Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sea to Summit WEEK - Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway.

Sea to Summit week of the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. Thats right we are giving away a plethora of Sea To Summit gear along with a few other goodies. Once again this amazing giveaway is being brought to you by the wonderful people at  MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com,WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com. Here's what you can win this week:


Grand Prize:
Sea To Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Sink
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Bucket
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:
Sea To Summit Ultra Nano Dry Sack


To enter, simply use the Raffelcopter interface below. Starting today you have seven days to enter. You will get one entry for every action you perform up to 22 total entries. Thats 22 different opportunities to win this exciting gear. Remember we have two more weeks after this so if you don't win something this week be sure to check out our other giveaways





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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Balmorhea State Park Closed Due To Health Concerns

Balmorhea State Park closed Sunday after severl people broke out in rashes resembling dozens of small bites after swiming in the springs. TPWD is unsure of the source of these bites and has closed the pool for safety reasons. Officials are sampling and studying all aspects for a possible source. The pool will remain closed until answers can be found.





Balmorhea is a beautiful spring fed pool just a few hours drive from our home. My family and I have visited the park many times trying to escape the harsh W.E.S.T. Texas heat. With no other attractions it is certain the small community of Balmorhea will suffer until the pool is reopened.

If you would like to read more about Balmorhea and my families visits there please click here.

Or you can watch this video from our Balmorhea Visits:


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

SURVIVAL Week - Spring Into Adventure Gear Giveaway

Are you ready for round two? Today begins SURVIVAL Week of our Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. This is only week two of our five week massive gear giveaway brought to you by MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com,WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com


Here is what is up for grabs on SURVIVAL Week. 


Grand Prize:
Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight Watertight 0.7 oz Med Kit
Adventure Medical Kit Origin Survival Kit
Adventure Medical Kit Escape Bivy
Gerber BG Survival Parang
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Innate Storage Sack

Second Place Prize:
Survival Strap


To enter, simply use the Raffelcopter interface below. Starting today you have seven days to enter. You will get one entry for every action you perform up to 25 total entries. Thats 25 different opportunities to win this exciting gear. 


Before you enter make sure you go and read the different brand highlights and gear reviews posted on our blogs. Each post will introduce you to the gear being givenaway this week. We only have a few so far. But keep your eye on MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com,WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com as more will be posted as the week progresses.  So what are you waiting for? Go read and then enter. 


Buff USA Merino Wool Buff - Gear Review
Beyond Coastal Sun Care - Product Review

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gear Closet Organization

I just came back from a trip and started to unload my gear. I was tired of all my gear laying haphazerdly in the top of my closet where I couldn't find anything. So I took the time to organize my gear. Nothing Special but someone might enjoy it anyway.

Tent to the left, Cookware and food on top. Propane, stove, water filter, and bear spray on the second level Left. Rain cover, fire starter, toilet paper right. . Sleeping pads, first aid kit, yaktrax, lower level left. Stuff sacks and rain gear lower level right.  


Overall View
Camelbak Blatters Hung to dry
Transpack with Ski Boots and Helmet inside. Two Uncompressed Kelty Down Bags, Salomon Hiking Boots.
Dueter Kid Carrier 2
Packs and Jackets
Enter our Spring into Adventure Gear giveaway going on right now and you may find yourself in need of better gear organization. Check out all the wonderful prizes we are giving away here. And then go enter for a chance to win our COLD week going on now.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for your own gear organization.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Yaktrax Pro Review - Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway

I can remember the first time I encountered ice on the trail. I was hiking near Colorado Springs. Daytime temperatures were warm enough to melt lingering snow, while night time temperatures were cold enough to freeze it again. For the first half of the hike the trail stayed on northern facing slopes which kept the snow cold even in the heat of the day. I was nearly 3 miles in when I first hit the ice, slipped and fell. I had 3 more miles to go with ice covering the trail every few feet. It was going to be a long hike out. What I really needed were some Yaktrax.

Yaktrax Pro in action
So when Yaktrax approached me about doing a review I was excited to say yes. Yaktrax are a unique product that stretch small springs under the sole of your boots. The springs do an excellent job of griping the ice, giving you confidence as you walk.

Yaktrax Pro
I recently got back from a ski trip in central Colorado. Once again spring time temperatures were melting the snow in the day and freezing it back at night. I found this to be the worst in the parking lot at the ski slope. In the early mornings the entire lot was solid ice. I pulled on my brand new Yaktrax and walked across the ice with ease. It wasn’t so easy for friends. In fact, the icy parking lot was downright scary in places.

Yaktrax Pro Strap
Once we got up to the lodge I started to change into my ski boots. Some friends saw the little springs under my feet and asked what they were. I explained their purpose to my friend’s amazement. They had just experienced first hand the need for good traction on ice.

Yaktrax Pro have Coiled Springs for Traction on Ice
The next day was when I became really impressed with the Yaktrax. My two year old daughter was coming with us to the slopes. We arrived in the parking lot to the same conditions as before, but this time I had to carry my daughter safely to the lodge, while simultaneously carrying skis and a heavy pack. I knew the potential to slip and become unbalanced was great. One slip and I could drop my daughter on the ice. I pulled on my yaktrax Pro and carried everything with ease. Snow and ice crunching under my coiled springs.

Yaktrax Pro
Needless to say I am quite impressed with the Yaktrax Pro. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to hike an icy trail, but can see how the Yaktrax Pro would do an excellent job. They seem very durable, after putting them on at the car, I kept them on through a variety of terrain including, mud, rock, cement, carpet and more. The yaktrax Pro endured it all staying firmly in place under my shoes. I even drove home with them on the first day, I really didn’t mind having them on even with no ice to navigate. The only time I took them off was in the afternoons when all the ice had turned to mud. Time will tell if they hold up after extended use. The box claims “Improved 20% More Durable” which suggests to me they have had issues or complaints about durability in the past.

