Outdoor Activities and Recreation for Healthy Living

By Ron Cascella


REI Product Reviews

http://www.rei.com/

Finding the right gear for outdoor adventures has become much easier with the advent of Web 2.0 technologies that let users rate and review items. REI uses their website gear ratings to advertise the top products.

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http://www.rei.com/
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http://www.rei.com/category/1/q/Top-Rated+Sale+and+Clearance
When you find the item you are looking for, clicking on it brings up product information including the specific customer reviews.

Once you are looking at the customer reviews, you can sort them based on one of six criteria and read what customers who bought the product have to say about it.
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http://www.rei.com/product/722102



Steep and Cheap RSS Feed

http://www.steepandcheap.com/

Steep and Cheap is an online retailer for outdoor gear. They specialize in selling one item at a time at reduced prices. The items are only available for a limited time, so Steep and Cheap has added an RSS feature so that followers of the site can be alerted to what is currently being offered for sale.

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http://www.steepandcheap.com/




SPOT Personal Satellite Messenger

http://www.findmespot.com/en/

Part of being healthy outdoors is being safe. This personal messaging device allows backpackers to communicate with with family and friends while in the backcountry. Backpackers can transmit the "I'm okay" signal and their progress can be tracked via Google Maps or even Facebook. Alternatively, family and friends can notify authorities if they do not get an "I'm okay" signal when they are expecting one, or if they get a "help" or "911" distress signal. The device utilizes GPS technology, so it can work out of cell phone range.

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http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=1100



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http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=1100



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http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=1100


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http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=1113


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http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=1700



Geocaching Blog

http://adventuresingeocaching.blogspot.com/

Geocaching involves tracking down hidden caches and writing your name in the log book. It's really just an excuse to get outside and play with a GPS unit. Some die hard geocahers even start their own blog to record their exploits.

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http://adventuresingeocaching.blogspot.com/



California State Parks Foundation Podcasts

http://www.calparks.org/podcasts/

The California State Parks Foundation has created podcasts highlighting some of California's greatest natural and cultural assets. This site also supports the RSS feed function to deliver new material right to the user without having to return to the site.

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http://www.calparks.org/podcasts/