Beginners Guide To Mountain Biking

When you decide to take up a new hobby, it is always best to try it out first to make sure it is suited to you before spending a load of money on the gear then finding you hate it. Beginning with a mountain bike is a classic example of this – just because you enjoy biking to work or with the kids around town, doesn’t mean you will like mountain biking.

One solution is to hire a mountain bike for a weekend to try it out and see how it feels. If you find after initial experiments that the bug has firmly bitten you, then you are ready to get started with your first bike.

Getting your stuff together

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Before you hit the trail, remember that it isn’t just a mountain bike you need to purchase: safety equipment is essential. Also, if you plan to do more distance than speed, invest in the best man bags for the job to carry your essential supplies with you: water, snacks, first aid supplies and such. They may increase your weight load a little but can be crucial when you are biking somewhere away from civilisation.

First bike

There are three main types of mountain bikes: rigid which have no suspension, hardtail that have front suspension and full suspension. There are also a range of different types of brakes including cable operated rim brakes and disc brakes. As a rule, the lower price you pay for the bike, the more basic things like suspension and brakes will be but this isn’t to say that they won’t do their job.

Perhaps the most important thing about the bike is the size of it in relation to you. A general idea is that a bike with 14-15 inch wheels would be suitable for someone between 5 foot and 5 foot 3 inches while 17-18 inches would be okay for someone up to 5 foot 9 inches. Someone over 6 feet should be looking at a 20-inch wheel.

Buying second hand

If you are unsure if mountain biking is for you or can’t quite afford a new bike, there are some great deals to be had on second hand bikes. Here are some tips what to look for when buying a second hand bike:

-        Make sure the wheels aren’t buckled and that the tyres aren’t going to need replacing before you can even use the bike.

-        Avoid bikes with cracks in the frame as these can hide greater problems. Alloys frames are the lighter option than steel frames but are also more prone to damage so if have existing signs, may not last lone

-        Brakes must be in top working order with a smooth release and all cables in good order. Disc brakes may need new pads so check inside to see what they are looking like or ask for a picture if you are buying online.

-        Make sure pedals rotate correctly and that the gears work as they should

If all of these crucial areas are in good order, then you may be looking at a really good second bike that isn’t going to cost you a lot to get on the trail. You could be out biking in no time at all.

The Best Tool For A Deer Hunter

Deer hunters and flashlightsBeing someone who enjoys the great outdoors, I am extremely enthusiastic about having the best gear available to truly enjoy it. Naturally, hunting is one of my favorite past times and it’s something I try to do whenever I have a free weekend. Perhaps my favorite part of hunting is going out for longer expeditions into lands less travelled. Often times I will do this by myself, and it’s amazing the peace and quiet and individual can feel when you are truly alone in the outdoors. No buzzing of street lights or honking of passing cars, just you, the stars and hopefully a few prized deer you might be lucky enough to bag by the end of your expedition.

On these overnight expeditions by myself, a good flashlight is extremely important. As I will often travel at night time, I am pretty much hooped if my flashlight fails on me. I’ll never forget the one time I was on an overnight expedition and my flashlight ran out of battery. It was just past midnight and I was trekking through an extremely dense pine tree forest. Along the trail I noticed my flashlight began to flicker and I was still another kilometer from where I planned to rest for the night. I was forced to stop the moment my flashlight went out as I could hardly see a foot in front of me as the clouds had covered the moon. I vowed that evening as I laid shivering under some brush that I would never find myself in a similar situation again.

Immediately upon my return I began researching flashlights that might be more dependable. I stumbled upon a tactical flashlight website which provided me tons of reviews on the top tactical flashlight that would surely be a more dependable flashlight than what I was currently carrying. It was the best thing I ever did as it replaced pounds of weight out of my backpack of extra batteries into a palm sized light which had hours and hours of battery life.

Perhaps the most impressive part of these devices that they are extremely high lumen flashlights. When you turn one of these flashlights on it pretty much lights up the entire forest. It’s almost eerie to have one of these flashlights on and see the glow of all the eyes looking back at you. It’s amazing how much life these forests are teeming with. Especially deer!

Although I had to have a bit of a rough experience to realize it, my flashlight failing me was one of the better things to ever happen to me. Never again would I be limited in my hunting trips as I carried what seemed like the light of a hundred moons in the palm of my hand.

5 Tips For Wearing Makeup While Hiking

While wearing makeup and being outdoors may seem like they do not go hand in hand, there are ways to wear your favorite products and not sweat it off or have it run all over your face. If you still want to look glamorous while attacking the great outdoors, don’t fear, you can have it all: look good while doing good for your body. Now grab your hiking boots and your mascara as we hit the trails. Here are some tips for wearing makeup outside and on your big hiking trip:

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Start off with a Primer

When planning to run hike, or do anything in which you could break a sweat, start your face off with a primer. Face primers work just like any other primers, such as paint: They help to smooth out the surface so your makeup lasts longer and looks even better. When you begin to sweat, primer creates a wall between your skin and your foundation, so it’s less likely to come right off. That way, you’ll only need a few touch-ups after hiking a trail to look fresh, clean, and polished again.

Waterproof. Must be waterproof.

