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Jun 02, 2017

Fly Fishing Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started

Did you know there are more fish in the water than stars in the sky? S

eriously, the water you have within a few minutes of your house is almost guaranteed to be sheltering a school of those fin-tailed creatures just below the surface. All those mouths have to eat, and it's easier than you think to get started in the timeless art of fly fishing.   

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Jan 11, 2017

U.S. National Parks Will Be Free to Visit On These 10 Days in 2017

Photo: NPS.gov

If you read this site and also make New Year's Resolutions, I'd bet some variation of "getting out in nature more" made it onto the list. Well, this Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday) all National Park Service sites that usually require entrance fees will be FREE. That, and nine more days this year...   

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Nov 03, 2016

Smart Tips and Tricks for Taking Seriously Awesome Outdoor and Travel Photos

My Instagram feed is about 50/50 with friends and outdoorsy travel photographers. I try to get out in wilderness as much as I can, and when I can't, I try to at least keep some photographic inspiration readily at hand. And let's be honest, probably all of us have tried our hand at capturing that gorgeous vista to which we couldn't quite do justice...   

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Oct 31, 2016

My 36-Hour Warrior Dash Weekend in Portland, OR

"It's only three miles." This is what I tell myself, as I drag my feet up a seemingly endless hill toward the last obstacle of my very first Warrior Dash. At this point, I'm soaked, covered in mud, and wondering how it's possible that all the hills on this course are uphills. Is that some some sort of tricky 'Keep Portland Weird' thing?

But let's rewind. I started out the day at 3:45am, in Minneapolis. Tip-toed out of the bed to avoid waking my wife, and snuck into both kid's room for a goodbye kiss. Tried to explain to the Uber driver how it was that my job involves flying across the country to run a mud race. "What's a mud race?"  

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Oct 14, 2016

How to: Build a Survival Hut from Grass

I'm consistently blown away by the ingenuity of mind behind PrimitiveTechnology. We’ve featured his work before, and if you haven’t seen him, he’s created a series of wordless YouTube videos in which he showcases brilliant yet simple survival skills that could make all the difference to one’s survival in the wilderness. And while I love learning survival skills as much as the next guy, there’s something more to his videos that strike me...   

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Sep 16, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Fire Pit In Any Shape You Please

created at: 09/11/2016 The backyard fire pit is the hallmark of great outdoor memory-making. Where friends gather, stories are told, beers are drunk. And sure they can be as simple as a no-frills dugout, but something a little more concrete demonstrates your commitment to the intentionality of the space....    

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Aug 18, 2016

You're Going to Want One of These: How to Make the Ultimate Backyard Lawn Game

created at: 08/10/2016

I thought I knew all the best backyard games, until I found out about kubb (pronounced 'koob'). It was like nothing I'd ever seen, but once I understood the rules and played a game,  I was completely sold?

Also known as Viking chess, it's one part strategy, one part skill, and the rest is just plenty of luck. With a standard 4x4 and a few lengths of dowel you can make your own set in an afternoon, and enjoy it for the rest of your life.

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Jul 06, 2016

How to: Bike the Entire East Coast—All 3,000 Miles of It

Summer's a great to bust out that bike for everyday travel like going to work, or for longer travel... like the entire East Coast. The East Coast Greenway (ECG) is a one of a kind bike trail that will eventually cover the entire East Coast—all 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. And you can get started now...   

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Aug 28, 2015

Weekend Project: Make These DIY Copper Tiki Torches (with Some Mid-Century Modern Pizzazz)

Tiki torches are hit or miss for me. They can be tacky and, but if done right they can class up the aesthetic of your summer barbecue  in a whole new way. The design is as simple to make as the aesthetic is clean.

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Apr 09, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Twig Pencils

created at: 04/09/2015

This simple twig pencil project is a great way to add a little rustic, outdoor charm to your office or workspace. Or, it could make a great spring project to do with kids, and a smart way to reuse all the fallen branches and tree limbs that come along with these April showers. 

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Oct 23, 2014

How To: Handmade Flyfishing Net

Wooden Handle

Credit:Prestonmade.com

I've been out perfecting my cast quite a few times in the last few months as the weather turned cool. It's quite a cathartic moment throwing the delicate fly out to be struck by a hungry trout. While the majority of fly fishing gear is intensely complicated and time consuming to construct, a sturdy landing net can be constructed with moderate skills in a weekend and will stand up to years of abuse.

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Sep 23, 2014

The Evolution of the Bicycle

I love this bicycle design evolution gif. It's awesome to see the wheels adapt, but my favorite is looping the handlebar/steering mechanism. 

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