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Camping - What to bring

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, March 24, 2014

To help you remember what to take on a camping trip, keep updated check lists. 

Lists written on poster board are hard to lose or you can use a notebook to keep track of your needs. 

As you become a more experienced camper, eliminate items which prove unworkable and add gear you want to try on future trips. 

Basics for Camping

For Shelter:

  • Tent w/ rain fly
  • Poles
  • Stakes
  • Tarp

For Sleeping: 

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad
  • Cot (optional)
  • Pillow

For cooking: 

  • Lightweight stove
  • Fuel
  • Matches (waterproof)
  • Fire-starter
  • Pots & pans w/ lids
  • Pot lifter or hot pads
  • Collapsible water container
  • Bottle of water
  • Dutch Oven

For eating:

  • Plate
  • Cup
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Bowl
  • Camp Chair

For clean-up:  

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pan scrubber
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels or dish towel

For mending:

  • Sewing needles
  • Thread
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive-backed tape
  • Buttons
  • Nylon cord
  • Pack connectors (clevis pins, split rings)

  • Food:
  • Basic meals
  • Emergency extras
  • Trail snacks


  • Basic daily clothing
  • Layered clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes
  • In-camp footwear


  • Hair brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Chapstick

Wilderness Essentials:  

  • Map in waterproof plastic
  • Compass
  • First-aid kit
  • Hats (for warmth and for sun)
  • Sun screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Flashlight w/ fresh batteries
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Solar powered light
  • Extra clothes (especially socks)
  • Extra food
  • Heavy jacket
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tools (hammer, etc)
  • Matches
  • Fire-starter
  • Space Blanket or garbage bags
  • Pads
  • Stove
  • Fuel


  • Small games
  • Journal
  • Camera

2013 Outdoor Adventure Calendar of Events: May 1 & beyond

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 02, 2013

2013 Outdoor Adventure Calendar of Events

May - December 2013

My next TV segment on

KSL TV,  Studio 5

  • Tuesday, May 7
  • KSL TV, Channel 5
  • 11 AM - 12 Noon
  • Topic:  5 Favorite Paved Bike Trails in Utah

Previous Outdoor Adventure Segments on Studio 5

Camping Demo, Italian Dutch Oven Dinner, Campfire

  • Saturday, May 4
  • 6 - 9 PM
  • Sheryl's home in Holladay
  • RSVP via email

Be in the loop!

Local Weekly Hiking Calendar

WATERFALL PHOTOS - The spring waterfall season is in full swing!  Don't miss it.

May 4:   Stewart Falls, Provo Canyon - My 2nd FAVORITE Waterfall in Utah, next to Calf Creek Falls
May 11: Hidden Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon
May 18  Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon
May 25  Scout Falls, American Fork Canyon


View more on Hiking CALENDAR

Hiking Orientation Info

  • Every Saturday
  • No charge 
  • 30 minutes long
  • Held 15 - 30 minutes prior to our hike


Canyoneering in Southern Utah

I am excited to partner with Excursions of Escalante for all our canyoneering outings this year!
They are truly the best guides you'll ever find in this sport.
It's worth the 4 1/2 hours to drive to Escalante where the best slot canyons in the world are!

See details on the CALENDAR

Garden Info & Tour

Garden Calendar:

  • Free Garden Tours!
  • Free Garden Newsletter Subscription
  • $100/household per year for full benefits
  • Flexible payments for those w/ financial hardships
  • 10 months/year
  • Holladay, South Jordan, East Millcreek, West Jordan
  • 3 acres
  • 14 gardens
  • Working garden members
  • All abilities/ages welcome
  • Work together as a team
  • Meet new friends
  • Flexible schedule
  • Abundance of fresh local harvest for members
  • Garden Blog
  • What our garden members are saying about us...

Local Adventure Trips - register soon!

  • 4 day/3 night - come for all or part
  • $150/person & up (some exceptions apply)
  • Cost includes carpool/transportation, lodging, meals, *activities
  • Some activities require fee
  • Camping AND Cabin or Hotel Accommodations


Featured Trip of the Year: 

A few spaces still available!  It's not too late to register.

Nov  13 - 20  Maui, Hawaii

2013 Activities include:

  • Alpine Skiing (Downhill Skiing)
  • Alpine Coaster
  • Alpine Slide
  • Bike Riding on Paved Trails
  • Breakfast in the canyons
  • Boating - Speed Boat
  • Canyoneering
  • Camping
  • Campfires

  • Canoeing
  • Caves - Timpanogos
  • Nordic Skiing (Cross Country Skiing)
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Exploring
  • Emergency Preparedness Courses
  • Fishing
  • Freeline Skating
  • Hiking
  • High Altitude Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

  • Ice Hiking
  • Kayaking - Flat Water
  • Land Paddling
  • Lake Cruise
  • Lava Tubes
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Photography

  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Picnic on the Peak
  • Repelling
  • River Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Surfing
  • Scenic Float Trips

  • Scenic Lift Rides
  • Scenic Byways
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Stand Up Paddle Surfing
  • Waterfall Hiking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Zipfy Riding
  • Zipline Riding

2013 Outdoor Adventure Trip Line up. Join us!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mark your calendar NOW then...

