Our Special Christmas GIFT GIVEAWAY

Get our Christmas GIFT GIVEAWAY now before things get too crazy!

Camping Cuisine Cookbook Front Cover-page-001Right now, while many are buying presents for loved ones, Camping for Women is running a very special Christmas Gift Giveaway.

From now until December 25, we are doing a special giving away of The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook.

This applies to everyone who makes a purchase from the Global Outdoor Adventure Store

The digital version of this fabulous resource normal sells for $17.00.  But it is yours free when you purchase anything (large or small) before Christmas.

This Christmas Gift Giveaway is our way of saying a very big thank you to all our website visitors, readers and subscribers that we exist to serve.

So what’s included in The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook?

Written by Sharon Maree, a qualified caterer, nutritionist and seasoned camper, this book includes:

  • Camping CuisineHow to put together tasty and nutritious food that provide high levels of energy needed for hiking.
  • Simple ways to prepare beautiful dishes for people of all ages. Also dishes that cater to people with specific dietary requirements like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free.
  • The little-known way to prepare great variety of food useful for hikes.  That is day hikes as well as food best suited to longer hikes and trekking.
  • Proven steps to produce tried and tested recipes for all meals.  Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner (including starters), light meals, main meals, desserts.  It even has baking treats you can prepare before leaving home.
  • Campfire Cooking 2Simple keys to plan and utilize numerous options that are simple to create.  Meets the needs of vegetarians (40 dishes), Vegan (24 dishes), Gluten Free (31 Dishes) and Lactose Free (40 dishes).
  • AMAZING! Discover in a matter of minutes how to choose the best options for your family with 43 dishes that are proven favorites with children.
  • Proven strategies for ensuring food safety while out in the great outdoors.  Includes 11 tips for storing meat and other perishables, another 11 tips for storing fruit and vegetables and lists of fruit and vegetables that do not require refrigeration. Presented together with information on how long you should expect food to last.

But that’s not all!  There’s also…

  • Camping Cuisine 2Many tips and tricks for applying variations to most of the recipes featured throughout the book.  This allows you the flexibility to be able to creatively alter dishes in a number of ways.  Hence you can easily cater to differing tastes while changing the feel and presentation as you like.
  • A dirt-cheap way to savor so many delightful and quick options within this full color publication.  Features professional photos of each finished dish in hiking, camping and glamping environments.
  • A free and easy way to prepare multiple and diverse dishes.  Follow a well laid out format comprising all the ingredients, steps and methods.  You will be producing wholesome, delicious and satisfying food in no time!
  • campfire cookingDiscover how to implement 34 safety tips while away in the wilderness.  Also 19 clean up tips and a Bibliography listing a number of other sources for great food and food-related ideas.
  • How to use 10 practical food ideas for hiking in addition to using hiking recipes.
  • REVEALED! The hidden truth behind the secrets of a seasoned woman camper with qualifications in commercial cookery and nutrition.  She is a cookery teacher who has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience across two continents.

So what do you need to do to get your free copy?

All anyone needs to do is to purchase anything from the shopping tab on Camping for Women dot com .

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 9There is a massive selection of hundreds of items within multiple categories.  Any purchase entitles you to receive The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook for free.

There is no minimum purchase amount to qualify and this offer is only valid until Christmas.

As soon as we hear you have made a purchase we will send you this amazing resource.  A resource designed to be your secret weapon for looking like a foodie/chef in front of your fellow campers!

The Global Outdoor Adventure Store  is run in conjunction with the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.  The store simply has the widest selection of products for the great outdoors – more than exists in any physical store.

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Happy shopping…

 

Exhilarating Outdoor Activities When Camping

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By Iris West

There’s something magical about the great outdoors. That in itself isn’t surprising at all. Camping offers you the ultimate opportunity to enjoy the fascinating outdoors, bond with your friends or even kick back and relax far away from all the hustle and bustle of life and work. But here’s the thing: without fun outdoor activities, camping can sometimes turn into a bit of a dull and boring day out there.

Looking for fun outdoor activities to take your camping experience to a whole new and exhilarating level? If yes, then your search is finally over as we’ve compiled a list of exhilarating outdoor activities: games, outdoor sports, water activities, and so forth to help you have the time of your life. Trust us; these activities will knock your friends, family or colleagues socks off.

Water Activities

Are you camping close to a water body – river, lake, ocean, sea, and so on? If yes, then the following exhilarating outdoor activities will be your best shot at having so much fun.

