The Two Most Important Winter Camping Accessories

Winter camping is awesome. The stillness and starkness of the world around you during the cold months can lead you to a deep sense of awe and inspiration. There’s just something so profound about sitting on the shore of your favorite lake while nature has wound-down to a slow creep.

There are some other benefits as well. Like being able to build a roaring fire and sit close beside the flames. Or feeling the warm companionship of your wife while snuggling inside your tent.

There’s also one very significant drawback to winter camping… it’s so damn cold!

For me, camping in the cold is all about finding ways to moderate the chill to a tolerable level so I can enjoy the experience. There are two little accessories that help.

Socks

Yes, believe it or not, many a camper has forgotten to bring along a nice clean, dry, pair of socks to wear inside the sleeping bag. I’m not a socks to bed kind of guy, but when it’s 30 degrees outside they make a big difference.

It doesn’t really matter what type of socks you wear as long as they’re dry. Even the slightest dampness will reduce the benefit greatly.

Knit Hat

Carheart Knit Hat You loose a massive amount of body heat through your head so keeping a lid on your noggin is a really good idea. I’ve got this old Carheart knit cap that I picked up years ago that works perfectly.
When choosing your hat look for one that has a tight weave that that is elastic. The tight weave helps retain body heat better and the elastic guarantees you’ll be able to pull it down over those ears.

Choose a hat that has no ribs or ridges woven in for decoration. Those will just annoy you while your head is on your pillow.

Creature Comforts for Winter Wheeling

When you’re winterizing your 4×4 for snow camping and extended journeys there are usual suspects like traction tires, chains and antifreeze to combat cold weather. Before the holiday crunch closes in it’s a good idea to take care of these truck and Jeep parts and accessories you’ll need for the long winter months. There are also out of the way items that may seem like afterthoughts, but can go a long way in the battle against frigid winter cold. Here are five of them that can make a difference whether you’re out on the trail or going for your daily drive.

Floor Mats

Winter weather usually has its way with floor mats – temperatures fluctuating greatly from sub-zero to toasty warm can harden and crack hapless mats. Enter WeatherTech’s All-Weather Floor Mats, featuring specially engineered resin with sculpted contours to trap seasonal snow, ice, slush and mud. The customizable rear mats can be trimmed to fit nearly any rig and the accessories come with a 3-year guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship.

Mats tend to have a problem staying put and WeatherTech’s anti-skid ridges stop them from shifting on the floor. They retain their form without coiling in cold climes and sport an anti-stick finish to shield them from undesirable elements. The finish makes cleaning these mats quick and effortless and they come in tan, grey or black to match any interior color.

Seat Covers

smittybilt-gear-seatcoversSeat covers make great companion pieces to floor mats and help protect in the wintertime when more mud, hot beverage spills and transporting of seasonal equipment takes its toll on vehicle seats. Smittybilt seat covers include its G.E.A.R. line, XRCs and Neoprene, a synthetic rubber that maintains flexibility across a wide temperature range.

The G.E.A.R. line of seat covers sports pockets and storage compartments galore to hold gloves, hats and assorted winter gear and supplies. XRC seat covers were recently made available for CJs and YJs and they combine comfort with durability to protect seats. Breathable Neoprene seat covers give an extra layer to shield seats and are custom fit for various Jeep Wranglers.

Wipers and Wiper Blades

Your 4×4’s defrosting abilities and windshield wipers are two of the most vital exterior accessories during the cold months of the year. Rain, snow, sleet, ice and condensation all conspire to obstruct your view. The basic function of windshield wipers is to bead water so it’s easily expelled from the glass surface.

PIAA uses silicone rubber in their wiper blades that coat windows with invisible silicon that goes a long way toward repelling water. Silicon rubber boasts double the durability of conventional rubber and PIAA offers wiper refills on their Super Silicones and Aero Vogues.

Amber Fog Lights

Pro-Comp-Amber-Fog-LightsThe debate over whether amber/yellow fog lights make a difference in misty conditions rages on in the 4×4 community. The wavelengths of amber fog lights are specially designed to filter out the blue part of the color spectrum and make vision easier in challenging conditions. These lights penetrate better than white lights because they don’t reflect off of fog water droplets as easily, cutting down glare.

