Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Repelling Mosquitoes in the Outdoors

Mosquitoes have been ruining nice evenings outdoors for as long as anyone can remember. Fishing trips end and campfires are over when the swatting becomes too much for even the toughest outdoors person to handle. Many products have been invented that claim to repel mosquitoes but how many of them actually work? For that matter how do they work and do these products actually do anything to end the constant slap, swat, and buzz of mosquitoes?

mosquitoes in the outdoors

Mosquitoes can bite anytime of the day, but are most active at night. Only female mosquitoes suck blood.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Cooking Bannock

Bannock is an ancient form of bread that can be cooked over an open fire by just about anyone. Aboriginal people of North America from the Navaho to the Inuit all cook a form of bannock based on the ingredients available at the time. Scottish settlers also brought their variation of the recipe over to North America with them, yet no one place on Earth claims to be the originator of the bannock recipe.

how to make campfire bannock

Bannock can be cooked over a fire wrapped around the end of a cooking stick for a tasty woodland treat.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

The Art of Animal Tracking

Tracking animals is an ages old technique, so old it is possibly one of the oldest family traditions. Fathers would pass down the skill of following the tracks of animals they were hunting to their sons as a means to survive. Animal tracking is a skill every outdoors person should learn and teach to their children. For some it is a way of finding their trophy, for others it is to find out what stole a picnic basket from the campsite.

understanding animal tracks

An example of turkey and cat tracks together

Every creature leaves its own distinct foot print, and recognizing them is the first “step” in learning how to track animals. Spend as much time as you can studying the tracks left by different kinds of animals. Dogs, wolves, coyotes and fox all leave one type while a cat’s prints look different. Cats don’t usually walk with claws extended, while canines do.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Guide to Yosemite National Park

visiting yosemite national park

The Valley at Yosemite National Park is one of the most picturesque places in the world

The United States of America has many beautiful parks. One of the largest and best known is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite covers an area of nearly 762,000 acres (3000 square kilometers) and is known for its tall granite cliffs, waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thousands of lakes, and spectacular wilderness areas. Yosemite was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, a designation reserved for the world’s most unique and treasured places.

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Yosemite is a four hour drive from San Francisco and six hours from Los Angeles. The park is roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island. The elevation of the park varies from just over 2,100 feet to over 13,000 feet.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Guide to Algonquin Park

Canoeing in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park has thousands of kilometers of canoe trails

Canada has many beautiful national and provincial parks. Among the top choices for campers is Algonquin Provincial Park.

Located in North Western Ontario near the city of North Bay, Algonquin Park is the largest of Ontario’s provincial parks at approximately 7700 square kilometers or nearly 3000 square miles. Established in 1893, it is also the oldest wildlife park in Canada and is a National Historic Site.

Algonquin Park is accessible by Highway #60 from Toronto in the south or the Trans Canada Highway #17 to the northern end of the park. The park is open year round. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an exotic and relatively easy hike in Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Imagine the sweeping vistas and beautiful scenery as you ascend the summit of Tanzania’s famous Mount Kilimanjaro. This extinct volcano is the highest peak in Africa as well as the highest walkable mountain in the world. These features make it a magnet for hikers and climbers alike. It’s a breath-taking challenge that you’ll find nowhere else in the world.

Just because Kilimanjaro is considered “walkable”, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy climb. The summit is 19,335 feet above sea level and the ascent can take between 5 and 8 days. There are several mapped routes to climb the mountain. Each trail offers varying degrees of difficulty, with Shira and Umbwe being the most difficult routes and Marangu being the easiest.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson