Outdoor Recreation and Safety by LazerBrite
Tips, information about trails, gear, safety, and unique activities that can be done in the outdoors.
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Essential Tools for Survival Kits
by LazerBrite
Feb 21, 2014 | 155 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Bad weather can cause a blackout, or flooding. Cars can get stranded on the side of the road. People can get lost and injured. With all of these potential situations in mind, it is important to be as prepared as possible. One of the best ways to stay prepared for any emergency is to have a 72-hour kit, or an emergency survival kit. It is a good idea to have one both in the home and in one’s car, just to cover all the bases. Survival kits need to sustain you and your loved ones, so it is important to have as much as you can. Here is a list of vital tools and items for every 72-hour kit.

1.     Food and Water. The golden rule is to have one gallon of water per person per day. For food, have enough non-perishable food to last for at least three days.

2.     Glowsticks, or some other kind of LED flashlight. In particular, some kind of durable glow stick is the best choice, as it will last rough handling and weather.

3.     First Aid and medications. This includes bandages, gauze, and personal medications. If someone has asthma, for example, it is important to have any inhalers or other medication they might need.  

4.     Extra clothes and blankets. Having extra clothing and blankets can be invaluable in cold and wet conditions, so make sure to have plenty. Things like socks in particular can be a big help by keeping the extremities warm.

5.     Personal Hygiene items (moist towelettes, tampons, toilet paper, garbage bags)

With these items, you and your family will be far more prepared for any situation that may arise. 

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Best Bike Trails in Utah
by LazerBrite
Feb 20, 2014 | 81 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Utah has a lot of gorgeous scenery, hiking trails, campsites, and even great skiing trails. In addition to all of that, it also has a lot of fantastic mountian biking trails. In fact, there is a list of some of the best biking trails in Utah, and the cities they are located in.

1.     Porcupine Rim, Moab. This is an advanced trail, so keep that in mind before heading out on it. It also offers great views of Castle Valley, and very technical downhill ride.

2.     Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane. The difficulty level for this trail is also advanced. Offering fantastic views of Zions National Park, it can be treacherous if one isn’t paying attention, so be careful.

3.     Slickrock, Moab. This trail is also of advanced level, so it is advised that only experienced bikers try this one. The second trail located in Moab, this trail offers unique landscape, and short, steep, climbs and descents.

4.     Snowbasin Resort, Ogden. The difficulty level for Snowbasin is intermediate, so it is a little more open to bikers of varying skills. This trail has the advantage of accessing the trails on a lift, so one can choose which trail best suits their time/skill more easily.

5.     Mid-Mountain, Park City. The difficulty level for this trail is also intermediate. Beginning in Park City and climbing Spiro Trail and beyond, it is a near 25-mile loop, and ends on a nice paved bike path to the trailhead.

As the weather warms up, take advantage of the sun and explore some of these great trails. Make sure to stay safe by having plenty of water, first aid, and some kind of LED lantern.

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Self-Defense Tips
by LazerBrite
Feb 18, 2014 | 228 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Many newspaper headlines tell us how dangerous the world is. People get hurt or die, and sometimes in ways that could have been avoided with a little bit of self-defense knowledge. Not everyone has time to take a martial arts class, but it is still a good idea to have some rudimentary ideas of self-defense. Here are some tips on staying safe, and how to defend yourself if needed.

1.     Make noise. This may not seem like a self-defense tip, but it is. Scream and yell as loudly as possible if someone tries to attack. This brings unwanted attention on the attacker, and can make them run away, as well as draw people who can help to your position.

2.     Move as much as possible. Squirm, bite, kick, run, and simply move as much as possible. Other methods, such as suddenly dropping if an attacker is holding you, can also be very effective.

3.     Punch properly. Make sure to always have your thumb outside of your fist, and try to hit with your first two knuckles. Be advise: punching will hurt your hand as well, so try to be prepared for that.

4.     Aim for the sensitive areas. Eyes, nose, throat, groin, stomach, and even the toes can be great places to hit and kick. These can be painful enough to get the attacker to stop, and this gives you time to try and get away.

5.     Carry a small self defense tool, like a tactical flashlight, pepper spray, keys, pocket knife, and so on. Having a small tool like this can be very beneficial to warding off an attacker.

Hopefully these tips will help people stay safe. In addition, be sure to tell others where you are going, and to have a cell phone ready, just in case.

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Safety in Power Outages
by LazerBrite
Feb 16, 2014 | 155 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Winter is almost over, and spring is on the way. However, as the saying goes, with April showers come May flowers, and rain can cause a lot of inconveniences, and even dangers. Aside from dangers of ice and slick roads, there is also the danger presented by blackouts. In order to stay safe, it is best to be prepared, and here is a list of vital tools for every power outage.

