Mountain and rock climbing is one of the most exciting and exhilarating outdoor sports. It’s no wonder that so many have taken up climbing. Experienced climbers know that there are safety concerns associated with climbing. Ignoring safety can lead to injury and even fatality. While it’s true that it is important to inspect gear and make sure it’s up to par, safety is even more than that.
First off, let others know where you’re going to be climbing and when you’re supposed to return. Follow your planned route; if you deviate and get lost then no one will know where you are. Cell phones won’t work where you’ll be going. You should always bring someone with you when you climb but this does not negate the advice to let people know where you’ll be.
Once you’re there don’t try to be a daredevil and leave your ego at home. The professionals know that you should always rule on the side of safety. If something looks too dangerous then don’t do it. Showing off will result in nothing but possible injury and hospitalization.
Know your physical limits and be aware of the terrain. Pulled tendons and ligaments and injuries from falling rocks are some of the most common injuries. If you’ve never climbed in a certain area seek advice from others who have experience with the location.
Awareness is another key to safety. Be aware of your environment including the weather and the physical factors of the terrain. Ensure rocks are secure and handholds are correctly assessed. Know who you are climbing with and know their experience and level of expertise. Leave arguments and attitudes behind; fights and confrontations will only lead to distracting you and making you less focused.
Communication is very important and goes both ways. You need to be clear when you say something and you need to listen carefully when a fellow climber says something to you. Know you’re hand signals and review them before you begin your climb.
Climbing is a strenuous activity and you need to be fit enough to climb before you even go to the climbing location. If you are overweight consider using a product like Nutrisystem (Nutrisystem Coupons) to help get you into shape. It’s tough to climb when you are carrying extra pounds with you. Don’t go climbing if you feel under the weather or you’re recovering from a previous injury. Before endeavoring on a climb perform some stretches so your muscles won’t be stiff and will be more prepared for the strain of climbing.
Climbing is an uplifting activity and some even say it’s a religious experience. Safety is a major concern so prepare for your climb, make sure you are physically able and be aware of your surroundings.
One of the most fun times you can have while camping is cooking for the group. Cooking is generally done over a fire or on a grill. You should bring foods that are easy to store and keep fresh. You should include snacks for the trail as well as foods to prepare for each meal. Perishable items should be stored in a refrigerator or in a cooler on ice.
Make sure to make a list of everything you need and print it out. I always use a 4inkjets coupon to save on ink.
Start your day off right with a breakfast that will get you ready for a day of hiking or exploring. Slice up some mushrooms, onions, bacon and potatoes and grill in a skillet over the fire until done. Mix eggs with a little milk and pour over the mixture to heat until the eggs are fully cooked. This is a great skillet meal that is easy to prepare and clean up. Another easy meal to prepare is a breakfast taco. Cook some eggs and place inside a tortilla with cheese and picante sauce. If you feel a bit more adventurous, try a breakfast pizza using pre made crusts and eggs. You can cook the eggs any way you like them and add bacon, potatoes or sausage. Heat the pizza crusts over the fire and top with your egg mixture and cheese.
Keep lunch simple and easy to prepare and clean up so you get back to your adventures. Sandwiches are a great lunchtime treat using easy to store and prepare foods. Sliced lunch meats with vegetables on bread make the perfect pick me up. For a hot side dish to accompany the sandwiches take some frozen French fries, chili and cheese sauce; combine them in foil, wrapping it tightly. Throw the package on the fire and cook until the fries are cooked through and then enjoy your gooey chili cheese fries.
Dinner consisting of a hearty stew is a great option. Using canned vegetables, mix equal parts of your favorites in a heavy pot. These can include corn, peas and beans. Also add a can of chunk chicken and pre made barbecue pork. Add two cans of tomato sauce and two cans of chopped tomatoes and simmer slowly over an open fire for a filling stew. If you went fishing and were lucky enough to make a catch, fry it for dinner. After cleaning the fish, cut it into fillets. Combine one can of beer with two eggs until thoroughly mixed. To that add twelve ounces of flour, two teaspoons of baking powder and salt and pepper to taste. Dip the fish in cornstarch then the batter. Place it in hot oil and fry until the batter puffs. This is a great way to enjoy the efforts put forth after a day of fishing.
No camping trip is complete without snacks to prepare and bring while you are out on a nature hike. Walking and hiking is hard work so you should bring some foods that will help boost your energy. Popcorn popped over an open flame is a fun way to prepare the next day’s snack. Trail mix is a traditional option and is limited to only your imagination. Use a combination of hearty ingredients with sweets. Combine granola, raisins, chocolate chips, M & M’s, cereal, dried fruits and nuts. Use whatever combinations you like.
