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Take a hike to the Eternal Flame Falls and see the wonder of a waterfall passing over a natural gas flame. Follow this trail map to find this treasure at Chestnut Ridge Park in New York.
With impending changes to the TSA prohibited item list, small knives will now be allowed in airplane cabins. This article offers tips and selection advice for the best knife to carry on a plane.
Do you love your Keurig, but hate the expense of buying K-cups? In addition to the price tag, there are environmental concerns with disposing these coffee pods. In this article, we explore a few ways to reduce the monetary and environmental costs of a delicious cup of Joe.
If you love the outdoors and want to help other people when they need it most, you may want to join a Search and Rescue team. From mountainous wilderness areas to urban environments, hundreds of specialized SAR teams train to find lost and missing people. This article provides tips on how to join a Search and Rescue group and explains some of the training involved.
Who knew that cooking SPAM could be dangerous? A young Scout leaves out a crucial step in making his favorite meal on a camping trip. This article is a cautionary tale on preparing SPAM through an unconventional and unrecommended way.
Ever wonder what to include in a wilderness survival kit? Be prepared for any outdoor emergency by assembling the right equipment into your survival gear. With a little preparation, you can survive with just a few things in your pockets.
Cook an omelet in a freezer bag for a delicious camping breakfast with minimal clean up and maximum taste. A recipe that even the culinary-challenged can follow, this is sure to be a hit at your next camp out.
Sleeping under a tarp is an act of rebellion, a rebellion against a world that hides behind walls. From ultralight backpacking to swinging in a hammock, tarps are the best way to lighten your load and lighten your mind.
Named for the fierce Bullet Ant, the Esee Izula neck knife is the perfect companion for wilderness adventures. Backpackers will love the simple elegance and survivalists will admire the stout construction.
Make it harder for bears to find an easy meal by packing all of your camping food into a bear-resistant container.
Hike further and faster by adopting lightweight backpacking. These are my top tips for carrying a lighter pack.
If you are looking to save money and help save the environment, think about mowing your grass with a reel mower like the Husqvarna Evolution.
On this epic trip, I completed hiking my Adirondack 46 High Peaks. Over the span of three days, I backpacked over Sawteeth, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Gray, and Dix Mountains. Along the way, I had a slight fall, a bad weather bivy, an unplanned ceremony, and met with a bear.
In this article, I review the Keen Gypsum hiking boot. This tough new waterproof hiker conquers the trails while cushioning your feet. From backpacking to rugged hiking, I field tested the Gypsum for several months before writing this review.
Can the Angstrom 30 pack from The North Face hold up to months of abuse? In this review, I show how this pack fares as a carry-on travel, hiking, and work pack.
Looking for a jacket to push to the limits of outdoor adventure? Check out this review of the Victorio jacket from Mountain Hardwear. In this review, I test the durability, breathability, and waterproofness of this new Dry.Q Elite jacket.
This article demonstrates why cotton kills and why you shouldn't wear it for backpacking or hiking clothing.
If you're getting soaked in your backcountry rain jacket, it may be time to wash and rewaterproof it. So save money and don't throw your old rain coat for hiking or backpacking away. Included are instructions for cleaning and conditioning the DWR on Gore-tex, Mountain Hardwear's DryQ Elite, Marmot's Precip and many more waterproof breathable garments.
From Giardia and Crypto to Hepatitis A and E. coli, there are some nasty little critters lurking in your drinking water. Be safe while backpacking and camping and treat all your water as contaminated by boiling, filtering, exposing to UV light, or chemically purifying it. Be prepared in an emergency too, by having the skills to purify water.
If you are looking for an inexpensive family vacation try camping. This article offers tips for camping on a budget while still having fun. Get ready for outdoor adventure with a camping equipment list and instructions for making foil dinners.
Are you looking to buy new hiking or backpacking boots? A footwear manager and backpacker guides you through the boot buying decision making process.
Even though hiking is a rewarding activity, it has its potential risks too. A slippery rock can turn a simple day hike into a complex rescue mission. Outbound Dan offers 10 tips to hikers on how to stay safe in the outdoors.
Ever have a pair of boots that leaked, blew out a seam, or fell apart after only a few months of use? Chances are the defective boots can be replaced for free with a store or manufacturer warranty service. This article offers tips for using your warranty service as well as contact information for major suppliers of hiking, hunting, and work boots. Brands include Keen, Merrell, LaCrosse, Timberland and many more.
Outbound Dan demonstrates how to easily make an inexpensive do-it-yourself climbing gear sling in about 30 minutes. The perfect sling for climbing, mountaineering, and search and rescue is only a few stitches away.
So you want to go night hiking? Taking a hike in the darkness is more complicated than just grabbing a flashlight and heading down the trail. Use these trail-tested techniques for a safe night hiking experience.
Looking for the best backpacking stove for your next wilderness adventure? Perhaps you are searching for a multipurpose stove for a survival kit. This article covers the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular types of camping stoves.
The 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia attracts millions of hikers each year. Additionally about 500 people each year successfully backpack the entire length of the trail. This article explores the history and culture of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
It's the dead of winter, 20 below zero, you're zipped securely in your sleeping bag, and it's only 6 PM. You have another 12 hours until the sun comes up. This article explores some nontraditional activities to keep boredom at bay while keeping warm in your winter camp.
