JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
TeraFlex is one of those companies that have managed to create a lifestyle more than a catalog of products. There are super nice people that work their who are very interactive with whoever comes there way regardless of where your Jeep falls on the food chain of Jeeps.
That said...I love supporting them by helping the TeraFlex word get out any way I can. Here's another fun video by the crew that encompasses the Jeep Life.
Jeepers love hitting the trail. We love being outdoors, we love seeing what our Jeeps can do and of course we love the time spent with the friends we go out with. To stay connected on the trail the go to for years has been the CB. Yup, the just about as old as communication itself, the CB usually finds it's way into every Jeep that gets off the beaten path. It's time for a new paradigm though and Midland has it!
Now, don't get me wrong, the CB isn't a bad way of staying connected on the trailer all. I'm just saying...maybe it's time to open our eyes up to something better. Something...less bulky, something that doesn't need to be tuned and one of the biggest upsides, something that gives us the ability to communicate outside of the vehicle just as easy as in AND with just about any existing device on the market.
Midland 2-way radios allow people to stay in communication while doing just about anything within a certain range. From backyard adventures with the kids, to the job site and every outdoor adventure you can dream up, the 2 way radio is the choice for communication. They are fun, easy to use and inexpensive, which makes them perfect for the masses.
Now, before the haters start sounding off, let's talk power. Yes, your average 2-way radio has a low range. Honestly though, I can't think of a time I went out with a group of friends and we didn't stick together as just need to get from Vehicle to vehicle, or just outside of them...can you? In fact we would often skip our CBs altogether and just pick up a little handheld to use because they are so easy. (New Jeepers, friends that don't always go or when there's a Jeep full of friends wanting to clown on the guy who just got stuck two Jeeps back).
Midland didn't except the status qou though. For the hardcore that demand distance, don't worry Midland has you covered too. The Midland MXT400 and the MXT115 are high power 2-way radios that break the barriers of range. 40 watts of power on the MXT400 makes it he most powerful GMRS radio on he market and with 8 high power repeater channels available the distance that can be reached is no longer an issue. The MXT115 isn't far behind though and have the 8 high powered repeater channels as well.
Jeep clubs, expedition leaders, group campers and anyone else that belongs to or leads a group of people outdoors, let me tell you how I chose to go all 2-way radios, and although I do keep the Midland 75-822 Portable CB onboard, it's role is for back up, emergencies or when needed for outside of my team's communication.
Ideally, the front and rear vehicles run the MXT400 and/or MXT115 because of the high power repeater channels. Everyone in between gets an easy to use, handheld Midland X-Talker. Simple right? That also means everyone has the ability to communicate in or out of the vehicles and that's important when you love to explore like we do. I also run the MXT115 in my Base Camp Trailer so the longer ranger contact is available to anyone that stays behind. The system works wonderfully and in the bigger picture it works out to be cheaper, more inclusive and way easier for everyone.
To check out the entire Midland product line check out: https://midlandusa.com
One of the best things about owning a Jeep is the culture. The friendships and the way time is spent together on the trail are some of the best experiences. I often find myself just talking Jeep with folks for what seems like hours! Everything from lifts and bumpers, to trails and adventure. Just hanging out, just having fun. It's the best!
So, where am I going here? THE WORLD NEEDS OUR POSITIVITY MORE THAN EVER! Everyday, I scroll through the the local and world news, blogs and opinion sites and even all of the social feeds out there. What I see...things like street fights, and crime committed. Assaults, robberies, people promoting acts of violence, hate, tragedy, things like that have no place in society. They add no value to our culture. It's disgusting. Disgusting to do, and disgusting to find entertainment it.
Jeepers are probably the most excepting and nice group of folks I've ever met. It doesn't matter where you're from, it doesn't matter how much money you have, if you drive a Jeep, it's assumed you're good people.
We need to take those same behaviors to the world outside of the "jeep life". We need to make sure we treat people nicer, we need to help more, we need to be more forgiving. We can only be responsible for our own actions in life, but you would be surprised how contagious our actions really are.
If we are going to change the world one life at a time, let the first one changed be you.
Technology is a wonderful thing. It's makes every part of our day to day lives better. Unfortunately, sometimes our technology fails us. In those times, the difference between things going really well, and things going really bad may be your skill set.
Every adventurer should have a few of the basics down. How to build a fire, a sense of where the water is, AND the ability to read a compass. At least enough to find your direction.
Ok, first... we have to understand the compass. A compass is one of the oldest navigation tools we have. Every compass, regardless of it's design, bases it's ability to work off of a magnetic needle that aligns itself with the magnetic field of the earth. Most compasses come on a baseplate that will help in using it easily with a map. (try and stick to this type if you can) Now... here are the some basics.
Take some time to study that, commit it to memory. It also isn't a bad idea to print a version of this out, laminate it for waterproofing, and throw in your pack whenever you hit the trail.
LifeStraw is a company committed to bringing clean water to the world. Started in 1996, LifeStraw has made water filtration products that has been used in over 64 countries to help bring drinking water people who otherwise would be stuck drinking the bacteria filled water of their local rivers and water access points. It's a great cause.
Here's how it works...
There's a hollow fiber membrane that removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.9% of Protozoa, and reduces turbidity by filtering particulate matter larger than 0.2 microns.
Activated carbon capsule reduces chlorine, organic chemical matter and bad taste.
Sounds simple on the surface, but without LifeStraw a lot of the places would never have access to that education or the tools do actually use it to bring clean water to the people of those places.
LifeStraw is also a great tool for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. They have a filtration system for every adventure, but their NEW LifeStraw Go refillable water bottle is a something everyone should own. The bottle looks like your standard refillable bottle but the with the filtering system inside, and starting at just under $30 bucks you can't go wrong.
-weighs just under 227 grams
-holds .65 liters of FILTERED water
-it's BPA and Chemical free
-meets US EPA standards
-raw material meets US FDA regulations
-flip top bite valve and carabiner clip to connect it to any backpack of gear bag.
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