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Camping 101: Preparation, flexibility, and sense of adventure make it work

July 8th, 2012


My husband and I decided that if we wanted to see the country with our four kids, we had one affordable option: tent camping. Our youngest was just 3 on our maiden trip — a 17-day odyssey out West.

People ask us, “Were you out of your minds?”

Quite the opposite. After eight years, 31 states, 20-some campgrounds, and more than 20,000 miles, we learned that camping, as much work as it is, works for us. Getting up for a 3 a.m. bathroom trip and looking up into a night sky dripping with stars is a fit reward for using a vault toilet.

We love spending weeks at a time outdoors, driving through buffalo herds, waking up to crisp air and the smell of frying bacon, and yes, getting a little dirty (and aromatic).

And talk about cost cutting. We figure we’ve spent almost 60 nights camping on our vacations and saved thousands of dollars. Compare $10 campsites to the cost of two hotel rooms.

We’re not alone in our preference for tent camping. According to the 2011 Special Report on Camping, sponsored by the Outdoor Foundation, Coleman, and KOA, the majority of the 40 million folks who camped in 2010 — 86 percent — used tents.

If this sounds like an attractive alternative, heed these tips from some families who have worn out a few tents.

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

Beth Barrow, of West Toledo, spent nearly every childhood vacation at a campground. Her husband, Beau, even proposed to her in a tent at East Harbor State Park on Lake Erie.

Now they’re making sure their two children know their way around a camp site. “Camping seems overwhelming but when you have the right materials and tools you can do it,” she says. “It’s a ton of fun.”

If you’re a novice, your first trip should be to the library for books about camping. Here you’ll find exhaustive lists of what to take and plan for.

If you’re not sure camping is for you, borrow some equipment and take a weekend test trip to a nearby park. Observe the folks around you. We pick up a lot of tips by watching other campers.

Better yet, enroll in a state First Time camper program. In Michigan or Pennsylvania, for just $20 you get two nights of camping at participating state parks, and Gander Mountain will lend you equipment for four people. A ranger will even help you set up. You can also Rent-a-Camp at some Ohio state parks. (Check the state parks’ Web sites for participating locations. )

Ready to buy your own gear? Look for sales in winter, advises Terry Walters. The West Toledo father, who says he was raised around a campfire, snagged a 9-10 person tent at Target for $25 in the off-season.

Or ask for gear as gifts. The Barrows add to their camping stash every Christmas when Beau gets a new piece of equipment from her parents.

Where to go?

Planning is the fun part. We get as much enjoyment out of exploring all the possibilities as we do taking the trip.

Think about your family’s interests. Are they water babies? Hikers? Sand-castle builders? How far do you want to venture?

Paula Watkins, of Sylvania, honeymooned with her husband at a Myrtle Beach campground 27 years ago and returned with their three kids years later. “There was always something to do and other kids around,” she says.

We’ve found that our kids do well if our camping experience includes any or all of these things: rocks, water, and wildlife.

It’s amazing how our kids perked up after a long day in the car when we hit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and spotted elk and mule deer.

The camping report found that 69 percent of campers pitch tents in local, state, or national parks. The national parks alone hosted more than 3 million tent campers last year.

State parks often have nicer rest room and shower facilities than national parks, which often charge for showers or don’t have them.

Depending on your outlook, private campgrounds such as Yogi Bear or KOA can be fun, too. They may charge a bit more, but you often get better facilities along with a pool and children’s activities.

If you have smaller children, think about staying a little closer to home, Ms. Barrow says. If the weather turns nasty or the kids don’t do well, you can pack it up and get home quickly.

Choosing a campsite

Many park Web sites have pictures of campsites and maps that show where sites are in relation to bathrooms and playgrounds.

Seclusion and shade are good. It’s also nice to have a tree or two to string your clothesline on.

Weigh your priorities. Playgrounds and bathrooms can be noisy, but if your kids are young and you’re going to be making a lot of trips to the rest room or hanging out at the playground anyway, you may want to be closer than you think.


This is the part that can throw inexperienced campers over the edge. It’s all in the organization.

Everyone has his or her own system, but the one best friend of all campers is plastic tote bins.

Ms. Barrow and Mr. Walters keep all their gear in marked bins. “We can grab the containers, stop at the grocery store and we’re camping in an hour and a half,” Mr. Walters says. The containers are also good for keeping out pesky raccoons and birds.

We use bins and a three-drawer plastic cart for our cooking stuff. When we stop for lunch, we open the trunk, and it’s all there.

After a few trips, you’ll find what works for you. Everything will have its place in the car when you pack and you won’t even have to think about what goes where anymore.

Are we there yet?

If your trip requires multiple days of driving, plan for some fun rest stops along the way. We like to stop and eat out of our car at city parks or rest areas. The kids play ball or run around the playground. You may think you don’t want to waste so much time at a pit stop, but it really helps if everyone can let off a little steam.

We’ve even stopped at city pools to break up a day of driving. It wears out the kids so they’ll sleep on the next leg.

Books on tape can be another diversion. Since Ms. Watkins’ family often started out at night, it became tradition to pop in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as they set off, she says.

Making the most of it

If you’re staying at a state or national park, take advantage of park programs. One of the best-kept secrets of our national park system is the junior ranger program. Kids can earn patches or pins by completing a booklet of activities . They may have to do puzzles or go on a hike or a scavenger hunt.

It’s fun for the whole family because you inevitably learn a ton about the places you’re visiting, from the ecology to the history and wildlife.

Also, the rangers at these parks are founts of information. Talk to them. Ask questions. Go to the night programs. We’ve dissected owl pellets, watched old Wild Kingdom episodes on a big screen in South Dakota, and been serenaded by a guitar-playing ranger.

When planning hikes, be mindful of your family’s abilities. Shoot for hikes with big payoffs, like waterfalls or lakes.

And don’t forget to bring the M&Ms. They’re the ultimate bribe for whiny kids.

Be flexible

As much as we plan, we stay open to spontaneous stops, especially roadside greasy spoons and ice cream stands. That’s how we found Clyde’s, just over the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace. It’s a dumpy little drive-in, but the kids love their shakes and burgers served in paper cars with fruit snacks for dessert. Now we can’t go that direction without a Clyde’s stop.

And remember, if you forget something or you burn dinner, you can always hop in the car and get a pizza in town (if you’re not out in the boonies). There’s no shame in that.

Ms. Watkins, whose husband passed away last year and whose kids are now adults themselves, remembers all their camping trips fondly. “My kids loved it. We have so many memories,” she says.

More tips

● Don’t leave home without matches, bug spray, sunscreen, and a first aid kit (kids are always scraping something).

● Bring heavy aluminum foil and cook over the fire. Throw in your meat and veggies or breakfast fixings, wrap it up, and in 15 or 20 minutes you’ve got a meal with no messy pots to wash up.

● If you’re fussy about your drinking water, you may want to bring your own thermos from home. Campground water can be less than tasty.

● Get your kids involved in setup and cleanup. It keeps them busy and lightens the load for everyone.

● Save some money and get your firewood outside of the parks or campgrounds.

● All kinds of foods can be made ahead. Whip up some pancake batter and put it into a clean milk jug in your cooler. Bring batches of precooked spaghetti in plastic bags. All it takes is a dip in boiling water and you’ve got a hot meal. Make ice in milk jugs. When it melts you’ve got extra water.

Favorite Spots

● Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio ( This park, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, has pretty much everything an avid outdoor family could want: hiking, biking, canoeing on the Mohican River, fishing, and a heated pool.

● P. H. Hoeft State Park, Rogers City, Mich. ( This is our favorite spot a little further from home. Just 5 1/2 hours north of Toledo, the park is on Lake Huron. Campsites are a short walk to sandy beaches that are rarely crowded.

● Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Mich. ( A great spot for beginners with its open, flat campsites. Nice, easy hikes and an interesting logging museum.

● Nickerson State Park, Brewster, Mass. ( Campsites at this state park are just $15 to $17. The forest park, within walking distance of the ocean, features great bike trails and eight fresh water ponds.

● Custer State Park, Custer, S.D. ( This is hands-down our favorite park. It has it all — swimming lakes, herds of bison, wild turkeys wandering through your campsite, and amazing hiking and scenery. You’re also within a short drive of water parks, Mount Rushmore, caves, and plenty of other attractions.

