Archive for October, 2011

Coleman “Continue Exploring” Contest

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

For those involved with non-profit organizations, the Coleman ‘Continue Exploring’ Contest may be something worth looking into:

Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Coleman, a leader in the outdoor industry, is officially announcing the launch of the Coleman “Continue Exploring” Contest where one Grand Prize winner will receive up to $5,000 in Coleman camping equipment for their organization!

The contest is open to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to teach children, 18 and under, about the great outdoors and participate in group camping activities.

Group leaders can enter by visiting the Coleman Facebook page now through October 31st. In addition to filling out the online entry form, your readers must submit one photo of your group in the outdoors as well as what the outdoors means to their group (50 words or less please!). In addition to the Grand Prize winner, there will be four second prize winners who will each win a prize package consisting of Coleman? camping equipment with a retail value of $2,000.

Starting November 5-11, Coleman Facebook fans will vote for the Grand Prize winner. So encourage your followers to log on and let us know what the great outdoors means to them.

No purchase is necessary to enter, for official contest rules, please visit The contest opens at 4 p.m. CDT on October 20, 2011.

Winter Camping Tips

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Ready to take your camping experiences to another level? Give camping during the winter a try!

Planning a winter camping trip around hiking, skiing, or snowboarding can add fun to your time in the frigid outdoors. With the right amount of planning and preparing, camping in the winter can be comfortable and safe. Make sure to visit sites like The-House and look at the best ski-boards to make the most of your trip. Whether you are a professional snowboarder or just a beginner, safety gear should be a mandatory part of your rides. One of the most important parts of that gear is undoubtedly going to be your helmet. Not only will it provide protection for your head but it will also keep. f you want to be able to handle any type of terrain, from the park to the backcountry, investing in a solid pair of snowboard bindings is a must. The binding is the part of the snowboard that connects your board to your feet and can be considered crucial for overall stability and control over your movements. In this guide, I will go over some of the best all-mountain snowboard nerd bindings on the market and show you some of their main pros and cons. Along with that, we will also dive deeper into the subject of bindings and see what are the main advantages of getting an all-mountain model instead of a regular one. Even though they don’t fall into the sub-one hundred dollars category, the Flop Alpha MTN snowboard bindings are still one of your best budget options currently. With their unique step-in rear-entry feature, as well as the fusion straps, they are excellent for anyone looking for a solid pair of all-mountain bindings that aren’t particularly geared towards any type of snowboarding. However, you might find that the flexible highback and baseplate make these a good choice for park snowboarding and tricks. One of the few disadvantages they have is the overall material quality and the ratchets which don’t last as long as the other components. Luckily, everything here is backed by a 1-year full warranty. Snowboard bindings do a lot more to your ride quality than you can imagine and this is why it is important to properly pick the perfect pair for you. Whether you are looking to freeride your way down the mountain or just enjoy a day at the park, versatility is something you should be after, and most bindings don’t really offer it. This is why people are opting more and more for all-mountain models which have a little bit of everything and a good enough for any occasion. A common misconception is confusing all-mountain bindings with freeriding ones. While all-mountain snowboarding can include some freeriding, it is essentially different and far more inclusive of other types of riding, while freeriding by itself is generally riding in the backcountry where you can find steep slopes, hard carves, narrow chutes, and a lot of powder! Another misconception is confusing freeriding with freestyle. Freestyle is basically riding your snowboard and doing tricks that mainly rely on man-made obstacles such as rails, ramps or even quarterpipes.

No matter what time of the year you camp, having the proper supplies and equipment is imperative. This is especially the case in the winter when the low temperatures can contribute to frostbite and hypothermia.

A Good Pair of Boots

Perhaps the most important thing you can bring on your winter camping trip is a good pair of insulated, waterproof boots. They should go at least halfway up the calf. Insulation4US provides a central location for all the largest insulation distributors nationwide, meaning we can provide our customers with an unrivalled product selection.


You must protect your extremities against heat loss in the cold weather. Your body generates heat and you need proper clothing to insulate and trap this heat when camping during the winter. If you are participating in an activity like skiing, your body will generate more heat than usual so you will feel less of an overall need to trap body heat. This is why you might see people skiing in 25 degree weather wearing nothing but a turtleneck. But what happens as soon as you slow down and your body’s core temperature returns to normal? You start getting very cold and need to put on more layers to trap more of the heat being produced by your body. This is why you need to have several layers of clothing handy at all times when camping during the winter.

Pack several pairs of wool socks. Doubling up on socks will help tremendously in keeping warm.

Other Accessories

A hat is also imperative. Up to 70% of your body heat escapes through the head. Wear a hat while sleeping to stay nice and toasty.

For keeping your hands warm, mittens tend to work more effectively than gloves. Fingers help keep each other warm, so it’s best not to segregate them away from one another in gloves if possible.

If you’re able to pack clothing with a lot of zippers to help ventilate, your winter camping excursion will be much more bearable. Putting on and taking off clothing can be a real pain in the butt, so it’s nice to have pants and jackets that allow you to ventilate without having to remove your skis, boots, etc in order to cool down.

Final Tips

When playing out in the snowy weather, it’s important to stay as dry as possible. A clump of snow getting into your clothing will later freeze and could cause frostbite.

Bundle up even more than you think you need to at night before going to sleep. Your body temperature, and the temperature outdoors, will be at its lowest while you are sleeping and right when you wake up. A good sleeping bag rated to extreme, sub-zero temperatures is a must-have for winter camping. Keep a thermos of a hot beverage (tea is a good choice) in your tent in case you want a sip of something to warm-up with at night.

Finally, have fun and use common sense. Winter camping takes more planning and precautions than camping in the summer, but with the right preparation it can be a very worthwhile experience!