilliant colors that graces temperate areas of the world during autumn is really nothing more than the side effect of deciduous trees preparing for their winter’s sleep. Summer’s green leaves are filled with chlorophyll, a crucial ingredient in photosynthesis (the process plants use to transform sunlight, soil, and water into sugars).
Fall’s lengthening nights signal to trees that winter is on its way and that they should begin to shift from active sugar production to passive protection of their sugar stores. The vibrant oranges, reds and yellows of fall appear as chlorophyll drains from leaves, allowing underlying carotenoids and anthocyanins to show. (Carotenoids are found in yellow, orange and brown plants; they give color to bananas, rutabagas, and butter cups. Anthocyanins are responsible for the color found in concord grapes, blueberries, cherries, plumbs, and strawberries.)
People hunt elk for many different reasons. Some love the thrill of taking down such an enormous animal. Others enjoy providing their families with elk meat, which is often bountiful enough to last for months if one knows how to properly use a hunting knife and a deep freezer.
But elk hunting is more than just a fun way for hunters to use their guns and knives – it’s also an important way for fish and wildlife departments to balance our ecological and societal needs. As many farmers would be happy to tell you, elk hunting protects crops.