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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, But Plenty To Prepare For!

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, travel tips
on November 14, 2017

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like the rush of climbing a mountain. There isn’t a mountain out there that someone hasn’t wanted to conquer, and that’s for a good reason. The achievement of scaling the peaks of a mountain is one that is often unrepeated – unless of course you get the climbing bug!

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There are plenty of mountains to explore across the planet, with plenty of companies offering experiences and expeditions to get to their summits. The thing is, you can’t just pack up and head to Kilimanjaro for your latest adventure. Preparing for a climb takes a lot of time and not just in terms of what you need to pack: think water and Oxygen Plus just for starters! You need to think about conditioning yourself ready for you embark on your mountain climb. Experienced mountaineers are already aware of what they need to be totally ready for a new challenge, and it’s not a short process, either!

 

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Timing. When you’re going ahead with a mountain climb, you need to think about how early you should be starting with your training. Of course, it’s never too soon to start preparing yourself, but you should be conditioning your body for around a year before you actually head off on your expedition. The serious training should begin around four or five months before you plan to set off.

Outdoor. Your training – whether you live in a city or not – should be all outside! Your plan should be done in all terrains if possible and should be enough to literally kick your butt into shape. It’s all about pushing your own boundaries, because you’re soon going to be pushing them past your limits when you get climbing. Hiking with a pack on your back. Stairs should be taken as much as possible to train your legs. Mountain biking is another great option for outdoor training!

Indoor. While you would push your endurance levels outside, you should weight train inside. Bench pressing, leg and calf raises, and arm work can all help you to build your strength and get you used to pulling your own weight.

Diet. Swapping to a diet that is mainly protein based is going to get you where you need to go to pack on some muscle before you head off to an expedition. You should also – in the weeks prior to your trip – stock up on fatty and rich foods to build up some of the stores you’ll be burning mountainside.

Climbers go through a rigorous plan and training session before actually beginning their climb. Mountain climbing is about endurance, focus and hitting goals that you would never have anticipated hitting elsewhere. It’s a different kind of break from everyday life, but it is one that you absolutely should consider if you are wanting to find something different from the norm! Challenge yourself to climb to the highest peak – just make sure you’re physically and mentally ready to go!

 

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LEARN TO SKI ON THE SWISS ALPS THIS WINTER WITH ULTIMA GSTAAD’S SKI SCHOOL

Enjoy the peaceful low-key atmosphere, and the promise of adventure on the Swiss Alps this winter as Ultima Gstaad’s Ski School is set to provide you and your kids with the opportunity to learn or build on your existing skiing skills.

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Composed of four multilingual and certified instructors the Ski School is the ideal partner for you to explore the serene beauty of Gstaad, offering hourly, morning or afternoon and daily sessions for guests at the Swiss boutique hotel.

Ultima Gstaad’s private instructors will provide you with ski equipment rental, a daily pass for the resort, and transfers to and from the slopes. From one hour of lessons to a full day, the ski instructors will be at your disposal throughout the winter season.

Benjamin Abel, one of the four instructors at Ultima Ski School said, “In the Ultima Ski School, we guarantee the satisfaction and happiness of our guests. Our services are suitable for kids from the age of three, as well as adults who want to safely learn skiing and improve their skills.”

Little ones and grown-ups can enjoy the 220 km ski slopes located on the opposite side of the chalet hotel, and the Ultima Gstaad Ski School offers different exclusive benefits such as direct pick-ups at the hotel, personalized lessons accessible to all levels, private or group courses, and advice on the choice of equipment.

The Ultima Ski School offers different ranges of prices and services which vary according to your skill levels. For private lessons, you can choose from an hour session, a three hours morning or an afternoon session, a full day, five or six mornings or afternoons, or a full six or seven days of lessons.

 

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Those with an extended stay at the hotel can book six mornings or afternoons. However, if you are more enthusiastic and passionate, you can go for Heliski.

As well as providing tailored skiing and sports activities, the boutique hotel will also be your guide to an unforgettable stay in Gstaad.

 

Private Lessons (from 3 years old)

Duration

Price in AED per person

1h / person

565

1 day

3,955

1 week

18,455

AED +452 per additional person

 

Heliski

                                               Duration

Price in AED per person

1 day

3,955

+ 25% per additional person

 

 

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Tips for Planning Your First Hunting Trip

Posted in lifetstyle, outdoor activities
on October 13, 2017

Have you booked your first hunting trip to an exciting location but have no idea how to start planning for it? If so, then you have come to the right place. Today, we are going to learn some helpful tips that will get you started in the right direction. A hunting trip can be an enjoyable experience, but only if you make the proper preparations first.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Before you set off on your hunting trip, you will need to practice not only your shooting skills but also your hunting technics. To do this, you should set up some targets shaped like the game you are going to be hunting. You can buy these targets at most outfitter stores or shooting ranges. Practice your shooting skills daily for at least a few weeks before the big hunt. This will allow you to be accurate and make a clean kill.   Additionally, you will need to practice your stalking kills which will come in useful while out in the field or in the bush.

