Category: Backpacking

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Hiking

How to Use a Map & Compass

Compass Basics Let’s start with a little bit of trivia… Did you know that the compass is one of the “Four Great Inventions” of Ancient

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Hiking

How Does a Compass Work?

The Origins of the Compass The first magnetic compasses were invented by the Chinese during the Han Dynasty or Tang Dynasty and were used for

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Hiking

How to Make a Compass

To make a compass, you must first magnetize a needle by rubbing its endpoint with a magnet about fifty to a hundred times. Next, flip the magnet over and use the opposite side to magnetize the other end of the needle. Finally, push the needle into a piece of cork or cardboard, place it on water, and observe as your makeshift compass aligns itself with the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Hiking

How to Use a Watch as a Compass

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, hold your wristwatch horizontally and point the hour hand directly towards the sun. The middle point between the hour hand and the twelve o’clock marker is true south. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, hold the twelve o’clock marker towards the sun instead. True north should be at the midpoint between the twelve o’clock marker and the hour hand.

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Hiking

How to Orient a Map

Two Methods of Orienting a Map Map reading is a foundational skill of land navigation that allows you to use what you see on the

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Health, Safety & Survival

Best Backpacking saw

Looking for the best backpacking saw? We give the rundown on what to consider when purchasing a backpacking saw & let you in on six of our favorites.

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Campsite

ENO Housefly Review

Photo by Gronkca / CC BY 2.0 Eagle Nest Outfitters Housefly Overview If you’re a hammock enthusiast, you know the joy of sleeping beneath the

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Campsite

Fox Outfitters Hammock Review

Review of the Fox Outfitters Neolite Hammock  The humble hammock has undergone something of a renaissance in the world of modern camping. Camping hammocks are

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Campsite

How to Hang a Hammock Correctly

Hanging a hammock can be a relatively straightforward process with the right gear, tools & know-how – make sure you possess all of the above with our guide.

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Campsite

How to Hang a Hammock Without Trees

Hanging a hammock is pretty straightforward when you’ve got two trees on hand – but what about when you don’t? We demonstrate multiple solutions for on the trail or at home.

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Campsite

Are Down Bags Really So Dangerous?

Down sleeping bags have a lot of advantages over synthetic bags. Down is lighter and provides more insulation. Unfortunately, down loses its insulating value when it gets wet. So most units discourage Scouts from using down products. However, a recent breakthrough in how duck down is processed will make down sleeping bags a lot more acceptable to Scout leaders. And families are going to want to buy them for high adventure outings.

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Campsite

Chillax Hammock Review

The Chillax Double Travel Hammock Reviewed The Chillax Travel Hammock stands out because it’s made from lightweight, breathable parachute silk that is also water-resistant. This

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Campsite

Bear Butt hammock Review

Overview of the Bear Butt Double Parachute Camping Hammock The Bear Butt hammock is packed with features and benefits for you as serious outdoorsmen and

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Health, Safety & Survival

Wilderness Emergencies (S.A.M.P.L.E.)

On the fourth day of a 50 miler, the group was interrupted by a boy loudly complaining about intense pain in his stomach. The adult leader, assuming appendicitis, frantically hiked to the nearest ranger station and arranged for a helicopter evacuation. When the boy finally arrived at the hospital emergency room, a quick examination by doctors revealed the problem and the Scoutmaster was dead wrong in his diagnosis.

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Clothing

Best Hiking Underwear of 2020

Overall Winner – Best Hiking Underwear Icebreaker Anatomica Merino Wool Briefs We believe that the Icebreaker Merino Men’s Anatomica boxer briefs are the best hiking

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Campsite

Serac Hammock Review

Serac Classic Hammock Overview If you’re looking for the best, Serac Hammocks come in at the top of the line in the category of affordable

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Planning & Packing

Lighten Up On Pack Lists

Every credible organization provides a pack list to participants before taking them on any sort of high adventure backpacking outing. Inexperienced participants and their parents dutifully take these pack lists into stores to buy everything, exactly as it is written on the list. This is all very nice, except some pack lists are not very good at all.

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Health, Safety & Survival

Wilderness First Aid

One of the unique characteristics of backpacking is that it puts you in control of your own destiny in a very real, but sometimes dangerous,

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Food & Water

Water Purification

Water. It’s the source of all life. It makes up around 60% of the average adult human body, and without it, our life expectancy dwindles

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Health, Safety & Survival

Fear, Panic, and Paranoia on the Trail

Fear can paralyze anyone and keep them from experiencing life-changing experiences. There is no way to eliminate fear from a backpacking trip and we shouldn’t try. However, success on a high adventure outing is all about facing fears and dealing with them successfully (and safely).

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Health, Safety & Survival

Tick Bite Danger

One hot afternoon, a new Scout on his first outing ran through the campsite screaming loudly and holding his crotch. Despite the commotion, the other boys barely noticed because they were occupied trying to start a fire with a magnifying glass. After a few seconds, however, I realized what was wrong and said to the closest adult leader, “Better go and get the first aid kit, we need to remove a tick.” It took us more time to chase the boy down and get him to cooperate than it took to pull the tick out. (Please forward this email to your Scouting friends.)

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