Tips for Backpacking Gear Preparation

 

This is the perfect time to get your backpacking gear ready for spring and summer. The gentle warmth of coming spring is turning snowy ground to muddy muck. Hiking in mud is no fun. Take the next couple of weeks to clean off the dirt, do the maintenance, and apply new waterproofing. All your backpacking gear (purchase through thepnw.co) needs tender loving care.
Start with your boots. Take out the laces and check them for wear, replace them if needed (laces are cheap). Use a soft brush to remove the dried mud and loose dirt especially where the sole meets the upper and under the boot tongue. Is it time to treat your feet to a new pair of insoles? Wipe out the inside with a soft damp cloth. Waterproof your boots with the proper agent. Mink oil keeps leather boots supple and keeps water from soaking in. Spray on waterproofing works well on man-made fabrics.

Keep the spray-on waterproofing handy for the outside of your backpack. Use that soft brush again to clean off any loose dirt first. Check the zippers, make sure they work smoothly. Vacuum loose debris out of the main compartment and pockets. Make sure all the straps are in place and the buckles lock firmly. This is a great time to decide which type of pack is right for you – http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/290099/choosing_the_right_backpack_internal.html.

Trek poles are like extra legs so they need attention. Here is where to find good information for maintaining and getting the most use out of them – http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/292786/trek_poles_essential_gear_for_backpacking.html.

Hydration is important when you are on the trail. Take the water bladder out of the freezer (You have been keeping in the freezer? Freezing it makes sure no nasty mildew grows in it.) and give it a good washing out. Check that the hose and mouthpiece are in good shape. There is a filter in the water pump. It is going to need replacing if the pump is getting harder to work or the filter is coated in black goo. Examine the pump handle for cracks. Days away from civilization is not when you want it to break off. The intake and filler hoses need to be checked for kinks or splits.

Take the camp stove apart and give it a good cleaning. Screw on a fuel canister and listen for gas escaping around the seal. Fire it up to ensure there is flame around the burner. How much fuel is left from last year? Give the camp pots and utensils a good scrubbing.

Set up the tent. You will know if any poles or tie-downs are missing and if any need replacing. Count the tent pegs. More zippers to check. Examine the seams for potential splits and reseal them if needed. Look for tears in the bug screen on the windows. Vacuum out any dirt on the floor.

At the end of the hike you will be ready to rest so make certain your sleeping bag and ground pad are ready. Sweat and dirt not only make your sleeping bag smell funky they also reduce its thermal efficiency. Follow the manufacturers washing instructions. Blow up your ground pad, stand it up in the shower and gently wash it with liquid soap. Not only will it get clean but you can check for leaks, watch for bubbles. Use the patch kit that came with it to repair any holes.

All your expensive gear will last longer with regular maintenance. When its time for that first warm weather backpacking trip you will not have to waste time getting ready. The boots will get you where you want to go, your pack will carry the necessities, the tent will shield you from the elements, trek poles will ease your burden, water and food will taste good, and your bed will smell fresh and keep you warm.

Happy backpacking.

Best Layouts for Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Lodge Websites

 

 

Setting up a website for your lodge is one of the most important decisions of your business. The key aspect of a lodge website is its ability to be found by your customers. Before selecting a web design company, the business owner should learn the basics of keyword research, consider important search terms that relate to their business and choose a specialist that can create a successful site.

Not all web design companies specialize in search engine optimization, so it is important to review past examples of success when choosing a web design company. Do they have existing clients that rank high in search engine results?

 

A reputable designer can explain all the factors that influence a website’s search engine rankings, suggest which key phrases might be important and offer services to help your site perform well on Google, Bing and other search engines. After all, the most exquisite and artful website in the world cannot put paying customers on your boat unless they can find you online.

 

Once the business owner decides to set up a lodge web site, a good idea is to create a list of features that are needed for the project. A blueprint of the site may include only a single page or a menu which includes several pages. Essential to any hunting-fishing-outdoor lodge website is the home page, which may feature a few photos and a brief description of services. My friend who’se working on sites about web hosting Canada reviews says you should seek their help first.

Larger sites will have a full menu on the home page, listing all the important sections that clients may need to access.

