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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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...
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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 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...
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10 Best Outdoor HDTV Antennas (According to Reviews)

Living in some rural areas means that you don’t have access to regular cable TV. You’ll need to get a high-quality antenna that can be...
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Fishing Bait vs Tackle: What is the Difference?

What is the difference between fishing bait and tackle? If you are new to the angling world, this might be one of your first questions....
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10 Best Teepee Tents (Tested & Reviewed)

Whether you plan on going to a music festival or you just want the easiest tent setup possible, teepee tents are a great solution for...
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8 Best Shimano Spinning Reels

Shimano is renowned all over the world for the precision of its reels. All of their reels are durable and reliable for a long time,...
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5 Best Portable Propane Fire Pits

Fire pits make building a campfire much easier and safer. When the fire is lifted up off the ground, it can get more oxygen and...
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How Much Toe Room is Needed in Hiking Boots?

Hiking boots are an integral part of any backpacker's gear and equipment and can spoil any hiking trip. There are no universal measures for the...
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What is Thru Hiking and How Do You Do It?

A thru-hike is walking a long-distance hiking trail from start to finish without leaving it for any extended period. If you complete the entire trail...
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The 8 Types of Fishing Rods & Poles (Comparison)

Choosing a fishing rod is not as easy as it might sound. Fishing technology has advanced in strides, and the rod that best suits your...
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What to Put in Your Tackle Box (18 Fishing Essentials)

For most anglers, their tackle boxes are as essential as a mechanic’s toolbox, to each his own. Although every person might be unique in some...
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What is a Fishing Tackle Box?

As an angler, your fishing rod and reel are crucial pieces of equipment. However, a fishing tackle box is an equally essential item. The list...
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10 Best Bass Fishing Lures

Many anglers consider bass fishing an art form, and it can be at times. To make fishing into art, you need the right supplies, which...
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10 Best Fish Finders

Quality equipment can be hard to find, but a high-quality fish finder shouldn’t be difficult. It should have map navigation, sonar technology, side scan, radar,...
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What Size Reel is Best for Bass Fishing?

Although there is a whole range of reel sizes, five sizes are most suitable for bass fishing. Each reel size has pros and cons and...
What Size Test Line is Best for Bass Fishing

What Size Test Line is Best for Bass Fishing?

Black bass is the most popular gamefish in North America. The collective term “Black bass” includes spotted, Guadalupe, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and more. Anglers...
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What is Jig Fishing? Learn the Basics

The term jig fishing is all about an ingenious fishing technique that fools large fish like bass into believing the angler’s lure is an injured...
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10 Best Telescopic Fishing Rods

Not everyone has the ability to properly store fishing rods when they go on fishing trips. They need to be kept in a certain position...
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10 Best Portable Washing Machines for Camping & Such

Not everyone thinks about portable washing machines or how handy they can be when they go camping. You’ll have to do laundry at some point...
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What is the Best Time to Go Fishing?

If you have always wondered how to figure out the perfect time to go fishing, then this is for you. There are multiple factors that...
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What is Drift Fishing? Learn the Basics

Novice anglers might be surprised to see how much there is to learn. Fishing is a whole lot more than putting a worm on the...
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What is Game Fishing? Game Fish vs Non-Game Fish

Fishing is a fun activity for all ages. For some, it becomes a hobby, often pursued with high levels of competitiveness. Serious anglers invest significant...
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5 Best Tackle Bags for Fishing

Looking for a new tackle bag? Then you have come to the right place.  When you start looking for your next tackle box, you may...
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How to Clean a Canopy Tent

Many people believe a bit of brushing and dusting of their canopy tents is enough before packing it away until the next time. However, the...
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How to Anchor a Canopy Tent on Concrete

Canopy tents have come a long way, and the modern ones are so easy to set up that they are now the choice of many...
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Should You Use Dry Ice When Camping?

Nothing can spoil an otherwise perfect camping holiday other than food going soggy or even rotten. Have you ever considered using dry ice? It could...
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10 Best Ultralight Fishing Rods

Ultralight fishing rods can be hard to get right. Balancing weight with stability, functionality, and endurance is no easy task. While some need ultralight fishing...
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How Much Does Camping Cost? By the Numbers

There is camping, and then there is camping. When considering the cost, there is an almost endless list of variables. You could camp for free...
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What is Pioneer Camping & What Should You Bring?

If you really want to experience nature in the way your forefathers did, Pioneer camping is the way to go. The pioneers could not head...
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What is Dispersed Camping & Where Can You Do It?

Our lives have become so rushed that many people find the only way to enjoy a rest break is to seek the peacefulness, fresh air...
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How to Fold Your Pop-Up Tent Step-by-Step (With Video)

Pop-up tents might be easy to set up, but they’re not super easy to take down. It can be very confusing to fold it back...
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Tent Fabrics 101: Which Material is the Best?

You might think that tents are all the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. All of the materials used to make tents...
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What to Wear Fishing in Hot vs Cold Weather

What you wear fishing can make or break your fishing trip. You could freeze or get a sunburn. It is best to learn about what...
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How to Store Fishing Rods the Right Way

Storing your fishing rods the correct way could mean the difference between keeping them for a while or having to get new ones. The life...
Tent Footprint

What is a Tent Footprint & Do You Need One?

Do you love camping and soaking in the wonders of nature? If you do, your tent and other camping equipment likely cost a pretty penny,...
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Inshore vs Offshore Fishing: Everything You Need to Know

Most people think that inshore and offshore fishing are more similar than different, but that’s not true. There are lots of differences that separate inshore...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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7 Best Camping Grills for Outdoor Cookin’

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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8 Best Cube Tents for Modular Camping (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,...
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7 Best Solar Panel Trail Cameras – 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...
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10 Best SUV Tents (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....