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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7 Tips for Camping with Kids

7 Tips for Camping with Kids

Did you switch out the car seats into the SUV? Did you pack sunscreen? What about bug spray? Oh shoot, we need to bring Lil’ Bear or else Ella will be in full-on riot mood at bedtime. All parents know how difficult it can be to just get out the door for family outings, and sometimes the challenges associated with having young children can feel very restrictive for active, adventurous families. But fear not! Once your little groms get to the toddler stage there are very few trips that you can’t do. In fact, regular camping trips at the crag, river, or up in the mountains will do wonders for the whole family. Just make sure you take lots of photos to capture the look

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A Beginner’s Guide to Camping Gear

A Beginner's Guide to Camping Gear

When you first start camping, it’s not easy to know what you will need. Plus, you have to decide which items you should buy, and what you can rent or borrow from your own household supplies. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of gear that you should take on any camping trip, whether you’re car camping or backpacking. Of course, these aren’t necessarily the only things you might want to carry, but these essentials will put you on the path toward a successful camping trip. You can rent most of the equipment here, but if you plan to start camping regularly, some things (like a good tent and water bottles) are worth the investment. Make sure you get a tent with

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Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping

Beginner's Guide to Car Camping

nCamp – Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping – Where to Go & What to Pack: If you don’t have much camping experience, you’re not alone. Over the past 20 years, fewer kids have been introduced to the outdoors, so a declining number of people have grown up camping with family and friends. It’s no surprise, then, that many adults these days have never pitched a tent or cooked over a camp stove. If you’d like to start camping, but aren’t sure where to begin, car camping in a state park is a great first step. When you camp in a park close to your vehicle, you can enjoy the outdoors without having to rough it too much. At most state parks, you’ll have access to

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7 Underrated Ways to Leave No Trace in the Outdoors

7 Underrated Ways to Leave No Trace in the Outdoors

7 Ways to Leave No Trace: Everyone knows about packing out your trash, or what to do when nature calls in the wilderness. These are number one and number two (literally) in the leave-no-trace playbook for those of us who care about preserving outdoor spaces for future generations to enjoy. Well, okay, apparently not everyone knows. We see trash (and pick it up) all the time, just like you do. We’re as baffled as you are when we see some yahoo flick a cigarette butt out the window of their car. Do some people simply not care? Further education is clearly needed. For those of us in the know, though, minimizing our own impact goes beyond these two obvious line items. If you’re already doing

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