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Outdoors Information

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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Check out The Advocate's Outdoors calendar | Sports  The Advocate

LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.


Enjoy Warm Weather in Atlanta's Outdoors  Georgia Tech News Center

As summer approaches, it's a good time to get outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in and around Atlanta.


Outdoors Calendar  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Calendar. NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to ...


Top 10 tips when fishing with kids | Outdoors | magicvalley.com  Twin Falls Times-News

BOISE — Fishing can be a fun sport for kids and parents. Besides spending quality time together outdoors, families can get away from their hectic schedules and ...


We're starting summer early by screening 'The Great Outdoors' at Avalon Theater on June 19  Milwaukee Record

Last night, a sold-out Avalon Theater audience enjoyed a screening of Mars Attacks. While we definitely had fun watching the futuristic and otherworldly film, we ...


CKS PaddleFest: The outdoors rocks, music 'just a hobby' for Drunken Hearts  Chaffee County Times

The Drunken Hearts, a Colorado quartet of jam-loving rockers with roots in bluegrass, will play the Ivy Ballroom Friday night at 10 p.m. as part of PaddleFest.



Outdoor fire extends into vacant house in Wilton  Lewiston Sun Journal

A fire from a burn pile extended into a vacant brick house Wednesday afternoon at 440 Temple Road in Wilton, Fire Rescue Chief Sonny Dunham said.


Finally! Enjoy the outdoors this Memorial Day weekend with these events and activities  St. Cloud Times

Itching to enjoy the great outdoors for the first time this year? Us too! Get outside this Memorial Day weekend with these local events.


PHOTOS: Douglas County High School celebrates graduation outdoors, despite the snow  The Denver Post

Douglas County High School's graduating class of 409 students, along with friends and family, celebrated their graduation ceremony at a snow-covered Douglas ...


Outdoors, So, what about those newfangled hammock tents?  Coeur d'Alene Press

My kids told me a few weeks ago that a hammock tent is a really cool idea. They saw a colorful, semi-neon, ful.


You can take free outdoor courses in kayaking, archery, and more with L.L. Bean  Boston.com

You can try stand-up paddleboarding, archery, and more outdoor activities for free through L.L. Bean beginning this Saturday. The Freeport, Maine retailer ...


UC Berkeley's "Hyper-Aggressive Pogo-Stick" Robot Now Works Outdoors  IEEE Spectrum

UC Berkeley's Salto has been one of our favorite robots since 2016, which makes it old-ish in robot years. While it's kept the same “hyper-aggressive pogo-stick” ...


Chris Kolbert: Beautiful fish in beautiful places | Outdoors  PostBulletin.com

My fishing line drifted quickly through a deep, tannin-stained pool, nearly as fast as I could cast it back upstream. Snow melt on the north shore of Lake Superior ...


North Dakota's 2019 deer gun licenses to be highest since 2011  Bismarck Tribune

The 2019 North Dakota deer season is set. Before we get into the details let's take a look back at 2018:


6 Outdoor Clubs Worth the Membership Fees  Outside Magazine

In years past, cyclists, skiers, hikers, and runners joined actual clubs—groups that met weekly or monthly to go outside and do things together. Those still exist ...


'Outdoors Day' events planned across New York in June  syracuse.com

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation plans to celebrate "Outdoors Day" by offering free events at its facilities across the state.


Lazy speckled trout filling their bellies along stretches of sand  The Advocate

When charterboat guide Eddie Berthelot took Louisiana Outdoor Adventures television host Kevin Ford out to shoot a show last week, the entire playground was ...


Fifth graders explore the outdoors at Camp Eastwood  NRToday.com

Eastwood Elementary School fifth graders spent Tuesday and Wednesday night camped outside on school property as part of the annual Camp Eastwood ...


OUTDOORS: Safety key for Memorial Day weekend  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, there will be lots of folks out on the water engaging in a wide variety of water sports, and I really encourage everybody ...


Outdoors: Smith: High water means more bass fishing chances  Longview News-Journal

East Texas has received plenty of rain over the past few weeks, and it has been an above average year for rain amounts the entire year.


