Iligan City's Hidden Wonder: Tinago Falls

Hidden in deep ravine is Iligan City's pride and must-go-to tourist spot – Tinago Falls. One of the 23 waterfalls that graces the landscape of this city is the Tinago Falls, hidden deep with the ravine and nestled in a rich canopy of greens and walled around with rocks.

This magnificent beauty used to have a resort with function halls for conferences, and leisure facilities such as swimming pools, playgrounds and mini zoo for a company of friends or visiting families. They used to have a vast developed land area for a vacation one would remember. However, due to legal and managerial issues the resort has closed down and what is now left standing are rundown building and cottage structures of what used to be a nature resort, Iligan City was proud of. But just because the resort has closed down does not mean that Tinago Falls is closed for tourists as well. The falls is still accessible and open for the public through the old resorts property. Trust any locals for directions and never hesitate to ask anyone to accompany you and your party through overgrown grasses and bushes of the old resorts to the makeshift entrance area for an agreed price.

A good 5-10minute walk through the property is a platform of stairway down the ravine. Trust me when I say that you MUST call for a 5minute break before going down, enough to gather your breath and readies your feet for a good round of physical work out down the hidden nirvana where hides this falls. An approximate of 500 descending steps called the winding staircase is done trekking down through the side of the mountain with only several makeshift bamboo poles for hand bars and broken down concrete staircase for your foot hold.

The physical exhaustion is worth every sweat drop because the sight will just simply to take your breath away. The water is crystal clear and the sight of the water falling down the rock head with a height drop of 73.152 m (240.0 ft) is awesome to look at, as it is engulf in a rich canopy of greens and rock faced facade framing it for a photographically magnificent shot.

A required life vest can be rented in fixed price. Just bring with you your own provisions, and pack your cameras with you to take memories captured shots. Make important calls or send SMS before going down the ravine, the signal for cellular connection is generally weak, from Globe, Smart, Suncellular, and their partnered networks, you might get too carried away enjoying your stay there that you might forget about time. So be conscious of previously made engagements.

Tinago Falls had been long standing tourist spot in Iligan City, and every tourist should never leave this city not able to visit this hidden beauty.

Source by Lisa Marie Mirasol

What Is Summit Fever?

If you have ever thought about climbing Mount Everest then it is very likely that you will know all about the term Summit Fever. Many people have described it as an anticipation to reach the top of the mounting disregarding safety, and ethics, among other things. However, is Summit Fever a real thing? Or is it just a myth that was created to explain the actions of some climbers over the past couple of decades? Well, there are several theories that explain the so called Summit Fever.

There have been many examples of where Summit Fever has been mentioned in the media over the past couple of years that definitely do not paint the climbers in a positive light. For example, if you have read up about Mount Everest then you will probably have heard about Green Boots Cave. The reason this area of ​​the Death Zone on Mount Everest is called this is because there is a body of a climber in this area who has been nicknamed Green Boots, because of his luminous green climbing boots.

Several years ago there was a story running about come climbers who had come across Green Boots, which of course, they were already expecting to do. However, when they reached Green Boots they discovered what they thought was another corpse. However, it was actually a climber who was still alive, called Sharp. The climbers and the Sherpa decided that there was nothing that they could do for Sharp as he was past saving, and they continued on their way up to the top of Mount Everest. Several more climbers also came across Sharp, but still continued up the mountain in the aim of getting to the top. However, this raises several questions.

Why did not they put a halt to their expedition and try to get help for the stricken climber? He had no sleeping bag, and no radio to call for help himself. This is one of the cases in which Summit Fever has been mentioned. Another is the case of a young woman who although she knew that she was in trouble, carried on up the mountain anyway. Other climbers have said that Summit Fever was the cause of her death. There are several things that have been mentioned as to why these climbers did what they did, even though it cost them their life, or someone else's life.

Some people have suggested that it is in part due to the fact that the cost of climbing Mount Everest is thousands of pounds, which makes the climber want to achieve what they came there to achieve. Others have said that climbers do not want to return as a failure. Whatever the reason, Summit Fever certainly raises questions about the ethics of mankind, and also the common sense. Surely if these climbers knew that they were in danger, or that someone else was in danger then they would have done something about it to prevent anything bad from happening? Apparently not.

