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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The Major Danger of Anchoring a Fishing Boat From The Stern

When going out fishing, safety should be one of your primary goals. The last thing you want to happen is some sort of awful accident...
a person fly fishing in a river

Fly Fishing 101: Everything You Need To Know

Fly fishing is an amazing outdoor sport that any angler can pick up. The calming sounds of running water and enjoying a beautiful day outdoors...
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How Much Does A Fishing License Cost?

If you’re someone who’s eager to become an angler and reel in some trophy fish, you may want to slow things down just a touch....
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Magnet Fishing 101: What Is It and Why Is It Dangerous?

If you’re a lover of outdoor hobbies, then it’s quite possible that you’ve heard of magnet fishing. It is a fairly new hobby that can...
Hands of a man in a Urp plan hold a fishing rod

How to Put A Line On A Fishing Reel (7 Easy Steps)

Have you ever been wrangling in a trophy fish, only to have your precious monofilament or braided line get horribly messed up or damaged? And...
Steaks cooking on a grill.

7 Best Camping Grills for Outdoor Cookin’ in 2021

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Grills are the ultimate piece of camping kit if you're looking to impress. With a camping grill, you...
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6 Best Handheld GPS Devices in 2021 (Tested & Reviewed)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 6, 2021 Table of Contents Looking for the best handheld GPS for your next hiking or backpacking trip? Then look...
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8 Best Cube Tents for Modular Camping in 2021 (Tents That Connect)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Camping is the best way to get away from the worries of the world. When you're out there,...
Solar panels during sunrise.

7 Best Solar Panel Trail Cameras in 2021 – Reviewed

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Solar-powered trail cameras make life so much easier. Many trail cameras require multiple AA batteries to give them...
An SUV with a tent attached under the stars.

10 Best SUV Tents in 2021 (Reviewed) – Tents That Attach To SUVs

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents As car camping increases in popularity with every coming year, the technologies and equipment available for it grow....
A stack of bars of soap.

7 Best Soaps for Camping in 2021 (Buying Guide)

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The strongest testament to the necessity of soap at a campsite is most likely to come from campers...
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The Best 2 Person Tents in 2021 – Reviewed

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 5, 2021 Table of Contents The following list is a compilation of some of the best two-person tents available on...
A man fishing in the wilderness.

The Best Bass Attractants in 2021 Reviewed

July 14, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The use of plastic lures with scented and flavored attractants is heavily popularised amongst American anglers. If a...
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The Best 4-Person Tents in 2021 – Tested & Reviewed

    June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A 4-person camping tent is always a great investment, no matter if you're a solo camper...
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4 Best Portable Air Conditioner Units for Camping (2021 Buying Guide)

July 14, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 23, 2021 Table of Contents Although we typically set out on a camping adventure expecting peace and tranquility while sleeping...
a camping shower in the woods

The 10 Best Shower Tents in 2021 – Reviews and Buying Guide

June 28, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Just because you're enjoying yourself in some remote part of the backcountry doesn't mean you won't need a...
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7 Best Large Camping Tents in 2021 – Tested & Reviewed

June 27, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Camping is better with people. We know there's a pure kind of joy to be found in taking...
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The Best Heated Insoles in 2021 – Top 5 Pairs Reviewed

June 26, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Wearing heated insoles in your hiking boots or walking shoes helps keep your feet comfortable so you can...
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The Best Tent Cots in 2021 – Top 5 Reviewed

June 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Tent cots are a great way to lift a tent to give yourself a more comfortable sleeping surface,...
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Yaktrax vs MICROspikes Review: Which is Better? 

If you’re going to be encountering the cold, you’re highly likely to run into ice. When you’re out there in nature you’re surrounded by water,...
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7 Best Heated Vests in 2021 – Tested & Reviewed

    June 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Sometimes all you're missing is the perfect accessory. The difference between a pleasant hike and a...
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7 Best Tenkara Fishing Rods in 2021 – Tested and Reviewed

June 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Forget about baseball, America's real pastime is fishing. From bonding with your parents to reconnecting with nature, Americans...
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8 Best Saltwater Rod & Reel Combos for the Money

June 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents There's nothing like saltwater fishing, especially if you're able to get out on a boat and dredge up...
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Can You Roast Marshmallows on a Propane / Gas Fire Pit? 

A backyard fire pit can be a lot of fun, and there are many advantages to using natural gas. In particular, it can be a...
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Do Citronella Candles Actually Work on Flies? 

