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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 07:21 PM
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I am going camping in the Canadian Rockies (Yoho) in mid-June. Anyone ever been there at that time? I would like to go on some hikes, any that are fantastic and shouldn't be missed? Any tips on items that people often overlook?

Thanks in advance!




posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 07:34 PM
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These:

Bottled water
packet meals /soups /instant oat /puddings
multi purpose soap
antibacterial wipes for person and items
toilet paper
lavender oil
citronella oil /spray /candles
orange /lemon oil
sound deterrent
waterproof ponchos
wellingtons
fire lighters
tinder
torches
solar stick lights
ground mats / raised beds
first aid kit
silver blankets
turmeric
thermals

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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 07:53 PM
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a reply to: theabsolutetruth
Thanks!
Is the lavender for soft, thick, luxurious hair, or to keep pests away?



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 07:56 PM
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As in the mountains, temperature changes may be drastic; I would say that warm gloves or mittens are a good thing to have that may be overlooked. A headband to warmly cover the ears when needed can save suffering, also.
Even in June, with altitude, I would expect it to be colder than I might expect.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 07:59 PM
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Camping&hiking junkie here

Are you car camping, or doing a hike in?
Car camping, or having a car at your site is considerably less complicated.
Weather can vary greatly with altitude.
For instance, it can be 70s in the day and freezing at night. Wrong temp rated gear can kill you.

Bear safety is big, they have a better nose than a dog. A guy was malled by one, because he spit toothpaste outside tent. Same goes for food prep and food smells on hands. Anything with odor needs to be kept in a bear box away from your site.

Hike in camping is a nightmare without all the high priced and ultralight gear if it gets cold.
Hiking without all the gear is not, but my one recommendation would be quality boots. I see guys order expensive boots online by size, only to be miserable on the trails. Likewise, lack of break in, then hitting trails.
I'd get a bell and bear spray up there and not bring fido along.
Other than that, I use lightweight, " shedable" layers with the outer layer waterproof and wind proof.
Cotton, I believe is not recommended because it wicks up water, as well as down sleeping bags.

Not sure of the temp range, but a 4 season tent is recommended below 60 degrees at night imo.

My backwoods essentials are...
3 lighters, a big knife, water filter, axe, MSR stove, pans, freeze dried food.

Tents are...
Mountain hardware tango 3.1-4 season expedition and north face rock 32- ultralight-3 season

Pack is...
Osprey brand...very comfy under load

Gps is helpful in the wilderness, if you are going far.

Someone mentioned above...a sleeping pad...this is a huge one
Without a good insulated pad the ground sucks the heat out of you fast...I'm rocking a thermarest winter version...it has foam in it.





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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:03 PM
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originally posted by: ecapsretuo
As in the mountains, temperature changes may be drastic; I would say that warm gloves or mittens are a good thing to have that may be overlooked. A headband to warmly cover the ears when needed can save suffering, also.
Even in June, with altitude, I would expect it to be colder than I might expect.


^^ exactly what he just said..lol..good point!
Heat loss from the head is often overlooked, u can get in your comfy zero degree bag, then not get warm enough, because of it.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:09 PM
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I like to hike around there naked secretly hoping to find myself photographed and posted on ATS in a bigfoot thread lololol

seriously make sure you bring warming layers, a multi-purpose tool like a leatherman, first aid kit, means to reliably start a fire, plenty of water, and a few pairs of socks in a zip lock bag.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:12 PM
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Ah... beautiful scenery all through that area.

Bear spray, do not forget your bear spray !

And be sure to stick to the designated trails only, there's literally dozens of them to choose from. June isn't too too bad for heavy tourist traffic (July and August are the worst), so the trails will be a nice retreat from civilization.

The designated trails have all kinds of pit stops for refilling water canteens, outhouses, daytime picnic areas, etc etc.

I've never camped in Yoho specifically (camped lots in the surrounding areas though), but I've been told that Takakkawa Falls is a fantastic place to start your hiking adventures... from there you can pick and choose a ton of areas to go in to and the views are to die for with the added bonus of glaciers in the backdrop.

If you're an angler, remember that BC has strict fishing regulations with no-lead and no-barb hooks, as well as seasonal catch limitations. Emerald lake is supposed to be fantastic for trout fishing.

