The Most Remote Places in the World

In today's society where blossoming technology connects even the most distant people and places, it's becoming more and more difficult to truly escape. I can't even count the number of times when what seemed like an escape into the wilderness was interrupted by squawks into a cell phone or dust spewed from a monstrous trailer toting along a full kitchen, bathroom and entertainment center. For wilderness lovers, the true escaping is becoming increasingly elusive.  Aiding...
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Prepackaged Gear Brings Backpacking to the Lazy

Ever find packing your own backpack for a trek through the Tetons a bit too taxing? Wish there was a way that you could just grab your pack and get out there?  Check out these 24-hour packs from 24HourPack.com. Order an Osprey Kestrel backpack filled with all those handy tools, gadgets and emergency supplies that you need in the wilderness and the pack is FedExed to you and ready to strap on your back just as soon as you clean...
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Who is the typical camper?

<table cellspacing="0" border="0" cellpadding="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td>   About 20 percent of American go camping every year, but that doesn't mean we're all one big homogenous group, according to Responsive Management, a Virginia-based research firm specializing in outdoor recreation. For starters, we camp in may different ways. Camping at a campground in a tent is the most popular method of camping. About 67 percent of all campers camp in a tent at a campground compared to 30...
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Texts for Treks (Part 5) - Edward Abbey

The conclusion of this series culminates here with [one of] the best you-are-there authors fit for being on the trail. These posts were not meant to be in any particular order, but I was always told to leave the best for last. Edward Abbey's pure passion for the outdoors and America's wildest places make one feel as if he is walking the same trail, observing the same canyons, and listening to the same stream as...
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Find little pieces of wilderness

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can pull out a map and find Yosemite, say, or the River of No Return Wilderness. It takes an open, inquisitive mind to find a pocket of wilderness that isn't officially designated, particuarly in the city. Here are three hints.Redefine 'wilderness' and the time you spend there. Instead of reserving hiking for the times you manage to travel to a quarter-million contiguous acres of pristine Alaskan forest,...
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Great gift item for both the REI set and the hook-and-bullet crowd

It's called the Skeeter Beater. It allows you to leave your car windows open without offering yourself as a blood sacrifice to the mosquitoes and black flies. I haven't tried it myself, but I think it's a nifty idea. 20 bucks for a set - not bad. Cheaper than a tent, that's for sure.  
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*edited* Fan of The Office? Check this out.

I haven't watched it yet, but on NBC's online recent-shows archive, there's an episode of The Office (American version) that features a morale-building wilderness challenge program. I'm guessing that hijinks ensue.My mistake. It wasn't a morale-building wilderness challenge program. It was Michael deciding to prove his manly outdoors cred by having Dwight drop him off in the middle of the woods with only two items. I'll leave it to your imagination to think of which...
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How to torture yourself when you're cooped up indoors

Go to this sitewww.wilderness.netand click on the "find a wilderness" link on the right. It shows all the official wilderness areas in the U.S. I've discovered half a dozen places I had never heard of and now desperately want to go.
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