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Home Repair 101: Why a Headlamp Belongs in Your Toolkit

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
LED Headlamps

LED Headlamps

Phillip’s head screwdriver? Check. Hammer? Of course. Measurement tape? Certainly. But mention that someone should include an LED headlamp in a home maintenance toolkit, and you might receive a surprised look in reply.

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Packing for a High Mountain Lake Fishing Trip

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Crooked River Burning MountainNearly 350,000 fish. About 500 lakes. And just $33 for an annual resident angling license. The numbers don’t lie: This is going to be a great year for those who enjoy high mountain fishing. The state of Oregon stocked about 500 lakes in the Cascade Range with 345,000 fish last July, and many of those meals-on-fins are now large enough to keep. Of course, many anglers practice catch and release – it seems the chase (and the breathtaking scenery) is enough for them.

Still, there’s nothing quite like hiking into a remote area, fishing for a while, and then frying your catch over an open fire, having cleaned it with your ever-present folding knife. No wonder 25 percent of Oregon anglers prefer to fish in the state’s high-altitude lakes – there are fewer people around and no noisy jet skis or boats, making for a very relaxing, rewarding experience.

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Student Safety: LED Flashlights and Other Items to Keep In Your Backpack

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The subway map I kept in my pocketCollege enrollment in the United States is at an all-time high. More students than ever before are choosing to go to a two-year or four-year college rather than enter the job market. Of course, many of these students are working part-time to fund their education. This means evening classes and late nights on campus.

Not surprisingly, with the increase in enrollment, there has also been an increase in crime on college campuses. Walking to and from your car or the bus stop on a poorly lit street can be dangerous if you don’t have an LED flashlight with you. Likewise, you could be stranded late at night if your bike breaks down and you don’t have the proper multi-tool or repair kit on hand. This is especially true on larger urban campuses located in major cities.

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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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A Holiday Homecoming: Gifts for Your Returning Military Loved One

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

1-171st GSAB returns to U.S.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.

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Choosing an LED Flashlight: The Importance of Power Switches

Monday, November 28th, 2011

HP7 LED FlashlightWhen 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.

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6 Gifts Your Outdoorsman Can Never Have Enough Of

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Multi Tool Holiday Gift

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…)

Essential Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

ZombiesYou’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.

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