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One of the things I’ve learned over the years when it comes to starting fires is that a quality fire starter is worth the money. When it’s time to relax around a campfire, my main goal is to get it going quickly and easily. I’ve been using the QuickSurvive Fire Starters a lot this summer,
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Gear Of The Year 2020 is here! We took a hard look at all of the gear we saw this year and decided which ones had the most impact. In years past, we’ve sometimes awarded Gear Of The Year to gear that we hadn’t used personally because the concept was so innovative. This year, we’ve
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Posted by: 50 Campfires in Camping Gear, Featured Articles, Personal For the second year in a row, we had the opportunity to spend a weekend with the Women Ice Angler Project. They’re a group based in Minnesota that generates awareness and recognition of women ice anglers. They spend a lot of time educating newcomers, which
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Breathtaking views, wolves howling, rushing rivers, deep gorges, waterfalls, flushing grouse, frosty mornings, moose tracks, star gazing, birch forests, waterfalls, and more waterfalls. The Superior Hiking Trail is a 310-mile trek that follows the Sawtooth Mountain’s rocky ridgeline along the shoreline of Lake Superior from the Canadian border to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. It’s truly a
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This winter we spent a weekend with Women On Ice on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota. The founder, Barb Carey, gave us these excellent tips for having a successful fish fry. If you’re lucky enough to catch dinner, here are five things to consider before you heat the skillet up. Bleed The Fish
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Looking for another way to get your kids outdoors this winter? Bundle them up and head out to a frozen lake for a day of ice fishing. This is the second year I’ve taken my toddler-age son hardwater fishing and each time we go, we’re able to stay out a little bit longer than before.
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If you’re a dog owner who loves the outdoors, chances are that you take your dog on every adventure you can. In the summer, you can often just grab a few things and take off. The winter is a different story, and in this video, Barb Carey is talking specifically about ice fishing. Barb is
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When the temperature drops, people start to spend more time inside because…it’s cold? The cold weather shouldn’t stop you from hanging out with friends and family outside. With a few simple preparations you can prevent yourself from becoming a couch potato this winter, and hey – the fresh is good for you, right? Jenny Anderson
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Posted by: 50 Campfires in Camp Cooking, Cocktails Shantel Wittstruck from Women On Ice shares a tasty recipe that can be enjoyed on a cold day of ice fishing. Here’s an easy recipe you can toss in the flask for a cold winter day. Yes, we know that alcohol doesn’t “warm you up” when it’s
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The transition from summer camping to overnight into the shoulder season of fall and even into early winter requires a change in gear – especially clothing and your sleeping system.  Clothing, from layering to insulation, is a whole other area of preparation.  Sleeping gear can be as simple as adding to what you already have.
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You don’t need to have any backcountry experience to know – “Don’t eat the yellow snow!” But what about snow in general – particularly in winter emergency/survival situation? The partial answer is “No” and “Yes”! Caution reigns for both options. Because snow is about 70% air,  a fist-sized clump of snow is only going to
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Broken trolling motor, but can’t afford to upgrade? Well, if you have an old angle grinder lying around the garage…it’s your lucky day! In this short video, Rulof Maker shows us how to build a trolling motor with an angle grinder and a few other odd-and-ends. And by the looks of it, the DIY Trolling Motor actually works quite
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Whether you’re heading out alone for a simple overnight get-away or embarking on an extended, minimalist-style adventure, choosing the right type of sleeping shelter is a major consideration. Besides weight and volume, utility also plays into deciding what type of gear to bring along. The choices are straight forward and offer a good range of
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Tinder is any dry material that readily takes a spark, match or other intense heat sources and easily ignites. They are the “fire starter” fuel and the foundation for most all campfires.  Besides twigs, bark and other natural materials, there are also a variety of commercial tinders on the market. They are especially handy when you
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Paracord is an essential piece of emergency/survival gear. There are several characteristics and properties that qualify cordage as authentic “paracord”. All ‘rope’ is made of strands that are either braided or twisted together. Structurally, paracord uses the kernmantle technique similar to how rope for mountain climbing is made.  Its outmost layer is a  braided nylon sheath
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Even if you are a totally committed landlubber, you no doubt have a need for keeping gear dry whenever you venture outdoors. Backpackers and paddlers alike know the value in a good dry bag—both in the field and in the wallet! Here’s a quick, convenient and effective way to create your own functional and inexpensive
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A good campsite can be defined in many ways depending upon your preferred level of back-country comfort, the lay of the land where you can pitch your tent and to a lesser extent, the season in which you are out enjoying Mother Nature. Ask most anyone and they’ll tell you their preference is a flat,
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In response to an article I posted on being able to find the North-South direction line using your watch as a sundial-like tool, a reader pointed out that this “survival skill” only worked with an analog watch because of its clock face and hour hand; he deemed a digital watch to be completely useless. I
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It’s not uncommon for most of us who consider ourselves competent outdoor enthusiasts to feel we have the skills necessary to handle ourselves in both routine tasks and emergency situations. Whether it’s using a knife to trim sticks when building a shelter, tying a specific knot to secure a load, or even being able to
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I personally think the process of grilling over a campfire and throwing a few steaks on the Barbie are mutually associated experiences in that doing each can offer insights for cooking over the other. For the campfire chef, test cooking new recipes or cuts of meat over the grill at home gives you a head’s
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Many times the line between adventure-seeker and certifiably crazy is a blurry one. Take Hunt Jennings, for instance. On Thursday afternoon, the professional kayaker surprised onlookers at Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Falls by A) informing them that professional kayaking is an actual thing and B) taking the 53′ plunge over the raging falls.[embedded content] Mr. Jennings survived
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Hunting camp can be as critical to the success of your hunt as a bullet or an arrow. Minor inconveniences can be overcome but major obstacles can dampen, or even end, your hunting trip. If hunting with others the obstacles can be magnified and escalate quickly. There are many different types of camp along with
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Earlier this week, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday by offering free admission to its 58 National Parks (plus National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Seashores, National Military Parks, and National Battlefields). That got me to thinking…how many of these National Treasures have I actually visited myself?
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