For winter conditions like flurrying snow and thick fog they should be low mounted and aimed straight ahead or slightly down. Ideally, these lights are aimed in a wide pattern to be most effective.

Batteries

Winter is all about extreme weather and the Odyssey Extreme Series Battery is designed give you peace of mind when you’re wheeling far from civilization. With plates composed of pure virgin lead, they pack double the power and triple the lifespan of ordinary car batteries.

Whether you’re starting your 4×4 in harsh weather conditions or coping with emergency situations, having a reliable battery is a must.

Author David Beran is a copywriter for 4 Wheel Parts.

Choosing a Tent for Summer Camping

The best type of tent, I think, for summer camping is a double walled three season tent. These tents usually weigh in at 5 – 10 pounds depending on size. They have double walls which means on a clear night you can remove the rain fly (the second wall) for maximum ventilation. You can also use these tents in the spring and fall.

Ventilation

By April Killingsworth

By April Killingsworth

You number one concern climbing into bed on a summer camping trip is staying as cool as you can. Many double walled three season tents feature a full mesh top. These are the style of tents I love. With the rain-fly removed you’ve got near full visibility and the air just moves right through the tent.

Put this tent on a nice ridge and you’ll feel the full effect of the summer breeze. Or place it in a lower valley and catch the air as it cools at sunset and moves two lower ground. Stagnant air is your enemy while summer camping, while moving air will make your stay far more pleasant..

Rain Protection

Having that rain-fly available is important in my neck of the woods, Texas. The weather changes so fast here. You can have 118° F at 2 pm and it will be raining and 60° F by evening. It helps with those early or late summer nights when dew is common by catching the condensation.

Choose a tent that has the polls on the outside. The main tent body hangs from the polls which arc over and are secured to the floor of the tent. The rain-fly should then rest on top of these polls. This gives you several inches of air gap between the mesh wall and the rain-fly allowing air to move freely and moisture is kept at bay.

Size is Important

My rule of thumb for tent shopping is when the manufacture counts one person, you should count half a person. That is, when a tent is rated for 2 persons, I count that as one. Of course I’m 6’ 3” 260 pound man so your mileage may vary.

Just keep in mind, while snuggling with your sweetie on a cold night in the tent may sound glorious, it’s not the same thing in 80°+ weather. You’ll want, nay need, some personal space just to let the air move around you.

My Picks

ascend_h2.2My personal tent is the Ascend Hiker 2 from Bass Pro; it’s now sold under the Ascend H2.2 name. It’s a three season tent and I do use it year round (winter in Texas isn’t that rough). As the name suggests it’s sold as a two person tent. I’ve found that I can fit myself and my 4 year old fine on warm evenings with plenty of room between us; when he’s not trying to wrestle.

I really like this tent because it has mesh walls nearly to the floor. The rain fly cover’s the tent fully plus extends outward around the door making a little vestibule area for storing gear. I’ve put this tent up by myself in about 8 minutes. You have to be a little creative seating the polls when you’re by yourself. If you’ve got help 3 – 5 minutes to setup with rain-fly.

 

Choosing Sunscreen

TL;DR

Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 – 50+. Apply as directed by the maker; using less, lessens the product’s effectiveness. Because of skin absorption be careful of the ingredients list. Consider using one of these three:

  1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
  2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate
  3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

Why Use Sunscreen?

It is Ultraviolet Light that causes sunburn and skin cancer in humans; it also causes generation of Vitamin D which is beneficial. Knowing how our skin reacts to UV light is especially important in these summer months.

Let’s look first at UV light. We classify the Ultraviolet portion of the light spectrum in three segments, UVA, UVB and UVC.

The latter, UVC, decimates biologic entities, including humans. In fact when you purchase an UV water treatment tool, it’s using UVC. That really cool looking “oven” your barber places his comb and scissors in uses UVC as well. Before you decide to never step outside again, relax, our little planet blocks UVC in the highest reaches of our atmosphere. Pretty handy I’d say.

UVA and UVB, however, do reach the planet’s surface and are what cause skin aging and sunburn. The latter being the most noticeable effect is what most sunscreens are formulated to protect against.

