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All About Avalanche Safety

Avalanches are a serious concern for all travelers whose outings take them into snowy, mountainous regions. An avalanche occurs when snow breaks loose on a slope, or when a

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.

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?

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 Tie a Bowline Knot

The bowline knot is useful for tying a rope around your waist or around someone requiring rescue. Here's how to tie one.

How to Pack a Backpack

VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.

How to Build a Survival Shelter

Being prepared to live — and live well — when you’re far from the comforts of home starts with being able to take effective shelter from the elements.

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.