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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.

Build a camp chair

Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

How to find fossils

ammonoids.jpgSometimes a rock's just a rock ... and sometimes it's a fossil. How can you tell the difference?

How to start a rock collection

It's not difficult to become a rock hound (just pick up a rock!), but there are a few ideas and concepts that can help you get started on your rock collection.

How to buy hiking boots

Hiking boots are the most important piece of gear you take on the trail. So before you buy your next pair, here are some things to consider.

Carabiner’s maximum weight

I have a carabiner that says it can hold 21 kN. I know that's the amount of shock the clip can take, but what's the maximum constant weight that could be applied to it?

How to build your own first-aid kit

What should you include in your first-aid kit? Be prepared with advice and checklists to help you get the best first-aid kit for your next adventure.

How to avoid heat exhaustion

hot-brain.jpgYour body is more than half water. If you don't hydrate, you can cook your brain -- and die. Know the symptoms and how to treat them.

How to skip rocks

A stone-skipping expert shares his tips to help you successfully skip rocks.

How to replace a broken tent pole

Q. Yo Gear Guy! This weekend when I was setting up my two-man tent to air-dry, one of the fiberglass poles broke. Any places that I could go to get a replacement?

How to cook some goofy grub

We scoured the Internet for these six strange recipes and oddball cooking methods. Then we challenged a Scout troop to try them out.

Two-way radio buying guide

radio-200×148.jpgPicking the right two-way radios for you and your unit is simple when you know what to look for. We’ll show you how.

Repairing a sleeping bag

My dad gave me an old Marmot sleeping bag, and it has two small holes in it and some down feathers are coming out. The sleeping bag works just fine, but how do I stop the feathers from coming out?

Packing checklists for camping trips

Need to know what to bring on your next outing? Every packing list starts with these items. They're called "Scouting Outdoor Essentials" for a reason.

Poisonous plants quiz

Whether you're on a backcountry trek or a walk in the park, how aware are you of dangerous plants? Take this quiz and find out.

Low-cut or high-cut hiking boots?

Q. Hey Gear Guy, this question has been nagging me for so long: If I’m going backpacking should I wear boots with high ankles or ones with low ankles?

Mountain bike or road bike?

I need a new bicycle but I don't know if I should get a mountain bike or a road bike. What are the pros and cons of each type?

How to buy a backpack

What size do I need? How much should I pay? Internal or external? The Gear Guy has answers to help you pick the perfect pack.
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