Outdoor Safety

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5 Unexpected First Aid Kit Essentials

Unexpected.  That is the word I would use for kids.  So often things happen with my kids and I am left scratching my head saying “How is that even possible!”.  Well guess what, with kids ANYTHING is possible. Thus, we must prepare ourselves for the seemingly improbably but definitely possible first aid crises that children …

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Safety Bearings – What, Why, and How for the Everyday Joe

SAFETY….. Cue the 80’s synthesizer music, big hair, cheesy plot lines and not-so-dramatic acting.  That is what comes to mind for most of corporate America when a person gets a memo reminding them of the “safety training” they must attend tomorrow-thirty. No one wants to go to a safety training! But that is one of …

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Free and Quick Print at Home Maps from Caltopo

Your GPS is useless. One cutting edge smartphone smashed on the rocks when you slip, a battery you were positive you just charged but now it is blinking red.  Well, that fancy-shmancy tech is now just dead weight.  Don’t get caught without a backup when useless happens to you. You always need to take a …

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How to Use a Compass for the Absolute Beginner

How to Use a Compass for the Absolute Beginner

We stalked 100 compass owners* and found out what they were doing with their compasses.  Here are the Top 5 Ways to Use a Compass: 5 – Arch support. Forget about those expensive inserts. If you have a compass, your days of collapsing arches are over! Simply insert the compass into your shoe and viola, …

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Don't Be This Years Lost Hunter Take A Map

Don’t Be This Year’s Lost Hunter – Take a Map!

Today was supposed to be a post on American made outdoor gear (coming soon, promise!).  Instead, I heard a story just this morning.  Tell me if it sounds familiar. Two teenage boys went out hunting yesterday and never reported home.  Search and rescue is called out to look for them.  The family is frantically worried …

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Why You Should Carry a Wilderness Survival Kit (Yeah, I Really Mean You)

When you think of “survival” what comes to mind?  A long running hit TV show? Crazy doomsday preppers and zombie apocalypse fanatics?  How about you?  Do you come to mind?  Well, you should if you ever take a step into the wilderness. I am talking about day hikes and family outings.  I am talking about …

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Springtime is for…Ticks!

Spring is in the air!  Such a wonderful time to be outdoors with the newly blooming flowers and the not-too-hot, not-too-cold weather.  Unfortunately spring also brings out some unpleasant companions like ticks. Lyme Disease and Other Reasons for Hating Ticks Besides the yuck factor of having some bug sucking out your blood, ticks also carry …

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