Win a Stansport Single Burner Flat Propane Stove

by Kade 3. July 2009 02:32

As part of our new site release, Backcountry Secrets is giving away a Stansport Single Burner Flat Propane Stove.

If you want to win it, Submit a Point to our site between 12:01AM Jul 01 2009, and Midnight September 30, 2009 Mountain Time, have it approved by us and you'll be entered in to the drawing.  A "point" is anywhere to recreate in the outdoors that falls within our categories of outdoor sports.

Stove is made with durable heavy gauge steel with baked on enamel finish. Features: Individual regulator on/off control knob adjusts burner up to 5000 BTU's. Stove to cylinder tube has on/off valve and fits 16.4 oz. disposable propane cylinder (not included). Wind baffles supports cookware and shields burners. Low profile base for stability.

  • Retail Value: $39.99 - For you, maybe FREE!
  • Durable heavy gauge steel with baked on enamel fin
  • 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner
  • Wind baffles supports cookware and shields burners
  • Uses 16.4 oz disposable propane cylinder, not included
  • 7-3/4" x 7-3/4" x 3"

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What's included in the new release?

by Kade 2. July 2009 02:51

I just finalized the update to Backcountry Secrets and wanted to summarize some of the highlights for you.

1.  A new design.  I'm hoping that the new design will bring more attention to the fact that users can update descriptions, submit reviews, upload images, and upload KML files for all of the different outdoor sports.

2.  Outdoor Gear Deal of the Day page.  This page helps users to find great deals on products that are killer deals from major companies such as backcountry.com and more.

3.  KML file support and Google Earth view.  On each of the point detail pages, users who have submitted at least one point will be able to view KML files in a Google Earth type environment.  This feature is great to show the elevation gain of a hike, or directions to a point. This image is of Table Rock Hike and Campground in Wyoming.

Table Rock Wyoming

4.  The site in general just loads faster.  We optimized a lot of the code to help the search pages and detail pages load faster.  The biggest difference will be seen on the search pages.

5.  Flickr images integrated.  We are no longer hosting the images submitted to the site on our own server.  This will allow us to have larger image sizes and share great photos with more people. 

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Hiking

Move over Al Gore, Coleman's in town

by Kade 18. May 2009 23:56

I think my favorite "whoops" quote of all-time is from Al Gore, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Sure I've heard the claims that he wasn't saying he invented the Internet and I've even read Snopes.com's input on it, but he still said what he said and it makes me laugh. I'm not here to pick on slip ups of politicians though - we'd be here for years on that one - I'm here to discuss the great outdoors.

Coleman has a new campaign running with the slogan, "The Coleman Campsite. The original Social Networking Site." You can check it out here. The ad claims that they pretty much invented camping, and pretty much invented social networking because they've been helping people get together and socialize for years. I do have to admit that long before I ever used Facebook or MySpace, I was eating pancakes, bacon, and eggs at Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park.

Even though people camped LONG before Coleman was ever around, I do have to say this is a really fun campaign and it's worth watching the videos on it just to enjoy the ugly...I mean the old clothes and hairstyles.

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Camping | Gear | Yellowstone

Dri Duck Trail Vest

by Kade 25. February 2009 23:49
I recently received a Dri Duck Trail 5035 as a gift. This was the first time I have ever owned a vest to keep warm. At first I was VERY skeptical as to whether or not this vest would work.

I started wearing it around the house to see if it really would work before I wore it outside. I was really surprised as to how warm it helped me stay.
Then came my big test. I was going to wear it outside in 15 degree weather with a light jacket underneath. My children wanted me to help them build a snow fort, so I threw this on thinking that I wouldn't be far from home if I got cold and I could go put on my winter coat.

Not only did this keep me warm, but it allowed me a lot more mobility than my winter coat ever has. I LOVE my new Dri Duck vest. It's great for working in, keeps me warm and actually is quite fashionable. I can wear it to town and my wife isn't embarrased. Not only that, who doesn't love the name Dri Duck? It's like Ernie from Sesame Streets dream company. One that makes outdoor gear that can be used away from the bathtub.

The pockets are nice and large. The vest is made from canvas and has a heavy duty zipper. The "cell phone" pocket works out well for holding my GPS unit. It would also be great for fishing lures and other tackle.

I am going to love using this jacket for camping for many years to come. I always hate when I'm camping and gathering firewood and my coat's arms get all sweaty. With this vest that just isn't going to happen.

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Head Sokz Face Mask Review

by Kade 11. December 2008 23:42

If you are looking for the best face mask, you have to try this thing called Head Sokz. You can find them at http://www.headsokz.com/.

I've owned one of the original Head Sokz for going on 12 years now. The wind does not penetrate these things. I use mine in temperatures well in the negative teens and my head does not get cold. Mine is now getting to the point that it is wearing a little thin, but I still continue to use it.

The Head Sokz can be worn as a scarf, nose/mouth cover, open face mask, closed face mask (pictured above), or just as a long cap. There are two different pull strings that allow the user to pull it tight or leave it open. I have also used mine as a bag by pulling the neck hole shut and using the face opening to put things in.

The only draw back to wearing one of these is if you swivel your head, you cannot see out the sides very well because the mask does not move with you when it's not tightened down; kind of like a helmet. However, when I wear ski goggles with them, I don't have this problem.

If you plan on doing any cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, or winter camping, I'd say this is a must have item.

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