• Health & Safety

    Posted on April 27th, 2014

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    Basic First Aid Tips for Outdoor Incidents

    Doing outdoor activities can be really rewarding and fun. However, there are also hazards when it comes to outdoor recreations. Many factors can come into play and cause harm for you and your companions. That is why it is important for you to be prepared even though you are having fun.

    Here are some things you can do that can help you whenever you have an accident outdoors.

    First off, always have a med kit. It does not have to be filled with various painkillers and antibiotics or what not. In fact, make it simple and compact. The whole point to a med kit is that it’s supposed to be portable. Second, make it accessible to you. Don’t put it at the bottom of your pack or in any hard to reach place. In a scenario where you have someone who is severely injured, then your med kit should have something that can address the injury temporarily until you get the person into proper medical care. Another thing, always double-check your med kit. Always check if you need to restock the medicine and supplies in it. Check the expiry dates and condition of the medicine you are bringing. You might be bringing something that does not even work anymore.

    Second, always know the area and activity you are going to be participating in and then prepare accordingly. For example, if you and your family plan on going on a hiking and camping trip then you better know the trail and have enough supplies for the camp. If anyone in the family has any case of asthma, then the inhaler should be readily accessible. Ration your food according to the amount of time you’re going to be spending on the outdoors. If you are expecting a little bit of bad weather then dress accordingly. Wear water repellant clothes and make sure to pick shoes that are not slippery. This way you can minimize accidents and injuries to your party.

    Lastly, always have someone who has a medical background with you. The person does not have to be a doctor or even a nurse. It can be someone who has taken a few classes in first aid and knows what to do. If there really isn’t one, then you might have to consider being that person, as it is an essential part of anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.

    A little common sense and presence of mind can go a long way. While these tips can really help you, keeping a calm mind can get everyone back home.

  • Outdoor Recreation & Activities

    Posted on April 27th, 2014

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    The Top 5 Outdoor Activities for Fun in the Open Air

    Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill and reproduced under Creative Commons

    Sometimes being in a closed space for too long makes people bored and stressed. If you are feeling this way about your indoor hobby then maybe it’s time to do something new. Something refreshing for many people lately are outdoor activities. People are trying them out because there are more benefits to doing outdoor activities than indoor activities.

    The usual thought of most people when you say outdoor activity is camping or fishing. While these are good ideas, other activities could be more fun. Here are some ideas that could be great for you and a couple of friends.

    1. Surfing. Who doesn’t want to spend time in the beach? Enjoy the sun, feel the sand and, more importantly, ride the waves. There is nothing next to the feeling of surfing the waves and feeling the nice cool sea to refresh your body.
    2. Scuba diving. This one activity has taken people off guard. A simple scuba diving session can really get you hooked because of the peace the sea provides, not to mention the beautiful creatures that can astound you.
    3. Mountain climbing. If you were not really into the sea then, maybe, the view from a mountaintop would be your cup of tea. This kind of activity really takes your breath away, both figuratively and literally. Since going up a mountain is no simple task, you are going to develop a great stamina and survival skills as well. Once you’ve reach the summit of any mountain, the view and the serenity that comes from conquering a mountain is breathtaking.
    4. Hiking. Hiking is a much more micro version of mountain climbing. It doesn’t take a lot of preparation or a lot of stamina. You can just grab a few friends and visit a nearby trail. You can enjoy the relaxing appeal of the great outdoors while sharing a couple of stories with friends.
    5. Jogging. Lastly, and though this may seem inane and dull compared to the previous entries, it is still one of the best outdoor activities. Aside from the fact that it is cheap and a great way to stay in shape, jogging is something that you can set and adjust depending on your schedule. It improves your stamina and fixes your sleeping patterns to give you a great head start in the day. Just make sure to limber up and have the proper diet if you plan to take it to the next level.
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    Posted on April 27th, 2014

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    The Beginners Guide to Choosing a Mountain Bike

    Outdoor sports are starting to gain popularity these days. This is because there are many benefits that come by doing them. There are the apparent health benefits that you get by simply climbing mountains, the improved stamina and lung power that you get from jogging, and etc. However, it’s mountain biking that’s taking the spotlight because of its seemingly therapeutic nature.

    However, mountain biking is not an easy hobby. Aside from being fit, there other things that you have to take into account. Stuff like picking out the right bike to take on a mountain trip. Unlike, shoes, clothes, or what not, choosing the right bike affects your overall performance and, more importantly, your safety. If you don’t have any idea on how to pick bikes at all then you should probably bring along a friend who has experience in mountain biking.

    If not, here are some general tips for you to follow when picking a mountain bike. First off, know your behavior and preference when you are on a bike. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: how do you like to get around? Do you prefer something that has a little weight in it? Or would you like to feel a nice cool breeze while riding around the path? Whatever you pick, make sure it is something that you can be comfortable with over an extended period of time. Always keep in mind that this is the weight you’re going to be traveling on for a good hour or more.

