Outdoors and MRE: Backcountry Camping

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"Two roads diverged in the wood and I took the one less travelled by. And that has made all the difference."

Now, that you have qualified to become an experienced camper after having made some great memories in your car camping and RV camping trip it is finally time to gear yourself up for the venturesome backcountry camping trip. No different from traditional camping, except of course you are not at a traditional camp site with ten other camping groups flocking the area, neither do you have the access to the very convenient water supplies and restrooms. Backcountry camping is all about getting up on your foot and tracing the less taken trails. It is all about witnessing nature at its best and in its rawest form, untainted and untarnished by the artificiality of human existence. Primitive camping is another name that is given to backcountry camping because it requires you to develop some survival skills while exploring the isolated regions of the forests. You need to be an experienced camper or have some experience when it comes to an outdoor adventure activity because surviving out in the open can come as a mighty challenge to people who are a tad bit too settled in the comforts of their homes. What you need to remember while planning for the a backcountry camping trip is that it is no picnic. A lot of efforts and preparations are involved in preparing yourself for the possible dangers of backcountry camping. And no matter how hectic preparing for it may seem, it is all just to ensure that you have nothing but fun on your trip. Here is a list of some much-needed tips and tricks that promise to make your experience a lot more smooth and memorable.
  1. Starting with some extra trash bags, they will come in extremely handy when you are making sure that you abide by one explicit rule of backpacking which is not to leave any mark behind. Moreover, they are quite light in weight and do not add anything when allotted a small corner in your big backpack. What they can also help with is that you can use them as a makeshift poncho or even instant pack covers which you will need in case it rains. Another thing that these multi-purpose trash bags can be used for is to collect rain water which can further be used by you during the trip.
  2. Telescopes or binoculars with an extensive range can help you like you wouldn't assume. Most of the times people forget to pack them thinking they don't need them, but when you are exploring the backcountry, then you cannot ignore that river fordings, rocky terrain and outcrop regions can easily fall in your path. Yes, backcountry camping is all about being energetic and ready for all the physical workout but being just a little kind to your knees, and ankles and the rest of your body in short will only do good to you. You will feel tired irrespective of that so why to add to it. A telescope or a binocular in your backpack will guide you on the right path avoiding all the exhaustion.
  3. Mosquito bites are the worst thing to deal with on any outdoor trip. They get on your last nerve, and you end up using a lot of mosquito repellant. Consider yourself lucky if it lasts you the whole trip unless of course you have taken a big bottle. If not then there certainly is no need to worry. All you need to do to deal with these irritating creatures is to look for bay laurel or elderberry bushes. Pluck some leaves from the bush and rub yourself with them. You will do so much better with the rub than without it.
  4. If you ever wonder that the weight of the backpack can be owed to the heaps of items you are carrying with yourself then remember that it is not always the case. Sometimes, you have not packed it the way it needs to be packed which is the cause of all the imbalance and the struggle while carrying it around. What you need to do is sort all the items according to their weight. Now, take the heaviest ones and pack them close to your spine, yes not at the bottom but closer to your spine. While packing them all at the bottom of the backpack can interfere with your centre of gravity making it easier for you to lose your balance and fall, carrying them close to your spine will give you stability.
  5. We are all for keeping your body hydrated, especially during outdoor activities such as backcountry camping but nevertheless you also have to balance that with your skill for survival. The nights can get cold and with no roof covering your head, keeping warm can be a struggle. One trick that will help you through it is not to drink a lot of water before going to sleep.
