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Wet-Weather Advice: Pitching a Dry Camp in the Rain

Into everybody’s life a little rain must fall, and while rain helps hydrate the land and prevent drought, it also can put a damper on your camping trip. This doesn’t have to be the case. Camping in the rain can be a pleasure, but to make that happen, you’ll need to be prepared, and you’ll have to know how to pitch a dry camp when rain is falling. Tamia explains how to make it happen.

by Tamia Nelson | May 20, 2018

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Rain has fallen at least some of the time on most of my multi-day trips by bike, boat, and on foot, but being prepared prevented those trips from being washouts. In truth I rather enjoy the experience. A day or more in a wet camp doesn’t have to be a prison sentence. Instead, it can be a time to relax and live life in the slow lane. The success or failure of a rainy camp comes down to a number of factors, though. And top of the list is to…

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The Art of the Miniature Adventure: How To Get Away From It All…

Overworked? Run-down? Need a holiday? But you can only spare a couple of days—or maybe just an afternoon? You don’t have to settle for binge-watching Peaky Blinders. You can get away from it all and still be back on Monday, and this week Farwell tells you how. It’s the first of a three-part exploration of the art of the “Miniature Adventure.”

by Farwell Forrest | May 15, 2018
Originally published in different form on May 24, 2005

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

We were all feeling seedy, and we were getting quite nervous about it. … What it was that was actually the matter with us, we none of us could be sure of; but the unanimous opinion was that it—whatever it was—had been brought on by overwork.

“What we want is rest,” said Harris.

“Rest and a complete change,” said George. …

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Gaiters: The Great Cover-Up

The gulf between boots and pants looms large in cold weather, but gaiters can bridge the gap with ease. But they’re not only good at keeping out the cold, as Tamia points out.

by Tamia Nelson | April 18, 2018

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Lug-soled boots are my first choice for winter footwear when I’m not using snowshoes or skis. An aggressive tread and the support that only stiff uppers can give improve the odds that each step will be sure-footed. But there is a problem with hiking and mountaineering boots. They don’t rise above the ankles, and this leaves the lower leg vulnerable to soiling and wetting, not to mention cold. No matter. I have gaiters. They’re not exactly a new idea, either. Backcountry and high country trekkers have worn them for generations. Townsmen used to wear them also. )Sam Weller, the cheerful cockney who rescued Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers from obscurity, was described as “wearing light breeches and gaiters.”)

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What Kind of Camera Should You Carry on Outdoor Adventures?

Sure, you can use your smart phone to shoot pictures. More power to you. But what about dedicated cameras? Which one is best for your needs? That depends.

by Tamia Nelson | April 6, 2018

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Cameras are a favorite topic of discussion amongst people who enjoy outdoor pursuits, as it all too clear when I look through my mailbag and read blog posts and threads on discussions groups. Old hands like to hash over technical distinctions of different camera models, while folks new to digital photography are full of questions, one of the most common of which is…

What sort of camera do I need?  The answer is simple if not terribly satisfying: That depends. It’s like choosing a new bicycle. Some are good all-rounders, others are specialists, and their prices run the gamut from cheap to astronomical. Cameras are a matter of personal choice, and every seasoned photographer has his or her own favorite. Before choosing a camera, ask yourself some questions. Do you take only occasional snapshots, or do you want … Continue reading »