DIY Duct Tape Camping Cup

Today's DIY trail tip is inspired by this "pin"--yep it's a cup made out of duct tape. It took us about 5 minutes to make, you can check it out here:  So, we've decided that the duct tape cup is definitely cool but I can't think of a reason to take it camping or backpacking since water bottles are much more useful to have. What are your thoughts? Would you take this camping or backpacking and what would you do with it?

DIY Waterproof Matches

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love the layout and easy to find recipes, DIY ideas and tips. But, I'm also skeptical (especially when it comes to outdoor related pins)-do all of those tips and ideas really work? We're adding a new segment every Monday where we test and evaluate a Pinterest "trail tip". We're looking at if the tip actually works, a cost/time analysis and if it required a trip to the store for any special tools. Once we've thoroughly tested the 'tip' we'll give you our verdict-useful or useless. ***** Today's DIY trail tip is inspired…

The Ultimate Foil Dinner

When we're camping I'm a Jetboil chef, and a boring one. I don't even like to cook at home, why would I want to cook when I'm supposed to be playing in the mountains? [caption id="attachment_2446" align="alignleft" width="224"] Foil dinner's, so easy that even I can make them![/caption] Some outdoor mom's go all out with camping feasts for their families. They use actual recipes, toys like dutch ovens and set up entire camping kitchens.  And then they post pictures of their festive meals and tidy camp kitchens on pinterest, twitter and facebook. I'm not that awesome and  a teeny bit lazy.…

The Clark Peak Yurt

Last weekend we stayed in a yurt in Colorado State Forest State Park. While we like camping we also like sleeping on beds and the Clark Peak Yurt combined the luxury of sleeping on a bed with all the fun of camping. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prqNgWwaSSA&feature=player_embedded Our weekend began late Friday afternoon with a rush to pack and get to the yurt before dark.  Following written directions and relying zen navigation we made it to the yurt just as the sun set and right before a light rainfall. Al quickly went to work unloading the car and doing manly things like building a…