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Outdoor Basics Articles(70 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Insulated Outerwear

    Can't decide between down or synthetic insulation? Learn to compare the compressibility, warmth and weight of insulated outerwear options.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 95 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Knives and Tools

    Knives and multi-tools come in a variety of styles and materials. Read this article to get tips on how to choose one that works for you.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  3. Buying Guides

    How to Choose PLBs and Satellite Messengers

    Learn the differences between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and satellite messenger and which one might be right for you.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 154 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Rainwear

    Learn about the types of rainwear, including waterproof/breathable technology, and how to choose the jacket that will best serve your needs.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 462 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Solar Chargers and Portable Power

    Our article helps you pick the solar charger or portable power technology that’s best suited to your adventure, travel and power needs.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 33 reviews
  6. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Speed and Distance Monitors

    Learn about speed and distance monitors, GPS fitness trainers and heart rate monitors so you can choose the right one for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sports and Energy Drinks

    Learn why replenishing electrolytes with sport/energy drinks is important and what to look for when shopping.

    rated 3.25 out of 5 with 6 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sun Protection (UPF) Clothing

    Sun protection can come from more than just sunscreen. Learn what UPF ratings are and how to choose sun protective clothing.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 402 reviews
  9. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Sunglasses

    Sunglasses are a necessity whether you’re camping, climbing or cycling. This guide will teach you about sunglass fit, frames and lenses.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 229 reviews
  10. Skills

    How to Choose Sustainable Clothing and Gear

    What are the environmental impacts of making clothing and gear? We explain what they are and how brands work to reduce those impacts.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 6 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Two-way Radios

    Two-way radios let you keep in touch while hiking and skiing. Before you buy, read up on channels, wattage, range and other tips for use.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 66 reviews
  12. Care & Repair

    How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

    Cleaning your hydration reservoir can be an awkward task, but it’s not hard to do. We’ll give you a few tips to make it easier.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  13. Skills

    How to Get Started Geocaching

    Geocaching, a type of high-tech treasure hunt, is a fun way to get outdoors and use your GPS receiver. Learn how to play and what to bring.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 101 reviews
  14. Skills

    How to Go to the Bathroom in the Woods

    Before you gotta go, make sure you know where to go and how to Leave No Trace when you do.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 73 reviews
  15. Skills

    How to Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

    Learn about altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 54 reviews
  16. Skills

    How to Lace Hiking Boots

    Increase comfort on the trail by learning simple boot lacing techniques that help you deal with heel slipping, pressure points and toe pain.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 256 reviews
  17. Skills

    How to Read a Topo Map

    A topo map is an indispensable navigational tool, but only if you know how to read it. In this article, we'll teach you the basics.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 78 reviews
  18. Skills

    How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

    An unfortunate reality of living and playing outdoors is the ample opportunity to twist an ankle. Learn how to treat a sprained ankle.

  19. Skills

    How to Treat Burns

    Everything from the sun to camp stoves can cause burn injuries. Learn how to prevent, assess and treat burns, and when evacuation is needed.

  20. Skills

    How to Treat Cuts, Scrapes and Gouges in the Backcountry

    Cuts, scrapes and gouges are a common occurrence in the outdoors, which makes knowing how to treat them an important skill. Learn how.

  21. Skills

    How to Treat Insect Bites and Stings

    Learn first aid—both prevention and treatment—for bites or stings from mosquitos, biting flies, ticks, bees, wasps, spiders and scorpions.

  22. Skills

    How to Use a Compass

    It's one of the Ten Essentials, but do you know how to use your compass? Learn the basics of declination, bearings and how to use them.

    rated 3 out of 5 with 203 reviews
  23. Skills

    How to Use a GoPro

    Learn how to improve your GoPro videos with tips about camera setup, angles and perspectives, and sharing your work.

    rated 3 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  24. Skills

    How to Use Insect Repellents

    This article provides tips on insect-repellent usage; includes details on repellents with DEET, plus some fun facts about mosquitoes.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 17 reviews
  25. Skills

    Hydration Basics

    Staying properly hydrated is key to your comfort and performance. Learn how much to drink and to recognize dehydration and overhydration.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 33 reviews
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    Hydration Basics

    This beginner-level series covers the basics you need to know about hydration.

  27. Buying Guides

    Insect Repellents: How to Choose

    Keep bugs from biting with the right insect-repelling strategy. Learn about DEET, permethrin, picaridin, and natural ingredients.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 106 reviews
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    Intro to Navigation

    This beginner-level series covers everything you need to know to get started with navigation.

  29. Skills

    Layering Basics

    Learn the basics of layering clothing so you can stay comfortable outdoors. Includes info on base layers, middle layers and shell layers.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 81 reviews
  30. Skills

    Leave No Trace Climbing Ethics

    For campers and backpackers, we explain the seven Leave No Trace principles that can help keep parks and recreation areas beautiful.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 8 reviews