According to the American Hiking Society, there are 10 essential items that you should pack on every single hike whether you plan a short day hike for a couple of hours or you plan on trekking through the backcountry for a couple of months. You should pack the following items and know how to use them.
1) Navigation – Map and Compass: GPS and a smart phone are very handy devices, although they require batteries and a signal and do not always work in the backcountry. You should always carry a paper map and a compass and be sure that you know how to correctly use them. Consider an altimeter and know how to read a topographic map on complex mountain hikes.
2) Appropriate footwear: well-fitting hiking boots or shoes are a must; happy feet make for happy hiking. Look for support, protection and traction when selecting footwear. Always pack extra socks and consider a change of clothes beyond what you think you would normally need, depending on your packing weight restrictions.
3) Food: pack calorie dense foods that do not require cooking like nuts, jerky, dried fruits and energy bars. You should always pack an extra day’s worth of food just in case something extends your trip like bad weather or an injury.
4) Water: most people require about a half a liter of water every hour during moderate activity and temperatures. Start off with at least a water bottle and know where you will fill your bottle or reservoir and how to treat water while you’re on the trail, whether with chemical treatment, a purifier/filter or using a camp stove to melt snow.
5) Rain gear and dry-fast clothing: always be prepared for wet weather by wearing moisture wicking items, dressing in layers and be sure to have a synthetic jacket and a warm hat.
6) First-Aid kit: it is critical to have a first-aid kit and know how to use it. You can find pre-assembled kits and modify them to suit your needs and the number of people in your group. Every kit should include disinfecting ointment, various bandages, gauze pads, adhesive tape, over-the-counter pain medication and nitrile gloves. Anyone hitting the trail should take a first-aid and CPR class, many online courses are available through the Red Cross.
7) Safety Items including Fire: Be sure you have a way to start an emergency fire, to signal for help, to cook food or for much-needed heat. Keep some durable matches in a waterproof container along with a butane lighter and carry some form of Firestarter. If hiking in the winter and snow where firewood is not available, be sure to have a stove for a source of heat and water. In addition to fire you should always have a whistle to signal for help if needed and a light such as a headlamp with extra batteries if you need to see your map and the trail in the dark.
8) Knife or multi-tool: a knife or a multi tool is mandatory and can be used for many purposes such as repairing your gear, preparing food, making kindling or for first-aid. A multi tool includes some other convenient features like a pullout screwdriver, fold out scissors, or a can opener. If you need help or need to repair your gear in the backcountry you should also include some zip ties, duct tape, fabric repair tape and parts to repair your water filter.
9) Sun protection: protection from the sun is critically important, you should always have sunscreen, sun protective clothing and quality sunglasses. You should wear quality sunglasses regardless of cloud cover and temperature. Your sunglasses should block 100% of UV light especially if traveling on snow or ice to prevent snow blindness or cataracts from developing with long-term exposure.
10) Shelter: emergency shelter includes more than just your tent. You will need protection from the elements when hiking away from your tent especially if you are injured or stranded. Carry a lightweight blanket or a bivy sack when leaving your campsite.
These items, along with following the basic principles of Leave no Trace and carrying a trash bag with you to clean up your mess, will get you through your hike safely and prepared. Make the most of your hike with quality gear from Cascade Mountain Tech, such as our wide selection of hiking trekking poles, lightweight packable camp chairs, camp bedding and more.
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If you never got a chance to learn how to use a compass in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, it is definitely something you need to know to prepare for a hike. A compass is such a small, lightweight tool yet provides insurmountable value if you know how to use it correctly. The compass is one of the most important navigational tools that you can take on your hike to help you find your way. It never requires batteries and can work right along with your map if you know how to use it correctly.
Understanding How a Compass Works
The red tipped magnetic needle is always pointing north - Every new hiker needs to understand the basics of how to use a Compass. The first thing you should know is that the floating needle, usually with a red end, is magnetized and is always pointing towards magnetic north. Even if you turn the compass, the needle will stay fixed towards magnetic north.
Magnetic north is not true north – magnetic north is not true north, as in the North Pole, which is what all maps are oriented towards. Depending on the difference between the two, called declination, you could wind-up far-off course. So how do we adjust for this “declination”?
How to account for declination – the difference in degrees between true north and magnetic north, declination, varies by location. To use your compass correctly you will want to know what this value is so that when you box your needle, when the orienting arrow is boxed around the red magnetic arrow, you are pointing to true north rather than magnetic north. If you are using a recent topographic map, it may display the declination as two straight lines with magnetic north noted as MN. Since declinations vary by area and change over time, do not rely on this number if you are not using a recent map.
What if your map does not show you the declination? Not to worry, plan ahead and go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, NOAA, Magnetic Field Calculator, and type in the coordinates for the area you’ll be hiking to have the exact, most recent, declination calculated for you. This will be expressed in degrees, with a change west represented as a negative number or a positive number to represent a change east. Some compasses may have a screw that will allow you to make the appropriate adjustments.
How to Use a Compass
There are a couple of different ways that you can get your bearing with a compass while out on the trail, by your map or by sight.
By map - to use your map and compass together, use a compass with the base plate, and lay your compass on top of your map on the ground. Mark your current location and your intended location, then draw a straight line between both points. Lay the edge of your compass on this line so the travel arrow is pointing in the direction you need to go, then turn the outer ring with the measured units on it (the azimuth ring) until the orienting arrow and north on the map are aligned. When you pull your compass off the map, turn the orienting arrow until it is boxed in with the red magnetic needle and you will be pointed in the right direction.
