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How to Build a Cooking Tripod

The tripod is the most simple freestanding pioneering structure. It is most often used to raise items off the ground. A well-built tripod can safely suspend a pot over a cooking fire. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A TRIPOD 3 hiking staffs (Item No. 1443 at scoutshop.org) for tripod legs 10-foot lashing rope (or 20…

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Best Multitool That’s Both Useful and Affordable

Q: What’s the best type of multitool that’s useful and affordable? — Levi, Orcutt, California A: The best type is one that has the tools you need. Do you really need to spend $170 on a heavy-duty device equipped with a miniature saw, hammer and electrical crimper for your monthly campouts? Probably not. Shop in…

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Take a Look at These 10 Intense Tents

Check out this photo gallery of crazy, futuristic, unusual and awesome tents. Which is your favorite? The Tunnel Tent These concept tents can be easily set up by themselves, or they can be connected together to make an entire tent community. The Solar Tent Three panels above this tent are woven with solar threads that…

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How to Make a First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven’t used before. [embedded content] Being prepared with the right first-aid supplies could save your pup’s life in an emergency. Keep the items below in a gallon-sized resealable bag and label it “Dog First Aid” with permanent marker. Then store the kit in an easily…

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9 Things to Know About Wilderness Hazards

One of the best things about being in the wilderness is getting away from the rush of cities and everyday life. One of the biggest challenges of being in the wilderness is that you’re far away from the conveniences of cities and everyday life. That’s why it’s critical to Be Prepared for a variety of…

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5 Things to Check Before Every Bike Ride

For a safe and fun bicycle ride, make sure you check and maintain these important parts of your bike. 1. Make sure your tires are inflated at the correct pressure. Underinflated tires can result in cuts and damage. 2. Make sure the chain is clean and lubricated with a bike-specific lubricant. Less is best when…

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Three Things to Know About Launching Water Bottle Rockets

Did you know you can launch a rocket in your backyard using only an empty plastic bottle, water and a launchpad? Unlike engine-powered rockets, water bottle rockets don’t pose a fire risk and often require less prep. These DIY rockets still pack a powerful launch and should be treated with caution. Read on to prepare…

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How to Prevent and Treat Snake Bites

It can be unsettling to come across a snake on a campout, especially a venomous one. Snakebites present a potential danger — about 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by pit vipers and coral snakes every year, while another 37,000 are bitten by nonvenomous snakes. Deaths are extremely rare, but it’s still best to…

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How to Buy a Great Daypack for Hiking

Dayhiking is simple: Stuff what you need into a small pack and head off for a day of adventure. What can seem complicated is picking the right daypack. YOUR FIRST QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU NEED A DAYPACK FOR? Determining when, where and how far you hike — and how much gear you’ll carry — is…

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Best Water Bottle for a Long Camping Trip

Q: I am going on a long camping trip. What is the best water bottle to bring? — Andrew, Yorktown, Virginia A: If you’re car camping with a dayhike or two on the schedule, take a look at CamelBak Chute Mag bottles ($15, holds 32 oz., scoutshop.org) or Nalgene bottles ($12, holds 32 oz., scoutshop.org).…

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