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Trail Food and Texture

Trail Food and Texture

There’s a lot to think about when choosing food for backpacking trips. Nutrition matters, weight matters, and flavor matters, too. Something that people sometimes forget to consider, however, is texture. Think about the textures of trail foods next time you’re planning a backpacking trip. Foods can get boring Eating the same foods over and over gets repetitive and tedious when you’re on the trail. Backpacking burns a lot of calories, more »

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The Best Camping Tip is Camping

The Best Camping Tip is Camping

You can find massive amounts of camping hacks and camping tips online. You can ask friends for camping advice, and you can pick up some tips from the folks at your local camping store. The best way to get better at camping, however, is by spending more time outdoors. Research is good, but experience is better The internet is a great resource for finding camping tips and information about spending more »

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7 Reasons to Start Hiking

7 Reasons to Start Hiking

Hiking is a really simple activity that’s easy for beginners to pick up. Whether you want to learn more about hiking, or you need a some help convincing a friend or family member to start hiking with you, here are seven reasons to start hiking! Hiking is fun Breathing in fresh air, feeling the sun on your face, and experiencing the great outdoors is both fun and rewarding. One of more »

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Overrated Backpacking Gear

Overrated Backpacking Gear

You know those celebrities who are famous for being famous? You’re not quite sure what they do, but for whatever reason they are household names. Some backpacking gear is like that. You see them on countless packing lists for backpacking trips, but they are as important as they are popular. Here are a few of the most overrated backpacking gear items. Bring them if you want them; just realize that more »

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Do I Need A Hiking Pack Cover?

Do I Need A Hiking Pack Cover?

Nobody wants to hike with more gear than they actually need. It’s not always easy to distinguish between necessary and unnecessary hiking gear, though. You may have heard that a hiking pack cover is one of those redundant items that adds weight without adding real benefit. While it’s true that they aren’t always necessary, pack covers can actually be quite useful. The arguments Why do people take issue with pack more »

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Why Lightweight Isn’t Always the Right Weight

Why Lightweight Isn’t Always the Right Weight

Ounce counting is a dangerous game. It’s easy to get caught up in slashing hiking pack weight. Some think that losing as many ounces as possible is the key to being comfortable on long backpacking trips. Or maybe they just want to brag about a sub 15-pound pack weight. Either way, reducing pack weight becomes an obsession. Ounces are eliminated at any cost. Pardon the dramatics. It’s true that reducing more »

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Hiking Shoes Online

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Hiking Shoes Online

Technology is amazing. Online shopping makes it possible to buy anything from pretty much anywhere. You can pick out your groceries or place an order for a puppy while you’re stuck in traffic. You can buy a new mattress or bacon flavored toothpicks while waiting for your turn in the barber’s chair. Taking a coffee break at work? You can peruse and purchase your hiking shoes online. It doesn’t always more »

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Why You Need a Metal Pint Cup

Why You Need a Metal Pint Cup

You’ve probably seen metal pint glasses – or more accurately metal pint cups – popping up more and more frequently. While it’s easy to dismiss these sturdy little tumblers as a silly little fad, they’re actually super practical and super useful. Here’s what makes these pints worth purchasing. Use it around the house You don’t want to drink hot coffee out of glass, and you don’t want to drink ice more »

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5 Underrated Outdoor Skills

5 Underrated Outdoor Skills

Fire building, bushcraft, knot tying, navigation – these are clearly useful and valued outdoor skills. There are many other outdoor skills that really come in handy out in nature, even though they don’t get a lot of attention. Here are five underrated outdoor skills that everyone should know! Stargazing Knowing how to identify constellations is important for a couple of reasons. Not only is picking out groups of stars in more »

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10 Things You’re Forgetting on Your Hike

10 Things You’re Forgetting on Your Hike

You’re probably not going to forget to put on your hiking shoes before you hit the trail. If you forget your hiking pack, you’re having a pretty rough day. It’s common for people to not pack enough water, but most people remember to bring at least a little bit. Some things aren’t as easy to remember, however. Here are a few items and pieces of outdoor gear that might be more »

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