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6 Tips for Stand-Up Paddle Board Fishing

Paddle board fishing is a quite new experience for many. It is different from the conventional fishing techniques that are popular. With a paddle board, you can go to some shallow places that you can’t go to in a boat. This article

provides tips that will help if you decide to go paddle board fishing.

1. Get the Right Kind of Paddle Board

Before you go paddle board fishing, you should make sure that you select the right kind of paddle board. There are paddle boards that are specifically designed for fishing with fishing boxes installed in front of them. The fishing

boxes can hold a paddle and fishing gears. These boxes can also be used to store your catch, and they come with pole holders.

2. Keep Things Light

In paddle board fishing, you are using your own energy to push yourself around; although, some paddle boards come with engines. The heavier the paddle board, the more the stress on the engine or your body. You should only go

with the fishing gear that you need.

3. Keep Things Simple

You should keep your lure and casting technique simple. Your lure should be small and easy to cast. There is no advantage in trying advanced casting techniques on a paddle board.

4. Consider the Wind

No matter where you decide to fish, you should always think about the wind and use it to your advantage. Try to find areas where you can use the wind to float your back. The wind will definitely blow you around on a paddle board.

We think it is wise that you use the wind to your advantage. If you fight against the wind, it will give you problems and stress you out.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Wade

We understand that it is exciting to fish from a paddle board. But if you are in a spot that provides you the opportunity to wade, do that. You have a better chance at catching more fish if you wade. You can jump off your board, tie it

to your waist and wade for a while. When you choose to leave that spot, you can then hop back on your board and move to another area.

6. Try Not to Change Lures

It is much more difficult to change fishing lures and other equipment on a paddle board than a boat. The paddle board is less stable and there isn’t as much space as a regular board. So, you should use the same lure for as long as

possible.

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Go Light-How You Should pack

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

~  Henry David Thoreau 

Since the mid 1990’s in the United States, there has been a revolution of sorts in the way in which many people approach backpacking. A shift has occurred towards lightening pack loads, enabling hikers to walk

faster, farther, more comfortably and with less chance of incurring stress related injuries.

This “Going Light” philosophy manifests itself in two ways; tangibly and intangibly. In regards to the former, innovative designs combined with increasingly lightweight, yet still durable materials, have meant that

manufacturers can now produce incredibly lightweight equipment, without unduly sacrificing performance or safety. Intangibly speaking, it constitutes a change of mindset. A reassessment of what we ‘actually’

need, as opposed to what we ‘think’ or have been ‘told’ we need.

Five Basic Principles to pack

There is no universal blueprint as to how you should backpack. We all have our own motivations, needs and levels of experience.

That being said, one thing upon which everyone can agree is that walking is substantially easier and more enjoyable, if your pack doesn’t weigh the proverbial tonne. My five basic principles of Going Lighter are as

follows:

1.  Safety First

Going lighter should be a gradual process, which ideally should parallel a corresponding improvement of a hiker’s backcountry skill-set. When starting out, it is better to err on the side of caution by taking a little

more than the bare necessities. Time spent in various types of conditions and terrain, will gradually teach you what you can and can’t do without.

2.  Leave Behind the Non-Essentials

Review each and every article in your pack and ask yourself: Do I really need it? What will happen if I don’t have it? Hikers are often amazed at the amount of redundant items they have been carrying out of habit

rather than necessity.

3.  Downsize the Essentials

Lighter materials and innovative designs mean that it is easier than ever before to lower your pack weight simply by using lighter versions of essential items (e.g. shelter, sleeping bag, backpack, sleeping mat).

Avoid overcompensating on your next hiking trip by: A. Thoroughly researching what types of conditions you are likely to encounter, and; B. Figuring out what you need to be safe and comfortable whilst hiking in

those conditions. For example, you don’t need a sleeping bag rated to -17° celsius if you are hiking in the middle of summer.

4.  Emphasise multi-purpose items

Necessity is the mother of invention. Many items in your backpacking kit, such as sleeping mat, hiking poles, portable camping light and cooking pot can serve more than one purpose. By emphasising multi

function equipment, you can eliminate redundant or duplicate items and thereby decrease overall pack weight. See Double Duty for suggestions.

