Outdoor Blog

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20 Family Camping Hacks to Keep Kids (& You) Happy

One of the most fun experiences you can have as a parent who loves the great outdoors is introducing your little ones to camping, hiking,...
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7 Easy Ways to Clean & Dry Your Hydration Bladder

Cleaning your hydration pack’s bladder is probably the last thing on your mind right now. It’s one of those chores that’s remarkably easy to overlook...
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What to Wear Hiking in Cold vs Hot Weather

While you may want hiking to be somewhat of a challenge, battling the weather itself is usually not the experience you’re looking for. Being comfortable...
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What Is Down Fill Power & Why Does it Matter?

If you've ever bought outerwear made from down or other goose down products for winter weather camping, hiking, or snow sports, you’ve probably seen fill...
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The Benefits (& Drawbacks) of Wearing Merino Wool

No one likes wearing wool. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s itchy. However, there’s a difference between traditional wool and merino wool. Wearing merino wool clothing is...
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50 Funny Camping Jokes & One Liners for Campers

Do you love jokes? Do you love camping? How about camping jokes? Camping jokes are a great way to relieve the tension during a difficult...
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Where to Shoot a Deer for One-Shot Kills

Let’s face it, tracking the blood trail of a wounded deer is exhausting. It takes forever for the deer to die, and it is easier...
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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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Places to camp near Boston

If you’re thinking of taking a vacation to Boston, camping probably doesn’t spring immediately to mind. Travelers tend to hit up the town for a...
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Non-Technical Mountain Climbs: 10 Best Hiking Summits

Not everyone is an experienced mountaineer, and getting started can be hard. Let’s face it: climbing Everest sounds like fun until you realize you’ve never...
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7 Famous Constellations Everyone Can Find

Many people are amazed by the stars, even those who live in big cities and rarely see the night sky. However, it can sometimes be...
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5 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches or Lighters

So, you’re stranded somewhere and need fire to keep warm or you want to be more prepared in case that ever happens? Starting a fire...
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Tarp Camping: Beginner’s Guide to Camping Without a Tent

Camping with a tent can be challenging at times. You might be camping with lots of people and not a lot of tents, so you...
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10 Best Hardshell Jackets in 2021

April 18, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Hardshell jackets are a step up from a windbreaker, they're the ultimate form of a rain jacket, and...
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How to Fix Heel Slippage in Boots

One thing every hiker needs is a good pair of boots. However, sometimes your heel falls out with every step you take. New shoes can...
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10 Scariest and Most Dangerous Hiking Trails on Earth

One reason for hiking’s long-lasting and widespread popularity is the ability to choose whatever level of danger and challenge you want. So while some might...
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Hammock vs Tent Camping – The Debate is Over

For most casual campers and backpackers, it would be wild to consider sleeping in anything other than a tent in the backcountry. While car and...
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The 5 Different Types of Trailer Hitches (Explained) 

With the growing popularity of tiny homes, RVs, and other alternative camping options, there’s a lot to explore in the world of trailers and trailer...
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How to Clean Your Tent (Plus 5 Tent Care Tips)

It’s a good idea to clean your tent every time your return from a camping or backpacking trip. You’ll also want to give it a...
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6 Poisonous Snakes in California (And How to Spot Them)

While California is a great destination for hiking, camping, fishing, and all things outdoors, there are some natural dangers you’ll need to look out for...
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9 Outdoor Camping Gear To Ensure You Have The Best Time

If you love to go on camping or are planning your first outdoor adventure, you should have the essential outdoor camping gear to ensure a...
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12 Common Types Of Trees (Tree Species) And How To Identify Them

Tree species are such a common form of plant life that they often go unnoticed in our daily lives. Generally speaking, as they don't have...
Camelback Mountain in Arizona.

How Long Does it Take to Hike Camelback Mountain?

The ancient rock of Camelback Mountain calls out to hikers from across the world. Named for its resemblance to the hump and head of a...
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The Best Concealed Carry Holsters For Your Firearm

The choice of how to carry your firearm is—and has always been—your prerogative. Provided the proper permits and, as state laws allow, you can choose...
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Backpacking the Trans Catalina Trail on Catalina Island

Nestled within the old-world charm of small island towns and rustic territory is the Trans Catalina Trail: a 38.5 mile-long backpacking trail located on Santa...
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20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Pittsburgh, PA

The city of Pittsburgh is an early 20th-century industrial capital, and its history can be observed by the buildings that are modeled after the Gilded...
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50 Best Hiking Quotes to Inspire Your Next Adventure

Hiking is not without its challenges, no matter how experienced the hiker might be. Sometimes it may seem as though the trail is getting longer...
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How To Identify and Eat Hickory Nuts In The Wild 

Hickory trees can be found all across the United States, and they’re a wonderful source of on-the-trail nutrition. The hickory is in the same family...
Bend Oregon

20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Bend, OR

Bend is a small city in central Oregon that offers beautiful landscapes and trails. One thing that attracts many tourists to Bend is the Newberry...
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20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Austin, TX

The state capital of Texas is most well-known for its live music scene and beautiful scenery. The Colorado River runs right through the heart of...
Washington DC

20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Washington, DC

The nation’s capital provides visitors and residents alike with plenty of activities to partake in while out and about. Being home to many sites to...
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20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of San Diego

With San Diego being known as “America’s Finest City,” it’s no surprise that it accommodates many kinds of hobbies for all kinds of people. San...
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Everything You Need to Know about Hiking in Jeans

Jeans are one of the most universal items of clothing; almost everyone has a trusty pair of denim trousers in their wardrobe. Seen as a...
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"...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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,...
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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...