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Romance has always been part of the great outdoors, now it's comfortable too.

Sex in the Great Outdoors

Gearing up for the backcountry tryst

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Sex outdoors, in some remote but nonetheless publicly accessible forest getaway? Let s face it, you’ve never really mastered it indoors, so why complicate an already risky undertaking?

Well, because sex among wildflowers, near waterfalls, in sandy nooks and woody copses, is a deep-rooted primal fantasy, a timeless insurrection against modesty that’s notoriously tough to suppress. People, after all, were kicked out of paradise for this.

Here, then, we dangle the forbidden fruit, a perfectly diabolical cheat sheet of all the goods you need for a sizzling backcountry tryst from performance lingerie to a portable, warm shower for two.

Adam and Eve never had it so good.


Your escape has to start with the right ambiance.

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A lantern to bring out the romance in you. (Courtesy of Uco)

Uco Candlelier ($33.95): No question, a few well-placed candles can set the mood so that sparks fly later. To bring ambiance to the woods, try the Uco Candlelier: a clever three-candle lantern that’s amazingly bright, and at just over one pound, pretty easy on the back. It’s all you need to put the right light on a late-night dinner under the stars. If you’ve really got your stuff together, try arranging wildflowers around the Candlelier to kick your romance quotient up a notch.

Some Bubbly Before Bed

Relax with a glass of champagne

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Lexan's unbreakable glasses will come in handy if you camp and drink. (Igor Klimov/Shutterstock)

GSI Lexan Champagne Flute ($5.95): Alcohol “provokes and unprovokes,” noted a porter in Macbeth, before lamenting that what it unprovoked could really hurt a guy’s feelings. Pay heed to the porter’s warning and go easy on the drink—but you don’t have to leave it behind. To celebrate your love over bubbly (without breaking out the Sierra cups), serve Moet Chandon or Veuve Cliquot in GSI’s Lexan Flute. It’s more refined than the collapsible variety (though the stem is detachable, for packing ease), and almost impossible to break.

Cooking Up Love

Recipes for romance coming right up

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Cooking up some romance while you're camping. (William Perugini/Shutterstock)

Simple Foods For the Pack ($19.50, paperback): It may be true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but a fine meal is also effective for working your mojo with the ladies. See if your sweetheart doesn’t swoon over a trailside meal of Moroccan couscous, salmon in tomato-orange sauce, and walnut spice cake. The camp stove recipes for all of these and 180 more tempting victuals can be found in the Sierra Club’s book Simple Foods For the Pack, written with the help of Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Diana Cooke.

Your Romantic Suite

Get some privacy in the woods

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Marmot's tent can also be your stargazing apparatus. (Otto Phokus/Flickr)

Marmot Mercury Tent ($299): Ah, the domicile. The ol’ hearth. The bucolic nookie-nest… Where to retire to, if the stars are all aligned? We think the Marmot Mercury Tent is ideal: It offers plenty of room for two (35 square feet), is lightweight (five pounds, four ounces), and provides superb weather protection. It has a big D-shaped front door for access and ventilation, plus a roomy vestibule for storing boots and packs. DAC Featherlite poles provide rock-like stability without adding ounces, and the poles have a “knee-bend” that creates more vertical interior walls and a roomier-feeling tent. And, like a lot of tents these days, the Mercury has two see-through windows in the fly. But they’re discreetly placed so passersby can’t easily see inside—which is probably a good thing.

Getting Cozy

Room for two with a zip

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Share some bodyheat and share a sleeping bag. (AISPIX/Shutterstock)

Feathered Friends Sandpiper 30, 3.1 pounds ($320 with Pertex Quantum shell), and Couple Kit ($7) You’re not going camping together to sleep in separate little nylon jails. So don’t take two sleeping bags and hurt each other wrestling with the zippers. Get Feathered Friends Sandpiper 30, unzip it, then attach it to Feathered Friends’ Toucan Ultralight Ground Cover ($49). The result: A warm, super-comfortable, roomy bed-for-two. For sleeping pads—trust me, you’ll need them—purchase two Therm-a-Rest Performance UltraLite pads ($70 each) and attach them to each other with a Couple Kit ($7).

Rest on Clouds

Pamper with pillows

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Give your partner another reason to thank you with a great pillow. (Karina Y/Flickr)

Quixote Goose Down Pillow, 8.5 ounces (size large, $43): You’ve hiked, you’ve climbed, you’ve made dinner, you’ve made whoopee… Now treat your camp buddy to bedtime bliss with Quixote’s packable Goose Down Pillow. It’s soft as a dream with a durable, water-resistant polyester shell, and will ensure you’re well rested for the morning’s activities—whatever they might be.

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