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Backpacking Foods

Backpacking Foods

“Backpacking foods” has many possible meanings, from fresh foods for campfire cooking to salami and GORP, but today we’re thinking about the special foods produced for campers. The pictures above show some of the options we carry at Uncle Sam’s, including MREs (meals ready to eat — we also call them MRIs). So why would you freeze dry something? Let’s get sciency for a minute. Bacteria that lead to food more »

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Choosing a Tent for the Desert

Choosing a Tent for the Desert

Thinking of camping in the desert this fall? There are some great climbing, biking, and hiking destinations in the desert. Perhaps the biggest difference between the desert and our typical Arkansas woods is the absence of moisture. Check the forecast before camping in the desert, and if rain is forecast, check outside for flying pigs. No, just kidding. As  strange as it may sound, more campers die in the high more »

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Keep Your Feet Happy During Outdoor Sports

Keep Your Feet Happy During Outdoor Sports

A whole lot of engineering goes into the creation of shoes and socks for outdoor sports. This doesn’t mean that you can just pick the color that makes your eyes happy and let it go at that. Your feet have three enemies when you’re on the trail. The first is ill-fitting shoes. However well-made the shoes may be (and we at Uncle Sam’s carry some pretty sweet kicks, including the more »

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Mosquitoes and the Great Outdoors

Mosquitoes and the Great Outdoors

It’s glorious outside, so you head to the lake for a cookout or into the woods for a hike or even just onto the porch to sip iced tea and read a good book — and there are the mosquitoes, turning you from a happy outdoorsman or -woman into lunch. Mosquitoes can smell the carbon dioxide you breathe, they can see you moving, and they can feel the warmth of more »

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Evelyn (C)Hills Fest!

Evelyn (C)Hills Fest! / read more

A Water Bottle — or the Anti Bottle?

A Water Bottle — or the Anti Bottle?

You know your body needs water to function, right? More and more of us are carrying an environmentally friendly reusable water bottle to keep ourselves hydrated outdoors or just during our usual daily round. If you’re still not carrying a water bottle, there’s probably a good reason. You find them bulky, for example. They don’t fit well in your pack, they take up more room — especially when they’re empty more »

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10 Outdoor Sports Spots to Visit

10 Outdoor Sports Spots to Visit

Here’s one last picture from our trip to the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City. We got in some climbing and hiking, had fun in town, and got to check out all the latest trends in outdoor gear. Coming back to Arkansas was a pleasure, of course, but doing some outdoor sports travel has made me think about the other great places in the United States I’d like to more »

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Biolite Stoves

Biolite Stoves

We saw the Biolite stove at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, and got excited. We remember when it was first in development, and it was pretty exciting as a campstove at the time. You can see its picture at left, and you can tell that it’s pretty cool. Biolite camp stoves convert fallen wood not only into heat to cook your campfire meals, but also into electricity more »

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Outdoor Retailer Show

Outdoor Retailer Show

Salt Lake City was a great destination, and we were glad to get some time outdoors as well as some pretty intense time with vendors. “Vendors” is retail talk for the people who make the excellent gear we carry at Uncle Sam’s. We saw some exciting stuff. We’ll have all the details as we get unpacked, but here are a few things we found especially impressive: The “UFO” tent from more »

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‘SUP? Stand Up Paddling!

‘SUP? Stand Up Paddling!

One of the great outdoor sports we don’t have in Arkansas is surfing. We’re glad to have found an alternative at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show: SUP, or stand up paddling. The video below shows how it’s done. We didn’t know about this sport before, but it’s really popular! People do all kinds of things on their boards — including jousting. Better yet, you don’t need waves for this kind more »

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