But you said to always hike with a small group didn't you? As solo hikers, we bear the scorn of the outdoor world. Outing clubs view us with disdain and park rangers scowl as we register as a "party of one." However responsible solo backpackers and hikers who manage their risk appropriately can have a safe and enlightening wilderness experience. This article offers encouragement, explanation, and skill sets for a safe solo hiking experience.
Tired of trying to find that perfect gift for Valentine's day? In this cynical look at Valentine's traditions, several suggestions are made to avoid buying presents for the one you love.
Join Outbound Dan for a winter backpacking trip into the Adirondack High Peaks. Dan hikes up Cliff and Colden mountains and takes in the beauty of Avalanche Lake. Though a spell of unseasonably warm January weather makes for interesting challenges, it is those obstacles that make cold weather hiking so rewarding.
Are you stressed out looking for ideas how to host this year's Groundhog Day party? Never fear, from traditional dress and what to serve for supper to the latest games like pin the tail on the groundhog, this article gets you started planning your own fest.
Each year on February 2nd, millions of people watch to see if their local groundhog sees its shadow. However, few revelers know the true history of the origins of Groundhog Day. This article explores the deep relationship between man and groundhog throughout the ages and credits the ground rodent with inspiring advances in human civilization and science.
Do you know how to wash and waterproof your softshell jacket? Take care of your technical garment, by following these helpful hints to properly maintain the DWR on your softshell apparel. By following just a few steps you can restore breathability and waterproofness to your jacket.
Backpackers and hikers must change their water gathering and treatment tactics for winter adventures. This article explores the best ways to treat water and melt snow while in the backcountry.
In this gear review, Outbound Dan Human evaluates the Epic glove from Mountain Hardwear and tests its waterproof claims. From mountaineering to search and rescue, the Epic glove is put to the test.
Do you dread parties and the threat of meaningless social interaction? Though your presence is mandated, avoid an antisocial appearance by using one of these techniques. Yes, you may never have to talk to another person again. Caution: Extroverts may find difficulty understanding this article!
Outbound Dan Human reviews the Verto Jacket from The North Face Summit Series. This lightweight jacket holds up to the rigors of backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and paddling adventures.
Are you looking for a fun and easy way to lose weight without going to the gym? Try hiking! Hiking is a fantastic fitness exercise for the body and the soul.
Use these suggestions to spice up your party life on the craziest night of the year. You'll surely have a happy New Year.
Snowshoeing is a fun way to explore the snow covered backcountry. If you ever wondered about how to start walking on snowshoes, getting started is easier than you think.
Each year our children are intentionally misled into believing that an omniscient chubby man in a red suit is responsible for delivering presents to them at Christmas.
Join Outbound Dan Human on a short loop hike into the Niagara Falls Gorge. This trail starts from Devil's Hole State Park descends down the Whirlpool stairs and into the gorge past the iconic Giant Rock.
Though Street and Nye are amongst the most unimpressive of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, they are still majestic mountains in their solitude. Outbound Dan Human recounts a recent snowy hike up Street and Nye.
A well made knife can be a great hiking companion. Outbound Dan reviews several knives from multi-tools to neck knives for backpacking.
Attention holiday procrastinators, it isn't too late for that last minute present. This article shows how "great" gifts can be gathered at local convenience stores.
Outbound Dan Human recounts the true story of a dangerous adventure in the Adirondack backcountry. Though it started off as a simple solo snowshoeing trip, a momentary lack of safety protocol pits him against potential death.
If you are searching for a mid-sized inexpensive pack, check out the Terra 35 from The North Face. In this article, Outbound Dan Human reviews the North Face Terra 35. This pack undergoes rigorous testing from his Tonawanda home to the Adirondack High Peaks and multiple search and rescue missions.
Are you heading up to the Adirondack High Peaks to climb the popular Cascade and Porter mountains? Join Outbound Dan Human in his recent climb up the new Snow Princess Cascade slide.
Be prepared for the perils of winter travel with this survival kit list. Use this roadside gear list to avoid disaster, dig out your car, stay the night, or walk out.
An experienced backpacker shares his winter backpacking list of all the gear you need for cold weather camping.
Outbound Dan Human recounts his more than two thousand-mile backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Memories of the southbound thru hike are shared through a collection of pictures.
From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.
If you need gift ideas for the camper check out these suggestions for presents any backpacker would love.
The Cranberry Lake 50 trail is a wilderness backpacking route that passes through the Five Ponds Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks. The CL50 is a fifty-mile backpacking loop that offers solitude and great scenery. This article recounts a recent trek on this Adirondack hiking trail.
Outbound Dan Human takes a humorous and cynical look at the Halloween sport of pumpkin carving. This guide shows how even a complete moron can learn to carve their own Jack-o'-lantern without doing major harm to themselves and others around them.
Backpacking offers a complete physical, mental, and spiritual experience however it can be expensive. Have backpackers become too obsessed with gear? Is there a way to backpack on a budget?
Be prepared for the next hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or disaster with a portable survival kit. Every family needs a bug out bag for any emergency. This article from Outbound Dan Human makes suggestions for building a family survival kit.
A knife enthusiast and collector muses upon National Knife Day. He vividly recounts why he started collecting, how Scouting helped his knife passion, and why he carries a knife daily.
GPS units are essential to successful Search and Rescue teams. This step-by-step guide illustrates the most common SAR GPS tasks. Directions work well for a Garmin Map 60 and other units.