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March 2011

"Have you wanted to take your family on a camping trip, but you didn't feel you knew everything you might need to know to have a successful camping experience?" Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a multitude of Outdoor Family workshops designed to give your family hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. Your family will be able to camp for the first time (or after a long hiatus) without needing to buy expensive gear. Texas Outdoor Family workshops are hosted

The morning of our second day in the high Chisos mountains my friend and I decided to summit the Highest Mountain in Big Bend. At 7825 feet high, Emory Peak is the highest point in the Chisos Mountain Range. The Chisos Mountains Range is the third highest range in Texas and is completely contained inside Big Bend National Park’s boundary.Emory Peak from the SouthWe woke up early Saturday morning and packed up camp in a hurry. We were on the

Our first night in the High Chisos Mountains a friend and I decided to bushwhack to the summit of Toll Mountain. At 7415 feet Toll Mountain is the 19th tallest mountain in Texas. That morning we started our hike climbing 1643 feet up the Pinnacles Trail to the saddle between Emory and Toll. We set up our first camp at the TM1 campsite near the bottom of the saddle. Continuing east from our camp we climbed an additional 420 feet

Big Bend National Park’s South Rim in the Chisos Mountains is one of the best known hikes in Texas. As a Texas native I was way overdue a visit. So on the first weekend of spring break a friend and I planned a two night backpack along the South Rim. A view from Big Bend's and The Chisos Mountains' South Rim We woke up early Friday morning and began the four hour drive from Midland to Big Bend. Spring Break is Big

It is time to announce the winner of Francis Tapon's Book Hike Your Own Hike. The giveaway had over 195 views and 24 entries. I went over to Random.org and had it randomly select one of the 24 comments on the giveaway post. The lucky winner is comment number 4 belonging to Londonbackpacker. Congratulations! You will be receiving a hardback copy of Hike Your Own Hike. please e-mail me at steven.outdoors (AT) gmail (DOT) com. Make sure to replace the (AT) with

Big Bend National Park is proposing some changes and improvements and needs your input. Current proposals include reopening the Boquillas Border Crossing and the development a Multi-Use Biking Trail.The Boquillas Border Crossing would become a secure Class B point of entry (POE) for travel between the U.S. and Mexico and provide park visitors who wish to travel to or from Mexico with information about the area. Boquillas Crossing was closed in May of 2002 as security tightened after 9-11. Before

After the success of my LeftLane Sports review I decided to review a similar discount site called The Clymb. Just like LeftLane, The Clymb offers amazing prices on top brand name outdoor gear and apparel. From time to time I have promoted various sales The Clymb features but have never bought anything myself. A while back a friend bought a Kelty Tent from The Clymb that took several months to receive.I decided I needed to check it out for myself

LeftLane sports is currently running a sale on Mountain Hardwear. They have some incredible deals on packs, performance outerwear, and more. Plus when you sign up following my link you will receive $10 credit toward your first purchase. Be sure and read my review on LeftLane Sports and then go save some money.Follow This Link to earn $10 credit toward your first purchase. They are also selling Golite gear at 60% off.They are also selling Golite gear at 60% off.Did

Do you remember when you first heard about “digital” cameras? I have been a shutterbug for a long long time. When the photography world fist started going digital I refused to submit. I thought a digital camera would never allow me to do what I could with film. Then they created Digital SLR’s (or Single Lens Reflex) and at first they were so expensive I continued to say…not for me. But before long Canon introduced the first DSLR under $1,000.