How to Achieve an Amazing nights sleep on your next camping trip

Tips for Sleeping Better on Your Next Camping Trip

May 29th, 2012 | Camping Ideas

Though many find the outdoors to be a place for peace, rest, and relaxation – actually getting to sleep while camping can be pretty difficult. There’s no cozy beds or temperature controls to help lull you to sleep, just you, your tent, and a sleeping bag. But even the fussiest sleepers can find a way to get some good quality shut eye when camping. A little preparation is all it takes to ensure that your nights spent in the outdoors are restful ones. Here are a few tips to help you sleep better outside the confines of your home.

Consider bringing a sleeping pad

For those who prefer to camp light or backpack, carrying a cumbersome sleeping pad might seem out of the question. But it might actually be worth bringing one along for a couple of reasons. Most obviously, of course, is the fact that ground is in general hard. When you’re on your feet, you don’t notice the dirt clumps and pebbles buried shallowly in the soil – but you will when you’re laying down. A sleeping pad will all but eliminate those minor uneven spots that can be so troublesome when you’re trying to catch some Z’s. Second, and less obvious, is the coldness of the ground. When you’re lying on dirt that’s colder than your body temperature, it will suck warmth from your body as you lay there. A sleeping pad can solve this problem by acting as an extra insulator, separating your body from the heat-sapping ground surface.

Set out clothing layers before you hit the sack

One of the biggest difficulties associated with trying to sleep in the outdoors is body temperature regulation. Depending on the season location, you’ll either wake up shivering or struggle to fall asleep because you’re sweating bullets. Scientific studies done on sleep have concluded that a falling body temperature is strongly correlated with being able to fall asleep. So try wearing a reasonable minimum amount of clothing to bed, allowing your body temperature to fall. If you get cold through the night, you can simply add a sweatshirt or pair of pajama pants to regulate your body temperature.

Take extra steps to mitigate heat and cold

When camping in the summer months, a cold damp towel on the forehead works wonders in helping you to avoid that uncomfortably hot feeling. When sleeping on a campsite in the winter, meanwhile, experienced campers often do a few jumping jacks right before bed to raise their body temperature and stay warm as they drift off.

Though your campsite definitely lacks certain comforts of home, there’s no reason that each trip has to include sleepless nights. With the right sleeping gear and a few of the aforementioned tricks, you’ll be sleeping like a baby in the outdoors. Just be sure not to sleep in too late – there are full days of outdoor fun to look forward to!

Bugs keeping you awake? You might find this article helpful:

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/how-to-avoid-insects-and-other-bugs-when-camping/

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Professional Bull Riding is coming to Sevierville!

Professional Bull Riders is paying  a visit on July 27-28 to your favorite Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville.

We will have it all- ropin, ridin, crafts and even a live PBR Bull !!! Yep, you heard right PBR is bringing out their Bull Trailer for us and one of their prize bulls on Saturday, July 27 12-4 pm.

So come on out and join us 12-4 pm for a fun free family event like no other.

  • Stick Bull RidingPBR
  • Bull Roping
  • Make a FREE Leather Wristband
  • See a Live PBR Bull - Saturday, July 27 only
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest- Sunday, July 28 only

               * One winner will receive a $50 Bass   Pro Shops Gift Card. Judging begins at 2:30 pm

               * Gift Card awarded at 3 pm

 

Free Cowbell to the first 100 customers each day!

And this year we aren't waiting until Labor Day to start our Summer Clearance deals!

Starting July 20-28 we are having a storewide sale and clearance event - just look for all the deals under the tent located on our boat pad.

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Yeeeee-Hawwwww!

FINALLY! A chance to use all my western slang in-store. That's right, ladies and gentlemen. It is time for the PBR National Event to be coming to your local Bass Pro Shops.

This won't be the first rodeo for these two, by any means! Bass Pro Shops and The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. are always excited to partner up to hold this event. For those who never attended one, you are going to want to correct that mistake and come down this year.

It will run on the weekend of July 27th-28th and be open from noon until 4:00PM. The PBR National Event is the highlight of our Tent Sale this year, and closes it as well. There will be a number of fun activities for the whole family on both days. Kids can take a shot at bull roping and ride a stick bull. Ever wondered what your kids face would look like painted as "Flint" the Entertainer? Here's a good chance to find out as we will have face painting for the event.They can also make a free leather wristband, while supplies last. The first 100 kids each day will recive a cow bell as part of our giveaway. 

On Saturday, there will be an appearance in-store by a proffessional bull riding expert! You will have from 1:00PM-2:00PM to meet this buckeroo so don't miss it! On Sunday, there will be a Best Cowboy/Cowgirl Contest. Make sure your little one gets all sorts of "cowboyed up" for this as the best dressed will receive a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. It'll start at 2:30PM and the winner will be announced at 3:00PM.

The Tent Sale will run from July 20th-28th. This is a great chance to snag some awesome purchases at sweet prices. And I'm talking about like 20-50% Off sweet prices. It will cover products from almost all of our departments, but hurry! There will be limited qualities and no rain checks.

So really what I am getting at with all this is: that ya'll need to grab a hunk of mane, set spurs and giddy on up to your local Bass Pro Shops during this time! Western jargon is encouraged! Bobbin' for Apples with Bobcats!!

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Fourth of July Sale

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The Bass Pro Shops Fourth of July Sale ends July 4, so hurry over to our store for some last minute shopping!

We have a ton of items on sale that will help you celebrate the holiday such as $149.97 Masterbuilt 2-door propane smoker and the $549.99 Brinkmann smoke'n grill pro 5-burner propane grill, and the $49.97 Bass Pro Shops stainless steel fish fryer.

