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Aug 31, 2017

Note to Self...

A Note to Self: Thursday, August 31, 2017:    

Remember to rest, even when things are going great. 

It's easy to crave time away when you're in a rut, in need of a refresh, or looking for some inspiration. But, right now, I'm actually in a pretty good space.

That doesn't mean there aren't unperceived benefits to stepping away. So, for the rest of this week and next, ManMade is going on vacation.

I'm pretty pumped. I especially like traveling this time of year. Waiting to head out when school is in back in session means the crowds have lightened significantly. But it's also a special time of year. I feel the transition of the

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Jun 26, 2017

These Military Packing Secrets Will Make You a Better Traveler

The solar calendar has finally acknowledged what we've all know for a few weeks: it's summer. And with that most blessed of seasons comes the opportunity to get out of town and see the world in all its sun-soaked splendor.

The trick for making all this happen as easily and frequently as possible. Pack lightly, my brothers and sisters.    

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May 16, 2017

The 7 Best Apps for Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, and Other Outdoor Adventures

Most of the time, the whole point of going on a hike or camping trip is to get away from technology. We couldn't agree more. But the truth is, most of us still carry our smart phones for emergency calls, wayfinding, and camera possibilities, all in a single package. Our vote? Turn off the email and the Twitter alerts, and take advantage of the way your phone can enhance your trip. Just make sure your protect it from the weather. 

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May 03, 2017

How to Build a Canoe in 72 Hours

This project began, as it were, with a "crazy idea" - the possibility of canoe travel without taking a canoe with you. Of building one upon arriving in a new place or country, paddling it, then leaving it there upon departure. 

And...?  It worked.    

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Apr 17, 2017

17 Things Every Man Should Keep in His Car at All Times

Yes, sometimes cars break down and you'll need to stay safe. But, like it or not, our automobiles are also our little homes away from home on a road trip. So, it's important to stock it with things that might come up, be it emergency, or just an epic weekend away. Here are our seventeen essentials to always have on hand. 

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Apr 06, 2017

Instilling the Habit: How to Start Something Hard

The older we get, the harder it becomes to start new habits...and break old ones. We begin in earnest, but soon we fall back; the good seem to slip, and the bad seem to creep in. The best way to keep yourself accountable is to ask yourself this simple question (looking into a mirror is optional):

Am I doing what I want?     

 

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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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Jan 09, 2017

One Thing You've Probably Never Changed in Your Vehicle...But Really, Really Should

created at: 05/20/2015

Before I headed out on a short road trip this weekend, I did a quick checkup on my car. I had been having some issues with my engine rattling when my air conditioning was on. I'm really not much of an auto-DIYer, but YouTube has certainly helped me become a better mechanic than I once was!

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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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Nov 01, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather only needs to be as complicated as you want it to be. You can go deep, and get involved in stitching ponies, floral stamps, and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with straightforward shapes and basic tools.   

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Oct 26, 2016

Let's All Go to Deer Cabin

Deer cabin

It must the sense of fall wanderlust settling, cause there's no place I can imagine I'd rather be on this grey, wet autumn day than

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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 27, 2016

How to: Build Your Own Car in Just 400 Easy Steps

Have you ever wished for a fancy sports car or but didn't quite have the cash? Or have you fiddled around with rebuilding cars and are looking for the next step. Well here's an idea: your average DIY toolster with basic tools and a couple hundred free hours can buy the Factory Five kit car and can build their own hot rod, replica Shelby, or Type 65 Coupe.    

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Sep 27, 2016

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or Blazer in Your Suitcase

created at: 10/02/2014

Suits are a common sight on an airplane. Sure, there are the business travelers who made be going straight to a meeting as they arrive, but just as likely - guys wear suits on a plane because they're impossible to put in your luggage without becoming a wrinkly, creased mess. 

Except, there is a way to do it, and its worth a shot if you've a long flight ahead and would much rather snuggle down in something more comfortable.   

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Sep 14, 2016

How to: to Beat Those Boardwalk Games Like A Champ

I wish I could say I loved winning as much as I hate losing (what's up, negativity bias) but unfortunately I can't. So generally speaking I avoid boardwalk-type games that are usually unevenly weighted against the participant, but the recent fervor of state fair mania in my hometown got me thinking about them, when I conveniently came across this...   

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Jul 29, 2016

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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Jul 28, 2016

How to: Learn Another Language - Quickly

Most adults find learning a new language to be particularly difficult. In fact studies show that the number one way to increase your odds of picking up a new language is to already speak a couple languages. But don't lose hope! There are still some streamlined ways to get yourself self off the ground and immerse in a new culture's way of communicating...   

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Jul 20, 2016

How to Get Started with Outdoor Adventure Gear on the Cheap

I think we can all agree: a weekend spent outside is good for the soul. Whether the forest, desert, mountains, or beaches, spending a couple of days without walls restores a fellow. It can simultaneously energize and relax us. Just about everything John Muir ever said sums it up nicely. Here's a few: 

  • Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
  • Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
  • Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. 

 

And in order to make it happen safely while staying warm and dry, you need a bit of gear. 

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Jul 19, 2016

The Man Behind The Brand: 10 Things You Never Knew About Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer Sports StoreYou've probably heard of Eddie Bauer's outdoor gear, but do you know about the man behind those outdoor products? The company put together 10 little known facts about the founder, and they're as impressive as you would expect.  

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Jul 15, 2016

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight trek.   

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