Camping in Wet Weather

Camping in the rain is no fun but if you spend any amount outdoors wet weather is unavoidable. The good news is that there’s some quick and easy steps that can be taken to help you enjoy rather than endure a wet night on the canvass. The first step is to make sure that your gear doesn’t get wet during the day. Recently we spent some time backpacking throughout all of the southern Utah national parks.

An easy and affordable way to do this is to use a waterproof rot fat liner with a roll top closure. However; I keep my water bottle on the outside of the liner as a precaution against accidental spillage. An alternative to a liner is a rack set cover; this has the added benefit of helping to keep rack side pockets dry which are notoriously difficult to weather proof.

Rain ripples with landscape reflectionPhoto Credit: Tina Mammoser

Most of the tents that cause wood stocks have fly sheets and ground sheets with tape seams. Tape prevents droplets of water passing through the stitch holes. If the seams on your tent haven’t been sealed, apply some liquid sealant to them several days before setting out. Condensation can appear on the inside of a tent especially if you seal all the doors overnight.

To help minimize condensation; adjust the zips to allow through the flow of air. I put the fly sheets in a different bag so if it’s wet it won’t soak the inner; I might the whole tent in the top of the rock sat so I can get it out in the downpour and not soaking the rest of the rock sat content. Stowing the flysheets at the top of the rock sat also makes it easy to draw out if the sun makes an appearance at lunch time.

I usually get my sleeping bag out to dry at the same time, as it dry the baggage is much better in keeping me warm than a damp one. Well the weather is looking a bit threatening so I’m going to get the tent up before it rains. Practicing fetching your tent in a fair weather will make erecting it in bad conditions quick and easy.

The poles and pole sleeves in some tents are color coded which helps to get the tent top quickly and the way that thing goes up, either outer first, inner first or all as one also has a bearing on the time it takes to pitch. If you’re staying staying in one place for more than a night, take the time to occasionally adjust the guidelines to maintain the taught fly sheet. This will help to keep the inner dry.

If you have a larger family style tent, the port will be invaluable when it comes to taking off waterproof clothing and wellies before entering the sleeping area. If your tent doesn’t have enough room for your rat fact you can put it inside your rat fact liner to keep it dry. Back pack is going to increase the amount of wet weather living space of that disposal by creating a covered area using their trekking poles and a lightweight top. This covered area can be use as stove gear or cook.

Dual entrances increase your options when it comes to storing gear as well as entering and exiting the tent. if your tent has only one port make sure it’s pitched after the pervading wind to stop rain being blown inside when you open the door. Some tents is fitted with gear lofts for drying clothes and socks.

Before you can make up your own clothes line using thin climbing clothes. I think there’s something very special about camping in bad weather, with rain in the flysheet, safe in the knowledge that all that stands between you and a complete soaking are two ways for thin pieces of nylon.

It’s amazing to be this expose to the elements and yet so completely protected. Costwood stuff are experts in helping you to stay dry when camping. Pop in to one of the 40 + stores or go online to get advice and the right gear to suit your budget.

Camping Stoves and ATV’s

Summer is quickly approaching for some folks inside the northern part of the country, and what far better to kick off the season than planning an outdoor camping adventure! No matter if you like to travel hundreds of miles away to camp inside the mountains or you are content in camping in your own backyard, you should think about shopping around for camping stoves. These portable cooking aids come in a number of sizes, shapes and heating options which make it easy for you to uncover one that fits your precise needs though camping within the fantastic outdoors.

Moab Desert ATV'ingPhoto Credit:Yovany Alas

We are all about backpacking here on this site, but we still like to get on a Rhino here and there and go off terrorizing into the boonies. We recently spent some time doing a Rhino  ATV tour near Zion Canyon in So Utah. We had a wild ride and afterwards we did some backpacking where we learned more about what camping stoves to bring and which ones not to bring.

Although it can be a tradition for some to cook over an open fire pit of your personal crafting, it can be quite nice to bring along camping stoves for convenience and efficiency. Once you wake up in the morning you could not be up to constructing a camp fire just to cook a quick breakfast, and this handy stoves are an intelligent solution to this predicament. These portable wonders come in various sizes to choose from depending on what you are going to be cooking and how many people are going to camp with you. The general rule of thumb would be to buy a larger model when you have additional then two or 3 people today joining you. However, for those who might be venturing off on your personal of with 1 unique person, you may only need a modest stove. Lastly, if you’re planning on cooking big steaks and issues of this nature, small camping stoves will almost certainly not cut it.


Some of the bigger stoves work great when you’re riding a Rhino out in the back country  as they have a lot of storage space. Enough to handle the bigger stove requirements so that you can feed a larger amount of people, even the steaks we talked about earlier.

When you might have decided what size of stove you might be going to have to have, you will now need to pick from an array of diverse heating methods. Single burner alcohol stoves are probably probably the most easy as they burn on self contained fuel when lit. This might be a favorite for backpackers as they are commonly little and light. Gas cartridge stoves are along the identical line as the single burner alcohol stove, except the fuel tank contains liquefied gas that’s held under pressure. This model is extra convenient as they can create an really high heat output immediately. Gravity fed “spirit” stoves also have a tiny fuel tank, but it is located on the side and above the burner. This model demands you to light the stove to permit a bit of gas to pass through, then turn it off and finally the fuel is ignited to preheat. After a few minutes it really is turned on when once more, the fuel is vaporized and is then passed via jets. Other models incorporate solid fuel stoves, coiled burner stoves and primus stoves. Depending on your individual tastes and preferences, you might desire to buy one or two different models