Wandering the tree-lined paths, taking a dip in the creek, roasting s’mores around the fire and stargazing the night sky are just a few activities campers and hikers enjoy. At Yosemite National Park, campers journey to Glacier Point to see the view of Yosemite Valley. Hikers venture through Yellowstone National Park to experience all the natural wonders of the wilderness. No matter the campground or trail, campers and hikers alike prepare for outdoor adventures with necessary equipment including tents, cookware and hiking boots.
After spending an entire day exploring, campers and hikers retire in the closest thing to home—their tent. Bringing an appropriate tent for the climate and terrain makes all the difference during an outdoor stay. For year-round excursions, all-season tents endure all climates except for the harsh winter. Those camping during the summer prepare for hot weather with lightweight tents designed with mesh coverage for ultimate ventilation. For the most extreme conditions, winter and mountaineering tents featuring steep sidewalls and vestibules withstand the worst climates. Hikers and campers stay protected from light snow, warm weather, wind and rain with versatile three-season tents.
Stoves & Cookware
When taking a break from trekking the Appalachian Trail or climbing one of the Adirondack High Peaks, campers and hikers need a break to refuel. Camping stoves and cookware can be used for boiling dehydrated fare and cooking quality food. Dual burners tend to be heavier, but can prepare eggs and coffee at one time. Depending on the environment, campers and hikers choose between cartridge stoves for warmer weather and liquid gas stoves for cold and windy climates. Frying pans, pots, serving spoons, spatulas, dishes and cutlery should all be part of an outdoorsman’s cooking set.
While scaling the cliffs of Angels Landing in Zion National Park and exploring the Long Trail of the Green Mountain National Forest, comfortable hiking boots help backpackers tackle any terrain. Novice and intermediate-level hikers carrying lightweight backpacks wear light hiking boots for trips less than two days. For multi-day trips, seasoned hikers with heavyweight backpacks wear technical hiking boots. These two styles differ in support, stability and cushioning.
Preparation is key before any outdoor excursion. Campers and hikers guard against snooping bears with secure food storage systems, prepare for contaminated water with purification systems, ward off pesky insects with repellents and avoid other dangers with the right camping equipment. With the right gear and tools, friends and family will enjoy the great outdoors while feeling safe and comfortable.