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Here at HCCE Outdoors, we believe that camping, hiking and outdoor adventures are meant to be fun! Our goal is to bring you camping & outdoor equipment that will help you get the most enjoyment, save you money, and make for some fun, memorable times. Whether you're an avid hunter, love to camp, explore nature, boat or fish, you'll find what you need, plenty trail gear to fill your backpack or camp cookware to prepare a great meal over the campfire
To get the most of spending time outdoors, it takes being prepared before you go, to ensure that everyone there, will be warm, comfortable and have the items necessary, to be able to do all the fun things you love to do. Whatever that might me. Whether that's alone as a solo adventurist, as a couple or a family or with a group of good friends. We believe quality products can make a difference in how well a person is able to fully enjoy time in the beautiful outdoors. We currently have over 110,000 camping, hunting, boating, hiking & outdoors items, and carry many of the top brands that provide the best quality and bring them to you at discount prices, listed well below retail prices.
If you're some who wants to enjoy a good hike, has a love for the outdoors, likes to explore, look for arrowheads, or take on a new adventure, or go on a camping, fishing or a hunting trip, or go RVing just take some time to relax, you'll find everything you need at HighCountryCampingEquipmentAndOutdoorSports.com to make your time outdoors, a pleasant and more fulfilling experience. Sometimes we all need to get away from work and/chores, etc, to relieve stress and revive the soul. Sometimes being outdoors can be just what you needed.
Imagine this for a second...
You're outdoors and surrounded by nature... you're sitting with friends or family around a crackling campfire.
You smell the fresh burning firewood, and hear tree sap sizzling & popping.
Above you, you see a night sky all lit up with bright stars... a shooting star perhaps.
Just then, you realize sleeping in a tent outdoors is amazing. You feel alive listening to every sound.
You hear the crickets chirping in unison, and the sound of a creek running.
Maybe you hear the splash of a fish playing in a pond nearby...
The whole trip comes together just as you pictured it. Everybody's happy.
Believe me, I've learned from my own experiences, being prepared can make all the difference between being comfortable & having a great time, and being miserable, kids & everybodys cranky and bored, sleeping on an uncomfortable ground or waking up cold. If you have good sleeping pads, warm sleeping bags, and a good tent, you can be quite comfortable and warm. Taking a metal detector to look for treasures, or GPS to locate trails or ponds or other fun toys, with you for fun things to do while you're outdoors, can add excitement to the trip.
Even having the right cooking pans or a good crockpot to let your meal simmer all day why you go for a hike can make a difference. Certain times of year and in wetter climates, there may be mosquito's hatching. Why fight mosquito's, take a mosquito net or screen shelter where mosquito's/flies are thick. Another good thing to take with you is a good handheld GPS to locate a nearby lake or pond to go fishing or locate nearby hiking trails. I've learned, that when you have plenty of trail gear /equipment with you, if a problem does arise, it can easily be resolved and being comfortable & happy is key to having a good time. Spending time outdoors can make for some beautiful memories.
We hope to encourage people to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and build some wonderful memories. We take great care in choosing the products we offer, all products must pass our high standards because we care about our customers. We believe life is a gift & a blessing and meant to be enjoyed. It's about creating good memories to share with good friends and loved ones. I know myself, there is absolutely nothing in this world that washes my soul clean & fresh like new again, like spending time in the great outdoors!
Nature offers plentiful opportunities for relieving anxiety levels and easing stresses. Spending time in nature can be incredibly therapeutic, and can even help you you mend a broken heart or release tension. Working too hard, not getting enough rest and living a stress-filled life, can be unhealthy.
We love the outdoors too and we know how frustrating and even miserable it can be, when someone is not comfortable or having a hard time trying to make 'the whole outdoors thing' work. So we've done all the work for you and gathered all the necessary items together into one place and made them available online. You'll find items you need, as well as some fun things too! At HighCountryCampingEquipmentAndOutdoorSports.com, we strive to provide quality products with top notch brands, at the lowest possible prices we can possibly afford, because we want you to enjoy the outdoors and have the best camping & outdoor experiences as possible.
Why not create some good memories with some good friends or family, or go solo and get away from all the hustle in the world and connect with the great outdoors. Time outdoors can be very rewarding and actually revive a weary soul.
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
~ John Muir (naturalist, writer & geologist)
S. Olsen, Owner/Administrator
HCCE & Outdoor Sports
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When spending any length of time outdoors, it's always a good idea to take more supplies with you than you really need, and to have it with you in case you need it, than be sorry later. It's a good rule to always take enough food & survival gear to last at the very least double the actual amount of time you plan to spend outdoors. in the event of an unexpected storm, or other emergency.
This could save lives in the event of an emergency. It may seem like a hassle to take more than you need, but there have been rafters, hikers, climbers and hunters who have gotten stranded, lost, or injured and it took rescuers days to even weeks in some cases, to find & rescue them. It was only after they were already in those situations that they thought of things they only wished they would have taken with them.
