5 Essential Carabiners Care Tips

5 Essential Carabiners Care Tips

Carabiners are one of the most important pieces of any climber’s gear. They are the glue that holds all the other gear together. That other gear is often carefully maintained by most. It is inspected, replaced when damaged, and often only purchased when it is of high quality. But Carabiners are often neglected, which is a very big No-No. Keeping… Read more →

Sleep like an Egyptian: 5 Ways to Stay Cool at Night

Sleep like an Egyptian: 5 Ways to Stay Cool at Night

Summer nights can get extremely hot and nasty when you are out camping. This heat can keep you from sleeping, ruining your whole camping experience. But there are a few things you can do to help beat the heat and enjoy your summer as it was intended : outdoors and happy. Egyptians The Egyptians would sleep in an interesting way… Read more →

Leave No Trace for Climbers

Leave No Trace for Climbers

Leave No Trace is an important, but simple code of ethics that protects us, protects others, and protects the environment (wildlife, too). Most Hikers and Campers know these principles, at least in theory.  Due to their unique locations and practice, it might be more important for climbers than anyone else. First, we want to understand why Leave No Trace is… Read more →

The Perseids and Three Other Meteor Showers Worth Camping For

The Perseids and Three Other Meteor Showers Worth Camping For

Mid-August is prime time for shooting stars. That’s when sky-watchers can see the Perseids, one of the most active and popular meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s something magical about letting the campfire die down to embers, spreading out a sleeping bag or blanket, and looking up to spot points of light that suddenly streak toward the horizon. Shooting… Read more →

Choosing the Right Backpack

Choosing the Right Backpack

Backpacks are a must have for any long hiking or camping trip. They are convenient beyond measure. But there is more than just a simple over the shoulder backpack. There are many, many different types all with their own unique adornments. This means you can easily buy the perfect bag for you. I would say there are mainly three types… Read more →

How to Make Natural Bug Repellent

How to Make Natural Bug Repellent

The problem with using bug repellent is that it smells like bug repellent. Also: harsh chemicals. The problem with not using bug repellent is, well, the itchy, red bites that make you want to scratch like a hound instead of enjoying the sunset, or sitting quietly with a fishing pole at the lakeshore, or gently toasting your marshmallow, or whatever… Read more →

Camping in Hot Weather: 7 Tips for Staying Safe

Camping in Hot Weather: 7 Tips for Staying Safe

Some of the most scenic campgrounds in the United States are dangerous places during the winter months. Sudden snowstorms can catch you by surprise, bury the trail, and get you lost. Extreme cold can lead to frostbite or hypothermia. However, camping in the summer has its own dangers: Dehydration, wildlife like snakes and bears, and heat exhaustion all pose threats… Read more →