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The Value of The Bunny Hop

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Mountain biking has its thrills and spills; there is a unique sense of fun to be had when negotiating and conquering trails where no cars can ever dream of going through. You can easy to pick the best mountain bikes under 1000 dollars and start your biking adventure.

You’ve probably had the time to go through each and every trail in and around where you live. You’ve breezed through the easy paths, climbed the hardest slopes, and you’ve even challenged yourself further by making slight changes in which path to take, and what gears you would use.

What’s next? Is it necessary for you to make some serious travel arrangements to see brand new paths and trails to conquer? Think again. If you haven’t heard about the bunny hop by now, then this is the perfect time for you to practice and master this advanced biking skill.

The bunny hop literally gets you out of the ground and in the air – bike, body, and all – without the help of a ramp. You perform bunny hops to enhance your abilities to negotiate a trail, or to bypass obstacles so much quicker. That being said, with good experience in bunny hopping, you would be able to conquer trails quicker, while further distinguishing yourself as a more capable mountain biker. Learn more about mountain biking skills at Recreation Space dot com.

Two Ways To Hop

There are two general types of bunny hops to try and to practice: The English bunny hop, and the American bunny hop. The English Bunny Hop (also known as the two-wheel lift) is used by mountain bikers to quickly make adjustments to their position. If, say, you are on the right lane of a trail and you need to get on the left area quickly, you can perform an English bunny hop for you to change positions seamlessly, without steering or slowing down.

On the other hand, the American bunny hop (or, the traditional bunny hop) is what you use to really get some hang time, to jump over small rocks, and even tables when necessary. While the bike’s wheels get off the ground simultaneously on an English bunny hop, in this case you would work your bike and body to get the front wheel flying before the rear wheel (and, consequently, everything else) follows. Continue reading

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Cost-buster camping

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Camping can be an inexpensive vacation, and several ways to further reduce costs are presented. The purchase of good equipment and maintaining it, the use of transportation methods other than automobiles, picnic lunches and the use of lower-cost campsites are recommended. Low-cost activities are given.

Remember when you didn’t have two quarters to rub together? I do, because 30 years ago 50 would have bought enough gas for a high-school pal and me to drive his dad’s ’57 Olds a dozen miles to Michigan’s Blue Lake and back. Broke but determined, we pedaled bicycles made wobbly from the pup tent and sleeping bags we tied to the fenders. My pal toted our grub in Iris knapsack; I lugged cooking utensils and fishing gear in mine.

We were camping on the cheap, and we didn’t roll up our tent and go home until the bluegills quit biting and we ran out of food. Total cost for three days of Huck Finn fun: Zero.

One of the reasons I’ve always camped is because short of mooching off relatives or jumping slow-moving trains, it’s the best way I know to vacation on a budget. Go figure: A family of four on a week’s sojourn will spend at least a grand if they shell out a daily average of only $50 on motels ($350), $50 in restaurants ($350), and $40 or so ($300) for incidentals such as souvenirs and theme-park admissions. This figure can be considerably higher. A friend of mine recently blew $6,000 (including air fare) on a two-week family vacation to the Cayman Islands. “Can you recommend a best family tent?” he asked. “Next year we’re going camping and save some money.”

Not only does camping stretch the budget, it helps get sportsmen into remote habitat for game and fish and away from competition. That’s why an increasing number of outfitters will pack, boat or fly clients who camp and have their own gear into wilderness areas. Their fee may be a fraction of the cost to arrange a complete package that includes food, lodging and guides.

Saving money is the biggest reason why more than 80 million Americans pounded tent stakes and unrolled sleeping bags last year. Here are ways to save more this year.


Buy the best equipment you can afford, then take care of it. A $500 investment for new camping tents for sale, lantern, stove, sleeping bags and pads, cooler and other incidentals which you may or may not already have (cooking utensils and flashlights, for example) can be recouped in only a few nights. Campers typically save 50 percent or more on lodging and 30 percent or more on meals. Campingequipment is the ideal gift for Christmas, birthdays or Father’s Day, and many sporting-goods stores and mail-order houses offer super bargains during the off season.

Consider buying used gear at yard sales, flea markets or army/navy surplus stores. Splitting costs with neighbors or friends and renting equipment with an option to buy are other considerations. Some enthusiasts like to find a used tent for sale, sleeping bags, tables, chairs, food boxes and other stuff. A fine sleeping pad, for example, can be created from a piece of egg carton foam or by filling a used water-bed mattress with air. Check the public library for how-to books on the subject.

