Locator Beacons Available For Outdoors Enthusiasts

There has been a major positive step towards better and faster search and rescue operations within the United States. As of July 1, 2003, a regulation passed by FCC makes it legal to use Personal Locator Beacons to send individual user, land-based emergency signals in times of life-threatening situations outdoors. Here’s how the system works and why you may want to add it to your gear list.

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Be Prepared On The Water

Here are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind before you hit the water in your kayak. One has to do with the importance of carrying a whistle with you, and the other underscores the importance of being seen in your craft in low-light conditions.

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Try Soap In A Sock

It’s clean, handy, and a good abrasive … I’m talking about “Soap in a sock.” One of the many handy uses of a nylon stocking is as a camp soap bar holder. And there are many others.

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Beachcombing With A Camera

The first beachcombers did so out of necessity. Driftwood became firewood, planking for shelters, and framing for canoes and kayaks. Few of us today rely on the beach for the necessities of life. It is illegal in some areas to remove anything from the beach — unless you do it with a camera!

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Kayaking: Adrift In The Stars

There are times when the kayak is a starship — kayaking in the winter, at night and in Alaska. These are the darkest of nights when you are inside the inkbottle — black sky, black water. I was hoping to enjoy a moonrise over the Pacific, but the darkness was just as invigorating!

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Kayaking Alaska’s Kodiak Island: Part 1

It’s the second largest island in the United States and part of a group of over 100 islands that make up the Kodiak archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska in the North Pacific Ocean. Situated near the northern tip of the gulf, Kodiak remains one of few “best kept secrets” in this ever-shrinking world of adventure travel opportunities. Learn more about this kayaking paradise.

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Sea Kayaking: A Great Family Sport

To the youngest of riders, it’s a fantasyland voyage of rainbow-colored critters and rocks shaped like castles. For inquisitive, older children it is an eye-opening journey over tide pools and along cliffs crowded with birds. And for the baby-boomer parents of the 90s, it’s a chance to take the entire family along on an adventure they have been enjoying themselves for years. Learn more about sea kayak touring — fast becoming for many the family-oriented activity of choice.

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