If mascara is your go-to cosmetic, then you’ll be better of choosing waterproof. The last thing you want when exploring a hiking trail is for sweat to make your mascara run in your eye and make you look like a fellow hiking friend: a raccoon. Not such a good sight. Waterproof mascara stays put until you force it off.

Blotting Sheets

Is your skin naturally oily ? Sweating during hiking will only make your skin look and feel more oily and sweaty, therefore blotting sheets are extremely important. Also, in general, getting sweat off your face will prevent you from getting any acne. During a quick break on a hike, wipe out a sheet and blot your forehead, chin and nose. Then disregard and continue on.

Makeup with sunscreen

The sun can be a beautiful and powerful thing, and we must protect our skin from the harmful rays the sun omits. Wear a foundation that has some level of SPF in it. Don’t forget your lips! Most medicated lip balms will include an amount of SPF to protect your lips from chapping or burning. If you feel that your makeup does not meet your needs of protection, add face moisturizer on top that have a level of SPF 30 and higher.

Keep it Simple!

Less is more! Keep eye shadow at a minimal and choose light nature tones, such as gold and light browns if you must. Ditch the eyeliner completely! A good mascara will frame your eyes. A primer and tinted face moisturizer paired with waterproof mascara and medicated lip balm is all that can be needed for a hike. You can still look good and feel good! Bring an awesome pair of glasses and protect your eyes and your look if you’ve forgotten makeup.

Camping Games

Don’t you wish you could pack up the television, video game systems, and even the outdoor pool table to take camping with you? That way you could have the sleeping-in tent experience along with all your favorite pastimes.

Then again, when you’re spending time in the great outdoors, it’s a chance to abandon today’s toys and rediscover the fun of classic lawn games. BONUS: Most of these activities don’t require a lot of equipment that will take up valuable packing space, so they’re travel-friendly!
 

Old-Time Fun

Just in case you need a refresher course, here are the what and how of two timeless family games.

• Horseshoes
Needed: Two stakes; two sets of different colored horseshoes
How to play: First, set up a pitch or playing field: Measure out 40 feet and pound in a stake at each end until the stakes are approximately 14 inches tall. Smooth out the dirt as much as possible and then mark off foul lines at 27 feet and 37 feet from each stake. The 27-foot marker is for both kids and older players and everyone else plays with the 37-foot line.
Each team stands behind its home stake and takes turns tossing the shoes (each turn includes two shoes). Try to get them as close to the stake as possible.
Scoring: A ringer is the shoe hooked on the stake = 3 points; a leaner is the shoe touching the stake, but not hooked = 2 points; a 6-incher is the shoe within a shoe-length of the stake = 1 point. The first team to accumulate 21 points is the victor.

• Bocce or lawn bowling
Needed: An open space (dirt, grass, beach, or even a parking lot); bocce ball set, which consists of eight large colored balls and one smaller ball called the pallino
How to play: Divide the balls by color between players (from two to eight). One player begins by throwing the pallino, then one of his balls, trying to get it as close to the pallino as possible. This first colored ball is the “insider” and the goal for the other players is to land their balls closer to the pallino than the insider. All “outsider” players take turns until a new insider is determined. The new insider skips his turn until another insider is declared.
Scoring: After all the balls have been played, the last insider wins the points for that frame—1 point for each ball closer to the pallino than the closest competitor. Play as many frames, each time selecting a new person to roll the pallino, as needed for one player to win 13 points.

More Fun
Of course, there are several other fun games that are ideal for the camping environment.
• Frisbee
• Bean bag toss
• Smashball
• Hide n Seek
• Lawn darts

Regardless of which game you choose, it’s sure to be fun because it brings pals and family together in a relaxed, natural environment…as long as you keep the competition friendly.

Finding A Dog Fence For Camping

Taking a dog to your campsite.Dogs are the most intelligent animals in the pet group of domesticated animals. They are the friendliest pets to both humans and other species of animals like cats and birds. Camping is never enjoyable without the company of your dog, but at the camping site, it is not like being at home where your pet is under the constrains of your compound fence or even its kennel. Therefore, it is necessary to find a wireless dog fence (we recommend K9FenceReviews.com) in order to serve this purpose while you are camping. Since there is more than one brand of these fences in market, the following is a list if things you should consider when purchasing it:

1. Determine if the wireless systems are really wireless

Installation of the fence calls for special for special details. Hence, you have to be sure whether the system is truly wireless because there are there are those who claim that the system is wireless when the truth is that you still have to bury some wire around the area you want to constrain your dog at since they are not wireless! It is not said that wired dog fence is a bad option but it depends on the shape in which you want to restrict your pet.

2. Check the width of the correction field for each system

To do this, you should note the size and magnitude of the area you would want correction to be obtained by your dog. This exercise will help you know the width capabilities of correction field in each system.

3. Check the collar that comes with each system

A good fit of the collar you choose will ensure your pet’s comfort. The seller confidence can be a little bit tricky since you can trust the fact that the collar is adjustable when in the real sense it is not. Also, you should confirm that you can adjust the shock strength and span of the system.

4. Match fence features to your needs

While purchasing any commodity in the market, normally you already have objectives and an expectation. So before you go ahead to purchase any system you should be able to compare your expectations with what is at hand. By doing this you will be able to buy a system you are fully contented with and which has all the essentials you need.

