A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path. Camping is exciting and messy and even a little uncomfortable. But there’s fun in that change of pace from the “real world,” which, of course, is ironic because there’s little in this world more “real” than abandoning the creature comforts of […]
There are many ways to bring nature inside—make a backyard or patio herb garden, stream nature scenes, create your own climbing wall. But if you’re really missing the outdoors, why not morph a portion of your home into a full-blown campsite? During a period when many of us are spending more time than ever indoors, […]
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When you’re shopping for a new camping or backpacking sleeping pad, it’s tempting to assume that a thick, cushy one is going to keep you warmer than a thinner one. But advanced designs and types of insulation mean this isn’t necessarily the case. You need a reliable way to know how well a pad will […]
Stoves that run on canisters are very popular, and for good reasons. They’re lightweight, easy to ignite and quick to boil water. But you may have noticed that it’s not easy to keep track of how much fuel is left in a partially used canister. In this article we’ll discuss two ways you can figure out how […]
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Thru-hikers and minimalist backpackers love using tarps instead of tents because tarps are ultralight and take up very little space in a pack. And those backpacking tarp shelters are nothing like the big blue tarps at your hardware store; instead, they are made of a thin-yet-strong nylon or polyester that’s either waterproof or highly water […]
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Whether you’ve just plunked down your hard-earned dollars on a brand new sleeping bag, or you’re still using a trusty old bag that’s seen better days, you can help ensure you’ll be warm and cozy on your next outdoor adventure with a few simple tips. To stay warm in your sleeping bag, follow three main […]
An actual logical argument for why you need to go right now. I hear you groaning through the internet. You think there is nothing I could say that could possibly convince you that camping in the winter is a good idea. It’s cold. Just you wait. I have legit logic on my side. Before […]
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 […]
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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