This August 11th and 12th will be the peak of what is traditionally the biggest meteor shower of the year known as the Perseids, but this year it'll be the meteor event of the decade. Every year the Perseids features about 100 meteors per hour, but this week there should be double that due to the unique positioning of Earth's orbit this year...
Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.
I think we can all agree: a weekend spent outside is good for the soul. Whether the forest, desert, mountains, or beaches, spending a couple of days without walls restores a fellow. It can simultaneously energize and relax us. Just about everything John Muir ever said sums it up nicely. Here's a few:
- Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
- Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
- Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
And in order to make it happen safely while staying warm and dry, you need a bit of gear.
You've probably heard of Eddie Bauer's outdoor gear, but do you know about the man behind those outdoor products? The company put together 10 little known facts about the founder, and they're as impressive as you would expect.
This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive. There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight trek.
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next month so here are 8 of its lesser known, but no less breathtaking national parks to visit this summer. Complete with family friendly ideas and helpful tips, this guide is perfect for families that want to log some quality time in nature or for the more adventurous bachelor just looking some good wilderness away from pesky glampers.
Mankind has had a long, tempestuous history with frontiers. We crave to encounter them, to push them, to exploit them. They often kill us, and yet we mourn them when they disappear. If you find yourself lamenting the death of the frontier, don't lose heart -- keep a candle burning! Not only is there the entire universe, but here on Earth there are still quite a few wildernesses through which humanity has barely traipsed.
Spring is being a bit of a jerk this year, taking its sweet time to show up. In like lion, out like a slightly less cold but equally wet and windy lion. I've got a serious case of cabin fever this year - probably not worse than any other March, though it certainly seems so - and I'm spending my time planning all the stuff I'm going to do outside when the snow melts.
I tried "cowboy coffee" exactly one time. That's the method where you simply put the coffee grounds into hot water, and use a combo of careful cup handling and your teeth to keep the grounds out of your mouth. I thought it seemed like an old school method worth trying on a camping trip, and I did. I've packed a small press pot with me ever since....
Fun fact of the day: a whole heap of National Parks (and National Monuments, Recreation Areas, and the like) each have their own regularly updated Instagram accounts. If you think about it, it makes sense; what these spaces have to offer - nonstop visual inspiration, scenic landscapes, education, and a cure for your wanderlust - work excellently for the format. It's exactly the kind of stuff you want to see for a little midday motivation.
This year, the US National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so we're sharing our favorite National Parks and related accounts to help you find the perfect spot for your next adventure.
When I bought it ten years ago, my backpacking stove cost me more than $100, and each time I fly to a destination trip, I've got to scout a local outdoor store to get my fuel bottles filled or source some disposable canisters.
The DIY Mountain Ranger Camp Stove, on the other hand, is made from (maybe) $5 in new materials and some recyclables and relies on found fuel - small twigs, sticks, and brush, to produce a very hot flame, very quickly.
So. As we often find on ManMade, the DIY option makes a compelling case.
I once was hired to write a series of brochures for a product line of mobile homes and found myself becoming incredibly drawn to them. They're just so cool! So streamlined and efficient for living (though not for the environment), not to mention the whole, pick and go anywhere at any time you want thing.
Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I've been overly influenced by those images of the dad in Calvin and Hobbes or Homer Simpson. Perhaps it's those memorable times I've spent in Latin America, where they really know how to use 'em. Or maybe - hopefully not, but maybe - it's all those completely and horribly generic Father's Day cards I have to pick through each June to find the right one for my dad.
But, I think a hammock is a damn fine way to spend a summer evening, and every man should have one.
Spring is here, and soon summer. And with them comes all sorts of reasons to get outside and explore. So, take advantage
I've personally been a slow convert to the idea of using fire-starters. As a boy I thought they always burned in a kinda cool way, but as I got older for whatever reason I thought of them as a way of cheating somehow. Like a real man just found a way to light things on fire on the first go-round or something. However, I've come to see the proverbial light and ease of comfort that a fire-starter can bring to adverse conditions...
This isn't the first multi-person transit vehicle-turned-personal road trip travel home makeover project I've shared, and it probably won't be the last. Why? Cause I always think this is a great idea.
Outdoor recreation activities - camping, backpacking, climbing, and the like - bring with them a fair amount of gear. And while it's built to stand up and protect you from the elements, all that exposure, packing and unpacking, weather, bugs, rocks, trees, etc will eventually bring with them some wear and tear.
What would it look like to create a bow and arrow from scratch? Not from seasoned, dried wood from the lumberyard and woven string and a shop full of tools, but really from scratch - from only what you can find in the woods?
I've cooked a lot of meals in the outdoors, and every meal has come about the same way - with a bit of heat. Make a stove out of an empty can and an ounce of alcohol for a light, compact system that will keep you cooking well in the wild.