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Backpacking & Hiking: Browsing ALL Articles (ALL 22 ITEMS)

Take a Hike!
Take a Hike! (howto)
Hiking is an enjoyable outdoor activity that can be done by all ages. Here are some things to consider when taking your next hiking trip.

A Safe Campsite
A Safe Campsite (howto)
Safety is important when heading out to camp in the great outdoors. Here are a few things to remember on your next outing.

Backcountry Camping
Backcountry Camping (howto)
Backcountry camping may seem rugged, but with the right tools and equipment, it can be one of the best outdoor adventures you've experienced.

Basic Tent Care
Basic Tent Care (howto)
Depending on the type of tent you have, here are some basic tips to make sure your investment lasts longer than one season.

Hunting for Morel Mushrooms
Hunting for Morel Mushrooms (howto)
When not out trying to bait a bear or bag a turkey, hunting for morel mushrooms is a great way to pass the time when in the outdoors.

Killer Camp Meals
Killer Camp Meals (howto)
Cooking up the perfect camp meal can bring friends and family closer together.

River Camping
River Camping (howto)
River camping provides solitude and interaction with nature and wildlife that simply is not possible with other styles of camping. To learn how to prepare for your next river camping excursion, read on.

Ticks and Lyme Disease
Ticks and Lyme Disease (howto)
Ticks and Lyme disease -- get the facts, debunk the myths, and learn how to protect yourself before and after your favorite outdoor activities.

Backpacking 101: Planning & Preparation
Backpacking 101: Planning & Preparation (howto)
Proper planning is essential to a successful backpacking trip. Knowing what to bring and how to select a route is half the battle.

One-Night Camping Perfection
One-Night Camping Perfection (howto)
Get packed now before the next unexpected call to camp arises!

Making Tracks: A Snowshoer's Primer
Making Tracks: A Snowshoer's Primer (howto)
Snowshoeing is a unique activity that keeps you fit, in touch with nature and more appreciative of winter. Start off slow, learn the ropes and enjoy every step along the way.

Backpack and Wilderness Angling
Backpack and Wilderness Angling (howto)
Take a travel rod and explore the water on your next backpacking trip. The payoff of catching a few fish on the trail is well worth the weight added to your pack.

Day Hiking Basics
Day Hiking Basics (howto)
Hiking is a great way to spend time with loved ones or find solitude while giving your body a heart-pumping cardiovascular workout.

Protecting Against Biting and Stinging Bugs
Protecting Against Biting and Stinging Bugs (howto)
Don't let bugs put a bite in your outdoor fun this season. Learn how to prevent potentially hazardous bites and stings.

The Basics of Backwoods Coffee
The Basics of Backwoods Coffee (howto)
You don't need to sacrifice a lot of the modern comforts when it comes to coffee in the outdoors.

How to Pack a Backpack
How to Pack a Backpack (howto)
Packing all of this stuff into one pack might seem daunting, but it's an easy process if you follow a few basic rules.

Fun-to-Cook Foods for Camp Chefs
Fun-to-Cook Foods for Camp Chefs (howto)
For many of us it's more fun to use simple, yet unique cooking methods when preparing camp meals and treats.

Hunting Safely in Bear Country
Hunting Safely in Bear Country (howto)
Entering bear country? Learn how to avoid bears and how to act during bear encounters by following these simple safeguards.

Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival
Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival (howto)
If you're stranded near a waterway, fish are one possible source of food. All fish are edible, and nearly all are tasty.

Foiled Again
Foiled Again (howto)
Camp cooking doesn't have to be hard. A little aluminum foil goes a long way.

Simple Snares for Survival
Simple Snares for Survival (howto)
Catching table fare when you're in desperate need is something every outdoorsman should know how to do.

How Not to Get Lost
How Not to Get Lost (howto)
Daniel Boone said he had never been lost, but he did admit to being "mighty disoriented for several days in a row."

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