Guides

Understanding the Basics of Whitewater Streamflow
Understanding the Basics of Whitewater Streamflow

Whitewater paddlers love numbers. Get a group of them together and inevitably you’ll hear statements like, “ it was big, like 5.6” or “it sucked, 600 cfs”, or “I was paddling Rapid 9 with my 35 degree, 198,in my 1.5, at 600 cfs – that’s 1.2 at the bridge.”. While this numerical shorthand certainly...

Jan 22, 2021
How to destroy climbing gear
How to destroy climbing gear

Part of the mission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA, from the French version of the name) is to establish safety standards for climbing equipment, based on the idea that it’s better to know before you’re dangling from a cliff whether or not your gear will hold up if you fall. And...

Jan 22, 2021
How to Loop a Whitewater Kayak
How to Loop a Whitewater Kayak

The most out-control-feeling freestyle trick on the river, the loop is also one of the most impressive and fun things you can do in a kayak. The nice thing is that, despite its reputation, the loop is actually not that hard to pull off. Its all in the timing.. Getting set-up. To set up...

Jan 22, 2021
Getting to the Appalachian Trail from NYC by train
Getting to the Appalachian Trail from NYC by train

Confession: I fantasize about catching a train to some remote place and disembarking into the wilderness. Like they did back in the day.. Who’s they? Back in what day? I don’t know. Stop asking questions – you’re ruining my fantasy.. Part of the attraction is the connection to an idealized time past, when all an...

Jan 22, 2021
Glamping: Camping a Little Closer to the Beaten Path
Glamping: Camping a Little Closer to the Beaten Path

I will never forget the first time I went camping with certain very civilized friends of mine.. Even though there were only three of us, we had to take two cars just to fit all the luggage, and setting up our site took hours. For me, a traditionally minimalistic person, this seemed like yet another...

Jan 22, 2021
Books That Teach Backcountry Basics
Books That Teach Backcountry Basics

Venturing into the backcountry, be it a nearby weekend in a state park or a trek across the Himalayas, requires a special kind of competence. The wilderness is, by definition, wild, lacking the basics conveniences of civilization we take for granted — food, shelter, doctors, road signs.. The key to surviving and thriving is understanding...

Dec 24, 2020
Washington DC Whitewater Paddling Guide
Washington DC Whitewater Paddling Guide

Whitewater paddlers in Washington DC are like hogs in . muck. They can work high-paying city-slicker jobs and still paddle . world-class whitewater in the evenings and on weekends. It’s a rare . combo.. Tons of whitewater rivers snake through the Appalachian Mountains of the surrounding states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and...

Dec 24, 2020
Paddling Against a Tide Of Plastic
Paddling Against a Tide Of Plastic

With the wind at their backs on a following sea, Morgan and Jenny surfed the swells from Maui, landing near an abandoned resort on Lanai’s eastern shore.. Not long ago, “Club Lanai” welcomed moneyed day-trippers looking for the kind of beautiful and secluded Hawaiian adventure that only disposable income could buy. Today the pier sags...

Dec 24, 2020
New York City Hiking Guide
New York City Hiking Guide

Yellow taxi cabs honking in stand-still traffic, intimidating buildings that loom so tall you feel like an ant, after-hours nightclubs and late night pizza stops; This is what people picture when they think of New York. While the state does offer a “big city, bright lights” spot on the map, it has a lot more...

Oct 08, 2020
Guide to New England Ski Resorts Within 3 Hours of Boston
Guide to New England Ski Resorts Within 3 Hours of Boston

What I love about Boston is that it is a vibrant city that’s easy to escape. Located in proximity to a lot of the different landscapes found in the Northeast, Boston is a hub for a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. For skiers and snowboarders, winter means it’s time to hit the slopes!. When I moved...

Oct 08, 2020
Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Southern California
Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Southern California

Southern California is better known for its warm weather offerings, but several ski resorts are located within a few hours drive of both Los Angeles and San Diego.. Resorts Near Big Bear Lake. These neighboring ski resorts are found on the mountain slopes surrounding Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino National Forest. In decent traffic,...

Jan 23, 2012
Outdoor Recreation Study Intended to Guide Plans for Oregon Wave-Power Facilities
Outdoor Recreation Study Intended to Guide Plans for Oregon Wave-Power Facilities

Seeking to put some numbers behind the notion that natural coastlines have economic and recreation value, Surfrider Foundation has released the results of a study that found that 80% of Oregonians visited the coast last year, generating an estimated $2.4 billion in expenditures.. The survey of 4,000 Oregonians investigated participation in . activities such as...

Apr 11, 2011
Five Tips for Taking Better Snow Photos
Five Tips for Taking Better Snow Photos

If your getting outside in a northlerly clime lately, chances are you’re taking photos with snow in them. Snow can be fun to shoot, but it requires some technique to produce really striking winter photographs.. Here are a few tips, in case you’re headed out this weekend:. ADJUST THE CAMERA WHITE BALANCE. Camera’s tend to...

Feb 01, 2011
10 Travel Mistakes to Make Before You Die
10 Travel Mistakes to Make Before You Die

Life is not about sailing along without a stumble or fall. It’s about experiencing those mishaps with a smile, maybe even a laugh, before picking yourself up from the dirt, dusting off your pants and moving on to your next adventure.. The worst travel experiences make the best stories. So here are ten travel mistakes...

Jan 31, 2011
“Hiking Trailer” Turns Backpackers Into Pack Draggers
“Hiking Trailer” Turns Backpackers Into Pack Draggers

A first glance, the Monowalker, a “hiking trailer” conceived in Germany, had me snickering. Come on! Man up! Carry it on your back!. But the more I think about…well…maybe it’s cool..?For one thing it can carry up to 100 pounds of gear. Try carrying that kind of weight on your back for a long distance. Ouch.....

Jan 12, 2011
How to Survive a Tree Well Entrapment
How to Survive a Tree Well Entrapment

A skier and a snowboarder have died in separate tree well incidents Montana in the past two weeks, and other tree-well related deaths have been reported in California and British Columbia.. A tree well is a deep area of loose snow that typically builds up around. the base of a tree. When a skier, snowboarder...

Jan 11, 2011