Rock Stacking: Modern Art or Destructive Graffiti?

The practice of building cairns—or stacking rocks into “signposts” in wilderness areas—is not new. In fact, it’s a tradition that dates to ancient times and has significance to many cultures. But now it’s being decried by environmentalists and park rangers. This is because it can be detrimental to life forms and natural land drainage patterns. It also seems to fly in the face of “leave no trace” camping.

Though rock stacking seems like it may be a harmless way to leave a mark on nature, critics of rock stacking believe it signals a disturbing lack of concern about the natural environment. Particularly for the future of fragile ecosystems.

Here’s why it matters, according to naturalists and those who are charged with keeping parks and public spaces healthy and as pristine as possible. Read more Rock Stacking: Modern Art or Destructive Graffiti?

How to Handle an Animal Encounter When You’re Camping

Camping is hands-down one of the most popular family activities of all time. However, there are at least a few dangers that all campers should be aware of before they venture out into the great unknown.

As campers in the wilderness, or even in established campsites, we as human campers, need to remember that we are visitors to other animals homes. After we have our camping and cooking cookware adventure, we go back to our own homes. Whereas the animals remain where we visited. 

So be aware, that critters in the night (or day) can quickly spoil the trip, if we are not prepared. Before everything goes from fun to failure, it’s time to learn more about how to handle an animal encounter while camping. Read more How to Handle an Animal Encounter When You’re Camping

Packing Hacks for the Ultimate Outdoor Experience While Camping

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When overnight outdoor excursions become stressful, it tends to negate the intention of most campers—to decompress and relax amid the peaceful great outdoors.

Our busy work and family life often cause our stress levels to go way up. To handle the stress, many people turn to gyms, eating out or other things in an effort to reduce their stress. But what many don’t know or need to be reminded of, camping does release stress. Few people would argue that the smell of fresh morning coffee from a campsite coffee pot doesn’t help melt the stress away. 

But why stress over what to bring camping? Follow these tips for packing right for campouts and heed these camping packing hacks. Then you will be on the right path to a much more pleasant experience. Read more Packing Hacks for the Ultimate Outdoor Experience While Camping

4 Best Camping and Survival Apps for Your Phone

Camping survival appsWhen we head out into the woods for a camping weekend, we usually think of it as a time to turn off our digital devices and reconnect with nature.

And though many campers are leaving their cell phones at home, there are some great uses for a cell phone while camping. Of course we all know of the maps and the recipes that one can cook in the best camping cookware sets. But there are other applications (Apps) that one can use while camping that will enhance the experience.

App creators now have a wide array of offerings that can help you learn more about the places that you are exploring. Before you head out into the wilderness, consider adding these and other camping and survival apps to your phone. Read more 4 Best Camping and Survival Apps for Your Phone