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Choosing a Knife: Folder or Fixed Blade

Choosing a Knife: Folder or Fixed Blade

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a knife. Should you go with a clip point or tanto? Micarta or glass-filled nylon, D2 or 1095? U.S. made or made in China? With so many decisions to make, choosing a knife can be overwhelming at times. But starting with the big decisions and working your way down to the specifics can help make choosing a knife easy. The more »

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When Buying “Cheap Gear” Doesn’t Save You Money

When Buying “Cheap Gear” Doesn’t Save You Money

Imagine you’re in the market for a new tent. You walk into a camping supplies store and are provided with two options. One of the two tents costs $150 and the other one costs $50. You’re only planning on doing basic car camping, so you’re not really concerned about how much the tent weighs or how small it packs down. Price is your main concern, and you are looking to more »

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5 Tips for Considerate Hiking

5 Tips for Considerate Hiking

Hiking is a great way to get outdoors, get some exercise, and see some terrific scenery. While you should have fun while hiking, you should also be mindful of those around you. You’re not the only one on the trail and you shouldn’t let your good time be more important than someone else’s. Here are 5 ways that you can be a more considerate hiker. Avoid blasting music over speakers. more »

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Why Shop Local?

Why Shop Local?

Over the past few years there has been increasing support for shopping at small local businesses and buying goods made in the United States. People are looking to buy products that are U.S. made rather than made overseas, and to shop at businesses that are locally owned rather than big corporate chains. You could say that shopping locally and buying American made goods is almost trendy. Doing something because just more »

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5 Excuses Not to Go Outside (and Why You Should Never Use Them)

5 Excuses Not to Go Outside (and Why You Should Never Use Them)

One thing that stops people from getting outside as much as they would like, is excuses. Here are 5 common excuses, and 5 reasons why shouldn’t use them. “It’s too hot outside” -or- “It’s too cold outside”. This may be the most common excuse people use to stay indoors. If you stayed at home any time the temperature got a little bit chilly, or a little too toasty, you would more »

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The Joys of Starting Early

The Joys of Starting Early

We all love sleeping in, but sometimes getting an early start is the best way to enjoy a trail. Here are five reasons you should set your alarm and head out early. You can beat the heat. We’re in the dog days of summer. Starting before the sun is high in the sky lets you cover a lot of ground while it’s still relatively cool. The hottest time of the more »

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Bivy, Tent, Hammock, or Tarp?

Bivy, Tent, Hammock, or Tarp?

After food and water, shelter may be the most important thing you need for camping. A shelter keeps you safe from howling winds, pouring rain, extreme temperatures, and unwelcome critters. There’s no debating the importance of a shelter, however people have been known to argue over which type of shelter is the best for camping. Different types of shelters have different advantages. The type of shelter you should use depends more »

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Packing Too Much vs. Packing Too Little While Backpacking

Packing Too Much vs. Packing Too Little While Backpacking

The way that a person packs is a reflection of their personality. If you are cautious and like to plan for the unexpected, you will most likely overpack for backpacking trips. If you take a more spartan approach towards life, you will probably lean towards a minimalist packing list. Whether you overpack or underpack for a backpacking trip is based on preference, but is one better than the other? Packing more »

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What is Dispersed Camping?

What is Dispersed Camping?

There’s no doubt that maintained campsites are convenient. They typically provide you with some services or facilities (even that means a lone pit toilet and a trash can). If you get lucky you will find running water and firewood for sale. You get to drive right up to your picnic table or fire pit, pay a few dollars, and camp easy. But sometimes a designated campground isn’t quite what you’re more »

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Do I Need a Brighter Headlamp?

Do I Need a Brighter Headlamp?

You’re out camping when your buddy whips out his brand new headlamp. Now, you’ve always been quite fond of your own headlamp. It’s been by your side for years, ever faithful, never failing. When you’ve needed to cook up dinner in the dark or find your way along the trail after sunset, your headlamp has gotten the job done. But your friend has the latest, greatest, brightest, and shiniest headlamp more »

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