5 Ways to Beat the Cold on Winter Hikes

5 Ways to Beat the Cold on Winter Hikes

When winter arrives hiking and backpacking just get better. On high mountain trails, the bare trees allow you to see for miles, and the cold, clear air creates perfect conditions for brilliant sunsets. Plus, you don’t have to suffer the heat and mosquitoes that descend on trails in summer. Still, some people avoid trails in winter because they think cold temperatures will make them uncomfortable. But, if you take certain steps and follow the advice of seasoned hikers, you can beat the cold and remain warm, content and safe during cold weather. As you contemplate a winter outing, consider the following five tips offered by veteran hikers. 1. Layer Your Clothing The key to staying comfortable on the trail in winter is to regulate your

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5 Backpacking Skills to Master in the New Year

5 Backpacking Skills to Master in the New Year

If you're new to backpacking and you've done a short trip or two, you might be eager to try a more challenging hike. Maybe you want to do a longer trip and backpack for a week or longer. Or, perhaps you'd like to explore a place that's more remote and wild, such as a Wilderness area. If you're going to go big, you need to improve your backpacking knowledge and skills. As you hike more miles, tackle tougher terrain, and move farther away from civilization, you'll face more obstacles, and you and your hiking partners will have to rely on your own know-how to overcome them. Make this the year that you take your backpacking skills to the next level to travel more safely and

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10 Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

10 Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

For many of us, some of our fondest memories of growing up come from camping with our families. You just have to smile when you recall the fun of jumping into a cool lake on a hot summer day, chasing fireflies under a starry night sky, or making S’mores around an open campfire. Even if you’re not a hardcore outdoors person, you can make those same memories for your family. The key is to put some effort into planning your camping trip so that it will be memorable, fun for everyone, as stress-free as possible, and safe. Here are 10 tips for taking a successful family camping trip. 1. Make a Dry Run…or Two It can be a little frightening for children to sleep outside

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Winter Camping: Pro Tips on Staying Warm and Savoring the Solitude

Winter Camping: Pro Tips on Staying Warm and Savoring the Solitude

Winter Camping Pro Tips: Winter doesn’t mean the camping season is over. With proper gear and planning, savvy outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in nature year-round—and savor the solitude and serenity of a winter landscape almost all to themselves. Cold weather camping is quiet and peaceful, and comes at slow, even introspective pace, since most other campers are long gone, but the sunsets are every bit as beautiful, and the campfires are even more comforting. Here’s how to do it, without dropping a bundle on gear. 1. Remove the Fear. Our instincts are a major obstacle to winter camping—and for good reason. Hypothermia and frostbite are very real threats for the ill prepared. Luckily, staying safe and comfortable does not require much beyond some solid

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Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast

Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast

Campfire Holiday Feast – We can all agree that tradition is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Sharing a tradition builds family bonds and provides the comfort of familiarity, but after a while the years can start to blur together until no one can remember what year Uncle Johnny lit the neighbor’s yard on fire deep frying a turkey, or when Grandma’s pecan pie won first prize in the county fair. And while carrying out the traditions themselves can be more cherished than the secret family recipe they are built around, every once in awhile, change can be a welcome breath of fresh air. We believe in the invigorating power of that fresh air, which is why we are proposing something a

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How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

Elevate your camping food game – Food tastes better in the outdoors… we’re pretty sure it’s science. But no matter how delicious your favorite freeze-dried meal is, or how much you swear by tortillas and peanut butter, trying something new never hurts. It’s easy to enhance backcountry meals without much extra effort. Whether you’re car camping, out for a backcountry weekend, or in it for the long haul, here are a few ways to elevate your food game during your next trip. 1. Car Camping The sky’s the limit regarding weight/packability when car camping. Get a good cooler, bring a spare fuel canister, and stash a few extra garbage bags to pack out waste. Prep each meal as much as possible Prepping meals at home

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5 Top Spots – Car Camping Around Aspen

5 Top Spots - Car Camping Around Aspen

Car Camping Around Aspen – 5 top spots: Fall and camping go hand in hand. With crisp weather perfect for hiking and other adventures by day and cozying around the campfire at night. A bonus for Aspen-area adventurers, taking in the kaleidoscope of fall color is another reason the season is ripe for an overnight adventure in the woods. As awesome as it is, camping (and backpacking) can come with a significant hassle factor, such as, packing up the gear, figuring out where to go, and schlepping everything to the campsite. However, with car camping, you can reap the same benefits of getting away from it all with a fraction of the hassle. Your vehicle serving as a home base and cutting down on the

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Keep Your Gear Like New: Cleaning, Repair, and Storage Tips

Keep Your Gear Like New: Cleaning, Repair, and Storage Tips

After a few days in the great outdoors, the last thing you want to do when you finally get home is tackle the task of cleaning your gear—we get it. But, as any outdoor enthusiast knows, gear is pricey stuff—and that’s if you buy it once. However, putting in just a little bit of time and effort into keeping your gear cleaned, fixed, and stored properly has big impact on its lifespan and performance. Fortunately, many wear-and-tear issues can be eliminated with proper maintenance and storage, and most damage can be addressed without replacing the item. By getting into a “Repair > Replace” mindset, you’ll save money and be more environmentally friendly. Your used gear is already part of the waste cycle, and by repairing

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A Beginner’s Guide to Campsite Cooking that Elevates Your Experience

A Beginner's Guide to Campsite Cooking that Elevates Your Experience

Is your campout cooking limited to the same-old, same-old? Hot dogs and s’mores at the campground, instant oatmeal and freeze-dried meals in the backcountry? Here’s the deal: It doesn’t take much to spice up your great-outdoors cuisine, and the ingredients and tools you need to do it don’t have to overload your pack (or your bear canister). It’s all the easier to do some real wilderness cooking with the compact nCamp Stove. Its collapsible, wood-burning combustion chamber means that you’ll have a ready supply of biomass and no fear of running out of fuel (though this multi-talented stove also works with liquid, solid, and gas fuels). The nCamp portable Prep Surface, meanwhile, makes chopping, staging, and serving a breeze. The nCamp Stove and Prep Surface

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7 Awesome Camping Recipes

7 Awesome Camping Recipes

7 Camping Recipes: There’s no disputing that summer’s long days are best spent hiking and camping in America’s great outdoors. But when the day wanes and the temperatures start to drop, it’s time to build up the campfire and settle in for a long evening of watching fireflies and roasting marshmallows with friends and family. This summer, make this magical time of day something special with these seven inspired recipes. 1. Roasted Chipotle Corn Nothing beats grilled corn straight off the campfire. ChrisDag Sweet, slow roasted corn, brought to life with chipotle and lime, is the perfect accompaniment to just about any outdoor meal. This recipe is also great for kids to help out with: carefully peeling back the husks, removing the strands of silk,

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