Base Camp

A successful journey begins with preparation. At Base Camp, we learn new skills, reflect on past adventures, and share advice with others. The contents below have been put together to prepare you for your upcoming voyage. For new backpackers and campers, understanding these new skills and becoming familiar with your rental equipment prior to arrival will help ensure a succesful trip.

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Yosemite

When is the best time to visit Yosemite?
What a loaded question!  Due to Yosemite’s altitude and mountainous climate, the area experiences dramatically different we . . .more

When is the best time to visit Yosemite?
What a loaded question!  Due to Yosemite’s altitude and mountainous climate, the area experiences dramatically different weather than what is found elsewhere in California.  Although Fall and Spring seem to get shorter every year and the entire state is seeing dramatic changes due to climate change, Yosemite’s four seasons are fairly reliable. Each season is unique and beautiful in a way of its own.  The best time to visit Yosemite is based on the experience you're looking for.  From quaking aspen groves in the fall to the countries largest waterfalls in the summer, there is something special to be found in Yosemite throughout the entire year.

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Jetboil

Base Camp 101: Camp Stove

How to use your Jetboil Camp Stove

The JetBoil camp stove will have your water boiling in under two minutes.

How to use your Jetboil Camp Stove

The JetBoil camp stove will have your water boiling in under two minutes.

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Waterfilter

Base Camp 101: Water Filter

How to use your Water Filter

The Katadyn Hiker Pro filters out 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa, ensuring your fresh mountain water is safe for drin . . .more

How to use your Water Filter

The Katadyn Hiker Pro filters out 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa, ensuring your fresh mountain water is safe for drinking.

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Backpack

Base Camp 101: Fitting a Backpack

How to fit your Backpack

A good fitting backpack can be the difference between a light-hearted trip full of fun and one that can weighs you down. . . .more

How to fit your Backpack

A good fitting backpack can be the difference between a light-hearted trip full of fun and one that can weighs you down. Make sure to watch this video to learn how to fit your backpack.

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Tent

Base Camp 101: Setting up a Tent

How to setup your Tent

Unless you enjoy the added adventure of a midnight tent collapsing in on you, or one that blows into the woods when the win . . .more

How to setup your Tent

Unless you enjoy the added adventure of a midnight tent collapsing in on you, or one that blows into the woods when the wind picks up - have a look at this video to make sure your tent setup is done right!

 

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Camppad

Base Camp 101: Camping

How to Camp

New to camping? Looking for tips to improve what you already know? A good night's sleep in the outdoors is always an incredible experi . . .more

How to Camp

New to camping? Looking for tips to improve what you already know? A good night's sleep in the outdoors is always an incredible experience. Watch this video for tips on how to sleep great while camping.

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Base Camp 101: Packing your Backpack

How to Pack your Backpack

How you pack your backpack can be the difference between a burden on your shoulders or a casually hip experience. Make s . . .more

How to Pack your Backpack

How you pack your backpack can be the difference between a burden on your shoulders or a casually hip experience. Make sure your to packed the best way so you have the energy to enjoy where you're at, instead of rushing to get to your destination.

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Pooop

Base Camp 101: When Nature Calls

How to Poop in the Woods

When the mountains call, we must go. When nature calls, we also must go.

When nature calls while you are in the m . . .more

How to Poop in the Woods

When the mountains call, we must go. When nature calls, we also must go.

When nature calls while you are in the mountains, make sure you are aware of the best ways to keep clean for yourself and for others who may visit your campsite next.

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Packingkit

CampCrate Backpacking Checklist

CampCrate provides the main backpacking necessities, but it will be up to you to bring the following items on our backpacking checklist for 2019. The items on this checklist will help ensure your t . . .more

CampCrate provides the main backpacking necessities, but it will be up to you to bring the following items on our backpacking checklist for 2019. The items on this checklist will help ensure your trip is comfortable and safe on a 3 Day / 4 Night trip.

It is important to note that a heavy backpack will lead to discomfort and increased fatigue.  Keeping your backpack light is essential to enjoying your trip.  Do not overpack or bring heavy items that are not on this list.  If you're unsure about a specific item, use the chat window in the bottom right to send us a message.  We're available from 7AM - 9PM Pacific Time.  After hours messages will be sent to our e-mail.

 

Backpacking Checklist 2019

Included with all CampCrate Backpacking Trips (per person unless otherwise specified)
  • Backpacking Tent (2-People Per Tent unless specially requested)
    Backpacking Backpack (60L Backpack by Klymit)
  • Backpacking Sleeping Bag (Selected model based on forecast and conditions)
  • Backpacking Sleeping Pad
  • A headlamp (Petzl Tikka)
  • Backpacking Stove (JetBoil Flash - 1 per 2-people)
  • Backpacking Water Filter (To filter fresh water from snow melt and streams | 1 per 2-people)
Non-Gear Items Included
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Transportation within park (Yosemite, Maroon Bells)
  • Campsites (All Backpacking Trips)
  • Backpacking Food (Four meals per person)
  • Wilderness Permits (Yosemite)

What's Not Included but What We Recommend Packing
Clothing
  • One Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Two T-Shirts
  • One Sleeping Shirt
  • One Hiking Shirt
  • One Pair of Pants
  • Three Pair Underwear
  • Three Pairs of Wool or Athletic Socks (Non-Cotton)
  • Beanie/Toboggan
  • One Sports Bra
  • Running Shoes or Hiking Boots (Whichever you prefer. The Great Debate.)
  • Lightweight Down Jacket (For colder destinations.  May use polyester long sleeve shirts instead)
 
Necessities to Purchase
  • 99 cent rain poncho (or large trash bag if you're thrifty)
  • 4 oz. Fuel Canister (Butane/Propane mix only
  • Extra food (we only provide backpacking meals for the hike itself, not the first and last day of the trip).
  • Money for Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee $35 (subject to change)
 
Miscellaneous Items
  • 4 Plastic Grocery Bags (used for waterproofing sleeping bag, clothes, pad, and misc. items in pack)
  • ID Card/Credit Card
  • Medications/Multivitamin (Only bring what you need)
  • Lip Balm (with SPF)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Travel Size Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Something to dig a cathole with (trowel or something similar)
  • 10ft of Toilet Paper rolled onto pen/pencil
  • Sun Glasses
  • Two 1.5 Liter Smart Water Bottles
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Sun Hat
  • Insect Repellant (Although necessary at times, insect repellant can be very harmful to the environment when backpacking.  Only use if necessary and apply conservative amounts to exposed areas.  Wear long sleeves and pants for primary protection.  Never spray near water sources.  The active ingredient in bug spray (Deet) will also dissolve/damage many materials, including polyester.)
 
Backpacking First Aid Kit
  • We recommend putting the following items from your medicine cabinet into a plastic sandwich bag for a makeshift first aid kit.  Ibuprofen, Benadryl, 10 Imodium Tablets, a few band aids, alcohol swabs, gauze or tampons, tweezers, and 5 feet of duct tape rolled onto a pencil.
 
Optional Items
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