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Tips for Camping in a Windstorm

I'm in Death Valley National Park's Texas Springs campground and tents are flying past the window of my vehicle. As I type a yellow and white tent has broken free of its stakes and is shooting across the dusty ground like a tumbleweed. It's not...

Tips for Camping in a Windstorm

I'm in Death Valley National Park's Texas Springs campground and tents are flying past the window of my vehicle. As I type a yellow...

How to Pack a Backpack

You have collected all the items you need to bring with on your hike, now it is time to pack up and hit the...

Tips for Camping in a Windstorm

I'm in Death Valley National Park's Texas Springs campground and tents are flying past the window of my vehicle. As I type a yellow...

Q&A: How far in advance should I plan a camping trip?

"How far in advance should I plan a camping trip?" Annalise Planning your camping trip is primarily about where and when you want to go. There...

Alternatives to Tent Camping

A tent is the most popular camping shelter. But, if you don't have a tent, there are still plenty of places to sleep in...

How to Pick the Perfect Hiking Buddy

A hiking buddy is someone who you will laugh with, slog through the mud with, get angry at, maybe get lost with, and certainly share a story with. Like...
Camp Academy How to Pack a Backpack

How to Pack a Backpack

You have collected all the items you need to bring with on your hike, now it is time to pack up and hit the trail. You could just jam...
Camp Academy Five Items You Don't Need to Take Hiking

Five Things You Don’t Need To Take On A Hike

In my years of hiking I’ve seen some crazy pieces of gear on the trail. While some items I don’t expect to see twice (like a tuba), some items...

Q&A: How far in advance should I plan a camping trip?

"How far in advance should I plan a camping trip?" Annalise Planning your camping trip is primarily about where and when you want to go. There...

Q&A: How Can I Be a Good Trail Steward?

“How can I hike and protect trails at the same time?” Melaina This is a great question, Melaina. Trails are built not only to create safe...

Q&A: What is the Best Sleeping Pad for Backpacking?

What is the best sleeping pad for backpacking? Clark The criteria for a backpacking sleeping pad are different than for a car camping pad. You still...

Five Delicious Trail Mix Recipes for Hiking

Hiking takes a lot of energy and you'll get hungry. One of the best ways to get balanced nutrition on the trail is through...

My Favorite Snacks for Hiking

I'm a food motivated hiker, and there's nothing I like better than getting to a mountain summit and cracking open my favorite trail snack....

How to Make Camp Coffee

If you are anything like me, coffee is a non-negotiable part of your morning routine. No coffee in the morning pretty much guarantees that...
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