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Trail Etiquette for Hikers

There’s nothing more awkward than a trail encounter with two parties heading opposite directions, neither of which is sure who has the right of way. That confusing, “I’ll go right,” “No, you go right,” shuffle is always embarrassing. Luckily, you can avoid these situations on the trail if you read up on proper trail etiquette, which will let you know who has the right of way and when.  On the
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The Bike Industry Soars Post COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the majority of outdoor gear manufacturers. However, the bike industry has been set up to thrive, as more and more people are looking for activities outside of their homes. Bikes sales have been so successful, in fact, that retailers struggled to keep inventory in stock to meet the consumer demand.  Both e-Commerce and brick-and-mortar sales have skyrocketed since March. On the e-commerce side,
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Great Off-The-Beaten-Path Mountain Biking Destinations

Mountain biking is unique in that it offers both physical and mental benefits. Of course, extended mountain biking is a great way to get in shape, but the mindful focus required can also help clear the mind and leave you refreshed. And a big factor in completing a physically and mentally beneficial ride is the lack of crowds. Uncrowded trails, unfortunately, are becoming harder to find these days as more
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Outdoor Participation Springs Back in Wake of COVID-19

Outdoor participation has declined in recent years, with screen-time taking priority over outside time for Americans. The Outdoor Foundation’s 2019 Outdoor Participation Report indicated that just over half of Americans recreated outside at least once in 2018, however, that left nearly half of the population choosing to stay inside, exclusively. With the advent of new digital technologies and the rise of distractions like smartphones, streaming services, and social media, Americans
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New Survey Indicates RV Camping will Thrive through Pandemic

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing caused by the Covid 19 pandemic has thrown personal recreation for a loop. But isolated individuals and families have sought refuge in the outdoors, as social distancing is much easier to accomplish in wide-open spaces with fresh air. Camping, specifically out of a camper, is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible environment as the pandemic stretches into summer 2020.  Thor
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7 Great Stargazing Destinations

Anyone who has ever spent a night camping in the wilderness knows how incredibly  awe striking a clear view of the night sky can be. Seeing a galaxy full of stars in full definition without the intrusion of light pollution inspires wonder, elevates mood, and maybe causes a bit of neck soreness from staring straight up into the cosmos for minutes on end. The benefits of a clear night sky
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5 Steps to Be Wildfire Aware and Prevent Forest Fires

The allurement of living amongst nature has increased the building of homes, businesses, and recreation infrastructures in close proximity to wildlands. The coexistence of urban populations and communities with the forest increases the threat of wildfire to property and human life. The US Forest Service initiates steps to mitigate the threat of forest fires to at-risk communities through fuel mitigation. The goal is to promote forest health and restoration projects,
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Best Camping Tents For Extreme Storms – 2020

Three Tents and a Big Storm: A real-life case study. Besides serving as your cozy, warm, and comforting homestead in the wilderness, your tent’s main purpose is to shield you from the elements. While regular waterproofing treatments to your rainfly, seam-sealed constructions, and seasonal ratings are important aspects of your shelter durability and structural integrity are the key components of a reliable tent. Your tent should be able to withstand
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New Survey Indicates RV Camping will Thrive through Pandemic

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing caused by the Covid 19 pandemic has thrown personal recreation for a loop. But isolated individuals and families have sought refuge in the outdoors, as social distancing is much easier to accomplish in wide-open spaces with fresh air. Camping, specifically out of a camper, is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible environment as the pandemic stretches into Summer 2020.  Thor
Makoshika State Park, Montana
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The 10 Best Uncrowded Alternatives to National Parks

America’s National Parks are among the most stunning examples of natural wonders in the world. However, the pristine beauty afforded by theSE parks also draws huge crowds, especially during the summer months. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, for example, saw 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, the number one most visited park in the country. Luckily for outdoor enthusiasts, there are innumerable uncrowded nature preserves located near the popular National Parks.