National Park Service Fee Free Day: September 26

Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop now! In honor of National Public Lands Day, the National Park service has waived entrance fees September 26th. Get out there and explore our public lands! Photo: Melissa Peacock. Start planning your trip visit today on or at the National Park Service website. When you get back …

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July Review and Photo Contest Winners

Blue Sky Trail outside Ft. Collins, CO.

Congratulations to our July photo and review contest winners, papasmurf454 and James Tracy. Each will receive $25 REI gift cards for adding the most camping and hiking information to Tripleblaze last month. We’re busy making Tripleblaze even easier to use with more mobile-friendly pages and functions. Be sure to check us out the next time …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: August 25


Photo: carsuek Come celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday entrance fee free August 25th. The National Park Service is comprised of 401 National Parks across the country. You may be surprised that you are only a short road trip away for a quick weekday adventure. Start planning your trip visit today on or at the National …

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New Tripleblaze Outdoor Gear Deal Finder


We just posted a new tool on Tripleblaze that helps you find the best deals on outdoor equipment from retailers like REI, Sierra Trading Post, Amazon, and eBay. You can use it to search for specific products like the Katadyn Vario water filter or for more general searches like dome tents. Heck, I just ran the dome …

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May and June Review Contest Winners

The "neighborhood trails" near the Tripleblaze office.

Sorry for the delay in announcing the May Tripleblaze photo and review contest winners: papasmurf454 and James Tracy! It’s also time to announce our winners from June: James Tracy (again) and deep_13. All winners will receive $25 REI gift cards for their contributions. Be sure to bring a camera or your smartphone on your outdoor …

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2015 Highest Rated Campgrounds in the USA, State-by-State


Tripleblaze has been collecting camper reviews since 2005, and after tallying thousands of campground ratings around the USA, we put together a list of the highest rated campgrounds in each US state. This is the second year we’ve published this list, and while many of the names may sound familiar, 15 of the 50 top-rated …

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Review: Lu Lu Lemon’s Metal Vent Tech Shirt


Staying relatively scent-free is a luxury when backpacking, hiking, and camping. It’s awesome when a shirt is designed to not only help you keep smelling good, but also boast a lightweight, breathable design.  The Lu Lu Lemon Metal Vent Tech shirt gets that done, and more, with sleek performance and design.  Here’s the scoop on …

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Review: GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset


When heading out into the backcountry or frontcountry, food planning, packing, and preparation is always a priority!  For years, many of us have battled with stainless steel pots, non-stick frying pans, heavy mugs, and other kitchenware. Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and quality of backcountry appliances for food …

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Highest Rated Hiking Trails in the USA, State-by-State


If you’re traveling this summer and looking for a cool place to hike, Tripleblaze has you covered! We’ve collected thousands of hiking trail reviews and sifted through the data to find the highest rated hiking trails in each US state. Click the map for an interactive version or see the full list of trails below. …

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April Photo and Review Contest Winners

Bear Creek trail near Ellijay, GA. Photo taken with GPS-enabled Garmin VIRB action camera.

Congratulations to our top photo and review contributors last month, James Tracey and deep 13. Each will receive a $25 REI gift card for sharing their outdoor adventures on! We’ve been making some changes here at Tripleblaze over the past few weeks , making the website more mobile-friendly and adding new features. Stay tuned …

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Review: Root Beer GU Energy Gel


For years, GU has provided athletes and recreation enthusiasts with quality products to keep fueled and moving forward. GU Energy Gels are designed to deliver lasting energy that can be easily digested to be used efficiently and quickly for bodily exertion. Like many energy gels, GU’s gels contain a “carbohydrate blend,” otherwise known as a …

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National Park Service Fee Free Day: April 18-19

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Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation in Celebrating National Park Week with an entrance fee free weekend April 18-19th. With 401 National Parks you might be surprised to find a National Park near you. Start planning your trip visit today on or at the National Park Service website. When you get back rate your camp, hike, or cave, …

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March Outdoor Photo & Review Contest Winners

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

We took a bit of a break from the Tripleblaze contribution contest over the winter but now it’s back! Members earn points for adding camping and hiking reviews and photos, and each month we’ll reward the top two contributors with $25 REI gift cards. Out of more than 40 contributors in March, James Tracy and Jackson …

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Review: STRONG & KIND Thai Sweet Chili Snack Bars


Talk about a unique flavor! I know what you’re thinking right now… “Thai Sweet Chili? Woa!” That’s right!  And it’s pretty incredible! In recent years, KIND has grown to be widely known in the “granola bar” world–maybe more properly labeled as snacks and snack bars. With a dynamic business philosophy and an entrepreneurial mindset, KIND …

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Review: Switch Lynx Sunglasses

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How many different styles and brands of sunglasses are out there?  The number of options seem endless sometimes… but the brand Switch offers something truly unique that is worth investigating in the world of outdoor optics.  Check it out: Switch sunglasses use a magnetic interchange technology that literally allows you to pop the lenses out …

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Review: Hydrapak Stash Bottle


This summer, I reported on Hydrapak’s line of collapsible water bottles as seen at the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.  At that time, the Stash bottle was unveiled as Hydrapak’s newest compact water bottle.  This new collapsible water bottle is one of their most unique products, featuring a locking system that will keep …

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Campground Profile: Point Supreme, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head, Utah

One of the many overlooks at Cedar Breaks National Monument

This fall as part of our Labor Day biking trip, we camped for a few nights at Point Supreme campground in the Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is located in Southwest Utah near Brian Head and Panguitch.  It’s best known for the badlands rock formations and erosions that have occurred there, creating amazing red …

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