Archive for January, 2015

How to Dry Your Boots Out While in the Woods

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Nothing ruins a camping trip like wet boots.  Not only does this situation make your feet feel terrible but it can also cause blister and athlete’s foot.  But what can one do if they are out in the backcountry and have no way or really drying their boots out or getting another pair of shoes?  Well, the steps below will help you dry out your boots with a little work and patience.

To begin this process, one will first need to set up camp.  Get your tent up, and a nice fire going.  Make sure to pick up lots of firewood before moving onto the next step.  Why is this?  Well, besides the convenience, you will have your shoes off for some time and probably do not have another pair of shoes to put so that you can go on a wood walk about.

Once your fire is going strong, go ahead and look around your camp.  What you need is a lot of dried leaves and/or grass.  After you have found this dried material, gather several hands full.  You will also need a few medium sized rocks.  While I know you created a fire ring prior to building your fire, you will also need a few extra stones that can be heated up for the process of drying your boots out.  If you do not have any extra stones for your fire ring, make sure to gather a few before moving on to the next step.  Please note, do not use river stones.  They will explode during the process.

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Now that you have your supplies, put a pot of coffee on and take your boots and socks off.  Lay your socks along the fire but far enough away from the fire that you do not have to worry about them burning.  As far as your boots go, you will need to dismantle the boots somewhat.  The first thing you need to do is to remove the insoles and set them aside.  Make sure you remember where you put them.  Once that is done, pack the inside of the boots with the dried plant material (leaves and/or grasses).  Push the material down and when it becomes compete saturated, remove and replace with fresh material.  Repeat this process until the inside is dry as possible. 

While you are doing the previous step, place your extra stones in the fire or in a pot of boiling water.  Again, do not use river stones.  Once they are hot, take your socks and fill them up with these stones.  If the heat from these stones burn the socks, do not use them.  It is easier to get into your pack for a new pair of socks than it is to burn your boots.

As your boots are drying out with the stones, it is time to make an insole sandwich.  How do you do this?  Well, first you need to reach into your pack and pull out some clothes.  Once you have those clothes out, sandwich the insoles between the clothes and push down.  Pull apart the sandwich and wring out the clothes.  Repeat this process until you can no longer get any moisture out.  Then, place the insoles inside your sleeping bag for the night.

Continue to monitor the hot rocks inside the boots and reheat as needed. 

If you follow these simple steps, you will find that your boots are dry by morning.  All that you need to do at that point is to reassemble your boots and continue with your walkabout.

Camp Fire Recipe: Grilled Capons, Sausages, Grapes, and Polenta

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Camping does not mean you have to eat boring food.  Actually, it can give you some time to try some new techniques like buying a dehydrator from the exchange bar and grill website and using it perform experiments and store various edibles.   While it does take more planning and in some cases additional equipment, the end result is worth it.  This is especially true, if you have been living on canned food for awhile at your campsite.  Below is the recipe for Grilled Capons, Sausages, Grapes, and Polenta.  If you do not have availability to purchase capons, do not worry.  Chicken can be used in its place.

Grilled Capons, Sausages, Grapes, and Polenta

Ingredients

4 capons or 1 chicken

¼ cup of olive oil

1 pound seedless red grapes

4 1/3 cup chicken stock

2 Tablespoons butter

1 bay leaf

1 ¼ cups cornmeal

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

4 raw meat sausages

Fresh thyme

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

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Directions

  1. Build a fire in your fire ring.
  2. Prepare your capons or chicken by rubbing the meat down with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the grapes into four bunches that are still attached to the stems.  Place in a bowl and toss with olive oil.   Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place saucepan on grill rack and add chicken stock, butter, and bay leaf to the pan.  Bring to a boil.
  5. Once it starts to boil, add a little cornmeal at a time and whisk.  Continue with this process until all the cornmeal has been added.  Return to the pot to the heat and bring back to a boil.
  6. Move the pot to an area on the grill rack that is cooler.  Place a lid on the pot and stir frequently.  Keep cooking for 20 to 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and add parmesan cheese.  Stir.
  8.  Place capons or chicken on the rack and grill. 
  9. Place sausages on the grill rack and turn often until the juices run clear. 
  10. Place grapes on grill rack and cook until the skin is blistered.  This will take about 5 minutes.
  11. To serve, divide the polenta evenly and then top with a sausage.  If you used capons, place once capon on each dish.  If using a chicken, divide accordingly.  Add the grilled grapes.  Since some people do not like the taste of balsamic vinegar, allow your campers to drizzle their own.

A few hints when considering making this dish.  One, if you are going to bring all the ingredients with you, make sure you cook it that day.  The issue is the raw meat.  Second, do not be intimidated by the ‘fanciness” of the dish.  It really is just good old fashioned camp cooking that goes beyond camp beans.

Women’s Skateboarding Benefit Even

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Exposure: A Women’s Skateboarding Benefit Event with vaporwave skateboard decks was held this past Saturday at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, California. Female shredders from all over the globe came out to participate in the vert and bowl contest.
Woman are changing the sport, now there are major movements of skaters and brands that accept and impulse them as skateboarders. Now many have the mission to create a support system for female pros where none existed prior, the world keeps changing and having more woman in the field, now children and small girls are motivated by this woman.
Check the next photos and look for the latest skateboard ramp reviews and compare them to find the best to ride in.