The Yaktrax Silicone does a great job of Griping the sides of your shoes tight.
The Yaktrax Pro consist of stretchy silicone that stretches tightly across the bottom of your boots. They have two sets of springs crisscrossing along the bottom and a velcro strap that stretches over the toe of the shoe to keep them on tight. Yaktrax advertises their Spike-less design which would seem preferable, especially around children and indoors. They specifically say "Not for Indoor Use" but I can't see the harm other then scratching up your floor. They are easy to pull on and off and fold up for easy storage. They are lightweight and take up very little room. If there is ever the possibility of ice on the trail I will not hesitate to trow them in my pack.

Yaktrax Pro
Do you want your very own pair of Yaktrax Pro? We are giving a pair away as part of our Spring into Adventure Cold Week Giveaway along with many other great prizes.. Click here to enter.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Into Adventure Gear Giveaway - COLD Week

I hope you are ready to win some gear. Today begins the first week of the 5 week Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com, WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com have come together to bring you Spring into Adventure COLD week, featuring some amazing gear to help you stay warm and safe during the last weeks of winter weather.



COLD week has the following gear up for grabs.

Grand Prize:
Polarmax Comp Tech 4 Fleece Base Layers
Minus 33 Wool Balaclava
Yaktraks
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:
Sole Spikes

To enter, simply use the Raffelcopter interface below. Starting today you have seven days to enter. You will get one entry for every action you perform up to 26 total entries. Thats 26 different opportunities to win this exciting gear.

Before you enter make sure you go and read the different brand highlights and gear reviews posted on our blogs. Each post will introduce you to the gear being givenaway this week. So what are you waiting for? Go read and then enter.


Polarmax Comp Tech 4 Fleece Base Layers Review at The Outdoor Adventure
Minus 33 Brand Highlight at My Life Outdoors
Yaktraks Pro Review at My Life Outdoors
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit Review at A Little Campy
Alpine Aire Food Kit Review at Hiking The Trail
Yodel App Review at Hiking the Trail - And at
Goat Head Gear Sole Spikes Review at Trail Sherpa 




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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Minus 33 - Brand Highlight - Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway

If I am looking for high quality, warm, and comfortable garments for my favorite outdoor activities, Merino Wool is my first choice. I love that it is 100% natural, sustainable and even biodegradable. Every year I hear about a new synthetic that is being triumphed as the latest and greatest fabric for outdoor gear and almost every time wool is still proven superior.

L.W. Packard, parent company of Minus 33, saw a gap in the market and set out to fill this space with high quality, warm garments for the active outdoor community. Minus 33 also choose to work exclusively with wool because of the obvious benefits afforded by making outdoor clothing from the best materials.

Wool is naturally breathable, wicks moisture, and reduces body odor. It works in any climate, keeping you warm when you're cold, yet releasing heat and moisture when you’re hot. Over the years wool has gotten a bad reputation for being itchy and high maintenance but Merino Wool has a natural resilience, is machine washable, stain and wrinkle resistant, and even offers UV protection.



If you are looking for comfortable and functional Merino Wool garments for your next outdoor adventure, I would highly recommend checking out Minus 33 and their full product line.

As part of the Spring Into Adventure gear giveaway we are excited to offer a Minus 33 Wool Balaclava as part of the Grand Prize in this weeks giveaway. Be sure to check out all the other great prizes being offered. COLD week is going on now. Click here to enter.



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway

The days are getting warmer, spring is in the air, and many people are gearing up for outdoor recreation. We want to do our part to help you obtain the gear you need for your next big trip. Thats why MyLifeOutdoors has teamed up with five other blogs to bring you one massive giveaway.

MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com, WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com have partnered for the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. Starting March 15th we will begin five weeks of giveaways, 10 individual winners, and over 35 pieces gear.



Each week a new giveaway will start on thursday. You will have seven days to enter in multiple ways. During the week you will be introduced to the gear being given away through a series of gear reviews and brand highlights featuring our companies sponsoring the event. At the end of each week we will draw a first place, grand prize winner, as well as a second place winner.

The giveaways will be hosted as follows:

March 15: COLD Week Has Ended.
Grand Prize:
Polarmax Comp Tech 4 Fleece Base Layers
Minus 33 Wool Balaclava
Yaktraks
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:
Sole Spikes

March 22: SURVIVAL Week Has Ended
Grand Prize:
Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight Watertight 0.7 oz Med Kit
Adventure Medical Kit Origin Survival Kit
Adventure Medical Kit Escape Bivy
Gerber BG Survival Parang
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Innate Storage Sack

Second Place Prize:
Survival Strap

March 29: Sea To Summit Week: has ended
Grand Prize:
Sea To Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Sink
Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Bucket
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:
Sea To Summit Ultra Nano Dry Sack

April 5th: DIGITAL Week has ended. 
Grand Prize:
A free Sherpa Site for 1 year
Yodel App
Stick Pic
Buff USA Merino Wool Buff
Appalachian Trials book

Second Place Prize:
Survival Strap

April 11th: BACKCOUNTRY Week Has Ended 
Grand Prize:
PurifiCup
Sports Science Hybrid Performance Clothing
Merrell Shoes
GearPods Backcountry Kit
Trek Light Double Hammock with Hanging Kit
Gerber Octane
Beyond Coastal Travel Kit
Survival Strap
Alpine Aire Food Kit

Second Place Prize:
Merrell Shoes

This Giveaway is only one week away. So get ready to win some gear.


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