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Brenthaven Velo Backpack Review
blog     16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
If you commute by bicycle, and carry along electronics, then the Brenthaven Velo Backpack is for you! Rugged yet sleek, the Velo’s water resistant exterior protects against all but the heaviest rain, while a waterproof interior pocket guarded by two sets of sealed zippers will keep laptops with screen sizes as large as 16” snug and dry. This interior compartment is also cleverly designed to suspend a laptop in the center of the pack so that it is not touching any of the exterior walls. Aside from waterproofing, the Velo is extremely well designed; the twin pockets on the back are spacious enough...


Petra Hilleberg – The Quintessential Northwest Executive and Maker of the Essential Northwest Tent
blog     16 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
The world of recreational tents is extremely competitive with many outdoor powerhouses seeking to dominate the market, so how does a small family owned business from Sweden take on the big boys and make some of the best, most versatile tents in the industry… just ask Petra Hilleberg, daughter of the owners and founders (Mom and Dad), and President of Hilleberg Incorporated. Go from the Sound to the Summit in just one tent – photo by Petra Hilleberg (Washington’s Olympic Peninsula) “The goal is to always keep the goal the goal; and making the highest quality tent possible has always been our...



Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASELet's kick off the new season with some very unique cars that were submitted at the end of last season.'56 Ford Pickups - Lyle and Ben Leis2009 was the last year for my son to compete in the Pinewood Derby. He has done well in the past with a variety of cars, but for his last year, he wanted to build a pickup truck. We bought a '56 Ford Step side die cast car to copy and scratch built from there. Since we only had two weeks to get them completed, it was an ambitious project.In the...


High-Adventure Week: A look back at the Summit Bechtel Reserve
Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
Compared to the BSA’s three other national high-adventure bases, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is in its infancy. But despite its youth, the base has already left a lasting mark on Scouting, starting with the stellar 2013 National Jamboree. The property was first announced in November 2009 as the newest addition to the BSA high-adventure base family, thanks in part to a $50 million donation from Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Since then — with fundraising exceeding $100 million thanks to generous donors — the West Virginia land first welcomed Scouts and Venturers to the Summit Shakedown in 2012. This event gave...


Local Wanderings
Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
Fall came late this year to the Pacific Northwest. Not that I am complaining, it left me with a lot of time to work on Never~Free, which is the reason I didn’t post on the blog here for nearly a month. Spare time I didn’t have much of. Building a hobby farm/garden isn’t easy work […] The post Local Wanderings appeared first on Trail Cooking & The Outdoors....


Cairn gear subscription – $25 for $35+ of gear
Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
A while ago the crew behind the Cairn Box sent me a gift box to test out. I'll start by saying that I was so impressed I bought a six month subscription of goodies as a gift to one of our faithful reviewers. So, what is a cairn box? well, you can look at the video above, or you can continue reading. The idea is that you pay $25 for a monthly subscription and then every month you'll get a package of outdoors related goodies that are tailored to your tastes. The total retail value is over the $25 you pay, so it's...


Today is a Great Day to Venture Out!
Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
Venture Out! is an online adventure that lets volunteers explore different ways of taking girls outside in Girl Scouts. Here, they’ll encounter the kinds of challenges and successes that only the outdoors can bring: bad weather, distracted girls, new discoveries and life-changing events. Along the way, they’ll find tips for getting girls outdoors, plus real-life stories and advice from over 50 volunteers. Venture Out! is for volunteers working with K-5 troops who have little or no experience taking girls outside. Never hiked in their life? Have lots of outdoor skills, but don’t know how to share them with girls? Venture...


High-Adventure Week: Summit Bechtel Reserve offers an attractive array of 2015 programs
Blog     16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
Skating or shooting, biking or zip-lining, rafting or climbing — whatever your Scouts or Venturers are into, the Summit Bechtel Reserve has them covered. The Summit Bechtel Reserve, the fourth of four national high-adventure bases I’m covering this week, is the BSA’s newest adventure destination. The West Virginia wonderland boasts world-class activities you won’t find at non-Scouting competitors. SBR’s 2015 offerings come in three flavors: national high-adventure base, national Scout camp and national training center. Registration is open now for 2015; 2016 info should follow shortly. For more details about next summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, read on. The Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base Scouts and Venturers choose from 11 different high-adventure courses. One is an overview...


Origins of the Patrol System
Blog     15 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
The Patrol System was published by the General Council Boy Scouts of Canada in 1960 and is available in PDF format here (do make sure to check out The Dump). The principles of the Patrol System were first introduced by the Founder, Baden-Powell, when he was with the British Army in India. The system he devised enabled soldiers to operate in small groups and use their own initiative within the overall plan of campaign … the Patrol System became one of the basic elements of Scouting. The Patrol System not only gave a real adventure aspect to the program and responsibility to boys themselves, but it also blended perfectly with...


Ryders Eyewear Review
blog     15 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
I am what you might call a sunglasses connoisseur. I feel like a good pair of shades can go a long way and that certain kinds are better for certain occasions. Needless to say, I was very excited when given the opportunity to add to my collection by reviewing the Trapper model sunglasses by Ryders Eyewear. Brooks and Davis Cowles both wearing Trapper sunglasses by Ryders Eyewear while biking the Philip’s Ridge Trail in Jackson, WY The Trappers are great. The idea is that they protect your eyes from the sun and elements with large lenses and wide temples. This was great...



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