The Gear Doctor for July 2014

The old adage, “Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you” is an important truth to live by for campers, and one that is seldom more true than when it comes to your tent. At the end of a long day you’ll want your tent to be clean, comfortable and able to adequately protect you from the elements. Follow the suggestions below and you’ll have a tent that will take care of you and give you years of service.

When you get a new tent, always open it and set it up before you take it out in the wild. This allows you to practice setting up your tent and become familiar with the procedure before heading out into the wild.

Proper Storage – Let’s face it, unless you’re camping every weekend or hiking around the country, your tent will spend the majority of it’s life in storage. Proper storage will help extend the life of your tent.

1. Make sure it’s dry – nothing will start the downward trend of degradation in your tent like the mold and mildew caused by storing it when it’s not completely dry. If circumstances force you to break camp in the rain or when the tent is still damp, take it out and set it up to dry and air out as soon as you can.

2. Fold or roll it differently – folding your tent, or even rolling it, the same way every time you store it will cause creases to develop. Over time, those creases can and will result in damages to the material.

3. Store the poles and stakes in their own bags – every tent I’ve ever seen has a separate storage bag for the poles and stakes. Use them. Otherwise you could poke a hole or cause a rip in your tent.

At the Campsite – following a few simple guidelines will help prevent damage and extend the life of your tent.

1. Check your campsite before pitching your tent – make sure you’re not placing your tent on top of rocks, roots or uneven ground that can cause damage to your tent and an uncomfortable night for you, and that the nice, flat, smooth area you find is not the lowest point on the campsite. Otherwise you could be flooded out in a storm when all the water runs downhill into your tent.

2. Use a custom footprint – this helps protect the exterior floor of the tent as well helping to prevent water from gathering under the floor.

3. Keep it clean – Inside. Remove your footwear at the door to avoid tracking dirt and water inside the tent. The new PahaQue TentRugs add a layer of protection, comfort and warmth to your tent floor, and make cleaning out your tent super easy!

4. Keep it clean – Outside. There is almost no way to avoid getting dirt, stains, bird droppings, tree sap droppings and lots of other various things on the exterior of your tent. Always use clean water and a soft rag or sponge to clean up those stains or dirt as soon as possible.  Mild detergents are okay but be careful not to damage the tent fabric coatings.

5. Make repairs as soon as you see the problem – keep a tent repair kit on hand which contains at least a tube of seam-sealer, fabric repair tape,

Your tent is your shelter in bad weather and your protection from the elements in the great outdoors. With proper care, a quality tent can last many years and provide you with many days and nights of clean, warm, comfortable shelter

 

The Gear Doctor for May 2014

PahaQue Camping Checklist

There’s nothing worse than setting up camp and realizing you forgot some crucial items back at home. Use our camping checklist to make sure you have the necessary camping equipment to make your camping experience a good one.  Print this handy list to make sure your next outing is a good one!

Kitchen

Food Preparation
[  ] Spatula
[  ] Cutting Knife
[  ] Large Serving Spoon
[  ] Tongs
[  ] Strainer
[  ] Can opener/bottle opener
[  ] Pots and frying pans with lids
[  ] Griddle
[  ] Potholders/oven mitts
[  ] Plastic Utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
[  ] Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
[  ] Mugs/paper cups
[  ] Mixing bowl
[  ] Measuring cups
[  ] Cutting board
[  ] Soup Ladle
[  ] Coffee Pot
[  ] Cooking oil/Pam spray
[  ] Cork Screw
[  ] Skewers/grill forks
[  ] Pie irons
[  ] Potato peeler

Cooking
[  ] Stove
[  ] Propane/Fuel
[  ] Matches/lighter
[  ] Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner
[  ] Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc
[  ] Campfire grill/BBQ grill
[  ] Folding table

Cleaning
[  ] Sponge/Scrubber
[  ] Dish Pan
[  ] Dish Soap
[  ] Dish Rags/Towels
[  ] Rubber Gloves

Storage/Miscellaneous
[  ] Large water jug & water bucket
[  ] Containers for food storage
[  ] Cooler(s)
[  ] Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips
[  ] Heavy-duty aluminum foil
[  ] Ziplock bags
[  ] Plastic grocery bags
[  ] Paper towels
[  ] Napkins
[  ] Trash bags
[  ] Thermos

