Houston Outdoor Live

Ever searched for “Houston Outdoor Live”? What comes up is eating, drinking and sitting down to listen to music. Nothing wrong with eating, drinking or music, we LOVE all of these. And, we want to see our Houstonian friends outside digging all this city has to offer. With 52,912 acres of parkland, 163 miles of biking trails and 2500 miles of waterway there is no shortage of playgrounds. BCO & HTXO are on a mission this summer to teach our friends everything they need to know to be an outdoor ninja.

Wednesdays, starting May 10rd and finishing up June 21st we are bringing Houston Outdoor LIVE to a local locale near you (while broadcasting LIVE on Facebook for those who can’t make the show). From parks to bayous, bike trails to hiking trails we’re highlighting the Great Outdoors in Houston by uncovering everything there is to do, plus showing how to do it!

Each week we’ll take a topic, drill down as quick & deep as we can to get you up to speed and out playing. We’ll take Q&A after the presentation to help guide everyone into outdoor summer fun mastery.

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Week 1 - Biking - May 10th

Houston is where it’s at when you're ready to spin the pedals.   Cruise, commute, mountain bike or road bike, we'll show you where to go and how to get started. Who needs to drive when they can ride? From the ABC’s of bike maintenance to choosing a bike or where to ride, we’ll have you riding the streets (or the trails) on your bicycle with ease and confidence.  

Topics we cover: 

    • Bike bag essentials
    • What to wear (it doesn’t have to be spandex)
    • Transporting your bike & not losing it on I-10
    • Airing tires and preventing flats
    • Bike safety and why it’s important
    • Bike handling tips
    • Basic maintenance
    • Where to bike & the best trails
    • B-Cycle & other rentals
    • Buying a used bike
    • Finding your dream bike

             Download your #10Essentials of Biking HERE

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Week 2 - Hiking - May 17th

Whether you enjoy urban hikes or backcountry treks, it’s important to know where you are going, to wear the correct clothing and shoes and have the right supplies for your adventure.? There’s a lot more to hiking than just owning a pair of hiking boots, finding the trailhead or even knowing what a trailhead is…

Topics we cover: 

    • Hike Safety Tips
    • How to find trailheads
    • Gear essentials for every trip
    • Gear – how to save $$’s and corners you NEVER want to cut
    • Trekking poles; how to use, size, and set up for varying terrains
    • Basic exercises to get in summer hiking shape
    • Basic maintenance – make your gear last a lifetime
    • Trail etiquette & Leave No Trace

           Download your #10Essentials of Hiking HERE

Week 3 - Camping- May 24th

Houston may not be known as a camping mecca, but just travel an hour any direction, and you can find yourself sleeping under the stars.  Join us for Camping LIVE where you’ll learn what you need to about camping to make you feel like a pro (or at least an Eagle Scout)!

Ever heard “car camping, primitive camping, backpacking” and wondered WTH?  We’ve got you covered, and you’ll be picking your site with confidence in no time at all.  We’ll also review equipment you will need and don’t need, demonstrate different tents, set up and our favorite camping gear.

Topics we cover:

  • Tent Setup 101 – plus using stakes, guy wires and why you need to
  • What to take & what leave at home
  • The best campsite and how to find them
  • Taking non-campers camping 
  • Cooking at camp
  • Dutch oven cooking 
  • Dealing with predators
  • Our favorite camping spots 

Week 4 - Stand Up Paddleboarding - May 31st

With miles of bayous, lakes and the almost flat summer surf of Galveston, we have an unlimited playground to try SUPing. Anyone can do this sport. It is low impact, uses practically every muscle in your body, is great for cross-training and is a ton of fun! While you work on your balance, you’ll work on your core. Plus, you can saunter along the bayous or paddle fast and turn it into a BIG aerobic workout. 

Topics Covered: 

  • How to choose a board 
  • Where to paddle 
  • Terminology 
  • Strokes, Cross Training, Stretching, and Posture 
  • Water safety & rules
  • (we might have SUP Yoga demo)

Week 5 - Backpacking - June 7th

Imagine, after a day of hiking through forests, mountains & deserts, you get to relax in a remote campsite using only what you have brought in your backpack. Backpacking is the ultimate way to get outside!

One of the big mistakes of backpacking is over packing.  Learn to keep your pack light enough to carry while still packing everything you need.  We will have a packing demo and weighing-in session to demonstrate live the value of choosing your gear carefully.  

Topics Covered: 

  • Getting permits and learning the system
  • Food and water needs and options
  • Backcountry toilets and beyond
  • Building up to carrying your pack
  • How to pack your pack – lighter is better
  • What you need in your first aid kit
  • Filtering water with several different types of filters
  • Staying safe around potential predators
  • How, where and why to hang your personal effects and food

Week 6 - Kayaking - June 14th

Kayaking, it's friends, it's meditation, it's adventure, it is whatever you want it to be. ?With miles of bayous, unlimited lakes and sea shores, we live in a kayaking haven.

Topics covered:

  • What gear you must have and how to choose a kayak
  • The best boat for a beginner
  • Strokes, Cross Training, Stretching
  • Avoiding arm fatigue
  • Where to paddle 
  • Terminology 
  • Water safety & rules
  • Finding paddling buddies

Week 7 - Summertime Dogs - June 21st

Keep your dog safe and healthy in the Houston heat. We’ll explore all the places to take your dog to play and learn what you need to know to keep them happy & well in the sweltering summer heat. There is nothing better than having your best friend along on those summer time strolls, hikes and lake trips. However, summer can be especially harmful for our furry friends.

 

We’ll be talking about:

- Where to take your dog in the summer to keep them cool and safe

- How to tell if your dog is overheating and what to do (it can happen VERY quickly)

- Fit your dog for a life jacket and how to determine if they need one.

- Fit your dog for boots and learn when to wear them and when they shouldn't

- Texas State Parks rules and avoiding fines

- Keep them safe from sunburn

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