Extend the life of equipment by cleaning it and drying it out before storing in a cool, protected place. Most manufacturers provide other commonsense practices to follow.
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Hunting Camping Checklist

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Bagging a Caribou from Quebec’s Ungava Bay region can be one of the toughest big-game hunts you’ll ever make. Or the easiest. Success hinges on movements of the migrating herds, which in turn depend on the weather and the vagaries of these nomadic animals. Late last August I experienced both extremes at treeline about 30 air miles northwest of Kuujjuaq, a frontier town of 1,200 Inuit and a handful of Caucasians located 900 miles north of Montreal.

We retained outfitter Joe Stefanski, who had just built Diana Lake Lodge on the north-flowing Diana River, which terminates at Ungava Bay. The lodge opened in early August and Stefanski planned to close it about September 20. By choosing mid-season hunting dates, we hoped to intercept the Leaf River caribou herd moving southeasterly across the muskeg.


But the weather turned warm and the caribou remained absent, so we opted for ptarmigan hunting over the young setter I had flown into camp and for catching brook trout to three pounds and arctic char to four pounds. Tough choices, I know. The soon-to-spawn brookies were turning fiery red, the same color as the blueberry leaves that carpeted the tundra. Nights were warm enough to semi-shuck sleeping bags and cut back the kerosene heater in our wall tent.

As the week wore on with no sign of caribou, I decided to set up a spike camp with my friend Ed Sutton 20 miles farther downriver. The first night the wind came up, blowing in a major storm from the Atlantic. The next day, four inches of snow, driven horizontally before a 50-knot wind, bleached the barren landscape. At mid-morning Sutton and I split up, agreeing to meet at camp later. When the storm began to intensify around three o’clock, I decided to look for him. Continue reading

Leave No Trace

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There was a time when a fisherman, hunter or camper could blaze a trail in the woods or literally build a campsite in the mountains. Those days are gone. Our wilderness is much too fragile for rough handling, and we must now learn to leave no scars.

We have learned, the hard way, that our environment is fragile.

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When careless and sloppy campers and hikers physically leave their mark in the woods, it could take many years for the scars to heal.

“Leave No Trace!” is a slogan promoted by the Izaak Walton League of America as part of a nationwide program on outdoor ethics. “Leave No Trace” simply means that we have to alter our outdoor behavior if we want to protect and preserve the beauty and solitude of the land.

Hikers can start by traveling in smaller numbers. Groups of two to four, rather than 10 or so, will harmonize better with the land. Obviously, a campsite for two people will be easier to cover up than a camp for larger groups. Continue reading


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Switch on the sun to power this solar-powered camping gear.

Clear sunlight contains 1000 watts of power per square meter at sea level. That’s enough to give you a healthy tan in a few minutes or a third-degree burn in a few hours. It’s also enough to power everything on Earth 1500 times over if we could just figure out a way to harness alt the free, nonstop solar energy that bathes the globe every day.

Of course, in a very real sense everything on Earth is already solar-powered–we just release that power in different ways. Burning long-buried hydrocarbons to get at stored solar energy, as we’ve been doing, isn’t particularly efficient. But other ways to use solar energy are available. POPULAR MECHANICS was able to assemble a whole campsite worth of clever outdoor gear that runs directly on sunlight.

Most of this solar equipment depends on photovoltaic (PV) cells first developed at Bell Laboratories in 1954. A PV cell consists of a nonconductor–often a silicon wafer similar to those used for computer chips–coated on one side with exotic metal atoms that produce a surplus of electrons when exposed to sunlight. The other side of the PV cell is coated with atoms deficient in electrons. Run a wire from each side to an electrical device, expose the positive side to sunlight, and you have an electron flow capable of useful work.

But not much of it. Current PV cells are only 10 to 15 percent efficient so most solar-poweredcamping gear is small stuff that requires less than 1 amp to operate. On the other hand virtually anything with a microchip fits into this category–a handheld GPS, cellphone, radio or a laptop computer. You name it. A PV cell is the perfect power supply.

A standard 10-watt PV fiat-panel module is 9.5 x 18 in., weighs 17 ounces and produces 0.6 amp at 16.5 volts. At $12 per watt, it’s about three times as costly as the huge solar panels designed to fit on your roof. But you can’t carry rooftop PVs in your backpack.

