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Gear for the Great Outdoors

It's the best time of year to explore the great outdoors with gear that'll keep you safe, well-fed and on track!

Endless Possibilities

You can debate the good and evil of today's technology all day long, but when it comes to finding your way around this big ol' country, nearly everyone can be thankful the days of torn, coffee-stained paper maps are gone. One look at DeLorme's 8.0 DVD topo maps, and you just might burn your old atlas. This is extreme topo mapping, thanks to the software's 3D capabilities. It automatically creates trail routes and imports aerial imagery and nautical charts in so-real-you-can-nearly-touch-it depictions, and it hosts the ability to scout minutia like boat ramps, back roads, camp grounds, and other points of interest right from your PC. The software works with a DeLorme's own Earthmate GPS units, but if you own another maker's NMEA receiver, you can easily exchange waypoint, track, and route data. There are three map set versions available, an all-national, an East region, and a West region, and the software works with Windows XP and 2000, as well as Vista. Go to www.delorme.com.

The Cover-Up

If you're planning a big elk or bear hunt in the middle of nowhere, you're going to have to rough it. You also need to survive it, and that means having adequate shelter. Cabela's Outfitter Series XWT (Xtreme Weather Tent) provides that and then some. The tent, which Cabela's is calling its toughest ever, is loaded with features, like ample headroom, big doors both front and rear, a rain fly that laughs in the face of a storm, and a Dry-Set Pitch Kit that lets you put it up in a blizzard or a downpour without one square inch of the structure getting wet. Aren't you going to want the driest digs possible when the weather's gone past a turn for the worst? Go to www.cabelas.com

We're Cooking Now

What's the solution to camp cooking for, say, just you and a bud or two? Try packing along a couple propane bottles and the new Coleman Fold-N-Go 2-Burner Stove. It comes with its own carrying pack, great when you've got an SUV or ATV to get you to your outdoor destination, but if that's not an option, just fold this baby up and shove it in your backpack. This compact, 10-pound stove can support two 12-inch pans side by side and puts out an impressive 10,000 BTUs, so there's no waiting too long for the bacon to fry or the coffee to perk. It's also matchless, thanks to an electronic ignition. Now that's smart camp cooking! Go to www.coleman.com.

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