Being new to hiking can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. What do you have to take? What can you cut? After all, you can’t carry everything. What are the must have items?
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Is there a particular person that you are struggling with coming up with ideas? Fear not! If this person is an outdoor enthusiast, here are some unique and practical ideas to help them in their camping and hiking adventures.
To make it a bit easier to set up the Clark NX-270 hammock, we invested in a set of DEEQI Adjustable Tree Straps. These 12 foot polyester straps have 40 loops and can safely support up to 400lbs. These are fantastic straps. Easy to use and extremely easy to adjust. It takes some of the “guess work” out of where to hang the hammock.
The cold and snow won’t stop us from enjoying the outdoors. In fact, one of my favorite times of year to camp and/or hike is winter. No crowds, just us and nature. But before we hit the trails, we always ask: How are we going to stay warm?
How you camp is just as important as where you camp. Having a suitable shelter that fits your needs plays a major role in having a successful (and happy) trip. Back in April, I made the decision to switch from a tent to a hammock. It reduced the weight I carried, the amount of space my shelter took up in my pack, and the time required to set up camp. After a month of research, Steve made a similar decision and switched from a tent to the Clark NX-270, camo.
For months Steve and I have been talking about different ways to reduce more camping weight and started investigating hammocks vs tents. It took awhile but I finally decided to take a chance and bought the Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip Hammock.
The best way to have a successful camping trip is to make sure that you have all the right gear with you or, at the very least, enough gear to improvise what you’re missing. I’ve put together this list of possible items you’ll want to include. This is meant to be a guideline only and is based on our experiences. Some things you may or may not want to include. It all depends on where you’re headed, the weather, how many days you’ll be there and most importantly, your personal comfort level. Continue reading “Camping Gear”