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Review: LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger

This LuminAID PackLite helps to bring modern convenience to the outdoors   As a long-time fan of the TV show Shark Tank, I’ve seen hundreds of people pitch their products to investors. And I’ve been fascinated by a lot of those products. But when an…

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Know the Pros and Cons of Using Hiking Poles

Hiking poles may be a good addition to your next hike, but like any piece of gear, they require proper technique and knowledge Hiking poles (also called trekking poles, walking poles or hiking sticks) may give you the extra confidence and stability you need while…

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Start Your Next Campfire with a Magnesium Flint Stick

There are several perks to using magnesium flint sticks for starting a campfire, plus knowing how to do that is a great outdoor skill to have Whether you’re camping in the wilderness, a campground or in your backyard with your kids, your campfire is likely…

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7 Ways to Use Duct Tape in the Backcountry

If you don’t already have a roll of duct tape on your backcountry essential equipment list, it’s time to add it. This durable and sticky tape, invented more than 75 years ago during World War II, has hundreds of uses. Alaskan mushers use it on…

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5 Tips for Trail Running in Mud

Learning some skills for trail running in mud — and how to navigate those sloppy conditions — can give you more confidence during a workout. If you’re hitting the trails in the coming months (especially in springtime), chances are you’ll encounter sloppy conditions along the…

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