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8 Benefits of Camping June 19 2017

The Fresh Air
  • When you spend time near a lot of trees, you take in more oxygen. That feeling of happiness that you get when you take your first breath of air at the campground isn't all in your head--well, technically it is, but it's a release of serotonin from the extra oxygen. Your body can function with less strain when there's plenty of oxygen.

Improved Moods

  • Regular campers will often talk about how the first few days back from a trip seem happier. This isn't without merit; spending some time outside in the sunlight can even out the levels of melatonin in your brain. Melatonin is the chemical that makes you feel tired and can induce feelings of depression, so by camping, you can enjoy better overall moods during and after your trip.

Less Stress

  • Camping also allows you to cope with stress. Stress can negatively affect your health in just about every way possible, and you're putting much less strain on your mental and physical faculties by giving yourself some stress-free time at the campsite. The lack of stress is related to the rise in oxygen levels, higher levels of serotonin and managed levels of melatonin mentioned above.

Exercise

  • Let's not forget the most obvious benefit of camping: you're spending a lot of time performing physical activities. Even if you're taking a fishing trip, you're burning more calories than you'd burn sitting around an office, and if you hike or bike, you're performing a cardiovascular exercise that will help keep your heart and lungs healthy. Your activity levels will vary, but hikers burn anywhere from 120-300 calories per hour.

    Sunshine

        • The Sunshine feels great on your skin, and there's an evolutionary reason for that. When you're out in direct sunlight, you're taking on a ton of Vitamin D, which allows your body to absorb calcium and phosphorous.

    A Good Night's Sleep

    • Assuming that you've got decent camping gear, you'll fall fast asleep after a day full of outdoor activities. Sleep has an effect on all of your body processes and can reduce inflammation, improve your cardiovascular system and help you stay alert. Many campers report better sleep cycles when they return for a trip.

     New Challenges

    • No two camping trips are exactly the same, and that's a good thing. Studies from the University of Texas and University of Michigan show that new experiences help to keep brains healthy. New activities that are both physically and intellectually stimulating have the greatest effect on brain health, and camping fits both of these criteria.

    Decreases Depression and Anxiety

      • Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature. Clarity can be developed from the solitude of nature.

       


      Obscure Laws Governing Human Interaction with the Outdoors May 30 2017

      One of the wonderfully weird things about the United States is the variety of bizarre laws that various states across the country have adopted to protect the great outdoors from the meddling of humans. While many of these laws may not be well-known--or heavily enforced--the very fact that they exist points to some unusual occurrences at some point in each state's past. So before you step outside this summer, take time to review some of the country's oddest regulations regarding human interaction with the outdoors so that you don't inadvertently break the law.

      In Alaska, it is illegal to share a beer with a moose.

      The exact reasons why lawmakers in the northernmost state in the nation found it necessary to legally ban residents from supplying its state mammal with beer have been lost to history. Of course, the regulation would appear to leave the door open to giving a moose a glass of wine.

      Ohio bans the practice of giving alcohol to fish.

      Perhaps learning from the loopholes in Alaska's law, Ohio decided to entirely ban people from providing any alcohol to the state's fish. 

      Seaweed harvesting is legally restricted in New Hampshire.

      If you're looking to collect seaweed in New Hampshire, beware: harvesting from below the high-water mark after the sun has gone down will violate the state's regulations. Of course, this law is particularly silly given that New Hampshire has just 18 miles of ocean coastline.

      Indiana prohibits the practice of catching fish using just your bare hands.

      If you're planning on going fishing in Indiana, you better plan on bringing your rod and reel. Given the difficulty of catching a fish with your bare hands, this law might indicate that Indiana is the former home of some very impressive fishermen.

      Hunting is legal in Vermont, but shooting birds just for amusement is against the law.

      If you plan on hunting in Vermont, make sure that you mean it and stay away from the state's feathered friends. Shooting birds for "amusement" or "as a test of marksmanship" is strictly forbidden. 