By sight - it is much simpler to use your compass to travel by sight. If you can see the side of the mountain you are headed towards, for example, you can first point towards it with the travel arrow on the compass, then rotate the azimuth ring until the orienting arrow is lined up with the red tip of the magnetic needle pointing towards the north. Continue your hike with the needle boxed in and you should reach your destination.
To learn more about how to use your compass and magnetic declination see Basic Land Navigation, a publication by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. For more tips on navigating through the backcountry, contact the outdoor adventurists at Cascade Mountain Tech, your one-stop for quality camping and hiking gear.
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Knowing how to navigate your way through your hike is critically important, whether you are taking a short-day hike or a longer trek through the backcountry. The tools that you choose to take may depend on the type of trip you are taking. If you are taking a short-day hike, for example, you might prefer to get around with just your map and a compass, and your Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). For a more complex, longer hike you might want to include your GPS and altimeter.
As always, be sure to file a trip report and tell someone the exact location of where you plan to go and when you plan to return along with the route you plan to hike.
Top Five Navigational Hiking Tools
There are basically five different types of essential navigational tools commonly used by hikers:
Make sure that you understand proper navigational techniques and how to use each of the most important tools. Make your hike even easier with quality hiking trekking poles to take some strain off your joints and help you glide along the trails. You can pack some lightweight, foldable camping chairs to stop and rest along the way. Cascade Mountain Tech offers lightweight camping chairs perfect for backpacking or camping chairs with something for everyone.
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Trekking poles provide many benefits to hikers, alleviating stress on knees and joints and helping to offset a heavy load. Trekking poles are available in various materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber and 3K carbon fiber. You may have heard about 3K carbon fiber trekking poles and wonder what all the buzz is about and if they would be a good choice for you.
It helps to understand what 3K carbon fiber means and how these types of trekking poles are made to understand the benefits they provide. The most significant benefit is the undeniable durability in a lightweight material. Carbon fiber is known for durability and strength, measured in ‘filaments per tow’, which means that 6K carbon fiber has 6,000 filaments per tow, 12K carbon fiber has 12,000 filaments per tow and so on. Thus, 3K carbon fiber is made with 3,000 filaments per tow.
3K carbon fiber is a popular choice that provides both added strength and durability and it won’t slow you down because of its light weight. Carbon fiber is often weaved unidirectionally, meaning the weaves used to manufacture carbon fiber products are arranged in one direction only. 3K carbon fiber, on the other hand, provides added durability because it is weaved both horizontally and vertically which provides increased strength along with malleability. This allows 3K carbon fiber trekking poles to absorb more force from all directions over other types of hiking poles without bending or snapping.
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Trekking poles, also called hiking sticks or hiking poles, provide many benefits to hikers when used correctly. Trekking poles are designed to provide additional stability when hiking and to spread out the weight load from your legs to your arms. Hikers in the backcountry who encounter knee pain on hills or when carrying a heavy load can benefit from using trekking poles for reducing the amount of stress on the knees and joints.
Pros of Using Trekking Poles
The following are some of the most common advantages of using trekking poles:
Our knees can take a beating supporting our body weight during a lifetime of normal activities. Hikers that add additional pack weight and hike longer than usual put additional stress on muscles and joints especially caused by ascents and descents. It is not surprising that many hikers suffer from knee pain. Using trekking poles correctly can greatly reduce the amount of stress on your knees when hiking, especially on steep hills.
Cons of Using Trekking Poles
The following are some of the most common cons of using trekking poles:
Poor technique is probably the most common reason that hikers do not get the most benefit when using trekking poles. Adopting a useful technique and using your poles correctly is the only way to gain the advantages that trekking poles provide. Many people may not also realize the extra energy required to hike with poles. If you are concerned about carrying a heavy load and the stress on your knees and joints, using trekking poles can be well worth the effort. If your body tires quickly however or you experience cardiovascular limits, exerting extra energy may be a hindrance.
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Selecting the perfect campsite takes a bit more thought than noticing a pretty area to pitch your tent. Without considering all of the important factors of setting up your campsite, you may find yourself in a dangerous environment or you could cause damage to the environment. Exercising a little precaution when choosing and setting up camp will ensure a peaceful campsite that provides the right amount of shelter and convenience.
Evaluate Your Surroundings
Before deciding on the place to pitch your tent, take a careful evaluation of your surroundings. Look around the entire area where you are thinking of placing your tent, look above to be sure a gust of wind won’t bring any tree limbs down into your tent. Consider where you would set up your cooking area and a safe place to organize your gear.
Check for uneven ground, dirt hills, ant hills or wasp nests which could quickly ruin your camping trip. It is best to set up your tent on a vegetation-free, flat area of land that offers some shade and buffer from the wind. Think about drainage in case it rains to avoid a soaked campsite.
Keep Essential Supplies Close
Once you determine the best place to set up your tent for shelter, unpack your gear systematically and keep your essential items close by. It is a good idea to have a flashlight or headlamps in a pocket near your tent entrance for late night bathroom breaks. If you are camping with children, giving each child a headlamp helps them to feel some level of control and gives them an important job to keep track of their light source. You can even hand out color coded lamps so each person has their own and keeps it handy.
Make sure you can quickly access your rain gear, insect repellant, dry clothes or insulative layers. Make sure everyone knows where the first-aid kit is as well as food and water supplies. You will want to keep your cooler a safe distance from the tent to drain water without soaking your camping area.
