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It’s no secret that ENOpian’s LOVE animals. I’m sure my pup is not the only one out their who joins me in my hammock. When one has a fierce love for the outdoors, often that translates to an appreciation for animals, namely everyone’s best friend–the dog. A lot of backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts have furry companions that join them on their outdoor adventures. However we know all too well that anything can happen on backcountry expeditions. Accidents happen because they are not foreseeable, but you can be prepared. Read on to learn about the main doggy-first-aid essentials so next time you and your best friend hit the trail, you’ll have the confidence to come to their rescue.   Tick Key If you happen to find one of these creepy crawly bloodsuckers sneaking up your leg, you’ll be glad you packed this for your pooch. These keys aid in actually removing the head of the tick–which if it’s left in can cause infection. It’s cheap and lightweight so there’s no excuse not to pick one of these up–especially if you’re hiking around in the southeast in the summer.   Saline Another item that be used on animals and humans alike. Saline...
ENOpians looooove to get outside and go camping. And everyone has their favorite part of camping. For some it’s trout fishing, night hiking, river rock hopping. For others it’s building the best campfire or lounging in a hammock reading a book. For me, it’s cooking. I make plenty of exceptions weight wise to haul in what I need to make the food magic happen. My fellow backpackers may poke fun at me while we’re hiking in, but they get real quiet when I’m about to serve them up some backcountry grub.   “Rescuing Chicken & Broccoli Rice” This was the first camping meal I fell in love with. Now if you’re a vegetarian, sub it with whatever you like, be it a protein alternative or more veggies. This meal has literally brought me back to life one night camping in freezing temperatures. It’s super simple to make and only takes one pot. (Yay!)   At Home: Gather your ingredients to ensure you don’t leave anything behind but the main thing you need to do is prep your chicken. I’m all about that free-range organic meat and produce-but that’s just me. Take your chicken and cut it into thin strips, wrap and freeze...
Eno Student LoungeRecently we got our nerd on and dove into hammockers cognitive performances with Lyon College. Building on last year’s pilot hammock study where members of Lyon’s Psychology Department surveyed 80 Lyon students to determine their hammocks and relaxation attitude. the second part of the series examined how hammocks fared when compared with a traditional desk chair and an Adirondack chair. “From what we’ve seen and heard through our fans, hammocks are a great alternative to take a time-out between classes, or rest and recuperate after a hard day’s work. We wanted this next section of the study to prove that.” -Adam Cohen, ENO’s Head of Vendor Relation The second part involved randomly assigning approximately 75 participants to one of three conditions: a desk chair, Adirondack chair or ENO hammock. The participants rated their levels of specific emotions, state of relaxation and physical symptoms before sitting in their respective seat and performing a number of cognitive tasks. Following the completion of the tasks, participants again rated their emotions, relaxation and physical symptoms. The results, although not demonstrating a difference in cognitive tasks, did show that there were significant differences between the amount of change in some emotions, relaxation and physical symptoms...
Alright ENOpians we are about a week away from the Spring Equinox! Whoooo! That means that our weekends will soon be filled with hammocking, camping, playing in rivers and then when we’re all done…we’ll be hungry. Cooking–or eating rather–is personally one of my times of camping trips. You just can’t get that campfire taste at home. There is an art to cooking out in the middle of nowhere however. Read on to explore these tips on how to become a backcountry chef!   1. Can it! Depending on what kind of camping you’re doing, try to minimize the amount of space your kitchen-on-the-go takes up. For example, if you’re doing car camping, opt for canned goods instead of taking up up valuable real estate in your cooler.   2. Chop at Home Try to minimize the amount of work you have to do on site by preparing as much as possible at home. Does your recipe call for onion? Then before you head into the woods, chop the necessary amount at home. So peel, mince, dice and pack it up!   3. Simplify Your Tools If you think you’re a star in the kitchen, you probably have an affinity for...
It’s a well known fact that avid hammockers like ENOpians, care about the environment and therefore like to get their hands dirty in it. Gardening can be some of the most rewarding and educational past times in the warm months. And I’m happy to say that these times are upon us!
The mental and problem-solving abilities of dogs, regardless of breed, are about the same as those of two-year-old human beings, according to research by Dr. Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia. All dogs will have unique instinctive intelligence: retrievers fetch, hounds hunt, etc.
While you’re packing your vehicle for the next weekend camping expedition, take a minute and consider the route you’ll be taking. How much impact will you have and are you prepared for the trail?   We’ve all seen the signs at the trailhead and heard the mantra of responsible off roading, Some of us have even witnessed the ramifications of not following the “Stay the Trail”, “Leave no Trace” and “Pack it Out” mottos. Why is it that we continue to see trails closed or trash left behind? Fire pits full of unburned trashed or unburnable waste. Are we loving the outdoors too much? Responsible trail use whether on two wheels or four is paramount to keeping trails open and available for all to enjoy. Off highway is vastly different from off trail. Off-highway refers to traveling off the paved roads but staying on the trail. Crossing water only at designated fords, avoiding sensitive areas and never disturbing historical areas. Off trail means damaging the flora and fauna that we all go out to enjoy. It also destroys historical landmarks and the natural beauty that Mother Nature spent millions of years to create.   Protecting our natural resources and sharing...
“We are all together in the process of writing a new chapter in the long history of the art of equilibrium.” Balance is a lesson we all must learn in life. Some of us have a better grasp on it than others. Slacklining is a physical manifestation of trying to attain this virtue. Who knew that harmony could come from tension? Literally. Although the exact origins of slacklining are unknown, it is thought to have grown from tight rope or high wire walking (which has been around for pretty much forever.) However, the fuzzy beginning does take place in Olympia, Washington at the Evergreen College. It starts out with a pair avid of rock climbers who attended the school. First, they began stringing up chains and cables between trees, soon attracting crowds on campus to watch and cheer them on. As they practiced edging across the lines testing their balance, they soon improved upon their method by switching to 1” flat webbing. Slacklining as we know it was born. With its roots in college, the West Coast, and the rock climbing community slacklining has spread across the the U.S. and its borders. Still being a popular pastime on school campuses...
Inspect the Trees in your Campsite Check out the surrounding trees in the potential campsite. You don’t want any dead looking trees towering over your site.

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