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Why Tent It When You’ve Got a Car?

Why Tent It When You’ve Got a Car?

When we arrived in New Mexico it was already dark. We pulled into a camp that looked deserted, but at every turn the headlights would illuminate pods of tents clustered together.

I was a rookie. When I started firefighting, I was unaware that I could be “called out” on two to three week excursions with pieced together hand crews from around the area. This was my first roll down to the southwest, and I was terrified.  

“Does this look like a good place here?” My boss asked as he turned into an empty plot of ground...


Camping Essentials: An Adventure Checklist for Beginners (and Forgetful Experts!)

Camping Essentials: An Adventure Checklist for Beginners (and Forgetful Experts!)

Camping is one of my favorite pastimes, but getting my life in order to pack everything and get on the road sometimes keeps me from venturing out into the wild. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been close to my camp spot and realized I forgot my cookstove—or worse my food. Out of necessity, sanity, and for my general well-being and health (no more uncooked spaghetti, hallelujah), I have put together a checklist for myself that has shortened my camping prep time and stress.

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