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Tips: Sleep In One Bag No Matter The Weather

You don’t need an armada of down to fit every micro-climate. Here are some tips to help extend your sleeping bag’s effective range and to stay warm …

REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

The REI Quarter Dome 2 is a spacious two person tent that’s lightweight enough for comfortable backpacking.The REI Quarter Dome 2 Person Tent ($349) …

Backpacking

How to Eliminate Spare Clothing from your Gear List

Many ultralight backpackers bring extra clothing on trips that they never wear and end up carrying for no purpose. Doing this has a ripple effect, …

Backpacking

My sock systems for backpacking in 3-season conditions

By onJanuary 17, 2012 in Foot care, Footwear, Gear 19<p>In normal 3-season conditions, I carry just two pairs of socks on my backpacking trips. In wet …

Unexpected Gear Of Mountain Pro Andrew Skurka

During an overnight trip last month in the Colorado Rockies with Andrew Skurka, it was quickly evident to me that he’s not your average backpacker.<p>A …

Backpacking

Teaching the Digital Technology merit badge

Number of campouts required for First Class will double in 2016

Get ready to roll up the tent, stuff the sleeping bag and grab the flashlight. Because in 2016, Boy Scouts will do more camping than ever.In a nod to …

Camping

Creating and printing a custom mapset with TOPO!

By onJanuary 24, 2012 in Trip Planning 47<p>Are you planning a trip that is not addressed specifically and perfectly by an existing guidebook or mapset? …

The new Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Google Chromecast

After years of waiting, Apple has finally updated the Apple TV.<p>The latest set-top box, which goes on sale later this year, stands to be a significant …

The Best Beers for Backpacking

There’s an unspoken rule in backpacking: Leave the beers at home and bring a flask of whiskey instead. It’s based on the very real rule that weight …

Backpacking

A Dependable Classic - The Tarptent Contrail Review

(Image: Tarptent)<p>This chap has been with me since the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, and it was enjoying success before that. I was just over half way …

Homemade Backpacking Meals, Just Add Water - The Summit Register

<i>Originally Published May 26th, 2015</i><p>Photos and Story by Laura Lancaster<p>You know the aisle I’m talking about. The one between the fuel cannisters and …

How to smoke brisket, the Texas crutch way

Outside of competition barbecue circles, try telling people that you're going to crutch brisket, and then look at their faces. Blank stares. Even folks at the near-frantic heights of food obsession don't know about this. But the assault on barbecue, implied by the name, turns out to be practiced by …

How to use a map and compass

Want to win your next orienteering challenge?<p>Get prepared by studying basic map-and-compass skills such as taking a bearing. Then move on to more …

How to build the perfect fire, according to a Duke University engineer

Have you ever wondered how to build the perfect fire? Adrian Bejan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University, knows how, and has …

How to help youth leaders build a Scout-led troop

Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics

I grew up in a time before GPS. I learned how to use a compass in Cub Scouts and learned how to navigate with one as I grew older. I think I got my …

Maps

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent Review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is a two person backpacking tent that weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces, making it an excellent choice …

Backpacking

Vargo BOT Review, Bikepacking Cook kit

The Vargo BOT is an elegantly designed 1 liter titanium water bottle with a titanium screw lid that triples in versatility as a cooking pot and an …

Celebrate as the Order of the Arrow turns 100 years old

Building a Great Pocket Survival Kit - Planning

Build a great one o' these.<p>We've had a ton of fun looking at the various survival & EDC kits that have come in over the past month, and wanted to …

12 Weird Backpacking Tips from a Thru-Hiker

There’s a lot of things you can’t buy at REI that will help make your week long backpack or thru-hike a lot more enjoyable. Below are a few tips for …

San Diego's Top 50 Trails

Vitals<p>Dog-Friendly Stroller-Friendly Family-Friendly Pay to Park Bikeable Lake View Beach View Mountain View City View<p>1. Santa Margarita River Trail …

How to navigate without GPS device

17 tasty Dutch oven recipes

For the past few months on boyslife.org, you guys have shown us some of your favorite camp recipes. And, boy, are we getting full from testing your …

The difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>It has been said that the best camera in the world is the camera you have with you when you want to take a photo, because life …

Best Productivity Apps: iPhone Apps and Android Apps for Organization

Technology is a funny thing in terms of productivity: It’s supposed to help you accomplish things faster – but sometimes when you’re glued to your …