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Should You Bring Your Own Firewood?

Should You Bring Your Own Firewood?

You may have noticed signs instructing you not to transport firewood to your campsite. They want you to collect firewood from the area rather than bring your own firewood from home. Of course, popular campsites are often thoroughly combed and picked clean of firewood, or maybe a recent thunderstorm drenched the area and there’s not so much as a twig of dry wood. So what should you do? Is it more »

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5 Tips for Solo Hiking

5 Tips for Solo Hiking

Hiking alone can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Of course, solo hiking isn’t for everyone. Hitting the trail without a co-pilot can be risky, and at times it can be downright intimidating. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for hiking by yourself. Leave a note Always tell someone where you’re going before a solo hiking trip. Better yet, write down the details of your trip. Tell them more »

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Do You Need a Camping Table and Chairs?

Do You Need a Camping Table and Chairs?

Maybe you and your family aren’t into backpacking or primitive campsites. You prefer the ease and convenience of maintained campgrounds. After a few trips to different campgrounds you start to realize that there are almost always picnic tables at these campsites. While it’s true that maintained campgrounds typically have picnic tables, you should still consider bringing a camping table and chairs. A picnic table doesn’t render your camping table and more »

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7 Simple Tips for Hiking Etiquette

7 Simple Tips for Hiking Etiquette

Etiquette is how you should act or behave. It’s a set of unspoken rules that society deems polite, or the correct way of doing things. There’s etiquette for everything from eating a meal at a table to meeting new people to walking a stretch of trail. Whether or not you follow these rules is up to you, but you should at least be aware of proper protocol. Here are seven more »

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Should I Pack a Lightweight Camping Chair on a Hike?

Should I Pack a Lightweight Camping Chair on a Hike?

A camping chair – even a lightweight camping chair – takes up space and weight in a hiking pack. Since space in a hiking pack and the amount of weight you can carry on a backpacking trip are finite, you have to know when to do without. So is the comfort of a lightweight camping chair worth the weight and space that it occupies? Lightweight camping chairs for backpacking Camping more »

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Don’t Forget to Wash Your Water Reservoirs

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Water Reservoirs

You know you should wash your water bottles more often, but what about your water reservoirs? If you’re like the average weekend warrior, you probably don’t clean your water reservoir on a regular basis – or at all. We know how it goes. You get home and you’re utterly drained after knocking out some high mileage on the trail, or conquering your long-standing rock climbing project. All you want to more »

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12 Tips for Camping in the Rain

12 Tips for Camping in the Rain

Camping in the rain can be a very pleasant experience. There’s something oddly satisfying about the sound of rain pattering on a rainfly and the sight of an empty campground. Of course staying comfortable while camping in the rain can be a real challenge. Here are twelve tips to help you enjoy your time in a tent when the forecast calls for rain. 1. Treat your equipment before heading out more »

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What Type of Hiking Shoes Should You Wear?

What Type of Hiking Shoes Should You Wear?

Take a look at the shoes people wear while hiking the next time that you’re on the trail. You may see someone wearing tall hiking boots with ankle support, low top trail running shoes, a pair of sneakers, and even flip flops all on the same stretch of trail. So, what type of hiking shoes should you wear while hiking? The answer to that question really comes down to two more »

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Backpacking Without a Stove

Backpacking Without a Stove

Ditching your backpacking stove is a great way to reduce the weight of your hiking pack. Of course, your meal options become significantly more limited without a stove. Here are the pros and cons of backpacking without a stove, as well as a few ideas for stoveless backpacking meals. Pros of backpacking without a stove Lighten the load One of the biggest advantages to backpacking without a stove is that more »

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Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Rating

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Rating

A sleeping bag is one of the most important pieces of outdoor gear that you will ever own. It’s right up there with your tent and your hiking pack. A good sleeping bag makes the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night of shivering. But how do you choose a sleeping bag? Size and weight are important factors, of course. Maybe you have a preference between down more »

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