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 man at his campsite with a generator.

15 Best Camping Generators: Reviewed

March 1, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Adventures in the great outdoors can last longer with a good reliable power source. When camping, generators allow...
A hammock next to a tent with a mattress in it.

5 Creative Ways to Blow Up an Air Mattress Without a Pump

An air mattress is a perfect way to rest comfortably when you’re roughing it in the great outdoors. Sometimes in the frenzy of packing all...
Two logs on a fire with a car in the background.

How Much Firewood Should You Bring Camping?

Campfires are a central element of camping. They tie the campsite together, providing warmth, light, and heat for cooking. In many ways, the campfire is...
Teens grilling sausages on campsite.

15 Fun Camping Activities for Teenagers

So you have finally carved out some time to hit the open road and explore some of the wonderful scenery of The Great Outdoors. While...
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10 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Niagara Falls

So you have finally decided to explore all of the wonderful scenery of Niagara Falls and the rest of New York State. In general, it...
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10 Best Lake Camping Spots in Washington

Camping can be a truly incredible experience in the state of Washington. With cool rain forests, rugged backcountry and coastal areas, and breathtaking mountain views,...
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How to Get Electricity During Your Camping Trip

For a lot of people, going camping or backpacking is the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the modern world and really "live off the land"...
A man in a white t-shirt lyring in a hammock.

How to Stay Warm Sleeping in a Hammock

Hammock camping is very different from other types of camping because you are generally going to be suspended in the air for long periods of...
Sunrise from Hanauma Bay on Oahu, Hawaii.

The 5 Best Camping Spots in Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is the Hawaiian island that is home to the most people in the state, but it is also one of the most popular vacation...
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20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Las Vegas NV

The state of Nevada certainly has great gambling cities like Las Vegas and Reno, but there is so much more to see in the state...
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20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Asheville NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s passageway through the Blue Ridge Mountains, is often voted as one of the most scenic drives in the entire...
A black and orange handle pocket knife.

10 Best Throwing Knives (Reviewed)

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The only thing in the world more satisfying than a good pocket knife is a good throwing knife....
A man holding a flashlight and looking at the sky.

10 Best Tactical Flashlights (Reviewed)

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Nobody wants to be left in the dark. Power outages seem to only happen at night when you're...
A person wearing a backpack and standing on a gray rock.

10 Best Tactical Backpacks

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Leaving the house can quickly turn into a game of mental Tetris. You could be leaving for the...
A man wearing a headlamp and standing next to a tent.

10 Best Survival Kits (Reviewed)

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you're the outdoors type, you know how important it is to be prepared no matter what. The...
A boy holding a slingshot.

10 Best Slingshots (Reviewed)

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Slingshots are the most underrated hunting tool in the world. We tend to think of slingshots as something...
A person holding a black assault rifle.

10 Best Red Dot Sights Reviewed

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents When you're first picking up a firearm and learning to keep your form tight and line up your...
A police officer in uniform, taking pictures on his cell phone.

10 Best Plate Carriers Reviewed

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Plate carriers serve a lot of purposes. Obviously, they're mostly going to be used to carry a bullet-resistant...
A gas mask in a pile of dead leaves.

10 Best Gas Masks (Reviewed)

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you're interested in being prepared for every situation or maybe your hobbies just involve bleaching fabrics or...
A lighter and hay being used to start a fire.

5 Best Survival Lighters Reviewed

February 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A good lighter can make or break a camping trip. It's possible to build a fire with nothing...
A yellow train in Madison, WI.

20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Madison WI

Up in Wisconsin, you’ll find some of the most widely varied weather, camping, and wildlife. The Great Lakes have given us sandy beaches and bitter...
Miami at night.

20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Miami FL

Miami isn’t all sunshine and butterflies, sometimes you’ve got to get away. Folks to dent to think of Florida as the camping capital, but we’ve...
Hollywood, California.

20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Los Angeles CA

California (especially SoCal) is one of the most sought after states in the entire country, and LA is the city where dreams are made and...
Detroit.

20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Detroit MI

Folks might know it as Motor City but Detroit is also home to plenty of natural beauty. Michigan’s famous sand dunes are across the lower...
Philadelphia.

20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Philadelphia PA

Philly is known for its cheesesteaks and the famous staircase at its Art Museum. But there’s tons of natural beauty just a short drive away....
A guy hiking outside Salt Lake City.

20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Salt Lake City UT

Named for the massive lake just to its north, Salt Lake City is a sleeper hit. There’s much more to this beautiful city than Mormons...
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16.4 OZ Propane Cylinder – How Long Does It Last?

