Join the me and the rest of the Teton Sports Mountain Adventurers in Giving back to the outdoor community. By using the code ScottGauvin when you purchase anything at Teton Sports you'll get a 5 percent discount off your order and a portion of your purchase will go to fund Boys & Girls Clubs of America and help give boys and girl a safe place to learn and grow. Click here to see my Mountain Adventurer Profile page.
Each of the Mountain Adventurers were asked to select a outdoor themed charity or one that impacted a considerable amount of people directly. I thought long and hard about this and initially came up with some great and worthy causes that protect animals, conserve our natural resources and serve as stewards of our natural places. This decision quite frankly seemed to quick and not well thought out on my part. As someone who Hikes Forward, and promotes the ideal of always looking down the path of the trail and your trail of life, I took pause. Where did I come from? Who helped me to get to where I am and who I have become today especially with my love for the outdoor experience? And secondly, who really needed the money from this effort?
A good sleep solves it all. I awake and had made up my mind, The long list of other very worthy and honorable causes that I already personally contribute to was pushed away. I made up my mind that I would support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. A huge organization that helps kids from all works of life and backgrounds by providing a safe experience both at their clubs and outdoors. I am a product of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and I am proud of it. As a youngster I had the privilege to attend both a summer day camp (Camp Ramsbottom) and also be a member of local Boys & Girls Club in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
While the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is not saving forests, the polar bear or building parks, they are saving our youth. As a product of the Boys & Girls Club I have fond memories of swimming, archery, canoeing, rope courses and my favorite at the time rocketry. Without this outlet and available resource, honestly I am unsure what me and my friends would have done during those summers. Because of this camp and overall experience I spent more time outside versus inside. Spent more time honing my outdoor skills and exercising.
When summer was done, the club offered a refuge after school to play basketball, pool or to swim. A safe place for kids to group up is needed in every city in the United States. A regular occurrence in my city of Springfield, Illinois and in places just like it around the country are articles asking for significant donates being needed to keep clubs like the one I attended open. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America fit the Giveback Endeavor program to a tee. Not only do I want to giveback for all the Boys & Girls Club gave me, they surely need the donations and they proudly serve over 25,000 youngsters yearly. I am proud to have the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as my chosen charity for this initiative.
To assist me in helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of America simply:
Go to tetonsports.com
During Checkout use the code: ScottGauvin
You will get 5% off your purchase! These funds will go to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America continue to help America's youth.
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We all need one thing while on trail. Water! How we get it and clean it may be different from one another. But, one thing is for certain we are looking for an easier and more cost effective way of turning natural water in to clean drinkable water. My fellow outdoor nuts I give you the Potable Aqua Electrolytic Water Purifier. While, not on the market yet, I am testing the unit as part of my ambassadorship with Potable Aqua.
Compared to filters and other devices which require either manual pumping or are limited on the amount of water you can purify, the PURE is in a league of it's own. Utilizing a provided USB plug to power the device you can purifier 150 liters of water on one charge. Run out of juice? No problem! On the back of the PURE is a solar panel to also charge it when the power gets low. A solar panel? Did I stutter? No! A solar Panel!
As mentioned before, filters only last so long and the cost a ton of money. The PURE will last for 60,000 liters of water purification.
Stay tune for a full review after I return from Idaho!
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Today we are featuring another sponsor provided piece of gear. On any good expedition you need a good tent. Who but none other then Teton Sports to the rescue to outfit all of us with awesome tents from their new Mountain Ultra line.
My tent is the Mountain Ultra 1. This one person tent will serve as my castle while on Hell Hike and Raft. With plenty of space inside and in the gear vestibule, it will ensure me and my gear won't be cramped for space.
This large single person tent has the following specs:
Stayed tuned for a full review of this and the other sponsored items when we all return from Idaho.
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