Top 10 Campgrounds in Washington State

Top 10 Campgrounds in Washington State

Top Ten Campgrounds in Washington State

Thinking of visiting Washington State this summer? Carry your favorite camping gear because you are going to get some of the best campsites around.Here is a list of my Top 10 Campgrounds Washington state has to offer. Washington is one of the best places for those who love sleeping under the stars. All you have to do is pitch your tents, build a campfire (when we can), and start enjoying your time. There are plenty of campsites in this place, but finding the best is not an easy task. This list highlights some of the best campgrounds in Washington.

If you do plan on taking an Awesome trip to one of these Parks  or Campgrounds please be prepared. Check out my other posts to help you do that here.

1. Ohanapecosh Campground – 46.7311111. 46° 43′ 52.0000″ N.

Ohanapecosh Campground provides three beautiful campgrounds located right in the heart of Mount Rainer National Park. If you need some humble getaway time in a less crowded campground, Ohanapecosh guarantees exactly that since it’s one of the most peaceful places you can visit. Apart from giving you a beautiful and friendly camping site, this spot will also expose you to the beautiful scenery of a wild river running right in the middle of the campground together with magical old-growth forests. You’ll also enjoy some hiking experience in the nature loop trail right outside the campground and see some of the biggest trees on earth.  After a long walk, treat yourself to spar experience with the bubbling waters of the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.

 

 

 

2. Moran State Park – 48.6650° N, 122.8240° W 





Moran is one of the greatest places to camp in Washington State. Located at the San Juan Islands, this place provides the best outdoor environment, and every outdoor enthusiast will love it. While at the campsite, you can climb to the top of the small mountain and treat yourself to the beautiful scenery on the Northwest Straits.

With a total of 166 campsites, there is plenty to do in this campsite, and you’ll never get bored. Get a taste of the freshwater lakes around the area or treat yourself to some humble time on the mountain lake. Hop on a ferry and go all the way to Orcas Island and find a variety of fun things to do. You can also stroll around the lake and relax your mind as you think about how you are going to spend the rest of your vacation. 

3. Colonial Creek Campground, Washington –  48.6902 N, -121.0979 W

If you love those campsites that are not yet over-utilized, then Colonial Creek located at North Cascades National Park is one of the best places you can visit. The park boasts of over 300 glaciers, 400 miles of hiking trails and 127 alpine lakes. You will never run short of things to do at this camping site. Treat your eyes to some beautiful old growth forests, go fishing, hop into a boat, or treat yourself to some mountain climbing. If you’re camping with your family, Colonial Greek is the best place to pitch your tent. It is located near the amphitheater and the interpretive center, and you will have the opportunity to experience all the fun with your family.

4. White River Campground, Washington – 46.903° N, 121.641° W.

White River, which is located in the Mount Rainer National Park, is one of the great places to enjoy some camping time. At 4,400 feet elevation, this campsite is suitable for late summer camping. Apart from the great camping experience, you get to treat yourself to a view of mountain goats, wildflowers, and the stunning Mt. Rainier. With up to 112 camping sites, you will have easy access to trails such as Wonderland Trail and the Glacier Basin Trail.

5. Kalaloch, Olympic National Park – 47.6057° N, 124.3710° W

You will never run out of things to do at the Olympic National Park. This is the best outdoor playground where you get plenty of things to do, including hiking, paddling, backpacking, among other fun things. If you want to treat yourself to some camping experience, then the Kalaloch is right inside the pack offering up to 170 campsites to choose from. You can pitch your tent anywhere you want and enjoy a silent night. If you love some oceanic view, you can walk along the oceanic stretch of the coastline, and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves.

6. Deception Pass State Park – 48°24′23″N 122°38′40″W

Deception Pass State Park stands as the most viewed camp in Washington State. The Park spans across Fidalgo and the Whidbey Islands which connects to the famous Deception Pass Bridge. You can treat yourself to a walk along the saltwater and freshwater shoreline of over 100,000 combined feet. You can also hike the 37 miles of the trails, pass through the coves, and see the wildlife cliff. Treat yourself to the West Beach Sand Dunes, the Kukutalki Preserve, and the Rosario Beach tide pools. There are a total of three campgrounds to choose from with a total of 167 tent sites. The camps start from the Bowman Bay, Cranberry and the Quarry Pond.

7. Ginkgo Petrified Forest – 46.9124° N, 119.9946° W

Ginko Petrified Forest is located near the Vantage. The forest has a wide variety of petrified trees which resulted in it being designated as a national landmark. The camp offers a unique camping environment where you can relax and spend some fun time either with friends or family. You will also treat yourself to a beautiful view of the Columbia River with more than five miles of freshwater shoreline. As if that’s not enough, the camp treats you 7,100 backcountry hiking experience. You have up to 50 campsites to choose from at the Petrified Forest as well as the Wanapum Recreational Area with options for tent and RV camping. 

8. Camp Disappointment State Park – 46.2936° N, 124.0642° W

Contrary to its name, there is nothing disappointing about this park as it only ensures you have maximum time during your camping time. This is the oldest parks in Washington State, but despite its age, it still makes it to the list of the top camping grounds in the state. You get to enjoy many activities during your stay in the camp including fishing, hiking, clamming and some lighthouse tour. The hiking trails continue to improve each year thanks to volunteers of Washington Trails Association who are dedicated to making the place a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.