      Myths about US National Parks May 23 2017

      National parks are great places to get out in nature and cut loose. Whether it’s rock climbing, hang gliding, or just exploring the beautiful expansive scenery, there’s plenty to keep you coming back. But there are a few misconceptions about our national park system that may be holding you back from fully enjoying these national treasures.

      1. Yellowstone was the first national park

      Yellowstone was not technically the first national park. Despite common belief, Hot Springs Park in Arkansas was. Hot Springs park was set to be preserved by Congress in 1832, before the presidential term of Ulysses S. Grant, the president who swore in Yellowstone as the first national park. 

      2. You don’t need a passport to visit the National Park of American Samoa

      Not so. This national part is every bit a part of the National Park System as The Grand Canyon and Yosemite. However, you still need a passport valid for at least six months and a return ticket.

      3. The animals are the biggest danger

      Our national parks are certainly well populated with bears, rattlesnakes, and other apex predators, but they are not the most dangerous thing you’ll encounter. By far, drowning incidents are deadlier that any animal. Thirty-four percent of deaths in national parks are caused by drowning. So, if you’re going into the water- be fully prepared for rough waters.

      4. Haleakala is always hot

      Sure, it’s tropical- and granted, a volcano is the main attraction. However, on your way up to the 10,000-foot peak of the largest volcano on Earth, the temperature can drop as low as 30 degrees below sea level averages. Okay, it’s no arctic tundra, just don’t try it in your Bermuda shorts.

      5. You can just stroll into National Park Restaurants and get seated any time

      This is a pretty basic mistake, really, You should make a reservation. People frequently underestimate how popular these places are. Also, you might not expect these establishments to be of a high level of quality. Well, don’t underestimate them- they are really top notch. So call ahead.

      6. All the records are already set

      If you’re into extreme climbing or looking to best any kind of outdoor challenge, you may think all the most amazing feats have already been accomplished. The truth is, there’s plenty of records left to be set and challenges to be faced. In 2013, a group of climbers made mountain climbing history in Denali, Alaska and marked the 100th anniversary of the first climbers to reach the peak of North America’s highest peak. So don’t write off your dreams of making it into the Guinness Book of records just yet.


      Packing for a Hike With the SLXtreme 7 May 18 2017

      I can't go anywhere without my smartphone. It's even part of my life when I'm outside: I can use it as a GPS, to make maps, to mark my favorite hiking or fishing or photo spots, or even use it to call for help or tell the wife I'm going to spend a few extra hours in the tree stand. And there's nothing better than having a hi-def camera in my pocket when it's time to document my latest hike, catch, or that dumb but funny thing my buddy is about to do in the river. 

      There's just one problem: Losing all that functionality when I drop my phone or dunk it in the water... or admitting what happened when it's time to pay for the repair. That's why I started using the SLXtreme 7 every time I hike or go outdoors. I like knowing that my phone is safe inside a waterproof, ruggedized case like this that can save it from anything my outdoor playground throws at it -- including an unexpected swim.

      The SLXtreme 7 also saves me space and weight in my pack. Now that I don't have to worry about losing my navigation or communication device to sudden damage, I  don't have to worry about bringing along a separate GPS along. And the integrated battery and solar charger mean there's no digging for charger cables or external battery packs when I pack fro my next hike. I can charge the phone and battery anywhere that you have direct sunlight, then draw on the battery to keep my phone working, even when I'm miles away from the nearest electrical outlet. Who knows? This tough case might even save my life someday. 


      No More Dead Phones: Why Every Hunter Needs the SLXtreme April 26 2017

      There's nothing quite like dropping a trophy buck, only to realize that your iPhone is just as dead, smashed at the bottom of the tree stand. Or maybe it's ruined because the rain got to it, or the battery ran out. Either way, no trophy pictures for you, buddy -- and no GPS or messaging apps to help you waypoint the meat cache or tell the family you're fine and heading home soon. 

