014: Rain Rain Go Away

014: Rain Rain Go Away

 
 
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We all love camping and hiking in perfect temperatures beneath a bright, sunny, sky but let’s face it, bad weather happens and eventually we all get rained on while in the outdoors. Here’s how not to suffer when it happens and hey, you might even learn to enjoy a rainy adventure!

If you only go out when the weather is fine, you’re only seeing part of the outdoor story. We’ve had the opportunity to deal with rain or the potential for rain on many occasions and we are sharing all of our tips for keeping dry until the rain goes away.

Episode Highlights:

  • Ways to avoid the rain when planning your trip.
  • Tips for making the experience fun.
  • When you pair rain with wind and cold you have to be prepared.
  • How to be safe and know where to be during a storm.
  • What to do and not do in a dangerous weather event.
  • Lightweight gear options for rain preparation.
  • How to keep your gear dry at all costs.
  • Keep the waterproof jacket, but ditch the pants.
  • A shammy towel is easy to pack and fantastic to have onhand.
  • The longer the adventure the more the need to prepare water resistant gear that can be layered.
  • Tips for setting up your shelter to deal with the rain.
  • Have the right rain attitude!

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“If you plan to have fun, rain should not have that negative effect.” Nate Harrington

“Dance with life, it’s awesome.” Chris Hiller

013: Parenting

013: Parenting

 
 
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Parents who love the outdoors can pass their enthusiasm onto their children. These days, with all of the indoor digital toys they can access, children are spending less time outdoors than ever. Today’s episode is all about parenting and getting them excited about getting out on the trail or onto the campground.

Helping children enjoy the experience as much as they can with a sense of humor and silly fun will be the foundation for a lifelong love and appreciation of nature. With a simple set of tools and ideas, we will show you a new lens through which to approach adventure and enhance your children’s connection to the outdoors.

Episode Highlights:

  • How parents can start to strip away all of the technology and get children out.
  • Ways parents can model openness to new experiences and show children of all ages that it’s okay to let their guard down.
  • How to plan to be sure that your adventure has elements of fun for all the family.
  • Knowing your children and knowing what they do and don’t like can give you an advantage before setting out.
  • Remember, even older children can surprise you and really enjoy the experience.
  • We discuss different ways you can change perspective so that children can have fun even with things they think are frightening.
  • Giving the kids the opportunity to make the decisions about what you’re going to do will enhance their engagement.
  • Start small and build the adventure from there.
  • We cover some technology and gear ideas you can bring along to get your kids excited about the experience.
  • Don’t hesitate to bring along those comfort items that nip any negative moments in the bud.
  • Outdoor electronics can be a logical transition from indoor electronics.
  • Age should never be a factor in getting the kids out even in small ways.
  • Don’t forget safety and first aid on your adventure!

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“I like the option of giving them options.” Chris Hiller

“You can make darkness fun.” Nate Harrington

012: Music in the Outdoors

012: Music in the Outdoors

 
 
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Camping and hiking are great way to enjoy the outdoors alone or with family and friends and music can make the experience even better. Following up from last week’s power episode, music and entertainment can often involve the latest technology and we’re talking about all the ways music can be part of your next adventure.

We cover the when, the why and the how –  just about everything music when it comes to the outdoors. We’ll look at musical entertainment from both the camping and the hiking perspectives and see how each have benefits and drawbacks.

Episode Highlights:

  • Is music your focus or your background?
  • The sound of nature vs. the sound of music.
  • Hiking is physical and often music can drive that adrenalin, pace, and rhythm.
  • Campfire music is essential to a great time, adding a calming and celebratory aspect to your camp.
  • Nate shares his do’s and don’ts of music on the hiking trail.
  • Be courteous with your music in either setting. Find that musical happy medium.
  • We cover the gizmos and gadgets that are available for you to carry your tunes.
  • Remember that audio and music can have an affect on the wilderness and the people that are in it.
  • Taking a creative approach to music can be fun for the whole family!

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“Everything’s better with music.” Christopher Hiller

“The lack of music can be really good as well.” Nate Harrington

 

011: Power

011: Power

 
 
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Camping and hiking can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family, but how do you incorporate devices without taking away from the pleasure of being in nature? Some people may find the topic controversial, but when it comes to these things that we use on a daily basis, more and more people are choosing to carry them when hiking and camping.  

In today’s episode, we are talking all about the gadgets we love and ways to be sure they can be used without taking away from the daily gifts that nature provides. For those who want the convenience and security of a connected device, there are plenty of options to keep them powered up on the trail. From durable outdoor chargers to ones that you can juice up using the heat of your campfire, we are sharing some of the many ways that you can take technology along with you.