  6. Food: The biggest mistake that people make is not being able to make wise choices when it comes to picking what food to take along. More often than not, it is canned and packaged products. If you are planning to prepare your meals, then that only adds to the weight of all the equipment you need to have. By just shifting your focus from these canned foods to MREs or Meals, Ready to Eat you can do so much better regarding taste, weight, nutrition and convenience. There are some definite advantages that MREs enjoy over any other food for an outdoor trip.
As much as you might like preparing meals by setting up a campfire, you know that preparing food when not in your kitchen is quite tiring especially if you are alone or in a small group. The central idea of cooking a fresh meal is that you think you will consume more nutrients, and the food will be hot. MREs or Meals, Ready to Eat are a superior alternative and here's why. These meals are ready-to-eat right out of their packs. In case you want to eat a hot meal then you don't have to worry about treating them with boiling water or anything like that. These meals come with a self-heating system that is activated as soon as you open the packs. Each box of MRE is brimming with nutrients to make sure you get the required supply of proteins, vitamins and minerals for the day. The packages are convenient to carry, and you don't need extra utensils as they come with them. You don't have to carry spare water bottles because some MRE packs come with water bags. They also have beverages and desserts. The best part about MREs is that they are rugged and impact resistant. Also, they last for a long time, and no matter when you consume them before their expiry, you will be eating a healthy and tasty meal. To get hold of MREs, you need to rush to a military convenience store or check our XMRE products. Apart from MREs, you could choose some high-calorie snacks like dark chocolate, nuts, apricots and cheese because as compared to the small space they will occupy, they will indeed act as a significant supplier of calories. For water supplies, you can go with MRE water bags. You should also take water purifying tablets with you because you never know when you might run out of the water and before you fill your bottles up from a natural source you need to make sure that it is of drinkable quality.
  1. For a pillow, you could take a sack bag and stuff it with your clothes, so it works as one. This way, you can save a significant amount of space when it comes to packing. Alternatively, you can also take an inflatable pillow that you can inflate while sleeping and deflate, wrap and stuff it in your bag during the day. If inflating balloons is not a problem for you, this is the best option.
  2. Do not be too excited about the new hiking boots because with them on your feet you will end up with blisters. So no new footwear for an outdoor trip and let's just leave it as it is.
  3. Do not ignore the fickleness of weather and prepare accordingly. It is sunny today, but tomorrow is whole another story. Rainy weather is the worst enemy of any outdoor trip so make sure that you carry a small umbrella and waterproof packs to safeguard your essentials. Waterproof clothing will help you but not if the rain Gods are a little too generous. However, having them in your bag is never a bad idea.
  4. When choosing a backpack befitting your backcountry camping requirements you might get drawn to the extra zippers, pockets and buckles. Well, just to let you know you will do a lot better without them because all they do is add to the weight and unwanted clutter that you won't necessarily need. So before you choose the right backpack for you, it will be good if you would figure out what you are taking and how much space it will need. Over packing is as big a blunder as under packing.
  5. A whistle will take up a tiny space in your pocket or no space while simply hanging around your neck but will be quite useful because you can use that to scare animals away if you feel their presence in your vicinity. You can also use it to shout out for help or locate your group just in case you lose your way too deep into the wild.
  6. While maps, compass and GPS are relied upon to find your way into and out of the wilderness, it would be of great help to you if you don't solely rely on those. You must study the area you are going to and use the knowledge to judge which way to proceed and which to avoid.
These tips and tricks may seem insignificant in front of the big trip that you are going to undertake but knowing these little things and using them to your advantage is what marks the difference between a fulfilling, happy trip and a not so happy one. Pack your bags keeping these in mind and there is no way you won't have a good time out there. Cheers!