9. Salt Creek Campground, Washington – 48° 9′ N, 123° 42′ 0.7” W

Salt is not only a great camping site, but it’s also a recreational area with all the amenities you need for camping and recreation. The play sports and the fields are located in the northern part of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The whale trail and the birding trail offers an exceptional wildlife view located at National Audubon Washington. You can choose to relax at the beach by Crescent Bay or go hiking, kayaking, and surfing. The campground offers up to 92 sites with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada. You can also enjoy tide pooling opportunities of the Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary.

10. Lake Wenatchee, Washington –  47.8245° N, 120.7770° W

Lake Wenatchee is another great camping site preferred by many people in Washington State with many campgrounds to choose from. You can choose to camp at Nason Creek campground which offers 73 large secluded parks where you can treat yourself to some private time. Another great place that will comfortably accommodate you and your family is the Lake Wenatchee State Park campground. There are several activities you can indulge in, including hiking, fishing, playground, and canoeing. Another great place along the lake area is Glacier View Campground which does not disappoint with up to 23 campsites with a beautiful view of the Glacier Peak.

Dont forget to check the weather and let someone know where you will be going….

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Enjoy. Relax. Have Fun.

 

 

 

Top 10 Family Tents

Top 10 Family Tents

Ever heard of a home away from home?

Nothing beats a weekend getaway to the countryside, safely tucked away in the comfort of your tent with family and friends.

As enticing as the offer of camping in the wild may look, you don’t want to go ill-prepared.  As much fun as you might have, when it is time to sleep, no one wants to be uncomfortable.

Take a look below at the amazing features of our family tents. Each one offers comfort, relaxation, and space to store your gear.

 

  1. Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent
  • Designed for fast and easy setup in minutes,
  • A ground vent and large windows for the expulsion of warm hair
  • Inverted seams and patented welded floors allow you to keep dry.
  • A rainfly attached to a door awning of the durable poly guard double-thick fabric is sure to protect campers from rain
  • A spacious inside accommodates a queen size air mattress
  • This tent has a storage pocket for your gear

The Coleman Sundome 4-Person tent comes with an e-port for inside electrical power

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  1. Coleman Evanstone Dome Tent with Screen Room
  • This very spacious tent has enough room for two queen-size airbeds
  • It requires only 15 minutes for set up because of snag-free, Insta-clip pole attachments and a continuous pole sleeve
  • A separate screened room provides more ventilation and an extra sleeping area.
  • A removable rainfly accommodates stargazing or increase sunlight through the mesh roof
  • A separate screen ensures your lodge is bug-free

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  1. Coleman Elite Montana 8-Person Tent
  • This roomy tent accommodates the entire family with space for three queen size airbeds
  • It has inverted seams with hidden needle holes and a strong windproof frame to increase weather resistance
  • This tent has a zipper cuff made of weather-resistant fabric and a waterproof floor
  • It comes with six built-in CPX LED lights for illumination when the sun goes down
  • It has an energy pack with a USB port for charging electronic devices

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  1. CORE 9-Person Extended Dome Tent
  • This wind/rainproof tent is reinforced with extra-wide heat-sealed tick tape
  • The interior spacing of the tent is increased with two additional ridge poles.
  • It comes with a secured access point to an electrical cord for passing electrical current

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  1. Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch 8-Person Camping Cabin Tent with Built-in Closet
  • This tent can conveniently house up to eight people
  • It has a hinged door for easy access and illuminated reflective guy for clear visibility at night
  • It has a room divider for added privacy and storage space for safely securing your gear
  • The built-in closet has a hanger bar and shelves which allow you to neatly arrange your clothes.
  • It is easy to pack for travel inside its carry bag.

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  1. CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
  • Setup for this tent is made easy with pre-attached telescoping poles
  • A slide T-door allows access to the tent and airflow through the windows.
  • A detachable room divider provides privacy when needed.
  • A heat-sealed seam that runs from the rainfly to the floor ensures water does not enter the tent
  • Air intake vents on the floor draw in cool air while the hot air is expelled through the mesh ceiling.
  • This tent can conveniently house nine people and their gear

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  1. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dome Tent
  • Suitable for a family of six, this tent has a large door for easy entry
  • A hooded fly allows ventilation in all weather conditions
  • Cross ventilation occurs through a rear hooded window and the mesh vent on the roof to reduce condensation
  • The corner seams are welded to protect the tent from a leaky floor
  • The fly is coated with polyester for durability and ruggedness
  • This tent holds up well during a storm and high winds.

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  1. Pacific Breeze Easy to Setup Beach Tent Deluxe XL
  • This beach tent provides an interior space to accommodate three or four people
  • An internal pocket allows you to conveniently store items.
  • This tent is composed of a durable fiberglass frame and a water-resistant PE floor
  • It is compact and lightweight, weighing just over 6 pounds
  • It includes a carrying case and five sand pockets for increased stability in windy conditions.
  • Even on the beach, this tent offers protection from the sun and includes a large window for ventilation.

