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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Camping Sleeping Bags

There are many more sleeping bags available on the market today than there are purposes for which they are used. The qualities and properties of a sleeping bag that is used for a children’s sleepover are vastly different from those required of a bag that is to be used for sleeping during a trek in a freezing mountainous region, and there are many options available for the multitude of purposes which lie somewhere between these two extremes.

Sleeping bags which are for indoor use are obviously not required to be weatherproof, and are often referred to as slumber bags. They are more likely to be manufactured from natural fabrics than from synthetic from which the majority of outdoor bags are made. These are mainly designed to make sleeping on the floor more comfortable, and to provide extra warmth, as would a blanket.

Undoubtedly the technology of sleeping bag manufacture has improved greatly over the years, but sleeping bags date back to 1861 when Francis Fox Tuckett produced his prototype. Initially camel fur and kapok were used for insulation until duck and goose down were introduced. Sleeping bags were not produced commercially until the 1890s when a Norwegian company commenced their manufacture, but consumers had to wait another hundred years for manufacturing standards to be introduced in the United States and Europe.

The two main shaped sleeping bags are the rectangular bags and the mummy bags. The rectangular bags are shaped as their name suggests, and provide more room to move about inside, but on the other hand that extra room means that there is more space inside in which warmth needs to be retained. On the other hand, the mummy bags are tapered in shape so that there is less room at the level of the feet which requires the maintenance of warmth. The mummy bags have a hood which protects your neck and head from the cold, and when fully closed only your mouth and nose are exposed.

Insulation materials for sleeping bags can be classified into two main groups; down and synthetic. Goose down is an excellent insulator and is also excellent in terms of weight and bulk. On the other hand, its insulation qualities are compromised when the bag gets wet, and it is difficult to wash and dry. It is also more expensive than its synthetic counterparts. There is a variety of synthetic fibres which are used for insulation, some of which are Microloft, Hollowfibre, and Polarguard. Synthetic fibres tend to be heavier and bulkier than down, but they are more water-resistant and still provide warmth if wet. The synthetic bags also tend to cost less than the down bags.

When purchasing a sleeping bag, check the rating of the bag and make sure that it meets your requirements. If you are going to be sleeping in alpine conditions you won’t want to be stuck with a bag with a temperature rating down to only 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, if you are sleeping out in mild conditions you won’t need a bag which is rated down to zero degrees. This is obviously simply a matter of common sense. If you match your requirements with the appropriate sleeping bag, your camping experience will be enhanced, rather than spoiled.

Accessories for the avid Outdoorsman

One of the basic essentials for any extended hunting trip is a tent. Choosing the right tent for the terrain and type of weather encountered can make the difference between survival and disaster. All outdoor gear is important when surviving for days or weeks away from civilizations, but none more so than the tent.

Eureka tents are camping and hunting favorites. For extreme weather conditions the lightweight (7lb 7oz) two person Alpenlite XT tent is a rugged shelter from all kinds of weather. Packing it into the back country where the big game are found is an easy task and set-up is simple.

Larger parties will find spacious accommodations in the Eureka timberline Outfitter 6 tent. Sleeping up to six, the heavy duty Timberline features industrial strength construction which will keep the occupants safe in the worst weather and still weighs in at only 18 lb. 8oz.

The ultimate in equipment for today’s outdoorsman includes the latest in night vision or infrared cameras. Such hand held devices enables the hunter to quietly shoot photos day or night without a flash. An infrared video camera shoots animals in action as they move through the woods. An infrared laser Heatseeker is a safety device which not only helps the hunter find game, but could help find a lost of injured hunter by detecting their body heat.

The hunters knife is one of his most important tools and keeping it razor sharp is essential. The pocket sized Gerber Diamond Sharpener with its retractable sharpener is great for field touch-up’s. Only slightly larger is the Lansky Quick Edge Tungsten Carbide Sharpener.

The right gun case will get the hunting rifle into the back country safely and in perfect condition. JMB makes a top grain leather case with a soft wool lining, a secure barrel compartment and safety straps that will take BT trap and shotguns with barrels up to 32″ safely over the roughest terrain.

The hard shell Outback rifle cases by Vanguard are made from molded PE construction and have a deluxe foam interior with Velcro straps. Available in both single and double rifle sizes the Outback cases are lightweight and durable.

Fine quality Leupold rifle scopes can make that once in a lifetime shot one that brings down the game. The special Leupold Twilight Lens system allows the shooter to hunt from dusk to dawn and the diamond coat 2 scratch resistant lens coating helps protect this vital piece of the hunters equipment.

Leopold, a U.S. manufacturer based in Beaverton, Oregon produces scopes for every rifle and takes pride in their products. A full line of rugged, waterproof Ultra light rifle scopes are available for the hunter wanting to lighten rifle weight and many scopes are available in either a matte or shiny black finish.