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Kids stuff: camping gear and accessories especially designed for the little ones

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A kid’s favorite piece of camping gear is often something that lights up. The Flashlight Nightlight ($9) will soon become one of those favorites. This planetarium show in a flashlight has a hand-molded grip, operates on two AA batteries, and has three modes. The Flashlight feature lights the path ahead. The Nightlight feature has an LED that glows a soft amber color to provide a comforting light throughout the night. And the StarLight Show feature has five LEDs that shine any of eight different selected flashing patterns of colors on the tent ceiling, making it fun to go to bed, even on the darkest nights far from home. For more information: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.


The Whoolie Worm is a quilted fleece sleeping bag for toddlers and youth. Filled with Slumberjack’s Slumberloft HL, it feels like a cozy fleece cloud and offers a half-inch of padding for comfort. The bag is rated to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and comes in two prints: cartoon airplanes and a night sky filled with clouds and moon. Available in two sizes: Toddler (3, feet 6 inches) at $41.99 and Youth (5 feet, 5 inches) at $44.99. The bag is best suited for use in dry, moderate weather.

The Rainforest ($49.99) sleeping bag line from Slumberjack comes in four designs: Fish, Lizard, Frog and Bumblebee. These bags also have the Slumberloft HL insulation, but are rated at 40 degrees F. The bag features a small portable pillow and an easy roll-up hood that serves as a type of head tarp, and then wraps around the bag with Velcro straps for easy roll up. Maximum user height is 5 feet, 5 inches. The pattern is printed on the inner cotton liner; the outer shell is polyester taffeta. A built-in handle makes hauling easy for the kids.

If you’re looking for a sleeping pad for your little ones, many manufacturers such as Slumberjack make sleeping pads in 3/4-lengths. These smaller pads are used by backpackers to reduce weight, but work perfectly for children. For more information: 800/233-6283; slumberjack.com.

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How to choose the best studio monitors?

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There are so many types and brands of studio monitors on the market these days, and you maybe prone to confusion once it comes down to deciding to buy one. But don’t worry, no matter what kinds of listener you are, you can follow these tips to single out your best studio monitors.

How do I select my monitor?

Different monitors are for different purposes. There are no such thing as the best studio monitors. Anything that makes you feel relaxing, and your ears know it very well is the best studio monitor for you.

As long as your monitors come in between your desired quality and your budget, it is your best studio monitors.

Tips to choose your own best studio monitors:

  • Size: The first thing to consider is the size of the monitor. Will you have much space to put in a huge monitor or you want a small monitor for personal use? Measure the space carefully before picking up your studio monitor.
  • Use: Making your mind clear about what you will use the monitor for. Monitors for a night club, a formal ceremony or a small family party will varies in sizes, specifications and editing options.
  • Sound: Accuracy and precision are what the best studio monitors try to reach. It will reveal every details in your mix, both good and bad, not enhance or turn the sound into something else good but different.

Specifications and numbers

  • Frequency range: If you want accuracy from your monitor, then pay close attention to the monitor’s ability to handle frequency. Most monitor specifications list the lowest frequency they handle in Hz (hertz) and the highest frequency in kHz (kilohertz). Besides, the decibels are what indicate how much variation there will be across the frequency range. For example, if the frequency range of a monitor is 30Hz-21kHz ± 3dB, it means that there are some variations which are louder or softer by 3 decibles at some points of the mix. Generally, a rating of ± 3dB is a good monitor that produce high-quality sound.
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): is what indicate how is your sound will be reproduced, whether it will be clear without much distortion and variations. In terms of the amount of distortion and noise a monitor adds, actually, every monitors does, but the numbers should be close to zero, about 0,001%. If the THD specification is as high as 1%, the audio circuit may add quite a lot of distortion when reproducing the sound.

Types of Studio Monitors

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2 Amazing Ways to Boost UP Your Fitness Level

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The old adage of eating a handful of almonds a day might just be the mystery to a healthy body. Add to it 30 minutes of physical cardiovascular activity, and you are totally sorted. Yes, getting fit is as easy as it sounds, and all that you need is a bottle of almond oil and a recumbent bike for a total fitness solution.

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Almond – Nutrition to maintain cholesterol levels

Almond Oil

Almond contains 44% oils out of which a major portion is rich in omega-9 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and this makes it a total health wizard. Science has proven that almond oil is extremely beneficial for various aspects of health, and history corroborates it with its extensive usage in Europe and Middle East since centuries. The many benefits of almond oil include:

Beneficial For Skin

Lotions and cream that contain almond oil are natural, nongreasy and noncomedogenic. The skin’s delicate moisture balance is carefully preserved by the oil, and apart from moisturizing purposes, it can also be used for indications like itchy skin, dryness, psoriasis and eczema. It also has anti-inflammatory properties due to the zinc content in it, and therefore extremely beneficial in wound healing, burns and minor injuries. Continue reading

Canoe & Kayak Gear (continued)

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NRS.COM | 800-635-5202 | MOSCOW, ID


MSRP: $125

MATERIAL: Polyethylene plastic

This light, affordable plastic dry box will keep your stuff dry and protected on the road, in camp, and on your boat. Available in two sizes, these boxes are great for storing your camp kitchen equipment, groceries, or anything else. The included heavy-duty cam straps securely cinch the lid.


