Camping

Whether you’re tackling your first car camping experience with the kids or looking for a new backcountry spot, load up the tent and head out with Blue Ridge Outdoors’ guides to sleeping under the stars. You’ll find the latest in gear, camping spots, and safety tips to make your next trip a memorable one.

Weekend Picks: Albino Skunk Music Festival

By Aaron Bible | 10 Apr 14
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The Albino Skunk Music Festival takes place on the grounds of Glynn and Susan Zeigler’s place north of Greer, outside of Greenville, S.C.

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Bear Aware

By Graham Averill | 25 Feb 13
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Bear encounters are on the rise in the backcountry. Consider this your guide to being on your best bear-havior.

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Snickers and Scotch

By Graham Averill | 30 Jan 13
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Mountain overlook

I blame the scotch. Dewar’s to be exact. It’s not my drink of choice, but when you’re backpacking in the winter, you drink scotch.

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The Easy Way

By Kyle Daly | 28 Sep 12
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Not roughing it

While roughing it can be fun, sometimes it is good to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

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Car Camping is Cool

By Greg Melville | 25 Sep 12
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car camping

Our first attempt at spending a night in the tent with the kids occurred in the backyard, when our daughter was three and our son was two.

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Boys of Summer

By Kyle Daly | 24 Apr 12
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Lake Fire

A teenager’s first overnight camping trip is filled with late-night hijinks and star-filled wonder.

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The Perfect Outdoor Recipe

By Graham Averill | 26 Mar 12
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The Perfect Outdoor Recipe

M&M’s, lawn darts, and whiskey: what it takes to achieve backpacking bliss.

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Turning Back

By Dustin Zarnikow | 26 Jan 12
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Winter camping trip goes bad

Two skilled winter backpackers make a difficult choice – and the right one.

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The Campfire

By Will Harlan | 26 Jan 12
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Campfire lights the night

Sparks in the sky ignite a frigid winter hike.

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Where It Began

By Kyle Daly | 01 Dec 11
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Camp New Hope

A hiker returns to his boarded-up summer camp. His memories look different, but his feelings remain the same.

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To Build a Fire

By Graham Averill | 01 Dec 11
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To build a fire, or when trying to impress the kids goes wrong

A father tries to impress his children with his fire-building skills, but comes up cold.

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Southern Comfort

By Graham Averill | 28 Sep 11
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Blue Ridge Outdoors: Southern Comfort

Keep your campsite classy and comfy with these essential tips and gear.

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Backpacking for Beginners

By Graham Averill | 30 Jun 11
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Vesna Plakanis, co-owner of A Walk In The Woods, breaks down the basics of her popular Backpacking 101 courses.

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Things Fall Apart

By Graham Averill | 27 Apr 11
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The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…and that’s beautiful.

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Trail Foods That Don’t Suck

By Johnny Molloy | 02 Mar 11
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The underlying philosophy of trail fare is this: you want foods that have as little water weight as possible, are packaged for travel, are nutritious (or at least filling), and are easy to make.

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