Have fun and keep that bear spray at your side !




posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:19 PM
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a reply to: superman2012

All of those and also it's good for burns, grazes etc.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:32 PM
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The only thing missing from this thread is a gun.

12G with a mix of ammo unless of course the Government likes giving the Bears even money.

Otherwise a really big knife like this one.



or this one if you want to go Ninja



Gives you a good chance against a Bear.

P



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 08:34 PM
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a reply to: pheonix358

Bet I can throw a pigskin over that mountain hahahahaha



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 09:07 PM
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a reply to: superman2012

Try this out while you are out camping!



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 09:12 PM
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Don't listen to David Paulides webcasts before you go camping!




posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 09:25 PM
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a reply to: pheonix358

Might those swords--not knives as you call them--be illegal in Canada and perhaps and in the US parks? Good for bears are they?

OP, you never clarified how you were to be camping. On a trip to the Rockies outside of Denver in AUGUST, where the tempt did dip to 32F at night, I found that the chemical foot warmers I purchased at Cabela's were really great when you activated them about an hour before slipping into the sleeping bag. They don't get hot, they get warm and stay that way through the night.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 10:06 PM
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Lots of good advice so far.

I would recommend bringing a friend along who has some experience. Camping is not difficult and it can be some of the best experiences of your life! But at first it can seem quite daunting when you are handed a list with so many things you don't even have or have even considered!

Relax and enjoy the great outdoors! Of course be careful, and respect nature.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 10:08 PM
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Might those swords--not knives as you call them--be illegal in Canada and perhaps and in the US parks? Good for bears are they?


I would have no idea if they are legal in Canada or any other place. That should be obvious. They are the same blade length as a machete and most places are OK with them.

Could I take out a Bear with one, Yep, no problems. Could you? I don't know.

I have never fought a Bear, we don't have any here.

But that blade length (18" - 20" ) is what I always carry if I am out in the bush and do not have a firearm with me.

P



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:01 PM
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For starters, you should read this:

Two Campers In Cloud Country
(Rock Lake, Canada)

In this country there is neither measure nor balance
To redress the dominance of rocks and woods,
The passage, say, of these man-shaming clouds.

No gesture of yours or mine could catch their attention,
No word make them carry water or fire the kindling
Like local trolls in the spell of a superior being.

Well, one wearies of the Public Gardens: one wants a vacation
Where trees and clouds and animals pay no notice;
Away from the labeled elms, the tame tea-roses.

It took three days driving north to find a cloud
The polite skies over Boston couldn't possibly accommodate.
Here on the last frontier of the big, brash spirit

The horizons are too far off to be chummy as uncles;
The colors assert themselves with a sort of vengeance.
Each day concludes in a huge splurge of vermilions

And night arrives in one gigantic step.
It is comfortable, for a change, to mean so little.
These rocks offer no purchase to herbage or people:

They are conceiving a dynasty of perfect cold.
In a month we'll wonder what plates and forks are for.
I lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I'm here.

The Pilgrims and Indians might never have happened.
Planets pulse in the lake like bright amoebas;
The pines blot our voices up in their lightest sighs.

Around our tent the old simplicities sough
Sleepily as Lethe, trying to get in.
We'll wake blank-brained as water in the dawn.

~Sylvia Plath



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:23 PM
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originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
These:

Bottled water
packet meals /soups /instant oat /puddings
multi purpose soap
antibacterial wipes for person and items
toilet paper
lavender oil
citronella oil /spray /candles
orange /lemon oil
sound deterrent
waterproof ponchos
wellingtons
fire lighters
tinder
torches
solar stick lights
ground mats / raised beds
first aid kit
silver blankets
turmeric
thermals


Wellies for hiking?
Sound deterrent?



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:24 PM
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originally posted by: superman2012
I am going camping in the Canadian Rockies (Yoho) in mid-June. Anyone ever been there at that time? I would like to go on some hikes, any that are fantastic and shouldn't be missed? Any tips on items that people often overlook?

Thanks in advance!


What is your previous camping experience? Are you talking about car-camping or backpacking camping? Overnight or for a week? Campground or wilderness? Alone or with someone else?



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:27 PM
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originally posted by: ColeYounger
Don't listen to David Paulides webcasts before you go camping!



Don't listen to him even if you're not going camping. He's not credible. I'm referring to Paulides, not you.
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