Need folding chairs for the firework show you're going to see? We have festive American flag chairs on sale for $12.99 and a Portal oversized mesh chair for $24.97 complete with a cup holder.

If you're going on vacation you may need some new fishing gear or a tent. We have numerous fishing items on sale as well as a Bass Pro Shops 12'x12' dome tent for $149.97.

Our Summer of Fun Sale ends July 14th also with even more savings. Save $50 on the Coleman area tent or $90 on an XPS 76" Phantom towable tube for example. Fishing, hunting, camping, lake activities all have items on sale!

The savings are great! For a complete list of sale items check out the Bass Prop Shops catalog or our website.

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Selecting a Hiking Tent

Overnight backpacking or hiking trips can be an enjoyable experience when you have the right gear available.  A quality backpacking tent is pretty much a necessity, as it will protect you from the elements. When selecting a tent, there are a number of things to take into consideration.

  1. What sort of comfort level are you used to?  Would you prefer to sleep outside of a tent under the stars? Or would you prefer to avoid bugs and dirt?
  2. How many people will need to sleep in the tent?  A one-person tent may be fine, if you are hiking by yourself. However, if you are hiking with a dog or another person, you may need to consider a 2- or 3-person tent.
  3. Determine your preferred camping seasons. Tents are designed with seasonality in mind. A 4-season tent is designed to withstand wind, rain and snow better than a 3-season tent.
  4. Establish weight goals for carrying gear. Look at tents with as few poles and accessories as possible. Tents with removable segments, such as rain flys or vestibules are an option, to reduce weight.
  5. Take price into consideration.  Less expensive tents may be an option for casual backpackers, but if you are planning several trips, you should probably consider high-end tents.

The new Timber Ridge Hiker 2-Person Tent is an inexpensive option, which may be right for your needs.  It provides a comfortable, dry and well ventilated sleeping space, large zippered vestibule area, interior gear pocket and easy, shock-cord pole setup. The entire tent weighs in at 5 lbs. 7 oz., so it won't weigh you down!

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Berkley Fishing!! Get in on the action at the Berkley Interactive Trailer Display!

The 60-foot trailer offers consumers fun, great deals and activities. It brings fishing education to all levels and skill sets of anglers.

The trailer has videos and interactive demonstrations along with seminars scheduled throughout the day.

Each stop always has special retail promotions only available while the trailer is at the location. These great offers not only include line and bait, but rods, reels and combos. The special offerings through the trailer can’t be missed.

“We are excited about having the Experience Trailer on the road in 2012 and stopping at many new locations across the country,” said Andrew Marks, Berkley Marketing Director. "Our Experience Trailer team is set to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish.”

Other exciting elements include a knot tying contest and demonstration, where anglers can learn new knots and potentially win prizes. Under the tent, big screen videos help anglers experience the adventure with Berkley and display racks are filled with the latest products, giving consumers an opportunity to see what new and exciting products Berkley scientists have been working on throughout the year. The Berkley Experience staff is always on hand to help answer any questions that you have about our innovative products

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Bass Pro White River News

 

White River Fly Shop

 

 

Greetings from the Bass Pro Outdoor World White River Fly Shop in Kodak (Sevierville), Tennessee.

 

It has been a couple of glorious fly fishing days in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Perfect weather, perfect water, cooperative fish.

After drenching rains over the weekend that caused Little River to rise to over 900 CFS, the flow dropped quickly to relatively normal levels of around 200 CFS.  To my mind this is "just right" for fishing the Little River and its tributaries; infinitely wadeable, but enough water to keep the fish happy and feeding.

But first I headed up to fish the area above and below Chimney Tops.  The Little Pigeon River is medium sized through this stretch, and one of my favorites.  With the warm temperatures, both air and water, wet wading was the order of the day.  Really nice to have your feet in cool clear mountain water as the thermometer rises with the sunshine.  My Yellow Elk Hair Caddis was met with little enthusiasm so I switched to my old standby, the Parachute Adams.  Things started to pickup and I was rewarded with a good many small to medium rainbows.  Starting in the Chimneys Picnic area and continuing upstream is decent brook trout (spec's as they are also known) territory.  I didn't get any this time around, but judging by a red flash or two in the water I think I managed to catch the attention a couple of them.

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By mid-afternoon I headed off to claim my reserved home for the evening at the Cade's Cove Campground (this time of year the campground is on a reservations only status).  With my one-person tent erected a midst the massive motor homes and some time to kill before dinner, I wandered over to fish Anthony's Creek.  Running through the Cade's Cove picnic area this is small water and frequently overlooked.  However, this little creek is chock full of rainbows.  Within an hour I had caught 25 fish without even leaving the confines of the picnic grounds.  Yes, they are small, but surprisingly enough there are a few 10 to 12 inchers in that little creek and I caught several of them.

I was up early the next morning to bike ride the Cade's Cove loop road which is closed to vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10AM through September.  While not exactly easy, there are a few lung-busting hills, the ride does have its rewards.  Today those rewards included a number of black bear sightings, the most exciting of which was a mom and four cubs no more than 20 feet off the road.

