August 27th, 2014
This year I have been working really hard on taking my hiking adventures to a whole new level. One of my older brothers has always gone on long backpacking trips with his friends and this year they invited me along. I had never been on a backpacking trip before but I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t slow anyone down. I trained all summer by going on long day hikes.
I bought my first backpacking backpack for the event, but I got it months before I would actually need it. I filled the backpack with everything that I would need during the trip and practiced hiking with this heavy pack on my back. I was really glad that I had put in all of that training by the time that the backpacking trip came around. I didn’t slow anyone down at all.
August 26th, 2014
If you’re planning on going on a long, strenuous hike, it’d be worth your while to ensure that you have prepared yourself for the hike. I don’t necessarily mean by training for it or anything like that; I simply think that it’s a good idea to be prepared with the items you bring along with you.
For example, on my last hike, I brought a long a hiking backpack that was filled to the brim with everything that I might need on my hike. I brought a delicious chicken sandwich with me for once I got to the end of the hike, as well as a couple of bottles of water and some first aid things just in case.
August 25th, 2014
Ever since I allowed my sons to watch a movie about explorers looking for treasure, they have been interested in maps and compasses. This came at a good time since we are camping this weekend and I plan to show them how to really use these tools to find something. I am going to hide some special treats somewhere in our campsite and lead them on a treasure hunt to find it.
I got the boys a pair of hiking compasses so that they would be able to navigate through the directions on the map. I know that they’re really going to enjoy this activity, because I have seen them pretending to look for treasure so many times. Going on a real live treasure hunt while we are out camping in the forest is sure to get the boys really excited about learning to use a compass.
July 25th, 2014
Hiking can be a very fun hobby for the whole family to enjoy; it can be a leisurely activity that’s a great experience for everyone. It can also be challenging and harrowing and potentially dangerous. It really just depends on the places that you are choosing to go hiking at. Certain areas for hiking are better for beginners and others require quite a bit more experience.
On top of having the experience and the physical prowess, it’s also absolutely vital that you have the correct hiking gear for whatever hike you’re planning on taking on. If you don’t have the right gear, you could really find yourself in a sticky situation if something were to go awry. It’s always better to remain prepared.
June 30th, 2014
When you’re going camping or hiking, it’s always good to have some products with you that are durable and able to withstand whatever might happen to them. Essentially, it’s just smart to be prepared whenever you can be. This is something that I’ve learned the hard way a number of times and these days I make sure to try to be prepared for anything.
For instance, I like to bring along waterproof items even if I’m not going to be anywhere near a river or a lake. Sometimes there’s a puddle or a creek somewhere and maybe you slip and your flashlight falls into the water and you start beating yourself up in your head for not thinking to bring a waterproof flashlight with you, especially when you could have gotten one so easily.
June 23rd, 2014
Hiking is something that I really like to do with my girlfriend on the weekends. We like to go to all different types of places and try our hand at hiking there; sometimes the hike is leisurely and not difficult at all, while other hikes can be grueling and extremely challenging. Depending on the type of hike, I like to make sure to be properly equipped.
Of course, I always bring food and water with me, because those are incredibly important for any type of hike. I like to make certain that I have properly outfitted myself as well. This means that I dress for the part, wear the right shoes, and bring a comfortable backpack along for any of my extra belongings. I also like to bring a hiking stick with me sometimes, as it makes it easier for me to hike.
June 19th, 2014
I have always been a huge klutz, which means that putting me out on a forest trail is one of the most dangerous things that you can do. If I am not tripping over roots, then I am sure to be crashing into the nearest tree or almost falling off the side of the trail. My balance is terrible, which means that any kind of hiking that I do has to be done very carefully.
It is really a shame that I am so bad at walking on a trail, because it is really something that I love to do. I am thinking about investing in a hiking staff so that I am able to navigate my way through the forest a little bit more easily. Of course, there is no guarantee that I won’t just find some way to manage to trip and fall because of a walking stick either.
June 13th, 2014
Some areas are prone to hurricanes or tornadoes or wildfires. Mine is prone to earthquakes, and by extension (Ring of Fire), volcanic eruption. Oh, I don’t live near enough to a volcano to get mud or lava, but the resulting / causing earthquakes could get me, and so could ashfall. It’s best to be prepared.
So I have an earthquake-rated disaster kit. It has all the standards of food and water and first aid and shelter and communication and light – the things you see in any emergency preparedness kit. It also has earthquake hold putty and dust respirator masks and goggles; all the things I might need for a specific emergency.
May 27th, 2014
The combination of Scouting and fifth grade seems to have incited Miss Eleven to scientific discovery. You name a science and she’s into it. She watches Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and begs to be allowed to stay up late to watch it, rather than the inane teen sitcoms, thank goodness.
But at the moment, she is very into cartography and spends a lot of time practicing with her lensatic compass and assorted pieces of paper and pencils. She draws maps and makes sky charts and labels things in her terrible handwriting. It is simultaneously adorable and a learning experience.
May 22nd, 2014
…is a completely subjective proposition. My favorite may not be yours, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure; you get the picture. I personally like the Nature’s Quest hiking stove or almost any stove from Stansport, butane or otherwise. It seems silly to fret overmuch about which is the best when the question is subjective.
In any case, what makes a butane stove special is that it burns hotter than the equivalent propane stove, and it allegedly burns cleaner. While I’m sure this is true, you should still never use one indoors; adequate ventilation is too easy to misjudge. No stove rated only for outdoor use should be used indoors.