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Be Prepared. Buy Altoids.

by Andy Amick

The title should be read like one of the WWII war bonds posters. “Be prepared, buy more altoids” or  “Have you bought your Altoids?” or “Do your part, buy altoids” Altoids tins are a simple and easy way to store an emergency kit in your backpack or on your bike. For anyone that enjoys a good […]

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Geekery, Being Prepared, And No Zombies

by Andy Amick

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a Mac Power Users podcast episode (yes I’m a geek by day) on emergency preparedness from a tech perspective. The episode had me thinking deeper about preparedness from a tech preparedness as well as an adventure perspective. Even though Pale Spruce is built around outdoor preparedness topic, it’s been a […]

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Guest Post- The Trashcan Major Crash

by Andy Amick

This is a guest post from my 8 year old son who had a little “issue” with a trashcan on a bike ride a few weeks ago. These are his words and his chosen title. My only assistance was with formatting. At first I thought he needed to write more, but after reading it, I […]

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Are You Prepared For Backcountry Riding?

by Andy Amick

In late September a Colorado Springs mountain biker got lost while exploring some new trails.  The good news is she was found the next day.  The bad news is she had to endure a cold and lonely night in the mountains without any emergency gear. UpADownwa posted a full story on the incident and how […]

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How Minimal Is Too Minimal?

by Andy Amick

I was planning on a Happy Friday post for today, but I read this post from Jill Homer and it got me thinking about a lot of things related to minimal gear and being prepared when we head outdoors. The post goes through her thoughts regarding the death of ultrarunner Michael Popov in Death Valley.  Michael […]

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3 Tips To Help Kids Be Prepared When Outdoors

by Andy Amick

After a long week of work and a plan to go hiking or camping on the weekend, it’s tempting to just to throw together some items and get away to the outdoors as quickly as possible. As much as we want to just get outside and hike or bike with our kids, we also have […]

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What to include on your Contact Information card

by Andy Amick

The contact information card included with Out There kits and Kids’ Safety kits is simple to fill out, but here are a couple of suggestions to make the card more useful. For Children Emergency contacts – You should include at least 2 numbers, but possibly three.  The first two should be the mobile numbers of […]

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