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  • Nite Ize S-Biner Twist Tie
    Hang it up with GearTies
    When your gear starts piling atop each other in the corner of your van, your garage or your tent, it’s time to organize. There’s nothing like GearTies from NiteIze. They come in all sorts of sizes and are reusable over and over. They...
  • Stanley Mountain Coffee System
    Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee Systems
    Stanley Boiling Pot + French Press + Vacuum BottleCan’t start the day without coffee, right? And what’s better than French Press coffee, freshly brewed? Not much, you say. I agree. So, imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to...
  • Crystal Cave Park
    Wondrous cave sights, smells, and sounds
    This caves large water caved passageway leads into five chambers, long spacious rooms with names Crystal Ballroom, the Devil’s Den, the Totem Pole and the Bridal Veil.Crystal Cave is on family run 125-acre Crystal Cave Park in Kutztown PA,...
  • Black bear
    Know what to do when encountering a black bear when hiking around Johnstown
    Last weekend a New Jersey man was killed by a black bear while hiking in Apshawa Preserve in northern New Jersey. Darsh Patel was hiking along with five friends when they encountered the black bear. After the bear started to follow them, they...
  • National Park
    Free Admission to National Parks on September 27
    Support the National Park Service and save money at the same time. September 27 is National Public Lands Day and the National Park Service will celebrate by waiving the entrance fees at all national parks. National Public Lands Day is an annual...
  • Paintbrush at Mirror Lake
    Make Mirror Lake an early fall favorite
    With 4 days left of summer and warm weather coming back, consider a trip soon to Mirror Lake on Mt. Hood. It's an easy, short hike and you will be rewarded with phenomenal scenery and a chance to camp if you wish. Once you get to the lake, you...
  • Camp Orenda
    Camping without setting up a campsite
    Outdoor enthusiasts often desire an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life to connect with nature. Camp Orenda is possibly the easiest way to achieve this wish, alongside Mill Creek a short distance north of Garnet Lake.Camp Orenda is a...
  • Fall Backpacking
    Johnstown area backpacking: five tips for fall backpacking
    Fall is my favorite time of year for backpacking. Summer in the Johnstown area gets awfully hot and humid. While the spring temperatures are more bearable, I am trying to get my body to switch back into the hiking mode. In fall the temperatures,...
  • Great time to hike in the Sierra
    Great time to hike in the Sierra
    Autumn will make it's debut onMonday, September 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM PDT. It's called the Autumnal Equinox. On this day, night and day will be equal in time.After that day, the nights will slowly grow longer and the days slowly shorter....
  • Mountain lion stalking its prey
    Is there a weather change in the high elevations of California
    Weather in the higher elevation must be changing, causing wild animals to come down to lower elevations. As an example, within the last several weeks mountain lions have been spotted in the area of Highway 280, near Daily City, California;...
  • Camper sleepwalks off cliff: Camper's cliff dive is a dozing dlemma, 60-ft fall
    Camper sleepwalks off cliff: Camper's cliff dive is a dozing dlemma, 60-ft fall
    A camper sleepwalks... right off a cliff. A careless camper with a dozing dilemma set up a campsite near a cliff face, and then promptly sleepwalked right off of it, falling 60 feet. The camper, whose name was not released, was out with friends on...
  • Labor Day weekend 2014: Enjoy camping
    Labor Day weekend 2014: Enjoy camping
    Labor Day is Monday, September 1, 2014. This year, plan a funrelaxing holiday weekend.Here areways to de-stress this holiday weekend:Read a book, exercise,listen to a funny comedian, walk in the park, meditate,attend yoga class, watch your...
  • Campsite for the night
    Camp Checklist: Campo Alto
    The beauty about being an L.A. camper is the access to so many diverse camping experiences.Campo Alto is a fantastic spot that's far enough off the beaten path to afford one the luxury seclusion and high enough to give a taste of altitude. At...
  • More aftershocks hit this morning in the Northern California area
    More aftershocks hit this morning in the Northern California area
    All the emphasis was on Napa being hit by the 6.0 earthquake, but other communities in the area were hit too: Vallejo, Mare Island, and several of the well known wineries were hit hard.It was estimated that the damages in Vallejo could go over...
  • San Joaquin River Run
    Cheapstake Fun Camping By San joaquin River
    The San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area is a great campground to relax in on public land without paying too much for camping. Previously it was free but now they charge. However the charge is minimal. It is about $10 for a single campsite or...