Tips for Buying a Backpack

May 22, 2018

Choosing a new backpack for your next great adventure is daunting for some people. There are so many manufacturers and options to consider: daypacks, multi-day packs, travel packs, and more. This discussion focuses on multiday hiking packs that carry everything (food, shelter, cooking gear, sleeping gear, clothing, etc.) you need for a weekend or weeklong […]

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How to Stand Up on a Paddleboard: A Beginner’s Guide

April 10, 2018

Paddleboarding is a truly different water experience, one you must try to fully appreciate. “It’s easier than you think,” says Marcus, who works in Bill Jackson’s Paddling Dept. “It’s a very unique thing to stand on water. You’ve just got to do it.” Paddleboarding requires little equipment and just minutes to learn. At a minimum, […]

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The Case for Trekking Poles as the 11th Essential

March 22, 2018

More than anything else, hikers associate trekking poles as a piece of gear that provides stability. Hiking on uneven, rocky or wet terrain is tricky. Trekking poles or hiking staffs provide additional points of contact on the surface as you move. Trekking poles greatly reduce the strain on your hips, knees, ankles and feet, especially […]

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Beginner Scuba Diving Tips Every Diver Should Know

March 14, 2018

Scuba diving is an exhilarating experience. There’s nothing quite like exploring the depths of the ocean or a river at eye level. New scuba divers might be apprehensive in the beginning, but good scuba instruction will quickly set aside any fears. There is no substitute for professional instruction, but here are some tips to keep […]

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Things Your Fishing Guide Wants You to Know Before Going On His Boat

March 5, 2018

Going on a guided fishing trip is exciting. By the end of the day you’ll likely have plenty of photos or clips for your Instagram. But for that to happen, it’s always a good idea to play by your captain’s rules. Remember, his boat is his office. Showing respect will ensure he’s working his hardest […]

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4 Thrill-Seeking Winter Sports You’ll Want To Try

January 23, 2018

With Tampa Bay’s beautiful weather and plentiful sunshine it might seem laughable to go anywhere else for adventure. However, there are a number of sports you can only experience by heading into the cold. Winter is one of the best times to engage in blood-pumping activities you may otherwise never try. So grab your adventure […]

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4 Surprising Health Benefits Of Outdoor Adventure Travel

January 2, 2018

Many Americans love the great outdoors because of the full-sensory experience. After all, there’s nothing quite like cool fresh air, the sound of a river, the view of a beach shoreline, and the feel of the ground crunching beneath your hiking boots. But aside from sights, sounds and smells, there are other reasons to love the […]

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Tackle Box 101: Fishing Equipment Every New Angler Needs

December 12, 2017

Every year, millions of Americans head to a body of water to fish. They do so to relieve stress, for recreation, to socialize with friends and family, or to put food on the table. The water may take the form of a lake, pond, river, creek, tidal flat or deep ocean. Whatever the reason, whatever […]

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Fall adventures to take advantage of cooler temperatures

November 1, 2017

The worst of the heat and humidity is behind us as October ends in the Tampa Bay region. Many adventurers will still enjoy the water to some degree, but now the woods will be less daunting as the mosquitos become less of a bother. Here are some ideas for fall adventures: Hiking For most of […]

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Essentials for Freshwater Trout Fishing

October 17, 2017

Tampa Bay is a saltwater angler’s paradise. But there are a number of residents who moved here from other parts of the country, and those places may have harbored freshwater trout, such as rainbows, brookies and browns. To fish for these popular freshwater species, you need to find cold (mid 50 degrees) and clean water. […]

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