Month: July 2014

Protect Yourself: Outdoor Certifications

Playing in the outdoors in fun and enjoyable, but it is also quite risky. Ensuring that you are being safe and playing safe is key in preventing unnecessary injury or accident. As the outdoor world continues to grow, the number of accidents is increasing day by day. The best way to protect yourself is to […] Read more…

2, 3, and 4 Season Tents

There’s no question that tents come in every shape and size. A lot of this differentiation comes from the season the tent is designed to be used for. Tent manufacturers design tents for 2 seasons: spring and summer; 3 seasons: spring, summer, and fall; or 4 seasons: year round camping. Here’s a quick bread down […] Read more…

How to Care for Your Sleeping Bag

Proper storage, cleaning and care of your sleeping bag can increase its shelf life exponentially. With proper care, a good synthetic sleeping bag should last you at least 7-10 years, and a down sleeping bag should last even longer. Here’s a quick break down on how to properly take care of your sleeping bags! Storage […] Read more…

Washing Waterproof Clothing

If you’re anything like me, your rain gear smells. And I don’t mean it has an odor, or that it’s fairly pungent. I’m talking about that 45 day old, blood, sweat and mud smell that your raingear gets after a good long trip. It’s the kind of smell that isn’t obvious, and it’s not identifiable, but […] Read more…

Collecting Safe Drinking Water

There is no argument that water, and proper hydration is the most fundamentally important aspect to a successful trip in the back country. Without proper hydration any number of health and safety issues will quickly arise. Physically, stomach pains, headaches, muscle cramps and fatigue are all common factors, and mentally, people show signs of dehydration […] Read more…

The Oldest Mountains: The Appalachian Mountains

Every year, throughout my various travels, I make it a point to spend some time in the Appalachian Mountains. Formed over 480 million years ago, the Appalachian Mountain Range, is the oldest mountain range in the world and has a geological span ranging from as far south as Georgia, and as far north as Newfoundland, Canada.  While […] Read more…

Campgear.com Camping Checklist

Provided is a general camping checklist of items to consider when camping. Certain items may be optional depending on your specific activities and weather expectations. Not every item is required for every trip.    Outdoor Necessities Shelter Sleeping Gear Camp Kitchen Hiking / Backpacking Kayaking / Canoeing / SUP Clothing Personal Items Repair Kit  First […] Read more…

The Backcountry Essentials : 13 Essential Items

I spend a lot of time in the wilderness, a whole lot of time. On average over the past 10 years, I run about 80-120 days a year with varying activities and intensity. Generally, I’m traveling for weekend trips, or day hikes, but I do a handful of 10+ day runs and usually one or […] Read more…