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.

7 Things I Won’t Go Canoe Camping Without

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Every year a few friends and I go canoe camping on the St. Croix River. It’s a two-night trip, and we stay at a different campsite each night. I’ve often claimed that canoe camping is “almost” like car camping. You’d ...

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What I Like About My Brazos Walking Stick

brazos walking stick

“Let’s walk to the oak.” It’s a phrase that I’ve heard my entire life. I grew up in central Minnesota, and the land our cabin is on has been in the family for over 70 years. Also on that land, ...

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The Moonshade Beats The Heat Almost Anywhere

moonshade sun shelter

If there’s one thing we’re all in search of on a hot summer day, it’s shade. Sitting under a tree to avoid the sunshine can shave 15 degrees off your skin temperature, making for a much more relaxing afternoon. There ...

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The Reason Campers Are Better Off During The Coronavirus Outbreak

hikers on a trail

Let me start by saying that this whole situation is bad, and it’s going to get worse. In no way am I downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. Every day we see more confirmed cases (and deaths) and are ...

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1987 Was The Most Popular Year For National Parks (Not 2016)

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I’ve always had a problem with statistics, specifically, the number of people partaking in an activity. We see these numbers all the time in the news. “3 million people did this,” and “134 million people did that.” The problem is ...

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Zebco 33 Review : A Timeless Fishing Reel

My earliest fishing memories are from a twelve-foot Lund with my sister and my Dad. It wasn’t a comfortable boat to fish from. There was no flat bottom, you were always tripping over the anchor (the front was the worst), ...

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So I Tried Vanlife For A Weekend On The North Shore In Minnesota with VanGo Automotive

If you spend any time at all on Instagram you probably know that #vanlife is a thing. A quick search of the hashtag pulls up over three million photos of attractive people living lovely carefree lives in their decked out ...

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Advanced Elements Ultralight Kayak : Review [VIDEO]

The Advanced Elements Ultralight Kayak is great for all ages and skill levels. I’ve been curious about inflatable kayaks for a long time. I love to paddle, and for much of my life, I simply didn’t have anywhere to store ...

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Mock One Hammock : Review

We were the first ones to get our hands on the Mock One Hammock for a sneak preview. I love hammocks. There just isn’t anything that I find to be as comfortable as swaying in the breeze in a nice ...

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Quik Shade MAX Shade Camp Chair : Review

With what the sun can do to your skin … short term and long term … shade anywhere is a good thing. Even an essential thing. That makes the Quik Shade MAX Shade Camp Chair a really good thing, and ...

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