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6 Tips For Enjoying Winter Hammock Camping

In north woods, we don’t let a little thing like winter get in the way of camping enjoyment. We just adapt, gear up … and conquer. Hammock camping is the rage right now … for a lot of good reasons. ...

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The Complete Guide To Firewood

Our name says it all! We believe the perfect campfire is at the center of a great time outdoors. That’s why it’s so disappointing if you get bad firewood you can’t light no matter what you do, or the stuff ...

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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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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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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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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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Seeking (… and Avoiding) Scorpions

Seeking Scorpions in the desert not far from Las Vegas.

When you come to the desert for a camping trip, you can look at its most common wildlife as something to be scared of and avoid or as a focus of interest, learning, and discovery. Whether you find things like ...

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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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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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Campfire Chocolate Cake + Fathom IPA

Campfire Chocolate Cake + Fathom IPA   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 35 mins   There's nothing quite like the combo of chocolate cake and a cold IPA beer. In this quick campfire pairing, ...

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