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Camping Supplies You Don’t Want To Leave Home Without

Flip Pop Tent by Front Runner TENT045

Everyone dreams about going camping.  You can just picture yourself relaxing in the great outdoors.  Looking out onto magnificent views while taking in the fresh crisp morning air.

Flip Pop Tent by Front Runner TENT045

Then reality sets in.  You forgot your matches.  You can’t light your campfire.  Worse yet, you forgot the marshmallows for the smores!!!  

You are miles from the nearest store.  Now what?  

I hope this guide will help you stay relaxed and prepared for next camping trip.  Here is a quick list that we have compiled from around the web on the most important camping supplies to have on hand.  We also include some others that may just come in handy.

Most important things you do NOT want to forget:

  • Emergency/First Aid Kit
  • Matches / Lighter / Flint
  • Sleeping Bags – Extra Blanket – Pillow
  • Extra Tarp – can be used under your tent to help keep it dry or to protect tents, people and equipment if a storm hits.
  • A Pot /Pan /CanCooker /Dutch Oven for cooking and heating water. For some people not having Coffee can be considered a life or death emergency.  If thats the case, see next item.
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Cooking Utensil – to avoid stirring or flipping your meals with you hands or a stick.
  • Sharp Knife – good for preparing food, cutting rope, removing slivers, cutting twigs, whittling, making spears – you never know…
  • Lantern / Flashlight – wandering around in the dark in the middle of the night to submit to the call of the wild is not fun. TRUST ME!!
  • Food & Extra Water- should be a no brainer but you never know
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bag – Pack it In => Pack it Out

Make your trip easier with these simple tips:

  • Small compact packs of spices
  • Bring Doritos or Fritos for fire starters
  • Foil comes in handy for cooking and storing food
  • Zipper Bags for food storage and keep items dry
  • Camping Pad or Air Mattress to keep rocks from digging into your back
  • If bringing pets, make sure to have extra rope or tie outs if there are leash laws in your campsite and to keep your dogs safe.
  • Hammock  –  you came to relax, no better way.
  • LED lights are less likely to attract bugs including mosquitos
  • Buy a runner rug to put down the middle of your tent to help keep it clean

Great TIP:  To make your own firestarter purchase a large fire log.  Cut this into small pieces and use to start your campfire.

Great TIP #2:   Pack your stuff in plastic totes/bins.  This will keep your belongings dry and can store them outside of the tent.

Great TIP #3:  Remember, the more stuff you drag out into the wilderness with you, the more time you have to spend setting up and then packing up.

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Camping With Your Dog

Camping with your Dogs- Tips and Tricks

Most people consider their furry friends to be a very important part of their family.  For many, the thought of leaving Fido at home for extended vacations can be heartbreaking.  We have first hand experience in this area.   With two dogs of our own, we have a hard time leaving them behind when we travel – whether it is for a couple days or a couple weeks.   It is stressful not only on us humans,but for the dogs as well. Continue reading Camping With Your Dog

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CRKT 2018- Columbia River Knife and Tool New Product Lineup

Pre-Order Columbia River Knife and Tool 2018 New CRKT 2018

Columbia River Knife and Tool has been busy on their 2018 models.  These amazing knives and tools have been recently added to our online shop and will begin shipping the week of January 15, 2018.  We are currently taking pre-orders on the new CRKT lineup.   Many great designers were collaborating on these new products including TJ Schwarz, Dew Hara, Richard Rodgers and Eric Ochs.

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What is the best kind of wood to use in my smoker?

The art of using a smoker may seem confusing for a beginner.   With so many types of wood chips to choose from we decided it would be a good idea to give you a list of the various types of wood chips available and the best uses for each one.  Some woodchips can be very overpowering for certain dishes.  You will want to know when and how to use each one.

Mild woodchips are made from fruit wood such as pear, cherry, and apple.   They tend to give off a fruity flavor and pair perfectly with chicken, turkey and fish.

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Tonto National Monument

Exploring the Tonto National Forest

On our quest to explore the great American Southwest we recently ventured into the Tonto National Forest.   We headed out east on the 60 from Phoenix toward Globe, AZ.    The drive to the Tonto National Monument takes over 2 hours from Phoenix.   The scenery along this drive includes cactus, mesquite, creosote bushes and large rock formations in a vast array of color.  On the way you will see Saguaro Cactus, Prickly Pear Cactus and the trickster of the cactus world the Cholla Cactus also known as the Teddy Bear Cactus (do not try to cuddle it) aka the Jumping Cactus.  Although this cactus looks soft and cuddly don’t let it fool you.  It isn’t called the jumping cactus for nothing.  Its sneaky intentions may catch you off-guard as you pass by.

As you begin to drive east near Apache Junction you will see the Superstition Mountains out your left window to the North.  This mountain has been the base for lots of local folklore and treasure hunting over the years.   The Lost Dutchman Mine has been a source of conversation and inspired many explores to seek this infamous lost treasure.  We will be exploring the Superstition Mountains in more detail in future posts.

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Welcome to the Bold Canyon Outdoors Blog!

Starting a blog is very much like going on an adventure in my Jeep.  The grand idea, with much preparation and careful planning usually culminates into a few hours of thinking, driving, travelling out to some remote trailhead, then leaving the pavement, driving further out into the unknown wilderness…aaaaaand…

I’m all alone.

Well, I’m having a great time, and now I just need to share it with someone.  Congratulations!  YOU are probably the very first reader of the Bold Canyon Outdoors blog.

I am a Jeep guy.  I’ve owned many, many Jeeps. Which means I like to modify Jeeps and play with my man-sized Lego toys.  I like to explore and be outdoors. I like to mountain bike and hike too.  This is where the Bold Canyon Outdoors blog makes sense to me, and hopefully to you.  Due to the constraints of being a very happily married father of two and gainfully employed man, I do not get to spend as much time outside as I’d like too.  My family is as adventurous as I am though…and the spare time that we do have after juggling jobs, school, piano, band, pets, friends and everything else is spent going on adventures.  We like to explore.  Whether on foot, two wheels or four, we explore…any chance we get.

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