Choosing Hiking Boots

If you’ve ever been 5 miles from the trailhead with painful blisters, or even a sprained ankle, you will appreciate how much your hiking enjoyment rests literally on your feet. The selection of the correct hiking boots can be the difference between a great experience and a disaster. The choice of the right pair of boots can add considerably to your comfort and personal safety, especially in rugged or difficult terrain.

Before you start comparing the many brands and styles of hiking boot, consider the type of terrain and your style of hiking. Do you take extended treks through the mountains or just stroll through the local park or greenbelt? Select a boot based on the most difficult terrain you will encounter. Do you carry a heavy pack? The heavier the pack the sturdier boot you will need. Are you an all-weather hiker? Do you need a lightweight breathable fabric or a heaver waterproof material?

Modern hiking boots do not weigh as much as older styles. Lightweight high-tech materials have replaced the metal shanks used in older boots and modern fabrics offer many advantages. A lightweight boot can still offer plenty of support and be a lot easier on the feet over less rugged trails. Many of today’s top quality lightweight hiking boots offer a Gore-Tex® liner that helps keep water out while still allowing your feet to breath. All-leather boots provide more support than the leather and fabric styles and they are easier to waterproof. They lend themselves to rocky terrain but they are heaver and less flexible. In my experience, leather boots will outlast the lighter styles, partly due to the heavier construction but also due to the fact that they have less seams which are always the weak point in any boot. Continue reading

Hiking – Choosing A Basic First Aid Kit To Suit Any Hiking Trip

While accidents on the hiking trail are thankfully few and far between they certainly do happen from time to time and you need to be prepared. Here we look at some ideas for packing an essential hiking first aid kit.

Every year literally millions of hikers travel around the world’s wilderness areas without any real problems and without injury. However, from time to time, accidents do happen and a little preparation can go a long way towards ensuring that the results of any injuries sustained leave you ready to head out on the trail again without delay.

For anything other than a simple hour or two of hiking in your local area you need to do a little preparation and that should include packing a first aid kit. You kit should of course take into account the area in which you will be hiking and the sort of injuries which you could possibly encounter but, in all cases, your first aid kit should contain at least the following items.

Elastic roll bandages and gauze
A variety of different sized adhesive bandages
An anti-bacterial spray or cream
Either Aspirin or Ibuprofen, depending upon your stomach sensitivity
Moleskin to be used in the treatment of blisters
A knife (a Swiss Army knife or something similar is ideal)
A pair of tweezers
Anti-itch cream
Burn cream
Hydrocortisone cream
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Deep Sea Fishing: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Deep Sea Fishing is one amazing experience that can be a very memorable one for you and your fishing mates. However, it is an activity that is often not maximized. What most people don’t know is that there is much more to deep sea fishing than fishing itself. It’s really sad that trips like these are often not maximized.

To not commit such a common mistake, here are some of the ways that you can maximize your deep sea fishing trip to make it an even more momentous and enjoyable one!

Understand The Signs

Enjoying the sea itself and the wildlife around you is often overlooked by deep sea trippers. Try to be watchful of what nature around you is telling you. If you can see birds, like gulls or other sea birds that are hovering over a specific area of water, then heed on it.

There is a big probability that there are smaller fishes usually used by fishermen as bait somewhere in that area. This could imply that there is yet another big probability that there would be bigger fishes beneath that area of water. Try following these simple hints and indications and for sure you’d be having a catch in no time!

Be Watchful

You may also want to be on the watch for snooks during your trip. Try to look under ledges since this is one of their favourite hiding places. In fact, they have a similar behaviours and habits with bass. Continue reading

Great Salmon Fishing With Salmon Fishing Charters

Sports fishing offers thrilling fishing opportunities. There are so many regions in the world where you can go sports fishing and gain an absolutely fantastic vacationing experience. The waters of British Columbia are known for their exotic fish varieties.

One fish variety that anglers seek out here is Salmon. There are five species that breed in the waters here, but out of the five, the most important ones are Chinook (King Salmon), Coho (Silver Salmon), and Sockeye (Red Salmon).

The reason why they are sought after by anglers is that they are valued for their texture and flavor. These varieties are the highly prized ones and sports fishers specifically seek them out when fishing. The best way to gain access to waters that are rich in these Salmon varieties is to hire Salmon Fishing Charters.

There are lots of rivers and streams in Alaska where fierce fighting Salmon breed in abundance. Sports anglers from all over the world gather in Alaska to catch some of the world’s biggest salmon. There are more than dozens of world Salmon break records here.

Salmon Fishing Charters offer the advantage of taking you out to locations where you can catch really ‘big salmon’.

As someone seeking a thrilling sports fishing experience, you need to know where you look for the catch and how to do this and if you are unfamiliar with the water regions, guidance is of utmost importance. This is where hiring a charter can help you out as the charter guide can help you locate the salmon that you really want because of their experience in catching fish in these water. Continue reading

Fishing Kit Basics

Before going deeper into the technicalities, make sure that a fishing license is secured. To be an amateur fisherman there are basic pieces of fishing equipment needed to complete your exciting journey in the fishing world. Knowing the line type and matching the right rod and reel to the fishing technique is just basic common sense. Match these tools appropriately and expect a more enjoyable experience for a more comfortable fishing. There are several things that causes the reel to turn into a bird’s nest, don’t worry, even experienced fishermen encounter this every now and then.

The main objective is to match the rod, the reel, the line and the lure. These will only cost a newbie around $25 to $40 and they could last for years. The 3 main issues when shopping for a rod are: Guides that are attached to the rod; Grip or handle holds the rod and could come in either cork or foam. They come in different lengths so the comfort to the user must be considered; and the reel seat where the reel is connected.Dealers make a lot of fishing rods that could either be single or consist of two or more pieces when assembled. The connection is very simple; just connect the male and female ends together to make sure the guides are lined up. This would only last for a minutes. Sometimes, lubricants are needed. When shopping for a rod, slightly bend it to get the feel of it. Again comfort should be considered when using the equipment.Rods of any type will work. Continue reading