Trail Running – Millennial’s favored pass time

Millennials are into the finer things in life, good company, food, wine and amazing views.

So it should come as no surprise that trail running features high up on that list, pun intended, what many of us don’t actually know is what it exactly involves and what equipment is required. There are countless places that offer trail running as an activity especially when you go camping.

We have partnered with Camp4 to give you some easy tips for the amateur or beginner runner.

What is trail running?

Trail running is an off road type of running. You will typically run on mountains, reserves and farms. Road runners and trail runners seldom cross run, in other words a road runner won’t necessarily participate in off road racing and vica versa. Trail running competitions allow you to select different distances just as in road running however, distances are seldom above 15km due to the vigorous sport. Distances above this are usually “challenge” like races or “Ultra” Marathons.  

Top 5 tips for the amateur trail runner

1.Start on the road.

A bit of a contradiction to our statement above but as a starting point, we suggest that you start road running first, simply to build up some sort of muscle and strength in your legs before moving onto trails. Once you are able to run a 5km road run – you will be able to do a 3km trail run.

2. Take It slow

Don’t push yourself too hard too quickly. Take things slow and soak up the sunshine, after all that is what trail running is about right? Walk in between, take pictures and enjoy the scenery.

3. Find a group to run with

As the terrain is often rugged, training and running by yourself is never suggested. Join a group or find like minded people who would enjoy trail running. By joining a group you often receive additional tips and pointers about the routes in your area as well as having the added advantage of increased safety should something go wrong.

4. Invest in decent shoes

Trail running shoes

Trail running shoes vary greatly in prices – In this instances it pays to spend more. You require good foot support. Knowing your running style can greatly help when choosing shoes. Do you know what your Pronation style is? Have a look here for more information on Pronation.

5. Pack for emergencies

ALWAYS pack some sort of survival/medical kit if you are running alone. Even something small that can be strapped to your waist is better than nothing. Ideally you need to have something warm with you in case you get stuck somewhere and the temperature drops, first aid gear that has something to dress an open wound or a broken bone, an energy snack and some sort of survival knife

Drone Pro Pack can Replace Both your Drone Case and MacBook Backpack

DJI provides a compact carrying case that fits the essentials for carrying and flying your drone, but it’s a handheld Styrofoam case and not a full drone backpack. You need a separate bag if you’re bringing a MacBook or camera or even an iPad that you may use as a display.

Drone Pro Pack fits all of the above: DJI Phantom 4 drone, extra batteries, chargers, any size iPad, DSLR cameras and lenses, up to 15-inch MacBooks, and even more all in a backpack.

The trade-off is Drone Pro Pack is not as compact as a standalone carrying case, but the all-in-one approach is super practical. Over the weekend I packed Drone Pro Pack with my Phantom 4, iPad Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, and Sony a6500 camera and hopped on my motorcycle to bicycle to a takeoff point a few miles away from my house.

Drone Pro Pack comfortably fits everything you need to capture and edit aerial footage without tightly packing your gear. Just twist your blades off and tuck your drone inside, a Velcro strap holds it in place, and multiple compartments accommodate spare batteries, chargers, cameras, and more

A padded zip up section along the back fits iPads and MacBooks securely, and compartments on either side hold smaller accessories like your keys, iPhone, wallet, or spare batteries.

Drone Pro Pack is a bit taller and heftier than your typical laptop bag since Phantom series drones aren’t super compact, but the amount of padding and adjustability makes it a comfortable backpack even while hiking or outdoor cycling. A buckle optionally connects both straps across your chest too which I found super helpful during my ride; my load was heavier than usual, but I wasn’t distracted by adjusting straps at all.

Just as any storm chaser, news gathering individual, or engineering photographer knows, the way in which you store your prize device will have a great effect on your ease of use and enjoyment of the drone.

One of my favorite things about Drone Pro Pack is leaving my Phantom 4 stowed away top down between flights and just popping the microSD card out to import footage and swapping batteries in between charges.

Drone Pro Pack is an excellent all-in-one drone carrying case and laptop/camera bag

Drone Pro Pack isn’t cheap at $199.95, but it’s a top-notch, quality drone backpack that can replace both your backpack and drone carrying case for aerial flying adventures.

Mountaineering- A Lifetime Experience

Nothing better sums up the outdoors than the centuries old human endeavor to scale mighty peaks. Mountaineering involves hiking, climbing or just simply walking on hilly or mountainous ground. It should be a worthwhile experience and one should capture some of the most amazing moments in life since lot of time and investment goes into learning the climb. Sometimes the only way to articulate even a smidgeon of the experience is by taking pictures .

Mountaineering

In mountaineering one comes across different types of terrain- mainly snow, glaciers, ice or just naked rock. One needs to be physically robust, fit and display a decent level of athleticism and suppleness of body to climb mountains. Training, preparing meticulously for a climb and packing the right gear are all essential if one is looking forward to an ascent on a particularly challenging peak. The climb provides many opportunities for imaging. After all, there is no better feeling than being in the open pristine air and capturing the panoramic beauty of the mountains. One can also capture the extraordinary people, the unparalleled wildlife using a daytime  device like this or night time device like this this shear magnificence of the mountains.

