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.
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.
The Best Wood Burning Camp Stove Lixada Camping Stove When you have a simplistic product that provides one of the best performances without all the
Overall Best Backpacking Towel – REI MultiTowel Lite While all six of these are great options for outdoor lovers of all kinds, and each has
In conjunction or instead of a rain jacket, taking a Backpacking Rain Poncho out in wet weather is a good idea. Find out the Best Hiking Poncho in our guide.
Overall Winner: Best Sleeping Pad for Hammock Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad If you want a hammock sleeping pad that provides comfort from every perspective,
All-Around Best Sleeping Bag for Hammock Camping Outdoor Vitals Aerie In the debate between sleeping bags and top quilts, the Aerie manages to split the
Photo by Dan4th Nicholas / CC BY 2.0 Best Portable Folding Hammock Bliss Hammocks Portable Hammock with Stand The Bliss Hammocks Q-806BJR Stow EZ Portable
Photo by chas B / CC BY 2.0 Our Favorite Hammock Explorer Deluxe XL Series The Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Zip XL is our best
Photo by Wendy Berry / CC BY 2.0 Best Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net ENO JungleNest Hammock If you want to guarantee yourself a good
Best Hydro Flask Alternative Klean Kanteen Classic 32oz Water Bottle The Klean Kanteen Classic water bottle does numerous things exceptionally well, but few meet the
Our Top Pick: Best Tent Fan Geek Aire Camping Fan When comparing craftsmanship, airflow, versatility, and durability, Geek Aire Fan is our overall winner and
Pitching your tent on awkward terrain (hard ground, snow, sand) can be difficult if you don’t have the best tent stakes for the job – check out which brands do which best….
Our Pick – Best 8 Person Tent NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9-Person Tent During our research, we came across some great tents, but the
Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Sleeping Bag for You Most Scouts have at least one sleeping bag stored in their closet. Unfortunately, some of
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.
Whether you’re an avid backpacker, enjoy hammock camping, or a back yard hammock enthusiast, it’s essential to know the differences in hammocks that make one
Best Camping Knife – Editors Choice Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife Much like the eponymous survivalist himself, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife is excellent
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.
Best Backpacking Thermometer Sun Company Outsider While other backpacking thermometers might be more “advanced,” most of them provide functions that few hikers or campers need.
How To Stay Safe: The Ultimate Guide To Hiking Safety The number of things that can go wrong during a hike or backpacking trip runs
Overall Winner “Best Backpacking Cot” YAHILL Ultralight Folding Camping Cot It is just as surprising to us that the YAHILL backpacking cot earned the top
Exposed hands & cold weather can make for a miserable trek. Check out our recommendations for the best hiking gloves on the market to keep you covered.
Overall Winner – Best Hiking Leggings Everbrand Sweatflow Leggings The Everbrand Sweatflow leggings provide some clue to one of their best qualities in the name
Best Heated Socks for Cozy Winter Adventures Best Heated Socks LENZ Heat Socks Choosing the right heated socks depends on how you plan on using
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.
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).
Choosing the Best Backpacking Tent (or not) Backpackers sometimes need shelter but don’t necessarily always need to carry a tent. Many hikers sleep out under
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.)