16.4 oz. propane tanks are a common energy source for camping stoves and small portable propane heaters. Although they’re lightweight, convenient, and easy to use,...
A man camping in the mountains.

Can You Rent a Tent for Camping?

Of all the camping gear out there, a tent is one of the most essential. Although you can go camping without a tent, it’s much...
People cooking by a campfire.

7 Tips to Become a Campfire Cooking Expert

Cuisine in the great outdoors runs the gamut from s’mores and canned beans to homemade pasta and gourmet-grade paellas and tacos. You don’t have to...
A girl camping in a hammock with her dog.

The Best Camping Gear for Dogs

Camping with a canine friend along is a great way to commune with nature without spoiling the serenity. As much as we want to hit...
A Nikon Black FX1000 Scope.

The Nikon Black FX1000 Scope Reviewed – Test Result

If you’re looking at higher-end scopes, it can be hard to find one that truly justifies its price point, so when one crops up on...
A man with a bug out bag standing on a mountain daytime.

10 Best Bug Out Bags: Reviewed

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Would you be ready to get out of Dodge in an emergency? Natural disasters can strike with no...
A man climbing with a climbing helmet outside.

The 5 Best Climbing Helmets – Tested & Reviewed

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The backcountry is calling you. The urge to explore nature by traversing mountains, canyons, boulders, and caves brings...
A collection of Yeti coolers.

Yeti Cooler vs The Coleman Xtreme: Which is Better for You?

You’ve packed the camper. It is full of sleeping bags, fishing poles, sunscreen, and warm clothes for chilly nights. But there is one essential thing...
A hinged door camping tent.

10 Best Hinged Door Camping Tents – Tested & Reviewed

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents We often pop in and out of our tent multiple times in a day. Whether it be a...
EOTech 512 A65 sight.

EOTech 512 A65 Reviewed – Test Result

The world of first-person shooter games becomes a reality when you purchase your first holographic sight. You will be amazed at the speed, control, and...
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7 Best Gun Safes Under $1000 – Tested & Reviewed

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents When it comes to guns, the security of these dangerous weapons is essential. We find that gun safes...
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5 Best Reloading Dies — Test Results

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Here is a way to improve your gun game. If you are an avid hunter or shooter, looking...
A rifle with a scope on it.

5 Best Scout Scopes Reviewed – Test Results 

January 7, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you are a hunter on a solitary "hit-and-run" mission, the scope for a scout rifle may be...
A rifle with a scope on it outdoors.

Top 5 Burris Scopes Reviewed – Test Results

January 6, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you could eyeball every shot you took we're sure you would. There's pride in being a sharpshoot....
A hunter wearing hunting boots outdoors.

10 Best Upland Hunting Boots – Tested & Reviewed

January 6, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you're going out on a long hunt, or if you've ever tapped out of a great day...
Three pistols in a gun safe.

5 Best Stack-On Gun Safes – Tested & Reviewed

January 6, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you're a responsible gun owner (which all of us should be), or an enthusiast with an ever-expanding...
Car keys shaped like a gun.

10 Best Car Gun Safes – Tested & Reviewed

January 6, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents If you're a responsible firearm owner, you know how dangerous it can be to leave a gun lying...
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5 Best Single Stage Reloading Presses

January 5, 2021/Riley Draper Single-stage reloading presses are a cheap and long-lasting way to get your cases reloaded. They don't have the sort of multifaceted...
A gun in a Steelwater gun safe.

Top 5 Steelwater Gun Safes Reviewed

January 5, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Buying your first safe is daunting. You want something reliable, but reactive. There's no point in locking away...
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Best Brands of Guns – Top 10 Gun Manufacturers in the World

January 4, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Guns are some of the best methods of self-defense in the world. From in the home to the...
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5 Best Case Trimmers for Reloading

January 4, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents So you've been working on your shot. You've gotten to know your rifle inside and out. You've started...
A girl hunting with a rile and scope.

10 Best Rimfire (.22LR) Scopes – Tested & Reviewed

January 4, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents When you're going out to hunt, or just picking up your rifle to pop some distance targets in...
A person holding a rifle with a scope.

Best 1-4x Scopes for the Money – Tested & Reviewed

January 3, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents The best hunting rifle on the market won't be worth much if you don't pair it with the...
A man reading a book in a tent.

10 Best Bed Tents for Privacy – Adult Bed Tents Reviewed

January 3, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Bed tents are the saving grace less savvy folks tend to forget about. If you're in a college...