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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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Outdoors notices: March 18, 2018
s student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host its 21st annual Outdoor Bash and Wild Game Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Department. A variety of game dishes will be available to eat, while outdoor gear, artwork and ...

Do I get a better workout by running outdoors or on the treadmill?
Harvard Health
A. Die-hard runners sometimes swear by outdoor runs, claiming that the treadmill can't come close to an outdoor workout featuring wind, hills, and uneven terrain, which they say makes outdoor runs more challenging. But that doesn't mean you can't get ...

Omaha World-Herald

Collaborative process yields big ideas for Ponca, Fort Atkinson state parks
Omaha World-Herald
At Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska, proposals include creating a venue for weddings and other events, constructing an outdoor education complex, and updating the park entrance with landscaping that gives visitors a hint of the bluffs and woods ...


Douglas County coast offers many options for outdoor recreation
Visiting the beaches, riding the dunes, catching fish or hiking through the woods, visitors and locals enjoy the many options for outdoor recreation along the Douglas County coast. There are several easily-accessible beaches along the Douglas County ...

The Saratogian

The Great Outdoors: Expo gets people ready for summer
The Saratogian
The Great Outdoors: Expo gets people ready for summer. The annual Adirondack Sports Summer Expo typically attracts 8,000 people to the Saratoga Springs City Center each year. LAUREN HALLIGAN — LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM. By Lauren Halligan ...

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Outdoors: Michigan honors area fish catches
South Bend Tribune
Southwest Michigan waters were well represented in the DNR's Master Angler program for last season. Some 35 fish from Berrien County and seven from Cass County qualified for the state honor. Anglers receive a patch for catching a fish that meets state ...

Kokomo Perspective

Action Outdoors: Panfish in the milfoil
Kokomo Perspective
As we progress into the later stages of the winter ice fishing season, crappies and bluegills tend to make their late winter transitions into shallow water. Gone are the deep water schools that have been most common all winter. Here are some tips to ...


Philips Hue brings its smart light bulbs outdoors
Hue is launching a line of outdoor lamps just in time for the thaw. By Liz Stinson Mar 19, 2018, 10:00am EDT. Share Tweet Share. Share Philips Hue brings its smart light bulbs outdoors. tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email. Philips Hue. Just in ...

Chicago Sun-Times

Cooper's hawk in Bridgeport, Illinois R. sauger, LaSalle: Chicago outdoors notes
Chicago Sun-Times
Amy Gorman caught this Cooper's hawk having dinner on her parents' back porch in Bridgeport. Wild of the Week, the celebration of stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, run when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations ...

Waco Tribune-Herald

Outdoors: Rambo schools sand bass | Outdoors | wacotrib.com
Waco Tribune-Herald
Matt Rambo is accustomed to being in big schools. As a Waco ISD teacher and administrator, he has worked in some of the biggest schools around, so it's no surprise.
CURT HICKEN OUTDOORS: Fishing action improving at Corps ...Alton Telegraph

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