How I Made Homemade Gummy Bears

I know that I let things get out of hand because my skin still has a few hardened streaks of gelatin that didn’t wash off in the shower. Is making your own gummy bears from scratch kind of fun? Sure. Yeah. But be prepared to confront a darkness you never realized was hiding dormant insideRead More

Compass Usage Rules

Compasses first appeared in China around 200 B.C. and were likely used for fortune-telling. Declination wasn’t discovered until roughly 720 A.D. Sure, not all who wander are lost. But when you’ve been walking in circles for hours and your day hike is stretching into an overnight, that saying is cold comfort. The solution? Don’t getRead More

Tent or Hammock Camping? Let’s Find Out!

Advantages of a Hammock Trees Are Everywhere At first glance, the camping hammock seems far more restrictive than the traditional tent – at least when it comes to finding the perfect spot to crash for the night. Surely it is a pain in the backside to find the perfect pair of trees, right? Wrong. OnRead More

Some Tips on How to Track a Deer

Are you a hunter, a naturalist, or just a curious person, who looks for little adventure? Then you might be interested in our tips for tracking a deer. Spotting deer tracks could be harder than you think. Not only are there environmental factors that obscure deer tracks and make them hard to see, but there areRead More

3 Different Ways to Build a Campfire in the Hike

Preparing for a Campfire Bring tinder. To start an effective campfire, you must start with tinder, which are the smallest fire-starting materials and burn the easiest. The tinder must be dry, so it’s best to bring tinder with you from home instead of looking for it while camping. You can use a variety of household itemsRead More

Otis, the Fattest Bear

Meet Otis – one glorious half-ton of fur and blubber! For the second year in a row, he’s the winner of Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Championship. What makes a champion? If you’re 480 Otis the bear, it’s patience, experience, and a few thousand salmon. Each fall, rangers in Alaska’s Katmai National Park pit theRead More

Staying Safe Around Bears

What Should I Do if I See a Bear? Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat for any visitor to a national park. While it is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that bears in national parks are wild and can be dangerous. Their behavior is sometimes unpredictable. Although rare,Read More