“A Carp Fishing Holiday” Furzebray Lakes



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Open Water Swimming Holiday Montenegro | SwimTrek Adventure Holidays



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offers so much and so much variety that is from Lake swimming rivers for me seas for me it's a total I think the last few days what I've realized swimming in a big group like this it really does encourage you to improve your stroke and really it's much easier actually swimming I'm Caitlin from Wollongong which is near Sydney Australia I'm in France where today it was beautiful lots of fish beautiful clear water can see right to the bottom most of the way amazing mountains coming straight up in churches that were swimming around there was a good group I was towards the back of my group that they kept on stopping for me which was nice and yeah it was just generally good fun my master denied in Germany and we are here in the sky lake today and there was some in the morning and afternoon and this one was clear border and no stuffiness around

Unforgettable Luxury Holidays in Safari Africa



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I've been traveling to Africa now for over 25 years my first Safari was in the Chu Lu hills south of Nairobi and I remember we were driving along this wonderful plane in these veo mark one mark to land rovers I saw my first giraffe galloping along side the cars it was a wonderful sight as very nervous before I went to Africa thinking of God you dig into the bugs and mosquitoes and it's not going to be easy to travel around but once I've been on safari I got a different sort of bug I just fell in love with Africa and then a few years after that I decided to as she'd go into organizing safaris and all is with my business colleague Kate theobald hence the name z herbal barber and since we have been operating Safari business since 1992 I go to Africa three or four times a year to really check out each place Lodge camp and destination to see whether again to suit the sort of safaris that we want to organize and that is the fundamental thing about our holidays we know the places we're sending people to and we can ensure that we make the best use of the clients time there is something extraordinary about landing on a remote Bush trip and you get out of a light aircraft and you just have that tangible smell of Africa all around you and dust is there in clouds the animals are galloping away it's a very difficult thing to describe but it is what makes me love Africa so much the main countries we cover in Africa are Kenya Tanzania Uganda Rwanda Zambia Malawi Zimbabwe South Africa Namibia and may that be a fantastic thing about African holidays this is not just about seeing animals so for instance you could walk along a beach for at least an hour and not see anyone else we have such remote and wild beaches you could then go inland for an hour or two by road and walk and tracking spectacular scenery and then enough gorgeous small hotel and eating amazing food you could be pulled in a mokoro which is a dugout canoe in the water channels the Okavango Delta in Botswana or be driven in a Land Rover across the Great Plains and Serengeti you might want to go trekking up a mountain sort of Mount Kenya or Kilimanjaro or something in Uganda Rwanda or go and look at gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda or perhaps go and listen to electrifying Orion indeed tragic tales about 19th century battles in kwazulu-natal in South Africa and then of course you go on to safariland and see the big 5 lion leopard elephant buffalo and rhino so there is a huge variety of things that people can do on our holidays where you spend a lot of time thinking about the attend race for class and really planning them and I'd like to think that we have a very good idea about how a holiday should fit together the jigsaw and how it should work and logistics of getting you from place to place and I think the fact that we have researched all the different destinations and how they link really does help to make a better holiday for you we do have a few little hideaways up our sleeves that very few people hear about and we have got for instance some fantastic private houses are you on the beach or indeed in the bush that are generally not marketed to the wider public and so we like to keep these little gems for our clouds I love hearing about the feedback when clouds come back from the holiday and they sort of take the fact that gainst the animals as read but also the thing they really do rave about more often than not the people who've looked after them and I think that really does differentiate sort of holidays that we organize compared to many other so as you go on in the world people are just really pleased to see you and they want to give you a fantastic time and we have hosts and managers and guides who will be with you you know 24-7 most of time you become friends them and often clients want to get back the same lodge or indeed follow guided either they've met and and had a fantastic lot of time with the next time we go back to Africa Africa is any wonderfully romantic in evocative place what could be better than walking out into the bush in the morning and then coming around a corner and finding a wonderful table laid out with your Bush breakfast under an acacia tree and sip your cup of chai or coffee and look out across that amazing bush likewise in the evening there you go on an evening sun down a walk you then clamber up a rock and look out watching that Sun go down is that his one of my favorite moments sitting there with a lovely tuska beer just listening to Africa and watching the day end you you