Food & Drink

Condiments
[  ] Catsup
[  ] Mustard
[  ] Mayo – Small jar or squeeze bottle
[  ] Relish

Breakfast
[  ] Pancake Mix – Krusteaze, 1/2 cup per person per day (need large skillet)
[  ] Frozen hashbrowns in the bag
[  ] Eggs – 1-2 per person per day, fresh or powdered
[  ] Syrup – About 2 oz per person per day
[  ] Malt-o-meal, or Cream of Wheat
[  ] Oatmeal – Instant single serving packs
[  ] Bacon – 2 slices per person per day
[  ] Ham
[  ] Cereal

Lunch/Dinner
[  ] Hot dogs & buns
[  ] Hamburger meat (pre seasoned and ready to cook)
[  ] Hamburger Buns
[  ] Vienna Sausages
[  ] Peanut Butter & Jelly
[  ] Deli meat slices (Turkey, Ham, Salami)
[  ] Noodles (Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Ramen, or shells)
[  ] Spaghetti Sauce (In jars or dehydrated)
[  ] Soup/Chili (mix or cans)
[  ] Tuna
[  ] Corn on Cob
[  ] Taco Stuff (Meat, seasoning package, olives, lettuce, tortillas, buns)
[  ] Lil Smokies
[  ] Steak
[  ] Chicken Breasts
[  ] Fixin’s for stew
[  ] Beans

Staples
[  ] Butter (1/2 stick per person per day)
[  ] Potatoes (1-2 per person per day — freeze dried if packing)
[  ] Bouillon cubes (Chicken & Vegetable)
[  ] Rice packages
[  ] Onions
[  ] Lemons
[  ] Mushrooms
[  ] Tomatoes
[  ] Bread (One or two loaves per day if camping with a small group)
[  ] Cheese (String, Cheddar, Swiss, American)

Snacks
[  ] Fruit – Small fruit cups or fresh fruit
[  ] Veggies – carrot/celery sticks daily
[  ] Nutri Grain Bars/Granola Bars
[  ] Chips/Dip/Salsa
[  ] Trail Mix
[  ] Nuts
[  ] Yogurt
[  ] Jiffy Pop or Regular Popcorn

Beverages
[  ] Tea Bags
[  ] Coffee
[  ] Milk
[  ] Juice
[  ] Water
[  ] Hot Chocolate
[  ] Drinks (soft drinks, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Kool-Aid)
[  ] Beer

Miscellaneous
[  ] Cooking Oil (About 1 oz per person per day)
[  ] Ice
[  ] Seasonings
[  ] Salt/Pepper
[  ] Sugar
[  ] Marshmallows, Graham Crackers & Hershey Bars (S’mores)
[  ] Parmesan cheese

Personal

[  ] First Aid Kit (see section below)
[  ] Sewing kit
[  ] Soap
[  ] Deodorant
[  ] Comb/Brush/Hair products
[  ] Razor
[  ] Tissues
[  ] Toilet paper
[  ] Toothbrush/Toothpaste
[  ] Wet wipes
[  ] Shower shoes/Flip Flops
[  ] Towels/Washcloth
[  ] Chapstick/Lip Balm
[  ] Insect Repellent
[  ] Sunglasses
[  ] Sunscreen
[  ] Feminine products
[  ] Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket
[  ] Camping shower/shower pump
[  ] Personal medications

Miscellaneous

Necessities
[  ] Flashlight/bulbs
[  ] Batteries
[  ] Clothes pins
[  ] Lantern with fuel/mantles
[  ] Lantern Pole/Hanger
[  ] Pocket Knife
[  ] Citronella candles
[  ] Rope/Clothes Line
[  ] Camp Chairs
[  ] Backpack/Fanny Pack
[  ] Duct Tape/Electrical Tape
[  ] Scissors
[  ] Watch
[  ] Cell Phone/Charger & 2-way radios/walkie talkies
[  ] Camera/Battery/Film/Video
[  ] Fire Extinguisher
[  ] Canteen/Water Bottle

