8 tips for Colorado cold-weather camping in this winter

Finally, you can throw a pine cone on a Colorado trail without touching five other hikers.

As tourism increases and the population of northern Colorado increases, it sometimes seems that the best way to escape the outdoor crowds is to wait for the cold to come.

In addition, these mountain panoramas look quite spectacular at this time of year.

However, hiking and camping in the cold is not without its dangers. Here are some tips from my own experience and from several outdoor recruiters to consider for your next cold outdoor adventure:

  1. Dress well.

Say yes to diapers, not cotton. You will need a warm base coat, such as a thermal or long sleeve shirt, a comfortable middle layer such as a fleece or jacket, and a waterproof outer layer. All these layers keep you warm and allow you to correct your mistakes if the temperature increases.

Do not forget a hat, warm socks, something to cover your neck and gloves / mittens. Bring a pair of extra socks and gloves, even if you think you do not need them. It is also a good idea to pack plastic zippered bags or grocery bags to wrap your feet in case of emergencies with wet shoes.

Vaseline can be removed in skin exposure tips to prevent gales and freezing.

  1. Plan ahead and plan for the worst

Adopt an apocalyptic mentality while preparing your trip. Suppose it will be colder, windier and wetter than expected. Suppose you are hungrier and thirsty than expected.

See some different weather forecasts for the area in case the forecasts vary. And for the good of all that winter, tell him where he is going and when he plans to return, even if he is planning a quick trip. This is not the time to go to all the “mysterious explorers” to their loved ones.

Better yet, bring a friend (prepared) too.

  1. Prepare your camp.

First light your fire, as it may take longer than expected and you do not want to work in a fire in the dark.

Then place your tent You should place your tent for maximum exposure to the sun and minimal exposure to the wind. You can check predictions of the prevailing wind direction and hang a tarp to protect yourself from the worst.

Pack all the snow under your tent by stepping on it with your boots or snowshoes for a uniform surface.

  1. Leave early.

Now that summer time is over, consider the first sunsets and plan accordingly. Check the time of sunrise and sunset so you can absorb as much sun as possible.

  1. Be careful with electronics.

Lithium-ion batteries work better than other types in cold weather, but any battery will empty faster when it is cold. Prepare yourself with extra batteries and keep your batteries and electronic products warm by bringing them close to your body.

  1. Sleep intelligently.

Continuing the theme “Prepare for the worst”, bring a sleeping bag classified for cooler temperatures than expected. Especially for winter camping, pack a carpet with an R value (an insulation measure) of 3.5 or more.

Eat a snack before going to bed, because the digestive process will generate body heat.

And if your full bladder wakes you up in the dark of night, get out of bed and relax. Keep it in the heat of the body (and make your night miserable).

  1. Have a pull.

Wear winter hiking boots with good traction and bring sticks for extra support. If you are in a place with snow or ice, consider packing a traction device to be able to walk safely. Three options are microspikes, crampons and rackets, and your best bet will depend on the conditions of the area. Whatever you bring, avoid using them throughout the trek to save energy.

  1. Do not forget the basics.

You know the exercise: sunscreen, water, snacks, first aid kit, heaters or feet, a lighthouse, a map of the area and any other essential element that your friends in the open air will swear. Make a list and double-check it.

QUBE TENT – The Ultimate Connectable Pop-Up Tent in 2018!

Why this tent named Qube?

Qube Tent provides a quick pitch time that less than 2 minutes, out of the bag to fully started and ready to go, meaning that you will have that drink in your hand faster than ever before.

Unlike other fast pop-up tents like many other tents in the world of camping, you can resist all our variations of person 2 up to person 4 in order to no longer bend or do the dying fish as you try and get your jeans!

The Qube Tent is as easy to set up as it is necessary to configure so you do not need to be an origami expert to try to put it back in your pocket when you are ready to go home.

One of the main problems with the standard tents is awakened by the explosion of the sun by the tent wall when it arrives at 5 o’clock in the morning, so with the Cube Tent (Qube Tent), we have added a black liner to our material to block the sunlight so that you I will not wake up this morning.

 

Specifications

Our extensive ventilation system allows for a cool inside environment.

The Qube Tent material is PU coated and is rated with a hydrostatic head rating of 4000, which means that you maintain moderate and mild rain conditions and are treated according to CPAI84 standards.

A 300D Cotton Oxford resistant material means that this tent is strong and stable.

