Motion Sickness – a “handy” remedy 3

Motion Sickness - a
Feeling Queasy Are you planning a trip this summer that requires traveling along twisty roads? Our last trip involved traveling on North Carolina Rt 80, a mountainous road in the Black Mountain region. NC 80 is a lesser traveled road near the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway filled with spectacular scenery. As the passenger, I was frustrated ...

Comparing Backpacking Stoves 1

Comparing Backpacking Stoves
Many lightweight backpackers carry alcohol stoves, while some ultralights won’t bother carrying a stove at all. For the rest of us, here are some considerations to keep in mind if you need to purchase a stove: Cost. Consider the long-term cost of owning the stove by factoring in the cost on a per use basis. ...

Camp Food Preparation Tips 2

Camp Food Preparation Tips
You are excited about your upcoming backpacking trip, but struggling with the food preparation. You would rather be planning the route instead of the food. Backpacking food calls for considerable preparation. A menu must be decided, the food purchased, ingredients dehydrated, quantities carefully measured, the meals rationed, sealed into plastic bags, and labeled with cooking ...

How to pick a good campsite 3

How to pick a good campsite
Land Features Inaccessibility to the Location: If you want to enjoy a peaceful camping experience, you have to get at least a mile away from any roads or parking lots. Doing so will eliminate any vehicle camping sites, which is best if you want a natural wilderness experience. Statistically, you will be much safer when camping away from parking ...

Top 4 Useful Knots 2

Top 4 Useful Knots
Here are 4 knots you need to know – especially if you participate in outdoor activities such as backpacking, boating, climbing, and caving. Knot tying is a useful skill for various applications, from securing gear to saving a life. These four are particularly useful and easy to learn!   1. Bowline Knot The bowline received ...

Feeling Grimy? Grab Dr. Bronners Soap 2

Feeling Grimy? Grab Dr. Bronners Soap
Grubby fingers? Foul breath? Food bits stuck in your teeth? Soiled Dishes? Backpacking without soap can leave you feeling uncomfortable and grimy.  Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 organic hemp castile soap solves all these problems.  We love this stuff – it is naturally scented, completely organic, biodegradable, highly concentrated, and serves a multitude of uses. Use Sparingly ...