A Kayaking Community at your Fingertips

Written by Monica Marty

Do you have questions about kayaking? Do you want to seekrepparttar advice of kayakers that are more experienced and relate to kayakers that are at your level? Wouldn’t it be nice to connect with other kayaking enthusiasts? The Internet can supply you with robust information about kayaking such as necessary equipment, costs, and travel destinations. However,repparttar 148462 Internet also provides forums and discussion boards dedicated torepparttar 148463 sport of kayaking. Hop online and plug intorepparttar 148464 kayaking community.

Several kayaking websites provide message boards. Many websites allow free access to these forums; however some require a small fee. Let’s take a look at three websites that will be of interest to kayakers. They offer discussion boards to post and answer questions, comments, and concerns.

Boatertalk.com: (http://www.boatertalk.com) Boatertalk.com has a bounty of boating and kayaking resources including forums, articles, gear swap, and events. Forums range from Boatertalk to SurfZone and RaftZone. Each discussion board is filled with helpful hints, information, and personal experience. To post torepparttar 148465 boards you must pay a small membership fee. There are different types of membership ranging from $6 to $36.

Paddler Magazine online: (http://www.paddlermagazine.com) They have a bulletin board with industry news and several discussion boards. The discussion boards are broken down into whitewater, squirt, touring, and gear swap. Under “touring” you can find a kayak forum. This forum is for sea kayaking and discusses trips, kayak building, technique, and design. It is a public forum so you can read messages on it. Your name and email address arerepparttar 148466 only requirements to be able to post onrepparttar 148467 discussion board.

Join the American Hiking Society

Written by Monica Marty

Have you taken up hiking as a new form of family recreation? Are you a serious hiker that spends hours on challenging trails? Do you want to find a way to become more involved in hiking acrossrepparttar nation? Hikers of any background will want to check outrepparttar 148461 “American Hiking Society”. This society is an alliance of local hiking clubs and provides a wealth of resources and activities for hikers of any background.

They have a bounty of events to choose from including National Trails Day and Winter Trails Day. Thousands of trail events are held acrossrepparttar 148462 nation in June and January encouraging hikers to get involved in conservation and other hiking activities. For example, duringrepparttar 148463 Winter Trails Day hikers can learn how to snowshoe, cross country ski, and many other winter activities alongrepparttar 148464 hiking trails. It is a great way to meet up with fellow hikers and experiencerepparttar 148465 richness and fun of hiking.

Hikers can also participate in volunteer vacations, jobs, and internships. During 2005 they planned 1-2 week volunteer trips where hikers can lend a hand in building footpaths, cabins, and shelters. Hikers will not only be able to bond with their fellow hikers, but add value torepparttar 148466 beauty ofrepparttar 148467 hiking experience for others. It is a learning experience that is priceless.

Do you hike because you are trying to increase your fitness? The American Hiking Association has foundrepparttar 148468 hiking trails just for you. They have identifiedrepparttar 148469 top ten “fitness” trails all acrossrepparttar 148470 country. These trails are sure to give you a great workout. Plus, you can skiprepparttar 148471 confines and boredom of your regular gym workout. The majority ofrepparttar 148472 trails are situated onrepparttar 148473 East and West coasts. A trail overview including length and terrain are provided. This will help you to get started on your fitness hike.

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