Get in a Work Out

Once you have practiced your shooting and hunting skills, you will need to get in shape for the big trip. Make sure that you hit the gym for at least a month before heading out. This will get you in shape and ready for the strenuous conditions that often come with big game hunting. The terrain you will face might be demanding and you will need to be able to keep up with your guide. You wouldn’t want to hold up the hunting party because you’ve been sitting on the sofa for the last month. Also, you may need to see your doctor and get a physical before you go. Remember to get enough medications to last you for your entire trip and tell your doctor what type of physical activity you are planning on doing.

Secure Travelers Insurance

If you are going abroad for your hunt, you will need to get some travel insurance to protect you. For instance, you may have to cancel your trip due to a family emergency. Having traveler’s insurance will mean that you will be reimbursed for the cost of your trip. Not having it may mean that you will lose not only the trip but the money you paid for your airline tickets and your guide fee. Traveler’s insurance will also cover things like lost or stolen items as well as some medical bills that might occur doing your time away from home. This will all depend on the policy you sign up for.

As you can see, getting prepared for a major hunt is a big deal. But if you are prepared for your trip things, will go much smoother. Remember that you will need to practice a lot before you get on the plane and you will also need to work out so that you are in perfect shape. Make sure that you get some travelers insurance so that your investment will be protected and you will get your money back if something does go wrong.

 

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It’s A Wild Ride Going Up And Down The Colorado Mountains

Colorado is state of total natural beauty. The countryside differs so much from its southerly neighbors; you’d think you were in Canada. But perish the thought, because if you’re from Colorado that might seen as blasphemous. However, there’s no denying it, the mountainous passes, the fast-flowing and still lakes and rivers, are prime spots for sports fishing. Colorado’s landscape is perfect for going hiking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing and just about any natural activity you can think of. There’s only so much you can do on holiday before the time runs out. So here are some of the most popular things to do, if you want an unforgettable adventure, in the state that’s song, is ‘Rocky Mountain High.’

 

Snowbound

Vail Mountain Resort is great for a family trip or individuals looking to for an adrenaline fix; The mountain is distinctive in the fact that, rather than other skiing trips, the further south you go, the higher the peaks are. The town up north from the snowy peaks is like a miniature city, with every single thing relating to skiing and snowboarding being catered for. The great thing about so many small businesses offering you the best in safety and sporting equipment is that you don’t need to bring anything with you. VistaBahn Ski Rentals have greatly streamlined skis for the advanced, and wide, short skis for beginners. If you book in advance, you get a 20% discount and better still if you bring along your own boots, you’ll save a further $7. There’s are adult, kids, performance, sports and demo packages to choose from, and the minimum amount of time required before your discount is valid is a 24-hour booking in advance.

 

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Flowing down the mountain

Departing from Durango, you will be guided north of the town where you’ll be standing at the lower part of Animas River. You’ll go through the safety precautions along with a first aid kit and how to use the items in it should something go wrong, and your guide will teach you how to paddle and how to sense which way the raft is heading. You’ll flow down class II and III+ style of rock formation, swerves, dips and slow and rapid flowing sections. You only need to be four years of age, and above to participate, so it’s great fun for the family or a group of friends. Halfway through the 4-hour course, you’ll stop off for a rest and a light picnic in the serene nature that surrounds you. Then it’s quickly back on the horse, and you’ll flow down towards the beautiful reservation lands of Southern Ute and returning to Durango.

 

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Zip-line if you dare

Many zip-line tours in the world have a beginning and an end line fixed to a man-made platform. However, this particular zip-line is fixed to a 6500 feet high cliff, that peers over the vast dark green woodland. Somewhere in those trees, is the finish where you’ll whip past the leaves and branches and end up on a massive tree stump as your landing zone. Obviously, this isn’t for the faint of heart, but the local guides are there for support and will help to calm your nerves long enough to get fixed into the harness. It’s initially quite bizarre when you think of traveling over the landscape at almost 30mph after a 1.5-hour tour, but in the end, it’s an incredibly rewarding.

 

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Pitch Perfect: Essential Supplies For Any Camping Trip!

Camping is one of the most fantastic ways to spend a vacation that there is. It’s a really great way to get away from all of the trapping of modern life and get back to basics for a little while. Of course, when it comes to getting away from it all, there’s a fine line between a pleasant break away from civilization, to being stuck in the wilderness. After all, unless you’re after a very specific kind of experience, you’re probably going to want at least a certain degree of comfort when you’re camping. With that in mind, here are some of the essential items that you need to take along on your camping trip.