Mountaineering is a passion for the adventure minded. Many people climb for pleasure and for the sheer thrill of conquering peaks near and far. But over time, the sport has split into several disciplines which involves various degrees of skill and preparation. Today climbers have the comfort of having the most advanced equipments and gear at their disposal.

The equipment for mountaineering includes backpack gear with the essentials being mountaineering boots, anti balling plates for crampons, ice axe loops, and of course, a good high quality backpack. The camping gear includes water bottles, sleeping bag, compression/ stuff sack for sleeping bag and other uses, headlamps, extra bulbs, fresh batteries, utensils, earplugs, knife, matchbox, lighter, toiletry kit and personal medicines. Outerwear and innerwear are also an important part of the equipment. The outerwear includes hardshell pants and jackets, windproof and waterproof, softshell pants and jacket, fleece to cover the ears, mittens, neck warmers, gloves and goggles. The innerwear includes light weight underwear, expedition weight underwear, fleece pants, fleece jacket and heavyweight socks.

Mountaineers have immense responsibility towards helping maintain an ecological balance and ensuring that the mountain environment is not harmed. The major concerns today for environmentalists and mountaineers are the receding glaciers as a result of global warming and green house effect. The mountaineer has an enormous responsibility towards helping maintain an ecological balance and ensuring a healthy mountain environment. While trekking, rock climbing and mountaineering, his actions must not have any impact or minimum impact on the environment especially with regard to trekking, camping, washing and disposing waste.

Mountaineering has medical concerns as well. Before any climb is attempted, one should make sure one is fit enough to endure anything and everything that the nature throws. Mountaineering may be a very exhilarating task and it is important for the body to acclimatise by giving it sufficient time.

Salwater Fly Fishing at Hudson Bay

Many of our visitors split their fishing trips up into two one week sessions, with one week of fresh water fishing at Monument Bay and surrounding areas and one week of salt water fishing in the greater Hudson Bay area where we also run a charter offering mostly saltwater fly fishing. Saltwater fly fishing refers to fishing done along the coastlines and in oceans. When you go saltwater fly fishing you will be able to haul much larger fish than those found in freshwater like the tuna, mackerel, tarpon, sea trout and many other species. The equipment for saltwater fly fishing is also different than that of freshwater.You can indulge in this sport either on the coast, close to Hudson Bay, or venture out into the deep sea with a boat or even wade.

However, while wading you need to keep a lookout for stingrays that can sabotage all your plans for a leisurely fly fishing experience. You can also use the waders that have been made with the purpose of foiling the attempts of the stingray. Nevertheless here are a few tips for you to help you embark on your saltwater fly fishing journey.

Getting Your Fly Fishing Gear

For saltwater fly fishing you need to have heavy fishing gear like the rod, line and the reel because the wind in the oceans is stronger and you need extra weight to go against it. You should opt for those rods that are eight and a half feet to 9 feet long. The ideal weight of the line is seven, eight or nine. Fishing gear is not cheap. So you need to know what your requirements are.There are some fly fishers who opt for longer rods when they need to cast at a distance and shorter ones for more compact work. Choosing the appropriate reel is also essential as you need to keep a control on the reel depending on the fish size.

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When choosing the line many prefer lines which are bright in color so that they are easily noticeable and while some prefer a mixture so that the fish do not move away.The Movement Of The WaterYour saltwater fly fishing results varies on the tidal currents which monitor the availability of the fish. During the tidal proceedings it brings in a lot of aquatic creatures to the surface. You should also have some information about the time and the force of these tides which can help you to garner in a rich haul.

Ideal Water Temperature

During cold conditions the fish are reluctant to move and in hot conditions they move to cooler areas. So remember to choose the water that is moderate in temperatureThe Fly PatternsThe saltwater fish feed on different types of food. You can use patterns like baitfish, crabs and shrimps. You can also use variations of crabs such as those made of yarn, coated foam or feathers. You can also use another popular method called ‘poppers’. These are surface lures meant to attract large saltwater fish. You can also catch the smaller species of fish like the striped bass or bonefish on the shore and use it as baits for luring your larger saltwater trophies.

What We Will Provide:

Tackle

Bait

Transport

Safety Equipment

Midday Meal

What We Suggest Your Bring:

Warm Clothing

Breakfast (Also best time for a seasick pill if necessary)

Cool drink (A few beers is fine)

Phone with Bluetooth / Auxiliary and Waterproof Wireless Speakers ( If you don’t have any music we will provide, but you might not like it. Good quality waterproof wireless speakers can be found here or here)

Sunscreen ( Very Important! Any from this list will do)

A suitable backpack ( rolling backpacks with wheels work well)