7 Items to Level Up Your Camping Menu (Plus a Giveaway!)

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Stanley

Food can be as much of a draw to the outdoors as solitude, fresh air, and majestic mountain views. The quality of your camping menu can make or break a backcountry getaway. After all, who doesn’t love a steaming cup of coffee on a cold morning, a lovingly prepared meal after a long day of adventure, or a campfire cocktail with friends? But if you want to craft the ultimate backcountry menu, you need a plan—and the right equipment for the job. To aid your quest for camp cuisine perfection, Stanley is offering Trek readers an exclusive giveaway this week. Intrigued? Read on for details.

7 Items to Level Up Your Car Camping Menu

Adventure All-In-One Boil + Brew French Press | $25

Start the morning off right with a fresh cup of coffee brewed in your very own camping French press. No need to bring a separate pot to heat the water, either: this bad boy can be used to boil the water too.

Adventure 25 oz. Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle | $28

Everyone needs a decent vacuum-insulated water bottle. This one will keep your drink hot or cold for 20 hours and will hold ice for nearly four days, so you can always have your beverage at the right temperature no matter how far you are from the nearest microwave (or fridge).

Adventure Pre-Party Shot Glass + Flask Set | $40

Take the whole “great outdoors” thing into the stratosphere with this six-piece nesting stainless steel shot glass and flask set. All you need is a few friends and a campfire for ambiance to have the makings of a legendary camping trip. Just remember to drink responsibly and be considerate of fellow campers. No one likes an obnoxious neighbor.

Adventure Cool for Days 30 Qt. Cooler | $165

Backcountry beer is awesome. WARM backcountry beer? Not so much (unless you live in England). The fanciest camping menu in the world won’t do you much good if you don’t have a way to keep food and drinks fresh. This cooler is big enough to accommodate all your goodies and should keep ice for four days.

Adventure Stacking Beer Pint | $18

What’s better than beer after a day of adventure in the mountains? These space-efficient stackable pints are insulated to keep your brew cold for hours. Cute doggo not included with purchase. 

Adventure Stay Hot 3 Qt. Camp Crock | $65

Load this food jar up with three quarts of the delicious grub of your choice, and it will stay hot for 12 hours. Meanwhile, cold food will stay chilled for 16 hours. 

Adventure Full Kitchen base Camp Cook Set | $80

This is pretty much the high-end designer kitchen of the camping world. Your friends will be so jealous. The 21-piece set includes everything you could need to prepare, serve, and clean up after a gourmet camp dinner—and it all nests together in one compact, adorable package. 

The Giveaway

Now, about that free stuff we mentioned! Stanley is giving away an Adventure Full Kitchen Base Camp Cook Set,  an Adventure Stay Hot Camp Crock, and an Adventure Beer Pint (if you’re counting, that’s a $163 value) to three extremely fortunate Trek readers. Check out details on each product in the section above. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us where you’ll take your prize package if you win so that we can pad our bucket lists and live vicariously through you. No purchase is necessary to enter, but you have to be a US resident 18 years or older to be eligible. Enter by 11/02/2020.

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    Pamela Caldwell : Oct 26th

    I would take all items to the Grand Canion and hike a zig zag from one end to the other and then hike the outer rim.

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    Ben z : Oct 26th

    Def could use that in the Adirondacks

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    Amanda Smith : Oct 26th

    I would take it on a roadtrip through Utah! I’ve only seen Zion NP… Excited to visit all the public lands there and I roadtrip with a dog… So no backpacking in most National Parks… But love car camping too!

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    Mark A Sirek : Oct 26th

    The Maine Backwoods all Winter long! Perfect setup for hot stew in the middle of a long snowy hike.

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    Kristin Cesarek : Oct 26th

    The Michigan Upper Peninsula! I want to check out all the waterfalls, Pictured Rocks and Porcupine Mountains! This gear would be perfect for car camping up there!!!

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      Mike S. : Oct 30th

      I would take this awesome Stanley gear to Assateague Island for our annual Father’s Day car camping trips and numerous Appalachian Trail backpacking trips with my two young sons ages 3 and 4. Hiking and camping are their favorite activities. My four year old did his first overnight backpacking trip along the AT this summer and he was so happy the entire time – not a single complaint!!

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    Amy : Oct 26th

    I’d use those on Appalachian Trail section hikes in Georgia, or back home in Louisiana on short local campouts.

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    Stephanie : Oct 26th

    I would take it on a road trip of the south west. I’ve never been to that area of the US and would love to explore the national parks there!