A detachable floor panel means you have extra comfort under your feet and makes the tent easier to clean when you pack it.

The key of the Cube Tent is that they are easy to set up and offer you an excellent place inside, as well as we a few extras that will make this tent in a class of its own.

They set up untraditionally via internal poles that unfold and pop the square shelter into shape.

Set one up, and then an adjacent Qube can connect. They fit together at the corners. Inside, campers can walk between the rooms.

The Qube Tents are quick-pitch tents that can be set up in under 2 minutes (without disappointing your wife).  The flexible fibreglass poles are integrated so you’re not stuck struggling in the rain to figure which one goes where. And The Qube(Cube) Tent is 7-feet tall, so unless you’re related to Manute Bol you shouldn’t have any problem standing in, or walking between them.

Connect with friends


Unlike other tents, you can connect a Qube Tent to another Cube Tent in any size so that the person 4 connects a person of 2 people or 3 to the universal tunnel, which means that you can create your own configuration tents from each other tents. On each Qube Tent, you can join at every corner, which means that the possibilities for joining are endless.

Bonus: they attach to one another via a series of universal connector tunnels. Simply take it out of the carrying case and unfold.

Imagine the fun that your group needs to connect to a festival that guarantees you a party area, you can use a Qube just to pull it when the weather gets bad.

Sizes and dimensions

As part of this campaign, we offer you a 2 person, 3 person and 4 person version of tents and options in blue, red, orange, green and black.

2 person Qube Tent
QUBE 2 PERSON TENT Product Technical Details : 
  •  Sleep capacity 2 Person
  • Quick Pitching – Set up in under 2 minutes
  • Removable groundsheet
  • 300D Oxford  Material
  • Additional Screen Mesh Doors
  • PU coated 4000 HH Rating
  • CPAI-84 Flammability treated
  • Black lined material
  • Extensive Ventilation
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Guide ropes and pegs
  • One of three models, the Qube 2-Man Tent price is for about $350USD. It’s made of a heavy-duty 300-denier nylon and is PU-coated to be waterproof.It weighs about 33 pounds, so don’t plan on carrying it in a backpack. Black-lined material blocks out light inside. Windows open for ventilation and light.This product aims at the festival-going crew or car-camping family that wants a little privacy between “rooms.” Plunk it near your parking spot, set up some tables and a fire pit, and let a weekend of good times roll around your mini-village.

 

  • Sizes & Dimensions:
    • Set up-  W 195cm ( 6.39ft) x  L 195cm ( 6.39ft) x H 215cm (7.05ft)
    • Packed -W 21cm (8.27″) x L 154cm (5.05ft) x H 21cm (8.27″)
    • Weight 17 Kgs
    • Price $350.00
3 person Qube Tent
QUBE 3 PERSON TENT Product Technical Details :
  •  Sleep capacity 3 Person
  • Quick Pitching – Set up in under 2 minutes
  • Removable ground sheet
  • 300D Oxford  Material
  • Additional Screen Mesh Doors
  • PU coated 4000 HH Rating
  • CPAI-84 Flamability treated
  • Black lined material
  • Extensive Ventilation
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Guide ropes and pegs

Sizes & Dimensions:

  • Set up-  W 210cm ( 6.89ft) x  L 210cm ( 6.89ft) x H 255cm (7.38ft)
  • Packed -W 21cm (8.27″) x L 157cm (5.15ft) x H 21cm (8.27″)
  • Weight 19 Kgs
  • Price: $388.00
4 person Qube Tent
QUBE 4 PERSON TENT Product Technical Details :
  •  Sleep capacity 4 Person
  • Quick Pitching – Set up in under 2 minutes
  • Removable ground sheet
  • 300D Oxford  Material
  • Additional Screen Mesh Doors
  • PU coated 4000 HH Rating
  • CPAI-84 Flamability treated
  • Black lined material
  • Extensive Ventilation
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Guide ropes and pegs

Sizes & Dimensions:

  • Set up-  W 240cm ( 7.87ft) x  L 240cm ( 7.87ft) x H 250cm (8.20ft)
  • Packed -W 21cm (8.27″) x L 178cm (5.83ft) x H 21cm (8.27″)
  • Weight 20.7 Kgs
Add On’s

In addition, Qube Tent also offer a solar panel that can be moved in the Qube window to store the power supply in a 13,000mAh battery.

