Thursday, March 27, 2008

Camping and Kids

How to take the kids camping, lets go camping. With those few simple words you are instantly a hero to your children. To ensure you remain that way during the camping trip, you better make sure you have planned well and are prepared for all types of contingencies. Along with lots of snacks and back-up rain gear, bring along these activities and suggestions to keep your children occupied and happy while camping.
Scavenger hunt - Depending on the age of your children this can be as simple or complicated as you would like to make it. For younger children that you want to keep close to the campsite, make sure you take a good look around before sending them off to hunt - make sure the items can be found close-by.
Nature book - Fold 5 sheets of construction paper in half and staple them together along the fold to create a nature book that your children can fill full of keepsakes. In a bag, put in a glue stick, tape, and some writing instruments and encourage them to find interesting treasures to put in the book or draw pictures of.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Starting fires with a mischmetal flint

Butane Lighter and Tinder
Starting fires with a mischmetal flint in a dry climate is easy, but in wet weather, you may need a cigarette lighter and some flammable helpers to get your fire going. Cotton balls covered in wax,solid backpacking stove tablets.Whistle
When you are lost in the woods, signaling for help should be a high priority. Blowing a whistle periodically requires much less energy than yelling and the high pitch sound may travel further.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Camping Tips

This is a collection of some more backpacking tips and survival techniques for camping and hiking - in the wilderness.
- Be careful with backpack stabilizing straps that cross your chest. These are supposed to keep the pack from sliding around and throwing you off balance, but if they are too tight, they don't let your chest expand enough when breathing. See if you breath more fully or easily when these are loosened.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Simple fish trap for camping

Air condition your tent. If the day is dry and hot, wet any large piece of cloth in the nearest stream and lay it over the roof of your tent. The evaporation can cool the interior of the tent by as much as ten degrees Put your tent in the shade. Just be sure that if you are using a shirt or other clothing that you'll be needing, to allow enough time before dark for it to dry completely.
In many mountain streams you can see the trout, but it's hard to catch them. Try a simple fish trap. Pound sticks into the stream bottom, and weave plant stems into them to make walls that water can go through, but not fish. Create a small corral, with a narrowing opening you can chase the fish into. Once they are there you can spear them or possibly just flip them onto the stream bank with your hands.
If you carry hand sanitizer when backpacking it can be used as a fire starter too. They are normally at least 70% alcohol, and burn easily.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Backpacking pillow

Running for the bushes? Tea made from the roots of blackberries, raspberries and their relatives can stop diarrhea. Fill the bottom of a cup with the cleaned and shredded roots and pour boiling water over them. Steep for five minutes before drinking.
Lost your pack? A simple way of making a backpack is to use a jacket, if it is warm enough to get by without wearing it. Zip it up, cinch the bottom shut if it has a drawstring and tie the ends of the sleeves to each other. You can then carry things in it by slinging it across your body diagonally, switching shoulders from time to time.
Want an backpacking pillow? Use a heavy-duty ziplock bag filled not too full with air. Put it inside a sweater or something else soft for comfort.Camping and the outdoors.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Start a fire in a cold climate camping tip

Want to start a fire in a cold climate? Look for sap oozing out of pine, spruce and fir trees. This can be broken off in chunks if frozen, or scraped off with a stick. It burns for quite a while, even when wet, making it excellent for fire starting.
Run out of aspirin? Cover the bottom of a cup with shredded willow bark, and make tea with it. Allow it to steep for a few minutes before you drink it. Willow bark contains salicin, closely related to salacylic acid, which is used to make aspirin. You can also try chewing on a few balsam poplar buds, which also may have some salicin in them.
Frozen water bottles can be a problem when backpacking in winter. Unless you are getting cold, try carrying your water bottle inside your clothing somewhere.