The transition from summer camping to overnight into the shoulder season of fall and even into early winter requires a change in gear – especially clothing and your sleeping system. Clothing, from layering to insulation, is a whole other area of preparation. Sleeping gear can be as simple as adding to what you already have.
You don’t need to have any backcountry experience to know – “Don’t eat the yellow snow!” But what about snow in general – particularly in winter emergency/survival situation? The partial answer is “No” and “Yes”! Caution reigns for both options. Because snow is about 70% air, a fist-sized clump of snow is only going to
Whether you’re heading out alone for a simple overnight get-away or embarking on an extended, minimalist-style adventure, choosing the right type of sleeping shelter is a major consideration. Besides weight and volume, utility also plays into deciding what type of gear to bring along. The choices are straight forward and offer a good range of
Like many other outdoor enthusiasts, I really like knives. These versatile cutting tools are handy around camp and vital in a life-or-death scenario. But what kind of knives do you need for survival? Everyone has their own opinion, and these thoughts may vary wildly from expert to expert. I’m a proponent of carrying two different knives
Many times the line between adventure-seeker and certifiably crazy is a blurry one. Take Hunt Jennings, for instance. On Thursday afternoon, the professional kayaker surprised onlookers at Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Falls by A) informing them that professional kayaking is an actual thing and B) taking the 53′ plunge over the raging falls.[embedded content] Mr. Jennings survived
Michael Cavanaugh was kayaking on Irondequoit Creek in East Monroe County, NY. when he was attacked by one of the most dangerous animals known to man…the North American beaver. Nate Reynolds, Baycreek Paddling Center trainer, witnessed the attack. “I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see
Tinder is any dry material that readily takes a spark, match or other intense heat sources and easily ignites. They are the “fire starter” fuel and the foundation for most all campfires. Besides twigs, bark and other natural materials, there are also a variety of commercial tinders on the market. They are especially handy when you
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance to National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, is free! Click here to find your nearest National Park. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and it says it want everyone to join the party! It is the
This is a good time to remind outdoor enthusiasts about the dangers of ticks! While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra careful in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1) Avoid Direct Contact
Inspired by the surging popularity and comfortable, all-terrain ride of fat tire bicycles, Under Armour® has developed Fat Tire Boots, a funky new style of hiking boot that is sure to be one of the hottest products of Spring 2016. Finally, fatter is better, which is feel-good news for those of us who will never be
Earlier this week, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday by offering free admission to its 58 National Parks (plus National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Seashores, National Military Parks, and National Battlefields). That got me to thinking…how many of these National Treasures have I actually visited myself?
Disc-O-Bed is proud to offer the Camo-O-Bunk, featuring America’s No.1 Camo and the official camouflage of the Quality Deer Management Association, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. This versatile ready-to-go bunkable cot – with its patented lock-in disc system – makes for an easy, one-person assembly that is tool-free and only takes a few minutes to set
Newsworthy items from around the world, for the Sportsman like you! First protected in 1864, Yosemite was the inception of an idea that would later be the mission of the National Park Service…that it “preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of
The 15th annual Arizona International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) and Arizona Boat Show are set for February 19-22 in the University of Phoenix Stadium and outside areas in Glendale. The event’s media folks say it’s the state’s largest annual display of fishing and hunting products and destinations. The event spotlights the top local dealers and lines
One of the hardest aspects of winter camping is the ground itself! Frozen soil can be as hard as cement and often so dense that it can’t even be broken up enough to get a stake to hold. Here’s a rundown of the most common anchoring methods used for pitching/securing a tent when cold-weather camping.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has advice that goes for many residents in much of the United States: Avoid Tick Bites! The KDHE notes spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when
It’s the opportunity to put one’s skills to the cold-weather test that makes winter camping attractive to so many back-country campers. One of those tests may be in dealing with all the snow in and around the campsite. Under most conditions, a mantle of the white stuff can be put to use in many ways. Snow’s
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon — all are well-known and well-visited National Parks. But if you’re the adventurous type who likes to go off the beaten trail or maybe you just don’t like crowds, there’s plenty of beautiful National Parks that don’t get nearly enough
Broken trolling motor, but can’t afford to upgrade? Well, if you have an old angle grinder lying around the garage…it’s your lucky day! In this short video, Rulof Maker shows us how to build a trolling motor with an angle grinder and a few other odd-and-ends. And by the looks of it, the DIY Trolling Motor actually works quite
My warmest and most comfortable nights of sleep during a North Dakota winter camp out was while nestled inside a tent pitched in two feet of snow cover. A featherbed at a cozy chalet in the Swiss Alps could not have served me any better. Pitching a tent on snow-covered ground means you’ll either remove
Great for the mind, body and soul After a cold winter and being stuck indoors, it feels great to finally get outside. The combination of fresh air, warm sun and tasty mushrooms is sure to have you coming back for more. It’s also great exercise and an easy way to drop those winter pounds, too.
You never know when the “you know what” might hit the fan on your next outdoor adventure. So be prepared for any survival situation with this quick video on how to make a fire with a plastic bottle. [embedded content] Know of any good survival tips? Share ’em with us below!
Even if you are a totally committed landlubber, you no doubt have a need for keeping gear dry whenever you venture outdoors. Backpackers and paddlers alike know the value in a good dry bag—both in the field and in the wallet! Here’s a quick, convenient and effective way to create your own functional and inexpensive
Newsworthy items from around the world, for the Sportsman like you! Sportsman’s Guide™ is proud to offer a wide range of reliable New Balance® footwear for men and women. Athletic shoes, running shoes, Trail walkers…even sandals and insoles. So if you’re working out, hitting the trails, or maybe you just want a comfortable everyday shoe,
As the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, all Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 16 through 24. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week so choose a park, near or far, and
A good campsite can be defined in many ways depending upon your preferred level of back-country comfort, the lay of the land where you can pitch your tent and to a lesser extent, the season in which you are out enjoying Mother Nature. Ask most anyone and they’ll tell you their preference is a flat,
Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show, which is set for January 6-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Organizers say with its 110-year history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest
Any time we can enjoy a comfortable day out on the water, it’s important to refresh ones self on the hazard of drowning. What to look for might be quite different from what you expect to see, especially as depicted in so many Hollywood movies. Imagine a beach scene: in one area you see a boy
Paracord is an essential piece of emergency/survival gear. There are several characteristics and properties that qualify cordage as authentic “paracord”. All ‘rope’ is made of strands that are either braided or twisted together. Structurally, paracord uses the kernmantle technique similar to how rope for mountain climbing is made. Its outmost layer is a braided nylon sheath
National Park Week is just about over and that means it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! Check out our short quiz below and find out how much you really know about our beautiful National Parks. And If you haven’t had time to celebrate our beautiful National Parks this past week, you still have