 

The sun collector unfolds easily and slips into the pocket behind your window and plugs directly into the battery to store this free energy.

This battery has a huge capacity and will charge a mobile device with full power 5 to 6 times from a stored charge.
This package can then be used to make your smartphone or smart device or, in fact, everything with a USB port or it can be used to control the ultra-cool LED lighting lamp that gently illuminates your tent

Solar Panel + Battery Pack Price is $97.00

We offer this LED strip in white or if you would like your tent to be the party tent, then the colour version is for you. Each strip comes with a storage bag and fastening elements to secure your strip in the tent.

Qube Tent Specifications

 

FAQ
What are the Qube Tent(Cube Tent) sizes and dimensions?

2 person Qube Tent – Set up-W 195cm (6.39ft) x W 195cm (6.39ft) x H 215cm (7.05ft)
Packed-W 21cm (8.27 “) x W 154cm (5.05ft) x H 21cm (8.27”)
Weight 14.8 Kgs (32.65 lbs) – Updated to – 17 Kgs

3 person Qube Tent – Set-W 210cm (6.98 ft) x W 215 cm (6.88 ft) x H 225 cm (7.3 ft)
Wrapped -W 21cm (8.27 “) x W 157cm (5.15ft) x H 21cm (8.27”)
Weight 15.1 Kgs (33.3 lbs) – Updated at 19 Kgs

4 person Qube Tent – Set-W 240cm (7.87ft) x W 240cm (7.87ft) x H 250cm (8.20ft)
Wrapped -W 21cm (8.27 “) x W 178cm (5.83ft) x H 21cm (8.27”)
Weight 15.8 Kgs (34.8 lbs) – Updated at 20.7 Kgs

How to deal with the wind?

The tents were tested on a Beaufort 3-4 scale that reached winds of up to 20 MPH, are not a flat surface and are actually 4 triangular shapes that meet at a point on the shrinkage area. Once it connects to the cables and is powered on, the surface of the tent is relatively strong.

Will a tunnel connect all variations?

Yes, the single tunnel is universal and will connect all size variations

Are they Water resistant?

Our tents have a PU coated material which has a Hydrostatic Head rating of 4000 and we have fully taped seems so yes our tents are water resistant

Why aren’t you shipping to my location?

We initially launched the campaign in regions where we have an established supply chains so that we can deliver on time. If your location is not listed it is because the only way to ship it to you is as a single part shipment and on the tent this works out very expensive making the total value of tent + delivery uneconomical.

Can I change my order?

Yes, you can change your order, but the only way to do this on Indiegogo is to cancel the pledge you made and replace it with a new pledge.

Can I cancel or return my item?

Once the campaign is over, you can no longer cancel your order and, as you support a crowd financing campaign, you return to this project on the understanding that items can not be returned.

What if I do not see a package that includes the items I want?

If you do not see what you want, please contact us and we can offer you a commitment to include.

More information can be found on Qube Tents site. Thanks for reading!

How to Choose A Best Hand Crank Radio

Nobody need a crank radio just to listen to the local radio station while pulling weeds in the house backyard before.

But someone begin to pay attention to the emergency crank radio recently as the severe weather and emergencies like fires in California 2017.

It should also be remembered that if you are a wildlife lover, who loves hiking and camping with a backpack, you should have an emergency radio. Without the right equipment, you will be trapped by sudden storms without leaving civilization. If you spend time strolling, boating, cycling or walking with a backpack outdoors, it’s a good idea to have a reliable emergency crank radio that will save your life by listening the alarm on the radio.

It’s wise to have a crank radio for several reasons in harsh conditions. In case of natural disaster or serious threat, it is important to be able to receive radio programs and alarms. Radiocommunication is one of the most important factors we consider when building an effective set of survival tools in the core. Depending on the situation, radiocommunication may be the only way to receive important information – does your emergency kit or emergency backpack contain reliable radios?

Emergency crank radios products change fast in the recently years. They are more compact, energy efficient and affordable. Hand-crank and solar powered radios are the answer to your radio lifeline – appliances with their own power supply do not come out when using ordinary batteries. In addition, most emergency crank radios have built a small set of features to support your survival like built-in emergency flashlight and power banks, which gives them more power to help you in severe cases. Some of these radios are also impressive in motion – some weigh only half a pound! The size, weight and durability of some emergency radios make it an ideal hiking companion when you want to leave the desert or just wander through the woods. You may consider adding a emergency crank radio to the list of your Emergency Car Kit or placing the radio under the player just in case. Regardless of whether you met or an outdoor survival tool, having a self powered crank radio is a real idea.

