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April 2012

This is the first of several posts contributed by my wife. As she states below, we hope for this to become a regular segment on MyLifeOutdoors. A valuable resource to women (and their husbands) who love the outdoors (or who, at least, wish to love the outdoors). This is My Wife Outdoors. The other day I was recounting my life changing experience backpacking in Glacier National Park to a coworker. I just finished telling her about our five day, nearly thirty

I have never considered myself an ultralight backpacker. I have been known, however, to do whatever I can to try and reduce pack weight. Sometimes that means upgrading or modifying my gear, or just simply using better packing strategies. No matter how you classify yourself I think we all would like a lighter pack. The following is a list of tips and techniques to help you reduce your overall pack weight. 1. Modify your gear: You don’t have to

Example of an Affiliate Marketing AdIf you are a regular reader of MyLifeOutdoors you may have begun noticing some differences lately. We have a new logo banner at the top of the page, the sidebar has been moved from the left to the right side, and advertisements have begun popping up in various places. Two or so years ago when I created MyLifeOutdoors I decided not to place any ads within the blog in an attempt to keep things classy.

Gerber Knives has a large variety of multi-tools all intended for different purposes. I recently had the opportunity to review the Gerber Octane given by the generous people at OutdoorPros.com. The Gerber Octane is a simple tool with a knife, pliers with wire cutters, slot and phillips screwdrivers, a small package opening blade (designed for those hard to open plastic packages)a belt clip, and a bottle opener. Gerber OctaneGerber Octane all ToolsThe Octane is exceptionally light weight, under 6 ounces,

Its the Grand Finale of the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. This week is Backcountry week with lots of amazing gear put together by  MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com,WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com. This may be the last week for the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway but we have more huge giveaways being planned for summer and fall. So make sure you stay subscribed to our blogs so you don't miss anything.Here's what you can win this week:Grand Prize: PurifiCupSports Science Hybrid Performance ClothingMerrell ShoesGearPods Backcountry KitTrek Light Double

Bears are dangerous animals that need to be respected. When bears are startled, or threatened, they will usually attack. When bears become accustomed to humans and human food, chances of attacks are heightened. Any and everyone who lives or recreates in bear country needs to know these things. And I believe they do. Screenshot of Maneaters: Bears DVD's Title MenuEvery once and awhile people have fatal or near fatal encounters with bears. Maneaters: Bears, a DVD from Animal Planet,

Its the second to last week of the Spring into Adventure Gear Giveaway. This week is Digital week with lots of good digital goodies brought to you by the wonderful people at  MyLifeOutdoors.com, HikingtheTrail.com, TrailSherpa.com,WildernessDave.com, TheOutdoorAdventure.net, and ALittleCampy.com. Here's what you can win this week:Grand Prize:A free Sherpa Site for 1 yearYodel AppStick PicBuff USA Merino Wool BuffAppalachian Trials bookManeaters Bears DVDSecond Place Prize:Survival StrapYodel AppTo enter, simply use the Raffelcopter interface below. Starting today you have seven days to enter. You will get one entry

AdvertisementAre you in the midst of planning your next camping adventure? From the tent, to sleeping bags to camping meals, there are always plenty of items to add to your packing list. On this trip, place an emphasis on your health and nutrition with practical and affordable freeze dried meals and other items that will keep your hunger under control and your energy levels high. In one quick shopping trip you can fill your backpack with sensible and delicious options

Looking out across the Sacramento Mountains north of Sierra Blanca one peak stands out among the rest. Nogal peak is one of those mountains that calls people to climb it, and it has been calling my name every since I first noticed it in the Lincoln National forest outside of Ruidoso New Mexico. Nogal Peak - Lincoln Natioal Forest, NMMy family and I had decided to get away for the weekend with the hopes of catching one last ski day