5. Compare prices

Depending on where and when you are buying the system, prices are never the same. Do not be biased on judging the systems because if you do so you might not get the right worth of what you are buying. There are those systems which cost much less than a hundred dollars while others costs way beyond four hundred dollars. Compare the systems having at the back of your mind that the higher the price of a system does not mean it is the better option

6. Study the traits of your dog

By studying what your pet likes and what it does not , level of anxiety it gains when subjected to a restricted area, it will help you to determine the right system and make you and your pet stay in harmony.

Finding a Riflescope For Your Rifle

Shooting as a hobby or for hunting purposes is always fun and exciting. However it requires choosing the right shooting accessories to get the best out of it. Rifles shoot at a consistent pattern and acquiring the best quality riflescope allows precision shots on the targets. Riflescopes allow long distance visibility as they magnify the target thus bringing it closer for easy view. It is ideal for all firearm enthusiast, and it involves lining up cross hairs on the target surface for accuracy. Riflescopes allow easy switching of focus from the rear sight to front sight. Their purchase requires detailed analysis for quality and cost.

Components of a Riflescope:

The lens gathers the outside light. The bigger the size, the larger the field of view. The adjustment knobs shifts the elevation either horizontally or vertically. The rear is the eyepiece and holds the magnification adjustment and focus knobs. The scope body is the main part and its holds the lenses into position. Reticle is a cross hair that is lit up by battery increasing visibility of the target. The objective lens correct light at the scope and increases magnification power. Eye relief describes the length between the eye and the lens at the rear scope and prevents the riflescope from hitting the shooter.

Purpose of the Rifle:

In choosing a riflescope, it is important to consider the purpose of the rifle as it affects the size of the target and the distance. Field of view should be clear, and riflescopes offer the maximum magnification required. A riflescope power can either be fixed power or variable power that allow adjustment of power for magnification of each specific need. Also considering the shooting setup is important whether offhand or using shooting bags. Offhand set up requires a clear field of view and variable power riflescope for precise shooting.

Day Time Light :

Day time light is essential in choosing the right riflescope for specific shooting. It is imperative to deliberate on the size of the objective lens and the level of illumination of the reticle. For full daylight shootings, the size of objective lens and illumination levels is less important. In case of early morning and late evening choosing an illuminated reticle is essential in making the target brighter. It allows the shooter to have clear views. In dark areas the cross hairs are invisible and the target is not clearly visible. In such a case, illuminated reticles are required. The illumination features make a riflescope expensive as compared with the non-illuminated riflescope.
In hunting, a fixed power scope is much preferred while long distance shooting requires riflescopes with high power of magnification. The top five riflescope choices in the market are BARSKA 4×20 M-16, BSA Tactical Weapon 4 x 20mm, NIKON M-223 8485 1-4×20, Leupold 111412 Mark4 HAMR 4×244, and Burris Xtreme Tactical 1-4×24. You can check out more of the best AR-15 scopes along with their reviews at www.perfectaim.net. There are numerous other brands of riflescopes in the market and this makes choosing the right riflescope confusing. To make the right choice, there are helpful interactive charts at perfectaim.net/ about the best rifle scopes and their reviews to guide you in the right direction.
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Boar Hunting In Hawaii

The weather is perfect – pleasantly warm without being muggy, the air crisp and clear with nary a cloud in sight. It’s one of those relaxing Hawaii days, the days that inspire people to move to the island in the first place. For what other reason would one move to this tropical paradise? Hawaii is one of those rare places on Earth where relaxation and peace of mind seem to be more cherished than money itself. A place where the culture is carefree and relaxed.

This is in stark contrast to the “mainland US” culture, where rigid apathy reigns on high, the unsatisfied and confused denizens of the rat race culture scrambling up their corporate ladders like it’s the only possible way to climb through their life. But not Hawaii….Hawaii is paradise. And as relaxed and carefree as it is, I’m anything but relaxed….

I’m tense. On edge. Sweat drips down my rugged face, a face fixed with a look of determination and fortitude. A bandana is tied across my head not unlike John Rambo to keep my hair out of my face. I am decked out in my hunting attire; nothing too heavy as it would be remiss of me to dress anything but light in this sweltering heat….but I stand prepared nonetheless. Well, I crouch prepared.

Then I see it; my prey. The object of my hunger, the goal of this hunting trip – a large boar that is ready and waiting to be taken down. I could bring the boar back to my girlfriend for the two of us to feast on as we relax on vacation. Forget buying food this week, we’d be feasting on the fruits of my hunting labors, cooking it in a variety of different fashions! I moved forward through the tall grass I’m in, but my stealthiness is not up to par with the boars senses. It can hear me, it can†sense me. As it barrels towards me at top speeds, I realize to myself this is a life or death situation. Hell, isn’t that how Robert Baratheon died in the first season of Game of Thrones? I dodge the charging board and counter attack, lunging at it’s throat with my trusty hunting knife, sinking the steel deep into it’s neck. Dinner will be amazing tonight!

