Question: What should a teenage girl bring along on a family camping trip?
I know the basics for the general camping list. But what should a teenage girl being to keep herself occupied during down time?
Answer by evil cupcake Jesus
Evil Cupcake Jesus’s phone number.
Question: How old should my puppy be before I take him hiking?
I have a 5-month-old pit bull, he’s about 35 pounds. I’d like to take him hiking with me at the lake on the weekends but I don’t want to overwork him since he’s still growing.
Answer by Luke
Pit bull huh? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdXesX6mYUE
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Question: What color cap should I wear when hiking?
I am thinking about going hiking in an area near some hunting grounds. I did this once before and was told to wear an orange hat. I know that hunters wear red and yellow since animals can’t see them but fellow hunters can. So what color hat can I wear when hiking near hunting grounds? Should I wear a lighter or darker shade of this color?
Answer by BPMorais
If i were you I’d use the same kind of hat as the hunters =)
Question: What precautions against wildlife should I take while hiking in Texas brushland?
I will be travelling to the Texas panhandle next week for work, and likely doing some minor hiking through rural fields/brushland? What should I do to keep myself safe from local wildlife…including rattlesnakes and scorpions?
Answer by PLANETHARD
Question: Where should i start a one year camping trip in California?
I am planning on taking a bus to California by Dec., taking only camping gear, and seeing what happens. I plan on finding some work before leaving, but i will leave work or no work. I would like to rough it for at least a year, where is a good location for me to start out? Provided I have little to no knowledge of the area and only what is strapped to my back.
Answer by Edwina W
if your going to start in the winter…start in the SOUTH.
Summer start in the North. But what ever you do Go TO YOEMITE and plan to stay at the very least a week NO MATTER what time of year it is. Great camping and hiking, rafting, bikes, etc.
Question: What features should I look for in a hiking shoe?
I want to buy quality hiking shoes for moderate to difficult hiking trails and I am totally lost. There so much selection of material, thread, cushion and whatnot… What features are the most important for comfort & safety? What brands should I look at? Is it a good idea to order them online?
Answer by guitar4peace
It almost depends on what area of the country you are living/hiking in. For wet areas I recommend leather boots with Gore-tex. I hike daily for my job as a forester and boots are the most important things I own. I am a big fan of the brand Vasque, but also like Merril and Montrail. You need comfort, support, and traction. I recommend going to an outdoors store and trying on a few pairs to get the right sizing and to find a model that feels the best to you. Then if you’d like find them online, sometimes they can be found cheaper. Just for your information the best hiking sandal I have found is Chaco. I am completely in love with them.
Question: What brand / type of hiking sock should I purchase for a hiking trip through the rainforest during August?
I am going on a long day hike in the el yunque rainforest in August and would like to find a hiking sock that is breathable, but supportive enough to be comfortable. Does anyone have any experience with a particular brand which works well in very high humidity?
Answer by bamavol
winter or summer, I wear merino wool socks with polyester liner sock underneath
they keep my feet more comfortable than anything else I’ve ever tried
cotton is definitely NOT the way to go
Smartwool, Fox River, and L.L. Bean are the brands I prefer
I know wearing wool socks in hot, humid conditions sounds weird but my feet like it
Question: what should I bring for a summer hiking trip in europe?
I am planning a hiking camping trip in Europe in the late spring and early summer. I plan to travel around and see both beaches and mountains.
I need both city clothes and hiking/camping stuff.
What should I bring?
Answer by LauraC
You will, of course need to concentrate on the basics: food, shelter and clothing. That being said, you will also want to keep your load as light as possible. You should always carry the hiking 10 essentials to provide for your safety and comfort in case an injury or delay leaves you on the trail longer than you expected. For a description of everything you need in ultralight weight, see the website below.
Question: What hiking and camping gear should I buy?
