Layering for hiking

Layering for hiking‘There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.’ Scandinavian ProverbThe Scandinavians: they gave us ABBA, IKEA, Fisherman’s Friends, LEGO, Lisbeth Salander and the exquisitely bonkers World Wife-Carrying Championship. For our money, however, the best thing to ever come out of the lands of our Nordic neighbours is the above proverb, which just about sums up … Read more

How to pack a backpack

How to pack a backpack Contents How to pack a backpackFirst things first: do a gear-checkPrioritization: how to use the ‘zone’ systemStash your ‘biggies’ in the bottomThe central well: the core of your kitUp top for fast unloadingCompartmentalizing within your compartmentsBalancing the beast: how to keep your load levelLoading your pack for different activitiesBackpackingMountaineeringDay-hikesFinal words… … Read more

How to canoe camp

How to canoe camp Contents How to canoe campHow does canoe camping differ from backpacking?How do I plan a route?What camping equipment should I bring on a canoe trip?What’s your goal for the trip?What should I wear?How do I pack my boat?How do I portage my canoe?What if the boat capsizes?How to have a great … Read more

Joshua Tree Camping – A Camper’s Guide

Joshua Tree National Park is an awe-inspiring 800,000-acre landscape that gets its name from the beautiful Joshua Trees that dot the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The east side of the park is dominated by the lowland Colorado desert that is known for its spiky bushes and prickly cacti. The west side contains the highland Mojave ... Read more

Best Yosemite Campgrounds

The majestic Yosemite National Park is located along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California. This mind-boggling 1,200 square mile park is larger than 29 countries by land area! This awe-inspiring wilderness is renowned for its world-class rock climbing along imposing granite cliff faces, high-elevation waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, and ... Read more

Best 4 Person Tent – Buyer’s Guide

When purchasing a new tent there are a number of things that need to be considered – price, material of the tent, protection against the elements, durability of the tent material, various features of the tent, design, pole material, stake strength, and difficulty to assemble (to name but a few). Thankfully, there’s no reason for you … Read more

Starved Rock Camping – Top 10 Activities

Starved Rock CampingStarved Rock State Park is the most beautiful park in the state of Illinois.  If you’re thinking of camping in the park there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied – we’ve listed our top 10 below. The park has 18 canyons which are the central features that draw people en mass to … Read more