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Mountain lion attacks hiker in California, authorities say

July 8th, 2012 updated 7/3/2012

SACRAMENTO — A mountain lion attacked a 63-year-old man camping northwest of Nevada City, the California Department of Fish and Game said Monday. The attack happened around 1 a.m. Sunday and lasted about two minutes, according to a news release. Fish and Game authorities did not release the victim’s name but said he is from Marin County. Authorities said the man decided to stop and sleep for the night while on the planned hiking trip, and laid a sleeping bag out on a tributary to the Yuba River. The man told officials that during the attack, the mountain lion bit and clawed him through the sleeping bag. The animal bit into the man’s cap and his clothes. “The lion immediately began a ferocious attack. It bit him into his head. It bit him on the hands,” said Patrick Foy, of the Department of Fish and Game. It then stopped, moved away and stared at the man for a short time before running off, Foy said. The victim drove himself to a Grass Valley hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home with staples in his skin. Fish and Game officials went to the hospital and confirmed the man had suffered severe scratches and puncture wounds. They took his sleeping bag and several pieces of clothing for a lab exam in Sacramento.

Based on forensic evidence, the Department of Fish and Game concluded that the mountain lion that attacked the man is female. Mark Kenyon, the state’s mountain lion biologist, estimated there are between 4,000 and 6,000 mountain lions in California. Kenyon said attacks of this nature are rare. He said he did not know know why the mountain lion chose to attack in this situation. Fish and Game officials said they have sent a half-dozen searchers with dogs to track the animal. Lion tracks were found at the scene of the attack. The dogs did track a house cat suffering from injuries “consistent with a lion attack,” said the release. The agency said the search would continue indefinitely and that the animal would be killed to protect the public from possible future attacks. “Prevailing thought about mountain lion behavior is that once it attacks a human, the likelihood that it may attack again is increased,” Kenyon said. Officials did not release the exact location of the attack. California has had 15 confirmed mountain lion attacks since 1890, including this most recent one. Of 17 victims, 11 have survived. Officials reminded people that if they encounter a mountain lion, they should make noise, and if they are attacked, they should fight back. Kenyon said based on limited knowledge about mountain lion behavior, the old recommendation — to play dead — no longer applies. Along the South Yuba River on Monday afternoon, sunbathers lay on rocks, and swimmers splashed in the cool water. “I’ve heard what to do when a mountain lion’s around and stuff, so I feel prepared and safe,” said Evan McCormick, of San Jose. Britney Beffort, who is visiting from Colorado, said she was torn when told that the cat would be destroyed. “I mean, obviously, I don’t want it to hurt any other people, but at the same time, it is a mountain lion. You can’t expect it to be a safe animal,” Beffort said. The Department of Fish and Game will continue to search the area.

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Omelets and apple crisp: easy-to-make recipes for camping trips

June 24th, 2012



Published June 23, 2012

Unless you go glamping, you probably don’t have a gourmet chef around to cook for you during your camping trip. These recipes have been selected with tent-camping in mind, since you have many more options if you are hanging out in your RV. Get your tin foil ready!

What makes a champion camping dish?
Laura Meadows, who words in food services at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, says a good camping dish is one that can be cooked fairly quickly.

You also have to keep in mind that it is hard to control the cooking temperature when you are playing with fire. This is fine for roasting marshmallows and cooking hot dogs, but using a Dutch oven with coals or a gas-powered Coleman stove give you the control needed for more precise cooking, she says.

“Part of camping is having fun cooking techniques and involving everyone,” says Meadows, who describes herself as an avid camper. Here are two that she has used with family and friends.

Egg-cellent personal omelets 
For an entertaining breakfast, have everyone make their own omelet in a bag. Take sandwich-size zip lock bags, Meadows says, and have everyone write his or her name on theirs. Have each person add raw, scrambled eggs or egg beaters and whatever else they want – cheese, cooked bacon or sausage, pre-cut veggies. Seal the bags, making sure to get all of the air out, and put each one into a pot of boiling water for two to three minutes. Carefully pull them out of the pot and enjoy your omelet.

Dutch oven apple crisp
If you have a Dutch oven, you can make a tasty apple crisp under the open sky. Cut six to eight fresh apples and place them in a foil-lined Dutch oven. Add a stick of unsalted butter, one box of cake mix and one cup of brown sugar. Cover the Dutch oven, then using 15 to 20 hot coals from the fire pit, let it cook for an hour.

Preparing and prepping tips  
Meat stores better if you cook it ahead of time and then freeze it. Meadows advises cutting your vegetables and doing as much prep as you can at home. If you decide to bring along raw meat to cook over the fire, freeze it in large zip lock bags.

“I like to have at least two coolers,” Meadows says. “One [I use] for beverages, which will be opened and closed throughout the day.  I take a second one for cooking items.”

Instead of using standard bagged ice, use the longer-lasting block ice or freeze water in milk jugs to keep your food cold, Meadow suggests.

Power snacks for camping
If you are looking for some snacks to help you power through a strenuous hiking or camping trip, Baltimore-based health coach and amateur chef Helene Leeds suggests bringing a trail mix made from cacao nibs (which are basically raw, unsweetened chocolate chips made from actual cacao beans), macadamia nuts and raw coconut flakes. Throw in some goji berries, hemp and sunflower seeds, almonds and other dried fruit (like cherries) and you are good to go.

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Lets Go Camping–Just For Fun

July 26th, 2010

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Denver Police Begin Enforcing City Camping Ban

June 24th, 2012

Denver News
Camping Banned On Public, Private Land In City
Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Web Editor/Producer

POSTED: 5:20 am MDT June 5, 2012
UPDATED: 12:01 pm MDT June 6, 2012

Denver police have begun enforcing a ban on overnight camping in the city limits.

7NEWS was there as Denver police arrested some people near Civic Center Park on Monday night. However, officers said the arrests were for outstanding warrants and other issues, not for violating the camping ban.

The new ordinance doesn’t ban sleeping outside, but it does ban any use of a shelter, which includes sleeping bags, bedrolls, blankets or any form of cover or protection from the elements other than clothing.

Downtown businesses had said homeless people sleeping on the streets has driven away customers.

Backers said living in parks or on sidewalks is a threat to the health and safety of homeless people as well as to the rest of Denver’s 600,000 residents.

Opponents said the ban ignores the fact that the city doesn’t have enough shelters. They said it could drive the homeless to other cities or into hiding, making it harder to locate them and get them back on their feet.

In late 2004, the city, under then-Mayor John Hickenlooper, launched Denver’s Road Home, a 10-year-plan to eliminate homelessness. Executive Director Bennie Milliner said the program is about 65 percent of the way toward eliminating chronic homelessness, defined as being without shelter for a year.

Denver had 387 chronically homeless people in a 2012 survey, down from 980 in 2005, Milliner said.

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New Campers Get State Park Bargain

May 17th, 2012
By: Kevin Flanigan
Updated: May 16, 2012

HARRISBURG – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is again partnering with Gander Mountain to provide first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for just $20.

“This is the second year we are offering this hands-on instruction on camping and we’ve added five additional parks to the original 14,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “You can’t beat this offer as far as the cost; the opportunity to enjoy many other activities at our state parks such as hiking and fishing; and a park staffer will even help you set up camp.”

Nineteen state parks around the state are participating in the program, including: Black Moshannon, Centre County; Caledonia, Franklin County; Chapman, Warren County; Colonel Denning, Cumberland County; Cook Forest/Clear Creek, Clarion and Jefferson counties; Gifford Pinchot, York County; Hills Creek, Tioga County; Keystone, Westmoreland County; Lackawanna, Lackawanna County; Laurel Hill, Somerset County; Little Pine, Lycoming County; Locust Lake, Schuylkill County; Ole Bull, Potter County; Parker Dam, Clearfield County; Promised Land, Pike County; Pymatuning, Crawford County; R.B. Winter, Union County; Ryerson Station, Greene County; and Sinnemahoning, Cameron and Potter counties.

Reservations should be made by calling the park office directly. The program will run from Memorial Day weekend through the summer.