And then my alarm goes off, and I awake early in the morning, the fragments of my boar hunting dream fading into obscurity as I prepare to go on a guided Hunting Trip. I grab my blade and test it, having recently sharpened it using a top rated survival knife sharpener it should still be able to slice through a phone book. It does with ease. The boar doesn’t stand a chance, not with this blade. Unfortunately the scenario won’t be quite as epic as the one I pictured as I slept the night away, but it shall certainly be something to remember.

Technologies That Have Made Water Hobbies Amazing

People are relentlessly pushing adventures to new levels and always looking for the next greatest thrill. Water sports have risen to an all new level of risk and danger and have opened up a new world to those who love being in, on and around the water. Below are four of the latest trends and technologies which have made water sports even more amazing and taken them to an all new level of exciting.

Jet Boats

Jet boats are different from a powerboat or motorboat and do not use a propeller. A jet boat draws the water under the boat into an onboard pump and then ejects the water through a nozzle located in the stern of the boat. Jet boats were originally created to help eliminate the chances boaters had of hitting rocks and other objects with their propellers, however today are used mostly for recreational purposed and even professionally.† Smaller jet boats are also commonly referred to as ski-doís or jet skis and can be found on lakes and oceans all across the world. Jet-skis are extremely maneuverable, easy to handle and can reach top speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. However, larger jet boats are used to more leisurely cruise the open water and can hold anywhere from four to fifty people depending upon the size of the boat. Learn the history of jet boat at http://www.harbourjet.com/history.html

A video of a jet boat and some of its amazing capacities can be found at:

Rebreathers

A rebreather is an underwater breathing device which allows divers to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Similar to other breathing apparatus, a rebreather is often used by scuba divers and military personnel. A rebreather differs from other breathing apparatus in the fact that it recycles a diverís exhaled carbon dioxide and combines it with oxygen to create the perfect amount of air needed to sustain a diver with every breath the take. Rebreathers have gained popularity among divers because they are much quieter and do not disturb the marine life as much as other under water breathing apparatus, which allows divers to get a closer look at the marine life. Going deeper in cave dives is also a huge benefit of Rebreathers.

A video of a rebreather scuba diving can be found at:

Flying Water Jet Packs

Flying water jet packs look like something out of a movie and definitely deliver on drama, excitement and adventure. Raymond Li, inventor of the water jet pack, decided he wanted a jetpack fueled by water instead of rocket fuel. He fastened a hose to a jet pack, added an engine and water pump and soon was lifting off the waterís surface like had never been done before. A water jetpack is a backpack type structure which fastens around a personís back. The jetpack has a power thruster, engine and water pump which pumps the water from the lake, or ocean, through tubes and shoots at a high velocity out of the bottom of the pack allowing the user to soar into the air!

A video of a people using a flying water jet pack can be found at:

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is a growing water sport which combines various aspects of wakeboarding, surfing and paragliding all into one extreme sport. By harnessing the power of the wind, the kite surfer is able to glide across the water at top speeds and do various tricks. Kite surfing can be done recreationally or professionally.

A video of a person kite surfing can be found at:

A Healthy Precaution

Healthy precautions when outdoors
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If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then camping or backpacking is probably not your thing. If the opposite is true, that you actually look forward to getting down and dirty with Mother Nature, then the idea of spending a few days and nights in the great outdoors and away from the comforts of home is something you do every chance you can.

 

That said, just because you’re not afraid of a little dirt doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from personal hygiene while camping. Ok, so maybe you won’t be packing the best shampoo for men available on the market, but there are important reasons why you should keep clean while camping.

 

What You Don’t See

Not everything out in the wild is pleasant to deal with, and some aspects of nature could be potentially dangerous. From contaminated food due to improper storage to brushing up against poison ivy to being exposed to viruses carried by animals (and humans), you undoubtedly come across elements while enjoying nature that could be harmful to your health. However, many of these situations can be mitigated by simply using commonsense and practicing basic personal hygiene rules.

 

Rule #1

Wash your hands, often.

By cleaning up throughout the day, you’ll prevent germs and dirt from entering any scraps or wounds. Frequent washing will also keep your immune system primed to fight any pathogens or viruses with which you come in contact.

In particular, make sure you wash:

• Before prepping, cooking, serving and eating meals, especially after handling raw meat

• After using bathroom facilities

• After changing diapers or soiled clothing

• After coming in contact with animals or their waste products

• After being in or even just touching natural water sources

 

To really make sure you’re thoroughly disinfecting your hands, follow these steps:

  1. Use bottled or potable water.
  2. Lather up with antibacterial soap.
  3. Remove jewelry first or wash under rings and watches
  4. Scrub fronts and backs of hands, between fingers, under fingernails and up wrists.

The whole process should last at least 20 seconds.

 

If you are backpacking and have limited room for supplies, carry alcohol-based hand washes for quick cleaning.

 

Rules #2 & #3

The next rule for personal hygiene while camping is brush your teeth at least as often as you would at home to combat bacteria.

 

The No. 3 rule is to shower. What’s the point of bathing if you’re just going to get dirty again when you go back out hiking or hang out at the campsite? Washing up not only rinses away dirt, but it also gives you a chance to examine your arms, legs, and other body parts for rashes, cuts and scrapes that may have happened during the day and that might need further attention.