    Second, do you have any physical or health problems? Because if you have joint problems or something is wrong with your back, then you might want to get something that has a full suspension. It helps lighten the strain on your back and it’ll reduce the tension on your joints. If no, then you can opt not to get a full suspension.

    Third, know the path you are going to take. In the least, know which trails you are going to be passing through. There are various kinds of mountain bikes and using the wrong bike on a certain trail can minimize your bike’s utility and compromise your safety.

    Last, and certainly one of the most important parts of a bike, is your brakes. There are two kinds of brakes. There is the disc brake that practically does its job well throughout various conditions and rim brakes that are more reasonably priced and easier to inspect and replace. Whichever one you pick, keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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    Posted on September 12th, 2014

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    Keeping The Outdoors Safe

    If you live in, or are planning to visit Australia I suggest you stay OUTDOORS!! There are so many beautiful things to see and so many cool things to do, especially if you don’t live there and you are not used to seeing such amazing things. Of course, with having so many people outside all the time, you need Health and Safety committees and First Aid attendants; even HAZWOPER wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

    Of course, you can train for all these things yourself. In order to get a HAZWOPER certificate; you need to undergo quite a few lessons, tests, and spend a lot of money.
    Recently there was a leak in Canada’s waters. It was targeted in the province British Columbia, and the majority of the waters are completely ruined, and you can’t even fish! They needed people to help.

    I have a friend who lives there and she said she went to this lake as a kid. It is completely ruined because mercury and cyanide leaked into the waters and the lake and fish are no more. I’m not saying that this would ever happen to anyone in Australia, or anywhere else in the world for that matter but I am saying they needed trained professionals to dispose of all this toxic waste. This is a serious environmental disaster, for any outdoor recreation I strongly believe there should always be a response team in ALL CATEGORIES!

    For those of you who don’t know, HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (more info right here). Basically; if there is any toxic/hazardous waste floating in rivers, floating around in the air from a fire or WHATEVER IT MAY BE, they will send out their TRAINED PROFESSIONALS to dispose of the waste SAFELY!!!!

    In my opinion, if you have a first aid team you need a HAZWOPER team as well. Children playing outside, in the rivers, in the trees, in the sand… Keep your families safe. Anything could happen at any given moment. Unfortunately; a first aid attendant cannot clean up hazardous waste of any sort. So, if you are planning to go outdoors in a foreign country make sure they have safety procedures and professionals on site. Anything could happen.

    Always remember that Canada is so quiet and they don’t get very many natural disasters, but this was an Environmental Tragedy. Don’t think that it couldn’t happen to you, because it did happen somewhere in the world we all live in. Thank god for those who risk their lives and throw themselves into dangerous situations for other people’s safety.

    So, in conclusion… Outdoors is a blast! But you should always think of potential dangers that could be lurking throughout the world. It might just take you by surprise. So next time you get in the water, see a fire… study it. Use care when starting a camp fire and be sure you have no explosives near you or anything of the sort. Even though outdoors is FUN, you have to make sure outdoors is SAFE for yourself, your kids, and everyone else.

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    Posted on September 5th, 2014

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    3 Hydration Devices That Could Save Your Life While Camping

    When camping in the great outdoors, the most important thing to remember is to be prepared. Make sure you have all the supplies you need, and definitely have a back-up plan ready in case of emergency. Possibly the most dangerous situation a person can run into in the wild is a lack of water. Dehydration can easily kill if given the chance. It is important to keep in mind that the solution to dehydration is not as simple as finding a source of water. Water found in the wild may have any number of parasites and bacteria that if ingested can be incredibly harmful. Before drinking from any natural source of water, the water needs to be tested, and most likely purified. Luckily, there are several highly useful products on the market that can do just that, and should be included on every camper’s supply list.
     

    The LifeStraw personal water filter

    The most easily portable device available is the LifeStraw. This is a small water filter designed for use by a single person and can filter up to one thousand litres of water, which is enough water for a single person for one year. It weighs only 2 ounces and is easily small enough to fit in a person’s pocket. It requires no sort of power source and can remove up to 99 percent of bacteria from water. It’s also BPA free and contains no chemicals whatsoever. The best part is that the LifeStraw is that its super affordable. The device can be purchased online for as little as $20. It also can be purchased as a water bottle, known as the ‘LifeStraw Go’. With this, simply fill the bottle from whatever water source you have, and the LifeStraw that is attached to the mouthpiece filters as you drink.

     

    Water purification tablets

    An alternative to the above would be some form of water purification tablet. These typically come as a two part system, with a germicide tablet for use first, followed by a neutralizing tablet. The germicide tablet uses an iodine based compound to purify water that may contain harmful bacteria. The neutralizing tablet is designed to neutralize the iodine aftertaste and color left by the germicide tablet. It is incredibly important when using these to follow all instructions as failure to do so could result in the product being ineffective, and could be potentially harmful to users. These can be purchased from a wide variety of manufacturers and cost on average around $8.
     

