Go camping with President Roosevelt
John Burroughs received a personal invite from President Theodore Roosevelt to go camping with him in 1903. Though what they call 'camping' we would probably call an 'expedition' today. What follows is an interesting look at the President out in the wild, exploring and reveling in the beauty of Yellowstone Park though the eyes of an invited guest.
posted by chambers
on Sep 5, 2013 -
is a perennial survival kit favorite, but why carry a boring ol' hank of it when you can get crafty
? Parachute cord lanyards
, and other braided items are surprisingly easy and fun to make
by following some simple instructions
. But they're just the beginning! From water bottle carriers
and camera tripods
to knife handles
, Khukri conversions
, flashlight & stick wraps
, pace beads
, magazine pulls
, rifle wraps
and rifle slings
, there are tons of useful things you can make out of paracord! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on Apr 28, 2008 -
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are a special set-aside in the Superior National Forest
in the north woods of Minnesota. Containing over 1,000 lakes and streams, 2,200 designated campsites, and 1,500 miles of canoe routes, this treasure provides a great place to escape from the world of civilization. It also, apparently, provides a great reason for cool websites.
The Swanson party
website is one of the most impressive feats of private naturalism I've seen. It has everything from the 68 types of ferns and fern allies
you can find in the BWCAW to lake commentaries
for 356 of the biggest (and smallest) lakes that travelers encounter.
There's also the DC3
website, which has diaries and pictures from a group of BW adventurers from 1977 to 2003. A truly impressive effort, if apparently not ...quite... finished. And while the diaries tell a story arc about a group of friends, the distance between the stories always leaves tantalizing details for the reader to imagine. Such as this tidbit at the end of the 1986
trip, which has as its central detail the fact that one of the party's wives received major burns and had to leave early:
They traveled almost ten miles and portaged four times, (a total of 465 rods), before they reached Snowbank Lake. The wind was very strong. They had to cross the lake the long way and directly into the wind. At one point they didn't move for twenty minutes even though they paddled as hard as they could. They finally reached the landing and headed for the A&W in Ely. From there, Tur called home to check on Beeps. There was no answer. But that's another story.
Naturally, there are also messageboards
set up to discuss trips to the BWCAW, advocacy organizations
to make sure it stays wild, and you can even make entry point reservations
online nowadays. The Bee Dub previously referenced here on MeFi
posted by norm
on Aug 25, 2005 -
Wal-Mart Locator 2004
- For years Wal-Mart has allowed RV owners to camp for free in their parking lots (sometimes to the dismay
of campground owners). But the Bay Area wants to pull the plug
on the practice for fear of the stores becoming impromptu homeless encampments.
posted by falconred
on Jul 19, 2004 -
(linked page needs Java, sorry)
Victor Wooten's Bass and Nature Camp
sounds interesting. Bass guitar and music master class in the woods, with animal tracking, meditation, health, and basic wilderness survival lessons.
posted by crunchburger
on Jun 5, 2004 -