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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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If you’re stuck at your campsite, out on a hike or mountain biking with no electrical power to rely on, you will need another form of energy that will enable you to stay in touch with friends and family, and maybe even make emergency calls.

RayovacRayovac’s newly launched line of portable charging devices will help keep you charged and connected when you need it most. The 2-Hour Power device runs solely on one Rayovac battery that contains a shelf life of 10 years and provides your phone with 2 hours of additional talk time. The 2-Hour Power device is not only reliable and easily portable (can be stored in your tent or backpack), but it’s affordable as well. At a price point of only $8.99, this device comes in well under any other portable charger on the market. They can be purchased online at Rayovac.com or at stores such as Walmart.

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Hiking is a wonderful way to get out, get active, and enjoy nature firsthand. Unlike other outdoor pursuits, like biking, climbing, or skiing, hiking requires no special skill or ability. If you can walk, you can hike. If, however, you’re planning to hit the trails for an entire day, we recommend bringing along a few necessities to get the most out of the experience.

1.    First Aid Kit: As the saying goes: better safe than sorry. Avoid a disaster miles into a hike by bringing along a first aid kit. The American Red Cross recommends first aid kits include all personal medications, a space blanket, tweezers, various bandages, aspirin, and hydrocortisone, among other items. Check out the full list here and visit Pelican.com for the perfect sized case to carry your first aid contents.
2.    Food and Water: Hiking is an athletic pursuit and you’ll want to be sure to remain fully hydrated and nourished during your day on the trails. Energy bars make for a nutritious and easy snack to eat on the go.
3.    Appropriate clothing: Recommended hiking wear will vary according to season, location, and weather conditions, however, long pants are always advisable to avoid poison ivy and other ground-level irritants. Hiking boots and thick socks are always a wise choice as well. If it’s warm, be sure to wear sunscreen and if it’s cold, bundle up in layers that you can shed or add as the weather and your activity level shift.
4.    Whistle: Once again: better safe than sorry. A whistle is a small accessory to bring along that could save your life. Unlike your voice, a whistle doesn’t go hoarse, so why not just throw one around your neck?
5.    Map: Bring trail maps along in case you get lost or confused. And anyway, you might discover some awesome sight you wouldn’t have otherwise known about 1010-045-110_image_alt2_i1010_hikingwithout a trail map. If you rely on an iPod/iPhone/Smart Phone for your maps, bring them  in a watertight case , so you don’t get caught in a torrential downpour somewhere in the woods with a dead device.
6.    Flashlight: Not planning to stay out past sundown? It’s still not a bad idea to bring a rugged, outdoor flashlight or headlamp —yes, just in case. Plus, what if you stumble upon a cave on your trail map and want to explore? It’s always good to bring along a light source when exploring nature and Pelican ProGear’s lighting solutions are second to none.
7.    Reference material: As you hike, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses—literally. Breathe in the natural beauty and observe the world around you. Bring along a bird watching book—or a tablet device with bird watching apps—so you can identify the species you’re seeing. Same goes for plants, insects, or any other aspect of nature you’d like to learn more about. Hiking is an opportunity to get active, as well as to learn—and there are apps for that too.

Now that you’ve gathered your first aid kit, energy bars, and flashlight, the question remains: how will you carry it all? The Pelican ProGear Sport Backpacks are the ideal, lightweight solution for a day on the trails. They are ergonomically designed to minimize strain, while the cushioned back is deeply ventilated for ultimate comfort. And if you do decide to bring along a tablet device, the Sport Elite Tablet Backpack features a watertight, crushproof compartment.

Now that you’re properly equipped, enjoy an active day hiking the trails!

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10 of the Best iPhone Apps to Access on Your Nature Walk

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Back to Basics: 5 Essential Items for First-Time Campers

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