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Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmers: Review

The new Zippo 2-hour and 6-hour Rechargeable Hand Warmers 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 ...

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Victorinox Swiss Army 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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Roadside Challenge : Death Valley

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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Red Rock Canyon – Las Vegas’ Outdoor Paradise

Any wonder how Red Rock Canyon gets its name?

Just barely outside of the the Las Vegas metro area is the amazing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, it offers dozens of hiking trails, an auto tour route, a campground, and ...

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Woodland Camping VS. Desert Camping

Desert sunsets viewed through the tent fly are worth putting up with the sand, searching for water, and avoiding scorpions.

Many, perhaps most, of 50 Campfires enthusiasts have been camping for much of their lives. Introduced by family car camping trips as children by their parents, the fun and traditions are passed along to their kids now. Despite a lifetime ...

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