Adventure and MRE: Ski Tour

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"The mountains are calling, and I must go..."

There is something about the mountains that immediately makes us associate them with fun, excitement and adventure. From treating the lungs to cool and fresh oxygen to attending to the mysteries of nature, from the plethora of beautiful landscapes to the sound of water flowing and air rustling through the leaves, from the snow-covered mountains to the green pine trees adorning them, an adventure in the mountains is an experience of a lifetime. This reason is probably why ski tours beat any other kind of mountain sport. As ski touring involves finding your way through the possible avalanche terrain, the best part of this activity is that you are free from the hefty fees you have to pay at ski resorts. The independence that comes with pursuing the sport is a supremely thrilling. But despite the thrill, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind if your are going for ski touring because the very nature of the activity requires you to be a master of ski skills along with some knowledge of meteorology. Sometimes, you also need to hike during the ski tour to find the right trails and understand which portion of the terrain will give you the proper ascent or descent. Given all these requirements, there are a lot of preparations that you need to make because as we have always said, preparing well for anything makes it so easy. With the right tricks in your mind, tips on your fingers and items you might need right there in your backpack, you will be ready for a memorable ski tour. So while we are at it, here are some tips and tricks that will come in handy on your ski trip. Protect yourself: You will, of course, take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself but going the extra mile will always work out in your favour. Take a chemical free sunscreen, preferably with SPF 30 or more. If you have sensitive skin, there is all the more reason to have one with you. Don't be thrown off by the winters and the snow, sunscreens are your best friends for any activity outdoor. Wearing eye protection that provides you clear vision during foggy weather will be a great favor you will do for yourself. An excellent way to prevent fogging is to buy goggles whose lenses are at a distance from the face so the warmth from the face will not settle on the lenses. Take care of the skin of your skis: There is nothing but snow all around which might get the snow to get globbed to the skin. This globbing can add a lot of weight to your skis, and that is the last thing you need. Instead of scraping off the snow from your skis repeatedly you could prevent that from happening by rubbing some wax against the skin of your skis. You can use the special glob stopper wax made for this purpose, or you could even use a candle wax which will work just fine. The rub will make sure that no snow gets globbed. Speed Check: Do not get carried away by the thrill, which without any doubts can be extremely tempting but not safe. Keep it slow enough so that if there is a person beside you, you can keep talking to them. You might be skilled and experienced, but accidents can happen to anyone, especially on a mountain. Skin fitting: You have to make sure that the skins fit the skis because they might look comfortable that night while sitting at home, you'll know how much of a problem they are because you certainly won't like all the frozen crust on them when you wake up in the morning. If you are thinking of cutting the extra off on your own then only cut enough to expose the edges and no more than a millimeter of the base or even better, follow a guide that directs you how to go about it. If you have an old pair of skis lying around, and you are thinking of reusing their skins when they have become skinnier by 2 to 3 millimetres then resist the temptation because that can turn out to be genuinely risky. Body Balance: The age old trick of being an excellent skier is to find the right way to maintain your body balance. See where your toes are and avoid crossing your body over and ahead of them because that will create a condition of imbalance. What you need to do instead of this is to push your skis forward and let your lower body follow.Keep your upper body upright. This position is like a backward slide which will give you a stronger stride. Choice of the trail: Don't be worried about creating your path because after all that is what ski touring is all about. Touring is independent and whoever comes up in the mountains first, leaves a trail behind. They might not always lead you to where you want to go. However, if you end up taking a path with ski marks then instead of skiing on the ski mark itself, create one right next to it for better traction. It's all about your feet: Your feet will take you places, so make sure that the boots you wear fit you well. Boot choices are made depending upon where you ski, on lower altitudes or higher ones. Whichever boots you buy, you must remember that the ski tour itself is not the first time your feet feel them around because otherwise, instead of a great trip you will only end up with sore feet, shoe bites and blisters. Where is the fun in that? Heat your feet: You can keep your feet warm by lining the insides with heat liners which are available in the market. Without any external source of heat, keeping your feet warm might be a tough task. For any heating liners that you will attach you need to make sure that the boots you wear are roomy enough. Do not assume: If you have ski equipment at home, and you use that to ski in artificial ski areas then don't think that they will work as well in the natural setting because of lack of a firm base. Clothing: If you are looking for some cool ski gloves, they will probably have short gauntlets. While you can look cool with them on, this is a tip on not to forget that the gauntlets fill up with snow quite easily providing you considerably less insulation. So go for the not so trendy looking bigger gloves with larger gauntlets. While wearing a lot of layers is an idea that will attract you when you picture, mountain, fog, mist and snow but with too many clothes on your body, the movement will get restricted which is the last thing you want on a ski trip. Also, you might think that you will feel cold but you would love to know this, especially if you are going for a first-time ski trip that, you will sweat and then it will just turn the story upside down. So wear enough to insulate you but don't overload yourself for convenience. Fur coats will become wet after the first few skies. Why? Because they will be holding in so much of snow in them, all of it that is melting down from your neck while you ski away. So choose to wear jackets that have individually been made to hold the powder. While color coordination is excellent but ski tour is no party! It is for your safety that we ask you to avoid wearing anything white because once you decide to blend in with the snow, you make it difficult for other skiers around you to locate your presence while skiing and this might lead to accidents. In the case of any mishap, it will be tough to find you too. Food and water supplies: When it comes to water, you can carry thermos bottles to hydrate yourself during the breaks. A lot of energy is lost in skiing and hydration is crucial to maintaining the energy levels. When it comes to food, because of the low temperature, there will never be a possibility for you consuming a hot meal unless you set up a fire. And because sometimes a hot meal is all you need here are MREs or Meals, Ready to Eat that comes with a self-heating system. Once you open the MRE pack, the system is instantaneously activated and within a few seconds, you can enjoy a sumptuous meal. MREs or Meals, Ready to Eat also provide you with all the necessary nutrition and come in a lot of variety. Each MRE is packed in the hermetically sealed environment, is rugged and impact resistant. The Meals, Ready to Eat are an excellent option because they occupy a lot less space and provide a lot of energy with the taste of homemade food. You can buy MREs from military and outdoor stores, do not forget to aske for XMRE. A repair kit: Even if all your equipment may be just a ski old, you never know when a problem might occur. And when that happens you will thank yourself a hundred times over for bringing the repair kit with you. Here is all that the repair kit needs to have:
  • Pole Splint (you can also make one at home)
  • Ski Strap made of rubber
  • Duct Tape
  • A knotted accessory cord (You can use it for cutting cornices)
  • Headlamp so you don't have to worry about rushing back when the day ends
  • Extra batteries
When the day ends, all of it comes down to preparing well. The tips and tricks given here will aid you in your preparation, especially if you are going on a ski tour for the first time. If you are in the nascent stages as a skier, it is advisable to have a guide or a person in the group that has a lot of skiing experience because you have to remember that ski touring is independent and to do something independently, you must be experienced in it. Top that with a positive attitude and the desire to infuse the boring days at home with some adventure, and you have earned yourself an enjoyable ski tour right there. With that, here is wishing you a great trip!

