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Nevada Outdoor School inspires exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.
This is the spot for us to share stories, fun ideas or general musings. When you aren't in here, we hope to see you out there!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Got Water?

Now that spring has sprung and the summer heat is really starting to kick in, let’s take a look at a few additions to our essential outdoor-adventure gear.

Water – Alright, this one was on the original list, but it’s even more important now since your usual water sources may be dried up or contaminated beyond your water filter’s ability from grazing livestock. You should carry two to six quarts of water per day depending on your exertion level and the length of your trip. A good way to check if you’re staying hydrated – check the color of your urine, it should be colorless or pale yellow. This may not be the easiest thing to do when you’re out in nature peeing on the ground, but do your best. Also note that water alone won’t do the trick. If you drink too much water without replacing electrolytes you risk suffering from hyponatremia – a fancy word for a life-threatening condition where there is not enough sodium in your body fluids. Quick fix – munch on some trail mix with salty peanuts every hour.

Don't forget to add these summer essentials to your pack!

Sunglasses – Protect your eyes from sunburn. Seriously, this is actually possible. How do I know this you ask? Because I did exactly that while snowboarding due to the bright sun reflecting off the bright snow, but the summer sun can do the deed as well.

Brimmed hat – Added protection for your head, ears, and neck. I don’t know about you ladies, but sunburning the part in my hair is THE WORST!

Bandana – A great multi-functional tool to get wet and wrap around your neck or over your head to keep cool.

Sunscreen – I know this is another repeat, but I wanted to include it for those I-don’t-need-to-wear-sunscreen-because-I-don’t-burn types. Avoid skin cancer; all the cool kids are doing it.

Breathable clothing – Add light-colored to that description as well. This will help protect your skin from the sun and cuts down on evaporative sweat loss. Plus if we want to get more scientifically sweaty, loose-fitting clothing encourages airflow and cools the skin through convection.

I’ll add one more item to my backpack, and that is an umbrella. This UV ray-shielding device isn’t just for rain folks. You’ll be thankful you packed it when the only natural shade you can find is under a sage brush.

Happy Hydrating!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trail Log

View from Steamboat Rock in the Black Rock Desert

"To say nothing is out here is incorrect; to say the desert is stingy with everything except space and light, stone and earth is closer to the truth." - William Least Heat Moon

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wanted: Campfire Dead Out

As more folks head into nature for camping trips we want to provide a friendly reminder - never leave your campfire unattended and when you're done make sure it is dead out, these G.I. Joes and Jane won't always be around to help you out.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Destination Recreation: Jarbidge Wilderness

Now that the snow is finally starting to melt it’s time to venture into the high country for a backpacking trip!

Destination: Jarbidge Wilderness
Adventurer: Erin Gray
Chosen Activity: Camping and relaxing by a beautiful alpine lake

Allure: Nevada's first designated wilderness in 1964, this area receives the government’s highest possible rating for air quality and is home to a lush diversity of plant species not often found in Nevada. Jarbidge Wilderness, part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, has many rugged mountain peaks greater than 10,000 feet, several alpine lakes, crystal-clean streams, and is home to a host of wildlife including elk, owl, mountain lion, and coyote. A good network of trails access remote backcountry areas; hike through pine forests, sage and alpine meadows while enjoying the natural splendor all around. Watch out for man-eating spirits according to local Shoshone legends; Jarbidge does come from a native word roughly translated as weird beastly creature or devil. However, after seeing the place for myself, I think that legend was probably meant to scare everyone else away and keep this stunningly beautiful place for the locals alone.

Other Activities: hunting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, checking out historical mining areas, getting away from it all
Location: Buy a good map – this is in remote northern Elko County Nevada. For Jarbidge townsite and trailhead access, take Mountain City Highway north from Elko, turn right on Elko County Rd 746 to Charleston, head north on local Forest Service road to Jarbidge. The scenery on the drive alone is worth it. Bring what you need, limited supplies available in Jarbidge.
USDA Forest Service – Jarbidge Wilderness
Community of Jarbidge, Nevada

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