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  • The lack of rain will cause an early fire season in California
    The lack of rain will cause an early fire season in California
    In the last several weeks, you can see a change in the fields of California. Where there was green grass or brush, now there is dry grass or dry brush. If it does rain, the brush or grass will grow taller and be snappy dry in several days.This...
  • Please put your "Rucksack" down!
    Backpacks for your every need
    There are so many different kinds, styles, and brands of backpacks, that it can make your head spin trying to figure out which one is best for you and your outdoor sport. So, here are a few ideas and products that may help you in making a decision...
  • How to keep this from happening
    The GoPro sentry
    Howdy campers. I have to just come right out and say it, I'm a genius. Do you ever hear those little (or not so little) nocturnal noises that always make you think "well, that could be a bear I guess"? I've got the perfect way to...
  • Spicy Pad Thai
    Spicy foods can help you stay warm when the temp's are low
    Howdy campers. With a very unseasonably warm winter this year, we could be looking at a longer backpacking season than normal, Yay! For the adventurous spirited among you the daytime temperatures may be quite to your liking, but it's still...
  • Trail sign in Yosemite National Park
    Yosemite entrance and camping fees to increase March 1
    On January 30, 2015, the National Park Service announced its decision to increase entrance and campground fees at Yosemite National Park. Beginning March 1, 2015, the single vehicle entrance fee will will be $30 per vehicle April through October...
  • The Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle
    The Henry AR-7 is THE ultimate survival tool
    Howdy campers. I don't like opening on a sour note, but I did a little research and found something that I want to share. Since November, seven people have been reported as lost or needed rescue efforts, in Utah alone. Thankfully, everyone has...
  • 2015 Winter Surf Expo - Hippy Tree - Jansport Backpack
    2015 Surf Expo - Hippy Tree Jansport Backpack Collection
    On January 9th while walking the rows spotted the Jansport label on Hippy Tree backpack and had to stop to find out what this was all about. Hippy Tree is a brand that was created in 2004 by South Bay surfer, climber and artist, Andrew Sarnecki...
  • 2015 Surf Expo - Element
    2015 Winter Surf Expo - Element Skatboarding
    Melbourne, FL (January 19, 2015) This January’s Surf Expo at the Orange County Convention Center was ushered in by a cold front that pushed down from Canada lowering the morning temperatures into the upper 40s with the afternoon temperatures...
  • Getting ready for lunch
    10 foods that worked and 5 that didn’t on the John Muir Trail
    Meal preparations for a long hike, such as the 211-mile John Muir Trail, can take on life of its own with spreadsheets, endless calculations and backpacking food piled everywhere in the house. Time on the trail can vary with fitness, personal...
  • Time to hike the Florida Trail
    Time to hike the Florida Trail
    Melbourne, FL (December 26, 2014) – After getting all pumped up about long-distance hiking after my America’s Pacific Crest Trail Hits the Big Screen article, I decided to report on a long-distance trail closer to home, the Florida...
  • America’s Pacific Crest Trail hits the big screen
    America’s Pacific Crest Trail hits the big screen
    Melbourne, FL (December 23, 2914) Showing at theater near you is the Fox Searchlight movie “WILD” starring Reese Witherspoon. This movie is based upon Cheryl Strayed's best-selling book. This is a story of her life and her solo...
  • Stone cairn at Loch Leven Lake
    Cairn subscription boxes surprise outdoor enthusiasts with monthly treats
    Hikers and backpackers will love the idea behind the Cairn Subscription Box—get a box of hiking-related goodies every month, provide feedback and earn points. It’s like having 12 birthdays a year. New products related to outdoors...
  • Hiking the John Muir Trail
    John Muir Trail: Getting started
    The John Muir Trail (JMT), which traces a 210.4 mile path along the jagged spine of the Sierra in California, is one of the premier trails in the U.S. Strung along the crest of the High Sierra the trail spans from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney,...
  • Backpacker on the John Muir Trail
    A dozen gifts under $25 for the backpacker plus a few more under $100
    Are you looking for a gift for a novice backpacker, someone inspired by Wild who wants to do the Pacific Crest Trail or an experienced thru-hiker? Regardless of their experience level, give them a meaningful gift whether you're filling up...
  • Yosemite National Park Tioga Pass
    Comment periods closing soon for proposed national park entrance fee increases
    In case you hadn't heard, the National Park Service has proposed entrance fee increases at Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. A 30-day public engagement period began with the announcements and will end on...
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