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10 Items You Should Always Carry in Nature

10 Items You Should Always Carry in Nature

Your pack list varies greatly depending on the type of outdoor activity you’re doing. You have different needs on a day hike than on a thru-hike. A mountain biker has different gear needs than a climber. Some items are universally useful, however. Here are 10 items you should always carry in nature whether you’re camping, backpacking, going for a day hike, hitting single track for the day. Phone Have your more »

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Why Buy Technical Outdoor Apparel?

Why Buy Technical Outdoor Apparel?

Not everyone needs technical outdoor apparel. Only a small percentage of the population actually requires that type of performance from their clothing on a daily basis. Even weekend warriors can get by just fine without elastane, polypro, and ripstop nylon. However, anyone who hikes, climbs, camps, bikes, or spends any time outdoors can benefit from technical outdoor apparel. So why buy technical outdoor apparel? Comfort Increased comfort is the biggest more »

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Staying Warm While Hiking In the Cold

Staying Warm While Hiking In the Cold

True hiking enthusiasts will brave the cold of winter to get their tread on the trail. Being enthusiastic will only get you so far, of course. You need to stay comfortable and warm while you’re at it. Lots of people are looking for tips to stay warm while hiking in the winter or backpacking in the winter. It’s not just about staying warm, though. It’s about managing your body temperature. more »

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Common Survival Myths

Common Survival Myths

Even if you spend a lot of time outdoors, there’s a very small chance you’ll ever find yourself in a legitimate survival situation. You will certainly find adventure, but you probably won’t find yourself foraging for grubs and building rafts out of driftwood.  Still, it’s good to be mindful of the possibility, however unlikely it may be. Not all the survival myths you hear offer sound advice, though. Here are more »

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Basic Tools for First Time Campers

Basic Tools for First Time Campers

Camping is simple, affordable, and fun. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family and enjoy nature. Of course, knowing how to camp if you’ve never been camping before can be a little bit tricky. You probably know you’re supposed to sleep outdoors, but what are you supposed to bring camping? Don’t worry about it. Seriously, camping is simple. You don’t need to go out and spend more »

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Why Is Outdoor Gear Expensive?

Why Is Outdoor Gear Expensive?

People often wonder why outdoor gear is so expensive. If you compare a jacket from a popular outdoor brand like Outdoor Research or Marmot to a jacket from a regular everyday clothing brand, you can expect that outdoor jacket brand to cost anywhere from two to three, or four, times as much. Sometimes even more. The same often goes for outdoor backpacks and outdoor footwear, too. So, why is outdoor more »

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What Causes Blisters?

What Causes Blisters?

Blisters are bad. The only things that beat blisters on the list of terrible things that happen while hiking are breaking your leg and getting eaten by a bear. Blisters are painful, distracting, and they can ruin your hiking trip. Understanding what causes blisters can help you prevent blisters from forming in the first place. What causes blisters? There are four main causes of blisters. It’s the combination of these more »

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10 Best Climbing Snacks

10 Best Climbing Snacks

One of the biggest mistakes a climber can make is not eating. Food for people is the equivalent of gas for cars, and you’re not going to get very far with an empty tank. The best climbing snacks need to be convenient, but they also need to be nutritious. The best snacks for rock climbing combine the things your body needs to perform – calories, carbs, protein, fats – into more »

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5 Backpacking Essentials That You Can Leave At Home

5 Backpacking Essentials That You Can Leave At Home

One of the challenges of backpacking is bringing just enough to meet your needs on the trail without over packing. This is one of the joys of backpacking, too. Every piece of backpacking gear you choose to carry adds pack weight and takes up precious pack space. While you can eliminate unnecessary items, there are certain essentials you have to carry. Once you’re familiar with the outdoor essentials, you can more »

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No Fuss Halloween Camping

No Fuss Halloween Camping

There are plenty of Halloween camping activities and craft ideas on the internet. Sure, you can decorate your campsite with jack-o-lanterns and fake tarantulas, or sit around the campfire wearing costumes. You could even make a few festive decorations and desserts, but maybe you don’t want to lug a crate of glue sticks, glitter, googly eyes, fake cobwebs, and marzipan out to the campsite. You want to take part in more »

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