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Avoid These Hammock Camping Mistakes

Avoid These Hammock Camping Mistakes

Hammock camping has evolved from a fringe fad to an acceptable alternative to tent camping. Of course, camping in a hammock and camping in a tent offer very different experiences. Avoid these hammock camping mistakes on your next outing. Nothing below you Forgetting a sleeping pad or underquilt is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when hammock camping. Staying warm while hammock camping can be a challenge, and more »

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7 Tips for Cleaning Camping Cookware in the Backcountry

7 Tips for Cleaning Camping Cookware in the Backcountry

Some people have a hard enough time washing dirty pots and pans at home, let alone out in the backcountry. Cleaning camping cookware while on the trail comes with a number of unique challenges. Here are a few tips to help you keep those pots, pans, and dishes clean while backpacking or camping. 1. Don’t clean dishes directly in water sources Cleaning your cookware directly in a stream or river more »

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What Do Tent Guy Lines Do?

What Do Tent Guy Lines Do?

The average camper doesn’t set up tent guy lines. Then again, the average camper doesn’t always know what tent guy lines are for. Maybe you’ve seen some cords dangling from your tent, but you’ve never bothered using them. Or maybe you’ve noticed loops on the corners or sides of your tent without knowing why they were there. It’s also possible that you know exactly what guy lines are, but you more »

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Your After-Hiking Checklist

Your After-Hiking Checklist

There’s no question that you need to think about the gear you take with you on a hike. A hiking checklist is a great way to make sure that you have everything you need for your time on the trail. The gear that you bring while hiking ensures that you stay safe, comfortable, and otherwise prepared mile after mile, but you should think about the gear you have in your more »

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How to Choose a Backpacking Camping Chair

How to Choose a Backpacking Camping Chair

Choosing a camping chair for car camping or general use is pretty straightforward. Think about how you’re going to use your chair, what features you want, and figure out your price range. Choosing a backpacking camping chair, however, is a little more complicated. You still have to consider price, features, and use, but weight and space are arguably more important factors to consider. Here’s some general information to help you more »

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How Important Are Good Hiking Socks?

How Important Are Good Hiking Socks?

Do you really need good hiking socks in order to go on a hike? You’ve never owned a pair of hiking socks before, yet you’ve successfully completed several hikes. Plus, there’s the fact that you can buy 26 pairs of cotton socks for the same price as a single pair of merino wool hiking socks. Logic here implies that hiking socks aren’t necessary. It’s not really a matter of necessity, more »

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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Buying a New Sleeping Pad or Camp Mattress

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Buying a New Sleeping Pad or Camp Mattress

It can be difficult to know when to replace your sleeping pad for camping. You may want a new sleeping pad, but do you really need a new one? Ask yourself these five questions to help determine whether or not it’s time for a new sleeping pad or camp mattress. Does your sleeping pad still keep you warm? Maybe you bought your sleeping pad or camp mattress several years ago, more »

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How to Choose a Backpacking Sleeping Bag

How to Choose a Backpacking Sleeping Bag

As difficult as choosing a sleeping bag can be, choosing a backpacking sleeping bag is an even bigger bear.  You have limitations that are unique to backpacking in addition to the regular factors you must consider when choosing a sleeping bag. Here are a few things to think about that can help you find the right sleeping bag for backpacking. How much does it weigh? A backpacking sleeping bag needs more »

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What to Take on a One Day Canoe Trip

What to Take on a One Day Canoe Trip

Packing for a one day canoe trip is similar to packing for any other day out in nature. There are, of course, some big differences. You need a canoe, paddle, and a PFD, but what other items should you bring on a one day canoe trip? Here’s a checklist for a day of canoeing. You may want to add or omit gear, but this list should help you get started! more »

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9 Things You Must Do After Every Camping Trip

9 Things You Must Do After Every Camping Trip

You need a camping check list, but you also need an after camping checklist. It’s important to take care of your camping supplies and outdoor gear, and make sure it’s ready for your next outing. Here are nine things that you should do after every camping trip. Tick check Ticks are always out earlier in the season, and later in the season, than you’d expect. Make sure that you check more »

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