Kids can learn a lot from a good camping trip. From applying basic navigational abilities to playing LED flashlight tag, there are a plethora of useful skills to be gleaned from a family camping expedition. An important one is how to remain safe when out in the wilderness. Below are suggestions for how to teach kids about camping safety.
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The first camper’s handbook was written in 1908 by Thomas Hiram Holding, whom many consider the grandfather of camping as a recreational activity. Holding learned his camping skills during a 1200-mile trip across America in a wagon train in 1853. Back in those days, canvas tents and wood-burning cook fires were the norm.
Today’s camping expedition looks very different. Indeed, camping technology and campers’ habits have evolved so quickly in the last decade or so that even the mountaineering pioneers of the 1970s would be shocked. (more…)
The multi-tool market today is filled with flimsy models boasting frivolous bells and whistles. With the c5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers, we wanted to get back to the basics by producing a rugged, hefty tool that offers maximum utility without all that fluff.
If a recent Gear Guide review of this multi-tool is any indication, it sounds like we hit our target. This concise and well-written review does a great job highlighting the main features of the c5899, describing it as “one sweet multi-tool.” Here’s a breakdown of what makes this tool special:
Cold weather does not mean the end to outdoor fun. The winter season can provide an exciting challenge if you love to camp because of the new experiences it provides and because it gives you a good excuse to use your camping knives and multi-tool. Snow camping requires more preparation and special equipment than camping during other weather conditions, so you’ll need to take extra precautions and take the time to prepare in order to maximize the amount of fun you will have.
Snow Camping Overview
If you are an avid collector of knives, then you probably value the condition of your collection – even your utility camping knives. A quality camping knife, however, can quickly deteriorate if used improperly. The most important thing to remember about preserving the condition of your knives is to use them only for their intended purpose.
One of the best things about going camping is the ability to get away from the cramped city and stretch out into open space. At the same time, however, when you’re camping with a group of friends, the campsite can begin to feel crowded pretty quickly – the walls of even the best tent are pretty thin.
To keep from getting under each other’s skin, and to avoid angering your neighbors, there are some basic camping etiquette guidelines you can follow:
When the summer heat sets in, there are two popular ways to find relief in the Pacific Northwest: Get thee to water, or head to the mountains. Whether you’re a hard-core climber or a casual hiker, the mountains offer plenty of recreational opportunities that allow you to take advantage of the cooler air available at higher elevations. Here’s a look at some of the top Northwest mountaintop activities to help you beat the heat:
1. Hiking and rock climbing.
Cooking while camping can be a challenge, especially when space is limited. Fortunately, you don’t need to bring your entire kitchen with you in order to eat well at the campsite; generally, the right camping knives and multi-tools can supply most of the utensils you’ll need. The following are some suggestions for simplifying your campfire cooking so you can dine heartily without overstuffing your pack.
1. Plan your meals before you leave. When space is limited, every item has to count. Carefully plan out each meal and bring only what you need. If possible, pre-measure your ingredients into re-sealable bags, organize them by meal, and group items in color-coded stuff sacks.