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  • Grand Canyon Camping

    Posted on June 12, 2006 by Justin

    If you are interested in a top notch camping trip, you may want to check out what the Grand Canyon has to offer. Located in the lovely state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. And if you love camping, you will be able to take full advantage of it here.

    Grand Canyon Views ca. 1999, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA --- Clouds Casting Shadows on Grand Canyon --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

    There are two ways to take advantage of the camping opportunities at the Grand Canyon. First off, you can find a developed camp ground that has been zoned for people that want to spend the night in the wilderness. This is the easiest of the two options, and the one that most people opt for.

    On the other hand, you can decide to camp in an area that is not developed and zoned particularly as a camp ground. This can be a great way to experience the Grand Canyon, but at the same time you will run into a couple of issues; the most important being that you have to obtain a permit to do this. To do this you have to get in touch with the Backcountry Information Center. If this is what you want to do, make sure that you plan in advance. There are only so many permits to go around.

    When you go Grand Canyon camping you will be able to take advantage of a variety of different activities. Whether you like fishing, hiking, or any other outdoor activity you will be able to experience it at the Grand Canyon.

    Overall, camping at the Grand Canyon is an experience that you should take on if given the chance. One thing is for sure, you will remember this trip for the rest of your life.

    This post was posted in Camping

  • Camping - What Clothes should I wear?

    Posted on May 24, 2006 by Justin

    Car Camping
    Pretty much anything goes when you are just planning on packing your stuff in the car and heading outdoors for an overnight-er in your car. A few suggestions might help to keep your car a little cleaner in the process. First of all, it is a good idea to bring along some slip on shoes that you can put on when you get out of the car and then slip off and leave outside when you get back in. This will keep all of that unwanted dust and debris from ruining your nice interior. I would also suggest bringing some clothes to wear to bed. Unlike your tent, most car windows don't have a way to block out unwanted sightseers or the occasional passerby's that you will normally have while car camping.

    Cold Weather Camping
    If you are going to be camping in cold weather, most of the rules of layering are going to apply. If you missed the article on layering here it is again(click here). Wearing the proper layers will allow your clothing to provide more insulation thus keeping your body warm. Camping in general doesn't require any strenuous activity. Most of the time, you will just be sitting around relaxing and enjoying all of the peace and quiet that mother nature has to offer. In cold weather conditions, this lack of activity will make it easier to get cold. But, if you are properly layered, you will have no need to worry. I can't believe I'm going to say this but, with regular camping, you can substitute some of the clothing suggested in our layering article with regular cotton garments. These include wearing some thick cotton long underwear instead of a hi-tech synthetic product. You could also substitute your middle fleece layer with some cotton
    sweat pants if that is all you have available. It is very important to keep in mind when substituting synthetic fabrics for cotton is that cotton does not dry very fast. If there is any chance that you could sweat or otherwise get wet, you do not want to wear cotton. But, if you are just going to be sitting around a campfire roasting hotdogs before heading off to bed in a cozy warm tent, then you'll probably be just fine.

    Warm Weather Camping
    The first thing I would state here is Be Prepared! You probably couldn't count the number of folks who thought that they wouldn't need that extra jacket or knit hat because they were going camping in the summer time only to have the temperature drop below what they were prepared for. It is always better to bring too much rather than too little. Especially if you are transporting it all in your car. Having said this, you can usually get away with wearing some shorts and a t-shirt so that you can enjoy the fresh outdoor air. If biting bugs are going to be present, you will want to wear a lighweight long sleeve shirt and long pants to limit your exposure to these pests. When I camp during the summer, I like to wear a pair of long pants that zip off at the knee for those times when I want to wade out into the lake a little or put my feet in a cool stream. Additionally, I always wear synthetic socks so that they will dry quickly if I do get them wet from sweating or from accidentally slipping in the creek while washing my face.

    This post was posted in Camping, Clothing, Clothing Layers, Thermal Underwear

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