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Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone

Morel Mushroom Hunting for Everyone

Gourmet Morel Mushrooms for Free . . . Our early ancestors survived by foraging for wild foods.  Many of us relive a deeply buried memory of that heritage when we experience the joy in successfully finding, and ultimately consuming, a gourmet wild edible.  Morel mushrooms are a premier delicacy in many parts of the world. The […]

Winter Wings Festival 2018

Winter Wings Festival 2018

The Winter Wings Festival is the premier birding event in the U.S. Enjoy workshops and lots of field trips to see and photograph all kinds of birds, especially the area’s abundant bald eagles.

Getting in Shape for Backpacking

Getting in Shape for Backpacking

Getting Ready No amount of training will make your backpacking trip enjoyable if your backpack is uncomfortable.  My recommendation is to try out some packs and get one that fits you properly.  I solved my pack issues with an Osprey Atmos AG 65.  I wrote a review of the Atmos with all the details –  including […]

Island Lake, Dee Lake and the Waldo Tree

Island Lake, Dee Lake and the Waldo Tree

Island Lake, Dee Lake and the Waldo Tree are all located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness on the Rogue River National Forest in the Cascade Mountains of South Central Oregon. The general area is known as the Blue Canyon Basin.  I hiked in with the Klamath Basin Outdoor Group from the eastside of the Cascades […]

Lightning Safety

Lightning Safety

Hazards of Lightning At 11:30am on June 28, 2015 lightning began striking Mt. Bierstadt  in the Mount Evans Wilderness of Pike National Forest.  Eight people were injured and three were hospitalized, a dog died.  They were 500 feet below the summit. On July 17, 2015 one person was killed and three injured due to a lightning strike on the […]

Orienteering: a Run (or Walk) in the Countryside

Orienteering: a Run (or Walk) in the Countryside

First, let’s define orienteering. There are lots of orienteering definitions, but let me offer my own simplified version: That’s a definition of foot orienteering,  the subject of this story, but there are is also auto orienteering, canoe orienteering, ski orienteering, equestrian orienteering, bicycle orienteering and others that would be defined similarly – except for the mode of transportation. […]

Feet and Footwear

Feet and Footwear

A lot of exploration can be done in a car, on horseback or even in a wheelchair, but if you want access to the most remote places, your feet will provide the best transportation.  I’m not a podiatrist, so I won’t offer any medical advice, however, I do have feet and I do explore using […]

Book Review: Shooting Stars by Phil Hart

Book Review: Shooting Stars by Phil Hart

 Awhile back we wrote about Photo Exploration and used landscape photography, close-up photography and wildlife photography as examples of genres that would let you build your adventures around your photography hobby.  Photographing stars and the night sky is another way you can build an adventure around photography. Low light or nighttime photography takes special skills […]

Introduction to Survival

Introduction to Survival

Introduction When something goes terribly wrong and you are a long way from help, you must be able to survive on your own for at least as long as it takes for someone to come to your rescue.   Making a rescue possible requires some actions before you leave home like telling people where you […]

Photo Exploration

Photo Exploration

‘Photo exploration’ involves setting out with photography or videography as the basis of your adventure, not just associated with it. In this article we explain how you can create a great adventure from your passion for photography.

Explorers: Timberlake and Bayliss

Explorers: Timberlake and Bayliss

This magazine is primarily about recreational exploring, but there is also the possibility of incorporating exploration into your career.  Here you will find  a little information about a couple of individuals that explore the outdoors as part of their career. The associated video will give you some insight as to what their adventures involve.  I […]

Tracking Wild Animals

Tracking Wild Animals

Updated: November 25, 2011 – Whether tracking wild animals is your reason to explore or an addition to your other adventures, it’s a fun thing to do and can be a  wonderful learning experience.  When I was growing up,  I enjoyed finding tracks in the mud or snow and determining who made them, where the […]

Klamath Basin Bald Eagles

Klamath Basin Bald Eagles

Birding is a great reason to get out and explore our world, but even if you aren’t really into the wide variety of birds to be seen, checking out bald eagles can still be a wonderful adventure for you and your family.  If you want to see lots of bald eagles, the Upper Klamath Basin […]

Native American Rock Art

Native American Rock Art

Motivation to Explore . . . If you are a person that needs motivation to get outside and explore, finding a topic that interests you then pursuing that topic may work for you.  Many people like to collect things and it’s quite possible and very enjoyable to collect native American rock art.  Obviously, physically taking […]

Colorful Birds at Hagelstein Park

Colorful Birds at Hagelstein Park

Hagelstein County Park . . . Hagelstein Park is about 10 miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon on the east side of US-97.   The 5-acre park offers modern restrooms (although they were out of order at the time of my visit), drinking water, 10 camping spots and boat access to Upper Klamath Lake, all adjacent […]

Geocaching With the eTrex Personal Navigator

Geocaching With the eTrex Personal Navigator

Geocaching is a great basis for your explorations. The sport gives you a goal (a known latitude and longitude) and a treasure to find (the cache). See our background article about geocaching for some history of the sport. Key to this activity is a GPS unit. It’s a tool that, like compass and sextant of […]

Geocaching Background

Geocaching Background

Orienteering, the predecessor of geocaching,  is the skill of navigating from place to place, typically on land, using only a map and a compass. This skill has been practiced for centuries.  More recently it has evolved into a sport that requires the participant to race against time – and competitors – to complete a specific […]

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