5.  Simplicity

There is nothing new under the sun. For millennia, indigenous peoples around the globe, including the native inhabitants of Australia, the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa, were all covering vast distances

without the aid of fancy shelters, packs and footwear. They did so in an unencumbered lightweight fashion, which emphasised practicality and necessity over superfluous luxuries. By choosing to “go lighter” you

are essentially making a conscious decision to adopt a similarly uncluttered approach to your time out in the wilderness.

 

 

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6 Tips To Keep Warm For Winter Camping

Camping in the cold has its perks: Avoid the crowds, nab the best camp sites, and forget about those pesky summer insects while enjoying beautiful landscapes during a bitter season that no one else wants to mess

with. These six tips will ensure that you stay toasty on your next winter outing.

CONSUME THOSE CALORIES

Forget watching that waistline and fill up on big, hearty meals during your winter camping trips. Calories are heat units that burn inside your body, keeping you warm and ready for action. Keep snacks handy to

consistently replenish calories, especially during the shivering nights. Also, because it’s not hot out doesn’t mean skimp on the hydration; it’s just as easy if not easier to get dehydrated in the snow as it is under a

scorching sun. Boil snow for a trusty and easy water source that won’t lower your core temperature. Shoot for consuming at least a gallon of water a day.

GET PICKY ABOUT THE CAMP SITE

When setting up camp, find an area out of the wind and avoid low areas, such as valleys, where cold air settles. A good starting point is to look at least 50 ft above the valley floor. When you’ve chosen your site, take

time to pack the floor down if it is filled with loose snow. Pack it down hard- you don’t want to rip a hole in the bottom of your tent due to stepping on a soft spot. Also, place the tent entrance facing downhill; cold

air will flow into a tent facing uphill.

BED TIME

The body cools down during sleep, so it’s crucial to prepare carefully for bed. Start by doing some jumping jacks, hiking, or drinking hot liquids so you are already warm when you climb under the covers. Also,

invest in a quality insulating pad to sleep on; what’s underneath you is just as important as what’s on top when it comes to keeping things heated up right. Don’t be afraid to sleep with your socks and boots on, the

more layers the better. If still cold, lay your pack and extra clothes flat under the sleeping pad to get you off the ground some more.

GEAR

Most body heat escapes through the head, so a warm stocking hat is perfect to chase away the chills. Bring plenty of extra dry socks and gloves, and some long underwear. Invest in a pair of quality fiberfill booties

for downtown around the camp site, then top it off with some water-resistant over boots to keep your toes snug and dry. For clothing, obviously layers are the way to go. Shoot for a thin layer against skin, an

insulation layer such as fleece, and then a wind and waterproof outer jacket. Stay away from cotton and down fabrics, and instead opt for thick wool and synthetic materials.

HEAP ON THE EXTRA HEAT

Purchase some heater packs or make your own. Fill a water bottle with hot water or a sock with heated rocks from the campfire. Always pay attention to your body’s heat and take care to remove or add layers.

Sweating isn’t a good idea because moisture will build up in your bag leaving it vulnerable to chilling as the temperature drops. Go for jackets that have pit zips (zippers in the armpits) to vent and prevent moisture

build up. Store batteries in a warm place or keep them close to your body–exposure to extreme cold drains them. If you decide to remove your boots for a long period of time, make sure they are stored under

clothes or your pack and open them up wide to avoid frozen shoes the next morning.

BE A SNUGGLER

Nothing is warmer or better than a cuddle buddy during those long winter nights! Share a tent or set up tents close together to share warmth. And on a more serious note: using a buddy system is vital for safety in

case someone is hurt, sick, or experiencing frost bite. Share knowledge with each other as combined skills are essential for keeping warm and being smart during the winter.

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How to Clean and Cook Fish While Camping

Many camping trips involve fishing. On such trips, one of the major challenges usually involves cleaning and cooking the fish onsite. In this simple how-to, we will provide pointers on how to clean and cook fish

while camping.

Necessary Utensils

Many fishing locations do not have a specific fish cleaning area. You would need some basic resources to properly clean and cook your fish.

A knife

Potable water source

Container/bucket for discarded parts

A frying pan

Plastic storage bags

Aluminum foil (if applicable)

Wood

How to Clean Fish While Camping

Follow these simple steps if you want to clean and keep the whole fish:

1.Remove Slime from the Fish:

It is very likely that you have a layer of slime on the fish you just caught. You need to wash off this layer first. This slime contains some bacteria growth and parasites. You should

wash the slime off with water or a mix of salt and water before slicing into the fish.

