Camping Apparel with style

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When your going camping or hiking you still got to look good right? Not only dress with style but dress in comfort and according to the weather conditions. Bring warm clothes for at night or if the weather changes even in the summer. Bring rain gear for that unexpected downpour . Good socks and footwear go hand and hand. So in this article I’ll show quality outdoor clothing with style and at a low price.
A beanie isn’t a bad idea,it keeps your head warm and looks cool on both men and women alike. Mountain Beanie makes a nice Nepal style wool beanie.

Mountain Beanie (Nepal) Sage
Tru-Spec makes a nice stylish breathable boonie for kayaking or fishing and more.

Tru-Spec Military Boonie, TRU GEN 2 OD Green, OSFM
And for the ladies ,this Mountain Hardwear raffia bucket hat, this looks cool and keeps the sun off.

Mountain Hardwear Raffia Bucket Hat (For Women)
Flannel shirts always look tough while in the outdoors. Like this affordable one I found.

Red Extra Heavyweight Brawny Flannel Shirt – 2X-Large

For ladies this Mountain Hardwear ,”Sona Lake”, flannel shirt looks good in the woods.

Mountain Hardwear SonaLake Flannel Shirt – Long Sleeve (For Women)
Columbia makes stylish clothing for the outdoors. Heres a Columbia trail shirt thats perfect for exploring in.

Columbia Sportswear Declination Trail II Shirt – UPF 25, Short Sleeve (For Men)
This retro looking Columbia shirt looks cool for kicking it in camp.

Columbia Sportswear Innisfree Polo Shirt – UFP 50, Sleeveless (For Women)
This mens sweater from Azzuro is nice all year round,not just in the snowy season.

Azzuro Men’s Round Neck Long Sleeve Floral Pattern Pullover Casual Sweater (Size S / 36)
Here is a great women rain jacket by Mossi. Look good and go dance in the rain.

Mossi Adrenaline Turquoise/ Black Jacket Mossi Adrenaline Jacket Turquoise/Black Large
Carhartt makes this ladies beautiful sweater to enjoy your surroundings.

Carhartt Dutton Sweater – Cowl Neck (For Women)
Condor makes the jacket that is warm since it’s filled with down and this is way affordable compared to other big brands.

Condor Zephyr Lightweight Down Jacket, Black, XX-Large

Tactical is all good in the outdoors, with this Summit zero jacket by Condor. Plenty of pockets and weather protection included.

Condor Summit Zero Lightweight Soft Shell Jacket, OD – M

Women enjoy these stretch denim Capris by Carhartt ,match them with a flannel shirt and your set.

Carhartt Curvy Fit Tomboy Capris – Stretch Denim (For Women)
This pair of rugged women’s convertible pants are perfect for hiking trails in style.

ExOfficio Super Nio Amphi Convertible Pants (For Women)
These cute camping shorts go perfect with whatever top or sweater you choose.They are fast drying and moisture wicking.

ExOfficio Super Nomad Shorts (For Women)
Men enjoy these Mountain Hardwear durable upf 50 hiking shorts.

Mountain Hardwear Portino Shorts – UPF 50 (For Men)
And here is some matching shorts for women.Mountain Hardwear makes awesome gear.

Mountain Hardwear Mirada Cargo Shorts (For Women)
Yes wool socks work great in the summer too,and they do keep your feet cool in the day and warm at night.

Bridgedale Hiker Socks – Lightweight, Wool Blend, 2-Pack (For Men and Women)

Columbia Sportswear Merino Wool Hiking Socks – Lightweight, Crew (For Men)

Merrell Siren Sport Socks – Wool Blend, Ankle (For Women)
Gloves sometimes aren’t a bad idea these cool gloves from Grand Sierra have you looking like a star.

Grand Sierra Microfleece Gloves – Touch-Screen Compatible
Hi tec makes top quality hiking boots and shoes. Look cool wherever you go in the outdoors with these “Skamania” mid hiking boots.

Hi-Tec Skamania Mid Hiking Boots – Waterproof (For Men)
Women look fancy in these Asolo rugged hiking shoes.Made out of tough Goretex and a waterproof membrane.

Asolo Bionic Gore-Tex(R) Approach Shoes – Waterproof (For Women)
Merrell also has great quality hiking shoes that look good on your feet.

Merrell Oakbrook Ventilator Hiking Shoes (For Women)

These Columbia outdoor sandals rock. I have a pair and I love them, and they hold up to the abuse. Not to mention they look styling on me.

Columbia Watershot Men US 13 Black Open Toe Sport Sandal
Whether your sitting around camp or hiking to the peak,you’ve got to look good. I hope you’ve enjoyed the selections I chose. Remember to be cool,and stay warm on your next visit to the outdoors. Until next time,here on

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Camping along the Owens River

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Camping along the Owens River can be relaxing. A wide open space with no trees around, you can see for miles. At night the stars come out and excite the senses. A good friend of mine Greg and I traveled up to the Owens River camp,called “Brown’s Owens River Campground”,which sits along the river north of the town of Bishop off Highway 395 in California. The campground is nice and open and good for RVs and tents alike.They have a store ,restaurant,showers,and restrooms. There are sites waterfront along the campground. Due to the openness  of the camp, it’s best to have an instant canopy

We went at the end of summer and still it was so cold at night I wish I had a better sleeping bag, so I went out and bought a better bag when I got home, the Outdoor Products 20 degree sleeping bag was a great purchase

and wow what a difference.  We set up camp and decided to fish for Rainbow trout before dark. I used some worms and caught a few before heading back to clean up and fix dinner. For dinner we skillet cooked on the fire pit grill the trout I caught ,along with some beans and veggies I cooked on the camp stove. We also had some wine and bread.The gear I used to make dinner are available here  at a good price. The skillet I use is the Lodge Pro-Logic 10″ Cast Iron Chef Skillet

