Archive for the ‘Camping’ Category

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…)

Go Glamping – a Look at Glamorous Camping

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

GlampingSome people are just natural MacGyvers. Send them into the woods with nothing but a compass and a multi tool, and within hours they’ll have a shelter built, a campfire blazing and a foraged meal cooking away.


4 Backpacking Super Foods

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Backpacking FoodEven on a relatively level trail, backpacking can be an exhausting adventure. It’s important to bring plenty of food to recharge your batteries while hiking. On an extended trip, a backpacker can burn 4,000-9,000 calories a day, which means your body will need a lot of fuel.

The best backpacking foods are compact, easy to prepare, dense in calories and can be eaten with a camping knife or multi-tool. Luckily, there are a number of lightweight, compact food items that still pack a caloric punch. The following are the top four trail foods that offer a high amount of calories per weight. Yum!


Green Camping and Hiking Tips for Earth Day

Thursday, April 21st, 2011


Earth Day is right around the corner – April 22, to be exact – and we here at Coast couldn’t be more excited. Our high-quality LED products use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, which helps people reduce energy consumption on a day-to-day basis. This year, we want to focus on two of the most popular outdoor activities, camping and hiking, and the different ways you can enjoy these activities in a green, eco-friendly way using LED headlamps and other LED camping accessories.


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
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.


WDFW begins Accepting Applications For ALEA Grants Next Month

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
ocean fishing

Ocean Fishing

Are you a hunting, fishing, or outdoor enthusiast? Do you live in the State of Washington? Do you get really excited about helping preserve your state’s amazing fish and wildlife? Well, then the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from you!


Trackers Earth Teach Urbanites Wilderness Survival

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
At Trackers Earth, kids learn valuable outdoor survival skills. - Picture courtesy of Trackers Earth

At Trackers Earth, kids learn valuable outdoor survival skills. – Picture courtesy of Trackers Earth

If you think Portland is nothing more than a bunch of yuppies, you haven’t met the staff at Trackers Earth. Trackers Earth, formally Trackers NW, is an organization based in Portland, Ore., that is part outdoor education program, part wilderness survival program, part environmental activist group, and part sustainable living collective.


Watch Out For Hungry, Hungry Bears!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Powerful LED lanterns can help keep bears at a distance.

Powerful LED lanterns can help keep bears at a distance.

No, it isn’t an episode of The Yogi Bear Show – this is for real! According to a story from the Associated Press,