Planning Your First Overnight Backpacking Trip



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hey y'all Dixon here today I want to talk to you about crossing the line from day hiking to overnight backpacking I recently polled people here on YouTube on the community tab of my channel and asked folks what was their current level of backpacking experience and most folks said day hiking you know there were some folks that had overnight backpacking experience even some through hikers you know and some people with no experience whatsoever but most of the folks that responded to the pole we're day hikers based on some of the comments and you know other questions I've seen on the channel it indicates that a lot of these day hikers would like to go on an overnight trip but there seems to be you know something holding them back for the most part I think most of these folks are hesitant to go on an overnight backpacking trip even if it's just one night because of you know some fear of the unknown and this could be going alone not being sure where to go where you can camp maybe the gear budget time just because of a bunch of other naysayers worried about injuries maybe whether you know all sorts of different reasons that folks might be hesitant to actually go out into the wilderness and stay over a night so I'd like to go ahead and cover this topic today and you know delve into some of these points and maybe transition some of these day hikers that would like to become you know backpackers and kind of help them make that leap and if you're like Dixie I'm a day hiker I don't ever want to go spend a night out in the woods that's alright you still might find something useful in this video so just hang out and see what you think when you're learning something new I think the best way to do it is to research right so obviously if you're here and you're watching this video you're off to a good start because you're on a backpacking Channel not just because you're on my channel but you've you know decided hey I want to learn more about this backpacking thing and you're watching videos on YouTube about backpacking and most of you are probably you know getting out on day hikes so I would definitely recommend continuing that and familiarizing yourself well you know with some of the trails local to you now while you're doing that you can be researching and reading and the biggest thing with backpacking is like the gear right you need to find a way to have shelter to have water to have food and take care of you know those most basic needs and some of you are probably like oh my god here I don't even know how research is not what do I need like what what actually do I research I don't even know where to begin well if you just Google you know backpacking gear lists you'll probably come up with more than you could ever care to read on my website at homemade wanderlust com I've got a gear tab you know has my gear list but you know maybe if you're just going on a local trail you want to check out some backpacking gear lists for you know your areas so you need to think you know if I'm looking at a gear list for the Appalachian Trail is the weather where I'm at similar to you know part of that blazing trail so of course you're gonna have to tweak some of these things to your preferences in your area but just looking at gearless of people who are already backpacking is a good idea there's a homemade wanderlust backpacking forum a lot of people in there have experience with overnight backpacking and even through hikes you know so you can always post a question there it's just homemade one or less backpacking forum group on Facebook alright so for example you might look at this list and go okay well regardless of where I am I need to drink water right so how can I make sure that water is safe to drink well this person used you know water treatment a chemical or maybe another person used a filter so you can look up water treatment while backpacking and just see you know what pulls up on Google and read all about it and don't overwhelm yourself with this take maybe five minutes a day for one week to learn about water treatment while on a backpacking trip so for the next week you'll you know take five minutes out of the day and learn about some other form of gear maybe a stove if you want to cook on trail but you don't even have to worry about that yet because if you're going for one overnight trip you can really just you know pack Twinkies if you want to do then maybe you look into sleeping bags and then so on and so forth so you're learning about new gear all along the way you know each week and then maybe once a month getting out on a day hike twice a month I mean if once a week that's even better right so you'll be familiarizing yourself with the outdoors in your area and as often as you can so maybe you know once a month if your budget allows for that it's gonna depend on the person but you purchase one of these pieces of gear or you can borrow it from a friend you know maybe borrow different things from different friends to see what you like before you make a purchase you can get it used you know I mean whatever you do if you can rent it just somehow acquire this piece of gear and take it with you on a day hike so get a water filter and take it out there with you during your day hike and you know play around with it I mean sure on a day hike you can take your own bottled water but you want to familiarize yourself with this piece of gear that later you know you would need to have with you so you're gonna filter your water and that way you get to focus on one thing instead of finding yourself on the trail with a pack full of things that you don't exactly know how to use you know and you're just like oh my gosh this is so overwhelming this way you take these things out with you on a day hike and you focus on this one thing and then you add something else and then you add something else you know when you add your sleeping bag you can take a nap in it you know and this might be like a short trail just a couple mile trail but just take it nice and easy and again just introduce one thing at a time and this way you're not having to buy like all these big expensive pieces of gear before you you know really take the time to research and if you're getting out there on trails you might run into other people and you can say like hey what do you like about that pack you're carrying you know or what do you what do you use for water filtration and these might be people who are getting out there and backpacking and doing day high you can even use you know your kids old spongebob squarepants backpack it doesn't matter because at the beginning you're not gonna be carrying a whole lot of stuff with you know just some snacks and just this one new piece of gear that you introduce occasionally basically you will continue this process until you've got all the items that you think you're gonna need for one night so you don't even have to go crazy and say I'm gonna do a thru-hike right away where I'm gonna go on a week-long backpacking trip you know just prepare yourself for literally staying somewhere one night and you don't even have to hike in very far just a couple of miles set up camps stay one night and come back out and while you're researching you're gonna hear people say things like oh your base weight should be above you know XYZ pounds and you should be carrying two pounds of food with you per day and like all of these numbers but the thing is like just take what you think you'll need for one night and I guarantee you if it's not right you're gonna start making adjustments and you're gonna know what works for you by just getting out there and having the experience one of the first concerns you might have is where so maybe you're even frozen in like I don't even know how to start day hiking well you can Google you know trails near your town and some of y'all that live in more populated areas yes you might have to drive a little bit further than those of us who live more in rural areas but somewhere within a reasonable vicinity I'm sure there is a place to you know get out on some hiking trails and in areas that you can keep you can also check out the all trails app that they have for phones I think you can find it online too but it'll give information for trails that are local to you or you know mirrors to you and a lot of those give specific information like whether you can camp there or not you know if it's just for day hiking only don't let that be something that concerns you too much but again you know find out the rules for the area that you're gonna be in most of the time at the trailhead there's gonna be you know signs up telling you specific guidelines and once you start day hiking a lot in area you're gonna get familiar with the rules there anyway something else that holds people back is their budget so this makes sense you know not everyone can afford to go out tomorrow and buy a whole new set of brand new backpacking gear and hit the trail for an overnight trip the next day and I understand that but if you use the model that I was talking about you know get one little piece at a time and practice with that piece of gear familiarize yourself with it you know it does break up the expenses while allowing you to still get out and enjoy nature and some saving tips you know you can look at like the used backpacking groups that are on Facebook they're folks all the time peddling their used gear on their because they want to upgrade to something new REI does do like garage sales and if you do purchase something through Aria at least if you decide you know that it does not work for you they have an amazing return policy you have up to a year to return an item and it doesn't have to be you know broken damage whatever it can simply be just like this piece of gear does not work for me now I don't recommend taking advantage of that of course so you know if you get 500 miles out of a pair of trail runners I don't think that it's right to you know go return them and abuse that policy but just saying you know it's like a safe buy with REI at least you can also try to borrow from a friend or some of this gear you can potentially rent from some outdoor stores and then as always you know Christmas which of course just passed or birthdays anniversary gifts you know you can always tell people like hey I'm interested in backpacking now and I'm looking to get a new water filter you know instead of a new vacuum cleaner I really like a new sleeping pad or you know whatever but there certainly are ways to save money and you don't always have to buy you know the greatest newest piece of equipment another concern is being alone so a lot of folks don't like the idea of going out for their first overnight trip and being there alone you know it's just like misery loves company right but honestly you know being alone can be pretty rewarding I feel like if you go out and you do something like that alone it's gonna boost your confidence a lot you know you're gonna believe in yourself more and you'll probably be pretty proud of yourself but if you're absolutely against the idea of going out there alone you can check in to meetup.com and see if there any local hiking or adventure outdoor clubs near you also you could check Facebook for your local vicinity and see if there are any groups like that on Facebook and you can always try to beg a friend and to you know getting out there with you but don't let that stop you you know if you can just don't let that be the thing that holds you back because chances are you might find that you prefer to be alone while out in the wilderness also if you go through the exercise that I mentioned earlier you know you're gonna be familiar with these trails that you're getting out on four day hikes you're gonna be familiar with the gear in your pack so all of these things are going to be normal to you and you might even if you go out for day hikes alone you might get you said you know just being out in the woods alone and the only thing that's gonna change is that short little period of time where you're asleep at night you know but the sun's gonna come up the next morning so just get out there and and try to make yourself go for it and also if you're going out on these day hikes you're gonna know if you have service on a certain trail or not and maybe for your first overnight stint and be a good idea to camp somewhere that you have service and that way you know you can text people if you need to or whatever you know if you're scared you can call somebody and talk to them but I think once you get in that first overnight you're gonna feel a lot better about it the next topic I want to cover is you know comfort or maybe lack of so discomfort yeah a lot of people will tell you that their first backpacking experience was not necessarily comfortable and I don't know I mean there might be somebody out there that's like heck yeah my backpacking setup is just as comfortable is my bed at home I don't have that I haven't had that experience I have found ways to make my experience more comfortable but I think a lot of people will tell you you know backpacking isn't necessarily about comfort I mean yes it's whatever you want to make it but a lot of times it's just about the experience itself and not so much about