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  1. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent
  • The fabric of this tent is polyester to ensure resistance to water and protection from UV exposure
  • Two aluminum poles reduce the frustration of setting up this tent.
  • It has two doors for easy entry and exit
  • It is fitted with two vestibules for additional gear storage and an extra-large 8-zipper.
  • The factory-sealed seams and floor seals ensure protection again harsh weather conditions.
  • Ventilation occurs through a mesh positioned halfway up the wall on either side.

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  1. Everking Automatic Hydraulic Camping Tent
  • The pop-up design of this tent allows for instant setup in about 60 seconds
  • It is adequately spaced, and the outdoor frame is stable
  • This tent is made from high-quality durable material and a sturdy fiberglass frame
  • Ventilation is aided by one zipped door with a dormer window for a great view

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Top 10 Favorite Solo Tents

Top 10 Favorite Solo Tents

Top 10 Solo Tents

Embarking on a camping adventure but want to have the same bedtime comfort you have at home?

No need to worry. We have your home away from home.

Whether camping with your friends or relaxing at the beach, our one-person tents will make your experience a pleasurable one.  Take a look below at the amazing features of our top 10 solo tents.

 

  1. Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent
  • So light-weight – it feels like you’re not carrying anything
  • An easy set-up that saves you time
  • An interior space that provides a comfortable home experience
  • A polyester wall and nylon floor allow durability for three seasons each year
  • It’s waterproof and comes with an internal storage pocket
  • Color-coded clip and fly attachment
  • A wide D-door and fully seam-taped construction

 

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  1. SnugPak the Ionosphere
  • Very small 1-person camping tent that protects you from the elements
  • A single entrance and completely taped seams
  • DAC feather lit NSL anodized poles with press-fit connectors
  • Flysheet is a lightweight 210t Polyester ripstop up
  • Constructed inside with nylon polyester mesh
  • 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Comes with an on-the-go repair kit

 

  1. Featherstone Outdoor UL Granite Backpacking Tent
  • Very spacious, lightweight tent, and ultra-light set-up
  • Rugged with long-lasting durability for three seasons each year
  • Its safe rainfly provides superior protection from the wind and rain; great for use with its lasting waterproof footprint
  • A compression-folded stuff sack for easy packing and minimal pack size
  • Single aluminum pole structure for relocation without disassembling

 

  1. Geertop 1-person Backpacking Bivy tent
  • Lightweight, portable, and compact enough to fit into your backpack
  • Easy assembly and break-down makes it perfect for new and experienced users
  • Constructed of two aluminum folding poles, nine aluminum tent pegs, and windproof ropes
  • Double-stitched seams and taped seal
  • Two doors and two windows for increased airflow throughout
  • A built-in mesh that protects against bugs and insects.

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  1. Winterial Single Person Tent
  • Flyless makes this tent is perfect for a warm summer night
  • Securely attached rainfly makes it great for the rainy nights
  • 14 heavy-duty stakes are unstoppable, even on tough ground
  • This bivy tent has three bundles of strong cord.
  • A ventilated roof mesh with a full-coverage rainfly
  • It is perfect for hiking and any trip.
  • Long-lasting durability for three seasons each year

 

  1. Flytrap Bubble Tent
  • Lightweight and easy-to-carry tent
  • Inside top light hanger and window for good air circulation
  • A floor made of fabric PU waterproof coating
  • Its inner and outer body is made of polyester
  • Easy one-person setup

 

  1. Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Tent
  • This tent has instant set-up and take-down with just the push of your thumb
  • A built-in zipper guard and guy wires for staking in high wind
  • A micro-mesh inner with waterproof rainfly
  • Built to give you a perfect view of the outside right from the inside
  • Both tent and rainfly are constructed from 2000mm treated taffeta with flame retardant and water-resistant coating

 

  1. River Country Product Trekking Pole Tent
  • This one-person tent is comfortable for two
  • “No pole; no problem” – this tent works with sticks or trekking poles and between trees
  • Comes with eight ultra-light aluminum stakes and a carrying bag
  • Unexpected features include a personal item pouch and a corner loop for hanging a lantern

 

 

  1. ALPS Mountaineering
  • This polyester UV resistant tent has meshed walls for increased ventilation
  • The fly and floor seams are factory-sealed to prevent cuts
  • It has one vestibule for extra storage space
  • The easy to use clips quickly snap over the poles.

 

  1. MSR Fly Lite
  • This ultra-light tent is made for one but can accommodate two people.
  • A great choice for couples seeking a wicked-light shelter for appropriate conditions
  • Its well-vented large door, for easy entrance and increased airflow, has a protective storm flap
  • Its walls are made of dura shield coated nylon which lasts longer than a traditional polyurethane coating.
  • Setup in as little as 30 seconds
  • It is strong enough to withstand 40-mph wind
  • Perfect in time of rain for storing your gear.

 

Adventurous? Want to enjoy every moment you spend inside your tent? Worry no more!

No matter what level of fun you are looking to have, we have the tent to give you a restful experience at bedtime

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These high-quality Solo tents can protect you from the outdoor elements and give you the privacy you want; all while delivering an unparalleled camping experience.

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How to Make A Campfire: A Beginners Guide to Flame!

How to Make A Campfire: A Beginners Guide to Flame!

Why is a Campfire Important

A lot of people see the time spent around the campfire as the soul of the camp. Perhaps they’re exaggerating a bit, but we understand the importance of the campfire.