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Wild camping in Cumbria

January 28th, 2012

The Guardian

Wild camping in Cumbria

A wild camping trip in the Lake District is designed to take you out of your comfort zone – and with unpredictable weather and testing terrain, it certainly delivers

Hikers at Burnmoor Tarn

Ian Belcher, left, and Rebecca take in the view of Eskdale Moor and Burnmoor Tarn in the Western Lake District. Photographs by Doug McKinlay

I’m bursting. Crossing my legs. Trying not to picture rivers or waterfalls. I’ll do anything to avoid leaving my tent for a pee. It’s not just the biblical rain lashing against the canvas; it’s the chilling reports of a ghostly horse roaming the local Cumbrian fells with a rotting human corpse strapped to its saddle.

Camping is rarely so remote, weekend adventures rarely so removed from daily life. And that’s exactly what Mark Reid wants. The mountain guide’s new Out of Your Comfort Zone excursion pushes wild camping to its geographical limits, packaging it with glorious guided hikes, navigation instruction and survival tips for nervous rookies.

Reid, who’s aiming the breaks at walkers keen to “skill up”, families looking for a bonding trip and unconventional stag parties, welcomes inexperienced campers. But this weekend – with his first recruits – he’s in for a shock.

Our group includes Rebecca, who recently lived in Mayfair and regards anywhere outside London as out of her comfort zone, and Jane – a begrudging companion for a hiking-obsessed partner – who believes tents are the work of Satan. She hires motorhomes to sleep at festivals, plans to tackle Cumbria’s highest fells in green fashion trainers – “boots make my feet look like horses’ hooves” – and has spent the previous week Googling “extra-springy camp beds”.

At least she’ll enjoy the first night. Elterwater’s Britannia Inn – a white-walled cocoon in the shadow of the Langdales – answers her call of the mild. Hell it’s lovely, a converted 500-year-old beamed farmhouse and forge that offers open fires, cosy rooms and fresh seasonal grub.

Hikers braving the rain below Scafell PikeBraving the rain below Scafell PikeAs we tuck into honey-glazed lamb marinated in mint, the air’s heavy with camping horror stories: inch-long earwigs, sheep dung accidentally kicked into cooking pots, mattresses deflating in storm-soaked tents. Jane’s partner has clearly been economical with the truth. She knows there’ll be an element of camping – hopefully with hot showers and a nearby cafe – but has been lured north by the promise of boutique pubs and a gentle scenic stroll. This could get ugly.

It will certainly get wild. Driving to the hike’s departure point tests the car’s clutch on the gaspingly steep switchbacks of the Wrynose and Hardknott passes. The western lakes are vast, uncluttered, less commercialised – and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Our target is The Woolpack, an old drovers’ pub where we’re to receive a pre-trip briefing. Reid, who teaches navigation skills and leads team-building hikes, treats our night of wild camping as a mini-expedition. After outlining the route – up to Eskdale Moor and Great How to camp on Scafell’s southern flanks before scaling its peak the following morning – he turns to legal issues. Wild camping, permitted in Scotland and on Dartmoor, is a tolerated tradition in the privately-owned Lake District, providing we camp above walled farmland and leave behind nothing but footprints.

Slipping into full-on survival mode, Reid explains he’ll lead us from our comfort zones into our stretch zones, where we’ll hopefully acquire new wilderness skills. After a quick lesson in packing tents, stoves and sleeping gear – we’re each carrying 15kg – the briefing finishes with us outlining our individual goals for the trip. “Survival,” snaps Jane, reluctantly lacing her boots. “And Weight Watchers points. It’s worth at least five glasses of wine. It’s the only salvation.” For the first time the guide looks puzzled – and slightly alarmed.

It’s an idyllic start. Eskdale Valley, prostrate beneath the magnificent bowl of Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Scafell Pike, is licked by sun. We are serenaded by the babbling River Esk and occasional toots from La’al Ratty, as the narrow-gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is known.

Walking couldn’t be flatter. Or easier. Jane, who added last-minute weight to her rucksack by including a makeup bag, mirror and hairbrush – “just because I’m hiking, I don’t have to look like a dog” – seems impressed. There’s even memorable architecture. The 12th-century St Catherine’s Church is swaddled by a beautifully manicured graveyard containing the extraordinary granite hunk of Thomas Dobson’s headstone. The huntsman’s eerie sculpted face peers at you with an enigmatic half-smile – a Cumbrian Mona Lisa flanked by fox and hound.

We pass a handsome Lakeland house that inspires townie dreams of rural escape, sip a lunchtime pint at Boot’s Brook House Inn and rise easily up the north side of Eskdale. Reid takes advantage of the sunny mood to evangelise about the confidence-boosting value of leaving our comfort zones, quoting Edmund Hillary after he’d climbed Everest. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves.”

Rebecca and Jane nod eagerly. This can’t last. The clouds start to mass 20 minutes later. As we reach the end of a 250m climb, the first fat raindrops thwack against our Gore-Tex. By the time we reach the stone circles and prehistoric mounds of Brat’s Moss, it’s pouring. A divine panorama over a silvery Solway Firth to distant Scottish hills vanishes in mist before our eyes.

We break for a restorative cuppa at a bleak lodge known as the Blair Witch House, gazing across Burnmoor Tarn to the peaks of Kirk Fell, Black Sail and Great Gable. Apparently we’re now reconnecting with the way our ancestors survived for the last 60,000 years before urbanisation, email and iPhones. No one cares. The downpour’s intensifying, driven into our faces by a gusting westerly.

And the walking’s getting tougher. Far tougher. Our boots squelch through heavy mud in boggy, knobbly moorland. I turn round and do a double take. Jane is now carrying an open umbrella. We’re in one of England’s lairiest, most isolated spots but she appears to be strolling down the Kings Road.

She’s also leaking. Damp is rising up her back and down her legs. “I feel like I’ve peed myself. It reminds me of Duke of Edinburgh when I was cold, wet and shattered. It’s exactly what I dreaded.”

Rebecca joins in: “I’m craving a hot bath.”

Reid vainly attempts to raise morale. “I’m not sure this line of thinking helps.” He points to our final climb up the steep slope of Broad Tongue. “It’s only a 260m rise – about the height of 26 semi-detached houses. Not too bad.”

We grind up, stopping for a breather after 27 bungalows. By the top we’ve been walking for six hours. Dense curtains of rain open and shut theatrically. Our camping area on Great How is only 500m away but visibility, daylight and energy are fading fast.

Reid studies his map, swears several times and decides to head back to the safety of Eskdale Moor – an experienced guide ensuring we stay well outside our panic zones. It means the last hour’s grim climb has been in vain. Jane slumps to the ground and sits, brolly raised, staring silently into thin air – a surreal René Magritte figure in the wilderness. She has entered her twilight zone.

Pitching camp on Eskdale MoorJane pitching camp on Eskdale MoorBut the retreat is a good call. We find a textbook location for wild camping. Sheltered in the lee of Illgill Head, it’s flat, free of sharp stones that can tear a tent, and close to fast-running water. There’s space to go to the loo, well away from steep drops – the bete noire of incontinent, myopic ramblers.

I’d happily reveal our spot, but then I’d have to kill you. Wild camping etiquette is to keep locations secret to avoid over-use. The only downside is the horror movie setting. We’re bunking down slap-bang on the Corpse Road – the route once used to transport the dead to St Catherine’s. One horse still haunts the moor with its decaying human cargo.

Oh Lord. It’s already an unsettling time to remain in the mountains. Known as homecoming, this is the hour when people traditionally descended to the safety of lower ground. To stay is to contradict hard-wired human knowledge.

But there’s little time to be spooked. As the rain eases we erect tents, helped by the ever-patient Reid, pull on dry clothes, collect water and boil chilli con carne in the bag. Jane scoffs her’s immediately and vanishes into her tent. “Sod campsite camaraderie, I’m done. Night.”

She misses the best moment of the trip. Under a vast moon that daubs scudding clouds with ochre light, we sit in a prehistoric stone circle, sip whisky and munch chocolate. It’s utterly magical. Sadly it’s only a brief interlude from the flood. Within hours, we’re again buffeted by relentless weather fronts. Someone appears to be throwing bucket after bucket of water over the tent. Sleep is near impossible.

“Bloody hell, this is unbelievable,” says Rebecca early next morning, applying her Kiehl’s anti-wrinkle defence cream with survival molecules and corallina extract. “Why in God’s name are we out here?”

Reid, who claims “it’s the worst weather I’ve ever camped in”, remains magnificently stoic. He helps pack sodden gear and braves the downpour to fire up an early morning brew. His golden hour – “the sun’s up, you’re alone in the mountains with a coffee” – has literally been washed away.