      That's why we created the SLXtreme. This rugged phone case does everything you need to keep the wife happy, which, by no coincidence, is the same stuff that'll help save your life when things really get bad. After all, no matter how well prepared you are, if mother nature really wants to get you, she will.

      But with the SLXtreme from SnowLizard Products on your side, you'll have an advantage. This tough, camouflaged iPhone case has military grade drop proof protection, so if it falls from your tree blind or drops out of your pocket when you're scrambling over rocks in pursuit of wild sheep, your biggest concern will be wild animals running up your phone bill. And with Mossy Oak®'s Break Up Country® Camo on the new SLXtreme 7 case, you can whip it out and text home any time without flashing colors or reflections that might scare game away. 

      The SLXtreme also has a built-in solar powered panel that can charge your phone even if it goes dead in the backcountry, and a built in battery to extend the time between charges. No more dead phone, period -- unless you take your gun out and shoot it.

      The SLXtreme's rugged, waterproof case means you can take it with you anywhere -- even duck hunting -- and that solar-powered, battery boosting capability means that as long as you have access to direct sunlight, you'll always have access to an emergency navigation and communication device. The SLXtreme case is compatible with all iPhones up to the iPhone 7, so you can be protected -- and still get that trophy photo -- no matter what you choose to carry.


      Mossy Oak® and SnowLizard unveil the SLXtreme 7 case for iPhone 7 in Break-Up Country® Camouflage Design April 21 2017

      MIAMI, FL --  Extreme iPhone protection in the wild has never looked so good. Introducing the new SLXtreme 7 case for iPhone 7 in Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camouflage, developed by mobile accessories trailblazer, SnowLizard. The new SLXtreme 7 is the only phone case on the market today that features water and drop-proof protection, rugged design and a built-in solar charger and integrated battery extender.

      “A common passion for outdoor adventure runs deep among Mossy Oak® and SnowLizard fans. This partnership now enriches their outdoor experiences with a case that’s as ambitious, extreme and serious about getting into the wild as they are,” said Steve Calle, CEO, SnowLizard.

      “We’re thrilled with this new partnership with SnowLizard, as they’re first to offer a rugged phone case featuring a solar-powered, built-in charger that hunters and outdoors people need when they’re in the stand or field for long hours. Offering the new SLXtreme 7 in Break-Up Country provides both needed concealment and that outdoors lifestyle representation,” said Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President of Mossy Oak.

      Why choose the SLXtreme 7?

      • It’s a ray of sunshine: The solar-power panel will keep your phone going because there’s no electricity in the back country. Harness the sun’s power to trickle charge and replenish power in the SLXtreme 7’s integrated battery.
      • It’s got endurance like you: Prolong your battery’s capacity by 185% with the built-in integrated battery for extended power when you’re on the hunt for your ultimate target.
      • The military-grade ruggedness: Drop it or dunk it in any terrain. Hunt or fish with peace of mind, knowing the SLXtreme 7 has the highest rating when it comes to safeguarding your iPhone 7 from dirt, sand, dust and water and can withstand falls up to 6.6 ft.
      • The lean and green packaging: We know you’re eco-conscious like us. So we made the SLXtreme 7 case a dry box to protect your items on the water or in the rain or sand.
      • It’s easy to use. Really. Like your outdoor adventure gear, you may not need your SLXtreme 7 for everyday use. So we made it super simple to slip your phone in and out for those times an extreme case is required.           

      Available now, the SLXtreme 7 in Break-Up Country® camo will be available on snowlizard.com, mossyoak.com and Amazon.com retailing for $149.99.

      The new SLXtreme 7 for iPhone 7 builds on the rugged, versatile protection of Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme lineup, with the following improvements: more shock-absorbing material, better solar power technology for enhanced efficiency and a new intensity indicator to measure solar strength and power.  

      SnowLizard is an officially licensed partner of Haas Outdoors Inc.

      About Mossy Oak

      Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. For over 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. Follow Mossy Oak on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.

