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Camping in the second trimester

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I wanted to write about my experiences camping while pregnant, but honestly, so far I’ve only been camping in my second trimester. Between a busy work schedule and my general fatigue, I didn’t feel motivated to hit the trail during my first trimester. But with more energy in my second…

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Gear: Tom Harrison Maps

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I bought my first Tom Harrison Map as the result of heat. We became overheated as we were looking for a trail camp that, on the internet, seemed easy enough to to find. We thought we had a good sense of the mileage, and yet we ended up a mile off the trail, in…

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One man’s first aid kit for camping

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The occasional bump, scrape, or blister can be expected when spending time outdoors. Carrying a small first aid kit to cover the most common injuries can often mean the difference between a relaxing trip and an uncomfortable one.  Don’t worry about preparing for every scenario–you’ll add too much weight and…

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How to camp without a campfire

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“What is a camp without a campfire?—-no camp at all, but a chilly place in a landscape, where some people happen to have some things.” -Ernest Thompson Seton Because of the drought, California is dry as a kindling, and the risk of fire is high. Many areas now prohibit wood and…

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Gear Maintenance and Organization 101

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Weekend camping trips are a great way to quickly get out into nature and recharge after a busy work week. But finding the motivation to turn your weekend plans into reality can be a challenge, especially if you feel overwhelmed by a list of things to find and pack for…

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Grub: How to make coffee while camping

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Is there anything better than stepping out of your tent in the morning, slipping shoes over woolen socks, and listening to the birds sing in the trees as you brew some coffee? I don’t think so. While the basic ingredients remain the same–coffee grounds and hot water–there are dozens of…

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Camper: Kathy Gerst

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Kathy Gerst is a research scientist at the USA National Phenology Network, an organization that monitors the influence of climate on the lives of plants, animals, and the landscape. Kathy completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, where she focused on evolutionary ecology and…

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Grub: Justin’s Nut Butters

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Have you seen these packets of Justin’s All-Natural Nut Butters? Their 1.15oz size makes them ideal for hikes or short backpacking trips. We like the peanut butter with crackers and a hot cup of coffee for breakfast or the chocolate hazelnut butter (like a better Nutella) or almond butter with apples…

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