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: Does anybody knows great places for camping?
I’m planning to go camping with my family and I need to pick a great camping spot. Does anybody knows any great camping places that are near the lake?
Does anybody knows great camps in WAshinghton that are near the lakes?
Answer by kavekarst
There are no great lakeside camping places in Washington.
All look like they’ve been occupied recently by folks that did
not pick up all their litter, the restrooms get cleaned twice daily
if you’re lucky (Hong Kong cleans public toilets every two hours),
and you’re going to have noisy neighbors at all hours. Dry Falls
in Central Washington is a good example. It is a worthwhile
visit, scenic, but camping is not a great experience. Even the
offshore Marine Parks like Clark Island or Patos are over-used.
If I were to send reader anyplace the latter two have lots of water
and absolutely no SUV traffic.
Question: What to bring on a school indoor camping trip?
I’m going on a Leadership Indoor Camping Trip with my school next week, and they didn’t give us a list of things to bring. I know that it is classified as “Indoor camping” because we will be staying in bunks and there are indoor bathrooms. What do you bring when you go camping with school?
Answer by staggmovie
I would denfily would want to bring a change of clothes, and maybe some snacks as long as your school approves of them. Can’t forget the s’mores, but since you are staying inside of the school, and in less they have a fire ring outside of the school, and in less they let you go outside, I don’t know how you will be able to roast the marshallows. I bet that you wouldn’t want to bring a tent, but maybe sleeping bag. But maybe if I were you, I would ask the person that is charge of this indoor camping trip, ideas of what to bring. But maybe some books, or music if you get bored.
Question: What keeps you from wanting to go camping?
I’m doing some quick research on outdoor activities, more specifically camping. I want to know the reasons why people choose not to go camping.
Answer by MountainMan
Work. When I am at work, I am not allowed to go camping. Camping also takes hours of preparation to plan for changes in weather, food supply, and deciding where to go.
Question: Good beaches to go tent camping in San Diego?
My boyfriend and I are planning to drive to SD from phx to go tent camping on a beach for a weekend. I have tried to look up beaches in San Diego to camp but so many around LA pop up and that is too far a drive for us. I would seriously love any recommendations of camp sites that have an ocean view-not a bay- from anyone to make my search easier! Thanks!
Answer by chris w
The drive from phx to la is shorter than you think, Google map your route, however forget camping at so cal beaches this year as all are reservations only and were booked up completely 6 months ago. To try and get reservations go to these two web sites,