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ON THE LINE: Owen Rachampbell of Darn Tough Socks Hikes the A.T.

Owen Rachampbell of Darn Tough Socks in Smoky Mountains National Park on Charlies Bunyon.

The challenges of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail are many – both physical and mental. Then, think about setting out to do it on your own … in just four months! You’ve got to be darn tough!Owen Rachampbell was the right ...

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The GEARBOX

Welcome to the GEARBOX! Every month we showcase the gear that rolls through the 50 Campfires headquarters – and there’s a LOT of it. We pick our favorites and tell you what we like, and who we think needs it. Catch ...

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23 Memories That Prove You Camped in the 1980s

You’re securely buckled into second- or third-row seating. Your ears are covered by silver-dollar-sized foam pads with a spring metal band between them crushing your carefully quaffed big hair – perhaps even a dew with business up front and a ...

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You Have A Better Chance Of Winning Powerball Than Seeing This Yellow Cardinal

Ok, maybe you have a slightly better chance of winning Powerball, but not by much. Yellow cardinals are rare. Like super rare, as in – they shouldn’t exist. Ordinary cardinals have red feathers due to the metabolic process that happens when they ...

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23 Memories That Prove You Camped In The 1970s

Close your eyes! You’re wearing bright red puffy down vest and knock-off Ray-Ban sunglasses. Your nose is buried in that two-button electronic handheld baseball game powered by two D batteries. You, your sister, and little brother with the John Denver ...

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19 Wonderfully Nostalgic Vintage Camping Ads

It’s easy to look back on vintage camping ads, and brush them off as outdated or out of touch. Sure, the messaging might be a little “off” – but it’s fun to look back at the roots of many successful ...

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9 S’mores Recipes That’ll Take Camping Dessert To The Next Level

Here are 9 S’mores recipes that we love making and enjoy around the campfire! 9 S’mores Recipes The recipes are s’more shortbread, birthday s’more, choice s’more, christmas s’more, spicy s’more, sunshine s’more, pb&c s’more, savory s’more, and cheesecake s’more. We’re having ...

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7 Ways To Sharpen a Camping Knife: Pros Vs. Cons

how to sharpen a camping knife

How To Sharpen a Camping Knife Every camper needs a knife. Er … check that. Every camper needs several knives. You’ll want an EDC that lives in your pocket whether you’re wearing your business casual, your favorite jeans, or your ...

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10 Things Every American Should Know About Our National Parks

Have you ever dreamed of owning a piece of land? The type of place where you could camp, hike, fish and just get away from it all? Well…you already do. America invented National Parks, and the rest of the world ...

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Gear You Need for Winter Grilling

Winter grilling is a right of passage for real outdoor cooks.

The passion for great food cooked outdoors knows no bounds … at least ones set by the thermometer, barometer, or anemometer! Winter grilling is an outdoor cook’s right of passage, but getting the job done is always easier when you ...

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