Leave No Trace
Be mindful of vegetation and follow the guidelines of Leave No Trace to reduce any impact to the environment. Be respectful of others when camping in public areas and allow enough distance from other campsites and trails.
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When packing your backpack for a mountain hike, there is a lot more to it than just throwing your stuff in a bag like you are packing an overnight bag. Packing your backpack takes some planning and know-how to adjust your weight-load properly for comfort and to have your most important items accessible when you need them. You do not want your pack to be heavier on either side as a lop-sided backpack puts added weight on one side, one shoulder and will leave you with muscle and joint soreness.
Adjusting the Weight Load of Your Backpack
It is important to be sure that your weight is distributed evenly, especially for longer hikes. You want to be sure that your heaviest items like water and food are packed as close to the middle of your back as possible. Lighter items like clothes and your sleeping bag are best located furthest from your back, so at the bottom and around the edges. Be sure to even out any weight that you place on either side to avoid shoulder pain, back strain and even discomfort in your hip and joints from hiking with a lop-sided pack.
Adjust Your Backpack Straps
Make sure that your straps are adjusted properly for comfort. The best way to do that is to first loosen all of the straps such as your shoulder straps, hip belt, sternum strap, load lifters and any other straps. Place the pack on your back and you will feel all the weight on your shoulders. Next, fasten and adjust your waist belt, then adjust your shoulder straps to pull the backpack back up against your back. Then clip the sternum strap, pull the load lifter straps out and down to shift the weight load from your hips to your shoulders, once you release both load lifter straps you should feel the weight shift to your hips. You will become more comfortable with adjusting the straps of any new backpack once you have used it for a while.
You will want to place items that you may need quickly in your top compartment, like your compass, map, water bottle, first aid kit, rain jacket and snacks.
Once you get your gear packed and ready, grab your trekking poles from Cascade Mountain Tech and you will be ready for a nice long, prepared hike. Don’t forget a lightweight, packable backpacking camping chair to take the load off and enjoy the view.
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Hiking is a great way to stay active, maintain strength and elevate your mood and mental health. Most of us could use some mood elevation right about now, although in these unique times we cannot just grab our gear and hit the trail like we used to. With some planning and preparation, you can still get your hiking fix while protecting yourself and being respectful of others.
Here are some tips to follow for hiking during quarantine:
Skip the National Park Hike
We have some beautiful National Parks in the U.S. and you might feel them calling your name if you have some free time on your hands. We recommend that you keep your hikes local as much as possible and be aware that many National Parks are understaffed or not staffed at all to protect park employees and the public. Be sure to call the Ranger station and check the rules for the trails you plan to tackle.
Stick with a Small Group
We already know that we should maintain contact with a small group and not be socializing with large groups of people. With one or two people on the trail, you should be OK by most standards to keep your distance from one another and any other hikers on the trail. Find a buddy and enjoy your hike but save the group hikes for later.
Choose the Right Trail
Avoiding large crowds goes for on the trail also, which means that you might be more comfortable and safer on a wider trail. Try to go during off-times when the trail is less likely to be busy. Try to find some off the beaten path trails that are not the most popular favorites most hikers flock to.
Do Not Hike Right After a Rain
You should generally wait at least 24 to 48 hours after a rain before hitting the trail, to protect yourself from flash flooding or slippery paths and also to protect the trail from erosion. Some trails will close after a rain for these very reasons so plan ahead and be sure your trail is open.
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The type of camping gear you choose is one of the biggest factors in creating a successful camping trip. Quality gear is critical when in the wilderness, you need to know that your tent is not going to leak and your camping chairs are not going to rip or break. Setting up camp for a peaceful getaway by firelight is only relaxing if you are comfortable.
Here are some of the most important considerations when looking for camping chairs:
End use – are you car camping? Backpacking? When backpacking, packed size and weight are most important, comfort is what matters most when front country camping.
Size and height – are your chairs for yourself, children or guests? Do any guests need special accommodations like a wider size? Low chairs are great for concerts or the beach but can be difficult to get out of for some people. High back chairs will be more comfortable around the fire and are more easily accessible.
Design – some camping chairs come with 2, 3 or 4 leg options, suspension design, glider, reclining options and more. Think about setting up camp and everyone’s comfort level.
Backpacking Camp Chairs
For many hardcore backcountry hikers, camp chairs are a luxury. If you can find space in your sack with a lightweight, packable camp chair it can really help you have some moments of comfort after a long day’s hike.
Car Camping Chairs
When car camping, you can afford the luxury of packing a more comfortable camp chair like a high-back, ultralight camp chair. You could even pack some high-back chairs for the campfire and some low-profile chairs to hang out by the water. If you plan on doing day hikes and heading back to camp, stick a packable camp chair in your backpack to take a rest on the trail.
The most important thing is to be sure that your chair accommodates your type of hike or camping adventure with size, weight, and performance. Look for quality materials and weight limits, extras like sand feet if you’ll be sitting at the beach, and ease in folding and packing.
Cascade Mountain Tech: Camp Chairs for Any Adventure
Cascade Mountain Tech offers high-quality camp chairs for any adventure, whether backpacking or camping with the family. Our lightweight backpacking camp chairs hold up to 250 lbs. and weigh less than 2.5 lbs. Choose the ultralight high-back camp chair for comfort and easy folding and packing, also with a 250 lb. weight capacity. Don’t forget your trekking poles and check out the wide selection of quality carbon fiber and 3k carbon fiber hiking trekking poles from Cascade Mountain Tech.