Tools/Utilities
[  ] Small shovel
[  ] Compass
[  ] Whistle
[  ] Misc. tools
[  ] Work gloves
[  ] Bungi cords/straps

Informational Items
[  ] List of important phone numbers
[  ] Maps/directions
[  ] Reservations info./confirmation
[  ] Park map/guidebooks/trail maps
[  ] Money/ID/Credit Card/Quarters
[  ] Notepad/pen
[  ] Spare car/truck/boat/rv keys

Entertainment
[  ] Cards/Games/Toys
[  ] Books/Magazines
[  ] Musical instruments/song books
[  ] Bikes/Scooters/Helmets
[  ] Radio
[  ] Sports gear (baseball, football)
[  ] Fishing gear/license/bait

Miscellaneous
[  ] Torches
[  ] Binoculars
[  ] Water filters/purification/treatment
[  ] Travel alarm clock
[  ] Hammock
[  ] Umbrella
[  ] Collapsible drying rack
[  ] Life jackets
[  ] Toothpicks

Sleeping/Shelter

[  ] Blankets
[  ] Mallet/Hammer
[  ] Sleeping Mats/Air Mattress (air pump)
[  ] Repair kit for air mattress
[  ] Pillow
[  ] Poles/stakes
[  ] Rain Fly/Tent Topper
[  ] Sleeping bag
[  ] Tarp
[  ] Tent
[  ] Whisk Broom
[  ] Mat for tent entrance
[  ] Utility bags for storage
[  ] Shade Tarp (with poles/rope/stakes)

Fire

[  ] Axe
[  ] Bucket
[  ] Kindling
[  ] Matches
[  ] Newspaper
[  ] Shovel
[  ] Wood

Basic First Aid

Basics
[  ] Misc. Band Aides/bandages
[  ] Triangular bandages
[  ] Ace bandages
[  ] Roll bandages
[  ] Adhesive tape
[  ] Antiseptic wipes
[  ] Antibiotic cream
[  ] Sterile gauze pads
[  ] Cotton swabs
[  ] Heat/cold packs
[  ] Tweezers
[  ] Safety pins
[  ] Scissors
[  ] Burn ointment
[  ] Hydrogen Peroxide
[  ] First aid manual
[  ] Ipecac
[  ] Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Naproxin
[  ] Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides)
[  ] Personal medications

Extra
[  ] Bee Sting Kit
[  ] Snake Bite Kit
[  ] Eye Drops
[  ] Sinus medications
[  ] Poison Ivy cream/cleansers
[  ] Latex gloves
[  ] Sterile compresses
[  ] Antibacterial soap
[  ] Splinting materials
[  ] Thermometer
[  ] Coins for emergency phone calls
[  ] Antibiotic soap
[  ] Butterfly bandages
[  ] Razor blades
[  ] Twine
[  ] Plastic bags
[  ] Mole skin for blisters
[  ] Small bottle of water
[  ] Sunburn lotion
[  ] Road flares
[  ] Blanket
[  ] Other personal needs
[  ] Nail Clippers
[  ] Small Mirror

Camping with Children

[  ] Current photos of the children in case they get lost
[  ] Diapers
[  ] Swim Diapers
[  ] Wipes
[  ] Bottles/Sippy Cups
[  ] Playyards
[  ] Jogging strollers
[  ] Backpack carriers
[  ] MANY sets of clothing
[  ] Extra pair(s) of shoes
[  ] Formula
[  ] Jar foods
[  ] Gerber toddler foods
[  ] Hats
[  ] Toys,
[  ] Favorite blanket or stuffed toy (very important!)
[  ] Powdered milk (for children that have outgrown formula)
[  ] Snacks
[  ] Storybooks
[  ] Baby Hammock
[  ] Baby Swing
[  ] Kid-safe Bug spray
[  ] Sunblock
[  ] Portapotty with grocery bag liner (easy cleanup

 

Celestial Navigator by PahaQue May 2014

There are few things more enjoyable during a night in camp than staring at the night sky.  Now you can be a celestial expert and dazzle your camp mates with your night sky knowledge.  There’s lots going in this May so grab your telescope and your tent and get out there!imagesnewmoon

