Camping

In response to an article I posted on being able to find the North-South direction line using your watch as a sundial-like tool, a reader pointed out that this “survival skill” only worked with an analog watch because of its clock face and hour hand; he deemed a digital watch to be completely useless. I
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It’s not uncommon for most of us who consider ourselves competent outdoor enthusiasts to feel we have the skills necessary to handle ourselves in both routine tasks and emergency situations. Whether it’s using a knife to trim sticks when building a shelter, tying a specific knot to secure a load, or even being able to
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I personally think the process of grilling over a campfire and throwing a few steaks on the Barbie are mutually associated experiences in that doing each can offer insights for cooking over the other. For the campfire chef, test cooking new recipes or cuts of meat over the grill at home gives you a head’s
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Many times the line between adventure-seeker and certifiably crazy is a blurry one. Take Hunt Jennings, for instance. On Thursday afternoon, the professional kayaker surprised onlookers at Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Falls by A) informing them that professional kayaking is an actual thing and B) taking the 53′ plunge over the raging falls.[embedded content] Mr. Jennings survived
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Hunting camp can be as critical to the success of your hunt as a bullet or an arrow. Minor inconveniences can be overcome but major obstacles can dampen, or even end, your hunting trip. If hunting with others the obstacles can be magnified and escalate quickly. There are many different types of camp along with
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Earlier this week, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday by offering free admission to its 58 National Parks (plus National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Seashores, National Military Parks, and National Battlefields). That got me to thinking…how many of these National Treasures have I actually visited myself?
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The war against annoying insects that bite, sting or otherwise bring discomfort to the outdoor enthusiast is usually carried out with multiple campaigns: the direct frontal assaults by an onslaught of warriors, the persistent and bold Kamikaze-like loner, and the infiltrator who sneaks behind enemy lines and attacks undercover. To know your enemy is the first
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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon — all are well-known and well-visited National Parks. But if you’re the adventurous type who likes to go off the beaten trail or maybe you just don’t like crowds, there’s plenty of beautiful National Parks that don’t get nearly enough
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has advice that goes for many residents in much of the United States: Avoid Tick Bites! The KDHE notes spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when
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As the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, all Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 16 through 24. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week so choose a park, near or far, and
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It’s the opportunity to put one’s skills to the cold-weather test that makes winter camping attractive to so many back-country campers.  One of those tests may be in dealing with all the snow in and around the campsite. Under most conditions, a mantle of the white stuff can be put to use in many ways. Snow’s
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Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show, which is set for January 6-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Organizers say with its 110-year history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest
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Any time we can enjoy a comfortable day out on the water, it’s important to refresh ones self on the hazard of drowning. What to look for might be quite different from what you expect to see, especially as depicted in so many Hollywood movies. Imagine a beach scene: in one area you see a boy
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One of the hardest aspects of winter camping is the ground itself! Frozen soil can be as hard as cement and often so dense that it can’t even be broken up enough to get a stake to hold. Here’s a rundown of the most common anchoring methods used for pitching/securing a tent when cold-weather camping.
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National Park Week is just about over and that means it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! Check out our short quiz below and find out how much you really know about our beautiful National Parks. And If you haven’t had time to celebrate our beautiful National Parks this past week, you still have
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Michael Cavanaugh was kayaking on Irondequoit Creek in East Monroe County, NY. when he was attacked by one of the most dangerous animals known to man…the North American beaver. Nate Reynolds, Baycreek Paddling Center trainer, witnessed the attack. “I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see
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A warm, dry and comfortable sleep is not only refreshing and relaxing after an adventurous day outdoors, it’s a critical aspect of staying healthy and safe as well. Staying warm involves more than just being cocooned in a bag full of synthetic down feathers. Your sleeping platform and what you are wearing as you crawl
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Newsworthy items from around the world, for the Sportsman like you! First protected in 1864, Yosemite was the inception of an idea that would later be the mission of the National Park Service…that it “preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of
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This is a good time to remind outdoor enthusiasts about the dangers of ticks! While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra careful in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1) Avoid Direct Contact
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