Here is a list of gear sites that tend to have pretty good discounts on either current gear or last season's picks. Some of these sites you really have to be ready to commit due to the speed at which the bargains sell. Aside from these sites don't forget to check out Craigslist for your area or the local gear shops which often have a cork board where local folks try and unload gear cheap. Oh and when ever I check Craigslist I always look at surrounding areas.
I cannot tell you how many times I have looked through outdoor magazines and felt the draw to escape to some of those exotic places and get my adventure fix. It seems like there is always some one out there having the greatest adventure in the world. Experiencing once in a life time events.
As a result sometimes I feel trapped in my life, in my situation, in my town. I do not feel that I am not fortunate but you know the grass is always greener...right?
Not a chance! Come on, seriously.
Sleeping bags have always been a point of contention for me. Primarily due to the fact that I am pretty rough on equipment. This is one of the few areas that the military served me well, in the Army you get a layered sleep system consisting of a very, very light summer bag, that snaps into a heavy, heavy winter bag that can snap into a Gore-Tex bivy. Pack all of that into stuff sack that at most will compress down to the size of a volkswagen and weighs almost as much!!! However as with anything the military uses it is built for abuse and to the powers that be that equals heeeaaaavvvy!
One outstanding feature is that you have all you need regardless of weather conditions, and since it is issued to you there is no money out of pocket! I actually held on to a few and use them occasionally.
Now for the general population choosing the right bag is essential to enjoyment of your camping experience. Remember no two people are alike, meaning everything about you is unique to you.
Factors to consider are:
The area you do most of your camping, is it desert, mountain, jungle, humid, dry, cold, warm etc...?
Do you generally sleep warm, or cold, do you move around a lot, do you sleep on your side, which side (it matters for zipper placement!)?
Do you always sleep in a tent, or under a tarp or improvised shelter?
Are you allergic to certain feathers that might be used in down?
Size bag you want to carry (will it fit in your pack)?
Do you prefer ultra light for greater distances, or cushy luxury?
Sunday UTM and I brought team UpaDowna into the big time!! That's right folks we won!!!!![gallery] Not the race, however we won a pair of shoes from Merrell! And we each got 2 free beers, actually we got more because we kept going in and out of the beer area and ever time we entered we got tickets for two more.
Over all I think team UpaDowna had a blast. For those that are not familiar with the race here is a quick run down.
Two teammates, one starts on a bike one starts running.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of volunteering. Well the time has come so Juice Box and I gave up a Saturday to help our fellow citizens out, selflessly giving of not only our time but also our expertise. Namely B.S. and beer pouring!!!
I guess it is true.
Recently Juice Box and I were sitting around talking of this site and what exactly we like and dislike, primarily dealing with content.
Check out this crazy route. The Luzzone dam in Italy has a bolted multi-pitch route complete with artificial holds up the face of it. It is the longest route of its kind with a total climb of 225 meters. Check out the link and you can look around the dam and up the route. Pretty insane!
For this awesome Leatherman!!!
Not really but come on $40,000!!! Holy crap!! How many of these will really sell? I mean it is unique I think only 25 will be made I just cannot justify it.
However I bet JuiceBox has three!!
These days as the almighty dollar thins and we find it difficult to make ends meet often we allow the great causes that we support to go by the way side. I just wanted to make sure that we outdoors lovers not allow some great protectors of the things we love to go un-aided.
Keep in mind there are a ton of great causes out there eager for your support, give wisely and keep these organizations going.