    A water testing kit

    The other device that can be a life saver in the wild is water testing kit. These are used to test any kind of water source for harmful chemicals and bacteria, and will determine whether the source is safe to drink from. Some varieties can provide results in as little as 10 minutes, and can detect 8 different harmful contaminants including bacteria, pesticides, and even lead. Kits can be purchased for as little as $10 and are easy to take along on camping or hiking trips.

     

    A portable water softener/filter

    As a last resort, small personal water softeners or filters can be used. Find out more about water softeners and filters, including water softener reviews, on this website. It’s important to note that different machines will filter out different additives, so it’s a great idea to do some research on the area you are camping in beforehand to see what type you may need.
     

    All of the items covered above can be life saving for anyone wishing to spend time outdoors in nature, and should always be kept on hand just in case. Remember, water is the essence of life and clean water is the most important factor in survival situations. Make sure you don’t get caught out unprepared.

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    Posted on September 4th, 2014

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    How to Keep Cool When Hiking in the Heat

    Summer is the time when hikers like to spend time in the outdoors, but this is also the time in Australia when temperatures can be excessively hot, making it hard for hikers and backpackers to keep cool during the hours, or even days, they are out in the bush.
    Don’t worry though, because there are a few simple techniques which you can use to stay cool and prevent serious medical problems such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion from occurring when you’re out there. Of course, you can eliminate these dangers completely by simply not hiking on those really hot days, but thats no fun, so you can reduce these dangers significantly, by taking the following basic precautions:

    • Plan ahead – check the weather forecasts to keep track of what type heat you’re going to be up against in that part of Australia where you will be hiking.
    • Lower your goals – if it’s going to be one of those really hot days, then don’t push yourself to excessive limits by hiking too far or climbing to high – save the difficult trails for another cooler day instead.
    • Hike in the right area – try to plan your hike along the coast or in the vicinity of other large bodies of water, since these are known to be cooler than inland trails.
    • Plan to do your hike in the morning – if you take to the trail in the morning, the temperatures you will be dealing with could very well be about 20 to 25 degrees cooler than later in the day. Even though temperatures do cool down in the afternoons, they will still be significantly hotter than in the morning.
    • Avoid hiking when the sun is at its hottest – direct sun increases the risk of sunburn and heat-related problems, so unless you can hike where there is adequate shade, avoid hiking between 10 in the morning, and 4 in the afternoon.
    • Wear appropriate clothing – Clothing which is light-colored, loose-fitting, and lightweight, will help a lot to keep your body temperature down. If you aren’t sure, be sure you read up on what to wear hiking for your climate and region.
    • Keep your head covered – wearing a light-colored, lightweight hat will help to keep you cool, and if it has a broad rim, your face and neck will be protected from getting sunburned. Even better, is if you wear a cloth hat, which you can soak in water at a creek or a lake – keeping your head cool, helps to keep your body temperature down.
    • Use sunscreen – exposed, sunburned skin will prevent your body from staying cool, so make sure to apply sunscreen regularly during your hike.
    • Don’t sweat it – sweat can really take a toll on your hydration, but it can also make you feel gross and uncomfortable. If you’ve followed along with the right clothes to wear you should be covered but also keep in mind what covers your feet. Will your trail require a good hiking boot, like this, or would you prefer something lighter like a hiker’s sandal, seen here? Be sure to decide before you head out.

    The Importance of Hydration to Your Hike

    Your body loses large amounts of water on hot days when you perspire – as much as a quart of water every 30 minutes in fact, which is increased even more if you’re hiking up mountains or in the direct sunlight. In order to keep your body organs – including the brain, healthy, it is extremely important that you stay properly hydrated. You can begin this hydration process one or two hours before you hit the trail, and stay hydrated by doing the following:

    • Drink small amounts of water often
    • Make sure to keep your water as cold as possible
    • Avoid drinking beer. Alcohol is a diuretic, and can actually cause you to become dehydrated quickly. The same applies to energy drinks which contain caffeine
    • Keep an eye on your urine – urine will be light and clear if you’re properly hydrated, and dark, concentrated urine is a sure sign of dehydration

    Apart from using the above hints and tips for staying cool when hiking in the Australian heat, taking plenty of breaks more often, and keeping to the shade as much as possible, also go a long way in preventing heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

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    Posted on September 4th, 2014

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    Crossbows and Outdoor Shoes to Get You Ready for Hunting in Australia

    Australia is comprised of different states that have different rules and regulations governing the hunting sector. Hunting in Australia can be done for exploration purposes or leisure. Therefore, laws were imposed to regulate the number of hunters for both natural conservation and safety of the people. People are expected to be over 18 years before they are allowed to own hunting weapons and firearms. A hunting test is another requirement that one goes through before he is allowed to hunt. Crossbows have gained recognition in the hunting industry in Australia due to their easy usage. Equipping yourself with the right shoes and weapons will make your hunting in Australia enjoyable and comfortable.