Breaking camp I headed to Tremont, one fine fishing destination.  I put in just before the first one-lane bridge, tossing the Yellow Elk Hair Caddis yet again.  A couple of pools later with few hits and fewer takers prompted me to switch to a Royal Wulff, a fly that is easy to see in the dark shadowy pools where trout lurk.  Results improved somewhat with a number of small rainbows, but not what I would have expected under such excellent conditions.  Continuing to play "fly roulette" I switched to a Yellow Stimulator and immediately got some really nice hits by, apparently, pretty good sized fish.  However, a couple of pools later the action faded.  Somewhat mystified, I switched to the old standby, Parachute Adams.  This is my year-round go-to fly and always (mostly always) seems to draw out the trout.  This day was no exception and over the next several hours I managed to work my way upstream collecting (and releasing) a good number of rainbows ranging from small up to a few rod-benders in the 10-12 inch range.  At one point, and MUCH to my surprise, I looked up from my concentrated fly watching to see a fair-sized black bear directly across the stream from me.  Luckily he was working his way downstream and I was headed up, so with a mutual nod of our heads we went our separate ways.  Definitely the first time I've shared the stream with a bear.


By mid afternoon, under darkening skies, I decided I was tired of fishing (no, that's not possible....I was just tired) and headed home through one of the east Tennessee afternoon thunderstorms - lightning, thunder, and torrential the-wipers-can't-keep-up downpours.  All-in-all a good couple of days of outdoor adventuring.

Around the fly shop we are restocking shelves after a busy couple of weeks supplying visitors with equipment and local fly fishing information.  If you have not fished the national park before or if it's been a long time, please stop by.  Thanks to the national park staff we have a supply of the park's fishing brochure that includes all the rules and regulations as well as a map of the park's rivers and streams.  We will be happy to show you some fine fly fishing destinations, including the ones mentioned in this report.  Also, remember that this Sunday is Father's Day and it's not too late to drop a few hints about that coveted piece of fly fishing gear that has captured your eye.

Fishing in the park

 

Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764
865-932-5600

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Sperry Spree!

Well guys, it looks like there’s something new out there our little ladies are just going to have to get! And no, it’s not a purse. It’s much worse than that… Shoes.

Uggh, shoe shopping. This endeavor always takes way too long and prompts every question possible from the loves of our lives. “Do you like them?” “How do they make my backside look?” “Do you think these heels will break?” “Where are the kids?!” “Why don’t we still use Velcro?” “Seriously, have you seen Jimmy and Marsha?!?!”

And just like purses, watches or any other “must have” there is a specific brand our sweethearts are after. What’s the rage nowadays? Sperry! These shoes come in a broader range of colors than most crayon boxes. And not just colors, but patterns as well! And women are addicted!

Boys, listen up. I have one of the greatest pieces of news for you. We have Sperry brand shoes at Bass Pro Shops!!!! That’s right! So if the little missus has the Sperry fever why not let her get a pair? In fact, you should approach her about it first! (You know, show that you’re thinking about her while possibly picking up a new tent.)

Ladies, let me also reach out to you directly right now! These things are actually pretty cute and I understand why you would want to have a few different ones in your collection. I know how hard it is to drag us men out shopping, but here you have the perfect place to suggest! And if he responds with some grumbling, here are a few phrases to use on him: “Look at how many different patterns of camo you have.” “Do I need different colored shoes? Oh, I don’t know… Do you need different colored lures?” “We never had to buy a second safe to fit all my shoes!”

You get the idea.

But seriously, if you are looking to go on a Sperry spree come down and see us! This will make both parties happy and you know you love a good Bass Pro visit. Fence Fixin’ with Finches! Yeehaw!

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Free Family Summer Camp

Free Family Summer Camp

shootingHave you heard about our Free Family Summer Camp that is going on at Bass Pro Shops between June 8th and July 14th?  If you haven’t, let me tell you about the eleven different seminars that we are presenting during the camp.  Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon till 5:00 a different topic will be discussed.  You can earn a free pin for every workshop (seminar) you complete! All of the workshops will be approximately 20 minutes in length.  The schedule will be:

 

Saturday:

Noon – Fishingarchery

1:00 – Water Safety

2:00 – Hunting and Shooting

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Bird Watching

Sunday:

Noon – Hunting and Shooting

1:00 – Archery

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Camping

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

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Noon – Bird Watching

1:00 – Fishing

2:00 – Archery

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Backyard Adventure

 

Thursday:

Noon – Archery

1:00 – Shooting and Hunting

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Water Safety

4:00 – Camping

Here is a brief explanation of each of the seminars:back

Shooting and Hunting – We’ll discuss the history of hunting and conservation benefits along with safety tips.  Learn interesting facts from the experts from the Quality Deer Management Association.

Bird Watching – Our Feathered Friends – What birds will we discover this year?  Learn about the function of different types of feathers.

Fishing – Hook, Line & Sinker – We’ll discuss saltwater vs. freshwater.  Learn about saltwater species and tackle.  Do you know how to choose the right lure for different water conditions?

Archery – Aiming High – Learn about bowhunting, equipment and safety tips.  This year we’ll also learn more about the sport of bow fishing.

Outdoor Discovery & Conservation – Listen to tips on how to enjoy the outdoors while hiking.  We’ll discuss comfort, safety and ways to conserve the beauty of the outdoors.  Have you heard about geocaching?  Learn how to enjoy this fun activity.

Camping – Family Outdoor Adventures – We’ll review what to expect when you go camping.  Learn how to set up a tent and what to bring to keep things comfortable.

Backyard Adventure – Discover animals and insects you find in your own backyard.  Learn about their homes and what they eat.  Are they harmful or helpful?

waterWildlife Exploration – We’ll discuss mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.  Learn about their habitats and how they survive in the wild.

Water Safety, Fun and You! – Prepare for your summertime adventures around the water.  Learn about how to play it safe while swimming and boating.

All of the workshops are geared towards 8 to 12 year olds, but anyone can attend.  We hope to see you here soon.

