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Zippo Sunglasses: Review

If there’s one thing you need in the desert, it’s a good pair of shades – even in November. Coming from the Midwest in late Fall, we didn’t really have sunshine on the mind. Of course, that was naive, because ...

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Our Favorite Water Filter For Road Tripping

Bottled water is expensive and unnecessary. However, on a road trip, people buy it because there frankly aren’t any other options. What are you going to do? Shove your head under the bathroom faucet? Trust the public well water on ...

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Zippo Rechargeable Handwarmers: Review

The new Zippo 2-hour and 6-hour Rechargeable Handwarmers definitely fall into the category of town-to-trail gear we love. How do we know? We’ll we’ve tested them in both places. The trail testing is easy for us. Someone on the 50 ...

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Victorinox Altmont Active Backpacks: Review

One thing I like to see from gear is an ability to function in any environment. This so-called “town-to-trail” gear is my preference because on the weekend I tend to play it by ear (if possible) and usually have no idea ...

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Have You Considered Airbnb for Camping or Glamping?

A glamping option at Nevada's Sandy Valley Ranch is a specially built covered wagon.

In planning 50 Campfires’ Field Trip: Death Valley, we knew that at least part way through the trip, we’d want to find a place to get out of the omnipresent sand, dust, and wind for at least one night. We ...

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In The Desert You Become Water Aware

In Death Valley's Badwater Basin every inch is covered in salt. You bring your own water.

It doesn’t take much travel in the desert to realize what makes it a different camping experience. You quickly become water aware. At every campsite, at every gas fill up, at every roadside attraction you instinctively eye up the scene ...

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Ballast Point Brewing Company: Brewery Spotlight

Cans of Ballast Point Fathom IPA are available almost anywhere.

This content is directed toward an audience of legal drinking age. Did you ever notice road trips nearly always take on a theme. Sometimes it’s planned and intentional. On others, the theme develops organically early in the trip and weaves ...

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Field Trip: Death Valley $2 Road Trip Food Challenge

It’s already become a highly-anticipated feature of every 50 Campfires Field Trip, and the guys have sampled some pretty unusual regional delicacies – boiled Cajun peanuts and pickled quail eggs in Mississippi, lobster ice cream and brown bread in Maine, ...

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COAST PX100 UV Flashlight Review

Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve had little-to-no experience with camping in the desert. In my mind, it was a place where snakes and robots lived (thanks, Star Wars). So, when I had the opportunity to venture out into the ...

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COAST HX4 Clip-On Light Review

If we told you that we only had a “few” lights that we take camping and hiking with us, we’d be lying. The truth is, we’ve got the “right” light for just about any situation. We’ve got headlamps that are ...

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