    Crossbows and their uses

    Reflecting back in the eighties, crossbows were used in the war because they were simple to make and easy to use. Today, perhaps because there are no wars, crossbows are used for recreational and hunting activities. The weapon is accurate when it comes to shooting, and it doesn’t require a very long length of training to learn how to use it.

    Many can learn the how to use the crossbows since it involves simple procedures.Crossbows can be used in shooting sports, where there is no hunting, but people compete for shooting accuracy. They are also used in the fishing industry because they have reliable kinetic energy to penetrate the water and shoot large fishes that cannot be captured by a fishing net. They are the main cardinal weapons for bow hunting. Crossbows are convenient to carry, and one can easily use them because they don’t require many skills to know them. They are easy to repair and maintain as well. An excalibur crossbow review might help you out in choosing your choice of bow.

    Proper outdoor gear when hunting

    Attire for hunting should be of high quality and be protective with the ability to withstand all the harsh environmental conditions season after season. Beginning with shoes, they should be leather and covered to the highest level of legs possible. Animals like snakes should not be able to interfere with your hunting activity when in the forest. Choose shoes that are waterproof, hard and strong with light weight to ensure you do not get tired quickly. Shoes that promote perspiration are always good as they provide cushioning to your feet after a long trekking distance. The sole of the shoe should be aggressive to all surfaces to ensure safety on every surface you step on. Making the necessary research about the right outdoor shoe for you will give the right support and protection during hunting. If you have medical conditions like plantar fasciitis for example or have a flat foot, you not only need a shoe that can protect your feet but also provide the right cushioning to avoid foot pain. You can have a good hunting experience when you’re geared correctly. Start with your shoes, read more about the best shoes for flat foot from this website.

    An insulated jacket will provide the right temperature for in all kinds of weather status or changes. It should be waterproof and provide warmth continuously for the comfort of your body when hunting. If possible, a trouser that functions using the same node is recommended. Hunting will only be interesting if proper preparations are made prior to the event. Proper attire always assures one of good hunting time, both enjoyable and interesting since less or no hardships shall be caused by weather changes. Best walking shoes are the main tool after owning right weapons for your hunting. Since you will always be walking and running, quality of shoes should be outstanding. Avoid heavy shoes and slippery shoes for safety.

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    Posted on September 3rd, 2014

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    Why Riding Motorcycles is one of the Best Outdoor Activities

    Riding a motorcycle has been appealing to me ever since I was a kid. I used to watch grandpa ride his motorbike as grandma skips a heartbeat as he drives away really fast. He used to take me to those motorbike racing competition he’d join and even though he doesn’t always go home with a trophy, he always felt like a winner and seeing him smile the way he does every after a race was one of the best memories I have of him.

    When I bought my first motorcycle, I knew that riding it was one of the best outdoor activities I could ever try. I like doing all sorts of stuff outdoors, but riding my motorcycle made me feel alive. I knew that I was invested in it and I had to buy the best headgear I could find. If you’re as excited as I was then, you’ll realize it’s not an easy task to choose so I went ahead and had a custom helmet like one of these made for myself. After all, it’s for my own safety. Looking good with it was the bonus I simply could not resist.

    Anyway, while you’re looking for your riding gears or waiting for them to arrive after ordering them online, let me share some of the reasons why riding a motorcycle is one of the most thrilling adventures you will ever have outdoors:

    It’s Fast and Furious

    Riding a bike brings out the daredevil in anyone and going fast and furious, as long as it’s safe, is simply a must for a rider. Keyword here is as long as it’s safe. Racing against the wind is a feeling second to none. Hearing your motorcycle roar furiously as you glide through the roads is the best love song I have heard my entire life.

    It’s Cool

    You can take a look at a biker and you’ll know immediately what I mean. Those motorcycle riding gears, gadgets and helmets are simply too cool for school. Of course it will cost you a bit of cash if you’re going for the totally cool and coordinated get up when going out for a ride but it’s totally worth it if you’re aiming to be a head turner.

    It’s Refreshing and Could Make You Sentimental

    People think that bikers are hard-core men that don’t care about feelings whatsoever. That’s wrong. Us, bikers, we’re sentimental too and when we go out for a ride, especially when we’re alone, it’s most often than not just to clear our heads and reminisce about the good times of our lives.

    You Get to See Many Beautiful Places

    If you go skydiving, you’ll see vast views. If you go underwater diving, you’ll see many different kinds of sea creatures. If you go riding a motorcycle from one end of the country to the other, there’ll be countless landmarks you’ll pass by, many rolling mountains, breathtaking sights, bars, clubs, restaurants, and well, whatever else kind of detour you’re looking for. The best part is, you don’t even get stuck in heavy traffic.

