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Hiking Essentials

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The 10 Hiking Essentials The Ten Essentials is nothing new to hikers, backpackers and climbers. It’s a list of survival items agreed upon by hiking organizations that’s been around since 1930! The Ten Essentials paired with a little common sense will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the wilderness. Remember, this list isn’t just…

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Car Camping Checklist

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You’re not alone if you’re wondering exactly what cramping entails. Fortunately, it does not involve sleeping in your car. Car camping involves driving to your camp site. Your car might be a dozen or so feet away from your tent or possibly a quarter mile away. The idea behind car camping is that your gear…

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Best Backpacks for Hiking

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Aside from your hiking shoes, your hiking backpack is the foundation of gear. Whatever the length of your trip, a backpack should always be worn carrying such supplies as water, food, extra clothing, sun screen, camera and a First-Aid kit. If hiking overnight, of course you’ll need a tent, sleeping bag and cooking equipment (if…

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Best Hiking Boots

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Whether it be heading out for a day hike on well-groomed trails or hitting the Appalachian Trail for a few months, having the right hiking boots is crucial to your happiness and comfort. Arguable the most important component of hiking and backpacking, hiking boots provide cushioning, support and shock absorption. Many people find multi-purpose uses…

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Camping Food Ideas

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  Any veteran camper will agree that the food can make or break a camping trip! Peanut butter and jelly is convenient and cheap, but it sure can get boring after a few days. How about spicing things up with veggie burritos or homemade goji berry granola bars? OK, so maybe you’ll sub raisins for…

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Which Stand Up Paddle Board is Right For Me?

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Maybe you’ve rented a few times or borrowed a friend’s stand up paddle board. Or maybe you know you’ll love the sport and are ready to dive right in to new gear. Regardless, it’s always a wise idea to do a little research to pin point the board that’s best for you. With a properly…

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How to Choose the Right Longboard Skateboard

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Longboarding is yet another totally awesome sport that has swept adrenaline seekers coast to coast. It’s easier than skateboarding, yet still gives you that feeling of cruising sideways. Snowboards, surfers and skiers are all attracted to long boarding in addition to those who are just attracted to the freedom and chill feeling of longboarding. What…

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Best Polarized Sunglasses

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Once you have your own set of polarized shades, you’ll never go back. The reduced glare from quality polarized sunglasses is absolutely amazing. It also reduces eye strain and headaches, increases safety while driving and enhances overall clarity in the sun. You can learn more about what polarized sunglasses are here. Why are Polarized Sunglasses Better?…

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Winter Camping Food

Who says it’s time to sleep indoors when the snow falls? Certainly not the extreme outdoor enthusiasts. There are many special aspects of winter camping – the lack summer crowds, the quiet forest, no bugs, snuggling in when the sun sets early and appreciating everything Mother Nature has to offer. One of the most fun…

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How To: Carry a SUP

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[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruEvCMhx2TY&w=720] Transporting a SUP First, you’ll need to get the board from your house to the water, which typically involves a car ride. A roof rack works perfect. To protect the board, it’s best to use a bar pad on the rack. It’s best to stack the board on the roof with the fin up,…

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