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The Making of Gear of the Year – 2017

This year's gear of the year physical awards are works of art handcrafted from reclaimed timber.

Gear is the lifeblood of the 50 Campfires office. There is seldom a week that goes by during which we’re not unboxing the latest and greatest something. We’re blessed with the fairly unique opportunity of demo’ing, testing, and abusing some ...

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The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium Watch

The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium watch is one sexy beast. First off, it undergoes 130 homologation tests to make sure that it’s tough as nails. What’s a homologation test? All you need to know is that it’s more rugged ...

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Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer White Christmas Special Edition 2017

It’s hard to think of a better stocking stuffer for a hiker than a Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife. Take it one step further this year with the Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer White Christmas Special Edition 2017. It’s an extra ...

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Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool BS: Review

A good multi-tool is a must-have around the campsite. From carving roasting sticks to fixing zippers, you just can’t beat the functionality. The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool BS does an excellent job of acting as a mini toolbox in your ...

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Prickly Pear Cactus Salad

Prickly pear cactus salad is fresh and bright with tomatoes, nopales, and lots of cilantro, plus lemon juice.

Prickly Pear Cactus Salad Simple, delicious salad you can whip together right at the campsite. Fresh chopped tomatoes are best, but you can get by with canned if you have to … just be sure to drain them well. The jalapenos may bring some heat, but you ...

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Skillet Eggs with Nopalitos

Skillet eggs with nopales are awesome.

Eating Prickly Pear Cactus To look at them growing in their natural habitat – and especially to touch them – you might never think of prickly pear cactus as a food source. In reality, both the pads (aka stems and ...

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Map Of The 16 Best Sleigh Rides In Michigan

16 Incredible Sleigh Rides In Michigan! Michigan is a magical place for sleigh rides! From the UP, down through northern Michigan, and all the way down to the Southwest – you’ll find farms that look forward to pulling friends and ...

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Mesquite Pancakes & Gluten-Free Mesquite Pancakes

Mesquite pancakes cooking over open campfire.

If you don’t live in mesquite country, you may not realize it, but the mesquite tree produces seeds or beans in a large pod. For eons, indigenous peoples have collected these dried pods and ground them into flour or meal. Interestingly, for ...

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This Tasty Hot Drink Substitutes Mesquite for Cocoa

Use mesquite flour as a substitute for cocoa powder in this hot beverage.

We call it, “Hot Mesquite-O.” You may just call it delicious. This is an interesting desert substitute for hot chocolate. The mesquite flour has a flavor of its own and built-in sweetness, so it basically replaces the cocoa mix. This ...

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Light Up Camp Supper with Dutch Oven Cactus Casserole

A beautiful, bubbly Dutch Oven Casserole made with prickly pear cactus pads called napoles.

For camping recipes, we’re focusing on eating the prickly pear pads (aka nopales or nopalitos). That’s what goes in this cactus casserole. While you can harvest your own (be sure of the regulations on public lands) and prepare them yourself, it’s definitely a ...

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