 

Extra Cautious

Finally, part of keeping healthy is to be prepared to clean up injuries, even the minor ones. Be sure to pack a fully stocked first-aid kit in with your other camping gear.

Camping In Style

In all honesty, if you are going to go on a camping trip leave the makeup bag at home, but if you are like me, a touch of mascara or gloss can give a little pep to your step that day. To stay consistent with the natural environment you are going to be in on this upcoming trip, it will be best to go with eco-friendly makeup brands.

There are brands that fall on both ends of the expense spectrum. If you do not plan on using the makeup after your trip then I would pocket some of your money and go to your local Wal-Mart or Walgreens. If you are going to go with this idea then Physicians Formula would be a wonderful choice for your next camping trip. This particular brand carries products for the face, eyes, lips, and skin.

The face products include bronzer, concealer, foundation, tinted moisturizers, and BB + CC cream. The eyes and lip products are your typical mascaras, liners, and lip-gloss/plumpers. For the skin products, Physicians Formula carries toner, makeup remover wipes, and their own skin care line. The nice thing about this brand is that they offer the organic product option. All of their products are guaranteed to NOT be tested on animals as well. I personally use their organic mascara and think it is wonderful! It does not clump or dry out my lashes. It is so much easier to take off before bed too. This is perfect for camping trips because depending on how much you are “roughing it,” you may not have access to the luxury of bathroom products. The easier it is to put on and take off the better.

If you are making a change to your makeup bag stash and prefer the higher end products, then Ulta carries a great brand to bring on your outdoor adventure. The best brand to go with that will go well with the neutral environment around you is Urban Decay, specifically their Naked makeup line. The eye shadow palette is perfect for keeping your look fresh and blended while hiking, making s’mores, or biking through the trails. Their eye shadow palettes are not the only product that will give you a glorious glow, but they also have Naked lip-gloss, Naked flushed (blush and bronzer) and Naked 24/7 glide- on double-ended eye pencils. Your makeup kit can be replaced with a whole new line of Urban Decay’s Naked products.

As I said before, you are camping so makeup should not be your main priority especially when you want to avoid little critters digging through your bags, but do not let that stop your look-good feel-good personality. A little blush, gloss, and mascara can give you the “up and at ‘em” morning glow you will probably be searching for after curling up in a sleeping bag all night.

5 Things To Make Your Camping Trip Better

kitchenmonster article on campingSummer is almost here, and with it brings much to look forward to: sunshine, friends, barbecues, swimming, and of course everyone’s favorite: camping. With the warm weather, hiking to your favorite spot, building a fire, looking up at the stars, and sleeping in the great outdoors can become a reality that the winter weather just won’t allow.

 

Even though the basic point of camping is to get away from modern amenities, there are a few modern things you may want to consider taking along to make your trip camping trip more enjoyable.

 

Cookware

One thing everyone must keep in mind when camping is food. A lot of folks bring boxed food, or already prepared food that can be put in a cooler and eaten later. But, sometimes you just want a warm meal. Remembering to bring cookware may be the single most forgotten tool when people go camping. Having a few pots and pans can go a long way, and believe it or not Teflon is very useful in the woods. Having things like cooking oil or no-stick spray is usually not high on the priotity list, and clean up is a breeze. If you don’t already have any Teflon cookware, or you’d like some exclusively for your camping trip, check out kitchenmonster.com for some great deals and selection. It really does make a difference.

 

Double Sleeping Bag

This isn’t necessarily a modern technology, but it is something that’s very useful when camping with a spouse or your significant other. Just because it’s blazing hot during the day doesn’t mean it won’t get cold at night. A double person sleeping bag is good because it can encompass body heat from more than one person, and it takes up less of the precious space you have in your vehicle. Plus, it’s usually cheaper to buy one of those rather than two one person bags.

 

Propane Coffee Maker

If you’re like most people, when you wake up in the morning one of the first things that comes to mind is caffeine. If you’ve ever stayed at someone’s house who doesn’t drink coffee, you know the feeling of waking up and not getting your morning cup of Jo. The propane coffee maker is exactly what it sounds like: a coffee maker that uses propane to do the work. No percolator, cords, wires, or electricity needed. It gives you a steaming cup of coffee no matter where you are.

 

Portable Sink

This contraption seems to be of best use to guys who like to have a fresh shave every morning. You won’t be tapping into your inner outdoors man with this thing, but it does make life a lot less complicated. It’s a plastic box that opens up with containers and pockets for the storage of razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc, and instead of being hollow on the inside, it holds water with a plug to use for dispensing. It can be also be a selling point for guys who are trying to convince their ladies that clean up will be easy.

 

Pet Tent

If you’re anything like me, your pets are a part of the family. When you go away for a few days at a time, finding someone to watch over them can be a pain, not to mention unfair to the pet. A lot of people like to bring their dogs on trips with them. They can warn you if a wild animal is near, and keep provide some funny moments on the trip. With cats things might be a little more complicated because they’re sneaky and get lost east. With a pet tent you wouldn’t have to bring the pet in the tent to take up what little space there is, and you wouldn’t have to worry about them running loose or sleeping in the dirt at night. It’s a great bonus when you can have your pet tag along for the fun.

Enjoy The Outdoors? Enjoy Baseball!

