Archive for the ‘Hiking’ Category

Hiking Gear Checklist: COAST’s Most Popular Hiking Info

Monday, August 13th, 2012

camping gear scoreHere at COAST, we aim to provide helpful information for campers, backpackers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. As peak hiking season hits, we’ve compiled some of our most popular hiking-related resources to help enrich your outdoor experience and keep you safe on the trail:

5 Desert Hiking Tips. Learn the best time of day to hike in the desert, as well as quintessential hiking gear to bring, including an LED flashlight or headlamp. This post also includes tips to help you compensate for the extraordinary dryness and quickly shifting temperatures of a desert environment.

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COAST Celebrates ‘Great Outdoors Month’

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Central Oregon Landscape

Outdoor enthusiasts, rejoice! June is national Great Outdoors Month, which highlights the fun you can have outdoors in the country’s forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public spaces. This event coincides with several national outdoor events we at COAST Products are excited about. (more…)

Celebrate National Trail Day | June 2

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Firemen In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stated in the “President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors” report that he believed all Americans should have the ability to find a hiking trail within 15 minutes of their homes. This statement evolved into the Trails for All Americans initiative, which helped form the annual National Trails Day in 1993. National Trails Day 2012 is on Saturday, June 2.

National Trails Day Events

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Hiking Voted Favorite Camping Activity and Outdoor Recreation

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Firemen The About.com 2012 Reader’s Choice Winners are in, and hiking takes first place in the Favorite Camping Activity and Outdoor Recreation categories. Hiking is a great sport for individuals of all activity levels because of the different types of trails available. This activity can be as simple as walking on a flat path in a wildlife sanctuary to testing your balance on steep, rocky trails. With a bit of planning and the right equipment, you, too, can be ready to hit the trails in no time.

Reasons Why People Love to Hike

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COAST Product Reviews: Gear Guide Calls c5899 ‘One Sweet Multi-Tool’

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

LED Pro Pocket Pliers Multi ToolThe multi-tool market today is filled with flimsy models boasting frivolous bells and whistles. With the c5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers, we wanted to get back to the basics by producing a rugged, hefty tool that offers maximum utility without all that fluff.

If a recent Gear Guide review of this multi-tool is any indication, it sounds like we hit our target. This concise and well-written review does a great job highlighting the main features of the c5899, describing it as “one sweet multi-tool.” Here’s a breakdown of what makes this tool special:

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Seasonal Hiking: A New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Eagle Creek Ride/HikeWith its typically crisp weather and clear skies, Thanksgiving weekend is often a great time to get outdoors – especially if you want to work off some of those mashed potatoes.  As Americans become increasingly aware of the need to get more exercise, more and more families are incorporating seasonal hiking into their holiday traditions.

A Thanksgiving hike is a way for the whole family to get out into nature before it gets too cold and snowy.  Choose a route that suits the age and ability level of everyone in your hiking group, and make sure you’re prepared for the colder weather and earlier sunsets by bringing along plenty of LED flashlights and warm clothing.

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Tips for Enjoying Fall Color

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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.)

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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…)