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Is that an indigo bunting I hear?

Bird identification, particularly by song and calls, has never been my strong suit unless I have good resources at hand, like good fieldguides and recordings. birdJam (that's the way they spell it) takes care of that recording part and in a nice compact format. The system organizes and formats multiple bird songs, and identification-oriented photos, for 650 North American bird species for the Apple iPod.  The fast-scroll sorting capability for the system is amazaing, locating the desired song...
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Goin' Retro (Progressive?): Big Mountain Snurfing in Utah

I've fast become a fan of the Provo brothers. Partly because they're Utah guys and their footage, photos and stories come straight from my backyard. Partly because they put together such well-done, stunning videos. And, truth be told, the reggae is a sweet bonus. Their clip of skiing Cedar Breaks was one of my favorite skiing vids ever, and their latest experiment no boarding backcountry trees, steeps and ravines is a pretty great follow-up.  Take...
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Protect Our Winters With Volcom Gear

Somewhere between escaping to the gnarliest snowboard terrain on earth and getting his snowboard line running strong, Jeremy Jones finds time to fight climate change with his non-profit Protect Our Winters (POW). Professional and recreational snowboarders and skiers are in heaps of trouble if that whole global warming thing unfolds like some scientists and politicians predict, so POW gives them a platform for rallying against that devastating future. Now POW has its own gear produced...
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The Perfect Journals for Uncoopers

Write-it-Down Journals aren’t just ANY journals; they have themes. Some of which are perfect for Uncoopers. For instance, we have the Camper’s Journal, in which we've noted every camping trip we’ve ever taken. Inside, the journal’s prompts remind us to note what we did for fun, what the weather was like, the best campsite to keep in mind for our next visit and contact information among a bunch of other stuff. Additional Write-it-Downs that might...
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Vail To Add Gondola, Wi-Fi

Photo: Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts Ah...priorities, priorities. If there weren't enough self-involved jackasses completely ignoring you on the ski lift while yelling into their phone or trackin' vert on the latest skiPS app,  there are about to be more. Vail announced earlier this month that it's replacing its Vista Bahn Lift with a new gondola. And that gondola will come complete with free Wi-Fi, so you won't even need a mobile connection to cruise the...
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Preseason Stokage: Jeremy Jones' "Further" Trailer

"Deeper was child's play compared to this one." That quote is rattling my brain after watching the new trailer for Further,  the second in the Deeper, Further, Higher snowboard trilogy. Further won't come out until next year, but I'm definitely psyched already. Deeper was definitely not like any child's play I've ever watched, so there's certainly madness in store. True to its name, Further centers around shredding lines in some of the most distant locales...
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Best Season Ever: 50 Classic Ski Descents

  It's nearly mid-November. The lifts may already be turning in your neck of the woods. If not, they will be soon. As you yearn for that first titillating flake, here's a new book to make sure this season is your best ever: Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America, a big, ol' coffee table pictorial of some of the most iconic, exhilarating ski runs on the continent. The book takes you on a glossy...
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Expedition Swords For Your BBQ

The OR show is full of gear nerds and tech-o-files that could talk for hours about how they shaved .7 ounces of rip-stop off their tent or moved the zipper by half a millimeter to boost ergonomics. As I walked the floor of the New Exhibitors tent, my head was pretty foggy from all that kind of jargon-heavy tech talk. All of the sudden, out pops a booth stuffed bottom to top with things like...
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Snap an eyelet wherever you need one

A while back I was shopping around online for some by-the-yard mosquito/noseeum netting and came across a nifty little product that has proven itself in the field time and time again. The product is the Grip Clip, which you can find for $5.15 or $15.25 for four at U.S. Netting, is a handy little go-anywhere substitute for an attached eyelet or hook. Just position one half of the Grip Clip on one side of the...
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Turning 2 PowerBooks into 1 Snowboard

A couple crazy guys took a drill to two Apple PowerBooks and turned them into a snowboard. While watching the video, I had that feeling you get when you think someone is talking about something/someone you love behind your back. Can anyone translate?? 
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