The BWCAW Has A Lot To Offer

The first fingers of sunlight stretch out from behind the pines that marked the far shoreline as my canoe glided effortlessly across this huge polished sapphire of a lake. The lake, the trees, the water, the air — all are coming alive as yet another day is born in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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Oregon’s Smith Rock: A Climbing Mecca

Central Oregon’s Smith Rock is internationally renowned as a destination for rock climbers. Multicolored spires of compressed volcanic ash rise from a basalt rimrock base to heights of over 500 feet, beckoning neophytes and experienced climbers alike. They come for the scenery, the climbing community, and the challenge of hundreds of established routes.

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Try Barrier Island Camping

Barrier Islands offer a unique, wilderness camping experience for those who want to get away from the mainland and try an island lifestyle for a weekend. Camping in comfort on barrier islands, however, requires some special equipment and techniques to deal with the changing and sometimes harsh conditions to be found on the seashore. Here’s what you need to know before you give it a try.

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Camping 101: Ax/Saw Combos

If it came right down to it and I had to choose between bringing a firewood saw or a hatchet/ax camping, I’d probably choose the latter. That said, there is a nice compromise to consider when deciding which tool might serve you better. Instead of either/or, why not both? How about a hatchet/ax that provides you with a good saw blade as well?

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Camping 101: The Versatile ‘Camera Bag’

Don’t let a product’s name fool you! A “fishing tackle box,” for example, is obviously not
just limited to stowing lures and other angling items. So, too, it is often the
case with “camera bags.” While most are definitely that; a few are so much
more!

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