Source by Colin Wallace

5 Benefits of Climbing Mount Everest

According to Mount Everest facts, this tallest mountain is approximately sixty million years old. Ever since its expeditions over the years, mountain climbing enthusiasts are always excited to climb Mount Everest. Although its challenging height can be dangerous, one should never miss the chance to experience this great adventure.

If you are well-prepared and well-trained to climb Mount, you can get the following five benefits from it:

Sense of Achievement

Not everyone has the courage and stamina to climb Everest. If you are one of those daring people who climb huge mountains with self-confidence, you will feel a sense of achievement by climbing Mount Everest. Moreover, it will boost your self-esteem and self-belief.

Once you have reached this accomplishment, you will want to achieve further adventure in life. At the end of the day, it proves to be a great motivator.

Life Changing Experience

When asked by those who had won the challenge to climb Mount Everest, they revealed that it is truly a life changing experience. Climbing a mountain with extremely high altitude is difficult as well as exhausting. But once you do it successfully, you feel completely different about this great adventure. Therefore, it is for those people who like to accept and overcome challenges in their lives.

Fitness

It is simply impossible to climb Everest unless you are trained for it physically and mentally. In addition, you are required to train yourself for at least one year prior to climbing a mountain with high altitude.

When you enroll in a training program for mountaineers, you can improve your health and fitness. Similarly, such training programs also teach you how to maintain and balance your oxygen level. These exercises make you fit not only for climbing mountains but also for the rest of your life.

Adventure

What differentiates Mount Everest from other large mountains is its high altitude. Being the largest mountain in the world, it is the most thrilling. Most mountaineers visit this mountain every year because its adventure is a lot different from other mountains.

Social Contribution

While you read Mount Everest facts, you will be amazed to know that this mountain gets so much attention from the media and other sources such as local community members. It indicates that you will be able to get exposure by climbing Mount Everest. As a result, mountain climbing programs are also conducted on the basis of charity. If you climb, you will be contributing positively to society.

Source by Jessica S Christine

Hello from Ottawa – Skating on the Rideau Canal – Officially the World's Largest Skating Rink

There is no denying it: Ottawa is known is one of the coldest capitals in the world (only as far as temperatures are concerned though). But does that mean you stay at home during the winter and mope? Absolutely not! Ottawa has turned a potential liability into a key asset and really shows us how to celebrate winter.

First there is Winterlude, Ottawa's winter festival, which is being held this year from February 3 to 19, 2006. Winterlude is apparently attended by more than 650,000 winter revellers and encompasses a myriad of events: concerts, special events, culinary demonstrations, restaurant festivals and the list goes on. Skating on the Rideau Skateway, at almost 8 km the world's largest icerink., Was our main reason for coming to Ottawa. Indeed we had travelled to Ottawa about 3 years ago and due to warm weather Winterlude was a total washout for us that year (I guess the appropriate term for that event would be "Waterlude").
But our earlier experience did not deter us, so this year Theresa and I decided to come back and pray for better weather so we would indeed be able to check out this phenomenal skating and entertainment venue for ourselves.

Incidentally, the Rideau Canal Skateway has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest naturally frozen ice rink. The skateway is 7.8 kilometers long and takes you from the Rideau Bridge all the way to Dow's Lake.
We got going early just around 10 am on an absolutely perfect winter day, but even at that time, the skateway was packed, and the walkthrough over the frozen ice from Confederation Park to the skateway entrance on the other side of the river was chock full with people in a long lineup.
We laced up our skates and put our boots in our backbacks which would give us the flexibility to get off the ice at any time and continue our explorations on foot. Or if we got too tired, we could even hop on the "Sno-Bus" which connects Dow's Lake with Confederation Park during the entire Winterlude Festival for the low fee of $ 2.50 (more information on the OC Transpo site).

