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Archive for 'February 2012'

    Like Riding a Bike? Like Wine? This REI Outing Combines Both

    fileI'm not an expert bike rider. And I'm even less knowledgeable about wine. But last Saturday's inaugural "Winery Touring by Bike" day trip led by the REI Outdoor School turned out to be right up my alley. That's right, we toured wineries using mountain bikes. (Yes, I know what you're thinking and, no, nobody got drunk or crashed their bike into an arbor.)   The REI Outdoor School is offering this and other such trips in response to customers asking for fun and informative outings close to home. ...

    Posted by Steve T on February 6, 2012 3:21 PM & Tagged Cycling, REI Outdoor School, Temecula, bicycle and winery tour | permalink | Comments

    How Much of Your Life is Lived on a Bike?

    fileIs it possible to live one's entire life on a bike? This entertaining short film, shot in Montreal by Guillaume Blanchet who dedicates the project to his bike-riding father, suggests what the experience might be like… How much of your life is lived on a bike? ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 3, 2012 4:01 PM & Tagged Cycling, bicycle and video | permalink | Comments

    The Best Backpacking Checklist? We Like to Think So, and It Just Got Updated

    fileSomething good just got better: the REI backpacking checklist. If you've used it before, you're likely already a fan. If you weren't aware of it, good news—the chances that you'll leave behind your headlamp or insect repellent on a future trip just went down. Demonstrating that we respond to user feedback, here are some changes on the new list: • The new version mentions a bear canister, not a "food-storage" container as the old list did. The old term is perhaps more technically accurate, but ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 2, 2012 1:14 PM & Tagged backpacking, backpacks and checklist | permalink | Comments

    Tree Wells: the Skier's Deathtrap You've Never Heard Of

    fileRecent heavy snowfall in many parts of the West makes this a timely tale of caution: Scott Allen Meyer died on January 8, 2011, at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana on a calm and clear day in good snow conditions. There was no avalanche, and Scott was a skilled snowboarder. He never saw it coming. What's worse, the same thing happened only a week before to 16-year-old Niclas Waeschle. These deaths were not only tragic, they were preventable. What killed Scott and Niclas? They skied ...

    Posted by Hovey WMI on February 1, 2012 5:17 PM & Tagged WMI, Wilderness Medicine Institute, skiing and tree wells | permalink | Comments

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