How to Choose an Effective Sunscreen

The industry standard for measuring sunscreen effectiveness is measured in SFP or Sun Protection Value. This measurement is often misunderstood by consumers which can easily lead to poor choices in sunscreen products.

You skin has a natural SPF which is unique to you. It’s based on how much melanin you have. The darker your skin the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. That’s why a ginger burns so much quicker than an African American.

Once you have an idea how long it takes you to start to burn in direct sunlight, you can use the SPF rating of a sunscreen to calculate it’s effective duration. Say it takes you 15 minutes to start burning. Using an SPF 10 product will give you an additional 150 minutes in the sun.

There’s a catch here, you must apply the sunscreen as directed. Putting on less than the manufacturer’s recommendation will lessen its effectiveness.(( What’s Wrong With High SPF? ))

How Sunscreen Works

Photo by Karrie Nodalo

Photo by Karrie Nodalo

In general, sunscreens get their effectiveness from their ingredients which either reflect or absorb UV rays. Zinc or Titanium oxides are literally miniscule flecks of those metals suspended in the location. They bounce the UVB light rays away from your skin just like a mirror.

Many sunscreens include other substances which absorb UV rays and convert that energy to heat. Different ingredients absorb different types of UV. For example Cinnamates absorb UVB while Benzophenones absorb UVA. Depending on the ingredients a sunscreen will be labeled as “multi-spectral” if it screens both UVA and UVB.(( How Does Sunscreen Work? ))

Since UVB is what causes the more immediate burning that has traditionally been what sunscreen makers have focused on. While the effects of UVA are not understood completely, it is highly suspected that UVA causes deep tissue damage which leads to premature aging. In the last decade more and more manufactures have been offering multi-spectrum sunscreens.

What About Chemical Absorption?

According to Dr. Josh Axe, many sunscreens include some not so awesome chemicals which can be absorbed through the skin. He lists the following three products as his choice of healthier sunscreens:

  1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
  2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate
  3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

I highly recommend checking out his article which includes more details on why he chose to recommend these three products over hundreds of others. He also has some recommendations regarding nutrition and its effect on natural skin protection.

Please note that I’m not a doctor. Any recommendations above are based on reviewing other’s research and my personal opinions. I encourage you to do your own research and speak with your health provider before making your own decisions.

Orange Chicken Breasts – A slightly non-conformist, yet delicious dutch oven dish.

Orange_Chicken_BreastOne of the best ways to make any dish stand out is not to overpower it with too much of a contrasting flavor – that’s what amateurs do. Instead, just add a “pinch” of it in your dish, enough to get your guest intrigued enough by this combination to ask you for the recipe. (Trust me, they always do.)

And what food is better prepared for the job than the orange, whose delicious juices can penetrate and infuse chicken breasts with a sweet, yet subtle flavor that will make you and your guests swoon when this dish touches your and your guests’ taste buds.

So let’s look at a recipe for chicken breasts that desperately calls for orange juice from the depths of your Dutch oven, like a baby for its mother’s breast milk.

And just so the menu is complete, we’ll pair this sweet dish (meant both literarily and figuratively) with a more neutral, but just as tasty, mushroom sauce. (Did you just say “yummy?”)

The ingredients

The listed ingredients are meant for 3 servings and are prepared in a 10-inch Dutch oven. You can adapt this recipe for a 12-inch Dutch oven by simply adding an extra 50% of everything or by doubling everything for a 14-inch Dutch oven. The ingredients are listed in the order they’ll be used.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or any cooking oil
  • 3 chicken breast halves
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard or Dijon mustard substitute
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 cubes
  • 1 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

Directions

  1. Pour the olive oil into the Dutch oven and pre-heat to 350° Fahrenheit by using about half of the required charcoals at first, both on top and bottom and adding the remaining coals after a few minutes. (Remember, the ratio of coals for roasting is 1:1.)
  2. Cover the chicken breast halves with the Dijon mustard or Dijon mustard substitute.
  3. Place the chicken breast, skin side down, into the pre-heated Dutch oven. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle onion over the chicken breasts and place 2 cubes of butter on each piece. Pour the orange juice into the pan, but be careful not to pour over the chicken as this might “wash away” the seasoning.
  4. Cover with the lid and cook for 25 minutes. Baste once after 10 minutes.
  5. After 25 minutes, gently turn the chicken breast on the other side (the skin side should be yellow or lightly brown) and sprinkle with the brown sugar.
  6. Replace lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, check and see when your chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165˚, which is the temperature the chicken should be when it’s done.
  7. Serve on a plate with some of the orange juice left in the Dutch oven, or check the recipe for the mushroom sauce later in this article.

