Easy Tent Setup – This Tent Sets Up in 2 Seconds

Have you ever struggled to set up a tent? This easy tent setup is the solution! Decathlon has offered its 2-Seconds Tent for several years. But the old model was a bear to put away. The newest iteration, the 2-Seconds Easy Tent, is a complete redesign that aims to make it faster than ever to set up and break down camp. While still fairly new in the U.S., Decathlon is the world’s largest sporting goods retailer. It’s slowly making inroads in the U.S. market, and today it announced a speedy 2-Seconds Easy Tent that might accelerate the process. Decathlon worked for four years to create an easy-to-pitch design. Its intention? To make the outdoors more accessible to everyone. “With its new compact design and patented setup and breakdown system, the 2 Seconds Easy makes setting up camp easier than ever,” it noted in a release. We’ve tested the old 2-Seconds …

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Rafting Grand Canyon: Something Magical

Our group had landed a prime campsite just across the Colorado River from Deer Creek Fall. We weren’t about to let a little rain dampen our spirits. The rain continued as I spread my tarp, assembled my cot, and looked skyward for relief. While the sun was still buried in dark clouds, a patch of blue growing on the western horizon gave me hope. As the blue sky approached, I could see that the sun would soon be released and that we—and, more importantly, the falling rain—would be bathed sunlight. Rafting Grand Canyon provides a totally new perspective on this iconic national park, and sometimes something magic happens. Setting up Camp Double rainbow and Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park. Rain, sunlight, and a low sun angle are the ingredients for a rainbow. Though I’d always dreamed of photographing a rainbow arcing above the Grand Canyon. I tried not to …

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Battling Blisters

Battling blisters can either make or break your outdoor experience. Blisters manifest themselves due to several different medical factors. For the outdoor enthusiast, however, it’s usually an external irritation that gives rise to a blister from ill-fitting footwear (material rubbing against skin – referred to as “shear”, not actually friction) or using a tool (axe handle, canoe paddle, etc.; or a thermal blister from grabbing a hot pan handle from the campfire. In each case, a painful, bubble-like swelling erupts on your skin as a blister. In most all cases, treatment is the same. The best way to treat your blister Initially, the best way to start battling blister that is unbroken, is to carefully wash the area and apply a gauze pad over the area. So then, you can then apply a couple of friction-eliminating treatments to the blister (and to the area of the footwear creating the friction). Old …

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Lake Caddo Camping and Nearby State Parks

Pristine forests, scenic hiking trails, and well-stocked lakes are just some of the reasons to camp at any of the areas around East Texas. We have selected the four best places to pitch your tent or park your RV between Texas and Louisiana for great Caddo Lake camping. Caddo Lake State Park When people go camping in Texas, they expect desert landscapes. With half-submerged bald cypress trees draped in lush Spanish moss, Caddo Lake looks more like a swampy bayou. Caddo Lake, supposedly formed during the New Madrid earthquake of 1812, was created artificially after a 100-mile log jam backed up the Red River. The lake has a rich Native American history and supports abundant wildlife, including alligators and beavers. Caddo Lake State Park is located on the border of Texas and Louisiana. The park is accessible via Route 43, which takes you to the entrance just outside of Karnack. …

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The Do-It-All Stability Ball Workout

Stability balls—also known as exercise, fitness, or Swiss balls—are a home-gym staple. But more often than not, they end up sitting useless in the corner of spare rooms, deflated in closets, or becoming repurposed as desk chairs. As gyms remain closed or open at reduced capacity, now is the perfect time to finally put this tool to use for the perfect stability ball workout. We asked Kathleen Stabler, a fully certified Gym Jones instructor and the owner of True North Performance Coaching in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to create a core-centric, full-body stability ball workout for outdoor and endurance athletes. Furthermore, do this routine two to three times per week, completing the exercises in order. “Really pay attention to form to make the most out of these moves,” Stabler says. “As with all of my workouts, this one is a lot harder than it looks.” Stability Ball Workout The stability ball workout typically comes in five diameters …

