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Bob Patterson

This tent is designed for winter camping, and cold temperatures.

Choose the best four-season backpacking tent for winter camping

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How do you choose a four-season backpacking tent? Well, the right tent for you for winter camping may take some looking, so get started now. Here are some considerations and suggestions.

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tarp grommets, tarps shelters, emergency shelters

Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out

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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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Bravo 2, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

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 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

Venison | Try Bob’s Minnesota Venison Jerky for a tasty, quick energy snack

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Jerky recipes can help you enjoy the hunt long after the season is over.

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snow trench tarp shelter

Learn these eight tarp and equipment tips for emergency snow shelter camping

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A tarp shelter can provide very comfortable sleeping quarters in deep snow. Here’s some gear tips to help you build that shelter.

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The Bark River Trakker Companion is designed for the smaller bushcrafting tasks.

Another look at the Bark River Trakker Companion

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to knives.

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I love sleeping out under the stars. While I will not use my tarp or tent, I won't forgo my Downmat 7!

Choose the best sleeping pad for camping or backpacking

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Getting a good night’s sleep in the wilderness depends on a lot of variables. Don’t forget the sleeping pad! Here’s how to pick one that works for you.

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