Sunday, December 30, 2018

Outside Activity Preparations

With the arrival of winter it's time to get ready for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Please remember these points when you go out.
1. Leave an itinerary with a family member or trusted friend. 
2. Bring water and food.
3. Bring extra clothes.
4. Check the weather forecast.
5. Make sure your equipment is in good shape.

Expanding on point #2 a bit, let's talk about staying properly hydrated when you're outside engaging in a prolonged physical activity.  Always begin your outings well hydrated. Drink a cup of water or its equivalent 15 minutes before starting out. Once underway, continue drinking fluids at a rate of 1 to 1.5 cups every 20 to 30 minutes. This can change depending on weather, fitness level and intensity of your activity. Drink before you feel thirsty. If you don't need to urinate periodically or, if your urine color becomes unusually dark you aren't drinking enough. Drinks with electrolytes will help maintain hydration when your activity level is high and for an extended period of time. Maintaining good hydration will help keep you healthy. 

If you are looking for some new places to ski or snowshoe, might I suggest Hunters Creek in East Aurora, NY or Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood, NY (just south of Kissing Bridge).
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Monday, December 17, 2018


A screen shot of the original TV 21 studio backdrop for "Outdoors".
Welcome to our new blog. We've decided to get back to our roots, honoring the man where it all started.  When Terry Shearn first came up with the idea to become a professional rafting outfitter he also was the host of "Outdoors" on WXXI TV in Rochester, NY. It was a novel concept at the time, exploring all the fun activities found in the Great Outdoors around Western and Central NY, and the show quickly became a favorite with the viewers.    

Terry Shearn, founder of "Adventure Calls" & host of WXXI TV "Outdoors".
Two of our very own ACO Guides, Mike Radomski and Tim Reed have graciously agreed to take up the mantle and share with you their thoughts on being outdoors around the region.  In future posts and videos they will explore parts of Western and Central NY that perhaps you didn't know about or haven't been to in a while as well as bring you along on various fun seasonal activities. They'll give you some tips on how to best prepare for an outing or how to be ready for a "what if" scenario too. 

ACO Raft Guide Mike Radomski

ACO Trip Leader Tim Reed

We also hope to share stories from other members of our staff along the way and maybe even from some of our outfitting friends scattered across the area.  Let's go on some adventures "Outdoors", shall we?

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