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Is this really camping?
Haha yup I'd go camping any day if I had that!! 😂😂
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Looks so cool
Camping in Utah ❤👌
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Its true and beautiful to watch
Love such creative pics.... 🌾 👀 ✊ 
Simply cool!!! 😊 💛 ❤ 
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If i had a perfect camping withe a spectacular view...this would be it...nice 18x24 landscape decore for any space in the house or a mantle for a peaceful moments...weather enjoying a good book or just enjoying the peace and quiet
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Time of year for a camping trio to the middle of nowhere!!!
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Yeah!
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Gotta love the view. The outdoors are a wonderful place to get lost and explore both the world and yourself.
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Hiking Etiquette
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I feel it neccessary to write this article. I live in the Shenandoah Valley and go hiking on a regular. I went out for a short hike yesterday on a fairly popular trail. I picked up 2 trash bags full of junk left behind. I am not a hostile person, but things like that can bring out the worst in me. Just about every group of people have some type of unwritten rules to help govern their activities. Hiking is no different in that aspect. Now I see that it’s time to write those rules down for those with no common sense or respect. If you can follow these few simple rules, your and my next hiking trip will be what it is intended to be, freeing and pleasant. A way to get back in touch with ourselves and nature.
Hike quietly so you and others can enjoy the sounds of nature. Speak in low voices and for goodness sake, turn off your cell phones.
If you need to take a break, move off of the trail so others can pass unobstructed.
Hikers going downhill always yield to those going uphill.
If you bring a pet, have it leashed and don’t forget the waste bags to clean up after them.
Do not feed the wildlife. They have done just fine without your help. Don’t disrupt their foraging habits.
Leave what you find. Take pictures as souvenirs and leave the rest there.
Walk through a mud puddle and not around it unless you can do it without leaving the trail. Going around can kill the ground cover beside the trail and widen the trail uneccessarily.
If hiking in a group, hike in a straight line and leave room for other hikers to pass.
When nature calls, do so about 200 feet off trail and away from water sources.
Most importantly, don’t toss your trash!!! Not even biodegradable items are acceptable. If you packed it in, then pack it out. Always follow the LEAVE NO TRACE principles.
If you are not familiar with the LEAVE NO TRACE principles, there are seven and listed below.
Plan and Prepare: Know the terrain and weather conditions. Keep your groups small and avoid high traffic times to minimize your impact. Again, walk in single file to limit damage to the ecosystem.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Surfaces consisting of gravel, rock, snow, sand, or dry grass are durable and can withstand heavy use. Walk through mud puddles as stated above, not around them.
Dispose of waste properly: This includes food scraps. You don’t want to disrupt the wildlife’s natural diet. If you see other trash, pick it up as well. This is called “negative trace”.
Leave what you find: Look at all of the wonders in nature and take as many photos as you’d like. Do not remove anything. If you find it beautiful, others will too. Give them a chance to see it as well.
Minimize camp fire impacts: Only build the fire as big as needed. No reason to overdue it. If you can find previously constructed rings or pits, use them rather than making another. Ensure the fire is out completely before leaving. Bring a small camping stove instead if it is feasable. They’re more efficient and leave no impact on the site.
Repsect wildlife: Allow the wildlife to be just that, wild. Keep your distance and do not approach them. Never, ever, ever feed the animals. Control any pets you bring and keep them restrained.
Be considerate of other hikers: Show respect towards one another and follow all posted hiking rules. Rest and camp away from the trail and minimize visual impacts by wearing clothes that blend with nature. Except during hunting season of course.
Did you notice that many of the principles repeat the unwritten rules? Makes sense doesn’t it? Hiking is an adventure that puts us back into our natural environment. It’s where we all actually belong. Let’s use some common sense and good judgement while we are out there, not just for our sakes, but for mankind. If we destroy our natural habitat, there is no place left for us to go. Please visit our Outdoors Store or one of our trusted affiliates to gear up for your next hiking expedition. And remember: ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD, ALWAYS BE PREPARED AND YOU’LL ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE…

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Crash Course for Whitewater Canoeing
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Whitewater canoeing has become popular as of late. As well it should, it’s exciting, heart pumping action that can be a solo act or done with friends. If you’re new to the experience, take a friend along. But let’s face it, most canoe paddlers are not up to the task. Conquering any size rapid takes skill. Successful runs are the result of a few well-practiced moves and good judgement. If you can turn your boat right and left, paddle forward and backwards in a straight line and practice good common sense, you will usually come out all right. Paddlers can learn these techniques in just a few hours by following these tips.
First, Stick to these Rules:
Stay on your paddling side. Only the bow position can break this rule while they are performing a “cross-draw”
Do not change your grip on the paddle. Tape your hands in place if you have to.
Do not choke down on your paddle. A wide hold shortens your paddle reach and your stroke is less effective. Your lower hand should grasp the paddle shaft a foot or so above the blade.
Kneel in the canoe with your back end firmly braced against the seat. If for some physical reason you can’t kneel, lock your knees firmly under the inside gunnels of the canoe.
Stroke Choice:
Rapids are coming up, don’t get overwhelmed with all of the “good to know strokes” and when you should use them. There are two strokes that will get you through any rapid. Practice these strokes for at least 30 minutes in a calm pool before hitting the whitewater.
     BOW STROKES: Use the draw and cross-draw. The bow paddler can effectively move the bow left or right. That is the primary job of the bow paddler.
     STERN STROKES: Use the draw and stern-pry. The stern-pry begins near the tail of the canoe, have the paddle tip nearly touching the side-wall of the canoe. Quickly pry the paddle outwards 8-12 inches (no more). Practice this so you have an understanding of how it affects the boat.
Once you both have your strokes down, it’s time to combine them. Have the bow person paddle on the left side and the stern person paddle on the right side. In these positions, here are the actions when you combine the strokes.
COMBINATION                                                                          ACTION
bow draw + stern draw                                                            canoe pivots left
bow draw + stern pry                                                               canoe side-slips left
bow cross-draw + stern draw                                                 canoe side-slips right
bow cross-draw + stern pry                                                    canoe pivots right
Practice these combination strokes together to get comfortable with each other and go hit the rapids. Knowing how to turn and side-slip your canoe is usually enough to discourage any real disaster. Keep it simple at first and work your way up in rapids as your skills improve. You’ll pick up more strokes and techniques for running whitewater the more you go. Visit our Outdoors Store (top of page) or click on one of our trusted affiliates to gear up for your next canoeing adventure. And remember: ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD, ALWAYS BE PREPARED AND YOU’LL ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE…
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