Episode Highlights:

  • The many reasons to add power and powered devices.
  • Our tips for making sure nature is still victorious over gadgets and many ways to rely on that power less.
  • Children can enhance their passion for what they are doing in nature by photo documenting and sharing their adventures.
  • We tell you about all the places we can think of to garner great ideas for outdoor fun – technology free.
  • Have proper accessories and adaptors on hand so that you can use the power sources you bring along.
  • Don’t miss a step when it comes to power and power back-ups.
  • As always, plan your gadgets and gear according to your destination!

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“The book is better than the internet because it doesn’t require power.” Christopher Hiller

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010: Bears

010: Bears

 
 
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Spotting a bear while out on the trail can be both exhilarating and terrifying, but knowing how to handle a bear encounter is key to safely enjoying the wonders of nature. Everyone knows the expression “don’t poke the bear” and today we’re dedicating the episode to bears and sharing all our experiences and tips for keeping these critters at bay.

Remember, your number one defense in the outdoors is to be aware and beware. The truth is that encounters with bears rarely lead to aggression and attacks are very rare. Most bears prefer to avoid humans, and any bear you see is probably just as frightened as you!

Episode Highlights:

  • Types of bears and geographic locations of breeds.
  • Prevention is the number one defense.
  • Don’t overlook any detail that may attract a bear to your campsite.
  • Think of creating a “bear hang” when camping out.
  • Be aware that bears and pets don’t mix well.
  • Consider planning your destination in places that have lower bear populations.
  • The less people using a park or trail, the less you risk a bear encounter.
  • Make a lot of noise when in the outdoors.
  • What to do if you encounter a bear or it’s cubs.
  • If you find yourself facing a bear, try to figure out which species they are.
  • Movement is important but how you move can be the key to your safety.
  • What to do for young children if an encounter happens.
  • Things to do, and not do, if attacked by a bear.
  • Do your bear research when planning your next trip!

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“The best thing you can do is let the bear know where you are.” Nate Harrington

“When you run, you become prey.” Christopher Hiller

009: First Aid

009: First Aid

 
 
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Ouch! Today we are discussing first aid while camping and hiking. From mosquito repellents to gps tracking we’re covering all you need to keep you covered while out on your next hiking or camping trip.

Before each and every trip, plan the length and nature of your adventure. Go through all the items in your first-aid kit and ask yourself what you really need and if there is anything missing. Remember that when it comes to outdoor first-aid, planning and prevention are the best cure.

Episode Highlights:

  • Keep it simple, compact, and booboo friendly. You don’t need an EMT caliber kit.
  • Each kit will vary depending on the medical conditions members of your party, the length and duration of the trip, and the area you’ll be heading to.
  • Adventure brand medical kits are terrific.
  • Add a flashlight, pocket-knife, tweezers and whatever other little items you need.
  • Plan well for the things that most likely will happen.
  • Map your course so you have the ability to get off the hiking trail at any moment.
  • Make sure people know where you are and know your agenda.
  • GPS tracking is an excellent way to allow people to know where you are.
  • We share all our starter first aid kit essentials.
  • Foot care should be at top of the list for distance hikers.
  • Think of carrying emergency fire starter.
  • Consider taking a first aid course before heading out.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!

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008: Sleeping

008: Sleeping

 
 
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A long day of hiking or camping fun is coming to an end and your body is dying for some downtime. A good day’s fun is also a great setup for a good night’s sleep under the stars!

If you’ve been hiking, fishing, kayaking, or swimming, you are very likely to be ready for a good sleep by the end of the day. We’ll cover all our tips for the how and when of getting great rest on your next trip. Don’t let foggy brain keep you from enjoying a beautiful day in nature!

Episode Highlights:

  • Focus on comfort.
  • Get the proper gear for the climate.
  • Do the temperature rating and research for your sleeping bag.
  • Test out your bag and accessories, trying out various options.
  • Remember that sleep integration may take a few days.
  • We share the ideal times to sneak a nap into your day.
  • Find out if we should sleep on a full or empty stomach.
  • Learn a few tricks to help you navigate discomfort or bothersome bugs.
  • You can always keep adjusting by getting creative and learning to adapt..
  • Be aware never to leave small children sleeping alone in a closed tent.

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“The sounds that happen in the middle of the woods can keep you awake for sure.” Nate Harrington

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007: Lighting

007: Lighting

 
 
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Afraid of the dark? Don’t let that keep you from experiencing the great outdoors. In today’s episode we’re reviewing all things lighting. We have invaluable tips and resources to keep you and your group out of the dark on your next adventure.

Even the most weathered footpaths can become dangerous when the sun goes down. Whether at the campsite or on the hiking trail seeing your way in the dark is essential to any overnight outdoor trip. We’re covering all the old and new technology for lighting the way.

