About Decide Outside

This site is owned and operated by MindBuilders. DecideOutside.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Decide Outside has content focused on the outdoors. This includes tips about camping, hiking/backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, and general outdoor adventures.


is meant to be an approachable and meaningful resource providing tips and guidance to allow for amazing outdoor experiences for you and your family.

As we’ve written for our website and done research, we’ve found three things that can make it difficult for people to want to go camping, hiking, or other outdoor activities.

First, some make it look like being outdoors requires you to be an expert if you want a “real” experience. Best-intentioned people make it seem like you need to be a woodsman, know your knots by heart, and know how to start a fire with only two sticks.

Second, some make it look like you need to buy a lot of expensive gear. I’m a huge believer in having fun with what you have and truly understanding your needs before purchasing everything at the outdoor recreation store.

Outdoor experiences can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re going to be backpacking in remote locations with extreme weather conditions, there’s no way getting around spending a lot of money. But for casual campers, if you only buy what you need and borrow some big ticket items, it can be very affordable. That’s part of our mission is to give you the honest assessment of what’s out there and what your options are.

Third, there’s an overwhelming amount information out there on camping, hiking, skiing, and general adventuring. Some of the most shared information out there are rehashed and packaged up differently a hundred times. Our goal is to give you information that is useful and valuable.


Decide Outside was started by Peter and Diane Mitchell, whom you can find more information about here.

We’ve asked for some help from some awesome people who have lots of experience camping.