Camping isn’t complete without a campfire. Aside from the warmth generated by the dancing flame, lots of camping activities are only made available by having a fire.

  • Cooking Food (Smores)
  • Boiling water (Coffee)
  • Drying Wet Clothing and Gear (Rain)
  • Lighting Camp (Darkness)
  • Raising spirits (nerves)

Not only does it give you a physical attribute as heating there is a mental side as well. It helps make you feel safe and secure. At least In my mind.

keeping the critters away at night is a significant effect fire has as well. I don’t know of many animals that will come toward a camp that is lit by a campfire. (honestly, I don’t know any critters, just an example…;)

Starting  A Fire

Knowing how to start a campfire is a skill you should know before going camping. In this piece, we will explain how to start a campfire and the different styles to accomplish this.

Before we go into the ABC’s of how to start a campfire, a little insight on the chemistry of fire itself will help your case a little.

Speaking of ABC’s a fire needs three core elements; Oxygen, fuel source, and heat. Once these three elements combine in the right order, They create a chemical reaction known as Fire!

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The Fire Triangle

They call it The Fire Triangle, it is the basic chemistry behind a flame.

  • Oxygen (O2)
  • Fuel (Wood – Fuel)
  • Heat source (Ignition – Spark)

The fuel source could range from papers, oils, to chunks of dry leaves. But for a campfire, dry wood is the standard used fuel.

Campfire Location

Depending on the location of the campsite you might have to improvise accordingly. In the warmer times of the year, just about everything can serve as fuel.

Of course, we don’t recreate only in those times and moisture may cause issues when using natural resources in the wetter and colder months.

Natural Resources

If you are camping in the forest and it has been dry, you will most likely not have an issue finding fuel for the campfire. Small twigs to dead trees will be abundant most of the time.

( Check your local burn bans and code at your local forestry dept.)

If you are camping next to water sources or up in the mountains with heavy snowfall the resources might be more on the damp side and finding burnable fuel can become a very stressful situation if your campfire experience is low.

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Be prepared the best you can. Bring waterproof matches; a lighter, a striker, a magnesium strip, anything you can bring along that can help your situation if you get yourself in a bit of trouble will go along ways.

To create a campfire, you need to have the necessary resources. Take a tour of your surroundings and see what you can find.

Wood will mostly be available, but its condition will depend on the weather situation around the area.

Getting a campfire started doesn’t just involve stacking some limbs or fallen trees onto a fire ring and lighting it on fire.

This style can work, don’t get me wrong, to sustain a fire it needs to be nurtured and done in a way you will not run out of fuel to fast, and it won’t go out due to the elements.

Successful campfire building in the wilderness requires some fundamentals you must have to start one. We will take a look at them now!

Fuel Gathering

Situations

The speed and effectiveness of starting your fire will largely depend on your level of preparedness and ability to gather fuel. This will depend of course on your circumstances.

If you become lost and you are not prepared for this, the whole situation becomes dire, and the need for fire becomes almost an emergency, in some instances.

Finding fuel in this type of situation is stressful and can be dangerous. If its dark out and you can’t see anything finding just the minimal amount of resources to get the fire going should be a priority. (Try and gather plenty of fuel to burn long enough to be able to get more though.)

Once a fire is started, and you have light then you can find more resources easier. Remember speed will be a factor. Fire burns quickly, and you need to keep it fueled.

Although if your camping with friends and family or on a hunting trip, the situation entirely changes and is more laid back and your fire starting necessity may not be as urgent.

Many time fire fuel is brought with us in these instances and fire starting becomes a fun activity we can share with friends and family. (One of my favorite things is to watch my children practice these skills)

Materials

Wood Wood is an essential element is necessary for all campfires. It can be small scrapes, strips, shavings or logs. Regardless of their form or shape.

It would be best if you seek out the driest logs and pieces of wood. This will save you from the stress of having to expend more energy and resources trying to get through the wet exterior.

(It is possible to burn damp wood it is just incredibly time-consuming and challenging)

There are different names used for referring to wood resources based on their size or their sources, and for your campfire, you sure will need most (if not all) of them.

Tinder – material that will take the initial ignition and become the start of the fire. Usually a small dry substance such as dry tree needles, moss, or wood shavings, etc.. (Burn approximately 10-30 seconds)

Kindling – small twigs and branches generally under 2 inches in diameter and about 8-12 inches long. This is the “get the fire going” material. (burn approximately 1-4 mins each.)

Limbs and Branches –  Larger diameter wood that has fallen from trees to the ground and can be cut up into 12-20 inch lengths.  (burn approximately 20-30 mins each.)

Logs – fallen tree trunks that can be bucked up into long-lasting firewood. Usually, 4-24 inches in diameter does take longer to process but also burns much longer. (burn approximately 30min -2 hours each Depending on size.

Warning – Please respect our wilderness areas and unless it is an emergency do not cut down, limb, or break wood off living trees. The wood sucks to burn anyway and its devastating to the environments. Just a thought.

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A heat/fire source Having a good ignition source will increase your fire making abilities by a lot. Don’t rely on one type of source either. Make sure to have a few options in your gear.

