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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.

How to buy a skateboard

Want to try skateboarding but don't know where to start? Never fear -- the Gear Guy has you covered with this skateboard buying guide.

Cot or bedroll?

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

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.

How to tie the bowline knot

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

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 use a camp saw

Camp saws are helpful for cutting firewood or clearing trails. Here's how to properly use 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.
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