Ok here’s the scoop…
I want to get into hiking and camping with my wife. I currently have no gear. What should I buy? I have about $ 800 to work with. I am planning on camping through 3 seasons, spring, summer, and fall (a little in the winter perhaps). I am going to need a two person tent, his and hers sleeping bags, and his and hers backpacks. I am looking for gear that would take me on 2-4 day hikes. Should go with internal or external backpacks. What’s the difference? Is there a good rain resistant tent within my price range? I’m thinking I would want a mummy type sleeping bag. Again, not sure though. Brand names with reasons for purchasing would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Answer by WhiskeyGuy
Go to www.cabelas.com and browse around, or better yet request a catalog. It’s the best outdoors outfitter I’ve ever used. First off, since you’re talking about backpacking, you need to think lightweight. Interior/Exterior just has to do with whether the frame is inside or outside the “pack” on a backpack. To decide on which type is better fo you, go to a good sporting goods store in your area and look at them/try them on. Sleeping backs should definately be the “mummy” style bags. They are around $ 100 each, but are very lightweight and can handle moderately cold weather (sleeping bags will have a rating in degrees to how cold it can get and you can still rely on the sleeping bag). They can also be compacted better than classic sleeping bags. Any brand in Cabela’s would be a good brand, including its own brand. Also buy you and your wife sleeping pads… they are light, compact, and your back is worth it. I like the self-inflating type, but you can also get foam ones. Again any brand in Cabela’s (this goes for all their products) is usually a good brand.
Tents are usually rated by seasons they can be used in (summer, 3-season, or all weather are popular ratings). Definately go for a dome-style tent rather than the boxier tents. Dome style tents are usually more sturdy, deflect water better, and are usually lighter. Also you’ll want one with a good rain cover that goes close to the base of the tent, and a high waterproof rating (in mms)… 1,500mm waterproof ratings are pretty good. Also, pay attention to weight. Aluminum weighs less than fiberglass, but costs more also. A two person tent probably weighs around 15 lbs, and you and your wife can split this weight (she takes tent, you poles) or you can pack it yourself, but weight is the largest factor (besides neccesities) when hiking.
Alright, now that we have the major equipment out of the way, here are some neccessities.
-First Aid Kit and maps or knowledge of area, or GPs
-Flashlight w/extra batteries and lantern would be nice
-Good all-purpose knife/survival knife
-water purification pump AND purification pills… start out with at least 1/2 gallon of water each
-Waterproof matches AND waterproof lighter (just in case)
-Lightweight stove. Sporting good store can recommend good ones for backpacking.
-Food: lightweight, non-perishables, such as top ramen, energy bars, canned food, chocolate. Fatty foods are good to have in the woods since you will be burning a lot of calaries. They say one of the best things you can eat if your lost is butter. You may burn 3,000 or more calaries a day, so don’t try to go on a diet right then. I recommend some type of powder flavoring for water… it doesn’t always taste great when used with purification pills.
-Dish soap, eating utensils and backpacking pots. They usually come in a nice kit that doesn’t take up much space. Look on Cabela’s or at a sporting goods store.
-Permits. You usually have to get permits to camp in public parks/Forest Service land. You go to the closest Forestry office to pick these up. These are important if for no other reason than if you don’t come back when your family expects you, they know where to start looking.
-Clothes that can be layered, gloves, beanies, good hiking boots and tennis shoes if you dont mind the extra weight (for camp).
-Cell phone or handheld CB at least
-Camera (for obvious reasons)
-Rope(hang your food away from camp so predators dont get into it).
There’s probably more that I am missing, but those are the most important. The most important thing to do when going camping is to tell at least two responsible people you know where you’re going, and give them a timeframe for coming back. Also I recommend you both take a First Aid Course… they are usually free and something could go wrong quickly (although unlikely) in the forests… snake bite, broken leg, heat stroke, hyperthermia, bear attack, drinking bad water (always purify or boil for five minutes… & retrieve from running water source. If impossible to purify, find area where water is “falling”… it’s usually cleanest there).
I’m not trying to scare you away and you guys will probably have a blast, but definately be prepared.
Question: What are the Most important camping supplies you should bring on a tenting trip?
I don’t have much room I have to fit all my gear, camping pillow, tent, and a sleeping bag, on to the back of a motorcycle! What are the most important things I should pack for the trip!
Answer by Joe P