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs

 

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Family Summer Camp

Most of us can recall the memories of summer--long, lazy days; warm summer nights.  Do you remember going camping with the family?  When you made s’mores or slept under the stars—even if it was just in a tent in your own backyard? Or, all the super fun times you had at summer camp?  This summer, Bass Pro Shops offers you the chance to recapture some of those great summer memories –absolutely free!

The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime.  It all begins Saturday, June 8th and continues through Sunday, July 14th!.

Saturdays and Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon-2 pm, kids will enjoy free craft activities like designing their own compass, making Dad a bobber key chain, coloring their own slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track—a different craft activity each week (while supplies last).

Free Family Summer Camp Workshops will occur hourly Noon-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 8th.  The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting.  Other workshops include bird watching, wildlife exploration, water safety, backyard exploration about plants and insects and outdoor discovery showing the importance of conservation.  All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectable pin for every workshop completed (while supplies last).

Special Kids’ activities include catch and release fishing, archery, Daisy BB gun ranges, and more!  You can even have a souvenir photo made Saturdays and Sundays only Noon-5pm, June 8-9 & 15-16!  And, each Saturday, throughout the event, enjoy the great tradition of homemade ice cream sampling from 5-6pm. For a full list of dates and times you can visit www.basspro.com/summercamp and click on Bass Pro Shops--Columbia, MO! 

And, you can celebrate Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Donation month at Bass Pro Shops during this time.  Visit the store, make a donation to QDMA and learn how to enter for a chance to win a $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Also available at the Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp is a FREE Field & Stream Summer Fun Guide booklet full of different outdoor activities and tips, ideas and product checklists to help you make the most of your summer outdoor adventure.

While attending the Family Summer Camp events at your local store (U.S. store locations only) don’t forget to check out the exciting “Toyota Father’s Day Sweepstakes.” One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a two-year lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab 4x2 truck valued at approximately $16,800 (Toyota lease includes 25,000 miles/year and is subject to standard Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s ((“TMS”) lease or agreement terms.  See store for more details and to register or visit www.basspro.com/toyotasweeps for more details and to register.)

Get together as a family this summer and make some great outdoor memories and traditions beginning with the Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops!

Contact: Jon Curtis, Special Events Coordinator @ (573)886-7100.              

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You Just Bought That New Smoker!

You have always wanted a new smoker and finally you went to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and purchased your Masterbuilt-Extra-wide gas smoker http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-Extra-Wide-Propane-Smoker/product/10219561/.  You know how to smoke pork ribs, pork shoulders and sausage, but you sure would love to smoke pastrami!  Lucky you, this is my recipe for smoked pastrami using a grocery store purchased “Corned Beef.”  Although, corned beef and pastrami are different cuts of beef, this recipe will satisfy you and your friends.

My Pastrami Recipe

by Stan Godlewski

1 large corned beef already brined (I like to buy them right after St. Paddy’s Day).

1 jar of brown mustard

1 packed of spice that comes with the corned beef

Fresh cracked black pepper to cover the meat

Open the corned beef, rinse it in cold water.  If the meat has a large fat flap on it, trim some of it back.  Place the corned beef in a large pot and cover with water.  Bring the water to a slow boil and let the meat simmer for about 15 minutes.  Remove the meat from the water, replace with fresh water and repeat the simmering process for another 15 minutes.  (This process removes excess salt from the pre-brined meat).  Let the meat cool for about 1 hour.  After it has cooled, crush the spice and add to the black pepper.  Coat the entire piece with the mustard and then coat with the black pepper blend.

Bring your smoker temperature to 225-230 degrees F.  Be sure to use a mild wood, I like a mixture of cherry and apple wood when I make pastrami. http://www.basspro.com/WW-Wood-Smoking-Chips/product/45491/.  Place the meat in the smoker until it develops a nice crust (bark) on the meat, this can vary from 4 to 7 hours depending on the size of the corned beef and your smoker. 

Optional Step: After I remove the pastrami from my smoker, I like to do a quick steaming of the meat in the kitchen oven by placing it on a rack over a deep cookie sheet filled with water.  I cover the meat in a tent made of aluminum foil.  I let it steam for about 15-20 minutes. Remove and let it cool, slice (remember to slice against the grain of the meat),and enjoy the best pastrami you ever ate!

Now all you will need is some good rye bread, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and a fry pan, and you are instore for a great "Pastrami Rubin Sandwich."

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Sleeping Bag Search

Sleeping Bag Search

Hey Guys, Jettie here.  This month I decided to check out sleeping bags because the grandkids were talking about going camping and I didn’t want to end up sleeping on the ground (Been there, done that, too old now).   Here are some of the things that you need to consider when you are looking at sleeping bags.

  • Goose down gives the most loft (and insulating power) for its weight, compresses the most for backpacking and keeps bagits loft longest. It's also softer and adapts to temperature changes. Its drawbacks include price, the fact that it also loses insulating power when wet and that some people are allergic to down.
     
  • Give the zipper a good workout. Nothing is worse, in the middle of the night, than struggling to unsnag a zipper in the dark. The best sleeping bags have stiffeners in the zipper draft tubes to minimize this problem.
     
  • A full-length two-way zipper is best for a three-season bag. This means that you can unzip just part of the bag -- at the foot or legs, for example -- to ventilate areas that might get too warm otherwise.
     
  • Choose a bag shape that fits your sleeping style. If you sleep on your back, a trapezoidal foot box allows your feet to stick up naturally. If you sleep on your side or move around a lot in your sleep, a stretch bag will be more comfortable, and one that secures to the sleeping pad will keep the sleeping bag securely on the pad. If you feel utterly claustrophobic in a mummy bag, even one that stretches, then try a modified mummy bag. You may even decide that the extra weight of a rectangular bag is worth carrying.
     
