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.
Make the world your playground with a sporty top, outdoor pants and a durable pair of hiking shoes. 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 women's apparel for outdoor activities and performance - everything you need while camping in the backcountry, backpacking your favorite trail, or for a simple walk around the block. That’s why you'll find top brands and styles to provide you with durable, functional gear that is made just for you.
Women have many choices for women's hiking clothing. Choosing the right clothes makes for a great hike, but the wrong clothing can turn a difficult trail into an unbearable one.
The best hiking clothes are made of materials that wick sweat as you work harder, so you stay dry, cooler, and more comfortable. A soft cotton tee may be a tempting choice but think twice! 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.
You will be much happier with a synthetic material, regardless of the piece of clothing you are buying. Merino wool is an excellent choice of materials that wicks sweat and fights odor.
All types of women get outside: curvy women, petite women, tall women, slim women, plus sized women. How clothes fit is an important factor on your overall comfort and performance. It's also nice when our hiking clothes are a little flattering, and not just a man's shape that is "shrinked and pinked".
Oversized jackets? Look for jackets and shells that are slim in the shoulders and armpits yet aren't too tight around the hips. That helps your pack from rubbing on your shoulders and keep your jacket from riding up your back to expose your lower back or stomach. Also watch for pocket placement... if they are too low on the hips your hip belt can block them.
Shirts can also be an issue, depending on your torso and length. Find a shirt that gives you the arm coverage you need and doesn't expose your midriff to the elements.
Highwater pants and tight thighs? Or Pants that drag? Muscular hiking legs or curvy frames can be a difficult fit for pants. There are several options for well-fitted pants and shorts. Another option: skirts. They stay cool in hot weather without constricting your legs, and they can be paired with leggings in colder weather.
Weather conditions and temperatures vary wildly on the trail, especially at higher elevations. If you get caught wearing the wrong clothing for the conditions it may not only be uncomfortable, but dangerous as well. That’s why wearing multiple layers of the right clothing is so important.
So what type of clothing should you wear when outdoors?
Icebreaker's Sphere Long Sleeve Hood Shirt is lightweight and breathable for heat, but also blocks the sun and is great for a mid-layer if the temperature drops.
Get a durable pair of pants, capris or shorts that won’t chafe. The Kuhl Women's Splash Short is a great choice because it covers and protects your thighs better that very short shorts. If you prefer pants, the Halle Pants form prAna repel water, have articulated knees, and can roll up for hot weather.
Be careful when choosing to wear base layers. 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. Icebreaker's Oasis Long Sleeve Crew Shirt and Oasis Leggings provide the type of material, durability and warmth you need.
A good jacket will keep you warm but provide breathability to keep you dry. A versatile jacket with pockets like the Women's Alpha Ascender Hoody from MtnLogic is a perfect addition to your hiking wardrobe.
The right footwear may be the most important purchase you make when hiking. That's why we have an entire section of Backwoosd.com dedicated to women's footwear. What should you focus on? Make sure you get a good pair of hiking socks and either hiking boots or hiking shoes.