For those of waiting for me to finish my “50 Lessons Learned” don’t despair. I haven’t given up on that project. I just haven’t had the time to create what is essentially original work. I hope to restart that project this winter. What you get here is some entertaining and education recycled information. I hope you like them and please let me know what you think of them. I love to hear your opinions.
The Bottom-Line Tip is probably my most important tip. It repeats, condenses, and highlights the essential information from our book The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who rambled on and on and you just wanted to say, “Stop talking for a second! Could you just tell me the bottom line?” I know how you feel.
The Environmental Tip also condenses and highlights essential information underscoring certain environmental ethical points that help protect natural ecosystems.
The Philosophy Tip is for the thinker in you. Many people go to the wild for deeply personal, intellectual or spiritual reasons. The Philosophy Tip investigates the “why” in everything we do. Don’t worry – these tips are THAT deep.
The Quality Camper Tip is for the camper who wants to “go the extra mile” in practicing camping and travel techniques. Generally, the Quality Camper Tip gives techniques that appeal to the perfectionist in us. Or simply that part of us that wants to look extra sharp in the backcountry. I urge you to go for it! I try to implement these practices all the time.
The Safety Tip underscores and condenses essential safety information that will help you avoid injury and accidents while traveling and camping.
The Techweenie Tip is for the “gear head” in all of us. When they have the time and inclination, most campers have an interest in the science behind many of the high-technology products that are available for backcountry users today. How many times have you wondered, “Now, just how does that work?” I’ve chosen to answer some of those questions in the Techweenie Tip. And by the way, “Techweenie” is a term of endearment?
Tricks of the Trade are the little secrets that experienced campers all seem to know. On the other hand, you’ll always find that somebody has a simple or more creative way to do simple camping tasks. We learn new Tricks of the Trade all the time from both new and veteran campers. I’ve chosen a few that I thought you could use.
Safety Tip - Dressing for Safety
Every user of wild lands has the responsibility to dress properly, both for their own safety and that of family members, friends, and clients who are traveling with them. Campers should also bear in mind the efforts of the rescuers who may have to venture into the backcountry, risking their own lives to find and help them. As former NYS Forest Ranger Pete Fish says, "Our best dressed corpses wear cotton." Leave the cotton home!
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Adapted from The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund published in 2006 by Sagamore Publishing