Cook Without Fire Using Water-Activated Packets

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Cook Without Fire Using Water-Activated Packets

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Cook without fire. That’s the simple premise of a new heating system from Korea.

The Baro Cook system heats food using small packets that resemble tea bags and get hot when combined with water.

The kit comes with vessels that nest into one another. You place a heating packet (which cost $1 – $3 each, depending on size) into the bottom container and pour in a little water. The water will start to boil within a minute.

We saw this demonstrated several times last week at a trade show. It was amazing how the water reacted to the packets, going from cold H20 to a bubbling, steamy mixture in a minute.

You then nest the second container into the first. The heat produced by the boiling water heats the second container, which will cook your food (with the limitation being that the heating device maxes out at the 212 degree F sea level boiling point of water, less at altitu

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Ultralight Backpacking Stove

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Ultralight Backpacking Stove

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Here is another Kickstarter project focused on the outdoors.  

Backpacking is much more enjoyable when you're not weighed down by your gear. You can go farther, see more things, and feel better at the end of the day.  Imagine losing yourself in nature, leaving all the non-essentials behind, and finally getting away from it all....this is how outdoor adventure was meant to be.    

This is what motivated me to design the Vertex Ultralight stove: when carrying only the essentials, gear must be of the highest quality, easy to setup and use, and as lightweight as possible without compromising durability.

See their project here.... 

 

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18 Photos of the Earth

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18 Photos of the Earth

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Nature sure knows how to put on a good show. With sub-zero temperatures and extreme heat waves, she is a force to be reckoned with.

However, nature can also be a beautiful, awe-inspiring creation even the most esteemed artist could not dream up. With its snowy mountain tops mirrored in looking-glass lakes to sandy beaches dotted with palm trees — some of the globe's landscapes are so breathtakingly beautiful, they make us seriously wonder how Earth is even real.

See them all here...

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Protect Your Camera Gear from the Snow

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Protect Your Camera Gear from the Snow

When you're out shooting in wintery weather, the first rule to remember is that snow is dust—until it melts. There's always debate about keeping the camera and batteries warm to keep them functioning. This is certainly important in extreme temperatures, but if you're shooting in more moderate, but still below-freezing conditions, your camera probably doesn't need any special attention. To make sure you're adequately powered, you can keep extra batteries in a warm pocket and change them out as necessary. By keeping the camera itself at ambient temperature, you ensure that any snow that comes into contact with it can be quickly dusted off without any drama.

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Fat Bike Weekend

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Fat Bike Weekend

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Then you have the Duluth Fat Bike Experience hosted by Rudy and COGGS here in town.  The trails, rivers and lakeshore are in mint, mint condition.  I would say its the best winter riding I have seen in a few seasons.  Lester is packed, fast and firm.  The river itself is a great tour all in its own right, let alone the single track.  As you can see the shores of Lake Superior are in epic shape and the views are simply stunning.  So get off you back side, come up and bask in the warm weather and check out Fat Biking up north this weekend.

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Some Adventure Trip Ideas for 2014

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Some Adventure Trip Ideas for 2014

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Chasing lightning in Venezuela

Between April and November, on any given night at Lake Maracaibo – a large brackish bay connected to the Gulf of Venezuela – lightning bolts, appearing 200 to a minute, draw great cracks across the sky illuminating the night. The lightning here is so intense and frequent that it has just won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records. You can travel here from Mérida, itself something of an adventure destination where thrill seekers will be able to experience the world's highest cable car when it opens later this year.

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Offgrid camping stove

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Offgrid camping stove

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In some circles, using the term rocket stove will be met with raised eyebrows and a puzzled look, but in permaculture, prepper, and DIY communities, it will be followed by a lively discussion about the merits of these efficient and clean-burning stoves.

If you're not familiar with the concept of a rocket stove, in a nutshell, they burn small diameter sticks (or other biomass) in a high-temperature combustion chamber to ensure virtually complete combustion of the fuel, which not only makes for a cleaner burn, but a more efficient one, and use only about half as much fuel as an open fire.

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Rumpl: The outdoor blanket for adventure life

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Check out the Kickstarter project for this simple blanket inspired by the active lifestyle and made from materials developed for the outdoor industry.  The blankets are modernly designed with simple lines and cool colors.  The Rumpl is made of super-premium 20D rip=-stop nylon with DWR shield, has the softest hand-feel with unbelievable tear strength and breath-ability.  The DWR coating makes the product stain resistant and also prevents odor and bacteria from building up.  The ultrasoft synthetic down insulation mimics natural down insulation and is totally washable.  You can air-dry the blanket using the hang loops or just though it in the machine.  