2.Remove the Fish Scales:

The next step is the removal of scales from the body of the fish. Use the blunt edge of a knife to scrape off the scales. Use short strokes against the direction of the scales from the tail to

the head. Do this for both sides. Rinse the fish after this.

3.Clean out the Fish:

The final step of cleaning the fish is to remove the entrails of the fish with your fingers. Remove the intestines, liver and every other internal organ. Clean the inside of the fish thoroughly, rinse

it and wash out any blood.

How to Cook Fish While Camping

Fish can be cooked in a variety of ways at the camp site. You can grill it in a foil, boil the fish or fry the fish. You can also choose to skewer it over coals.

Grilling:

Start a campfire or charcoal grill. Add lemon pepper and garlic seasoning to the fish if available. Wrap the fish in a heavy duty aluminum foil. If you are using a lighter aluminum foil, wrap the fish twice.

Place the fish on top of the grill rack or hot coals. Turn the fish over after five minutes. The fish should be ready to eat after a total of about ten minutes.

Boiling:

Boil water in a pan. Add the fish. You can add onions and a little seasoning if available. Let it boil for a few minutes. Test the fish with a fork or a knife to know if it is ready.

Frying:

Pour some oil into a frying pan and place it over the campfire. Once the oil gets hot enough, place the fish in the frying pan. Turn the fish frequently to avoid any part getting burnt. When the fish turns

brown, it is ready to eat.

Skewering:

Start by poking a skewer into the fish. Place the skewer on top of hot coals. Turn the fish regularly to ensure that all sides are well-cooked. After a few minutes, take the fish off the fire.

Baking:

You can choose to bake the fish in clay if you desire. Smear the fish with clay. Then let the clay dry and harden until it is no longer sticky. Now add another layer of clay. Place the clay-wrapped fish on hot

coals. Let it cook for about an hour. Then, you can break the clay to expose the cooked fish.

There is no ideal method for cooking fish while camping. The idea is to vary the method used as much as possible in order to enjoy variety. To learn more about fishing gear and equipment, fishing techniques, how

to get a fishing license and more, visit TakeMeFishing.org.

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Tips for Camping in the Rain

Have you ever camped in the rain? And I don’t mean a sun shower. I mean rain, that doesn’t ease up.

Good or bad experience?

Generally, most people will say its far from ideal, and many just pack up and head home early.     And if that is possible, then do it.  Because it is not fun.     Sometimes, ending a holiday is not possible, and you are

going to have to just deal with it.

Important disclaimer before you read further:   I do like rain on the tent at night.   It’s a great sound to hear when you are warm and dry.  So a little rain, is not going to kill you, and doesn’t mean a ruined holiday.

Stay calm and keep camping.

So, here are some tips for camping in the rain  (ie. not sun shower)

Don’t go – if it’s an option

Now this might seem like an obvious thing to say.

But if you do have the option to cancel, you might want to do it.    If your camping trip is just a weekend away, not planned with military precision, you might find that staying home could be a better way to spend

your weekend.

Yes, it can be disheartening that planning and preparation are put on hold.   Yes, the kids might whinge and moan at the plans being thwarted.

But ask yourself this – would you much rather have the kids upset at home (and with lots of distractions and options available) or have them miserable and trapped in a tent/caravan with you for 2 days?

There will always be another time.

Location Location Location

Think about where you set up each and every camp trip.

So even if it’s sunny when you arrive, think about what it’s going to be like should it rain.

Where will the water run?

When it runs off your accommodation, will it run away from the tent, or pool in the indentation where you set up?

We camped in pouring rain, and as it ran off the annexe, it was running straight to the tent entrance (in a dip).   Our son ran out in the rain and dug trenches away from the tent (which he still talks about today!).

If you need more advice on this, read our how to choose a campsite tips (might just save your gear)

Tent Footprint

If you are tent camping and using a footprint beneath your tent (which you should be doing every time), you will need to take a bit of care with how you set it up.

Do not have the tarp/footprint sticking out from underneath the tent.  Water will pool on this tarp, and then funnel the water underneath your tent.

Setting Up in the Rain

You arrive at your campsite, and it’s still raining.   You may choose to wait it out and hope that there is a break in the weather, or you may have to set up your campsite in the rain.

