Having Fun With Outdoor Sports

January 5th, 2010 by admin No comments »

I love playing outdoor sports though all things considered I’m not much of a jock. The great thing about outdoors sports is that while enjoying a small dose of friendly competition, you can enjoy the boons nature bestow upon us as well as getting some good exercise. It’s a great way of spending quality time taking all things into account. To me going to the gym, workout on treadmills is a waste of time although a number of my friends opt for them. I could never understand the logic of spending time walking while watching a TV when you can play outdoor sports and have a fun time enjoying nature.

Provided that the weather is right, its great that you can play almost any sports outdoors. In summer, you can play soccer, baseball, basketball and most of the sports you can come up with outdoors. However most people give up on outdoor sports during the rainy and cold seasons. It’s a big mistake in my opinion since there are lots of sports suitable for snow, freezing cold and rain that you can indulge in. In the snow you can go cross-country skiing, dirt bike racing in the mud are few examples. Almost all year round you can play outdoor sports if you just use your imagination. » Read more: Having Fun With Outdoor Sports

Storing Outdoor Sports Equipment

January 5th, 2010 by admin No comments »

Fishing tackle and bicycles must be two of the most difficult sports to store equipment for. They are not particularly big or heavy, but do take up a certain amount of floor space. Fishing tackle and bikes both need keeping dry too which make outdoor storage impractical unless you have a shed or another form of outbuilding.

What makes storing them more difficult is the fact that both past times come with more accessories than you could shake a stick at. How do you organise all of those nuts and bolts or rig tying bits and pieces. Not only is it a case of storage though, you need to be able to get at them easily, easier the better in fact especially with bicycles.

I love cycling but everyone must have had that feeling where they know they should go out but really can’t be bothered. If you’re in one of these moods and your bike is right at the back of the shed that’s your ideal excuse not go out! You need your bike to be easily accessible you will be far more inclined to go out on it.

Although the same applies to fishing tackle, it’s not as important as with bicycles. I have yet to be put off going fishing by the idea if having to dig out the tackle from the back of shed. Having said that though if it were more accessible it would certainly make the process a whole lot easier, in terms of packing the care and then on return storing the equipment.

Family Camping – 5 Ways to Get Great Deals on Camping Gear

January 4th, 2010 by admin No comments »

Buying all the camping gear that you need to have for everyone in the family can get very expensive, very quickly. If this is your first family camping trip then you probably don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on new high end camping equipment until you for sure that family camping trips are something that you’ll be doing more in the future.

 

How can you get the gear that you and your family need without spending a small fortune? Here are five ways to find everything you need for less:

 

1. Borrow it

 

Do you have friends that go camping with their kids? Or do you family that have gone camping in the past or maybe you have some friends that are outdoor enthusiasts? Borrow anything you can from them. Borrow lanterns, sleeping bags, a stove, whatever they have. Anything that you don’t have to buy is money saved.

 

2. Rent it

 

Not all of the camping gear that you need to have will be available for rental but some camping and outdoor sports stores like REI do rent things like tents and stoves and other large pieces of camping equipment. Since those are the things that you would end up spending the biggest amount of money on it makes sense to see if you can rent those things instead of buying. Check with your local sporting goods and outdoor sports stores to see what equipment they rent.

 

3. Buy second hand

 

Scour local resale shops or used sporting goods stores for second hand camping gear that is still in good condition. Chances are pretty good that you will find some great gear that has only been used once that was purchased by other family campers who decided camping wasn’t for them. You should probably not buy used sleeping bags, but other second hand equipment could save you lots money. You can also take your chances at garage sales and yard sales.

 

4. Equipment swaps

 

Do your kids play sports and have a lot of old sports gear? Look for local sports equipment swaps to see if you can trade your kids’ old, outgrown gear for some family camping gear. Many times local community sports leagues, sporting teams, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups and other community groups will hold equipment swaps. Check with your local parks department to find equipment swaps in your area.

 

5. Look online

 

Scour sites like Craigslist or Freecycle to find free or low cost camping equipment that is still in good condition. Sometimes you can get amazing deals on equipment that is practically new when you look on the Internet.

 

With a little bit of effort, you can potentially save a great deal of money on camping gear so that you and your family can have a great time, without worrying about the expenses.

 

 




By: David Lanford