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Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure

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The American youth are at an incredible risk. This is due in large part to the growing divide between their everyday lives and the natural world Children today spend an average of 6 hours each day in front of the computer and TV but less than 4 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. (Chesapeake […]

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Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?

Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?Originally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/ask-me-what-gear-do-you-suggest-for-thru-hiking-the-john-muir-trail/

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Hello Michael,

I read your article about ultra-backpacking and how you did the John Muir Trail in seven days. I am planning on doing it, but would like to know, for an ultralight backpacker, what items did you use for tent, sleeping bag, etc.? And any feedback or thoughts that you have that would be beneficial for me would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Joei
Covina, CA

Hi Joei,

Very cool that you’re making a John Muir Trail thru-hike. (The lead photo above shows the view of Half Dome, Liberty Cap, and Nevada Fall from the JMT in Yosemite National Park.) I did it in late August, and I think late August through mid-September is the best time of year to hike the JMT, because you’ll find a largely snow-free trail, the voracious mosquitoes of mid-summer are just about gone, and the afternoons aren’t as blazing hot as mid-summer.

My suggestions would, of course, apply to almost any backpacker who wants to go lighter and hike more comfortably in most mid-latitude mountain ranges in summer (although the choice of shelter would... Read More »

Ask Me: How Do I Stop Getting Battered Toes When Hiking?

Ask Me: How Do I Stop Getting Battered Toes When Hiking?Originally posted at: https://thebigoutside.com/ask-me-how-do-i-stop-getting-battered-toes-when-hiking/

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Mike,

I know this is a really random question, but when descending mountain trails my big toes suffer immensely. Besides tying the laces up really tight, is there a trick to protecting them without losing a toenail or having them feel beat up?

Geoff
Rexburg, ID

Hi Geoff,

That’s not an uncommon problem. It’s probably that your boots don’t fit quite right. Does your heel or midfoot move around at all when you hike? Does your heel slip even the slightest? Do your toes slam into the front of the boots?

If you have narrow feet or the boots are otherwise just kind of wide or big for your feet, and your feet slip even slightly, over the course of several miles your toes can take a beating—especially going downhill, of course. One way to check the fit is to see whether, when you tighten the laces up, those laces are snugged about as tight as you can make them; in other words, you wouldn’t be able to snug the laces tighter over the boot no matter what size... Read More »

The Best Tailgating Gear to Help Celebrate Your Team’s Big Win

The Best Tailgating Gear to Help Celebrate Your Team’s Big WinOriginally posted at: http://www.beyondthetent.com/the-best-tailgating-gear-to-help-you-celebrate-your-teams-big-win/

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Tailgaters and campers are two breeds of the same species. We all love barbecue, beer, and yard games. Load your stuff in the car, pick up all your best friends, pop up a chair around the grill or fire and enjoy some good laughs and good food. What’s not to love? There is an incredible […]

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Guide to Camping Beds and Mats

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How to Use a Sharpening Steel

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Backpacking Safety

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Backpacking: Trail Etiquette

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How to Fit A Porch To Your Tent

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How To Pack Away Your Festival Tent

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