December 3rd, 2013
We adore Slumberjack products at our house. And we used to have two of the Slumberjack trail tent 3 tents, one for the husband and I and one for our oldest two kids (the little one shuttled between the two tents, depending on his mood and that of his brothers). But that was before we caught the eldest sneaking out of their tent in the middle of the night.
He wasn’t going to do anything untoward, like meet a girl or smoke or anything, but he has a mild form of autism and tends to wander off. It’s not fair to the middle one to make him watch his big brother. So until such time as the eldest can be trusted on his own again, the five of us are sharing a Slumberjack trail tent 6.
November 29th, 2013
Aside from the great name, this sleeping bag is a camping powerhouse of a bag, designed to keep you warm in seriously rough conditions. It has 600 down fill, and assorted seals around the neck and zippers to keep drafts out, as well as a water resistant surface treatment on the outside of the bag.
The Big Agnes sleeping bag also has vertical baffles to ensure uniform heat – the baffles distribute the body heat of the occupant evenly along the bag, while also minimizing down shifting. heh – I never thought about that until I write it. Down shifting sounds very much like an automotive term. This sleeping bag can’t drive… but it can do just about anything else!
November 5th, 2013
Every year, I go to at least one music festival. The first few years, I would wake up in the morning with all sorts of creaks and cracks throughout my back. I tried using many blankets to create a makeshift bed. While it got a lot more comfortable after getting used to sleeping on the ground, it was still a bit of a strain on my back.
I decided to get a camping air mattress that was meant for outdoor use. Since there were so many things that could happen at a music festival, I decided it would be a smart idea to buy gear that would be durable and easy to carry around, much like backpackers use. That first trip from the car to the campsite is far more exhausting than a non-camper would imagine.
October 28th, 2013
I want a multi-tool. I mean, your usual multi-tool, from Victorinox of Leatherman, those are great. But I want a multi-tool for bigger jobs, like digging fire pits and hammering tent stakes and the bigger jobs around a camp site. I have an axe, and I have a saw. I just need something else.
And it can’t take up a lot of space in the off season, or be too heavy for me to haul around. I finally found what I need toward the end of the season; the Gerber shovel. This guy folds up into a compact little bundle, and weighs less than two pounds, but it can be used to dig a hole and pound tent stakes; what else do I need?
October 17th, 2013
The area I live in – the Pacific Northwest – is not particularly warm. But as just about everyone knows, the Seattle area is very, very wet. It’s even swampy in my particular suburb. You know what loves the swamp? Mosquitoes. The little guys are everywhere during the warm months in our neighborhood.
And the kids enjoy sleeping out in the back yard during those same warm months (around here that’s July through September most years). Hey, if it gets them out in the fresh air instead of parked in front of the TV I’m all for it. But the mosquitoes were bugging them (pun intended) so I got them each a sleeping-bag-sized mosquito net bed canopy. Doesn’t kill the bugs (so the frogs still get their dinner) but the kids are bite free. Win-win.
October 11th, 2013
Any well seasoned camper will tell you the same thing: the quality of your shelter during a camping trip can make or break the whole trip. If you have a low quality tent that continually needs fixed or patched, you’ll be spending time you could be having fun. Instead, you will be dedicating your time to a hopeless case.
This problem is easy to avoid. If you have a tent from more than 20 years ago, it’s time to let it go. There are tons of models out there today, such as the Eureka Titan luxury family tent that will make camping better than a 5 star hotel experience. There are also cheaper and smaller tents to fit smaller families, or ones that don’t want to all be in the same tent for an entire weekend.
October 3rd, 2013
Spending time with your kids doesn’t mean breaking out your wallet. There are plenty of ways to make your time at home engaging and fun for the whole family. One of the best ways is to turn your backyard into a camping get-away. With the ease and convenience of being right at home, you will be able to focus more energy on hanging out with your kids than making sure everything is packed, or dealing with forgotten items.
All you need to do is pitch a tent in the backyard and bring your chinook sleeping bag. You can easily run right inside if you need more marshmallows for s’mores, or want to grab a book to tell ghost stories. Bringing out a flash light for shadow fun, reading books or even playing card games can add a campy feeling to an easy-going night of fun with the family.
September 27th, 2013
Last weekend I was on an island trip. I spent the weekend with my friends there. At night, it rained and the lights went out. Only a few in the group brought his flashlight. There was no emergency lamp to provide us light.
Good thing my pocket light was the most dependable of all. My gerber bear grylls survivial torch flashlight was reliable. It provided the brightest light. Everyone in the group came near me. They said they only had my light to rely on.
September 24th, 2013
My daughter’s an outdoor person. She loves to go hunting and camping with friends and loved ones. Because of this fondness to excitement, I decided to gift her with something she’ll love the most. It’s a specialty backpack that she’s never had before. I got one that’s black in color.
This way, it won’t get dirty so easily. What I got for her is an internal frame backpack. This is bigger than the usual. It’s more spacious that it can accommodate more things than the typical backpacks. With this kind of backpack, she can bring anything she wants. She can even fill it in with a lightweight cookware for outdoor cooking.
September 20th, 2013
When going camping we tend to limit our larder to canned goods, preserved foods and more canned goods. Sure, they are easy to handle. Just put those in a bag and you will have less to carry on your drive back. But what is a vacation without lots of delicious food? I say you arm yourself with a portable stove and bring a cooler or two of your favorite meats, fruits and vegetables. There is stuff that will last the weekend without refrigeration.
But first you need a portable cooker. You can choose from different kinds of cookers. The most trusted and time-tested ones are fueled by liquid gas. Propane stoves are perfect for camping and the Coleman propane stove has been a favorite among campers. It provides a fully adjustable flame that will let you cook whatever you hanker for.