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Topographic Maps 101


The intricate details on a topographic map can be befuddling, even frustrating, if you are learning while out in the backcountry. But once you get familiar with the markings and symbols, reading maps will become a friendly aid, rather than a dreaded assignment.

True North & Magnetic Declination - A Trick to Make it Stick


Magnetic declination is an essential principle to understand when navigating your way through the wilds with map and compass.Yet it's a tricky thing to remember, at least the way it has traditionally been taught, using an addition / subtraction method.

On Safari in Northern Tanzania - Back to The Sixth Day of the Creation


Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast areas as God intended on that sixth day of the creation.

Things to Make Your Gap Year in Africa Easy!


The kind of things you pack when you go on a trip says a lot about where you're heading and what you're going to be doing.Taking a warm top and a 'blanky' is OK if you're going to stay at Granny's house, but when you're taking a gap year in Africa, these items come highly recommended.

Catch Another Falling Star


Recently we stayed at a state campground in Michigan near a couple of lakes and the Kalamazoo River.The sites were large and wooded and secluded and it was soooooo relaxing to be there.

Edible Wild Plants For Backpackers


Knowing a few edible wild plants can make your next backpacking trip, or any trip into the wilderness, a lot more enjoyable.You can pack lighter if you eat wild berries every morning for breakfast, for example, and leave your oatmeal behind.

Alternatives to Pressurized Fuel


Recently I attended a Boy Scout Leader Roundtable meeting where they held a Pressurized Fuel Training session. The focus of this training was to teach leaders what they should be teaching boy scouts about safety rules for using primarily cooking stoves, but also lanterns and heaters that use propane or liquid fuels under pressure.

Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park


If anyplace on earth is a natural paradise, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is that place. Of all Croatia's eight National Parks, Plitvice is the oldest and most visited.

How To Buy a Used RV - Part 1


If you are on a tight budget and can't afford a new model RV you might consider buying a used RV. Here are a few suggestions for finding a used, affordable RV:1.

How To Buy a Used RV - Part 2


The key to getting a good bargin, instead of a lemon, when buying your used RV is knowing what to look for. Here is a useful checklist to help with your search.

4 Steps to an Enjoyable Hike


Some people have fought many years of their lives to preserve the rich heritage of the outdoors and nature we now enjoy. That dedication and effort has been rewarded by fantastic hiking opportunities in our local, state, and national park systems.

Camping and Outdoor Activities: Get Involved with Nature


Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to get ourselves involved with nature. National Parks can provide an excellent backdrop for some of your outdoor activities.

Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions


A wonderful way to invest in your families' treasure trove of memories is by spending time in the great outdoors. Camping trips can be an excellent tradition that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond memories.

Packing a Backpack - A Guide


With so many different designs, packing a backpack will vary considerably. Generally though, the key to packing your backpack is to achieve even weight distribution.

Student Travel - Backpacking In Europe


For the fortunate few, life isn't complete without a backpacking trip through Europe. This right of passage is believed to further the maturation process of college students, according to sociologists.

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Outdoors calendar for Lancaster County, week beginning Jan. 20
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Great American Outdoor Show coming: The event, the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the world, is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, and will be held Feb. 3-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg ...



Quad City Times

'He could do anything': Outdoors community mourns loss of mentor, adventurer Dave Hill
Quad City Times
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Opelika Observer

Gander Outdoors Announces New Website Launch | Business Wire
Business Wire (press release)
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is celebrating the launch of its new online store GanderOutdoors.com. This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential gear and information for ...
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Buffalo News

Knowledge is everything with fishing and the outdoors
Buffalo News
It's important to be a student of the outdoors, always willing to learn with every cast, every step. And as you collect that knowledge and store it away for that right set of circumstances, it can lead you to rewarding experiences that can also push to ...



Outdoors show, winter trek set for this weekend
GoErie.com
The Outdoor and Recreational Sports Show in Olean, New York, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Good Times of Olean Events Center, 800 E. State St. The event features outdoor and recreational sports vendors, programs ...



Outdoors: Trout fishing is beautiful at Folsom Lake
Stockton Record
Folsom Lake, located on the American River about 70 miles from Stockton, is kicking out some beautiful holdover rainbow trout this winter. Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motor Sports Guide Service and two other anglers landed 10 rainbows averaging 18 inches each ...



The Denver Post

Study finds Great Outdoors Colorado gives state $507 million economic boost
The Denver Post
Niko Verras and others collect trash last month on a vacant lot in Montbello that will be converted into an urban open space. By Bruce Finley | bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post. January 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm. Grants from Colorado Lottery-funded ...



Chicago Sun-Times

The outdoors component of Museum Campus: The Field, the Shedd and Lake Michigan
Chicago Sun-Times
While looking at Sambar deer, our daughter said, ''They look like a cross of moose and capybara.'' I know moose up close, but I had no clue about capybara, the largest living rodent. Why she thought of that, I have no idea. There are always discoveries ...



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Woodside Elementary teacher shows students what the outdoors can teach them
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Woodside Elementary School teacher is using his love of the outdoors to teach students with a unique education style. Peter Dargatz is in his third year teaching nature kindergarten to students. They spend time every day outdoors learning about ...



Where to put on the blades and skate outdoors
Wicked Local Medford
Before a snowstorm dumped up to 19 inches in the area on Jan. 4, the severe cold that had gripped the region left some of the best ice conditions around. Many communities offer some kind of outdoor skating; rinks are maintained on a regular basis, but ...

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