MONROE OUTDOORS: Can opossums hang by their tails?  Monroe County Reporter

I have always been fascinated by tales of the seemingly astounding abilities attributed to wild animals. From the time we are children we are assailed with all ...


Outdoors What's Happening: May 23, 2019 | | yakimaherald.com  Yakima Herald-Republic

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife improved its guidance manual to help the public identify and assess barriers to fish passage in the state's ...


Outdoors, Sleep in ... the toms will wait  Coeur d'Alene Press

Late May gobbler hunting isn't the same as chasing tom turkeys in the early season of North Idaho's general hu.


Al Fresco: Finally It’s Time To Eat Outdoors  Hartford Courant

Al fresco dining - It's finally warm enough to eat in the open air, to find your way to a restaurant where you can sit near water or a lovely field, or in a sheltered ...


Black Communities Are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing  YES! Magazine

Ieisha McIntyre grew up the youngest of five on an acre of land in Spanaway, Washington, a predominantly White rural town. Her family's orchard held giant ...


KkCo Is a New Fashion Brand Inspired by the Great Outdoors  TeenVogue.com

Tie dye is having a serious moment (again!), and newly launched brand KkCo — pronounced “Kay Co” — is selling the blue-and-green tie-dyed earth-inspired ...


Safe Boating Day event set next week in Bayview  Coeur d'Alene Press

It's that time of year again when we start thinking about what we have to do to get our boat ready to put back.


Outdoors calendar for Lancaster County, week beginning May 19  LancasterOnline

... • Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 8 a.m., hike 12 strenuous miles along the Mason Dixon Trail in Pennsylvania. At 1:15 p.m., hike 6 strenuous ...


SCORES & OUTDOORS: A ferret could save your life some day, seriously  Town Line

by Roland D. Hallee - An end to flu seasons altogether may not be far off. Several research teams are working on the first "universal vaccine"...


Island Park is a great place to see wildflowers  Post Register

For the past several years I have produced landscape calendars of Island Park. The images that always draw the most comments are not the amazing sunsets or ...


Here's your fishing guide for Memorial Day weekend  Twin Falls Times-News

BOISE — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer camping and fishing season for many Idahoans. May is among the best months for ...


Northeastern University students start nonprofit Mass Hike to give Boston residents outdoor experiences at parks, reservations, and recreation areas  News@Northeastern

Suraya Foster was nine miles outside Boston, leading a group of total strangers on a hike through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. As she hiked the Fells, ...


Morels, Ben Franklin, eagles, big walleye: Notes on Chicago outdoors  Chicago Sun-Times

Notes and news from around the Chicago outdoors.


Committed Christian Outdoors wants to guide kids  Jones County News

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Outdoor Abs and Arms Workout for Bodyweight Vacation Exercise  Men's Health

This 7-minute abs and arms workout from trainer Charlee Atkins is designed to give your a six-pack and arms a boost while you're on vacation.


The world's moose experts are coming to Maine  Bangor Daily News

Some of the world's foremost moose researchers will head to one of Maine's “moose-iest” locales next month for the 53rd North American Moose Conference.


Morsels: Easy as paella, outdoors in Blume, stopping by the Waypoint and more.  Monterey County Weekly

Basil Seasonal Dining's new culinary team wasted little time rolling out a new menu. Executive Chef Bryce Hansen and Chef de Cuisine Cameron Falls blend ...


Army veteran killed on Appalachian Trail used outdoors to cope with PTSD  CNN

Ronald Sanchez's hike along the Appalachian Trail was among the outdoor activities that helped lift him from the "darkness" of depression and post-traumatic ...


Enjoy the great outdoors and keep up with your favorite shows (FCL May 22nd)  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

As summer travel season kicks off, many Americans who own RVs will hit the great outdoors. This doesn't mean choosing between their summer adventures and ...