      About SnowLizard

      Headquartered in Miami, FL, SnowLizard creates mobile accessories that protect, power and enhance the usability of the latest technologies for the great outdoors. With a focus on solar power, we bring proven solutions to market to enhance green, outdoor lifestyles. Learn more about SnowLizard Products at www.snowlizard.com, www.facebook.com/snowlizardproducts and on Twitter at @SnowLizard_Gear.

       


      Why SLXtreme? April 07 2017

      With the increasing presence of iPhone apps in the outdoor industry, any outdoor enthusiast is going to need some major protections to keep your phone going in any environment. The SLXtreme 7 for iPhone 7 can do just that as a complete outdoors solution to the modern day smartphone.

      Need something with drop-proof protection?

      The SLXtreme 7 has that. We maintain a MIL-STD 810G rating on our phone case. The SLXtreme 7 can take impacts from 6.6 feet high into sand, dust, dirt, or snow. With the SLXtreme 7’s rugged design, your phone can take whatever hit it needs to.

      Need something with waterproof protection?

      The SLXtreme 7 has that. With an IP-68 rating, our case keeps water and various other solid particles out. You don’t need to worry about your phone after a small drop into a puddle. The SLXtreme 7 has you covered.

      Need something with some extra battery for your phone?

      The SLXtreme 7 has that too. We have an integrated battery with 4000 mAh storage so that you can charge your phone almost twice over. Venture farther than the nearest power outlet with the SLXtreme 7, we got your battery covered.

      Need even more battery than that?

      Guess what? The SLXtreme 7 can cover you there too. The SLXtreme 7 comes equipped with a 20% efficient mono-crystalline rear solar panel. Turn it on with a tap of a button when you’re in direct sunlight, and the solar panel can charge up your battery.

      You don’t need to be caring around a phone case, a solar panel, and an extra phone battery. Check out the SLXtreme 7 for iPhone 7 as your all-in-one outdoor smartphone case solution.

      SLXtreme in Water Sports March 28 2017

      Nowadays, iPhones go just about everywhere: Hunting, camping, even paddling, rafting or floating on your favorite waterways. But don't grab your phone and strap on your water skis just yet. If you're going to spend time out on the water, you should protect your investment -- and lifeline for communication -- from the inevitable splashes and drops with a waterproof, ruggedized case like the SLXtreme. Each model of the SLXtreme is tailored to protect a specific iPhone model, including the new SLXtreme 7 phone case for the iPhone 7.

      Waterproof for Complete Submersion

      If you're into water sports, you'll love the SLXtreme's full waterproofing: Drop your phone into water as deep as 6.6 feet and leave it there for half an hour before fishing it out, and it'll be fine.  The ruggedized case can also withstand falls from up to 6.6 feet high on a rocky shore, and keeps out the sort of wind-blown rain that might crop up on a sea kayaking or water-skiing adventure. The SLXtreme is also highly resistant to small particles like dust and sand, so you don't have to worry about your phone when you're at the beach.

      Mobile Charging for Your Phone

      There's more: The SLXtreme also has an integrated battery and solar panel, so you can keep your phone powered up even when you're far from an electrical outlet. As long as you have direct sunlight, the solar panel will provide a constant trickle of power -- even in the middle of the ocean. Once the sun goes down, the built-in battery can boost your power for more than 80 hours of playback time or more than 20 hours of talk time, depending on your iPhone model.


      Top 5 Most Dangerous Hiking Trails in the World March 23 2017

      Hiking seems like a family-friendly outdoor adventure. It's not rock climbing or cliff diving, so what could possibly go wrong? In this "journey of a thousand miles" blog, we explore five of the world's deadliest hiking trails, and some of the things that can go wrong. 