This recipe will offer your chicken a sweet, but subtle taste. It won’t be overwhelming by any stretch of the imagination. However, you can use more orange juice or any of the oranges’ cousins such as tangerines, mandarins or minneolas, and more brown sugar if you want to “turn things up a notch.”

Would you like to be an apothecary?

As already stated, it’s the orange juice that gives the chicken breasts their flavor. (I bet you didn’t see this one coming). But what if you’re not much of a sweet tooth and want to create your own concoction of something sour or bitter, rather than sweet? You can combine half of cup of orange juice with half of cup of grapefruit, lemon or lime juice. Or, you can forget orange juice altogether – it’s up to you.

Also, you can add a pinch (or more) of lemon sugar to your brown sugar, if you want to experiment. Be careful to not add too much, as lemon sugar has a very strong sour taste that can be unpleasant if over-used.

The mushroom sauce – the chicken’s best friend

Mushroom_sauceSome people would find the taste of the orange sauce too sweet, and would like to match the chicken with a more neutral sauce, but one that doesn’t take long to make. And what better option is there than the mushroom sauce, the perfect companion for chicken dishes?

Let’s see how it’s made.

Ingredients for mushroom sauce

  • Butter or olive oil
  • 2 shallots or red onions, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for mushroom sauce

  1. In your Dutch oven or Dutch oven’s lid, turned upside down, or in a large skillet, heat up the butter or olive oil over low to medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots (or red onions) and garlic, and sauté for about 2 minutes, until the shallots become translucent.
  3. Add the mushrooms, and cook for about 5-6 minutes until tender, by gently stirring them so all the pieces get cooked. It might be that this amount of mushrooms seems large, but in just a few minutes they’ll shrink considerably.
  4. Add 1 cup vegetable stock (or 1 cup water), stir in ½ teaspoons of dried thyme and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, stir in cream, tablespoon by tablespoon, and taste after each one, because different creams have different consistencies and different tastes. If after just one or two tablespoons you think it’s enough, stop there.
  6. Let simmer for another minute or two and then add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with the orange chicken breasts.

For those of you who like thicker sauces, you can add more vegetable stock and thicken it with cornstarch or arrowroot. Others might omit the cream altogether, although I think it enriches the taste and gives the sauce a nice color.

Mushroom_sauce_with_orange_chicken_breastYou can also run this sauce through a blender, or use a portable blender to make this sauce smoother – it’s up to you. Another option is to prepare this sauce in advance at home, store in the refrigerator and take it with you when cooking outdoors.

But the story doesn’t end here. Your Dutch oven is capable of cooking many more delicious dishes that will make outdoor cooking times memorable. With this in mind, I invite you to visit my website www.OutdoorDutchOvenCooking.info, where you’ll find recipes for cakes, breads, stews and roasts, etc.

Portable Solar Panels for Camping

Camping is a lot of fun, but in the 21st century it is hard for many of us to go without our electronic gadgets. We know that the batteries will never last for the whole trip, and we therefore fret about being without our electronic gizmos while we are out in the woods. Luckily, there is a smart solution for this problem. You can enjoy all of your electronic devices for the duration of your trip when you bring along portable solar panels for camping.

Take Power with You Anywhere

One of the best things about portable solar panels is that you can take them with your anywhere. Because they are so lightweight and portable, you can hike with them deep into the backcountry. You can set up your campsite with all the electronic gadgets you need for your camping trip.

For example, most of us use digital cameras to take our photographs these days. The only problem with digital cameras is that the batteries can run out quickly. Instead of having to buy a whole bunch of batteries to take with you on your camping trip, you can make the much more environmentally responsible choice of using portable solar panels to recharge your batteries.