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The Best Dog Leash for Running

Have you been searching for the best dog leash for running? There are so many different brands and styles out there that make deciding rather difficult. So then, Paco, a red heeler puppy, came into my life like most other high-stakes things my husband and I have under our roof—after months of theoretical deliberation, then a swift Craigslist purchase when we spotted a good deal. We knew that being first-time dog parents would test us on many levels, but there was one thing I’d failed to consider: as much as Paco disliked being on a leash, I liked it even less. And while having a well-behaved dog like Paco off-leash is OK in select places, I knew he would often need to be tied to me if we wanted to venture into public spaces, which includes most trails near my home in Boulder, Colorado. The Search Begins My mother-in-law sent us …

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Northern California’s Rugged Lost Coast Trail

When most of us picture California, we think of Hollywood movie stars, desert landscapes, Yosemite, sunny beaches, and amusement parks. Seldom visited, California’s mountainous north coast provides a stark contrast to everything else you may know about the state including the Lost Coast Trail. There are towering sea cliffs, rough hills, and tranquil beaches that are hemmed by vast redwood forests, miles of wilderness, and frequent fog. Furthermore, it is populated mainly by sea lions and hauntingly remote, you’d be hard-pressed to find movie stars or even road access along much of the rugged northern coastline. Hiking The Lost Coast Trail At 56 miles long, the Lost Coast Trail provides you with a thru-hike straight to the heart of California’s north coast. Whether you want to power through in three days or roam for a week, pack your bags and get ready to experience California in a new way. The …

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The 7 Best Road Trip Essentials

There’s nothing more exciting and liberating than taking to the open road with a packed cooler, good music, and the thrill of a new destination to explore. A road trip is the perfect break from your usual life, when things are feeling a little too routine. It’s also a super cost-effective way to travel and enjoy the most amazing natural wonders in the U.S. No matter where you’re headed, these road trip essentials will keep you safe, connected, and well-prepared on the road. Road Trip Essentials for Families Paper Maps/Phone Screen Shots The most memorable and adventurous road trips tend to involve a little bit of remote road travel. You can’t (and shouldn’t) assume you’ll always have a strong cell phone signal while visiting National Parks, campgrounds, or public lands. And the more you stray from the beaten path, the more crucial it is to be prepared. We recommend traveling …

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Kayaking for Beginners: An Essential Checklist

Kayaking for Beginners: The Gear you Must Have.  People begin kayaking for different reasons — for physical fitness, for mental health, to fish, or to join a friend who has a kayak. And some people enjoy access to a sport where leg strength or mobility is not required. We’re here to help you navigate the exciting world of kayaking for beginners. In this article, we focus on kayaking in still water — primarily in lakes. This guide focuses on items to bring kayaking and will not dive deep into water safety, which is crucial to the experience. We recommend you educate yourself further before the first launch, whether from a guide, a friend, or another online resource. The Essential Kayaking Checklist for Beginners Kayak A sit-on-top kayak is the best choice for a true beginner. In general, they are more affordable, more balanced, and sturdy on the water. They’re also easier to …

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Solo Sleeping Shelter – What is the Best Option?

Whether you’re heading out alone for a simple overnight getaway or embarking on an extended, minimalist-style adventure, choosing the right type of sleeping shelter is a major consideration. Besides weight and volume, the utility also plays into deciding what type of gear to bring along. The choices are straight forward and offer a good range of options to consider: Sleeping Bags – Sleeping Shelter Presuming you aren’t going to curl up in the fetal position and burrow into a pile of leaves, the most basic sleeping arrangement is a sleeping bag laid out under the stars, on top of the ground cloth.  Sheltered under a tarp is a smart adaptation of this method. Besides the comforts one wants in a bag, it’s also important to consider how well the outer shell resists moisture in the form of dew or rain. Some bags are designed with a pocket or fasteners for …

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Hydro Flask Up to 50% Off Right Now

