Author Archives: Clint Carlson - Editor

I grew up camping in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Most of the campsites are remote and all are reachable only by boat. Four days on an island ten miles up the lake forces you to solve a lot of problems. That's the part of it I love more than anything. I take pride in being able to solve just about any problem with my Leatherman, rope, bungees, and duct tape.

The 3 Pronged Approach To Ending Smelly Shoes Forever

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Smelly shoes are so common that you might just accept it as a fact of life. “Feet sweat, so my shoes are going to smell. Nothing I can do about it.” I know the feeling. I’ve had mini funerals for ...

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The Definitive Guide To Picaridin vs DEET

We’ve all grown up using DEET. You’d be hard pressed to find a camp box that that doesn’t have at least one can of OFF. In fact, it’s more likely that you find two or three: regular OFF, family OFF ...

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Ice Safety Picks Could Save Your Life

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If you grew up ice fishing you’ve probably seen a pair of ice safety picks. They’re also called ice claws, ice awls, bear claws, or ice grippers. They weigh almost nothing, and could mean the difference between life and death ...

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Can Burned Marshmallows Cause Cancer?

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Have you ever wondered if burned marshmallows cause cancer? It would be a logical question to ask, since we’ve all heard about burned steaks increasing your cancer risk. Let’s touch on steaks quickly first. When you cook a steak at ...

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The RovR Campr Cooler: Review

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The RovR Campr Cooler is the first cooler we’ve seen in awhile that has dramatically changed the design. The rotomolded cooler market is fairly saturated at this point, so add-ons have become more interesting. RovR not only offers great accessories, ...

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Hands Down The Easiest Way To Clean Cast Iron

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Truly the easiest way to clean cast iron Many years ago I became fed up with so called “non-stick” pans and switched to cast iron. While I love my 12 inch Lodge with all my heart, I’ll admit that learning ...

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Tasty Trail Bites: Sidecars And Salmon

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I love exploring new trails. So much so, that I’ve almost completed 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Of Minneapolis, a wonderful book by Tom Watson. One of my favorite things to do is to take a break halfway to enjoy ...

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Whitetail Woods Camper Cabins: Review

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First a little fun on Empire Lake! – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA Having a little fun on Empire Lake! The Whitetail Woods Camper Cabins are the best kept secret in central Minnesota.  I was hesitant to even write this ...

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The Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit: Review

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Do you want to feel like this when you’re running around outside? Of course you do. While I can’t promise that the Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit will increase your Samurai skills, I can promise that it will feel that way. I’ve ...

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Map Of The 38 Best Sledding Hills in Minneapolis

The Sledding Hills in Minneapolis are amazing! Add your favorite hill! We did it. We created the biggest, baddest map ever of sledding hills in Minneapolis. There isn’t a Midwesterner alive who didn’t grow up sledding every chance they could. If ...

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