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Roughing It: Campsites 101!
by Staff
Going camping is a great way to get in touch with nature, but before you charge out into the mountains you should know how to properly set up camp. Think you know everything about preparing a campsite? Take our quiz to see if you're ready to go pitch a tent.

Where should you store your food to prevent black bears from getting it?

  • in your tent
  • in a bear-proof canister or locker at least 200 yards from your tent
  • in a bag hanging from a tree at least 12 feet from the ground

Where is the best place to build a fire?

  • in an existing fire pit or fire ring
  • next to your tent
  • on a sandy beach

What is the best way to deal with trash when camping?

  • Burn it.
  • Bury it.
  • Pack it out with you.

Your campsite should be at least how many feet away from the nearest trail or water source?

  • 50 feet
  • 200 feet
  • 500 feet

What is the best place to set up camp in a thunderstorm?

  • in the middle of an open field
  • beneath the tallest tree in the forest
  • in the forest, but not near the tallest tree

If you can't use an existing campsite, where's the ideal surface to set up your tent?

  • soft, mossy ground
  • thick grass
  • sand, gravel or some other durable surface

How large of a radius should you clear of flammable debris before lighting a campfire?

  • 10 feet
  • 1 foot
  • 3 feet

To avoid flooding, pitch your tent on a surface that has what?

  • a thick canopy of trees overhead
  • a deep trench dug around it
  • good drainage

What is the name for a small, one-person tent?

  • a bivouac sack, or "bivy sack"
  • a yurt
  • a dome tent

What should you do before you set up your tent?

  • Clear the area of rocks, logs and sticks.
  • Build a fire.
  • Hunt for bear.

What non-food items might smell like food to a bear?

  • sweaty T-shirts and socks
  • toothpaste and deodorant
  • anything humans have touched

True or false: A rain fly is a waterproof tarp that fits to the outside of your tent.

  • True
  • False

How do you prevent perishable food from spoiling?

  • Keep it in a cooler on ice.
  • Hang it from a tree.
  • Keep it in your car with the air conditioner running.

True or false: All campsites and public lands allow open fires.

  • True
  • False

Which poses the highest fire risk?

  • open fire
  • gas stove
  • existing fire ring

Which bear is the better climber?

  • adult grizzly
  • adult black bear
  • both are equally adept at climbing

What is the definition of “leave no trace?”

  • hiding from any bears
  • removing everything from the wilderness that you take on a hiking trip
  • making sure no other hikers see you on the trail

What is the beginning of a hiking trail called?

  • starting point
  • trailhead
  • trail A

True or false: Non-perishable foods are ideal to take on a camping trip because they won't attract bears or other animals.

  • True
  • False

What is the name of the character bear that teaches wildfire prevention?

  • Yogi Bear
  • Smokey Bear
  • Paddington Bear