Monthly Archives: November 2012

Basics of Geocaching

This is not so much a blog entry this time…more of a space holder for the audio journal. Please have a listen!

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Yes we are still talking caching— mainly because in the past few days we have answered tons of questions. We believe this is a great opportunity to get out with the family or even yourself and see new areas.

This is an all weather activity that allows Melissa and I time together, an opportunity for me to keep communication lines open with my pre-teen daughter, build comradere’ with friends, or just get out and spend time with my dog.

Geocaching is super easy to get into- all you need is a GPS device and access to the internet.

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Geo Missions

Geo-Missions are a big part of how we get expedition teams ready for major adventures as well as working with our corporate clients who are looking for a way to improve collaboration. Here we discuss how our Geo Caching trips have become the instructional material for Geo Missions.

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Re-Post: Scepter

Our first write up has vaporized…Had intended to simply re-post but since we have still continued to test we thought we would just add to the content. There is already tons of info, pictures,  and tips posted on our podcast, throughout this blog, our facebook page, and our videos.

Beginning of the Idaho Overland Expedition

You better carry your own fuel and water boys and girls…and have in something that won’t fail…

Fuel and water are two of the most precious commodities for any adventure. I have had water canisters fail on me (see the write up on the Big Bend bike expedition in 2003) and the desert areas we explore require additional fuel to make it from one spot to the next.

We have tried both metal and plastic fuel and water canisters and have had mixed results. Earlier this year I came across the consumer grade canisters carried by Bass Pro Shops and ordered three for the Jeep. Highly impressed, we reached out to Scepter to provide us with the military grade cans for the Idaho Overland Expedition and our other adventures.

Scepter is based in Canada and it is great having a North American company provide gear instead of products coming out of China. This stuff is highly durable and if you have reservations about plastic versus metal, I can assure you- the plastic is light years ahead of the metal competitor.

When you buy the metal can, it comes pre-packaged with issues. Metal rust, the seems on the metal cans split under pressure or impact, and if you are buying new- you are buying China. Sure you can find one in a surplus store that either is on its way to a rusting issue, or for no charge you can get it with rust already installed.


Not only did we use the Scepters on the 5 day expedition across Idaho, where we traveled over 650 miles of dirt in all kinds of conditions, we continued to test the usability and durability including explorations into the Brunea Desert (5 days), our Idaho Mine tours, and the Owyhee County Historical Society trips…each of these either we were required to refuel using the Scepters or had someone else hat ran out of fuel.

Drop Test

Just as it sounds. We wanted to know if these came off the back of a rig, would they survive. We tested with them full, half full, and quarter full. We were not only looking for seam breakage, but wanted to know if the cap would blow. Standing on the bumper of the Jeep we hefted the first canister up and let it go. I was actually worried we would break something but the canisters held up great. In addition they have been pulled on and off the Jeep dozens of times, bounced in the back of pick-up trucks, and jostled around with no issues.


At first I was going to rate the ease of use as low, but then realized it was operator error. New laws require that the spouts be designed so they don’t leak fuel or vapors. It took some time, but I got the knack of refueling. Something to keep in mind is that if the refueling point on your vehicle is difficult to get to with a spout, you need to take a long funnel with you. An easy way to test this prior to going out is to fill only the bottom third of your fuel can and then try to pour it in your tank while you are at home. If its difficult, then take the fuel. Something else to consider (and THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY ADVENTURE IQ OR THE MANUFACTURER) is the filler nozzle on the consumer grade water can fits the fuel can. Honestly, we just use the long funnel and the nozzle already in place.

Heat Stress

Our trips into the Brunea Desert literally takes us to places that are 50-75 miles from the nearest pavement…not the nearest gas station…those are even further away. On those hot trips where we need extra water, we would strap four of the H2O containers behind the drivers seat and all of our fuel was placed on the racks on the swing gate. Because the cans are non-vented- they will balloon up. We had days where temps were well above 100 degrees and not once did we suffer a seam rip or have a cap leak.

Cold Test

Gas cans were not so much the issue- more to test the water canisters. In the past few weeks we have ventured up into the cold and the water in the cans is freezing. I have had plastic cans that will begin to lose shape and begin to split. The Scepters have retained their shape as well integrity. Keeping the cans inside the rig does prevent them from freezing and we recommend that you transfer water from the canisters to your hysration pack (as recommended in an earlier podcast)


This is not an issue- but more awareness. If you have both fuel and water cans, they are not inter-changable in the racks. Because the new fuel cans have to be tip resistant, that do not fit into a standard NATO rack/holster. We had to modify our rack to hold the fuel cans. So there are a couple of ways to solve this.

Here we had modified the right canister holster…we have since modded the left so both can hold fuel and water cans are strapped in the backseat area

  • Use a Scepter Fuel can and a Scepter Consumer Grade can
  • Have a separate rack for each on the back (as we discussed in footage of the Idaho Overland Expedition)
  • Place Scepter Fuel can(s) on external rack and strap Scepter (NATO) canisters inside (as we are doing now)

For us- the trade-offs are a no-brainer to have high quality canisters holding our stuff.

