One of the most important things you must have on any camping trip is your shelter. While are many types of shelters you can take with you one thing is for sure, you almost always should take one. Even if you decide to “cowboy camp” it is always good to have a backup plan in case the weather does not cooperate. In this article I will be discussing the many different types of shelter options you have.
There are many people that think the primary purpose of a sleeping pad is to provide cushioning from the hard ground. While this is true, it is actually not the primary purpose of a sleeping pad. A sleeping pad has a much more important job to do while you’re out camping in the wilderness. Continue reading to find out the primary purpose of the sleeping pad along with the differences of each type of sleeping pad.
When you are out on the trail how well you sleep at night can be the difference between a good trip and a bad trip. I have been out on many camping trips and missing a good night’s sleep is never a good thing for the next day. One of the biggest tools you have to help you sleep well is your sleeping bag. This article will go over the difference in sleeping bags so that you can choose the right option for you so that you can be comfortable when you sleep.
Several weeks ago I went on a one night backpacking trip with a small group of friends. I had been really rushed when packing because it wasn’t exactly planned out. I had decided to go the evening before (Never do this). I wore a pair of old trail running shoes that were failing already and never though anything about it. As luck would have it, It poured down the rain the entire time and I walked in puddles the entire time. I never got the laces tight so my foot slid around in them. and there was basically no cushion in them. I felt every single step while wearing my backpack. If I had been more prepared I would have taken better footwear. This article will go over everything you need to know about footwear.
Suppose you are out on a hike on a nice sunny day when you look up and see those clouds. Yeah you know those clouds. The ones that you already know its gonna start to pour down any time and most likely soon. The first thing that goes through your mind, how will I stay dry? Do you have your shell layer and how well is it going to hold up?
Have you ever been out on the trail and get cold because you simply did not pack the right clothes for the hike? I know I have. If this has happen to you then you should know that it was your insulation layer failing you. A good insulation layer can make or break a trip as far as being cold is concerned. With the right information you will be able to chose the best insulation layer for your layered clothing system so that you can be comfortable no matter what the temperature is. Continue reading to get this information.
A few weeks ago I hiked to the top of Mt. Leconte here in East Tennessee where I live. The sights were beautiful but the weather was not so much. I rained a good part of the day and then when it cleared up it was very hot and humid. I was pouring sweat and I was glad to have chosen a good base layer for this day. In this article I will go over everything you need to know about choosing a good base layer.
When packing up to go on the trail whether it be for hiking or backpacking, do you normally take extra changes of clothes? Up until recently I was one of those that took extra changes of clothes. Honestly I had never really thought about it. I just took them. I was reading a book the other day when I noticed that the author mentioned that he never took extra clothes when on the trail. He then went on to explain why and as it turns out you really don’t need them.
A few weeks ago I went on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail from Clingmans Dome to Cades Cove and stayed overnight in the Derrick Knob shelter. I went with a group of people that I had never hiked with before and I had very little planning time because I decided to go the afternoon before we left out. During the little time I was preparing for this trip I did not check the 8 things listed below and ended up paying for it. It rained the whole time and was much colder than I expected. I was completely wearing the wrong shoes for the muddy conditions and I didn’t know the elevation changes of the terrain. After that trip I decide to never cut corner on the planning. Here are the list of 8 things you should know before ever heading out.