There is a reason that baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Not only are their local teams to watch live in pretty much every city in America, MLB is also broadcasted nationwide. Too be honest, it’s pretty tough to avoid even if you try. However, and perhaps most importantly, baseball is America’s favorite pastime because virtually anybody can play it.

BaseballWhether you are young or old, a man or a woman, the sport of baseball is accessible and constant at every single level. As the spring season begins, so does the sport of baseball and finding a team or a local pick-up game is as simple as a Google search. If you are new to the game, it is great to visit the Amateur Softball Association website to get a better idea of the game and perhaps even find a league which is nearby.

Get the Equipment

The equipment you need to play a game of softball is pretty basic. Obviously everybody participating needs a glove, however even that isn’t necessarily a requirement. If you have a group of people playing, the team which is batting can give their gloves to the defensive team and vice versa. The same goes for a bat which can be shared by everybody! If you need to purchase any equipment, including a bat take a look at the top baseball bat reviews to find something that fits within your budget. The only other equipment you need is a ball and maybe some bases although you can mark a field with pretty much anything. As a kid, we used to use old sweatshirts to makes bases as nobody owned any bases. No problem!

There are of course some basic skills you need in order to have a good time. Baseball has three major components: throwing, catching and hitting. As a defensive player you need to be able to throw and catch to some degree or the game will be too challenging and might not seem like very much fun. As a batter, it’s easy to practice a local batting cage on your own time and is really more about practice than anything. Perhaps the simplest piece of advice I can give to always keep your eye on the ball.

Play Anytime; Make New Friends!

Another great aspect about baseball is that it can be played at any park. Unlike ice hockey, which requires you have an ice rink, to play a nice game of ball, all you need is an open field to make a game happen. On top of that, because games are generally quite casual, bringing a couple of cold beverage to the ballpark is encouraged as it is an extremely social game. Often times, after an organized game, both teams will get together to go to a local pub to have some drinks which makes it a great activity to meet new people.

Baseball is one of the games we love for a variety of reason. If you have never tried it before, don’t be afraid to call up some friends head to the local park. You might be surprised at how much fun you can have.

Watches For The Great Outdoors

A little thought of, but very helpful accessory to have when doing outdoor activities is a watch that is multifunctional and suits your needs whether that is in durability, functionality or both. Having a watch with a few extra bells and whistles is really helpful for many outdoor adventures and can help you make the most of your excursion. There are different features that you will want to look for depending on what activity you are doing.

Technology has improved tremendously when it comes to cool new tools built into watches. For campers there are awesome new wrist watches that include GPS, temperature readers and flashlights. Each of those features is incredibly helpful to adventurers that set off on their own in the wilderness. There will be a bit more peace of mind knowing that you will be able to use GPS to find your way back to your campsite. Not to mention how handy having a flashlight built into your watch should the batteries die on your hand held one or if you forget it. The temperature reader is pretty cool as well and will a give you a heads up on what to wear or pack if you go on a hike.

Dive watches have been a hit with everyone from divers, to James Bond to Navy SEALS. There are many great ones on the market and in most cases you are certainly getting what you pay for. Some of the lower end dive watches aren’t much more than water resistant up to 100 meters. When you go up in price and brand you do tend to get a bit more for your money. The more expensive, but definitely better dive watches are submersible up to 300 meters, have faces that are clearly visible at great depths and illuminated faces that allow you to see your watch if you are on a night dive.

There are also many great watches out there for those avid mountain climbers and mountain bikers. These watches are made out of the rough and toughest watch materials that money can buy. They usually have durable bands that are made out of woven nylon, similar to the material used for parachutes and have break and scratch resistant faces. These are key elements for hikers and mountain bikers since these are pretty rugged activities that can result in a few tumbles. Many of these watches come with a built in digital compass, a weather predictor, temperature reader, GPS and are solar powered. I am particularly fond of the digital compass and solar powered ability. If you get a bit off course or need assistance finding a planned location, no worries with a built in compass to guide your way. The solar power charge is a really cool feature as well since most hikers and bikers are out during the day in the sun anyhow. You won’t have to worry about your watch batteries dying on you suddenly when you most need them to work. You will always have a backup source of power for your watch should you need any of the handy features.

Should I Take Outdoor Or Survival Training?

Survival training is a big thing these days. You have probably heard of the people who are preparing for disaster by becoming skilled in various things that will help if ever there was a nuclear blast, a massive outbreak of illness, a war, or, of course, a zombie outbreak. These people are very much into survival skills and have things like bug-out bags ready.

You don’t have to go to this much trouble, surely, but let me tell you, they’ve got a point. The basic premise is that the more raw skills you possess, the better you will be able to adapt to various situations that you might not have been able to prepare for, particularly in dangerous or hazardous situations. Those with skills will fare much better than those without, no matter how brave or resourceful those people without skills are.

Even if all you do is check out this site, get your gear, and head up the trail a couple time a year, you should definitely consider getting some good training. The best course of action is to get continuous training. Take different courses throughout the year, then make sure you take refresher courses as needed, and be in a constant state of learning.

There are various courses and classes you can take, such as avalanche training, general survival training, hunting training, shelter-building training, you could go to a course on how to safely navigate on ice. There are a lot of courses for both niche issues and for the broader “survival” issue.

