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Mountain Climbing

  • Teaming up on the Appalachian Trail

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by olinselot

    Danny's Summer BreakWords cannot describe the amount of determination and grit being shown by wounded soldier Danny Kennedy. Last week he lost his main hiking companion Nathan Hunt to critical heat stroke. Since then Danny has persevered against all odds.

    During the course of this last week, Danny has reported back to us some incredible experiences. Keep in mind that Danny is doing all this with little use of his right arm and leg and internal permanent damage to his brain - injuries suffered after being ran over by a Hummer during a training exercise in the military.

    Pleasant River CrossingFor the last week there has been a constant downpour of rain on the Appalachian Trail where Danny is. Several sections of trail that would normally be easy were flooded with mud and water half way up to his knees. He soon came to a critical river crossing at the Pleasant River, but on this occasion it wasn't pleasant at all. Luckily another group of hikers came to the river and worked as a team to get across. After setting up a safety rope, the group set out across the river when suddenly the rope snapped! Several people fell into the water, but were quickly able to link arms with the others and form a human chain to complete the crossing.

    Danny's life and health are dependent upon an electronic device that he recharges on a regular basis. His plan was to keep himself charged up using a portable solar device. With the constant rain and cloud cover he has not been able to do this and is in danger if he cannot find a way to recharge soon.


    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Uncategorized, Wounded Soldiers and was tagged with appalachian trail, BioLite, hike, hiking, Pleasant River, river crossing, video, wounded soldier

  • New Outdoor Products Coming Soon

    Posted on June 3, 2013 by olinselot

    In an effort to streamline and expand our Outersports outdoor products lineup, we will soon be adding a variety of outdoor specific gear. Everything from water filtration systems, axes, knives, cook gear, survival equipment, hammocks, and more will be available to you in the near future. Hundreds of fantastic options for you to choose from are currently being inventoried and selected, but here are just a few highlights to wet your appetite.

    Hennessy Deluxe Hammock The Hennessy Explorer Deluxe ADYM Hammock - At 9 feet long, the Explorer Deluxe A-sym was designed for anyone up to 7 feet tall. It includes tree hugger straps to prevent damage to tree bark, attached mosquito netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes and stuff sack. It weighs only 3 lbs and can hold up to 300 lbs. This deluxe hammock comes with the option of a bottom entry Velcro closure or a side entry zipper closure that can be accessed from inside or out. These Hennessy Deluxe Hammocks are a campers first choice in comfort and convenience in the outdoors.

    Spot Connect SPOT Connect - No cell signal? No problem. Turn your smartphone into a satellite communicator with SPOT connect device. Simply pair your Smartphone with SPOT connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook. Send text message or a short email.

    Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit - The Guide 10 is an ultra-lightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. Use as a single unit power pack to power your device or as a power source to recharge the batteries for use in AA or AAA battery power devices. With battery powered and mobile devices an essential part of your outdoor gear - you should absolutely have this solar charger in your pack as a regular part of your outdoor products.

    Pinnacle Dualist Cooking Set The Pinnacle Dualist Cook Set - This portable cook set includes a 1.8 L pot, strainer lid, 2 mugs, 2 bowls, 2 sip-it tops, 2 telescoping spoon/forks, stove bag, and a stuff sack that doubles as a sink. All weighing in at only 20.7 ounces. It's the perfect solution to replace the heavy cluttering pots and pans you've been using all these years.

    These outdoor products, along with hundreds of others, are just a few of the spectacular lineup that are coming soon to Outersports. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay informed as these new items are made available. In the meantime make sure to check out our current selection of high quality apparel and outdoor and athletic gear currently featured on the site.

    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Stay Dry, Uncategorized and was tagged with camping gear, cook set, cooking, gps, hammock, hennessy, outdoor products, satellite, solar, solar charger, spot connect

  • Preparing for Unpredictable Temperatures

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by olinselot

    Changing TemperaturesIf you are a family camper or an outdoor survivalist in your approach to the outdoors there are certain universal recommendations that apply to both. Making sure that your supplies, gear, and clothing are versatile and efficient is always a good idea. This can create challenges when it comes to the unpredictability of weather and temperatures. Packing a wide variety of clothing can cause problems with weight and space. Packing too little clothing can compromise your ability to keep warm when the temperatures plummet unexpectedly.

    When selecting the right clothing for the outdoors the same rule of versatility applies. Temperatures can shift dramatically based on your elevation and the composition of the earth beneath you. Those temperatures fluctuate according to air pressure, wind, and moisture. Temperatures will rise when there is more air pressure and go down when there is less. At lower altitudes the air molecules are packed closer together and are warmed up by the radiant heat from the earth. At higher altitudes the air is much thinner so the heat dissipates more rapidly. In either situation the wind and humidity can change unexpectedly. You may hike up a trail in nice warm weather and wake up the next morning with snow on the ground.