OREGON OUTDOORS VIDEO: Prepping Prescott, pt. 1  Mail Tribune

Hiking in Medford's Prescott Park the day after it rains is a nightmare. The clay-heavy trails turn into mud bogs. You just can't get around them. That's why the trail ...


Another year, another bigmouth buffalo state record broken  Petoskey News-Review

Earlier this month, Tyler Fisher of St. Charles, Michigan, caught a record-breaking bigmouth buffalo, unseating the previous state-record fish that was caught in ...


Qualcomm: mmWave is not just for outdoors  FierceWireless

While a lot of the early deployments of 5G using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum have focused on outdoor areas, Qualcomm is here to remind everyone ...


The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Urges Children To Get Outdoors  Longevity LIVE

This generation is often referred to as the Indoor Generation. This is due to the excessive amount of time that we spend indoors, flickering away at some form of ...


Starved Rock Alert: Main parking lot will be closed for Memorial Day weekend  Chicago Sun-Times

Starved Rock State Park will be under additional stress this Memorial Day weekend with flooding keeping the main parking lot closed. Crowds during the big ...


Airy contemporary with epic indoor-outdoor living asks $2.8M  Curbed

Designed by Architects Magnus, the home features pure white walls, expansive windows, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that allow access to the ...


Sawtooth Society's Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program seeks volunteers  Twin Falls Times-News

STANLEY — Join a work party in the Sawtooth Mountains this summer. The Sawtooth Society's Austin Kraal Memorial volunteer program is seeking new ...


Austin Peay is offering an outdoor adventure camp for teens this summer through Govs Outdoors.  Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Spots still available at Govs Outdoors teen adventure camp.


Farmers Market Returns to the Outdoors  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A farmers market in Scranton was held outdoors for the first time since last fall. People shopped at the South Side Farmers Market in ...


Geared for the outdoors  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A new facility for Colorado Mesa University's Outdoor Program is offering more space, better access and abundant opportunities to play outdoors for students ...


'Oakland Goes Outdoors:' $1M grant to fund outdoor education for Oakland middle schoolers  KTVU San Francisco

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Oakland Unified School District wants to make outdoor education part of the curriculum for all 6th through 8th grade students.


Lehigh Valley Sports Scene: Big 33 football game, Step Outdoors festival, Pocono 400 changes  Allentown Morning Call

Changes to the Pocono 400 weekend among Lehigh Valley Sports Scene things to know.


Editorial: How does Roanoke rate as an outdoors community?  Roanoke Times

We're coming up on the end of the school year, which means a lot of people are wondering about their grades.


Weather: A good week to work outdoors  The Ithaca Voice

ITHACA, N.Y. -- There's no other way of dancing around it - the weather is actually going to be pretty nice for most of this week. Enjoy it. Graphic courtesy of the ...


Outdoors in Maine: Governor's ATV task force long overdue  Lewiston Sun Journal

In rural Maine the ownership and use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) of every make and description has become a way of life. This ATV presence has taken off like ...


Driftless Outdoors show in Onalaska this weekend  News8000.com - WKBT

The Driftless Outdoors Show is getting everbody ready for summertime activities.


States are opening offices of outdoor rec. Will Gov. Little? Only if it works for Idaho  Idaho Statesman

Many states have opened an Office of Outdoor Recreation to harness the power of economic opportunities tied to the environment. Gov. Brad Little hopes to do ...


Ballard's Ascent Outdoors shutters  Crosscut

The gear retailer shocked employees and customers by suddenly closing after 25 years in business. by. Hannah Weinberger. / May 1, 2019. Ascent Outdoors ...


Good2Go Camping Turns Old Pop-Up Campers Into Family-Friendly Rentals  Seven Days

A tent in the woods, a few friends and a campfire is the best thing about summer for some Vermonters, and the more rustic, the...


All the Details on Outdoor Swimming Pools and Spray Parks Opening Saturday - Plus Party at Langdon Park Pool Friday  PoPville

From DPR: “On Friday, May 24, at 4 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host hundreds of residents to kick off ...


