Exhilarating Camping Activities
‘Take nothing but memories. Leave nothing but footprints,’ these lines carry the essence of outdoor camping.
Camping is not only mentally refreshing, but can keep you brimming with positivity because of the close proximity of your soul to the raw nature.
With a plethora of camping spots in North America, you can engage in a number of camping activities. If you are possessed by a sense of wanderlust but do not have the time to go travelling, the closest you can get to it is a camping trip.
Whether it be with family or friends, camping activities have always helped people find a new sense of zest.
Paddle your own canoe
Canoeing is one of the most popular recreational activities that people wish to be a part of.
With awe-inspiring locations to explore in North America, like The Kootenays, The Caribu, Lower Mainland and Thompson, canoeing can be an extensively rejuvenating experience.
As a family outdoor camping activity, canoeing is a lot of fun if you know the basics. With various kinds of canoes to choose from and a range of paddles on offer, it is an activity which can be a little tough to learn.
If your canoeing skills are not polished, you can simply choose a location where the water is flat and there are few waves. On the other hand, if you are looking to traverse more choppy waters, you would want to ensure you have the requisite experience or training to navigate through them.
Professionals can help you learn the art of canoeing and help you understand the various safety measures you need to take when going on your own in the waters. You do not require a certified course to go canoeing but it is important to learn the basics and a number of resorts and outfitters can provide a trainer to help you learn.
In the wilderness, risks run aplenty and therefore hiring a guide would be a good option if you are not confident enough to go by yourself. If you have your own canoe, you can learn canoeing along with your family within roughly a month of daily practice.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when learning to paddle your canoe:
- If you have just bought a canoe, it is advisable to paddle around a pond or down a slow stream. This way you get used to the paddles and the momentum of the water. Shallow water canoeing helps beginners establish a firm foundation to adjust to varying currents of water.
- Once you have spent some amount of time learning to paddle in a pond, you can move to a lake in your area. Lakes offer stronger currents and the experience can be a little challenging. Paddling in a lake helps hone your skills and prepares you for tougher challenges. In this phase of learning, you learn the importance of safety equipment like life jackets, a radio and other supplies.
- Once you get through this phase of learning, you can set out for mountain streams or even seawaters. Flood waters, obstacles on the way and much stronger currents can cause problems for you initially and it is recommended to go with your instructor until you master the art of boating in these waters.
Safety measures are a must for boaters. One example of a safety measure you can bear in mind is checking your canoe for leaks before you set out.
If you rent a canoe, safety measures become all the more important and you should make sure that you carry a working and fully charged communication device with you.
Hiking – A Matter of Mettle, Grit and Common Sense
Back country trips are often provide a rush of adrenaline that campers so crave. In my opinion, Camping doesn’t get any better than a hiking trip.
Hiking is all about carrying the right supplies and keeping yourself hydrated. Of course, you need to be physically fit for a hiking trip, but you can get in shape for one within a fortnight of regular exercise.
Keeping the risks at bay while hiking is a matter of common sense. Here are a few tips on how to make a successful hiking trip:
- Make sure you carry a rug-sack that is easy on your shoulders. Ensure that it has ample space for a few days of hiking.
- You ought to keep yourself hydrated when hiking and therefore you need to ensure that you carry sufficient water and packs of juice for your trip.
- One of the most important basics of following a trail is to make sure that you keep the trail clean for other hikers to follow.
- Carry the important stuff needed to make fire whenever you want. Your ability to make fire is extremely important in the wilderness to help you cook and eat the packaged food you carry.
- Ensure that your shoes are perfect for hiking and that you wear light clothes on your hiking trip.
- Carry a fully charged communication device for any unforeseeable circumstances that you might be confronted with.
- Basics like mosquito repellents, sunscreen lotion, soap and rope should always be with you when on a hike.
- Bring along a map of the area.
Hiking makes for a great activity and will bring your family closer together. Cheers to the good times this weekend!
Rock Climbing: As Graceful as it Gets
One of the most graceful and rewarding camping activities is rock climbing.
Rock climbing gives a totally unique experience of staying in perfect sync with nature. Under the tutelage of a proper instructor, rock climbing can be learnt within a month or two depending on the amount of time you spend on it.
Gaining confidence and becoming a skilled climber is a process that takes a while. However, once you are over the learning curve, you’ll be an accomplished climber and will be able to enjoy this exhilarating experience to the fullest.
There are a number of aspects of climbing that you would receive guidance for when you undergo training:
- Safety equipment and usage
- Climbing gear
- Tying knots and various ways to tie knots while climbing
- Belaying with precaution
- The various techniques and methods of rock climbing
However, before you sign up to lessons in rock climbing, you need to ensure that you are physically fit and have the strength and stamina to climb rocks. In order to get in shape, you should make sure that you hit the gym regularly for a few days or go swimming on a regular basis for at least a fortnight.
Rock climbing comes with a number of dangers and you ought to develop a diligent attitude for it before you can confidently take on the climb. If you have just started learning, you’d be up against a wall, so to speak. The key is not to give up. With a little courage and endurance, you can easily become an accomplished climber and go rock climbing while camping.
Water Sports – Invigorating Camping Activity
Water skiing is one of the most fascinating activities, both to watch and to engage in. Your camping trip can be based around a whole lot of water sports but skiing and wake boarding are considered to be the most difficult activities of all.
While it is not a necessary to be a practiced swimmer to ski, it is definitely recommended. Similarly, you should learn the art of treading water as well if you are looking to learn water skiing.
The most important part of water skiing is to ensure that you ward off dangers like losing your balance and hitting submerged rocks or getting tipped by the waves. Skiing is all about developing your concentration and keeping balance.
Even the most experienced skiers are always wary of the danger of losing their balance. This is because at higher speeds, losing balance and hitting the water can be fatal as the impact of hitting the water would take its toll on your body.
Skiing is an activity that is not for the faint-hearted. Many would say that it is not an appropriate family activity, but if you are physically fit and have the courage to take a few hits, learning to ski will not be all that difficult.
It may be time consuming but with practice you can become a good skier. It is always beneficial to ski with professionals or a team of skiers in order to ensure that help is always around the corner in case of a mishap.
North America gives you a number of water skiing locations and once you have learnt to ski, there is nothing better than having a look at the waves from such a close proximity. Most of the camping activities would take you close to Mother Nature and you would return with not just the blues but with a lot more positivity than you ever had.