ITF015: Season Finale – Smartphone camping apps, and the fight on how to fund camping on federal land

This is In The Field Camping Episode 15, the Season 1 Finale!  In this episode we talked about topics discussed in the first season, and some must have iPhone apps for camping from Everything iCafe.  Chris added one of his favorite apps (for iPhone and Android), Map My Walk.

Next was a topic sent from a listener (Denver Weather Examiner Tony Hake), which is the debate brewing over charging fees to access public land (Denver Post article here). Thanks to everyone who downloaded the show this year, we plan on posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages during the off-season, so stay tuned.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF014: RVC Outdoor Destinations & new National Parks website

This is In The Field Camping Episode 14.  In this episode we talked about RVC Outdoor Destinations, who is trying to give Kampgrounds of America a run for their money.  We also shared a story from The Onion about a new National Parks website that makes the real thing obsolete.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF013: Fastway products and Colorado’s Peak to Peak Highway

This is In The Field Camping Episode 13.  In this episode we talked about all of the great products from Fastway, including the E2 Hitch, the Flip, the Zip, and the OneStep.  Then it was on to some of the campgrounds along Colorado’s Peak To Peak Highway, including:  Meeker Park, Olive Ridge, Peaceful Valley, Camp Dick (where this episode was recorded), Pawnee, and Kelly Dahl.  These are in the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF012: Campground squatters and reserving campsites

This is In The Field Camping Episode 12.

In this episode Chris got on the soapbox and talked about “campground squatters”, which are people who, sometimes knowingly, take over a campsite that is already clearly reserved and use it for “day use”.  Also discussed was a couple of ways to find and reserve camping sites, Reserve America and RV Park Reviews.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

FunTreks Guidebooks

As I had previously mentioned in Episode 9, I’m a big fan of FunTreks and their guidebooks.  As a reminder, they make guidebooks and eGuides for four wheel drive trails in the U.S. Southwest.  From their homepage:

HAVE YOU EVER used a 4×4 guidebook and quickly realized the author was never there? Ever wasted all day on a dog of trail because information you found online was just plain wrong? Ever unfolded a map, only to find your trail runs off the edge of the page? If so, then you know why our guidebooks are so popular.

We start by driving many trails, then select only the best. If it’s fun, it goes in our book, if not, the trash. We’re sure you’ll come home with a smile on your face.

We design a custom map for each trail and add precise directions, including GPS waypoints. You can also purchase data cards with tracklogs that match the book. Photos show trouble spots, not just scenery, so you get everyone home safely.

We cover all levels from easy SUV backroads to difficult Jeep trails, as well as trails for ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes. If it’s off-highway fun you seek, you’ve come to the right place.

I have the Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails and it’s getting a lot of use.  So far I’ve driven #3 Deadman Road, #5 Deadman Lookout, #6 Cherokee Park/Halligan Reservoir, #14 Long Draw Reservoir Road, #15 Old Flowers Road,  #19 Pingree Park/Monument Gulch, #22 Old Fall River Road, #26 Rock Creek, #59 Rollins Pass West – and parts of a few others.  Some of these can be done in regular 2WD cars, most can’t.

I’ve been to the beginning of some of the “red diamond”, or Difficult, trails – and wondered how anyone or anything got up them or over the boulders, they are truly challenging.  Quite often, especially on weekdays, we’ll be the only ones on these roads/trails.  As a camper and hiker, I really appreciate how the authors point out where these activities are in relation to a trail, including “dispersed camping”.

I can’t recommend these books highly enough, now I just need to retire and in addition to full-time RV’ing/camping, I need to go and explore the hundreds of trails in FunTreks‘ books…except for maybe those red diamond ones, some of them just look nuts!

(This was not a paid advertisement, I just like to share quality products that I’m sure others would enjoy and appreciate – Chris)

ITF011: Dry camping and trouble at the RV Hall of Fame

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 11

In this episode we talked about dry camping, which is camping without hookups (water, sewer, and electric) and some equipment reviews on the following:
Sunforce 50033 15-Watt Solar Charging Kit
Camco 42165 RV Refrigerator Solar Vent System
Camco 42161 RV Refrigerator Vent Base
Camco 45192 RV Sunshield Vent Insulator

Wilson Electronics MobilePro Multiple-User Cell Phone Signal Booster 801241
RoadPro RP73002 10″ 12V or Battery Dual Power Portable Fan

We then give a follow-up review on Hermit Park, which is part of Larimer County’s Open Space program.

Finally, we pull out another great camping story from our friends at The Onion, where they tell of a “Lone Smart Alec Ruins RV Hall of Fame For Serious Visitors“.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

10 shows, 42 states, 17 countries

Once again, us at In The Field Camping Podcast want to thank all of you for our excellent growth over the course of our first 10 shows.  Thanks to you, we’ve been heard in 42 states and 17 countries around the world.  Our Facebook page is over 500 LIKES and growing every day.  We also appreciate the feedback, comments on the Facebook page,  Twitter page activity and offers of sponsorship and affiliate programs.  This all during a difficult camping season with forest fires, fire restrictions/bans and a drought.  THANKS!

Downloaded in 42 states

(Still waiting on Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia)

Downloaded in 17 countries

 

ITF010: Mapbooks and Solar Systems

This is In The Field Camping Episode 10.

In this episode we talked about mapbooks that are helpful in finding places to camp, specifically Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas by Benchmark Maps and Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer by DeLorme.  We also talked about using solar equipment in RV’s and camping, including the Solar powered RV Fridge vent system, solar showers, portable solar battery chargers, Solar Entry Door Window Cover, and the Solar Power Pak.

Then it was on to installed solar systems, where we referenced some very helpful websites: “Every Mile’s A Memory“, RV Solar Electric, and AM Solar.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF009: FunTreks, Dispersed Camping, and Leaving No Trace

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 9

In this episode we talked about FunTreks (www.funtreks.com) and their excellent guidebooks, which are great for off-roading as well as a camping resource.  The book I referenced, Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 3rd Edition by Charles A. Wells & Matt Peterson can be found on FunTreks’ website or Amazon.  I also talked about Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs), which can be found at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml

We also discussed “dispersed camping” with info provided by the US Forest Service and the BLM.  Next was “Leave No Trace” and their 7 Principals which can be found at http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF008: Hermit Park, generators, and a scary story

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 8.

Campground review: Hermit Park  
http://www.larimer.org/parks/hermitpark.htm
Our favorite spots were B1,B3,B4,B8,B10,B15-B20,B22,B24-B25(Huge/Best),B28,B29(Huge), B31-B35 (too tightly packed but good for groups) H1,H2,H3,H27, K1,K8

Tips:  We talked about generators, the Kill A Watt killowatt/hr monitor.  Items to consider when making a camping list: http://www.modbee.com/2012/05/25/2215768/be-prepared-make-camping-list.html

Scary camping stories courtesy of The Onion: “74% Of Children Tenting Out In Yard Don’t Make It Through The Night”

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com.

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com