Waterproof matches Can be purchased for your camping gear and should be in everyone’s kit for emergencies. Depending on your source they can work or they might not.

Butane Lighters (Bic) These also can be put into your camping gear to help with fire starting. This is the way most people will be able to get a fire started quickly and easily. The downfall is that one they get wet they are garbage.

Strikers (Ferro of, Magnesium strip, fire steel), All of these, are for emergency uses and can work when wet. (Most of the time).

Friction Fire (bow drill, Hand drill, etc.) These are more of a primitive and last form of survival technique to get a fire going. Unless, you know how these styles work and have used them, achieving fire this way is extremely difficult.

SETUP

After securing all the materials that you will need for your campfire, the next logical thing to do is to set up the fire.

You have your wood and other fuel sources; you have your ignition, now is the time to put the materials together and get the fire you need to be started.

However, to have a good flame, you must take the time to prepare your campfire site. This involves taking some necessary precautionary actions and clearing the area of materials that could prevent the setup of a good campfire.

Clearing and setting Is there an existing fire ring (a spot where previous fires have been made)? Go on and clear away the cold ash and charcoal.

Doing this will present you with enough room to arrange your wood and fire materials for the new burn. You may leave the old ashes at the edge of the ring or do away with them altogether. Depending on how cold and damp they are they could affect the new fire.

If there is no existing fire ring, you will need to clear out a spot for your campfire – this would mean that you will have to remove dead grass, vegetation around your chosen place.

Using your shovel, lightly scrape off the soil from the fire ring, and keep it nearby in case of an emergency.  You are free to use the freshly removed earth as a border fence for your fire ring, or you may choose to use rocks (recommended).

I always try to use rocks, and if necessary use the earth that’s been dug up to fill in gaps.

(Be aware of your surrounding don’t be that person that starts a wildfire that burns people out of their home)

Burn it up!

Structure

At this point, you have cleared your fire ring, and you are ready to start setting up your kindling and wood for the fires. Some fire types are best suited for different occasions.

Before we go on to discuss them, take your tinder as we talked about above or some light wood, paper material, cardboard and place them at the center of the fire ring, it shouldn’t be more than a foot in diameter.

Now to the fire! Most people do not realize that there are several forms of campfires, and each has a specific purpose that they serve.

The following are some campfire types you can set up and their designated functions.

Log Cabin Fire – This is a fire that is intended to last long. It is great for long nights in the winter.

Lean-to-Fire – This is a fire type that is great for cooking. It is not meant to last long. Use small pieces of kindling and tinder to start the flames and then add more wood as the fire grows.

Teepee Fire – The Teepee fire is great for cooking. All you need to do is to arrange the sticks in a teepee above the position of the tinder.

Cross Fire – Also suitable for fires that are meant to last for a while, the Cross Fire differs in wood arrangement slightly as the wood pieces are placed in a criss-cross manner.

Ignition

On to the final part of it all and that is lighting the fire.

Keep kids and pets away by a safe distance before you set fire to the tinder. Light it up from several edges. This ensures the tinder lights up quickly.

Never use gasoline regardless of the circumstances you might find yourself. Gas is extremely volatile, and the situation could escalate rather soon especially when in the woods.

All Done?

When you’re through, and the fun is over, ensure that you thoroughly and exhaustively put out the fire.

Do these strategies to avoid problems. Gently sprinkle water onto the flame. As you continue doing this, watch the embers and stir them gently while pouring more water. Continue until you can no longer hear the hissing sound of the embers.

That’s it; you’re good to go.

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Tent or Hammock? What’s the Difference?

Tent or Hammock? What’s the Difference?

Tent or Hammock? What’s the Difference?

When you go on a camping trip what is the form of shelter you prefer? I have been a tent man my whole life, and I don’t expect that to change. A buddy of mine swears up and down that a hammock is the way to go. How about we take a good look at the two and see which is better or worse for you!

Tents are far from ideal. There are lots of things to consider with the use of the tent. From finding the perfect campsite to the fear of the unknown, the list is endless. But we have warmed up to it.

Then there’s the hammock. This tent – the alternative is hinged on an arboreal lifestyle. Yes, you read that right. You’d have to take a nap on a synthesized material supported by trees. As crazy as that sounds, many are making the switch without looking back.

What makes these two camping accessories different? Let’s find out.

The Differences in Setup

The most conspicuous difference between the use of the tent and hammock is tied to their setup.

With a tent, it’s all about searching for the right surface – no flooding, possible animal invasion nor awkward terrain. It has to be perfect or at the very least, close enough.

The setup of a hammock couldn’t be any different. This camping approach is heavily dependent on trees.

To camp in a hammock, you’d have to find the right trees. Besides proximity, these woody plants have to be strong enough to support your weight.

No exceptions! This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the hammock material is tied to both trees.

With a hammock, the action on the ground isn’t much of a concern to you – unless of course, it affects the supporting trees.

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The Weight Factor

Tents are usually heavier than hammocks. They are built to withstand the elements while camping. It’s like taking your home along in a backpack. With structural components consisting of cotton, nylon, and polyester, the tent is bound to be heavy especially when it rains.

While this will add to the burden of transportation, it keeps you safe from the weather.

With the hammock, things take a different turn. Weight isn’t much of an issue with this camping accessory.

