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Take A Hike - Rochester 3rd edition

Take A Hike – Rochester 3rd edition

Spring is coming – eventually. Be prepared when that warm, sunny day arrives by purchasing guidebooks now so you can hit the trail and enjoy the burst of spring. The latest (3rd) edition of Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester NY Area” is ON SALE for only $16.95 (retail $19.95).

Also ON SALE for $12:
Bruce Trail – An Adventure Along the Niagara Escarpment
Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region.

Take Your Bike - Genesee Valley

Take Your Bike – Genesee Valley

Stock up – no matter how many guidebooks you purchase at www.footprintpress.com, the shipping for the entire order is only $3.50.  We have guidebooks for hiking, biking, paddling, exploring waterfalls, and more – lots of fun spring adventures to enjoy across New York State.

Bruce Trail hiking narrative

Bruce Trail hiking narrative


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5 Gifts To Make Biking More Safe, Stylish, And Fun

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Now until Christmas 2012, everything ordered through http://www.footprintpress.com will be shipped for FREE. Order a gift for yourself (or others) today.

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Motorola Talkabout MT350R Radios

The latest Motorola Talkabout MT350R Radios are ideal for use when out of cell phone range at the cabin, on the trail backpacking, camping, paddling and just hanging out at the park.  These just launched in June and feature reliable two-way communications, up to a 35 mile range, flashlight, hands-free capability, NOAA weather channels and best of all they  feature a WEATHERPROOF design providing protection from wet weather conditions like snow and rain splashes, as well as dust — so perfect to take on winter hiking and skiing expeditions without worries.   They are also important to have year-round as part of an emergency preparedness kit.

About the MT350R Two-Way Radios (Key Features)
-Weatherproof IP-54 rating dust/splashproof from any direction
-Up to 35-mile range
-7 NOAA weather channels and alerts
-LED Flashlight
-MSRP:  89.99
-Web Site: http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Two-Way+Radios+-+Consumers/MT350R_Talkabout_Two-Way-Radio_US-EN

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PetHub smart dog ID tags

Many outdoor enthusiasts like to bring a beloved pet along to enjoy the experience. A new service is helping make it easier for pets to stay safe in the event that the pet is separated from the owner. Pet tags are now smart! Now you can easily scan pet/owner info using your Smartphone to help GPS locate the owner of a lost pet. PetHub tags helps owners digitize their pet’s important records and make them accessible via Smartphones and the Web.

PetHub smart dog ID tags

PetHub provides pet owners with the fastest and safest way to get lost pets home. Going beyond standard ID tags, the PetHub ID tag provides immediate, one-scan access to critical information such as emergency contacts, necessary medication, allergies, immunizations, vet and insurance providers, dietary needs, and much more. Unlike microchips, anyone with a Smartphone can easily scan the PetHub ID tag or use the Web address on the front of the tag to access a pet’s critical information and immediately take proper action.

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This article was written with Christmas gifts in mind, but it lists good ideas for anyone who enjoys food on a paddle camping trip. Click here.

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The GREENIVATIVE Magic™ (G-MAG™) battery charger may be of use to car campers, multi-day bikers, kayak campers – anyone who needs more battery power on a long outdoor adventure. The G-Mag can charge batteries using only saltwater!  G-MAG™ has an unlimited shelf life (years) when dry. By adding a small amount of salt water (which you can easily mix yourself), it instantly begins to make power.

G-MAG™ is a small device
About twice the size of a cell phone
Will recharge up to 6 AA rechargeable batteries in about 30 minutes – 15 times
Re-charging 6 AA rechargeable batteries 15 times is like carrying 90 batteries in your pocket!
Weighing only about 9 ounces, G-MAG™ is very powerful for its size and very easy to use.

Click here to learn more.

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You plan to ski to a remote hut, climb to a panoramic vista, or paddle to a pristine shoreline. Wouldn’t it be nice to take along some wine and toast the achievement or sip slowly as you savor the surroundings? Previously that meant carrying heavy glass bottles both ways. No

Glenora Wines AstraPouch

more – Glenora Wine Cellars has introduced wine in the AstraPouch to the US market.