But, apparently we did not need a Sno-Bus, we skated our way down on this wonderful natural ice surface all the way to the lake and did not even need to rest. On this gorgeous day with crystal blue skies and perfect winter weather and amazingly no winds, skating on the Rideau was a phenomenal experience. We could indeed not have picked a better day to explore the Rideau Canal on skates.
At different intervals along the way there were a variety of rest areas, food concessions and special entertainment or information areas. Well represented of course is a famous Ottawa trademark: the Beavertails concession booths which sell freshly made warm pastry, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. The perfect snack and energy source on a cold winter's day.

At the Via Rail Concord Station Rest Area an exhibit shed light on Ottawa's railroad history. Apparently many years ago, trains would arrive in downtown Ottawa right next to the Rideau Canal. At Fifth Avenue, young sports fans were enjoying the Canadian Tire JUMPStart Activity Centre where they were jumping through the air on a trampoline system and putting their hockey skills to the test.
At Pig Island a special area with teepees was set up to get a taste of Aboriginal traditions, culture and cuisine. In addition the area featured a loggers' exhibit, a snowshoe-making workshop and aboriginal songs and drumming.

Once arrived at Dow's Lake I went on to explore the 26th Annual Bed Race, a fundraising event which proved to be an absolutely hilarious experience, for a good cause no less. The Bed Race is organized by the Ottawa Kiwanis Club and the proceeds, close to $ 50,000 will go towards the Children's Read-A-Thon.
But I had more to cover, so I started skating back towards the downtown and by this time the skateway had filled up quite a bit. It seemed like young and old, the whole family was out. Parents were pulling their children on little sleds, or even pushing them in all-terrain baby carriages. Everybody was having a ton of fun.

On the way back one person struck my attention: a young lady on red skates with red gloves and a red scarf was skating down the canal, juggling, apparently just having a ball of a time. I approached her to find out a bit about her. She introduced herself as Sylvie, and shared with me that she is part of a juggling family and that juggling is in her blood. She said that juggling is her life, and although she does not drive the fanciest car, she is happy because she gets to do what she loves.
After all this skating I got really hungry, so I took off my skates and simply headed up to the Rideau Centre, one of Ottawa's biggest shopping centres. It is located right next to the Canal and was positively packed on this day. The Rideau Centre offered a welcome opportunity to warm up and catch a nice lunch in its food court.

Obviously I love outdoor activities as well as urban exploring, and skating on the Rideau Canal through downtown Ottawa combines both activities perfectly. I got a brief taste of this special winter activity, and one thing is for sure: I'll be back !!!

Source by Susanne Pacher

Are You A Hopium Addict?

If the question alone was enough to make you recoil in horror, it does not necessarily mean that the term could not possibly apply to you. You may not have heard the term before, but your reaction may be because you are a closet hopium addict.

What is the definition of a hopium addict? 'A hopium addict is someone who puts their own emotional needs on hold, while they wait for their partner to kick their addiction – be it to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or emotionally and physically abusive behaviour – despite all the evidence to the contrary' .

Addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling are easy enough to identify. The addiction to emotionally and physically abusive behaviour is generally far less readily identifiable, at least to the woman who is on the receiving end of it.

You see, women do not intentionally fall in love with a bully. They'll fall in love with someone who's strong, masterful, in control, masculine, powerful, resourceful, confident; in short, someone who'll complete them, someone who appears to embody all the old fashioned stereotypes of what a man is. (Or, at least, what a man was before the feminists started to challenge the stereotype.)

Now, the man who appears to embody all these stereotypes, behaves in a particular way that allows his conquest to slip into: 'I'm-a-princess-and-I've-finally-been-rescued-by-my- prince 'mode. Suddenly, all the burdens of coping on her own have been lifted from her shoulders. Suddenly, she'll never have to 'do' life alone again …

By rights, these couples should just walk off into the sunset happily together, the man chivalrously keeping his sword slung over his right hip to protect his lady from danger …. Except that it's not really like that.

Abusive men start out very charming and chivalrous and in control. They tend to be fast wooers – because the veneer of confident masculinity is actually rather thin and brittle. Underpinning the veneer there is a profound sense of personal inadequacy and a fundamental dislike of women. (If you listen to them long enough they'll tell you that key female figures in their life have wronged them. At bottom, they mistrust all women.)

