Sam Brooks

Hi, my name is Sam Brooks and I'm a huge hiking, fishing and camping enthusiast. I bring my dog Max as often as I can because he also loves the great outdoors. Although I consider myself a private person, I really want to share my passion and knowledge with the readers here at outdoorcommand.com

Articles by Sam Brooks

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How to Save on Cycling Goggles

Are you in the market for MTB goggles? Are you searching for goggles for road cycling? Do you know which ones are best for you...
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Top Tips to Foraging in the Wild Like a Pro

Traditionally, the spring and summer months don't hold a lot of potential for hunting wild game. But why should that hold you back from hunting...
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Most Popular Spots To Inspire You For Your Next Kayaking Trip

Kayaking is a famous water sport that involves the use of a paddle to navigate a small boat, which is referred to as a kayak....
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What Are The Advantages of Kayak Fishing

Are you looking for an environmental-friendly boat that can bring you convenience and accessibility especially when it comes to fishing? If the answer is yes,...
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Hunting Tips and tricks From Professional Hunters

Hunting is actually more complex than you might think, with lots of different things you need to know beforehand and lots of conditions you need...
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Six Tips for Flying with Camping Gear

Finally, the time for your next camping adventure has come, and you’re so ready to explore new mountain sites, hiking trails, and national parks. But,...
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6 Items You Should Bring When Venturing Outdoors

With the world in global turmoil, reeling in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than spending our days in public places, parks, and restaurants,...
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6 Reasons Why Fishing Is Great For You 

In this day and age, the phrase 'harsh economy' is nothing new. This, coupled with other factors that force some of us to work more...
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How Many Calories Does Hiking Burn?

It doesn’t matter if you’re hiking through the Appalachian Trail or just hiking in your hometown of New Jersey. Chances are that if you hike...
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4 Reasons Why You Should Have Roof Racks For Your Vehicle

There is a variety of equipment available in car shops today that you can install in your car to improve or maximize its function. Generally,...
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The 9 Best Hikes in Sedona

Sedona, Arizona is an incredible midwestern desert town filled with excellent hiking trails. Each hiking trail is unique and leads hikers to a new discovery,...
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How to Insulate a Tent for Winter Camping

Winter camping can be a fun experience. You can experience the outdoors in a whole other way. The smell of pine trees and seeing snow-covered...
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How to Keep Bears Away From Your Campsite

When camping, whether you’re in your backyard or in the backcountry, you will often encounter all types of wildlife. You may spot deer or rabbits...
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The Best Camping in Missouri Is Abundant

The state of Missouri is packed with fun, unexpected, and exciting places to camp. Of all the amazing places in the United States, the Ozarks,...
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How to Make a Camping Toilet

When camping you have several options when choosing your campsite. You may choose to stay at a campground with showers and restrooms for your convenience. ...
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How to Make a Camping Hammock

There is nothing like being in nature, and rocking gently between two trees in a hammock. Hammocks are not only an alternate sleeping arrangement from...
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How to Make an Ankle Brace

When we hear about ankle injuries, we tend to think of athletes. But, in truth, athletes are not more at risk than backpackers and hikers....
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How to Make Your Backpack Lighter

Ever wish that backpacks in real life could be like those in video games that hold tons and weigh ounces? Most backpackers dream of the...
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How to Plan a Backpacking Trip

Nothing says adventure like a person, a backpack, and the open country. Whether you want to backpack through the Pacific Crest Trail or cross the...
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River Crossing – How to Ford a River

Hiking in the wilderness is a great experience that many people enjoy. Most hikers stick to well-known trails and maps to ensure a safe and...
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How to Avoid Ticks When Camping

When we think about a camping trip pleasant ideas come to mind: fresh air, spacious environments, calmness, etc. We do not think about disgusting little...
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How Much Water to Bring Camping

When camping one of the key supplies to pack is water. As we all know, water is key to our survival in any situation. When...
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How Many Miles Can You Hike in a Day?

If you love hiking and can’t get enough of it, or maybe you’re totally new to hiking but are looking to hike as much as...
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Fun Things to do While Camping – Ideas to Make Memories in the Great Outdoors

Camping with the people you love is the perfect way to spend a weekend or a holiday. Taking to the mountains, setting up camp in...
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The Difference Between Hiking & Backpacking (plus the best places to do both!)

If you’re a fan of being in the great outdoors, or even if you’ve just toyed with the idea of spending some days and nights...
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Can You Pitch a Tent Anywhere? Everything You Need to Know About Wild Camping

Camping is the ultimate salvation from the long working week and allows you to be at one with nature. You can feel liberated out in...
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10 Best Hikes in Yosemite National Park

One of the most populous of the United States, California is an incredible place to visit for many reasons. Not only is Los Angeles filled...
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The Best Hikes in Virginia

Virginia has it all. From the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Mountains to Virginia Beach and historic Richmond and everything in between, you’d be hard...
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The Best Camping Sites in Georgia

Wherever you camp in Georgia, you will find hospitality, history, and scenery that is lush, peaceful, and unique. The campsites are also as diverse as...
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9 Best Camping Desserts to Share around a Campfire

The best thing about a campfire (besides getting warm) is making cooking up some sweet, hot, and gooey dessert recipes! And you know we’re talking...
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The 5 Best Backpacking Trips for Beginners

The best backpacking trip for beginners is one that is planned. This way, you can learn your strengths and limits at your own pace. This...
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The Life-Changing Health Benefits of Camping 

The obvious benefits of camping may be therapeutic, but the real health benefits of camping go far beyond the fresh air and Vitamin D. So...
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Backpacking with a Guitar: A Fast Way to Make New Friends

Whenever you go backpacking, there’s always that one person who brings a guitar. And this person always seems to have others around them, interested in...
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Backpacking with a Baby Won’t Slow You Down

Backpacking with a baby can be a wonderful bonding experience for your new family. And let’s face it – you’re already a hardcore backpacker. Backpacking...
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14 Backpacking Meals That Will Get You Through a Long Day

Backpacking lunch ideas can make or break your backpacking trip. It’s because lunch is one of those backpacking meals where everyone is hungry and looking...
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The 9 Best Places to Camp in Illinois

No matter where you go in the state of Illinois, you’ll find the best camping in the U.S. It completely stands to reason. First and...
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A Hiking Date Can Be Adventurous, Fun, & Romantic

Since a hiking date can mean so many awesome things, it also means being prepared for anything. So what to wear on a hiking date...
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How to Keep Food Cold on a Camping Trip

How to keep food cold is the number one challenge for anyone who goes on a camping trip. This is especially true for groups of...
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Paleo Backpacking Meals Made Easier

Paleo backpacking meals aren’t as impossible to make and carry as you might think. There are many more options available as people choose paleo meals...
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What is Dry Camping? 

Dry camping, in its simplest terms, is overnighting in the comfort of a motorhome, but without using the hookups. It’s best described as venturing down...
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The 10 Best Hiking Trails in Michigan

There are many reasons why people hike. Research shows that time outdoors makes you more creative. Being outside gets us away from our screens and...
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The Ultimate Guide to Car Camping

What is Car Camping?   Car camping means just what it says, and yet, it so much more. This is because car camping is the...