Another way you can use them is to charge your GPS device. A GPS device is very handy to have with you when you are camping. You will never have to worry about getting lost when you have GPS guidance to help you navigate your way through the wilderness. When you bring along a portable solar panel to charge your GPS device, you never have to worry about it running out of power while you are deep in the woods.

The Eco-Friendly Choice

One of the most common ways people keep their electronic devices running when they are out in the woods is to bring along a lot of spare batteries. This is not the environmentally sound decision. The manufacturing of batteries is not the most eco-friendly process, and they are a nightmare to throw away due to their toxicity.

Instead of adding to the waste that is clogging our landfills, you should make the eco-conscious choice to charge your devices with solar panels when you are camping. This will allow you to only bring one battery along for every electronic device you bring with you. It will save you the hassle of packing a ton of batteries, and it will ease your conscience by allowing you to make the environmentally friendly decision.

Harness the Power of the Sun

Using the sun to power your devices is the smartest decision you can make. It is good for the environment, and it assures you that you will always have all the power you need while you are out in the woods. Whether you want to charge your phone, GPS device or portable DVD player, you can get all the energy you need with portable solar panels for camping. They are the smart choice for campers everywhere.

Author Andrew Womble writes for RealSmart.co.au. You can find him on Google+

The Best Hiking Trails in Europe

For those with an adventurous spirit, hiking can be a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, scenery and beauty of the world around you, whether traveling in a foreign country or exploring your own. While hiking on mountains with a vast view of the ground below, or on beaches, deserts or beautiful countryside’s, it is easy to lose yourself in the beauty of the present moment. Anyone who loves hiking should visit some of the best trails in Europe; its diverse climate, history, ecological life and landscapes make it perfect for those of any preference. Anyone interested should check out these amazing European hiking trails.

The Pindos/Vikos Circuit: Northern Greece

By Bogdan Giuşcă

By Bogdan Giuşcă

Located in northern Greece, the Pindos mountain range offers incredible sights for even the pickiest hiker. The Pindos/Vikos circuit allows hikers to experience the beauty of historical stone villages, which are perched along the sides of the mountain range, as well as the unique and beautiful ecological life found in northern Greece and Albania. Anyone looking to complete this circuit in its entirety should be aware of its 58 kilometre length, making it up to a seven day hike for avid hikers.

Additionally, outside of the main trail one can find a variety of smaller shepherd’s trails that offer stunning views of the sprawling mountain range.

Hadrian’s Wall Path: Northern England

hadrians_wall_mapHadrian’s Wall is rich with history and stretches close to 76 miles from start to finish. Designed by Roman emperor, Hadrian, this wall was an effort to retreat and consolidate forces by creating a powerful permanent 14-foot high boundary to deter the near constant attack from the barbarians from the north. While most choose to not hike the entire trail, there are a variety of paths that are exceptionally beautiful which traverse volcanic rock ridges as well as the scenic moorland and lakes.

For anyone planning a trip to this region, the most attractive and historically rich paths can be found between Cilurnum and Walton.

Monte Rosa Circuit: Switzerland

By Wikipedia user Ingiro

By Wikipedia user Ingiro

Anyone who loves the climate and beautiful mounts of the Alps will thoroughly enjoy this high altitude and strenuous hike. This hike boasts beautiful mountain and valley views along with distinct ecological life that varies by altitude. The entire circuit should only be attempted by the most skilled hikers as it is nearly a two-week hike; luckily, there are a variety of portions accessible by car for anyone but the most dedicated hikers.

The Great Volcanic Ridge: La Palma, Spain

By  Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be

By Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be

This hike takes one through the scenic La Palma, a volcanic mountain island, in Spain. The beauty of this hike comes from the extreme effects that local volcanic eruptions have caused over time, creating unique plants, rock formations, craters and outcrops. This hike has no designated length, so one can visit more prominent and unique areas quickly, making it great for the preferences of anyone

All of these hikes are a fantastic way to get out and view the beautiful and historic landscape of some of the most fascinating countries in Europe; however, before choosing any one trail, be certain to prepare the proper equipment and hiking gear in order to ensure an enjoyable and safe time. When you go on hiking holidays, make sure you take the right footwear and comfortable clothing!

Author James Richings is a 25 year old traveller from the UK who writes for directline-holidays.co.uk. Follow him on twitter @richings_james.