Most hammocks are made from nylon which improves their tensile strength. The only issue is you’re at the mercy of the weather.

Innovation appears to have taken the outdoor market by storm offering products which can keep the elements at bay and providing the warmth you need.

However, these accessories could add to the weight of your backpack.

Size

One area where the tent seemingly triumphs over the hammock is size. Tents come in varying sizes. Depending on its dimensions, a tent can hold as many as four persons comfortably.

While weight might be an issue, there’s that closeness a tent breeds especially among family members.

Hammock users are not necessarily loners, but this camping accessory is about getting the privacy you need. Hanging out alone on support anchored by trees doesn’t exactly engender togetherness.

Yes, camping hammocks are available in various sizes, but they can support just one person comfortably – lovers might differ in this regard.

Time Constraint

Camping might be that place where time seems to stop. Being surrounded by nature has a way of making time irrelevant.

Even so, there are occasions when you have to set up or dismantle your tent/hammock for different reasons such as personal issues or weather conditions.

This is when you’d observe some small differences. For a tent, you could spend a few hours putting it together or dismantling it.

This will also depend on the size of the tent. Bigger tents will take more time especially if you are handling this alone.

Unlike tents, hammocks are easier to set up and dismantle. All you have to do is tie or untie the straps. This should only take you some minutes to complete.

However, the use of accessories such as the tarps and sleeping pad could add to the time spent.

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The Change factor

The condition of your preferred campsite can change within hours of making that choice. You could sleep under cover of a tent and wake-up in a waterlogged space. Often, there’s the need to change tent positions due to the unforeseen situations. If it’s a rather large tent, then there’s a problem.

With a hammock, there’s a lower chance of surprises springing up. Having the straps of a hammock tied to the stem of trees wouldn’t put you in harm’s way if you did your homework.

No, snakes wouldn’t lunge down on you from above – real life isn’t the same as the movies. In fact, the odds of that happening are higher in a tent since more snakes are adapted to a land-dwelling habitat than an arboreal one.

Adaptability

Who wants more from their tent? Everyone. We can’t just carry around a bulky tent and get only a roof above our head. Sadly, that’s the way it is.

Innovation might be making inroads into the outdoor niche but the flexibility of the tents seems to have been missed.

The modern-day tent isn’t as adaptable as it should be. Aside from providing some sort of protection against the elements, its functions are greatly limited.

The adaptability of the tent fizzles out when compared to the hammock. The latter has a wide range of uses. Besides acting as a resting place, it’s the perfect spot for grooming your reading culture.

Many regard the hammock as an epitome of improvisation, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

The Impact of Water

The undoing of every tent is the presence of water on the surface of a campsite or the closeness of a water source. This reduces the number of potential sites for the location of your tent.

Regardless of how alluring an area might be, water can bring all that to naught. Also, you can’t enjoy the view of water bodies from a resting place.

Water isn’t a problem when resting on the hammock. From such an arboreal position, chances are you’d be unaware of the emergence of water onto the land below.

Also, you can enjoy the beauty of water bodies without fear of the condition on the ground around.

Comfort

This is one of the strengths of the tent. With its structural build, the tent provides some semblance of warmth.

Spending a cold night in a tent might not be exactly splendid, but it supersedes whatever a hammock has to offer in this regard. The absence of several openings in the tent reduces the impact of the elements on a cold rainy night!

The hammock and warmth are seen as oil and water – they don’t mix. With the level of exposure observed in the hammock, it’s difficult to argue with that.

However, innovative products like the underquilt, and sleeping pad have brought some relief to worthwhile camping gear.

Similarities Shared by Tent and Hammocks

The similarities common to both the tent and hammock could be based on their composition and function.

From a functional perspective, they provide a resting place for you when camping.

As regards the structural constituents, both tents and hammocks share the same base materials. Nylon, polyester, and cotton are some of the materials used.

Another similarity between the tent and the hammock is the level of customization possible with both camping gears.

These accessories can transform your desired camping gear into a warm safe house.

Final Thoughts

Tents and hammocks have all the attributes required to make camping less hazardous. But the hammock has shown signs of offering much more than the tent.

Accessories can erase Even its current flaws. While the tent is the pinnacle of our camping days both present and past, the hammock has the future in its sights.

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Camping In The Rain Guide

Camping In The Rain Guide

Camping in the Rain

Your going camping in the rain huh? Umm…wait! Is that something you are really going to do? On purpose? Hmm, are you sure? OK. I guess we better get to informing you about the ins and outs of this type of camping. Follow along as we run down our list of Camping in the Rain Guide.

Camping when it’s raining isn’t super ideal of course. That would hinder the amount of time we can spend outside. We would all rather it be warm and sunny. This guide will set you up for an ideal trip rain or shine. But if it does rain, you will be ready. We will look at setting up camp and tent locations, items to bring in your gear to stay dry and warm, and other tips and techniques to make you forget that the heavens have poured out all along the forest floor.

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Tent and Campsite Location

When looking to set up camp, try to stay up and away from water. Lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans all rise very quickly with big rainfall and if you are near bodies of water there is the possibility of getting washed out during the night.

