Author Archives: Bill Miller

When grade-schooler Bill Miller learned there was such a job as “outdoor writer”, he set about becoming one! Through his life and his career (now spanning more decades than he cares to count) Bill has sought everyday outdoor adventures. He’s been blessed to travel the world and experience the outdoor lifestyle on five continents, but still considers the most inspiring adventures those he uncovers in his own backyard and shares with readers, viewers, and visitors. Leading his current endeavors, he is the Executive Editor of 50 Campfires.

Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Review

Roll-Top Scout

It was time to up my game as a geocacher. I had a pack that I was carrying on every caching adventure. It served it’s purpose, but was oversized and camouflaged. It had so many pockets, I always spent 10 minutes ...

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Twisted Chef Grill Mats — Campsite “Natural”

Twisted Chef Grill Mats

The Twisted Chef Grill Mats are another piece of camp cooking gear that I never thought I needed … until I used them. Now, there will always be at least one rolled up with my camping stuff, ready to cook. ...

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Altra Olympus 2 Trail Shoes Review

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If you were going to build a pair of shoes, but didn’t really “know” anything about it, what would be your first step? I think I would probably put a heavy piece of paper down on the ground and use ...

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37.5 Technology Review — This Stuff Flat Out Works

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After more than 30 years in the outdoor media biz, I’ve become as skeptical about new technologies as you can get. When somebody tells me about fabrics and clothing that’s supposed to keep you warm, cool, dry … blah, blah, blah ...

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Ever Eat Bread In a Can? — Unusual But Delicious Camping Foods

It’s a New England tradition that goes back generations. It’s called brown bread. When you buy it in the grocery store (or on Amazon, I checked) it comes in a can. The most proliferate brand is B&M, the same company ...

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Try Sardines, You’ll Like Them — Unusual But Delicious Camping Foods

Try sardines as a snack, lunch on the go, or as a main dish ingredient.

Offer canned fish to someone who hasn’t tried it before and the reaction you receive may be, “Why are you trying to make me eat cat food?” While it may be the newbie’s impression, it’s ill-informed and displays a total lack of ...

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Sleeping Bag Care Tips

It was my 12th birthday. What does an adventure-loving, outdoor-crazy 12 year old need and want for his birthday? His own sleeping bag, of course! So for that milestone b-day, that’s what my parents gave me. It was a Coleman model ...

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Dark Energy Poseidon Charger Review

Unlike nearly all of my colleagues on 50 Campfires, I’m not a “gadget guy.” When I’m outdoors for any pursuit, I’m likely to be found using at least one piece of gear as old as I am or older … ...

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Let Costa Sunglasses Teach You Sunglasses Basics

sunglasses basics

The array of sunglasses you have to choose from is bewildering. What you see is mostly about the fashion statement. What you don’t generally see is about fit, comfort, and–most importantly–protection. Reflected glare and UV rays both damage your eyes, ...

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8 Great Cities Where Fire Meets Water on the Fourth

water fireworks

Even if you can’t get away for the Fourth of July weekend, there are many great places—maybe even close to home—to view fabulous fireworks displays over the water. Here are a handful of the best urban displays across the country. ...

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