Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park in the Off-Season

Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park in the Off-Season

Wondering where to go this Fall? Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place to visit in the off-season. If you drive into Gardiner, Montana, after the hustle and bustle of the short three months of summer, you’ll notice a tranquility settle upon the town. The locals relax, the wildlife wanders in from the park, and the crowds disappear. Glancing at the passing license plates, the traffic is distinctly more Montana based. Yet spring, fall, and winter are ideal times to visit Yellowstone National Park. According to the Park Service, only 35 percent of the yearly visitation occurs outside of summer, which means that the off-season is the best way to avoid the crowds and experience Gardiner—and Yellowstone—in silence and solitude. Spring A spring fog sits

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Halloween Hikes in America: The Spookiest Trails

Halloween Hikes in America: The Spookiest Trails

Halloween hikes in America: There’s nothing like a scary story or creepy folklore to add some extra spirit to your hike. And there’s no better season than fall—the time for haunts and haints—to point your hiking boots in the direction of the spooky trails across the United States. These hikes all feature some association with the supernatural (or, in one case, with a resident creature called a “cryptid”), from a little but mighty portentous black dog to a caterwauling spirit giving voice to her grief alongside one of the greatest canyons on the planet. It’s worth noting, of course, that not all trails need have a local phantom or monster—nor some connection to a long-ago murder or massacre—to be spooky. Gnarled barren trees, dangling lichens

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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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The 20 Best Hikes in the United States

The 20 Best Hikes in the United States

Best Hikes in US – From the Smokies to the Rockies, and the Everglades to the highest point in Maine—and everywhere in between—the United States is full of world-class hikes. Whether you’re a hardcore peak bagger or are obsessed with the panoramic views for your Instagram feed, there’s always something thrilling to lace your hiking boots up for. Here, we tapped for intel on some of the best hikes in the United States. Use them as inspiration for your next outing—or as a reason to plan a trip. Teton Crest Trail, Wyoming The Teton Crest Trail epitomizes the splendor of the West. John Strother There are a lot of really great hikes on this list, but Wyoming’s Teton Crest Trail might just take the cake

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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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Video – Rustic Camp Rosemary Flatbread

Video - Rustic Camp Rosemary Flatbread

To go alongside your rice dish or a bean/lentil soup—and to serve as a tortilla substitute for trail lunches—here’s a barebones, camp-friendly flatbread. The complete nCamp Kitchen to Go setup works great for this, given the kneading/rolling-friendly Prep Surface and the broad, stable stovetop. 3/4 cup of flour (whole wheat or white, your choice) 1/2 tsp of baking powder 1/2 tsp of salt 1 tbsp of olive oil 1/2 cup of water  1 sprig of rosemary Mix dry ingredients, add water and mix. Heat the olive oil in a pan on the nCamp Stove (low heat with the gas adapter). Pour batter into the pan and spread it out. Cook about 3 minutes on each side (or until lightly browned) and serve. (If you’re car

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Video – Pulled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Video - Pulled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

With only a few ingredients, chipotle rub and the nCamp Stove, we created a campsite delicacy. Pulled chipotle chicken tacos, served with spicy cabbage slaw on a flour tortilla are easy to make and only take about 15 minutes. Serves 2 people. 2 tablespoons oil salt and pepper 1 chicken breast 1 cup of cabbage 1 serrano pepper 1 carrot chipotle rub or your choice of seasoning 4 tortillas When using wood to cook, fill the combustion chamber with twigs and light. Allow your fire a minute to catch a good flame. Add cooking oil to the pan and heat. Add chicken breast to the pan and cook for 5 – 7 minutes. Flip and cook for 5 – 7 minutes more. Thinly slice the

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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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