Keeping Safe on the Hiking Trail

Having made my share of mistakes in the wilderness over the years, I have compiled a list of gotcha’s that can be applied to any outdoor adventure. I urge you to print this out and store with your outdoor gear. Hiking can be a most rewarding distraction from the daily grind, but safety should NEVER be taken for granted! Preparation 1) Plan your hike. You are more likely to have a safe and happy hike if you “plan your hike,

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Camping – The Budget Busting Holiday

When it comes to enjoying a holiday on a limited budget, it is difficult to beat the appeal of the good old camping trip. After all, it costs next to nothing to pitch your tent in the back country wilderness of your favorite state or national park. A week long camping trip can often cost less than a day or two in a big city or tourist hot spot, while giving the entire family time to bond and enjoy being

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Getting it right: Backpacks

You have to purchase a rucksack for your child, yet you are uncertain which one to purchase and don’t realize how to pick the correct one. After all there are those reports about how knapsacks are harming our kids’ backs. What are you as a parent expected to do? Here are a couple of do’s and don’ts about purchasing and utilizing knapsacks. Ideally you will probably some of them supportive. Try not to purchase the primary knapsack you see regardless

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30 Things You Must Know Before You Go On Your First Camping Trip

Camping to some of you evokes pictures that may influence you to flinch, particularly those of you who have never stayed outdoors as a tyke or have heard repulsiveness stories from companions and relatives, and have unreasonably chosen never to give it a reasonable go. How much time and effort you put into planning your big weekend away will decide how fruitful your camping trip will be. In spite of the fact that a portion of these errands may appear

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Hiking 101 – What to wear/pack

Planning a hiking trip? Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever the elements may bring and don’t leave home without ticking the following items off your packing list: Base layer A decent base layer for hiking is one that is breathable and lightweight. Specially engineered outdoor or sports clothing is ideal as it is designed to conduct moisture away from your skin, so your clothes stay dry and your temperature stays regulated. Insulating layer Once again, lightweight layers are

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Lhotse: an introduction

Situated on the border of China, Tibet and Nepal, Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Standing magnificently at 8,516 metres (27,940 ft), tall, Lhotse – whose name means ‘South Peak’ in the Tibetan community – was once mistakenly identified as Mount Everest’s southern peak. Since explorers and climbers first successfully ascended Everest in 1953, Lhotse has grown in popularity as an alternative challenge to Everest’s summit. However, any climbers heading towards South Col on Everest would encounter

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Windbreaker buying guide

Whether you’re camping or hiking, cycling or just spending time in the great outdoors, chances are you’ll be investing in a windbreaker jacket. It shouldn’t be a complicated decision – essentially, you just need protection against the wind, rain, mud and dust. A windbreaker jacket is a light, waterproof jacket – without insulation, it is ideal for layering over winter clothes or wearing in summer months when a thick, bulky garment would be prohibitive to movement and comfort. That said,

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