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Making a Shelter

Making a Shelter

In a survival situation, making a shelter is critical to staying alive. A shelter keeps you out of the sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice. A shelter can prevent conditions that lead to hypothermia, heat stroke, and frostbite. But most importantly, a shelter can increase your positive outlook, comfort you, and give you a stronger resolve to survive! Sometimes the best shelter can be found and not made. Look for rock outcrops, caves, and low hanging evergreen branches. All of…

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Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival skills can be very important if you plan to go on an extended hike, camping trip, or expedition. Knowing about the environment you’re going into can help you prepare in the event that you need to survive in the woods. And while these skills are important, the things that will truly save your life are willower and attitude. One of the biggest impediments to survival is how we handle the discomfort and stress of living outdoors. Sometimes in…

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Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City Product Review The Eureka Silver City is an outstanding piece of gear for your next camping or backpacking trip. Having used Eureka military-issue tents, my expectations were high for this product…and Eureka came through again! This sleeping bag review is based on my side-by-side evaluation of the Silver City, as compared to my old trusty flannel-lined bag. But before I delve into the review, here are the stats for the product:   Silver City (Long) Dimensions 87”x34”x22”…

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Camping Shovel

Camping Shovel

A good camping shovel should only cost you $10-$50. And depending on your preference, it can be easily strapped to your backpack, clipped to your belt, or stowed under a car seat. The need for a shovel may not be immediately apparent…until you get into the woods. A shovel comes in handy for tent placement – whether you need to dig a small rain trench around your tent or dig up some rocks in your tent’s footprint. But the most…

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Camping Tents

Camping Tents

A Buying Guide When looking at all of the camping tents out there, think about how you plan to use it before you rush into a quick purchase. If you plan to go on a few family campouts a year you might opt for a larger, heavier tent than if you plan to hike the Appalachian trail. You’ll want to look at things like the material, weight, and dimensions to see if the tent will accommodate your whole group. Do…

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Camping Gear

Camping Gear

Having the right tool can make any job look easy. The same is true for camping gear. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it can make the difference between a warm night’s sleep and a cold one; a dry backpack and a wet one; a hot meal and stale granola. Below are some tools to help you evaluate the factors that are worth considering when it comes to choosing your camping gear, as you mark off the…

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Cold Related Injuries

Cold Related Injuries

Cold related injuries can occur quickly and without as many warning signals as heat-related injuries. And cold related injuries don’t always occur when the air temperature is below freezing. Hypothermia, for example, can occur at temperatures well above freezing. Injuries due to the cold can be very serious and even life-threatening. However, all of these injuries and illnesses are preventable if the proper precautions are taken and exposure is limited. The two most common and serious cold related injuries are…

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Cold Weather Camping Tips

Cold Weather Camping Tips

Here are a few cold weather camping tips if you’re outing takes you into the winter months. One of the best tools you can bring into the woods is a few minutes of preparation. Check out the weather forecast for the area that you’re heading into and look for any precipitation and the forecasted low temps. In some cases, you can change the schedule or timing of your outing to avoid nasty weather. Many campers opt to stay in cabins…

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Campfire Cooking Tips

Campfire Cooking Tips

Some of the best camping memories are around the campfire. Use these campfire cooking tips to help you plan the setup, igniting, and cooking of this traditional outdoor pastime. Before you give the skewers to the kids or open that bag of marshmallows, there are a few safety considerations to think about as you set up the campfire. Try to choose a location that’s a safe distance from the tent and vehicles. You should be at least 25 feet from…

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Campsite Setup Tips

Campsite Setup Tips

Some campsite setup tips are very individual and dependant on the conditions. For example, campers with kids might opt to put some trees between them and the eastern exposure so that they’re not up at dawn. Summer campers may choose to avoid standing water in buggy areas. And other campers may look for trees and grassy areas if they’ve come with their doggy friends. These campsite setup tips were compiled over many experiences and lessons learned. Whether you’re going on…

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