But wild camping’s nothing if not flexible. Plan A’s early-morning ascent of Scafell was abandoned last night. Now Plan B – climbing Illgill Head with its 2,000ft wall of vertiginous scree above Wast Water – is also scrapped.

Time for Plan C: the pub. As we descend past Eel Tarn into lush Eskdale, the guide continues to point out plants and supply navigation tips. It’s almost possible to forget the night’s grim weather. Almost. But Cumberland Ale and pizzas from the Woolpack’s woodfired oven come as blessed relief.

Hours later and, oh irony, there’s a cloudless sky and soft pink dusk. Perhaps it’s the warmth, or alcohol, but our storm-tossed adventure now garners surprisingly positive reviews. Jane admits it was a trial, but was mesmerised by the scenery, surprised at her fitness and feels more confident for enduring high-altitude discomfort.

“I feel an incredible sense of achievement for spending a night in the wild,” she tells me over a Chilean red wine. “I’d love to experience that early golden hour with warm sun and hot coffee. In fact I’d go again if the trip was a little more luxurious, perhaps with a wild massage.”

Mr Reid, please take note.

Team Walking (01423 871750, has bespoke or group two-day Out of Your Comfort Zone trips for £109pp including guiding, camp meals and equipment. Half-day and one-day trips are also available. The Britannia Inn (015394 37210, has doubles from £80 B&B. The Woolpack Inn (019467 23230, has doubles from £60 B&B


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Street Swag goes global with design win

December 22nd, 2011
Shannon Holloway
ABC News

Updated September 11, 2009 18:19:00

A Brisbane school teacher says she has started receiving overseas orders for her sleeping bag for the homeless, after winning an international design award.

Street Swag inventor Jean Madden was taken by surprise when her lightweight and camouflaged swag won the people’s choice INDEX award in Copenhagen, beating off finalists including Brad Pitt, who was in the running for his Hurricane Katrina Pink Project housing rebuilding program.

Ms Madden has told ABC Radio National’s By Design program her creation is more than a sleeping bag because it is made of a super-lightweight canvas with a thin, high density foam mattress. It has enough room to keep personal belongings inside.

“What makes it so successful is that it rolls down into itself to look like a bag, so it doesn’t actually look like bedding.

“That’s really important for safety, particularly for the women and the children who use our swags,” she said.

Ms Madden says it was “a pretty cool thing to win,” and was privileged to be congratulated by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark after receiving the award.

She believes her unique product won the people’s choice award as it keeps homeless people alive.

“I think what the response was why so many people voted in the world for us to win, was that it is something that is so desperately needed at the moment.

“With the world financial crisis, that [means] a world homelessness crisis.

“[It's] something that’s just so needed,” she said.

Ms Madden said over 12,000 swags have been produced for homeless Australians, by prisoners from Queensland’s Woodford Correctional Centre and Grafton in New South Wales.

“It’s going to be great revenue for correctional services as well within Australia,” she said.

Despite the large amount of swags already on the streets, Ms Madden said there has been a huge increase in homelessness, describing it as “sickening”.

“Already we have started to be approached from some of the other countries, particularly winning the INDEX award.

“So the charity started a second company, so we can start to pick up some orders from overseas, as a way of raising revenue for our Street Swags charity here in Australia,” she said.

Ms Madden said the production of the swags will continue in Australia, as the specialised canvas for the swags can only be milled in Australia.

But she says microfinance industries in Kolkata and East Timor are currently being set up to help with demand.


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A wasp never forgets a face

December 2nd, 2011

A wasp never forgets a face
By Science Online’s Clare Pain

Posted December 02, 2011 21:06:04

A female Poliste fuscatus paper wasp. Photo: Being able to visually recognise faces makes sense living in a situation with multiple queens. (Science/AAAS)
Map: United States

Primates have a face recognition system that enables them to distinguish between individuals, and now it seems some wasps do too.

But the new study has also found wasps are likely to have evolved their ability quite separately and it may work in a different way.

Michael Sheehan, a PhD student at the University of Michigan in the USA, and his supervisor, Dr Elizabeth Tibbetts, report their discovery in the latest issue of Science.

“We know that the same area of the brain in other primates does the same thing and it’s also the same brain area in sheep”, Mr Sheehan said.

“But as far as I’m aware, our work is the first example of face recognition in an invertebrate – certainly in an insect.”

Mr Sheehan studied two closely related species of paper wasps that live in Michigan and found one could recognise faces while the other could not.

“The two species are essentially the same in all aspects – they even build nests next to each other,” he said.

“They only differ in the number of queens in a nest.”

The species that could recognise faces, Polistes fuscatus, founds nests containing multiple queens – typically three or four queens but sometimes as many as eight.

The other species, Polistes metricus, has nests with only one queen.

Being able to visually recognise faces makes sense with living in a situation with multiple queens.

“There is a linear dominance hierarchy”, Mr Sheehan said.

“The top queen does lots of reproduction and not much work. The queen at the very bottom of the hierarchy does lots of work and not much reproduction.”

He believes wasps need to be able to recognise the different queens.

The scientists already knew that the P. fuscatus wasps could recognise each other, but they wanted to know whether the wasps were using a special face recognition system to do it.
Escaping the buzz

Mr Sheehan captured wild queen wasps from nests of both species to test in an experiment.

The wasps had to crawl through a T-shaped maze in which the floor was slightly electrified, except for a ‘safe area’ in one of the arms.

When the wasps reached the junction of the maze they had to choose between left or right, not knowing which side the safe area would be on.

Rather like signs at a road junction, Mr Sheehan put a different picture of a wasp face on each arm. One face was associated with the safe area.

Between each trial, the safe area was moved randomly between the arms, so the wasps needed to ‘read the sign’ to make the right decision at the junction.

The P. fuscatus wasps rapidly learned which face meant safety, but the P. metricus wasps did no better than chance.

Mr Sheehan then repeated the experiment using signs consisting of simple patterns instead of faces, and also tried pictures of different caterpillars, which are the wasps’ main food source.

Both species of wasp learned to read the pattern and caterpillar signs equally well.

But for P. fuscatus, success was much better when the signs were faces.

“Their overall performance is more accurate and their rate of learning is faster [when they are using faces]“, Mr Sheehan said.

He believes this is evidence faces are being detected by a special face-processing system.
Antenna cue highlights different system

Further evidence for a special system is that the wasps cannot recognise digitally altered photos of wasps with their antennas removed.

“It’s as if the antenna cues the wasp [that it is dealing with a face]“, Mr Sheehan said.

Dr Romina Palermo of the Australian National University in Canberra says there is no real parallel to the antenna cue in human face recognition, which suggests the wasps may be using quite a different system.

“In terms of being able to understand the evolution of face recognition this work is important”, Dr Palermo said.

“The brains of humans and wasps are very different.”

She thinks it is interesting face recognition has evolved in the species where there is cooperation between queens, and she wonders which came first -cooperation or the ability to recognise faces.

“The next step is to figure out the similarities and differences between the human and wasp systems”, she says.

Mr Sheehan believes face recognition has probably evolved several times and thinks it is striking that there is such a dramatic difference in face recognition ability between two very closely related species of wasp.

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People and Lizards Endangered by Superstition

November 19th, 2011

The Tokay Gecko has been claimed by uninformed people, even hucksters, as a cure for anything from HIV, diabetes, cancer to asthma and skin cancer. In, Asia traditional culture holds the consumption of animals parts to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses, but there is no proof, and the myth causes an enormous number of innocent animals to be captured and consumed.

“TRAFFIC is alarmed at the massive increase in trade of these geckos. If the trade continues to mushroom, it could take years to repair the damage currently being inflicted on gecko populations,” said an official from the non-profit organization monitoring illegal trade in wildlife. (Source: Washington Post)

Reportedly the lie that consuming Tokay Geckos can cure HIV has been making the rounds on blogs, news articles, advertisements and comes also from some wildlife dealers.

People spreading the misinformation are merely profiting by deceiving a naive, consuming public. Can you imagine telling someone sick with HIV to buy a lizard from you as a cure? Any truly sick person who consumed a lizard, rather than getting competent medical treatment could become gravely ill, or even die. It must be well known in most parts of the world eating a lizard is not a cure for any real illness.

