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The Art of the Campfire Story

Is the age-old craft of oral storytelling going by the wayside? Not if we can help it.

Plots & Tales

Maren Horjus

A sneaky ghost is good. A real mystery backed up by history is even better.

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Night comes alive when you let your voice and imagination lead you—and your rapt audience—somewhere surprising

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These spooky tales will make you feel like you're out in the backwoods—almost

Runner Dylan Bowman​​​​​​ recounts a harrowing tale in which he faced off with a yellow Lab in the midst of a 100-mile race

Jeff Provenzano narrates a wingsuit flight that resulted in a $5,000 helicopter-rescue bill

Carson Storch recounts a near disastrous run-in with a bear in the Yukon during a mountain-bike and raft trip down the Tatshenshini River

Scenes & Settings

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They're a connection to our wildest selves

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Step one: know the conditions and whether fires are actually allowed where you're camping

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There's time for one or two more gatherings around the flames before summer is officially over. Here are some libations to end the season right.

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From a $25 grill to a genius s'mores contraption, this gear will take your fire pit nights to the next level

Do it poorly—or not at all—and you could start the next catastrophic wildfire