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Camping Gear Review: Eureka Casper

De Soto National Forest, just thirty minutes north of Biloxi, Mississippi, is one of my favorite spots to camp in the Gulf South.  The area is home to over 518,000 acres of national forest and peppered with primitive and managed campsites. Last weekend I trekked to one of my favorites, POW lake, to take a […]

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Birding Hot Spots: 5 Spots to Set Up Camp and Wait for the Great Migrations

This is a guest post from Joe Laing.  You can learn more about Joe in the bio box below. You don’t have to be a ‘bird nerd’ to appreciate the grandeur of hundreds of sandhill cranes circling overhead in unison, or a gaggle of thousands of geese creating a deafening roar as they settle in […]


Take Your Outdoor Love to the Treetops with America’s Favorite Ropes Courses

Ropes courses are not just a team-building destination for corporate retreats. They are also a relaxing combination of a few favorite outdoor activities: The best ropes courses involve hiking to and from the site. Climbers can often put their bouldering skills to work along the course. And, of course, ropes courses give you a few […]


Fastpacking: The Minimalist’s Response to Glamping

It’s Not Glamping Running shoes, instead of hiking boots; one sleeping bag to be shared among the group; energy bars in place of hobo packs and more substantial camping food. These are the concessions made by fans of the newest camping fad. Fastpacking is the minimalist’s response to last year’s glamping trend. Standard camping gear […]


Florida Angler Russ Chiodo Proves his Coastline is an Outdoor Lover’s Paradise

Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, we bring you an interview from the beautiful coast of Florida. Russ Chiodo, founder of Coquina Coast Outdoors, is a self-described “passionate, lifelong angler and outdoorsman who lives in Palm Coast, Florida. For Flordians and visitors along the seventy mile stretch of land he calls the Coquina […]


National Wildlife Federation’s Land Tawney Discusses How Conservation Issues Affect the Casual Camper

Land Tawney, a fifth generation Montanan, learned his conservation ethics through his own experiences in the outdoors. Spending time in duck blinds in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and catching trout in the Big Hole River fostered an appreciation for and understanding of the environment. In 2004, Land brought that knowledge to the National Wildlife Federation when […]


Outdoor Gadgets to Help Adults Beat the Back-to-School Blues

It does not matter that you’re all grown up. Even adults get the blues during the back-to-school time of the year. You may not be trading in your swimsuit for a school uniform and a backpack, but you can see a time in the not-so-distant future when your camping tent will be used far less […]


“Before They’re Gone:” A Family’s Yearlong Odyssey to America’s Disappearing National Parks

It’s an old cliché that teens let parental advice fall on deaf ears. Parents often encourage their kids to do something or appreciate something “before it’s too late.” Only years later, after having their own learning experiences, do those teens realize the sensibility behind their parents’ words. As the Northwest Editor of Backpacker Magazine, Michael […]

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The Best Hikes to Celebrate the Appalachian Trail’s 75th Birthday

August marks the Appalachian Trail’s 75th anniversary. In 1937, the 2180-mile footpath was completed, allowing adventurers to hike from the northern end of Georgia up into Maine. The AT is the longest hiking-only trail in the world—and what a blessing to have it for hikers in America. There is no better way to celebrate the […]


Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away From Camp

It can happen in an instant. One moment, you’re enjoying a romantic dinner for two beneath the stars and the next, you’re battling hundreds of unwanted guests. The arrival of merciless and bothersome bugs can quickly turn a fun camping trip or a relaxing time on your patio in New Jersey into an awful experience […]