    Medium Weight Merino WoolRather than pack your gear according to just the weather report – we also recommend that you plan on unpredictable change. The best way to do this is by selecting the most versatile clothing possible. Without a doubt, Medium weight 100% pure Merino Wool is the best base layer option available. The military has trusted the insulating, water wicking, versatility of wool for decades. Merino Wool is the highest grade and quality of wool clothing available today. Medium weight Merino Wool will keep you comfortable and breathable in hot weather as well as warm and dry should the temperature drop unexpectedly. It’s available as long underwear, jackets, socks, and even hats.

    3 in 1 JacketWhen selecting a jacket or other outerwear you should be specific with the type of location you are going to. There are versatile options such as an All Weather Soft Shell Jacket. If you know that it may get a lot colder your best option may be a layered coat such as a Ranger 3-in-1. The Port Authority Ranger can be worn simply as a micro fleece jacket or combined with seam-sealed waterproof outer shell when facing moisture and colder temperatures. The outer shell can also be worn by itself to provide protection from moisture as well as keeping you cool. You want to stay warm, but not get too warm so you start to sweat.

    If you are unsure what weather and temperatures you might be facing – we recommend you visit the National Weather Service and take advantage of their Climate Prediction Center. There you can look up the total precipitation, average temperatures, maximum temperatures, wind chill and much more.

    This post was posted in Base Layer, Clothing Layers, Hiking, Merino Wool, Merino Wool, Mountain Climbing, Stay Dry, Thermal Underwear and was tagged with base layer, layering, merino wool, temperatures, versatility

  • Tommy Caldwell Climbs More Than Mountains

    Posted on January 24, 2013 by Outersports

    Mountain Climbing Tommy Caldwell Hangs Solar Panel to Charge iPhone Mountain Climbing Tommy Caldwell Hangs Solar Panel to Charge iPhone

    Tommy Caldwell Tent on Mountainside Tommy Caldwell Tent on Mountainside

    Hanging what looks like a thousand feet high from a vertical mountain side climber's tent, Tommy recharges his iPhone using a solar panel and then proceeds to update his Facebook friends on his mountain climbing progress before he hits the sack.

    It's an inside peek into the end of a typical climbing day for Tommy.

    No doubt, he must lose focus and drive, at times, after busting his fingers dozens of times per day, crashing against the mountain when he loses his grip.  But Tommy's been at this for years so a little blood, sweat and tears won't stop him from ascending to the top of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley.

    Facebook special on Tommy Caldwell:

    Most people never want something this bad so they never accomplish great things in life.  Tommy shows us all what you have to give if you really want something.

    Do we have to hold a world record to be important?  We can be a hero when we respond to a spouses frustration with kindness or help a friend out of a bad situation.

    Yet, maybe Tommy's example can cause some of us to try to accomplish goals that are bigger than life and make a difference in the lives of those we can touch.  Maybe the impossible obstacles we face as a society today can be overcome with a few Tommy's out there who know they will eventually reach the top.

    Let's all give Tommy our support as he climbs "the wall".

    Other videos about Tommy:


    This post was posted in Mountain Climbing and was tagged with dedication, focus, goals, mountain climbing, tommy caldwell

  • Camelbak Hydration Systems!

    Posted on June 28, 2006 by Justin

    When You Take Hydration Seriously, Camelbak Has Your Back Covered

    As the originators of the world leading hands-free hydration systems backpacks, Camelbak's name is synonymous to the desert camel that travels extensively through arid regions, with a unique source of nourishment contained within the humps on their back!

    The Camelbak hydration systems work in the same manner, where many sports enthusiasts such as mountain and motocross riders have openly adopted this hands-free convenience of Camelbak's unique systems. When it came to safety at all levels of their sport, a Camelbak hydration system was a popular necessity.

    With more athletes taking their sport to the extreme knowing that they can count on a reputable hydrating system, they were capable of concentrating more on their activities, versus worrying about where to find their next water source to get hydrated. Soon the Camelbak backpacks became so popular, a great number of different athletic groups adopted the same hydrating convenience as the mountain and motocross bikers!

    Before you knew it, not only were there cyclists using these systems, however, now you noticed more hikers, runners, snowboarders, skiers, and outdoorsmen increasing the use of these Camelbak packs, and experiencing their true benefits.

    Why Would You Choose A Camelbak Hydration Pack Over Others Out There?

    Sports in the new millennium have become more extreme, and many athletes are pushing their physical abilities harder than ever before. So when it comes to maintaining their energy levels, strength, dexterity, and their all-important mental focus, then a proper hydration system to keep them fully hydrated during their intense activity was a must. The bottom line is if the Camelbak's are good enough for the majority of the US Marines, and Army, then they're sufficient for many professional, and intense leisure athletes out there!

    How Much Water Should You Drink, And How Much Do These Packs Hold?

    On average it's recommended that many athletes that are exerting moderate energy in approximately 80° degree weather or hotter, should consume a minimum of one litre of water per hour.