     

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    Posted on August 30th, 2014

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    Benefits of Working Out Outside

    Getting into shape is a top priority for many people. As a matter of fact, millions of people hit the gym almost every week trying to build up their muscles, improve their cardiovascular health and to shed excess pounds. When most people exercise they like to go to a gym to get the job done. However, there are plenty of people who prefer working out in the great outdoors. Why? The answer to this question is simple; there are many benefits to exercising outdoors. Here is a list of the following reasons why outdoor exercise routines are highly rated.

    Change of Scenery

    Most modern gyms and fitness centres are great places for people to exercise. They usually have lots of modern equipment, modern design, monitors and televisions, music and lots of firm and fit bodies moving around all over the place. While these visual distractions are a natural part of being in a gym, getting away from them can be very beneficial to a person’s workout routine.

    Gym members can perform workout routines outside of the normal gym routine. They can go for a run instead of jogging on a treadmill. They can set up a free weight set in their backyard instead of waiting their turn inside of a fitness centre. People can get together with some of their fellow gym members and perform a cardiovascular routine at a local park.

    Getting outside is great during the late spring, summer and early fall seasons. As long as the sun is shining and the temperature is reasonable then people should workout in their natural environment. It will help to stimulate their workout and allow them to perform better.

    Lose More Weight and Burn More Calories

    Researchers have proven that people have a tendency to burn more calories when they workout outside instead of a gym. This is especially true when it comes to running and performing cardiovascular routines. Workout routines that involve the use of trails and natural terrain challenges the body to work harder and are more effective for losing weight and burning fat. You can learn more about different exercise routines and choose the one to suit your needs on Workout Booster.

    Develop a more Focused Routine

    One of the biggest reasons why people quit working out has to do with boredom and losing focused. People get tired of exercising because it usually involves the doing the same thing over again for a long period of time until they see the results they desire. When a person goes outside to workout they can select different environments to perform their routines. These unique environments could include urban settings, country roads or rugged terrain. Ultimately, people can revitalize their boring exercise routines by selecting new venues to carry them out.

    Reduce Stress, Tension and Blood Pressure

    Exercising outdoors can reduce a person’s tension and stress levels. The great outdoor has this type of effect on people, especially when it is a bright and sunny day. Being out in nature is relaxing for most people. Even if a person does not enjoy the great outdoors, the natural environment still has a way of making them feel more comfortable and relaxed.

    People can workout doors by jogging, sprinting and by playing sports such as basketball, tennis, golf and soccer. Free weight sets can be set up outside and so can gym equipment such as punching and heavy bags, medicine balls and sparring dummies. Playground equipment such as monkey and pull up bars could be used as well.

    Throwing a Frisbee around or playing softball are two other ways that people can stay fit while in the sun. When a person exercises outdoors they can perform a variety of routines that will help to get them into shape. Ultimately, exercising outside will help people to become happier and more satisfied with their routines.

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    Posted on August 28th, 2014

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    Top Tips for an Outdoor Adventure with a Service Animal

    While fit people may have a hard time caring for themselves when spending time outside, people with disabilities or people who have been incapacitated have it tougher. It’s amazing and inspirational to think that there are these types of people who still want and still do enjoy spending their time out on the wilderness and be a part of nature. With that being said, people with certain types of disabilities and/or conditions need to accept that they are going to need help to be able to make it through the whole outdoor adventure and make it a fantastic outdoor experience for them. This help can come from a service, therapy, or emotional support dog.

    Disabilities don’t hinder a person’s ability to have a good time. All you need is to find what the best outdoor activity is for you based on your capabilities. You can find outdoor activities that are appropriate for you on the CDC’s website. There are plenty of articles from the site that could help you choose. And it is helpful to have a well-trained service dog with you while you are out on a trip.

    A service dog is no ordinary dog, as the name implies. There are many information regarding service animals and are easy to find online, but the hard part is finding quality information about service animals. Every service dog must be fully equipped with the necessary skills and must master a great deal of commands for a better outdoor experience. There are plenty of tips that you should take into account when you bring your service dog with you.

    -          Always bring plenty of water. Dogs tend to get thirstier in a shorter span of time compared to humans. So be sure to provide an ample amount of water to keep them going and to prevent dehydration. But don’t forget to save some for you, too!

    -          When going on a hike, some hikers prefer to walk with their dogs alongside them and are held tight with a leash. But know that it can be advantageous if you let them walk freely without a leash. But to be safe, you can use a harness or a collared leash and give them a bit more freedom and let them wander ahead of you to “smell” the surroundings. Remember, dogs have a great sense of smell. They can sniff out and sense danger at a certain distance which can help you become alert.

    -          Well-trained service dogs needs to be well-groomed just like any other dog. Don’t forget to bring snacks and a first aid kit for your service dog! You might also want to save a picture in case he gets lost (If both the owner and dog are being careless).