Extra shelter (see tip below) will be very handy.

You might want to set up a tarp or something that is easily put up and place your key gear items in there, away from the rain.

You will get wet doing this.  There is no avoiding that.   But it’s not about you!  It’s about getting your camp set up.

Of course, you will be wearing appropriate gear (see tip further down on that).

Depending on the size of your tent, if you can manage to put a tarp up successfully and high enough, your tent could be erected underneath the tarp.

The tarp (or whatever significant shelter is nearby) can also be utilised to start putting together some of the camping gear you need.    So use that time under the shelter, to put together any tent poles, get your

stakes ready, and if using a fly, have it ready to be thrown over the tent when the time comes.

Speed and confidence with your camping gear at this point is recommended.

If you don’t have a tarp or some sort of shelter available, you won’t have a lot of options when it comes to setting up your camping gear.    It has to be done, so if you can’t wait for a break in the weather, you will

just need to move fast, and  have lots of towels ready to wipe down anything that gets too sodden.

Do all of your outside chores first, and only enter the shelter when that is all done (because you don’t want to be taking off your wet gear to go in the tent, and then putting it all back on).

Extra shelter

 

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If space allows, bringing an extra shelter (apart from where you are sleeping) is VERY helpful.

You can use it as a space to wait out the rain and not be trapped indoors.   See the above tip on why we recommend always carrying at least 1 extra shelter/tarp.     It can provide protection for other camping gear,

plus provide an area to cook and eat in (because you should avoid having food in your tent).

And if there is a leak in your accommodation, you can always use this tarp/extra shelter, to provide much-needed protection.

It does not need to be a massive pop-up shelter either.  A tarp can do a great job.

The site Camping with Charlie has some good ideas on ways to set up tarps if you don’t know how to do so.

And the important point, a shelter, provides an opportunity to set up a clothes line to dry off wet clothes.

If you have children – this might just save your sanity.  It allows them to be outside, not in the camper trailer/caravan/tent and keeping dry.  Just remind them about no shoes inside!

Appropriate Gear

 

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Bring wet weather gear.

This gear isn’t expensive, and readily available at many stores.

Look at jackets with hoods, and buy jacket that are a bit long on you and cover your bottom.

The good brands will have more features on them which will make them more reliable in wet weather. Things to look for in your wet weather gear

Bags and more bags

 

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Keeping your “stuff” dry is paramount.

Don’t let wet gear into your sleeping area, because that is an area you need to remain pristine.

If transporting your bedding from a car to the shelter, put your bedding in a garbage bag as you move it around, to minimise water on it.

All wet gear stays outside and store it a plastic bag to keep it touching anything else.  Dry sacks are great for keeping wet and dry, apart.

Ensure all clean clothes (and dry) stay in a bag that won’t let water in.    Use garbage bags if you don’t have stuff sacks.

All equipment especially cameras/phones should be in dry sacks when not in use.   Water getting into them can be fatal to them.      In your tent at night, keep them in waterproof bags too – if the accommodation

lacks adequate ventilation, condensation can build up on them.

Lack of ventilation in your sleeping area will mean condensation that makes everything damp.

Avoid letting bedding touch the walls of the tent.

Cooking

 

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The meal on the campfire might have to wait due to rain. Bring at least one backup meal that doesn’t require a roaring fire.   Pasta and a bottled sauce is a good one to have in the supply box.

But just don’t try to cook inside your tent – ever.

A good campfire stove is recommended for those times when a campfire is not an option.    We have a variety, but the Trangia is a very multi-functional stove and is lightweight and portable too.Just ensure if you

are cooking under your tarp/shelter, that there is a large distance between the stove and the shelter.

Lantern

 

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Choose a kind of product keep you light up for long time, and the light is waterproof feature, do not bother the rain. If you do not have idea, you could ask Shenzhen Feifan Lighting Electronic Co. Ltd,

manufacturer of camping light for some suggestion

Hopefully, some of these tips will help make your next rain-filled camping adventure a little easier to cope with.

And if you do hang in there, and not head home because of the rain, don’t let a bad experience colour your opinions on camping.

It’s all these little, not-so-perfect moments, that can make your life one big adventure.

