We finally got to try all the camping gear!
Like I’ve blogged about previously, we had been shopping a bit for our 10-day road trip in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. My main goal was to buy good quality, American made products, and I was excited to try them all, finally, in real camping-life.
Spending the night in a tent in Arches National Park, Utah, in March was maybe not the best idea. It got quite cold for this “glamper”. Burr. It was 32F outside, we were backcountry camping on a rock (literally), and woke up in the middle of the night freezing. Ice cold.
That said, my Western Mountaineering sleeping bag did do a good job. Rated at 35F I couldn’t expect it to be super warm at 32, right? Bonus points for being super lightweight and easy to carry in its very small stuffing bag. One could argue I should have worn more clothes, but I don’t think it would have helped.
The Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads were ok for both me and my husband, but the rock (again) was just too damn hard. The sleeping pads didn’t stand a chance making us believe we were in our Tempurpedic. At least they were easy to fill (blowup), lightweight and did block the cold quite well.
The saviors of the night were the toe warmers. Love those. Also our camping light was Taiwan/USA made and did a good job, with an adjustable lamp you can use standing or clip onto your tent. Luckily we didn’t need the Montana made bear-pepper-spray at any point.
The platypus foldable water containers did get a little smelly from time to time. The lid closes really tight and I assume dirty hands made it smell. I would probably stick with classic Nalgene (made right here of course) for water, unless weight and storage space are key factors (like they are when backcountry camping).
For documents we had waterproof (US made) Loksak folders and they sure did the job keeping wallets, maps and tickets dry. Not that it was very wet in the desert.
America the beautiful – it sure is. We spent most nights in hotels which I must tell you all about. I will share it next week so check back in!