    -          Must have basic skills on detecting danger. And sniff out some “treasure” or good stuff while on a trip. Must have learned voice commands such as “stay” or “leave it”. These basic commands might be really helpful to keep your dog safe and prevent them from running about the wilderness.

    -          Always bring a plastic bag and a spade. We already know what these are for.

    Service dogs are helpful in many ways and can make life easier for people with disabilities and conditions that prevent them from doing strenuous physical activities. Service dogs not only do certain tasks, they are also a great companion and a loyal friend to humans. So go out and enjoy the outdoors!

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    Posted on July 7th, 2014

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    How to Choose the Right Kind of Flashlight for Your Bush Exploring Excursion

    Choosing a flashlight for your excursion for exploring the bush can be really something that requires great effort.

    You should choose the flashlight as per your needs. If you are really going to explore the bushes in finding some fruits or as a part of a game or just the sake of conducting an adventurous trip with your family, make sure that you get flashlights that can provide you with all such features that can be of greater help in making your excursion something that is great which can provide you with all the levels of excitement and adventure.

    Understanding Terminologies

    There are various terminologies that are related to the flashlight which you need to know before you are purchasing it for your bush exploration task.

    There are things like Lumen, the type of bulb like LED and many other factors that you need to know well before you are purchasing the flashlight because considering all these factors only you can get a flashlight of good quality and the one that is capable of fulfilling your needs.

    Battery Power

    Battery power is something that should be given more importance because you are going to carry these flashlights to the places you are going and it is always better for them to have a battery that can retain charge for longer time period.

    The alkaline batteries were considered as the ones that can provide with better lifetime, but it is later on observed that they are just bulky but are not capable of having a better shelf life.

    Lithium batteries are the ones with better lifetime than them and they can be considered as the perfect choice when you are buying flashlights for your needs which can be an excursion or something else. Disposable batteries are the other option that you have which can be helpful in providing better run time for a given bulb power compared to rechargeable ones.

    They have only less cost for one time purchase and it is also much easier for storing some spares but they can cost much higher if you are using them for a longer term.

    Incandescent Bulbs

    These are the bulbs with a thin filament in it which gets heated when the switch of the flashlight is on and thus emits light.

    The sealed glass that is around the filament prevents oxygen to corrode this particular type of filament. There is the possibility of having the bulbs with halogen and xenon filled with them. They are the bulbs which are highly powerful and most suitable for longer distance views.

    LED Bulbs

    These are bulbs with solid state construction and can be considered as the ones with extreme durability. They have an easy and soft glow and can be used for close viewing. They can be used for a longer time period.

    HIDS

    This is the bulb that has got a capsule with metal vapor inside it rather than a filament. They can emit brighter light by using less amount of power.

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    Posted on June 22nd, 2014

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    The Best Hiking Shoes for 2014

    There are a good number of reasons why you should never go hiking with shoes other than a pair of hiking shoes. These shoes are built to withstand a rugged environment while protecting the insides of your feet from jagged rocks. They are also designed to help provide traction on uneven ground and help keep your feet free from bacteria. They are also made out of the most durable materials for footwear possible and they are kept as light as possible to provide maximum mobility.

    For people who are just getting into the hobby of hiking, they may want to get their hands on the best hiking shoes that money can buy this year.

    Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Multisport Shoe

    The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Multisport Shoe is a very popular shoe for day hikers and backpackers. It’s very well-ventilated because of the mesh vents that surround the shoes. The mesh vents also keep your feet free from sweating and allows it to dry faster than usual. This is also one of the lightest hiking shoes in existence because both the lower soles and upper part of the shoes are made from the lightest materials possible. The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Multisport Shoe is one of those hiking shoes that’s meant for first time hikers or backpackers, as well as for people who are into sports like running or CrossFit. In some of the reviews we’ve done, the Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Multisport Shoe performs just as well as Reebok’s CrossFit shoes because of its added sole support and ventilation.

    Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots

    The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots is the perfect pair for trail runners. It’s one of those trail shoes that can match the performance of CrossFit shoes or any Zumba shoes with the added durability of hiking shoes. The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots feature Variable-tension lacing which is designed to lock cleats at the ankles, giving it a hug and firm grip around it. The dual lacing provides you with extreme comfort that’s unmatched by Zumba shoes (some good ones), running shoes, and even CrossFit shoes (nice picks).

    Asolo Men’s TPS 520 GV Boot

    Most people would think twice about buying a pair of hiking boots made of leather, but wait till they see the Asolo Men’s TPS 520 GV Boot. The Asolo Men’s TPS 520 GV Boot is a heavy duty hiking boot that doesn’t lack in comfort and style. It has a very supportive sole feature, waterproof materials, and decent traction to help you trek the Rocky Mountains while looking good in the process. The Asolo Men’s TPS 520 GV Boot has been submerged in streams or flowing water and it has done a very good job in keeping our feet dry.

    Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boots

    The Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boots is the Arnold Schwarzenneger of hiking boots. This one’s made to withstand extreme weather conditions like heat or moisture. The Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boots has EVA midsoles that provide comfort for long treks and breathable Gor-Tex Membrane that makes you feel like you’re walking on clouds.

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    Posted on June 17th, 2014

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    A tourist’s guide to outdoor entertainment in the Outback

    Australia was founded as a prison colony by the English and although the people there probably aren’t going to murder you anymore the landscape, animals and plants just might. There are more things in Australia that will kill you or leave you foaming at the mouth than there is too cuddle. Snakes, scorching hot temperatures and a number of poisonous plants all inhabit the rough and rocky terrain of this island nation.

    However, that all being said there is nothing more depressing in life than someone who sits indoors, plays video games and lacks any real life experience. In this article we are going to discuss some much needed gear and things you can do to prepare to go out hiking in Australia. We are also going to discuss some of the great unknown outdoor wonders and activities to do there.

    So grab the anti venom, bowie knife and sunscreen.

    What you will need for hiking out in the Outback

    If you are going to be doing any sort of hiking in Australia it is important to take a few things into consideration. The first thing to take into consideration is the sun and the climate. Australia is extremely hot and being so close to the equator make your chances of getting skin cancers higher than average. So what can you do to mitigate some of these awful effects. Well it is simple bring sunscreen hats and long sleeve shirts that you would buy to wear at the beach.

    The thing about snakes and poisonous plants was not a joke and that’s why another thing you need to consider bringing if you are going to be doing any sort of hiking is hiking boots and some long pants and/or socks. The recommendation for boots isn’t simply because the terrain is hazardous and you could stub a toe it is also in the case of snakes. Snakes that want to bite at your feet and ankles. For recommendations on the best hiking boots take a look over here. The pants are for that possible instance where you get some sort of nasty poisonous insect on you or rub up against a poisonous plant. It is better to have a layer between you and whatever it is that could harm you.

    Water. This is a no brainer. It’s hot so bring water and bring more than what you think you may need.

    Awesome things to do outdoors

    Ok now here comes the fun part where we talk about the top things to do outdoors.

    One place you may want to consider visiting when in Australia is Frasier Island in Queensland. It is a 75-mile long beach and is simply gorgeous and there are over 100-freshwater lakes, rainforests and other things along it.

    Also check out the Red Center in Alice Springs. This area changes color throughout the day and also features amazing aboriginal art.

    Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia. This area is a bit of a secret and isn’t nearly as well known as other locales throughout the country. This area features over 200 species of coral and 500 species of fish. It is also home to a number of amazing and interesting marine animals like the whale shark, dolphins, manta rays and turtles.

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    Posted on June 9th, 2014

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    Some of the Top Outdoor Activities in Australia

    Any Australian raised and bred will tell you that the future of entertainment and leisure for them is not really about enjoying movies or using all sorts of different high-powered gadgets and playing games. For most of Australia, the most entertaining and leisurely activities are always found in the great outdoors. Many of the citizens from down under aren’t bogged down by today’s digital age, though some like to do a bit of strategizing online with binary options trading. With a free binary options trading account you can do the same, but as far as Australians go, there is definitely nothing quite like the great outdoors.

    Of course, Australians also know and enjoy logging on the internet and do some online trading and other things that can be done there. It’s not as if people don’t like going to the virtual world. In fact, many find that going online is also as thrilling and as fun to do as doing outdoor activities. However, it can still pay to know what the best outdoor activities are in Australia, whether you are looking to move in or only to visit. Even those whose native country is the Land Down Under can benefit from learning all about the top outdoor activities, as this is where you will most likely meet many other people, looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It’s very much like going online and meeting all sorts of people as well, only you meet them face-to-face.

     

    Top Outdoor Activities

    Surfing, hiking (or bushwalking for Australians), and scuba diving and snorkeling are just some of the outdoor activities that are becoming very popular in the country. Surfing and scuba diving/snorkeling are not surprising, seeing as Australia is known for its amazing beaches and spectacular coastlines, making it a great place to catch a wave. You can try doing any of these and find the perfect outdoor activity for you.

     

    These are just some outdoor activities that anyone can try and have a great time doing. Thanks to the innovations today (Hello, internet!), people can enjoy these activities without having to go outside. The fun of doing outdoor activities is well and good, but one should also try going online, particularly getting involved in online trading, and experience the same thrill as outdoor activities.

     

    Online Trading and Outdoor Activities

    The thrill of outdoor activities is somehow the same as online trading. It’s probably because of the excitement that one gets in doing these things. For people who do outdoor activities, the excitement is visible and inevitable; active sports and activities demand a lot. But for those who do online trading, it’s from the sweet thrill of not knowing the situation of the stock market that the excitement stems from. Investing is a risky business, and that in itself is a thrill already. It’s as if both activities induce adrenaline rush to the people who are involved, only the rush is seen in different forms. No matter what, we know both activities are fun and exciting, and that both are great.

