Four of the Most Common Mistakes that New Backpackers Make

A famous man with the last name Einstein once said “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” If you want to try something new, you will make a mistake. No matter what it is that you’re trying, mistakes are part of life.

When it comes to backpacking, this is especially true. Sometimes mistakes are as tiny as taking a wrong turn on the drive to the trailhead; other times backpacking mistakes can be much more serious Continue reading

L.L. Bean Sale This Weekend – Sept 14-16 – Plus $10 Gift Card Through Oct 1

I L.L. Bean Boothappened to stumble upon this earlier today. LL Bean, a popular camping and outdoors supply company, has a 20% off all camping and hiking gear, footwear, and apparel this weekend, September 14-16, on top of a deal offering a $10 gift card for a $50 purchase which is going on now through October 1. L.L. Bean is well-known for its quality gear, satisfaction guarantee, and of course its famous American-made boots.

L.L. Bean is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year, and this may be related to that. Or it could be trying to boost sales during that slow time of the year between the summer camping peak season and Christmas and holiday shopping. Anyway, who needs a reason – if you’re looking to stock up on quality camping and hiking gear, check out their sale. The 20% off is all over at 11:59 PM Sunday. So get ready for fall camping and hiking, or get a jump start on that holiday buying.

Spring Waterproofing with Kiwi Camp Dry

Kiwi Camp Dry

Kiwi Camp Dry

Our current family camping tent is entering its third season of service, so this seemed like a great time to give the rain fly a fresh coat of waterproofing to handle those impromptu spring showers. To that end, Kiwi® was kind enough to send me a can of their Camp Dry® heavy duty water repellent and, since our tent could easily double as a small house, I picked-up another can myself, just to make sure I had enough to cover the entire rain fly. Camp Dry is a silicon based water repellent that is designed for outdoor gear like boots, patio furniture and the polyester taffeta rain fly on our tent. Continue reading