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BACKPACKING THE ARIZONA

BACKPACKING THE ARIZONA

It is hard to imagine any landscape that is emblematic and beautiful more than the landscapes that are situated in Arizona. Arizona is blessed with broad blue skies, huge towering sandstones and the long deserts that stretch as far the eyes can continue to see. There are many ways to enjoy adventure Arizona as I tried my best to explore every adventure activity in my limited time that I got to spend there. However, these activate include mountain hiking in Arizona, bike hiking, rock climbing, and paddling destinations. As per my experience, the best way to explore the deserts in Arizona is n your own feet. Backpacking in Arizona is considered one of the most defined ways to enjoy your holidays and refreshing your mind and soul.

To assist you with picking the ideal journey, I have featured some extraordinary exploring places of different varying lengths by my experience. With these subtleties and the knowledge on Summit Hut staff individuals, you can plan an incredible trip to Arizona.

GRAND CANYON RIM-TO-RIM

The Grand Canyon is no doubt the most beautiful and adventures hiking place in Arizona. The 24-mile Canyon is not for the faint of heart, this place does offer some of the incredible views of the countryside. I spent my nights at Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch when I went hiking at Canyon. Both places are not less than any heaven. You can do camping and bonfire over there, at night weather of these places is so refreshing and cozy.

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8 Ways To Stop Fogging

8 Ways To Stop Fogging 

The new year has already started, and many of you would be making plans to explore new a snorkel site. With hundreds of miles of the seaside, beautiful coral reefs, Florida snorkel is going to be this year’s most popular destination. Every diver knows that there is only one thing that could ruin his snorkeling experience- to have a foggy mask. Usually, this does not happen when you are using an anti-fog mask. But many of the famous brands do not really put effort into anti-fog snorkeling masks. So, you have to deal with it by yourself.

Don’t forget that mask fogging is not only a disturbance in view but a massive risk for the diver. If you experience fogging during a dive, here are a few things that can help you.

    • A few drops of baby shampoo
    • Saliva from your mouth
    • Commercial de-fogging agents
    • A small amount of any toothpaste
    • Washing liquid
    • Fresh potatoes juice
    • Flaming
    • Glycerin soaps
    But before going into details of these, let's understand why does the mask fog in the first place.

Reason Behind the Mask to Fog Up

Humid air contains small water droplets in it. When this air reaches a surface that is colder than air’s temperature, the process of condensation changes these tiny water particles into a fog. Fog formation is a natural process, and it typically shows up on house windows when the outer temperature drops, and the inner temperature remains higher. Just like this, fog can also be formed inside a snorkeling mask, which not only hinders the vision but may also call for an accident during the snorkeling. So whenever you plan a trip, make sure to check the water temperature of your desired snorkel site. 

What to Do If Your Mask Fogs?

You would be amazed to know that the snorkeling mask gets foggy when you don’t properly clean it. That’s right. The dirt particles help the water drops to cool down and condense, thus forming fog. They provide attachment sites for the water molecules, and this way, the fog is created inside the snorkeling mask. So one way to prevent the mask from fogging is to clean it before planning a trip properly. 

How to Stop the Snorkel Mask From Fogging Up?

Here are eight ways to stop fogging during snorkeling. 

1.The Baby Shampoo Trick 
Use a few drops of baby shampoo inside the mask to prevent fogging. Just take some of the shampoo on your hand and rub it on to the inner side of the mask lens softly. Rinse the extra shampoo and clean the lens with water or wipes. Be careful to rinse it as any shampoo residue may irritate your eyes while snorkeling. 
Baby shampoos are mild, hypoallergic, and mild on skin and eyes.  That’s why it is a good alternative of the commercially available cleaners. 

2.The Traditional Saliva Trick 
Use your saliva or spit to clean the lens and stop defogging. This works exactly the same as the baby shampoo but doesn’t need anything extra. It may sound gross, but when there is nothing that could help you, this trick would be your savior. Don’t forget to rinse the mask with water after spitting and clean it. If you won’t clean it, your mask would still get foggy and trouble you. 

3.The Commercial Defogging Cleansers 
You can also buy a commercial cleaner that is specially designed for defogging. It comes in a handy bottle, and all you need to do is to spray it on to the lens and rinse the excessive product. But don’t completely rinse it off and leave a thin layer on the lens. Unlike other products, this defogging agent “needs” to stay on the else so that it can do its de-fogging effect. 