Get ready for a year full of amazing local trips AND beyond!

All local trips starting as low as $125/person for 4 day/3 night trip

Details posted SOON on the Live and Thrive Calendar and my Outdoor Adventure Meetup Calendar

  • January 17 - 21   Bryce Canyon NP, Zion NP, Kodachrome Basin State Park

  • Feb. trip is posted on Meetup Now and will be posted on my website soon.  Click on the link above. URGENT!  There is ONLY 1 week (until Feb. 1) to commit to this trip!  Look it over, then RSVP if you want to join us!

  • March 21 - 24   Moab, Canyonlands, Island in the Sky, Arches, Colorado River, Fisher Towers
  • April 25 - 28  Escalante State Park, Calf Creek Upper and Lower Falls
  • May 16 - 19   Fremont Indian State Park, Bullion Falls, Marysvale, Sevier River
  • June 20 - 23  Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • July 25 - 28   Bear Lake, Logan Canyon, Tony Grove, Naomi Peak
  • Aug 15 - 18  Mirror Lake, Bald Mountain, Uintas, High Altitude Hiking, Flaming Gorge
  • Sept 5 - 9   Lake Powell, Lees Ferry, Page, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Oct 17 - 20   Manti La-Sal National Forest, Fairview, Manti, Skyline Drive, Huntington Canyon, Scofield Reservoir
  • Nov  13 - 20  Maui, Hawaii*

*About Maui:  $1499/person includes airfare from SLC, 8 days, 7 nights, condo on the beach, all meals/food, ground transportation to a LOT of stunning waterfall hikes! 

Activities on these trips include: 

  • Hiking to Waterfalls
  • Bike Riding
  • Canyoneering
  • Scenic Float River Trip
  • Water Skiing
  • Exploring
  • Nature Photography
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Zipline - The steepest Zipline in the World!  Utah Olympic Park near Park City!
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up Paddle Surfing
  • Flat Water Kayaking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Boating (19' Speed Boat)
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Dutch Oven Cooking and Outdoor Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Surfing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Repelling
  • Land Paddling
  • Freeline Skating

Video: Outdoor Adventure Club

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, May 21, 2012

Camping in Utah series, Food for Camping, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 19, 2011

Healthy Hot Breakfast Cereals w/ Toppings, Store in a Box!

Use Ziplock Bags, 2 cups each



6-Grain Rolled Mix


Wheat Hearts*

Any combination of the above 3 cereals

Cream of Wheat (or Farina)

Cracked Wheat*

Brown Rice

Brown Rice & Quinoa Combo

*See Recipes Below

Toppings (also stored in Ziplock bags except Maple Syrup) may include:

Brown sugar


Maple syrup
Shredded coconut
Dried nuts & Fruit
Fresh fruit


Prepare immediately after breakfast.

Use sandwich size Ziploc bags. 

No meals to worry about until dinner.

Peanut Butter
Jam or Honey
Fresh Fruit
Oatmeal Cookies*

Granola Bars
Trail Mix*
Carrot & Celery Sticks

*See Recipes below

Trail Mix - Make your own!

Mix together any of the following ingredients:
Plain animal cookies
Dried Fruit
M & M's
And anything else you like that won't melt (like chocolate)

Freshly Ground Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


This makes a double batch. Eat and freeze the rest.


2 cups butter
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 TBSP molasses
4 eggs
4 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla (I like the Mexican Vanilla)

1 teaspoon salt (I use Gourmet sea salt)
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 cups fresh ground whole wheat flour or All-Purpose white flour
6 - 9 cups oats, six-grain rolled mix or combination.


Option:  For less calories and more fiber replace 1 cup cooked, pureed Great Northern Beans instead of 1 cup butter.

Create your own great Oatmeal Cookie by adding ANY of these optional Items: 1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips, 12 oz. package of walnuts, dates, coconut, raisins, craisins, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, both peanut butter and chocolate chips


Combine and blend butter, sugar, molasses, eggs, hot water, and vanilla together in one bowl. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together: salt, soda, dough enhancer and flour.  Combine the butter/sugar mixture with the dry ingredients. Add oats and any other optional ingredients like Chocolate Chips, etc. and mix again.


Spread the dough evenly onto two or three large cookie sheets. Preheat oven, bake at 350 degrees for approx. 15 - 20 minutes. Cut into bars when cooled.


Note: Store in Zip Lock Sandwich Bags.

