This 4th of July, We’re Celebrating National Parks
With anxiety peaking at record-high levels, it’s hard to deny the fact that we are living during turbulent times. And, though it may be tough to find something that we can all agree on these days, the one thing that still unites Americans is our incredible national park system.
To celebrate our independence, we want you to get out there and enjoy one of these national treasures. And, if you happen to be local to one of the three on our list, we think you should book a campground reservation and make a weekend of it– sleeping under the stars sure beats any requisite boozy backyard barbecue!
Arches National Park
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Home to over 2,000 sandstone arches, Utah’s Arches National Park is a must for any adventurers seeking some quality time in a colorful desert terrain. For direct access to some of the park’s most popular biking and hiking trails, including Broken Arch, be sure to check out Devil’s Garden Campground.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Spanning Tennessee and North Carolina’s highest peaks, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is undoubtedly the best place to experience the Appalachians. With rich wildlife, including black bears, 50 native fish species, and the North American flying squirrel, this park is not only home to some of the country’s best views, but also animals you are unlikely to see anywhere else. If you are looking to stay out of the backcountry, Cades Campground is our pick for a quiet, rustic camping experience.
Denali National Park and Preserve
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Famous for housing the highest peak in the all of the United States, Denali National Park is, without a doubt, the most wild option that our parks system has to offer. If you don’t have the three weeks or the lung capacity to scale the mountain itself, opt to stay at Wonder Lake where you can wake up to stunning views of both Denali and the Alaskan Mountain Range.
Making Camping Even Better for Decades to Come
We LOVE the outdoors, but if you’ve ever tried to find camping information then you know it’s a pain. That’s why we’re partnering with The Dyrt to give away ColdPruf to campers all summer long.
The Dyrt is the fastest-growing camping app. They’re the go-to site for finding a great campsite near home or for your next trip. Think of it as Yelp but for camping.
Our camping contests cover Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. If you review a campsite on The Dyrt in these states, you’re automatically entered to win ColdPruf gear.
Get out there and camp often because the more campsites you review in those states, the better chance you have of winning ColdPruf.
Together we’re making camping even better for decades to come!
A Virtual Tour of Our American Treasure: Yellowstone National Park
Known well for Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park is also the world’s first National Park. But that’s not all that makes Yellowstone so special and unique. In fact, when you look across all the states that it touches (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming), you’ll find that Yellowstone truly is a national treasure.
On the subject of geysers, Old Faithful is not the only geyser that the park has to offer. In fact, Yellowstone is home to about 500 geysers that are as equally, if not more, impressive than Old Faithful.
In addition to the geysers, the park has about 10,000 thermal features, including hot springs. But these aren’t your typical hot springs because you won’t want to take a soak in any of these. The water that percolates up from the caldera beneath the ground is so hot it’ll burn you in an instant. But these thermal features are incredible to see with your own eyes, some even show off different colors of water at the surface like Grand Prismatic Spring.
Geysers, thermal features, and other geological formations are only the beginning of Yellowstone National Park. The park itself also has a plethora of lakes to enjoy. The primary one being Yellowstone Lake. Here visitors can enjoy the lake by boat, go fishing, have a picnic along its shoreline, go for a hike on one of the trails that runs by the lake, and even camp along the lake’s shore. Sitting towards the center of the park, 22 miles north of the south entrance, the lake is easily accessible and is a must visit for anyone that’s never been there.
The Grand Canyon is one of those incredible landscapes that’s worth a visit, but it’s in Arizona. If a trip that far south is out of the question, Yellowstone has its own Grand Canyon that’s almost equally impressive as the actual Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is an impressive canyon that’s cut by the Yellowstone River. The entire Yellowstone River plunges 308 feet from Lower Falls shortly after cascading 109 feet at Upper Falls. The impressive waterfalls and colorful canyons make this one of the most photogenic areas in the park.
Yellowstone is one of the best places in the country to see a variety of wildlife. Yellowstone is an area where bears, bison, rabbits, and all sorts of animals can roam free amongst a well preserved and protected natural environment.
From geysers to lakes and thermal features to the wildlife, Yellowstone is a multifaceted national treasure that’s worth a visit many times over.
The best free ski movie on youtube
At ColdPruf, we own cold. We also love it. It’s a lot easier to love when you’re comfortable.
One of our favorite things about winter: snow sports, and skiing in particular. Skiing embodies how we feel about cold: taking something that could be a negative, and making it incredibly fun.
And if you can’t be skiing right now, the next best thing is a skiing film — and especially a free ski film. Here’s the best free ski movie we’ve found, “CLAIM,” from the all-star crew at Matchstick Productions.
Click below to view. Enjoy!
Nippy Nights of the North: Camping in the Idaho Panhandle
Planning a trip to Coeur d’Alene? As it turns out, that gorgeous forest can get rather chilly, sometimes dipping down into the 30s at night even into the summer months. So, to ensure that you have the safest, warmest, and most comfortable experience sleeping under the stars in Idaho’s Panhandle, get to know these rules first…
Base layers aren’t one-size-fits-all
And, we’re not just talking about how a pair of long johns look on you in the mirror; “fit” for base layers is about activity level, weather, and durability. Refer to our helpful Thermachoice System here to help determine which base layers will keep you warmest for the activities you have planned for your trip.