MRE Reviews Menu No 5 Shredded Beef in BBQ Sauce

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MRE Reviews Menu No.5 Shredded Beef in BBQ Sauce  by XMRE 2015 Lot # 5041

" It was a very good meal, and I have to say that the new Shredded Beef in BBQ Sauce entree is now one of my favorites. It has a strong BBQ flavor which is a little sweet and smoky. It's not terribly spicy but does have a little kick. Someone looking for a lot of heat might want to add some of their favorite hot sauce, but overall it's an excellent entree. " Review by Gschultz [embed]https://youtu.be/KcQ7ChslX7s[/embed]

Tornado Preparedness, the Right Way for Families and Organizations

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In the USA, every year more than 60 people die because of tornadoes. That is to be expected since the country gets the highest number of tornadoes per year on an average. In the country, tornado has the highest possibility of occurring during the spring season. However, tornado can occur in any other season, too. Also, tornadoes can occur during the day or the night. When the latter happens, the situation becomes more dangerous since people fail to spot the warning signs and read situations with accuracy. Tornado watch and tornado warning Usually, a tornado watch is issued when the weather seems favorable for the occurrence of a tornado. During a watch, people are expected to keep themselves updated about the weather. However, a tornado watch does not automatically imply the need for evacuation. A tornado warning, on the other hand, is issued when a tornado is expected to hit a particular region. That is when people are asked to leave their places immediately. Handling a tornado for families A tornado can be one of the hardest disasters to face for any family. Still, if proper measures are taken, most families can survive tornadoes without getting harmed. In order for a family to survive a tornado well, two things are important - planning and execution. A family can plan ahead by: • Keeping track of all the medical conditions of the family members and storing medicines accordingly • Knowing the dismissal policy of the children’s school • Reviewing the community siren system to make sure that it is working • Carrying out sample emergency tornado drills from time to time • Recognizing the safest spots of the house and all its exits As far as execution goes, when a tornado hits, a family should: • Cut all the utility connections like water, electricity, gas, etc. • Get a battery operated radio to keep track of updates • Keep a flashlight • Hide in the safest corner of the house • Keep the fire extinguisher and first aid within close reach Handling a tornado for organizations When it comes to organizations, the stakes can be too high. In fact, according to the law, many organizations are even obligated to have an emergency tornado handling plan in advance. An organization can take measures like: • Testing the warning systems on a regular basis • Developing an efficient system for knowing how many people are inside the building during a tornado • Making a plan to communicate any emergency to non-English speakers and disabled workers • Identifying evacuation spots in advance for times when the situation may get uncontrollable

