6 Best Sleeping Pads for Camping and Hiking

Sleep is important. That is especially true when camping, but maintaining it can be difficult because of the unfamiliar conditions. Sleeping pads are a great way to ensure you’re comfortable enough to fall asleep and stay asleep. They are especially important if you sleep on the ground. Even in a tent and a sleeping bag, […]

Best National Parks For Short Weekend Trips

The best weekend national park trip to take is the one closest to your home.  Sure, you could fly to any national park if you have the resources and the time. But, if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, check out the National Park Service website, NPS.org, to view one of the country’s […]

How To Have Fun When You’re Stuck In Your Tent

Going camping can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Spending time outdoors to explore the wilderness can be good for you and lots of fun. However, you don’t always get to do that. On some occasions, the weather might take a turn for the worse and force you to stay in your tent for most of […]

Life Lessons Learned from Camping & Hiking

The lessons we learn as we travel through life are abundant, and the topics are broad. We learn through our experiences, and we often look back and say, ‘I learned something that day.’ My camping and hiking experiences have shaped my life. The most important lessons I’ve learned are patience, teamwork, and perseverance. I have […]

Survival Skills You Should Know

When heading out on the trail for a day hike or weekend adventure, you need to know basic survival skills.  Something as simple as a rolled ankle could turn into overnight on the trail, but being prepared by having knowledge and some basic gear in your pack can go a long way in helping you […]

What I Learned From My First Time Camping

Though I’m not very experienced with camping and surviving outdoors, I do have one experience from which I’ve learned. When I was a sophomore in college, I went on a trip with my sketch and improv comedy club. At the time, the University we went to owned a wilderness retreat area called Dippikill. Thanks to […]

Should I Play Dead If I Come Across A Bear

It’s a valid question, and one that a lot of newer campers ask themselves. Statistically speaking, bear attacks are actually rare. Encountering a bear is still a concern because they can be dangerous to humans. The question then remains. Should you actually lie down and play dead if you encounter a bear in the wild? […]

How Not to Get Lost On The Trail

Hiking is a glorious activity that can bring so much joy. A quick way to halt the glorious joy, you might be feeling, is by getting lost.  Understanding your chosen route and the type of trail you will be hiking on will be beneficial in helping you not get lost.  Are you hiking a loop […]

Learn From My Mistakes. Avoid These Hiking Pitfalls.

There is nothing worse than going on a hike and having your day ruined by avoidable pitfalls. Being surprised by a pop-up thunderstorm, getting too hot or cold while on the trail or even getting lost – ok maybe not lost but, not on the right trail – can absolutely ruin what otherwise would be […]

I Didn’t Grow Up Camping. Why I Want To Start Now

I’ve always lived in apartment buildings in New York City. I’ve never been the outdoorsy type either, which I guess makes me a city-slicker. For a long time, the closest I had ever been to “the great outdoors” was my grandmother’s concrete backyard. Needless to say, I didn’t get to grow up camping. Maybe you […]