4.The Good Old Toothpaste Trick 
Toothpaste is an amazing home-based trick to clean a snorkel mask. It is suggested to clean a mask with toothpaste before going on a trip, even if you are using a brand-new mask, toothpaste trick can save you from lots of troubles. Rub a little amount of toothpaste inside the mask glass and clean it with water. Greatever snorkel anti-fog, wide view masks are one of the top choices for all adventurous people.
They make both adult sets and kids snorkel sets that include masks too. So pick the one that fits you best. Bonus- you may not even need to clean them before snorkeling because they use the superior grade material to make these snorkeling gears. The anti-glare and anti-fog lens of their masks prevents any disturbance and hinderance while diving, which is why they are our top choice for a snorkel trip to West Florida. 

5.The Washing Liquid Trick
Less popular as compared to the rest, but the washing liquid works the same way on the lens as the baby shampoo and toothpaste trick. Take a few drops of washing liquid on your hand and gently rub them onto the inside of the mask, on the lens. Clean it thoroughly, and once done, rinse it with water and dry it. 
Using washing liquid requires extra care; like baby shampoo, it is not hypoallergic, and it may cause a severe problem if it gets into your eyes. So be very careful with using washing liquid to stop fogging on the mask lens. 

6.The Easy Potatoes Juice Trick
An easy life hack of cleaning the mask to prevent fog formation is to use potato juice on it. Yes, you have read it right. As interesting as it may sound, potato juice has a unique benefit on cleaning the surfaces and make them brighter. For trying this, take a potato and cut it into thin slices and rub it inside the mask on the lens. It would clean the glass but leave a small layer on it to prevent fog. Rinse it thoroughly, and you are good to go for a fog-free dive. 

7.The Famous Flaming Trick 
Flaming the lens is a popular, yet dangerous trick to clean the lens. You can use the tip of a flame on to the lens until it turns dark.  Let it cool for some minutes. Clean it with a soft cloth after it cools down and repeat this process two or three times. The flame will kill all precipitates that could create fog. Use a lighter or a tapered candle for this purpose, and you are good to go. Make sure that don't overheat the glass. Also, do not use this on the plastic lens; they will melt.

8.The Glycerin Soap Trick 
You can use any glycerin-based soap to clean the plastic lens. Any soap would act like an anti-fogging agent to clean the snorkel mask before applying it. Like washing liquid, take extra care while using soap to clean the mask. Any remains of the soap inside the mask may reach your eyes and hurt them. 

Recommendations to Prevent Fogging 

If you are about to use your snorkel mask in cold waters, they are much likely to fog. As the temperature drops below 18 degrees, the fog would start to appear on the lens.  The anti-fog masks are helpful in this case but also try to use the up-listed tricks to eliminate the chance of fogging completely. Lenses of snorkel masks are not made of tempered glass, like that of any regular lens. Instead, they are made of a superior grade, clear plastic. Don’t overuse any cleaning product on the lens, as it may damage it ultimately. Also, this plastic lens is more prone to scratching, so clean them with a gentle hand. 

Should You Clean a Brand-New Mask Too?

If you want a one-word answer to this question, it is YES. But to clean the new mask, the best is to use toothpaste or flame. However, this would not be necessary if you buy a good quality, anti-fog mask such as Greatever’s snorkel masks. 
These masks provide 180-degree, full panoramic view, and give room to breathe. They are best for snorkeling as well as scuba diving. If you are planning to explore West Florida, try these professional gears from Greatever to make your experience memorable.

That’s all from our side. 
We believe that you have enjoyed reading this article and learned some new ways to stop your snorkel mask from fogging up. Don’t forget to tell us about which of the up-listed tricks worked best for you. Also, share your photos from your favorite snorkel site, especially if you are exploring Florida Snorkel. 
If you need more information on snorkel gears, feel free to share it in the comments below. Also, read our other articles on best snorkel site, starter’s guide on snorkeling, basic snorkeling gears, and whatnot. 
Book mark our site to learn more about snorkeling and how to improve your experience. 
Be safe, and enjoy your dive! 

