We know you love Survival Life to get your fix of prepper-survival-zombie apocolypse content. We really like this DIY video showing how to build your own blow dart gun...with a LASER!

Last week Doug Tompkins, co-founder of The North Face, passed during a kayaking accident in Patagonia. He was 72 years old.

In their April 2015 Issue, TCT Magazine published an article on three must-visit US National Parks. The three that made the article:

  • Mt. Ranier
  • Olympic
  • Arcadia

Are all good choices, but so much was left behind!

Must visit national parks - adventure insider / TCT Magazine

Similarly, the 17 Best bad Reviews of National Parks from Adventure Journal is a funny look at how many people don't know what to expect when visiting America's best treasures.


For our money, you can't go wrong with small parks that are off the international tourist's radar. You can find comprehensive reviews of National Parks over at

When it comes to getting your pack ready for a trip, there are common tips everyone knows: Keep it as light as you can, heavy stuff at the bottom, and always carry emergency gear.

Inspired by this graphic we found floating around on Pinterest, we put our brains together to come up with a few Insider Tips

mtnadvistorHave you seen the new website that Grind Media just launched? It's called MtnAdvistor, and it's focused on snow & ski resorts. As one of Source Interlink Media's top brands for outdoor adventure, Grind Media carries over 20 brands and brings much of that content together with this new site.

It's still new, but so far the information is pretty well laid out and easy to use.


How to build a campfire diagramBuzzfeed put together a collection of 22 diagrams to help your ensure next camping trip is a success.

These diagrams come from a variety of sources, including survival websites & scouting resources.

While many are very useful, some leave major holes. For example, the fire starting diagram mentions several ways to create sparks, but misses many common tinder sources (such as petroleum & cotton balls).

Still, these are useful for their entertainment value if nothing else. There are certainly some gems in these diagrams.


Camping is good for you in many ways.So a lot of data shows what we already know to be true: Camping is good for your health.

Not only does getting outside & exploring help with physical fitness, eating habits, and provide much needed stress relief, getting away from artificial light resets our 'circadian clocks'.
When you spend a week in the woods, your body gets into the rythym it's supposed to be in. You get to sleep earlier, and rise with the sun (generally). It gets your body back on it's evolutional track, so to speak, and helps reset your entire physiology.

Sign me up!


FJ on Black Bear in OurayThe last couple of months have been a whirlwind for Zaxyn Media, to say the least. On June 21st we welcomed our daughter to the world, so sleep has been a luxury we haven't had lately. We managed to publish the June issue of Tacoma Magazine just before her arrival, and followed with the July issue of FJC Magazine a couple of weeks later.

We took Alana on her first outing at a young three weeks old, just an overnight to Peak 7 at Breckenridge to see how she would handle a car ride + condo stay. It worked out well so we decided to take her, Brenden, the GX 470, and the FJ Cruiser to Ouray for the 7th Annual FJ Summit. We had to keep our record of seven straight events intact :)

That brough us to the end of July and we've been catching our breath the last few weeks. Alana will be 2 months old next week so we're starting to settle in a little better, and we're already planning our next adventure! In September we'll be at Miller Motosports Park in Tooele, UT for the annual CruiserFest event where we'll be making a major announcement on the Toyota front.

Stay tuned for more great things from Adventure Insider!

RidgwayView-HDRObviously, I haven’t been to ALL the amazing places on the planet (yet), but my travels have taken me to some pretty great locations. A quick night on Crete sleeping feet from the Med; Geneva for a conference, which meant a quick drive through the French Alps; New Zealand for what can only be called an epic <first> visit.

Living in (and exploring) Colorado for the last 17 years has, I will admit, made me a little, well, a little snooty when it comes to my views. Mountains of New Hampshire, nice, but they’re not Colorado; Whistler BC, very, very nice, but a little to damp for my tastes; Queenstown NZ, amazing, yet not quite enough trees. It’s a problem that I know I should seek professional help in dealing with, I’ll work on that.

RolliPak48The countdown to Overland Expo continues! While we love the Trekpak Alpine Pak (, since I'll be wearing a portable seat on my back for this event I'll be sticking with the Rollipak ( + Lowepro bag.

This little baby holds my Nikon, batteries, cards, and iPad with room for a few cards & other literature from the show. The plan is to use the seat to get a little more height during classes & demos, hopefully we'll be able to get great shots without climbing any trees this year.

Trekpak is booth #24 and makes it easy to organize your camera gear in backpacks, messenger bags, or Pelican cases. Check them out if you have the chance!

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