The silence of a winter evening spent in nature; the absence of camping crowds and flying insects; the chance to play in the snow. These are just a few of the many delights awaiting you in winter camping. Now we’re not here to make winter camping seem like a piece of cake—it does take quite a bit more planning than summer camping, simply because you have to take freezing cold weather into account.
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Brr! It’s chilly outside! The cold weather doesn’t stop the outdoor enthusiasts of the Pacific Norhtwest, however! Despite the low temperatures, fishing and hunting enthusiasts from all over get together to talk shop, make plans for the new year and even brave the cold to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some of the top events for December. Have fun and stay warm!
If you think Portland is nothing more than a bunch of yuppies, you haven’t met the staff at Trackers Earth. Trackers Earth, formally Trackers NW, is an organization based in Portland, Ore., that is part outdoor education program, part wilderness survival program, part environmental activist group, and part sustainable living collective.
Corvallis residents can rest easy this week after USDA Wildlife Services officials caught and euthanized a 46-pound cougar that had recently deemed a threat to human health and safety.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released a new pamphlet titled “Frogs are Cool: Facts About Frogs for Kids,” an informative and fun flyer aimed at raising awareness of the many endangered and sensitive species of frogs native to Oregon.
There are 16 species of frogs native to Oregon, and many are recognized as Oregon State Sensitive species, meaning they have small or declining populations. ODFW hopes the new frog awareness campaign will help kids and adults alike recognize and protect the protected species.
Apparently, American sports giant NASCAR is planning on expanding its fan base and increasing customer loyalty. In a recent report, the racing organization is said to be preparing to launch up to 500 branded camping grounds over the next decade. In fact, 13 are planned to be constructed this spring.
NASCAR fans are avid campers, with some numbers estimating that over 60 percent are RVers, said Robert Moser, chief executive of NASCAR RV Resorts and co-owner of Morgan RV resorts. “It’s a perfect fit.”
Everyone always discusses what you need to pack on a camping trip, but when’s the last time you heard someone tell you what not to bring? Knowing what to leave at home can add just as much success to your trip as knowing what to bring with you. Below, you’ll find the three things I think shouldn’t grace your pack.
1) Portable electronic devices. Ipods, laptops, video games, cell phones — whatever. In my mind, the idea of camping is to get away from the complexities of life, and that includes technology. Nature has a plethora of sights, smells, and sounds that you won’t get to experience with earbuds crammed into your head or your eyes glued to an LCD screen. Instead, enjoy the Great Outdoors and the company of the people around you.
Often an exciting added element to camping can be using an unimproved campsite. Many campgrounds offer amenities like fire pits, tent pads, electric and water, even bathrooms, but an unimproved campsite offers little-to-nothing. For beginners looking to expand their camping experience, learning to “rough it” in a basic campsite can be quite the adventure.
I actually read a helpful article that introduced me to the idea of unimproved campsite camping. It provides a brief overview of what it is and what beginners will need. I’ve added some of my own recommendations below.