Swimming Hole Essentials

first_imgNational Geographic, Dupont State Forest Map ($12)Dupont State Forest might be swimming hole Nirvana. Nat Geo’s new Dupont map helps pinpoint the good stuff with its waterfall table and loop hike suggestions that call out specific landmarks.dupont cover_FIXWatershed Ocoee ($105)The Ocoee is perfect for our day trips. If you add the shoulder strap, it becomes the perfect camera bag. That’s what our guides are taking for their cameras on all our treks.OcoeeOrange_0035_FIXPacSafe VentureSafe X30 ($170)Travel safely through rugged terrain or rough city streets with this anti-theft adventure backpack, featuring hard-to-cut webbing straps, slashguards, and security buckles.venturesafe_x30_60415510_FIXEnerPlex, Kickr  IV ($130)The 6.5-watt flexible solar panel can charge your phone, GPS, or any USB device. It’s blade-thin, lightweight, and built for backcountry adventure.Ascent Aug 3013_260_FIXMountain Khakis Equatorial Pant ($85)Built for adventure, these lightweight, high-density nylon weave pants feature six mesh-lined pockets and reinforced, adjustable heel cuffs. They pack easily, breathe well, and offer superior mobility on the trail.M-Equatorial-Pant-RetroKhaki_FIXRelated Content: Sara Bell started Green River Adventures, in Saluda, N.C., 10 years ago with the idea that she would teach the fundamentals of paddling. It was a simple business plan. Fast forward a decade, and Green River Adventures has grown into a full-fledge adventure guide business, with a kayak school, zipline canopy tour, and canyoneering and waterfall treks.“We do this really cool waterfall trek that begins with a 200-foot waterfall rappel linked up with an intense swimming hole hike, where you’re roping up and jumping off of 15-foot drops,” Bell says. “It’s like an amphibious hike.”We asked Bell for her top gear picks for an adventurous day exploring swimming holes. Here are her picks in her own words.Osprey Rev 24 ($130)This is basically a trail running pack, but it’s big enough to carry snacks and some light gear, and it also has a hydration sleeve. It dries really fast. All of our guides use these, and they can get pretty ragged after constant use, but when we retire them, our guides fight over who gets to keep them.Rev18_S14_Side_FlashGreen_FIXPrana Lahari Halter Top ($55) and Immersion Research Guide Shorts ($65)Sometimes in the office, this top doubles as a bra, it’s so comfortable. The IR Guide Shorts offer good coverage for when you’re rappelling or hiking. And yeah, I wear them in the office too.prana halter_FIX71001_GuideShort_Nightshade_FIX Recover Recycler, Dry Tee ($25)These shirts are made out of 100% recycled material—eight water bottles and some recycled cotton go into each shirt. The shirts are really soft, and they perform well on the trail.Recycler_RD1000HeatherGrey_FIXlast_img read more

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These greater Brisbane suburbs have a median house price of more than one million dollars. See what that buys you

first_img112 Esky Rd, PallaraIt is listed through Brandy Mandic and Char Gribble of Raine & Horne. 30 Turner Ave, New Farm.Outdoors is a patio and outdoor kitchen and a heated swimming pool with built-in spa jets, and the lower level has a three-car garage. It is listed through Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba.The high median house price at Pallara is indicative of the number of large blocks being sold for future housing development. 300 Kent St, New Farm. Picture: realetate.com.auThe value of greater Brisbane’s property market is continuing to grow with new figures revealing there are now 24 suburbs with a median house price of more than $1 million.The highest is Teneriffe which was the first suburb to breach the $2 million median market and now has a median house price of $2.2 million.It is followed by neighbouring suburb New Farm which has a median house price of $1.725 million. 300 Kent St, New Farm. Picture: realetate.com.auYou’ll need to travel a little further for the suburb with the third highest median house price – Pallara, which currently sits at $1.51 million.In Teneriffe, $1.785 million will buy you a restored, three-bedroom, former worker’s cottage at 300 Kent Street. center_img More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago300 Kent St, New Farm. Picture: realetate.com.auThe home has VJ walls, the internal rooms have been reconfigured and original hoop pine floorboards uncovered.New Guinea rosewood, custom built-in joinery is used throughout the home. There are two freestanding “pods’’ underneath one of which houses the laundry and bathroom, the other a secondary kitchen which leads to a two-tiered entertainment deck with built-in concrete seating.It is listed through Karla Lynch and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm.At New Farm, a four-bedroom home at 30 Turner Ave is listed for sale. The contemporary home has a 2000-plus, climate-controlled wine cellar with remote controlled doors, home office, powder room and guest bedroom. 30 Turner Ave, New Farm.A three-bedroom home at 112 Esky Rd on 14,780sq m of land is scheduled for auction on July 14.The property is fully fenced and is described as ideal for self-sustainable living. There are already coffee trees and established fruit trees and a chook pen and run. The property has a total of 45,000 litre rainwater tanks plus town water.Inside the home are open living areas, a wood heater and ducted airconditioning throughout. The kitchen has a built-in pantry and a breakfast bar.last_img read more

