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We all love spending time in the great outdoors, there is nothing so refreshing as taking a break from bustling city life to get back to nature. However, as with holidays, it is important to do some research on where you’re going, and who is going to be there! Snake species are not the most unfriendly local you may encounter on your holiday, but they can prove deadly if trifled with. There are five key mistakes people often make when campers encounter snakes, and five things to try to do instead. Tip #1 – Do your research! Most incidents happen … Continue reading

Avoid These Five Mistakes Campers Make with Venomous Snakes

We all love spending time in the great outdoors, there is nothing so refreshing as taking a break from bustling city life to get back to nature. However, as with holidays, it is important to do some research on where you’re going, and who is going to be there! Snake species are not the most unfriendly local you may encounter on your holiday, but they can prove deadly if trifled with. There are five key mistakes people often make when campers encounter snakes, and five things to try to do instead. Tip #1 – Do your research! Most incidents happen … Continue reading

15 Awesome State Parks in the USA

State parks in the U.S. offer some of the country’s most accessible outdoor recreation and protect some of its great landforms and ecosystems, historic sites, and scenic sightlines. Whether you’re overnighting or just spending a memorable couple of hours, the following are a top notch sample of U.S. state parks. This isn’t an attempt at a “best-of-the-best” list, but rather a celebration of the sort of natural wonders and recreational activities American state parks harbor. Some of these rank among the best-known, most-visited state parks in the U.S.; others are quite a bit more off-the-radar. All of them, though, are … Continue reading

A Guide to Cold Weather Paddling

This time of year, many kayakers are hanging up their paddles and life vests and resigning themselves to a hibernation season of trip-planning and wistful memories of on-the-water touring. The truth is the fall-through-early-spring stretch of the calendar can be a fabulous time to paddle, with full flows, ice-glazed scenery, and quieter waterways. A sturdy saying you’ll come across frequently on this subject (as in winter camping or rainy-season adventuring) is, “There’s no such thing as bad weather—only the wrong kind of gear.” If you’re protecting yourself from the cold and the elements, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy top-quality … Continue reading

Overnighting in a Fire Lookout Tower

Historical landmarks and symbols of our complicated and ever-evolving relationship with wildland blazes, the fire lookout towers of America’s wildernesses and semi wildernesses also make one-of-a-kind backcountry accommodations. Scores of decommissioned towers are available for rent, offering charming and generally pretty unforgettable overnight lodgings with invariably awesome views.   A Snapshot History of America’s Fire Lookout Towers For decades, fire lookout towers (sometimes called firewatch or ranger towers) provided surveillance of wildfire activity in rough, rugged, often roadless country. As fire suppression became basically nationwide policy in the early 20th century, lookout towers proliferated—especially via Civilian Conservation Corps work during … Continue reading

Tips for Cooking at High Altitude

There’s nothing better than organizing your pack for a week-long excursion to somewhere beautiful! The sound of stuffing your sleeping bag into its stuff sack or dividing oatmeal portions is pure bliss for camping aficionados. Camping in the backcountry and camping at altitude are two entirely different games, however, each involving slightly different gear lists, skill sets, and knowledge. Whether it’s making food or starting a fire, these few tips for cooking at altitude are sure to help. Leave the Non-Torch Lighter at Home There’s nothing worse than getting up to camp at 10,000 feet only to find the lighter … Continue reading

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