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How to choose a sleep pad for camping or backpacking

With so much rain around here the past couple of months there hasn’t been much adventuring. The only outdoor time we’ve had other than trying to get our Spring garden done is a drive out to Camp Claiborne for some R&R time in the woods this past weekend…as per request from Cheyenne who has been proclaiming for a while she “was ready to go to the woods and hike.” It was a beautiful day for a small fire, a little hike for her and Dad, and just plain old enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest.

In hopes of good weather in the future and hopefully some good trips as well, we have been trying to build on our gear. Now that the hubs and I have our backpacks and camp-stoves (thanks to Christmas gift giving), we are now thinking about what other gear we will need for our potential backpack adventures. He’s got a mummy bag so far for sleeping situations, but I’ve yet to acquire one. Something I’ve also been looking into to go along with this is a sleep pad. I’ve seen a few suggestions of good pads around the internet, but today I came across this article and found it had some good advice to consider and pass along.

Read on….
How to Choose a sleep pad for camping or backpacking

How to Fit a Backpack

I came across this really great article on how to fit a backpack. Since hubs and I are looking to get into some section hiking, we were really needing info like this. As you can see in my previous gift idea post I had a pack on my list. Well we did a little early gift opening and he got me my pack! And I also had gotten him one too 🙂 So now we can take these tips and try out our packs before we start planning our first outing with them!

How to Fit a Backpack/SectionHiker.com

A good how to article if you carry a poncho in your hunting and hiking gear bag.

TheSurvivalPlaceBlog

This article is brought to you by our friend Andrew J. Jackson over at Prepography ”The Art & Study of Self-Reliance”

I was having a beer the other day with a prepper buddy and the conversation turned to what types of shelter are best to carry in a bug out bag… and that’s when the discussion turned to the poncho hooch also known as the poncho shelter.  The poncho hooch is basically a tarp shelter made from a poncho, and a little cordage.  Building a poncho hooch is easy so let’s look at a few alternatives:

Two Man Poncho Hooch

Figure 10-2. Two-man shelter, TC 21-3 SOLDIER’S HANDBOOK FOR INDIVIDUAL OPERATIONS AND SURVIVAL IN COLD-WEATHER AREAS

Two Person Poncho Hooch:

  1. Gather your materials
  1. Unsnap ponchos so that you can spread them all the way…

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