Taco & Burrito Buffet


Let family members build their own dinner!

Store most ingredients in Ziplock Bags, in a cooler.

Suggested ingredients/amounts for 4 adults


2 cans Black Beans, rinsed/drained

2 cans Pinto Beans, rinsed/drained

2 cans Corn

2 c. Brown Rice (or white rice)

2 c. Mild Cheddar Cheese (I like the “Mexican Blend” from Costco – a shredded blend of Monterey Jack, medium Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero Cheese)

2 small cans Green Chilies

Bottle of your favorite Salsa

2 c. ground beef, roast beef, pork or chicken - cooked & shredded

Season meat with Taco Seasoning


You choose:


Hard Taco Shells

Flour Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Or combo of all three!


Other optional ingredients:


Tomatoes, diced

Black Olives, sliced

Green Onions, sliced

Avocado, sliced


Onion, chopped

Sliced Red/Green Peppers 

Sour Cream

Dark Green Leafy Lettuce, shredded


Anything else you think of!

Place items on a table, in a row, still in their bag, with a fork or serving spoon
Invite each person to build their own dinner the way they like it!

Teriyaki Stir Fry


Store most ingredients in Ziplock Bags, in a cooler.

Suggested ingredients/amounts for 4 adults


1/8 c. Olive Oil
1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, medium, thinly sliced
1 Yellow onion or green onions, thinly sliced
3 eggs, whisked together
2 c. Cooked White or Brown Rice OR Brown Rice/Quinoa Combo

Choice of 2 Sauces:


¼ - ½  c. Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce (My favorite, found at a local Asian Grocery Store)

¼ - ½  c. Teriyaki Sauce

In a hot skillet, add ingredients in the order given
Everything cooks in less than 5 minutes!
Don't overcook


Optional:  Add these ingredients before adding the sauce: Cooked chicken, pork, pineapple chunks, green onions, sliced green/red peppers, etc.


Cook Rice, Quinoa one of 3 ways: 1) Pressure Cooker  2) Skillet on a stove  3) Rice Cooker

Keep it simple and use just Rice OR cook the two grains together

In a pressure Cooker:
2 c. Brown Rice
1/2 c. Quinoa
4 c. water

Bring to 8 lbs. pressure

Turn off burner and cook for 25 minutes
Let cool
Put in clear, plastic 8 - 12 oz. containers
Store in refrigerator until ready to use
Freeze ingredients if not used within 2 - 3 days



Cracked Wheat Hot Cereal


Boil 2 cups water w/ ½ teaspoon salt.  Add 1-cup cracked wheat to boiling water.  Turn off the burner and put the lid on. Stir occasionally and eat in about 5 minutes with milk and sugar.

Muesli – Popular European Whole Grain Cold Cereal


1 3/4 cups water
1 1/3 cups rolled oats, uncooked
3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped oranges
1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-teaspoon cinnamon


Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Serve for breakfast cold or hot with milk or yogurt. Makes 6 servings.


Wheat Hearts


Wheat hearts can be used in many of your favorite dishes.


You don’t need a wheat grinder, just water, wheat berries, and a slow cooker.


Any recipe that includes corn, rice, ground beef, ground sausage, barley, lentils or any other similar shape is perfect for wheat hearts, since the cooked wheat hearts have no flavor of their own.  They take on the flavor of the recipe.


The following recipe is also one of my favorites. 


2 c. wheat berries (whole wheat kernels, raw)

8 c. water

Cook in the slow cooker (crock pot) on low overnight and serve hot.


Wheat berries will be soft but not mushy.

Yield: 12 servings

Eat with homemade granola, raisins and fresh bananas OR enjoy it alone with milk & sugar as you would any other hot cereal.  Leftover wheat berries can be added to pancake batter as well.  Add wheat berries to any cold cereal.


Freeze leftovers in 4 oz. clear containers to use on future dishes

Camping in Utah - How to meet more outdoor-loving people...

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 19, 2011

Save money and time by sharing camping chores, campsites and equipment.  LOTS of great people in Utah are looking for other outdoor-loving friends to do stuff with!  We'll help you meet MANY of them whether you are single or have a family!


http://www.meetup.com/ - Be in the loop!  Join our Outdoor Adventure Group on Meetup!  Type in these Keywords to find us:  Outdoor Adventure, Salt Lake City


Another great way to learn more about our Outdoor Adventure Group



Receive a Complete Camping List when you join our FREE Outdoor Adventure Newsletter at: http://liveandthrive.com/


Camping in Utah - Info on favorite campsites, best books and free stuff!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 19, 2011



Granite Flat Campground:  American Fork Canyon, $16/night, drinking water, RV sites, group sites, shady, lots of trees, clean restrooms, less than 1 mile from Tibble Fork Reservoir, a non motorized reservoir, great for canoeing, kayaking or fishing


Affleck Park: Just 15 minutes from the mouth of Parleys Canyon, off the East Canyon exit. Afflect Park offers clean bathrooms, a picnic table & fire pit at each site, hiking trails nearby, plenty of trees for privacy, a quiet stream - all within a short drive from the Salt Lake valley!  Downsides include no utility hookups or running water (pack your own), and spotty cell phone coverage. Affleck is located just 2 miles up the road from Little Dell Reservoir, a beautiful, non motorized reservoir used for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.  No swimming is allowed since it is a watershed.  Call the number below to reserve your space.

