Outdoor extras, including outdoor shows and a campfire recipe

Posted on: January 10, 2019 | Bob Frye | Comments

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras…

Gear of the week

Gear name: Brute Force

Company: T-Rex Tape (www.trextape.com)

Gear type: Duct tape

Outdoor shows offer the chance to buy lots of gear.

Brute Force

Product description: It’s almost a cliché these days, to suggest that anything can be fixed with duct tape. But the truth is the tape is great for a variety of uses, including in survival situations. But now there’s this. T-Rex’s Brute Force is reportedly the strongest duct tape on the market, capable of holding up to 700 pounds. It’s meant to handle all kinds of weather, too, featuring a double-thick adhesive with a waterproof backing. It will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but retain its strength when it thaws. It’s meant to stick to dirtier, rougher surfaces than normal duct tape, too, so it can be used in a variety of applications.

Available options: As of right now, this tape is only available in black. It measures 1.88 inches across and comes in 25-foot rolls.

Suggested retail price: $12.97.

Notable: If you’re going to use this tape, have a knife or scissors or some kind of cutting tool handy. You can tear the tape length-wise by hand, but not across. Made with what the company calls “extreme tensile cloth,” it’s simply too thick and too strong to rip that way.

Tip of the week

It’s time to do inventory. The outdoor sport show season is just about upon us, and it’s easy when wandering the aisles of vendors offering all kinds of gear and gadgets to fall prey to temptation and buy lots of, well, stuff. Before opening your wallet, or even going to the show, go through your tackle box, your ammunition cabinet, your clothes closet, and figure out what it is you really need to be ready for next season. Buy those things first and you’ll be ready to go when the opportunity arises.

Recipe of the week

Backwoods chili rice skillet


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups instant rice
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


This is a recipe from Kampgrounds of America that’s great when made over a campfire with venison (though you can also make it at home on the stove with beef, too).

Brown the meat in a large skillet. When it’s done, drain any grease.

Add all of the remaining ingredients except the cheese and bring it to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for five minutes, or until the rive is done and it’s all got the consistency you desire.

Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with the cheese and serve.


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Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.