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When winter sets in and the days get shorter, the nights get longer and mountain caps in the Pacific Northwest are covered in snow, many of us choose to hibernate a bit. Winter is a good time for snuggling up by a fire, enjoying a good movie and some holiday meals. A little rest and relaxation is good for everyone, although taking too much time away from hiking can make for a rough transition in the spring.
The best that you can do to maintain the stamina you have built up over the past year is to stay active. With a little effort and self-care, you can be ready to hit your highest summit when the weather breaks and explore more destinations. Here are some training tips to help you stay fit over the winter for a pain-free return to the trails.
Stay Active to Maintain Hiking Strength
Just because you may not be able to get outdoors as frequently in the winter does not mean that you cannot find creative ways to stay active and maintain your strength. One of the best ways to maintain your hiking strength is to, well, hike. If you have not hiked in the winter, you might see if you can get a friend to go with you and follow these tips for Cold Weather Hiking from the American Hiking Society.
Snowshoeing is a lot of fun but may not be for everyone. If you would prefer to hike on dry land there are many options for winter hiking in the Northwest without snow. You can find some snow-free trails in the Puget Sound lowlands most of the year except during extreme storms. Many other options exist to keep hiking down the coast and there is nothing wrong with heading south to keep exploring.
Hit the Gym if You Can’t Hit the Trails
When you absolutely cannot get outdoors to hit the trails, make time to hit the gym, even if it’s in your living room. Without keeping up with regular hikes, your muscle mass and stamina can decline quicker than you may realize. Stay in shape with regular cardiovascular exercise, lift weights to maintain muscle strength, and stretch to maintain flexibility. It might be easier to maintain a schedule with some classes at a gym combined with some home workout videos.
Take the Stairs
Go beyond just taking the stairs when you have an option and seek out buildings with stairways that you can trek regularly. This is not only great cardio but will keep your quads in shape with the next best thing to hiking up a mountain trail.
Stay active during the winter months and you will thank yourself from the mountaintop come warmer weather. Before you know it, you’ll be grabbing your trekking poles and hiking your favorite trails on warm, sunny days. Get ready with high-quality hiking and camping gear from Cascade Mountain Tech.
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Hiking in the winter can be exhilarating and give you a whole new view of your favorite trails. Hiking in the snow is quite different, however, then hiking on dry land conditions. Hiking sticks provide critical support like adding stability and preventing a slip or fall. Using trekking poles with snowshoe baskets in the winter gives you the same benefit and helps you glide across snowy terrain a little easier.
Benefits of Snow Baskets on Trekking Poles
Snow baskets are a must have any time you are hiking on snowy terrain. These large powder baskets keep you afloat just like snowshoes keep the deep winter snow from swallowing you up. If you do take a spill in the snow, your pole can help you right yourself quickly. Using a set of trekking poles with interchangeable accessories like snow baskets, mud baskets, boots and tips allows you to adapt your hiking poles to any environment.
You gain the most benefit from a good set of trekking poles that come with interchangeable accessories. You may see some snowshoe poles that come with snow baskets although they may be designed with just two collapsible sections. A three-section collapsible pole is less cumbersome to pack and carry when not in use.
Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles Come with Snow Baskets
Cascade Mountain Tech offers one of the widest selections of high-quality trekking poles that come with interchangeable baskets for use in a variety of terrains and weather conditions. Our 3K carbon fiber trekking pole features a quick locking mechanism for easy height adjustment, is durable and super lightweight. Replacement pole sections and parts are available to save you money and all trekking poles come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
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Hiking in the winter can be fun, although hikers should venture out into a winter wonderland with both the beauty of snow-covered trees and the challenges of cold-weather hiking in mind. There does not have to be deep snow on the ground in the middle of winter for cold weather to be a real threat and danger to hikers. To have a more pleasant cold-weather hike, follow these most important tips for maximum enjoyment and safety.
1) Wear and Pack Proper Cold-Weather Clothing and Gear
You should always dress in multiple layers when hiking in the winter, with your base layer being a wicking fabric that will pull sweat away from the skin and help to keep you dry. You will still sweat when hiking in the winter and moisture that cannot escape can freeze and cause hypothermia. Heat management is important because you want to stay dry and not sweat as wet clothes will make you feel cold.
Follow the 3-layer principle of having at least 3 layers with your base layer in a wicking fabric, avoid cotton clothing as it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet and it can leave you feeling cold, wet and miserable. This first layer transports moisture away from your skin and helps to regulate your body temperature to keep your base layer dry.
The mid-layer should have insulating properties like fleece or a down jacket. Make sure the top-layer provides protection against wind and rain like a light windbreaker or a water-resistant outer shell. Always pack some emergency jackets and layers in case some layers get wet.
Always wear a hat when outdoors in the winter, as you lose a lot of precious body heat when you do not keep your head covered. While it is important to keep your head warm, it is critical to protect your feet when hiking in the snow. Make sure that your hiking boots have sufficient insulation and are rated for -40°F. Some good wool socks should help to keep your feet dry and be sure to pack an extra pair. Cover your mouth, nose and ears and use hand warmers and toe warmers to keep your digits toasty especially if you frequently have cold hands and feet.
2) Keep Your Water Warm
You can boil your water in the morning, put it in a water bottle with a Koozie or foam sleeve wrapped around it to take with you on your hike. Keeping your sealed water bottle inside your jacket should keep it from freezing.