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Spring Adventure in the Flinders Part 1

It’s something experienced by one’s whole body as the senses are awakened by the vivid wildflowers and greenery. Animals appear from every rock and tree, with the simple yet life-giving presence of water…

Our Flinders trip begins at Spear Creek

Our Flinders trip begins at Spear Creek Caravan Park located just a few km’s south of Port Augusta. The journey from Adelaide takes about 4 hours with kids and caravan. It makes for a pleasant first day pulling

into camp mid-afternoon.

Nestled in the foothills on the western side of the Mt Remarkable range, Spear Creek is a beautiful spot that offers private camping towards the back of the property. This is tucked away amongst the ancient red

gums still standing beside a creek that rarely sees running water.

The caravan park has comfortable facilities in the powered section including toilets, showers and a camp kitchen. In the unpowered camps, there are flushing toilets in small sheds shared by a couple of campsites.

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Dinner around the fire at Spear Creek. Photo: David Leslie

Walking tracks

A walking track follows Spear Creek into the thick of the ranges. It makes for quite the adventure as the walls of the gorge get taller and narrower the further you venture along.

The rain made the landscape flourish, so we were treated to blooming flowers, which provided a stunning contrast against the rocky escarpments.

The track starts off with a vehicle track but turns to a single-file and runs along the gurgling creek. This makes for some interesting crossings and great photo opportunities. The kids loved exploring the little

waterfalls and balancing across the stones as they tried not to get their feet wet.

Setting up camp

Back at camp, we built a fire and enjoyed our first meal in style –  a leg of lamb cooked in the camp oven to perfection. Sitting around the fire, with not another soul in sight and comforts like toilets and showers

only a stroll away – was a magical and relaxing way to start our Flinders trip.

Little did we know that the weather would impact on our little campsite that was a little too close to the creek…

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With a delicious meal of roast lamb, we were ready to settle in for the night. Photo: David Leslie

The first-day trip

The following day we decided to head out for a day trip to Alligator Gorge. From Spear Creek, we drove to Quorn where we stopped at the information centre and collected our day pass for Alligator Gorge. From

Quorn, we drove to Wilmington, found the turn off to Alligator Gorge a few km south. All up, the drive including the Quorn stop was 2 hours to the point of heading off along the walking track.

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Spear Creek is a beautiful spot and we will definitely be back. They have a 4WD track on their property which we didn’t try, but that’s just an excuse to come back again. If you’re passing through Port Augusta and

need a place to stay definitely keep Spear Creek in mind!

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Six Reasons Why You Should Consider A Gap Year

You are thinking of taking a gap year, but the idea of it is daunting. The year between high school and college can feel like chaos away from the structure you’re used to, an entire year where you have the potential

to choose what you want to do. It’s exciting, and it’s scary.

Time off to learn about yourself and to prepare for your next steps is an incredible opportunity, but it’s not necessarily easy. You may feel pressure from your friends and family to know exactly who you are and

what you will study or choose as a career. But, my friends, I’m here to tell you that it is okay if you have no idea! An adventure with Outward Bound, however, is a fantastic place to start.

At Outward Bound, we like to use the words “challenge” and “discovery” when describing our trips. They make a fine duo, because without challenge, there would be no discovery. Without an intense experience,

there is no intense learning. So if a gap year is about discovering your place in the world, a rigorous Outward Bound semester course fits the bill. Semester courses range anywhere from 50 to 85 days, and provide

students an opportunity to explore more, grow further and get a chance to reach goals that they wouldn’t be able to on a shorter 15-day course, for example. Read on to learn about the six reasons why you should

consider a gap year with Outward Bound.

 

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#1 Get Out

Whether it’s in your home state or a faraway country, Outward Bound semester courses take you to magnificent and invigorating new environments. Imagine being able to look up and see for miles at the top of a

snowy peak in Alaska, or look down and see into a narrow slot canyon in the Utah desert. Maybe you’ll end up steering a sled pulled by five eager huskies in the Boundary Waters, or navigating a 30-foot sailboat in

the Bahamas. From Maine to Colorado, Ecuador and India, Outward Bound has a huge selection of incredible courses that span the globe.

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#2 Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Completing a semester course in the backcountry is no easy task. It is common to find blisters on your feet, deal with your stuff getting wet from the rain, or hiking long before the sun even rises. There will be days

where all you want is comfort and familiarity. You’ll crave cheeseburgers, your own bed and a hot shower.