Perhaps the individuals responsible for spreading the myth should be punished for animal cruelty, as their actions are resulting in the deaths of animals for no good reason.

Trade in the nocturnal geckos was banned in the Philippines due to rampant sales.

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Steam rises above Grand Prismatic Spring just before a snow storm swallows the beautiful light.

November 20th, 2011

Photograph by Christopher Zimmer, My Shot

By Robert Earle Howells

It’s a mighty high claim to call one backpacking trip in our archetypal national park the best, but it’s hard to top this traverse of the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Factor in a hot soak or two with a hike beside burbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles, streaming waterfalls, a grand finale at the park’s signature attraction and you’ve got plenty to back up the boast.

The 27-mile (43-kilometer) hike starts at the Bechler ranger station, a long haul in itself, reachable via Idaho Highway 47. It crosses expansive Bechler Meadows, where an early-season crossing would be one of America’s worst adventures—they’re underwater in June and under bug siege in July, so wait till August or September when they’re in their wide-open glory. Then comes a spectacular series of waterfalls in the cool, damp, forested embrace of Bechler Canyon—Ouzel, Colonnade, Iris—and even more cascades outside the canyon in Continental Divide country. But enough of all this cool mist—time to get into hot water.

Near the Three Rivers Junction is the redoubtable Mr. Bubble hot spring, conveniently cooled by the flow of the Ferris Fork River, so it’s an ideally tempered spot for a soak. Take the two-mile (3.2-kilometer) side hike to Shoshone Lake and camp by the park’s largest backcountry lake and find a remote geyser basin and some trailside hot springs. Then, time the exit hike to pass by one of Lone Star Geyser’s eruptions, which happen every three hours. Ironically, after three to five nights on the trail among some of the park’s most remote water features, you emerge right at Old Faithful, feeling like a prune-skinned version of Jeremiah Johnson.

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Originally published in the March/April 2009 edition of National Geographic Adventure magazine

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Catching Stress Before It Catches You

November 21st, 2011

posted by Dr. Steven Farmer
Nov 19, 2011 8:02 am


We’re in an ever-accelerating “hurry up” culture, one in which human beings are required to make remarkable adaptations to increasingly technologically driven lifestyles and consumer-oriented pressures. This spiraling pace requires us to move so quickly that we tend to override and become desensitized to our bodily sensations and our feelings. In this anesthetized state we ironically require more stimulation- bigger, better, newer, louder, faster – just to grab and hold our attention. We become so saturated with excessive stimulation and cumulative tension that we may become numb to all but the most adrenaline producing experiences or else attempt to soothe the frayed nervous system with alcohol, drugs or ignore it with compulsive activity.

One of the unfortunate effects of being assimilated into such a system is that we become increasingly alienated from the awareness of physical sensations, so that it becomes difficult to notice the more subtle signs of stress and tension where they first manifest- in the body. When these subtle tensions are ignored, one of the more damaging cumulative effects is that the immune system is compromised. Resources typically available for the immune response are shunted into dealing with a consistently high level of activation present in the body. The potential for illness increases proportionate to the length of time these signs are ignored. It may take a physical breakdown or exhaustion to get us to slow down and allow the immune response to regenerate; sometimes this ignore-ance over a period of years can contribute to a major life-threatening illness.

So what can you do? One of the keys to managing stress is creating a lifestyle that will incorporate adequate exercise, rest, proper nutrition, a strong support system and active relaxation methods – things that are sometimes difficult to do in today’s world, yet so essential to maintain a quality of life. Developing these habits supports your immune system and can help you maintain a healthy balance with mind, body and spirit.

Yet an often-overlooked aspect of stress management is enhancing your body awareness. By paying closer attention to your body’s signals, especially areas of tightness and tension, you can learn to honor those signs that say “Slow down! Rest! Get a massage! Eat! Exercise!”etc., before your body reaches critical mass. By doing so you may be practicing “Distress Prevention” rather than simply stress management.

So I propose three simple steps to incorporate on a daily basis that will alert you to what’s happening in your body and give you a better sense of what you need to do in order to reduce tension. These are: Slow Down, Breathe and Tracking Your Body’s Messages.

Slow Down

Easier said than done! Not only can the increasingly fast pace of the world these days influence your own pace, but also you may be habitually driven to maintain a vigilance just to stay ahead or even keep up. Slowing down from time to time may even trigger some anxiety, primarily due to the discrepancy between your conditioned habits of haste and the novelty of a different rhythm.

Try the following exercise once each day for the next two weeks and see what happens: For three minutes each day, make all your physical movement – walking, reaching, grasping, sitting, etc. – at about 80% of their usual speed. The purpose is to help you attune to a different pace and rhythm, allowing you to pay attention to the more subtle nuances of your body. Be sure to breathe while doing this.


Well . . .of course you breathe or you wouldn’t be reading this! Here, however, I’m proposing a more conscious type of breathing. Most of us tend to be shallow breathers, so the intent here is to not only breathing more consciously and conscientiously, but as another means to bring your attention to your body and the physical sensations.

There are several methods of conscious breath work. One of my favorites is as follows: For just 3-4 minutes twice a day, close your eyes, and first take three deep, comfortable breaths, holding on the inhale for a short count of three, and releasing completely on the exhale. Then resume a more regular pattern of breathing, perhaps a little deeper and a little slower than you might typically breath.

As you’re breathing, when inhale say silently to yourself, “I am…” and when you exhale, “…relaxed,” until you have created a pleasant rhythm with your breathing and this simple affirmation. Doing this over a period of time attunes you to this type of breathing, and you will likely find yourself breathing more fully in other situations.

Another simple one that you can do a couple of times during the day is to close your eyes and simply count your breaths as you breath deeper and slower. Count each from one to four then repeat until you have counted a total of 12-16 breaths. Do this for about three minutes twice a day, gradually increasing the length of time. It’s also a great one on those restless nights when sleep seems a distant possibility. Try either of these some time. They really do work!

Tracking Your Body’s Messages:

Go through the first two steps in sequence and as you breathe, notice areas of tension in your body. What else are you aware of as you tune into your physical sensations? When you put your attention on these sensations, it also facilitates your intuitive processes. Are you getting any messages?

If you feel like you’re body is tight and holding onto some tension, rather than focus on your entire body, choose one of those areas, such as the shoulders, chest, stomach, and simply place your gentle attention on that area. Continue your deeper breathing, and eventually that particular area will let go and you’ll find that area will relax. When your attention is drawn to another area of your body, focus there and breathe through whatever is occurring.

Practicing these simple steps on a regular basis will cultivate a greater confidence in dealing with stress of any kind and help support the best of who you are to come forward.

Dr. Steven Farmer is a world-renowned author, teacher, shamanic practitioner, and Soul Healer. He has published several best-selling books and other products, including Earth Magic®, Earth Magic® Oracle Cards. In addition Dr. Farmer is a licensed psychotherapist, former college professor, Reiki Master, and an ordained minister in the Circle of Sacred Earth Church. For more information, visit and Dr. Steven Farmer’s Facebook page.

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Omelets and apple crisp: easy-to-make recipes for camping trips Read more:

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Published June 23, 2012

Unless you go glamping, you probably don’t have a gourmet chef around to cook for you during your camping trip. These recipes have been selected with tent-camping in mind, since you have many more options if you are hanging out in your RV. Get your tin foil ready!

What makes a champion camping dish?
Laura Meadows, who words in food services at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, says a good camping dish is one that can be cooked fairly quickly.

You also have to keep in mind that it is hard to control the cooking temperature when you are playing with fire. This is fine for roasting marshmallows and cooking hot dogs, but using a Dutch oven with coals or a gas-powered Coleman stove give you the control needed for more precise cooking, she says.

“Part of camping is having fun cooking techniques and involving everyone,” says Meadows, who describes herself as an avid camper. Here are two that she has used with family and friends.

Egg-cellent personal omelets 
For an entertaining breakfast, have everyone make their own omelet in a bag. Take sandwich-size zip lock bags, Meadows says, and have everyone write his or her name on theirs. Have each person add raw, scrambled eggs or egg beaters and whatever else they want – cheese, cooked bacon or sausage, pre-cut veggies. Seal the bags, making sure to get all of the air out, and put each one into a pot of boiling water for two to three minutes. Carefully pull them out of the pot and enjoy your omelet.