3) Break Trail with Caution
When you are the first person on the trail after a snowfall, creating a path through the snow is called breaking trail. You should have an idea of how much snow is on the trail before you set out to hike and keep in mind that forging through deep snow can slow you down. Make sure you have the proper footwear accessories like snowshoes and trekking poles with snow baskets.
4) Protection – Eyes and Skin
Just because it is not summertime, don’t think the sun’s rays cannot be harmful. Do not forget to pack the sunscreen as the sun’s glare reflects off of the shiny white snow. You should also protect your eyes from the sun and the wind, with a good pair of sunglasses or goggles.
5) Prepare for Shorter Days and Colder Nights
Keep in mind that the days are shorter and night fall will be upon you much quicker than in the summer months. Always be aware of the usable daylight hours and carry a flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries. If camping overnight in the winter, warm camp bedding is critical. Always use a sleeping pad under your sleeping bag and go with a mummy sleeping bag rated for 10° colder than what you expect needing.
Be sure to pack according to your trip specifics and how long you will be gone. Follow these tips for a safer hike in winter months, always pack your essential emergency kits and be sure to let someone know where you are hiking and when you plan to return.
Cascade Mountain Tech for All Your Camping Gear
Cascade Mountain Tech cares about your safety when hiking anytime of the year. We offer camp bedding including mummy sleeping bags, sleeping pads and the Adventure Blanket. We carry foldable, packable lightweight camping chairs made with quality materials for durability and a wide selection of hiking trekking poles and accessories.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers high-quality hiking and camping gear built to last in any season. We believe in helping everyone to achieve outdoor adventure. Contact us with any questions about your hiking gear for more information on how to stay safe when hiking in the winter.
It is not too late to get another camping trip in, as long as you pack enough gear to keep you warm on a chilly night like a quality mummy sleeping bag and plenty of warm clothes. If the overnight temperature is a little too chilly for you, maybe you just want to take a day trip hiking part of your favorite trail. Whether you are planning for a short day trip outing or an overnight adventure, you are going to need a place to sit down and relax and take a load off. Also, try our adventure pack blanket for extra warmth.
One thing you do not want to forget are comfortable camping chairs so you can stop to take in a beautiful view, give your muscles a rest or relax around a nice, warm fire. When planning for your next camping or hiking trip, remember to pack some lightweight, comfortable camping chairs to enjoy your outing to the fullest.
Choosing the Camping Chairs Fit for Your Outing
With so many choices of portable camping chairs, you can choose the chairs with the right style and features to suit your outing. If you are hiking the trails and weight is an issue, pack light with lightweight, foldable, backpacking camping chairs. If you are going to be camping on the beach or somewhere in the sand, you want to get a camping chair with sand feet so you do not keep sinking into the sand.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers some great quality, lightweight camp chairs perfect for backpacking or camping in any environment. Known for high quality products, Cascade Mountain Tech offers a wide selection of lightweight camping chairs with many styles and features to choose from.
Lightweight Backpacking Camp Chair - for the weight conscience backpacker, this collapsible chair weighs under 2.5 lbs., holds up to 250 lbs., and fits into a convenient carry case.
Ultralight Packable High-Back Camp Chair – the perfect chair for many occasions, the high-back camp chair is comfortable, lightweight, and easily collapses to fit in a convenient carry case. This chair weighs only 3 lbs., 4 oz. and holds up to 250 lbs.
Low Profile Camp Chair – a low-profile chair is great for outdoor concerts, the beach or camping trips. With the carrying weight of 7 pounds, this is a nice chair to take from your car to your destination but isn’t something you want to go backpacking with.
Ultralight Packable High-Back Camp Chair with Sand Feet – this lightweight and durable camp chair is perfect for the beach, outdoor concerts, camping trips and more. Weighing only 3 lbs. 4 oz., this comfortable, high-back chair is built with durable aluminum holding up to 250 pounds.
You can have confidence in the name Cascade Mountain Tech and the one-year manufacturer’s warranty that comes with every camp chair. Whether you need low-profile, high-back, or super lightweight, we’ve got the camping chairs for any outdoor adventure. Check out all our products for quality camp bedding including mummy sleeping bags, a wide selection of hiking trekking poles, super coolers and more.
Cascade Mountain Tech has high quality, comfortable camping chairs, trekking poles and durable gear for any hiking or camping adventure. Our quality gear is perfect for the experienced outdoor enthusiast or the beginning hiker. Contact us with any questions and to learn more about our lightweight, packable camping chairs.
If you are somewhat new to hiking you may be wondering if it would benefit you to use a hiking stick or a pair of trekking poles. Even experienced hikers accustomed to hiking without trekking poles will be convinced of the benefits when they are used correctly. Unfortunately, many hikers on the trails may not be fully utilizing the features of their trekking poles to realize the maximum benefit provided.
When used correctly, trekking poles significantly alleviate the strain to your legs and back, shifting weight load from your legs to your upper body. This takes a lot of strain off your knees and ankles and is especially beneficial when trekking downhill. The most obvious benefit of using trekking poles is the increased support and balance when crossing rugged terrain, streams and rivers or when carrying a heavy backpack.
By using your arms during your hike you will burn more calories, use your core muscles and improve your workout. In order to realize all these benefits, trekking poles must be used correctly.
How to Use Trekking Poles Correctly
Using trekking poles properly will offer the right amount of support to you and alleviate unnecessary stress to your body. Using your trekking poles properly will alleviate strain on your body and should give you added endurance, allowing you to hike further than without the support of your poles.
