Camping in a Desert Environment

Where I’m from, we’re usually worried about about possible flooding when camping. Since traveling out west, I’ve encountered the opposite problem. From Colorado, to Utah, to Nevada, the challenge has been battling the dry dustiness and bringing along enough water to survive. First we stopped at a free campsite in Rabbit Valley Recreation Area in …

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Desert Camping in Dubai

Photo from Time Out Dubai. Quick – what do you think of when you hear about Dubai? Ridiculously large sky scrapers? Luxury shopping and resorts? Oil? Better add camping to the list because according to Time Out Dubai there are some amazing opportunities for desert camping just outside the city. Desert camping outside Dubai sounds …

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Hiking without the crowds

Over at the Watching the World Wake Up blog “Watcher” writes about a recent hiking and camping trip in the Sonoran desert. The blog post itself is pretty interesting and touches on everything from cacti identification in the field to photosynthesis but what I find most interesting is the fact that this group was the …

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Extreme hiking: Dunes

The author at White Sands National Monument in March, 2006 We’ve been talking about hiking in extreme environments over the past few weeks and one of my favorite hikes over the years was at White Sands National Monument in south-central New Mexico. Sand dune hiking is like nothing I had ever done before (or since) …

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