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What’s the Difference Between Backpacking and Hiking?

What’s the Difference Between Backpacking and Hiking?

Distinguishing between backpacking and hiking can be kind of tricky. Are the two terms synonymous, or do they describe two different things? The two terms aren’t entirely different, but they aren’t exactly the same thing, either. So what is it that separates backpacking and hiking? It’s not a matter of difficulty You can do a day hike that is more challenging or more difficult than a backpacking trip. Change in more »

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Gift Ideas for Rock Climbers

Gift Ideas for Rock Climbers

Rock climbers are a strange bunch. When they’re not researching the benefits of shark cartilage, applying antihydral to their hands, or miming the sequence of their latest project, they’re out in nature trying to find the most difficult way to get to the top of a rock. If you can’t get in that mindset and are having trouble thinking of gifts for rock climbers, you’re not alone. Fortunately, we’re here more »

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Outdoorsy Stocking Stuffers

Outdoorsy Stocking Stuffers

It’s often difficult to shop for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. They either already have 2 of everything, or they are super particular about the types of outdoor gear that they own. Don’t worry about making big, expensive purchases for your fussy outdoorsy friends and family members. Here are some small gifts and stocking stuffers for outdoorsy folk. Headlamp Keep it in your car, toss it in more »

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What are the 5 Cs of Survival?

What are the 5 Cs of Survival?

If you like spending time out in nature, it’s good to have at least a basic understanding of wilderness survival. The 5 Cs of survival are an easy way to remember the basic equipment you need for survival situations out in nature. Most people will never be in a wilderness survival situation. Most people would never want to be in a wilderness survival situation, for that matter. Of course, there more »

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Gift Ideas for Hikers

Gift Ideas for Hikers

Stumped on gift ideas for hikers? It can be a challenge– especially if you’re not a hiker yourself. Hikers are easy to please, however, and easier to shop for than you realize. Think about it. Hikers get joy out of walking around for miles on end in intense heat, freezing cold, and in rain storms. It doesn’t take much more than a bowl of ice cream and some warm socks more »

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Backpacking Mistakes to Avoid

Backpacking Mistakes to Avoid

You get better at hiking through experience. The more miles you rack up, the faster you learn the dos and don’ts of hiking and backpacking. You learn from mistakes you’ve made and think of things that will improve your trip on the next go round. Of course, it would be great if you could skip the mistakes and just gain the knowledge. Here are some beginner backpacking mistakes to avoid. more »

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Am I Fit Enough For Hiking?

Am I Fit Enough For Hiking?

Am I fit enough for hiking? How fit do I need to be to hike? Do I need to exercise to prepare for hiking? These are all common questions for beginner hikers. Hiking is a great way to get in shape – or stay in shape – while experiencing some of the most beautiful places in the world. The difficulty of your hike determines the level of fitness required. You’re more »

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Fall Camping in a Hammock

Fall Camping in a Hammock

It’s now pretty common to see hammocks strung between two trees whenever you go camping. Hammock camping used to be on the fringe, but it’s become quite popular over the years. Hammock camping offers a number of advantages over traditional tent camping. Of course, camping in a hammock when it’s cold outside can be a little bit tricky. Hammocks do not insulate as well as tents do, so it can more »

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Easy to Forget Car Camping Items

Easy to Forget Car Camping Items

This is a list of camping equipment and items that people don’t always think to pack, but you’ll be glad you have them if you ever need them. Save the day and be the one who remembered these easy to forget car camping items. Saw You know how fire wood is always cut to the perfect length? You know how it falls off the trees in uniform, 16-inch sections? That more »

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Why You Should Go Camping for Thanksgiving

Why You Should Go Camping for Thanksgiving

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Are you holed up in the kitchen whipping up potatoes and pies and stuffing ovens with turkeys? Do you spend the Thursday hunkered down on the couch watching football? Maybe you spend most of your Thanksgiving driving to and from your Grandma’s house. Maybe it’s time to start a new tradition. More and more people are going camping for Thanksgiving. Here’s why you more »

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