Outdoor Tips – Got Milk?

If you want milk on your next travel trip, try taking a shelf-life or shelf-stable type produce. I've froze half pints of Parmalat milk which comes packaged like juice box drinks. This type of milk package, unopened, has a long un-refrigerated shelf life and is good for camping and backup food supplies where weight isn't an …

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Using “If-Then” Thinking to Achieve Your Goal.

When you first get one of those epic, crazy, fun, adventure ideas in your head, your thoughts may shift to all the problems you think you will face. This can be overwhelming and likely may cause you to look elsewhere for something easier to do. I recently read a management tip-of-the-day which struck me as …

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Outdoor Tips – Canoes

If you are using a canoe in rough or "white water", not having a keel allows you to maneuver the canoe much easier by allowing the boat to slide sideways easier during certain paddle strokes. On a fairly gently river like the Congaree River, a canoe with a keel is much easier to keep on …

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Skills – Rain Gear

I once hiked three days in the rain. Actually, as much as I hate to admit it, I've hiked a lot in the rain. It's not something I strive to do, but if you hike long enough and far enough, you will get rained on. My brother recently asked me "Ok, so what light weight rain …

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Who speaks for the trees? – (Part 3)

Following our lunch under the pines, we continue towards Poinsett State Park and the end of our hike. I know we're near the the end now, there is a public parking lot ahead for staging mountain bikes and horses, our hiking trail passes through it on the way to the state park. However as we emerge …

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Outdoor Tips – Sleeping Warm

Avoid hypothermia - Never sleep in wet clothes, I tried this once, horrible idea. You should change out of your day activity clothes and into night or sleep clothes. You perspire during the day, and even with layers of clothes it will be likely the inner layers are damp although you may not realize it …

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Outdoor Tips – Layering

Layer your clothes. Rather than a single heavy layer use multiple thin layers. Layering helps build insulation you can add or remove from to maintain a dry comfort level. Use a wicking base layer; it will help draw moisture away from the skin helping to keep you dry. Remember at least three layers, a wicking …

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Outdoor Tips – Mittens

In frigid temperatures, mittens are warmer than gloves. But also bring a pair of lightweight gloves or glove liners for ease in handling camp chores like tent-pitching and cooking. Forgot the mittens? Hands still cold? Try using a pair of wool socks either as a mitten substitute or as a mitten liner to add layers …

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Outdoor Tips – Keep Dry

On a blustery, cold, or wet day, change into dry warm clothes as soon as you get to camp. Otherwise, sweat which has been collecting all day in your hiking clothes will soon cool and you'll start to feel chilled. Keep your outer layer shell handy, when you stop hiking for put it on the help …

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