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How To Get Free Garmin GPS Maps

When it comes to free Garmin GPS Maps, there are two great options available.  The primary favorite is OpenStreetMaps, followed by GPSFileDepot. Both websites are free, and the process is simple.  Throughout my time hiking, I have found that I prefer the free maps through these sites over commercial (and pricy!) maps. The peer-review and … Read more

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The Best Things To Cook While Camping!

Putting together a list of the best things to cook while camping is no easy feat.  The “best” recipe is subjective. Feedback from our community has helped us shape the beginnings of this list. We update this list as new recipes are submitted, tested, and reviewed! Many of the recipes I found online require at-home … Read more

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The Guide To Boondocking and Free Camping USA

Our guide to boondocking and free camping USA edition is sure to get you going! Most popular amongst the VanLife and RV crowds, boondocking is a great way to camp at reduced costs. In most cases, campers can find great sites for free! If you are the type of person looking to bypass campground fees, … Read more

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Best 7 Websites and Apps To Find Camping Sites

To have the perfect trip, it’s crucial that you find camping sites that fit your needs. At our fingertips, we have access to so much information. That can sometimes be overwhelming on our search for answers. These same advancements have also given rise to websites and apps that enhance our lives.  When I first started … Read more


Hiking Map App Essentials

Having the right hiking map app can make all the difference on the trail.  Smartphones have revolutionized many aspects of our life. Though we recommend disconnecting from your phone when in nature, there are exceptions to every rule.  While it is possible to get most of the best hiking apps free, some do come at … Read more

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How To Get Into Hiking

I created this guide for beginners wanting to learn how to into hiking. When I first started, questions popped up that I was unable to answer.  By my 3rd or 4th hike, I felt confident in my planning abilities. My goal by documenting my journey was to help others who want to learn how to … Read more

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Backpackers Meals and Snacks Guide For Beginners

Planning out your backpackers meals and snacks is a crucial part of preparing of your trip. As an inexperienced hiker, when it came to meal planning, I had no idea where to start.  To help in planning, I’ve documented my experiences alongside some food ideas below. First, let’s look at some quick best practices at-a-glance. … Read more

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Top 7 Health Benefits of Being Outside

There are plenty of health benefits of being outside! Capture these benefits in as little as 20 minutes per day.  Whenever I would go on a hike, or spend a weekend camping, I always felt far better than when I started off the excursion. I never bothered to look into it and substantiate why I … Read more


The Essential Camping Checklist

A camping checklist is a great tool for novice and experienced campers alike. As a new camper, I wanted to make sure that my family and I had everything we could need to get by on a camping trip. The list below is a representation of my research and lessons learned along the way. Many … Read more