like you know oh my gosh that I feel like I was on a memory foam mattress and I think that after a while once you get outside and really start enjoying nature you know once you do get home and get to that big comfortable bed and everything you might appreciate it more you know you might look at the things that you take for granted in life and start to realize you know how great they are and you might end up really enjoying your tent and sleeping pad more and start looking at your bedroom like a cage instead of a place to have comfort and lay your head to sleep at night next is time so folks are like you know I just don't have the time for it well yeah I mean backpacking can take time and you know if it's not something that's important to you right now then you're not gonna make the time for it and that's okay you know maybe it's that you can't go because you don't want to take your kids Oh too young or they're not interested in that or for whatever reasons that you can't make the time to go right now that's fine but it's still something that you can learn about and plan for if you know an overnight trip is something that is of interest to you and that you would like to do in the future like anything else if you just like playing you know so in two weeks on Friday night I'm going for my one over night thing and that's it you know does it really take a whole lot more time than you know single day hikes if you're able to get out and do your day headaches just it's basically two day hike split together next I know a lot of people worry about wildlife the truth is and you'll hear people say over and over and over again that you know wildlife are more afraid of you than you are them of course there are exceptions to every rule and yes people have been charged by bears and mauled by bears and all of that but people are also in car accidents and I bet you can remember seeing a car accident in the last month but you're still gonna get behind your wheel and drive aren't you there are plane crashes and people still travel from state stay in an airplane you know so just because something happens doesn't mean that it's going to happen to you I mean yes it could but you take risks every day that once you're familiar with those risks you just don't even really second-guess anymore I'm not saying that it's not a good idea to research wildlife and you know find out ways to mitigate your interactions with them and it depends to on you know what animals are in your area do you have bears you know then Google or YouTube you know how to hang a bear bag and you know if it makes you feel better to carry bear spray then you can do that you know I'm not saying like take it too lightly I'm just saying don't let wildlife be what holds you back from getting out on the trail because chances are based on statistics you're not really gonna have a problem with that and then there's weather so I can see how you know on a weekend or week-long trip or something like that weather could be more of a concern if you're just going for your first like one night overnight trip then weather shouldn't really be that big of a concern check ahead of time you know look and see what the weather is predicted to do I would set yourself up for you know the first night to have some good weather you do decide to go for more than just a single night and you want to go for like a weekend or a week-long trip then get out there in your backyard or you know again another one night trip somewhere when you know it's gonna rain and you're already familiar with all of your stuff you've already done you know a couple of these overnight stints and you decide like hey I want to make sure that if it does rain my tents not gonna leak if I'm hiking in the rain my pack isn't getting all the stuff wet on the inside you know so check that out and your backyard or again go on you know one overnight deal where you know it is gonna rain and you're already expecting it and that way you'll be prepared like when it happens you'll be like yeah I've already done this before it's no big deal but sure you know the weather can change it can be unpredictable especially if you're up in the mountains so even for your first like one night deal you know make sure that you have a tent that you think isn't gonna leak and you know make sure that you're just prepared for the idea like if it rains what am I gonna do next is injuries so folks are worried about getting hurt right I mean nobody wants to be hurt and be out in the middle of nowhere and especially you know if you're alone what you can do to remedy this is I mentioned before you know tried to camp somewhere for the first time when you're by yourself where you know you'll have cell signal if that's not a possibility they do make you know spot GPS devices and then also like the GPS locator beacons that don't necessarily allow you to communicate with people back home but do allow you to push a button if you do need help then there's also the inReach which you know allows you to text through satellite but it's gonna be more expensive and really if you're just going for your first one night trip and you're only hiking a couple miles and you're probably not gonna need all of that you know if you broke your ankle as terrible as it sounds you can find a way to drag yourself out if you had to and again if you have service and you know you can call somebody for help and then also you know tell your family like hey I'm going out today at 8 a.m. I'm gonna hike for miles in I'm gonna camp I'm planning on waking up at such-and-such time tomorrow if I'm not home by noon be worried and come looking for me you know so make sure you communicate with folks and let them know what your plans are and it's gonna be okay and then finally it's the naysayers the naysayers will always hold people back the naysayers are the ones that make you believe that you are going to be bitten by a snake you're gonna be mauled by a bear you're probably gonna die just because you hike in two miles on a trail sleep and wake up and hike out the next day if it was up to the naysayers nobody in the world would ever do anything we would never travel we wouldn't get in the car we'd probably be hiding in our houses still because we were afraid to get outside and breathe the air outside our front door but don't let the naysayers hold you back you know if you've got folks at work they're like you're crazy you want to go sleep somewhere and lay your head where the cockroaches and the mice you know scurry around tell me yeah I do you know I really do want to go out and enjoy that and I guarantee you when you get back to work on Monday and you tell them about your one overnight trip that you spent they're gonna be amazed or you know what tell me more oh my gosh you're that brave you know and that's the whole thing is that you know people who are afraid to cross the line and try something new have decided that they don't want you to do it either and it's not always because they don't want you to enjoy life but because they're afraid for you but other people's fears are not your fears unless you make them your fears so do not let the naysayers hold you back let them inspire you and let them make you reach out and try new things even more just to show them that you can and it's okay and you might even inspire one of those naysayers and turn them into you know not a naysayer so I've talked about you know a lot of the concerns that people have with getting out and spending one night out in the wilderness but what I really want to focus on and what other people would focus on are the benefits of getting out there and doing even a day hike you know but especially like an overnight trip you're gonna build your confidence you're gonna believe in yourself more you are going to appreciate things around you a lot more than you did before simple you know luxuries that we take for granted all the time you might overcome struggle and learn you know well if I can do this I can do anything you might learn how to improvise sometimes you might improve your creativity you might just you know enjoy some peace you might find some talent that you hadn't had before like photography you know who knows you might start wanting to learn more about birds or trees or plants medicinal herbs you know that grow naturally around you it could just open up a whole new world to you that starts off with taking a simple stroll in the woods and sleeping there for a night and getting back in touch with your roots and where we come from because this world we live in today is a synthetic world it's this false security that we've built up around ourselves and we're so out of touch with things that we came from like nature I will say though that while you're out on your first overnight trip you might go Dixie's crazy what is she talking about this is terrible and there are noises outside my tent you know it rained on me or I stub my toe or whatever and you might be cursing me but I guarantee you a lot of the benefits are retrospective and when you come back and you're in your house and you're thinking about I did that like you know six months ago I was terrified to step out and do this but I did it you might not even recognize that change in yourself but it's gonna be there let me ask you a question when you were five and it was time to start school were you a little nervous about starting school or when you found out you know after kindergarten and you were all used to those kids and your teacher you had to go to a new grade with a new teacher didn't that stress you out I'm sure a lot of you see that in your children now and you know when you first learn to ride a bike or to drive a car you know you've had that like nervousness about you I mean everyone gets nervous about different things right but there's something that has made people nervous at some point in their life and mainly because it was a new concept I mean even as adults like starting a new job you know at a new place of employment it's kind of stressful or any new people there you don't know how your boss is gonna be and then after you've been employed there for 10 years you can look back on that day and laugh at yourself like what was that so worried about but going on an overnight backpacking trip and transitioning from a day hike to that overnight trip is the same thing it's just that you know you haven't done it yet so it sounds scary but if you use that model that I talked about where you take five minutes out of a week you know each day to learn about some piece of gear you're gonna familiarize yourself with that then once you take it out there you start using it you're gonna feel very comfortable with it so literally just staying overnight in one spot that you're already familiar with you know because you've been out there day hiking on that trail it's really gonna be a very gradual transition and some of you are like I love our Dixie I don't need to do all that you know I'll just go from a day hike to a week trip or you know well Dixie you went from day hiking to thru-hike well yes I mean not everyone gets nervous about the same things right so but I mean I was pretty nervous when I started that they're like not gonna lie but I save this topic for the end of the year because we've got 2018 coming right at us and you know did you really learn something new this year like did you make the time to learn a new concept or a new trade or skill or whatever you know well why not make it whether you want to call it a new year's resolution they're not you know make it a priority next year to learn something new and whether that's backpacking and hiking business or finances or cryptocurrency or herbalism or whatever you think that you would be interested in learning about I challenge you to take five minutes each day you know a new topic each week you know maybe it's all under the umbrella of the same thing but just a new little sliver of that topic and think about in 52 weeks how knowledgeable you can be on that one subject and if you did that each year and had something else or two things you know each year just think about how much you can learn you just have to be disciplined you know make yourself sit down and do it but that's why I'm calling it out and bringing it to your attention you know do something next year to better yourself and you know really focus in on that and I'm gonna stop preaching now but anyway I just want now my thing for next year is herbalism I want to learn more about medicinal herbs and you know how to cook with those foods and how to make tinctures and Sev's and all that so that's something that I'm learning so I'm not just telling you all to do something you know I'm actually practicing what I preach before I go though if any of y'all you know we're in that boat where you were nervous about you know taking your day hikes and turning them into you know a single overnight backpacking trip and you had concerns I would love for you to share those concerns below and you know what you did to remedy that or you know what you think about that now looking back and maybe that will be helpful to people who have the same concerns that are watching this video and that way they can scroll through the comments and salic see somebody else did it I can do it and with that happy new year and we will see y'all next year