History of radio infographic

Buying Guides

There has many brands/functions emergency crank radio on the market like Amazon.com, but what’s the difference and which one would be suit for me?

1. The first biggest concern should be if the radio can get NOAA Weather & Alert Radio(More info can be found on Wikipedia). This should be more than enough for you if you don’t need anything else like a local radio channel or similar. There are some expensive products that can tune in to other frequency bands, including radios that are two-way. These can be useful if you plan on using these other bands or the two-way communication system built-in the radio, but otherwise, simple radios receiving NOAA’s alerts can be all you need.

Therefore it’s good to look for specific labels that some radios come with. These are ‘Public Alert’ and ‘NOAA NWR All Hazards’. You should see these logos on the radio. These two standards are the most popular and are even competitive to each other, but they are both evaluated by NOAA and the National Weather Service.

Basically, these stickers mean that these emergency crank radio follow certain technical specifications and can receive local broadcasts and alerts. They also have indications for the visually impaired and hard of hearing, respectively vibration signals and visual signals such as light, when an alert is issued.

 

2.The second thing, Please consider an crank radio with SAME(Specific Alert Message Encoding) technology. It can let you get the the alerts that you want to know what happen and where by entering zip code. If you go camping to an unfamiliar places, the crank radio with this function would helpful.

Image result for Specific Alert Message Encoding

 

3.As it calls emergency crank radio, so don’t forget the emergency features like flashlight, compass, dog whistle, powerbank, mobile device charger and more. Each tool you have in a survival situation is important, and these features can help you find your way and guide you if you are lost. They also attract attention if you need help and keep you connected to you by charging for your phone with USB port.

My favorite thing about this emergency radio is that it has 3 different ways to charge it: cables, solar, and hand-crank. If you want to buy a crank radio, this 3 ways will be enough for you.

There has another important parameter for these radios for your outdoor life and emergency circumstances . The best emergency crank radio should be water resistant and can withstand shocks, falls and jostling. Your radio must be able to handle the weather, especially during extreme weather.

 

 

 

Camping Hacks: How to Plan and Pack for a Car Camping Trip

“Camping takes some effort but the benefits are huge,” says Francis. “Getting away from technology, communing with nature, starry nights, camp cooking and waking up with the sound of bird life are all wonderful experiences. There’s also a sense of self-reliance that comes from developing simple skills such as setting up camp, foraging wood and cooking with fire.”

Broadsheet: How important is the quality of your gear?
Doran Francis: If you have ever witnessed the aftermath of a camping festival, you’d know most gear is made to be practically disposable. Homecamp is the antithesis of this – we encourage people to think about what they buy, and try to buy the best quality they can afford.

What’s a camping item you should never spend much money on?  A plastic washing-up tub.

Why do you advise people not to take their favourite cooking pots and opt for second-hand ones? Is that better than buying special camping cooking pots like a Trangia?
It’s important to distinguish between lightweight camping and car camping. Lightweight camping is usually on the move from camp to camp, so products like a Trangia stove are useful, whereas with car camping you are generally going to a dedicated camping site for a couple nights or more and so you can take heavier equipment.

We advise beginners who are going car camping to just take gear from home or buy second-hand, you don’t need to go out and buy all the ‘proper’ gear straight away, just buy a decent tent. Then once you have your shelter sorted you can start slowly building your own dedicated kit.

Do you make checklists? Do you keep all your gear in one place?
Yes, we have a checklist and this is an essential for car camping. These days we have our gear already packed into storage tubs that fit neatly into our vehicle. Our kit is ready to go which makes life simpler.

**What’s an item sold at camping stores that’s a total waste of money?
Most gear sold at the local camping ‘superstore’ is mass-produced and sadly not built to last. Generally items such as cheap battery-powered lanterns will be a waste of money in our opinion.

Which apps do you use to help you camp?
I love a good stargazing app such as Star Walk or Sky View. I’m sure there are tons but we tend to turn off our tech when we get to our destination, unless we are in the mood for campfire tunes, that is.

What are your tips for finding the best camping spots?
Camping midweek and outside of school holidays is the quietest. WikiCamps is an awesome resource for finding campsites. Youcamp has a brilliant service that allows you to book campsites on private property. I also use Google Maps with satellite imagery turned on to find remote camping spots. Then I look for reviews, but you can’t beat recommendations from friends.