1.     Food and water. The golden rule for water is to have enough for one gallon per person per day. For food it is a good idea to have enough non-perishables for several days’ worth of food.

2.     First aid. Even if it is only basic first aid, it can make a big difference if someone is injured.

3.     Extra Clothes. This is especially important for staying warm and dry. Having extra socks, coats, and so on can really help everyone stay warm.

4.     Cell phone and batteries. Cell phones may or may not work during a blackout, but it is important to have them ready all the same just in case.

5.     Flashlights. In particular, some kind of battery-operated lantern is very helpful, as it will be bright and durable. This is vital for navigating a dark house, fixing any electrical issues, or treating wounds in the dark.

By keeping these tools ready, it will be far easier to get through blackouts with minimal inconvenience. 

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Camping Tips: Prepare for Bad Weather With Tactical Flashlights
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Feb 15, 2014 | 2816 views | 0 0 comments | 638 638 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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It is finally warming up and spring is on the way. However, the weather can still cause problems for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly when it involves camping. Rain and ice can be very dangerous to campers, especially at night, so it is important to be as prepared as possible. Here are some tips for being prepared for bad weather while camping:

One of the most important things is to make sure you have the right kind of gear. To start with, tarps are very important. They can be used to keep firewood and other tings dry, and they can keep the tent dry if you don’t have one that came with the tent.

Secondly, warm clothes are vital. In particular, make sure to wear layers and have extras of everything, especially socks. Extremities (feet and hands) are the first things to get cold, so it is important to keep them as warm as possible. Taking off wet shoes before going in the tent is also a good idea. In addition, bring a lot of extra blankets in addition to sleeping bags. Towels are also a necessity, in order to dry off gear and yourself.

Lastly, make sure to have waterproof flashlights. Some kind of camping lantern is good, but it needs to be waterproof if you are expecting rain. This way the lights can be used to mark the location of a tent, for cooking, and more.

With these camping gear tips, camping will be far more safe, dry, and fun for everyone involved.

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Astronomy and Night Photography: Important Tools
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Feb 14, 2014 | 1960 views | 0 0 comments | 598 598 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Astronomy and Night Photography are closely linked. Both can be great fun, offer unique views of the stars, and they require specific tools. Whether one is looking to spend a romantic evening under the stars, or if one is simply fascinated by the night sky, astronomy and night photography are great activities. Before heading out however, it is a good idea to have some of these tools:

Firstly, flashlights are essential. It may sound surprising; after all, astronomy and night photography work by being in darkness. However, Flashlights are very important for both. Even if it is just a glowstick, having a light helps one to navigate the area, check/change filters, and adjust settings on the camera or telescope. This may seem like a minor tool, but it is actually very important. In particular, it is a good idea to use red lights, as they do not effect night vision as much, and is one of the dimmest forms of light.

In addition to flashlights, it is a good idea to make sure you have all the filters you need. The filters can be great for blocking others kinds of light, while bringing the light of the stars more into focus. Filters are especially important for astronomers, as they will bring greater focus onto constellations.

Lastly, bring multiple star charts. No one become an expert overnight, and it is likely that there will be many constellations or star clusters that seem unrecognizable. Furthermore, the star charts can help one to find specific stars, some of which are only visible at certain times of the year. Star charts are very important, and they can be purchased online or at many bookstores.

With these tools, astronomy and night photography will be far easier. 

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Top Five Hiking Trails in Moab
by LazerBrite
Feb 13, 2014 | 2178 views | 0 0 comments | 596 596 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Moab has a lot to offer in terms of hiking. One of the best aspects of living in Moab is the variety of scenery one can get. There is a big difference between hiking in Arches National Park and hiking in the La Sal Mountains, and it is all available here. However, newcomers and locals may be wondering: what are some of the best hiking trails that Moab has to offer? Here is a list of some of the best trails in Moab:

1.     Fiery Furnace. A natural labyrinth if there ever was one. Full of amazing rock formations that have to be seen to be believed, this can be a difficult trail and should only be done with a guide or if you have obtained a permit to hike alone.

2.     Delicate Arch. This is a very famous hike and arch, and for good reason. It can be difficult, as the hike is uphill the whole way, but the view at the top is well worth it.

3.     Warner Lake. To offer a change of scenery, Warner Lake up in the La Sal mountains is simply gorgeous. Right next to a lake full of fish and surrounded by trees and wildflowers, Warner Lake is a great place to hike, camp, and fish.

4.     Bill’s Canyon (AKA Negro Bill Canyon). Named after one of Utah’s first settlers, this canyon has it all; great views from up high, a lovely stream, and short and long trails alike.

5.     Devil’s Garden. Offering both long and short trails, Devil’s Garden has seven arches as well as numerous rock formations.

 All of these trails offer beautiful views and multiple trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water, first aid, and some kind of tactical flashlight to stay safe on the trails. 

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