Biking

How To… Train Pre Tour

  It Is Not a Race! The whole idea about our tours is to experience nature, take in the sights and scenery, and to enjoy yourself. To make your experience more enjoyable it is advisable to undertake some form of training prior to the event. By doing some form of…

New Zealand… Guided or Unguided Tours?

  Going Guided Well appointed comfortable accommodation Comfortable beds Hot showers Meals provided Travel provided Small day-packs Knowledgable guides Safety is paramount New friendships   Going it Alone Basic huts Carry your own bedding No showers Carry & cook your own food Arrange your own logistics Large backpacks You get…

How To… Choose Insulated Outerwear

If you need a jacket to wear when conditions are so cold that a mid layer alone won’t cut it, you need insulated outerwear. Consider two primary factors as you choose: Insulation Type: This key component of your jacket determines how well it retains warmth and handles wet conditions, as…

How To… Choose and Use a GPS

Once revolutionary, GPS technology is in everything from drones to dog collars now. Nonetheless, a handheld GPS receiver remains a valuable outdoor tool for hikers and other backcountry explorers. A GPS can give you vital information about where you are, where you’ve been and where you want to go.  …

How To…   Choose Between a Personal Locator Beacon and a Satellite Messenger

While many people consider unplugging to be an essential part of immersing themselves in the natural world, it’s also true that there might come a time when one truly needs to call for help. Smartphones, which are seemingly in-hand 24/7, are a tempting solution, but 111 networks offer limited connectivity…

How To… Wash a Sleeping Bag

If your sleeping bag is darkened with grime or worse yet—losing its loft—then it’s time to give it a good washing. Even if it doesn’t look less lofty, the buildup of body oils and dirt over time will migrate into the fill (both down and synthetic) and begin to compromise…

How To… Fix a Jacket Zipper

Ever zip up your jacket, only to discover that the zipper seems to have immediately unzipped itself? That annoying development is a sign that the zipper’s slider has worn out. The quick fix is to crimp the zipper slider so it is tighter and grabs the zipper teeth once again….

How To… Protect Electronics in the Outdoors

Phones, GPS, satellite messengers and radios serve as a lifeline for many outdoor enthusiasts, while music players, cameras and tablets add to the fun. To stay connected, how can you ensure your devices survive the hard knocks of human error and the whims of Mother Nature?   E-Protection Options Protective…

Wilderness First Aid Basics

One appeal of outdoor adventure is that you get to unplug and enjoy quiet time away from the city. Because that also means you’re farther from emergency responders and urgent care clinics, it’s important to be well-versed in wilderness first aid. Think of it as your opportunity to become more…

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