MSRP: $195.95

WEIGHT: 28 lbs

SIZE: 24″L x 15″W x 22″H


The Firepan gives you a 1S”W x 24″D x 3″H firebox that’s elevated to protect the ground. The grill will cook your food and support pots and pans. All parts fit inside the pan, and with the optional aluminum cover and a strap, the whole unit stores and packs easily.


MSRP: $399.95

SIZE: 190 sq ft

MATERIAL: 40-denier ripstop nylon

Create a 190 sq. ft. shady, dry oasis. The waterproof ripstop nylon fabric will withstand years of exposure to the elements. The heavy-duty button-lock pole sections adjust height up to 10 ft. Includes heavy-gauge tie-down cords with tension adjusters, 6 steel tent stakes, 6 plastic sand stakes, and nylon storage bags.


MSRP: $149.95-$219.95

WEIGHT: L: 9 lbs, XL: 13.3 lbs


The NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad is comfy as a cloud and tough as nails. Rugged PVC cover provides years of heavy-duty use. A top-quality Leafield C7 valve allows for trouble-free inflation/ deflation. Rolls compactly for transport, then self inflates when the valve is opened. Available in two sizes.

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MSRP: $4.95-$28.95

WEIGHT: .3-12.7 oz

Cocoon[R] Ultralight Microfiber Towels are perfect in camp or on the water. They are super absorbent, dry quickly and are extremely soft. Available in 6 sizes, they are lightweight and compact. The XL sized beach towel packs down to the size of a can of beer and is also great for changing.


MSRP: $25.95-$37.95

WEIGHT: 3.7-10.2 oz

The Cocoon[R] Ultralight AirCore pillows pack a lot of comfort into a small package. Soft synthetic fill surrounds an inflatable aircore which allows for custom comfort and a good night’s sleep. Duel temperature fabrics–warm on one side, cooling on the other. Available in 3 sizes.


MSRP: $38.95-$139.95

WEIGHT: 10.2-42 oz

Insect Shield[R] Cocoon[R] Mosquito Nets helps protect you from annoying bugs. Sleep, read or relax in peace. Insect Shield repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. The soft mesh allows great airflow and the light color keeps it cooler inside. Available in single or double sizes, with and without floors.


MSRP: $149.95

WEIGHT: 2 lbs

Cocoon[R] Tropic Traveler[TM] Silk Sleeping Bags are perfect for summer boating. The soft silk/egyptian cotton lining feels incredible. Moisture is rapidly absorbed and evaporated. Zip two together to create a luxurious double bag. Lightweight and packs very small. Compression stuff sack included.

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Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver – The perfect vacuum sealer for hunting enthusiasts

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These days, a vacuum sealer may come in handy on different occasions. On different websites and blogs, there are many good vacuum sealer reviews. However, the most outstanding product that customers usually express their satisfaction is the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game – The perfect vacuum sealer for hunting enthusiasts.

Why we need it?

Since food, especially meat, can easily get tainted, customers need to figure a way to preserve it. That is when vacuum sealer like the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver comes in handy. It helps to protect the food from rancidity and taint.

Who need it the most?

The Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver is particularly useful for enthusiastic hunters going on a hunting trip or families going on a long trip in general. With the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver, you can save the extra food that you will need to save for later use.


The most advance feature of the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver is the fast and repetitive sealing system that enables customers to continually seal up to 100 bags.

The Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver has dual pump for extra power, which is very practical.

The dimensions of this vacuum sealer are 26 L x 12 W x 6 H inches. This huge machine is designed to accommodate large game and fish, made for heavy-duty and repetitive use.

Also, the double sealing system of this vacuum sealer is a very advanced feature, increasing the speed of storing food.

All in all, the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver is a high-quality vacuum sealer that is very suitable for outdoor enthusiasts. Perhaps, this is why it dominates so many vacuum sealer reviews on the Internet.

Best benefit:

The 3 most outstanding benefits that the Gamesaver FSGSSL0800-000 Titanium Game Saver offers to customers are: Continue reading