My Dumbest Backpacking Mistakes



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hey y'all Dixie here today I want to talk to you about five big mistakes that I've made while through hiding now despite my mistakes my 80 and PCT thru-hiking attempts were successful but I'm hoping that sharing this information with y'all might be helpful whether you're planing the thru-hike are just going on a shorter backpacking trip mistake number one is not hiking in rough terrain so when I say rough terrain I'm referring to extremely rocky or very steep just some terrain that wouldn't be optimal for setting up camp if you needed to so for you hamburgers that might be a place where it's all of those things and also no trees my first experience with this was coming down mount moosilauke after it had rained and again in the dark so if you're familiar with Mount Musa lock in the White Mountains it is extremely steep when you're descending it going northbound there are these wooden wedges that are anchored into rock faces and if you think about like a deck on a house how it can get that algae on it be real slimy that's how those steps were so it's pretty scary coming down in the dark like that there was basically nowhere to set up camp if I wanted to there was one shelter coming down but I passed that up and then after I told myself I would not hack in the whites anymore I ended up doing it again and this time the terrain didn't look quite as bad but ended up being extremely rocky and there was nowhere that I could have set up camp so I just had to keep pushing through so from those experiences on the PCT I made sure to look ahead at either you know a guide book or I used gut hooks but just to make sure that there was somewhere that I could set up camp if I needed to because it will have designated camping areas and gut hooks and oftentimes in guide books so you know that way if you decide that the conditions aren't great for hiking at night you can always ditch out and set up camp now I love not hiking but I'm just saying if you're gonna do it you know make sure that there is a plan B if you decide you're not really up for it mistake number two is not taking all precautions to make sure I don't get hypothermia I'm normally pretty good at making sure that my clothes my sleeping bag and all of those things that will keep me warm and dry it not stay warm and dry while I'm hiking in the rain but on the PCT I hate the Cascades and it was extremely cold weather at night it was raining often during the days sometimes snow in it was like a different kind of cold that had never felt before but a lot of times while you're moving in you're hiking even if you're kind of cold your body is staying warm enough especially when you start to go up a hill so I've gotten to a climb and I was pushing real hard and I'd had my raincoat on and my hood on and yeah you're gonna sweat a little bit and sometimes the rains gonna get through anyway whether it works down through your neck or up through your rain pants or your sleeves or whatever so no you're not gonna stay completely dry but the biggest mistake that I made was taking my hood off to cool off instead of like rolling up my sleeves or you know taking my rain pants off to cool off and my hair got absolutely soaked now this is late afternoon right before I'm about to climb in my tent and go to bed for the night with soaking wet hair in below 30 degree temperatures so that just wasn't very smart when I finally set up my tent I mean I was shivering so badly got in my tent I was extremely exhausted I climbed in my sleeping bag after changing into my dry clothes and then I passed out I didn't even take the time to cook and one thing that's really important for hypothermia is making sure that your body has enough calories to actually warm up so it's really good idea to try to get some warm liquids in you you know especially warm sugary liquids like hot chocolate and then also to eat something so because I was so cold and so tired and I was just shivering I climbed in my sleeping bag with the wet hair and you know balled up and didn't eat so one thing I should have done is kept my hood on on my raincoat yeah my hair might have been a little sweaty but it wouldn't have been just soaked with freezing cold water and second I should have eaten as soon as I got dried off and warm so I'm just saying you know you might think yeah you're taking all the precautions but just sometimes thinking ahead and not going right this moment I'm hot and I don't care if my hair is soaking wet and have freezing cold water on me you know sometimes you just have to think ahead for the future and when I call them in my sleeping bag in an hour or two I'm gonna be freezing and my hair is not gonna dry all night long so not only do I think it's important to think about those things but if you're not familiar with hypothermia I highly recommend that before you get out in the backcountry for several days on in that you look it up because you might think that to have hypothermia it has to be you know freezing cold and icy and snowy outside but that's not necessarily true mistake number three is wearing my trail runners too long because they still have decent tread so the trail for me is less about fashion and more about the functionality of my gear so if my trail runners have a few holes on the top of them and I can see my socks I mean that's more ventilation right and especially if the trail runner has some tread left on the bottom of it why would I want to spend more money than I have to but unfortunately I learned the hard way that once my trail runners hit about five hundred miles and the support starts to go because my arch will start flexing more than it has to I end up having issues with plantar fasciitis now obviously not all feet are made the same so this may not be an issue for you I know that there are those lucky hackers that can push their trail runners to almost a thousand miles I never have any issues but if you are experiencing pain from plantar fasciitis then this might be something that's worth a try mistake number four is thinking that black bears are sweet and cuddly not really I didn't exactly think that but if you had seen the way I acted when I saw my first black bear on the 80 you would have thought that I actually thought they were teddy bears actually did a whole video on this in itself but this is still just one of those mistakes that I immediately think of when I think of the dumb things I've done on trail so basically we had been warned about an aggressive bear in the area and you could hike through the area but you couldn't camp there so I was hiking through and I was with a group of folks thank goodness that had encountered bears before and I was scooping some water out of a spring and this bear just started heading right towards us now if you've ever seen a bear out in the woods chances are you saw the button running away from you but in this instance it wasn't afraid of us and it kept coming towards us and for some reason I guess because of my lack of experience I thought that you know that was okay and so the bear got closer and closer and closer and finally it kind of stood up and looked at me and we made eye contact and I looked at it and I kind of crouched down and I said darlin as if it was you know a sweet little puppy or something and he got mad and bluffed charged me and I started to run away which is not what you're supposed to do when a bear runs at you because that triggers there like chase instinct and they might actually come after you and the bluff charge can turn into an actual attack so luckily the group I was with told me you know don't do that don't run and I turned around and we all faced the bear together you know I kind of held up my trekking poles and we tried to make ourselves look big and the bear finally kind of stood down and you know I mean he was close enough that I could see the hair was up on the back of his neck but anyway I'm just saying that wherever you're gonna be it's worth it to take a look at what wildlife is in that area and then kind of read up on how you're supposed to behave when you encounter different types of wildlife that might be where your backpacking and although I had read up a little bit on black bears and how you're supposed to interact with them I definitely did not implement that but I've seen about ten bears since then and all when I've been alone and I definitely have improved how I behave when I see them mistake number five is being careless with water crossings this one's actually still pretty fresh for me because it was during my three hike of the PCT last year in 2017 now on the 18 2015 I did have some Fords you know some rivers I had to go across but it was nothing like what I saw in the Sierra Nevada in 2017 on the PCT and the main reason that the rivers were so outrageous and just very dangerous is because it was such a high snow year and once it becomes summertime and the snow starts