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Conquering Wild Weather

Hey there, fellow Canna Campers! Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable camping adventure?

Picture this: you're surrounded by majestic nature, but suddenly, a storm rolls in and catches you off guard.

Don't fret! We've got you covered with essential tips to tackle any weather challenges. No matter how clueless you may feel right now, we'll equip you with the knowledge and confidence to handle the great outdoors like a seasoned pro.

Get ready to embrace the wild side of camping and make unforgettable memories, rain or shine!

  • Plan Ahead: Before you pack up your gear, keep an eye on that weather forecast. Check out reliable sources to get the lowdown on what's coming your way. Trust us, knowing what to expect will save you from unpleasant surprises and let you decide if it's wise to go or reschedule.

  •  We find it best to check multiple weather apps or stations(especially in the mountains) as forecasts tend to not agree a lot of the time.

PRO TIPUse Drone or Aviation weather apps along side other weather apps for more detailed information 

    • Gear Up for Battle: You want to be prepared for the worst of weather conditions. Invest in quality camping equipment that can handle a downpour. Look for a sturdy tent with a waterproof rainfly and groundsheet that keeps you dry. 

    • Don't forget to pack those rain jackets, waterproof pants, and extra layers to keep you cozy and protected. Bringing hand warmers conventional or rechargeable is an inexpensive way to cut the bite of the cold rain as well.Happy man in green jacket in the rain

    • Bring tarps and extra tarps! Tarps can come in handy for a multitude of uses, put one underneath your tent to help separate you from the wet ground, you can fasten one over your tent to help keep out the water, wrap around your gear to help keep dry, or even create a changing area off the front of your tent and that's just a few of the uses.

    • Choose Your Campsite Wisely: When scouting for the perfect campsite, keep two things in mind: elevation and terrain. Avoid low-lying areas that could turn into swimming pools during a storm. Seek out higher ground that won't leave you feeling like you're on a waterpark ride. Also, look for natural windbreaks like trees or rock formations that can shield you from gusts of wind. orange and blue tent in the woods surrounded by trees

    • For your sanity, it is best to have as much wind cover as possible, so it feels less like a hurricane and more like a normal relaxing rainstorm. And use the Guy lines that come with your tent (you know the ones you throw back into the bag when you're setting up?) They are made to help stabilize your tent during strong wind gusts and typically give you a little bit of extra room in your tent.

    • Safety First, Always: We're not messing around when it comes to safety. While beautiful Lightning storms can be dangerous, so when one's brewing, take cover in a sturdy building or enclosed vehicle. Steer clear of tall trees, open spaces, and bodies of water.Tent with lightning in night sky

    •  If you find yourself in the open, crouch down, minimizing contact with the ground and the path of lightning. Try to plan your camp to be close enough that you can get to shelter if lightning or hail were to happen. Stay safe, my friend!

    • Flash Floods can happen in an instant hence the name, with flooding dangerous hail and rockslides can accompany so check the weather radio periodically throughout the day, your friends may think you are acting a bit paranoid but they will appreciate it if the weather turns bad.Tent with flooding campsite

    • Stay Dry, Stay Warm: When the skies turn gloomy, it's all about staying dry. Layer up with clothes made of moisture-wicking fabrics that help regulate your body temperature. Leave the cotton behind; it's a moisture magnet. And hey, make sure your sleeping bag, clothes, and gear stay as dry as possible

    • Use waterproof bags to protect your essentials from the elements, creating a “dry space” for changing or taking off shoes before entering your tent is a must in a rainstorm, when camping in the rain the goal is to keep as much water outside as possible and a changing area will help that.neon green waterproof bag

    • Prepare for the Unexpected: Nature can be unpredictable, so it's wise to have some emergency tricks up your sleeve. Bring along a fully charged cell phone, a portable charger, walkie-talkies, or a CB radio and a weather radio to stay connected and informed.  black and yellow walkie talkie

    • Some walkie-talkies have weather radios built in so look for those if you are trying to keep the amount of gear you are carrying down. Don’t forget a whistle, one of the most overlooked items today is the whistle,three blasts from a whistle is a universally known distress call, there is really no reason to leave a whistle out of your gear bag.

    •  And don't forget that trusty first aid kit with all the essentials to handle any minor mishaps, a well-stocked first aid kit is not recommended but required if you like to “go play in the wilderness” like us. Accidents happen, and most of the time you will not be close to a first aid station or hospital so be prepared if you have to administer first first aid kit

    •  Tourniquets are serious talk but it is always a good idea to keep a tourniquet or quality ratcheting belt in your supplies.

    •  Share your camping itinerary with a loved one, establish an emergency plan, and keep them in the loop.

    • Dealing with Nature's Curveballs: Okay, let's face it. Sometimes things go sideways, even with the best planning. If heavy rain or flooding strikes move to higher ground ASAP. No need to channel your inner swimmer! And if you get separated from your crew, stay calm, retrace your steps, and use whistle blasts or other signals to get their attention. Safety first, remember

    Bad weather doesn't have to dampen your camping spirit. With a little preparation, some smart decision-making, and a dash of adaptability, you can conquer the challenges and make the most of your outdoor adventure. Stay informed, stay safe, and let Mother Nature know that you're ready to face her wild side head-on. Happy camping!

    Check back next week for more tips and a new Base camp Blog!

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