They are currently available in four sizes:

Twin
Queen
King
Throw

Check out their campaign here:

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gorumpl/rumpl-the-worlds-best-blanket?ref=discovery

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Travel the Grand Canyon Railway

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Maura Daly Phinney writes about her experience on the Grand Canyon Railway.

I love trains in a childish, "here comes the choo-choo," gleeful sort of way. So ever since I heard that the Grand Canyon Railway had been resurrected, I've wanted to go on it. It took me 20 years, but finally I was on my way to Williams, Ariz., which is a quick 30-minute drive from Flagstaff. 

The Williams train depot is the hub of a complex that includes a hotel, restaurant, gift shop and "pet resort." Since I was traveling without any fluffy companions, I proceeded directly to the ticket window. There are four classes of service on the train, and I opted to go cheap on the northbound trip to the Grand Canyon with a $37.50 coach seat and then splurge on the return with a $70 first-class seat. If I had been feeling really flush, there was also the option of an $85 seat in the observation dome or a $95 ticket in the luxury parlor cars.



Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x1467743205/Travel-and-Adventure-Traveling-on-the-Grand-Canyon-Railway#ixzz2pHKFapHl 
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What is your Outdoor Checklist for 2014

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What is your Outdoor Checklist for 2014

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Terry Tomalin has a list of his outdoor checklist for 2014.  What is on yours?

• Sleep on the ground: I camp more than most, yet I still don't sleep in a tent nearly enough to suit my tastes. I probably spend a month out of each year under the stars, but I'd like to double that. Think I can log 60 days this year? Not if my wife has anything to say about it.

• See more sunrises: There's nothing I love more than being outside — hiking, paddling, fishing — when the sun comes up. I've got my kids trained. They think something is wrong if we don't leave the house when it's still dark. Now I've got the lads in my Boy Scout troop on campouts, up and raring to go, at 5:59 a.m. Be prepared. You're on Tomalin time.

• Simplify: I've got too much stuff. There are times I wish I could live in a tree like my hero Tarzan. All he needed was a sharp knife and a loin cloth, though I doubt the latter would complement my middle-age physique. But I can still probably get along with a lot less junk. After all, Lewis and Clark went to the Pacific and back with nothing more than a little beef jerky and a whole lot of attitude.

• Take it outside: Believe it or not, there are days when I don't leave the office. I stop by in the morning, start sending emails and answering phone calls, then next thing I know, it's time to pick up the kids and I've wasted another day inside. But this year, things will be different. No matter what, I am going to spend at least one hour a day outside, rain or shine. I suggest you do the same.

• Buy buckskin boots: I used to own a pair of knee-high moccasins just like another one of my role models, Davy Crockett, used to wear. Don't know what happened to them, though I have my suspicions that a certain you-know-who might have tossed them out. That's why I need another pair to go with my shorts and Hawaiian shirt.

• Follow more rivers: I've paddled from Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp to Bimini in the Bahamas chain of islands. I've traveled the length of the Withlacoochee, Apalachicola and Suwannee, but I have a dozen more waterways that I'd like to explore from beginning to end. How about a river a year until I die? I figure I've got 50 more on my list, so it looks like I'll be sticking around a while.

• Cook with cast iron: I took my Outdoor Leadership class from USF St. Petersburg down the Suwannee River in November. Our group of 25-strong ate out of two Dutch ovens for three days and everybody put on weight. Ditch your microwave and get yourself a 12-quart Lodge. It was good enough for the pioneers, it should be good enough for you.

• Throw a tomahawk: All of my 12-year-old son's classmates have smartphones, which cost a couple of hundred bucks. So I asked him, "Which would you rather have, a smartphone or a tomahawk, like Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans?" The answer was obvious. Don't worry, we'll only practice in the woods, wearing our knee-high moccasins.

• Teach my daughter to shoot: I can't wait to put my 10-year-old through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's hunter safety class. I want her to know firearms and respect firearms, just in case she comes across a knucklehead who thinks he's an expert because he plays a lot of video games.

• Hug a tree: I've said it once and I'll say it again: I'm a tree hugger. Many outdoor enthusiasts are preoccupied with season lengths and bag limits. They think environmentalists are the enemy. But ask any biologist the No. 1 problem we face and they'll say, "Habitat, stupid." I love mangrove trees, and I would probably hug them if they weren't covered with those crabs. More mangroves mean more snook. Get the picture?

 

You can see it all here:  http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/outdoors-checklist-for-a-new-year/2159304

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