Do not set up camp right in the middle of a valley or a dried up stream or river bed especially in desert areas because these formations are hotspots for flash floods and can be very deadly. Instead, look for elevated areas at least a hundred feet from water areas. I like to try and face my tent toward the sunrise if possible. It gives you a little bit of resolution to get up and face the day after a cold, wet night. If you can find an area that has trees and is elevated, even better.

Try to set your tent in between a few good sturdy trees so you can tie up cordage to hang some tarp overtop of your tent if needed. However, you don’t want to be in the direct path of a falling branch in the middle of the night either. So be aware and if you can avoid being directly under large branches, maybe think about it. Check out the waterproof tents on Amazon here. /p>

Setup A Dry Area

Tarps and Paracord

Tarps are a camper’s best friend even in dry weather. I have always used a large 20 x 20 tarp doubled up under our family tent. Not only does it help with padding, but it keeps sticks and sharp rocks I have missed from penetrating the base of our tent. So when it comes to helping you stay dry, they are a mandatory accessory in my mind.

If you come prepared with a few tarps and some cordage, you will be so much happier. Coming from experience, being out in the rain in a dry tent at night only to wake up in a completely soaked tent kind of sucks, to be honest.

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Dried in Outdoor Space

Once you have reached your campsite destination and have picked your tent setup areas, the next area of business is comfortability in the camp. You want to create an outdoor living space for cooking and working the fire along with any other activities you will want to enjoy while having it drizzle down on you.

The size of your camping party will determine how large of an area you will need. If you have the whole family and some friends, this could be a pretty big area and need some time to set up. On the other hand, if you are soloing out in the woods, a small 10-foot area will do just fine.

Tarps come in some good kits these days.

Start by stringing up a couple of overhead tarps by hanging them from a couple of trees across from each other. Making sure they are angled to a drainage area that is lower than the area you are trying to keep dry. Done wrong and the water will drain off and hit the high ground and then just run right through the camp. Not good!

After the tarps are in place and all are draining correctly then you can start on the mingling area. A place to hang out drink some warm beverages, eat some dinner, play a game, or just relax. Since you are already dry overhead, you might want to think about the ground and staking down a couple of tarps that will let the water stay beneath them.

Then set up your tables chairs and anything else you brought along. Now if you are by yourself or a couple, this is going to be way less intensive, but the exercises are the same on a smaller level.

Tent Setup

(First and foremost check that you have a waterproof, good working tent with rainfly. If your gear is weak and broken, your struggle will be rough.)

As I said before, I have always laid a tarp under my tent for protection. I still do that when it rains even though some people say that it is not needed. Whatever, I like it, and I will keep doing it.

This is your decision to set up as you seem it necessary. Although I do set a tarp under my tent, I also lay one down on the inside floor of my tent. This will help with any pooling or seepage from the ground and the sides of the tent.

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Trench

The final prep for keeping the rain out from my tent is light trenching if I am going to expect a lot of moisture. What I do is grab my campsite hatchet and use the backside to carve in some trenches on the high side of my tent. Diverting any water that may try to come under my tent.

Usually, I have been able to get away with 4-6 inches deep and maybe 3 inches wide. Of course, this will vary due to the area you are camping. It rained more than the trenches could handle a few times and honestly, the tarps kept me dry enough.

Tarps are somewhat bulky and can be a pain to hike with. Pick and choose your gear accordingly.

Staying Dry Away From Shelter

Best way to stay dry while camping is not to get wet, right? Well, if you stay in camp and do not venture out at all that might be an ok scenario. Most people who do go out and camp tend to venture and like to go and explore the wonderful outdoors. Doing this can and eventually will leave you out away from camp without the proper gear to stay dry.

Having the proper protective outerwear or shell layers is going to make the difference between getting soaked and the situation becoming dangerous to getting from “point A” to “point B” and enjoying every minute of it. Great set of outer shells! With such a vast selection of weather gear, someone might get overwhelmed. There are types for the extreme cold to desert heat rain gear.

Know the area you will be going and bring the set that is suitable for the condition. If you bring the wrong one you could overheat and become dehydrated or get so cold and wet that you get hypothermia.

It is very important to pack the right raingear set. Gore-tex or E-vent are very breathable and have a waterproof membrane. There are many brands out there, and most are very durable and comfortable but be aware the prices can be high for the big brands.

I have found many lesser known brands that do just as good. Lighter items and more of an emergency type gear are available at a big box store and online. Ponchos, PVC rain suits, and cheapies are good in a dire situation but not recommended for day hikes or long-term use. They will fail you.

Getting Wet!

When you get wet, and you will, eventually. You need to get dry, especially in a cold weather environment, as fast as you possibly can. Hopefully, you have warm dry clothes back at camp in a drybag. If you don’t, things can go bad if the right steps are not followed.

The first thing is to get the wet clothes off. Hopefully its warm enough where a little birthdate suit time is going to be ok. You will need to get your skin dry and warm so it can start helping the body rewarm itself. Jump into your sleeping bag until you are warm enough to start drying things out.

If there is a fire already going, great! Use that to your advantage and get close to it if possible. Hang a tarp over one side creating a heat reflecting wall to help radiate the heat toward you. Hopefully, you do have warm clothes and are able to get changed right away. Awesome, tragedy diverted, and off you go to your next adventure.

