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  1. Jared April 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM | | Reply

    On #4, don’t bring logs with you from another area, because you may introduce pests that otherwise weren’t in the area you’re camping in. Much better to buy the wood locally, most campsites even have them for sale.

    1. Fred J Alam June 29, 2016 at 5:32 AM | | Reply

      I was going to say the same thing. Here in New York State they have made it illegal to bring fire wood from one area to another area in the state.

  2. Carol April 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM | | Reply

    Do not bring logs! Wood from outside the area you’re camping brings pests and disease and most campgrounds (at least around the Mid-Atlantic) won’t allow it.

  3. Chris May 9, 2013 at 5:06 AM | | Reply

    Yes, preparations are vitally important. Testing gear, lists of supplies and knowing weather patterns for the area and time of the year. Animals you may encounter (bears mostly) is most important. I backpack and camp in very remote Alaska locations for weeks at a time. The preparations involved are intense to say the least. Things can very quickly change from a pleasant time to a life threatening experience. Being prepared, be overly prepared, and your trip can be a truly memorable time.

  4. Joe September 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM | | Reply

    None of this is very helpful. It’s all rather ambiguous and lacks detail. After reading this “advice” a novice camper doesn’t know any more than s/he did before reading it.

  5. edward jefferson December 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM | | Reply

    Good thing that this is posted, this would be the very first common mistakes in camping.

  6. Kakada February 15, 2016 at 7:23 AM | | Reply

    How to avoid dangerous animals?

  7. david May 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM | | Reply

    Think about every task you’re going to need to perform out there and how you plan to do it. TWICE I have gone backpack camping with a group of friends only to get 5 miles out to the campsite and realize NO ONE but me brought a saw, a hatchet, or even a fixed blade knife. Meaning, had I not brought those things, we would have NO WAY of processing food for fire.

    First time this happened was like this: we hike 5 miles, pick a spot to setup, pitch our tents, someone goes and finds the only burnable wood in the area (some standing dead wood), and then asks “wait, how do we get it down??” If I didn’t have my Opinel saw and a hatchet we would have been completely screwed. Especially considering our cooking stoves are wood-burning, not gas.

    Same argument goes for eating utensils, drinking vessels, garbage collection, garment drying, etc. etc. Ask yourself “what tasks will I probably need to perform while out and what tool do I need to accomplish those tasks?”

    1. david May 27, 2016 at 8:21 AM | | Reply

      ***processing WOOD for fire***

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