Fishing

exhilarating outdoor activities 2Are there any sport fishing enthusiasts in the house? If fishing tickles your fancy, then doing it while camping with your friends is certainly going to be fun. A lot of fun. Let’s be honest; sports fishing can be a little challenging for newbies, but that is what makes it so much exciting and rewarding. Sure it can be frustrating sometimes. Sure it calls for utmost patience. But, when you land that first catch – oh, dear, there is no feeling quite like it.

Want to make fishing even more fun? You can make a game out of it. How about the traditional “who will catch the biggest fish” challenge? With such a fun approach to fishing, you’ll see minutes turn into hours and hours into a day. Needless to say, doldrums of everyday life will fade away like a cloud of smoke.

Swimming

exhilarating outdoor activities 3Swimming is universal, to say the least. The magical allure of swimming lies in the fact that it’s calming, enjoyable, and relaxing. As if that isn’t fabulous enough, it can also help you get in shape or maintain fitness. And who wouldn’t want to get that summer bod?

A Recent study by Mayo Clinic has shown that swimming in free-flowing water can be magnificent for your overall health. Being in contact with cold water excites your parasympathetic nervous system, a section of the central nervous system that has the ability to restore your brain’s calm and relaxed state. So, swimming out there while camping can help you keep stress and anxiety at bay. Remember of course to swim in water bodies that are swim-safe.

exhilarating outdoor activities 10Build Sand Castles

If you have been to a beach camp, you’d know that building sand castles can be quite scintillating. Don’t forget it’s all about fun. Even better, build a sand structure over someone. It will be photogenic too.

Skip Stones

While safety is the name of the game here, skipping stones is one of the best make-up games in a camping experience. Make a game out of it to add a little flair to skipping stones. Adults are advised to take it easy on youngsters, though.

exhilarating outdoor activities 11Water Skiing and Windsurfing

If you brought your gear to the camp, windsurfing and water skiing could make for the best outdoor activities for an unforgettable camping experience.

Aqua Zorbing

exhilarating outdoor activities 4Aqua Zorbing has gained increased traction with most camps that cater to families. What is Aqua Zorbing? As extreme as it might sound, aqua zorbing or aqua sphereing is a game where individuals try to roll on a floating orb.

Other worthy water activities include floating, lounging, riding a wave runner, canoeing, kayaking, boating, playing water polo, diving, snorkeling, and so on.

Games: not always exhilarating outdoor activities…

OK – so not all games are exactly exhilarating outdoor activities, but depending on who you are with and what they enjoy, some in-tent games can help pass the time on rainy days.  Here are ideas in that regard:

Card Games

exhilarating outdoor activities 5Card games – from Solitaire to Poker and everything in between – have been part of camping for a long time now. They never lose taste, but if you aren’t a fan of card games, you can watch others play. Even better, pick sides.

Board Games

exhilarating outdoor activities 6No camp is complete without board games. They are not only fun but also quite engaging. So, prepare that picnic table for the time of your life. No-brainer tip: be careful as pieces can get lost out there.

You can also try: character-based games, Hangman, connect the dots, and Tic-Tac-Toe.

Physical Activities and Sports

Outdoor sports and camping are truly a match made in heaven. The good news is that there is a wide variety of physical activities and sports that you can engage in while camping.  This is truly where exhilarating outdoor activities can really come into their own. So, get up and choose your favorite activity.

  • exhilarating outdoor activities 7Rock Climbing

Out there you access different rock and hills to enjoy this activity according to your own skill and adventure level.

  • Tree Climbing

Camping in the forest will give you a charge to exercise you fitness. Different trees are there for you to choose the fit one and height for you.

And the list of ideas just goes on…

  • exhilarating outdoor activities 8Frisbee Golf
  • Ringtoss
  • Hillbilly Golf
  • Follow the Leader
  • Horseshoes
  • Biking
  • Baseball
  • Hiking

Brainstorm with your group what else could be on your own list before your next trip.

Of course you could also want to try some extreme exhilarating outdoor activities, many of which are not included in this article and if so, then check out some really extreme options here.

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Outdoor sports and physical activities are somewhat competitive in nature, so create teams to compete in each set of activities. Winners can be awarded a small prize like not washing dishes for a day.

Make yours a life full of fun and adventure!

The Colorado Trail: Hiking Review

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By Phoebe Hodina.

Options of getting there:

By air and/or car.

The Colorado Trail 2Best time(s) to visit:

July has the best wildflowers, and summer months are usually the best times to visit if you’re going to camp. The fall can be lovely, but may be a bit chillier.

Climate/weather/temperature & appropriate dress:

In the mountains, be aware that temperatures can vary quite a bit from night to day. Dress in comfortable, moisture-wicking layers and prepare for rain and shine.

