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5 Ways to Improve Your Lightweight Backpacking Setup

5 Ways to Improve Your Lightweight Backpacking Setup

The trick to lightweight backpacking is reducing the weight of your pack without completely sacrificing comfort and safety. You can, after all, head out on the trail with no pack at all, but you’ll be miserable and it can be dangerous. If you’re interested in whittling down pack weight, here are 5 ways to improve your lightweight backpacking setup. Learn to do without Don’t skimp on the necessities, but learn more »

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How to Choose a Camping Chair

How to Choose a Camping Chair

The stoical camper will sit in the dirt and not think anything of it. The resourceful camper will find a way to make a seat, whether it’s a cooler, a downed log, or a flat-ish rock. But a prepared camper will think ahead and bring his own camping chair with him. Having a comfortable seat around the campsite isn’t a necessity for everyone, but a camping chair certainly makes things more »

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How Often Should You Clean Your Water Bottles?

How Often Should You Clean Your Water Bottles?

You have your reusable water bottle that you use every day. Maybe it’s a BPA-free Nalgene bottle, a stainless steel Klean Kanteen, or maybe you like to keep your water really cold in a vacuum insulated Hydro Flask. Every morning you wake up and fill your water bottle so you can meet your daily water intake goal. You keep chugging until it’s empty, refill it, and repeat. This is great. more »

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Caring for a Down Sleeping Bag

Caring for a Down Sleeping Bag

Down bags are light and mighty. Nothing can match the warmth to weight ratio of down insulation. If you’re looking for the warmest, lightest sleeping bag, then a down sleeping bag is the way to go. While down bags require more care than synthetic sleeping bags, if you treat them well they’ll last for years to come. Here are a few care tips for your down sleeping bag. Before your more »

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What’s a Good Hiking Pace?

What’s a Good Hiking Pace?

It’s important to know your hiking pace so you can accurately plan your hikes. For example, you don’t want to give yourself 2 days for a 30-mile backpacking trip if you really need 3 days. While knowing an average hiking pace can help you estimate, it’s best to keep track of your own personal pace. What’s a good average hiking pace? While there is an equation you can use to more »

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The Trouble With Buying a Hiking Backpack Online

The Trouble With Buying a Hiking Backpack Online

Online retail is more popular now than ever before. Shopping online offers a lot of advantages, especially when it comes to convenience, but convenience isn’t everything. It’s easier to buy some items online than others, and a buying hiking backpack from online retailers can be especially tricky. It’s not that it can’t be done. It’s just better to purchase your hiking pack from a physical store. Buy hiking a hiking more »

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Enjoy Spring Break in Northwest Arkansas

Enjoy Spring Break in Northwest Arkansas

You know how you’re supposed to sip piña coladas and snooze on a white, sandy beach for spring break? Well maybe you don’t want to sink a small fortune into a week-long beach vacation, you don’t have the time, or maybe you’re simply not the beach resort type. Perhaps you prefer a more hands-on approach for your R&R. You don’t have to hop on a plane to have a great more »

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What is Micarta?

What is Micarta?

Micarta is a popular material used in survival knives and some everyday carry knives… but just what is micarta? While it’s a popular material among knife manufacturers, you might not know much about micarta knife handles or micarta knife scales. What is Micarta exactly? Micarta is actually a brand name for a variety of composite materials. However, Micarta is kind of like Kleenex or Coke now in that it has more »

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Drinking Water While Hiking in Cold Weather

Drinking Water While Hiking in Cold Weather

You know you have to drink plenty of water while hiking in warm weather. Beads of sweat and parched lips are pretty good reminders to reach for your water. You don’t always have these cues when hiking in cold weather, however. Still, it’s just as important to drink water in cooler temperatures as it is in warm weather. You can get dehydrated regardless of how hot or cold it is more »

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Getting Outside When Your Not Outdoorsy

Getting Outside When Your Not Outdoorsy

Getting outside is good for your physical health, mental health, and – if you enjoy the outdoors – it’s lots of fun. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable out in nature. Maybe you feel too exposed, out of your element, or maybe you feel like you aren’t prepared for an outing in the wilderness. You don’t have to climb to the top of a snow-covered mountain, or spend a month more »

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