  • bag2Look for fit that's close without being tight. For maximum warmth, a sleeping bag should drape comfortably close to all parts of your body, with no big air gaps to waste your body heat. On the other hand, if a sleeping bag is too tight somewhere, you won't be comfortable in it. Most sleeping bag specifications include the girth at the shoulders, hips and feet, but experts say it's best to try different sleeping bags in person if at all possible. Women's sleeping bags are narrower in the shoulders than men's sleeping bags. They are also wider in the hips and usually have extra insulation at the feet and chest.
     
  • The hood should fit comfortably. If you use a pillow, make sure there's room for it. Some bags have drawstrings that are too long and get in your face; others have Velcro that can catch in your hair and make noise that bothers tent mates. Be sure you can keep snug and warm without feeling claustrophobic.
     
  • A watch pocket is handy. This little pocket for an LED light or watch is becoming a standard feature on the best sleeping bags. Both professional and user reviews say it seems indispensable once you've had one.
     
  • A wearable bag adds versatility. This means that the foot area can be unzipped so you can walk around while wearing the bag. On a cold morning or evening, you can wear the bag sitting up, or to heat water for tea.
     
  • Check the bag's loft. Press the bag down and see if it springs back up quickly. If not, you will probably have loft problems later.
     
  • Gently pull the inside of the bag away from the outer covering. If you hear small tearing sounds, you can be sure the baffles are not going to hold up for long, and you'll end up with a bag that has all its insulation clumped into one place.
     
  • A sleeping bag liner or special sleeping clothes keep a bag cleaner longer. This is more important for down sleeping bags bag3than for bags with synthetic filling that can be washed in a front-loading washer. Down bags should be kept as clean as possible inside, because cleaning them is tricky -- best done professionally. Changing into a separate set of clean clothes, or using a silk or other lightweight sleeping bag liner, will delay the need for this.
     

Reviews can help in estimating the lowest temperature rating at which a sleeping bag will feel warm, but they're only a rough guide. Experts say that attempts to standardize ratings across brands have failed, so they're most useful in comparing sleeping bags from the same company. Some people "sleep cold" and shiver in sleeping bags which other people find quite warm. Women usually sleep colder than men, so many reviews suggest that women pick a sleeping bag rated about 10 degrees colder than the lowest temperature they think they'll encounter. Some sleeping bags are designed specifically for women, narrower in the shoulder area but roomy around the hips, with extra insulation especially at the feet.

Come on by and see us at the Bass Pro Shops and our associates in the Camping Department will help you get evertything you need for your camping trip.

Jettie Whittington

HR Clerk

Denham Springs

 

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Camping Prep Done Right: Inspecting Your Gear

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We're entering prime family camping season and its time to start getting ready to get outdoors. There are a few steps you need to take before you're first camping trip of the year to ensure that you have a trip that isn't marked by problems with your gear.

First, take the time to set up your tent in your yard at home or somewhere close by. You will need to inspect for damage, i.e. ripped seams or frayed edges, check all the zippers as well, the last thing you would want to happen is get all the way to your destination only to realize your tent isn't up to the challenge. A few things to remember about your tent:

  • Size
  • waterproofing

The tent you select must be appropriate for the group you plan on bringing. Chances are if you are in a family the group camping could range due to every ones activities and schedules lining up.  Being crammed into a small tent is no fun, but spending all your time setting up a circus tent for two people is no walk in the park either. Remember to plan on some extra room to spread out gear, food & dirty shoes. A good rule of thumb is to buy a tent that is made for one person more than you plan to sleep. Some tents designed for extended stays even have the ability to store shoes outside the tent, hang lights or even battery powered fans, as well as store hiking or fishing gear. Once you decide your old tent will accommodate your group and be up to the challenge you must address the all to familiar menace in camping, RAIN!

You'll need some seam sealer and waterproofing spray for tents, and take the time to apply it to your seams and the bottom portions of your tent, both inside and out.

Gear Aid Seam SureRed Head Waterproofer

 Waterproofing breaks down in sunlight and with time, so making sure you do this every year will keep you dry in case of that spring thunderstorm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and no-one enjoys trying to sleep when wet.

 

Next replace all the batteries in your flashlights and/or lanterns, if they haven't been used in a while they can still die down. Its not a bad idea to always have extra batteries in case yours die or someone else is unprepared. If you have a gas lantern make sure to check your mantles, these can become brittle and break leaving you in the dark. Another good idea is to always have a spare pair, just make sure to get the right size for your model lantern. A small investment know can ensure that you aren't left in the dark.

BPS Clip on Mantle

 

Another Item to check is your propane/gas lanterns and stoves you need to make sure they all fire up and don't leak while at your home. Its hard to replace a seal or pump when your in the woods, and odds are you won't have the replacement parts.

If you have a leak just ask the experts in our camping department for the part that you need, like this Coleman kit pictured below. Fuel left in a lantern during storage can cause the rubber parts of your pumps to deteriorate. Fuel leaks in the great outdoors are not only a nuisance but can be a dangerous fire hazard.

Pump Kit

 

Make sure to check your first aid kit to get it full of the items you need such as band aids, neosporene, moleskin, and ace bandages.

First Aid Kit

 And its not a bad idea to get a new first aid kit each year, just in case it wasn't stored properly. This is one item that is better to have and not need than to need and not have.

