Provisions: A guide for what you need

Published: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3H

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience

GEAR •Black Diamond Speed 30 Backpack


This is a no-nonsense pack with no external gewgaws to muck up your climbing experience. There are no outside pockets or zippers or containers, though there is a tool attachment and an inner sleeve for a hydration bladder. It's just a pack with a 4-millimeter frame that fits well and holds up to 35 pounds.


• Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Running Watch


For new runners or those who just want the basics in a GPS watch, this may be the most affordable yet. (It won't be available until later this month). This Garmin doesn't bog you down with data; it tells you how far and how fast you are running. On a second screen, it gives mile splits and calories consumed. That's it. And that's really all you need.


• "50 Places to Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella

$24.95, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 224 pages

From the ice fields of Alberta, Canada, to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Santella takes readers on a tour of gorgeous countryside and mountainous terrain on two wheels. Two California rides make the cut: a five-day trek from Truckee to Mammoth Lakes; and a tour of the Napa-Sonoma wine country.


• World's 10 Best Naked Outdoor Events

The Adventure Journal exposes the top activities, sans clothes, so of course the Bay to Breakers made the cut. Here are the first five:

1. World Naked Bike Ride: Now in 70 cities. Alas, not Sacramento.

2. Bay to Breakers: A San Francisco running tradition.

3. Naked Hiking Day: Held on the summer solstice. Info:

4. International Swimming Gala: Serious competition in events such as butterfly and breaststroke, sponsored by the French Federation of the International Naturist Federation.

5. Running of the Nudes: PETA sponsors this race two days before the annual running of the bulls in Pamploma, Spain.


From Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, dubbed the founder of aerobic exercise: "Age fast, age slow – it's up to you."

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