Strength Training is a key component to achieving your physical goal, along with the necessary education of specific lifting routines. What most do NOT realize about strength training is how important it is over most other fitness routines. Many people that I talk to think that just doing cardio movements (Running, elliptical, biking, etc.) is enough exercise to keep them
There has recently been an increased focus on the environmental impact of trail running and races. So what's the answer? No trail races? Should everyone just run on treadmills? Oh wait that uses electricity powered by coal plants. And likely the treadmill is in some concrete structure changing earth's albedo. So that doesn't help. Running on the roads presents many
The Christmas holiday time is usually such a welcome period to relax and take in a deep breath for people. We’ve worked hard all year long and had our successes, and some failures along the way. We have racked our brains, and stretched our budgets to come up with creative gifts for family and friends, and now this time between
Everyone has their own personal reasons for wanting to stay fit. It can vary from wanting to lose weight, to toning muscles, to just being healthy. For me it is a two-fold reason. The first is simple...to hunt. I hunt year round and I know from personal experience that the hunt is much more enjoyable when I am in shape versus lagging behind and unable to catch my breath. Nearly all of my hunts entail hiking, backpacking, and some sort of physical activity that requires me to be physically fit. Therefore, it is necessary to integrate multiple forms of exercises to prepare for the hunt. My second reason for exercising, is because I just want to feel good. This is a pure reward for the hard work. Exercising releases endorphins that provide a healthy and natural way to just be happy, reduce stress, and enjoy life.
Let’s just cut to the chase. I was sick and tired of my previous packs failing me, breaking down and not performing well. It was time for a new pack. Essentially, I ended up with the Mystery Ranch Crew Cab. Mystery Ranch is one of the premier pack companies in the world, and best of all, these packs are made in the USA out of Bozeman, MT.
Although it has been three years since this hunt has taken place, I remember it as if it were just yesterday. I am sitting here now, admiring the beautiful mount of this gorgeous buck and reflecting back to the awesome journey that I was so fortunate to be a part of that rainy October day. A hunt filled with numerous ups and downs and twists and turns, yet by some last minute miracle turned out to be one of my greatest adventures to date, an unbelievable adventure that undoubtedly won't soon be forgotten.
Going into the 2013 season I was in need of a lighter pack so of course when Paradox contacted me to do a product review I jumped at the chance. Upon receiving the pack I was shocked at just how light this pack was at just over four pounds it was a shocking 5 pounds lighter than my previous pack.
I bought my first pair of Kenetrek Mountain Extremes in 2009 about three weeks before the kickoff of scouting season. The first time I put the boots on I knew they were in a class of their own. Only wearing them a couple times before a nine day scouting trip left me with little worry as they were as solid and comfortable of a boot as I have ever worn. The first day of the 9 day trip I walked about 6 miles with a 3000’ elevation climb. When I made camp that night I had a hot spot on the bottom of each foot but no blister and the next morning my feet were as good as new. By the end of the 09 trip I was sold on Kenetrek Mountain Extremes. I have been used to buying a pair of boots every year as well and much to my surprise I seen a little bit of wear but the boots remained water proof and the tread held up great as well.
Earlier this summer, I made my first trek into the backcountry in search of mule deer. This was the first time I had ever set foot into this particular area, and although it was good looking country with a lot of potential, I only managed to turn up five bucks.