Ultralight Comfort Backpacking – Part 1: Gear Swaps

Comfort Hiker

I used to think that I had a pretty good backpacking setup. My gear served it’s purpose, was lighter and more compact than your typically camping gear, and I spent quite a bit of money it. The weight… well, that was just a part of backpacking. Then I went on a weekend backpacking trip with a friend of mine who was an ultralight backpacker. I was carrying my regular gear setup that came in somewhere around 40 pounds with food and water. My friend’s pack weighed about half of mine. Needless to say, he was running circles around me the whole trip. I needed to make some changes to close that gap, but I didn’t want to sacrifice comfort.


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Make Your World More Adventurous, Go Hitchhiking!

Travelling is the most exciting thing that could ever exist. New places, new people, new emotions, and new knowledge… However, most people got used to travel in a common way – the planned in advance travelling by bus, by train, by plane. Yet, not each one of us is so adventurous so that to travel hitchhiking. (more…)

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Top 10 Dream Dives

I love scuba diving and I love traveling the world. The world is an awesome place and I want to see it all, both above and beneath the water. I have dove lots different places from wrecks in Lake Superior to the warm waters of Aruba, and all kinds of places in between. To some people this is an expansive area, and to others… it’s just scratching the surface. I tend to lean towards the latter. I feel fortunate that I have been able to visit and dive the areas that I have, but I am eager to explore new areas.

Below is my top 10 dream dives! It’s basically a “bucket list” dive travel destinations that I personally want to visit. (more…)

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Top 5 Gadgets to Survive Your Next Adventure

There are still a few weeks left this summer, and it’s not too late to pack your bags and embark on a summer adventure.  August is usually the hottest month of the year making it the perfect time to go camping, hiking, surfing, scuba diving, you name it!  Whether you prefer your adventures to be wet or dry, August pretty much ensures warm weather and ideal adventure conditions.

Many parts of the country remain warm into September and October.  If you want to visit some of the northern parts of the USA, any part of Canada, or if you want to see some fall foliage – September and October offer the perfect mix of nice weather and beautiful scenery – before the weather starts getting too cold.

There are all sorts of products that have hit the market in recent years to make your extreme adventure trips that much more memorable and exciting.  Whether you want protection from the elements, a way to document your travels, or a portable way to stay connected to your family and friends back home, there is definitely a gadget out there for you. (more…)

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Come Dive Florida’s… Fresh Water?

Cave Diving in Florida - Ginnie Springs

I moved to Florida from Minnesota a little over a year ago. As a dive junky, I was drawn by the easy saltwater access, and warm climate. I didn’t really expect to be doing much fresh water diving in Florida, especially being I live less than a mile from the coast. (more…)

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How to Get Started Scuba Diving

So you want to go scuba diving, but don’t know where to start? It’s your luck day, I’m here to help. There a few options for prospective scuba divers.

The first option is a “try dive”. A lot of dive shops offer this option. They brief you on the equipment, show you some basic techniques, and then bring you in a pool and let you spend some time underwater. This is a good option to see how comfortable you are underwater. Breathing underwater takes a little getting use to, but some people tend to freak out in this position. This is a great option to see how you will handle it. “Try dives” are usually pretty cheap. I’ve seen them for $10 – $25. (more…)

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Lazy Man’s Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is a little island that lays just east of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico in the Caribbean Sea. The reef that surrounds the island is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS), which is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. The Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park surrounds almost the entire southern half of the island and helps sustain the reefs and marine life. Because of this, the reefs and marine life around Cozumel are flourishing, which makes for some excellent scuba diving.

There’s another thing that Cozumel offers scuba divers that you don’t find just anywhere though. (more…)

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Island Camping in Florida

Have you ever dreamt of having your own private island? For most people, this will never happen. You can, however, experience the solitude and tranquility of having your own little island paradise. The Florida Keys alone consist of over 1,700 islands. Most of which are small and uninhabited. The state of Florida actually claims to have over 4,500 islands that are over ten acres in size, as well. That’s a lot of opportunity for finding your own little piece of paradise for a weekend adventure. (more…)

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Obstacle Races are a New Craze That’s Sweeping the Nation

There seems to be a new obstacle race, mud run, or adventure race popping up all over the place, and they each have their own little twist. A couple of the more popular obstacle races going on around the country include Warrior Dash, and Tough Mudder. Each of these have raised millions of dollars for charities by putting on these events. I’ve seen a wide range of obstacles including crawling through pits of mud under strings of barbed wire, scaling walls, crawling over rope nets, hurdling junk cars, swimming through pools of ice water, jumping over blazing fire, and running through dangling electrical wires that are charged to 10,000 volts… just to name a few. These races typically range from 3 miles to 12 miles or more. These races obviously are not for the faint of heart. (more…)

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Moleskin for Blister Care and Prevention

I’m surprised how many people I talk to that don’t know the benefits of moleskin. So, I’m going to break down what moleskin is, and how to use it for blister care and prevention here.

What is Moleskin?

Moleskin actually refers to a type of fabric, but I’m talking specifically about self-adhesive moleskin that’s sold for first aid kits, foot products, etc. You can usually find it in any drug store near any other foot treatments. It’s a soft, yet durable fabric that prevents friction, and the blisters that come with that friction. (more…)

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