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Tune In to the Best Backpacking Podcasts

Backpacking 101 is in session—whether you’re a freshman on the trails or ready for an advanced degree in thru-hiking<p>Whether you’re still knee-deep in …

Backpacking

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

This column is by Zdravko Cvijetic, Founder of Zero to Skill<p><b>Somebody once told me the definition of hell:</b><p><i>“On your last day on earth, the person you</i> …

Motivation

18 bad habits you should break in 2017 to be more productive

While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Below are 18 things you should stop doing right now to become more productive.

Time Management

Add These 5 Things to Your 2017 Calendar to be More Creative

Increasing your creativity requires you to adopt new habits, and the best way to acquire new habits is to put certain things on your calendar on a daily basis.<p>If you have to make one new year resolution for 2017, do this. Add the following 5 things to your daily schedule, and make sure you execute …

Creativity

20 great ideas for organising everything in your kitchen

Some people love kitchen organisation and others hate it, but you can't deny that it's hugely important, and when done right, can make life a whole …

Kitchens

Whittling for Beginners: A Guide to the Basics

Playing with knives… Not something to recommend to, well anyone really. But idle hands will find their way to a blade at some point, so curiosities …

The Complete Guide to Avoiding (and Removing) Windows Crapware

Windows has a lot going for it, but it's also saddled with one of computing's biggest annoyances: crapware. Here's everything you need to know about …

Top 10 Things to Do On Your Family's Computer When You Go Home for the Holidays

Traveling for the holidays almost always means that if you’re the tech-savvy, computer literate one in the family, someone will ask you to look at …

Software

This 3-Minute Squat and Plank Workout May Be Short, but It's Intense

This total body workout is devoted to two types of exercises that you might despise because they're so hard, but man, they are effective at strengthening your thighs, butt, core, and abs!<p>It's just six moves, done for 30 seconds each, for a total of three minutes. So you can do this short workout …

Workouts

Winter Backpacking on a Budget: Gear Up without Breaking the Bank

Winter camping in a four season tent.Winter backpacking and mountaineering are great sports. But the cost of winter gear is very expensive, upward of …

The Best Way to Make Flat, Crispy Bacon for Sandwiches and Burgers

If you’re whipping up a batch of BLTs or bacon burgers, you’re going to need hefty portion of bacon. Here’s how to avoid soft, chewy bacon that pulls …

Cooking

Where to Start When You Want to Get Back In Shape

The road to fitness begins with just 10 minutes a day<p>As the <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director, BJ Gaddour gets dozens of questions every day from readers about specific workout moves and training strategies. But the most common question he receives is also the simplest: “Where do I start?”<p>Gaddour’s …

Convertible Miter Saw Station Plans

A huge work surface when you need it, compact storage when you don't<p>One will form the top of the cabinet and another will form the bottom. The two …

Woodworking

What Items Belong in My Backpacking First-Aid Kit?

<i>A:</i><p>Gareth Tate has been a wilderness first responder and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructor for more than a decade, so he’s treated countless backcountry accidents. I called him up to find out how to pack a proper first-aid kit. “My approach is pretty minimal. So many of these products …

10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

The best ultralight backpacking foods are high in calories, compact, and fast to prepare. In order to keep your food load as lightweight as possible, …

Autumn Hiking and Backpacking Gear List Extras

When Autumn rolls around, I break out my blaze orange hiking cap, a brighter headlamp, and more insulated clothing.Autumn has arrived and with it …

Backpacking First Aid Kits: Assemble Yourself or Buy?

Many one-person, commercial first-aid kits contain supplies that can be easily found at home.Being able to treat blisters, minor burns and cuts, …

How to build a 12x16 shed | HowToSpecialist - How to Build, Step by Step DIY Plans

This step by step diy article is about <b>how to build a 12×16 shed</b>. If you need a large storage shed for various reasons, you should take a look on this …

Section Hiker’s Top Backpacking Gear Picks – 2016

Philip Werner on Mt Percival, Squam Lake Region, NH.While I get to try out more backpacking gear than most people, I have a highly refined list of …

Fantasy Football 2016: Use this defensive strategy to get a huge edge

Most everyone will agree that defense wins championships, but not everyone agrees when you should draft a defense for your fantasy team. Conventional wisdom advocates selecting a defense with one of your two final picks, and while the numbers suggest that is no longer true, many will still heed the …

Fantasy Football

Backpacking Gear Tips: 20 Beginner-Friendly Ways to Drop Weight (Without Breaking the Bank)

July 18, 2016<p>To many new backpackers, time spent on the trail can seem like a chore. You load up your heavy backpack with 40 pounds of gear until …

31 Garage Organization Ideas…to whip yours into SHAPE!!

As much as we try, our garage is always a mess.It’s a 3-car garage but we only have 2 cars, so the 3rd bay is used for tools and lawn stuff and DIY …

Workbenches

How to Build a U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed - Quiet Corner

Tips How to Build a U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed<p>Creating your own home garden is not always an easy task, but with this DIY U-Shaped garden, it will be …

6 Essential Weather Report Details Every Camper and Backpacker Should Know Before Heading Into the Elements

You probably already know how to read temperature and precipitation forecasts. Those are the ones you check every morning to decide which jacket to grab as you're heading out the door.<p>But when you're heading out into the backcountry to brave the elements, it's important to pay more attention to the …

10 Hacks For Eating Well And Staying Fueled On Your Next Backpacking Trip

Figuring out what food to pack backpacking stressed me out when I first started backpacking. What do you eat for lunch? You can’t pack sandwiches and …

Fontus Self Filling Water Bottle, Transforms Air Into Water (video)

Kristof Retezar has unveiled a new range of revolutionary self filling water bottles in the form of the Fontus Airo and Ryde, that are capable of …

How To Recover Today and Hike Stronger Tomorrow

1.9K<p>SHARES<p><b>1. Coast into camp to reduce cramps</b><p>Recovery should start before you reach camp. When you are within 5 to 10 minutes of camp, slow your pace …

The 20 Best Hiking Boots For Men

Columbia North Plains<p>Lightweight, reasonably priced, and totally durable, the North Plains boots are perfect for fast paced jaunts through the woods. …

20 Small Things People Who Enjoy Being Alone Do That Bring Great Joy

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help