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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Camping Facts

People living in the United States and Canada
use 225 litres of water per day.

Did you know that peat moss is the accumulation of plant deposits
that have collected in swamps and bogs over thousands of years.

Did you know that with every tax dollar that's invested in
wildlife conservation the sportsman contributes another 9.

Did you know because of encroaching civilization the habitat of the wild turkey
reduced their numbers to under 100,000. Now because of conservation programs,
their numbers have climbed to 4.5. million birds.

Did you know in the 1940's the Canada Goose population was as low as 1,110,000. Now because of conservation efforts the Canada Goose numbers have tripled that.

Did you know that in 1900, there were less than 500,000 whitetailed
deer through out the entire US. Now because of conservation
programs the population is more than 18 million.

Did you know, on any given day, sportsmen will contribute over $3 million for wildlife conservation. That comes to more than $1.5 billion a year.

Heres a good link to the Ministry of the Enviornment for Ontario.
Lots of links and info, check it out.

http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/cons/index.htm#Fish

Did you know that there are more than 500 campgrounds located
through out Canada, USA, Mexico and japan.

About Mount Everest

In 1965, was the best year for climbing, nine climbers summitted and there were no deaths.

In 1996, the worst single year for deaths, 15 climbers died.

A total of 808 climbers have reached and stood on the summit,
764 men and 44 women. There were 161 that died, 36 on the descent.

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on June 6 1924, made an attempt on the summit from which they never returned.

The Highest Peak: At 29,035' (8850m), thats about five miles up, the highest summit in the world, and is close to the cruising altitude of a jet, or it is 23 times the height of the Empire State building

Black bears have been know to run as fast as a horse.

Life span in the wild is 20 to 25 years. Mother black bears have not been known to attack in defence of its cubs.

Male black bears regularly kill and eat bear cubs in the spring; biologists say as many as 50% of bear cubs lose their lives this way each year.

Did you know that the largest Island off the west coast of North America is Vancouver Island.

Tent camping and backpacking is a favorite past time enjoyed by
over 50 million people each year.

Did you know that 65% of U.S. campers are male, 35% are female.

Back in 1998, approx. 46.5 million U.S. citizens participated in some
sort of camping/backpacking activity more than once.

Dating from 1983 to 1995, camping industry studies show more than
a 25% increase in campers in the U.S.

Did you know that tents were the third most popular sporting gear
product being sold in the U.S.

Tent manufacturers’ tent sales for the year 1998 totaled $400 million.

Majority of the camping equipment buyers are aged 25-35

Did you know that on Aug 17 1786 Davy Crockett,
King of the Wild Frontier was born.

Did you know that 38% of North America is wilderness.

Did you know hairspray will get rid of pesky flies and bees.
Just spray them and they won't be pesky anymore.

Did you know that old shower curtains make good
ground sheets.

Did you know that your sleeping bag will reflect body heat back to you.
By sleeping naked you can reflect most of that heat back to you!

Did you know that the Grasslands cover one-fifth of the land on Earth.

Did you know the nest of an Osprey can weigh up to 450 kilograms.

Did you know that porcupines loves salt so much that they will walk into a camp and gnaw on whatever has been touched by salt or even by perspiring hands.

A lone porcupine can kill 100 trees in one winter.

Did you know that Alberta gets about 2,000 hrs. of sunshine a year. Thats equal to Saskatchewan for sunniest spot in Canada.

Did you know that you can find campgrounds nearby most major attractions in the United States.

Camp fires are the major cause of forest fires.

Did you know that Canada’s name Kanata, comes from an Iroquois aboriginal word that means village or settlement.


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