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National Parks Free This Weekend, August 14-15
Expired Sunday, August 15, 2010
This weekend, August 14th and 15th, 2010, entrance fees are waved to our National Parks.
If you're in Yellowstone or Glacier, keep your eyes peeled for the incestuous Bonnie & Clyde.
15% Off Nordic Ski Apparel This Weekend
Expired Sunday, February 14, 2010
For all you Nordic speed racers out there, Skinnyskis.com has 15% off it's selection of streamlined apparel this weekend.
Good deals on body fitting base layers, hats, and gloves.
You have to appreciate Moosejaw's no-frills marketing - "Up to 70% off stuff that didn't sell at 20% off."
Honestly, we didn't see much for 70% off, but we did find this great Cloudveil men's jacket that just crossed the threshold at 23% off.
Click the link for more great products from Marmot, North Face, Arc'Teryx and Patagonia.
A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica's ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whisky that has been on the rocks since a century ago.
The drillers will be trying to reach two crates of McKinlay and Co. whisky that were shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as part of his abandoned 1909 expedition.
Whyte & Mackay, the drinks group that now owns McKinlay and Co., has asked for a sample of the 100-year-old scotch for a series of tests that could decide whether to relaunch the now-defunct Scotch.
Wonder when my trips can turn into "expeditions" including cases of whisky.
Top 3 sharp tools to bring with you to camp
Expired Sunday, December 20, 2009
All too often on a camping trip we realize we forgot or didn't think to bring something when we're already standing in the woods. Here's my top 3 sharp tools I like to bring along. If you have any other favorites, drop us a line in the comments.
- Swiss Army Huntsman pocket knife. This particular model has two blades, scissors, a wood saw, can and bottle openers. Light, small and fits in any pocket. The blades stay amazingly sharp even after years of use, just don't abuse it and keep it clean. I find that a good case is worth splurging a couple of bucks on, it protects the knife and makes it easier to find.
- An Axe. I'm thinking of picking up this Gerber Pack Axe to replace my cheap hardware store model. Why bother with an axe, considering firewood logs are sold in boxes at campsites already? When we were camping in Yellowstone earlier this fall, continuous drizzle made the air very humid and the dry wood absorbed it like a sponge(no, the wood wasn't sitting out in the rain). Having an axe made the job of making more kindling and splitting the wet logs into smaller pieces possible. It's worth bringing one along on the off chance you need it. The axe also comes in handy for hammering, tent stakes into tough ground for example.
- A food knife. This is a quality of life suggestion. You can make do with your Swiss Army pocket knife, however having a decent food knife along with a set of other cutlery available makes meals more fun and enjoyable. For serious hiking I would suggest this Sea to Summit set, 1.3oz. Made from aluminum so it will not rust. Nothing like sitting down after a tough day of roughing it away from civilization and being able to enjoy your food.
What other tools do you never leave home without? Suggest your favorites in the comments below.
California State Parks Cutbacks
Expired Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On November 1st, cutbacks will hit all 279 state parks, including closing down or cutting back hours on weekdays, reducing camp ground availability, and decreasing or halting in-park programs.
I can't seem to find a list of all the particulars for the whole state, but here's a few articles on specific regions:
With crime on the rise in these parks it's only going to get worse.
Got more? Drop it in the comments.
Here's what we've used. A useful get on a few items:
- Sierra Designs CRESTONE Sleeping Bag
- Alps Mountaineering Four Person, 3-Season Tent
- Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
- Exped SYNMAT 9 DLX, the fabulous mat with the horrible name
Got something you're especially fond of? Drop it in the comments.
Best places for fall camping?
Expired Thursday, November 12, 2009
It's fall and that means falling temperatures but doesn't mean you have to stay inside -- especially if you live in the south or west.
What's your favorite fall camping spots?
What's your must have fall camping gear?
Let us know in the comments.