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Mission Hammocks

    It’s no surprise that The Camping Trail loves to hang outside when the weather is warm and the sun is out – there’s really nothing better than being outside on a beautiful day.  Unfortunately, when winter rolls around and forces you to head inside, you don’t have to lose that camping feeling.  One of our favorite things is hammocking – we love relaxing in a hammock.  We found an article that allows you to bring that camping lifestyle inside with some indoor hammock ideas.   If you’re like us and love love hammocks, Mission Hammocks has an article showing you 18 different ways you can use hammocks in your home all year long.  Take a look at the...

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Osprey Xenith 75 (Review)

  My parents raised me and my brother to go camping from an early age. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started to go camping on my own. During those days, I didn’t own any “outdoor packs” and only had a big, black duffle bag and a smaller school backpack. I remember trudging through creek streams with that pack and bags hanging off of me with most of the camping gear I owned at the time. Those were fun and memorable times; albeit, not the most comfortable camping trips of my life! As I got older and was dating my (now) wife, I realized that I would eventually marry her and wanted our little family to go hiking...

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Light My Fire FireSteel 2.0 (Review)

Ever since I was a young child, I have always been a bit of a “pyro” at heart and loved to set fire to things just to “watch it burn.” That probably sounds pretty horrible, though I can assure you that I never once started an uncontrolled fire. It was just the usual small twigs and leaves being introduced to consuming heat with pretty much anything I had on my person at the time. From magnifying glasses, to matches, to lighters… there wasn’t a whole lot that I didn’t end up getting my sneaky little hands on. ***And in case my mother ever reads this confessional, I can’t exactly confirm or deny who wrote the random words on the street out front of our house with rubbing alcohol as...

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Katadyn Pocket Water Filter (Review)

One of the most important items I have in my hiking/camping/survival/emergency gear is my water filter. As many people are aware, you can only go about 3 days without water (preferably, potable water!) before you begin succumbing to the effects of dehydration. Our bodies consist of about 55% - 60% water (water.usgs.gov) and every organ inside of us are highly dependent on remaining hydrated each day to function properly… so neglecting to properly hydrate can not only do your body extreme harm, but actually kill you. This is why my water filter is prized so highly prized by me! There are many ways to safely purify water and make it potable (drinkable), but we will leave that for another time. I...

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