In an effort to feel more comfortable outside, I decided to take REI’s 3 Season Wilderness Surival course based out of China Camp State Beach (just north of San Francisco). This particular class was women-only and led by an amazing female instructor – highly recommended if you’re noob like me and not as comfortable in some of the other classes!
One of the areas we focused on was the art of staying warm and surviving through the night – aka creating fire. While there are (literally) thousands of ways to start a fire efficiently, one of the simplest ways is with the help of charcloth. I had a few holey Everlane cotton t-shirts sitting sadly in my closet, so I decided to turn them into charcloth in the comfort of my apartment.
Recently, I was lucky to snag a coveted campsite reservation in North Pines Campground, one of the few campgrounds located within Yosemite Valley. Though I could only fit a quick 2 day, 1 night trip to Yosemite into my schedule, it was well worth the drive from San Francisco. With a record snow season this year, the waterfalls were in full force – many of which haven’t been seen for years due to the drought. Read on for tips about choosing a campsite and making the most out of an overnight trip to Yosemite.
Though Yosemite is located in central California, its weather varies greatly from the nearby warmer, dryer central valley. In the spring, temperatures can swing from 20 degrees F to 80 degrees F in the span of days – which can make packing a challenge. Like dressing for San Francisco, the key is to bring layers that can be easily added or removed. Read on for what I packed recently for a three-day two-night car camping trip!