Hydro Flask makes some great products. And now you can score some at a crazy discount. Be sure to check out these great deals! And If you’ve owned a Hydro Flask, you probably know the brand makes great water bottles, tumblers, metal pint glasses, and growlers. They work great, as validated by our testing and the rave reviews online. So then if you’re in the market for a water bottle or similar vessel that will keep your drinks cold (or hot), now’s the time to score. Check out a few of our favorite deals below. Hydro Flask Sale Select Hydro Flask 22oz & 32oz Tumblers: $22-30 (25-27% Off) Colors on sale: 32 oz in Black, 22 oz in Pacific The Tumbler is good for coffee, beer, tea, or any beverage in between. We’ve used them driving to work and sipping suds around the campfire. They work great, keep beverages at a steady temperature, and won’t …

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Is Your Backyard Paradise Missing These 4 Elements?

Your newly refurbished backyard paradise may have all the room for parties and relaxation that you want, but something’s not quite finished yet. Anyone can renovate the yard. But why not make your backyard party space unique to you? Don’t settle for a simple renovation. Does your backyard paradise need a few finishing touches to make it personal? Find inspiration for outdoor decor here! #Creekstone #backyarddesign #outdoorlife  Personalized Accessories Brand-new appliances and shaded spots certainly add a lot to your backyard, but they can also feel a bit “standard” on their own. Every homeowner decorates their house’s interior with personal artwork and furniture–why not give the exterior the same treatment? Try personalizing your backyard with one of these ideas: Entertainment Outdoor pillows Firepit Decorative lighting 1) Entertainment What’s more fun than a movie night under the patio on a beautiful night? A patio cover with large enough walls provides the …

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Today’s Bargains: 6 Epic Camping Deals

Father’s Day is just around the corner. For those looking for the last-minute gift, here are some great ideas for your dad! Great gear at an amazing price. That’s our goal this week. Check out the bargains below and save on gear for your next adventure. Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller: $19 (33% Off) No one likes those pesky mosquitoes. Keep your campsite bug-free with this gadget that uses a cartridge and repellent mats to deter mosquitoes, whether you’re hiking, camping, or fishing. Marmot Kingsbury Long Sleeve Shirt — Men’s: $40 (55% Off) For just 40 bucks, this shirt is a great deal. The Marmot Kingsbury long-sleeve is made of a comfortable blend of cotton and polyester. It has a button-up front and UPF 50 protection. Danner Boots Trail 2650 Mid — Men’s: $135 (25% Off) This lightweight hiking boot pays homage to the PCT (2,650 miles long) with its breathable …

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A (Reluctant) Case for the Virtual Race

For many runners, 2020 will go down (in infamy) as the year of the “virtual race.” In late May, the Boston Athletic Association announced that the 2020 Boston Marathon would be a virtual-only event. The New York Road Runners had to cancel last month’s Brooklyn Half, but their virtual edition of the race still had over 8,000 finishers. In a novel take on the format, Millennium Running, an event company and brick and mortar running store based in Bedford, New Hampshire, has created a marked 5K course with a fully automated chip timing system. For ten dollars, entrants buy a chipped bib and can then run the course at any time, day or night. Only they must finish between May 16 through August 23. Necessity really is the mother of invention. Should runners actually do a virtual race? But is virtual racing something runners actually need? In the past, I …

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Fishing

Start Fishing Today! Learn Everything you Need to Know! Have you always wanted to start fishing? One of the best things about fishing is that it can challenge and reward you for a lifetime. There’s always another species to outwit, another body of water to explore, another skill to master. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with friends outdoors and get a big dose of all the positive benefits of simply being outdoors. But because fishing is so varied and nuanced, it can be tough to know how to break into the sport. Where to start? Patrick Mapes, the founder of Urban Angler USA, a blog that highlights how accessible and close-to-home to start fishing can be, suggests spin casting. “The gear is easy to use and inexpensive.” Here’s everything you need to get going. Is It Safe to Fish Right Now? The short answer: yes. But …

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Pro Picks – Best Trail Running Accessories for 2020