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    Jerahlyn Whitworth : Oct 26th

    I’ve been wanting to do all the parks in Utah as an adult. Went to many as a child, but have hardly any pictures or good memories.

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    bob : Oct 26th

    I would bring the package to the woods where I would wait and stalk the Hiking Viking. Man is the only true worthwhile hunt. I will wait, eat, wait, store warm things for dozens of hours, wait, and at the moment he leaves his guard down I pounce. I will pants him as I have it on good authority he abhors undergarments.

    Always waiting. Always Watching.

    bob

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    Dedward : Oct 26th

    Winter hike to stealth spot (LNT!) in PA’s Susquehannock State Forest near Cherry Springs State Park. Then night hike without adult beverages to stargazing field for hours of stars, warm non-alcoholic beverages and tasty food. Then back to stealth spot to finish. Night of December 21st should long enough.

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      Dedward : Oct 26th

      Pants required

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    Theresa : Oct 26th

    Somewhere in the back country of Vancouver, BC!

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    russ : Oct 26th

    I would take them on a trip to the OZARKS…

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    Brian Cipperly : Oct 26th

    We’d take this camping on the beach at Assateague! Promise to keep the horses wild and not share with them!

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    Rachel : Oct 26th

    We’re planning a month long, camp-out-of-the-car journey to Alaska in a few summers, with the goal of visiting all of the National Parks in the state. This camp cooking gear would be an epic addition to our setup, especially given the compact pack-ability of the cook set. You know we’ll need some warm crock-pot cooked meals in the great North – as well as lots and lots of beer, of course.

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    Dan Sharp : Oct 26th

    Could definitely use this at our year-round campsite in Georgia.

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      Nichole Rindom : Oct 27th

      If I had the vacuum or crock I could make lunch to share with my co-worker. Or more fun- on a weekend trip outdoors without the kids! Hubby and I could snuggle up with some chili or hot chocolate and enjoy each other’s company.

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    manda : Oct 26th

    I would take the prize to the Wichita Mountains.

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    Alex Solorio : Oct 26th

    I’d take the gear into the Rocky Mountains in CO this winter, and Desolation Wilderness in California next summer, with the goal of eating tasty backcountry food and drinking cold beer (as opposed to a few years back when a Desolation black bear stole all our food from a tree overnight and sent us home from our backpacking trip a few days early…)

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    Dan Torres : Oct 26th

    I would take the gear on the Florida Trail and also on the Eagle Rock Loop in Oklahoma. In preparation to the Thru-Hike on the AT.

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    Nick Pavlot : Oct 26th

    my partner and I are taking a trip on the AT this winter with our dogs…. this stuff would definitely come in handy!

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    Craig Stiver : Oct 26th

    As soon as Canada opens up again, we’re headed to Nova Scotia!!! Can’t wait!

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    Tony C : Oct 26th

    My wife and I are planning to tent the Southwest next spring. I think these treasures would make the trip even tastier!

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    Lea : Oct 26th

    I would take/use these products on our next camping trip! Our goal is to camp/hike at all the state parks in SC!! These items would definitely help us reach our goal!

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    Scott A Brotherton : Oct 26th

    Right now we are getting plans and info together to visit the Badlands come Spring. In the meantime, they would likely get a workout in the Pisgah National Forest in the upcoming weeks.

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    Erik Barrus : Oct 26th

    I would take the family to the Tetons to check out all the new snow and do some hiking. Gotta get my daughter into the mountains!

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    Shirley : Oct 27th

    What a wonderful stash of goodies! I would use this gear As I prepare for my 2021 AT hike with shake down trips. But not for me, for my husband. He won’t hike with me on the actual long trek, but will be my support. So as we shake down and car camp, he gets the benefits of these goodies to keep him comfortable while I wander through the woods.
    Thank you

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    Rebekah Ward : Oct 27th

    I would take this amazing package on my next trip to Red River Gorge!

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    Mike J : Oct 27th

    2021 AT attempt through hike. Old dude and girl friend , depending on how far we get, we will pass it on to someone on the trail. BTW see you at the end.

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    Barbara Allen : Oct 27th

    Having completed three long backpacks in Gates of the Arctic Natonal Park in Alaska. I would use this gear to again take a bush plane into the park for a camp on a secret lake to view the migrating caribou herd. I think Stanley products are great!

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    Kelli B : Oct 27th

    We’re planning on hitting up Big Bend sometime soon plus Santa Fe & Roswell, Mexico. This would all be perfect!!