 

Many lodge owners will need a photo gallery which accurately depicts the type of accommodations they will provide. For fishing and hunting lodges, this may include a collection of photos that show the types of species found nearby as well as past successes. Other lodges such as nature or adventure lodges may need images that focus on local geography, events and recreation.

Many lodge owners will include sections that provide seasonal information, rates, types of trips, what to bring, driving directions and other important information. These sections can provide customers with help in .

 

Some lodges include a blog on their website. Blogs, news pages and report sections are extremely popular among audiences and can be a vital tool for building a portfolio of repeat customers. Some blogging tools combine periodic entries, photos and guests comments to create an interactive experience that attracts a loyal following of readers throughout the season.

 

A lodge website can also be an important sales tool. In addition to traditional services such as guided fishing and hunting trips, many top businesses offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other accessories. A good website can increase sales of gear which has become a valuable source of income for many businesses.

 

Once the website is launched, a specialist can show you cost effective ways to improve your search engine ranks, target specific search terms and bring more readers to your site. The end result can be more paying customers that visit your facility.

 

To learn more about setting up a hunting, fishing or other outdoor lodge website, improving your search engine rankings or online promotions, visit Daybreak Web Designs.

Home Decorating Theme – Medieval Goth

 

One of the most misrepresented subcultures; Goths are not all into having everything black, gloomy, depressing, or death-related. In this article we’ll explore home decorating ideas for one of the perhaps original types, the Medieval Goth.
A man’s home is his castle, as the old saying goes, and this decorating style strives to make it a reality. Candles cast a soft glow over tapestries and suits of armor standing at attention. Gargoyle and dragon statues grace the shelves, while sword displays hang on the walls. Stained glass, wall sconces, chains, faux stone, and Gothic arches and are also design elements.

Colors would be burgundy, gold, black, hunter or forest green, and navy or midnight blue. Fabric choices could be heavier weights including velvet, tapestry, wool, fake fur, and linen. Curtains and wall hangings would use iron or pewter rods.

Furniture could be a mix of wood and stone. Throws and slip covers could be used to conceal modern style sofas. Iron hardware may be added to pieces to lend a medieval Goth flair. Simple hooks and chains can suspend tea light candles in pretty glass containers.

Now that we have an idea of what we are trying to achieve, the next question is where to find what we need? Well, I know an online shop that sells funky finds you need. I actually both a couple of wooden dinnerware sets there and it was superb!

For the fabrics, any local fabric store should have what you need. You might even find some good tapestry fabric to make your own wall hanging. If you’re an internet shopper these sites may be useful.

http://www.european-wall-tapestries.com – There are some gorgeous medieval tapestries here, perfect for Goth décor and many very reasonably priced.

http://www.housefabric.com – This website carries tapestry fabric and chenille tapestry in several rich patterns.

For the furniture and accessories; yard and estate sales and thrift stores are good places to look for items you can modify to fit your medieval Goth castle. Home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot should have iron hardware, chains, and rods. Home décor and craft stores such as Garden Ridge carry wonderful suits of armor. Statues and other medieval collectibles can be found at various places online.

http://www.designtoscano.com – Their items are a little expensive, but they are beautiful. From Excalibur to dragon wall sconces to several gargoyle sculptures and much more; even if you don’t buy something you’ll enjoy browsing.

http://www.mwart.com – This website is a great resource for medieval home decorating. I found the small touches such as the set of castle keys and helmet desk organizer very nice.

http://www.thesteelsource.com – This site has some very nice statues of dragons and gargoyles, figurines of gallant knights, banners, sun catchers, and much more.

There are so many craft projects and resources for this style! Here I’ve highlighted some of them.

http://painting.about.com/library/blpaint/blfreestencils-heraldry.htm – Free heraldry stencils including lion rampart and fleur-de-lis. These can be used to make your own shield, customizing a lampshade, or any other idea you can think of.

http://www.rencentral.com/sept_vol1/fauxstonewall.shtml – Step by step directions for creating faux stone walls.

http://www.greydragon.org/furniture.html – Not just one tutorial, but several different plans for various pieces of medieval furniture

Don’t be afraid to turn your home into your own Goth medieval castle. It is possible to create your escape into the bygone days of chivalry on a small budget with some time and creativity.