Q. I'm going on a backpacking trip and am wondering if I should get hiking poles or not. I think they would help with balance, but my dad says they are a waste of money. What do you think?
Checklist for a basic warm-weather outing
Going on a warm-weather outing? Here's a checklist to help you pack.
How to build a bug board
They might annoy us or amaze us, but there's no question about it: Bugs are an essential part of the natural order of things. Here's how to make your own nature museum to display them.
Hiking through history
By exploring a historical trail, hikers can follow in the footsteps of the trailblazers who carved their own paths through the American wilderness.
Two keys to fastpacking
It's possible to carry less weight and still have everything you need (or at least everything you really need) on a backpacking trip. Here's how.
How to use a map and compass
VIDEO: Learn about aiming, taking a bearing and other compass tips and tricks.
Scouts in Minot, N.D. know plenty about winter camping. They experience it for much of the year.
Build a camp table
Keep your stuff out of the dirt by building a table for your camp. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.
Checklist for a bicycling outing
Going on a bicycling outing? Here's a checklist of gear to pack.
How to cast like a pro
Improve your fishing. Reel in some tips from a master caster.
Geocaching takes you on a modern-day treasure hunt
On treasure maps of old, X marked the spot. Today’s treasure might be marked N 41 51.649 W 085 46.433. Confused? Then you probably haven’t heard about geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt activity.
Make a backpacking sled
Use this homemade sled to handle the extra weight of winter camping gear.
How to stay clean on the trail
Gear Guy tells you what you need to do to stay clean in the outdoors.
Catch and release fishing tips
Here are a few tips for ensuring the fish you catch have the best chance of survival.
10 steps to start fishing
Learn how to catch fish with these simple and easy steps! Submitted by Don Wirth
Checklist for a paddling outing
Going on a paddling outing? Here’s a checklist to help you pack.