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

A wrist full of paracord bracelets.

10 Best Paracord Bracelets Reviewed

Paracord is the same material used by paratroopers in the military: parachute cord. If this doesn’t convince you of their strength and durability, we don’t...
A girl sleeping in a camper.

What Makes the Best Pop-Up Camper? 

Pop up campers have got more and more popular in the last few years, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re smaller than a...
A group of people hiking.

How to Make Gaiters for Hiking

Gaiters are essential footwear items for hikers and backpackers. There is a wide variety of styles available on the market, from Gore-tex mountaineering gaiters to...
A river in the woods.

How to Read a River

Reading a river is not a simple science. Throughout history, people have tried to develop ways to read rivers, to predict hazards, and plan the...
A ki

How to Hike With a Toddler

Are you struggling to combine parenthood with your passion for nature? Do you love being in the great outdoors, but you’re not sure how to...
A campsite in the mountains.

How to Choose a Campsite

Your campsite is your home base when camping. It’s where you go to sleep at night, where you keep your gear while you’re out hiking,...
Two people sitting on a couch by the fire in the woods.

How to Make a Camp Oven

Cooking while on a camping trip can sometimes prove a bit of a challenge, but as outdoor adventure enthusiasts, we love to rise to it....
Some tents and rafts by the water.

How to Connect Two Tents Together

When it comes to camping in large groups, sometimes you need a little more space. It can be really beneficial to have a shared tent...
A sign that reads biscuits in a coffee shop.

How to Cook Biscuits While Camping

At Outdoor Command, we love camping! This much is obvious. However, you might not know that we also love good food, and especially, camping with...
A horse running through a field.

What is Equestrian Camping?

Equestrian camping is simply camping with your horse. This can include anything from regular tent camping to luxury glamping. People know little about the possibilities...
People swimming.

How to Stay Clean While Camping

The minimalism and utilitarianism of camping are attractive to many outdoors enthusiasts. As a concept, the idea of taking only the essentials, and everything serving...
Two men on a mountain wearing gaiters.

How to Wear Gaiters

Gaiters are a very versatile and useful piece of gear. There are many different types of gaiters, each optimized for different activities, excursions, and conditions....
A red kettle pot on a fire.

How to Boil Water While Camping

Hot water is a luxury we often take for granted. When you’re at home, heating water for your morning coffee is as simple as turning...
A person holding a watermelon and the clear blue sky.

How to Stay Cool While Camping

Camping is arguably one of the best summer vacation options, much preferable to camping in the rain. From staying up and chilling out on warm...
A campsite.

Is Camping Safe? 

Camping is a popular recreational activity all across the USA, with approximately 40 million campers using tents, RVs, cabins, and yurts for their adventure vacations...
A Benchmade knife and a pen.

The 7 Best Camping Knives

Camping knives might sound like they’re only useful for serious survival enthusiasts, but every camping trip can be aided by the use of a camping...
A man sitting down under a camping tarp

How to Make a Camping Tent from Scratch

There are so many options for accommodation when camping. From RVs and huge luxury glamping tents to ultra high tech one-man tents to making your...
A white and orange rv camper in the snow

How to Keep RV Pipes from Freezing When Camping

Winter camping has its own set of joys and fun activities, different from those of camping in warm weather. From the inside of your RV,...
A photo of people jumping in a puddle.

Knee Pain After Hiking? Here’s What You Must Know

Knee pain after hiking is a very common problem. Most hikers just want to get out and explore the great outdoors, but sometimes knee pain...
Cooking in the woods.

18 Camping Food Ideas That Don’t Require A Fridge

Camping is one of the best family vacation options out there. Getting out into nature to explore and reset is a great bonding activity, and...
A photo of Austin, Texas.

8 Best Places to Hike in Austin

Austin is an excellent place to live or visit, not just for its extensive weird and kooky music scene and nightlife, but for the amazing...
To show a dog on a leash.

8 Best Dog Leashes For Hiking

Some of the best hiking trips for dog owners include man’s best friend. The energy and curiosity of your dog can help make the great...
Showing people in the rain.

6 Best Backpacking Ponchos

Backpacking and hiking in the rain can be a disappointing experience if you haven’t packed the right kit. We’ve all been there: you plan for...
Boots by the water.

How to Waterproof Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment for any hiker or backpacker, simply put, you rely on them to get you where you’re...
Cooking over a fire.

Vegan Camping Recipes

Camping for many is about being one with nature, and this is important for a lot of people who follow a plant-based diet. There’s no...
Mt Rainier, Seattle, WA

10 Best Campgrounds in Washington State

Washington State is every avid campers dream, due to its immense geographical diversity. With deep temperate rainforests in the West, and multiple mountain ranges peppering...
A backpacker.

6 Best Hikes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state that presents you with hiking opportunities of epic proportions. The state is almost completely covered by mountains, plateaus, rolling hills and...
A campfire.

How to Put Out a Fire Pit

There’s nothing quite like sitting around an open fire, whether it’s a fire pit in your backyard or a campfire out in the backcountry. Toasting...
Caping in the outdoors.

How to Deflate an Air Mattress

Air mattresses are a wonderfully comfortable and convenient alternative to a traditional bed, whether you’re at home or on the road. If you’ve ever slept...
Camping boots.

Are Timberlands Good for Hiking?

Back in 1973, Sidney Swartz introduced the iconic Original Yellow Boot. Designed for the ”hard, wet, snowbound winters of New Hampshire”, the boot instead became...
A cooking pot.

6 Dehydrated Backpacking Recipes Worth Packing

After a long day of hiking, most of us have worked up quite the appetite. Although a five-star meal would be greatly appreciated, there’s often...
A man in the woods.

16 Tips for Camping in the Rain

A backpacking trip getting canceled because of rain is a legitimate excuse but we wonder why it has to be the end of a good...
A river.

6 Best Campgrounds and Camping Spots in Michigan

Michigan is the perfect location for water enthusiasts. The State’s name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. Michigan certainly...
An RV camper.

How to Refill a Fresh Water Tank During Camping

RVs provide a fun and convenient way to enjoy the great outdoors, while still keeping the comforts of a regular home. Sometimes this means boondocking,...
A hammock in the woods.

The 4 Best Hammock Knots

Hammock camping can be a liberating experience. Any avid camper knows that there’s nothing better than packing up camp and continuing to your next destination...
A tent.

What is Primitive Camping?

Modern camping trends are varied and vast, with many people choosing to opt-out of traditional tent camping in favor of glamping or using an RV....
A camping trailer.

How to Build a Camping Trailer

A new craze has been sweeping the nation: all over the country, people have started investing in building alternative living or camping structures. From tiny...
Camping in New England

The 7 Best Camping Spots in New England

With both beautiful shorelines and breathtaking mountains, New England is an excellent choice for your next camping trip. There’s a huge range of recreational activities...
Camping in a Truck

How to Successfully Camp in the Back of a Truck

Whether you’re doing it for a night or it’s been on your bucket list for years, camping in the back of a truck is one...
People camping, eating food by the campfire.

Are Yeti Coolers Worth It? 

Coolers, also known as ice chests, are a must, especially for weekend camping trips away with your friends. After all, what would a weekend getaway...
A camper relaxes in his tent

How To Waterproof a Tent

When camping, a last-minute change in the weather forecast can be cause for concern, especially if you’re not prepared. Suddenly, the elements have turned against...
A moka pot on a camping stove.

The 6 Best Camping Coffee Makers

Coffee lovers are unwilling to sacrifice on the quality of their coffee, no matter the situation. Although coffee you make while camping won’t be as...