Contact Info

Watershed Management
Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
1530 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah  84115
(801) 483-6705

Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway, Heber area, Modern restrooms w/ hot showers, utility hookups, less than 1 hour from SLC, Just a few miles from Deer Creek Reservoir, a motorized reservoir, great for boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, etc., $20/night for tent camping



FREE UTAH STATE PARK DAY PASSES! Check out the parks before you spend the night!  $2 off overnight Camping or FREE day pass! Some restrictions apply, see any SL County Library for details.




Great Camping Books:


The Best in Tent Camping: Utah: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos by Jeffrey Steadman (Jun 18, 2007)


Moon Utah Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping (Moon Outdoors) by Mike Matson (Apr 28, 2009)



Utah's National Parks: Hiking Camping and Vacationing in Utahs Canyon Country by Ron Adkison (Mar 14, 2001)



Camping Utah (Regional Camping Series) by Donna Lynn Ikenberry (Nov 1, 2001)



Southwest Camping Destinations: RV and Car Camping Destinations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah (Camping Destinations series) by Mike Church and Terri Church (Nov 1, 2008)


Utah Camping Guide : The essential handbook for planning and enjoying your next outdoors trip by Gaylen W. Webb (Aug 1, 2000)


Roughing It Easy : A Unique Ideabook for Camping and Cooking by Dian Thomas (Paperback - Jun 1994)


Recipes for Roughing It Easy by Dian Thomas (Paperback - Jun 2001)


Backyard Roughing It Easy: Unique Recipes for Outdoor Cooking, Plus Great Ideas for Creative Family Fun-All Just Steps from Your Back Door by Dian Thomas (Paperback - Mar 1997)

Camping in Utah on a Shoestring Budget - Gently Used equipment and gear

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 19, 2011



X2C Sports – Salt Lake City, Find them on Facebook – Consignment Shop


http://www.2ndtracks.com/ - Consignment Shop in Salt Lake City


Thrift Stores i.e. Deseret Industries

Thrift Town



Yard Sales

Garage Sales


RENTAL GEAR AVAILABLE, from local Universities, open to the public

U of U:  http://web.utah.edu/campusrec/outdoor_rec/index.html


Weber State University: http://www.weber.edu/outdoor


BYU:  http://outdoors.byu.edu//


USU:  http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp/gearrentals



Check all other Universities in Utah i.e. SUU, Dixie, SLCC, etc.

Camping in Utah on a Shoestring Budget - Great websites for Gear

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 19, 2011


(A price comparison)

2 Burner Stove, 20,000 BTU, w/ Fuel:  U of U Rental: $10, OR Purchase at Campmor:  $44 w/out fuel, Recreation Outlet: $44 w/out fuel

3 Person Tent:  U of U, Rental $16, OR Purchase at Campmor or Recreation Outlet starting around: $59

Self Inflating Pad:  U of U Rental: $3, OR Purchase at Campmor:  $40, Recreation Outlet: $30 - $40

Sleeping Bag:  U of U Rental:  $9, OR Purchase at Campmor: $20 & up, Recreation Outlet:  $30 & up



TIP:  Don't invest a lot of money on camping gear/equipment until you try it out first to make sure you like it!




www.LibertyMountain.com, A local wholesale store with a retail outlet, SLC











43 State Parks in Utah! We love all of them....

Sheryl McGlochlin - Saturday, May 14, 2011

Learn more about these State Parks that we will be camping at this summer!

Recently some of our friends did an incredible Weekend Road Trip and visited ALL 43 State Parks - all in one weekend!  To see video of this road trip, click on the link:


Article Calendar


Recreation Activities

Upcoming Events

Spring Hike: Little Mountain Trail, top of Emigration Canyon
SPRING HIKE: Birch Hollow Loop Trail, Millcreek Canyon
SPRING HIKE: Donut Falls, Mill D South Trail, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Spring Hiking Orientation
14th Annual Memorial Day Breakfast & Hike, Millcreek Canyon
SPRING HIKE: Mill D North Trail to Dog Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon
SPRING HIKE: Scout Falls, American Fork Canyon
SPRING HIKE: Trail & Canyon To be announced soon
Spring Hiking Orientation
Hooping Class (Hula Hooping)

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