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Why Camping in the Fall is Better Than Camping in the Summer

Why Camping in the Fall is Better Than Camping in the Summer

      The signs are everywhere: in the smell of hot dust flying out of your hibernating car heater, the leaves stuck in your windshield wipers, the sight of your breath floating up in front of you as you walk into the office. In case you haven't noticed, it's...

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Make Your Next Camping Trip Feel Like Glamping

Make Your Next Camping Trip Feel Like Glamping

    Glamping - or at least pretending to glamp - is all the rage for Instagrammers and bloggers alike. While glamping takes a lot of effort (and sometimes a lot of airbnb fees), you can still get your great photo ops and fancy feelings from a simple tent camping...

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How to Balance Organization With Spontaneity in Your Next Outdoor Adventure

How to Balance Organization With Spontaneity in Your Next Outdoor Adventure

    Just like there are all types of species of plants and creatures in the outdoors, there are all types of outdoor adventurers. Some of us like to plan - collecting maps, nailing down itineraries, dehydrating food and calculating how much water you'll need each day. Some of us...

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How to Make Gourmet Coffee on Any Trip

How to Make Gourmet Coffee on Any Trip

    Just like you should get up on the right side of the bed (or the right side of the sleeping pad), you should wake up with the right cup of coffee. So why do so many people settle for bad coffee just because they're not at home?  ...

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Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

Rice Bowl Recipes for Backcountry Cooking

      Rice is a backpacking staple for a reason: it's packed with carbs, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals to keep you going on the trail day after day. It's also a no-nonsense grain, with very little prep or cooking skills needed to whip up a delicious rice dinner...

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Why Beer Tastes Better Outside

Why Beer Tastes Better Outside

    Fall is quickly arriving, and with the changing of the leaves comes many autumnal traditions: the likes of tailgating, Oktoberfest, and harvest festivals. What do all these fall events have in common? Enjoying beer outside!     This is no coincidence: beer tastes better outside. If you're one...

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Camping Gear You Can Use In Your Home Kitchen

Camping Gear You Can Use In Your Home Kitchen

      It's 2018, and we're all about things with multiple uses. Watches that double as phones. Phone cases that double as wallets. Cargo pants that zip off into shorts. (Okay, that trend is thankfully dead, but you get the idea.)     We make cooking gear for the...

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Delicious Desserts You Can Make While Camping

Delicious Desserts You Can Make While Camping

      A little known fact: dessert is the most important meal of the day. Okay, dessert is certainly not the most nutritious for the body, but it feeds the soul after a long day of hiking, road tripping, or overall adventuring. Yet, more often than not, we skip...

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5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

5 Vanlife Cooking Essentials

      When you live in your vehicle, full time or part time, you have to get used to a lot of new things - like peeing in the woods in the middle of the night, spending your time in auto parts stores, and people endlessly quoting the Livin’...

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10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

10 Gourmet S'mores Variations To Try On Your Next Trip

    For first time campers, the perfectly built s’more is a right of passage - an introduction to campfire cooking. Achieving that golden brown crust, the ideal melty chocolate-marshmallow ratio, and perfectly halved graham cracker takes patience and skill.     Once you’ve become a s’more master (s’master), it’s...

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Three Easy Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Three Easy Watermelon Recipes for Summer

      Watermelon is the fruit of the summer. It awaits you at the door of every grocery store come June, and the sweet seedless melon calls to you to reenact the scene from Dirty Dancing. As easy as watermelon is to snack on straight from the slice, it's also wonderful...

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Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

Beat the Heat On Your Summer Adventures

    Summer is the season of outdoor adventure: the sun is shining, the snow has melted, wildflowers pop up, and blue skies abound. But summer is also the season of miserable, sweltering, merciless heat - which can make heading outdoors for an adventure seem like insanity.   Whether you...

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Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

Your Guide to Perfectly Ground Camp Coffee

      The best adventures start with coffee. There's nothing easy about dragging yourself out of your warm sleeping bag and tent before the sun comes up, but a steaming cup of camp coffee sure makes the back soreness and lack of plumbing a little more bearable.    ...

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Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

Camp furniture and storage? We've got that too.

          We've been creating the finest Outdoor Cookware since 1985. But we soon realized that unless you like cooking in the dirt and mud, you need quality camp furniture. Many campsites are lacking in proper cooking surfaces and there aren't a lot of picnic tables to...

