Just Your Average Tip: Paper Birch Bark

To get a fire going, you’re going to need something to catch a flame. That is your tinder. There are many things you can bring along with you, however, nature is pretty good at providing some options, the best, in mine, and a lot of others’ is Paper Birch tree bark, no matter the conditions. […]

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Just Your Average Tip: You Already Have a Pillow

Whether you are car camping or backpacking, or, a long day hike where you are looking to take a rest, you already have a pillow with you. There is no need to take an actual pillow (way to big and heavy for backpacking!), or even one of those smaller travel pillows. All you need to […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Bring an Extra Tent Stake

Bring an extra tent stake. Chances are, you will lose, break, bend beyond repair, one of your tent stakes. Even if you do not lose one, it may come in handy as an extra tie down for your tarp, or some other use. Image from Lawson Outdoor Equipment I actually keep a couple with me […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Hanging Out to Dry

You probably didn’t purposefully pack it when you set off on your trek, but, guess what? You have a clothes drying rack with you. If you are on the trail and have some wet gear, whether it is sunny and dry out, or even overcast (as long as it is not currently precipitating), hang your […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Always Let Someone Know Where You’re Going

Before I set out into the woods, even for a simple local day hike, I always leave a copy of my itinerary with The Wife. If I am going with a group, we all leave that information with our significant others, or, a close friend or family member. Before I go, I give the following […]

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