Outdoor Basecamp

hike11Although the buddy system is most optimal when tackling the outdoors, sometimes hiking alone is the best choice to revive one’s spirit and to stay within the moment. Hiking is an enjoyable experience, but planning for your safety and comfort can help you avoid sticky and dangerous situations. Furthermore, planning for safety is the first step to going hiking, and should not be avoided. Your hiking experience will be a lot more enjoyable when you prepare yourself with the following tips for people who hike alone:

Check the Weather on Your Phone
Most hiking advisors will tell you to check the weather before leaving your home, and this is an important tip to follow. However, if you live more than one or two hours away from your hiking destination, you should also check the weather on your phone just before starting your hiking trip. This is especially important if you live in an area where it has been known for sudden weather changes. In this way, you won’t be surprised by any last-minute weather changes. Conversely, you must still watch the sky while hiking for impending weather changes.


When traveling on the road with an RV, waste water systems can be be very useful while you are driving or decide to stop at a campsite. RV waste systems consist of holding tanks, the toilet,and the tank dump valves. These waste water systems use p-traps and vents that are used to help release the oders and gases from the RV. It is exactly the same way that oders and gases are released from your house.

Waste Water will be seperated into black and gray colored water. The black water is associated with the waste that is flushed down from the toilet. Black water is kept in only one tank that is known as the black tank. The gray water is referred to as the waste water that comes from the Rv sink, tub drains, and shower. This waste is stored in either one or more of the gray tanks. These two waste tanks will be emptied by using one single outlet and each one is operated by seperate valves.

RV Awning Repair

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All recreational vehicle owners like to have comfort while travelling. RV awning is one way to be under shade and be protected from rain. Majority of the RV’s life is spent on the road and hence an awning can be easily damaged. Repairing the RV awning on our own is easy. Let us see few RV repairing instructions that guide us to clean up the repairs on a damaged awning.
As an initial point, ensure that a rip or a tear in the RV awning doesn’t get any bigger or longer. Smaller repairs are easy to fix rather than replacing it with a brand new awning. If the rip is more than 3 feet or quarter length of the awning, we might have to get the section sewed from someone or replace it completely. Purchase a roll of clear RV awning tape. It comes handy during the time of need.

How to Repair an Awning

Rules Of The Trail When Horse Riding

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horseback ridingKnowing the proper trail etiquette is important when trail riding on horseback in order to keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone. It might appear that everyone simply mounts up and rides off into the woods, but there are actually many unwritten rules and customs that trail riders follow. Although the rules are relaxed somewhat among small groups of friends, these are the generally accepted standards when the ride consists of a large group of riders who may not know each other well.

1. Never pass the lead rider (the trail boss), and never fall behind the last rider (the drag rider). These two positions are designated, and all other riders in the group stay in position according to their horses’ abilities. Some horses are more comfortable in lead-horse positions near the head of the line, while other horses feel more comfortable as followers near the end. Horses that are “buddies” should be kept together, generally near the end of the line.


climb4The type of rope chosen by a rock climber can have a dramatic effect on the safety and success of his or her ascent. Every climbing rope has a distinct set of uses, benefits, and drawbacks. While some ropes may be tailored to a slow, complex, and dangerous climb, others may be suited to a safer, simplified, and more efficient ascent. Furthermore, the disparities between these various rope types often appear subtle to the casual observer; however, the effect of such small distinctions can be significant. For this reason, it is imperative that rock climbers of all skill levels carefully evaluate the requirements and difficulty level of a climb before choosing the appropriate rope.

On a fundamental level, rock climbing ropes are divided into two major categories. Of these, perhaps the most frequently used is the dynamic rope. The primary feature of the dynamic rope is its ability to stretch when forced downward. Different dynamic ropes may stretch at varying rates depending on the weight of the climber and the load he or she is carrying. The value of the dynamic rope’s stretching capacity cannot be overstated; if a climber were to fall from a significant height and his or her rope remained taut and unyielding, the fall’s impact could easily break the back of the climber. The dynamic rope’s ability to absorb the force of such a descent reduces the risk of these injuries.

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