Camping Gear

The Pants Feature I Never Knew I Needed

I attended a small Liberal Arts College in the Sierra Mountains. Although I left school with more than I came, there was something that I lost. Endless days of backcountry snowboarding left my knees completely shot. It’s a rare moment ...

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Best Camping Gear Under 10 Bucks

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I know that you’re thinking, “Gimme a break. There isn’t any decent camping gear under 10 bucks.” When it comes to larger items you’d be right, but there are plenty of small tools and toiletries that can be had on ...

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Klymit Insulated Hammock V: Review

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Cold Butt Syndrome (CBS) is the biggest challenge to sleeping in a hammock year around. What is it? Well, to stay warm you need to trap air. It doesn’t matter if it’s a sleeping bag or a jacket. Trapping air ...

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Mid: Review

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About five years ago I read Born To Run, and as a result became very interested in natural or “minimalist” footwear. At the time there weren’t many options. I bought a few pair of the toe shoes that people love ...

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Slotdog Review: Silly But Fun

Slotdog Review: This tool creates slots in skinless hotdogs to allow more caramelization and plumping.

Why a Slotdog review? Well, at 50 Campfires we sort of collect new and unusual recipes and techniques to make hotdogs cooked over a campfire more fun. Some of us have eaten so danged many of them, they just get boring if ...

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5 Reasons You Need To Buy Flannel Lined Jeans

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If you live in frigid temps you absolutely need to buy flannel lined jeans. Every once in awhile you pick up a new piece of gear that drastically improves your life. You need to wake up in the morning and ...

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The Light Phone: Unboxing And Review

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Admit it – you waste too much time on your phone.  In May of 2015 I saw an interesting product on Kickstarter. It was called The Light Phone, and it was billed as “your phone away from phone.” What does ...

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Better Snowballs & Warmer Fingers: 43 Winter Fun Essentials for Kids

For many of us campers, the problem with winter activities is they, as the name suggests, take place in winter. Somewhere along the line, we stop looking at snow as a medium for play to something that needs to be ...

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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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