When I was 12, I spent three weeks camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters, near the border between Minnesota and Canada. This was the first backpacking trip that changed camping from a fun, low-key thing I did with family to an adventure and an excursion. Unsurprisingly, camping has become a regular part of my life, especially when the weather is nice. I’ve been lucky enough to turn some of my friends on to camping, but am surprised to learn that many of them have no idea what to bring on a camping trip. Consequently, I created this Camping Gear…

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For outdoor wilderness enthusiasts, balmy summer weather is a reason to celebrate. My friends and I love soaking up the summer sun out on the lake or river. We try to take full advantage of gorgeous summer days by playing outside as much as possible — and what better a way to appreciate nature than taking a camping trip or enjoying a bonfire. One thing I have found surprising is that many of my most capable, bad-ass, granola friends don’t know how to build a proper campfire. I’m not sure why, but it’s a basic wilderness skill that virtually anyone…

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