My favorite camping meals though, are made with pudgie pie makers (also called pie irons). They are made of cast iron or metal and have long handles. Our family uses pudgie pie makers to meal delicious treats for lunch and dinner. Bread is the staple ingredient in making a pudgie pie. My favorite is grilled cheese. To make one, butter two slices of bread. Place the buttered side down in the pudgie pie maker. This will prevent the bread from sticking. Place a cheese slice on top of each slice of bread. Close the pudgie pie maker. Place in the coals of your campfire. It will only take a few minutes for the pie to cook. Turn the pie maker after about a minute. Watch your sandwich closely. Depending on how hot your fire is, the sandwich will cook very quickly. Ham and tomato are also very good additions to your cheese sandwich.
Pizza pudgie pies are popular with our family too. Again, butter two slices of bread and place the buttered side down in the pudgie pie maker. Add your favorite pizza toppings (ours are canned pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese). Close the pudgie pie maker and place in the coals of your campfire to cook. Be careful when removing pudgie pies from your pudgie pie maker. Both the pudgie pie maker and your sandwich will be very hot.
Another favorite type of pudgie pie that our family enjoys are dessert ones. Butter your two slices of bread and place the buttered sides down in the pudgie pie maker. Spoon in some of your favorite prepared pie filling (cherry or apple are our favorites). Cook in the fire and enjoy.
And of course, no camping trip is complete without making smores. They’re also very easy to make. Start by roasting a marshmallow over your fire. Once your marshmallow is warm and gooey, stick it on top of a graham cracker and a piece of a chocolate bar, and then top with another graham cracker.
Cooking while camping can really be a lot of fun. Preparing foods should be easy and require little clean up and use few pots and pans. At the end of the night, though, no camping trip would be complete without toasting marshmallows. Cut some branches and skewer large marshmallows. Hold each stick over the flame until brown and toasty. It makes a great, gooey dessert and an ideal end to your day.
Question: Can someone suggest a good personal gps unit for hiking and kayaking?
I am looking for a personal gps unit for hiking and kayaking. I saw one not too long ago that works very very simply. You turn it on and mark your position when starting out and it tells you how to get back. That’s all it does. It is meant to be worn on a jacket zipper or a lanyard. Can someone tall me where to find it or suggest something else? Thanks in advance.
Answer by garmin handheld gps
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Question: What’s the biggest state park / hiking trail in or around Maryland?
All of the hiking trails and parks I know of are very small and close to busy roads. Doesn’t really feel like nature. Where can I go that would actually remove me somewhat from civilization?
Answer by ALL
I was following your question for a couple days in hopes of getting info myself. Since no one answered so far, I just say I know of a couple nice places but I’m not sure if they’re big enough for you.
1. Oregon Ridge in Hunt Valley, MD. Nice with hills.
2. McKeldin area in Marriottsville , MD
Both the above are good for 1-2 hour hikes (maybe 3-5 miles depending on how many side trails you take)
3. If these aren’t big enough, you can head on out to the Catoctin Mountain Park. There are many miles of trails out there.
Question: What Are Things Needed For A Camping Trip?
I’m planning a camping trip with some friends, and family. Please put the number by the answer to the question your answering. We’re going camping for 3 days.
1.) What types of food should we take, and how much?
2.) What do we need besides a couple tents?
3.) What is something I should consider?
Answer by Leslie
1 hot dogs marsh mellows , Ramon noodles,bread buns beans etc anything that does not require refrigeration and of course water what you think is enough for 3 days
2 sleeping bags extra warm blanket a tarp to put over the tent in the event of rain, a couple changes of clothes and a sweater
3 consider that there may be wild life and take appropriate precautions , be prepared for foul weather, make sure any fire you use is completely out before leaving it, pick up and carry out any garbage you create, bring toilet paper as there may not be washrooms,
4 above all enjoy yourself and create awesome memories with your friends and family
Question: Can someone tell me some fun things to do in the brooklyn area for a 13 year old?
Answer by Sprinter
I lived in Brooklyn when I was 13 and it’s full of neat things to do. The Brooklyn Public Library main branch on Grand Army Plaza has an incredible assortment of books and kept me entertained for hours at a time. Prospect Park, a one-minute walk from the library, is a tremendously diverse and entertaining place. My friends and I used to go “mountain climbing” then (before we had ever seen real mountains). When I was 13, I was into photography and there are all kinds of things to photograph around Brooklyn. Start at the Brooklyn Museum, a few blocks from Grand Army Plaza. Then follow Fort Hamilton Parkway (I did it on a bicycle at 13) to 69th Street (the street signs call it Bay Ridge Avenue) and follow 69th Street to the pier. You can photograph the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from there. Follow Shore road to 101st Street and pass under the Verazanno Bridge. Go back up to Fort Hamilton Parkway and see a huge cannon that defended NY harbor from attack by the British after the War of 1812. Then folow Fort Hamilton Parkway downtown a few blocks to see a church where Robert E. Lee was among the better known active members when he was a young Army officer at Fort Hamilton. Enjoy!