  • May 10 – Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn’s rings and a few of its brightest moons.
  • May 10 – Astronomy Day Part 1. Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People,” and on this day astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can find out about special local events by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium. 
  • May 14 – Full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 19:16 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.
  • May 24 – Possible Meteor Storm. In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, the Earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet known as P/209 LINEAR. Astronomers are predicting that this interaction may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity that could range from dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. Nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.
  • May 28 – New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:40 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

FALL CAMPING – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

FALL CAMPING

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Are you one of those folks that love the idea of camping, but dislike the heat, the buzzing insects, and crowded campgrounds of summer? Waiting until after the crowds have left, and the weather has cooled, offers many advantages for campers seeking solitude and quiet.  We recently asked our customers what are their favorite things about Fall Camping.  Here are the top five responses:

#1  Smaller Crowds – Summertime generally means crowded campgrounds. One customer compared it to a being in a hotel without walls.  Not so in the fall, when you may find yourself the lone camper in a campground that was filled to capacity two months ago.  That means more peace and quiet, cleaner facilities, and better site selection options.

#2  Cooler Weather – warm days and cool nights make a great combination.  Perfect for hiking or exploring during the day, and the cool nights are great for sleeping, all cuddled up in your sleeping bag, or sitting around a warm fire wrapped in a toasty blanket, sipping hot chocolate.  Which leads us to –

#3  Clear Nights – Fall is perhaps the best time of year for star-gazing.  Crystal clear nights, and the return of the winter constellations make Fall a great time of year to bring along a telescope, or even just a pair of binoculars.  For smart-phone users, apps such as Google Sky or SkySafari add an entirely new dimension to viewing and understanding the heavens.  Campgrounds – generally away from urban areas, are great places to star gaze.

#4  Lower Rates – Many campgrounds offer discounted off-season rates, making an already affordable activity – camping – even more affordable!  Camping is perhaps one of the most economical, and healthy activities available, and even more so during this time of year.

#5  Fall Colors – this is perhaps the highlight of Fall camping.  All other advantages aside, and as if to say thank you for coming to visit, Mother Nature unleashes her annual display of colors that can be as captivating as staring at the camp fire.  So bring your camera!

If Fall has already passed by in your neck of the woods, then I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy at least one Fall camping trip this year.  And if Fall weather is still on the menu where you live, then grab your gear and go!  Soon the leaves will be gone, winter will be upon us and the camp gear will be stowed away, waiting for Spring.

What is your favorite time of year to camp?  Please share your camp stories and photos with us – we would love to hear from you and learn about how and when you like to camp!  We will share your stories and photos on our website and Facebook page.  To contact us, please email your stories, photos and comments to happytrails@pahaque.com

I hope to see you ’round the campfire soon!

Jeff Basford

President

It’s Photo Contest Time Again

I have been mulling around the idea of another photo contest for some time now, but just can’t seem to come up with a unique idea. I want something that incorporates an outdoor, camping theme, with……what? That’s where I get stuck.

I dont want to do another sunset theme, or another pretty camp scene. Those are all good themes, and we’ve had some great contests in the past with those themes, but that’s the point… We’ve already used those themes, so what can we do that’s different?

One idea I had is a contest of photos taken of nature, from inside your PahaQue tent. But then someone pointed out that not everyone may have a PahaQue tent, which had never occurred to me. But still, not a bad idea, regardless of what kind of tent is used.

Another idea was photos of how camping makes you feel, trying to show in a picture the emotions you feel when you are outdoors and away from it all. Hmm, maybe thats two photo contests we could have….

Anyway, I need your help. We’ll call this a ‘pre-contest’ – send me your suggestions for a cool photo-contest theme, and if we use your idea we will send you a $50 off coupon for any PahaQue product.

The Grand Prize for the photo contest will be a brand new PahaQue Bear Creek 200 2-Person Backpacking Tent. Thats a free $300 tent to our contest winner.

Any ideas?

2010 Sunset photo contest winner T. Ianarelli won a free PahaQue Shadow Mountain Cabana!