Friday, November 30, 2007

Tea of boiled juniper needles

If you have to cross streams with your shoes on, at least remove your socks. This way you'll soak up a lot less water. You can put the socks back on when you have hiked a few minutes on the other side of the stream, and your feet will dry much faster than if you had worn the socks in the water too.
Need an emergency disinfectant? A strong tea of boiled juniper needles and twigs can be used to sterilize things.
Mashed potato flakes are not only convenient by themselves, but can be used to thicken a soup if you have added too much water.More backpacking tips

Monday, November 26, 2007

Wilderness survival tips

Small resealable plastic bags are great for carrying things like sun block, hand cream, toothpaste and even spices for cooking. The smallest ones can be found in the craft section of department stores. Milkweed down is the seed fluff of the milkweed plant. It is similar to goose down in appearance and insulating value. The seeds are easily stripped off, and when fluffed up you can fill a couple bread bags with the "down" for instant warm mittens. Just insert your hands and tuck the ends of the bags into your sleeves or rubber band them to your wrists.
Never store a tent wet. Tent makers will tell you that mildew eats away at the waterproof polyurethane coating. Set the tent up at home to dry before putting it away.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Backpacking tips wilderness survival

You can make a cheap closed-cell foam sleeping bag pad fold up like one of the more expensive ones. Cut it across, halfway through, every foot or so, alternating sides. It should fold up nicely, accordion-style. I have used mine repeatedly this way without them breaking. Folded up, the pad can also be used to stiffen the back of a frameless pack.
If you run into cold weather unprepared, you can use the seed head fluff from cattail plants to insulate your jacket. Watch for the stalks with their fluffy heads in wet areas. Put a layer of this fluff between your sweater and your jacket, and you'll effectively turn it into a winter coat.
To keep certain items from sliding down to the bottom of your pack , put them in a small nylon pouch and safety pin the pouch to the top inside seam of the pack. Don't let the pin puncture the pack - only do this if there is enough extra material to pin to along the top seam.More backpacking tips.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hiking Boots Tip

Small shoes are painful after a long day's hike. Try boots or shoes on in the afternoon, when your feet are usually swollen a bit. When in doubt, buy hiking boots or shoes a half-size larger than you normally wear.
Zippers that are sticking or difficult can be lubricated with soap. Rub the soap along the length of the zipper, or use your fingers to work it in.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

If lost in the wilderness tips

Be prepared. Any day hike, snowshoe trip or even out-of-bounds ski trip can easily turn into an overnight adventure. Be prepared to spend the night, if not in comfort, at least in safety. An emergency blanket, a light source, extra food and water and warm clothes can help you get through an emergency overnight bivouac safely.
• Once you are sure you are lost or in need of help to get out, stay put. If you are in a group, stay together! Separating just doubles the work the searchers will need to do to get you all safely off the mountain.
Always prepare for the contingency of getting lost or stuck outside overnight (or longer). But with proper planning, you can avoid the need for rescue in the first place. Some things you can do:
• Carry and know how to use a map and compass. Use these during your hike or snowshoe outing so you are familiar with the area you are passing through. That makes it easier to navigate out should you become disoriented later.
• Carry and use a GPS device. Familiarize yourself with the unit's operation before heading out. If you store the location of the trailhead before starting your hike, its easy to use the "track-back" feature that's built into the device to find your way back to your car from any location.
• Familiarize yourself with the area before heading out. If you don't know the specific region you plan to travel, study maps before heading out, and if possible, talk with Forest Service rangers or other users to get specifics about trails and possible navigation hazards/difficulties.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tips on Backpacking book

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BackPacking conditioning tips

Key Points
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

lumberjacks toilet paper

Sleeping with your head slightly downhill will keep you a little bit warmer according to some backpackers. It can take some getting used to, however.
Out of toilet paper? Use the soft fuzzy leaves of the mullein plant also known as "lumberjacks toilet paper. Test carefully at first, as any plant can be irritating to some individuals.
You can stop nylon straps and cords from fraying further by melting ends and loose threads with a match. Be careful - molten nylon can burn fingers to the bone.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Emergency containers Birch bark Tip

One way to lighten your load is to carry high-calorie foods. If you need to have about 12,000 calories for a weekend trip, this could be any where from fifteen pounds down to four pounds, depending on the foods you select. Mixed nuts, for example, have almost twice the calories per pound that bread has. You still have to have some variety and you have to balance the weight savings with decent nutritional choices, of course.
Need emergency containers? Birch bark can be folded into many shapes and sizes. You can pin the folds with small sticks punched through the top edges of the containers. I have boiled water in such containers, and they could be used for collecting berries or other foods too.

Monday, November 5, 2007

purify water in the wilds tip

White birch bark can be easily peeled from the trunk and written on with pen, pencil or berry juice. A piece of charcoal or burnt wood can be used to write with.
If you have nothing else available, common household bleach can be used to purify water. Use about two drops per quart or liter of water - that's about 1/2 tablespoon for 5 gallons. Stir or shake and let it sit for thirty minutes or longer. Double the dosage for murky or questionable water.
If any of your damp clothes haven't dried by morning, wear them - unless it is too cold. They will dry quickly once you start hiking. This is generally safer than allowing damp clothes to accumulate in your pack.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tent Pole Tip

Fats produce heat when they digest, which is why eating whale-blubber keeps Eskimos warmer. If you want to stay warmer while you sleep, eat foods that are high in fat, like corn chips, as your last meal of the day. Arctic survival course used to teach you to eat a stick of butter by itself, but there are more palatable choices.
Tent poles broken? You can usually get by with sticks if your tent has straight poles. A trekking pole may work too. Otherwise, try tying the roof up to overhead branches.
Attach a couple alligator clips to the top of your pack, and you'll always have an easy way to hang clothing to dry while you hike.Take along a small cord it can be used for all kinds of things in a emergency.