March 22, 2021
Hey Woo Family,
Finally, the cold, short days of winter are behind us and the snow in several areas has melted away. While early spring is a very tricky time to camp or hike it can be very serene and peaceful. As an outdoor explorer, you might have to cope with wet ground and cold nights, but with the right planning, you can get out and enjoy nature any time of year. Check out our list of 6 tips below to make your spring trek a success.
1. Wear Layers: Spring temperatures will have you changing from T-shirts to sweaters quickly. It is best to use a three-part system that includes a base layer to get rid of the perspiration from your skin, a mid-layer that acts as insulation from the cold weather, and the final layer which keeps the wind and moisture out. It is also a good idea to pack extra socks and shoes. Keep a pair of dry shoes and socks at your campsite.
2. Bring drinking water: Early in spring, clean water might not yet be available at some camps or parks. It is best to call ahead to double-check the water situation on site. Water is usually high and fast-moving in the spring which can make it a dangerous situation for collecting and treating.
3. Pack a fire-starter: Fire-starters are unbelievably useful in damp spring conditions when it may be hard to find dry tinder. You can easily purchase one of these or make your own using cotton balls rolled in petroleum jelly. Pack your fire-starter in a zipper-seal plastic bag or mini dry bag.
4. Pack a foot print: A foot print is a waterproof barrier between the floor of your tent and the ground. It is best to pitch a tent on the dry ground which is not always possible in the spring. Our Big Foot footprint will keep you safe and dry from the elements.
5. Hike on high ground: When planning a hike consider the topography of your destination. Hiking on high ground will ensure a successful trek, but also means you won’t be wadding through muck and puddles.
6. Use hiking poles: Even the most experienced hikers can profit from hiking poles in the spring when trails are muddy, wet, and inevitably slippery. Poles can provide stability by allowing for two additional points of contact with the ground and can help you test the depth of a muddy puddle.
We would love to hear about your favorite tips, tricks, or locations for hiking and camping in the spring in the comments down below!
Wise Owl Team
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