Hats & Gloves

Small Gear, Big Difference: Hats and Gloves!

Until recently, I haven't put enough thought and time into glove and hat options for my adventures. Roughing my way through everything without hats or gloves, I usually ended up with cut knuckles, broken...
Tools

Even Cavemen Had Tools: The Starter Tool Kit

Hammering, drilling, nailing, and sanding -- these actions mean "building" to many people, but also they mean frustration and pain to rookies. In this case rookies include recent grads, youth who didn't take...
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ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag Review

The ALPS Commander + Pack Bag rules the affordable heavy-load hunting pack space. The ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag is a beast! I took the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Frame + Pack Bag through the...
Timberwolf Mountain

Be the Rookie: Elk Camp!

For me, hunting started small, then grew, and now I'm totally hooked. Growing up in North Idaho, I had a small amount of exposure to hunting just from proximity to other friends and a hunting community. I...
panasonic ts25 review
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Panasonic TS25 Review: Rugged Photos, Great Price

Adventure -- and to a lesser degree, life -- requires some ruggedness. Since you are here reading Man Makes Fire, I assume you have some type of adventure or adventurer in your life. Adventure usually has some...
Reed Island

Camping on Reed Island on the Columbia River

One of the great aspects of camping is that it is a guarantee of adventure. Camping for me is a never-ending learning experience, and our trip to Reed Island in the Columbia River was full of learning and...
Hennessy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock in Action

Friday evening had finally arrived and my good friend Eric and I where taking two of our boys each -- so four kids -- camping on Reed Island in the Columbia River.  To get to the island, we were boating out...
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Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock: Best of Two Worlds

EVERYONE LOVES A HAMMOCK. That's why, when I started searching for a backpacking tent, I chose the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock. Sometimes it's hard to find a nice flat place to pitch a tent and sleep on...