Camping 101: Earth Skills: Part 2

Last week, I expressed a concern that most of our youth and many adults don’t have even the most basic of "earth skills" — how to build a fire, how make a shelter — basically how to minimally survive in a desperate situation.

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Camping 101: At Rope’s End And Beyond

Tom Watson

I never throw anything away, especially if I can use it
around the campsite. That especially holds true for rope or lines. There are occasions, however, when one’s at a loss for a section of rope or other material to tie down a critical piece of cargo. Here are a few ways you can come up with fairly acceptable means of securing things around camp with makeshift “rope.”

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Camping 101: Earth Skills: Part 1

Tom Watson

Can we talk? I need to vent. I don’t know how this subject rose to the surface again, but it has and I thought it would make a good article — or three! There needs to be basic "earth skills" or similar topics taught in schools!

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Camping 101: Gifts For The Camper

Tom Watson

The gift-giving season provides many challenges for the outdoors-oriented friends and relatives in our lives. Here are some specific areas of gifts, plus one or two name drops, you might want to consider for your favorite camping buddy or soul mate this holiday season.

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Camping 101: Warmer ‘Sleeps’

Maybe you’ve only got one sleeping bag, but want to push its lower limits a bit during the fall camping/hunting season. Here are a few tips to extend the lower range of your bag to ward off that fall weather chill.

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Camping 101: The Value Of A Walking Stick

Tom Watson

A walking stick can be the third leg or extra foot when climbing, crossing creeks, or merely aiding your stride while trekking across a meadow or down a trail. The walking stick is a handy carry-along on any camping trip, for its primary use, and for emergency needs as well.

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Camping 101: Beware Of Frostbite!

Tom Watson

Frostbite occurs when an extremity of the body, a toe or finger, usually becomes so cold that ice crystals form between the cell walls. Untreated, or poorly treated, a severe case of frostbite can lead to severe pain and the eventual loss of that extremity altogether. Here are some tips on how to deal with frostbite.

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Camping 101: The Emergency Shelter Camp

It’s a smart camper who prepares for emergency situations, particularly the more active outdoors’ enthusiast, who oftentimes includes other activities with their camping such as canoeing or hiking. One of the primary tasks any camper should learn is how to create an emergency shelter. You probably already have the materials you need.

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Camping 101: Odds-N-Ends’ Camping Tips

Through decades of camping and generally enjoying being outdoors, it’s easy to accumulate all sorts of information, tips and tricks. I decided to share eight of the many tips and tricks I’ve learned that most often don’t seem to make it into the books — or if they do, they are soon forgotten.

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