Dutch oven apple crisp
If you have a Dutch oven, you can make a tasty apple crisp under the open sky. Cut six to eight fresh apples and place them in a foil-lined Dutch oven. Add a stick of unsalted butter, one box of cake mix and one cup of brown sugar. Cover the Dutch oven, then using 15 to 20 hot coals from the fire pit, let it cook for an hour.

Preparing and prepping tips  
Meat stores better if you cook it ahead of time and then freeze it. Meadows advises cutting your vegetables and doing as much prep as you can at home. If you decide to bring along raw meat to cook over the fire, freeze it in large zip lock bags.

“I like to have at least two coolers,” Meadows says. “One [I use] for beverages, which will be opened and closed throughout the day.  I take a second one for cooking items.”

Instead of using standard bagged ice, use the longer-lasting block ice or freeze water in milk jugs to keep your food cold, Meadow suggests.

Power snacks for camping
If you are looking for some snacks to help you power through a strenuous hiking or camping trip, Baltimore-based health coach and amateur chef Helene Leeds suggests bringing a trail mix made from cacao nibs (which are basically raw, unsweetened chocolate chips made from actual cacao beans), macadamia nuts and raw coconut flakes. Throw in some goji berries, hemp and sunflower seeds, almonds and other dried fruit (like cherries) and you are good to go.



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My 4 Favorite Medicinal Weeds

November 14th, 2011


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Me-dic-i-nal: of, or having the properties of medicine.—Webster’s New World Dictionary

Some people call them weeds, while others bow in respect to these plants that have been used as medicine long before the pharmaceutical industry attempted to copy their properties in synthetic form. Each spring I look forward to finding my favorite plants bursting to life in my lawn and garden. I have come to know these plants for the nutrients they provide my body, as tonics after a long winter and as medicines I can use to heal whatever might ail me.

At the moment these so-called “weeds” are coming in strong and healthy and a good thing too, because the young plants are perfect for moving my kidneys out of winter hibernation and welcoming liver energy for spring. I will use them in fresh salads, in soups, to make mineral rich vinegars and medicinal tinctures for healing the body. I will share with you my experience with each plant and include bits of information written by many knowledgeable herbalists I have read or studied. These plants have become friends over the years and I hope they will assist your life and health as they have mine.

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10 Natural Ways to Ease Depression

November 15th, 2011
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If you are suffering from depression or seasonal depression, there are many natural options that can help.  Of course, you should always see a doctor as well.

1. Supplement with Vitamin D

This vitamin, which is more accurately termed a hormone, has been recently found to play a role in the number of depressive symptoms experienced.  Researchers at the University of Massachusetts studied a group of post-menopausal women for a possible correlation between vitamin D and the symptoms of depression.  They found that the lower the levels of vitamin D the women had, the more likely they were to experience symptoms of depression.

2. Eat Complex Carbs

If you’re eating a high protein diet or if your diet lacks whole grains, you may be deficient in the building blocks to make important the important neurotransmitter serotonin in your brain—a natural chemical that helps regulate mood.  Add fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains to your diet.

3. Skip the Caffeine

Research links caffeinated beverages with suppression of serotonin.  By skipping the coffee or tea, you’ll give your brain a better chance to make sufficient serotonin to maintain balanced moods.

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Trail Hiking & Camping Recommendations For Newcomers

May 23rd, 2011

The hardest part about being a novice hiker is soaking up and synthesizing all the details you will need. Trail hiking and camping along trails is one of those things that needs some know-how and consideration prior to actually starting your trip. In order to make it easy for you, we have created a listing of the main guidelines beginners should become aware of about trail hiking and camping.

Plan in advance

Going hiking on a trail isn’t something you decide to do out of the blue or on a whim unless you are a truly rugged outdoorsman with intimate expertise in hiking and the trails you’re going on. For everyone else, it is wise to plan ahead and know some basics about the area. It is a good idea to have a map and study the routes in advance, to ensure you appreciate how far the trails are and know the place you would like to take a break or setup camp. Planning a route may prevent you from becoming lost or not calculating distances properly.

Do not overwork your body

If you’ve already gone hiking and camping, you presumably know your physical limits. It’s fine to push your body a touch, but don’t overdo it, specifically in areas which are faraway or you are new to. If you ever push yourself too much, fatigue can make you more susceptible to injury and possibly unable to hike out from the area. Anytime you’re walking, make an attempt taking a break every hour to rest and drink plenty of water. Making routine stops and walking at the right speed may prevent you against getting over-worked.

Dress yourself in suitable apparel

Absolutely nothing could make the hike more difficult than being dressed in the wrong clothes. When you plan ahead, make sure you get weather conditions so you know what camping clothes are the best. For instance, if it is going to be chilly, make sure you bring a coat, thermals and multiple layers. In order to avoid getting bug bites or becoming contaminated with poison ivy, always wear long sleeve shirts and pants, even during the summer.

Bring in the appropriate equipment

While you’re on the trail or camping for the night, you should bring the right supplies. Look for a checklist you should follow if you are going camping while on a trail. For anyone who is just going hiking, some of the essentials you must have are great walking footwear that won’t cause harm to your feet, a lot of water and a few snacks to keep you energized. Also, make sure you have a emergency first aid kit, cellphone and compass in the event you wander away from the trail.

Stay intelligent and do not go crazy

As previously written, you shouldn’t overwork yourself or work like an experienced hiker if you are first starting out. For example, novices must not veer away from designated trails. Trails are there to steer hikers around areas, so leaving one could possibly result in becoming lost. Remember to use extreme care and stay wise about all you do on the trail.

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Moosejaw Outdoor and Camping Gear

June 12th, 2010

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Choose the Right Camping Water Filter

July 5th, 2010

When it comes to being adventurous and camping, you need to pick the right camping water filter. For those that camp day to day in new areas of the world, there isn’t always a way to get clean water. With a water filter that’s portable, it will be easy to make water as you walk. All you need is a water source and something to contain it. Let us give you some good ideas where to get water filters for your camper and portable filters for hiking.

When you travel a long path going to nowhere, it’s always good to have bottled water. However, you should never carry something that’s way to heavy on a hiking trip. That’s where a mobile water filter comes in. You can get a pump filter or battery powered. Once you add the water to the filter, the pump runs the water through a cleaning process that cleans the water to be drinkable.

To find a purifier portable, you need to search the Internet or a local camping shop. However, looking on the Internet you can find many different brands and reviews online. Using the Internet will help you determine the best brand out today and to do this, you should look up some reviews.

Now that you know a bit about portable filters, you should install a water purifier in your camper. Some campers come equipped with water purifiers and make it easy. However, for those older style campers, you need to install one. There are many companies that sell filters that hook to the end of a facet or in the water system.

Once you choose your choice in water filtration, you can be on your way to camping. It can be dangerous if you decide to go out on a hike without some sort of purifier for water. You can always find a river that has running water to drink, but that’s sometimes not their when you need it.

To get the latest news on brand name water purifiers, you can look at some website that shows upcoming brands or equipment. When you go camping, it’s important to find the right equipment before you go out to the wild. If you backpack tent you can carry a portable filter easily in the backpack. The equipment is small and holds a few oz’s of water.

The equipment is easy to clean afterwards and easy to purchase new filters. You may find them anywhere online. Although, you might want to get a popular brand. If you don’t want to buy a filter online, then you should go ahead and make a homemade filter. To make your own you can find guides online.

Remember to always be careful when camping and stay hydrated. Food isn’t the only thing that causes death. Hydration is important, because you can live without food for a few days, but with no water it will be death. When you decide on your type of Camping Water Filter try to keep hydrated.

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Camping – The Cure For Everything By Linda A. Perry Platinum Quality Author

June 6th, 2010
  • Back to Nature:Camping cannot make world peace and it cannot solve the mysteries of cancer. But what camping can do for you, probably no other activity can. It brings you back to nature, and lets you experience peace in your very present moment. That is camping

. If you choose a state park or state forest as your camping location, you will see nature like you have never seen it before. You might see raccoons, all sorts of birds and little animals, chipmunks, rabbits and more. If you are not careful you might have your first bear experience and hopefully, you will come out of it okay. But you will, without a doubt be as close to nature as you ever will be.

