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How to Mount Cross Country Ski Bindings – Salomon Skate SNS

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Generally I’d leave the job of mounting cross country ski bindings to the pros, but there are situations when it is nice to break out the tools and take some risks. Maybe your local shop is closed, is non-existent, or in my case doesn’t deal cross country skate skis. Mounting your own cross country ski bindings is also a nice money-saving skill if your family picks up used ski gear and shuffles bindings around frequently. The following guide I am sure will make the most hardened ski techs weep (especially the video), but this has worked for me and if you measure often and pay attention to what you are doing, you’ve got a good chance of skiing soon. Continue Reading…

Down Sleeping Bag Care

Care for your Sleeping Bag and Puffy Coat Between Trips

Remember that last backpacking trip? The one you got home from and were so tired that you never fully unpacked?

“I’ll be camping again soon anyway, right?” This is what I always think to convince myself that my gear will be happily waiting for me come the next trip.

“Thanks for leaving us in this tightly cinched pack with your unwashed pan and wore-it-three-days-in-a-row shirt,” sulks my sleeping bag and down jacket.

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Girl with SnailDavid Cox shoots a lot of his best photos with an iPhone, and he might be entirely alright with that.

“It may be sad, or maybe not, but the fact is, it’s what I have on hand at pretty much any moment,” David said when asked about equipment. “I think gear is secondary to vision and passion for expression. Sounds cliché, but oh well, it’s true. Continue Reading…

hiking with daughterLife offers very few free lunches and most things that equate to a “good time” are heavily guarded by the debt of painstaking effort and possibly truck loads of cash. The good news is that once we get a little momentum going and defeat the temptation to sit idle, recreation starts paying big returns fast.  Continue Reading…

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As a young backpacker I grew up in the days of iodine tablets and guessing whether questionable water had been boiled long enough to be safe (nothing a generous scoop of Tang drink mix can’t make worse). Eventually a friend or two bought filtration pumps that served a dual purpose of making your arms ripped while filtering a single swallow’s worth of water at a time. Water filtering has improved a lot over the years and even now includes techy UV light filters that sunburn bacteria to death. Continue Reading…

oil can guitarNothing has renewed my motivation for practicing the guitar like destroying a perfectly good guitar and turning it into a novelty guitar. Oil can guitars are seriously as fun as they are cool to look at, and even if you don’t play the guitar, it’s hard to deny that this would make a rock’n focal point in your home decor.

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Kids love slingshots!

September 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

No windows around; kids are bored?

If there is one thing adults and kids love, it’s shooting stuff. Much of this is satisfied by iPhone games these days (which explains the squirrel population being so high), but why not get back to the roots when entertainment was a little more dangerous and everyone was wishing they had a pair of safety goggles?

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Setting up a DIY backyard slackline, a few tips

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If you’ve ever wanted a carnival in your backyard, but were nervous about fire-hazards from all the deep fryers and didn’t really feel comfortable sharing your bathroom with the carny crew, you’re in luck. Setting up a slackline in your backyard is like bringing home a carnival ride minus the riffraff. For those who haven’t tried slacklining yet, imagine a two-inch wide trampoline suspended in the air, begging to test and humble your inner-acrobat.

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Ask yourself these two questions when thinking, “Which mountain bike should I get?”

Choosing A Mountain BikeToying with the idea of buying a new mountain bike? Sure you could knock the dust off that old Specialized Rockhopper in the garage and have a killer time (until you remember how bad you hate grip-shifts and that petrified excuse for a seat), but maybe it’s time to cut the stretched out brake cables and move on. If you’ve been out of the mountain bike market for a half-decade or more you might be surprised to find that the new mountain bike buying decisions have evolved from:

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I’ve recently noticed that many of the people I see out running look so distressed that I can only assume they are being chased by deranged wild animals. The real truth is that four out of five runners are running too fast for their fitness level and will soon quit; the remaining runner really is being chased by a wild animal. No joke, check it out on YouTube.

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