Outdoor Tips

The Importance of Teamwork at High Adventure Camps

The Importance of Teamwork at High Adventure Camps

I’m an Eagle Scout. I’ve worked at camp for the past three summers. Alright, just wanted to put that out there. Now that you have some of my credentials, I’d like to talk about the importance of teamwork while on the job at a high adventure camp. There’s plenty of [...]

Getting Kids to Have Fun Outside

Getting Kids to Have Fun Outside

There is something cool that being in the outdoors does to people.  It brings them closer and creates a strong, lasting bond.  Maybe it’s because of the inside jokes garnered from a day on the trail, or a funny story that happens over packed peanut butter sandwich, but relationships forged [...]

Knowledge is Power: Certifications, Clinics, and Experience

Knowledge is Power: Certifications, Clinics, and Experience

Whether you’re fifty feet above the ground hanging onto a pair of crimpers, or about to crush a class V rapid in a ducky boat, the one piece of gear you should never leave home without is knowledge. There are many places to gain the educational edge, from the classroom [...]

The Top 5 Outdoor Rules You Should Never Break…Ever!

The Top 5 Outdoor Rules You Should Never Break…Ever!

Gee, That Plant Sure Does Look Tasty (No the Hell it Does Not, you Chris McCandless, Yuppie, Wannabe) If you haven’t read Into the Wild, then please do or at least see the movie. The long and the short of it can be broken down as follows (and I apologize [...]

4 Methods of Kayak Self Rescue

4 Methods of Kayak Self Rescue

In the anticipation of a kayaking trip, you always seem to remember the lip balm, water, pfd, and paddle, but are those really enough? Sure you’ve got your dry bag packed and your car loaded up, but are you fully prepared for what awaits you on the water? Before you [...]

Three Reasons Type A People Should Join a Paddling Team

Three Reasons Type A People Should Join a Paddling Team

By Lisa Nuss On my first scheduled day to practice with a dragon boat team, I sat in my car and tried to talk myself out of it. That I was out of shape since graduate school was just part of it. As I stared out at the expansiveWillametteRiverI realized [...]

When Lost: The Gentle Art of Not Freaking Out

When Lost: The Gentle Art of Not Freaking Out

The one thing that a bear doesn’t do in the woods is get lost. The same cannot be said of people. A regular staple of national news reports are stories of some poor soul who wandered away from camp and couldn’t quite a way back. Quite a few of these people [...]

Seven Free Adventures – Wherever You Are

Seven Free Adventures – Wherever You Are

High Pointing No, you don’t need a snowmobile. High Pointing is bagging the highest point in any given region and you don’t have to be in a mountain range. This sport is normally played outdoors, hitting the peaks of a town’s highest bluff, county’s tallest ridgeline or state’s highest mountain, [...]

Winter Backpacking and Camping Tips

Winter Backpacking and Camping Tips

“Winter’s a great time to get out. No bugs, no crowds. You just need to have a little preparation ahead of time.” Have you been longing for the days when you can camp outside again? John Pugh goes over some good tips for staying warm in the wintertime. John talks about the [...]