Here’s a guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and outdoors experience.
Petzl Nao Headlamp
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This is the priciest headlamp we’ve come across, but its “reactive” technology is what makes it special. Instead of users having to press buttons – oh, how that saps one’s energy on the trail – to change the power of the headlamp’s beam, this newest Petzl product senses the change in the darkness and auto-corrects the amount of lumens outputted. And it’s a strong beam, too: 575 lumens. If you don’t like the Nao doing the work for you, you can override it. Plus, there’s a USB recharging battery pack you can swap out for those two AAA batteries for longer use.
Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar
Clif, one of the first makers of energy bars, may be kind of late jumping into the organic, protein-rich side of the Bar Wars. But this new offering both looks and tastes like the yummy (and expensive) Kind bars, which have made a splash on store shelves. Clif’s version is gluten-free, less than 200 calories and comes in flavors such as cherry almond, pomegranate raspberry and peanut butter. Most important: All bars feature dark chocolate.
How Much to Tip Your Guide
Outside magazine handles all those pesky etiquette questions you might have, including this one: How much should you tip your sherpa or, if you’re not a mountain climber, the guide who led you on that hike down into the Grand Canyon or snowshoeing in Tahoe? Outside recommends you factor in not only the length and time of the trip but the “behind-the-scenes work that goes into guiding” when determining a tip.
Climber, and Sacramento native, Alex Honnold, to National Geographic magazine: “I used to hike all the time, and then I sort of phased it out as I’ve been climbing more, because it does cut into real climbing time. But I like hiking, and I think when I’m old I’ll probably hike more.”
Compiled by Sam McManis