Archive for the ‘Outdoor News’ Category

Summer Road Trip Travel Tips

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Route 66Few things in life are as freeing as hitting the road. A road trip can be an exciting adventure you and your companions will talk about for years – or a nightmare you’ll be groaning over for decades. Either way, you’ll have a story to tell, but if you’d prefer to go the exciting adventure route, here are a few tips for making your trip a success:

Don’t get stuck in the dark. Truly, there’s no predicting when or where your car will break down. Every car emergency kit should include a flashlight of some sort in case of emergencies. Better yet, make it an LED headlamp or lantern to leave your hands free for the dirty work. An LED lantern can make fixing a flat infinitely easier, while an LED headlamp is ideal for fiddling under the hood. And if for some reason you end up having to hike to the next town or gas station, an emergency LED lantern will make the trek safer and can double as a signal for help.


What you’ll need for the Great American Backyard Campout

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Great American Backyard CampoutThere are plenty of camping enthusiasts out there – the lack of vacancies in popular state parks throughout the summer is proof of that – but for many families, camping is quickly becoming a dying art. Parents are busier than ever, kids are more interested in electronics than nature, and many people have simply lost interest in the great outdoors.

To help revive the tradition of camping for kids who don’t get outside as much these days, the National Wildlife Federation organizes an annual Great American Backyard Campout to encourage parents to teach their kids the joys of camping. Coming up June 25, the national backyard campout is also a great way to introduce young children to camping before taking them on an extended trip.


Celebrating the Summer Solstice – June 21, 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Summer SolsticeThe longest day and shortest night of the year is almost here. The summer solstice, or Midsummer, occurs June 21 and marks the point at which daylight is longest (north of the equator, that is) just before the nights begin gradually lengthening again.

But if you think all of that sunlight means you won’t have a reason to pull out your LED flashlight, think again! With a few friends and an LED lantern or flashlight, you can put a high-tech spin on this ancient holiday. Here’s a look at what the summer solstice is and how you can observe it at home or while camping.


5 Things Every Outdoorsman Should Know How to Do

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Mountain StreamThere are a handful of specific tasks you need to know how to do before you can carry the title of outdoorsman. Here are five things every outdoorsman—and some may argue, every man—should know how to do.

1. Find Your Way Back
First, anyone that calls themselves an outdoorsman must have both strong traditional path-finding capabilities and a willingness to use modern technology when necessary. Although an outdoorsman often has a great sense of direction, the more important characteristic is that he is humble enough to admit when he’s lost. That’s when the importance of preparation (including packing a rad GPS gadget or old-school map and compass) becomes crystal clear.


3 Nighttime Picnic Spots in Portland

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

StarsA nighttime picnic is a great way to see the stars, get to know someone, or just enjoy a cool summer night. Fortunately, the Portland area offers many easily accessible spots for enjoying a nighttime picnic.

With the exception of an LED lantern and an extra blanket, nighttime picnics don’t require anything other than what you’d bring on a daytime picnic. So pack up your basket, grab a friend or lover, and head out to one of these great nighttime picnic destinations.


Get Prepared – the Big One is Coming

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Oregon beachLife as we know it in Oregon will end for weeks or even months when the Big One hits the Northwest, earthquake experts say. Long blackouts, food shortages and fuel outages are on the horizon, as well as bridge failures and landslides that could potentially cut off the Oregon coast.

The predictions are based on a study of Japan’s recent magnitude-9 quake, which caused worse damage than was reported despite the country’s high level of preparedness, a team of Oregon experts said. A similar earthquake here would be even more disastrous, given that we’re behind Japan in terms of preparation, they added.


Missing Hikers Could Have Used an LED Flashlight

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Wahkeena FallsTwo Portland hikers were airlifted from the Wahkeena Trail in the Columbia Gorge Wednesday afternoon after they became stranded on a steep cliff and couldn’t get back to the main trail. The 20-year-old men called for rescue Tuesday evening but had to spend the night in the gorge with no flashlight and no warm clothes.

They became stranded when one of the men fell in the mud and the other tried to help. Although they were described as “experienced” hikers, neither carried a flashlight and both were dressed inappropriately for the cold overnight conditions, officials said.


Olympic National Park Seeks Marmot Counters

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help count Marmots at Olympic National Park in Washington.