2 Useful Camp Knots
Simple knots to know
I like to keep things simple. These are easy knots you already know and can do a ton of things for you. From tying gear to the top of your car to setting up a tent or tarp, I use these for almost everything.
Two Half Hitches on a Bight and the Truckers Hitch for tension will give you an easy, fast, adjustable tensioned line that has quick releases for even faster take down and ends with a clean, un-knotted, cord.
Of course, there are a plethora of knots you could use, and some of them might be faster or arguably hold a little better, but as I said, I like to keep things simple. You already know these if you tie your own shoes and… they work. I haven’t been in too many instances where I needed something stronger for my tarp guy outs. I use um for shade sails in my yard that withstand the Arizona monsoon, so… ‘nuff said.
Take a look and get a good Animated Knot App for your phone, practice while your watching the end of the world on TV and, viola! You’ll be ready.
Now go play outside, or knot.
Hiking with Kids
Tips for fun and safety on the trail
The winter and spring are great times to get the kids out hiking and camping in Arizona. Your adventures with them will create memories that will last a lifetime and you may find a great way to unplug with them and spark their interest in the great outdoors.
Keeping it fun and safe is the key. In this short video we cover just a few of the important things consider as you get outdoors with them.
And safety first.
We have to remember that the outdoors can be dangerous, not just for the little ones. People can get separated or lost easily in the desert. Having a simple $4 whistle is an easy fix for this and learning how to use it for signaling is simply The Most Important thing for kids to learn.
Of course, water and rest and layers for their comfort and health are also extremely important as well and always have these in their packs. You can make it fun for them to carry a few of their own supplies by keeping their packs lightweight and throwing a snack they like and a pamphlet about animal tracks or plants in there as well. They’ll be like Dora the Explorer or Indiana Jones and enjoy the adventure.
Recommended ANYTIME you head into the Backcountry, check out our video on the 10 Essentials. Keep um small and light so you take them on Every Hike! For Kids a few fun essentials could make a big difference.
The 10 + 1 Essentials for every hike:
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing
- Illumination (headlamp or flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (matches/lighter and fire starter)
- Repair kit and tools (including knife)
- Nutrition (extra food) Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency Shelter (min. 2 large trash bags)
- Signaling (whistle, cell phone)
- Personal (glasses, prescriptions, toiletries, etc.)
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