Long days, achy muscles and physical challenges oftentimes leave students feeling doubtful of themselves. But it is here — the place where students meet their limits — that they will begin to learn that they can do

much more than they thought they could. Semester course Instructor, Ashley Saupe, adds:

“There is negative self talk. There are endless perceived limits. I’ve worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School in Colorado and Alaska for the last eight years of my life and let me tell you, every single student

I have worked with has blown through their perceived limits in ways that have very much surprised them.”

By course’s end, students will realize that the challenges they face on course are integral to their growth.

 

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#3 Seek Reflection

Many students embark on a semester course with the intention to learn more about themselves. The time for reflection is a critical ingredient for an Outward Bound course. It turns out, the wilderness is an

incredible place free of screens, media and other distractions; so it becomes easier to think clearly and reflect on those big questions you might have during a gap year.

Students on all Outward Bound courses routinely check in with their Instructors about their personal course goals. Because semester courses are longer, you get to set larger goals and work to achieve them with

support from your Instructor team. You’ll also have the opportunity to do a Solo, which is an extended time where you get to be alone with your thoughts and a journal. On “Solos” you have nothing else but time

and solitude to reflect on what you have learned and what you will take away from your backcountry experience.

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#4 Foster New Friendships

Let us not forget that Outward Bound courses are fueled by people. A capable Instructor team and a band of spirited students all play a part in running a successful course. Each individual contributes their hard

work to meet group goals while also adding a unique flavor to the group dynamics. It’s almost like making a stir-fry from whatever ingredients are available, because no two courses are the same.

Your teammates are people who travel together, summit peaks together and brush their teeth together. They confront challenges, discomfort and newness together. These experiences are the “adhesive” that make

Outward Bound groups bond. There are often tearful goodbyes at the end of each course, but many students stay in touch and become friends for life.

#5 Learn to Lead

Have you ever navigated a group through the backcountry using a map and compass? Or planned a full-day travel itinerary? What about making quick decisions if the weather turns? These are opportunities that

will happen on any Outward Bound course, however on semester courses you’ll get even more practice. You will get to be “leader of the day” multiple times, where you’ll have the responsibility to step into your

Instructors’ shoes and practice making decisions for your group as you travel through the wilderness. At the end of the day, you’ll receive feedback that will help you become a better, more effective leader for the

next time.

You will soon realize that the more you lead, the more you feel competent. The more you speak up when your voice is needed, the more you feel confident. The challenges your group will face throughout your

course are invitations to try on different leadership styles and pick the one that works best for you.

Ashley says, “Taking a semester course teaches you how to be self sufficient while at the same time, teaches you how to depend on your teammates. Just like the huge world we live in, we all depend on each other.

But to depend on each other, you need to be dependable. This is a huge part of what a student learns.”

Photo taken on a Southwest Leadership Semester expedition by Peter O’Neil.

#6 Realize Your Impact

A word that you will hear many times on your course is “service.” After all, this is one of Outward Bound’s three educational outcomes. The act of service takes many different forms on an Outward Bound course,

but you will find that it all boils down to service to others and service to the environment. Every course integrates a service component, where you can work closely with land management organizations, or even

nursing homes and hospitals. These projects not only activate the local community you’re serving, but they also get you to work on projects you wouldn’t normally work on and meet individuals you wouldn’t

normally meet.

Another major component to service is environmental stewardship. Throughout your course, you will learn and practice the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles that govern how Outward Bound courses respectfully

interact with the landscapes they travel through.

Having these opportunities to serve fosters a sense of connection and ownership in students. Whether it’s practicing LNT or rebuilding a damaged trail, you will find that your time and effort are important, and

you are capable of positively impacting the world around you.

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How to Go Camping with a Baby

If you’ve just had a beautiful baby, you’ll have to put camping on hold for a few years… just kidding!

Despite what many might think, camping with a young baby is entirely within your reach. I’m not suggesting you book your first trip away with a baby the day after you get out of the hospital, but once you’ve

settled into a good routine there’s no reason why you can’t head away on your first camping adventure.

There’s a rather steep learning curve that needs to happen but at the same time, there are plenty of things you can do to make it easier. Don’t let a baby stop you from heading away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Babies need 5 things; to be fed, cleaned, loved, and kept warm and safe. Whether you do these things at home, in the middle of the Simpson Desert or on one of Australia’s pristine beaches is entirely up to you!

