Category Archives: Camping and Hiking Equipment

TEN ESSENTIALS FOR BACKPACKING WITH BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN

(I wrote the  following article for the July+August issue of WASHINGTON TRAILS, a Publication of the Washington Trails Association.) In keeping with the tradition of creating lists of ten essentials, I offer my own ten here. Preparation:  Set up your … Continue reading

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An International Menace, Firewood From Home

I used to tell campers to bring firewood from home, but I don’t do that anymore. I used  to say it would be less expensive to bring firewood than to buy it in or near camp, but that advice is … Continue reading

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How to Pee In The Woods

At many trailheads, the park or forest service or other authority has provided a toilet of some kind, because it’s a basic truth that many people feel the need to go before they start. But what if there isn’t any … Continue reading

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RV Camping, Without An RV

Tent Campers: Have you ever considered camping in an RV campground, excuse me, RV park?  Many RV parks welcome tent campers. In addition to the sites where you can set up your tent, many RV parks offer weather-proof cabins or … Continue reading

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My Favorite Hat, the Sequel Hat, from Durango, CO

For many years, I had a Sequel brand hat, a wonderful hat, made in the USA–actually, I owned two of the same model. The first one had a mesh body with a round foil patch on the crown to reflect … Continue reading

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Rainy Days in Camp, Plan B, and C, and D…..

My son just made reservations for a three-generational camping trip to our favorite Oregon State Park, Jesse M. Honeyman, this summer. It made me think of another trip to Honeyman, many years ago, when it rained and rained. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Odor Beaters, Stinky Tents, and Urethane

We own three tents. In recent years, as backpackers, we have been using only two of them. (See the larger of the two, the red tent behind me in the picture at the About Goldie page, taken at Crystal Lakes … Continue reading

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A Camping Necessity: Blue (or any other color) Tarp

A blue tarp in place It won’t take up a lot of room in your camping gear, but a big tarp, a lot of rope, and a couple of extra tent poles can come in handy or possibly save the … Continue reading

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Backpacking With Babies And Small Children is back in print

Backpacking With Babies And Small Children, which has been out of print for many years, has been re-issued as An Authors Guild Backinprint.com Edition by iUniverse. Look for it from iUniverse, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Like Camping With Kids (Wilderness … Continue reading

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The Diaper Dilemma: Cloth or Disposable? Part 3

So here you are, readying the family for a camping trip, and you are still undecided: which kind of diapers to pack? Here are the reports of conversations with parents who offered their experience to me when I was researching … Continue reading

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