Once the fog of hormones, pheromones and straight lust starts to lift, things play out rather differently. Abusive men seek commitment yet loathe the demands it imposes on them. They encourage their partner to depend on them, then become acutely resentful of the dependency they see.

This resentment, increasingly, reveals itself in reproaches, fault finding, withdrawal of intimacy and escalating outbursts of anger. Whether or not physical violence is used, the nature of these outbursts is violent, inasmuch as it shatters trust and undermines the woman's feelings of self-worth.

The man may, or may not, threaten to leave. Almost certainly, he will point out to his partner how fundamentally flawed and unworthy she is. The woman is likely to have difficulty in reconciling this stranger, who is incandescent with self-righteous fury, with the prince who wooed her.

An attack of this kind is devastating and, at least in the early days, the woman is likely to reveal the depth of her distress. When she does so, the man's fury will subside and he will revert to being her loving cavalier … for a while at least.

The point is: an abusive man restores his own feelings of self-worth by cutting 'the little woman' down to size – irrespective of whatever it is that occurred to make him feel small in the first place.

But there's also a calculation involved: whether or not he loves her, he desperately needs her, because he uses her to shore up his feelings about himself. So, he has to do his best not to drive her away; which is why he reverts back to loving mode … until the next time. And there always will be a next time – which will always be worse than before – because in order to get his payoff, he has to 'up the ante'.

Over time, as he keeps knocking her down (psychologically and perhaps physically also), he becomes more confident that she will not leave. With all the conflict she loses the energy and the sense of an independent self that she needs to leave. So the loving interludes become less necessary, for him, and less frequent.

And that's where the hopium addiction comes in. He may still 'mainline' her just enough love to keep her locked in; or else she may be so starved that she stays, when she should have left long ago, still trying to get the 'fix' she needs; the fix, that she misguidedly believes, only he can provide.

The hopium addict is the woman who thinks that her partner loves her really, he just has difficulty showing it because he's had a hard time. She believes that somehow it will all work out alright, they'll find a way to live happily together ever after, the kids will not be affected.

Unfortunately, hopium addiction is degenerative; like any other addiction, unless you get treatment, it will destroy you.

Source by Annie Kaszina

The Advantages of Braided Ropes

There is a variety of braided ropes available to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics. There are two main types: The single braided rope and the double braided rope. Each of these types also come in a variety of materials including nylon. These ropes are often used in many different fields such as construction, climbing or recreational, or even for rescue.

The single braided rope usually consists of about eight or twelve strands weaved together with half twirling clockwise and half counterclockwise leaving a central void. This is sometimes referred to as the hallow braid. This rope is very strong and can lift very heavy weights, and is primarily used in counterweight systems.

The double braid rope is also known as the braid on braid, which is an inner braid surrounded by an outer braid, leaving no central void. Usually the center braid is made from a stronger fiber, while the outer is a more abrasive resistant fiber. This type of rope could not be used in a counterweight system because of the double braid. However, because it is thicker and stronger, it can be used for almost any other lifting job.

Nylon rope is a very strong and durable material. Nylon braided rope is very suitable for various uses. It is good for climbing because of its durability and abrasion resistance. Nylon rope will stretch when sudden pressure is applied, but it will not do so at the expense of its own durability. This quality makes it an excellent option for construction or climbing.

Climbing rope is usually made out of a double braided rope because it is stronger and more secure to better protect the climber. They are also more weather resistant, which is a key element for climbing.
A single braid rope would be ideal for a rescue rope. In a moment of emergency, a rescue rope is important as it could save a person's life. The rope would ideally need to be very strong and durable but also flexible and light. This makes the single braid a good decision to use. The single braid rope, depending on the material used, will float in water.

The single braid can also be used in counterweight systems. This option is excellent if one need's to lift a person or object. The rescue rope can not be too thick for the system to use so it will not slip down the counterweight system.

Source by Nick W Anderson

Camping in Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas

The eight wilderness areas are spread primarily across the southern part of the Show-Me state. Most, but not all, are south of Interstate 44. Most have hiking trails that will take you into their interior and all emphasize the "Leave No Trace" ethic. First, we will take a quick look at each, and then look at the Leave No Trace "rules."

