February 10, 2020

Backpacking Recipe: Vegan Tortilla Soup

Vegan tortilla soup in backpacking bowl

A hearty soup with crunchy tortilla toppings, this dehydrated tortilla soup is a great vegan option for backpacking. Loaded with lots of different layers of flavors, this recipe will really put your dehydrator to work. We start off by dehydrating black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a small onion, roasted corn, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. You can’t […]

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February 6, 2020

Good Gear: The World’s Warmest Trash

Gotland wool

For seven years, Hans Bulthuis and Jenny Andersson hoarded wool. They packed the shiny grey ringlets in every corner and crevice of their barn, located on Gotland off Sweden’s east coast. The island’s wool was considered waste, and the couple simply suspected the fibers deserved a better fate than the incinerator. In 2017, someone appeared […]

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January 29, 2020

Ellen Stekert: Trailblazer

Co-op Member Ellen Stekert

One summer in the 1960s, Ellen Stekert planned a backpacking trip with a friend. Then an English professor in her 30s working in Detroit, she had little backcountry experience, but she sought to hike the entire 40 miles of the Greenstone Ridge, which traverses Michigan’s Isle Royale from end to end. And she needed gear. […]

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January 23, 2020

Camp Recipe: Tie-Dye Fruit Leathers

Tie-dye fruit leathers, packaged and ready for the trail

A tropical swirl of color and flavor, this homemade strawberry-mango fruit leather is a healthier version of the popular '90s snack. During the winter, when the weather is dark and gloomy, we find ourselves craving a taste of summer. Something bright, light and sunny to remind us of warmer times! So a few years ago […]

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January 22, 2020

These Plant-Based Meat Camp Recipes Taste Like the Real Deal

An adult and child smile while eating at a picnic table at camp.

Plant-based meat has slowly been making its way into the mainstream, thanks to successful efforts to engineer new products that taste like meat. It’s showing up in fast-food joints, Michelin-starred restaurants and even your local grocery store, which is where we step in. We wondered how we could bring the meatless trend into the outdoors […]

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January 15, 2020

Winter Camping Advice: We Learned the Hard Way

A group of trekkers wander through a white winter landscape.

Snow-covered landscapes, early nights and crisp mornings, a stillness impossible to describe—if you haven’t tried winter camping, you probably should. Without the swarms of mosquitoes and crowds of campers, you can experience all of the majesty of the outdoors minus the usual hassles. But we won’t lie—if you don’t know what you’re doing, the experience […]

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January 10, 2020

Backpacking Recipes: Red Lentil Marinara

Red lentil marinara sauce and pasta noodles in pan

This vegetarian red lentil marinara sauce is a great way to bump up your protein while enjoying a big comforting bowl of pasta. While our overall calorie count is important while backpacking, we also want to make sure we’re getting those calories from the right places too. After a long, tiring day out on the […]

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January 8, 2020

Trail Mix: What To Keep In Your Emergency Car Kit

Emergency Car Kit

Maybe you’re making a short drive to the mountains or hitting the road for a cross-country trip to places unknown. No matter your final destination, accidents happen. Bring these nine pieces of gear along for every ride so you’re prepared for everything from a minor mechanical mishap to a night on the side of the […]

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December 30, 2019

Our Favorite Places for Warm-Weather Camping This Winter

Winter camping doesn’t have to mean cold nights, thick sleeping bags and snow-covered tents. It can just as easily involve T-shirts, sunscreen and, most importantly, warm weather. All you have to do is head south. From the Florida Keys to the American Southwest, here are some of our favorite campsites for a little fun in […]

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