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How To Dry Wet Gear

Assuming the rain does saturate you and your clothes, you are staring down a tough test ahead. Drying items in a high moisture area is a crappy thing to try and do. If you are lucky and set your campsite up the right way you already have a dried in the area and fire is going or at least an area you can have a fire. In that case, a dry line strung underneath the tarps can keep you wet items hung up to dry overnight and hopefully be ready for use the next day.

If a tarped area or fire is not in the cards for you, the task you face is a much more difficult one. I have searched and found the driest limbs or sticks I could find and make a log cabin style layered frame and laid wet shirts and socks over them so they could air dry. It does work but it takes time, and you can’t do a lot.

I also have cut holes in the top layer of my tent near the poles and strung a para cord from one tent post to another making a mini dry line inside the tent. It works but depending on your style of the tent could swing either way. Again getting wet sucks and if not prepared for it can be very devastating to your camping trip.

Fire in the Rain

Having a campfire is the main priority when camping in the rain. It provides warmth, cooking, and good spirits. Having the ability to dry your thing if wet is priceless.

The process of starting a fire is challenging to many in dry weather. To do it in a wet environment with very little to no fuel and the surroundings soaked is a monumental feat carried out by very few outdoor enthusiasts. This is so freaking cool. A lighter and flashlight in one on Amazon

Tinder

To begin the process of starting a fire, you will need starting fuel known as tinder. A lightweight extremely flammable substance usually made up of a fibrous thin cut wood. Sometimes moss or needles can be used as well.

A birds nest is a name they call a small bundle that you shape tinder into. It allows oxygen in but has wind resistance built into the design.

Making tinder is sometimes done by using a campsite hatchet or survival knife and running it down the length of the driest piece of wood you can find, carving off pieces about 1/8 of an inch wide. Creating a pile of these will hopefully be able to get a fire going once ignited.

Char Cloth

My favorite and really the simplest is to have and make your own char cloth. This can be anything from pieces of bandanas, old shirts, or chunks of rope. Shoot, I have even seen old gloves in there and they actually worked really well.

What you do is take a tin can of a sort. I like the large size smelly candle cans they hold a little more and are almost airtight. I put about ten holes in the top with the head of a nail or knife. Put the cloth of your choice in there. Do not pack it real tight. Seal it up with the lid and put it on the fire. You want to wait until you see smoke to start pouring out of the hole.

This will not take long a few minutes depending on the temperature of the fire. Watch the smoke and wait until it stops. When it stops, you need to let it sit because if you open it it will catch on fire and you will need to start over. I flip it over and let it completely cool off before opening the can.

Ignition

Ignition can be a tricky part as well. If you rely on only a lighter bought from the store and you get wet out hiking or boating or just getting rained on, you are screwed. They are so worthless you might as well had left them at home. Don’t get me wrong. I usually have 3 or 4 in my gear for emergencies.

Another style to start thinking about is flint and steel ignition.  There is also a Ferro striker style. Both of these styles need a metal striker that kicks off sparks onto your tinder. Then you can get into your more primitive ignitions. Hand drill and bow drill are a friction based fire starting technique.

Wood

Gathering wood is the biggest chore there is when camping. You need to go out find dry wood and bring it back to camp. It is tedious and physically tiring sometimes. When its wet out, that makes it even more challenging, because everything is soaking wet. That means its heavier than normal and chances are you won’t be able to burn it anyway.

If you can find burnable firewood, get it to camp and keep it dry. Gather as much as you think you will burn than get another few loads. We always burn more than we think.

Stay away from trees that are alive they won’t burn well, and it will be a smoke fest. Now that your wood is back to camp you will need to buck it up to fire length size with your campsite hatchet or ax. Do you have one right? After you buck it up, stack it next to the fire so it can start drying out.

Keeping Your Gear Dry

Bring Waterproof Bags

If you are counting on being in the rain, you better get your gear in some waterproof bags, then put them in your camping bags or backpacks. Sleeping bags, clothes, food, electronics, maps, and whatever else that can’t get wet, should be put in a waterproof bag when heading out. If you don’t have any waterproof bags, thick black garbage bags will do just fine for a trip, but that’s probably it. One trip.

Waterproof Backpacks and Stuff Sacks

Having one of these waterproof backpacks saves you so much trouble. If your hiking into camp or doing a day hike, if it rains and all your stuff gets wet, you’re going to want to go home right away.

Be prepared! I can’t say that enough. Don’t get a cheap water resistance backpack! Go out and pay for something you know is going to keep your gear dry.   Get some stuff sacks too. Put everything in a waterproof sack and then the problem of getting wet is almost eliminated. They come in all sorts of sizes. And you can get them in so many places.

Conclusion

Camping in the rain is not everyone’s cup of tea. I understand that. If you get caught in a rainstorm and were not expecting it, it can be awful and turn you away from this recreation. Please don’t let that happen. It is nature and she will throw everything she has at us. As long as we are prepared for it, our adventures and family outings can be enjoyed to the fullest.

One thing I did not discuss in this article is clothing. I figure clothing is pretty much common sense and I don’t know where anyone of you will be going. I could have covered every region and temperature but decided against that. It is too large of a topic. I hope you can use this to help you decide how to set up your next outing. Comment below if you think I need to add some other things.

Enjoy. Relax. Have Fun.

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