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Life: Go On, Get Out

Campers and motorhomes are lined up at a campground in Gadsden, Ala., during a gathering of the National African-American RVers Association on Friday, May 16, 2008. While relatively few black people camp, members say they are trying to build minority participation in the activity. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

By//Kyra Kyles

Since childhood, Rue Mapp has relished the great outdoors. The San Diego-based mother of three grew up hiking through national parks and sitting around a Girl Scout campfire. Now she wants other African-Americans to join her in reaping the physical and mental benefits of communing with nature. That’s why in 2009, she created outdoorafro.com, an online platform to connect campers of color. “We’re opening doors to a new generation of nature enthusiasts,” Mapp explains. Want to join in on the tent-pitching trend? Here are four phased tips to ease you into sleeping under the stars.

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