Everyone loves a good campfire. There has to be some primitive element going back to our shared ancestral existence that draws us to campfires. They are a great source of warmth and the setting of many enjoyable social interactions. When camping, a fire is also an excellent method for cooking. The most important aspect to consider when attempting to cook on a campfire is that not all fires are created equally and not all foods cook the same.
Death Valley is perhaps one of the most inspiring and breathtaking locations in the United States. This extremely desiccate stretch of land is both heaven and hell on earth for those who enjoy one of nature’s most unique and spectacular journeys. But to the pioneers who first traveled this forsaken land, all they could bare to say as they fled this treacherous stretch of rock was “Goodbye, Death Valley.
Camping in the park is restricted to the campgrounds, and for good reason. Leaving the trail and pathfinding on your own can cause incremental damage to the park’s grounds. With nearly a million visitors a year the damage would be unsustainable.
The ideal time to tour the park is in the spring. The summers can reach blisteringly hot temperatures averaging in the high 90s. Be advised, campsites provide potable water but you should always pack at least a gallon per person for each day. The desert has infamous ‘dry heat’. The danger therein is how unnoticed dehydration is. You will begin to feel your lips chap almost instantly, if you find yourself thirsty you are already dehydrated. The trick is to drink small sips continuously. You should expect to drink at least two liters per day, anything less can lead to dehydration. Besides the usual critters such as rattlesnakes, scorpions and the occasional coyote, the park is relatively safe.View full article →
If you are willing to put the time and effort in to hike up a mountain then you should be prepared to enjoy the view when you get there. Many people don’t live within walking distance to the places they hike so forgetting something essential can be a real
annoyance. The last thing anyone ever wants to do when they reach the summit of a mountain is to suddenly recognize that they forgot to pack what they need most in that moment. Below is a list of some of the most useful things you should make sure you have in your pack before setting off for a days hike.View full article →
Camping is one of the most affordable and entertaining activities out there today. It is a versatile hobby and can drop you right in the midst of what you enjoy doing most. Whether you are into water sports like paddle boarding, mountain climbing, or just relaxing in the calm of nature, camping gets you there and allows you to stay for as long as you like. So what do you do when nature decides to take a shower?
As the snow fades and the sun starts to have a more influential impact on our thermometers every outdoor enthusiast experiences feelings that mimic those had by children on Christmas Eve. Another summer is on the horizon and we all have high hopes to make memories with exciting camping trips, backpacking adventures and countless other wilderness wonders. Although we would all love to slam our boots onto our feet and race to the nearest trail we need to consider how prepared we are after a long winter. Before dashing off into the tall and uncut there is one word that needs to sing in our minds before all else and that is PREPARATION. In the backcountry, safety, success and satisfaction all depend on being organized, equipped and ready. There are two facets that you should consider while planning the season and those are the aspects of being physically fit and ready with your equipment. At Trek Ultra we strongly believe that without these two pieces in place, our backwoods puzzle can never even come out of the box.
The last decade has produced some huge advancements in the outdoor industry. We, as hikers and backcountry enthusiasts, have countless options to choose from while acquiring our outdoor gear. One of the major factors always taken into account while researching, purchasing and developing all of this equipment is comfort. The allure of spending time in the backcountry is gripping and being comfortable while enjoying these wild places certainly adds to the overall experience.