A Guide to Safe Outdoor Activities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Editor's Note: As of 5/5/2020, the CDC recommends wearing masks at all times during outdoors activities. For more information, click here With officials urging us to limit unnecessary travel, many of us might be starting to feel a bit stir crazy. Being outside and in nature is important for dealing with stress and anxiety—the exact emotions in overdrive right now. But is it possible to safely head outdoors without putting your and others’ health at risk? The short answer is yes—we can technically walk, run, and bike alone or with our immediate household without violating social distancing rules. But there’s more to consider before opening the door. Adhere to official guidelines Before you lace up your shoes, check what local health officials are saying for

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Insider Tips for Your First Backpacking Trip

From the rocky outcrops of the Talladega National Forest to the waterfalls of the Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama is home to many excellent backpacking trails that practically beg for an overnight adventure. If you’ve only done day hikes, however, a longer overnight trek through the backcountry can seem slightly intimidating. But with a little research and planning, your first backpacking trip can be an amazing experience that paves the way for future adventures. The rewards are well worth the planning and effort. Deep in the woods, you’ll discover the kind of scenery, solitude, and natural wonders that many people never experience. At night, beneath the stars, far away from civilization and crowds, you’ll savor a sense of calm that’s hard to find in today’s fast-paced, tech-saturated

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The right way to walk your dog…..nCamp loves our furry friends

The right way to walk your dog.....nCamp loves our furry friends

Enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend…… Walking your dog seems simple enough—it’s just you, your pup, and the great outdoors. But without the right equipment and approach, a much-anticipated W-A-L-K can be disappointing. Get some good gear Search for “walking a dog” online and you’ll find pages of photos with people holding leashes attached to a collar around a dog’s throat, which is exactly what the experts we spoke to advise against. “I’m not a big fan of anything around the neck that’s pulling,” says Anna Mynchenberg, a manager at Bark, the company behind BarkBox. “I can’t imagine having any pressure on my neck, so I wouldn’t want to do that to my dog.” There are simply too many reasons your furry best

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Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

If you wake up early enough in any national park, you can bear witness to a unique ritual: Employees meeting before sunrise in the staff cafeteria, drinking coffee and making last minute changes to the contents of their backpacks. During my first season working in Glacier National Park, I would come to witness this and participate in it many times, eventually learning which items were essential (the headlamp, the extra socks) and which ones weren’t (the second jacket in July, the bulky guidebook). One item which always made the essential list? Alcohol. By the end of that summer, I’d garnered a small amount of very specific wisdom. I’d learned to always bring your backpack’s rain cover even if there’s no chance of rain. I’d learned

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How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

This article is a must read if you love to spend your days outdoors and cook your meals immersed in nature! For many of us, menu planning for a backpacking trip is a last minute consideration. Stop off at a grocery on the way up to the mountains and grab the essentials: mac and cheese, ramen, oatmeal, and, of course, bars, bars, and more bars. But the longer your hike (around the third day of a backpacking trip is usually when it becomes tough to eat another energy bar), the more important it is to vary your diet, both to maintain a high interest in your food and to keep your energy levels up and active. If you’re planning your first long hike, whether it’s

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Social distancing is a no-brainer when you’re already isolated in nature

Social distancing is a no-brainer when you’re already isolated in nature

COVID-19 is here, and we must stay away from each other. Those of us who can are working from home and avoiding public spaces. In our spare time, we’re obsessively scrolling through news updates and social media posts. Yes, it’s wise to follow the important news in your neighborhood, but there is a limit. No matter how much media you consume, no post or story can tell you what the future holds. Outdoorsmen and women are uniquely suited to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Most of us have freezers stocked full of wild game and pantries loaded with goods from last summer’s garden. Many of us have cabins and camps to retreat to, and we have the gear and know-how to survive (and even thrive)

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Campfire Cooking in Kentucky: 5 Iconic Dishes – nCamp Style

Campfire Cooking in Kentucky: 5 Iconic Dishes - nCamp Style

From The Hot Brown to Burgoo, Kentucky is known for many mouth-watering dishes. While the state’s culinary delights are typically served at home or in restaurants, they’re also great choices for campsite cooking. After a long day exploring the outdoors and burning calories, people crave these types of meals that stick to your ribs. The next time you go camping, forego the hotdogs and other typical fare and whip up one of Kentucky’s iconic creations. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites, which you can cook using a campfire or camping stove. Keep in mind that most of these recipes include perishable items, so they’re primarily for car camping, where you have access to a cooler, rather than backpacking. 1. The Hot Brown Nothing says

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Wood or Gas – Useful Information

Wood or Gas - Useful Information

nCamp is always looking for ways to elevate your outdoor experience, so we are sharing a recent message from a new customer. We hope you find it to be helpful! QUESTION: Will your adapter work with a Jetboil Jetpower canister?ANSWER: Yes, our adapter connects to the type typically know as; ‘threaded,’ C100, C500, CA500 or ‘normal.’ However these are rarely marked very well. The Jetboil Jetpower canister is the same type and we have used them with the nCamp Gas Adapter. QUESTION: What is better, pure propane or a mixture? ANSWER: Pure propane is best for colder temperatures, but the canister is typically much heavier and have a different type of connection (although adapters are available). There are different mixtures (like Isobutane-Propane) that are designed

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Three Things You Need to Make the Perfect Camp Breakfast

Three Things You Need to Make the Perfect Camp Breakfast

Camp Breakfast Camp cooking is somewhat of an art. When the right person in camp does the cooking, the meal can seem like one of the best you have ever tasted. Breakfast is no exception, as a great camp breakfast will rank right up there with your favorite breakfast restaurant or omelet bar. If you want to cook the perfect camp meal to start the day, here are three things you’ll need to make it happen. Camp Stove Nothing is quite as important to a great camp breakfast than just the right camp stove. If you’re happy with instant breakfast that can be made by adding some freeze-dried ingredients to a pan of boiling water, a tiny, backpacking-type stove will be fine for your purposes.

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5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

Yurts & Cabins: A dilemma Portlanders face every winter is the desire to camp and spend time outdoors in cold weather. Frosty temperatures, substantial snowpack, and unpredictable weather conspire to keep us home. Fortunately, there are many cabins and yurts around Portland that offer an appealing alternative to pitching tents in rainstorms and wind gusts. Yurts are domed tents with electricity, wooden floors, locked doors, beds, tables, chairs, lighting, and a covered porch. Staples along the Oregon Coast, where numerous state parks rent yurts year-round. The structures can now also be found in Central and Eastern Oregon. Cabins, meanwhile, offer year-round camping in cozy, wooden structures, most with lights, electrical outlets, covered porches, beds, and dining tables. Yurts and cabins are popular among outdoors-loving Oregonians.

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