Somewhere to sit

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One of the best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to spend your time taking things slow and relaxing. Of course, it’s going to be pretty hard to relax if you haven’t got anywhere to sit down. There are plenty of camping chairs and loungers available but if you want something a little more luxurious and unusual, check out this
bear butt hammock review. Having somewhere to sit back and relax after a long day of getting out into nature and enjoying yourself is essential to make any camping trip as enjoyable as possible.

 

Somewhere to cook

As much as you might like to think so, there’s only so long that you can survive on potato chips. Eventually, you’re going to want to eat some real food. Of course, you’re hardly going to be in a position to get into a kitchen, so you’ll want to find a decent balance while you’re camping. A single flame stove is a fantastic option since it doesn’t take up much room, doesn’t need to be plugged in to function, and often helps you cook up some surprisingly effective meals! From fried breakfasts to hot soup, there are plenty of options that can make a camping stove one of the most essential items you could possibly take with you. Not only that but it means that you’re able to boil water without a kettle allowing you to wake yourself up every morning with a nice hot cup of coffee.

 

Layers of clothing

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It doesn’t matter where you are or what time of year it is, at night your tent is going to get pretty cold. If you really want to stay warm and comfortable during the night then you’re going to want to back some warm, thermal clothes that will prevent your temperatures from dropping. You can also look at things like extra thick sleeping bags in order to help you get the best possible night’s sleep.

 

Something to read

One of the very best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to get away from all of the distractions of modern life. That being said, there’s a big difference between getting away from your smartphone for a while and giving up on modern life altogether. The majority of people are likely to start feeling a little bored sitting around in a tent waiting for something to happen. Because of that, you should make sure to bring something like a book with you, for your own entertainment. That way you can pass the time easily without having to resort to staring at a screen non-stop.

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How Not To Fall Down A Mountain!

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Hiking, be it easy or hard trails, is for everyone as long as they’ve prepared themselves for the trek, brought the proper gear and checked out how long it’s going to take to reach the summit. Some hikes in America can be done in a day, which is perfect for when you’re due back in the office Monday morning after a long weekend!



Kings Canyon National Park, California


Normally, it’s only after a long, arduous all day hike or gruelling overnight stay that you reach the summit in some national parks. However, Kings Canyon is a little different, yes it’s got paths and trails that only experienced hikers should attempt, but there’s also the shorter trek to Lookout Peak. The peak not only gives you panoramic views out over the whole eastern California region but also let you witness the gigantic U-shaped chasm that was carved by a massive glacier millions of years ago. You’ll also have the rare chance to trek through the breathtaking
Sequoia National Forest, and see the giants that visitsequoia.com describe as being some of the tallest, oldest trees on earth!


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Believe it or not, the scenery here is even more beautiful than the lyrics of ‘Country Roads’ might suggest. Don’t forget to look out for Stony Man, so named thanks to its high boulders and gigantic rock cliffs, it’s not the highest peak, but it still ranks at 4,011 feet above sea level. While some hikers prefer higher Hawksbill even the locals think that Stony Man offers better views. Including some gorgeous sights over the endless Appalachian Mountains, that stretch towards the horizon in a seemingly never-ending gray/green line! The hike to Stony Man is suitable for all levels of hiker and is a mere 2.5 miles away from the entrance of the Shenandoah National Park itself. However, you may be looking for something with a lot more oomph! Feel like you’re ready to take on a Grand Canyon hike? Now’s the time to visit sedonaredrocktreks.com as they’ll be able to create you a bespoke package, as well as give you an extra day’s grace in case of bad weather that keeps you from trekking.



Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


It’s best to only attempt this particular hike in summer as the rest of the year the trail is often hidden between a heavy blanket of thick, impassable snow. However, when the temperatures do warm up in July, the area is transformed into a wild meadow, subalpine flowers dance merrily in the breeze and tourists and locals alike come to experience the joys of Avalanche Peak! Warning, if you’re looking to complete your hike solo or don’t wish to be disturbed by endless chattering queues at viewpoints get up early. Here, the path takes you through 2.5 miles of subalpine forest, lush conifer trees and acres of firs and spruce. Why not check out the route at http://www.summitpost.org to see when you’ll be able to take a break at the beautiful Yellowstone Lake as well as having the chance to spot elk or deer.


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Must-Have For An Overnight Hiking Adventure Trip

There are plenty of avid travelers who prefer to hike than roam the urban jungle. The thrill that they get when they explore the nature around them and discover beautiful vistas is second to none! If you are one of those type of travelers who love to seek joy by being one with nature then you need to equip yourself with the proper information, outerwear, and the must-have gizmos and tools for your hiking adventure.

