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Category Archives: Backcountry Camping

Elon Musk Is Bringing Cell Service to the Backcountry

On August 25, SpaceX and T-Mobile announced a new partnership that will bring cellphone signal to previously unserved areas. Specifically referencing use case examples like mountain climbing, river rafting, and off-shore sailing, the companies said in a press release that coverage will include the backcountry. Eventually all of it, everywhere.  “This true satellite-to-cellular service will […]

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6 Ways You Can Get Diarrhea on a Camping Trip (And How To Avoid Them)

Diarrhea may be the most common illness experienced by campers. It’s also one of the most unpleasant. Fortunately, avoiding the runs is easy, once you learn what causes it.  Problem: Contaminated Water Solution: Boiled water, chlorine dioxide tablets, a filter Water-borne pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and parasites. They’ll give you diarrhea if they get in your […]

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I Won’t Go into the Backcountry Without This Device

Adventure athletes are among the most fearless people in the world—summiting exposed peaks during lightning storms, dropping off cliffs on bikes, and generally pushing the limits of what’s possible outdoors. Growing up, I aspired to nothing less. I skied on a downhill-racing and freeride team, and always felt strangely grounded when scaring myself in the […]

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The Best Prime Day Deals on Outdoor Cooking Gear

Amazon Prime Day has arrived, and with it, a bunch of low prices on outdoor cooking products. Whether you’re looking to stock your camping kitchen with convenient, portable tools or upgrade existing gear, there are deals to be found on everything from backpacking-friendly stoves to camp cookware. Here are our picks for the best outdoor […]

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Is Ultralight Backpacking Gear Worth the Cost to My Budget—and My Comfort?

Dear Gear Team, I’ve been backpacking for a few years and am thinking of buying some ultralight gear, but I’m worried about cost and comfort. Are the trade-offs worth it? —Weighing My Options This question is all about aspiration. I remember the first time I saw an ultralight-equipped hiker like it was yesterday. I was […]

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5 Summer Recipes Perfect for Outdoor Cooking

Whether you’re looking for your next camping meal, a dish to impress guests, or a grill-able side to round out dinner, we’ve got you covered with these five recipes to make while out in the open air. 1. Dutch-Oven Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Serves 4 Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 8 sweet Italian sausage […]

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How the Water Filter Became an Affordable, Ultralight Backcountry Tool

Backpackers and hikers tend to take water filtration for granted: for $18, you can buy a straw-style filter that weighs less than two ounces, is small enough to stick in your pocket, and will provide safe drinking water from any stream, lake, or questionable puddle in the country. It’s nothing short of a miracle, however, […]

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Our Editors’ Worst Night of Outdoor Sleep Ever

We’ve all been there: lying awake in a sleeping bag, staring into darkness, wishing for sleep. Insomnia is a common affliction in the outdoors, and Outside’s editors are hardly immune. Here’s a collection of our worst nights of sleep in the woods. Our hope is that these stories help you to avoid the missteps we’ve […]

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The Sandal Bracket Is Here. Vote for Your Favorite in Outside’s Sandal Battle.

Nothing tells us that warm weather has arrived quite like the sight of a pair of sandals. But boy, do we have opinions about which sandals are the best. We all know people who are true brand loyalists. I’m thinking of your pal who swears by their decades-old, raggedy shoes, still worn only because they’re […]

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How to Modify and Organize Your Mid-Size Truck for Maximum Utility

There’s not much room in the back of a mid-size truck with a five-foot bed. But I still manage to find space for much more than the bare essentials, while retaining the ability to haul ordinary cargo and camping gear. Here’s how.  Why Not Just Get A Bigger Truck? The answer’s simple: I prefer the […]

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