    Keeping that in mind, if you plan on spending an entire day on large mountainous trails, or in that isolated marathon where you're not going to have access to any water sources, then the appropriate hydration system to accommodate your needs will be required, and you can view a select few of popular packs below:

    · Camelbak H.A.W.G.® 100 oz. Hydration Pack: The H.A.W.G. is the best choice for mountain bike riders that are looking to spend most of their day on the most extreme terrain. With a 100 0z reservoir bladder with tethered cap, and the taste-free Pure Flow™ tube- incorporating in the polyethylene liner, your water will be tasting fresh, and keeping cool with the 5 mm cell phone insulation for the best body absorbtion while you're hitting those challenging trails. You will feel confident that the Ergo Hydrolock that places the Camelbak's Big Bite Valve™ in the ergonomic position will maintain a proper position for drinking!

    Combined with the strap management system, slider sternum straps, and the Air Director™ back panel that provides an AirMesh harness for proper ventilation, you will have not only the most effective hydration system, but also a very stable and comfortable backpack with tons of storage for all your biking accessories, and additional reservoirs.

    · Camelbak M.U.L.E.® 100 oz. Hydration Pack: This pack is very similar to the one above, but the M.U.L.E. has very little differences that cater to the ultimate hiker. It's comfortable enough for hikers that plan on spending many hours on the trails, and it offers plenty of space for storage. This pack includes one more zippered compartment with a total of 3, a Bungee Cinch System™ that allows you to lash on additional gear, and 2 mesh overflow compartments for more storage space. With 500 cubic inches, you will have no worries about taking all the necessities required to get you through any weather that comes your way.

    There are other models available with many water hydration system options, and if you don't require a reservoir as large, you can find a selection of smaller ones to suite your athletic needs.

    Remember this one tip! Only being in the sun for a couple of hours without consuming enough fluids can quickly drain your energy level and impair your endurance, and can prevent you from keeping focused and alert while participating in very extreme activities, especially in hot weather.

    A hydration system, including the highly recognized Camelbak system is a great solution to your hydrating requirements. It carries more clean fresh water than the standard water bottles, or canteens, and I highly recommend that the Camelbak should be your choice over many of the other systems available online, and reason for this is that they only do one thing, and that is making the best hydration systems!

    About the author: William is the owner and Author of "Hydration" - your source for Camelbak Hydration Backpacks! Visit our site to read informative articles on quality Camelbak systems that come in a variety of backpack styles and options for all your hydrating needs.

    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Winter Sports

  • Petzl Headlamp

    Posted on June 22, 2006 by Justin

    petzl headlamp climbing light

    If you have not heard of Petzl, chances are, you're not a climber. Not to worry, most of the innovation in the outdoor gear and outdoor apparel world comes from the climbing and mountaineering field. The latest craze of LED Headlamps is no exception. Climbers have so much gear to carry with them, that they have to try to lighten the load by making items lighter or smaller. Petzl did just that with the headlamp. A typical climbing headlamp consists of a large battery pack, a large head strap, and a large lens and bulb. The batteries alone could weigh several pounds and it is a bit bulky to say the least. When the Petzl Tikka headlamp was introduced to the climbing world, climbers embraced it with open arms. And so did the rest of the outdoor industry. The headlamp is small enough to fit in the chest pocket of a shirt, and weighs only 3 oz. But, that's not even the highlight. On a single set of 3 AAA batteries, the LED in the Petzl Tikka Headlamp will last for 150 hours. That's almost a solid week. No more packing extra batteries for that old school behemoth that you used to carry. The Petzl Tikka Headlamp was first introduced to the market in 2001. The latest Tikka comes as the Tikka Plus and the Tikka XP.

    Now, I don't want to sound ignorant here to those of you who know all about LED headlamps. I realize that there are now many different companies that make LED headlamps. But, for you newbies, the Petzl line of headlamps is a solid choice for a quality product.

    This post was posted in Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear

  • All Climbing - News, Info, and Commentary

    Posted on May 31, 2006 by Justin

    I recently discovered this Blog that is packed with climbing information. The author has a nice category section on the right hand side of the site that allows you to go straight to posts on any climbing area that interests you. Some of the posts offer reviews of climbing products and techniques. The author also has some great links to climbing guides found around the web. Wether you are new to climbing or are a skilled pro, I think you will find this site worthwhile. Click here: to check it out.

    This post was posted in Mountain Climbing

  • Climbing - What Should I wear

    Posted on May 25, 2006 by Justin

    Climbing Gym

    Climber on climbing wall

    If you are new to rock climbing and and just want to get a feel for it before you start buying all of the gear for it, I recommend visiting your local climbing gym. Climbing gyms will have everything you need for your first go at climbing. The climbs typically range from beginner to advanced. So what should you wear to a climbing gym? The general rule to stick with is to wear loose fitting clothing that will allow full freedom of movement. If you are comfortable wearing it, the other option is to wear stretchy tighter fitting athletic clothing like you would see a jogger wearing. The climbing facility will usually require you to wear a simple sit harness in which you will tie into. If your clothing is too bulky, it will make it harder and more uncomfortable to wear the harness. If you have long hair, you will want to pull it back so that it is out of the way and free from getting caught in your belay rope. For footwear, you can just use tennis shoes or some other low top sneaker. It is probably better to start out with regular shoes instead of real climbing shoes so that you become more conscious of how to get your feet positioned on the different holds and crack on the climbing wall.

    This post was posted in Clothing, Mountain Climbing

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