Archives for July, 2011

Kiteboarding Hawaii: How to Deal With Shark (and Grizzly) Encounters

By Mark Cosslett; photograph courtesy Nate Volk I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring the great outdoors within close proximity of wildlife, and probably far more time in the proximity of sharks then I realize or care to consider. If you will “bear with me” here, I’d like to talk about the precautions I’ve…

Gear Review: Summer’s Coolest Tech? The Sand-Free Ground Cloth

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >> The coolest technology I’ve tested this summer isn’t an electronic device, a bike, or something built of carbon fiber—it’s a ground cloth that works better than anything I’ve ever used. Ground…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: Six Steps to Steer Clear of Lightning Strikes

By Contributing Writer Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, faculty member and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and NOLS Research Intern Kate Herden Aaah, summer! The sweet smell of wildflowers, rain-soaked earth, and . . . ozone? Yes, the stormy months have arrived and in this year of apocalyptic flooding, best prepare yourself…

Video: Paragliding Mozambique Where No One Has Before

The Dune Discovery- paragliding where no one has before from Offshore Odysseys on Vimeo. "Flying a site like this is like having an out-of-body experience," says Gavin McClurg of paragliding above the shape-shifting sand dunes on 20-mile-long Bazaruto Island. "You are looking out at the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters churning endlessly from one huge lagoon…

Gear Review: New DeLorme inReach GPS Can Send AND Recieve Text Messages

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >> Technology is about to take another step toward ubiquity in the backcountry. This October, you’ll be able to buy DeLorme's inReach ($250) satellite texting device, a product that trumps the SPOT…

Kiteboarding Hawaii: Anatomy of a Hawaiian Kiteboarding Crossing

By Mark Cosslett. Photograph courtesy Mark Cosslett I’ve had many friends ask what they should do to prepare to join me on a Hawaiian inter-island kiteboarding crossing, all of them expert kiters. Here's what it takes. Get FitMy first suggestion is to bike, run, swim, or whatever for fitness training. The kite skills are pretty…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: What’s in Your Hiking Day Pack?

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Faculty member and Diversity + Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and NOLS Research Intern Kate Herden “Preparedness” is relative. As I head out on a day hike to Popo Agie Falls with my toddler, his backpack is sure to contain “necessities,” such as Matchbox cars, toy dump trucks,…

World’s Best Hikes: Grindelwald, Switzerland

By Peter Potterfield Today's Featured Hike: First to Lake Bachal to Faulhorn Hut Round-Trip: 10 miles if you ride up and walk down, 2 to 3 days When to Go: High summer is the season here, but hikable weather often extends into September, when the Europeans are back at work. The Faulhorn closes in October.…

World’s Best Hikes: Petra Through the Back Door, Jordan

  By Peter Potterfield Today's Featured Hike: Dana Reserve to Petra Round-Trip: 50 miles, 7 days When to Go: October through April, when desert temperatures relent—a little. Go with Adventure Jordan, the local company that discovered this 50-mile route through the deserts, mountains, and peaks of Jordan. At the top of an ancient stairway carved…

World’s Best Hikes: Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia, Argentina

By Peter Potterfield Today's Featured Hike: El Chaltén to Laguna Torre to Poincenot Camp to Laguna Eléctrico Round-Trip: 36 miles, 4 to 7 days When to Go: February to March to avoid the crowds of midsummer and enjoy stable fall weather when the infamous Patagonian winds abate Hike among Argentina’s fabled Fitz Roy Massif, the…