Episode Highlights:

  • Hikers rely primarily on headlamps. Hands free is what it’s all about.
  • And old-fashioned flashlight in a camper’s arsenal is timeless.
  • If you grew up camping, it was likely under the glow from the an old fashioned lantern. There are now countless options available to light the way.
  • When it comes to headlamps, a red light feature is essential to provide less light in the night. It can also serve as a terrific map reading tool.
  • Having a headlamp with locking mechanism is important to avoid surprise battery issues.
  • Safety is key when using any source of liquid fuel to light torches or lanterns.
  • Campfires are not a source of light but perfect for smores!
  • Glow stick lights or glow ropes are a useful and fun way to light up gently. Some are now even rechargeable.
  • Lighting kits are available for your tent. USB string lights give off ambiance and glow.
  • Word from the wise. Glow-in-the-dark sleeping bag zipper tabs don’t usually work.
  • Don’t forget the moon – tune in to hear Chris’s unforgettable moonlight canoe story!

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“There is so much that can’t be put into a picture.”  Nate Harrington

“The moon can offer so much light.” Nate Harrington

“My go to is a little flashlight that is indestructible. It never breaks down, it always seems to work.” Chris Hiller

006: Keeping Cool

006: Keeping Cool

 
 
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Today’s episode is all about keeping cool in the great outdoors. We are sharing all our tips and tricks for dealing with the heat when camping and hiking during the hot months. Knowing how to stay cool while camping is an essential skill that will increase your enjoyment significantly. We’re here to help you to continue having fun all summer long!

Don’t cancel your trip just because of the heat.The good news is that you don’t need to bring heavy equipment to stay cool during your next summer outdoor adventure. If you plan ahead you can cheat the heat!  

Episode Highlights:

  • Keep yourself hydrated, before and during your trip. Always have water accessible.
  • Wear wickable clothing to keep from sweating and dampening heavy clothes.
  • Wear a bandana around your head or neck and dip it in water whenever possible. Head and neck temperature regulation is key.
  • Set up your gear to allow for maximum air flow.
  • Camp or hike near a waterfront. Plan your trip accordingly by choosing trails or campsites near rivers, streams, or lakes.
  • Try to plan according to the weather. Too hot can be too much and potentially hazardous.
  • Hike early – take advantage of the cool hours in the early morning.
  • Relax in the afternoon in the shade.
  • Take advantage of electricity in places near or inside camp sites.
  • Be sure that your tent gets a lot of ventilation. You can also try an open-air hammock as we discussed in our previous episode.
  • Stay away from gimmicky products and stick to the basics: shade, water, air.
  • Find what works for you to get that cooling effect on your skin.

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“You flow with what nature gives you.” Chris Hiller

“When you feel thirsty it’s almost already too late.” Nate Harrington

005: Leave No Trace

005: Leave No Trace

 
 
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In today’s episode we will be giving you tips on how to prepare your trip following the principles of leave no trace. If you bring it in, you should take it back out with you one way or another.

We’ll give you tips on planning and ways to take care of the environment you love and use when camping and hiking.

We’ll focus on trash, nature, wildlife, and all you need to alleviate your footprint while enjoying your favorite outdoor adventures. The idea is that you want to preserve nature to the way it was before you ever showed up. Once you start to practice the principles of leave no trace, you can form habits that will stick with you out on the trail. Being mindful and helping others be aware of their impact are great ways to keep nature intact!

Episode Highlights:

  • We assess the ripple effect of leaving a trace.
  • The traffic of so many humans using and abusing the same trails is creating terrible consequences for wildlife.
  • Raccoons and other animals on campgrounds abound. The receptacles create attraction for the animals. Protect them, yourself, and your food by storing your trash and food securely.
  • When you pack up and leave, leave it exactly as you found it.
  • Reset the grass after you rest your tent on it.
  • Cigarette butts are not biodegradable.
  • If you make it, make it go away. If you move it, put it back.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established rings or fire pits. Burn the wood to ash and scatter cool ashes.
  • Burning wrappers in a fire pit is not acceptable.
  • Look after fellow or previous campers. You can help remedy the errors that someone doesn’t necessarily know they are making.
  • Campsites and trails now offer log books that can decrease the inclination to commit graffiti.
  • Food can be prepared so that garbage is very limited. Repackage your food to minimize waste.
  • Biodegradable items left around are trash left around. Campers tend to think banana peels, apple cores, and orange rinds are fine, but they have impact on nature and it’s creatures.
  • When using the outdoors as your bathroom the rule of thumb is to go 100 – 200 yards off the trail. Some people build catholes – 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from the camp and trails. Cover the cathole when finished.

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“We’re not the only ones who are going to enjoy this. We want to preserve it for the next generation.” Nate Harrington

“If you pack it in, you pack out.” Christopher Hiller