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    Posted on June 9th, 2014

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    Best Home Exercise Bikes

    Photo by MC2 DAVID DIDIER and reproduced under Creative CommonsThere are a lot of good reasons for you to start biking. To begin with, this activity is fun. It relaxes your mind and allows you to stay physically active. The best part is that you get lots of health benefits from it. The only problem is that staying outdoors for biking might be quite risky. Also, during bad weather conditions, you are not supposed to go out and bike. Therefore, the best solution is to take a look at indoor bikes. These bikes are used for fitness exercises. You will definitely enjoy them once you have them at home. Here are some of the best brands for you to choose from:

    Sunny Health and Fitness Pro Indoor Exercise Bikes

    This is an affordable model which is also among the most popular models you can ever find. The spinning of the bike is very smooth and it is also quiet. It has adjustable brake pads to make you feel more comfortable when doing your workout. With how relaxing the bike is, you won’t even notice that you have already spent a lot of time doing it.

    Exerputic 900XL Recumbent Exercise Bike

    This is one of the most, if not the most popular brands you can ever find these days. It provides 8 levels of magnetic resistance. It can also be easily adjusted. It comes with an LCD screen that allows you to track your distance, time, speed, heart rate and calories burned. It can support as much as 300 pounds of body weight. The seats are also adjustable in terms of height. You will surely ride this model smoothly. For both beginners and pros in the use of exercise indoor bikes, this is a perfect choice.

    Horizon Fitness RC-30 Recumbent Exercise Bike

    This is considered a mid-entry bike. It works just like the regular indoor bikes that you can find. The best part is that its screen allows you to see what is written on it despite dim light. Therefore, if you feel like biking in a dark room, this is the perfect choice for you.

    Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike

    This is one of the best models you can find these days. It has 25 various resistance levels and up to 29 preset programs. You can easily customize your workout programs easily. It is also easy to track your progress with this model.

    Sole Fitness SB700 Exercise Bike

    This model brags about its portability. If you are searching for something that you can easily bring with you wherever you wish to exercise, this is the best choice. You can bring it to the office or at home as long as you feel convenient using it.

    Find out the best recumbent exercise bikes by visiting this website.

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    Posted on June 7th, 2014

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    Why Should You Move To The Country? (For The Outdoor Recreation Of Course)

    It wasn’t that long ago that we used to live in the city. We were Melbourne born and raised and spent almost 25 years living in Melbourne.

    Melbourne is a wonderful place, or at least it used to be. In the 1960s, when we were born, Melbourne was a relatively small city of a couple of million people. It was a wonderful place for a child to grow up.

    Sadly times have changed, and these changes eventually forced us to consider moving to the country. We are glad we did.

    What are the changes that forced us to reconsider where we lived? Let’s see.

    The population in Melbourne has exploded over the last couple of decades. That small population has now become a large population and estimates are that by 2050 there will be over 8 million people in Melbourne.

    The crowds are horrendous. The roads are dreadful. It’s almost impossible to get onto a train because there’s so many people on the train you can’t get in the door.

    Commuting takes twice as long as it should because of the traffic jams.

    The price of properties has escalated to the point where, for the average person, purchasing a modest home is impossible.

    Over the last few years the average cost of a house in Melbourne has gone over $1/2 million. Very few younger people can afford to buy a house when they need to borrow that much money.

    Of course there’s a whole host of new suburbs on the outskirts of the city where property is cheaper. But there is almost no infrastructure and virtually no public transport.

    The benefits of living in the country

    We moved to eastern Victoria. We are close to the Bogong High Plains and can spend our weekends involved all sorts of recreational activities. We go bushwalking, we go camping, we go kayaking or we just chill out and drive into the bush for a couple of days.

    We have wonderful forests right on our doorstep. We have beaches within an hour’s drive. We have great fishing in our local rivers as well as in the ocean nearby.

    In fact when the weekend arrives we are so spoilt for choice for outdoor recreational activities that it’s difficult to decide what to do.

    And there are disadvantages to living in the country

    Of course not everything is rosy. House prices are much cheaper so we managed to buy a nice house. However employment is another matter.

    Some country towns like ours are a little depressed economically. Work is hard to find and we were unable to find any significant employment for quite a while.

    Eventually I found a new job as a forklift driver, though I needed to qualify first by training for and getting a forklift licence (from Forklift Training Australia)

    Being a forklift driver wouldn’t be my first choice of occupation. But the pay is reasonable and there are so many other advantages to living in the country that I’m happy with my work because I now have so many new recreational activities to pursue.

    So if you love camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking or any other outdoor recreational activity, and you live in the city, then consider moving to the country.

    Your weekends will be filled with wonderful recreation.

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