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There are so many memories to be had with your baby. Photo: Aaron Schubert

 

How soon can you go camping with a baby?

There’s no hard and fast rule here –  when you feel comfortable taking your baby camping, go for it! Some babies are born on the road and live the camping lifestyle even from day one. We didn’t head away until

Oliver was nearly 5 months old but have done many trips since.

I would say give it at least a month to get used to the new addition to your family at home.

How does camping change with a baby?

Like most new parents, I only had a narrow perspective of how a new baby was going to change camping. It most certainly does change it a lot, and you’ve got to adapt, learn and be flexible.

You’ll need to slow it down

The first and most obvious change when you camp with a baby is the pace needs to slow down. We’ve always been fairly active campers, filling our days with fishing, diving, hiking, exploring and 4WDing.

You don’t get the luxury of go, go, go with a baby, and things have to slow down. It’s not a problem (in fact it’s quite relaxing in many ways!), but it’s most certainly an adjustment you need to get used to.

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Be flexible

If you could put your baby to sleep and know the exact time they’re going to wake up, when they’ll want their next feed or nappy changed, you’d have a pretty cruisy camping trip. Unfortunately, you won’t get that

luxury, and this means you need to be flexible. Have a rough idea of what you’d like to do, allow lots of time in between and then just take it as it comes.

If your baby wants a feed and you’re doing a long drive, pull up earlier, have the break and then continue on your way. If you aren’t flexible with your plans, you’ll soon find they don’t come to fruition and you’ll get

frustrated.

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How to Make Coffee While Camping: 6 Ways to Brew Coffee at Camp

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cup of coffee in the great camping. Whether you just enjoy the warmth and aroma or need the caffeine as a means of survival, drinking coffee at camp turns up the happiness

factor. But making coffee at camp? That’s a different story.

Without the luxuries of your go-to coffee maker or favorite barista, coffee gets complicated. We list six ideas on how to make coffee while camping, starting with the most minimalist methods and ending with those

that require more equipment.

How to Make Coffee at Camp

1. Instant Coffee Packets

Backpackers can’t be choosers. If you’re traveling deep into the backcountry, it’s hard to justify any extra weight, even if it involves coffee. A few instant coffee packets will have to do. Simply mix into hot water for

your fix of java.

2. Cowboy Coffee

What is cowboy coffee, you ask? Cowboy coffee is like instant coffee, only the grounds don’t dissolve. Deciding which is worse depends on your preference for strong coffee. Follow these simple instructions to make

your very own cowboy coffee:

1.Bring a pot of water to a boil, either over hot coals or using your camp stove.

2.Remove the pot from heat and let it sit for about 30 seconds.

3.Add coffee grounds to your liking (about 2 tablespoons for every 8 ounces of water) and stir.

4.Let the brew sit for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

5.Add a little cold water to the mixture to help the grounds settle (optional).

6.Pour coffee, being careful not to let the grounds sneak into your camp mug.

3. Coldbrew Coffee

If you have space for a thermos, brew your favorite coffee at home and then simply heat it at camp. Make a strong coldbrew and add boiling water to heat it for the perfect camp coffee. Follow these steps to make

cold-brew coffee:

1.At home: Combine coarsely ground coffee grounds with water. Try 3/4 cup grounds for every 4 cups of water.

2.At home: Let grounds steep in coffee overnight, or for about 12 hours.

3.At home: Strain coffee. Pour into thermos.

4.At camp: Boil about 1 cup of water and add to cold brew. Mix and serve. Brewing your preferred strength might take some trial and error.

4. Pourover Coffee

Pourover coffee is a simple way to get your morning caffeine boost. While a traditional pourover coffee dripper is simple to pack for car camping, you can try a collapsible silicone dripper for more convenient

packing. Coffee enthusiasts have a number of methods to create the perfect pourover, but we offer a simple overview of how to make pourover coffee at camp:

1.Boil water over hot coals or your camp stove.

2.Place a filter inside your pourover coffee dripper and add coffee grounds (medium-to-course grounds work best) until the dripper is about 1/2 or 2/3 full.

3.Remove boiling water from heat and let stand for 30 seconds.

4.Place the dripper over your camp mug and slowly pour hot water over the coffee grounds, wetting the grounds evenly as you pour.

