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?
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?
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
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?
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.