melting all of that water has to go somewhere so a lot of times these areas are flooded it's just so much more water coming through these channels than what is normally there there were a lot of water crossings through the Sierra Nevada and most of the time I was pretty smart about it I would check upstream or downstream to see if there was a better place to cross somewhere a little safer maybe a log to go across instead of submerging my body in freezing cold water you know I did all of the things that I was supposed to do most of the time there was one instance where we had to swim across the river but it was it was pretty why the water was moving fairly slow some of the guys were able to go through and hold their packs above their heads while they did it but I'm not as tall as some of the folks that I was hiking with and I knew that it was gonna be too deep for me to actually walk across so I knew I was gonna have to swim now what I did was put my pack on my back and doggy paddle across but the problem with that is the way of the pack could you know actually push my face down towards the water and that's just not really safe to have that weight like that so what exactly is the safest way to do this well people could argue about that all day long I can say that the safest way to do it is not what I did I could have tried to float the pack on like an air mattress you know like on my blow-up sleeping pad didn't really want to lose that probably still wouldn't have done that in the future the pack that I used was more or less waterproof at least for some time you know it's not gonna get completely submerged as soon as I put it in the water now four packs at RZT waterproof or you know highly water-resistant most of the time you're gonna have some kind of liner in it anyway to keep your stuff from getting wet so if you've got like a compact your bag or a bag liner something like that make sure to put all the things that you don't want in there so they don't get wet and then roll it down now the reason that I would suggest putting the compactor bag inside with all of your stuff instead of putting it on the outside of the pack and tying it up is because that compactor bag is gonna be more fragile than the material that your pack is made out of so if it bumps on rocks or limbs or anything like that it could tear a hole in that bag and then get everything soaked anyway there's gonna be a little bit of buoyancy to your pack in that bag that you've got in there or liners so a lot of people think that the best way to do it is to you know waterproof your pack as best as you can and then swim and have one hand on it and go across I have seen videos of people actually putting the pack on the front of them and laying across it so it's kind of like a floating device for them and paddling across people have also talked about having somebody that crosses ahead of you if you're with other people taking the end of cord or a rope or something like that and going across it as they cross and then you could tie the other end to your pack and have them pull it across for you and then go across without your pack I'm not gonna tell you how to do it I'm not gonna tell you what is the safest way I suggest reading up on what to do in that situation and then deciding what works best for you but I will say that although some of y'all may have seen me in the video where I swim across with the pack on my back that probably was not the safest option but probably the biggest mistake that I made as far as being careless with river crossings goes was right after my late hundred and that was trying to cross white Fork by myself so I had been a hiking around people but some of the folks had gotten ahead and one guy had ended up turning around and going back and decided that that he didn't want to hike in the Sierra Nevada anymore and he was heading back so I was out there all alone and I told myself and I told my mom that I would not do anything extremely dangerous alone it was in the afternoon and I was trying to rush to get to the bottom of the next pass so I could cross it early the next morning but I came across white Fork which wasn't really supposed to be anything extremely dangerous according to gut hooks but that was for a normal snow year so when I got there late afternoon after hiking all day and my body was tired and I saw how raging that river was I should have stopped right then and set up camp and decided not to cross but because of a stubborn person and because I really wanted to make those miles I knew downstream that there was no better crossing because it was basically like a rock channel and if you go down there there was there just was no where to cross she'd be jumping off and just dying so I tried to go upstream aways and look up there and the same thing it was kind of like rock cliffs and there just was no better place to cross so I decided to come back down to the trail and cross right there and as I started going I realized that I was probably biting off more than I could chew and I just kept taking steps and kept taking steps even though in my mind I was going what are you doing you're an idiot you know if you fall down you are going to die because there is nothing downstream except literally a rock channel no bushes no branches no nothing to pull myself out and then I still kept taking steps and I got about halfway across and I felt my legs kind of start to give any the strangest feeling because part of me just wanted to just give up I was so tired I was so exhausted and I was just so angry with the situation and at myself and you know it's just that moment of just like gosh I'm tired of fighting this and then something in me was just like you know survival mode kicking in and I was like no I am NOT falling down I am not giving in so I turned around and just I don't know how I managed to turn back around and fight my way back to the other side and I grabbed on to a bush and pulled myself up out of the water and then I just sat there and started crying and I felt like such an idiot I was so ashamed of myself for for putting myself in that danger for what so I decided to set up my tent right there on the trail and you know just try to relax and eat some food and hope that you know somebody would show up that could hopefully cross with me the next morning and luckily four of the most awesome people that I hung out with on trail did show up that night and we became friends and we all crossed it safely the next day but the thing is is I learned a really big lesson at that point and it's yeah get out there and challenge yourself and you know yeah enjoy nature and push yourself to the limit but you know a thru-hike is not worth dying for so if there was a point that I just felt like it was really something that I shouldn't or couldn't do alone that I needed to stop and wait for somebody else and that's okay I have a link that is in the video information so where it says show more below there's gonna be a link to another YouTube video from one of my fellow hikers in 2017 they went through about a week and a half before I did and several of them crossed together linking arms across white fork and one of the girls ended up falling down and they had to pull her out but I want y'all to check that out and you should be able to look at that and say I'm not doing that alone now given the water was a little bit more shallow whenever I went through but it was still definitely rushing and it was still too powerful for me to try after being tired all day and and to do it alone so again I wanted to share some of my biggest mistakes with you because I just want to make a point that nature can be very enjoyable it be extremely rewarding it can build your confidence but it can also humble you and strip some of that away too I'm not telling you this so that you'll be afraid or you won't want to get out there and enjoy things for yourself but I'm just saying that you do have to respect nature I'm a big advocate of not letting fear stop you and keep you in the house and not enjoying the things that you love to do however I'm just saying that while you're out there you know make sure that you trust your instincts more than anything I think that that would be the biggest takeaway from all of my experiences is if you think like maybe I shouldn't be doing this then then maybe you shouldn't again I'm not trying to scare you all I just wanted to share some of the things that I have done that weren't necessarily very bright so hopefully y'all can avoid making those same mistakes and if you've got any questions about these particular instances or anything like that please feel free to leave those in the comment section below and if you found this video helpful or any other videos on the channel and you would like to support the work I do you can do that at no additional cost to you by visiting Dixie az.com next time you do your shopping on Amazon and with that thank y'all so much and we will see y'all next time

