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5 Questions to Answer Before Going Hammock Backpacking

In the past, your shelter options while backpacking were pretty limited – tent or…… tent. Then ultralight cuben fiber flat tarps and pyramids came …

Backpacking

Popular U.S. national parks to hike fees to $35, not $70

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department will hike fees at the most popular national parks to $35 a vehicle, backing off a plan that would have cost visitors $70 a vehicle to visit Yellowstone and other well-known parks, the agency said on Thursday.<p>The new plan boosts fees at 117 parks by $5, up …

National Parks

Reserving a camp site in California just got more complicated, but here's a guide

It's getting to be that time of year, when families get out of town and pitch a tent.<p>But this camping season, some in California are having …

California

10 Little-Known Uses for Vicks VapoRub

While many medical treatments from the early 1900s have been vehemently debunked, a handful have managed to stand the test of time. At the top of …

Alternative Medicine

Snakes On A Trail: 5 Tips For Dealing With Snakes While Hiking

Snakes are just one of many species that call the wild places we love home. Understanding these critters and being able to manage an encounter with …

Zoology

Lost Yosemite Hiker "Did Everything Right" to Survive | RECOIL OFFGRID

After snowfall caused Alan Chow to wander off-trail in Yosemite, he used basic survival skills to stay alive for six days until rescue arrived.

Off-grid

How to Pick a Lock With a Paper Clip | The Art of Manliness

So you know how to pick a lock with a tension wrench and rake. This is an incredibly useful skill, which will allow you to get in your house if you …

Crafting

Printable USGS Topo Maps

Launched in 2009, the US Topo Quadrangles project provides free online quadrangle topographic maps for anyone living in the continental United …

9 Safety Tips For Encountering Wildlife While Hiking

When hiking in the great outdoors, it is crucial to remember whose home you are stepping into: bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and an abundance …

How to Prevent Tent Condensation

Tent condensation happens to everyone. It’s one of the unavoidable consequences of camping or backpacking with a tent, but it’s usually just a …

Backpacking

Scientists Uncover Yet Another Reason to Protect Bears Ears

This week, a team of paleontologists announced the discovery of a major new cache of Triassic-age fossils. They aren’t quite as stoked as they should …

Trump's Budget Will Destroy National Parks

Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke employed a bait-and-switch defense of President Trump’s bait-and-switch budget proposal for the Department of the Interior.<p>The bait? An $18 billion fund for fixing the National Park Service’s massive maintenance backlog. The switch? It’d be paid for by …

National Parks

OliLight hiking lamp sends a distress signal when disaster strikes

The dust- and water-resistant OliLight is a light belt with LEDs embedded inside a UV-resistant polyurethane casing pumping out a maximum of …

How to use a knife for bushcraft and survival

Author: David Cassini Backstrom<p>A knife is one of the most important pieces of kit you can take with you on a wild camping or bushcraft trip. Here, …

Bushcraft

Why are Topographic Maps Important for Hiking and Backpacking?

Trail leading to Mt Lafayette, Franconia RidgeTopographic maps are used by hikers and backpackers to plan routes, estimate travel times, find water, …

Hiking

How to start a fire using four different natural materials

A fire is the cornerstone of any bushcraft or survival scenario. Whether it’s an essential because you’ve got into trouble while out hiking or a …

Trump administration takes aim at California desert protections

<i>The Silurian Valley near Death Valley National Park and Baker, Calif. is where a company called Iberdola Renewables had proposed to build a</i> …

Trump Administration

Primer: How To Ford A River

Whether backpacking, traveling, hiking or participating in any outdoor nomadic pilgrimage, odds are that at some point during your outdoor expedition …

5 Nutrition Tips to Fight Hiker Hunger

A couple weeks into a long trail, just when the blisters have started to callus over, it happens: eternal hunger sets in. Contrary to popular belief, …

How to Forage Safely

Everything looks good when you're starving. Learn to tell what's really on the menu.<p>593<p>SHARES<p><b>If I don’t have a field guide with me, how can I tell if</b> …

Learning Knife Sharpening

One of our favorite food geeks, Alex of French Guy Cooking, is at it again. This time, he breaks down the process of knife-sharping and looks at the tools involved, the physics involved, and he even does a little kitchen hack to create a stop for his whetstone on his sink divider.<p>As is often the …

Seven Super-Clever Uses for Paracord

P-cord consists of a braided nylon sheath 
inside of which reside seven to nine strands 
of separate cord. It has a breaking strength of 550 …

5 Military Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know

Rucking” is the military term for hiking under load. As you can imagine, this is a huge issue for the military, as soldiers must wear body armor and …

Backpacking

How to Find True North Without a Compass Using Only the Sun and the Shadow It Makes on a Stick

Alek V of the KGB Survivalist channel created a video in 2014 where he demonstrated how to easily find true north, without a compass, using the sun …

Survivalism

Casio's solar-powered GPS watch is ideal for survivalists

Casio's beloved line of G-Shock timepieces is widening to include the new GPR B-1000, a GPS-equipped timepiece that could just save your life. The watch, which forms part of the Rangeman line, is capable of standalone GPS navigation for up to 33 hours on a single charge. But more importantly, if …

Wireless Charging

How To Build A Long Term Survival Shelter

How To Build A Long Term Survival Shelter For Camping Uses<p>There are many things you must prepare in advance if you want to have a comfortable camping …

Top 10

5 Days Lightweight Backpacking Meal Plan

<b>Here is a complete 5-day backpacking meal plan</b> similar to what I eat on my hikes. It includes three meals and four snacks, providing 3,500 calories …

Wilderness Survival Kit List - Top 10 Must-have Items

Top 10 must-have items of a wilderness survival kit list<p>We all want to do something for a change of pace once in a while to relax our body and …

Top 10

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

How to Read Deer Tracks in the Snow

Face it. Just about all your deer hunting’s been sit-and-wait. Doesn’t matter if you sit in a tree or in a ground blind, the routine is the same: …

Hunting