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.

3 Great Daypacks Under $100

daypacks under 100

The beauty of a great daypack is being able to use it both in town and on the trail. We’re not hardcore hikers here at 50 Campfires, but we like to knock out a few miles after work as often ...

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5 Tips For Stargazing In A Kayak

You’re floating in middle of a lake in pitch dark. The only sound is the water quietly lapping the side of your boat. Above you, a blanket of stars that both inspire you and make you feel incredibly small at ...

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Essential Bike Touring Gear From The Katy Trail

“Could I get a quick picture of the bike touring gear you won’t leave home without?” I recently had a chance to bike the Katy Trail in Missouri, and had fun asking other bikers this simple question. Some people were ...

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The Best Katy Trail Map To Plan Your Trip

Katy Trail Map

The Katy Trail map below contains wineries, campsites, breweries, points of interest, restaurants, bike repair shops, and B&Bs. If you’re on a mobile device it even allows you to get directions! We work hard to keep the listings current. Please ...

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Can Socks Be Shoes? The Swiss Protection Sock Review

swiss protection sock

On July 29th, 2015, the Swiss Barefoot Company asked for $10,000 to launch what it was calling “the world’s most minimalist footwear.” They called it the Swiss Protection Sock, and at the end of the campaign on September 6th they ...

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6 Cool Products We Feel Good About On Earth Day 2016

Earth Day is a reminder to make sure we’re making the right choices. It’s hard to measure the impact Earth Day has had since it’s creation in 1970. At the very least, it’s a day where more people are thinking about ...

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Make This Ultralight Firestarter Kit From Stuff Laying Around The House

This lightweight firestarter kit will only take you a few minutes to make. It takes up almost no room in your jacket pocket, and comes in handy if you need to start a quick fire. I’m sure you have these ...

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Get Your Hands On A Limited Edition National Park Bottle While You Can

limited edition national park bottle

At 50 Campfires we love to see manufacturers diving in and doing what they can help the planet. We’ve written about it in the past, and just had to do a post when we saw what the National Parks Project was ...

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IceMule Pro Cooler Review | Bring The Party Anywhere!

Icemule pro cooler

I love picnics. On a nice summer day there’s nothing better than laying down in the grass to enjoy some good food and a cold beer in the great outdoors. Parks are fun, but I really like to hike a mile ...

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Mountain House Chicken And Dumplings: Review

mountain house chicken and dumplings

I’ve always been a fan of freeze dried meals for camping. I probably use them the way most people do – I don’t bring 12 freeze dried meals and live off nothing but that for a weekend. Rather, I grab ...

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