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5 Tips for Proper Trail Etiquette

By Kevin Koontz on June 27, 2018

in Outdoors

As the value and benefits of outdoor recreation become more recognized, we continue to see an upsurge in people flocking to public lands. Visitation to National Parks, State Parks, Forest Service lands, and Bureau of Land Management areas have steadily increased year after year.  

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10 Outdoor Essentials

By Kevin Koontz on March 23, 2018

in Outdoors

Packing the essentials for back country or day hikes is always a good idea. Each item won't be used every time, but they will be appreciated most in times of need. The original ten essentials list was assembled in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers to help people prepare for outdoor emergency situations.       

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Climbing Trip Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on March 20, 2018

in Outdoors

Below is a packing list for those interested in sport climbing, different gear is needed for different kinds of climbing. Sport climbing is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors fixed to the rock for protection. Other types of the activity, like traditional climbing, require the climber to place removable protection as they climb.

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Weather Hazards

By Kevin Koontz on March 15, 2018

in Outdoors

Be mindful of the weather when hiking and participating in outdoor activity. Weather hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, and winter weather. It is important to identify warnings and dangers for each, and know what to do when one is encountered. 

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Backpacking - Plan Ahead and Prepare

By Kevin Koontz on March 10, 2018

in Outdoors

When you are selecting a backpacking destination, please consider your skill level, the time of year to go, navigation, and that it will be fun!

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Leave No Trace Principles

By Kevin Koontz on March 02, 2018

in Outdoors

The Leave No Trace program is founded on seven principles. They help all enjoy the natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. These principles can be implemented from a backyard to backcountry.

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Hiking Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on February 28, 2018

in Outdoors

Here are ten essentials you should take with you anytime you are in the outdoors. Use a daypack/backpack to carry all essential items.

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Off-Road Checklist

By Kevin Koontz on February 15, 2018

in Outdoors

Going off-road can be an exhilarating adventure. It is important to pack strategically and prepare for the trip ahead of time. If possible, try not to go off-road alone and always tell someone (who isn't going with you) where you are going and when you should be back.

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Car Camping

By Kevin Koontz on February 13, 2018

in Outdoors

The advantage to car camping is you can take as many items as will fit into your vehicle. So this list may have things you don’t have to bring, but you can because it all fits in the car.

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Canyoneering Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on February 01, 2018

in Outdoors

Canyoneering is a unique and intriguing outdoor activity. If you are interested in the sport, it is good to start gathering the necessary supplies. There can be a lot of necessary gear, partly because of the wide range of conditions and terrain you might encounter, but also because the sport is hard on equipment. From basics like water to specifics like descenders, check out this canyoneering packing list.

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