DC is making two great bags that can get your gear to your shred destination. Riding up to the mountain with a snowboard in your lap isn't the way to go. Grab the Tamo Board Bag and travel with ease all the way. Fully padded for secure travel, the Tamo features a large split main compartment with clothing compression features and gear pockets on the outside for additional storage. If you aren’t packing a snowboard, the Jetsetter bag let’s you roll when you need to roll. This bag can pack a few day’s worth of clothes and your shoes too. Don’t plan your next snowboarding trip without ordering a DC bag from the Rideshop.
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Black Diamond has been changing outdoor sports since 1957 by continuing to excel in all areas of climbing, skiing, and the like. The Infinity 50 pack just won Outside Magazine’s 2010 Gear of the Year award for its innovative Active Frame Technology and ergoACTIV suspension with OpenAir backpanel. Rather than using a traditional waist belt, the Infinity 50 pivots to keep the pack hugging your back. The low-friction shoulder straps that run through the bottom of the pack continuously change length and stay comfortable while moving your shoulders and arms. Blending the volume of a traditional lightweight backpack with the latest in superior design and technology, the Black Diamond® Infinity 50 is all about comfort and mobility in a big package. The hip belt stash pocket, side stretch pockets and front compression stretch pocket will pack everything you need for any adventure. Coming in at just 3.9 pounds, the Infinity 50 is one of the best packs around. Check out all the great Black Diamond gear in the Outdoor Shop on Zappos.com.
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Incase Coated Canvas Vertical Sling (Top left) - For the latest in modern design and true functionality, you can't go wrong with the Incase Coated Canvas Vertical Sling. This durable nylon backpack with weather-resistant coating fits up to a 15” MacBook Pro and the exterior iPhone® slip pocket with plush faux-fur lining beneath flap is sure to impress.
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Making smart choices about backpacking supplies can be the difference between a great trip and one that you remember not quite so fondly. Backpacking supplies need to be functional or multifunctional, lightweight, durable and waterproof, especially if you favor longer back country backpacking trips. Keep your personal needs in mind, whether you are shopping for gear for a day hike or a long excursion.
Choose a good quality, lightweight frame backpack. Make comfort the key factor in your decision. Select a pack suitably sized for your backpacking trip, whether you need a smaller day pack or a larger backpack to carry gear, food and water. Check sizes when buying a backpack at Zappos.com as many hiking backpacks come in both smaller and larger sizes. Buy the right size for your frame for a comfortable fit.
Shop for a small, lightweight tent for your backpacking trip. Look for a tent that weighs less than four pounds to keep weight in your pack to a minimum. Add a waterproof tent pad if your tent does not come with one.
Pick a sleeping bag suited to your backpacking plans. Plan to use an ultralight mummy sleeping bag for fair weather, long hikes. Opt for a heavier, but warmer mummy bag for colder conditions. Choose a mummy bag appropriate for your size to reduce excess weight and make sure that you can sleep comfortably.
Buy small and light versions of other backpacking necessities, including a first aid kit, flashlight and knife or multi-tool. Pack a lighter, flint or matches in a waterproof container.
Carry water purification tablets or a water filter instead of carrying water. Take the time to learn about water access on your planned hike and pack a light water bladder to carry water along the trail.
Focus on nutrient dense high calorie foods to make the most of your space and the weight you are carrying. Pack nuts, dried and dehydrated foods and easy to carry mixes for the trail.
Plan your first backpacking trips with an experienced backpacker to make choosing backpacking supplies easier.
Never hike or backpack alone.
Always carry a map and compass.
With the season well into spring, it’s time to think about summer survival. A major danger in hot summer weather is heatstroke. Left untreated, it can be deadly.
Heatstroke usually begins with heat cramps. Heat cramps have symptoms that include excessive sweating, thirst, exhaustion and muscle cramps. It’s easily treated by moving to a cooler spot, drinking fluids containing electrolytes, like most sports drinks and resting. Avoid fluids with caffeine or alcohol. If you don’t treat cramps, you’ll get heat exhaustion. Symptoms include nausea, headache, dizziness, cool moist skin and dark urine. Treat it the same way you treat heat cramps.
If you don’t treat heat exhaustion, you’ll get heatstroke. Your body temperature will climb to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you’ll stop sweating and you may experience hyperventilation and a rapid pulse. As your brain heats up, you could have seizures, pass out, hallucinate, or become confused. Your over-heated muscles, cramping in the early stages, can become either stiff or limp. Shock is a frequent complication of heatstroke.
Since heatstroke can be caused by extreme ambient temperatures, extreme physical activity, or both, it’s not uncommon in people who are hiking or rock climbing, especially in the desert southwest. Avoid it by taking a few simple precautions.
First, don’t wear too much clothing. Stick to loose fitting shorts or lightweight pants like these , that provide protection from the sun and can convert to shorts in camp. Lightweight loose polo shirts or a buttoned cotton shirt that provides ventilation will help you stay cooler. Stick with cotton socks that can wick moisture from your feet, and your choice of light hiking boots , and your feet will stay cool. Use sunscreen, and apply it often through the day to all exposed skin.Wear a lightweight hat to protect your head and eyes from the sun.
Try a backpack like this one. The straps vent air away from your body, it carries two 32 ounce water bottles, and has a hydration sleeve for a 3L bladder. Make sure you drink often. Fill a portable cooler cube with sports drinks for anyone who starts feeling heat cramps. Make sure your camp has a shady area and is near a water source, and make sure you have a water filter .
Pay attention to your body to survive. If you feel heat cramps, avoid heatstroke by finding a cool shady place to rest and drink.
(Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heat-stroke/DS01025,http://www.mayoclin... http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke , http://firstaid.webmd.com/heat-exhaustion-and-heat-stroke-treatment )
One of the most important things to take with you into the wild, if not the most important, is water. You can survive for days or even weeks without food. Without water, you may not even make it two days.
Make sure you’re completely hydrated before you start your trek or ride. Our bodies aren’t very good at letting us know when we need water; in fact, by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so drink while water is available. If you note symptoms of dehydration, like confusion, weakness and a general slowing, rest in the shade and drink.
Carry a day pack that holds up to 3 liters but be aware that amount won’t last you much more than half a day if you’re exerting yourself in an arid environment. Consider carrying a hip pack below your backpack for longer trips and plan your trip around water sources, which are usually marked on USGS maps.
If your trek is planned for several days, you won’t be able to carry enough water with you. Add things like water purification tablets and a good filter to your pack. Most available hydration packs have PureFlow TM technology, but while that may take care of most “common bacteria and fungi,” it won’t help with the Giardia and other parasites found in outdoor water supplies. A purification tablet in a liter bottle of water from a stream should take care of those.
If you can’t find a stream, look for trees and a dry streambed near them. Carry a collapsible shovel in your pack and dig into the streambed; you’ll probably find water less than 12 inches down. No trees? Look for succulents, like prickly pear cactus or agave. A multi-blade knife allows you a variety of tools to cut off pieces of these plants, pull out spines and peel off the skin, so you can suck the moisture from the interior of the plant. Vegetation and berries can provide moisture; dried foods just increase dehydration.
Want to be a survivor? Use these tips to stay hydrated – and alive.
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