Riley Draper

Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

Articles by Riley Draper

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10 Best Cameras for Hiking & Backpacking

The trail has a lot of breathtaking sights, and you will encounter moments you wish you could capture for posterity. This is where most discussions...
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5 Best Heated Vests

If you like spending time in the great outdoors, then you know how cold winter can get. Freezing temperatures come with their fair share of...
young tourist man holding coffee cup in the tent in morning enjoying the leisure and freedom.

7 Best Lightweight Tents for Backpacking

Your tent may be the most important piece of camping gear you pack in your backpack. It will keep you warm and protected from the...
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10 Best Handheld GPS Units

The outdoors can be beautiful, and bathing in this beauty is therapeutic and revitalizing, which is why people organize these trips to the middle of...
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7 Best Hiking Boots for Wide Feet

Every hiker has their own unique motivation. There are plenty of incentives for the activity; beautiful views, fresh air, keeping in touch with nature, or...
Backpack and fishing rod on the river.

10 Best Fishing Backpacks

The roaming angler appreciates the impact a fishing backpack will have on the kind of fishing day they have. They often find themselves carrying their...
Best Fishing Lures

7 Best Fishing Lures

Fishing lures are eye-catching, flashy, and fun to shop for. However, it is important to remember that their functionality is the main reason you need...
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7 Best Canvas Tents

When it comes to buying a spacious tent, the choices are seemingly endless. From bell-shaped tents to dome tents, waterproof tents, and even nylon tents,...
A white Jeep with a cooler behind it in the sand.

7 Best Coolers for Camping

There's hardly any replacement for a reliable cooler when embarking on a long camping trip. Not only does the right cooler make it easier for you,...
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7 Best Camping Hammocks

The kind of camper or hiker you are greatly influences the type of gear you bring along. In many cases, you will find that solo...
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10 Best Camping Chairs

Very few things can ruin a perfectly good day out camping than having to remain standing or, at the very best, crouching as you try...
A lantern.

5 Best Camping Lanterns

A good, reliable camping lantern is one of the most essential pieces of camping equipment you should include in your list. Yes, doing everything by...
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5 Best Camping Stoves

Just because you enjoy being in the wild and roughing it as often as you can doesn't mean that you have to go full "caveman"...
Best Camping Tent

7 Best Camping Tents (Tested & Reviewed)

Owning the best camping tent is an absolute necessity for anyone who loves spending time outdoors or living away from home every now and again....
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10 Best Heated Jackets

Winter is coming, and you know what that means, right? Spoiler alert! It has nothing to do with White Walkers. That being said, you still...
Best Fishing Lines

7 Best Fishing Lines

Don’t we all miss the days when our problems would start and end at figuring out the test strength of our mono line? Nowadays, it...
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8 Best Fishing Rods

High-quality fishing rods are critical players for success on any fishing expedition. Their efficiency is optimized when you pair them with the right fishing reels...
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5 Best Winter Tents for Cold Weather Camping

There's no doubt about it; summer is the most popular season for camping. Most people do this because they don't have to contend with environmental...
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The 7 Best Camping Mattresses

If you have been thinking about buying a camping mattress but don't know where to start, here is a quick review of the best camping mattress...
A man with a sleeping bag in Everest Base Camp Trekking Route, Khumjung, Nepal.

The Best Sleeping Bags for Camping (Top 10)

A sleeping bag is a central fixture in the backpacker’s rucksack and, for most people, the first piece of camping gear they ever use. Sleeping bags are pretty simple to figure out,...
Best Ski Goggles

7 Best Ski Goggles

Nothing compares to the thrill that comes with skiing down a mountain. It’s the closest thing to flying, without ever having to jump off a...
Best Winter Gloves

7 Best Winter Gloves

There’s a lot that goes into picking the best winter gloves. You need to think about the material they’re made of, whether the insulation they...
Best Winter Hiking Boots

10 Best Winter Hiking Boots

Winter is different for everyone. What may be wet and snowy for some may be cold and dry for others, so if you think you’re...
Best Baitcasting Rods

10 Best Baitcasting Rods

  We all want to land that massive catch. You know, that massive 25-inch monster that puts up a real fight before you can reel...
Best Saltwater Spinning Reels

5 Best Saltwater Spinning Reels

To maximize your spinning reel’s life cycle, it is important to know the conditions that lead to premature wear and tear or even damage to...
Best Spinning Rods