1. Bell Mountain Wilderness

Bell Mountain Wilderness is approximately 9000 acres in size. It is located in the St. Francois Mountains which comprise the highest mountains in Missouri. The highest point is 1702 feet at Bell Mountain. Part of the trail system in the Bell Mountain Wilderness is a portion of the Ozark Trail (about one mile total). From there, the trail turns off and heads up Bell Mountain. There is a total of 12 miles of trail, mostly very difficult in nature, and camping must be done at least 100 feet from the trail. Other camping issues will be discussed later.

The closest route to the Wilderness can be found from Potosi, Missouri and is about a 20 mile drive. More precise directions can be found via the USFS website.

2. Devils Backbone Wilderness

Devils Backbone Wilderness Area is just under 7000 acres total. It is located in South central Missouri near West Plains (approximately 15 mile drive). There is approximately 13 miles of trail used by foot and is also open to equestrian traffic. Its name is for the central ridge where most of the trail is located, at its highest point reaching 1020 feet in elevation. The trail system is reasonably doable for the moderately "in-shape" hiker / camper. The North Fork Recreation Area provides a campsite area if the visitor wishes to camp there and simply hike the wilderness area. Otherwise, general wilderness area rules apply. More precise directions as well as maps can be obtained through the USFS.

3. Hercules Glad Wilderness Area

This stunningly beautiful area is located in the deep southern reaches of Missouri. This wilderness is over 12,000 acres in size and may be one of the most beautiful areas in the Midwest. The area can be reached leaving from Bradleyville or Forsyth, and is about 8 miles from each. This wonderful area has over 30 miles of maintained trails, but if one wishes, day or afternoon excursions can be done on short branches of this trail system. It should be noted that many streams are not equipped with bridges and trails range from moderately to very difficult. Again, more information, directions, and maps are available through the USFS.

4. Irish Wilderness

The Irish Wilderness has a lot going for it. It has rich history, it has many water related recreational opportunities (the Eleven Point River), and a great trail system. The Irish Wilderness has over 16,000 designated wilderness acres. There are 3 major trail heads in the wilderness, but one is only accessible after a float in on the Eleven Point River (White Trail head). The Camp Five Pond Trail head is usually accessed leaving out of Doniphan, Missouri, and is about a 35 mile drive. It should be noted that this trail is used extensively by horseback riders. The Brawley Pond Trail head is a ways past the Camp Five Pond Trail head and receives a little less equestrian traffic in our experience.

5. Mingo Wilderness

This area is a little less than 8000 acres and is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a portion of a much larger Mingo Wildlife Refuge and a refuge for many migratory waterfowl. It is a diverse area interspersed with marsh areas as well as typical Ozark geography. It is located in Missouri's "bootheel" region.

6. Paddy Creek Wilderness Area

Approximately 7000 acres in size, and is in the beautiful Big Piney River area. There is a trail system that is a loop of about 17 miles in total. Markings on this trail are not prominent, so a map, compass, and / or GPS are a must (never rely solely on a GPS unit). The trail begins at the Roby Lake Recreational area. There is also the Paddy Creek Recreational area with 21 single sites. The area is located approximately 20 miles from Roby, Missouri and specific directions and maps are available through the USFS.

7. Piney Creek Wilderness Area

The Piney Creek Wilderness is approximately 8000 acres in size and is about 35 miles from Branson, Missouri. There are over 13 miles of trails in this wilderness area. This wilderness area contains the watershed for Piney Creek and feeds Missouri's famous Table Rock Lake. More information is available through the USFS.

8. Rockpile Wilderness Area

This is Missouri's smallest wilderness area (around 4,000 acres) and is mostly surrounded by private property. Despite this, it is a beautiful area. There are no permanent water sources, save some ponds built prior to its designation as wilderness, to trap springwater and provide watering holes for the abundant wildlife. There is only 2 miles of designated trail but some abandoned logging roads from years past. It is named for a pile of granite stone erected by some human inhabitant from years ago. More information can be found through the USFS.

Leave No Trace Ethic

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

These principles are bare minimums for these fragile areas.

