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Watch Out For Snakes!

Watch Out For Snakes!

A fear of snakes is a learned behavior, according to some psychologists and animal behaviorists. But regardless of whether or not snakes make you jump, it’s important to know how to stay safe from snakes when you head outdoors. Fatal snake bites are quite rare – death from a venomous snake bite is less common than death from lightning strikes – however, snakes themselves are fairly common in Arkansas for most more »

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Rock Climbing in Fayetteville, AR

Rock Climbing in Fayetteville, AR

With a thriving climbing community and a wealth of great bluffs and boulders, it’s a special time for rock climbing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Interest in the sport is growing rapidly, and we’re lucky enough to have the passion and geography to make Northwest Arkansas an ideal hub for climbers. Whether you’re a seasoned pebble wrestler or a trying your hand at trad climbing, here’s some information for anyone interested in more »

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Outdoor Gear Store or Sporting Goods Store? Which One Do You Need?

Outdoor Gear Store or Sporting Goods Store? Which One Do You Need?

You need to buy some gear for outdoor sports. Are you better off at an outdoor gear store, or a sporting goods store? Here are some questions to help you decide. What sports do you have in mind? Plenty of sports take place outdoors. But a sporting goods store may be more prepared to outfit you for baseball and volleyball than for climbing and hiking. Sporting goods stores often focus more »

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Why Wear Tactical Pants?

Why Wear Tactical Pants?

When most people hear the word “tactical” they typically think military, law enforcement, or maybe emergency or rescue services. Generally speaking, tactical gear is intended for people who work in these fields, but that doesn’t mean tactical gear has to stay there. For example, tactical pants aren’t just for military or service personnel. They’re great for people who like to camp, fish, work outside, or otherwise get outdoors. Tactical pants more »

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Is Ultralight Gear Worth the Price?

Is Ultralight Gear Worth the Price?

You have to be prepared before you go backpacking. Once you put tread to trail you can’t drive to the store if you need more food, you can’t run home to grab a jacket if you get cold, and if you forget to bring something, you’re of of luck. Basically, you rely on yourself and the gear on your back. If you want something while you’re on the trail, you more »

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Hot Campsite Drinks

Hot Campsite Drinks

We’ve gone into detail on how to make a cup of joe for campsite mornings, but coffee is not the only hot drink we enjoy with the sunrise. When you wrap your hands around a hot cup, dip your nose to inhale the fragrance, and look blissfully out across the campsite to the rising sun, you may want coffee, but you may want something different in the way of hot more »

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Which Insect Repellent Is Best?

Which Insect Repellent Is Best?

There are two main reasons for wearing insect repellent. Insect bites are painful and annoying, but more importantly insect bites can cause illness and disease. According to Consumer Reports about one-third of U.S. adults use insect repellent during the summer. Only half of them actually read the label before buying bug spray, however. Not all bug sprays and insect repellents are the same. Choosing the right ingredients, and the right more »

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The Exceptions to “Every Ounce Counts”

The Exceptions to “Every Ounce Counts”

Every diehard ultralight backpacker has “every ounce counts” tattooed on his or her wrist. Every single one of them. No exceptions. That’s because “every ounce counts” is more than just a mantra to live by. It’s a way of life. People who don’t count ounces just don’t understand. Ever heard the saying, “the straw that broke the camels back”? Do you even know how many ounces a piece of straw more »

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Battlefield Trail, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Battlefield Trail, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

There are plenty of great hikes in Northwest Arkansas, but sometimes you want a trail that offers a little more than a ramble. One great option when you have out of town guests or you’re looking for a day trip for the whole family is Battlefield Trail in Prairie Grove. The trail is just about one mile, and it’s paved. It’s an easy walk, but has enough variety to keep more »

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Strap on Your Sandals and Head to the River

Strap on Your Sandals and Head to the River

One of the best ways to beat the heat in Northwest Arkansas is by spending the day on the river. NWA boasts plenty of great of rivers and streams that are perfecting for paddling, fishing, or just lounging at a swimming hole. Regardless of how you like spending your time on the river you need a good pair of outdoor sandals. Not a dinky pair of paper thin flip-flops, but more »

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