Monday, January 23, 2012

Snowshoeing Lake George, NY


Don't let Winter wear you down. get out and enjoy it! Not when it's below zero. But when the snow is down and it's pretty and not too cold. We can help you get there with our book on snowshoeing and skiing in the Lake George Region. Check it out at:

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Compromised Compasses 101 - Warning!

To all of my outdoor friends - A basic compass has probably saved us all from a night in the woods over the years. But in the last two years I've had no less than three of them get compromised. Couldn't figure out why. Then, this past Sunday, while conducting a nature tour with the Schwerdfeger Family in Florida, we discussed the issue. Seems that about two years ago I started carrying a Faraday flashlight in my survival kit. That's the kind you shake to get light. Mr. Schwerdfeger, who teaches orienteering classes, advised me that they have heavy duty magnets in them that can influence, or even demagnetize a compass. Bingo!!! I've always carried a backup compass in my survival kit, along with the flashlight. I'll be keeping them seperate from now on! How did I get to be this old and not figure that out? :-) Hope you also learn from this. Enjoy the great outdoors - safely!