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Review: GMT Solar Lantern [Verdict: Works]

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The SL900 is a relatively-lightweight, dead-simple-to-use lantern that sports two solar panels, LEDs and a 6V 4AH sealed lead acid battery. You simply leave it in direct sunlight while hiking, hanging or whatever, and it will charge up enough to …

New SPOT GPS Tracker: Lighter, Smaller, Silver!

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SPOT, maker of the life-saving GPS device, is upgrading its hardware. The next iteration is advertised as 30% smaller and lighter than the og SPOT. It will also be available in silver. Which is nice, cause pretty much everything …

Review: Three sleeping bags for cold-ish nights

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Big Agnes Peggy SL

The lightest and best-looking of the three, this women-specific bag with 800 goose down kept me toasty all night, and collar seals kept wind from seeping in through the neck. Instead of more puff, which is …

Review: Therm-A-Rest Sleeping System

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Kevin Kelly pointed me to the idea of ditching a sleeping bag for a tech blanket. He learned the tip from Ray Jardine, who extols the virtues of lightweight backpacking and camping in a series of books, including the recent …

10 non-gadgety things you'll probably need for car camping

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Besides a tent and sleeping bags, here are a few essentials you don't want to forget if you're going car camping.

1. A day pack: You don't need a major weekend pack since you have your car to lock stuff …

Review: The North Face Minibus 2-person tent [ultra-roomy]

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Sleeping in a tent doesn't have to feel claustrophobic at all. The North Face has a new 2-person tent called the Minibus 23, which is as comfy as a... minibus. With 35 square feet of floor area, it's the size …

Tick Removers: Which Do You Use?

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I got my first tick on the BBG camping trip. I was lucky. I didn't even know it was there until it was gone. I brushed it off in the shower somehow without leaving …

Photo: camping with geeks

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Steven Leckart and Brian Lam enjoying the great outdoors.

This post is part of a Theme Day: BBG on Camping.

Review: Three headlamps for dark nights

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Petzl Tikka Plus 2

The Tikka Plus was my favorite of the three headlamps I took with me on our camping trip, and that's why it's the headliner of my review. It emitted a soft, clear light, and at three …

Camping gear for dogs

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My dogs Ruby and Malcolm came with us to Lake Mendocino on the BBG camping trip. Outward Hound and Ruffwear are both excellent brands for outdoor gear for dogs &mdash Ruffwear's lightweight Flophouse foam pad has a waterproof base layer …