Monthly Archives: January 2018

Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman



It all started in an empty lot in his neighborhood, next door to a mechanic’s shop. Make-believe with childhood friends turned into study and discipline, which took Joe to college, then into the woods as a guide. Joe’s Axe Recommendations I asked Joe for advice on axes during the interview. Here’s what he recommended: Gransfors … Continue reading Why Joe Robinet Became a Outdoorsman


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A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials



You’ve finally been bitten by the bug. Maybe you were listening to Nature’s Call or watching a slick documentary like Valley Uprising and now you’re ready to hit the trail. Before you get out to some bag some peaks, you need to make sure you’ve got “The Ten Essentials.” These are the pieces of gear, … Continue reading A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials


Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds



Chris Penny is a lifelong Canadian outdoorsman. He’s been camping and playing in the snow since he was a kid in Ottawa. Building a Quinzee and Urban Camping at the Bus Station Chris told a story of building a quinzee that was too big to sleep in and the time he wouldn’t pay for a … Continue reading Building a Quinzee in the Canadian Wintry Wilds


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Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight



  After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest. Winter Overnight at Winding Stair I hiked a couple miles in and made camp under the rock shelf where … Continue reading Trail Diary: Winding Stair Winter Overnight


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The Magical History of the Camp Stove



The Year was 1850. Victorian high society was obsessed with the picnic. They translated all the baubles and sophistication of a Victorian dining room outside. They were really into the juxtaposition of the formal dining experience and the informality of the outdoors. Up until this point, picnics consisted of cold food: meats and cheeses, fruit, … Continue reading The Magical History of the Camp Stove