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- Created on Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:05
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Now here’s a great invention for skiers on lazy days (or skiers like me that just don’t like skiing uphills)!
The Skizee invented by Tim Park and Jim Maidment of Kimberley BC, pushes skiers across the snow using a track similar to snowmobile.
Using a 10.5 hp, 4-stroke engine to drive skier along, the Skizee reaches speeds up to 35km/h or 22mph.
Built using solid aluminum, the Skizee carries 3.8 Liter (1 Gallon) fuel tank. It also boasts an electric start and charging system to keep the batteries charged.
You can find-out more about the Skizee at their website HERE and their Youtube Channel HERE.
- Created on Saturday, 29 January 2011 10:59
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This is incredible time lapse montage done by Mike Floresplus.
You can visit Mikes Vimeo page to read more about the dolly system he uses to get that awesome panning movement happening.
- Created on Monday, 24 January 2011 04:51
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Tip #1- Get a good Digital Camera: Digital SLRs (dSLR) are at the top end of the digital camera world. You will want a camera that has a manual function, one that can override automatic. You should also be able to set specific shutter speeds and aperture values.
Tip #2- Protect Your Camera: From the outdoor elements: dust, sand, water. Watch temperature changes. You know how glasses fog up when you come indoors on a cold winter's day? That's what happens to your lens when you change temperature.
Tip #3- Lens: you will want your lens to cover at least 28mm while on wide angle and up to 300mm on the telephoto extreme. For outdoor photography, you will probably want to purchase a wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom.
Tip #4- Tripod: Having a tripod is a huge advance. If you don't buy one, your pictures will turn out fuzzy.
Tip #5- Accessories: You may want some of the following accessories: a remote for taking pictures, polarizing filter, UV Filter, carrying case, rechargeable batteries, extra memory cards.
- Created on Thursday, 13 January 2011 01:17
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Travelling during the winter in the backcountry can often be more dangerous hiking in the summertime. Avalanches are often caused by heavy snowfall followed by slow warming and rain, progressively loading and stressing many buried weaker layers. Avalanches can be dangerous to even the most experienced backcountry skier, hiker, or snowmobiler.
Planning ahead is quite important for hikers and snowshoers they should take every precaution before heading out on the trails in winter months. Here are some tips for safer backcountry exploration in winter:
Always check avalanche conditions
Choose your destinations wisely
If there is a guidebook available, consult it to find a low risk trail. Remember that there are other snow risks beside avalanches - getting stuck in a tree well (the hollow in snow at the base of a tree) is a surprisingly common cause of injuries and fatalities in winter recreation.
Let someone know where you are going
Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return (and call them when you do return!).
- Created on Thursday, 13 January 2011 01:04
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North America offers an abundance of sports activities during the winter season. From skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing, hiking and other outdoor adventures, people of all ages should follow the safety rules of the specific sport.
1. Before you head out, make sure that all of your equipment is in proper working order. A well-fitting certified helmet will help provide a safer wintertime experience whether you are skiing, sledding, snowboarding or skating.
2. Dress in multiple, lightweight layers to stay warm and dry while enjoying the outdoors.
3. Be prepared for any type of weather condition you might end up in. Check the weather forecast!
4. If you are heading into the backcountry, never travel alone. You should always let someone know your route and estimated time of return.
5. Skiers and snowboarders should go on runs that are appropriate for their ability. Stay in control at all times and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. Obey all posted signs and warnings, those "out of bounds" signs are there for a reason!
6. No matter what sport you participate in, always stay focused on the activity and the terrain you are on. Remember to rest when you are tired.
7. Carry a backpack with essential items: an extra jacket, extra fleece type layer, knife, headlamp, water, water proof matches, fire starter (such as cotton), extra gloves etc.