Here are a few tips to get the most benefit from your trekking poles:
1) Properly adjust the pole to your height - a proper height adjustment is with the tip on the ground and your elbows at your side with your arms bent at a 90° angle. You will want to shorten the pole length to give more leverage when hiking uphill and lengthen your poles to support a downhill descent somewhere between 5 to 10 cm or whatever feels best and most comfortable for your needs.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers a wide selection of hiking trekking poles with quick lock or twist lock to easily adjust your pole height. We recommend using the markers on your pole to help recall the most comfortable height position.
2) Correctly use the wrist straps - to properly use your wrist straps, insert your hand through the wrist strap so that the bottom of the strap is loosely and comfortably hugging the bottom of your wrist. Incorrectly using the wrist straps is a common problem even for some experienced hikers. When used correctly, your wrist strap should provide support without needing a firm grip on the handle.
3) Learn to swing your poles with a rhythm - swinging your arms naturally as you do when you walk is the best way to get in a natural swing cadence. Most people walk asymmetrically, the left arm comes forward when stepping with the right foot and vice versa. You’ll find that once you get into the rhythm you can use your trekking poles to actually propel you forward.
You might be surprised how much more ground you can cover when correctly using your hiking trekking poles. You may save enough time to take more breaks and enjoy the view. Packing a foldable, lightweight camping chair will add to a comfortable hike and alleviate stress on your joints when you find a spot to rest.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers high quality camping gear that will last, with a wide selection of hiking trekking poles in aluminum and carbon fiber, including ultralight carbon fiber and 3K carbon fiber for added durability. Our lightweight camping chairs are durable with a sturdy base and come with a full one-year warranty. Contact us with any questions on getting the most from your trekking poles and for all of your hiking and camping needs.
Hiking is a popular recreational activity for both beginning and experienced hikers and provides many known health benefits. Hiking downhill, however, has been shown to increase the risk of injury and musculoskeletal pain. Trekking poles are known to provide stability and balance when hiking on uneven terrain or especially when crossing streams and rivers.
In addition to increased stability and balance, using trekking poles redistributes some of your weight load from your legs to your upper body which is extremely beneficial when walking downhill. By transferring some weight off of your legs to your arms, shoulders and back, you significantly reduce lower body fatigue and the stress placed on your lower extremities.
Trekking Poles Reduce Loading on the Joints
Several studies have been conducted to measure the effects of hiking with trekking poles such as the study documented by the National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Effects of Hiking Downhill Using Trekking Poles While Carrying External Loads. This study was aimed at examining the effectiveness of using trekking poles when hiking downhill, both with and without carrying an external load.
The study featured experienced fifteen male hikers and measured the net joint forces at the knee and ankle, without a backpack, with a day pack weighing 15% of body weight and with a large pack weighing 30% of body weight. Results of the study showed that using trekking poles significantly reduced peak power absorption at the knee and ankle. The larger pack weight resulted in larger power generation at the hip.
All conditions were tested with hikers aiming for a 90° bend at the elbow with pole length adjusted for the downhill slope. The results of this study are consistent with others that show a reduced load to the lower body could decrease muscle injury and soreness. Trekking poles are especially helpful if you have several days of back-to-back hikes planned.
Cascade Mountain Tech Has the Trekking Pole for You
Cascade Mountain Tech offers a wide selection of trekking poles, manufactured with quality materials and subjected to rigorous quality audits and testing. We have the perfect set of trekking poles whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker. You can choose from aluminum, or carbon fiber trekking poles including ultralight and 3K carbon fiber.
We offer many trekking pole accessories such as replacement pole sections which are great when you only need to replace one section and do not have to purchase a new pole. Our tip accessories include rubber tips, boot tips, sand, mud and snow baskets. Padded adjustable wrist straps and cork or EVA grips provide added comfort and help you walk with a natural rhythm.
Cascade Mountain Tech is an industry leader offering high-quality camping and hiking gear including trekking poles, camping chairs, camp bedding, durable rotomolded coolers and more. We believe that outdoor adventure should be achievable to everyone. Contact us with any questions on choosing the right trekking pole for you and how to best use your trekking poles to alleviate joint stress and pain.
Hiking is great exercise and camping is the best way to soak up the great outdoors for a few days or longer. Amid this pandemic, it’s clear that car camping has become increasingly popular. And it makes sense. It is incredibly easy to pack up the car and escape for an evening for two as long as you’re well prepared. As you are checking your packing list, there are a few things you do not want to forget to ensure you have the best possible car camping experience. The best part about car camping is it’s particularly nice in the fall. If you’re heading out to enjoy some fall camping you know you’re in for some fantastically golden scenery, sunny days, and cool evenings by the camp fire. One of the benefits of car camping is that it allows you to pack extra clothing, rain gear, coats, and jackets.
Some of the essentials that will help make the ultimate car camping experience include:
Roto-molded cooler - Packing plenty of your favorite foods to cook over a fire is a nice way to keep you warm from the inside out on a chilly night. And with a good roto-molded cooler you can pack plenty of your favorite nutritious meals without worrying about food spoiling. Rotomolded coolers keep ice for multiple days longer than other traditional types of coolers. The super cooler from Cascade Mountain Tech will keep your ice for up to 10 days when prechilled.
Trekking poles for the whole family – Camping just isn’t complete for some people without getting some hiking in. Using trekking poles while hiking provides additional support and stability. Even children and adolescents can last longer on the trails with some good trekking poles to help guide them along. Keeping trekking poles for the whole family will make it easier to go from your car right to the trails.
