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MassDrop Mondays!!

Massdrop.com is a great place to find great gear at discounts when it's not on sale elsewhere. Join the drop to help meet the next price break, or to take advantage of the discount achieved from everyone else's commitment.  Every Monday I'll bring you the items that I think will help you Get the Fun Out!  Drops are available for a limited time only, those below are currently available but could end soon.

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Elk Hunting Gear All-Star List

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This year I was lucky enough to get drawn for a bull elk tag in Arizona on my first ever time putting in for elk.  It was an 8 day (1 scouting day) hunt out of a dome tent base camp and hiking 5-12 miles per day up the slopes of the tallest mountain in the state, in weather ranging from bluebird 50 degree days to fierce wind to constant rain to 6 inches of snow.  That required some adjustment to my hunting gear from my usual whitetail deer outfitting and here are the things that made my hunt more enjoyable.

Mass Drop Mondays

Massdrop.com is a great place to find great gear at discounts when it's not on sale elsewhere. Join the drop to help meet the next price break, or to take advantage of the discount achieved from everyone else's commitment.  Every Monday I'll bring you the items that I think will help you Get the Fun Out!  Drops are available for a limited time only, those below are currently available but could end soon. 

Darn Tough hiker socks - Darn Toughs are the only socks I wear while hiking or biking.  They have a lifetime warranty.  Socks...with a lifetime warranty!  My oldest pair is about 10 years old and still going strong. 

Sierra Designs dry down jacket - I haven't used it myself, but a light weight down coat for $55 ($100 off) is an attention catcher...especially when it features water resistant dry down.

LuminAid inflatable solar and USB powered lamp - I love this product for camping and backpacking.  It lights a backpacking tent like a luxury, with the weight of a feather.…

5 Tips to Make Your Next Family Road Trip a Breeze

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GTFO brings you another guest post by Michael Bourke, the co-creator of SciCamps, which is currently in its very early stages, but aims to provide people with learning resources outside of the classroom. More info can be found at http://scicamps.org/.  
Any parent who has spent an extended car trip with their kids are likely familiar with the question, “Are we there yet?” This ubiquitous outcry can be found in movies and television shows, highlighting how quickly a child can grow bored when stuck in the back seat on a several-hours-long journey. To avoid having to deal with hearing this question every other highway exit, here are five tips to make your next family road trip easy and fun for everyone.

Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Now that I have a new hunting rifle and scope the most important thing to do to prepare for hunting is getting them sighted-in and familiarizing myself with the new gun.  While many people target shoot in the desert, I wanted a more stable and dedicated destination.  Luckily, in North Phoenix we have the largest publicly operated shooting ranges in the country--Ben Avery Shooting Facility!

Ben Avery is right off the I-17 a few miles south of Anthem.  From central Phoenix it's about a 30 minute drive that conveniently takes you past a Sportsman's Warehouse and Dicks Sporting Goods for any last minute ammo, target, or shooting accessory needs.  It has ample parking for shooters and spectators; much more than they need, actually...the lot was maybe half full this Sunday when I went, but the range was on a brief wait.

This is a bring your own gun and ammo range, so make sure you're prepared.  Don't be like me and forget to buy new target rounds and have to resort to $2/sh…

Fall Hikes in Flagstaff - Abineau Trail / Bear Jaw Trail

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Five years ago I was reluctantly celebrating my 30th birthday.  As with most birthdays, I kind of didn't want much attention...actually, even more so since it was going to be a milestone birthday.  To avoid attention I cashed in a groupon for a flea motel in Flagstaff, stopped at Chileen's on 17 for a chicken fried steak, then went by Babbit's to buy a birthday hammock ad hike recommendation.  I wanted something solitary, beautiful, and relaxing.  They came up with the Abineau Trail / Bear Jaw Trail loop on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks.  I've been back many times since and haven't stopped being impressed.


Under Armour Ridge Reaper Review: 1800 Backpack

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A couple years ago I picked up the Ridge Reaper 1800 Backpack to use on my whitetail hunts.  I needed something with decent capacity that wasn't split between multiple pockets to carry my insulated and outer layers on the walk to my deer stand, and being 6'5" that takes a decent sized backpack.  Unfortunately, Under Armour doesn't appear to make this pack anymore...so why am I talking about it?  Because it's a great pack that you should pick up if you find one used--and because recent marketing material has shown this pack--or one similar--in the Ridge Reaper Forest pattern, which didn't exist on the market, at least, when UA stopped making this pack which makes me believe that it could make a reappearance on store shelves.

If you want to see this backpack come back as badly as I do, consider contacting Under Armour--they're @underarmour and @UAhunt on Twitter and Instagram.

7E Chronicles Special - Early Review of Ridge Reaper Infil Ops Gore-Tex boots

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The 7E Chronicles, sponsored by Gaia GPS (sign up here with a discount).  Some camo gear provided by Under Armour Ridge Reaper (shop here on Amazon).

This weekend I finally had the opportunity to get back up to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness sub-unit of 7E after months of closure due to drought and fire risk.  It was great to get back up in the woods, even greater because I was wearing my new Under Armour Ridge Reaper Infil Ops boots.  This review is based mostly on just one day in the field, so there's more to experience; but based on how well they worked without being broken in they're going to be great.

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