Ask yourself this: If you use the same tools as a famous celebrity or expert, does that make you as good as that expert? A lot of people make buying decisions with the belief that this is true, but obviously we can see that it does not make you so. What makes those people experts is that no matter what tools they were using, they would find a way to get the job done and they could make difficult decisions on the fly and adapt to their circumstances.

That is what we want you to think about when it comes to taking training. Your raw skills and abilities are much more important than the type of gear you’re wearing or where you bought the latest gadget.

Of course, these things are important when you are really looking to ramp up your game and get serious about things, but the very first steps should always be to ensure full control in the most basic and fundamental setting.

It’s like getting your body weight exercises under control before venturing into adding weights. If the base is mastered, all else comes naturally afterwards.

So, before you get new boots, a high tech ax, or 3D holographic maps from who knows where, make sure you take care of your body and your mind. Add all the fuel to your brain’s fire you can before putting yourself in a situation where you could get hurt, either up on a mountain, or on a trail, or along the rapids of a river.

There is value in taking training, and we hope you take advantage of this. We’ll continue to provide you with great ideas of things to do outside, plus reviews of the top equipment and gear you can use in the great outdoors, but from us to you, you owe it to yourself to improve your skills!

Here’s an example of what’s being offered out there:

Camping Essentials

Camping is one of the best recreational activities because by camping, you can live in the plain forest and enjoy the fresh and cool environment. By camping, you can enjoy all the leisure that the nature has to offer. When it comes to camping, you need to pack all the camp pillowessential things because you will not be able to find anything in the forest.

You might pack a tent, a sleeping bag,  the essential food items and things like a flashlight and something to start a fire such as matches. When it comes to camping, you might also want to pack the best pillow because you will want a good night sleep.  You can stuff a lot of clothes under your head for support but this will not be very comfortable.  There are many different types of camping pillows and you should choose the pillow that fits your needs and wants.

Classic Goose Down Pillow

If you do not want to compromise your comfort level and want the best camping pillow in town, then you should purchase the classic goose down pillow or bring your own from home. Filled with light weight down, you can easily carry this pillow to the camping site. If you’re just taking a pillow from home, think about putting a different pillow case on just for camping.

Inflatable Pillows

The pillow is very easy to carry and can be inflated and deflated in just seconds. This is the best choice for backpackers because they literally take no space in the bag.  Purchase this campingtype especially if you are looking to save space and feel a little guilty about taking a pillow.

If you are worried about saving space, then an inflatable pillow is just right for you. Inflatable may be the way to go too especially if you’re trying to also inflate a mattress and not just sleep directly on the ground.   Before pillows, make sure you have other necessities in case of an emergency like your flashlight, food, fire starter and a knife.

 

The Indoor Outdoor Cat

Cats are one of the most favorite pets in United States of America and there are more than 70 million pet cats in this country.  There are some health issues that you need to address before keeping a cat and deciding whether or not your cat stays inside or outside or becomes the classic indoor outdoor cat.

Shelter and Litter Box

Cats who stay inside most of the time may also have a preference to use their favorite litter box outside too (as well as anywhere else outside).  The best litter box for your cat outside orange cat outsidemay be one that is disposable and just temporary. You can place it inside a shelter if you build one for your cat.  Sometimes keeping a litter box outside sounds silly but it may also remind kitty what they are to use when you let them back in your house.

Hot and Cold

If your cat goes in and out all year long and in a climate where temperatures can drop significantly,  make sure you have a shelter for your cat with heat or a minimum heated pet bed. If the temperatures can drop too low, be prepared to bring your cat inside.  If you know that it will be too hot outside, keep your cat in for the day as they can dehydrate very quickly and the water bowl dries up easily.

Protect From Fleas and Add an Id

cat with id collarWith an indoor outdoor cat, you should make sure it is up to date with all of the recommended veterinary shots as well as treated for fleas and ticks. A flea collar along with an Id tag and a memory chip added are extra protection for you and your cat or cats.  Most flea and tick treatments are only once a month and protect your cat from heartworm too.  Protecting your cat against critters also helps to protect your home from being infested. It’s not 100% guaranteed but you and your cat are better off in the long run for many reasons.

Do not forget to put food and water out for your cat. You may also want to keep this in a shelter so that the food isn’t scarfed up by other unwanted critters.

Canoeing Can Be Fun

Canoes are a type of narrow boat that can be used for racing and recreation. A canoe has a thin shape. Canoes are usually built from wood and aluminum. Canoe racing is very famous in many parts of the world and canoeing has been the part of Olympics for a long time. Two countries where canoes are very famous are Canada and New Zealand.

canoeThe shape of the boat also plays an important role in its speed and stability. The hull design of the canoe has numerous advantages and it provides extra stability to the boat. The length and width of the boat affects the speed of the canoe. If you increase the width of the canoe, it will give you extra stability on the cost of speed. Design of the canoe is very important.

Many Options To Choose

When purchasing a canoe, you should make sure that you purchase the right canoe  for sale because there are many different types of canoes in the market. If you want a canoe for racing then you should purchase the flat water canoe. The flat water canoe is small in size and has a very narrow beam, which makes the canoe very unstable.