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Innovate Armenia features panels, performances

first_img“In order for Armenia to develop democratically, thrive economically and for the diaspora to have a tangible source of connection to a language, a land, a way of life, it is imperative that the two understand each other better,” said IAS associate director Syuzanna Petrosyan. This year’s theme focused on old and new identities of the Armenian diaspora, ranging from presentations on  history, memory and genealogy to discussions on current technological innovations and politics in the Republic of Armenia. Booths at Founders Park offered information about the Institute, their research and participating nonprofit organizations, such as the Armenia Tree Project, which aims to limit deforestation in rural Armenia. “Today, Armenia is by and large considered a free and democratic country, and I think it is one of the important achievements of the revolution,” Pashinyan said. “The general goal of our government … is to encourage people, to trigger a burst of new talents.” The Nur Qanon Ensemble, a musical group of four young women whose work was shown at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last year, performed traditional Armenian folk songs, and the Element Band performed “Sound Stories,” an hour-long rendition of classical Armenian music accompanied by spoken-word prose. A final panel discussion about the Armenian diaspora concluded the festival. Panelists included Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigorian, First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Irina Ghaplanyan, Former Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan and Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan. They said the most significant way the diaspora can help Armenia grow is through engagement. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies hosted scholars, artists, musicians, politicians and other prominent Armenian figures for its fifth annual Innovate Armenia festival Saturday. Attendees were able to learn about Armenian culture through discussions, artistic and musical performances and exhibitions. Following Pashinyan, intellectuals, politicians, historians and creative thinkers discussed topics like the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and how it has shaped contemporary identity, the diaspora and government policies across sectors like healthcare, technology development and education. Pashinyan said he hopes to create a new Armenia that can address its previous challenges, such as political corruption and unstable political infrastructure. Last spring, the country underwent a “Velvet Revolution” — a series of peaceful anti-government protests led by parliament member Nikol Pashinyan. After the protests, Pashinyan was elected as the country’s prime minister. Shushan Karapetian, the Institute’s deputy director, said the foundation for rebuilding and innovating Armenia rests on its historical status as the Silicon Valley of the Soviet Union. “We have the infrastructure for sciences and technology,” Karapetian said. “For a landlocked country, technology is the way out.” Pashinyan said he was hopeful for the country’s future. “What we need from the diaspora is knowing about Armenia, and I think it’s a two-way street,” Ghaplanyan said. “We need to communicate better as to what challenges we have and how we can solve [them] together.” While panelists discussed politics inside Bovard Auditorium, chess players ran competitions and musicians performed outside at Founders Park for festival goers. “I am sure we are going in the right way,” Pashinyan said. “[We are] fully devoted to the principles of democracy, of rule of law, of transparency and for human rights.” Politicians, scholars and artists gathered at Founders Park to talk about life in post-revolution Armenia and how the diaspora can contribute to the country’s growth. (Photo from Facebook) Innovate Armenia hosted Pashinyan via a live Skype call to discuss life in post-revolution Armenia and his goals for the nation moving forward. “Our main challenge is to address the controversies we have from the past,” Pashinyan said. “To create [a] new Armenia, we have to understand what happened to Armenia since our country’s independence [from the Soviet Union in 1991] — why we failed in creating a strong, competitive and contemporary country.”last_img read more

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