5. French Press Coffee

Often, car camping allows you to pack a few simple luxuries. If a good cup of joe is your thing, add a French press to your packing list. Coffee made with a French press retains more of its natural oils than filtered

coffee, giving it a more robust flavor. Plus, it’s simple to use a French press at camp. Here’s how:

1.Boil water over hot coals or your camp stove.

2.Remove lid and plunger from French press and add coffee grounds (course grounds give the best flavor). Try adding 1 1/2-2 tablespoons for every cup.

3.Add half of the hot water to the French press and let sit for 30 seconds before stirring.

4.Pour in the rest of the hot water and add the lid with the plunger pulled all the way up.

5.Let coffee steep for 3-4 minutes.

6.Slowly press the plunger all the way down and pour into your favorite camp mug or thermos.

6. Percolator Coffee

A percolator is another piece of coffee gear that can easily be packed for a car-camping trip. Percolators can be used over burner camping stoves or can often be placed directly over a bed of hot coals. How you

make percolator coffee depends on the type of percolator you have. We describe how to make coffee at camp using a percolator with an internal filter system:

1.Remove internal filter chamber from percolator and add water.

2.Place the filter system back into the percolator and add coffee grounds to the basket (course grounds work best to prevent slipping through filter). Percolators tend to make strong coffee, so start with about

tablespoon for every cup of water.

3.Place the percolator on your camping stove or over hot coals and bring to a boil over medium-high to high heat.

4.Allow coffee to percolate for 5-8 minutes before serving.

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Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy People In Christmas And The Holidays

With Christmas and the holidays on the horizon, it dawns on everyone that there’s just so much to do. You’ve got travel plans to organise, parties to RSVP to, kids concerts to attend, end of year tasks to wrap up at work, and gifts to buy for everyone.

1. Multi-tool for tackling everyday tasks

You can’t always lug around an entire toolbox, even if you want to. This is why a multi-tool like the Leatherman Wingman is a helpful addition to anyone’s pocket, glove box or pack.
Made in Portland, Oregon, and featuring a multitude of tools for all kinds of use, this high-quality stainless steel tool can be used at home, around the campsite or even at work.
This one is a go-to gift for your adventure loving special someone, family member… or be your own Father Christmas and get it for yourself!

2. Chair for kicking back at the beach

Sit back and relax with your feet in the sand, in the Coleman Low Sling Beach Chair.
Great for summer concerts, relaxing on the sidelines at your local sporting event, and of course, chilling out by the water.
The Low Sling Beach Chair is perfect for your beach and concert going rellies and is sure to be a staple in the warmer months.

3. Tent for casual getaways

With its spacious enclosed vestibule, 2000mm Waterhead rating, heavy duty bucket floor, breathable mesh inner and compact size for easy transport – The Skygazer 3XV Tent from Oztrail is an entry level tent that has all the features a newbie could need.
It can be used in the backyard for the kids, at a music festival, or first Scout’s camp.
The Skygazer 3XV is a great pressie for the rookie outdoors person, or for getting the kids into camping.

4. Beach shelter for shade by the water

Leave the sizzling to the barbeque this summer. A Caribee UV Guardian Beach Shelter provides UPF50+ sun protection, so it’s perfect for chilling out under cover.
The UV Guardian is really easy to set up. Just unfold it out of the bag, pull the string on the top and the frame expands and tensions.
This shelter also only weighs 2.8kg, so it won’t weigh you down while you carry it to your favourite spot. This is another ripper of a present that the whole family can enjoy.

5. Picnic set for lazy afternoons at the park

Instead of leaving behind a critical piece of tableware on your trip, and having to eat with a spork the whole time, get a Companion 4 Person Picnic Set.
With this set, you can just grab and go. Ideal for spontaneous outings or camping trips where you want a fuss-free all-in-one cutlery and tableware set.
Just pack some snacks and drinks and you’ll be ready to eat! A great option for those who love a bit of al fresco dining at the park or beach.

6. Stove for cooking at the campsite

If you know someone who’s using the same old camping stove they’ve had for years –  perhaps they need an upgrade.
The Zempire 2 Burner Classic Camp Stove is easy to use, with two burners, protective windshields, legs for keeping it off the ground, and an easy to use piezo ignition – so it’s perfect for car camping.
The ideal present for yourself, or the amateur camp chef in the family.

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