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How to Clean Your Pocketknife

Q: I use my pocketknife almost daily, and it gets so dirty. How can I stop that? — Noah, Winston-Salem, North Carolina A: Unfortunately, there isn’t a special treatment to constantly keep everything clean. Instead, set aside a little time after each use to clean your knife. Keeping your blades clean and sharp should maintain…

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What’s Better: Mittens or Gloves?

Q: What’s better: mittens or gloves? — William, New York, New York A: That’s up to your preference and the activity planned. Gloves allow for more dexterity; mittens tend to be warmer by keeping your fingers together. A more important question: Does it fit? Because that’s key to staying warm. Too big and the insulation…

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How to Use Rope Tackle to Move a Log

Rope tackle allows you to move a large load with a small amount of force. It works on the same principle as using ropes and pulleys for lifting or hauling loads. Here’s how to set up rope tackle to move a log. For best results, you’ll want to use a strong rope that doesn’t stretch…

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Stay Warm and Dry This Winter With These Gear Tips

Whatever your winter activity, staying warm requires finding the right combination of layers. The specific layers depend on your body, the temperature, wind speeds and how much you sweat. BASIC TIPS FOR STAYING COMFORTABLE IN THE COLD MOVE. Clothing does not produce heat; it only traps the heat your body produces. If you feel cold,…

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11 Tasty S’mores Recipes

S’mores are awesome, and we know there really isn’t a reason to mess with this classic camping dessert. But if you are feeling adventurous and want something new, here are 11 tasty alternative S’mores recipes that you should try. Got another S’mores variation? Tell us about it in the comments. THE CLASSIC S’MORE Toasted marshmallow…

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7 Crazy Animal Encounters in the World of Sports

Animals are cool. Sports are cool, too. But not at the same time! Dogs and cats often wander onto playing fields, but check out these uninvited critters. SQUIRRELLY BASEBALL A squirrel ran between the legs of baseball pro Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins in a game against the Chicago White Sox in 2019. Kepler…

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How to Buy Great Backpacking Gear on a Budget

You’re ready to go backpacking, but looking at the cost of all the needed gear has you wondering: Will you even make it to the trailhead? That’s understandable. Prices can be intimidating, but there’s good news. You don’t need to drop a small fortune to outfit yourself for backpacking — in fact, you can get…

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3 Quality Multitools That Are Made in America

Q: I am looking for a quality multitool made in America. I have $100 to spend on it. I want to be able to open it with one hand. — Sam, Bismarck, North Dakota A: With those requirements, my first choice would be the Leatherman Wave+ ($100, leatherman.com). At 4 inches long, it’s sleek, compact…

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Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

[embedded content] Long before dinosaurs appeared on Earth, huge one-pound bugs with wings nearly 2.5 feet wide dominated the skies. A swarm of those dragonflies might have carried off your tent. Dragonflies still look much the same today, but they got quite a bit smaller over the course of 250 to 300 million years. Today,…

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Canoe or Kayak? Which is the Better Choice?

When planning an aquatic trek, you’ll need the right vessel to carry you and your gear. That decision depends on how you want to travel and what kind of water you’ll encounter. Typically, kayaks are ideal for solo paddling, while canoes can fit two or three people. The kayak’s smaller size often allows for better…

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