A fire is a basic tool of both comfort and survival yet many people are frustrated in their attempts to build one by their impatience to use wood that is too large at the beginning. Just like most things in life you have to start small and grow.
As a longtime solo camper, I’m here to highlight and celebrate some of the many reasons why camping alone can be great.
But cooler temperatures and shorter days are no reason to stay home during the fall. In fact, with its bug-free nights and glorious foliage, fall is one of the best times of year to go camping—if you come prepared with the right gear.
The truth is that while being outside without distraction can be nice, sometimes it is necessary to have WiFi. Let's talk about the many ways you can get WiFi...
There are times when the ability to start a fire is much more than that. In a survival situation, being able to start a fire means warmth. It means you can cook food and boil water to ensure that it's safe to drink.
With a bit of preparation and planning ahead of time, you could sit down to a hot and satisfyingly spicy meals in the great outdoors. One of my favorite go to meals after a long day in the field is a double dose of hot ramen.
If you’re going to be heading out for a camping trip. One critical thing you don’t need to forget is your source of light. Think about this scenario – bonfires, tents, and a flashlight – what could be better?
Keeping gear light and minimal will enhance any outdoor experience and will also provide a solid safety net.
With thousands of knots it’s tough to decide what ones are important to know. Someone on a sailboat is going to answer much differently than someone who is climbing a mountain. Luckily, the knots used when camping work perfect for tasks around the house.
Food is key when you’re camping. You can’t live on hot dogs all week if you want to keep your energy up—and it’s easy to get tricked into thinking you have to spend tons of money on freeze-dried meals so that you can eat well while in the rough.
Sharing your passion for nature, exercise, and eco-responsible recreation with your kids is a great opportunity to bond, educate, and start them on a “path” to success.
Sometimes all you need is a positive attitude and a sharp knife. Whether you are a backpacker, survivalist, hunter, fisherman or boy scout you know the importance of a sharp knife...
Campfire cooking can make or break your trip. Let’s face it, everyone loves a good meal, and when you spend the day outdoors, that good meal becomes the pinnacle of camp life...
The first night of our backpacking trip we came into camp at last light. As the light faded, I opted for the Sprout+ instead of the headlamp...
Looking for UCO candle lantern replacement parts or have other questions about keeping your collapsible candle lantern in good condition?
Alpine ecosystems are typically defined as those areas occurring above treeline. As unique as the different climates, so is the list of gear you need...
Nothing beats the ability to have a fire anywhere, at any time. However, there are times when a large, open campfire is not an option, for a variety of reasons. That’s where the UCO Mini Flatpack Grill and Firepit comes into the picture...
When the seasons change and the weather has you more inside than out, it’s time for a getaway. What are your options in the winter? You can rough it and sleep in a tent, which I will opt for in optimal conditions, or you can get fancy...
There are no two ways about it. Hiking gear changes in the winter months and backpacks become heavier. That shouldn't stop you from getting out in the woods...
Summer and the warm weather that goes along with it may be over but that doesn't mean you have to retire your house for the year. Make your next outing a little bit more comfortable...
Do you have (or have access to) a car? Do you have a desire to wake up in a park? Well, good news: you've already covered the two most essential requirements for car camping!
So – you’re ready for your first backpacking trip where weight really matters. Maybe you’ve done a few short-distance trips, but you’re now ready to cover 10+ miles a day...
Everyone and their mom is moving into a van - everywhere you go there are sprinters and sweet VW buses and smiling people spilling out of them. And it seems for good reason - the type of life that comes with it is very attractive...
Avoid crawling out of your sleeping bag, scavenging for firewood, and battling the cold while camping. Learn how to build a the self-feeding fire.
One of those chores is preparing and purifying water. Filters, chemicals, and boiling are all great options, but boiling trumps them all.
Go ahead, grab some friends and hit the road. These tips are sure to help you enjoy the experience more!
The 5 W's to help you stay safe in the wilderness.
Your guide to meal prep to conquer your weekend adventure goals.
Following these simple steps can quickly and easily diminish the chances of causing any forest fire.
UCO Mess Kits can help you reduce plastic waste in 10 ways.
This quick campfire oatmeal recipe is a heart and muscle-healthy backpackers choice.
This campfire cooking recipe is for a flavor and protein-rich paella.
Simple steps you need to know for campfire safety.
Learn the survival priorities to make sure you are staying safe on your next adventure.
Which type of lantern is for you? Sound complicated? Don’t worry. Here, we shed light on the details.
It is difficult to distinguish every plant and tree in nature. Dan tells you which plants to use to start a fire.
Do you need this item in your kit? Survival Instructor Dan Wowak gets real helps you improve your kit in 3 minutes...
Even if you only follow some of these tips, you'll see a major boost to the battery life of your devices on your next camping trip!
Don’t just ask kids if they want to help - tell them you need their help! Nothing will make kids feel more grown up or more excited about campfire cooking...
Numerous things can go wrong when you are camping and sometimes it’s completely out of your control, but other times it’s your own mistakes that can ruin your trip.
Fire is at the core of human existence as it provides warmth, utility, and comfort. Enabling us to cook food at camp, keep warm on a cold night, and purify water; learning to start a fire is essential.
Whether you’re in the desert, jungle, forest or on the sand, the natural experience of cooking under an open night sky and against a warm blaze is as primal as it is gratifying and hunger-quenching.
Ahh, cold-weather camping. There’s so much to love about it: uncrowded trails and parks, getting the first choice of campsites anywhere you go and enjoying fresh, Hot coffee as you watch the morning fog lift right outside your tent.
A Photo Collection from Colton Jacobs of a recent splitboarding trip around Bend, OR.
We’re so eager to introduce the brain child of UCO + Steven Reinhold, the #TrashTag project. Here’s how it came to be:
Noted survival expert Dave Canterbury shares his 10 C's for survival at the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show.