Many situations could have been easily been avoided. Many people get focused on trying to save time, packing light, or saving a dollar or two by only getting one item, and asking everyone on the trip to share it. But what happens, if you're hiking, someone gets injured or lost, and you you're split up and on your own. I've learned the hard way, you can't always depend on the leader of the trip to do all thinking and bring what you might need if something ever happened. There are just some things worth spending a little extra time, and effort to pack & carry in order to have what you need with you, wherever you decide to go.
We've compiled a list to help give you some ideas of things to bring with you. Depending on the type & length of your trip ofcourse. Whether you're an experienced outdoors person or going on your fist camping trip, you can benefit from this list and use it to inspire ideas. However, this is merely a guide to offer suggestions and not to imply that one needs to have everything on this list in order to camp safely. Some items listed, are merely to add more comfort and ease to your trip. Enjoy life & keep safe!
__Extra tent stakes
__Axe or hammer
__Mat for tent entrance
__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp
__Repair kit for air mattress
__Utility bags for storage
__Large water jug & water bucket
__Stove with fuel/propane
__Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc
__Campfire grill/BBQ grill
__Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
__Heavy-duty aluminum foil
__Liquid Antiseptic hand/body soap
__Cooking oil/Pam spray
__Containers for food storage
__Pots and frying pans with lids
__Sauce Pans/ lids
__Soap for outside of pots and pans
__Cook utensils-Spatula, knife, spoon
__Hand-held Can opener/bottle opener
__Dutch oven/Crock pot
__Potato peeler/Paring knife
__Jackets/Warm Coats w/hood
__Extra clothing for everyone
__Shower shoes/flip flops
__Soap in plastic case/shampoo
__Tooth brush/tooth paste
__Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket
__Camping shower/shower pump
__Other personal items
__Personal medications/Asprin, Sudafed, etc – take extra
__Extra socks, set of dry clothes
__Lantern with fuel/mantles
__Water filters/purification/treatment or Water tablets
__Jack, tire iron
__Check spare tire
__Patch kits/Sealers for tent, etc
__Backpack/fanny pack with emergency/survival gear/phone numbers (Keep in the vehicle if pulling a camper)
__Fishing Tackle Box, knife, pepper spray, mirror, compass, flashlight, water
__Musical instruments/song books
__First aid kit (check)
__Park map/guidebooks/trail maps
__Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars (Smores)
__Pocket knife, Survival knife
__Some type of Protection
__Electric Blanket or heater for emergency, if you have access to power, (in case you run out of fuel)
__Canteen/ Water bottles/coffee pot
__Duct tape/electrical tape
__Cell phone/charger plus 2-way radios/walkie talkies
__Small sewing kit
__Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee
Tell someone of your plans – give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.
BASIC FIRST AID KIT
__Sterile gauze pads
__Bee sting kit
__Meat Tenderizer for bee stings
__Cortisone creme or other anti-itch creme/spray
__Personal information/contact person
__Gallon of water
__Misc. Band Aides/bandages
__Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaids)
__Snake bit kit
__Poison ivy cream/cleansers
__Coins for emergency payphone call
__Mole skin for blisters
__First aid manual
ADDITIONAL FIRST AID TIPS
* Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof container
* Keep the contents organized
* Know how to use everything in your first aid kit
* Inspect content often, re-supply as needed
* Keep readily available at all times
When the water you're hoping to drink might be riddled with parasites or bacteria, you can't afford to skimp on water purification. In the very circumstances that put you in contact with questionable water (being in the wilderness, surviving or recovering from a disaster, or living in a part of the world where water isn't purified for you) the last thing you want to do is to get sick. Read the following instructions carefully and always be prepared to purify water yourself.
- Clean the containers in which you're going to hold or store the water. Use dish soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. After washing the containers, submerge them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to every quart (or liter) of water (making sure the entire surface of the bottle comes in contact with the solution for a minimum of 15 seconds), then rinse thoroughly with a weaker mixture of bleach and water.
- Don't use any container that has had milk or fruit juice in it. Milk protein and fruit sugars remain in the container and can fuel bacterial growth when water is stored. Plastic soda bottles are suitable.
- Filter water through a clean cloth. Then allow it to settle for at least 30 minutes and pour off the clear water for purifying. This process of filtering and settling is especially important if you're going to be using chemical purification because disinfectants are less effective in cloudy, murky, or colored water.
- It is possible to use cotton cloth, such as a clean handkerchief or clean white sock, or silk (water passes quickly through multiple layers).
- One way to set this up is to cut the bottom off of a water or coke bottle. Roll a clean sock up on itself and stuff it down to the neck of the bottle. Pour your water through the filter until it is clear to the eye.
- If you have a portable water filter, use it.
- Speed up the clearing of water. One way to do this is to add a little aluminum sulfate. This causes impurities to coagulate, which are removed as the particulate settles to the bottom of the container.
- Purify the water using any of the following methods. If you can, combine boiling with a chemical disinfection method; the boiling is more thorough, but the chemical method will continue to keep the water safe when it's stored. Select a method:
- Boiling: This kills most types of disease-causing organisms and is the most recommended purification technique. Boil the water for 1 full minute, then let it cool. Make sure it's a full, rolling boil. If you are more than one mile above sea level, boil for 3 minutes longer.
