How Camping in the Desert Works

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Author's Note: How Camping in the Desert Works

I've done a bit of hiking in desert climates, and the thing that always surprises me the most is the extreme swing in temperatures each day. I love that dry heat and scenery of American deserts, but I have a healthy respect for the dangers they hold.

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