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Outdoors & Gear

Guide to camping, hiking and other outdoor sports and adventures. Includes buying guides for tents, camping gear, sleeping bags and other outdoor equipment.

Tips to Lighten a Backpack

Q. My troop likes to go backpacking. I’d like to participate, but my pack is really heavy. How do I lighten it?

Is It OK to Eat Snow?

There's a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow in your backyard. Is it OK to grab a handful and take a bite?

Staying Warm in a Hammock

Q. I think hammocks are comfortable, but I don’t like being cold at night. What’s the best way to stay warm in one?

How to Build an Igloo

A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.

How to Buy a Tent

Valuable tent buying tips, plus a look at seven of Gear Guy's favorite new tents.

How To Clean Your Lantern

Q. I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?

Cot or bedroll?

Q. On camp-outs I see some boys with cots and others with bedrolls. Which should I use?

How to clean a sticky knife

knife-200x148Q. Whenever I go camping I always cut oranges with my knife. But then my knife sticks and is hard to get open. What is the best way to de-stick my knife?