Citronella candles can be a great addition to your patio, garden, and yard. They repel mosquitos and other bugs, smell nice, and avoid some of...
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How to Fix / Prevent Heel Slippage in Boots

New boots can be a blessing and a curse. All hikers are familiar with the process. You get a new pair of hiking boots, they...
Cooking in cauldron from cast iron on the tripod over the open fire.

The 10 Best Campfire Cooking Tripods in 2021 – Reviewed

June 20, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Cooking over a hot campfire is one of the best parts of camping. To get a more even...
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7 Best Pocket Chainsaws In 2021 – Tested & Reviewed

June 20, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Getting out on the trail and making it back home in one warm, dry piece means that you're...
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12 Types of Outdoor Ivy Plants & How to Identify Them

Outdoor ivy plants are climbers that are covered in green leaves, and the different types of ivy require different care routines. Most have different leaf...
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13 Common Types of Pine Trees (Species) & How to Identify

Pine trees are very common in North America, but there are so many kinds that they’re hard to differentiate. There are over 100 species of...
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21 Tent Games You Can Play When It’s Raining

While you can check a weather report to see if it’s going to rain, you can never know for sure whether or not it will...
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What is a Rick of Wood – And How Much Does It Cost?

If you’ve been camping very long you probably know some of the basics of firewood. You know that seasoned firewood works better than unseasoned, you...
A Glock pistol.

5 Best Universal Sight Pushers in 2021 (Tested & Reviewed)

June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you have a handgun you're going to want to get to know it inside and out. You...
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The Best BIG Tents for 16 to 20 People in 2021

June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents More often than not, the most memorable camping trips are not solitary reflective individual excursions but rather the...
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The 5 Best Camping Shovels in 2021 Reviewed

June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A camping shovel makes tons of essential tasks possible that newcomers to camping might never have considered. With...
A trail in the forest.

6 Best Long Range Trail Cameras in 2021

June 14, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents "Hands off" is a phrase that perfectly encapsulates the beauty of a long-range trail camera. No matter for what purpose...
A tent.

6 Best Screen Houses for Camping in 2021 Reviewed

June 14, 2021/Riley Draper/Last Updated August 5, 2021 Table of Contents Sure you could string a tarp up between a few trees, but what if you're...
A person and two beach chairs on a beach.

7 Best Beach Chairs for Bad Backs (Buying Guide)

June 13, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents There's nothing better than relaxing in a reclining camping chair in the warm sand on a breezy beach....
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All 63 USA National Parks Ranked Best to Worst

There are a lot of national parks in the USA, so it can be hard to choose which one you might want to go to....
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The Ultimate US National Park Road Trip (Every Park)

America’s national parks are all beautiful in their own way. However, wouldn’t it be convenient to see them all on one trip? It’s possible to...
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25 Common Types of Succulents & How to Identify Them

Succulent plants are really common kinds of houseplants because they are very low maintenance. Succulent plants are also very popular for outside decoration. However, not...
A red fox in the forest.

Browning Trail Camera Review: Which Is Best In 2021? (Buying Guide)

June 10, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Due to high demand for their equipment and accessories, the market is saturated with a vast range of...
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3 Season vs 4 Season Tents: What’s the Difference?

When you’re gearing up to buy a tent, there’s a lot to consider. Your needs can vary from trip to trip and season to season....
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Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody Review

If you know anything about outdoor wear, you’ve no doubt heard of Patagonia and its well-deserved vice-grip on the world of hiking and backpacking gear....
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3 Best Sleeping Bags for Hammock Camping Adventures

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents One of the best ways in the world to sleep while you're camping is to lace up a...
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Sawyer Mini vs Squeeze – Which is The Best Water Filter?

At a certain point, backpacking and hiking are all about the weight you have to carry on your back. You need to find a way...
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The 5 Best Power Inverters for RV & Camper Trips 

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Taking your RV out on the road is an experience unlike any other. You have nearly every single...
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7 Best Hydration Water Bladders in 2021 – Reviewed

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Water is the single most important thing in the world. It sustains us and gives up the strength...
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8 Best Water Bottles for Hiking & Backpacking in 2021

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A good water bottle is the kind of thing that changes your life. Getting a good amount of...
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Best Tents for Camping with Dogs (Top 5 Reviewed)

May 22, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you have a dog and you love camping there's no way in the world you're going to...