Firstly, great gear makes trail running safer, more comfortable, and more fun. If you’re looking to take your trail running to the next level, here’s your spring shopping list for running accessories. We asked Scott Jurek, Hydro Flask ambassador, and professional ultrarunner, for his favorite running accessories in 2020. This is the gear that will help you lengthen your runs, roam new terrain, and recover and refuel after a workout on the trails. Photo credit: Adam Weitzel Brooks PureGrit 8 — Men’s & Women’s These PureGrits have been my shoe of choice for all trail pursuits. They are low-profile and lightweight with forefoot protection, which makes them extremely versatile. And the tread works well on a wide range of surfaces in different seasons. Hydro Flask Lightweight Trail Series™ Bottles I look forward to chugging down fresh, ice-cold water after a long, hot day in the mountains. The Lightweight Trail Series Bottles are 25% …

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Motocamping: What to Know and Where to Start

First of all, you may be asking what is “Motocamping?” Motorcycle camping combines two all-American pastimes. The freedom of the open road can be daunting and uncertain, but exhilarating all the same. So then, if you are ready to channel your Easy Rider and hit the open road, check out these tips to help your motocamping trip run as smoothly and safely as possible. Get the Gear: Figuring Out Your Camping Style When you’re traveling and living out of your motorcycle, you need the right gear. Light, compact gear alleviates any hassle or headache from lack of space. The gear you’ll need depends entirely on the adventure goals you have. For example, are you a rock climber? A hiker? Do you love the simplicity of just cruising all day and camping each night in a new spot? Simply, decide what you’ll need based on your dream itinerary. Furthermore, if you …

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Best Rooftop Camper? Meet the Redtail Overland RT

Redtail Overland’s rooftop camper may have just created the ultimate vehicle rooftop bedroom. Think of the Redtail Overland RT as a super-high-end rooftop camper (RTC). It’s basically a high-tech, carbon fiber, hard-sided rooftop tent with a full electrical system and heater. As a bonus, it offers access from the vehicle interior — if your vehicle has a sunroof, that is. However, carbon fiber, machined aluminum, lithium batteries, a diesel heater, LED lighting, and more don’t come cheap! Initially, Redtail Overland will offer two models, the RT 90 and RT 110, which will cost $20,000 and $25,000, respectively. That’s a lot of adventure money! “We took everything that is great about rooftop camping and enhanced it — adding heat, power, lighting, security, and next-level comfort,” the brand said. “We simplified the setup and breakdown process, making it easier to blaze more trail, and packaged everything in an elegant design we’re proud to keep …

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East Coast Getaway – The Ultimate Road Trip Guide

Hit I-95 this summer and explore some of the spectacular natural and historical attractions that the East Coast has to offer. We have rounded up the best attractions, highlights, and campgrounds from Maine to Florida to get the most out of your East Coast Getaway road trip. East Coast Getaway – Maine First, no camping road trip to Maine is complete without a stay at Acadia National Park. Home to some of the most stunning granite cliffs, lush forest hiking trails and tranquil New England beaches in the country. Furthermore, there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from across the 47,000-acre recreation area. So then, the Blackwoods Campground down at Otter Creek is a short drive from charming Bar Harbor, which offers historical walking tours and cruises. The campground is shadowed by Cadillac Mountain, which you can climb for an unforgettable panoramic view of the bay. Although smaller than some …

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Milky Way Panorama On The Coast Of Maine

The Milky Way arcs over the rugged coast of Maine on a clear night. First, I love being out under the stars, and for me getting there is often half of the fun. For example, this shot involved hiking a few miles round trip in the dark, through wet coastal hiking trails with lots of rocks and exposed roots that can easily trip me up even in daylight. But it’s all worth it when the sky is clear and the Milky Way is in just the right spot! Technical Details Nikon D810A with NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm and f/2.8 for all shots. Blend of two panoramas, one for the sky and one for the foreground, 6 exposures each. The sky exposures are 20 seconds each at ISO 3200. And the foreground exposures are 2 minutes each at ISO 4000. All shots were taken in the same spot on …

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