Fang Talks

The Pumpkin Tide

I have safely returned from my first overnight camping trip! It was foggy and wet, but I also learned a bunch!

  • Plan ahead! Look up the weather forecast. If it’s your first time, don’t risk heading out into the rain, however light a drizzle it may be.
  • Don’t head out in a hurry, always double-check the gear-list you compiled ahead of time, and don’t make last-minute excuses for leaving things at home.
  • Try not to rely on GPS-enabled devices too much, they have a non-negligible chance of failing you. Familiarizing yourself with your route ahead of time can’t hurt.
  • No rain, no gain. A little hardship here and there makes life worth living.
  • Some birds will abandon their chicks and run away without as much as chirping at you.

  • A spare pair of socks is good to bring. They don’t weigh much, and better safe than sorry. If anything, they keep you from worrying too much about soaked feet/boots.
  • Knives have huge utility. You may just need one to open a poorly manufactured bag of trail mix.
  • Practice pitching your tent in all the different ways you can imagine needing ahead of time. Setting it up in whatever way best fits the situation should be quick and easy.
  • When you go to bed, expect wet things to still be wet by the time you get up. Better to be pleasantly surprised than sorely disappointed.
  • Yes, there is sound in nature. Even more so after dark.
  • If it sounds like a bear, it’s probably just a rabbit. If it sounds like a rabbit, it’s probably nothing.
  • Tent leakage paranoia is a thing. You’ll get tired of checking after the seventh time, but expect to wake up with the urge to check again anyway.
  • When in fog country, don’t pitch your tent underneath trees. Fog drip will keep everything wet.

All that said, a single great view can make an entire day of suffering worthwhile, even if the pictures won’t do it justice.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 11/06/2017 (7:10 PM)

    All good lessons. We always just bring a big tarp with us and some bungee cords, and then hang it up like an awning over everything so that we’re safe from the rain. It adds an extra layer of protection, and makes things more enjoyable when you aren’t getting rained on. And it’s nice, because even a big tarp weighs next to nothing.

    https://cdn.instructables.com/FDH/XT78/FA190M34/FDHXT78FA190M34.MEDIUM.jpg

    • 11/06/2017 (8:03 PM)

      That’s actually not too bad an idea. Feels a bit weird hanging a tarp over a tent, but probably worthwhile.

      • 12/06/2017 (8:08 PM)

        It’s very easy to get a hole in your tent, even if you’re careful. I found out my tent is no longer rain proof on my last excursion. The extra layer of security is always a plus.

        That, and no one wants to drink a watered down beer.

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