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Meal planning for when you’re bike touring

Follow this guide equipped with a grocery shopping list and some camp-friendly recipes that will be sure to make meal preparation as easy as can be.

When you're bike touring, you know you have to pack sustenance for at least a couple of days, and if you really sit down and think about it, that requires a lot of well thought out planning. Let's face it, a pile of granola bars is great for a snack, but it won't be enough to really give you the energy you need for the amount of activity you'll be doing. Plus you also have to consider the weight of the food. Your [Read more...]

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A thru-hiking touring adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail

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At the age of 23, Connor DeVane, who currently resides in Portland, Oregon, has already completed a long hiking journey that some may never get to experience in a lifetime. To get a break from today's hectic, modern society and to instead be immersed in nature, DeVane set out for a thru-hiking touring adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail only five days after he received his bachelor's degree in May, 2014.

Despite already having traveled thousands of miles by foot
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Best spring camping destinations for adventurers

Celebrate spring at one of these adventurous camping destinations.

Spring has sprung and it's time to get out and enjoy the warm weather, blue skies and blossoming fauna. Start off the season with an adventurous camping trip in a gorgeously rugged destination. Here are five places you should set up your tent this spring:

1. Twentynine Palms, California
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6 best spots for camping with kids

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If you're a nature lover, you're probably eager to expose your kids to your passion and get them interested in the great outdoors. Since camping has a little something for everyone, it's a great family activity. Not every campsite is created equal, however, and it's important to make sure the area you choose is more of a kid-friendly location than spring break hot spot. Use this list to discover the nation's six best camping destinations for families traveling with kids.&n
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Camping tricks and tips for backpacking

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Experienced backpackers know that no matter how well you load up your pack with camping gear, you'll eventually need something you don't have. But that's OK - improvising and making do with what you have is a part of back country camping and hiking.

Whether you're camping in the wilderness as part of a bike touring trip or as a leg in a backpacking trip, there are many tips and tricks that will allow you to have a blast, even if you don't have all the right camping e
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Yurts offer a new camping experience for the winter

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Winter camping is popular in Idaho. But rather than using traditional tents to sleep in, many people are hauling their camping equipment to yurts on different state parks and popular winter trails, Idaho's Twin Falls Times-News reported. People carry all of their gear with them just just as if they were hiking or bike touring, but these adventurers are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing their way to the yurts.

Yurts were originally homes for nomadic farmers in Mongolia and Tu
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4 signs of a bad camping spot

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When you're touring and the sun starts to set, it's time to set up camp. However, when you have limited places to choose from or the light is already waning, it's all too easy to pick an awful camp site. It may look good at first, but through the nightthe situation can go bad quickly. 

Although you don't always get the best choices when it comes to wilderness camping on a touring trip, you can dodge red flags for a better camping experience. Keep an eye ou
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Tips for snowshoe camping

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Although there are plenty of winter options, many people put a hold on their bike touring when snow and ice make it too difficult. However, this shouldn't put a damper on your adventurous spirit. Consider tackling a snowshoeing camping trip this winter to continue your outdoor recreation and exploration. If you do decide to backpack with your snowshoes, here are a few tips that can make the entire experience more enjoyable. 

Know your shoes 
Not all
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7 tips for camping safely with your baby

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Young athletic parents don't want to stop exploring the outdoors just because they now have a child - in fact, most want to share the wilderness with their new son or daughter.  

Although long hiking and touring trips may have to be put on hold with a baby, it doesn't mean that you can't take your baby out for a camping trip. Here are several tips on how to safely and effectively go camping with your young child. 

1. Don't venture too fa
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?Check out the best U.S. national parks for camping

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For many Americans, camping in the best way to vacation. Although others want relax in luxury hotels or at beachfront resorts, camping enthusiasts enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Whether the journey involves hiking in with all of your camping equipment or bike touring around some of the world's most unique natural landscapes, U.S. national parks offer some amazing places to explore. 

One of things that makes camping in the U.S. so unique is that the large nation h
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