Next time you're around a campfire either during an adventure or at home, check out one (or several) of these great campfire recipes from SurvivalLife.comRead More
Insulated pints/tumblers are currently one of the top buys in the outdoor community, and for good reason. They usually come with a leak-resistant top so they’re great for on the go or around the campfire. Most versions are rated to hold the heat (or cold) for many, many, hours.Read More
Since purchasing a timeshare week at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckinridge, Colorado about 6 years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to visit quite a few other timeshare resorts around North America. Luckily, our Summer/Fall week at Breckenridge trades quite well, so we usually see some amazing places. During…Read More
Dr. Jon Kedrowski recently posted his story about a late summer rescue on Snowmass mountain, where he was instrumental in a life saving high-angle rescue. While we never like to hear about accidents on the mountain, it's good to know there are people out there ready & willing to risk their safety to help others.
Read the full story on Dr. Kedrowski's blog
While on a somewhat ordinary flight for fun, a "cool guy" named Ryan Thompson decided to fake an in-flight emergency in order to propose to his girlfriend. While the video is certainly entertaining (Adventure Journal reports that she did say 'yes'), we're not sure if this is the safest way to start a new life together. It sure is interesting though. What do you think?
Source: Adventure Journal
Elevation Outdoors (www.elevationoutdoors.com) wrote an article yesterday covering NiteRider rechargeable lights for biking (LINK). While the LED light that can last 25 hours (on dim) with amazing brightness certainly sounds cool, we're just not sure it's worth the $350 price tag.
A quick search on Amazon yielded several options from 'casual' lights to the aptly named 'Blaze'. While admittedly none of these options is as bright as the NiteRider, that $350 can buy a lot of lights AND a lot of rechargeable batteries.
It really comes down to what your needs are. A professional night rider may shell out the $$$ for an 1800 lumen light, but for the vast majority of us, a $50 light and plenty of batteries will do just fine.
About 5 years ago a few of us brainstormed during a backpacking trip to discuss an online adventure blog & magazine, which is how Adventure Insider was born. Today we're announcing a few changes to AI, some of which are pretty signifcant. Erick Pound, the driving force and founder of this little project is stepping down from day-to-day operation of the website and magazine, mainly due to a deployment with the military that will have him out of the country for the next few months.
The crew over at Elevation Outdoors put together a killer guide to Colorado resorts, just in time for season to start. They tracked down locals to spill the beans on how to experience each resort like an insider. We'll be working on a few of these tips this winter :) Read the full article here.
You are probably aware of the fire that has caused havoc on Colorado Springs, Colorado the past two weeks or so. According to National Forest officials, the source of the fire has been identified the cause is still under investigation. The Waldo Canyon Fire, as it has become known follows a string of deliberately set fires in the area so it probably will come as no surprise if the fire is determined to be caused intentionally. At it's peak more that 35,000 residents have been displaced and just shy of 350 homes destroyed. Many Adventure Insider contributors and friends were evacuated and rumblings of a few that lost their homes are abound. They are all safe at this time, something we are very grateful for. One photographer created a well put together time lapse of the fire nearly from it's birth. Watch in HD and be humbled by fire's destructive beauty.
Perfect day for learning to surf in Bondi Beach, Australia
The first mistake that people make who are new to the sport of surfing is attempting to buy a board way too small. As a surf shop manager, I have seen it happen time and time again. If you plan on getting into the sport (and you should!), it is wise to invest in a well built surfboard. Renting a board on a regular basis can get pricey very quickly, and it is good to have a consistency in a board while learning how to handle it in the water. If this is your first go at the sport, do not be fooled by watching experienced surfers, and then thinking it is easy. It takes time, commitment and the right gear. Size Matters A board under 6'6 is not conducive to learning how to surf. As a beginner, I suggest a board that is at least 7 foot tall, around 20 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches thick. When maneuvering yourself through the surf, buoyancy is your best friend. It provides more floatation for paddling and a more stable platform while standing up and riding. If you have a smaller board, you will be more submerged in the water, and therefore your paddling efficiency will be lost. Something that you cannot afford to lose. As a general rule, I would recommend a board between 7 feet to 8 feet long. Material While learning the sport, you will undoubtedly bang your board up a bit. I suggest purchasing a used board. They are less expensive and work just the same. Surfboards are made with several materials. The newest and most durable technologies are the tuflite/PVC materials. It is a bit less expensive to produce, more durable and lighter weight. This is a great combo for a first time buyer. However, the size and shape is more important. Go with what fits your budget, but get the right size. Where to buy Its always good to support your local shop. If they have attitude then leave, or ask for someone else. Retailers should be helpful and kind. They usually offer a decent selection of used boards, but the mid length (7-8 feet) often sell quickly. Don't be shy and stop by often to see whats in stock, as it changes nearly every day in the summer time. Post any questions you have on our Facebook wall; we'd be happy to answer. Good luck and have fun!
A couple years ago I spent a few days backpacking in Shenandoah National Park. I came away with rather mixed emotions on the park and the national park system in general. First let’s talk about the good. I was fortunate enough to visit Shenandoah in the fall and the colors of the foliage were simply amazing. Shenandoah has a nice feature on their website that lists backpacking trips by experience level and nights spent on trail (found here: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/campbc_trip_plans.htm). However, make sure you find a trip and print out the PDF to take along with you. The ranger I dealt with at the visitors center wasn’t as much help as I would have preferred but none the less I managed to find a trip that seemed interesting and walked out of the ranger station with a back-country permit. I also applaud Shenandoah for allowing dogs on most of their trails. Other parks should take notice.
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah NP
So what’s not to like? There are over 500 miles of trails in a park that, although is about 70 miles north to south only measures about 7.5 miles wide. That leads to a network of trails where the word back-country becomes a bit of a misnomer. If you are looking for true solitude Shenandoah may not be the best place. In fact looking outside of the National Park system altogether may be the best bet. I prefer to use my miles to put distance between myself and others. In Shenandoah, however doing loops just for the sake of making miles seems to be the name of the game. Now comes the real kicker. Apparently Shenandoah has received a sizable chunk of money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus bill passed during the recession) and is putting that money into Skyline Drive (the road that runs the 70 miles from end to end) and refurbishing their overlooks. While that sounds all well and good it of course comes at a price, in addition to the money. Traffic, delays, and the noise can be heard even after being on trail for days. But those are just inconveniences. The real question is that of the sustainability of what I have taken to calling the ‘development in the name of conservation’ policy. Does it make sense to find a place you want to protect and build a road right down the middle of it sprinkled with tourist shops where you can buy silly t-shirts, hamburgers and refuel your RV? If we really care about conserving the wilderness areas for future generations than we should put effort into saving them from development, not going out of our way to develop them. There are plenty of beautiful miles you can drive your RV and stop for a hot dog on your whirlwind tour of postcard worthy photos, the National Parks shouldn’t be one of them. If you are planning on heading to Shenandoah check out The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (http://www.patc.net) publishes great topographical maps of the area that you may find very useful planning and during your trip.
We are pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2012 issue of Adventure Insider Magazine. In this issue you'll find an interesting article on seal hunting, tips on diving in Vancouver, BC, all the info you need for the North American Mountain Film Festivals in 2012, and much more! We hope you enjoy the Spring issue! Download the Spring Issue Here Check it out and let us know what you think.