In Australia, we have an abundance of national parks where you can book specific camping sites online, and you should do this for popular sites such as the Grampians in Victoria. With more remote sites you won’t need to do this. People often don’t realise you can camp in state forests without a booking or a permit. There are many remote campsites and as long as you observe fire bans you can pretty much camp anywhere.

Our checklist will help ensure that not only do you have a comfortable campsite, but you also leave no trace of your visit behind.

HOMECAMP’S CAR CAMPING TRIP CHECKLIST

Shelter, sleeping and relaxing

• Tent (double check you have your poles, pegs, guylines and spares)
• Mallet with a heavy, metal head
• Sleeping pads such as the Exped MegaMat or an inflatable mattress
• Sleeping bag, blankets and/or a doona
• Pillows
• Headlamps and a torch (flashlight), as well as extra batteries
• Camp chairs and a foldable, lightweight table
• Lanterns, such as a kerosene storm lantern and a battery lantern
• Hard-wearing picnic rug and blankets

Cooking and the fire
• Stove and fuel
• Two cool boxes (one for beverages and one for food) and ice
• Drinking water and an easy-to-fill container for collecting water onsite
• Water filter or treatment tablets
• Funnel
• Lighters and matches (stored in waterproof containers)
• Charcoal (with firestarter)
• Firewood and kindling (always check to see if you are allowed to collect wood at the site)
• Frying pan (a 25.5cm/10in pan is ideal)
• Favourite camp coffee-making device, like an Aeropress
• Cooking pots (don’t take your favourites; get camping pots from a second-hand store)
• Plates, bowls, mixing bowls and mugs (bamboo, BPA-free plastics or enamel are a good investment)
• Utensils such as a chef/chopping knife, paring knife, serving spoon, cutlery and long metal skewers, and a utensil roll for safely transporting them
• Barbecqe spatula and fork
• Chopping board
• Cooking oil or spray
• Condiments, salt and pepper
• Foil and plastic wrap
• Vacuum bottle/thermos
• Water bottles
• Tupperware or airtight food containers
• Resealable plastic storage bags
• Rubbish bags

Useful tools
• Fixed-blade knife (this needs to be sharp and in its sheath when not in use)
• Saw or axe/hatchet (folding saws are a very handy camp tool for cutting wood for fuel)
• Foldable shovel with sharp blade (great for digging out car wheels, creating a fire pit, tending the fire or digging a latrine)
• Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife that includes a knife, bottle opener, corkscrew and can opener
• Gaffer tape
• Rope or paracord (some of its many uses include washing line and tarp ridgelines)
• Carabiners and adjustable webbing straps (you will find many uses for these)

Washing up and cleaning
• Collapsible washing-up tub
• Biodegradable soap
• Steel scrubs and sponges
• Collapsible water container(s)
• Kitchen towels
• Tea towels
• Dust pan and brush (helpful for keeping the tent free of dirt)
• Bucket with lid

Personal
• Toiletry bag with common-sense essentials
• Baby wipes and hand sanitiser
• Toilet paper in a resealable plastic bag
• Sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent
• Towels

Miscellaneous
• Luggage (backpacks, tote bags, duffels and other soft bags are a good idea)
• Daypack
• Spare clothing, particularly for warmth (jackets, hoodies, beanie, shorts, socks, thermals, fleece, merino underwear, swimming gear – you never know how cold or wet things will get)
• Wet-weather gear
• Sun hat or cap with detachable mosquito/fly net
• Hiking boots or trail shoes
• Thongs (flip flops)
• Gloves (fingerless is a great way to stay warm and still accomplish things around camp)
• Maps and a compass
• Spare car key kept in a safe place
• Spare batteries and extra fuel for lantern(s) and stove
• Sunglasses
• Spare eyeglasses and contact lenses
• First aid kit with whistle, painkillers and rehydration packs
• Watch with an alarm

Not essential, but nice to have
• Griddle or grill rack for cooking on an open fire
• Shade tarp
• Hammock
• Mosquito/fly netting
• Dutch oven
• Camera
• Umbrella
• Binoculars
• Solar powered batteries (check out Goal Zero)
• Trekking poles
• Two-way radio set
• Bluetooth speaker (waterproof)
• Biking/kayaking/fishing gear