Quality Camp Bedding - getting a decent night’s sleep makes a big difference. When you get a full night’s sleep it allows you to enjoy your day to the fullest. Make sure you have warm, durable camp bedding like a mummy sleeping bag and sleeping pads.
Lightweight foldable camping chairs - once you get to your destination you better have a comfortable place to take a load off and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Without comfortable camping chairs your trip will be much less enjoyable. Foldable, lightweight camping chairs are ideal, easy to pack and come with many options to find the perfect chair for every camper.
Cascade Mountain Tech has a wide selection of quality, durable and comfortable camping chairs with many options such as lightweight, ultralight, packable, low-profile, and high back chairs to help you make the most of your time outdoors. If you have not experienced the comfort of these quality camping chairs, you don’t know what you’re missing. Having the ability to pop up a comfortable seat wherever you are for your outdoor adventure whether in the woods, by the fire, off a trail or down on the beach brings a whole new level of satisfaction to your camping trip.
Cascade Mountain Tech is recognized for high quality, affordable camping and hiking gear making outdoor adventure accessible to everyone. Our team is focused on helping you to make the most of your hike or camping trip with knowledgeable and friendly customer service and quality products. Contact us to learn more about packing the essentials for the ultimate camping experience.
If you are wondering what to get your favorite hiker, backpacker or camping enthusiast for Christmas, a good quality cooler might be just the item you’re searching for. Here are the most important things you should know when finding a cooler for long-lasting performance and durability.
Rotomolded Cooler Construction
A high quality cooler is a must if you spend a lot of time outdoors and who doesn’t appreciate quality gear? A rotomolded cooler, which is molded as one continual product around a durable foam insulation is built to last. By gifting a rotomolded cooler, your gifting something that will just keep on giving all year round! A good rotomolded cooler can keep ice for up to 10 days. This alleviates a lot of time and trouble in finding sources of ice, draining your cooler and worrying about food spoilage.
Cooler Storage Capacity
Coolers come in all sizes which are typically measured in quarts. Choosing the right cooler for your trip obviously depends on the number of people in your group and how long you will be outdoors. Ideally most campers have multiple coolers, although a quality rotomolded cooler can quickly become a favorite. Investing in a good, quality rotomolded cooler should start with one that suits most of your outdoor adventures and fits in your vehicle.
Bear Proof Seal
A durable cooler should include a bear proof seal certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, to ensure that all bears and critters do not raid your stash and leave you hungry.
Most coolers will have a drain plug so you do not need to tip or turn your cooler upside down to drain melted ice. A drain plug as well as a food basket are must haves to keep your food from getting soggy. A drain plug also helps to make your ice last longer and reduces the weight in your cooler.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers a rotomolded cooler that keeps ice for up to 10 days and comes with a drain plug for when you need it. Our coolers help make any camping trip and they come in sizes of 45 quart or 80 quart. They are also rated Bear Resistant and have compatible accessories available. Cooler dividers, food baskets, cupholders, strong rubber latches and cooler locks all help to make our rotomolded super coolers a favorite gift item.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers high-quality coolers, hiking and camping gear including a wide selection of trekking poles to suit the whole family. Our camping chairs are lightweight and packable yet durable and comfortable, a must-have for any outdoor occasion. Contact us to learn more about our quality camping gear and the features of our super rotomolded cooler.
Fall camping offers some of the best weather with the most beautiful scenery that camping has to offer. Any time after Labor Day, during the months of October and November, you might enjoy warm sunny days followed by chilly evenings by a fire. Especially in November, you also might run into patches of rain, snow, and wind, depending on your location.
Here are some things you can do to improve your safety and prepare you for any weather when camping in the fall.
Prepare for wind - set up your campsite so that your tent is secure and firm in case of intense winds. Bringing extra stakes can be beneficial for this. To provide additional wind resistance and a sheltered eating area, you can hang a tarp between your tent and some nearby trees.
Invest in a good tent and camp bedding - a good three-season tent with a full rain fly is important for camping during this time of year. You will want a tarp underneath your tent as well to help prevent moisture from seeping in. That is never fun and no one wants a soggy, cold sleeping bag! For extra warmth, mummy sleeping bags and sleeping pads are a must when camping in the fall.
Be aware of wildlife fall mating rituals - practice wildlife safety and be aware that many animals become more aggressive as winter nears. Always eliminate trash from your campsite and never keep food in your tent. If you are car camping, the best place to keep your food is in a good rotomolded cooler to keep your food safe and protected. If you’re tent camping, it’s still a good idea to store your food in a rotomolded cooler, but for extra precaution keep it slightly away from your tent.
Know the risks of hypothermia - it is important to stay dry and warm when camping in lower temperatures. Make sure you have extra footwear, mittens, hats, and clothing in case your clothes get wet. Don’t forget rain gear and boots and always remember to keep yourself hydrated. It is easier to get dehydrated in dryer, cooler temperatures so make sure to drink plenty of H2O throughout the day for strength in cooler elements.
Pack a survival kit - you should always have a good survival kit when camping in any season. Your survival kit should include items such as:
Remember to always let someone else know your itinerary, and when you plan to be back. This is especially important if you plan on camping alone.
Staying safe is important to enjoy your outdoor adventure to the fullest. Packing extra nutritious food in a quality rotomolded cooler is nice for warm meals by the fire. Packing a pair of lightweight, sturdy trekking poles for the whole family helps you enjoy long beautiful fall hikes together.