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Dutch Oven Pizzas

Dutch Oven Pizzas

    On this week's episode of Foods I Didn't Think I Could Make While Camping, we present: Dutch Oven Pizzas!   That's right: you can enjoy a deliciously baked pizza right at your own campsite. With a little effort and lots of help from our camp Dutch Ovens, you'll...

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How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

How to Celebrate a Flameless Fourth

      Fire and the Fourth of July go together like America and bald eagles. When the most American of American holidays rolls around, it's become customary to start up the barbecue, build a mean campfire, and of course, light off fireworks in the name of independence. We get...

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Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

Make Your Backyard Party More Sustainable with Reusable Partyware

      Trying to help the environment can seem really daunting these days, especially when your social media feeds are full of videos of sea creatures choking on trash and depressing studies about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Environmental news like this can make even the toughest eco-warrior feel...

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Why You Should SUP This Summer

Why You Should SUP This Summer

      Come early June, you see them everywhere: putting in at the boat launch, strapped to the roof of every Subaru on the highway, towering over you from the walls of your local outdoor gear shop. SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) are impossible to avoid if you're involved in...

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6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

6 Essential Camp Cooking Spices

      We’re big fans of delicious food, and our best guess is that you are too. Yet, for some reason, many people are still settling for mediocre meals when they venture outdoors. There’s nothing more disappointing after a long day on the trail than having to dig in...

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How to tell a scary story

How to tell a scary story

  The practice of camping has a lot of traditions. Building a campfire, roasting hot dogs on sticks, skipping rocks across the lake, and watching the stars move across the sky from your sleeping bag are some of the classic camping trip activities enjoyed by both young and old. But...

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3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

3 Ways to Cool Down With Camp Iced Coffee

    Every adventure starts with coffee - whether that means tackling a 14’er or heading into the office for a ten meeting Monday. We take coffee brewing techniques very seriously around here because we rely on coffee to get us through our day (perhaps a little more than we...

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5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

5 Tips From Vanlifers to Improve Your Road Trip Skills

    All the signs are here: temperatures are heating up, rivers are rising, and every highway is under construction. It’s beginning to look a lot like road trip season.     Late spring is the perfect time to get in a good road trip or two; it’s late enough...

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How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by the Campfire

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by the Campfire

      This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, making a it a perfect holiday to celebrate with a get together in the outdoors. Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture, and part of that culture is delicious cuisine. Gather your friends...

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When to Retire Your Old Cookware

When to Retire Your Old Cookware

    Old gear is the best.      There’s old gear like the first tent you ever bought when you were young because you had a $50 gift card and you saw it hanging majestically from the ceiling of a grocery store for $49.99. The price was right, the...

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How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

How to Step Up Your Eco-Warrior Game

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably already a bit of an eco-warrior. You carry a reusable water bottle, take public transportation when you can, pick up trash on trails, and recycle your paper and plastic. You might even be that person that bikes to their local grocery store...

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Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

Here's Why You Should Bring a French Press On Your Next Camping Trip

    The French have an uncanny ability to make a good thing much, much better. Bread is nice, French Bread is delicious. French Toast takes regular toast to the next level. Make a braid or a kiss into a French one, and voila! Instant improvement. Fries are great, but...

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Get your $*** together!

Get your $*** together!

      Anyone else feeling seasonally confused lately? There's still fresh snow in the mountains, but the hint of springtime in the air has us itching for upcoming warm-weather camping escapades.     The slightly warmer weather and resurgence of your hay fever sneezing means it’s time to play...

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How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

How to Prepare for a Rainy Camping Trip

    Your campsite’s booked, your bags are packed, you’re ready to get away for the weekend on that first spring camping trip. There’s only one thing standing in the way of your plans for a weekend of sleeping under the stars and cooking by the campfire: the weather.  ...

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Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

Not Your Grandma's Cookware: Classics Get An Upgrade

    It seems like everyone’s doing things the old fashioned way these days: listening to records, buying veggies at farmers markets, and practicing film photography; some dedicated folks are even going back to using typewriters.     The good news is, you don’t have to revert to using an...

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How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Last-minute Spring Break Backpacking Trip

      It seems like we were just talking about our New Year’s resolutions, and yet spring break is somehow right around the corner. (It snuck up on us, too.)     So if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to enjoy spring break--or just wants to...

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