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If You Are Serious About Your Hiking Then You Need To Be Serious About Your Choice Of Hiking Boots

If you are a serious hiker it is crucial that you take the time to research and find the right hiking boot for the type of hiking you are into. The reason there are so many varieties of hiking boot is due to the fact that there are so many different types of hiking. For example if you hike through areas that have streams and such you will definitely want to make sure that the pair you choose are waterproof.

Whatever style of hiking you do you will want your footwear to be lightweight, sturdy, and constructed of one piece for maximum durability. The best hiking boots will also have a waterproof inner liner along with the capability to repel water and moisture on the exterior. Only look at boots that are less than 14 ounces, anything heavier than that will be too heavy and will make you tired more quickly. A hiking boot with all of these characteristics will be best for moderate as well as hikes that are off the trail.

For long distance hiking you will want a boot that has a sole filled with a nylon shank that will give you excellent edging and lateral stability for the extreme long distance hiking enthusiast. For the best of this type look for one with features such as a full leather lining, rubber mid soles, and gunmetal lacing and be sure that it is under six ounces.

There are a large number of hiking boots that are made for comfort more than others but they are usually custom made and thus will be more expensive than normal boots. If you are really serious about your hiking though you may not think the expense is that bad. Hiking boots of this type will feel like a part of your body which will make super long hikes a breeze compared to an off the rack shoe.

If you are into rock climbing you may want to consider a boot constructed of full grain nubuck, leather uppers, and a gusseted nubuck tongue along with a polyurethane dual density midsole that will give you enhanced lateral stability. A boot like this is well suited for rock climbing but not the best choice for heavy loads on long hikes.

The best practice is to make the decision of what type of hiking you need the footwear for before shopping. If you do long distance hiking and rock climbing then you will probably want to purchase two completely different types of hiking boot so you will have the maximum comfort, performance, and safety for your chosen activity. You can find the largest possible selection on the internet so start clicking.

 


Why More People Are Getting Into Wilderness Camping

Camping enthusiasts looking for a unique idea for a getaway should look no further than wilderness camping. Wilderness camping has many advantages such as having no need to hurry and no schedule to follow. It is a chance to commune with nature in some of the most attractive wilderness camping areas in the nation, many of which are not well-known to the general public. This kind of outdoor activity offers people the chance to relax and experience that indescribable feeling of being at peace with nature. They also have the luxury of all the time in the world to explore the beauty that nature is offering.

Here are some of the top places that other people who love wilderness camping recommend:

Andrew Molera Park, is found near Big Sur in California and is still one of those places that are fairly primitive for wilderness campers. There are over twenty sites to camp in, and interested campers should find out what kind of regulations are in place that should be complied with. This park offers wilderness camping trails for various outdoor activities that include several different types of landscape to choose from.

Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness in North Dakota is the home of this wilderness camping area, with nearly 30,000 acres to explore. Wilderness campers can spot many different types of animals and birds, including deer and bison, hawks and Bald Eagles. This wilderness camping area has around eighty-four miles of trails that give hiking access to the more inaccessible areas of the park. Wilderness campers must get a permit.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs Park gets its name from the Native American word, "ahjumawi" which means "where the waters come together." This wilderness camping area is at one of the biggest fresh water spring systems in the nation. The camping areas are unique in that they can only be accessed by water, making sure you have the privacy you are craving. Visitors can enjoy the rustic beauty of the area that includes pristine water shores, places to view lava rock and scenery that includes Mt. Shasta.

Haleakala Park is a gorgeous spot in Hawaii which gives visitors a rare chance to do some wilderness camping in an area that is both primitive and breathtaking. There are two campsites that can only be reached by foot. These two campsites each offer a different experience for wilderness camping. Campers can get free permits to camp at either site, and there are various rules for camping in this park.

These are a few suggestions of places to go for wilderness camping. Needless to say, if you really yearn to escape from it all, you can blaze your own path into the wilder parts of America. Partake of nature's gifts with wilderness camping today.

 


A Closer Look At The Bowie Knife

The term Bowie Knife which is commonly used today refers to any large sheath knife but it also applies directly to the specific original design by Colonel James "Jim" Bowie and originally created by James Black.

The historical Bowie knife was not a single design, but was actually a series of knives improved several times by Jim Bowie over the years.

The model most commonly known as the historical Bowie knife was somewhat large and of massive construction, as knives go, having usually a blade at least six inches long and 12 inches was not uncommon, with a relatively broad blade that was an inch and a half to two inches wide and made of steel usually between 3/16" and 1/4" thick. The back of the blade often had a strip of soft metal (normally brass or copper) inlaid intended to catch an opponent's blade, a concept borrowed from the medieval Scottish dirk, and also often had an upper guard that bent forward at an angle, also intended to catch an opponent's blade. The back edge of the curved clip point, also called the "false edge," was often sharpened in order to allow someone trained in European techniques of saber fencing to execute the maneuver called the "back cut" or "back slash." A brass guard was attached to protect the hand, usually cast in a mold. It is likely that the blade shape was derived from the Spanish clasp knives carried in Spain and the Spanish colonies in the Americas.

