Have you ever wanted to try to snowshoe or cross country ski but felt intimidated by all of the gear and the skill set needed? Well, be intimidated no more! January 12, 2013 is the 18th Annual Winter Trails Day, an introductory day of FREE snowshoeing and cross country skiing, complete with FREE equipment and FREE expert help to show you the skills you need to get started.
You’ve got to be seen to be safe—it’s a rule many of us who exercise outdoors at dawn or dusk don’t take seriously enough. Running in a white t-shirt at night, for instance, does not make you visible to drivers. If that sounds like an overstatement, just take 3M’s “No White at Night” video challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of reflective accessories and clothing on the market to help you stay safe on dark roads. Here’s some great, bright and shiny gear that stood out (so to speak) to me as I toured the floor at the recent Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.
We asked this question of the climbers featured in Women Who Dare, a visually-stunning profile of twenty of America’s most inspiring female climbers, including legendary great Lynn Hill and current top-ranked female outdoor sport climber Sasha DiGiulian. Yosemite, Patagonia, Zion National Park, Hueco Tanks, Indian Creek, Rifle Mountain Park, the New, and the Red are places that the women mention again and again. They think nothing of driving from Washington, D.C., to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge for a weekend. Or of bouncing around from location to location, all while living out of their car, like Kate Rutherford. So these women, who seemingly have climbed everywhere, have their pick of the world’s best climbing locations… which ones are their favorites? Read on to find out:
Ah, the cactus—one of the most interesting and beautiful plants in the desert. Don’t be fooled though, cacti are found in many places other than the Southwest. There are numerous species of cactus spread throughout the United States. We have encountered them on hikes in Missouri, Illinois, and North Dakota, to name a few places. None of the cacti we have encountered though are nearly as cuddly, cute, and dangerous as the semi-aptly named Teddy Bear Cactus.
Although it depends on the dog, some breeds take to the water as instinctively as Michael Phelps. Newfoundlands, Labs, and poodles typically enjoy doggy paddling, as do Portugese Water Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and Irish Water Spaniels, as their names suggest. Other breeds, however, like Jack Russells and Shiba Inus, aren’t swimmers, and some don’t even like to get wet. But whether your pooch is an old sea dog or a landlubber, any dog can get distressed in the water, so if you’re planning to take Fido rafting, kayaking, boating, or paddleboarding, it’s a good idea to outfit him with a life jacket first.
Alex Honnold makes the first ever solo link up of Yosemite's Triple Crown- Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, climbing 95 percent free solo with few points of aid. He finished the solo triple in 18 hours 50 minutes. Honnold began his epic solo endeavor on Mt. Watkins at 4 PM on Tuesday of this week and finished up on top of Half Dome 10:45 AM the following day. Check out the video- precarious and amazing!...
When you’ll need this: This knot is useful for climbers as well as campers and boaters.
Why it’s important: The figure 8 knot is a fundamental knot. Despite its bulky appearance, it does not stop a rope from running through a slot. It unties easier than an overhand, so it works when a stopper needs to be tied and untied often. The figure 8 is the basis for many other knots and it’s a knot one needs to know. Modify it as a bend, loop, or hitch. The International Guild of Knot Tyers dubs it the best overall knot.
FalconGuides is pleased to introduce the perfect gift for tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts: a new line of interactive outdoor guides available at Inkling.com, REI.com, and in select REI stores this holiday season.
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