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  1. Tips for tent camping in high wind

    Tips for tent camping in high wind

    Tips for tent camping in high wind
    Camping in the wind requires special considerations. Vandals, that’s what it looked like it first. That vandals had wrecked our campsite. Our tent was half collapsed, the poles not broken but bent inward. Two camp chairs were lying on their sides, one on the opposite side of the fire ring from where it had been. And the tablecloth my...
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  2. Break in hiking boots before hitting the trail

    Break in hiking boots before hitting the trail

    Break in hiking boots before hitting the trail
    Properly breaking in hiking boots is critical for comfort on the trail. Look at their feet. Long ago, in another place early in my career, a co-worker relayed that piece of advice. Her father passed it on to her previously. What he meant was, if you want to know how someone is faring, check out their shoes. A person...
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  3. When outdoors, always filter drinking water

    When outdoors, always filter drinking water

    When outdoors, always filter drinking water
    Think of every movie you’ve ever seen that featured a cowboy, mountain man, explorer or pioneer on the open range, and water. At some point, there’s probably a scene where they kneel down by a creek or river, dip their hand, a cup or even their mouth in the cold, sparking clean, mountain water and take a drink that really...
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  4. Know who to call in case of an outdoor emergency

    Know who to call in case of an outdoor emergency

    Know who to call in case of an outdoor emergency
    All it takes is one second. You’re in the woods -- hiking, mountain biking, perhaps backpacking and camping – and you slip and severely twist an ankle, or worse, break one. You realize you can’t get out on your own. Or, the same happens to your companion, and you don’t want to leave them alone. Perhaps, even, you’re perfectly fine...
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