How to Install a Roof Top Tent

roof rack tents can generally be used with most OEM vehicle roof racks. However, according to the manufacturers, an aftermarket rack tends to be easier to mount your tent to, be more sturdy and give you additional attachment for additional gear. Know Your Roof Rack Weight Ratings As mentioned by…

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Alternatives to Mountain House Freeze Dried Backpacking Food

When the discussion topic among outdoors people is backpacking freeze dried food, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is always Mountain House Foods. The company that sells 10 million food packages a year to outdoors people, preppers, and survivalists traces its roots back to the Vietnam War. Its parent company,…

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How to Install a Roof Top Tent

roof rack tents can generally be used with most OEM vehicle roof racks. However, according to the manufacturers, an aftermarket rack tends to be easier to mount your tent to, be more sturdy and give you additional attachment for additional gear. Know Your Roof Rack Weight Ratings As mentioned by…

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Jeep Camping Gear: Campers & Trailers

Jeep Camping Options for the Off Road Enthusiast! Growing up around and being a current owner of a Jeep (46′ Willys), I share a fondness, as many others do, with this iconic off-road capable vehicle. With both a passion for Jeeps and camping, curiosity led me to start wondering, what Jeep…


Best Backpacking Water Filter: 4 Water Purification Gadgets

So you’re planning a backpacking trip and need some new gear for water purification. Only one question remains – what’s the best backpacking water filter? There’s quite a few lightweight, effective water filters on the market these days.  Below are some different examples to to choose what best fits your needs: Sawyer Mini Water…


5 Tips for Camping in the Snow

Despite all of its added discomfort and difficulties, a snow-covered winter landscape can constitute one of the most beautiful scenes nature has to offer. Coupled with the comforting silence and lack of traffic, hiking and camping in the snow is often preferred by many to the equally beautiful, albeit more…


What’s the Best Backpacking Backpack?

Aside from your boots, you probably won’t find a more important factor of your hiking experience than your backpack. Choosing the right pack can ensure that you grind out those miles as comfortably as possible while choosing the wrong pack can make your hike miserable. I’ve had the opportunity to…


Solo Stove Bonfire – Efficient Wood Burning Fire Pit Launched on Kickstarter

If you’re not already familiar with Solo Stove, they became well known for the popular efficient, eco-wood burning, Solo Stove Campfire for backpacking. Riding on Campfire’s success, Solo Stove has launched a new Kickstarter Campaign for their new fire pit product, the Bonfire.  The design is based on the same engineering principles of…


Best 2-Person Ultralight Backpacking Tents – Under 3 Pounds

My first backpacking trip was in 1991 when I was 18 years old. At that time, one of the hot 2-person ultralight backpacking tents was the North Face Starlight NHP, which I still have and use to this day. I was then amazed at how light it was compared to…


Therm-a-Rest® Neoair™ Xlite™

Simply put, this isn’t your daddy’s Thermarest! I had a chance to try one of these Neolite Xlite pads out, and compared to what I normally use, this pad was amazing. Extremely comfortable, the Neolite Xlite is about 2.5 inches thick when inflated but you’d think it’s alot more. When…


Convict Flat Picnic Area – Yuba River in Pictures

If you’ve never visited the Northern Yuba River in Tahoe National Forest along highway 49,and are planning a day trip, or daytime stop along the way, you’re in for a real treat.  A great place to stop off is the Convict Flat Day Use Area, where you can BBQ, relax…