Desert Camping Done Right
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"One of the myths is that the desert is dry and lifeless, void of plants and animals," says Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg, a Hood River, Oregon-based doctor and a member of the board of directors at the Wilderness Medical Society. "People who dont know the desert think the desert is desolate." As a result, inexperienced campers often make the mistake of assuming that the desert will be a barren, overbaked wildernessbut in-the-know folks are prepared for an environment of extremes, where both heat exhaustion and hypothermia, bone-dryness and flash floods, are possible. Here, we take a look at the best ways to come prepared to the desert, the essential camping gear, three of our favorite camping spots, and everything else you need to get the most out of your journey into these life-rich sandy, rocky realms.
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