Archive for May, 2011

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Camping

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The summer heat can not only be uncomfortable while camping, it can also be dangerous. Heat stroke and dehydration are the two major potential consequences of not adequately protecting yourself from the heat. As your body heats up, it evaporates to cool itself down. If you do not consume an adequate amount of water, dehydration and heat stroke can ensue. Drinking an ample amount of water on all days, especially those spent in the outdoor heat, is of the utmost importance.

A good rule of thumb to follow which indicates you are drinking enough water is the color of your urine. The lighter the color, the better. If you notice your urine is a bold, dark yellow, you are not drinking enough water. You should always have water on hand when camping outdoors. Do not embark on a camping or hiking trip without first securing an adequate water source. You may also avoid drinking caffeinated sodas. These are not a water replacement. Caffeine is a diuretic which removes water from your body. It should be avoided on hot summer days when your body needs every bit of water it can get.

Alcohol and camping go hand in hand for many people. That’s perfectly fine, but be aware that alcohol dehydrates the body and heightens the chance of heat stroke. Alcohol should be avoided in the heat with the sun blistering down. But if you insist on drinking, alternate a large serving of water in between every alcoholic beverage to remain hydrated. A better idea, if you insist on drinking, is to do so in the evening when it’s cooler out. Remember, not only is alcohol not a replacement for water, but it actually necessitates even more water. So if you would normally drink 6 glasses of water on a typical day, you probably need to increase that number to 10-12 on a day that includes drinking alcohol. Be prepared to urinate frequently!

The next thing to consider for preparing for the summer heat is clothing. Layers are your friend when it comes to clothing on a summer camping trip. Pack lots of light-weight garments that are light in color and breathable. You’ll need several changes of clothes to help you stay dry throughout the day. In the evening as the temperature cools off, it’s helpful to have several thin layers you can add to stay comfortable. Thin fleece jackets and lightweight sweatshirts are helpful in this regard. A hat is another crucial piece of camping clothing. Protect yourself from sun exposure and decrease heat stroke likelihood by wearing a hat.

Finally, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and bug protection. SPF protection is a must for everyone spending significant time outdoors. The sun’s UV rays do not discriminate and will ruin anyone’s camping trip by giving them a bad sunburn. For bug protection, you can use topical sprays and/or bug repellent candles. Long sleeved clothing will help protect you from being bitten by mosquitoes at night. Apply bug repellent to all exposed skin except the face.

Be prepared and your camping trip will be a blast!

Some Camping Spots to Check Out This Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Summer is a great time to head north for some camping! Who wants to go to Canada or Alaska to camp in the winter? No one. But in the summer, not only are those areas fair game, but they also house some of the most picturesque and rewarding camping locations in all of North America! Canadian Rocky Mountains If you want to camp in one of the most scenic settings in the world, head to the Canadian Rocky Mountains! You will likely find yourself in either British Columbia or Alberta when planning a Canadian Rocky Mountains trip. There are opportunities for more organized, formal camping including tours complete with canoe trips, hikes, rafting, and mountain biking included. Of course, there is always the option to rough-it and be self-sufficient out in the woods among the bears, deer, and elk. Stay in a provincial or national park and enjoy easy access to nearby villages and other amenities like helicopter shuttle to the glaciers. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are a camper's paradise where just about everyone's ideal camping trip is ready to be planned and enjoyed during the summer which is the perfect season to go san francsico rafting. If you're planning on taking a trip to Canada, you can get your visa quick and easy through Canada e VisaAlaska Head north to America's great treasure waiting to be discovered: Alaska. There are 663,000 almost entirely uninhabited square miles of Alaskan wilderness to discover. That's more than twice the size of Texas for some perspective! Fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks which are both serviced by many major airlines or make the long drive through Canada – it's some 48 hours from Seattle to Anchorage – to start your Alaskan camping excursion. The real jewel of the Last Frontier is Denali National Park. The word Denali means "the high one" in the native Athabaskan language. Denali refers to what we know better as Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in all of North America.

Enjoy breath-taking views when staying in Denali. To give some perspective on this great national treasure: Denali National Park is only barely smaller than the state of Massachusetts in terms of total area. There are dozens of camping options and amenities within Denali National Park itself. If you're lucky, you may get to spot a grizzly bear during your time in Denali. Just don't get too close! Montana With an average of only 6.2 residents per square mile, Montana is a camper's treasure trove. Montana offers a diverse range of landscapes. The Rocky Mountains run through western Montana. The eastern side of the state is flatter and features more prairies. Camp at the Beartooth Plateau and you'll be staying on the largest continuous land mass above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. Stay at Glacier National Park, also referred to as "The Crown of the Continent", and fish in one over 130 lakes. Don't forget to tour the glaciers while you're there! Finally, check out Yellowstone National Park while in Montana. While most Yellowstone resides in Wyoming, about 3% of it is in Montana.