Tent Setup: Building A Rain Dam (Skills)
Protect your tent from rain by building a rain dam.
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Protect your tent from rain by building a rain dam.
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Pick your backpack before your hike with our sizing guide.
Half of your "good sleep" equation is a comfy pad (the other half is your bag). Look for these 10 essentials when you buy.
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It's simple: Unless you like getting sick, treat all of your water. Follow these 10 essentials to find and maintain the right filter.
Follow these 10 essentials to pick the right trekking poles.
Not all shelters are created equal, as anyone with a cheap tent will tell you after a bad storm. Follow these 10 essentials when buying your next tent.
There's no single piece of equipment more crucial to your backwoods enjoyment. Here's how to make the right choice.
Inventor finds a way to harness all that energy you burn on switchbacks and long trails.
In Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, you'll walk on water -- almost.
Keep your sleeping bag up to fluff with proper care and handling.
QuickTip: How to stake tents on hard ground.
Quick Tip: Preserving tent poles
17 tips for better compression
Trail-proven ways to keep your trekking sticks healthy and strong.
How to make sure you stay upright on your poles.
Get up close and personal with all those snowshoe parts.
Use ziplock baggies with your water purifiers for extra safety.
A candid interview with duct tape guru Angelo Ritson.
An emergency kit doesn't amount to a hill of beans unless a few feet of duct tape are included. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about the sticky, miraculous fix-all.
A brief and shining history of the most useful backpacking tape.
Sewing a key pouch inside your pack is the best guarantee of a quick ride home.
Make the proper buying decision by first learning the language of jackets.
Two ways to keep your external frame on your pack in tip-top shape.
Getting the right shell has as much to do with personal needs and hiking habits as it does with the quality of a garment.
What to do if your filter head does not have an adapter for your water bottle.
How to fill a water bottle without getting all wet.
Before you cinch up your gaiters, consider the best way to keep the wicked weather and bits of terrain at bay.
If I had to pick, I'd take a carabiner instead of a pocketknife when I hike.
All it takes is $7,000 and a man named "Pittsburgh" to become a weightless thru-hiker.
Wisconsin's Brule River has great rivers galore -- just don't lose your uncle's canoe.
The hidden side of a watery Utah playground.
A watery paradise, a hiker's secret.
Ease the load on your knees and shoulders by making a hiking stick.
Know what can and can't be repaired on your boots, and who to call.
Has your sleeping bag lost its loft? Zipper off its track? Check to see if your bag is worth repairing or if it's time to buy a new one.
See if your stove or water filter is safe to repair.
Mildew. Torn mesh. Broken zippers and poles. Is it worth fixing your home away from home? Find out for yourself.
Can you revive a sputtering pack? With this diagnostic checklist, you may be able to breathe new life into a tired old backpack.
Everyone knows good outdoor clothing is expensive. See if you can save your old hiking apparel.
Keep your trekking poles clean and maintained with these tips.
Insiders' tips to keep your hikers on the trail longer.
Winter sun damage can be just as bad as in summer.
Take care of your hiking boots and they'll take care of you.
Setting up a tarp? Follow these techniques depending on the situation.
A simple blister remedy gets you back on the trail fast.
Log some easy "city" miles in your new hiking boots before that epic trip.
When gently paddling amidst the mini-icebergs that grace Prince William Sound, you ponder one question: why walk?
The inside of a pack is a rough place for poorly packaged food. Protect your grub so it emerges intact.
Vancouver's Juan de Fuca Marine Trail offers the best of both worlds in a challenging and surprising 29-mile ramble.
When temps warm but the going's still snowy, strap on snowshoes to reach Washington's hidden camping gems.
Finding a bivy that's just your size makes all the difference on colder nights.
Tips to keep water filters filtering.
A few simple precautions will prevent punctures and preserve the foam in your self-inflating pad.
Thickness, length, width, and weight options make choosing the right pad more involved than you might think.
Beat the rainy-day blues by playing sleeping-pad chess or checkers.
How to dress smart and stay warm when Old Man Winter blows in.
Learn how to weatherproof your tent -- before it rains.