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    Andrew B : Oct 27th

    I would take that on a road trip from Iowa to glacier national park stopping at all the beautiful places in between and then back down through Yellowstone on the way home. With my family!

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    Martin Welch : Oct 27th

    I would most likely use these nice items in the Greater Yellowstone/Tetons area. The French Press could easily become a luxury item on a thru hike.

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    Kirsten Begg : Oct 27th

    Hmmm, have always loved the Stanley vibe! The press and the cooler would be perfect on a multi-day fly fishing camping trip. Who’s coming?!! And the vacuum flask – that is like a Swiss army knife beverage equivalent – would be a permanent fixture in the pack for a high point break and brew or in the car for a satisfying post-adventure warm-up.

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    Krysten : Oct 27th

    Would be nice addition to take on our yearly Big Bend trip!

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    Therese : Oct 27th

    Camping in Cook Forest, PA! ❤️

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    Paul Roscoe : Oct 27th

    We would take it on all of our back country trips in the beautiful Upper Penninsula of Michigan. 🙂

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    Helen : Oct 27th

    I would take it along on my trips to Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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    Jay Skidmore : Oct 28th

    I would use the gear while hammock camping at all of the state parks in Texas. Plus some of the Bushcraft outings I enjoy.

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    Jillian Too : Oct 28th

    I’d love to take it to Acadia National Park.

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    Kai Merritt : Oct 28th

    I would take this prized package up to black balsam knob and bring my family (dad/mom/grandparents/cousins) and friends up to the top and have a big family feast for everyone. I really enjoy hiking it has brought me lots of peace and I wish to bring that to my family too.

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    Jubilee : Oct 28th

    To my section hikes of the AT!

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    Marissa : Oct 28th

    Hiking and camping all over my great home state of Michigan! Also planning on a Colorado overlanding trip soon!

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    Julie R : Oct 28th

    I would take them on a boat trip to a place called the spit (a gorgeous beach accessible by boat) to have a cookout

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    Keith B : Oct 29th

    I would take them camping in the Great Basin National Park. Camping on top of Wheeler Peak is the best!

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    Karl : Oct 30th

    Go to State parks in SC….

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    Joshua williams : Oct 30th

    These are perfect for a canoe trip down the Shenandoah river, when a hot cup of joe is needed before you set foot in the river, and a full belly gets you refueled at the end of the day.

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    Justine C : Oct 30th

    I’d take these to Acadia!

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    Seth Greenberg : Oct 30th

    i would take the items on a camping trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

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    Paul Riddle : Oct 30th

    DEFINITELY the Florida Trail. Would love some of this stuff, as we island camp as well while fishing.

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    Steven : Oct 30th

    definitely into Shenandoah during the cool months!

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    Randy Warnstaff : Oct 30th

    My wife and I are currently participating in the North Carolina Stats Parks Passport program. Visiting all 41 State Parks in one year. We are visiting the parks and hiking at least one trail and camping overnight if there is a campground. The Stanley brand has been a mainstay in my family for generations. Stanley has really kept pace with the times and always very innovative. Having the Stanley camp set while visiting all North Carolina State parks would be a great addition to our trips.

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    Julia : Oct 30th

    We’ll take the set to our new camp hosting job in northern California!

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    Michael Elliott : Oct 30th

    Since I camp year-round the items would be useful but I would definitely take on my volunteer week at Yosemite.

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    Eva Briggs : Oct 30th

    I just retired and I’d take this swag on a road trip across the USA! I live in the northeast but my kids are in Chicago, Denver, and Palo Alto so there are lots of adventures awaiting my travels.

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    Caleb Wofford : Oct 30th

    I would head out and set up camp in the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho.

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    Allison Perrine : Oct 30th

    We are moving to the central coast of California and will be living full time in our RV. That compact little cookset would be perfect for dinners at the RV park. The rest would come with us when backpacking and exploring Big Sur and the Sierra.

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    Lucius3 : Oct 30th

    From the hills of Tennessee to the mountains of Wyoming – plus locations yet to be dreamed!

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    Keith MacNeal : Oct 30th

    My Scouts BSA troop goes camping every month throughout central/southern New England. I do the cooking for the adults. This would be a nice gear upgrade. My wife and I also like to camp, so this would come in handy.

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    Sarah F : Oct 30th

    We would take this compact little cookset to Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands NP – a hiking trip we’ve been meaning to take for some time now!

