Traveling Tips

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Snow is falling and it’s time we start thinking about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  This year organizers wanted to bring a little more flare to the big show by adding six new events, including the ski half-pipe. Yes, things just got a lot more interesting. Overall there will be 98 events in…

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Five Things You May Not Have Known About Mount Hood

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Mount Hood is a dormant or “sleeping” volcano with steam constantly spewing from fumarole areas. The eroded volcano has had at least four major eruptive periods during the past 15,000 years, three of which occurred in the last 1,800 years. Twelve glaciers or snow fields live on Mount Hood. Palmer Glacier, home of Timberline Lodge Ski Area,…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Skateparks

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Kelso, Washington was home to the first skatepark in the world for skateboarders which was made of plywood on a half-acre sand lot  in 1966. The first modern day skatepark as we know it today, was built in Carlsbad, California in 1976. The world’s largest skatepark is in Shanghai, China. SMP Skatepark is 44,936 square feet…

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How To Organize Camping Gear

A few quick and easy tips will keep your camping gear orderly at the campsite and at home. Cooking outside, playing outside 24/7 and ‘being on vacation’ can lead to a disaster zone that will take the fun out of your camping experience. Read on for our top tips on how to organize your camping…

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Camping Tips and Tricks

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  You’re no longer borrowing your friend’s camping gear, you have the camping checklist on lock down and  you even camp in remote areas without amenities on occasion. You know all about how to Leave No Trace, how to use a compass and what to pack for unpredictable weather. However confident you might be with…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the largest and longest running volunteer conservation project in the world. Volunteers clear the trail, touch up blazes and clear  fallen logs. Ninety-seven percent of the work is run by volunteers. Thousands of volunteers contribute roughly 220,000 hours to the Appalachian Trail every year. Every year, more than 2,000 hikers attempt the Appalachian…

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Hiking Essentials

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The 10 Hiking Essentials The Ten Essentials is nothing new to hikers, backpackers and climbers. It’s a list of survival items agreed upon by hiking organizations that’s been around since 1930! The Ten Essentials paired with a little common sense will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the wilderness. Remember, this list isn’t just…

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Car Camping Checklist

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You’re not alone if you’re wondering exactly what cramping entails. Fortunately, it does not involve sleeping in your car. Car camping involves driving to your camp site. Your car might be a dozen or so feet away from your tent or possibly a quarter mile away. The idea behind car camping is that your gear…

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Camping Food Ideas

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Any veteran camper will agree that the food can make or break a camping trip! Peanut butter and jelly is convenient and cheap, but it sure can get boring after a few days. How about spicing things up with veggie burritos or homemade goji berry granola bars? OK, so maybe you’ll sub raisins for goji…

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Winter Camping Food

Who says it’s time to sleep indoors when the snow falls? Certainly not the extreme outdoor enthusiasts. There are many special aspects of winter camping – the lack summer crowds, the quiet forest, no bugs, snuggling in when the sun sets early and appreciating everything Mother Nature has to offer. One of the most fun…

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