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How to Select a Good Campsite

Andrew Skurka explains how to pick a good campsite

Selecting a comfortable tent site is a useful skill for all backpackers, regardless of whether you set up camp in a designated camping area or if you stealth camp in a natural, unprepared site. Here are some of the things that I look for when I’m evaluating different camping locations: …

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10 Tips for Beginner Backpackers

Buy a local guidebook to plan your hike and a waterproof map that you can carry in the backcountry

I get a lot of email from experienced day hikers and car campers who want to try backpacking and are looking for help on how to plan their first overnight backpacking trip. Here’s the advice I give them. 1. Buy a Local Guidebook and a Waterproof Map Buy a local guidebook to learn …

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Solo Car Camping Tips

Bring a tent that's much bigger than you need

I do a lot of solo camping before and after day hikes when I’m up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for the weekend. It’s a great way to save money, get a good night’s sleep between hikes, and get a little privacy to think. I know a lot of hikers …

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Campsite Regulations: The 200 Foot Rule

Fire Ring Containing Burnt Wood

I recently met a pair of new backpackers, Bill and Elena, and they asked me my opinion about the 200 foot rule. This is a  a backcountry camping rule in many federally regulated forests. Check your local regulations for specifics because they vary accross different federal and state jurisdictions. If you hike …

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Camp Routine

Camping in a Hammock

When I go backpacking, I have a very well-defined routine for setting up and breaking camp that keeps me organized even if I’m tired. If you don’t stay organized, it is really easy to lose gear or forget to do critical chores. To give you a practical example: I  carry …

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What is a Tent Footprint Used For?

Tent Footprint

Tent footprints are used as ground cloths under camping tents to prevent the wear and tear of your tent against the ground. For example, let’s say you camp on desert sand or on a sandy beach. The bottom of your tent will probably experience some minor wear and tear as …

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Leave No Trace Camping

Compressed Leaves Where I Slept Under My Tarp

One of my facebook readers left a comment yesterday, questioning why anyone would bury the ash generated by a wood stove (see my Solo Wood Stove Review) when it would naturally dissipate on its own. Burying my ashes is one of the things I do to practice Leave No Trace …

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