Camping Tips

The Campers Guide to the Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Active outdoor folks have a reason to turn up the TV when something like the Zika Virus pops up on the news. They spend a lot of time outdoors and up until now, weren’t too concerned about a mosquito bite ...

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What You Need to Know About Snow and Ice

Stuff Gramps Should Have Taught You It’s long been thought that the notion of Eskimos having 50 different words for snow was an urban – or in this case, an arctic – legend, but more recent research has shown it’s ...

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How To Waterproof Leather Boots

There is nothing worse in the woods than wet feet. Wait, getting eaten by a bear is worse, but #2 is having wet feet in cold weather. It can cut a wonderful day in the woods short, leaving you absolutely ...

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4 Essential Camping Knots

Knot tying is a lost art form, due in part to bungee cords, ratchet straps, and other devices that allow you to secure a rope without actually tying a knot. While those devices certainly have their place (especially ratchet straps), ...

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The 10 Most Overlooked Camping Items

You’re familiar with the essentials. You need a tent, sleeping bag, stove, bug spray, etc. But there is this other category of camping gear that, while not absolutely necessary, is really nice to have. It’s that feeling you have when ...

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60 Ways to Get Out and Do More

Over the past few years, the 50 Campfires team has developed a mantra that we grow to believe in more and more each day, based in the idea that whatever gets you outside is good! That’s why we’re bringing you ...

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How To Care for a Pocketknife

When it comes to knives, nearly all we ever hear about are new ways to sharpen them. You know what? However you decide to go about putting a shaving sharp edge on your everyday carry pocketknife is a good one. ...

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The Sheet Bend Knot

sheet bend

The sheet bend knot is used to connect two ropes of unequal size, although it also works with ropes of the same size. It is relatively easy to tie, and holds well as long as the rope is under a ...

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Sleeping Bag Care Tips

It was my 12th birthday. What does an adventure-loving, outdoor-crazy 12 year old need and want for his birthday? His own sleeping bag, of course! So for that milestone b-day, that’s what my parents gave me. It was a Coleman model ...

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How To Read A Compass

How to use a compass

The GPS (Global Positioning System) rules when it comes to all kinds of navigation today. Every smart phone is capable of getting you from Point A to Point B more efficiently than we ever could have imagined just a decade ...

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