My Favorite–Eureka Tents:

First, I have to say, my happiest and best camping days have been while using a Eureka tent. They are just made with the camper in mind. Does your tent have a nice screen window with a plastic flap –for rain? If you choose your tent correctly, you will have an awesome camping experience. A large part of joy in camping is having fun setting up the tent. If you do not enjoy setting your tent up–you simply have the wrong kind of tent. You may have spent just a few dollars for your tent, you might have gotten a bargain but you will know your value as you take it out and set it up. I say this from experience, and from having put up all sorts of tents from solo tents, backpacking tents, individual tents, even family tents. Yes, I have put up a family-size tent, myself–with no assistance, and had fun doing it. And just one company makes this possible. Eureka! I absolutely love the Tetragon series of Eureka tents. You cannot go wrong with this tent. The Tetragon 9 is a beautiful tent that has side windows that are net. And the fly of the tent has plastic inserts that cover the side windows in case of rain. The beauty of a tent is being able to look outdoors from the inside and still be able to be dry in a downpour. Ahh, that special beauty of seeing the forest or the park through your tent windows as the rain is pouring down outside. That is Eureka! It is just a convenient, joyful, easy-to-assemble tent.

Weather Decides Which Tent You Need:

When trying to decide which tent to purchase, the camper needs to first know where he will camp out, the time he will camp out, and the weather circumstances, and a few other things. For beginners, if you do not want to spend a few extra dollars buying a Eureka tent, you can opt for the cheaper versions of small tents just to see how you like camping. Try any tent. But I guarantee you, if you want an awesome experience, even as a beginner, you might do better with a Eureka. Here is an idea, instead of spending big bucks on an expensive tent of some other name, check out eBay or some other used-items stores and purchase your tent used instead of new. This way you can afford Eureka for your first tent and then you can upgrade later if you really insist on having a brand new tent.

Beginners’ Tents:

During my experimentation with many different kinds of tents, I’ve found that the best beginners’ tent is a very inexpensive one that is usually available, in season, at Target stores.The tent is called the Expedition Trail Authority tent. If you purchase this tent ‘off- season” you can pick it up for under nineteen dollars.The tent area on the floor is seven feet by seven feet, so that’s plenty space for one or two people.This tent is easily set up. You don’t need two people to set it up because the tent center height is at a reasonable height. All you do is assemble the shock-corded poles and install them. Stake your tent down. Add the tent fly, and you are ready to go.

When using this tent, I use an inexpensive waterproof tarp under the tent, and another inexpensive waterproof tarp over the tent. Now , I’m set for all kinds of weather camping.

Leave Large Family Tents Home:

I’ve found that if you want to have a pleasant, non-working camping experience, you’ll need to leave the large tents and the family tents back at the house or in the garage. Those larger tents, though they afford more room and more center height, are not fun to put together. And, on a windy day, they are almost impossible for one person to put them together. So, the smaller you go, the better you’ll feel and the best and most carefree camping experience you’ll have. Use two or three smaller tents for the family and you will all have more fun and much nicer trip.

RAIN? Keep Your Camping Reservation:

Here is another camping tip. Never cancel a camping trip just because you hear that it will rain. The weather will probably be fine for at least some of your trip days. So keep your planned trip. Camp in all kinds of weather if you are physically able to do so. You will love the experience. The rain will always stop, and even if it does not, you will learn what camping is really all about. Camping is about bringing yourself out into nature and living there for a short while. You live there with what nature provides, and you take it all, sunshine, rain, storms and whatever other kind of weather happens. You go camping!

The great thing about camping is that this is probably the one place that you can safely “do nothing” , and really enjoy doing that. Just sit outside the tent and take in all the birds, trees and nature all around you. Check out Hither Hills State Park if you like camping at the ocean. This is the most awesome place for going to sleep and waking up with the tide rushing. And this comes from one who does not know how to swim. I loved staying there for the night.

Just a note, if you do camp at Hither Hills, bring ziplocs with you. Put all your money or fragile items, like Ipods etc, inside plastic bags and then put the plastic bags inside a beach bucket. This way everything will be dry in the morning. Just one last note, you need to register at least nine months in advance if you want to camp out at Hither Hills during a weekend or holiday time.

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I updated this article on July 20, 2008.

Linda Perry, a published author, creator of genuine, unique television shows that air on Time Warner and on Cablevision in New York City. A warm-hearted individual who gives a voice to those who have been silent all along. This author produces television shows about almost all topics that help people in their lives. Many of the shows are entertainment; some are information and resources and still others are festivals, fiestas, and community events that bring all people together in one place in the city or in the country. Sometimes I update the articles so come on back and re-read if you like.

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3 Steps To Newbie Success

June 3rd, 2010
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How to Stop Panic Attacks and Get Rid of Anxiety Without Drugs By John Cielo Platinum Quality Author

June 3rd, 2010

Want to know how to stop panic attacks and, in doing so, help get rid of your anxiety? Here, you’ll discover what causes your panic attacks, how to eliminate them, and, how this helps get rid of your general anxiety. And you don’t need drugs either.

It is possible to have such high anxiety levels that a further increase in stress or anxiety can actually trigger a panic attack. And this is how many attacks occur. The sufferer is already under a great deal of stress or anxiety, for any number of reasons, and some stressful event, such as being in a very crowded supermarket, can push their levels so high that a panic attack is triggered.

The problem about having a panic attack, is that the symptoms are so horrifying that you just don’t ever want to repeat it. Unfortunately, that very fear of an attack happening again can be the very thing that can trigger it. And when you think about it, it makes sense. Since an increase in anxiety over a certain limit can cause an attack, and, your fear of having another attack just adds to that general anxiety.

But there are two things going on here, your underlying general anxiety and your panic attacks. Generally, your doctor will prescribe drugs to help control mood and to help calm you. But, although they can work fine for some people, they don’t for others. And there are some serious side effects that can put people off.

You can also use non-drug therapies such as psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, counseling, support groups, yoga, other relaxation techniques and acupuncture, etc. And often these are combined with drug-based medication to good effect.

But, whichever route you take, there is one critical issue that can hold back your eventual cure, and that is your fear of panic attacks, either subconscious or realized. As long as you have this, it can be difficult to deal with your underlying general anxiety, because your fear feeds your anxiety. It is a vicious anxiety cycle that you need to break out of.

And you do that by ridding yourself of your fear of panic attacks. Once you can do this, you stop having attacks, so that you can then concentrate on getting rid of your general anxiety, which you can by totally natural means, without expensive drugs with their horrible side effects.

At the heart of this natural approach is to confront your fear head-on and so help to diffuse it. And there are techniques to help you do this. I can’t go into the details here, but the following exercise will illustrate a key plank of the effectiveness of confronting your fear…

Make yourself have a panic attack right now! Go on, do everything you can to have one. See what I mean? You can’t make yourself have one, because you’re confronting your fear by trying to trigger one. And in confronting that fear, you’re diffusing it.

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Profitzon Review-Stop Wasting Your Time On Clickbank

June 3rd, 2010

If you have ever played around with Clickbank before, you know that it is…well…far from surefire.Not only is the competition extremely fierce on there, but you need crazy marketing skills to make it work.One of the most fatal mistakes a newbie can make when getting started in the affiliate marketing
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Million Facebook Poker Chips – Intro to Texas Hold Em on Facebook By Charlie Wesley P Arron

June 3rd, 2010

Did you know that there are over 12 million individuals actively playing Facebook Texas Hold’em poker actively each month? You will find huge amounts of folks getting into on the internet social gaming – although it is far from new Zynga has made it a lot more available. There is a enormous network of participants on Facebook enjoying Texas Hold’em at no cost and getting new buddies, at any point in the day you will notice around 150 thousand people logged on.

Why is it so addictive? Why are a great number of people spending hours playing around on Facebook Poker tables when there is no genuine cash to be won? And precisely why do people buy a million Facebook poker chips which carry no actual value?Facebook Hold’em poker combines on line poker with social networking that makes it a lot more interesting, you are able to meet new folks and speak to buddies whilst enjoying a game it’s like coming to your digital casino. You are able to invite just about all your pals to meet up on-line or just join tables and begin chatting to other people, meeting new people and getting new buddies. It is really great to get a little bit of competition happening between friends, you might run a championship to find out who can gain the most casino chips. Participating in Hold’em poker on Facebook means that no real cash is changing hands so it is an excellent space to learn how to play online poker safely. It can be excellent for novice players since the computer software actually picks out your very best poker hand on your behalf so you can watch and learn the rules of poker as you go along. Set up your own virtual cards night with your friends and you could have a great time and play poker while not having to tidy up after everyone, you may drop out and go to sleep when you’d like and you won’t need to leave home – fantastic!

