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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.

Calls for climbers and belayers

climbing-200x148.jpgWhen climbing or rappelling, it's very important for the person on the rock to communicate well with his belayer. To do this, they use "calls." Here are some of the generally accepted signals for belaying climbers and rappellers.

Stuff We Like: Inka

inka-200×148.jpgEver tried to write in the rain with a wet ballpoint pen? It's nearly impossible -- and that's exactly why there's Inka.

Plan and run a Klondike derby

klondike-200×148.jpgPlanning a Klondike derby is a great team-building exercise requiring leadership and decision-making skills. The best derbies incorporate traditional Scouting skills into fun competitions.

Fun games to play in the snow

snow-promoStaying safe on a winter outing is hard work, but that doesn't mean there won't be time for fun. Here are a few activities we came up with. Can you think of more?

How to avoid frostbite

front-pic1.jpgFrozen flesh won't kill you right away -- but the pain might make you wish you were dead. Know the symptoms and how to treat them.

How to tie basic fly-fishing knots

flyknot-200×148.jpgFly fishermen depend on knots and must know how to tie several different knots properly. Here's how to tie some of the more common fly-fishing knots.

Best hoodie choices

hoodie-200×148.jpgI need a hoodie for our next camp-out, and I was wondering what would be the best options?

First aid for the trail

first-aid-_14.jpgNo matter how well-prepared you are, injuries can strike anywhere on the trail. Know what to do when they strike. The next time you see one of these five common problems, you can spring into action.

Finding a sturdy digital camera

pentax-200×148.jpgI have been saving up for a digital camera that I can bring on camp-outs. I have been looking for a while but am not sure what to buy and what I will really need. If I were to buy a camera it would need to be capable of going underwater and capable of falling and taking a beating. I am looking forward to doing more advanced things in Scouts but want to be able to show my family and friends. I have been struggling with this for a while and came to you since I know you will point me in the right direction.

Purifying drinking water

waterfilter-200×148.jpgHow should I purify my drinking water when I’m on a backpacking trip? What’s the easiest and cheapest way?

The latest in water purification …

purifywater.jpgThis has to be one of the easiest and coolest ways to purify water we’ve seen. The SteriPEN is a high-tech gizmo that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to kill bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other things we can’t pronounce that hide in dirty water and make you sick.

Keep your gear dry when canoeing

Canoe tripNothing’s worse than a soaked sleeping bag or a wet change of clothes after a day in the canoe. Here are some quick tips to keep all your stuff dry.

How to Fish in a Stream Pool

stream_thumb.jpgIn stream fishing, 90 percent of the fish are found in 10 percent of the water. Here’s how to find out where that is.

Digital cameras buying guide

watch-200×148.jpgDigital cameras make getting into photography easier than ever. Here’s how to choose your first — or next — camera.

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.