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What’s In Your Day Bag? – Amelia Mayer

What’s In Your Day Bag? – Amelia Mayer

I usually carry everything in my Osprey Mira 34 – it’s big enough to handle it all and keep it organized with plenty of pockets. Plus, it’s super comfortable to wear all day long!

by July 9, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
GPS Set-Up: Why It Makes A Difference

GPS Set-Up: Why It Makes A Difference

I emphasize that hiking groups should all be on the “same page” regarding the set-up options of their GPS receivers. There are several essential steps that ensure accurate position reporting, rendezvousing, and returning to camp safely.

by July 1, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Unmanned Aerial Systems and Search and Rescue

Unmanned Aerial Systems and Search and Rescue

UAS also offer other benefits. They can fly in situations that would be too dangerous for helicopters: bad weather, or confined areas where clearance to the helicopter rotors would be problematic. If we can find missing subjects sooner, it allows us to focus our finite resources on reaching them and rescuing them. Searching is far more resource intensive than a rescue.

by June 27, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Canoe Camping Lake Diablo

Canoe Camping Lake Diablo

Canoe camping is somewhat like car camping in that you can choose to bring a lot more in a canoe (more than you can in a backpack), and somewhat like backpacking in that the sites are more likely to be far away from cars and RVs, and other people.

by June 25, 2013 0 comments Skills, Trails
What’s In Your Day Bag – Skye Hansen?

What’s In Your Day Bag – Skye Hansen?

A new series from SBM contributor about what they keep in their day bags. This one by dancer, hiker, biker, Skye Hansen.

by June 11, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Inuit Boot Drying Trick

Inuit Boot Drying Trick

I noticed my friend Wilson tying his wet hiking boots to a large stick he’d dragged out of a nearby copse. He’d rigged his boots to the branch like he was creating found-object abstract art along the trail. When I asked what he was doing, he simply responded, “Drying my boots.”

by June 3, 2013 0 comments Skills
Big-Bellied Hiking: Tips for Pregnant Hikers

Big-Bellied Hiking: Tips for Pregnant Hikers

When I found out that I was pregnant last fall I decided to do things differently. My goal was to listen to my body and trust my motherly intuition. With this pregnancy, staying off of the trails was simply not an option, so I became a pregnant hiker!

by May 20, 2013 0 comments Community, Skills
50 Uses for an Emergency Blanket

50 Uses for an Emergency Blanket

An emergency blanket, sometimes referred to as a first aid blanket, space blanket, Mylar, thermal or weather blanket, is used in emergencies to reduce heat loss in a person’s body caused by thermal radiation, water evaporation and convection. Many people think, since they have never needed one, that it’s a waste of space to put one in their pack, but this is a multi-use item that can serve so many more functions than it was designed for. When spending time outdoors I prefer to bring multi-use items to save space and weight. An emergency blanket has tons of uses.

by April 23, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills

The 10 Essentials +

The mistake that many of our rescued subjects make is thinking they will go for a “short day hike” which takes a turn for the worse when they get lost or injured. Being prepared means that when conditions change you have a better chance of survival.

by April 19, 2013 0 comments Skills
Hiker’s Tool Kit – Ultralight Ranger Bands

Hiker’s Tool Kit – Ultralight Ranger Bands

These bands are a larger homemade variant of the common rubber band. Strong and versatile, they are handy and straight forward to use. They can be cut in various sizes and lengths and band diameters will range from that of a touring bike inner tube to that of a motor cycle. Possibilities abound.

by April 18, 2013 0 comments Skills