Amazing Places to Freedive around the World

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Freediving. It is where meditation meets endurance. All of it may sound like a line from Star Wars, but you must quiet the mind and find your inner 'you' before entering a world that asks you not to breathe. If you are able to clear that hurdle, then get ready to be amazed. When you have reached this level, you can swing alongside orcas, mantas, and sharks; explore shipwrecks; and find the depths of your inner strength. Best for Deep Diving Where: Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Islands, Bahamas Why: Because it is the world’s deepest blue hole Many athletes across the world come here to set new world records. Dean’s Blue Hold bottoms out at 202m, giving plenty of (not) breathing room to those adventure-seekers looking to redefine the impossible. This is where William Trubridge set many of his own records, holds freediving courses and even every year hosts Suunto Vertical Blue contest. “It has a reputation for being the greatest freediving location on the planet,” Trubridge says. “Its deep, warm, and calm waters are literally a step off the beach; providing the best environment to attempt to break national, or word records.” A Place to Fall in Love with the Sea Where: Dahab, Egypt Why: You will hear every freediver talk about it It has the feel of a light at the end of a tunnel—blue light—as most freedivers will describe it. Dahab has a reputation as one of the world’s most popular proving grounds for the sport, but it is not without its dangers. Many will feel the urge to unclip from their safety lines, which emphasises the precaution that no one should freedive alone. It is this temptation that has claimed the lives of many (along with many SCUBA divers who went too deep). You will find many makeshift memorial plaques on the rocks to pay respects to the lives lost here. The Best Wreck for Easy Access Where: Cayman Islands Why: Shallow waters, and it is the grave of the USS Kittiwake This decommissioned US Navy ship is ideal for the first-time wreck explorers. Sunk off the shore of Seven Miles Beach in 2011, it created an artificial reef. The 76.5m Kittiwake was stripped clean of hazards, doors, and hatches; allowing for at least one exit point with each room. Those with certification can investigate all five levels: the wheelhouse, two recompression chambers, and artificial diving bell are a few of the highlights. Where to Go to Encounter Big Fish Where: Antarctica Why: You don’t mind the cold when it comes to seeing truly large marine life If you want a truly incredible adventure on the water, then there is nothing better than making a trip to Antarctica. Many long-term freedivers would also agree. There are always dangers when it comes to swimming in freezing temperatures, so prepare yourself accordingly. However, how many of us can say that they have swum with leopard seals or humpback whales? Take a chance and experience something amazing!

Top 5 Remotest Tribes That Will Shock and Inspire You

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Even in this era when information moves at a lightning-fast speed, there are tribes in many parts of the world that still follow their traditional ways. From their dress to their hunting style - everything about them inspires curiosity and awe. Want to know which five tribes we are talking about? Here is your answer: Tribe name Huli Wigmen Where it resides Tari Highlands in Papua New Guinea An overview A tribe is having strength of 40,000, the members are seen wearing hats made of their hair, along with yellowish face paint, leave apron, pigtail belt, and clawed axe. The dangling pigtail is used to intimidate rivals. They have a tradition of performing bird dance - closely associated with the birds of paradise seen in their island. Future prospects This tribe is embracing tourism, mainly in an attempt to preserve their traditions and customs. Many can be seen wearing western clothes and merging the new with the old ways. Tribe name Dogon Where it resides Mali in West Africa An overview Scaling the Bandiagara cliffs, the men collect bat and pigeon excrements using baobab bark ropes. The excrements are sold as fertilisers, and the Tellem artefacts collected get purchased by art collectors, mostly Western. The tribe of 400,000 resides in about 700 small villages, established along the cliff escarpment extending for nearly 200kms. Future prospects Even though tourism helped the tribe immensely in the past, recent unrest seems to have decreased tourism. Also, poor harvest of crops is making their situation worse. Tribe name Nenet Where it resides Yamal Peninsula in Siberia An overview Consisting of nearly 10,000 members, this tribe moves 300,000 reindeer through a migration of 1,100kms. They do it in an area that is bigger than the whole of France and in temperatures as extreme as 50 Degrees Celsius. For travelling, they use sledges that are anointed using fresh reindeer blood. The trains stretch as long as 8kms. Future prospects They are slowly adjusting to the various political, social and natural changes that are taking place on their existence. Tribe name Asaro Mud Men Where it resides Goroka in Papua New Guinea An overview Aiming to appear like spirits, the men of this tribe slap on their skin, ruining their complexion, and that terrifies their rivals. They have existed for over one millennium. This group, isolated by terrains, was discovered quite recently - nearly 75 years ago. Future prospects The tribe’s ability to attract tourists immensely has contributed to the possibility of it being regarded as national symbol. Tribe name Kazakh Golden Eagle Hunters Where it resides Bayan-Olgii Province in Mongolia An overview This semi-nomadic tribe is having about 100,000 members, of which about 250 are actual eagle hunters, has been around the Altai since 19th century. Known to hunt marmots, foxes and wolves using eagles, the members wear grey furs. Boys aged 13 can go hunting if they prove that they can carry a golden eagle. Future prospects Even though many young males are distancing themselves from the tribe, females are actively trying to get involved in the masculine activities in order to keep their tradition alive.