Main attractions/Must dos:

The Colorado Trail runs almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango and is divided in 28 segments. From the trails, there are multiple points to do additional trails, visit different areas along the way, and even climb some 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation).

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Key Highlights of the Colorado Trail for me:

I loved the changes in scenery along the trail… I passed through dense forests, patches of aspens and fields covered in wildflowers. There were so many moments that took my breath away. Sometimes from exhaustion, but mostly from the scenery.

The Colorado Trail 3Things that make this experience different or unique:

I loved the diversity in scenery, and the outstanding mountain views. The Colorado Trail takes hikers through the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains, through incredible mountains with lakes, streams and diverse ecosystems. Trail goers travel through six areas of wilderness and eight mountain ranges at a peak of 13,271 feet. Throughout the trail, the average elevation is over 10,000 feet, although it varies quite a bit throughout.

A unique aspect of the Colorado Trail is that it is one of the select long-distance trails that allows mountain biking throughout most of the trail (with the exception of six areas). Top mountain bikers consider the CT to be a world-class long distance trail for the sport.

Things visitors should be aware of:

As with any kind of outdoor excursion, follow your intuition and remember to make good decisions. Come prepared for the wilderness. If you are a beginner, try to avoid traveling alone, and bring along an experienced companion.  To travel the entire trail (486 miles), you will need about 4-6 weeks.

Transportation to and from the trail head, and resupply of food and fuel is overall the biggest challenge. Keep in mind that there are some long stretches where resupplying is difficult. Wear your sunscreen, and plan your route carefully.

Also, keep in mind to start hiking early in the day. Thunderstorms can begin as early as 1pm in most afternoons. Mid-July to mid-late August carries a higher risk of torrential downpours in the afternoons, with lightning as a possibility.

The Colorado Trail 4While here you should:

Colorado is a wonderful place to experience American culture and outdoor recreation. Denver is a major city with its own unique culture and attractions, and Durango has a historic downtown area. Frequent visitors in Colorado will take various outdoor tours that include white water rafting, climbing, fishing, hunting, and more.

Budget considerations

Make sure to budget for transit, hotel accommodations, gear, supplies and for any recreational tours that you plan to take. Overall, the trip can be as affordable or as luxurious as you make it. There are no permits required for the Colorado Trail. Short of burning your dollar bills, you won’t be spending money while you are on the actual trail.

Facilities/nearby activities:

The Colorado Trail Foundation does an excellent job of maintaining the trail. There is also the benefit of dispersed camping, with little regulation around where to camp, and open fires are sometimes allowed depending on the area.

The Colorado Trail intersects with a number of 14ers whose trails are right off the path. If you are interested in summiting a few peaks—this is a great place to do it. I took an excursion from the trail to climb Mt Elbert, a 14er.

If coming here, don’t forget to bring:

Your map or guidebook, as well as supplies for backpacking.

Reviewer’s rating out of 10:

10 – The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. Some areas are less well marked than others, but overall it’s a great time.

Relevant website:

The Colorado Trail Foundation – maps, guides, resources

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Adventurous Outdoor Women Blogs

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By Nicole Anderson

Savoring nature and writing about it

Today the vast numbers of women that spend a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors continues to grow and there is little wonder that many also love to share their knowledge and experiences through creating some great outdoor women blogs.

Camping for Women champions those who not only embrace and enjoy all nature has to offer, but even moreso those who take the next step and want to share what they have, or what they have discovered.  ‘Passing it down’ as it were and inspiring others to experience the same joy and happiness they feel in the great outdoors.

We have included some links below to some of the better outdoor women blogs that we have come across.  All are done by women who love nature, each with a different focus depending on their outdoor interests and passion.  Some are more experienced than others but all have that passion and speak from the heart.

If you happen to love what they write about, by all means subscribe to the particular blog(s) to get more information.  In most cases you can also interact with other like-minded women through leaving comments on some of the blog entries that really interest you.

Here is our list of blogs done by ladies who we think are offering some great information and insight…

Outdoor Women Blogs

Whit’s Wilderness (Camping for Women Contributor)Outdoor Women Blogs 2

Brown Gal Trekker

Mountain Mom and Tots 

The Clueless Wanderer

My Perfectly Damaged Life

Lollygaggers Blog

Walking Two By Two

White Mountain Woman

Right Kind of Lost

If you know of other blogs written by women that you think should be here as well, let us know as we are always keen to add anything that our other readers and subscribers would find of interest.

Who knows?  Maybe you might even be inspired from your outdoor adventures and be driven to start your own blog one day!

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