If your sleeping bags have been stuffed in closets hang them up or lay them out and let them air out to spread the insulation around so it isn't bunched up. Also check to make sure the sleeping bag you are taking is rated to the proper temperatures. Its hard to get a good nights rest if you are too cold or too hot!

Its always good to make sure you have some sort of sleeping pad, either an inflatable mattress or a foam pad, you don't want to try to sleep on the hard ground all night without one. If you have an inflatable version make sure to test it out, its not fun to go to sleep and wake up on the ground with no padding.

If smores are your thing, and you're looking to have a campfire, but you're not an expert at fire making pick up a fire-starter, these are great to get fires started, even with wet or moist wood. Coghlan's has this pack that will light even if your fire stick gets wet.

fire sticks

 

Preparation is always key, like the boy scouts motto, Be Prepared; that way you can be a happy camper!

For more helpful tips and advice please stop by your Bass Pro Shops camping department and ask the experts!

Stay tuned for more blogs on Camping!

David Bryant

Receiving Manager / Camping Enthusiast

 

 

 

 

 

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The Perfect Gift For Mom

happy mother's day

 

It's approaching quicker and quicker.....Mother's Day that is. What better way to show mom, grandma, auntie, or any woman in your life just how much they mean to your then with the perfect gift.  Well here at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the possibilities are endless.

-If she enjoys camping; make a little trinket basket including first aid items, basic camping items, and a  Bass Pro Shops Giftcard to buy the perfect large item such as a backpack, sleeping bag or tent

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-25-Womens-Mummy-Sleeping-Bag/product/11090905012522/

-If she enjoys kayaking; a collaspable fishing net, waterproof flashlight, paddle, paddle leash, water shoes, comfortable pants, or a shirt that has built in sun protection would be great!

-If she enjoys being in her kitchen; check out our gifts department where you can select from tervis tumblers, a variety of mixes from cookies to flavored lemonade to beer bread. Or head over to camping and check out our large selection of Lodge cast iron

http://www.basspro.com/Lodge-Logic-CastIron-Skillets-with-Assist-Handle/product/52161/

-If she LOVES shoes; head over  to our footwear department and check out all the latest kicks-from slip ons to sandals we are sure to have something to strike everyone's fancy

http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-hampton-va/spring-into-new-shoes 

So no matter what she's into make sure to swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World for the Perfect Mother's Day gift!

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Spring Warm Up Sale Features Great Camping Gear

It is that time of year when the weather turns beautiful and our thoughts turn to the outdoors. It is time to get ready for all those spring and summer activities and the Camping Department is ready to help you. Check out some of our great deals: 

  • Bass Pro Shops 10x10 Family Dome Tent-                                                                                                                                                                                            A great tent for weekend outings, the Bass Pro Shops Five Person Family Dome Tent's easy set up and roomy design helps families enjoy a tentpleasant camping experience every time out. Lightweight tent features durable 190T polyester taffeta walls with a 600 mm PU coating, 230 gram polyethylene bathtub floors with welded seams, and a 190T polyester taffeta rainfly with a water shedding 1200mm PU coating and taped seams.  Shock-corded fiberglass poles and high visibility guyout cords make setup quick and easy.  Enjoy great ventilation thanks to large, no-see-up mesh panels in the roof, back window, and D-style door. Easy-access mesh storage pocket for gear. Comes with drawstring carry bag with cord lock. Carry Weight: 13 lbs. 8 oz. Dimensions: 10' x 10' with a 6' center height. Sleeps five. Color: Blue/Gray. Imported.   Reg. $119.99  SALE: $99.97

chair

  • Portal Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler-A great seat choice for the backyard, campsite, or outdoor game, the Portal oversized camp chair with cooler gives you a roomy comfortable seat with a cooler right at your fingertips. This large 24'' x 23'' x 38'' chair features a comfortable, water resistant polyester fabric sling seat with a padded back and strong, powder-coated steel frame. The handy, built-in armrest cooler holds 2-4 cans with ice underneath one armrest. Chair also features a mesh cupholder in the other armrest. Color: Green. Weight capacity: 300 lbs. Imported.    $29.99

Grill

  • Smoke Canyon 5-Burner Gas Grill w/ Side Fryer
    You now have the ability to grill and fry on just one appliance with the Smoke Canyon Five Burner Propane Grill with Side Fryer.  This backyard cooking machine gives you the grilling power of a five burner propane grill along with a 12,000 BTU side side burner – both running off of the same propane tank!  Imagine French fries, onion rings, or fried okra, right there at the grill without the mess indoors!  Using five durable and independently controlled stainless steel burners, the Smoke Canyon grill/fryer cranks out up to 60,000 BTUs of cooking power for even heating throughout its 826 sq. in. of cooking area space over its porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates. The 12,000 BTU side fryer features a recessed design so the top of the accompanying 6.5 quart aluminum pot and strainer basket sits flush with the grill. Strainer basket features a cool touch handle for easier and safer use when frying or boiling side dishes. Electronic ignition provides a trustworthy and speedy start every time. Heavy-duty locking casters make moving this durable steel grill around the deck easy and then keep it in place when you find the perfect spot. Built-in thermometer for monitoring cooking temperature. Handy side shelf for food and tools. Sturdy appliance-style, two door cart provides storage space for supplies and enclosed propane tank storage (tank sold separately). Color: Black. Weight: 150 lbs.   Reg. $349.99   SALE: $299.97cowboy grill
  • Browning Cowboy Grill-                                                                                                                                                                                             Browning's Cowboy Fire Pit Grill offers a primary cooking surface of a whopping 730 square inches! Add to that a heavy-duty, 4mm thick fire bowl for long life as well as a double nickel-plated cooking grate. The Browning Cowboy Grill features a height-adjustable rotisserie and a swivel work table. Other features include an adjustable pot hanger hook and a drain pipe on the bottom. Hit the trail or fire it up in the backyard for a barbecue feast the whole family will enjoy. Grate measures 31''. Fire bowl measures 31.5'' W x 21.25''H. Overall (with handles and outer ring): 39.5'' W x 46''H. Weight: 108 lbs.  Reg. $279.99   SALE: $249.97

 

This is just a sample of the great deals that you can find in the camping department now through May 5. So be sure and visit www.basspro.com or come in to your Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check them all out. You will be glad you did!!