Source by Paul Marsh

Canyoning – 10 Best Locations For Canyoning Around The World

Canyoning is like a triathlon consisting of hiking, climbing, abseiling and swimming. This opens up a lot of possibilities for adventure anywhere in the world. In fact you can make it as easy or as hard as you desire. You can do a half-triathlon or go for broke and design an Ironman of canyoning. Known as ghyll scrambling in Great Britain, kloofing in South Africa and river tracing in the Far East, canyoning is an activity that will take you around the world! Here are 10 of the best locations.

1. Partnachklamm, Austria. This gorge in Austria is perfect for year round canyoning. Spectacular stalactite icicles and water freezes that provide a winter wonderland, and the perfect summer adventure where the ice melts to spectacular waterfalls, and whirlpools with a spectacular canyon background along an 800 meter mountain sprawl.

2. Grand Canyon, USA. Famous for its ancient archaeological value, the Grand Canyon is a gold mine of good to know facts and amazing locations carved thousands of years ago by the Colorado River. This location boasts of challenging incline terrains and majestic rock formations.

3. Wulingyuan, China. It takes more than just a weekend to explore this great location for canyoning in China's first national park. However the time spent discovering it will be worth your adventurous while. Technology has played a significant part in the exploration of these canyons as the tallest elevator in the world will give you access to a stunning labyrinth of canyons, a diversity of trails and rock formations.

4. Dudh Khosi, Kathmandu, Nepal. Gorges and trenches formed by the melting snowy peaks of the magnificent Mt. Everest brings canyoning to its best in this mountainous region. Be guided by rivers along the gorges and valleys as you end your adventure in one dramatic waterslide into refreshing river waters.

5. Grand Canyon of the Verdon, France. Carefully marked trails make it easy for you novice canyoneers. However for some who want more than a mediocre adrenalin surge, you can follow the trail of the turquoise waters of the famous Verdon River, scaling limestone edifices in different angles and slopes. Then challenge your skills at Styx du Verdon which consists of a tall maze of thin cliffs that lead to an underground river.

6. Agawa Canyon, Canada. Go back in time as you come face to face with Canada's oldest masterpiece of nature. The Agawa Canyon is part of a protected wilderness site that can only be accessed on foot. Untouched, undisturbed and remarkably beautiful forests and gorges provide that perfect setting for a relaxing day of canyoning.

7. Bruar Falls canyon, UK. An experience fully packed with adrenalin activities for a full day! Choose from a thrilling day of canyoning or opt for a night adventure for that more eerie mysterious aura. Whether you choose day or night, you will still end this great adventure with one big splash as you abseil down a waterfall drop of 120 feet!

8. Copper canyon, Mexico. A remote location where early spring brings out the best that nature has to offer. It is the largest canyon system in North America where rugged terrain and medium to difficult grades of slopes will absolutely give you the adrenalin challenge that you need. Breathtaking views of the Urique River will urge you to keep on trekking through narrow slots leading you through the canyon.

9. Spanish Pyrenees, Spain. It's the perfect canyoning landscape just by the enthralling rivers of Vero, Marcu Balced and Formaiga. It's a full production, with the environment, light and climate.

10. Blue Mountains, Australia. Canyoning at its most convenient. The Blue Mountains holds about 400 canyons with different grades and difficulty. Canyons such as the Grand Canyon are perfect for novice canyoneers while the Empress Falls is an abseilers haven spot. To put you up for a challenge you can try the Claustral Canyon or prefer to stay dry and opt for the Tigersnake Canyon. Or if you want to add to your adventure you can enjoy some caving at the Jenolan Caves.

Canyoning is a sport that will take you to great adventures all over the world. It's not too difficult to find this activity especially when you speak of mountainous locations. And with the fast gain of popularity for its diverse and unique activities, canyoning is becoming the preferred outdoor action by those who want to do it all.

Source by Cameron Bruce

5 Benefits of Climbing Mount Everest

According to Mount Everest facts, this tallest mountain is approximately sixty million years old. Ever since its expeditions over the years, mountain climbing enthusiasts are always excited to climb Mount Everest. Although its challenging height can be dangerous, one should never miss the chance to experience this great adventure.

