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Reasons to Hike with an Umbrella

Reasons to Hike with an Umbrella Many people would probably cringe at the thought of bringing along an umbrella while hiking.  While they may look silly or out-of-place, they can actually be one of the most practical items to have on hand.  Let's look at a few reasons why you may want to consider taking an umbrella with you the next time you're heading out on the trail. Ventilation Very few good raincoats, if any, provide us with good ventilation.  This is the reason that we get so hot and sticky when hiking with a raincoat.  It may help to keep rainwater at bay, but what's the point if we're going to be drenched in sweat anyway? We need ventilation...

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History of the First Marked Nature Trail in America

History of the First Marked Nature Trail in America If you haven't heard of Tuxedo, New York before, you're not alone.  Not a lot of people are familiar with this small, sleepy town that is about 30 miles north of the Big Apple, but it was here that the first known marked trail in the United States was commissioned in the 1920s.  Situated in the Rampano Mountains and next to Harriman State Park, organizers thought this would make the ideal site for an educational nature preserve.  The “museum camp” was conceived based on the philosophy that nature is best studied in its own setting.  The trick was to design the facility so that people could get up close and personal...

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Make Going to the Bathroom Easier in the Backcountry

  Make Going to the Bathroom Easier in the Backcountry There is no shortage of tips and tricks to try out if you're struggling to find a comfortable and hassle-free way to go to the bathroom in the outdoors.  However, most of them involve creating semi-permanent toilets at campsites that need to be carried in and out.  While this is good news for campers, hikers have fewer options since they don't have a lot of room for items that take up space or add extra weight.  However, there are a couple of solutions that can be implemented as needed, and they only require material that's probably on hand anyway.  Let's take a look at a couple of simple, yet highly-effective...

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Simple and Fun Tricks to Try While Camping or Hiking

Simple and Fun Tricks to Try While Camping or Hiking Some outdoor hacks are meant to make big projects or challenges easier to manage, and this is probably why they get the most attention.  However, there are also quite a few that can make the little things easier to deal with as well.  As they say, “the Devil is in the details”, and knowing some of these tricks can make life more enjoyable in the great outdoors. Chip Fire Starter  If you're looking for a fast and easy way to start a fire, especially if you're not having a lot of luck with keeping your tinder lit, consider using Doritos.  Yes, this idea sounds like a joke, but it's been...

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Packing Small Essentials: 4 Ways to Downsize and Make Items More Compact

Packing Small Essentials:  4 Ways to Downsize and Make Items More Compact It can be a surprise to discover that we need to bring a lot of little things with us on most hiking trips.  Tape, lighters, matches, first aid supplies and backup lighting options are just a few things that come to mind, and all of them need to be packed and organized.  Let's take a look at some popular tricks that can help you condense items in order to save space and keep things more accessible at the same time.   Duct Tape Lighter Most of us know about the importance of having lighters as well as a good amount of duct tape on hand.  However, rolls of...

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