Get the Most Out of Your HikeWritten by Chuck Fitzgerald
Hiking is one of lifeís great joys. Fresh air, nature, exercise and good friends. Itís difficult to imagine anything better Ė if youíre prepared. When youíre not prepared properly, itís difficult to imagine anything worse. If you hike a few hundred yards around your neighborhood or a few hundred miles around backcountry, use these tips to get most enjoyment out of your hiking experience.
#1: Plan your trip. You can plan too little but itís tough to plan too much. #2: Get in Shape. Put yourself in best possible position to enjoy your sport. #3: Check weather forecast. Any weather different than you expect can turn a good hike into a not-so-good hike. #4: Dress for success. Layer your clothing and be very sure of your footwear. #5: Have essentials. Your planning will help with this. Take only what is essential and get lightest gear you can afford Ė especially for longer hikes. #6: Plan to be out longer than you think. If you think three hours, plan for six. Four days, plan for a week.
6-Max Texas Limit Holdem : Hand ValuesWritten by Chip Westley
6-Max Texas limit Holdem is a variation from normal full ring limit games. This variation is played more aggressively and with greater potential profit for better players. Because more hands are dealt per hour, more decisions are made per hour. This can be a great advantage to player that known their way around six chaired table.
In 6-Max, while you should still play a tight and aggressive style, a few more hands can be played as openers. Hand values change quite a bit from a full ring game to a 6-max game.Pocket pairs are more valuable in a 6-max game. In early position, first two positions after blinds, you'll want to muck baby pairs, 22-66. In cutoff and button typically play all pairs if there has been a caller ahead of you. And you can open raise with higher pocket pairs all way down to 88 or 99 depending upon character of table. Raise with ten-ten and up.
Hands with two cards of ten or higher go up in value in a 6-max game. While you might fear risk of being dominated with hands such as King-Ten offsuit and Queen-Ten offsuit in a full ring game, because of limited amount of opponents these hands are more likely to hold up in 6-max. You can strongly consider open raising with any hand with two cards ten or higher.
Suited Aces are much less valuable in a typical 6-max game. Usually there will be limited participation in hands and pot odds just won't be there for any kind of speculative hand. Also, because raising is much more prominent, it's harder to see flop for just one bet. Suited connectors face same problems only more so. Be very careful playing speculative hands in 6-max. Know character of your individual game and only play them late if conditions are just right.