If you are well-prepared and well-trained to climb Mount, you can get the following five benefits from it:

Sense of Achievement

Not everyone has the courage and stamina to climb Everest. If you are one of those daring people who climb huge mountains with self-confidence, you will feel a sense of achievement by climbing Mount Everest. Moreover, it will boost your self-esteem and self-belief.

Once you have reached this accomplishment, you will want to achieve further adventure in life. At the end of the day, it proves to be a great motivator.

Life Changing Experience

When asked by those who had won the challenge to climb Mount Everest, they revealed that it is truly a life changing experience. Climbing a mountain with extremely high altitude is difficult as well as exhausting. But once you do it successfully, you feel completely different about this great adventure. Therefore, it is for those people who like to accept and overcome challenges in their lives.

Fitness

It is simply impossible to climb Everest unless you are trained for it physically and mentally. In addition, you are required to train yourself for at least one year prior to climbing a mountain with high altitude.

When you enroll in a training program for mountaineers, you can improve your health and fitness. Similarly, such training programs also teach you how to maintain and balance your oxygen level. These exercises make you fit not only for climbing mountains but also for the rest of your life.

Adventure

What differentiates Mount Everest from other large mountains is its high altitude. Being the largest mountain in the world, it is the most thrilling. Most mountaineers visit this mountain every year because its adventure is a lot different from other mountains.

Social Contribution

While you read Mount Everest facts, you will be amazed to know that this mountain gets so much attention from the media and other sources such as local community members. It indicates that you will be able to get exposure by climbing Mount Everest. As a result, mountain climbing programs are also conducted on the basis of charity. If you climb, you will be contributing positively to society.

Source by Jessica S Christine

Camping Themes and Camping Demographics

Camping is the top outdoor vacation activity in America. Camping serves a wide variety of causes and purposes – family bonding, stress reduction, or just a great way to have a wonderful time outdoors and experience the elements in all their glory.

Camping is very alluring, even for the first-timer – of the one third of US adults that have gone on a camping vacation over a five year period, only 6% said camping is not for them. This means that camping as an outdoor activity or recreation has a potentially 94% retention rate. Considering what has to go into planning a camping trip, this is a great figure.

Camping is also big business. From the manufacture and sale of camping equipment, the establishment and maintenance of camping sites, camping adds value to the economy at several stages. It is also a gateway recreation to other outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and biking.

The demographics for camping vacationers are also interesting. Camping vacationers tend to be married with children at home, with an average age of 37. The median household income of campers is $ 43,000.00 around. What this means is that camping is not prone to getting stagnant – the demographics are driving it to be highly stable in growth as the children get more and more exposed to this activity.

Then there are the different camping styles or some may say camping types. Basically these types or styles revolve around five basic themes:

1. The cabin camper. This is a hybrid of indoors / outdoors where the camper stays mainly in a cabin or RV but still have some limited exposure to the outdoors through short hikes or even a one night sleep out. They may have some type of boat attached to their RV or even bikes. Some may scoff at this type of camping as it really does not get into the outdoor life that much.

2. The second camping theme is similar to the one above but the main difference here is that the RV becomes the main sleeping place and affords more mobility so the camper does not stay in one place too long. This type of camping can be enhanced by boating, hiking or biking, or even hunting.

3. The third theme is basically the most popular and this is where instead of a RV, the family vehicle is used and people actually sleep outdoors in tents and gather around camp sites. Again, this theme allows for other activities such as boating, hiking, biking, and hunting.

4. The fourth theme is one of the more extreme ones and it is backpacking. Instead of a RV or the family car, your main mode of transportation is walking and hauling everything you need for the camp on your back. This camping theme really restricts your activity and so you are more likely to be doing pure camping due to the level of manual effort involved in just the transportation element.

5. The fifth camping theme is a takeoff of the fourth, but is even more extreme. It involves backpacking but instead of camping at a predetermined destination, the goal is to move start from point A and finish up at point B while enjoying several camping sites in between. This can involve distances that take you across states or even borders and is really meant to be taken on by the physically fit.

So there you have it – different camping themes and a brief look at who are into camping.

Happy camping.

Source by GW Smikle