Bowie was known for his many knife fights which is why the original Bowie Knife was designed primarily as a weapon. The shape and style of blade was chosen so that the Bowie knife could serve usefully as a camp and hunting tool as well as a weapon. Many knives and daggers existed that could serve well as weapons, and many knives existed that could serve well as tools for hunters and trappers, but the Bowie knife was designed to do both jobs well, and is still popular with hunters and sportsmen even in the present day.

The curved portion of the edge, toward the point, is for removing the skin from a carcass, and the straight portion of the edge, toward the guard, is for chores involving cutting slices. The blade is generally long enough and heavy enough that the knife can be used as a hatchet or machete, but not so heavy or long as to be cumbersome. Most such knives intended for hunting are only sharpened on one edge, to reduce the danger of cutting oneself while butchering and skinning the carcass.

Starting in the 1970's a version of the Bowie Knife with sawteeth on the back side of the blade have been very popular with knife collectors, probably due to the knife being displayed and used by Sylvester Stallone's character in the original "Rambo" movie. These knives are still popular today and are sold as survival knives in many cases and are manufactured with a hollow handle that could carry small survival items.

The actual usefulness of sawteeth on a knife is debatable, not to mention the hollow handles, which may be prone to breaking if the knife is poorly constructed, and many contend that the sharp teeth endanger the user when used to gut and skin a large animal carcass such as a deer or elk, as well as making the knife much less useful as a weapon as they make it prone to getting stuck. A proper Bowie knife is long enough and heavy enough that the user can usually chop through wood with it much faster than he could use the saw teeth.

Avid fans of the Bowie knife say that for a knife to be called a "Bowie", it has to be long enough to be used as a sword, sharp enough to use as a razor, wide enough to use as a paddle, and heavy enough to use as a hatchet.

 


Shop For an Excellent Portable Gas Stove Today For Your Camping Needs

One of the best options out there for a stove is a two burner propane camp stove. This is likely to be the most versatile choice for a smaller family who would like to do just a little bit of cooking while at their camp site. When you have two burners, you will be able to boil water, without having to do so over a fire. The following propane stoves have many similarities, though some of the brands have some different features. Certain ones are more convenient for certain families.

Matchless Piezo Lighting

One of the most simple features on propane style camp stove is push button piezo lighting. When you have this, you do not have to deal with a lighter or matches. You will be able to get your stove running in no time. Be sure to look at reviews on different stoves, since this lighting works better on some brands than it does on others.

Fold Up Wind Screens

Many of the propane camp stoves out there already contain a fold up wind screen in the back, allowing you to turn the stove's lid when you need to transport the stove. However, you can get one that has wind screens on the side, if you would like. When it is a windy day, you can cut your cooking time and end up having a quick meal with these wind screens.

Integrated Grill

This feature is one which is optional, but it can be helpful for certain families. If you would like to grill a great deal, then consider having an integrated grill. This way, you will not have to use a separate grill or cook over the fire.

Propane Conserving

You should look at options which are easy on propane. That way, you can save money and space in the car, as you will not have to transport a large amount of propane. If you camp a lot or take longer camping trips, then think about having your two burner propane camp stove adapted for a full size tank. Then, you can avoid having to take more than one propane tank.

Variable Heat Adjustments and Easy Controls

Search for a two burner propane gas stove that has easy to adjust controls which you can adjust finely. For several of the inexpensive camp stoves, there is not much control over flame. You may be limited to boiling water, basically. If you purchase one which is a quality portable gas stove, you likely will be able to cook on lower heat if you want.

Numerous propane camp stoves already have many of these features. However, you will want to look into what they have before you purchase a stove. If you end up with one which has all of the features mentioned above, you will be able to cook great meals at the camp ground. Be sure to look around the internet and narrow it down to a handful of quality brands and models before heading out to find your ideal camp stove.

 


Adventurous Christmas Gifts

If you have an adventure lover in your life, chances are that they don't want another sweater or candle for Christmas. Give truly adventurous Christmas gifts this year with experience gifts for a variety of different adventures ranging from wine tastings to racecar driving lessons. Experience gifts make the perfect Christmas presents for people that are hard to shop for, seem to have everything or want a little something different than your typical gift.

