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10 Ways to Hike Farther

10 Ways to Hike Farther

Looking for ways to hike farther? Maybe you ran out of steam on your last outing, or you’re gearing up for an epic thru-hike. Hiking is as fun as it is challenging. Here are 10 tips to up the mileage on your next hike or backpacking trip! 1. Rest well Everybody loves sleep, but it’s also incredibly important to performance. Making sure that you get enough sleep the night before more »

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Mosquito Netting for Hammocks

Mosquito Netting for Hammocks

A lightweight and portable travel hammock is a great shelter alternative to a tent. Hammocks are quick and easy to set up, they’re lightweight, and they’re super comfortable. One of the areas where hammocks come up short, however, is protection. Unlike tents, most hammocks don’t offer protection from rain or insects. Adding mosquito netting for hammocks is a great way to keep bugs and insects away! Hammocks offer nothing in more »

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How to Reduce Backpack Weight In 5 Easy Steps

How to Reduce Backpack Weight In 5 Easy Steps

Some people want to get their base pack weight below 10 pounds. Others just want to take the strain off their knees. While there are many specific things that you can do to reduce backpack weight, embracing some general concepts is the best place to start. Here are 5 things that you must do if you want to reduce backpack weight. Plan accurately and thoroughly There’s a fine line between more »

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Should I Wear Pants or Shorts While Hiking in the Summer?

Should I Wear Pants or Shorts While Hiking in the Summer?

What do you wear while hiking in the summer? Some people like the freedom and comfort of a pair of shorts, while others prefer the security of a pair of technical hiking pants. So is it better to wear pants or shorts while hiking in the summer? The short answer is that it’s up to you, but here are some things to consider that can help you make your decision. more »

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Choosing a Summer Sleeping Bag

Choosing a Summer Sleeping Bag

That big down sleeping bag that keeps you toasty warm while camping in the winter is pretty much useless when camping in the summer. Those features you look for in a winter bag – loft, fill-power, and warmth – aren’t relevant when choosing a summer sleeping bag. So, how do you choose a summer sleeping bag? Here’s what to look for! Look for a lightweight sleeping bag Backpackers already know more »

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Do You Need a Water Filter and a Water Purifier?

Do You Need a Water Filter and a Water Purifier?

You simply can’t carry all of the water you need for a multiple day backpacking trip. Water takes up too much space and it’s too heavy. While some trails cut through maintained campgrounds with running water, many prefer the reliability of a portable water filter or portable water purifier for backpacking trips. But do you need a water filter and a water purifier, or can you get by with just more »

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7 Tips to Prevent Poison Ivy Rashes

7 Tips to Prevent Poison Ivy Rashes

Some people like chocolate, some people like vanilla. Nobody likes poison ivy. Poison ivy can cause rashes year round, but it’s especially bad during the summer months. Here are a few tips to prevent poison ivy rashes. Learn to identify poison ivy This is one of the most helpful things that you can do to prevent poison ivy rashes. Learning how to properly identify poison ivy allows you to avoid more »

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Last Minute Fourth of July Essentials

Last Minute Fourth of July Essentials

Happy Fourth of July! Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day with a camping trip on the river, a day of paddling on the lake, a block party, or a cookout, we have everything you need to stay comfortable and prepared for the Fourth. Here are a few 4th of July essentials that you can pick up at the store today! Headlamp Trying to light a 500-gram firework cake in the dark  more »

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How to Stay Hydrated While Hiking In The Summer

How to Stay Hydrated While Hiking In The Summer

You won’t let the summer heat stop you from hiking. Of course, you have to be careful while hiking in the summer. Dehydration is dangerous regardless of temperature or season, but hot summer weather makes it more difficult to stay hydrated, and also puts you at the risk of heat related illness. The hotter it is, the harder your body has to work, and the more sweat you lose. Here more »

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Keeping Animals Out of Your Food While Camping

Keeping Animals Out of Your Food While Camping

Sometimes animals take your food and it’s funny, or a little annoying depending on your mood. Like when a raccoon rips into your chip bags. Sometimes it’s borderline terrifying. Like when a bear ransacks your campsite and dismantles your cooler. Cute or catastrophic, critter or beast, keeping animals out of your food while camping is important. Simply put, you don’t want animals getting into your food. It leaves you hungry, more »

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