The Grill I love and bring to all my campouts is theTexsport Heavy-Duty Camp Grills

And the outdoor propane stove that I have had for many years is the Coleman PerfectFlow Instastart 2-Burner Stove

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fish fry

Greg and I stayed up late drinking wine and telling stories and talking about fishing. Greg shared with me about his past as a Blackwater operator in Iraq and abroad. Some of the operations were intense. The next day we headed out on a day excursion to Rock Creek Lake, to fish for the big ones.  Rock Creek Lake is stocked with Rainbow trout but also has large Brown trout, and Brook trout. rock creek lakeWe get there and make our way to find a spot to shore fish. I bring myMountainsmith Cooler Cube
I really like this bag ,it’s not too bulky and it’s rugged for the outdoors .The bag also keeps the stuff real cold for days. It also is economical.We get our poles in ,and wham we caught a couple of nice trout. We used nightcrawlers and green powerbait. We had a few beers and lunch,and fish a few more hours. Then it’s time to head back to camp to clean up and relax before dinner. Dinner was great. We had steaks on once again that grill I showed you earlier. We talked amongst the campfire and Greg discussed some of the Survival and bushcraft skills he’s learned doing the type of work he’s done in the past as a para military operator ,  of which I agree and we have practiced on some of our other outings. We tuned in an AM radio station we managed to get. After some stargazing it was time to crash out for the night.owens river rock creek lakeThe next day we get up at dawn and fish the river right out front of our campsite. You don’t need an expensive rod and reel to catch fish. I usually get  my gear at Walmart. I rarely spend over $30.00  for a rod and reel combo and I catch a lot of fish. We settle into camp in the afternoon beat from fishing.  Greg brought back a stringer of trout we put on ice. We were out in sun all day.  I needed a shower and that felt amazing after being in the bush. I whipped up some appetizers and wine before dinner.owens river camp
The best cooler I ever owned available in several colors Coleman 54-Quart Steel Cooler


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owens river campground

The next day we had breakfast and pack up for the drive home back to L.A. . Brown’s Campground on the Owens River ,you’ve been good to us. I hope to return next season for some good trout fishing. Check out my future posts as I explore more places to camp and fish here on
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Rock Creek,CA Camping Trip

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I decided to go somewhere new this year, and I decided to go to the Eastern Sierras, they are beautiful. Mountains, hiking trails, creeks and lakes to fish, and lots of places to camp are only a few things the Eastern Sierras have to offer.

So now I’ve got to make a checklist and see what I have and what I need for the trip.You can print a checklist off of the web on sites like Coleman and REI, or just form your own custom one. Here are just a few basics to cover; A tent,a good decent tent. This is the tent I have, I like it and it has been reliable for several years.The best thing about it is it doesn’t cost a fortune the Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent


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They also make a 4 person version. But if you need a bigger tent for a large family, I recommend a cabin tent. Coleman also has nice cabin tents like this Coleman 8 person instant tent  

My parents have one.  It’s nice and easy for them to set up.

rock creekSo going up to the Eastern Sierras, it is still cold at night – even in July and August. You need a good sleeping bag. I learned this the hard way by having an old cheap 50 degree bag. So this year I got a new bag and I love it. It is not expensive, not like some of the bags you see for two and three hundred dollars – it is the Outdoor Products 20 degree sleeping bag.This bag is big – I’m a big guy at 6′ over 200 pounds- and I have a hell of a time finding one that is not too tight.

long lake

The last basic item I’ll bring up is a cooler. You need a good cooler if your staying somewhere for five days or more. A cooler that holds the ice from melting.  I had this old cooler that was terrible and the ice melted after 2 days. But my wife and I got a cooler for a wedding gift from her brother that I have to say has been the best cooler I’ve ever owned. It’s durable and keeps the ice cold for a minimum of five days. I’ve had it for 6 years and it still is great, no broken parts. It’s the Coleman 54-Quart Steel Cooler
I know what your going to say, it’s a little expensive. But it is worth every penny, I swear by it. It’s steel and almost bullet proof.  It is insulated with a steel belted radial tire material and the hinges and latch are rugged and have lasted me 6 years so far.

So enough about talking about gear, let me talk more about the Rock Creek Lake area.  The campground we stayed at is called “East Fork.” It is reservable on or The area is just above the town of Bishop and south of the town of Mammoth  along Highway 395 in California. The campground sits along Rock Creek which is shown in the picture above earlier. There are shady spots throughout ,but the best ones I noticed were along the creek. The sites were big and more shaded along the creek. This area is Bear Country and which I mean Bears came into the campground every night we were there. They had broke into a rented trailer window, got in and also raided a campsite a few doors down and ate all the people’s food as they were unloading their car before they could put it in the bear boxes that each site has.bear

This was the bear. The camp host named her Cinnamon and she’s been coming to the campground for 3 years . I don’t know why they haven’t relocated her so no one gets hurt, including the bear, but anyways we didn’t have any trouble. We kept our site clean; food and trash stored in the bear box along with no FOOD in the tent. I also had a big can of bear spray I carry attached to my hip.

The campground was great overall and the fishing was good all along the creek near the campground. I heard it was really good with a few beaver ponds up the creek with deep pools but I never made it there having to keep an eye on the kids, especially with potential bears stringer

Anyways I can’t complain. I caught some fish, we ate them for dinner and enjoyed the campfire.  Our family really had an amazing time and we truly appreciate nature. We came home refreshed and craving our next experience together. A future story I have in mind is the hike we went on during this trip from Rock Creek lake into the wild John Muir wilderness so be sure to check it out.