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5 Best iPhone Apps for Hiking — MyNature Apps

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GoBites -healthy energy for your adventures.

GoBites -healthy energy for your adventures.

Packing for an outdoor adventure can be a challenge. Buying comfortable shoes, durable clothes and the right gear is necessary, but what about food to help get you through the day? The best foods are lightweight, nonperishable, packed with nutrients and easy to prepare.

GoBites, a portion-controlled, all-natural snack delivery service (most products under 200 calories) offers more than 25 varieties, sent directly to one’s home is the perfect addition to a backpack.  Packed with nutrients and proteins, GoBites packs of nuts and fruits can be delivered on weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis  (in packages of 14; subscriptions start at $27.86). The grab-and-go packages can be customized by dietary needs (Diabetic, Gluten Free, Paleo, Heart Healthy, etc.) and includes a variety of exotic ingredients (organic cavendish bananas, Sri Lankan jack fruit, white figs, mulberries, monukka raisins, Balinese cacao nibs, rambutan and more).

Using only Mother Nature’s finest ingredients, GoBites is the perfect snack pack for the adventure enthusiast.

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Let it snow – Kick off the XC Ski & Snowshoe Season  
As the Hudson Valley hillsides change color and the leaves cover up the summer hiking trails, local outdoor enthusiasts’ attention will turn to the winter sport season.
To kick the season off and support cross-country ski and snowshoe fans in the area, the Fahnestock Winter Park’s 4th Annual Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Swap Fundraiser will take place Sat., Nov 2 from 9 am to 1pm at Fahnestock State Park’s Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC).
Do you have cross country ski gear or snowshoes that have not been used lately?  Consider selling them on consignment.
Are you interested in upgrading equipment? Used or new XC skis, poles and boots will be available for purchase form previous seasons at discounted prices.
For those not familiar with a Ski Swap – if you have Nordic gear or accessories in gathering dust in storage it is a chance to sell the equipment.  Bring them to us and we will help you tag and price your items for consignment.
New for the 2014 season is the total renovation of Winter Park bathrooms.  Next to be upgraded will be a newly designed Acorn Café, and rental building. The Stillwater Lake loop is also being upgraded with resources provided by a recreational trail grant.
Do you have a question or would like to make arrangements to drop items off before the Swap or receive a Ski Swap Equipment form?  At your convenience call 845.265.3773 or email paul.kuznia@parks.ny.gov
If you cannot drop equipment off before Swap, gear will also be accepted the morning of the event from 8-9am. Light snacks and beverages will also be available.
TOEC is located in Putnam County within Fahnestock State Park at 75 Mtn. Laurel Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Facility directions:  htttp://nysparks.com/environment/nature-centers/3/details.aspx.

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Excitement is building for the TrailLink app, which was recently featured on the TODAY show. You can download the app from the iTunes store beginning November 15; an Android version will follow in early 2014. The app includes all the great TrailLink.com features you know and love—interactive maps, tons of photos, firsthand reviews, and detailed trail facts—plus downloadable maps for offline use and the ability to see your location on the trail.

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A good read from Backpacker Magazine: Common Hiking Boot Lacing Techniques

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Hammerhead LED-based bike navigation keeps you on the righteous paths (video)

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Point 65 Tequila! Modular Kayaks

Point 65 Tequila! Tandem Modular Kayak

Point 65 Tequila! Tandem Modular Kayak

A new level of innovation for recreational kayaks. Created by award-winning design engineer Magnus De Brito, Point 65 launches the Tequila! A fun, versatile and high-performance kayak that, due to its modularity, is exceptionally easy to carry, store, and haul. The revolutionary solo or tandem combination is the solution you were waiting for.
Click here to see models. Click on details for one & scroll down on the page to watch videos.

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These 8 updated PDF maps have a revision date of 08/13.  Trail Conditions notices have been posted for each of these updates.

M15 – updated minor reroute within Watkins Glen, showing the formerly blue blazed route passing LaFayette Park and the FLT Monument as the now white blazed main trail.
M14 – update needed to show the M15 reroute.
QCML – update needed to show the M15 reroute.
O1 – Hunting Closure date changes by landowner.
M28 – major re-route adding 4.7 miles of trail, moving trail onto recently created Alley Cat route.
M20 – loss of landowner permission requiring additional road walk was incorporated into permanent map.
M29 & M30 – update with additional information, front and back, but no change in the route of the trail.
B2 – an additional parking waypoint was added to GPX file, but the PDF map was not revised because the parking waypoint was already on the PDF map.

The interactive maps were updated. The GPS files for maps M15, M20, M28, M29, O1 and B2 were updated.
Click here to purchase FLTC maps.

http://www.fltconference.org/trail/store/maps-and-gps/

source: Greg Farnham via FLTC email list

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The Spy FOLD foldable sunglasses

The Spy FOLD foldable sunglasses

SPY® is happy to introduce the Fold—a foldable sunglass inspired by SPY’s John John Florence. As a pro surfer, John John has life on the road down pat: pack tight and travel light. With this in mind, John John and SPY designed the multi-hinged Fold frame, which “folds” up to fit neatly in it’s pouch or a pocket without fear of getting lost or scratched.

“I spend a lot of my time traveling, and I wanted a sunglass that I could pretty much take anywhere,” says John John. “The Fold is easy to pack and it won’t get mangled with all my gear. Plus, it comes with a rad pouch that doubles as a wallet.”

Spy Fold sunglasses with Happy Technology.

Spy Fold sunglasses with Happy Technology.

The Fold is custom-built from virtually indestructible Grilamid™ and features a bridge hinge, 5-barrel hinges at the frame and temple, and mid-temple pin hinges for quick folding and stowing, as well as 6-base curve polycarbonate lenses, 100% UV protection and a custom, collapsible pouch with a slot for cards.

“John John has a unique style that’s both classic and cutting edge, so we worked together to design a folding glass that embodied this,” says Juliette Koh, SPY product director. “The Fold’s vintage styling exhibits strong and masculine lines, and one of the colorways features the innovative new Happy Lens™ technology.”

The latest addition to SPY’s versatile eyewear line, the Fold will feature SPY’s revolutionary new Happy Lens™ technology—an innovative lens designed to let in the sun’s “good” rays that promote balance in the body—fostering a positive uplift in mood and alertness—while simultaneously blocking the “bad” rays. As an added bonus, it’s also a polarized and color contrast-enhancing lens, giving you the best visual experience possible.

Hitting stores this week, the Fold is available in three colorways—Matte Black with Happy Bronze Polar w/Black Mirror Lens, Matte Black with Bronze w/Red Spectra™ Lens, and Matte Black with Grey Lens. MSRP for the Fold ranges from $120 to $180.

For more information about the Fold, go to http://www.spyoptic.com/fold/d/1403_c_100. For more information about SPY, log-on at www.spyoptic.com, www.facebook.com/spyoptic, Twitter @spyoptic and @spyoptic on Instagram.

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Just-Add-Water Beer From Pat’s Backcountry Beverages Might Revolutionize Your Hiking Trip

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