The sprint canoes are available in different sizes which can host 2-4 people. Apart from sprint canoe, wild-water canoes are also loved. The wild-water canoe also has a small size and is highly stable.  It is easily available in the market at a small price.

Freestyle

The freestyle canoes are also very stable and in the freestyle canoe competition, the athlete does a lot of tricks in the canoe. This canoe is specially designed for the tricks in the water. Freestyle canoeing is also known as play-boating and these specialized canoes are known as play-boats. In this sport, the athlete has to travel in the river and perform certain tricks in the canoe.

canoeingApart from the modern canoeing design, the traditional canoes are slow and are mostly used to recreational purposes. If you want to purchase a boat for fishing, then a traditional canoe with a motor will be best for you. It is made up of sturdy material and has a hull design that gives extra stability to the people. The canoe that is used to travel is known as tripping canoe and more than four people can travel in this canoe. Tourist canoes are larger in size and are used in different recreational sites. With the help of these canoes, a larger number of people can travel and explore the different lakes and beautiful parks.

Canoes have a huge impact on the history of many countries and it is also considered as one of the most adventurous sports of modern age. When purchasing a canoe, you should make sure that you purchase the canoe with excellent hull design. The correct hull design will give the canoe extra stability. Always remember that when you are going for sprint canoeing, you should wear proper gear to avoid any accidents.

Get A National Parks Passport

America is a country that is full of national parks and recreational spots. Every year, millions of people visit to have a look at these beautiful natural places. With the help of a Grand Canyonnational parks passport, you can visit more than 2000 federal recreational spots in United States of America. The annual pass covers the entrance fee of the park and the national wildlife refuge. Children below 15 years are allowed to enter the parks without any pass.

The annual pass will help to see the national parks and the history of this beautiful country for many visits. You can get this pass from the federal recreation site and you can also apply for this card by phone and the card will be delivered at your doorstep. There are four main types of annual passes.

Annual Pass

The annual pass will help you to cover the entrance fees of more than 2000 wildlife and national parks in the country. The annual fees of this pass are just $80 and this can be renewed easily. The pass can be issued to any person who is above the age of 16. The kids under age 16 have free-admittance in the parks. The pass can be easily obtained by the federal recreational sites and you can also order these passes via telephone. The pass is non-transferable and will only be useful if the person is with you whose name is on the pass. The pass is very beneficial to those people who love to travel and love to see the national parks of this country. With a small price tag of eighty dollars, you can see the natural beauty of America.

Olympic NationalSenior Pass

The senior pass is available for those people who are more than 62 years old and are a  permanent citizen. This card is available for a small price tag of ten dollars. The best thing about this pass is that it is issued for the lifetime. This means that you do not have to pay any annual charges on this card and can visit all the national parks of the country. With the help of this card, you will also be entitled to special discount in different parks. The card can be obtained by federal recreation sites and it can also be ordered via internet by filling a simple form.

Access Pass

The access pass is issued for free and gives you access to all the national parks of the country. The card is issued to the permanent residents with disability. With the help of this card, you can enjoy some discounts in the parks. The card can be easily obtained at different federal recreation sites. The applicants have to provide the document of permanent residency and a certificate of permanent disability.

Volunteer pass

The last type of pass is known as the volunteer pass and it is issued to the people for free. To qualify for a volunteer pass, you need to have served 250 hours with the federal agencies.

Backpack Trip Tips

Backpacking is the journey with a backpack. Backpacking can be done for a day or even for weeks so you need to pack your backpack in such a way that it is not so heavy. You have to carry your backpack at all times so weight is one the most important factors when making such a trip. You should pack your bag in such a way that it is light weight and can be carried easily. You have to carry all the essential items including water, food and a flashlight so a backpack checklist is very important in this regard.

backpack and checklistClothes and Footwear:

Clothes and footwear are important things that you are going to need. Don’t over pack clothing  and include long sleeve shirts based on the weather in the location you will go. You should have protection against climate either for shade or to maintain heat in a colder area.

Pack a pair of  hiking shoes because it will help you in walking and carrying your pack.  It will save room if you can just wear them but make sure you have extra laces. When backpacking, you may have to walk for a long time so make sure that you have the right footwear with you. If you choose boots, they will take a lot of space in the backpack so you can wrap them around it if you are not going to wear them. This will save a lot of space.

First Aid Kit and Other Essentials:

You should always carry the essential medicines when packing your backpack. This will help you to tackle any minor headache, allergy or injury. A first aid kit will also be very helpful in case of any accident. Other essential items to include are water, food, a knife and something that will assist with making fire in the event of an emergency and especially if you are not an expert making it on your own.First Aid

Very small metal cups or bowls made for camping can help if you need to plan to boil water for drinking instead of bringing it with you. Some of this is a judgement call based on your length of time planned but also plan for emergencies. Add some sun block to your check list especially if you are going anywhere you’ll have exposure to the sun.  Always bring a flashlight and make sure it is in proper working order before embarking on your trip.

All the essential items should be checked again and a backpack checklist can be very helpful when flashlightpacking your bag.  Collect everything you need and conduct a pre-trip load of your backpack so that you know everything fits in it and you don’t leave something important out.  Don’t rely on other people you are traveling with to remember everything.