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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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Australia’s Best Diving Sites

Australia is a country renowned for many things – great food and drink, friendly locals, the Sydney Opera House and of course, some of the world’s most amazing beaches.
But for those who love the outdoors, a trip to Australia is on most people’s travel bucket lists, especially if you enjoy diving. The very second you think of underwater fun in this area of the world, the famous Great Barrier Reef springs instantly to mind, which is understandable.
However, Australia has a number of great diving spots that offer just as much of a reward as diving around the Great Barrier Reef itself.
Let’s start just off Queensland, where the protected waters of the Lizard Island National Park offer divers a vast selection of underwater life to view during every session. From the stunning corals to the elegant manta rays and giant clams, the warm waters found here attract a number of species. The island is a popular diving site for beginners to try their hand at diving, although due to the stunning underwater views, divers of all abilities tend to come back here again and again.
It isn’t just the reefs that are popular For a dive with a difference, head out to the shipwreck site of the Yongala passenger ship that sank back in 1911 on a routine journey from Melbourne to Cairns. Now, the wreck teems with wildlife, offering the chance to see potato cod, clown fish and sea snakes. In winter you might meet a humpback whale or two, whilst in the summer months, you will be greeted by hundreds of tiny colourful fish. Beware though, as the wreck is very popular and is visited by around 10,000 divers each year.
Another popular spot is the World Heritage Site at Heron Island. Again, it is popular with beginners as it is easy to access by a quick boat ride out to a number of terrific dive spots. Try Heron Bommie, the Coral Cascades or Blue Pools where you might just see loggerhead turtles, wobbegong sharks or moray eels, among others.
Head to Byron Bay for plenty of action
Our last two suggestions take us to the well-known area of Byron Bay, which is the perfect destination if you want to mix relaxing days on the beach with a spot of diving. The Bay offers a different climate to other Australian diving sites, mixing the warm waters of the north with the cool waters of the south. Because of this, you will find an amazing selection of underwater wildlife all attracted by the unique water system.
First try Julian Rocks, two small islands that sit within their own Marine Park and a great place for seeing larger species such as humpback whales and leopard sharks. Alternatively, head out to the Whitsunday Islands where the corals flicker with colourful underwater life. The islands are perfect for beginners as they house a dedicated diving centre and just a short boat ride will take you to some fantastic spots just outside the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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Take A Hike: The Best Mountain Getaways In The World

If you are looking to getaway, there are all sorts of places that you could choose to visit. From stunning lakes, to beautiful beaches, to gorgeous gardens and serene cities. The world has a lot to offer, and we’re about to make it peak.

Mountain ranges offer a lot to a traveler – an exhausting hike, adrenaline filled climbs, relaxing walks and incredible vistas and panoramic views. Mountains are a once in a lifetime experience and the more that you can visit, the better.

Health reasons might put you off visiting something like Everest, or K2 – which are reserved for the adrenaline junkies! It doesn’t matter though, there are still plenty of places to visit in the highlands of the world that won’t put you at risk!

Let’s head to Italy – and the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Tyrol. It’s away from the modern world and you cannot get in with a car – in fact, you’ll have to travel to the getaway via a cable car. The resort itself is completely car free and very eco-friendly. If you need to getaway from the stresses of modern life, Vigilius is where you need to head to. You’ll be able to take in the Dolomite mountain range, untouched forests and clear springs. In fact, the fresh water of those springs is said to have healing powers! If that doesn’t work out, head up to the local church – which has been there since the 13th century – to complain to the Almighty. Head to http://www.vigilius.it/en for more info.

Another untouched destination? You’ll need to head a bit further out. Wildflower Hall in the Indian section of the Himalayan mountain range is one of the best resorts in the world, and it’s up a mountain! It looks like it was designed in a fairy tale and feels very much like an antique. If you’re an adrenaline junky, you can find a lot to enjoy – from climbing, to trekking to white water rafting. After all the excitement, enjoy some spa treatments and soak up the unique views.

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Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is among the most famous mountains in the world. It’s not exactly a resort, but it’s certainly a climbable mountain. You might need a guide on some of the harder routes,https://blog.alienadv.com/Climbing-Mt-Kilimanjaro-Guide, but the so-called ‘Coca-Cola route’ shouldn’t be too taxing, demanding more from your patience than anything else.

Sparkling Hill resort  is something to get you started in mountaintop resorts. It’s one of the best in the world and you’ll be there multiple times throughout your life. Overlooking Lake Okanagan, there is a lot to take in, but you can also enjoy the inner workings of the resort – which has a stunning indoor pool with access to the vistas of the range. Like Wildflower, Sparkling Hill contains a spa, so you can get out and hike – while taking a step back when you get back. The natural beauty on offer in this part of British Columbia cannot be matched.

For your next getaway, get out – but get up. Mountains offer some of the best experiences in the world.

 

 

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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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