Top 10 Hiking and Outdoor Films

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By Sean Murphy While we wait for the world to be open enough for us to enjoy hiking, camping and generally being outside, now is the chance to catch up on the best movies that feature hiking and the outdoors.  Hollywood and production companies around the world have embraced nature as being the backdrop to countless films and TV series. In the more well-crafted productions, the outdoors can become another character.  Not just a setting, but a tangible presence adding mystery, menace and salvation for the characters who find themselves thrown into the adventure.  It’s a setting that can encapsulate …

How Drones Have Helped Rescue Hikers

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By Sean Murphy Ever since drones became mainstream, not only were they the ultimate toy for the man-child in the family, but they have been used for a number of reasons from the frivolous to the life-saving.  Fire Departments and polices forces have been adopting drones, using them for time-sensitive rescue operations.  Their use is diverse, drones have provided sweeping footage of vistas and landscapes for the film and television industry, helped with large scale commercial engineering projects, given a new twist to wedding photography and have been used to help find hikers lost in the wilderness. In this day …

Surviving Storm Season

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By Sean Murphy And here we are again, smack bang in the middle of storm season. There are parts of Australia that are more effected by extreme weather than others, but regardless of where you are, being prepared is essential. Knowing what and what not to do during a violent storm can be a matter of life and death. Storms are created on a hot summer day when the surface of the Earth is heated by the sun, causing the air just above the surface to also heat up. The warm air rising and the cold air sinking is what …

3 Reasons Why You Need To Bring Along A GPS Before Your Next Hike

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By John Lewis INTRODUCTION When you go for a hike, there are usually two ways of defining your hiking success. First, would be the fact that you are able to move from point A to point B in the quickest manner. Second, is that you have enjoyed your hiking experience a lot! A handheld GPS receiver would be able to help you reach both goals. Of course, do not forget other tools for self-defence and your physical safety as well. If you are skilled at operating your GPS, you would be able to effectively pinpoint the shortest route to your destination …

The Art Of Putting Out A Campfire

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By Sean Murphy It’s literally the centre-piece of every campsite, a source of warmth and a means to cook. It’s the thing we do hurriedly in the hour just before sunset, the desperate hunt for twigs and dry bits of wood. Some would bring their own kindle, or have a trust-worthy fire starter kit amongst their gear. We’d build a fort-like wall of rocks along it’s parameter to prevent the fire from growing.  It also lets us know where the ground ends and the fire starts. The beloved camp fire. Once a day of hiking ends and the tents are …

The Effects of Dehydration on the Human Body

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By Sean Murphy We live in one of the hottest continents on the planet yet we love adventuring. Australians can’t help themselves but go trekking and camping during extreme heat and the toll it can take on the human body if we don’t hydrate ourselves appropriately can be devastating, sometimes leading to hospitalisation or even death. It’s a no brainer that when we exercise whether it’s in the gym out the outdoors, we need to keep our hydration levels up. We lose precious water when we sweat so that fluid needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Dehydration is …

Before You Hit the Trails Outside, Be Aware of these Safety Tips

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by Lee Flynn Do you need a break from work? Better yet, a break from the stress of everyday life? Are you looking to get a little wilderness therapy? Hiking outdoors is the perfect stress reliever! However, before you get outside, make sure you follow some essential tips to have a safe and fun time in the Great Outdoors. What to Know First, never hit the trails alone. It is best to travel with a buddy at all times. However, if you only plan to be gone a short time, be sure to tell someone where you are going and …

4 Ways to Get Lost While Staying Safe

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By Lee Flynn Some vacations are planned down to the minute, and these can be action-packed and thrilling. However, there are times when you need to get away from it all, and this includes getting away from a schedule or a clock. Getting lost while far from home can sound ideal for those who need a complete escape for a few days or weeks, but you also want to stay safe while you are traveling. These tips can help you to accomplish your vacation goals so that you can enjoy a fabulous experience. Choose a Safe Destination A smart idea …