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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How to Care For Your Down Sleeping Bag

Down sleeping bags are the ultimate bags for backpackers. Lightweight and compact but still super warm you can’t ask for much more. However, to stay in top shape they do take special care. To ensure your down bag keeps you warm for years to come follow these guidelines. Preparing your bag: If you have bought…

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How to Pick a Backpack

Deciding on a backpack can be intimidating for the new backpacker. Before buying one you are probably using a standard school backpack for short day hikes. Since you need a backpack for overnights, it’s not like you can do some backpacking first to see what you will need before buying. You are pretty much stuck…

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Gift Ideas for the Backpacker

With Christmas fast approaching you may be wondering what to get your favorite backpacker. If they already backpack, chances are they have all the necessary equipment. So, in this article I will focus on gear upgrades and extra goodies that can make their time in the backcountry that much better. Sleeping: Sleeping Bags: I am…

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Why Hiking with a Romantic Partner is Great

In addition to all the reasons in our series on Hiking, Camping, and Relationships, there are some more things that make hiking with your sweetheart superior to hiking with friends. In no particular order, here they are: Going out of the way to make each other’s time special. While friends can certainly be nice, a…

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Tips for Hiking Alone

Hiking alone has it’s advantages and risks When hiking alone you are on no one else’s schedule and you can do things at your pace. Solo hiking could mean waiting to seize that perfect sunset photo or silence while reading in a hammock by the creek. Sounds nice right? Unfortunately, it also means having to…

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