Author Archives: Clint Carlson

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

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“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

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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

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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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10 Brilliant Camping Tips From Reddit Users

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I came across this great thread on Reddit the other day about camping tips and tricks and found a lot of great advice. I put together some of the most brilliant camping tips here. Hope you find them to be ...

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