Yaxham Waters Holiday Park – Holidays in Norfolk – Fishing – Self-catering – Glamping – DJI Drone



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Gear Backpackers Ditch First



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hey y'all Dixie here today I want to talk to you about gear that is commonly ditched either after a section hike or during a thru-hike I know some of y'all are gonna tell me know Dixie I carry such-and-such item and I insist upon having it I won't go backpacking without it well sure everyone has certain luxury items that they enjoy taking along and I'm not telling you that you cannot take any of this gear with you because obviously gear is a very personal thing and you know it's not my place to tell people what they should or should not carry but I'm just saying these are 20 items that either I saw in hiker boxes or my fellow backpacker said they thought was a good idea but in hindsight maybe not so much number one is an extensive wardrobe a lot of people end up carrying way more clothes than they need and sometimes on a section hike folks will take like one outfit for each day that they're gonna be out there but hikers usually end up pulling it down to one outfit to hike in one outfit to sleep in some rain gear maybe you know a puffy and an extra base layer at most but sure it's gonna depend on what the temperatures are like where you're hiking and how cold you sleep at night number two is an excessive med kit a lot of folks think you know what if I get hurt out there I need to carry all of these medical supplies I saw a pack shake down of a nurse who is carrying like saline solution and all sorts of stuff I've seen people carry stethoscopes blood pressure cuffs and the truth is the common injuries that you're gonna see on trail you can probably handle with bandanna or a couple of band-aids and maybe you have to make like a makeshift splint but you know excessive bandages and gunshot wound kits and and things like that just might not really be something you're gonna need to worry about and worst case you can always carry a spot device or some device like that to where you can signal for help if you need it number three is a Rambo knife when I started the AIDS he my dad begged me to take one but for what I needed a knife for it just was really too much and I felt like it would just be too heavy so I ended up toting a little pocket knife and then for the PCT I wore a neck knife that way I would have it for self-protection easily accessible and then also more importantly when I went to cut cheese not in that way and pepperoni and summer sausage things like that you know I could just pull it out use it for whatever clean it off and stick it right back in the sheets I think most people find that just a simple pocket knife is really all they need number four is a multi-tool now I know some of you guys are gonna have a hard time with this because I know a lot of folks that love carrying a multi-tool but most of the time you're not gonna need all of that stuff and you could call some weight without having to tote all of those different tools and again just get by with a simple pocket knife but to each his own you know I will not pry it away from you I'm just saying that you might find that you don't need all that number five is a saw hatchet and or X a lot of folks think well hey when I'm out on the trail I'm gonna want to be able to enjoy a fire and I'm gonna need firewood and to have a fire in firewood I'm gonna need some kind of tool to cut wood but the truth is there's so much fallen wood on the forest floor and you know even in the desert if you wanted to have a fire and there isn't a fire band you can find enough stuff to throw in a fire ring and have a fire I never needed a hatchet or an axe or I need that and I never even really saw anybody use one when getting wood to build a fire most of the time you don't want some big ol hunk of log to burn hours and hours you know you just want to have a little fire to enjoy and just sit around and talk a little while before going to bed and even if you're planning to cook on a fire you really don't need a big fire I mean I even built a tiny fire one day during lunch real quick and then cleaned it up and it didn't need anything big or excessive number six is bear deterrent gear so I'm talking like bear bells bear spray anything other than of course like a bear bag or a bear canister you know something like that some people feel a lot better going into bear country with these items and by all means I'm not telling you not to do it I'm just saying that a lot of folks end up carrying bear spray when they're only in black bear country and they just felt like it really wasn't necessary because most of the time when you see a bear you're seeing the button run away now if you're in grizzly country that's a different story but for the most part you know on the 80 the PCT and a lot of the CDT you're in black bear country only number seven is a camp chair most of the time I feel like you can find a law we rock or something like that to sit on yes they might not be as comfortable as a camp chair if you're highly considering carrying a camp sure you might look into one of those little butt pads like the little sit pad or you can cut out a square out of a closed cell foam pad you know just to give yourself a little cushion on a log or a rock instead number eight is a heavy trowel they do make a trowel that is less than one ounce and it's called the deuce of spades typically I'm digging a hole with either a tent stake or a trekking pole or Rock something like that it is a lot easier to dig a hole with the trowel but just the really big heavy ones a lot of folks end up ditching those and hiker boxes so if you're gonna carry a trowel I recommend the deuce of spades which is like I said less than an ounce number nine is an extra light source so some folks will take a headlamp but they're worried about losing that or it going out so they carry another headlamp and maybe even a flashlight but if you think about it you've always got your cell phone or a lighter in worst case scenario so for just a short stretch even if you lose your headlamp you're probably gonna be okay until you get to the next town and figure something out number 10 is a huge pack of batteries a lot of folks worry about their lights going out so if they only have one source of light they're freaking out and carry a whole lot of batteries but unless you're doing a lot of night hiking you're probably not gonna wear your batteries out as fast as you think you will I usually carry one extra set for my headlamp if I think I'm gonna be in a stretch where I'm doing a lot of night hiking but other than that I just wait until I get to town to replace them number 11 is a Kindle iPad Nook any sort of device like that I think after hiking for so long and wanting more weight off of their back people decide that you know their cell phone is a great tool especially if it's a smart phone and they can read books on there they can listen to music on there they can take pictures with it so they just try to reduce any redundancies in their pack number 12 is a fire starter and I don't mean a ladder because I actually do carry a ladder and a backup ladder but what I mean is like a Ferro rod or cotton balls dipped in Vaseline or just some other form of firestarter most the time if you want to have a fire you can probably start one with some leaves or some kin and if you were making a fire where the ladder skills are not up to par somebody else will probably be able to step in and help you now if you're going out there without a reliable shelter or some other way to keep warm which I would not recommend then yes you might want one of these alternative fire starters number thirteen is a mess kit or extra plates bowls cups etc now I know some of y'all are already calling me a hypocrite because I have a collapsible Cup yes I do I really enjoy being able to drink coffee while I eat my food that is one of my luxury items and I sell luxury items are okay but for the most part I think a lot of my fellow hikers seem to get bad just fine with just having you know one metal cook pot and some of them do like the cook pot mug combinations number fourteen is a Nalgene bottle now I will say one of the benefits that I've heard of having a Nalgene bottle is that you can boil water fill it up put the cap on and then put it in the bottom of your sleeping bag to keep your feet warm if you are a cold sleeper but a more lightweight method I would say is get some warmer socks or potentially a warmer sleeping bag because that's not gonna last you all night anyway right but yeah now gene bottles are typically a lot heavier than what a water bottle would be or like a water bladder while now jeans are pretty indestructible I would say most hikers keep them for day hikes and on the long-distance or section hikes they just ditch them number 15 is a large camp towel yes large camp towels are going to be more absorbent if you decide to take a swim or for spills I don't know for whatever reason you might want a towel but I promise you you can rough it with a bandana and there gonna be a lot more light weight number 16 is a solar shower so you're thinking I want to smell good while I'm on trail I'm gonna feel gross if I don't have a bath for a week so why not take a solar shower they're not that heavy uh well you could and if you think you want to do that go ahead and try it but a lot of my fellow backpackers have said this is something that they just felt after a while it definitely wasn't worth the wait and they ditched it eventually you'll probably end up embracing the stink but if you just can't stand it baby wipes are a good alternative number 17 is a smaller digital camera or a GoPro a lot of folks find the their smartphone takes pretty decent pictures and they just don't need the extra weight of another camera now for those folks who like taken you know really good pictures with fancy cameras of course yours might be worth the wait team but just in general you know if you're looking to capture the experience you might find that your cell phone does a pretty good job number 18 is dry sex and stuff sex sure you might have some uses for a dry sack or a stuff sack but a lot of folks tend to overdo it so they want every little thing to have some sort of stuff sack or dry sack you know this is the electronics bag this is this bag this is that bag and honestly it just doesn't fit as well in your pack so you're not maximizing your space the best that you can so if you ditch the stuff sex you might find that your stuff fits down better into your pack and that you could maybe even go with a smaller pack and save weight just in a smaller pack size so then what do you do about you know waterproofing everything well what I do personally and a lot of folks do is they get like a black contractor bag two or three maybe months three mil but anyway stuff all this stuff that doesn't need to get wet down in there and roll it down and for your electronics and things like that you can use ziplock bags that tend to flatten things out a little bit better than a stuff sack that's all compressing it like into a ball but don't believe me give it a shot you know try packing all your stuff without it stuff sex and dry sex and see if it works out better for you number 19 is deodorant soap body wash shampoo you know all those things to make you smell good after you're on the trail for a while you're just probably gonna smell like but if you don't embrace it that's fine but you might save some weight by carrying baby wipes that's what I do I do enjoy washing off my armpits and in other regions that need cleaned before I go to bed at night but a lot of people find you know they don't even feel like bathing off sometimes even with baby wipe so my recommendation is to get out there see if you really desire having it and if you would be bathing off if you did have it and then you can always stop and pick it up in the next town number 20 is your pack brain so your pack may not have a brain but for example my Osprey aura did it's just the removable piece on top it was an extra pouch for things that I didn't need and once that cold those things on my 80 thru-hike I ended up sitting the brain home and just sending that piece of the pack home itself actually saved a decent amount of weight so those are probably the most common 20 items that I hear about people getting rid of during their hikes if you're going for a thru-hike I definitely recommend doing a pack shakedown if you're going nobo on a tee or the PCT within the first 50 miles you will hit either neill gap on the 80 or melt laguna on the PCT and i had a pack shakedown in both places and was able to get rid of some of the weight out of my pack and by that point you probably will be more willing to listen to how you can reduce your pack weight because you'll have been toting it for a while and you'll be like okay I'm ready to get rid of some of this stuff help me out and you'll probably also find that as you go and as you get more experienced in the world of backpacking you're kind of ready to let go of some of those things it's like a kid with a security blanket you know after a while they just get to where they don't need it and you'll probably find the same true about you and some of these comfort or luxury items that you're carrying with you but anyway I would love to hear what some of the items that you all have found you don't need while you're on trail that you thought you needed and maybe that'll help some of the beginners you know as I read through those comments and they're like well I really feel like I need that but if all of these people are saying they don't need it then maybe I don't either and remember if you like the work I do here you can do your amazon shopping through my amazon affiliate link which is dixie az.com it'll take you to amazon and at no additional cost to you you'll be supporting the work I do here thank y'all so much for watching and we will see y'all next time

Carp fishing holidays at Cherry Lakes



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my name is Mike Kirsh along with my wife Judith we own and run Cherry lakes cherry lakes is a great venue to come for a for a holiday it's a great place to come to fish we have four lakes to choose from three of those you can have exclusively to yourself I'm sitting here this morning on Cherry Lane what a beautiful like this really really is it's full of fish it's got 250 cracking carp in it we've got some 150 or so twenties we've got at least 15 different thirties and we've got a fish stick regularly goes to over 40 pounds plenty took plenty to go for over the last three years out of this beautiful lake 50 different anglers have called a 30 and for many of them it was their UK and indeed their individual personal bests the lake is full of features there's always something to try we have bars we have we have channels you know we have marginal shelves we have weed beds everything a thinking angle could want that's because it's been designed by carp anglers for carp owners

