December 20, 2017

How to Prevent Condensation in a Tent

Tent at a campsite

A gentle pitter patter on your rainfly can be a soothing natural sound when you’re lying down at night in your tent. If those drips start originating inside your tent, though, it becomes a highly unpleasant resting place. And, under the right circumstances, the culprit—condensation—can infiltrate even the most well-engineered shelter. So, how do you […]

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December 20, 2017

A Backcountry Ranger Shares Her Passion for Wilderness

Emily Noyd in the North Cascades

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we'll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. “I’m fascinated by how we define wilderness,” says Emily Noyd, backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park. “The concept of wilderness is so intangible, and it’s fascinating to me that to effectively govern that land we’ve […]

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December 14, 2017

Backpacking Meals: A Gourmet Holiday Outside

Dehydrated

A real chef cooks one, and you can too!   I’m looking for a different kind of holiday this year. An escape from cityscapes. A way to reconnect with my wild roots. A chance to avoid any more holiday jingles. Although while off backpacking I might be missing out on some of the traditional festivities, […]

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December 12, 2017

3 Warm Drinks To Get You Through Winter

Mexican Hot Chocolate Final

One of the best ways to brave the deep chill of winter is with a warm cozy drink in hand. Whether you enjoy them at home or on the go, nearly every occasion can be enhanced with a nice warm beverage. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together three of our favorite warm […]

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December 5, 2017

How to Gear Up and Get Your Kids Started Camping and Backpacking

Nate and Alex hike along Gunsight Pass Trail in Glacier National Park

As we hiked uphill toward Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park, on a three-day family backpacking trip, a couple in their 50s stopped to talk with us. They smiled at our 9-year-old son, Nate, and 7-year-old daughter, Alex, and said, “We’re impressed! We never had any luck trying to get our kids to backpack when […]

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December 5, 2017

Op-Ed: Why Now—More than Ever—We Must Live by Leave No Trace

In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here's how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost […]

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November 30, 2017

DIY: Paracord Survival Bracelet

Paracord Bracelet

Paracord is one of the most useful items to have on an adventure. From replacing a broken shoe string to making a fishing line, it has a wide variety of uses that come in handy in both day-to-day situations and wilderness scenarios. DIY survival bracelets make great gifts since you can personalize the size and […]

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November 28, 2017

Camping Recipes: Sweet Potato & Chorizo Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato Recipe

Perfect for a chilly fall morning, this hearty breakfast skillet is a great way to start the day. The further we push into fall, the greater the motivation needed to get us up and out of bed. The nights are so long and the mornings are so cold that some days it seems impossible to […]

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November 20, 2017

Backpacking Recipes: Thanksgiving in a Collapsible Bowl!

backpacking thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the […]

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