Backpacking & Hiking

Ten reasons why you should try hammock camping

What is hammock camping all about, and should your troop really take it seriously? Author and hammock-camping enthusiast Derek Hansen shares his top 10 reason why you should try hammock camping.

Backpacking & Hiking

Camp in comfort using these handy tips

Brush up on your camping strategies — what you pack, how you travel — to help create a more comfortable camping experience.

Backpacking & Hiking

Six stoves to heat up your campout menus

For today’s primitive adventures, namely camping or backpacking deep in the woods, a reliable camp stove can still be a dream—turn on the gas, touch a match to the burner, and a blue flame pops to life, a torrent of channeled energy ready to do your culinary deed.


Travel to East Texas’ Big Thicket National Preserve

Deep in the eastern part of the Lone Star State, about 250 miles east of Austin, lies a vast, tangled quilt of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow, bog, blackwater swamp, and arid sandhills appropriately called the Big Thicket.