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    Patricia : Oct 30th

    We camp in the Sierra quite a bit. Would love to fancy it up a bit with any of these items!

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    Ken Bronger : Oct 30th

    I hiked the Lowitt trail as an overnight the 2 Nd day was tough and I couldn’t wait to get back to the car as I had an ice cold beer waiting for me. My cooler kept it somewhat cold so obviously I need a better cooler! I’m just getting into longer trails and look forward to hiking longer hikes and colder beer to reward myself at the end!

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    Bill Guiffre : Oct 30th

    If I were fortunate to win (and I could really use to be one of the fortunate three), I would take the package with me on trip via van (that I don’t have yet but am looking for) on a trip back to the PNW (I used to live in Portland) to spend some time climbing and hiking with old and new friends. I would stop by Idaho and Montana and the Wind River range and the Tetons since it has been a long time since I have been there.

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    Bill Guiffre : Oct 30th

    If I were fortunate to win (and I could really use to be one of the fortunate three), I would take the package with me on trip via van (that I don’t have yet but am looking for) on a trip back to the PNW (I used to live in Portland) to spend some time climbing and hiking with old and new friends. I would stop by Idaho and Montana and the Wind River range and the Tetons since it has been a long time since I have been there. Peace.

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    Anthony Polazzo : Oct 30th

    I’d take these products on my next adventure to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Not only is the travel through this part of Michigan desolate it also has some of the best views from the Tahquamenon Falls to Pictures Rocks to old hardwood forests. One of the bests sites is watching Lake Superior show her force in November.

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    greg Cat : Oct 30th

    We have an informal family reunion in Yosemite each year. I would use this fantastic equipment to do a one-upmanship on my brother’s. Thank you so much.

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    Brad : Oct 30th

    Shenandoah, among other places in VA.

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    Meredith Snyder : Oct 30th

    I would take lighter gear backpacking with my sister in the Unitas and car camping gear to nearby camp spots in PA!

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    GARY ZELL : Oct 30th

    I would take them to Bryce Canyon

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    Mike S. : Oct 30th

    I would take this awesome Stanley gear to Assateague Island for our annual Father’s Day car camping trips and numerous Appalachian Trail backpacking trips with my two young sons ages 3 and 4. Hiking and camping are their favorite activities. My four year old did his first overnight backpacking trip along the AT this summer and he was so happy the entire time – not a single complaint!!

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    r m h : Oct 30th

    i lived in vanuatu (gaua island) for three years. once they open back up, i will return and use them, share them, and leave them for the locals when i leave.

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    Phillip Scott : Oct 31st

    I would use these on our family explorations of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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    Sunnymay : Oct 31st

    I would go backpacking and camping in the Susquehannock State Forest again in Pennsylvania like I did as a teen with my younger brother, mom and dad. My brother was asleep in a jungle hammock until he fell out when a deer caught his scent at the crest of a hill.

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    Bruce H. Matson : Oct 31st

    I’d enjoy trying these products when I hike/camp in Chiricahua National Monument and Saguaro next month.

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    Fatman in the Forest : Nov 1st

    Being disabled, spending a few days in the forests near me in Southern Indiana is an adventure in and of, itself. These would make it more fun!

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    Blankhikers : Nov 1st

    We would take this great car camping gear on a road trip to Glacier NP. Our trip has been cancelled two years in a row and I’ve never been! Can’t wait to hike there.

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    Michelle B. : Nov 1st

    I would take it hiking through Hells Canyon in eastern Oregon/western Idaho. This would make overnight trips even better! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    p.wallace : Nov 1st

    I would take these camping in the rugged Ouachita Mts. of Arkansas.

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    Kenia : Nov 1st

    We would take it to Rio Frio, we love going camping there! Thanks for the chance.

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    Elise Hedglen : Nov 2nd

    I love Maine and would take the camp kitchen to Acadia NP or Baxter SP. There are miles of trails and carriage roads to explore at Acadia and its islands, and trails, lakes, and ponds to explore at Baxter. Great fishing, the gear will come in handy for that too.

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    JP Miller : Nov 2nd

    I will camping with my family near Cumberland Gap in November, but we try to get outside every week for hike, camping, and general outdoor adventure

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    Christina A. : Nov 2nd

    I would like to take it out to West Texas to some of our rugged state parks that I have yet to visit! The weather has cooled down, so it’s now tolerable to do it!

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    Dan : Nov 3rd

    Canyonlands.

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    Dedward : Nov 7th

    Winner winner who gets to use Stanley stuff to make their chicken dinner???

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