Should You Be Wearing Gaiters for Winter Outdoor Activity

There are some outdoor gear testers outfitters with a large following on YouTube who can be heard saying, “If you have the right hiking pants and the right hiking footgear, you really don’t need gaiters.” The comeback answer to those gaiter-doubters is that more than likely they have not been…

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Best Trekking Poles for Backpacking

If you’re a strong hiker who is just going out for a day hike, you may or may not choose to head outside with one or a pair of trusty hiking poles. If you’re joints are on the fritz or your hike includes several days, hiking poles are almost a…

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How to Bandage a Wound in the Wild

Depending on where you’re hiking or camping, you may be miles from the nearest road, and even further from modern first aid facilities. To make things worse, you may not have cell phone service. These factors can turn an injury that could have been treated in civilization into a life-threatening…


Best Trekking Poles for Backpacking

If you’re a strong hiker who is just going out for a day hike, you may or may not choose to head outside with one or a pair of trusty hiking poles. If you’re joints are on the fritz or your hike includes several days, hiking poles are almost a…


Ultra Lightweight Backpacking Tips

Video Tips for Ultra Lightweight Backpacking Gear Setup Here’s a great video by Will Wood on ultra-lightweight gear setup for your next backpacking trip. Will claims his base gear setup weights just 10 lbs, and the total weight for his pack comes in at 20 lbs, 5 ounces, including 7…


Small Truck Campers: Lightweight Pop-Up Campers for Small Trucks

Some of my fondest outdoor memories as a child were spent in a truck camper. My parents had a 74 chevy stepside which is considered a full-size truck at that time, but due to the fat rear fender design, it’s bed was small. Still, it could accommodate a small truck camper, which offered…


How to Build a Smokeless Campfire

This is a great backpacking tip! John from IntenseAngler shows us his version of how to build a smokeless campfire. There is nothing worse than smoke in your face, or the smoke following you around when you’re just trying to relax and enjoy the warm campfire. As we all know, there are…


Luci Lantern Review – Solar LED Lantern Tested

Purchase: LUCI LED Solar Lantern Remember the days when providing enough light at night in the undeveloped outdoors meant using a fuel-based, mantle camping lantern? Sure, they provide enough light as if having a mini-sun the size of a ping-pong ball, but the downside can outweighs the benefits: expensive fuel,…


Biolite Base Camp Stove

Buy on Amazon: BioLite BaseCamp Stove   The Biolite Base Camp Stove has been around for a little while now. What’s unique about itis that it’s a self-contained wood-fire cooking unit, where you can simple use fallen branches or small pieces of firewood to cook you meals – so it’s very efficient…


Campground Review: Cassel Campground, Burney CA

Cassel Campground, located in Burney CA (Shasta County), near Mt. Lassen, is surrounded by the most beauty that the Sierra foothills have to offer. Both Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta are visible from this area. Cassel campgrounds is renowned for trout fishing, as streams, canals and nearby lakes (like beautiful…