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Oct 05, 2016

How to: Calculate the True Costs of Driving vs. Flying

Finally, an online calculator that allows you to enter all of your conditional factors into one super-calculation to help you decide the most efficient way to travel to wherever you want to go. It’s called TravelMath, and it includes factors like current gas prices, car rental prices, airfare, the price it’ll take to get you to the airport, and one more vital component…   

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Sep 16, 2016

Closer Look: Hopping Trains To Montauk

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Yep, it's dangerous, illegal, and still pretty interesting. Follow along with this guy as he tried to ride freight trains to Montauk.   

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Aug 26, 2016

Make Your Own Tomahawk Survival Axe...That Also Opens Beers

A survival axe built to cover anything the average camper might need: hacks firewood, saws most anything, and comes with a bottle opener. A weekend of mountaineering and carrying multiple tools led to its invention Bennewho passes on his wisdom in this full-on how-to...

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Jul 13, 2016

How to Travel Like a Pro: Tips from Anthony Bourdain

created at: 09/24/2014

The author, host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reckons he's been away from home for about 250 days a year, for the past decade. If you're familiar with his adventure food and travel properties like The Getaway and No Reservations, you can see how it happens.   

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Jul 12, 2016

10 Survivalist Movies Every Guy Should See

Man against Nature is considered one of the oldest three stories in human history, and there's a good reason why it's stayed around so long. As story fodder it's perfect since we get to see characters pushed to the fringe of their wits and capabilities as they fight to survive. This story carries over to some truly great movies, and here are the Top 10 from Cool Material.   

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Jul 11, 2016

8 Under-The-Radar National Parks to Visit This Summer (and How)

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next month so here are 8 of its lesser known, but no less breathtaking national parks to visit this summer. Complete with family friendly ideas and helpful tips, this guide is perfect for families that want to log some quality time in nature or for the more adventurous bachelor just looking some good wilderness away from pesky glampers.    

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Jul 06, 2016

Adventure: What Is it?

AdventureMissing the outdoors right now? Here's a bit of eye candy to get you fired up for your next trip outside.  

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Jun 22, 2016

The 10 Greatest Wildernesses [Still] in the World

Mankind has had a long, tempestuous history with frontiers. We crave to encounter them, to push them, to exploit them. They often kill us, and yet we mourn them when they disappear. If you find yourself lamenting the death of the frontier, don't lose heart -- keep a candle burning! Not only is there the entire universe, but here on Earth there are still quite a few wildernesses through which humanity has barely traipsed.   

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Jun 16, 2016

Closer Look: The Road From Karakol

River CrossingTagging along on an adventure can almost be as good as the time itself. You get to see the highlights without enduring any of the horrible times between. So, tag along with this adventurer in the "Switzerland" of Central Asia.   

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May 27, 2016

Weekend Project: Make the Ultimate DIY Wood Burning Camp Stove

created at: 09/05/2014

When I bought it ten years ago, my backpacking stove cost me more than $100, and each time I fly to a destination trip, I've got to scout a local outdoor store to get my fuel bottles filled or source some disposable canisters.

The DIY Mountain Ranger Camp Stove, on the other hand, is made from (maybe) $5 in new materials and some recyclables and relies on found fuel - small twigs, sticks, and brush, to produce a very hot flame, very quickly. 

So. As we often find on ManMade, the DIY option makes a compelling case. 

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May 26, 2016

How to: Plan the Best RV / Tiny Home Road Trip

I once was hired to write a series of brochures for a product line of mobile homes and found myself becoming incredibly drawn to them. They're just so cool! So streamlined and efficient for living (though not for the environment), not to mention the whole, pick and go anywhere at any time you want thing.   

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Apr 20, 2016

Fix It: How to Repair Your Own Camping and Hiking Gear

created at: 04/20/2016

Outdoor recreation activities - camping, backpacking, climbing, and the like - bring with them a fair amount of gear. And while it's built to stand up and protect you from the elements, all that exposure, packing and unpacking, weather, bugs, rocks, trees, etc will eventually bring with them some wear and tear.   

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Apr 19, 2016

You're Not That Guy: Becoming Your Own Version of a Man

The EdgeWe’re all told today how to act like a man. It’s ingrained in our movies, our music, even our weekly basketball pick-up games. If there's a more meaningless phrase a kid hears growing up than "be a man"... it's news to me as a now adult male.

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Mar 22, 2016

Inspired Journey: There and Back Again

JourneyI love to travel. It's such an incredible experience to see another part of this massive world, and meet plenty of others along the way. Well, if you're heart is longing for a bit of wandering, take a look at this incredible video.  

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Mar 03, 2016

Make This: Build A Beer Can Ultralight Hiking Stove

5 Easy to Make Can Stoves

I've cooked a lot of meals in the outdoors, and every meal has come about the same way - with a bit of heat. Make a stove out of an empty can and an ounce of alcohol for a light, compact system that will keep you cooking well in the wild.  

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Feb 22, 2016

How to: Safely Land a 737 (If You Have No Prior Training)

created at: 02/21/2016Tim Morgan, a veteran commercial pilot and regular Quora contributor took it upon himself to answer the (oddly) popular question, "What should I do if the pilot passes out and I (with no flight training) have to land the plane?" If you want to really be prepared for anything an action hero might face, this post is for you.    

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Feb 17, 2016

7 Ways Carrying Ten Feet of Paracord Can Help Save Your Life

created at: 02/17/2016

Paracord: it's light, versatile, and in the right situation, might just be able to save your skin.   

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Oct 27, 2015

Your Specs Can Save Your Life: How to Survive with Eyeglasses

Old stereotypes deemed the bespectacled the weakest of the bunch, but in case of an emergency, your glasses may make you into the fittest for surviving.   

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Oct 21, 2015

Frank Gehry Just Designed His First Yacht and It's Spectacular

Probably the most famous architect to the non-architecturally minded is Frank Lloyd Wright, but I would bet that for a significant majority of the population Frank Gehry would be a close second. As the creative mind behind the Guggenheim Museum, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and many more, Gehry is considered "the most important architect of our age" who can now extend his numerous credentials from architect to shipwright.   

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Oct 16, 2015

Reflecting on a Season of Outdoor Adventures: What Makes It All Worthwhile for Me

Atop Mount Whitney

Around this time of year I often find myself in the basement, getting my backpacking gear ready for winter storage. It's a bittersweet ritual I go through as the season comes to a close. If you love the outdoors like I do, you probably get asked from time to time, "Why do you do it?" After all, mother nature can be a tough mistress. As I unrolled my packs and checked my tents for damage, here are some of the moments from the last year that help me answer that question:

The best backpacking trips are also the toughest (I mean, if climbing mountains were easy, why would you do it?). The payoff is that surge of emotion when when you reach the highest summit, or that tender moment you share with friends when you find the perfect campsite at the end of a long day. Of course, having the right food along the way makes a big difference.

Jerky is my favorite protein-packed trail food, so I was excited to try a new product from Ball Park ('yep, you know 'em from the hot dog stand). They sent me a box of their new Tough but Tender Ball Park Flame Grilled Jerky (it's on shelves now); it's flame grilled (instead of dried like most jerky), with a uniquely tender texture that stands apart from other jerky. 

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