5 Mistakes Beginner Backpackers Make



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Hey y'all! Dixie here. Today I wanna talk to you about five common mistakes that beginning backpackers often make. Now, I'm not knocking the beginners, but, any professional just wasn't born a professional. I mean, Michael Jordan didn't pop out of the womb, start taking his first steps while perfectly dribbling a basketball. It takes time to learn things, and that's normal, but I'm hoping that maybe this video will help some of the beginners to learn from the mistakes of others and I'm willing to bet even some of you experienced backpackers who are watching can admit to probably making one or more of these mistakes yourself For this video, I took some input from my fellow backpackers and I also considered my own mistakes. So let's get started. Before starting my AT thru hike, I did a lot of research about what gear is actually necessary and, you know, common mistakes and probably the top one was packing way too much stuff Now this might be like extra gear or just like unnecessary items completely There's nothing wrong with having luxury items You know I think that most backpackers except maybe like the serious, serious ultralighters and probably even them, have some kind of luxury item But taking things like a hatchet, an axe, extra boots Several changes of clothes, like not just a cold and , you know, warm outfit but like literally almost a change of clothes for seven days or something Or a family photo album. Those things are a little excessive. But they are things that people have done Maybe some things that seem like you might need them but are a little excessive are like extra batteries and I'm not talking about one set of extra batteries but like several Also extra headlamps, you know things like that Those are all things that you can get by if something happens to you for a few days, you know Even on a thru hike, on the AT and the PCT You're not gonna be out in the wilderness for probably more than seven days at most I mean there might be a section that will be a little bit longer But most of the time you're looking at three to seven days Some people take extra filters, you know in case theirs fails and again while it sounds like it makes sense If you're cooking, you can always boil your water as a backup So you want to make sure that you only take the true things that are necessities and you know, hopefully they have some kind of multipurpose And if you're really put your mind into it and think about it you can probably get by and improvise without a certain piece of gear for, you know a three to seven day stretch I think a lot of people have the idea that thru hiking is like survival situation and obviously you're trying to survive But what I mean is it's not like you're going out to setup You know, a little bunker in the woods to survive the zombie apocalypse you know, it's not like that at all You're literally just carrying things that you need Like necessities for a three to seven day stretch between two towns. And that's it. And when you get town if you realize you need something else you can always get it there It's just important to really second guess yourself on every item like 'Do I absolutely need this?' and 'if had to go three days without it, could I make it' and if the answer is 'yes' then you probably don't need it If you're pack is extremely heavy, you're gonna be uncomfortable especially while you're breaking in your body and getting use to the idea of toting a heavy load for several days on end I really suggest if you're new to backpacking checkout some of the people who have thru hikes gear lists, you know I got mine up on my website and just look through and if you have an item that's not on their list. I mean of course every person is different I'm just saying, you know It's a good benchmark at least to look at somebody else who has successfully done what you're aiming to do in the backpacking world Yes, while you're backpacking and especially while thru hiking you are going to be abusing your feet So you definitely don't need to pour salt in the wounds by wearing the improper footwear. And what I mean by that is shoes that don't fit properly or they don't work well with your feet. And you're like 'Well how do I know if it's gonna work properly, if it works well with my feet' The best thing that you can do is, you know, try them out before you get out on a backpacking trip But still you're not gonna have all the same conditions of course. In the normal world that you will have out on the trail. So you want to make sure that the shoe is big enough because your feet are going to swell And that you know, when you're walking downhill you don't want it, the shoe so tight, that your toes are hitting the front of your shoes unless you don't like keeping your toe nails around The two tests that I recommend doing is, the thumb test So just making sure that when you put your thumb down in front of your big toe, that you have at least a thumbs space between the tip of your big toe and the front of your shoe Now also I recommend when you tie your shoe up tap your toe on the ground. And if your foot is hitting the front of your shoe, it's probably going to do that while you're descending mountains and You're probably going to loose toe nails and not feel good while hiking Also for those of you who think that you absolutely need to have boots while thru hiking or section hiking You don't I mean I can't say that YOU don't. but a lot of people don't need big, sturdy, bulky, clunky boots to successfully backpack I thought that I needed ankle support when I started the AT. So I started with boots because I thought that's what you do when you go hiking. You wear hiking boots Right. Uh, well, the boots ended up drumming on my Achilles even though they were properly sized They caused me tendinitis in the Achilles and it did not feel very good. So I ended up swapping to trail runners and I have never looked back They're very lightweight. They dry out a lot faster But I'm not going to go into a whole video preaching why I prefer trail runners over boots You do have to find out what works for you But I'm just saying, unless you, you know, know that you need the ankle support , you might not But just figure out what works for you when it comes to shoes and insoles and all of that stuff before you get out on the trail. Because if you mess your feet up real bad, it could be a trip ender. And on this one, uh, I can say that I didn't practice what I preached when I started the PCT. I just started with the same sized shoes that I finished with on the AT thinking 'Oh yeah my feet are the same size' Well, I didn't do the toe test and I didn't do the thumb width test and um, I ended up having to swap shoes while on the PCT and go up a size. And I did lose both of my big toe nails So take my advise and just make sure your shoes are big enough Alright! So you're starting your thru hike and you hear that everybody who's starts out goes fifteen to twenty miles their first day and you're like, 'I can't let anyone think that I am weak so I am going to go fifteen to twenty miles if it kills me!' Yeah, I made that mistake on the PCT I was determined, you know, everyone does more miles on the PCT. So I can't do what I did starting out on the AT I have to do more! Well I did three 15-mile days, like 13 to 15-miles actually And I ended up having to take two zeros because I had t-rex knees. My knees were so swollen that it felt like if I extended my leg that just fluid was going to bust out the back of it. So I had to walk around on little bent knees And it did not feel good And I already knew not to make this mistake because I had read about it and I had , you know known from the AT that it takes a while for your body to to get acclimated to backpacking. So… You know you just have to take it slow. You have to listen to your body. When your body is tired. you stop When something hurts, you take a break You know. So luckily I was smart enough to not continue to push myself and ruining my PCT thru hike But, you know, I should've never been in the position where in the first week I had to take two zeros because I had overexerted my body So when you get out there and you start off, you got to hike your own hike and I normally hate that overused saying. But literally, you have got to listen to your body If that means losing the people that you've been around for a couple of days. You'll probably catch up with them eventually Don't worry about that. You'e out there for your experience And you don't want that to be cut short because you got Overly ambitious on your mileage plan Everyone here is about 'Oh hiker hunger' 'Oh I was so hungry I can eat like five hamburgers in town' Yes, but that doesn't happen right away That happens…well, I don't know. It's different for everybody But that happens later on. It's not, you know You're first week of backpacking or anything like that So for those of y'all who section and, you know You do weekend or week-long trips, you may not ever really experience the full-on hiker hunger. I mean I'm sure, you know, once you get back to town you're pretty hungry and you know, food tastes amazing You do go through that. Im sure But as far as the true hiker hunger where you could You know, literally down like everything McDonald's has in stock That takes awhile to kick in So when you're planning your first stretch just know that you might not be as hungry as you think you will In fact, you might not be hungry at all and you might have to make yourself eat When I left out on my AT thru hike, you know, I had never been backpacking before. And I didn't really have any idea what to expect. So I packed , you know, what I thought I would need if I was hungry for six days which I'm not exactly sure why I packed six days of food for less than 40-miles But that doesn't matter. Uh, I just didn't want to be out in the woods and hungry. Um, turns out I wasn't really hungry at all when I first started and uh, I had a lot extra weight in food I'm just saying you might not need, you know as much as you think you would if you were, like starving while you were out there. They do recommend that you have about two pounds per day of food, uh honestly I'm not sure if that's like when you're first out there or after the hiker hunger hits But regardless you'll learn real quick and you'll probably make this mistake. But…um…you know It's not the worst thing in the world. You can always barter with food on trail. So it's not terrible to have a little bit too much of it. I can't tell you exactly, you know, how much is right for you But, I'm just saying, keep in mind while you're planning your first stretch of food that folks do generally pack to much So you decided you're going on this trip and you're sitting down there and you know exactly where you're going to stay every night. Where you're going to eat lunch and where you're going to use the bathroom and how much food you're going to eat. And you've already sent yourself resupply boxes. Whoa! Whoa!! Whoa! Whoa!! One of the greatest things about a backpacking trip is just allowing yourself the freedom to do what you want when you feel like doing it Sure, if you are going on a section hike and it's only for a weekend and you know, you need to get from Point A to Point B over that weekend and, yeah, you might estimate a certain mileage per day in your mind. And for thru hiking you know, you need to get from Mexico to Canada. Or Georgia to Maine. Or whatever In a certain amount of time However, just allow yourself the freedom to do what you want. And to eat what you want. And enjoy yourself along the way I know people who have started their thru hike and they already have tickets for their flight home once they finish And so the whole time their, their gong on their trip They've got this date in their mind like 'I must be on plane on this date' And it's like 'Why do that to yourself' you know Even if you know that you have to be done at a certain time And you know, you got a wedding or whatever You might end up finishing a week before that with some of the best friends will have for the rest of your life that you made while you were on trail and they just happen to be road-tripping the way you're going to go and you could've had the best road-tripping experience with a week as a grande finale to a thru hike Instead you're going to be sitting there waiting in town for a week, you know, at a campground or at a hotel for a flight that you planned six months ago when you don't even know who that person is six months ago that planned that flight for you Because you will have changed so much and you know What you thought you wanted for the end of your journey might not be what you want anymore Backpacking is not a job. It does not have to be a wakeup at 7am or 5am or whatever And go to bed before, you know the sunsets or as its setting It…it can be whatever you want it to be. So you know, if you really do enjoy a set schedule, then then that's fine. But I challenge you to try To just go with the flow I challenge you to say 'yes' and take side adventures And…and to let it be what it becomes Because when else in life are you allowed that freedoms So don't rob it from yourself as soon as you get it When it comes to planning for food A lot of folks, you know want to send themselves packages the whole way and already have their food sitting there at a post office and the towns they decided their going stop in along the way. But robbing yourself the luxury of deciding what you want to eat Let me ask you, do you know what to eat for dinner three weeks and two nights from now? Probably not. I mean I don't even know what I want to eat for dinner like three days from now yet. So, just don't limit yourself I mean sure if you have some type of dietary restriction You know where you…you have to do that Then I understand. But otherwise, you know, you might not make it to town before the post office closes on Friday And now you're stuck there til Monday So just allow yourself the experience of freedom during your backpacking trip. Because you have made it happen And you've earned it and you've taken the opportunity to experience it. So just enjoy it Those are probably the five most common mistakes made by beginning backpackers But there are certainly plenty that can be made And I think the important thing to remember is that the way that you learn is by getting out there and making mistakes. And I would much rather folks be getting out there and making mistakes and laughing at themselves than to be sitting on the couch, you know not experiencing nature at all If you made one of the five mistakes that I've mentioned today or any mistake during your beginning stages of backpacking please feel free to share that in the comments below. Because I think we can all learn from each other here And I want this channel to be a place where we can share knowledge and experience and things like that Remember if you like this channel and you want to support the work I do here The easiest way to do so at no additional cost to you is to go to DixieAZ.com before doing your Amazon shopping. It goes to my affiliate link doesn't cost you anything extra and helps support what I do. And with that we will see y'all next time