We live in a fast-paced world where material possessions just don't hold the same importance as they once did. Books get tossed aside for eReaders, fashion trends hardly last and other items lose their value and usefulness so quickly. Material gifts are great for some, but for others, there are far more special gifts that can be given. Giving someone a truly amazing experience that they might not have been able to have otherwise, is one of the best ways to make sure that your gift is remembered and cherished for a lifetime.

Experience gifts can be tailored for any gift recipient based on the type of experience you want to give, and the budget you want to work within. There are extremely affordable experience gift options that can provide the recipient with a fun adventure, and there are more expensive options that really push the limits. Adventurous Christmas gifts like learning how to fly a helicopter and going to bull riding school for a day are just some of the options for adrenaline junkies this Christmas season.

Choosing an adventurous Christmas gift for the special person in your life is easier than you imagined with the extensive options for experience gifts. You can choose to go with a company that sets up experience gift packages, or you can set up your very own adventure gift experience. Companies that specialize in adventurous Christmas gifts like experience gifts take all of the legwork out of finding a location, making contacts and arranging a price. All you have to do is search for the adventure you want to send your loved one on, and purchase the gift package. Or, you can purchase a gift certificate in any amount for the adventure lover in your life to choose their own experience gift from the company's list.

You can also choose to set up an adventure on your own to give as a gift, but this will take a little bit more work. Think about what types of things the recipient loves to do, or always talks about wanting to do. Tailor the adventure gift to the recipient's interests, making sure not to push them too far out of their comfort zones. For example, if you know that the person is terrified of heights, a bungee jumping experience gift might not be the perfect gift this holiday season. On the other hand, if you know a true daredevil, bungee jumping, skydiving, bull riding, racecar driving or hangliding might all be activities that they would love to try.

Break away from the ordinary this holiday season and give an adventurous Christmas gift that will be talked about for years to come. Adventure lovers will be overjoyed when they open up a present only to learn that they will soon be embarking on an adventure with an experience they will never forget.

 


The Pros and Cons of Camping Hammocks

A couple of summers ago I had the opportunity to be a camp leader at a week long girl's camp that our church holds every summer. It was my oldest daughters 4th year going to camp, so I was excited to go along and share the camp experience with her. But I was not looking forward to sharing a tent with other leaders whom I did not know very well. But luckily we owned a couple of camping hammocks, so I took one of those along to use instead. I had never actually slept in one before, so it was a totally new experience for me. Here are some pros and cons that I discovered while using camping hammocks that summer.

Pros:

  1. Easy to set up, you just need a couple of trees, though I have heard of innovative people using other natural items when trees are scarce. But we live in the wooded Northwest, so we have plenty of trees. Almost all brands of camping hammocks come with special straps that make setting up easy, with very little knowledge needed of special knots.
  2. Comfortable. No sloping ground, or rocks or sticks in the back. Especially nice for staying off the ground in wet weather!
  3. Lightweight. All camping hammocks I have seen are small and compact, great for hiking where weight is an issue.
  4. Leave No Trace shelter. Unlike a regular tent where you may have to level the ground, use stakes or establish trenches in rainy weather, none of this is needed with camping hammocks. And the one I used came with wide webbing straps that protects the bark of trees, so no impact is there either. When using one of these hammocks instead of a tent, very little work is needed to insure a LNT campsite.
  5. Perfect for hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, camping, and kayaking for recreational users. Also used a lot by forest fire fighters, emergency field hospitals, international disaster relief workers and as survival equipment for military and Search and Rescue personnel.
  6. Come with mosquito netting and rain fly. On a clear night, you can leave the rain fly off, be protected by bugs while laying there enjoying the night sky. Creating total harmony with nature and the universe.
  7. Can be used as a chair. You don't have to use camping hammocks just as a bed, but can sit on top of them as a regular camp seat.
  8. Most camping hammocks have one or two small pockets, just like a regular tent, for holding small items. And one thing I really appreciated about the camping hammock I used, is that there was a rope or strap that extended from tree to tree from which the hammock hung that was on the inside of the hammock with me. From this I could hang my watch, or better yet, a glow stick. Lets face it, it is dark! And waking up disoriented in a small space can be a little nerve wracking.
  9. As I discovered, very unique. I was the envy of all the girl's that year. Everybody wanted to try my camping hammock!
Cons:
  1. If you are claustrophobic, these would not be a good idea. Though there is room between you and the top of the hammock, it is definitely a closed in space.
  2. They are only designed for one person. This is often fine, but sometimes you want to cozy up in a tent with a loved one.
  3. Having used one of these while at camp with a bunch of teenage girls, you do feel more vulnerable to practical jokes. I was lucky, and was spared any pranks, but I still felt at risk all during camp.
As you can tell, in my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons considerably. If you just need a tent for one person, camping hammocks are the way to go!

 




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