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Choosing the Right Cold Weather Base Layer

Choosing the Right Cold Weather Base Layer

Staying warm and cozy in cold weather all starts with the base layer. Sure your jacket does the heavy lifting, but a good base layer can keep you comfortable while a bad one can leave you miserable. So how do you choose the right cold weather base layer? Here’s some information to consider when choosing a base layer for cold weather. Why are cold weather base layers important? A good more »

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The Different Types of Camping

The Different Types of Camping

There are many different ways to peel a potato, and many different ways to go camping. Some camping methods are pretty straightforward, but some take a little explaining. Here’s a list of terms for different types of camping, including the familiar and the not so familiar. Sure, there are even more types of camping even further on the fringe than the ones we’ve included – urban camping and dry camping more »

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Why You Should Embrace the Alpine Start

Why You Should Embrace the Alpine Start

Summiting peaks sometimes forces early morning starts, and sometimes starting as early as the night before and hiking through the dark a.m. hours. This is partly because you want to be off the peak before the afternoon storms roll in. High elevation, whipping winds, precipitation, and lightning, are a terrible mix. More casual pursuits, however, don’t require that same early alpine start. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to more »

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How to Use Paracord Bracelets

How to Use Paracord Bracelets

Paracord bracelets aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, but you still see them out on the trail or even just around town. Survival bracelets look cool, but the really neat thing about paracord bracelets is how useful they can be. Buy or DIY You have a couple of options for getting a survival bracelet. You can buy them ready made or you can make your own. We more »

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7 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Camping

7 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Camping

Sometimes you want to get up and go, and sometimes you want to take it easy. Either way, quick and simple breakfasts are ideal for camping. Here are seven easy camping breakfast ideas for you to try on your next camping trip. Instant pancakes Pancakes are a classic camping breakfast, and several brands make ready to go pancake mixes that just need water. If you want an easy camping breakfast more »

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How to Upgrade Your Winter Sleep System

How to Upgrade Your Winter Sleep System

Having the right sleep system is key if you want to stay warm while camping. An inadequate sleep setup will chill you to the bone and leave you delirious with fatigue the next morning. Stay warm in your tent during cold weather with these tips to upgrade your winter sleep system. Get in a liner The first thing that you should do to upgrade your sleep system is invest in more »

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Free NPS Entrance for MLK Jr. Day

Free NPS Entrance for MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of four days in 2018 that you can enter National Park Service sites for free. Several NPS sites are free year-round for public enjoyment – including Hot Springs National Park and the Buffalo National River – but many national parks and other NPS sites usually charge entry fees. Free entrance days mean that you can go to any NPS site that normally charges more »

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Hone Your Outdoor Skills

Hone Your Outdoor Skills

As an outdoor gear store we definitely promote being well-equipped for your time out in nature. We’re firm believers in having the right tool for the job. That’s why we’re here, after all. We want to make sure that you have all of the gear and equipment you need to stay safe, prepared, and comfortable outdoors. Outdoor gear can make or break your time out in nature. Gear can mean more »

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Understanding Softshells

Understanding Softshells

If you’ve ever spent any time browsing or researching outdoor jackets for camping, hiking, or backpacking, you’ve probably come across the term “softshell”. Softshell jackets and pants are ideal for outdoor activities, but what exactly is a softshell, and why would you want a softshell? What is a softshell jacket? Softshell jackets – or soft shell jackets – blend the protection and durability of a traditional hardshell rain jacket with more »

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5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Backpacker

5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Backpacker

Being good at backpacking isn’t a matter of pace. It’s not about how many trails you’ve done. Backpacking is about self-reliance and enjoying your experiences out in nature. Whether you’ve just started backpacking or you’ve been at it for years there’s always room for improvement. Here are five things that you can do to be a better backpacker. Push yourself One easy way to be a better backpacker is simply more »

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