Survival Shouldn’t Be A Low Priority. It Should Be #1!

christmas-treesNature is not a liberal. If you go camping in the rain, you will not stay dry, even if you’re nice. If you sail into a hurricane, you will not stay afloat, even if you’re rich. And if you’re living …

Connecting In The Woods, Part II

connecting-woods“Climbing!” I shouted. I was so eager that I took off without waiting for Ben to answer or to take the slack out of the rope. I knew I had to get off that ledge–now. I couldn’t wait one second …

Connecting In The Woods, Part I

woodsThe air was sharp and cold when my son Ben and I pulled out of our campground in Yosemite National Park and onto the highway. The rising sun came up behind us, and Tuolumne Meadows opened on our right as …

A Great Experience Makes For A Real Blessing

real-blessingThe counselors and teens were soon all busy setting up their tents and creating their outside kitchen where they would cook for a week. Activities would include archery, singing, canoeing, praying, hiking, listening to Bible stories, fishing, preaching, snaring rabbits, …

Getting Your Wilderness Meal On Takes The Right Supplies

wilderness-mealPrepping carefully for a camping trip is vital–forgetting an essential item could spell disaster for your getaway. Even the most experienced campers put together a well-thought-out list of equipment and supplies that will get them through their days and nights …

Getting Out There Needn’t Mean Crappy Nutrition!

crappy-nutritionA summer sojourn away from it all includes a weekend of hiking, canoeing, and culinary adventure. Take pleasure in paddling silently on a moonlit lake, traverse the landscape to catch glimpses of indigenous wildlife, marvel at the beauty of the …

There Is Real History In The Canadian Woods

ca-woodsTHEY WERE BAITING the bear trap with doughnuts when we arrived.

Doughnuts? “Well,” said the park warden. “It is a Canadian bear we’re trying to catch.”

Amid the usual jokes about waking to find a dozen cops inside the trap, …

Camping With Kids Needn’t Be A Nightmare

camping-with-kidsThe reality is that most little kids are just as happy pitching a tent in the backyard. In fact, that’s the ideal place to get your gang used to sleeping in the great out-doors. You can read stories aloud by …

Three Solid Backpacking Destinations

WHITE MOUNTAINS, NH

GOAL 1: THE WEEKEND HIKE

solid-backpackingThough New Hampshire’s Whites top out at 6,288 feet, their Presidential peaks are as serious and storied as any in the lower 48. The tree line is at 4,500 feet; by 5,000 …

Backpack Smart Or Don’t Bother!

backpack-smartSTOVE THAT SIMMERS Conventional wisdom: There’s nothing like a white-gas blowtorch of a stove to cook quickly and reliably. Right or wrong? Wrong. White gas, yes. Blast furnace, no. Happily, newer high-powered white-gas models do let you simmer, then crank …