Posts Tagged ‘Camping’

Remedies for the Rainy Weekend Blues

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Well, Labor Day weekend is finally here in typical Northwest form — wet and raining. It’s Saturday morning, and I’m sitting at my computer when I should be enjoying the Oregon coast. Unfortunately, the impending weather forecast scared me into staying home. As a result, I’m potentially missing my last opportunity to enjoy summer camping before fall hits in full force. Still, I don’t want to let this bad weather ruin my whole weekend, so I’ve brainstormed a few remedies to help cure my Rainy Weekend Blues.

1) I fully plan on pitching my tent inside this weekend. I figure, once I’m inside my tent I won’t know the difference anyway, except for the fact that I’ll be falling asleep to the sound of cars instead of crickets.


What makes you a camper?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Normally, I subscribe to the perspective that everyone is uniquely different, but when it comes to camping, people may be more similar than I originally thought. According to some informal research by David Sweet, an experienced camping blogger, there is such a thing as a “typical camper.” I was skeptical at first, but then I found myself nodding my head as I read his conclusions.

After surveying his readers with a series of polls, he put together the following description: (more…)

The 3 Lessons I Learned Camping

Monday, August 31st, 2009

My wife and I just spent the last week camping in Oregon/Idaho along the Snake River. In addition to great weather and good times, we learned a few valuable lessons — the hard way.

#1) Pack sunblock. Normally, when I think of camping, I envision dense forests with ample shade. Last week, other than the Snake, we didn’t have much to cool us down or protect us from the sun. Needless to say, I may be uncharacteristically red as I type this.


Essential Camping Gear: The Ipod Touch?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

It appears Apple is attempting to broaden its target market by appealing to outdoor enthusiasts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can embrace certain technological advances within the realms of camping and hiking — like LED light technology or new knife innovations – but accepting the Ipod as a potentially useful item in the outdoors went a little too far for me.

Apparently, there are a number of applications available on the Ipod Touch that are tailored to the outdoorsmen. Some of the suggested applications or uses include: (more…)

Solar-Powered Camping Tent

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Apparently, Orange is the new “Green” — sort of. Orange, a subsidiary of the French Telecom Group, and American partner Kaleidoscope, are currently developing The Orange Solar Concept Tent, a solar-powered tent (left) that would allow campers to utilize electronic equipment in the Great Outdoors. Slightly counter-intuitive and somewhat defeating the purpose of camping, the concept is undeniably intriguing and “cool,” if you will.

The tent is based off two previous models, the Orange Solar Tent trialed at Glastonbury in 2003 and 2004’s Orange Text Me Home Dome.


Camping 101

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Camping is for everyone. And it’s easy. All you need is the right location, the right equipment, and the right attitude.



Weekend Camping

Friday, June 12th, 2009

This summer, with a failing economy and high unemployment rate, many people are 1) going to be working as much as they can, and two) not going to have a lot of extra money to spend on extravagant summer vacations. The solution: weekend camping.

It’s as easy as loading up all your camping gear in the car or minivan, leaving a little early from work, and hitting the road with enough daylight left to reach your destination and set up camp safely. It’s perfect, really. Retreating to a great location where there’s peace and quiet, and you won’t lose an arm and a leg in the process, is the perfect solution to vacations on a small budget.


Tips for “Green” Camping

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Coast recently published an article called Simple Green Camping Tips in which they offer a number of great ideas to simplify — and “greenify” — your camping experience. Here’s a quick overview of what they recommend:

  • Bring a Tent, Not an RV. Just think of the savings on power, fuel, and water…
  • Pack Biodegradable. Specifically, find soaps and sanitizers that are safe for local wildlife and their habitats.
  • Pack Reusable. Planning on using styrofoam or paper products? Don’t. Pack the real plates, cups, napkins, etc.
  • LED Lights. LEDs are the innovation to beat these days. Brighter beams, longer life, and green, green, green.
  • Leave No Trace. In other words, treat your campsite like you would a neighbor’s home — leave it better than how you found it.