Going Alone: The Solo Camping Quiz
by Staff
Part of the allure of camping is all the gadgets and gear, but one of the most important tools you can bring on a solo camping trip is your knowledge. Before you hit the trail alone, check how much you know about solo camping safety and equipment.

What is a bivvy sack?

  • a weatherproof, scent-proof bag for carrying and storing food
  • a weatherproof cover used to protect a backpack from the elements
  • a one-person, ultra lightweight shelter constructed of waterproof fabric

How much water should a hiker consume in a typical day on the trail?

  • 4 to 6 ounces (0.12 to 0.18 liters) per hour
  • 1/2 to 1 full quart (0.45 to 0.9 liters) per hour
  • 1 gallon (3.78 liters) per day

Which of these would be the best-performing fuel at high altitudes?

  • propane
  • propane/butane mix
  • white gas

How often should a solo camper check in with a friend or family member back home?

  • at random times throughout the trip
  • every 10 to 12 hours
  • at predetermined intervals you and your safety partner have scheduled

What do the contour lines on a topographical map represent?

  • hiking trails
  • wilderness access roads
  • changes in elevation and the contours of the terrain

What items are considered necessities in a solo camper's emergency first-aid kit?

  • antibiotic cream and sterile bandages in a variety of sizes
  • splints for setting a broken bone
  • a small heart-rate monitor

What does it mean if a tent is rated as a three-season tent?

  • It means the construction of the tent is designed to stand up to the mild seasonal conditions you would encounter in spring, summer and fall.
  • It means the construction of the tent is designed to stand up to extreme seasonal conditions, such as snow, ice and high winds.
  • It means the tent is constructed of three-ply nylon mesh layers for maximum ventilation.

What do the number ratings on a sleeping bag mean?

  • It relates to the weight of the sleeping bag.
  • It indicates the lowest recommended temperature for comfortable use.
  • It indicates the volume of padding the sleeping bag holds -- the larger the number, the more padding in the sleeping bag.

When are internal-frame backpacks the superior choice over external-frame backpacks?

  • when you want more maneuverability on trips that require hiking through heavy brush, rocks and obstacles
  • when you're carrying a heavy load
  • when you want your backpack to maintain its shape while it's unpacked

What is a good rule of thumb for determining how much weight the average human should carry?

  • 40 percent of your body weight
  • 30 percent of your body weight
  • 20 percent of your body weight

What is frostbite?

  • the medical term for damaged skin that has been exposed to extreme heat
  • the medical condition that occurs when the body's internal core temperature falls below 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius)
  • the medical condition that occurs when skin and other tissues are damaged by being exposed to freezing temperatures over a period time

What is a GPS-based emergency signal device?

  • It's used to upload and transmit messages, relaying information on current weather conditions and approaching storms back to the sender.
  • Also called an emergency locator beacon, it's a device that transmits a distress signal to satellites and records your location for emergency responders.
  • The term GPS refers to "guiding people safely." These signal devices are used for navigation in uncharted wilderness areas.

What are some key steps to building a safe campfire?

  • Start by choosing an area close to your tent that is dry and easy to access, so you will be able to keep an eye on the fire.
  • Start by choosing a small, 3-foot (1-meter) diameter area that is lined with rocks and close to your fire fuel source, so you will have a readily available supply of fuel.
  • Start by choosing a level location that is cleared to at least 10 feet (3 meters) from grass, brush, undergrowth and overhanging branches.

One of the most popular campfire treats after a day of hiking is a chocolate, graham cracker and warm marshmallow sandwich called a s'more. Who first recorded the recipe for these trail-worthy campfire desserts?

  • Yosemite Park Forest Rangers
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts

How much does 1 gallon (3.78 liters) of water weigh?

  • 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms)
  • 6 pounds (2.6 kilograms)
  • 8 pounds (3.7 kilograms)

What are the first symptoms of hypothermia?

  • shivering, clumsiness and confusion
  • swelling of the extremities
  • rapid pulse and fast, labored breathing

What are the first steps to take if you get lost in the woods?

  • Make a signal fire and prepare to wait it out.
  • Stay calm, assess the situation and take stock of available resources like water, food and shelter.
  • Immediately begin to backtrack your path until you can reorient yourself to familiar landmarks.

How many national parks are there in the U.S. and its territories?

  • 397
  • 503
  • 1103

What safety precautions should you take when setting up camp near a lake, river or ocean?

  • Make sure the area where you're pitching your tent is dry and free of rocks or sticks to avoid puncturing the tent floor.
  • To remain dry, set your tent up facing away from the water.
  • Observe the high water or high tide line and situate your campsite well above it to remain dry through the night.