As always, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

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Do You Have Any Tips for Selecting the Perfect Tent?

Q: I am looking forward to doing a lot of camping with my family this summer.  We have most of the required gear, but are in desperate need of a new tent. Do you have any tips for selecting the perfect one?

A: There are many different types of tents, each suited for different situations.  You must consider your needs.  How many people will need space to sleep?  How much gear do you need to store inside? Will you typically camp in warm weather, or do you plan on doing any winter camping?

Three things are going to be very important when selecting a tent:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Weight

The tent you select must be appropirate for the group you plan on bringing.  Being crammed into a small tent is no fun, but spending all your time setting up a circus tent for two people is no walk in the park either. Remember to plan on some extra room to spread out gear, food & dirty shoes.  Some tents designed for extended stays even have the ability to hook up stoves inside and hang up hunting gear. 

Be sure to select the correct material for the camping you plan on doing.  Nylon tents are light and water resistant.  They are also often the most breathable and affordable.  However, these are not nearly as warm and sturdy as a good old fashioned Canvas tent.  Canvas can also be repaired easily for years of reliable use.  

Weight is a combination of these two previous factors.  To some, the weight of the tent means very little.  If most of the time you are going to be able to drive right up to your campsite the weight of the tent does not matter.  For adventerous backpackers, however, the weight of a tent can make or break a trip.  Most of the time those wanting to go backpacing will utilize the most lightweight, compact tents avaliable.  In this instance it may be worth skimping on size to save carrying around the weight all day.

Your best bet is to make a list of your needs and do some research on different tents.  Be sure to check out our large selection at www.basspro.com or come on into the store and speak with one of our knowledgeable camping associates!

We look forward to making you another "Happy Camper!"

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How can I Call in a Tentative Spring Gobbler?

Wild Turkey Strutting

Q: Do you have any tips for connecting on a Spring Gobbler? I'll often hear birds call back but can never get them to come all the way in.

A: Play Hard to Get: Don't Overcall for Spring Turkeys

If you get a hot gobbling bird that just goes quiet hold tight and wait.  Old birds will sometimes shut-up and sneak in to find his new girlfriend. Keep looking in the direction that you last heard him and give him more time than you think you should. Also don't keep calling. One of the biggest rookie mistakes you can make is over calling. If he is coming your way just wait he will get there. If you continue to call it will give you the chance to hit a bad note and draw attention to your hiding place. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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Drop-Offs, Lift-Offs, and Memories

On late winter days...or cold damp spring days when winter won't loosen its grip...I pick up a book. But, not just any book...it's our family camping scrapbook.

No fancy wallpaper-esque pages, cutesy sayings, or bright stickers like today's scrapbooks that young mothers frantically try to maintain. The beauty of this scrapbook is in the classic family photos, majestic scenery, souvenir brochures/pamphlets, and a mother's handwritten daily diary of the brave voyages of a family of six that grace it’s tattered pages.

Loaded up in a station wagon, we pulled a trailer that my dad had purchased from a carpenter who built it from scratch - a Coleman pull-behind cargo trailer with several "built-in" compartments on top. The 10-person canvas tent had its special place with the poles, tarp for the ground, hatchet and mallet. Then every compartment, including the trailer underneath, held the mandatory camping tools and gear. 

We had a list - the camping list no longer exists, but I remember the now-antiquated typewritten letters -  crossed out, replaced, new items penciled in on the bottom. From specific foods like Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs (that was my request), Spam, and Dinty Moore Stew to sleeping bags, Coleman lanterns, shaving kit, etc., everything was on the list.

The scrapbook encompasses 20 years of trips, but some are more memorable than others.

Our first expedition was in June 1965. A short seven-day journey...a maiden voyage, so to speak...to Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  Lincoln's Tomb, New Salem State Park, Mammoth Cave, The Hermitage, the St. Louis Zoo...it was a plethora of history and natural marvels. A 50-year-old, small-town, Midwestern guy driving a stick shift station wagon with four kids, no air conditioning, hauling a trailer with no shocks.

Mom:  "Dad proved he could handle maneuvering the trailer in St. Louis city traffic...wrote postcards to neighbors and lost them at the St. Louis zoo…someone picked them up and mailed them, unstamped, from Utah." 

Canada(Side note #1 -  On this trip I was quickly bestowed the title of "restroom inspector and hostess.” Upon arrival at the campgrounds, I would immediately go to inspect the  bathroom and report back on its capabilities - privy, chemical, or (please, please, please) FLUSH toilets and REAL showers! I was five-years-old...it was important.)

Two months later, August 1965, and our family was ready for the first big trek...seven of us (a foster brother had joined our family) headed northwest to Canada. On to Winnipeg and what was forever known as "Happy Hog Waller" Campground. To this day, I don't know its real name.

Mom: "Largest outdoor man-made swimming pool – rain, rain, mud, mud, mud. Had wonderfully self-sufficient campground neighbors – they had a tea kettle and frying pan."

