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Practice, Practice, Practice

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by AurelioLeo, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    In my opinion it's a good idea to practice with your camping gear and how to propler use it. Also you need to check the status of it being operational or not. Just because you buy something new and then you take it out of the box while on your camping trip just to find out it doesn't even work or it's missing something. People buy fancy utility tools and other gear and don't even know how the stuff works or how to apply it to use.
  2. Jessi

    Jessi Novice Camper

    Oh I definitely agree. Having all sorts of equipment doesn't do you any good if you have no idea how to use it.

    It makes me think of those movies where various people go camping and then one group or person always struggles with their tent because they have no idea what they're doing. At least set it up in your backyard or your own living room first before expecting to have it out in the wild.
  3. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    That's exacting what I'm talking about. Even if you bought a brand new tent and take it out camping with you just to find a part of the tent wasn't in the box. Now you got to pull a "Macgyver" on the tent to set it up properly so it will stand. Better make sure to pack the Swiss Army Knife with your camping gear.
  4. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    I always assemble my tent in the backyard before going on a camping excursion to make sure that no pieces went missing while it was in storage. The practice also help me remember what I'm doing when it comes to assembling it during the "real thing".
  5. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    reply: That's a good idea and also it gives you the chance to evaluate your equipment. It is always a good idea to check to see if your tent needs repairs.
  6. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    I am a persistant jury-rigger of things, so what happens is that I tend to just pack everything up and go. As long as I remember the duct tape I tend not to worry too much. However, there have been occasions where I ran through my vocabulary of profanity - mostly. It's a fairly large word bank.
  7. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

    It is a smart move to try out any and all camping or hiking gear. Like mentioned above who gets a tent and waits to set it up until your at the camp site or 50 miles from no-where. Besides I want to set it up and take it down several times so I can do it myself if necessary. Who wants to go camping or hiking with someone who has not a clue about setting up or using their own gear? It's not just the tent. Can you use your cook stove or do your own cooking? Can you read a compass or use a map? Just getting firewood would be a hassle if your saw or ax is dull and you don't have anything with you to sharpen it. Cleaning a fish is hard without a knife.

    I hate going anywhere if I am required to do some form of task and not know what I am doing or how it is suppose to be done. Nobody wants someone along that says "I don't know how" many times during the course of a day. So why would camping or a hiking trip be any different.

    To be fair to yourself and others, do your homework and test all of your gear at home. That way you know what works and how it works, and if it is not up to expectations you have time to swap it for something that does work and is to your liking. This can be any gear or clothing. Getting it right before leaving home is my take on things.
    Do you agree?
  8. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    ... If you're a novice then you're a novice and all the practice in the world won't stand in for actual conditions. When I learned to hunt I needed help and the person I was with taught me how because they wanted to. No one is going to invited a novice along unless they honestly want to. As for the rest that's what proper post-care is for. You come home and you sharpen your tools before oiling and packing them away. You check over your tent and make repairs. You clean what needs cleaning and replace what's broken. You do not wait until and then do it. At least I don't. Too much trouble I would think.
  9. AurelioLeo

    AurelioLeo Newbie

    reply: If you are going to practice on being "MacGyver" you got the duct tape part right. You'll need to bring with you the good old Swiss Army knife as well. He can fix any problem in or out of the bush with those two items.
    reply: What I like to do before I go buy a outdoors product is to do a review of that product on youtube. Youtube users buy these outdoor product and conduct a review video on it. They talk and show you the pros and cons of that product and I use that information as my foundation on if I will make a purchase of that product or not.
  10. Libragirl67

    Libragirl67 Newbie

    This is definetly a great rule of thumb. I do try to know exactely how to assemble the tent. And I do try out any new gadgets that we may buy for the trip. I also make out a list of everything we need for our trip. I double check it and make sure to mark everything off as we pack it into the van. Nothing can spoil a trip faster than being ill prepared. Or forgetting an essential item. believe me, I have learned my lesson on this one.
  11. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    I'm not MacGyvering so much as I'm dealing with things as they come. Like I said a bit later I do all my prep when I come home versus doing this big brouhaha just before hand.
  12. bigteeth96

    bigteeth96 Newbie

    I agree as well. You don't want one of your first few times out there to be a trial. The survival education/skills is all over, so get it first.
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