Equipment for Camping & Climbing

Equipment for Camping & ClimbingThose who love the outdoors may enjoy combining two of their interests into one trip, such as a camping trip that also involves climbing. Several places in the country offer both experiences, including areas around the Smoky Mountains and areas around the Pocono Mountains. Equipment for camping and climbing include tents, fire-starting equipment and safety gear.

Camping Equipment

Camping equipment for a standard trip covers several categories, beginning with your tent or some form of shelter, as well as a hammer and tent stakes. A camping table and chairs are optional pieces of equipment. Bring sleeping gear, such as a pillow, blankets and sleeping bag, and clothing for both cold and warm weather. Campers also need cooking equipment, which varies depending on the type of camping you do. A propane stove works for some, while others prefer cooking over a campfire. A coffee pot, utensils, can opener, pots, pans and dishes may also be needed. Also, consider smaller pieces of camping equipment, including garbage bags, tarps and a ground cloth.

Climbing Equipment

When packing your climbing equipment, start with basic items, such as clothing, which includes climbing shoes, helmet and gloves. The rope and harness are next on the list, but bring the right type of climbing rope for your needs. If you're climbing in icy or wet conditions, bring dry rope, which doesn't absorb water. Non-dry rope is better for dryer conditions because the rope tends to absorb any water it touches, which weighs it down. Bring rope that is the right size in terms of both length and diameter. Carabiners, slings, quick draws and a camming device are also used by most climbers. Last, bring a backpack or bag that holds all of the gear and reduces the chances of losing one of the smaller pieces.

Safety Equipment

Before leaving on your camping trip, double check that you've brought along the proper safety gear. A first-aid kit is necessary and should include bandages, peroxide, thermometer, medical tape, an elastic bandage, burn cream, aspirin and antibiotic cream. Also bring pot holders to protect your hands when removing items from the fire and newspaper in case you can't find dry wood to start a fire. A camping knife or utility knife is also needed.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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