When you take your wife camping…

Some observations I’ve made along the way, when you take your wife camping… “man, she sure does kick it up a notch, living the life out of a backpack!” …you get to eat real food for dinner! Before Jen, I would have filled my pack with granola bars, trail mix, jerky, and water before setting…

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Moroccan Stew

The mix of savory and sweet flavors in this soup make it a great change from monotonous trail food. It also has a great nutritional profile for the active outdoors person, with lentils for protein, lots of vegetables, and energy sustaining carbs. As an added bonus it is gluten free and very easily made vegan…

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What Lasik Surgery is Like

Every time we are backpacking in the woods I am more thankful than ever that I had lasik surgery. I don’t have to worry about breaking my glasses and being half blind in the woods. I don’t have to find a way to keep my contacts clean and taken care of. Instead, I wake each…

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When You Can’t Get Away…

Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to go months without an excursion into the wilds. For us hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, this can make us feel like a robot in a rainstorm, ready to short-circuit. When we can’t get away we feel, on-edge, and not completely ourselves. So what can we do when…

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The worst outdoor gear to cheap out on

Cheap gear is awesome! Except these… First of all, we love cheap gear. We have written before about the best gear to get for cheap and how to make your money go further when acquiring gear. There are some items for camping, hiking and backpacking that you should never cheap out on. Putting more money into…

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Know your essentials, all ten of them!

Know the ten essentials, pack them, double check them, be prepared In 1974, Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills Mountaineers 3rd edition included the ten essentials for travel in back country. Since then, the ten essentials have become the standard for what hiking and scouting organizations recommend as the minimum gear to bring for any excursion into the…

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The Best Backpacking Gear to Get for Cheap

Backpacking can become an expensive hobby here are some of the best items where you can go cheap. Stuff Sacks and Dry Bags Don’t forget to bring these sacks on any trip outdoors. At some point you will need them and because of their light weight, you won’t regret bringing them even if you don’t use them….

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The best part of camping no one talks about

Do you know what the best part of camping is? The best part isn’t hiking, or chocolaty marshmallowy s’mores, or sitting lakeside hauling in a whole school of perch (Jen). It isn’t waking up to the sounds of squirrels fighting for nuts outside, or the music of coyote howls, as a monstrous pack of dogs parties next to…

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Aegismax M3 Down Sleeping Bag Review

Like the M2 only better! Aegismax, the company who gave us the M2 ultralight down sleeping bag, has made huge strides in design and comfort of their new M3 bag. We liked the M2 so much we had to try out the M3 and we weren’t disappointed. I ended up sending back my Teton Leaf…

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