Correct sleeping bag
Still using that beat up sleeping bag from your Boy Scout or Girl Scout days? If so, it ain’t gonna cut it in the frosty temps of the Panhandle. Upgrade to one that is made for your body type and is rated for zero or sub-zero temps. During particularly chilly spells, add an insulated liner to your bag, or stuff dry clothes inside to stop cool air from getting in. For an extra kick of heat, cuddle up to a warm water bottle.
Staying dry is key to maintaining a healthy body temperature. And, though you may have the desire to stay super toasty in that tent, know that holing yourself up with no ventilation can create chilly condensation. Keep vents open and, if you are expecting stormy conditions, consider bringing along a chargeable mini dehumidifier.
Keep your head warm
Mom was right: covering your head goes a long way to keeping your core temperature up. Pop a synthetic cap or headband on before you zip up for the night.
As always, it’s imperative that you are getting enough calories both on and off the trail. Fill up the night before you set off, and be sure to eat three balanced meals while on your trip. Focus on high-protein, high-fat options. And, no, living off of energy bars and trail mix doesn’t count!
Camping in Montana, Idaho, or Wyoming? Review your experience on The Dyrt to automatically be added to our summer camping contests! Read more here.
Best Father’s Day Gift: Base Layers
Finding a Father’s Day gift for your active dad should be pretty easy. But in reality, it can be a tall order. You need to get him something that he’ll wear often, will last, and is comfortable. That’s why base layers make the best Father’s Day gift.
Any time the winds turns cold, he can reach for his new base layers. They are there for any activity, from hiking to skiing to walking to biking. In one gift, you’re giving him warmth AND comfort.
Base layers come in different styles and colors, which means it’s easy to find an awesome pair for him to wear — a pair that matches his own personal style.
The best thing about base layers as a Father’s Day gift? They’ll keep him warm around the house as well. Whether there’s a cold snap or he’s just feeling chilly, your gift will be there. He’ll be able to put on the base layers to keep him warm while he’s packing for his next adventure.
For any active dad in your life, base layers make a great Father’s Day gift.
One Great Gift Your Active Mom Will Love
Searching for a great Mother’s Day gift for your active mom can prove to be difficult.
She likely has all the gear she needs and if she doesn’t, she probably wants to be the one to pick it out. A gift card would make sense, but that’s not personal at all. And the idea of jewelry can be difficult for anyone active because it can so easily get in the way
The solution? Base Layers. Here’s why
Base layers are a great gift for your active mom for a couple of reasons:
Comfortable for Training Sessions
An active mom doesn’t let the cold weather stop her.
In fact, the thought of not training in the cold doesn’t even cross her mind.
Base layers will keep your mom going in the cold; and staying nice and toasty.
Perfect Multi-Activity Piece of Gear
Being active usually means you don’t just have one activity; you have several.
Having clothes and base layers that can be used for every activity is always helpful.
Base layers can be used all across the board: running, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, working out, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, etc.
You name it, if there’s any chance of a chill on the air, base layers are always a go-to item.
Great as Loungewear
The house can even get a little chilly at times and it’s a good thing that base layers are so warm.
They’re great to wear around the house if your active mom doesn’t want to kick on the heater right away.
It’s almost like she’s wearing a cozy blanket around the house, but is still able to organize her gear closet and route-plan for her next adventure.
The Spring Guide to Getting Outside Early in the Year
As spring comes and the temperature begins to rise, we all get that sudden urge to get out and explore again. There are few things more trapping than being cooped up inside all winter.
But by nature, spring is a time of in-betweens. It is not yet warm, but it’s also not the frozen stillness that’s kept you bundled up all winter. Whether it’s an early morning sunrise hike, an alpine start on the slopes one last time, or a run through the forest, you want to be feeling comfortable no matter what the conditions are.
Here are a few ideas to help you keep comfortable and get outside early in the year:
1. Bring Layers
Getting out at any time of day, but especially in the morning, the cold of winter is still very much in the air. It’s always the coldest in the morning when you’re waking up. Not to mention the morning is a time of waking-up: your blood is moving slowly and you’ll want those extra layers to keep cozy as you get moving and start to warm up. Plus, layers will be your best friend when an unexpected cold wind comes in.
2. Eat a Good Meal Before Heading Out
Extra calories will keep you moving and your energy up. The more calories you can burn the more energy you’ll have to keep you going.
3. Bring a Bag
Your bag is an essential part of the layering process. As the sun begins to rise and you continue to move,you’re going to start getting warm. Very warm. At some point you’ll even begin to sweat. Shuck some layers and stash them in your bag. When you take a break or reach your destination you can always put those layers back on to keep warm while not moving. Stash extra snacks and water in your bag to munch on while you’re out there.
4. Drink Water
Coffee is a great way to jumpstart your day, but drinking water is key to staying comfortable and moving. When it’s cold you may not feel like you’re thirsty, but that doesn’t mean you’re not at risk of dehydration. Keep a water bottle or a bladder of water in your bag and take a few sips every 15 minutes. That’ll help you stay hydrated without giving too much thought to water.