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beginners guide to camping

A Beginner’s Guide to Camping

Have you ever thought about why so many people enjoy sleeping outside instead of in their own beds? Camping can be a relaxing way to get away from the stresses of everyday life, connect with nature, and enjoy the simpler side of life. For people who have never been camping before, the thought of tent camping might be too much.

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fun things to do while campaing
Outdoor Adventures

Fun Things to Do When Camping: Exciting Outdoor Adventures

Ever wonder what makes a camping trip truly memorable? Enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty, camping offers many fun things to do outside. All campers, whether first-timers or veterans, can find something fun. There are lots of fun things to do when you go camping, like hiking and stargazing. The goal is to merge with nature, not just survive.

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how to bank a fire while camping

How to Bank a Fire

Have you ever wondered how campers manage to keep their fires smoldering all night without constantly tending to them? One of the oldest ways to keep a fire going is to “bank” it. This works especially well while hiking or camping. It’s all about keeping your fire alive and ready without burning through precious fuel. This method is invaluable for anyone

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Shenandoah National Park

Best Hikes in Shenandoah National Park I Love

It seems like just yesterday that I went on my first hike in Shenandoah National Park. It was truly magical to see the sun rise over the Shenandoah Valley. Friends and different hiking blogs told me that the best trails in Shenandoah National Park lived up to the hype, and they did. As the sky lit up with bright colors,

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How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking
Safety & Health Tips

Tick-Free Trails: How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking

I went on a hike in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park over the weekend last summer. The air smelled like pine, the sky was clear, and the trail was calling. But about halfway through my hike, I felt a painful pinch on my leg. A tick was already digging in when I rolled up my pants, which caught me off

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PrimaLoft jacket and carrying a down sleeping bag
Outdoor Clothing

PrimaLoft vs Down – Which is Right For You?

Choosing the right insulation for your hiking and camping gear is very important. Let’s talk about PrimaLoft vs Down. I’ve often wondered which is better, and I bet you have too. So, let’s break it down together. Understanding Insulation Materials What is PrimaLoft? PrimaLoft is a synthetic insulation material. The U.S. Army developed PrimaLoft in 1983 due to Down’s poor

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