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Keeping Your Feet Cool While Hiking in the Summer

Keeping Your Feet Cool While Hiking in the Summer

Keeping cool while hiking in the summer is a struggle. In fact, some would say that it’s a losing battle. Still, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your feet cool and increase your comfort while hiking in the summer. Look for shoes without waterproofing It doesn’t matter if it’s going to rain or you’re on a route with several river crossings. Ditch the waterproof more »

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Is It Time to Rewaterproof Your Rain Jacket?

Is It Time to Rewaterproof Your Rain Jacket?

People don’t always realize that a waterproof rain jacket, no matter how nice it is, needs some TLC every now and then. There’s an undeniable sense of satisfaction that comes with watching rain drops beading up on a brand new rain jacket. Of course, there’s also an immense sense of despair when that once impervious rain jacket starts getting waterlogged. Even if you spend big bucks on a name brand more »

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What is a Tent Footprint?

What is a Tent Footprint?

A tent footprint is an entertaining name for a surprisingly useful piece of outdoor gear. Here’s a bit of information about tent footprints, and why you should seriously consider investing in one. What is a tent footprint? Tents don’t have feet, so how can they have a footprint? A footprint is basically a piece of material that you put beneath your tent. This can either provide a tent floor for more »

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5 Items It Always Makes Sense to Carry

5 Items It Always Makes Sense to Carry

Some activities require specific outdoor gear. You need a harness, rope, and rock climbing shoes for a day of sport climbing, and you need a kayak, paddle, and a pfd for a day of floating. That harness doesn’t do any good in the water, and your paddle just gets in the way at the crag. Of course some items are useful no matter where you go or what you do. more »

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Why You Shouldn’t Build a Campfire

Why You Shouldn’t Build a Campfire

This is blasphemy, right? Camping without a building campfire is like eating a BLT without the bacon. Many people rely on campfires for lighting and cooking, and some just don’t consider a camping trip complete unless they build a campfire. Of course, there are times when you shouldn’t build a campfire. Why you shouldn’t build a campfire Sometimes it’s dangerous to build a fire. Obviously, if there’s a burn ban more »

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What Are You Doing for National Trails Day?

What Are You Doing for National Trails Day?

We’re living in the Golden Age of obscure holidays. Everything has its own special day including doughnuts, hot air balloons, and talking like a pirate. Some of these days are easier to get behind than others. National Trails Day is a holiday that any outdoor enthusiast can be about. What is National Trails Day? National Trails Day (NTD) takes place each year on the first Saturday in June. At it’s more »

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11 Simple Tips to Increase Comfort While Camping in Hot Weather

11 Simple Tips to Increase Comfort While Camping in Hot Weather

Summer is the most popular season for camping in the U.S. Of course, summer isn’t the most ideal season for camping. You have ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, snakes, and other critters out in full force. There’s poison ivy and sumac in full bloom. Then, there’s the sweltering summer heat. Summer highs can cause even the most avid outdoor enthusiast to wilt. Here are a few tips to increase comfort while camping more »

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A Memorial Day Reminder

A Memorial Day Reminder

America observes Memorial Day each year on the last Monday in May. While the holiday is often viewed as a summer kick-off and an occasion for cookouts, BBQs, and pool parties, it’s important to remember what Memorial Day signifies. Memorial Day is a remembrance of the American men and women who have died while serving in our country’s military. Those who serve in the U.S. military help ensure the safety more »

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10 Ways to Keep Your Tent Clean

10 Ways to Keep Your Tent Clean

Keeping your tent clean is an easy way to help preserve your tent and sleeping bag. It also just feels better to have a clean tent. Most people won’t stress trying to keep their tent clean on an overnight camping trip, but the longer you’re camping the more important it is to keep your tent clean. Here are a few tips to keep your tent clean inside and out. Choose more »

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7 Items You Should Always Pack When You’re on the Fence

7 Items You Should Always Pack When You’re on the Fence

We’ve all been there before. You’re getting ready for a backpacking or hiking trip. You’re holding a backpacking stove, backpacking chair, rain jacket, or whatever, wondering whether or not you should pack it. You don’t want to pack something that you’re not going to use, after all. The more you go hiking and backpacking, the better you understand what is and isn’t necessary on the trail. Identifying the non-essentials helps more »

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