Nevertheless it can be very addictive when you begin playing well and winning and getting onto the highest elite tables and I am certain multitudes of hours are lost throughout the world as folks sneak in a quick game of Texas Hold’em if they should be working! So be sure you pace yourself and get plenty of breaks you never know you could just become a Facebook online poker champion.

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Mafia Wars Cheats and Tricks

June 4th, 2010

The basic idea behind Mafia Wars is simple. Start your Mafia family, Run 3 kinds of crime business and eventually try to rule all of New York City. OK, great, so how do you do this? Well one of the biggest flaws in the game is there really is no guide or directions. Your kinda left hanging with this but, most people will pick it up pretty quick.

Your 2 main goals are pretty simple, grow your family and level up. Recruit as many people into your mafia family to gain strength. You want as many people doing jobs for the family as well as a lot of people for fights. The more people you have the better off you are. Recruiting is pretty simple, first invite your friends and after that there are loads of places on Facebook to find new recruits. Remember, to have someone in your mafia family you will have to make them your friend on facebook.

You level up by doing various jobs and winning fights. As you increase in level you will have the opportunity to gain more properties, better weapons and other inventory items as well as earn money.

The game itself is really addictive once you start. You will find yourself signing in just to see if you made any money or if anything new has happened. IT can get crazy but all in all it’s a lot of fun. To start playing just do a search for Mafia Wars on Facebook. It is also available for yahoo and MySpace and I am pretty sure the iphone now too.

How To Get All Looted Items And Weapons in Mafia Wars Cheats Revealed

Doing the following jobs will score you the items listed below. Remember that you may not get the item the first time around. You might need to do the job again but you will eventually get the listed items by completing the jobs associated with the items. Enjoy!

Beat Up Rival Gangster (1e) = .22 Pistol (2A 0D)

Collect Protection Money (2e) = Butterfly Knife (2A 1D)

Rough Up Dealers (2e) = Brass Knuckles (2A 2D)

Rob a Pimp (3e) = .9mm Semi-Automatic (3A 2D)

Take Out a Rogue Cop (3e) = .45 Revolver (3A 2D)

Perform a Hit (3e) = Tactical Shotgun (3A 2D)

Destroy Enemy Mon Hideout (5e) = C-4 (5A 2D)

Kill a Protected Snitch (5e) = Stab-Proof Vest (2A 5D)

Bust a Made Man Out of Prison (5e) = Automatic Rifle (4A 4D)

Fight a Haitian Gang (6e) = Semi-Automatic Shotgun (5A 4D)

Smuggle Across The Border (7e) = Armored Truck (4A 8D)

Repel the Yakuza (13e) = Grenade Launcher (14A 10D)

Disrupt rival smuggling ring (15e) = 50 .50 Caliber Rifle (16A 11D)

Invade Tong-controlled Neighborhood (25e) = Armored Car (14A 15D)

Sell Guns To The Russian Mob (25e) = RPG Launcher (20A 12D)

Protect your City against a Rival Family (35e) = Bodyguards (8A 25D)

Assassinate a Political Figure (35e) = Night Vision Goggles (5A 16D)

Exterminate a Rival Family (40e) = Napalm Attack (25A 9D)

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Conflict Resolution and Dreaming Secrets – How to Fix a Broken Relationship By Christina Sponias Platinum Quality Author

June 6th, 2010

Dream interpretation according to the scientific method is the best guide you could ever find in order to fix a broken relationship. The dreaming secrets you are about to learn will completely change the way you feel.

The unconscious mind that produces your dreams is constantly protecting you from the attacks of the wild side of your conscience. Your wild and violent side keeps trying to control your behavior, while the unconscious mind keeps helping your human side evolve and dominate your mind.

Since love is the most important matter of your life and it could bring you many dangerous frustrations, the unconscious mind worries very much about your mental health when you are in love.

This is why it sends you many detailed dreams containing objective information about the person  you love.You learn everything about them, through analyzing the unconscious messages in your own dreams.

Conflict resolution is one of the most important functions of dreams about love. If you want to fix a broken relationship, you must absolutely learn all the details you can about the personality of the special person. This way, you won’t make mistakes, but do only what will bring positive results and will certainly bring you together as a couple in perfect sync.

Sometimes conflicts help a relationship mature. Don’t think that a separation is the end of the world. Do you know how many couples have separated but finally understood that they needed one another after this experience? I can tell you that there are so many that they cannot be counted.

You will find a way to fix everything. Start having an optimistic attitude, because the unconscious mind will help you for sure.

You won’t do anything successfully without understanding the meaning of your actions. The unconscious mind will help you make an action plan,and succeed without a doubt.

However, be aware that perhaps a reconciliation won’t be the best thing for you. If you have a bad relationship, but you are insisting on continuing this relationship which is a big a mistake, the unconscious mind will help you forget the wrong person and find the right one.

The unconscious mind keeps you balanced and helps you act with wisdom.

I’ve cured many people through dream therapy; dreams about love are the most common ones. I can tell you that sometimes the conflicts put an end to a big mistake, preventing more suffering in the future.

Sometimes, after a dream analysis, the dreamer simply understands that his or her partner was not the person he had imagined. Their separation was obviously something that would happen sooner or later.

So, don’t conclude that I’m telling you that the unconscious mind will help you get your ex back no matter what. Only if this relationship is really the ideal one for you, will the unconscious mind help you remain together.

If your current partner is the right person for you, your relationship will be fixed, and you’ll never again stay far away from one another.

Keep a dream journal, and the unconscious mind will constantly guide you in your dreams. You’ll permanently avoid all conflicts in life and have a perfect relationship.

Christina Sponias continued Carl Jung’s research into the human psyche, discovering the cure for all mental illnesses, and simplifying the scientific methodof Dream interpretation that teaches you how to exactly translate the meaning of your dreams, so that you can find health, wisdom and happiness.
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How to Lose Weight Easily in 4 Simple Steps By Nia Cooper

June 6th, 2010

Are you tired of battling the bulge?

If so, then I know exactly how you feel!

I have gained and lost weight during various times in my life, and I can attest to the difficulty in losing pounds and keeping them off.

No matter how hard it may seem, maintaining a healthy weight can be as simple as keeping a positive frame of mind, developing an eating plan centered around basic foods, and including an easy-to-do workout routine that offers fitness results without driving you insane.

Here are 4 e-a-s-y tips that if followed,can yield great weight loss results and get rid of those unwanted pounds. These steps can allow you to lose weight easily.

1. Plan your meals for the day.

Allow the first two meals of the day to consist of healthy fruits and vegetables. (For instance, have a delicious fruit salad for breakfast and a nice veggie salad for lunch.) Allow your dinner to consist of a balanced meal, and lay off on the second helpings….please! (Smile….I know this may seem a little hard at first.) The dinner meal should consist of 1 meat and 2 healthy vegetable side items. (Watch those portion sizes.)

2. Get your body moving.

Walking, for the most part, is an exercise that just about anyone can do and just 30 minutes a day can be a great start to getting your body in shape.

3. Stay positive.

No matter how much weight you have to lose, it is always important to be patient with yourself. The extra weight did not suddenly appear on your body overnight, nor can you expect it to go away….overnight.

4. Write about it.

Keeping a journal will help you to stay motivated during your weight loss endeavor. On those frustrating days when you feel like giving up your quest to get fit, you will have a daily written record that will allow you to stay focused.

Most of all, try to view this fitness quest as one that is full of challenges, fun, and adventure!

Yes, you too can battle the bulge….and win!

Nia Cooper is an online writer who enjoys motivating others to reach their weight loss goals. If you would like to receive a free fat-loss secrets online report- check out []

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Out In Style-Hiking and Camping Gear

June 13th, 2010

Out In Style-Hiking and Camping Gear- was opened in 1994 to serve the needs levitra of the camper, hunters, and all that an outdoorsman requires. Today Out In Style has grown into a sizable internet retailer offering camping, military, and law enforcement related products. We stock everything including top-of-the-line gear from brand name companies to an extensive line of military surplus goods. We currently stock over 5,000 items and can provide just about any item that is outdoor, military, or law enforcement related.

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