The Best Places in Britain for MTB Enthusiasts

Do you love mountain biking? Do you love camping? Why not combine the two? If you have a passion for both activities then you look set to find this guide a helpful hand on your way to enjoyment in the outdoors! A day on the trails followed by a good old knees up by a campfire and a bit of grub sounds great….sounds like paradise.

Editor’s note: This post is so appropriate considering our recent article on Thomas Hiram Holding who pioneered the camping movement in England and was particularly fond of bicycle / camping adventures.

This guide will help you find mountain bike destinations that are surrounded by great campsites. The detailed guides of each MTB site should help you decide which is for you; after that, finding a campsite is easy!

Dalby Forest

By ShareMyRoutes.com

By ShareMyRoutes.com

Dalby Forest, Yorkshire is home to the 2010 XC Course of extreme difficulty, only to be taken on by highly experienced riders! Followed up by a large range of extreme and hard trails, the forest tests your ability to hover off the brakes when spinning corners. With lots of beginner trails, Dalby Forest is a good choice if you want somewhere where all members of a mixed ability group can take part. The centre also boasts a nice bike park with jumps and a pump track. The Forest is home to plenty of camp sites which welcome cyclists. The majority of campsites are close to the bike park!

Cannock Chase

By Wiki Commons

By Wiki Commons

Cannon Chase offers an array of difficulties for you to try your MTB skills on. Starting with novice courses, then up to the more testing trails; “Monkey” and “Follow the Dog”, the latter is a complicated one-track ride which includes technical trail features. Maintained and built by volunteer group “Chase Trails”. For those with advanced skills, there is the option of the Stile Corp Bike Park placed just a short journey away from the main centre. Made up of black grade components, this ride has been given an “extreme” difficulty that only the best can achieve! Cannock Chases campsite which is mainly viewed as a good destination for MTB riders is great for couples and families looking to go riding!

The Forest Of Dean

By UK Forestry Commission

By UK Forestry Commission

The Forest of Dean provides a large range of trails for the more gifted rider, all the way down to beginners. There is a centre which sells and rents mountain bike wear and equipment for you to use. To the rear of the centre can be found a myriad of single tracks hidden in the trees. Interwoven with these tracks are the Verderer’s and brilliant Freeminers Trail. There are also challenging downhill trails for expert riders, certainly not for the novice. If you would like to travel further away then there are miles of natural track running across the large forest expanse with amazing views of the Severn River as it makes its way to the sea. Camping at the Forest Of Dean is not hard to find with the two main campsites being within a short distance of the cycling centre. Both Bracelands and Christchurch Campsites provide you with more than adequate pitches and are within touching distance of the forest itself.

Afan Park

In the Brecon Beacons is the relatively new Afan Park, formerly a mining area, the area has now been changed into a site for mountain bike enthusiasts. The park has an array of trails for novice’s right up to more serious riders. There is a trail for everyone; starting at the Rookie Trail all the way up to the gargantuan Skyline Trail measuring in at a huge 46km. There are six main trails so there is lots to be getting on with while you get there; with camping available you can make a real weekend of it! The Park offers on site camping at a competitive rate of £3.30 per person per night. There are facilities on site which can be easily accessed, including hot showers and toilets.

Bike Park Wales

Placed in the South Wales Valleys, this centre is full of brilliant natural features and terrain. An exciting MTB centre for all riders, the park has a big array of trails ranging from twisting, slow descents suitable for all levels of mountain biker all the way to extreme downhill trails with massive jumps, drops and technical features to challenge the gifted and talented. Just 5 miles away from the park is Garwen Camp site which accommodates for campers very nicely. The family run site is used to putting up cyclists and watching them cycle off to the park for a good days riding!

Author Rory Owen writes at http://www.TGStore.eu/blog.
Be sure to checkout his articles and the TG Store MTB gear.

The Art and Science of S’mores

There’s one snack that has been forever etched on the American psyche when camping comes to mind. The S’more, a delectable treat combining the richness of chocolate, the fluffy whiteness of a marshmallow and the course graininess of graham crackers. REI’s infographic shows us that good S’more construction is more than haphazard.

 

By REI.

By REI.