6 Most Mysterious Places in the World to Discover

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Have you got the travelling bug? If not, you will after viewing these amazing places! From ocean seabeds filled with untouched beauty to crystalline caves, here are six of the most mysterious places in the world that will force you want to buy a ticket, put things in your bags, and begin travelling the world. Shilin Stone Forest, Yunnan Province, China This place may seem like a towering formation of petrified trees, but that is a common misconception about this “Stone Forest.” It is actually a configuration of natural limestone towers. It is a world heritage site, one of the biggest tourist sites in China, and open for visitation. Are your interests geared more towards small and narrow spaces? Check out some of the world’s largest cave systems! Mount Katmai, Crater Lake, Alaska Even if you despise the cold, don’t let it put you off of visiting this next wonder! Sitting at the top of Mountain Katmai in Alaska, is not a peak, but a giant hole. Affectionately alluded to as “Crater Lake,” this volcanic massif is a little more than 2,000m high and filled with water. With the lake itself sitting nearly 800m below the rim, it certainly makes for one exhilarating high-dive. There should be a warning, as attempting this jump is not a best idea at all, unless you are wearing a wingsuit. Shipwreck, USS Kittiwake, Cayman Islands Built in 1945, the Kittiwake served the US Navy for nearly 50 years as a loyal submarine rescue vessel. It even discovered the black box from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster! Officially decommissioned in 1994, Kittiwake was chosen in 2011 to be sunk off Seven Miles Beach to become an artificial reef. It is one of the greatest “shipwrecks” in the world for diving and attracts SCUBA enthusiasts all year long. It may take some time to see the whole thing—the ship length is over 76m! Dzitnup Cenote, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico For those not up-to-snuff with their geology terms, a term “cenote” means a sinkhole, often filled with fresh water, forming beautiful pools at the bottom. The Yucatan Peninsula is well known for them, and the Dzitnup Cenote is perhaps one of the most mysterious places you could ever visit. Of all the cenotes within the Yucatan—most still undocumented—there are an estimated 3,000 altogether, with a 160km beneath the surface of the ground river that connects most of them. The cavern is a picturesque scene of dripping stalactites that you truly need to see for yourself. The locals treat it like a community pool (and yes, you do need to purchase a ticket). Death Valley, USA The name may be off-putting, but if there is one place that demands bragging rights, it is definitely California’s Death Valley. It received its name for a simple reason—humans are not meant to live here. The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was recorded in this very desert. In 1913, it was a staggering 56.7ºC (134ºF); that’s so hot—your shoes would melt on the asphalt. To survive, you would need to drink electrolyte fluids constantly to replaces the essential minerals lost through your sweat. Wearing sunscreen would probably not hurt either. Slot Canyons, Arizona Arizona is known for some pretty breath-taking places, but the Slot Canyons top the list. A holy grail for any photographer, these walls—forged from flash floods—captures a beautiful range of colors. However, this area is not without its dangers, as hiker Aron Ralston proved in 2003 when he had his arm trapped by a boulder. His ordeal was later turned into the movie: 127 Hours, starring James Franco. So, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, you can always travel here to get a piece of the magic behind the big screen.

Tasty and Quick X MRE Meals 1300XT

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 This review is from: X MRE Meals 1300XT - 6 Case with Heaters (Meal Ready to Eat - Military Grade)  61dhZb1BAfL._SL256_  61pG15lgbVL._SL256_

XMRE are a commercially available brand of MRE meals that contains many similar items to the military issue ones. They arrive in the familiar khaki bags. Inside, you'll find an entree, a cracker/bread item, another snack item, jam/peanut butter, dessert, drink powder, heater, hot drink bag, and accessory pack with spoon, salt/pepper, wet nap, napkin, sugar, instant coffee, and instant creamer.

