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December 2010

This is the last time I will ask you to do this. The Agion Active Glacier National Park Contest ends tonight and I am very close to winning. All I need is your votes. At the time I write this I am currently in first place. If you would be so kind please go and vote to keep me in first place. If I win

Outside Magazine and Travel Texas is offering the chance to win a trip to Big Bend National Park. The lucky winner will be given a 3 day/2 night float trip on the Rio Grande River through Far Flung Outdoor Center. To enter simply go to Outsideinfo.com/Texas and fill out your contact information.Paddling the Rio Grand in Santa Elena CanyonThe float trip is one I have dreamed of doing and almost went on last September. I canceled my trip when the

Salomon has unveiled a revolutionary ski design. The latest design from Salomon's ski designer Bertrand Krafft, the new BBR ski is unlike any ski ever made. According to Salomon:The patented “V” shape redefines skiing on all types of snow. An oversized tip and rocker shape enable it to float in powder and adapt to uneven terrain smoothly and predictably. With a narrow waist and pintail, a short radius and short effective edge on-piste, BBR provides great carving and outstanding edge grip

BACKPACKER Magazine is offering to pay qualifying contestants to go on their dream hike. All you need to do is convince BACKPACKER Magazine your planned adventure is best, and that you have the trip-recording skills (GPS, Photo, Video) to share it with their readers. The winner gets to lead their dream hike as a BACKPACKER field scout. Plus the winner and top four runners-up will win a KEEN prize package.So the question is…what is your dream hike?Honestly I would love

I admit it! I'm a gear junkie! I am constantly watching for deals on sites like Left Lane Sports, The Clymb, and Steep and Cheap. In a similar manner my wife is a "baby gear junkie" (if such a thing exists?). Today she told me about a huge Kelty Child Carrier Sale at Zulily.com.Zulily is similar to Left Lane and The Clymb in that you need to become a member to see the deals. Follow this link to sign up. If

Update from last Monday's post. TPWD voted unanimously to purchase the 17,339 acre Devils River Ranch. Purchase price is $13 million which will be paid with $4 million in public land acquisition funds and over $9 million in private donations. An additional $1.1 million donation will help cover operating expenses for two-and-a-half years as well as development of a master plan for joint public use of the ranch and the Devils River State Natural Area, 12.7 miles upstream.

I originally wrote this piece for the Nature Conservancy of Texas. You can view it there on their website Nature.org/Texas I have republished it here in accordance with our agreement.Tradition is important in my family, especially around the holidays. Weekend before last my family and I started a new tradition. We woke up early and headed down to The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve to take part in their annual Christmas tree hunt.Madera Canyon Road leading up to Mount LivermoreEach

While staying with some family in Louisiana my daughter and I snuck off to do a little hiking.Forest Service Road 513 on the way to the trail We drove down to Kisatchie National Forest to the Saline Bayou Hiking Trail. The trail follows the banks of the Saline Scenic River for three miles from Forest Service Road 513 to 507. We parked our car at the Cloud Crossing Recreation Area and started down the trail.Saline Bayou Hiking TrailIn the light fog