Category: Gear

Must Have Items For Camping

In today’s internet fueled world people from all walks of life are stuck indoors focused on their electronic devices. Life has become too stressful and hurried.

Spending time outside or even better, going camping with friends and family provides a momentary escape from the stresses of life. → Read the rest

Top Fire Starters and Tinder

Here at BUCKFISH, we love siting by fires. We love building fires. We love fire! But fires aren’t always easy to come by. Especially, deep in the Smokies, where a rain shower can pop up with little warning. Regardless of where you are building it, a fire needs three components commonly referred to as the Fire Triangle (aka Combustion Triangle): heat, fuel and oxygen. → Read the rest

Top 10 Things Nobody Told You About Camping

Camping in the great outdoors can be great fun, but if you are new to it, there are a number of things you really should know before you head out. Here are 10 things nobody told you about camping:

  1. You Should Test Your Equipment Before You Go

You may have the temptation to throw all your gear in the car and just ride into the outdoors for your first camping trip, but resist this temptation.→ Read the rest

5 Hacks To Make Hiking In Winter A Lot Easier

Winter is one of the best seasons to hike. For someone who loves enjoying all the beauty that nature has to offer, and for someone who loves to hike during this season, finding the right kind of equipment is essential. Good winter hiking gear is usually designed to be efficient and offer you everything that you would need for this adventure.→ Read the rest

Small Pond Fishing Hacks

Nearly every fisherman learned to fish by standing on the bank of a small, fish-filled pond. And for most anglers, this first lesson in fishing often is where the love of the sport of fishing started. As is typical, most fisherman then moved on to zipping across larger lakes in pursuit of the elusive honey hole or even fishing far out into the ocean as time and resources became abundant.→ Read the rest

Hammock Camping: 8 Tips For Easy Set Up

Guest post by Kevin Smith.

Are you planning a camping trip for your next vacation? If so, then you should consider trying out hammock camping. Using a hammock can be both fun and relaxing if it’s set up correctly. There is no use setting up a hammock which can easily fall off the tree.→ Read the rest

How to Use Your Wristwatch as a Compass

In a not so uncommon scenario, you find yourself truly lost deep in the backcountry. Did you come prepared enough to get yourself out? Or maybe you didn’t. Or maybe even your bag with your phone and compass is now floating down the river after an unfortunate stumble.→ Read the rest

Creating a Bear Hang with a Simple Pulley

When hiking and camping in the backcountry, care must be taken to bear-proof your camp. The goal of  bear-proofing your site is to keep odors that might attract bears to a minimum, and to safely store your food and garbage out of reach of bears and away from your sleeping area.→ Read the rest

12 Essential Knots for Outdoor Success

Tying a secure knot is a critical skill for anyone planning to spend time hiking, camping in the backcountry, fishing or boating . But, you have to know which knot to tie and how to tie it. So make sure you know what to do with your rope or line the next time you head into the wild by learning these 12 essential outdoor knots.

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10 Pro Tips: How To Sleep Warm

With fall now heading into winter, that familiar chill is beginning to set in. Many less adventurous campers don’t enjoy camping, much less, sleeping in the cold, but there are lots of benefits to winter camping. Campsites that have remained open, will be less crowded, and often times, a reservation isn’t required.→ Read the rest

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