UST Heritage Campfire Kit Gear Demo

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UST Heritage Campfire Kit Demo

The UST Heritage Campfire Kit is a fire starting set crafted with an old time look and feel. It features everything you’ll need to get a roaring campfire in a matter of minutes. Lightweight and compact, it’s a classy addition to your survival pack or every day carry bag.

The set includes:
-Heritage SparkLite: Lightweight fire starter that produces sparks in even the worst conditions.
-Kindling Logs (9): Natural bailed fire starting kindling logs in a resealable plastic bag.
-Heritage Light-Me™ Tinder (12): Small, fibrous fire starting tinder pieces housed in a compact tin.
-Learn & Live™ Fire Building Cards: Reference guide outlining step-by-step instructions on how to successfully build a fire.

See more details at https://www.ustbrands.com/product/heritage-campfire-kit/

Disclaimer: We are Ambassadors for UST Brands and in exchange for gear provided, we offer fair and honest reviews and demos. All opinions are our own and do not reflect compensation beyond gear.

As always, hike and adventure at your own risk! Be safe out there.Heritage campfire kit

UST SlothSak Inflatable Camp Chair Gear Demo

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The SlothSak™ by UST Brands – Instant, Cozy Seating!

The UST Survival Brands SlothSak™ is a go-anywhere, manually inflatable seat! This chair collapses down to fit into a small cinch backpack, making it perfect to take camping, to the beach, or even to hang out in the back yard. Watch as we show you how you can have a comfy, bean-bag style seat in just 30 seconds.

Some of its features include: (from UST website)
-Ripstop Polyester Taffeta.
-Max weight capacity 300lbs.
-Large buckle with reinforced stitching for extra-secure hold.
-Abrasion-resistant pack-cloth at heavy-use “roll tops” reduce wear and tear.
-Tie-down included to secure SlothSak in place.
-Cinch-bag style stuff sack doubles as a backpack.
-Two-year limited warranty.

For more info visit: http://www.ustbrands.com/product/slothsak-chair-orange/

Disclaimer: We are Ambassadors for UST Brands and in exchange for gear provided, we offer fair and honest reviews and demos. All opinions are our own and do not reflect compensation beyond gear.

As always, hike and adventure at your own risk! Be safe out there.

All photos and videos taken and edited by Nature Tech Family (c) copyright 2016.

Bucket List Yellowstone National Park Winter

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Bucket List – Yellowstone National Park

Tom and Calvin swim in the Boiling RiverFor all who have been asking us (and tons do!) what Yellowstone is like in winter, and is it really worth visiting when 90% of the park roads are closed… YES! Check out our video – we feel it speaks for itself. If a winter week in Yellowstone isn’t on your bucket list, it should be!
We go to Yellowstone two times in the off-season, at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We found the solitude is perfect for our family, and we balance it with a nice stay at Yellowstone Gateway Inn in Gardiner, MT.
Is Yellowstone on your bucket list? Have you considered making the trip in the winter time? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

UST Survival Tool-A-Long Multi-Tool Demo New Gear

UST Hiker Tool-A-Long Demo and Review

This little UST Survival multi-tool is a great piece of gear to have on your hiking and camping explorations. It is great for kids because the only blade is a nested cord cutter, so little fingers stay safe. Check out our YouTube video demo above to see the Tool-A-Long action!

Disclaimer: We are brand ambassadors for UST Brands (www.ustbrands.com). In return for a fair and honest demonstration and/or review of their products, we have been compensated for our time commitment through receiving these products at little or no cost. However, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments.

UST Survival Gear Review: FlexWare Travel Mug & Coffee Drip In Action

UST Survival FlexWare Travel Mug and Coffee Drip

The FlexWare Travel Mug holds 12 oz of your favorite beverage – hot or cold – and collapses down to half its height for easy storage in your pack. The Coffee Drip is one of THE BEST ways to make coffee without electricity! We have one in every pack, our camper, and even our pantry at home, just in case. Because, who can go a day without coffee?

Time to make some coffee

Time to make some coffee!

Epic Animal Tracking: Wolf, Cougar, Deer, & More

Epic Animal Tracking – Diagonal Walking Animals

In this tracking video we share tips and tricks on how to determine the rough size of an animal in the dog, cat, or ungulate (hoofed) families. In addition, we will help you identify how to pick out one particular individual among a herd or pack. This is Episode 2 of our Epic Animal Tracking Series on YouTube.

National Parks: Magic Moments 2016

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What a Year it’s Been!

9 Parks 12 Days

Just half of our amazing 2016 adventures!

We were blessed in 2016 to travel around the United States and visit 18 National Park Service sites, most being National Parks. We began 2016 at Yellowstone National Park, our very favorite place to be, and ended in the same place, with a few more visits during the warmer months. In addition to America’s first National Park, we hit the following sites last year:

  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Carlsbad Caverns NP
  • Guadalupe NP
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Petrified Forest NP
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Badlands NP
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Pipestone NM
  • Agate Fossil Beds NM
  • Wind Cave NP
  • Jewel Cave NM
  • Theodore Roosevelt NP
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument

What Makes a National Park Magic Moment?

Wow! We are so fortunate to have a great location in this country for reasonable travel distances. Yet, somehow we still have more places to see that aren’t far away! For example, Grand Tetons, Devil’s Tower, and Rocky Mountain NP are all within a day’s drive for us. Perhaps those will make the list for 2017! How are you going to spend the first year of the NEXT 100 years of the National Park Service??

Upon reflection, here are a few of our Magic Moments, or times that meant the most to us, during our trips in 2016.

Yellowstone:

Frosty morning in Lamar Valley

Experiencing what happens with thermal steam meets sub-zero temps in Lamar Valley.

Heading out of the park on our last visit in 2016, spotting this fox lounging in the sun!

Grand Canyon:

Sunset over the Grand Canyon with “Aunt Sharyn”.

Carlsbad Caverns:

Watching two cousins play together for the first time in person…

Great Sand Dunes:

Pronghorn at Sunset

Driving into Great Sand Dunes and spotting this pronghorn in front of an amazing landscape.

Arches & Canyonlands:

Sand Dune Arch was our boys’ favorite, a perfect spot to cool down and play!

Mesa Arch at Canyonlands. I was speechless. Best Arch in Moab!

Theodore Roosevelt NP

Stepping out of our car and discovering a band of wild horses tearing across the valley behind us… no idea they were coming!!

White Sands National Monument:

Trying to sled here was a bit of a bear – not as easy as at Great Sand Dunes! And it was So. Hot. But we bough this saucer and used it this winter at home!

Guadalupe Mountains:

These mountains are begging to be explored! What secret beauty – we only had a quick stop here, and it was over 100 degrees, so we will be back!

Agate Fossil Beds and Scotts Bluff

Walking up to fossils embedded in the rock – wow!

Standing on the actual Oregon Trail, where thousands passed between the tall Nebraska bluffs.

Mesa Verde:

Petrified Forest:

Up close and personal with the petrified wood – and so child-friendly!

Badlands NP

Every trip here is magic – fossils, wildlife, and fun hikes! Our “Home Park”.

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pipestone

Watching these two help one another with their Junior Ranger badges amidst the pipestone deposits.

Cousin “Besties” digging into the sand – and playing outside together instead of ONLINE.

Wind Cave and Jewel Cave (our neighbors!):

Sunrise below zero at Wind Cave in January.

Trying out a little “caving” above ground. We decided well leave it to the pros!

Thank you to everyone who liked our photos on Instagram and Facebook, have watched and subscribed to our videos on YouTube, and Retweets our content on Twitter! You are appreciated – and we look forward to sharing another awesome year with you!