Spiritual Healing: Fresh Air and Winter Camping Guidelines
09/15/2009 | 12:00 AM
During the coldest months, even the most crowded camp spots clear up and quiet down. If you prepare well, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a comfortable, invigorating trip to the wilderness this winter. Experience moonlit nights, bug-free days and the glories of sunrises on fresh snowfall. Here are a few basic guidelines to get you started:
- Plan your trip. Study maps of your proposed route and camp areas. Bring them with you.
- Check the weather forecast. Keep checking the weather forecast. Prepare for sudden storms.
- Inform a loved one. Make sure someone back home has a detailed itinerary of your trip and knows exactly when he or she should expect to hear from you.
- Make a camping checklist. Keep a complete checklist of the items you plan to pack.
- Pack sensibly. Carry only what you need. That video camera, heavy book or bottle of fine wine seems like a great idea right now, but it won’t while you’re carrying it on your back.
- Dress appropriately. Wear layers. They’ll help preserve body heat, and you can take them off as you warm up to avoid getting soaked with perspiration that will chill you later.
- Carry food and water with you, even on day hikes. Keep plenty of high protein snacks on hand and drink plenty of water.
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