Notes to myself – Solo camping
My first solo camping trip to Harriman State Park in NY. Here are some notes and observations that probably only make sense to myself:
- Cook from upwind to avoid flames.
- Learn how to simmer. Cleaning burnt food from your only stove that’s also your bowl and mug is not fun.
- Make a cozy for your mug/pot. It will keep your food and drink warm while protecting your fingers.
- Weigh your food next time. Therefore you know how much you brought and ate.
- Aqua mira works! First time I drank water from streams and lakes.
- Ziplocks are great, smaller ones would have helped.
- Although it is delicious and comforting, green tea before bed is a bad idea. (You knew this, Eric.)
- Learning compass skills is essential. Next on the list: How to adjust for magnetic declination and how to triangulate.
- Sunlight stayed out a lot longer than expected. Trust the sun, not your watch.
- Humans are dirtier and scarier than nature.
- Be smarter and more patient when planning a route. Rushing into decisions and mistakes are costly for time and energy.
- Pay more attention to map contours and features.
- Advice isn’t real until you experience it.
- A heavier throw sack for your bear bag is easier to throw. Make sure there’s enough slack line and be patient to avoid tangles.