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‘Book’ ahead for the successful camping experience

by Suzie CruseGrand County Libraries

Camping isn’t about comfortable sleep. Camping isn’t about whether you have a truck load of gear or can haul it on your back for 20 miles in one day. Camping isn’t about being soggy, hot or cold. Camping is about being with your family and friends devoid of excessive technology and everyday life concerns. Camping is meant to be fun and it usually is, even if it requires a bit of hindsight.So, why cram your vehicle with bits and pieces of equipment only to drive six or seven hours to a destination unknown when you can have all the fun locally? How many of us fail to adventure around the areas that are so accessible to us? Fortunately, your library you can find many resources for regional and neighboring exploration.When folks come into the library and ask about hiking and camping choices, I utilize my set of failsafe resources to guide them in selecting the best possible scenario for them. When I am selecting a camping destination or a day hike, I look for books that have lots of photos so I can see what I’m getting myself (and others into!).Suzie’s list of camping and hiking resources:∞ Hiking Grand County, Colorado: a backcountry guide to Winter Park, James Peak area, Fraser Valley, Indian Peaks, Never Summer Range, Troublesome Valley, Williams Fork Mountains, Vasquez Mountains, and beyond by Deborah Carr and Lou Ladrigan.• Leaving the crowds behind: a guide to backcountry camping in Rocky Mountain National Park by John E. Heasley.• Colorado Lake Hikes for Everyone: routes to 100 high country lakes by Dave Muller.• The Best in Tent Camping, Colorado : a guide for car campers who hate RVs, concrete slabs, and loud portable stereos by Johnny Molloy.• Colorado Camping by Sarah Ryan. Publisher Emeryville, Calif. : Avalon Travel• Colorado Campgrounds : the 100 best and all the rest by Gil Folsom & Bill Bonebrake.• Backpaker Magazine: published in Seattle, Wash by Mountaineers.And…don’t forget your dog because a hiking dog is a happy dog!• Canine Colorado: where to go and what to do with your dog by Cindy Hirschfeld.Search these helpful agency websites for reservations, maps, rules and other Colorado State outdoor information:• Colorado Department of Natural Resources • US Forest Service / Colorado• Colorado State Parks• Colorado Open Space Alliance• Colorado Wilderness.comMy camping experiences usually result in some kind of funny disaster. This is where hindsight comes in. Everything always sounds better when you are not soggy, hot or cold and have had a comfortable night’s sleep. P.S. remember to bring your favorite book!


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