Camping can be an excellent way to get outside and recharge with Mother Nature, and it's even easier when you can drive to your campsite instead of packing your gear in. Here are a few tips on car camping for beginners.
Let’s face it, the Big Bend region of Texas is huge and everything seems to be a half-hour drive or more apart. Planning a trip there can be overwhelming taking into account what sites you intend to see, what activities you plan, where to stay, where to eat, and again, all of the miles in between. There’s also the very different nature’s of the gateway cities and towns. To help you understand what town might suit your style for an overnight stay or as a base of operations during your visit, here is a glimpse of what each one has to offer.
No visit to Big Bend National Park is complete, in my mind at least, without an early morning visit to the Hot Springs Historic District. There is simply nothing more relaxing than soaking away any soreness from the previous day’s hike (or maybe anything else that ails you) while watching the early morning sun’s rays catch the steam rising off the water and listening to the waters of the river rushing by. That in itself makes the trip to the spring worthwhile, but to truly appreciate everything this National Historic Site has to offer, you need to understand the story of the man who built it.
Take on all the outdoors has to offer with the right men's clothing from Backwoods. Prep for your next trip with a comfortable shirt, outdoor pants and a durable pair of hiking boots. Add a base layer and a good jacket and there's no trail or hike that’s too difficult to handle.
At Backwoods, we want to provide you with the best available men's apparel for outdoor activities and performance - everything you need while camping in the backcountry, backpacking your favorite trail, camping with the family, or for that bucket-list fly fishing trip with the boys.
Choosing the right clothes makes for a great hike, fishing trip, or camping excursion, but the wrong clothing can turn a difficult trip into an unbearable one. At Backwoods, you'll find the top brands with high-quality products that provide durable and reliable performance.
Modern materials are created for outdoor activities. Merino wool, one of our most-popular fabrics, will wick sweat as you work harder so you stay dry, cooler, and more comfortable. It resists odor due to superior breathbility and moisture management over traditional fabrics. A pair of cotton athletic shorts may be your go-to around the house or at the gym, but there are better options for the outdoors! Cotton traps moisture and sweat which will prevent proper ventilation in the heat (it will make you hotter!) and will cool you down too quickly in cold weather. Choosing a synthetic-blend with the right properties will out-perform and outlast most traditional clothing.
The men at Backwoods look forward to the challenge of daunting weather conditions and temperatures that vary wildly on the trail. But if you get caught wearing the wrong clothing for the conditions, especially at higher elevations, it may not only be uncomfortable but dangerous as well. Wearing multiple layers of appropriate clothing is so important.
So what type of clothing should you wear when outdoors?
Be careful when choosing to wear base layers because they can be difficult to shed on a hot afternoon. But for most of the year, an early hike calls for a good thermal barrier beneath your clothing. Adding a base layer underneath waders can also insulate you from a cold mountain stream while you're fly fishing. Icebreaker's Oasis Long Sleeve Half-Zip Shirt and Oasis Leggings with Fly provide the type of material, durability and warmth you need.
Get a durable pair of pants, capris or shorts that won’t chafe. The Kuhl Radikl Pants are one of our go-to choices due to the durability and strength, and the flex points in the knees, waist and crotch for better mobility.
Icebreaker's Tech Top Long Sleeve Crewe is lightweight and breathable for heat, but also blocks the sun and is great for a mid-layer if the temperature drops. For Fly fishing, the Dagon Taylor River Shirt has plenty of pockets for storage, and comes with a buttonless arms design to prevent your line from hanging on your sleeve. For a more casual look, try the Konquer Short Sleeve Shirt from Kuhl.
A good jacket will keep you warm with breathability to keep you dry. The highly-packable Beta LS Hybrid Jacket from Arc'teryx is a superlight GORE-TEX® jacket made for harsh weather protection. Also take a look at the Men's Hops Hoody from MtnLogic for a performance fleece jacket.