- Disinfecting: Disinfecting with household bleach kills some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms. The bleach must contain chlorine in order to work. Don't use scented bleaches, color-safe bleaches, or bleaches with added cleaners. Most household chlorine bleaches have 4-6 percent available chlorine, in which case add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water (2 drops per litre), stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Check the label; if the percentage of available chlorine is around 1 percent, or you don't know what the percentage is, use 40 drops per gallon/ 10 drops per litre; if the percentage is 7-10 percent, use 4 drops per gallon or 1 drop per litre. Double the amount of chlorine if the water is cloudy, murky, or colored, or if the water is extremely cold. If, after sitting covered for 30 minutes, the water doesn't have a slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let sit for another 15 minutes.
- Granular calcium hypochlorite: This works in the same way as household bleach. You can dissolve one heaped teaspoon of high-test granular calcium hypochlorite (about 1/4 ounce) in two gallons of water (1 heaped tablespoon or 7g for every 7.5 litres or 1 gram for every litre of water) to make a disinfecting solution. Then add one part of the disinfecting solution to each 100 parts of water to purify.
- Correction: replace the word tablespoon with teaspoon. As correctly stated above, one heaped teaspoon = 1/4 ounce = 7g. One ounce = 28.35g. One tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 22g per 7.5 liters = 3g for every liter of water. The solution would be 3 times stronger than it was intended to be.*
- Potassium permanganate (KMnO4): This can be used to disinfect water. It can be purchased from camping supply stores and pool treatment stores. The water should be colored slightly pink, 3 or 4 crystals in a quart or litre of water. Let the solution stand for at least 30 minutes. This is definitely an emergency measure only, and should not be used for planned leisure activities, such as hiking or camping.
- Disinfecting with iodine: This is generally less effective than chlorine in controlling the parasite Giardia, but it's better than no treatment at all. Add 5 drops of 2 percent iodine (from the medicine chest or first aid kit) to every quart or litre of clear water; add 10 drops if the water is cloudy. Let the solution stand for at least 30 minutes.
- Commercial tablets: For commercially prepared chlorine or iodine tablets, follow the instructions that come with them. If you don't have instructions, use one tablet for each quart or litre of water to be purified.
- Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) method: Pouring the water into clear plastic PET bottles, and exposing to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours has been shown to be an effective method of disinfecting.
- Be careful with the cap or lid of the container. If you're chemically disinfecting water in a canteen or other portable container with a screw-on cap, wait about five minutes after adding the purifying chemical(s), then partially unscrew the cap and shake the container so that some of the water sloshes on the inside of the cap and the threads of the container, then re-tighten the cap and let it sit for the remainder of the time specified above or in the instructions. Otherwise, there may still be contaminated water in the cap, on the outside of the container's neck, or on the threads.
- Improve the flavor of purified water, if needed. Boiled water can taste "flat", and disinfected water can have a strong chlorine taste. Aerate it by pouring it from one clean container to another several times. Alternatively, add a pinch of salt to each quart or litre of water. If the flavor is still unpleasant, use a powdered drink mix, if available.
- Take care when consuming. Once the water in a container has been purified, open and close the container carefully. Don't touch the inside or the rim with your fingers, or else the water could become contaminated.
- If you're going to drink some, but not all of the water, don't drink directly from the container. Pour it into another container and drink from that. Contact with your lips and mouth can contaminate water that's going to be stored.
- If you don't drink the water immediately, write the date on the bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place for up to six months.
- Both bleach and iodine work much better in warm water.
- A person needs at least a half gallon (1.89 litres) of water per day to survive, sometimes more (children, nursing mothers, people who are ill, and when the weather is hot, everyone).
- Use purified water for brushing your teeth.
- Water that's collected through condensation (such as from plants or soil) needs to be purified. The process of condensation leaves some sediments behind, but unless boiling temperature is reached, parasites and other harmful substances may still be in the water.
- All the methods indicated above are designed to remove biological threats only, such as bacteria. They generally do not remove chemical (for example, industrial waste such as aluminum sludge) or radioactive contamination. If it is suspected that the water contains such contaminants, rely on distillation, or weigh consumption against the risk of being dehydrated.
- Commercial filters made for tap water may only remove basic minerals to make it taste better, depending on the quality of the particular filter. They may not remove parasites or other threats that are removed through in water treatment facilities. Check the label to be sure what you're getting.
- People with thyroid problems should check with their doctors before using water treated with iodine.
- Quality reverse osmosis filter systems remove impurities down to several hundred thousandths of a micron - small enough to remove all organic matter (and other matter such as chlorine as well).
- Chlorine and iodine can be toxic. Do not use more of either chemical than indicated, and use only in emergency situations.
Things You'll Need
- Suitable water container
- Clean cloth
- Items required for disinfecting and purifying as outlined in steps
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/emergency_preparedness/are_you_ready.pdf (PDF)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/emerg.html
- ↑ http://drinking-water.org/html/en/Treatment/Coagulation-Flocculation-technologies.html
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SODIS
- ↑ http://www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/emerg.html
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