      1. Denali National Park and Reserve - Mt. McKinley, Alaska — The Denali National Park spans some 4.7 million acres, and is a natural and rugged park. There are no trails and people who come to explore the park just wander off into the wilderness alone or in small groups. The dangers at Denali are many. The greatest threat to human life is the weather. Sudden storms that drop the temperature to below freezing, blizzards, snow, rain, and wind are all possibilities. With the rain and snow comes the threat of landslides and avalanches. If the weather doesn't kill you, then the wildlife might. This is the land of grizzly bears, wolves, and whatever else lurks in this foreboding place. 
      2. Mist Trail - Yosemite National Park, California — The Mist Trail stretches seven miles round trip, and takes you to the summit of Half Dome with little more than guide cables to help you ascend the top. It is a physically demanding trail that people brave to view the spectacular sights of Yosemite. The confirmed death count from hiking this trail ranges around 60 deaths. It is the last section of the trail when people are at the greatest altitude where people fall. The over spray from Nevada Falls and the aged granite combine to make the steps slippery. 
      3. The Maze - Canyonlands National Park, Utah — The maze is a little piece of the Martian landscape right here on Earth, and it is about as hospitable too. There is no water. There is no food. The nearest ranger station is some 2 hours by 4x4 over a landscape that is desolate, remote, and treacherous. You must face all of that just getting to the maze. Once there, you face a trail of sorts that are nothing more than gaps between rocks that wind aimlessly. Many of the trails lead to dead ends - no pun intended. The danger here is from the desert environment and the lack of water. Heat stroke makes you delusional and you hear the ghosts. The lack of water makes you crazed. People die here doing stupid things looking for water. If the heat and lack of water don't get you, then the snakes, scorpions, and spiders might. Besides the heat, the biggest risk to life is from falling rocks. There's no place to go when you can barely squeeze through the gaps in the rocks that is the trail; you're a sitting duck for even the smallest of boulders. 
      4. Huayna Picchu Trail, Peru — Perched above the amazing Machu Picchu is the Huayna Picchi Trail which climbs some 2,693 meters in altitude. The trail is as treacherous going up as it is coming down. One misstep and you plummet off the cliff. There is a single strand of cable that acts as a guide and handhold. That is all you get amid the steep steps and decaying, slippery stones. The climb is nearly vertical and requires a great deal of physical fitness. The danger here is not always from tripping or falling, but from your heart giving out or your body failing. If you manage to make the summit, the view is spectacular. If you don't make the summit, there is no shame in turning around and living.
      5. Mount Hua Shan, China — It doesn't get much more dangerous than the trail to the south mountain of Mount Hua Shan in China. The ascent to the top is a place of death. The rumors depict a place where 100 people fall from the trail each year. Despite the deaths, people flock to Mount Hua Shan to walk the trail. The trail, and that is a horrible word for what climbers face, is more akin to a bridge or scaffolding. You walk along planks supported by steel shanks hammered into the sheer rock face. As you climb, the planks disappear, and what remains are small holes carved into the rock for your feet and hands. Don't look down. All you'll see is your own death. You can't go back as the throng of people behind you are making their way up the mountain. You can only go forward and hope your sweaty hands can cling to the rock. 

      FAQ: Watertesting your SLXtreme 7 iPhone Case March 10 2017

      One of the SLXtreme 7’s main features is its IP-68 rating for water and dust protection. But before you take your phone out into the water, you should perform a test to ensure that your case is watertight.

      What are you going to need for this waterproofing test?

      • An unpackaged SLXtreme 7 iPhone case (also works for previous SLXtreme models)
      • A fillable sink
      • A mug or other weighted object
      • A napkin or other paper product 

      4 steps to verify your case is water tight

      1.  First, fill your sink until it is deep enough to fully submerge your phone case

      2. Unhook the two side latches of your SLXtreme 7 iPhone case.

      3. Place a napkin or other paper product into the phone case 

      4. Close the case and place it facing down in a completely filled sink. Place the mug, or other weighted object on top of the phone case so that it is weighed down. Leave the case sitting for fifteen minutes.

       

      5. After fifteen minutes, remove the case from the sink and remove the napkin from the case. The napkin should be dry to have passed the water testing. If not, please contact customer support at support@SnowLizardProducts.com