The AstraPouch contains the equivalent of two bottles of wine in a lightweight, recyclable, collapsible container – perfect for those of us who enjoy adventure but still savor the taste of wine.

Both Trestle Creek Riesling and Trestle Creek Chardonnay now come in the AstraPouch. They can be ordered on-line or find them at area liquor stores.

Click here to watch a video of AstraPouches being filled at Glenora Wine Cellars.

Not convinced yet? Replacing heavy glass bottles and bulky bag in box packaging, the light weight AstraPouch is a durable, convenient and eco-friendly way to bring wine and spirits to the consumer market. Here are the facts:
-The filled AstraPouch is 98 percent wine and only 2 percent packaging by weight
-The 1.5L AstraPouch has an 80% lower carbon footprint than two bottles of wine
-1 truck load of empty AstraPouch equals 14 truck loads of empty glass bottles
– Chills fast, 14 minutes in the AstraPouch versus 40 minutes in a glass, using less energy
-Resealable and stays fresh for up to one month after opening
– No cork waste
– Avoids the “no glass at beach” rule

As a holiday gift idea, combine an AstraPouch of wine with a Footprint Press guidebook and a note suggesting a specific hike, bike, paddle, or waterfall adventure to a scenic locale to enjoy the wine. Here are some ideas:
-Creekwalk up Chautauqua Creek in western NY to swim below Skinny Dip Falls on a hot summer day (200 Waterfalls in Central &

200 Waterfalls in Central & Western NY

Western New York)
-Bike the old roadways in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester to absorb the historic surroundings, then rest under an ancient tree to savor some wine. (Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester Area)
-Go Inn to Inn backpacking along the Bruce Trail where you can sip wine on a cobblestone beach along Georgian Bay. (Bruce Trail – An Adventure Along the Niagara Escarpment)
-Bike trip with a view – head to Spafford Forrest in Onondaga County to enjoy wine from a hang glider’s launch point overlooking the Otisco Lake valley.(Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region)
-Take an aerobic, serene woods hike by following the Van Lone Hill Loop Trail in Schuyler County. (Take A Hike – Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region)
-Paddle Deer Creek in Pulaski to pass sand dunes and sip wine on the shore of Lake Ontario. (Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks)
-Hike the trails along Six Mile Creek in Ithaca to savor the view of remote Potter’s Falls. (200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York)

Peak Experiences

-Go on a quest to reach the highest point of each county of New York State and celebrate each summit. (Peak Experiences – Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County)
-Hike the Rifle Range Trail in Rochester and sip your wine along the shore of Irondequoit Creek. (Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester Area)
-Paddle the southern reaches of the Genesee River where its more creek-like and sip wine from a gravel bar at a bend in the river. (Take A Paddle – Western New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks)

by Sue Freeman

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I recently received an email from Oren Barris of Paths Peaks & Paddles in Western New York. Oren included a list of upcoming events and outings and stated: “The reason we’re putting all this out now is there is nothing more frustrating than trying to find or think of a gift for that person who has it all. Or someone who is just getting into a sport. I can’t think of a thing that is on our calendar that wouldn’t make a great gift for those people.”

Oren makes a great point. Give the Gift of the Outdoors to those you love – give them a “no-excuses” reason to get outside for some fun or to learn a new activity or  skill. No matter where they live in New York State, there’s probably an outdoor adventure company offering great outings and classes. Here are a few companies I can vouch for. Visit their web site to see their event listings.

Western NY: Paths Peaks & Paddles
Rochester & Finger Lakes Area: Pack, Paddle, Ski Corp.
Western NY: Evergreen Outfitters
Zip Lines in New York State

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Vere Sandals - made in Geneva NY

RIT graduate and Geneva native John Eades is proving that you can make a better product in the USA, at a competitive price. He took over a former American Can Company factory in Geneva and put his design, production and marketing expertise (he formerly designed shoes for New Balance, Airwalk, and Reef) to work developing the Vere Sandal Company.

Take A Hike - Finger Lakes

Click here to read all about his company, his philosophy, and his products.

As a holiday idea – stay local … pair some Vere Sandals with a Take A Hike guidebook and you’ve got a winning locally grown NY State combination.

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