Quality hunting, shooting and camping supplies are sporting equipment that last for years, sometime decades or a lifetime. Many become heirlooms, passed on for generations. Be sure to get the best quality and enjoy them for years.

Planning a Camping Trip

Basically, camping equipment can be divided into three general groups: shelter, sleeping accommodations, and cooking equipment. The first group includes camping tents, which of course ensure basic protection against outdoor hazards. The second group consists of sleeping accommodations such as sleeping bags, small cots, comforters, and pillows as just the basics. The final group includes cooking essentials such as a cooking stove, water container, cooler, a can opener, Swiss knife, utensils, and of course, charcoal. After all, camping would not be as fun without an outdoor barbecue.

Camping Tents

Choosing the right tent depends on the number of campers and the main purpose of the camping trip. There are many different kinds of tents out there, and among those being sold, Coleman tents boast of a wide range of products to choose from. There are tents made especially for backpacking, which is why these are made from lightweight materials that can easily be assembled or dismantled in virtually seconds. There are also freestanding dome tents that are easier to set up compared with others, and there are also cabin-type tents that can provide utmost privacy and comfort. As was previously mentioned, the trick to choosing the right kind of tent to bring is to count the number of participants and what kind of camping trip will be carried out. Check if your old tent is still in top shape; if not, consider buying a new one by checking out the range of Coleman tents sold today, among many other choices.

Comfort in the wild

Just because you and your family are outdoors does not mean that you sleep in less comfort than you would at home. When it comes to sleeping essentials while on a camping trip, you must bring with you sleeping bags and pads as well as comforters. You may also choose to bring a cot if any family member feels uncomfortable sleeping on the ground. If you are camping near rivers or on high altitude camping sites—places that tend to be a bit cooler—consider bringing extra comforters to ensure protection against cold weather. Next to camping tents, sleeping materials are the next most important equipment you should have with you. Furthermore, if you have small children with you, consider bringing these essentials in extra amounts because you will never know if you will be needing extra for any member of the family.

Having a picnic

Again, just because you are outdoors, that does not mean that you have to eat less comfortably than when you are at home. So that you and your family can comfortably eat out, you need to bring with you a superb set of cooking equipment that will allow you to whip up a feast easily. For example, your mess kit must be complete (cooking and eating utensils, pots and pans, can opener, etc.). You must also have enough food and water supply securely placed in airtight and spill-proof containers. Next, you need a basic stove through which you can cook your food. Finally, what good is a camping trip without a bonfire? Thus, ensure that you have enough supply of charcoals.

Camping in Outdoors

Camping is an outdoor activity that does not require specialized skills; it only requires thorough preparation of equipment such as a camping tent (or specifically for families, a large camping tent), sleeping bags, food, water, and the like. With enough preparation, campers will surely get the most out of the entire experience in utter safety and comfort. If you are headed to the great outdoors, here are the major factors you need to consider.

Plan the whole trip beforehand

As with any major activity, there is a need to plan and organize. This entails choosing a date, perhaps a weekend, and then choosing the perfect location for the camping trip. If this is your first time, then you may ask around for suggestions from friends and family members. You may also check with local camping associations or groups for other suggestions. Especially for first time campers, do not venture out without checking the safety of the area where you are headed. You also need to check local weather forecasts. Next, after choosing the date and place, do make a checklist of what needs to be done and what needs to be prepared, purchased, repaired, etc. This leads us to the next set of items on your list: the equipment.

Pack all the necessary equipment

Once you have chosen the date and place, now is the time to make that all important checklist. By listing down all the necessary equipment, you will not likely forget anything that you might need. Topping the list of important camping gear is the camping tent. To determine if you have the right kind, you might want to do a quick headcount so that you will know if you need to bring a single tent, a large camping tent, or several mid-sized ones. Next, you must bring sleeping materials such as comforters, pads, sleeping bags, and the like. Do pack extra comforters as you might need them when the weather gets colder at night. Apart from packing a large camping tent and enough sleeping materials, you also need to pack cooking equipment and utensils. If you are going to use a car (as opposed to backpacking), you might also want to bring some lightweight tables and chairs so that you all can eat comfortably even while you are outdoors.

Prepare sufficient food and water

In preparing food and water, do consider the number of campers and the length of your planned trip. Obviously, if the whole family will come down for the trip, you will need to bring more food and water supplies. The same is true with longer camping trips- the longer the trip, the more food and water you should bring with you. Do pack foods that do not spoil easily. Furthermore, as long as there is enough space, do pack extra food and water supplies in case of emergency.

Plan for contingencies

Finally, you need to plan for contingencies. Before camping, inform your relatives or other family members about where you are headed, how long you will be out, and the like. Do not head on out without informing others about your trip. Moreover, bring a mobile phone for easy communication and a first aid kit for emergency situations.