7 Best Spinning Rods

  Spinning fishing rods are best used by beginner anglers who want something that's not only less prone to tangles but also ideal for casting...
Crappie Fishing Rods

7 Best Crappie Fishing Rods

  Highly specialized skills such as crappie fishing call for specialized tools. As the fishing season approaches, crappie fishermen need to find the best fishing...
Best Catfish Rods

7 Best Catfish Rods

  Catfishing is one of the most fun activities anglers participate in. Catfish are responsible for numerous interesting duels because they are hard fighting and...
Best Fly Reels

5 Best Fly Reels

  Did you know that fly fishing saves lives beyond landing a big fish in your pan for dinner? The activity provides many health benefits...
Best Spinning Reels

7 Best Spinning Reels

  Spinning reels are leaders of all fishing reels, and manufacturers are acutely aware, so they keep trying to outdo each other with the latest...
Best Fishing Reels

5 Best Fishing Reels

  Most anglers have their favorite fishing reel based on their fishing style, environment, what they can afford, and personal experiences. The right reel gives...
Best Fishing Pliers

7 Best Fishing Pliers

They are the most underestimated components of an angler’s gear bag. Fishing pliers are multi-purpose tools whose need surpasses cutting and rigging lines or taking...
Best Fishing Nets

7 Best Fishing Nets

  Fishing nets increase your probability of landing the most elusive game and have gained prominence among anglers over the years. Just having a fishing...
Hot weather camping

5 Best Summer Tents for Hot Weather Camping

There are very few things quite as enjoyable as camping in the summer. Something about the clear skies, the hot weather, and the great outdoors...
Best Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

7 Best Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

  When backpacking, you want to enjoy the wild while having a bit of comfort. However, you need to carefully consider which items to bring...
Best Backpacking Pillows

7 Best Backpacking Pillows

  When backpacking, you don’t know where the paths, roads, and trails will lead you at the end of the day. Whether at the beach,...

46 Camping Memes That Will Make You Cry Laughing

Everyone needs a good laugh now and then, and the internet never disappoints! There is no shortage of great camping memes out there that are...
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How To Maintain Personal Hygiene While Camping

Everyone loves spending time in the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean people love smelling like it! Staying clean on a camping trip isn’t as...
camping cooler

How To Properly Pack A Cooler For Camping

Have a camping trip coming up? Making sure you have your nutrients is important! Without proper storage, you could face a disaster that will leave...
Happy woman in sleeping bag in snowy mountains in winter.

How To Wash A Sleeping Bag Before & After Using It

If you just got done using your sleeping bag, you might be noticing a stench. Luckily after a good washing, your bag can smell as...
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The Best Long Range Outdoor TV Antennas

Many people live in very rural areas that don’t have a lot to work with when it comes to TV or the internet. However, some...
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The Best Omnidirectional (360”) TV Antenna

Many people have strayed away from having TV antennas and getting cable subscriptions instead. This is because cable subscriptions mean that you’ll have better signal...
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7 Best Outdoor AM/FM Antennas

You turn on the radio. It is playing your favorite song. You start to tap your feet and wiggle those hips. Your partner joins the...
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The Best Outdoor TV Antenna Preamplifiers

So you are looking to improve your TV reception? If you live in an area of low signal strength an outdoor TV antenna preamplifier might...
Hanging Outdoor String Lights

7 Best Outdoor String Lights

Gorgeous string lights complete any backyard. They can provide relaxing lighting throughout the darkest hours of the day, creating a charming space for you and...
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How To Fold Your Sleeping Bag After Use

No matter where you use your sleeping bag, camping or impromptu sleepovers, properly storing it after you use it is important. Sleeping bags are essential...
When you’re hiking in cold weather, keeping out the chill is a necessity. 

How To Stay Warm In A Tent When It’s Frigid Outside

Planning a snowy camping trip soon? Without packing proper items and knowing what to expect from frigid temperatures, things can get pretty uncomfortable quickly!  Luckily,...
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How to String a Fishing Pole (Step-By-Step Guide)

Do you want to learn how to string a fishing pole? You’ve come to the right place. We will give you a step-by-step guide to...
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How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel

Do you know how to put a fishing line on a reel? This article gives you easy steps to get this done. Why do you...
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How to Use a Wood-Burning Stove in Your Tent Safely

When you’re camping and cooking outside, anything from a wind or rainstorm to a swarm of mosquitos overwhelming you could make you wish you had...