Down the canal with a paddle - Trinity outdoors program feeds Riverrock festival  Richmond.com

As three men standing on paddleboards rounded a curve on the Haxall Canal, Alison Wheeler and Hope Woolwine started cheering from their vantage point on ...


Outdoor Scholars Program receives funds to expand student opportunities  University of Montevallo News

At the President's Outdoor Scholars end-of-year banquet on May 3, the Alabama Power Foundation and the Alabama Farmers Federation each donated $10000 ...


The Best Memorial Day Outdoor and Fitness Sales  Gear Patrol

These are the top Memorial Day sales for all the gear you'll need to get camping, hiking, fishing, running and more.


Family: Appalachian Trail murder victim used outdoors as therapy for PTSD  WSET

Family members said Ronald Sanchez, Jr. , went hiking and embraced going outdoors to cope with the horrors of wartime. He was out exploring the ...


MEET RECAP: 2019 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships (Individuals)  U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

MEET RECAP: 2019 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships (Individuals)


Philly’s 20 Essential Patios for Drinking and Dining Outdoors  Eater Philly

As Philadelphia's restaurant and bar scene continues to grow, so do the opportunities for dining and drinking outdoors. From secret gardens to sprawling patios, ...


Outdoors calendar: May 19, 2019 | Hunting & Fishing  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Today. n The Kanawha Valley Regulators will host the SASS West Virginia Black Powder Shootout, 9:30 a.m., at the Putnam County Gun Club range near ...


Looking at the best — and worst — bargains in gear for the outdoors  San Francisco Chronicle

Your money can go a long way in the outdoors. As spring takes hold across the state, and summer is imminent in the Bay Area and Central Valley, many will buy ...


Deckers Outdoor Q4 2019 Earnings Preview - Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE:DECK)  Seeking Alpha

Deckers Outdoor (NYSE:DECK) is scheduled to announce Q4 earnings results on Thursday, May 23rd, after market close. The consensus EPS Estimate is $0.06 ...


Dock dogs compete at Driftless Outdoors Show  WXOW.com

Wisconsin DockDogs brought the competition to Onalaska for the first time at the Driftless Outdoors Show.


What you can bring, how to get tickets for Buffalo's outdoor concerts  Buffalo News

Yes, you can bring an umbrella to Artpark as this photo of an Artpark concert crowd shielding itself from the sun illustrates. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo).


Fulton County focused on outdoor recreation  Galesburg Register-Mail

CANTON — As executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, Missy Towery works diligently for the citizens of Fulton County.


Why outdoors brand Orvis is turning to TV  AdAge.com

After 163 years, Orvis is striving for greater brand awareness with its first TV ad, an extension of its current 'The Great Awaits' campaign.


Outdoors: What's predictable about turkey hunting? Plans will change.  Winona Daily News

MINNEAPOLIS — Humans very rarely trick wild animals into believing something is real when it is not. This is true even of hunters, the more experienced of ...


Today’s Workout: Go for a roll outdoors  Geneseo Republic

Take your fitness outdoors! Your options are endless, the weather is great, and we all could use a little vitamin D!Pretty much anything you choose to do ...


The Great Outdoors: Local summer programs offer activities in nature  Monitor

Seeking to prevent the imminent and infamous “I'm bored” complaint, nature parks in the Rio Grande Valley are offering summer programs for children.


Outdoors: Snapping up snappers  Waco Tribune-Herald

It's almost summer and the Texas coastline is about to be bombarded with tourists. The sand and salty surf attracts hundreds of thousands of people every ...


China tariffs are translating into higher prices, strategic shifts for the outdoor industry. But “it's not something you can do overnight.”  The Colorado Sun

Outdoor gear makers large and small are preparing to absorb a financial hit on their China-made products arriving stateside this summer, most of which are ...


Industry Buzz: Capitol Summit, Arc'teryx, Columbia, Ascent Outdoors, and a new alternative to hydration cups at races  SNEWS

Consumer-facing outdoor media site Gear Junkie has joined the Plastic Impact Alliance and supported the initiative by reporting on it. Adventure Journal also ...


