7 Tips for Introducing Kids to Outdoor Activities

7 Tips for Introducing Kids to Outdoor Activities

The health benefits of getting outdoors are well documented. Even a simple 30-minute walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for your overall well-being. And making time to get outdoors is more important now than ever, as people of all ages spend an increasing amount of time on smartphones and tablets. As devices become more integrated into a child’s development, it is more important than ever to make outdoor activity a regular part of life from an early age. When people aren’t exposed to outdoor activities at a young age, they often struggle to pick them up later in life. In the same way that kids grow up using and learning on devices, participation in outdoor activities should be an integral part of childhood. Once

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Winter camping is a great way to see more nature and fewer people

Winter camping is a great way to see more nature and fewer people

The trails are devoid of human life, animals wander freely through the woods, and snow falls soundlessly on the treetops—it’s wintertime in the great outdoors. But despite the sparkling vistas, uncrowded trails, and the beauty nature offers to hikers in this time of the year, many never experience the wonder that the fourth season offers because of one tiny detail: the cold. What most people don’t know is that a little know-how, the right equipment, and simply wearing multiple layers can help with the challenges of camping in the winter. With some planning, you’ll easily stave off frostbite, sleepless nights, and never-ending shivers, all while enjoying beautiful natural sights. Don’t fear the cold “Winter is one of the best times to be outdoors,” says Tayson

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A Guide to Safe Outdoor Activities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Guide to Safe Outdoor Activities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Editor’s Note: As of 5/5/2020, the CDC recommends wearing masks at all times during outdoors activities. For more information, click here With officials urging us to limit unnecessary travel, many of us might be starting to feel a bit stir crazy. Being outside and in nature is important for dealing with stress and anxiety—the exact emotions in overdrive right now. But is it possible to safely head outdoors without putting your and others’ health at risk? The short answer is yes—we can technically walk, run, and bike alone or with our immediate household without violating social distancing rules. But there’s more to consider before opening the door. Adhere to official guidelines Before you lace up your shoes, check what local health officials are saying for

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Insider Tips for Your First Backpacking Trip

Insider Tips for Your First Backpacking Trip

From the rocky outcrops of the Talladega National Forest to the waterfalls of the Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama is home to many excellent backpacking trails that practically beg for an overnight adventure. If you’ve only done day hikes, however, a longer overnight trek through the backcountry can seem slightly intimidating. But with a little research and planning, your first backpacking trip can be an amazing experience that paves the way for future adventures. The rewards are well worth the planning and effort. Deep in the woods, you’ll discover the kind of scenery, solitude, and natural wonders that many people never experience. At night, beneath the stars, far away from civilization and crowds, you’ll savor a sense of calm that’s hard to find in today’s fast-paced, tech-saturated

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The right way to walk your dog…..nCamp loves our furry friends

The right way to walk your dog.....nCamp loves our furry friends

Enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend…… Walking your dog seems simple enough—it’s just you, your pup, and the great outdoors. But without the right equipment and approach, a much-anticipated W-A-L-K can be disappointing. Get some good gear Search for “walking a dog” online and you’ll find pages of photos with people holding leashes attached to a collar around a dog’s throat, which is exactly what the experts we spoke to advise against. “I’m not a big fan of anything around the neck that’s pulling,” says Anna Mynchenberg, a manager at Bark, the company behind BarkBox. “I can’t imagine having any pressure on my neck, so I wouldn’t want to do that to my dog.” There are simply too many reasons your furry best

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How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

How to Plan a Menu for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

This article is a must read if you love to spend your days outdoors and cook your meals immersed in nature! For many of us, menu planning for a backpacking trip is a last minute consideration. Stop off at a grocery on the way up to the mountains and grab the essentials: mac and cheese, ramen, oatmeal, and, of course, bars, bars, and more bars. But the longer your hike (around the third day of a backpacking trip is usually when it becomes tough to eat another energy bar), the more important it is to vary your diet, both to maintain a high interest in your food and to keep your energy levels up and active. If you’re planning your first long hike, whether it’s

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Social distancing is a no-brainer when you’re already isolated in nature

Social distancing is a no-brainer when you’re already isolated in nature

COVID-19 is here, and we must stay away from each other. Those of us who can are working from home and avoiding public spaces. In our spare time, we’re obsessively scrolling through news updates and social media posts. Yes, it’s wise to follow the important news in your neighborhood, but there is a limit. No matter how much media you consume, no post or story can tell you what the future holds. Outdoorsmen and women are uniquely suited to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Most of us have freezers stocked full of wild game and pantries loaded with goods from last summer’s garden. Many of us have cabins and camps to retreat to, and we have the gear and know-how to survive (and even thrive)

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Wood or Gas – Useful Information

Wood or Gas - Useful Information

nCamp is always looking for ways to elevate your outdoor experience, so we are sharing a recent message from a new customer. We hope you find it to be helpful! QUESTION: Will your adapter work with a Jetboil Jetpower canister?ANSWER: Yes, our adapter connects to the type typically know as; ‘threaded,’ C100, C500, CA500 or ‘normal.’ However these are rarely marked very well. The Jetboil Jetpower canister is the same type and we have used them with the nCamp Gas Adapter. QUESTION: What is better, pure propane or a mixture? ANSWER: Pure propane is best for colder temperatures, but the canister is typically much heavier and have a different type of connection (although adapters are available). There are different mixtures (like Isobutane-Propane) that are designed

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5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

Yurts & Cabins: A dilemma Portlanders face every winter is the desire to camp and spend time outdoors in cold weather. Frosty temperatures, substantial snowpack, and unpredictable weather conspire to keep us home. Fortunately, there are many cabins and yurts around Portland that offer an appealing alternative to pitching tents in rainstorms and wind gusts. Yurts are domed tents with electricity, wooden floors, locked doors, beds, tables, chairs, lighting, and a covered porch. Staples along the Oregon Coast, where numerous state parks rent yurts year-round. The structures can now also be found in Central and Eastern Oregon. Cabins, meanwhile, offer year-round camping in cozy, wooden structures, most with lights, electrical outlets, covered porches, beds, and dining tables. Yurts and cabins are popular among outdoors-loving Oregonians.

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RV Guide for New Travelers – Top Five

RV Guide for New Travelers - Top Five

RV Guide: RV Guide: Are you looking to hit the road and spend retirement enjoying the RV lifestyle? Maybe you want to rent an RV to take your family on the vacation they will never forget? Recreational vehicles are a great way to reconnect with nature while maintaining some of the luxuries of home. To help ensure your maiden voyage doesn’t end up like the Griswold’s, Jane from Outdoorsy.com shares five hacks for RV travelers. RV travel is one of the best ways to get out, see the world and experience it in a way that simply cannot be duplicated through more traditional travel options. Not only do you have the chance to travel wherever you want at your own pace, but you can also

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