10 Secret Places Most Tourists Don’t Know About



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it's ten secret places most tourists don't know about don't stay here if you're afraid of heights this unique resort is made up of a cluster of treehouses that are most famous for their great location for weddings located just outside of Seattle Washington there are nine tree houses to choose from and the company's website says they're woodsy area is a perfect place to get away from the technology and hectic world that you live in throughout your life the cost of a tour of the treehouses is $20 per person by advance appointment only no walk-ins to preserve the peace of the tours that are currently staying in the trees they're offered activities include yoga massages Tai Chi and even hypnotherapy treehouse point is the perfect getaway for the nature lover that has a healthy sense of adventure although these picturesque gardens are a local staple in a door dog nerve region of France they are mostly ignored by tourists because tours commit the sin of thinking that all there is in France is Paris the gardens are meticulously maintained and they have been for over 300 years the focal point of the gardens is a 17th century ch√Ęteau that was owned by the founder of the gardens the garden was officially opened to the public in 1996 and they now offer educational events Tours walking trails and yearly egg hunts for Easter this is also a great stop for anyone who is enjoying a wine tour because it is situated between the Bordeaux and Rhone wine regions so it would be a nice little pit stop between the two while you're there in the gardens make sure to stop by the restaurant on the grounds for some authentic French cuisine to complete your visit New Zealand is pretty famous for their beautiful natural attractions and this cave looks like something straight out of a fantasy novel the main feature of the cave is the glow worms that glow from a form of bioluminescence this particular species of glow worm can only be found in New Zealand so this is an even more unique attraction the caves are part of an extensive system that contains more than just the glowworm section the cave is closely guarded by environmental groups but you can schedule a guided tour that will make you feel like you're gliding directly under the stars there is also a visitor center at the entrance that will greet you when you enter the cave this may not seem that exciting but for anyone interested in history or medieval times this is a gold mine it's on the island of Gotland in Scandinavia and it is one of the most well preserved and extensive remaining medieval cities in the world it was built during the 13th and 14th century and the original city was around 2.2 miles or 3.6 kilometers and 2.14 miles or 3.4 4 kilometers still stands the city also originally had 29 massive towers and 22 smaller towers but today only 27 of the giant towers remain and only nine of the small towers this site may not have very much modern influence but if you ever wanted to see what medieval cities look like this is an excellent chance to see it there are modern conveniences outside of the city but anyone who intends to see this great ruin probably won't be too upset about the walk Prague has some pretty incredible tourist attractions as it is you can add this synagogue on to that list that temple stands in Jewish town and it is not as ancient as it looks it was build on what was once the oldest temple old school or actual the original Church was torn down in 1867 when it was decided that the small size was just not functionally sufficient anymore the new building went up just a year later the temple is built in a moorish Revival style which makes it a breathtaking tribute to the ancient style of architecture the church saw declined during World War two and 10 years after the war it was given to a museum to be restored but the building was again neglected in the 1970s before being closed in 1982 the church was revived after the Velvet Revolution which was a revolution that took place in Czechoslovakia during 1989 the synagogue has now been open to the public since 1998 and the beauty of the building is not going to disappoint you can probably guess where this monastery is located just by looking at it did you guess Russia Congrats you are right this iconic looking church was first built in 1337 and it has since become an essential Russian cultural landmark and the center of the Russian Orthodox Church 300 monks still live in this new monastery and it is even a Russian UN World Heritage Site the church got its name from the man that founded it sergius of Redden's who was a famous russian saint that reformed medieval russia the inside is just as beautiful as the outside if not even more so it's been through a lot through the years but the church is well cared for and loved and it is still in excellent condition while it may look weird that this resort has igloo looking structures with a massive skylight the reason why is sure to make you want to go there these little Suites are built to let you view the Northern Lights in style and comfort the resort in Finland offers a breathtaking and cozy observational room with just the bare minimum called a glass igloo but they also have a variety of suites that you can choose between there are 10 different accommodations that you can choose from igloos made from the traditional snow Santa's home that is decorated to look like the Christmas icon lives there a traditional house with all the fixings and even a wedding suite the glass igloos are only available from the 20th of August to the end of April because that's when the Northern Lights come out to play this little municipality and Portugal only has 828 inhabitants the city is known as the most Portuguese village in Portugal and it is one of 12 cities that have been classified to have a historical significance to the country the town has evidence of dating back to the early Stone Ages at the time of the Ice Ages you can find traces of the romans Visigothic and air presences but in the 12th century when the city was conquered by Alfonso the first of Portugal it hasn't traded cultures since the city is actually built on top of a mountain rock that is made of granite giving it the unique appearance there once stood a castle in a town but it was destroyed in the 19th century when some ammunition exploded this lake is the largest lake in Iceland that is mostly a favorite for die-hard scuba and diving fans the lake is approximately 84 square meters or 32 square miles and it reaches depths of 114 meters or 374 feet the main draw of the lake is that it partially lies on top of the meeting of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates so there is a small divide that you can dive into safely the rift is called Silfra and it is the division formed from the drifting of the plates the water is incredibly clear as well because the water in the fracture is fed from a nearby glacier the rift gets about two centimeters wider every year and there are earthquakes every 10 years which can expedite it's widening this isn't the only split in the world but it is the widest and definitely the coolest and now for number one the first be sure to subscribe for new videos every day this surreal landmark was actually built by Edward James who was a British poet who was one of the main influences during the surrealist art movement in the 20th century these giant artistic sculptures are 2,000 feet or 610 metres above sea level in the rainforest in Mexico the site stretches over 80 acres of land and in addition to the many sculptures there are also pools and waterfalls interlaced in the site that's how it got its name Las pasa means the pools in Spanish there are also paintings in entire beds of orchids there were supposedly 29,000 orchids at this location at one point James also included little homes and exotic animals the construction took place during 1949 to 1984 and it ended up being more than 5 million to build the location was bought in 2007 by a foundation that plans to restore and maintain the landmark for future generations this insane work of art may be a little out there but it is a must-see