Outdoors

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: Tips for surviving calamity on the trail

It was supposed to be a simple day hike in the wilderness – there and back to the parking lot in a few hours. But maybe you were unfamiliar with the trail and you ended up getting lost. Maybe your foot slipped on a rock and you got a sprained or broken ankle. Things can go wrong, especially in the wild.

Outdoors

Camelbak vest perfect for those mountain biking on narrow trails

Riding narrow single-track trails on your mountain bike can be one of the great joys of summer. Surrounded by a canopy of trees, you can enjoy the lush forest as you twist and turn over the rugged terrain. The difficult climbs are followed by a freewheeling descents, and you're constantly on the lookout for roots, rocks and overhanging branches. Bending down to grab a water bottle from its cage isn't always an easy option – and you should probably be drinking more often anyway. The Camelbak Chase Bike Vest is targeted at those off-road riders who want easy access to water throughout the whole ride.

Outdoors

Leslie Barker: Tired early in your workout? Keep going

Have you ever started a workout with bunches – or at least a decent amount – of energy, only to feel zapped way too early? I have, especially on these mornings with humidity thick as split-pea soup. I start out, water bottle and optimism at the ready, then a half-mile in start thinking, "Are you kidding? I can't do this."

Hunting Fishing

Best times for anglers

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Outdoors

The Fuji Cape May: A throwback, simple bike

When you were a kid, you had a bike. As you got older, maybe you got a 10-speed or a mountain bike or a BMX bike. You found the niche – and bike – that fit what you wanted to do. As an adult, it's more of the same, but with even more choices as you. But sometimes you just want a bike. The Fuji Cape May fits the bill, a throwback one-speed with coaster brakes and big tires that will get you around town without any fuss.

Hunting Fishing

Navionics one of best fishing apps out there

Fishing – turns out, there's an app for that. In fact, many apps. One of the best is Navionics, which produces a half-dozen or so apps that can be downloaded on a phone or iPad. These might not be as specifically for "fishing" as an app such as Fishbox.

Know these water safety tips as weather warms

With summer approaching and weather warming, its time to keep these water safety tips in mind, as provided by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.