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David Tompkins

An Outdoor person who loves everything outdoors. My favorite among the many includes camping, hiking and thrill seeking with my motorcycle.

Creating a Competitive Advantage by Foregoing Venture Capital. In my previous post on how Backblaze got started, I mentioned that “just because we knew the right solution, didn’t mean that it was possible.”

Creating a Competitive Advantage by Foregoing Venture Capital

I’ll dig into that here. The right solution was to offer unlimited backup for $5 per month. The price of storage at the time, however, would have likely forced us to price our unlimited backup service at 2x – 5x that. We were faced with a difficult challenge – compromise a fundamental feature of our product by removing the unlimited storage element, increase our price point in order to cover our costs but likely limit our potential customer base, seek funding in order to run at a loss while we built market share with a hope/prayer we could make a profit in the future, or find another way (huge unknown that might not have a solution). 7 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Exploring the Outdoors With Your Pets.

There’s nothing like spending time outside after being cooped up indoors all winter.

7 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Exploring the Outdoors With Your Pets

The spring and summer months are usually filled with fun day trips to the park, hiking, time at the lake or a camping excursion with your friends. And it’s even better when we get to enjoy some of these activities with our furry companions. Camping: 5 ways to make it an eco-friendly camping trip. Summer is upon us, which means so is camping.

Camping: 5 ways to make it an eco-friendly camping trip

If you’re an expert camper or it’s your first time, camping is one of the best parts of summertime. Pitching a tent, sleeping in a sleeping bag, swimming, fishing, hiking, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over the fire- whatever your favourite camping activity is, there’s definitely no shortage of fun to be had while camping. Startup Ideas: It All Starts With Defining the Real Problem. Backblaze will be celebrating its ten year anniversary this month.

Startup Ideas: It All Starts With Defining the Real Problem

As I was reflecting on our path to get here, I thought some of the issues we encountered along the way are universal to most startups. With that in mind, I’ll write a series of blog posts focused on the entrepreneurial journey. REI's Force Of Nature Wants To Change The Game For Women Outdoors. Are you nature proof? Before heading outdoors, put your readiness to the test. With warm weather ahead, you can’t wait to hit the trails for a long hike or pack your tackle box for a day at the lake.

Are you nature proof? Before heading outdoors, put your readiness to the test

But does your outdoor prep get a passing grade? Before you head outdoors, put your readiness to the test. Tips on preventing Lyme Disease. A tick bite can seem harmless but shouldn’t go ignored.

Tips on preventing Lyme Disease

“Anywhere that there is a tick there is a possibility of being bit by a tick,” said Lou Kreidler, Director of Health for the Wichita County Health District.Deer ticks can carry Lyme Disease and are most commonly found in wooded areas. The Middle East’s best camping spots - Al Arabiya English. It’s time to dig out the barbeque and find the tent poles and head outside to some of the calmest, clearest desert sands and wadis before the temperatures head north again.

The Middle East’s best camping spots - Al Arabiya English

We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to pitch a tent across the Middle East. United Arab Emirates. American Hiking Society 8 of the Best Section Hikes on the Florida Trail - American Hiking Society. The hiking season in Florida is somewhat backwards from much of the United States.

American Hiking Society 8 of the Best Section Hikes on the Florida Trail - American Hiking Society

While most hikers in northern states hit the trails and backcountry during the summer, Florida hikers are just now planning their big treks. Winter Camping 101 - Scouts Canada's Essential Guide to Enjoying the Outdoors in Winter. OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Camping is a beloved Canadian pastime, but booking a popular campsite during the peak summer months can be challenging.

Winter Camping 101 - Scouts Canada's Essential Guide to Enjoying the Outdoors in Winter

For more and more families, a great alternative is enjoying camping during the "off" season, when the air is crisp and the woods are lined with pristine layers of white snow. Add to the reasons that the low Canadian dollar makes planning for a tropical getaway out of reach for many families; winter camping is an affordable way to enjoy adventure outdoors, and time together with loved ones. There is a magical serenity that comes with disconnecting from technology and getting back to nature, no matter what season, but winter camping certainly has its unique benefits.

"There's something so completely Canadian about camping in the winter," says Caitlyn Piton, National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network at Scouts Canada. HOT TENT CAMPINGFor families seeking the more rustic experience, there's hot tent camping. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail Through Lindsey Fox's Amazing Watercolors - Backpacker. Camping Life Magazine. By Peter LewisFebruary 15, 2016 Filed under Camping Destinations, National Parks, Top Stories With dramatic coastlines, soaring mountains and extravagant wildlife, the ultimate road trip takes RVers into the heart of North America’s Last Frontier In Alaska Odyssey, Part I, I discussed the first leg of our journey, starting in Prince George, British Columbia, and traveling about 1,700 miles to Denali National Park and Preserve via the Stewart-Cassiar, Alaska and George Parks highways, with detours up the Klondike and Top of the World highways.

Camping Life Magazine

Part II follows our route to the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Skagway and back home. Adrenaline Junkies Break Guinness Records on a Global Scale - Seeker. Thrill-seeker Simon Berry, a burly tattooed 24-year-old Brit, rolled on the ground, shut his eyes, and raised his fists in the air triumphantly. Winter Hiking - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) Some trails are more difficult than others to navigate in the winter. Stop by the Backcountry Information Center prior to your hike for a trail update. Pay close attention to the weather forecast. Winter travelers are reminded that precipitation patterns in Northern Arizona are quite variable. Just because it is the winter season doesn't mean it looks or feels like winter on the ground. The man who made Road Racers. Real roads racing has never been bigger or more in the public eye, and film directorDavid Wallace is arguably the man responsible Many film makers have tried to capture the essence of road racing, often with mixed results.

Most have failed to find the right balance between the fascinating personalities and explosive action that make the sport such a stunning spectacle. America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes - Backpacker. From a slippery Sierra catwalk to a treacherous Hawaiian paradise, we name the country’s 10 most hazardous hikes. Then we break down the dangers and provide local beta for conquering each route. The Bounteous Boulders of Oman – Indiyatrik. Most people perceive Oman as a laidback and tranquil place where one can watch life pass by at a quiet and unhurried pace. But a team of international rock-climbers are out to showcase the adventurous side of the sultanate that offers a rush of adrenaline and throws challenges not encountered in other parts of the world.

The longest day: How two Americans conquered Canada in 17 hours. Victory tastes a lot like champagne mixed with Canadian mud. 25 Best Hikes in the World to Put on Your Bucket List. 20 wilderness areas to see before you die.