Cascade Mountain Tech has everything you need for a safe and fun fall camping trip, with quality roto-molded coolers, trekking poles, camp bedding and camping chairs for the whole family.
Cascade Mountain Tech was founded on the belief that exploration belongs to everyone. Our experienced staff of outdoor enthusiasts are always available to help you prepare for your next adventure. Contact us to learn more about quality camping gear to stay safe when camping in the fall.
Some people think Labor Day is the end of the camping season, although as many fall campers know, autumn is the prime season to enjoy some of the best camping of the year. Camping in the fall is one of the most picture-perfect seasons with eye-popping foliage in beautiful colors. Autumn campers also enjoy less insects than when camping in hot, muggy weather, although you should still pack insect repellant.
Here are some more foolproof fall camping tips for making the most of warm days for fishing that fade into cool nights by a crackling fire.
1) Check the weather forecast and continue to watch the weather.
Fall weather can fluctuate quickly, so be sure to thoroughly check the weather forecast for your trip. You can contact the Ranger station at your destination to see if they have been experiencing high winds, flooding, fires, downed trees, or any other hazards. Since internet service can be spotty in remote locations, be sure to invest in an NOAA weather radio for a continuous, 24/7, broadcast of weather information from your nearest National Weather Service office.
2) Prepare for cold-weather sleeping.
Packing cold-weather camp bedding is important which includes a quality mummy sleeping bag rated for 0° and sleeping pads to have a barrier between the cold ground and your sleeping bag. A good closed-cell sleeping pad is one of the most important things you can do to keep warm at night. You can fill a water bottle with warm water from the fire and slip it in the bottom of your sleeping bag at night to help keep your toes toasty warm.
3) Pack a mix of clothing including rain and snow gear.
Packing in layers is the key to staying comfortable when camping in the fall. Synthetic, fleece and wool clothing materials will help to keep you dry and warm. Avoid cotton clothing that can hold moisture and make you chilly. Essential warm weather clothing includes:
4) Use a quality molded Bear resistant cooler.
Fall is mating season for many animals, be aware of possibly aggressive behavior as deer can be especially aggressive as they begin their breeding season. Using the quality rotomolded cooler rated as Certified Bear Resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee helps to keep your food and your campsite safe.
5) Don’t forget comfortable camp chairs.
Investing in some comfortable, quality camping chairs is one of the best ways to enjoy your outdoor getaway. Lightweight, packable camping chairs give you the opportunity to relax and soak in the beautiful view whenever the moment strikes and can see you through long evenings by the fire. Cascade Mountain Tech offers a nice selection of quality lightweight, and ultra lightweight packable camping chairs. You can choose high-back or low-profile or sand feet for a comfortable seat on the beach.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers quality hiking and camping gear including trekking poles for the whole family, rotomolded coolers that keep ice for up to 10 days, and the perfect outdoor camping chair for any event. Our team of outdoor enthusiasts are always available to help you choose the right gear for a perfect fall camping trip. Contact us with any questions and to learn more about quality, durable fall camping gear.
Trekking poles are an important piece of equipment for everyone, from the avid hiker or a novice beginner. Trekking poles come in a pair and provide much-needed support and stability to hikers, backpackers, and snowshoers. Choosing the right trekking pole with the proper length, features and accessories to match your body and your terrain is important to fully utilize all of the benefits they provide.
Here are some tips in choosing the right trekking poles for your next hike:
Adjustable length - you want to make sure that you can easily adjust the length on your trekking poles. This is important to get the proper support when trekking uphill or downhill. You will want to slightly lengthen your pole when trekking downhill and shorten your pole when hiking uphill. You should be able to adjust the length of your poles quickly and easily.
Evaluate the features - in addition to adjustable length, you will want to evaluate all the features such as foldability, locking mechanism and shock absorption. Additionally, you will want a comfortable grip and wrist straps that promote a normal walking rhythm with the right amount of support.
Material - the type of material the poles are made of affects the total weight of your poles and the durability provided. Trekking poles are typically available in aluminum and carbon fiber, each providing different benefits when hiking in different terrains. Carbon Fiber tends to be the material of choice for backpackers who are weight conscious as they are more lightweight then aluminum poles. Aluminum poles alternately are excellent for durability and generally have longer life spans. For a more in depth description of how to pick the right material for you, check out our blog which showcases the differences between carbon fiber and aluminum.
Quality Trekking Poles, Camp Chairs, Coolers and More
Cascade Mountain Tech offers a wide selection of quality trekking poles with varying materials and features. Whether you are interested in folding aluminum trekking poles, carbon fiber, ultralight or durable 3K carbon fiber, we’ve got what you need and will help you determine what is best for you.
Cascade Mountain Tech offers quality hiking and camping gear including top-rated hiking trekking poles, super rotomolded coolers and the perfect camping chairs for any outing. Our coolers keep ice for up to 10 days and are certified Bear Resistant. Our lightweight, foldable camping chairs give hikers the perfect reprieve to stop and enjoy a beautiful view or relax around the evening campfire.
Cascade Mountain Tech is dedicated to keeping outdoor adventure achievable for everyone with a wide selection of quality camping and hiking gear. Our trekking poles, coolers, camp chairs and camp bedding are built to last to see you through many adventures. Contact us for more information and for assistance in evaluating the right trekking poles for you.
Cascade Mountain Tech is founded on the belief that exploration belongs to everyone. We are dedicated to providing achievable adventure to all and to make your time outdoors more enjoyable.