Waterproof camera without housing

A hiking adventure will not be complete without your handy camera to capture the beautiful vista around you for posterity sake. The waterproof camera is like any camera that has the point and shoot capability but with better protection from the elements. Since you are going to be surrounded by nature, the likelihood of having moisture around is high. You do need to carry all those casing for your expensive DLSR camera and fear that you may end up crashing your precious high-end camera. Carry a waterproof camera instead as this camera is ruggedly built for outdoor activities.

Travel documents

If you planning to join a group of hikers in another country, then it is advisable to carry your travel documents in a waterproof ziplock bag and tucked securely inside your bag.

Medical and first aid kit

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This is one of the primary things any hikers should carry whether it is a day-long hike or a long one. You will never know when you will need medication or first aid assistance. So, a handy first aid kit with enough supply for a group of people can help when an emergency arises.

Insect repellant

Nature is a good breeding ground of insects and it is wise to carry insect repellant in creams.

Informative maps, brochures, flyers

It is always wise to equip yourself with the proper knowledge of the place you are going to, the terrain, and weather conditions around the area.

Smart phones with GPS tracking app

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There are plenty of smart phones these days that can be installed with tracking apps. Bring your smart phone with GPS tracking app to help you navigate in the wilderness.

Clothing and footwear

Invest on a high-quality hiking boots that can weather any terrain regardless of season. If you are planning to hike during the colder season then get a nice snowshoes that can handle extreme weather conditions.

You need to bring warm clothing as it can get very cold in the mountains or forests. Weather may change all of a sudden so pack rain gears as well to keep you dry and warm.

Wear long socks too to deflect any cold draft and stave off any ticks!

Hiking/Trekking poles

These are sturdy poles that hikers and trekkers use when traversing the various terrains of their hikes.  They have plenty of uses; thus, hikers and trekkers love to carry and use them. They provide balance during hikes on uneven terrains. They are also used to swipe off nature’s nuisances like spiderwebs, vines, and even thorny bushes. Poles also aid in putting rhythm on hikers’ steps, adding speed and agility to their movement.  They also help reduce the pressure and tension on your feet and legs.

Headlamp or flashlight

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It is good to carry headlamp and flashlight that are either solar powered, rechargeable, and batter operated. With hikes, you would usually start very early in the day and the only source of illumination you have is from either your headlamp or flashlight.

Sturdy and lightweight sleeping bags, tents or emergency blanket

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Since you will be spending an overnight in this hike, take into consideration packing a good sleeping bag. Other hikers prefer to bring an emergency blanket instead of the whole tent kit because it is lightweight and has plenty of uses aside from providing warmth during cold temperatures and acting as mini shelter too by stringing and tying it on branches.

Waterproof backpack

Every hiker needs a good quality backpack that can withstand the weight of the load. A good backpack will also be durable enough to last a long hike and also, it should be waterproof to brave the elements.

Journal and pen

For the avid nature lover, a pen and paper is a must for every hike. The beauty of the surrounding is enough to trigger an inspiration worthy of mention in your journal, travelogue, or blog. Who knows, the notes you’ll make along the way can one day become a novel to a great film? Wishful thinking!

Swiss-army knife, duct tape and some safety pins

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You’ll never know when you might need all these but a torn garment or bedding or even a tent can easily be repaired with a nice safety pin or a duct tape.

Solar-powered battery charger with adaptors

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Since you are going to carry a smart phone and some source of illumination that needs to be recharged, a handy solar-powered battery charger with the appropriate adaptors for various connections for gadgets will come in very handy.

Food and hydration

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Pack lightly with energy bars, light sandwiches, easy-open canned goods that are ready to eat and few chips. You need to have a portable water purifier to help you purify the water from natural resources should you run out of bottled water. You can also carry some chlorine tablets if you don’t have any portable water purifier.

Fire starter kit

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This is necessary when it gets very cold and you need to warm yourself up. Use a fire steel which is like a flint that makes plenty of spark. Make sure that you put off the fire when you are done to prevent wildlife fire.

Whistle

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This is one the must-haves of any adventurer out there. Not that it is only small but it packs a punch in the survival gauge. It can help you when you get lost especially in the wilderness. Whistles are louder than the human voice and the sound can go much further than shouting. Also, shouting can wear you off. A good whistle will be one that is of high quality material and louder than standard whistles.

Once you have gathered everything you need, make sure you are well informed about hiking.  Hiking is a strenuous activity and it requires physical strength and stamina. So be sure to keep yourself fit for the hike.  Have fun! Be safe and take a lot of pictures!

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