Here are the best new outdoor dining spaces in Chicago  Crain's Chicago Business

It's finally nice outside—for now. Here's Crain's roundup of outdoor dining spaces around downtown Chicago that are worth checking out.


Outdoors for All  Sierra Magazine

A nascent global movement proclaims that access to nature is a human right.


The great outdoors, Lakelands style | News  Index-Journal

NINETY SIX — Titus Tyler sat in a folding chair Friday morning on the shore of Lake Greenwood wearing square aviator glasses and a shirt that said “Be Free.


Outdoor life | Opinion  Cedar County Republican

Squirrel, bass seasons open Saturday; camping a no-go.


Ascent Outdoors and Ascent Cycles now closed  My Ballard

The outdoor gear shop Ascent Outdoors and bike store Ascent Cycles on Ballard Ave both closed down over the weekend. The closure was unexpected, and a ...


15 Unusual Arts and Culture Festivals in Colorado to Get You Outdoors This Summer  303 Magazine

Colorado is home to a growing art and culture scene, with dozens of festivals happening all summer. Check out this roundup of 15 unusual ones.


Sudden closure of outdoors retailer Ascent Outdoors and Ascent Cycles shocks employees and customers  Seattle Times

After 23 years of serving the outdoors community, gear retailer Ascent Outdoors has permanently closed its stores in Redmond and Ballard and its partner store, ...


Pressroom Podcast: Exploring the outdoors with John Myers  Duluth News Tribune

It's not the "hook and bullet" crowd it once was, says this week's guest News Tribune outdoors reporter John Myers about the outdoor scene in northern ...


Video: Writer George Smith talks outdoors, ALS at 'Community Voices' event  Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE — Writer and outdoorsman George Smith reflected on his time at the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, legislative and environmental issues and his ...


UVM commencement to be held outdoors on University Green  Vermont Biz

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will celebrate its 218th commencement on Sunday, May 19. While Sunday's forecast is calling for rain ...


Reel in a marked or tagged fish? Let the DNR know  Petoskey News-Review

If you fish the Great Lakes and catch a marked and tagged fish, the DNR wants to know.


Canada's First Legal Outdoor Grow-Ops Awaiting Licenses  Leafly

The time is ticking on the outdoor growing season in Canada as producers await licensing from Health Canada.


Outdoor briefs published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Local  Helena Independent Record

State Parks announces changes to campsite reservations.


Westchester lawmakers adopt law restricting outdoor tethering of dogs  Mid-Hudson News

WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a bill to protect pets by restricting how and when dogs can be tethered outdoors.


Looking for outdoor activities in Fayetteville? Check these out  The Fayetteville Observer

Summer weather starts early around these parts.While some people up North are still dealing with the dregs of winter, we're thinking about dips in the pool and ...


The Top 5 Design Trends in Luxe Outdoor Modern Fireplaces  Yahoo Finance

MIDDLETON, Mass., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- European Home, manufacturer and distributor of innovative and contemporary fireplace products, has ...


Outdoor fun could lead to outages Memorial Day weekend  CIproud.com

PEORIA, Ill. -- "At some point they lose that helium and they'll come back down and could get into a line." said Daetta Jones, Director of Division 1 Operations for ...


Outdoor briefs for Thursday, May 16 | Outdoors | bismarcktribune.com  Bismarck Tribune

Game and Fish reminder: Leave baby animals alone.


SB-area Boy Scouts shoot for nation's first outdoor STEM park  WNDU-TV

This is the first outdoor STEM Boy Scout park in the country, so it's a real feather in South Bend's hat.'


The Blazers Are Showing Road Games Against the Warriors Outdoors in the Rose Quarter  Willamette Week

The Portland Trail Blazers aren't waiting for their next home game to invite fans to watch the Western Conference Finals together. The team is hosting "watch ...


Roots Canadian outdoor retailer opening on Michigan Avenue  Crain's Chicago Business

Canadian outdoor retailer Roots is the first storefront to open on the famous shopping stretch in the seven months.


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