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The menus vary, and having tried several, they are very consistent in terms of taste. So how do they taste? Well, I would compare them to major-brand canned food. That is to say, they're actually pretty good, especially considering the packaging, shelf-life, and price. If you need to stock these in a 72-hour emergency kit, you'll be very pleased. But please note: You will need water to prepare and enjoy these MRE meals. In the first place, the beverage powder needs to be mixed with at least 12 ounces of water. And the mixing bag will not stand on its own while you drink it, so have a cup of some kind handy. Similarly, you need a few ounces of water to activate the heater to warm your entree (unless you want to eat it cold). I recommend having at least 24 ounces of water at hand for every meal. Also, I would like to see a better napkin in the accessory pack as the supplied one is mostly useless. It's a small point but when this may be all you have with you, the small things count. I've used these on day hikes and on a few bicycle day-treks. They're relatively light, easy to prepare, and when you're finished, you can stuff all the packing into the main bag and dispose of properly. Again, for a 72-hour kit, these will work great. 617wi5Q+ejL._SL256_61vT-2c0SiL._SL256_ Tasty and Quick September 4 , 2014 By : Daniel  Putkowski    -  danielputkowski.com    

Five of the Most Daring Climbs in the World | Big Wall Climbing

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Have you ever wondered which big wall climbing spots are considered as forbidden? Do you know who dare embark on adventures even on those routes? Well, the following are some of the biggest and most challenging walls in the world: 1. Mt. Asgard in Canada Located in the remote Baffin Island, this 1,200 meters high wall is esthetically appealing. Its climbing difficulty can be rated as 7 out of 10. Mt. Asgard is dear to many Bond fans because Ricky Sylvester stylishly skied off it in 1976. His parachute featured a British flag. Ski BASE enthusiasts also love Mt. Asgard. In the year 2009, Leo Houlding, a British climber, and his team tried free ascent from the Northern face for the first time! The movie Asgard Project by Alastair Lee beautifully shows the story. Holding also BASE jumped off the summit later. 2. Trango Towers in Pakistan Located very remotely, The Trango Towers, with its height of 1,300 meters, instills fear and doubt into the hearts of even seasoned climbers. The towering pillars of rock make climbing extremely difficult, and the fact that the elevation is beyond 6,000 meters only makes things more exhausting. It took Marcin Tomaszewski and Marek Raganowicz, the two famous Polish wall climbers, 20 days to complete a 46 pitch route. 3. Ultevanna in Antarctica One of the most beautiful climbing spots is also one of the most daring. The 1,750 meters high Ultevanna looks like a truly majestic ship prow emerging from the white desert. This spot of Queen Maud Land is not for the weak-hearted because when rock climbing is combined with a temperature of minus 25 Degrees Celsius, even the experts shiver. It is noteworthy that Leo Houlding and his team climbed the north-eastern ridge for the first time in 2013. 4. Le Petit Dru in France The fact that its height is only 850 meters does not make climbing Le Petit Dru any less serious. Truth is; it is one extremely risky climb. That is because rock falls are very common. Ten years before, the classic line called Bonatti Pillar fell entirely. Still, multiple routes lead to the peak, and some routes even welcome regular climbers. The presence of civilization near Chamonix valley may provide a secure feeling, but that vanishes once you start climbing alone. 5. Yosemite in America The 1000 meters ascent of Yosemite is the dream climb for pretty much every young climber. Being associated with the most hallowed El Captain mountain, the region has witness many daring and legendary ascents over the decades. Climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell attempted Dawn Wall free ascent recently, and countless others climbed the Yosemite successfully, starting as early as 1950s.

MRE Shelf Life

By vertigo in Blog XMRE, Answers for Everything
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The MRE shelf life varies depending on storage conditions, see the  chart below as a reference .  For example, if kept at 60F (temperature controlled conditions), the shelf life of our product could reach 48 months. mre-shelf-life   The standard for most of MRE manufacturers is  3 years shelf life  at 80F  from the date of assembly of the meals. Based on the above information and depending how the MRE’s are handle and stored once they leave the manufacturer’s premises, wholesomeness could exceed the initial 36 months from the day of assembly , normally printed on the boxes .          
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