Something to point out- you definitely want locks on your Scepters- they apparently are high demand. We were teaching some classes over in Oregon and decided to do some exploration. We had decided to use the diesel canisters since at that point they had been immune to our testing We were using them to carry a fire starting concoction we had been experimenting with for the survival courses. Apparently, bright yellow is a popular cover and our cans were lifted from the Jeep. Perhaps karma will shine down on the poor souls when they poor our highly flammable-yet controllable substance into their tank.

UV Resistance

Impressed. We have had Scepters on our rigs since we received them this summer and there has been absolutely no perceived fading. I have even done side by side comparisons.

The “what just fell” drop test.

Now this is one that was not planned…

Cruising down Mud Flat Road at 45 mph and the rear rack for the water can fails. I look out the window and see one of test cans about 3/4 full bouncing and skidding behind me trying to keep up. Scratched…yes. Minor dent….yes. Still in use with zero defects…yes.

So if you can’t tell, I love these canisters and we will continue to use them.

To see our other postings where we show off the Scepters

Water Bladder Cool

Idaho Overland Expedition

Why We Hate Metal Cans

We have also put tons of info on our podcast, our facebook page, and in our blog.

You can also order Scepter Fuel canisters from:

Tech Supply & Services

Leesville, LA.
Bottom Line Military Sales, LLC
Easley, SC

Howe was a planned gas stop on the expedition….Howe did not have gas…but we had 10 gallons in our Scepters!

Expedition IQ and Emergenetics

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In response to some very cool emails and post on our various pages, I wanted to share more about our adventure and expedition coaching using specific diagnostic tools to better understand how the brain thinks and how individuals perform. So in this podcast we discuss the primary tools we use to help adventurers in their pursuits. BTW– that is my pup making all th noise in the background…. Thanks Trigger!

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Challenges of Moving Technically Proficient Adventurers in to Expedition Leadership Roles

Deep wreck diving in the cold dark waters of the North Atlantic require solid planning and a dive leadership team with common competencies, skills, and experience

What is it that makes great expedition leaders?  Unfortunately, the model we use today is to promote (in an organization or by self promotion) someone who is technically proficient into roles where they are now responsible for the lives of others. Not only does this pose a risk to the success of the adventure, but can also have significant impacts on the leader- including exposure to legal action against them.

It doesn’t matter if you are leading a group of riders across Canada on  bikes or putting together your annual hunting camp. If you are a leader of any kind of adventure, you need to be trained in sound leadership principles.

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Tonight’s show- Advise to off-roaders and discussion on adventurers who transition to Expedition Leaders

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Is Ham Spam?

Out of frustration I shot a letter out to ARRL– who is the one beacon of light for HAM radio operators out there– and probably one of the better (not great-better) resources. I am frustrated with the elite-ism the hobby has and if not changed- it will die off. There is an important place for ham radio- just look at what is going on in the wake of Sandy. Still, I cannot get anyone here within a 250 mile radius to host a class we are willing to sponsor….really…Salt Lake is the nearest class….


I have been a HAM just a little over 10 years (KC5YJQ)- and honestly have had a difficult time finding an area to plug in. I have tried clubs where organizational politics are more important than furthering the hobby, I looked into interest groups, but it seems self-absorbed “I know more about technology than you” is a turn-off for those of us who enjoy reaching out and talking- but are not highly technical in food chain that includes names like Tesla and Edison.

I have recently reached out to my own peer group to try to drum up interest (35-50 yr olds- with good incomes) to see if there is an interest in including with activities such as geo-caching, desert exploration, etc. I have offered to pay for exam prep materials for friends–only I cannot find local exams in my area (Boise, Idaho) or someone willing to come out and work with me to recruit and train new operators.

I grew up in an era where my Dad (KBX5983) had to have a license to operate CB and would talk to other CBers in other countries…back when you had to go look for people to talk to.

Its frustrating that this hobby has ordained itself as being elite- that we cannot get outsiders interested that not only would help further the hobby- but also protect airwaves from being delisted or sold off. We do not even have a radio shop in our town…

I have recently reached out to several clubs in my area to appear on my podcast in hopes of generating interest in the hobby and have not had a single response.

I want to see the hobby grow–or at least not die a slow death- and feel frustrated. When the “old hams” die off- there is not a group of enthusiast to carry on. The hobby is doomed unless we do something different.

Rob Anderson

Adventure IQ

HJR2 for Idaho

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Quik checkin to talk post first BMX race and most important where we stand on the proposed Idaho admendment to the state constiturion.

First- we moved to Idaho because we love what the state offers in its history and traditions and in no way wanted to make it like “where we came from”.

Second- In spite of a few rib jabs, humor, and when politicians disrespect our troops or flag, I am careful not to post politics on my page. Even when those who cry for tolerance are intollerant of my opinion (wierd).

But because it addresses our access to the outdoors- I am asking our Idaho friends to vote YES on HJR2 For the current and future outdoorsmen (and women) that are a part of our state and an Idaho tradition, voting “YES” will help them. I have lived where these rights have been taken away and it has trickled down to other outdoor activities that do not involve those hunting and fishing.

The out of state anti-hunting groups have already assaulted our rights in our own state, by voting YES, it would keep them from bringing lawsuits against our own state. These are folks who do not live here that are pressing their beliefs against us as citizens- and not allowing us to select our own destiny

We made a choice to live here and did not move to make Idaho like the place we just moved from. Supporting the life and traditions that were already in place- we are voting YES on HJR2!

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