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Jun 03, 2013

Camping in Style: The North Face Dome Tent

North Face Dome Tent

A bold geodesic dome tent that looks like a modern igloo? Yes, please.

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May 24, 2013

A Note to Self...


A note to self - May 24, 2013:    

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Mar 06, 2013

Inspiring Photos of Neatly Arranged Collections

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jim Golden photographs these compelling collections of themed objects. You might have seen a few similar "things organized neatly" pieces floating about the internet, but I think Golden's work contains more than just thoughtful spacing and color themes:   

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Feb 20, 2013

The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

In 1981, outdoor clothier L.L. Bean published The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

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Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.  

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Aug 29, 2012

How to: Make S'meaches - S'Mores + Peaches

I've gone on record many times about my love for s'mores, and balancing that with the mysterious dichotomy that I only want to eat them about once or twice a year.

But! Switching up the classic graham+choc+mallow recipe for some roasty

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Jul 11, 2012

Warped: A Classic Axe Joke

Know any good lumberjack jokes? No, me neither.

But, did you hear the one about the guy from the city who spent his weekends at his cabin in the woods?

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Jun 28, 2012

Make like a Treehouse and Leave: 6 Droolworthy Arboreal Abodes

Even with the 100° temperatures, the unrelenting scorch of the sun and frightful humidity, I've still got a case of cabin fever. Like, the kind of fever where the only solution is an escape to an actual cabin, preferably one built in a tree.  

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Jun 04, 2012

How to: Make a Campfire from a Single Log

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Between a very fine evening of charcoal grilling on Friday and a hardwood fire with friends on Sunday evening, my weekend was filled with the lovely smell of wood smoke, some very tasty food, and the

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May 03, 2012

How to: Make Campfire Beef Brisket

Perhaps this weekend, you'll find yourself about a campfire: a trip outdoors, a gathering with your friends, an excuse to build a campfire. And perhaps, if you do, you'll want to take advantage of the warm, smokey heat, and whip up what may be one the tastiest, and manliest, meals of all time: campfire brisket, slow, wet, and amazing.  

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Apr 24, 2012

Why Every Man (and Every Person) Should Own a Cast Iron Skillet

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Over the last decade, there's been a hugh shift towards discovering the things that our grandparents knew. Post-Baby Boom adults everywhere are keeping chickens in their backyards, learning to can and preserve their own produce and cure their own meats, shaving with straight razors.

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

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You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping trip, Joseph

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Mar 30, 2012

The Cricket Pop-Up Trailer

The entire U.S. has had one bizarre winter. In my state, it's been the sixth warmest winter on record, and the entire world began to bloom in mid-March, instead of the normal late April, seven weeks later.

And yet, it hasn't helped my sense of spring fever. Sure, I've been able to start bicycling earlier this year, and my garden is already planted, whereas normally we have to wait until Mother's Day. But that sense to get out; to leave the house behind, to explore and be at the mercy of things you can't control? Still as strong as ever.

And these unbelievable trailers by Cricket are not helping. One bit.  

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Mar 22, 2012

A Tent Suspended from the Trees

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Now this is one cool tent. Part hammock and part tent, the Tentsile is suspended in the air by anchoring it high up to three trees (and one anchor in the ground). While it seemed a little outlandish to me at first, this design makes total sense for people camping in places with uneven or muddy ground. Or for people that decide to camp above viper pits too I suppose.  

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Jun 24, 2011

24 DIY Camping Projects, Recipes, and Tips

We're in the full swing of summer, and it's high season to run away for the weekend. And when it's not in the budget to be jetsetting around the world, there's nothing more festive or wallet-friendly then a trip to a local state or national park for a weeking under the stars. A couple bucks for site fees, a tank of gas, and a grocery cart full of roastables, and you're go.

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Jul 01, 2010

How To: Make Melty, Amazing S'mores...Sans Campfire.

IMG_0215I'm so crazy pumped for my camping and canoeing trip this holiday weekend that I can barely sit still. And, oh, buddy, you better believe I'll be making some smokey and toasty s'mores over the campfire. See, I live in the city, and city with very strict open flame laws (I think it's actually illegal to light a match on the sidewalk), so a blazing campfire is quite a treat. I get to be around one around once a year, which is about how many s'mores a year I can stand, so it all works out.

If you wanna join me on my trip, I'll gladly make you one with my reknown two level heat technique, but if you're staying urban this summer - don't worry. Here's two tricks for making great melty s'mores that are totally worth the calories, at home.   

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