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May 2011

This is a continuation of Thursday's post: SPOT Messenger Owners Responsibility - Part One. Please click here to read the first half of this post.What is the responsibility of Locater Beacon owner? Not that long ago, a couple from New Bruswick, British Columbia activated their beacon when they climbed a steep trail and could not get back down. A helicopter lowered them 200 feet to secure footing. In September 2009, a hiker from Placer County was panning for gold in

It is time to announce the winner of the CLIF Bar Prize Giveaway. Last night I closed out the comments and looked to Random.org to select a winner. Random.org choose comment number four which belongs to Albert Quackenbush. Congratulations, you have won a caddy with 12 CLIF Bars, a CLIF t-shirt, and a CLIF water bottle or hat. Please note the prize may differ slightly from what is pictured, including flavor of the CLIF Bars and the type of T-shirt

I'm doing my Week in Review post a day early this week because I will be announcing the winners of the CLIF BAR giveaway tomorrow. If you haven't entered yet you still have time. The giveaway will close tonight at midnight eastern time. Go to the giveaway post to enter.Otherwise

I recently took my 10 year old daughter with me to purchase a SPOT gps messagner. As we were walking out of the store my daughter asked her usual curious questions. “What’s that for…What does it do?” I explained to her that if we ever got lost or in trouble while we were hiking, we could use it to call 911 or something similar. My daughter already believes I get lost more than actually do. SPOT GPS Messenger She asked

CLIF Bar is launching an exciting new campaign called Meet the Moment. To help launch this campaign CLIF bar is hosting a giveaway on My Life Outdoors featuring a caddy with 12 CLIF Bars, a CLIF t-shirt, and a CLIF water bottle or hat. More about that in a minute. First let me tell you about what CLIF bar is doing.CLIF Bar Prize PackageMeet the Moment is a consumer experience that is all about supporting the pursuit of athletic adventure

Here are some blogs that caught my attention this week:Danny and his kids Backpacking in IdahoDanny took his kids backpaking in Idaho over Mother's day weekend.Rick helps us Get Mildew out of our tents. My tent (and backpacking buddies) thank you.Hope comments on Texas Wildfires and how we can prevent them in the future. I visited Balmorhea State Park and went swimming with my family.Jeff talks about the fascinating Old Man of the LakeJobiwan hikes to some interesting ice caves100

Over mother’s day weekend my mom and dad came into town and wanted to go camping with the family. Due to some other obligations we couldn’t be gone long. So we headed down to Balmorhea State park for a short overnight trip. Balmorhea State ParkBalmorhea State Park is located southwest of Balmorhea, Texas in the foothills of the Davis Mountains. We arrived in the park just before sunset with enough light to set up camp. With the tentsup we took

Its time to announce the winners of the Glacier Glove Giveaway. This time around I had two pairs of gloves to giveaway. We had 13 different entries and more than 215 page-views for the contest. I really want to thank Glacier Glove for the opportunity to test and giveaway these gloves. These are truly some great gloves. So without further ado here are the winners:UPDATED MAY 15, 2011: I have not heard from the original two winners selected below. It

Tonight is your last chance to enter the Glacier Glove giveaway. The entries will be closed at midnight (central time) tonight. Right now only nine people have entered and I am giving away two pairs of gloves. That means you have about a 1 in 5 chance of winning. Thats pretty good odds. So what are you waiting for

With the fire gone in the Fort Davis area, my wife and I were itching to get down there and see what it looked like. We planned a short overnight trip to camp in Balmorhea, as the Davis Mountains State Park still hadn’t opened yet. We didn’t have much time but were able to drive down Hwy 17 between Fort Davis and Balmorhea.Fire damage along Rose Pass, Davis Mountains TexasThe Davis mountain area is usually very yellow and green