Then it was on to the beautiful Riding Mountain National Park and Wasagaming Campground . Large and luxurious by our standards and a real steal at only $1.50 for three days of camping and a $1 Canadian fishing license. After that, down to Teddy Roosevelt National Park, the beautiful North Dakota Badlands and then into South Dakota, surviving a 105 degree day - "the hottest day we’ve ever experienced.Remember, tired hot kids, station wagon, no air conditioning.

(Side note #2: As the youngest child, my place of honor was riding in the back end of the station wagon. The Coleman sleeping bag carefully spread out in an approximately 3'x 2.5'  square, surrounded by the Coleman cooler, Coleman water jug, assorted grocery and traveling bags. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time sleeping...no doubt enhanced by the exhaust fumes coming through the tailgate window. But, I did have a beautiful three-way view of the sky and mountains as we traveled.)Glacier honeymoonGlacier

In 1967 it was the biggie - a three-week trip west to Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. Although I was only 7-years-old, the trip left a permanent spot in my mind and heart. Snowballs in July at Glacier, spectators watching the grizzlies feeding at the Jackson Hole garbage pile (a "show" stopped many years ago, thankfully), the anti-bear prep taken each night at the campsites. I don't think my parents ever got a full night's sleep in those campgrounds.

The Chapel of the Transfiguration in Moose, WY, in the Tetons remains one of my top five personal “wonders” and I would make the trip to Glacier every year if time and money allowed. But I’ve Two Medicine Lakeonly been back once and that was in 2007 for our honeymoon...Going to the Sun Road, Logan’s Pass, day hikes, Two Medicine Lake and Rising Wolf Mountain… still just as beautiful.

1969 we went up to South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and home. This trip was monumental for two reasons:

  1. We drove south to Ouray, where we camped and then headed on down to Mesa Verde National Park. As my sister wrote (she opted to take notes on this trip):
  2.  

“Utah to Colorado, beginning to see mountains. Lunch in heat at Delta, then to Montrose and climbing up to Ouray, a little mountain town. Beautiful…on above it (Ouray) a frightening road, no guard rails or much grading. Scenery was gorgeous, if we could have stopped to see it.”

That was an understatement. The drive from Ouray down to Durango stands as one of the most gut-wrenching drives my father ever handled.  Red Mountain Pass…rain…
stick shift…pulling the trailer…and sheer drop-offs with no guard rails. It was beautiful, but, as in many cases, my dad (the driver) didn’t get to see much of it and my mom was busy sucking in her breath and praying.

  1.  This was one of the first and few times we stayed in a motel..and we ate out two nights in a row!. But the motel was particularly important  this night.

“July 16, 1969 – Watched the moon lift-off, while we ate rolls and milk in the motel.”

I vividly remember gathering around the small TV early that morning…eating pre-packaged cinnamon rolls and watching the “moon lift-off” in black and white. My parents willingly paid the price of two rooms so we could witness the historic moment...and enjoy air conditioning!

In 1976 we headed west one last time, just four of us – down to Albuquerque and back up through Mesa Verde and Ouray. We had to give the beautiful drive a second-chance…and my dad HAD to be able to see something this time.

The camping trips became weekends, the tent got smaller, and we stayed closer to home, as it was just my parents and me. The kids grew up and the parents then took “real” vacations on their own.Later days

The tent was our motel room, the mountain streams were our cooling relief. We didn’t have Big Wheels, bikes, or electronics to entertain us. We had a battery-operated radio that worked sometimes, a cribbage board, and books. But that’s all we needed…we were busy exploring.

Our trips were not filled with Jellystone Park, Disneyland, and shopping. Our trips were filled with history, family, and the beauty of the great outdoors.

Snowy fields in July, burned-out matchstick trees on mountains and Mother Nature’s ability to give herself a makeover, cliff dwellings mysteriously deserted by ancient Native Americans, and prairie homesteads patched together by a people so much tougher than I can ever dream of being. Because of my parents, I truly appreciate the beauty of the mountains or an open plain.

I feel for those who can’t or never had the opportunity. Thanks, mom and dad, for having such forethought. 

Time to turn the page.

 

(By: Gail McMahon, Merchandising Specialist/Social Media)

 

 

 

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Annual Scout-O-Rama a Big Attraction for All

Destin's Bass Pro Shops was again invited to participate in the annual District Scout-O-Rama on April 6th at UpTown Station Shopping Center in Fort Walton Beach.  Cub and Boy Scout Units and members of the Order of the Arrow from the two-county District area set up free games and attractions, and booths and other areas of interest were manned by the Eglin Aero Modeling Club, the Choctawhatchee Bay Alliance, the Northwest Florida Amateur Astronomy Association, local Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies, and others.  Numerous inflatable rides were available to the Scouts and attending public for a small fee.

Bass Pro Shops set up a canopy with a display of camping gear that is available for purchase at the store and gave small prizes to those who tried our "putt-putt" two-tier golf green. 

The event brought hundreds of Scouts and visitors to the shopping center to participate in the activites.

The other major District event will take place on the afternoon and evening on Saturday, October 26th, when the Scouting District presents, "Family Fun Day" in the Bass Pro Shops' parking lot in the Destin Commons Shopping Center in Destin.  This Halloween event will feature many of the same games and activities as in the Scout-O-Rama, but will feature the annual, "Haunted Tent", where Scout Units compete to have the scariest displays inside the huge linked tents.

Gary Feduccia

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Day at the Beach Checklist

The summer months are quickly approaching and the weather is warming up. Its about that time that you start to gear up for the beach and at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, FL we have everything you will need.

Here are the beach day essentials:

beach tent

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