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Preparing for Camping in the Mountains

Camping in the mountains can be either one of the most splendid trips you will ever take, or one of the worst. The difference usually lies in the amount of knowledge you have of your surroundings, and your preparedness for camping in the mountains. If you are camping at a public, government-run or private campground, then your chances of disastrous outcomes would be greatly reduced. As would your chances of having a camping trip to remember for the rest of your lives. Knowing how to get ready for camping trips in the mountains will make your vacation all the much better and safer.

The tranquility of the extreme isolation from mankind and the boisterous and loud environs of the family campgrounds allows you the opportunity to enjoy a real back-to-nature getaway, complete with the animals and plants that can cause danger, scare the dickens out of the children (and the grown-ups too when a Grizzly bear wanders through or by your camp), or calm your beating heart and inspire awe in all (seeing a mountain lion on the other side of a mountain river or lake, distant viewings of Moose, Elk, Bears, Wolves, Eagles and Hawks, Bobcats and any other animals that make the mountains their homes. The key word here is distant).

Knowing what the environment that you are going into has in store for you, and preparing for it, will make your camping experience in the backwoods of the mountains a successful venture. Bring a book (or books, or printed materials from the internet; leave the computer at home, there will be no internet access in the mountains!) that both pictorially and verbally describes the poison ivy’s and oak’s, poisonous berries and healthy ones, as well as mushrooms that will either leave you sick or seeing colours and discussing philosophies.

Where you are going will also dictate many things that you may need to bring; are there many bears in the area? Or are there foxes, wolves, big wild cats, any animals that can be dangerous should be acknowledged and investigated into how the best way to deal with a confrontation, and the best ways to avoid confrontations. Again, you can either look the information up and bring printed-out information, or the Park Rangers in the mountainous areas will be more than capable of helping you in this regard if you have forgotten, or misplaced, your information.

The basic necessities for camping in the mountains include, but are not limited to;

* Tarpaulins. Come in very handy for shelters from wind and

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