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Raven Trail

Raven Trail

Are you excited about the trails of Northwest Arkansas? You should be! From the rigors of Mt Sequoyah Woods and Lake Wedington to the urban pleasures of Mud Creek and Scull Creek Trails, you want to hike them all! Right? If we have to be completely honest, the Raven Trail is something of a disappointment. It has a cool name, and an enticing sign, but this is hardly worthy of more »

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Camping on the Cheap

Camping on the Cheap

Camping is fairly inexpensive hobby, but all hobbies have an upper and a lower price range. You can spend a lot more than you need to, or you can spend the bare minimum just to get by. If you buy the newest, lightest, and shiniest camping gear, you will, of course, end up spending a lot of money. Going camping on the cheap is easy, though. You just need to more »

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Heat, Hydration, and Hiking

Heat, Hydration, and Hiking

Hydration is important regardless of what your thermometer says. You need to drink water and stay hydrated in the dead of winter and the peak of summer. Of course, proper hydration looks different in different temperatures. The hotter it is outside, the harder it is to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated in the heat is absolutely essential, especially when you’re hiking. Here are some hiking hydration tips for hot weather. How more »

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Keeping Raccoons Away from Your Campsite

Keeping Raccoons Away from Your Campsite

Keeping raccoons away from your campsite isn’t always easy, but it’s worthwhile. Raccoons may look cute, but they’re happy to make away with your provisions. We know this from experience. One raccoon-infested campsite was all it took. In the night, as we slept at a Northwest Arkansas campsite, we heard amazing amounts of clattering and banging. The noises were loud enough to sound like people, so we grumbled about our more »

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Straw Hats: A Little Shield for Your Head

Straw Hats: A Little Shield for Your Head

You wouldn’t really want to wear a shield on your head. Shields are too big and cumbersome, they’re not readily available, and it would look silly anyway. If you’re looking for coverage and protection from the elements, straw hats are a top notch choice. Straw hats offer awesome protection from the sun and light precipitation, plus they look great perched on your head! Many people are drawn to the classic more »

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5 Ways to Make Climbing Shoes Last Longer

5 Ways to Make Climbing Shoes Last Longer

Rock climbing shoes have gotten expensive over the years, and you can end up spending a lot of money if you replace your shoes every couple of years. Unfortunately, shoes aren’t an expense that climbers can skip out on. Early climbers may have done it in boots, and our ancestors may have done it barefoot, but these days we need firm, sticky rubber and specifically designed climbing shoes. Stretching the more »

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Arkansas Laws for Outdoor Sports

Arkansas Laws for Outdoor Sports

You head into the woods or out to the lake feeling wild and free, unfettered by the expectations of society. That’s a great way to feel, but you still have to follow all the Arkansas laws for outdoor sports if you want to stay free. Here are some laws you should know before you begin your outdoor adventures: State park campsites may be used by no more than 8 people more »

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Sleeping Tips for Hot Weather Camping

Sleeping Tips for Hot Weather Camping

Summer is the most popular season for camping, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the most comfortable. A long day of hiking, swimming, or simply sitting in the sunshine can take it out of you, and sweltering summer nights make it difficult to fall asleep. If you’ve ever thought about swearing off camping in the summer because it’s too hot to sleep, read through these sleeping tips for hot weather more »

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Choosing a Knife for Hiking

Choosing a Knife for Hiking

Whether you’re camping, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, or just going for a stroll, a knife can come in handy. However, the type of knife you need depends on the activity you’re doing. You perform different tasks when you camp or climb or hike, so you need a tool that accommodates for the differences between hobbies. Of course, your personal preference and the type of hiking you do influence the type more »

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Camouflage Outdoor Gear

Camouflage Outdoor Gear

Camouflage began in nature, with white foxes against the snow and spotted deer in dappled forests. Sometime in the 20th century, it occurred to military experts that bright red uniforms made their men less safe from the new weapons being developed, and soldiers began to wear clothing designed to blend into the background. The French did extensive research into camouflage (and gave us the word) during the first decades of more »

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