Camping safety tips

Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska posted some useful camping safety tips on their website this month and while many tips are focused on the unique conditions found in Alaska, most of the tips are applicable no matter where you venture outdoors. Here are some of my favorites: ยท Avoid wildlife. Remember in Alaska you …

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Camping as inexpensive family vacation

Over on the Blogging Away Debt website Tricia wrote about her family’s short camping trip. The family’s original plan was to buy a tent but found it was cheaper to rent a cabin than to buy a tent (though that’s not really thinking long-term if you ask me). Anyway, Tricia is right to recommend camping …

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Mt. Diablo State Park camping review

The BlueproofBikes Motorcycle Adventures blog posted a detailed review of the Juniper campground at Mt. Diablo State Park in California this month. The review includes some great pics as well including one of the local nighttime wildlife ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve never been Motorcycle camping myself but I imagine that it’s not unlike backpacking due to the …

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TripleBlaze redesign

Welcome to the new and improved TripleBlaze Camping and Hiking Review website! Just in time for the Labor Day holiday we’ve improved the navigation and combined our camping and hiking resources to make it easier for you to find the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. A few notable improvements: The blog is back! What …

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Fire starters

Over the years I’ve heard of some interesting fire starters and I thought I would share some of the more ingenious materials you can use to start a fire. One interesting material you can use is dryer lint. Dryer lint is lightweight and honestly, what else are you going to use it for? You can …

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Survival Priorities

You may have been exposed to the teamwork exercise where your group has to agree on the most important items to scavange from the wrecked plane that just dumped you in the Alaska wilderness. The point of the exercise is to compare the items you would have picked if you were alone versus the group’s …

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Surviving the Wild: STOP

If you find yourself lost in the wilderness (or even if you just can’t find your car at the mall), this simple acronym will help you survive the experience: STOP. STOP is an acronym we used in Boy Scouts and it stands for Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. First off, stop and relax to get …

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Camping checklist

We’ve developed a checklist you can use when you pack for your next camping trip. Print out a fresh copy of this checklist each time you get ready for a trip to make sure you have everything. Did we forget something? Let us know! Note: Requirements for a backpacking or canoe trip may vary significantly. …

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Meals for Camping

When going camping, there really is no limit to the variety and scale of the meals you can enjoy. For many of us, practical considerations may dictate more simple meals but don’t let guide limit you! Here are some easy clean up, easy packing meals you can consider for your next trip to the great …

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Set Up Your Dome Tent

So you probably already know how to set up your dome tent, even if you never even cracked open the instructions that came with your tent. Almost every dome tent is the same with two main poles that cross in the center and a shorter single pole that stretches out the rain fly. Here are …

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Tent Optional: Real Men Rough It

One way to cut down on your pack weight significantly is to leave out the tent altogether. There are several options for keeping yourself dry on the trail without even bringing a tent along! One alternative to the tent is a hammock. Hammocks are generally light and you can bring a tarp to hang above …

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Eating Utensils: Cut Out the Weight

One tip I learned as a Boy Scout is that you can save weight in your backpack by packing multi-purpose tools. For example, why bring the knife that’s part of your slick backpacking utensil set when you’ll also be bringing a pocket knife? What kind of food, for that matter, will you be eating that …

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Toilet paper space saver

I probably don’t have to tell you that when backpacking two things are at a premium: space and weight. This trick saves a little of both (and every little bit counts!). First off, estimate how much toilet paper you’ll need for your trip based on the number of days you’ll be out. The actual amount …

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999 Challenge: Hot dogs and baseball

If you’ve never heard about the 9-9-9 challenge, it goes something like this: eat 1 hot dog (with bun) and down 1 beer between the first pitch of each inning and the final out at the end of the inning. For mathematicians out there, successful completion of the challenge means participants will eat 9 hot …

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Trails.com review

I admit it – I’m a bit of an outdoor guide junkie – I probably own at least 50 mountain biking books. It’s not just guide books either – I love maps, pamphlets, any media for that matter that talks about mountain bike treks, backpacking routes, hikes, camping spots, etc. Surprisingly it has taken me …

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