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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Clean a Snorkel Mask Set

A Comprehensive Guide on How to Clean a Snorkel Mask Set

The snorkel mask is a vital part of a snorkeling kit, and it deserves more care and maintenance than other gears. With this mask's help, you can witness and experience the underwater beauty, wildlife, reefs, and beautiful landscapes. But none of this is possible if this mask is or poor quality or poorly maintained.

Taking care of snorkeling equipment is mandatory as it adds years to the life of these gears. A well-maintained kit can be re-used for years, and it saves a lot of money. If someone doesn't know how to clean a snorkel mask set, this article will be a great help.

Why is it necessary to clean the snorkel mask set?

Whenever we hear about cleaning the snorkel mask set, the first thing that comes to the mind is; do we really have to clean it? Well, why not?
Like any other thing, snorkel equipment deserves maintenance so that it never disappoints you whenever you need it next time. Many reasons are implying to keep the snorkel gear clean and free from contamination. Some of which are as follows.

Body oils
The human body secretes oils, sweat, and pheromones necessary to keep the systems running. These secretions retain the body's temperature and moisturize the skin even when it is underwater. But these secretions may not be friendly to your snorkel mask set. Not cleaning the mask after using may result in a breakdown of the material that makes this mask, ie, neoprene or any other rubber or silicon type. However, it may take years to degrade, but there is absolutely no way to predict when it will happen. It is better not to take a risk and make sure to avoid an accident.

Stones and sand grains
while swimming underwater, irrespective of saltwater or the freshwater, there are high chances for the small stones and sand grains to be stuck into the mask and deposit in the cracks, strap, edges, and folds the snorkel mask. If left uncleaned, it may also become a habitat to bacteria causing dense bacterial colonies to form. In any way, it is unhygienic and dirty, thus requires proper cleaning after using it.

Rocks and mineral deposits
Cleaning the mask after using it ends the mineral deposits' chances to accumulate when someone swims in the saltwater. This saltwater is rich in salts, alkaloids, and minerals, which is why, after drying, sometimes the water leaves tiny particles behind it. Without thoroughly cleaning it, these particles can affect buoyancy control and may also cause corrosion.

Decaying material
One honest thing to mention here is that no one likes the stinky gear. When a person neglects cleaning his snorkel mask or wet suit, the bacterial colonies form over the decaying material causing the intolerable odor. It makes using this equipment next time almost impossible.

Easiest ways to clean snorkel mask set

Many things can help in the deep cleaning of the snorkel mask set. Greatever and other top snorkeling manufacturers share complete cleaning guidelines with its customers to enjoy their gears for the long term.
Some of the simplest ways to clean them are as follows.

Option#1- Try bleach on it 

After being exposed to water, the decaying material and residues are very much likely to grow mold. No one would surely like to breathe into the mold, so a simple bleach solution can be used to clean it.  Use warm water to dilute bleach as per the standard amount. Dip the breathing tube and mask in it for a few minutes and let it sit. Make sure that the bleach is thoroughly rinsed. Dry it and keep it inside the snorkel bag. 

Option#2- Use detergent on it

Those who don’t find bleach safe can use detergent and warm water to clean the snorkel mask set. Any antibacterial handwash or dishwasher can also be used for this reason. It may not be as effective as bleach, but still, it helps to some extent. 

Option#3- Try for vinegar.

Vinegar is a mild acid that can help in deep cleaning. Just dilute the vinegar in warm water and soak the snorkel gear in this solution. Gently scrub it if there is the excessive buildup on and inside the equipment. Clean it with warm water and let it air dry. 

Option#4- clean it with toothpaste. 

Not many people know, but the snorkel gears, especially the mask, can be cleaned with toothpaste. Just take a small amount and rub it on the mask. Scrub if required or use a small soft brush for cleaning the debris. Rinse with water and use a paper towel to dry or let it air dry. 

Note- use a gentle hand to clean the snorkeling gear. All of this equipment epically the mask is delicate, so you have to be careful while cleaning or scrubbing it. Avoid using hard brushes, sticks, and anything that may scratch it. 

Five- step guide on cleaning snorkel set 

Now that we know the ingredients to clean a snorkel mast set, next, we need detailed instructions on what to do and what not to do during this cleaning. Of course, it can be done at home and doesn’t require professional cleaning. Not only that is costly but also may not effectively deliver satisfactory results. Besides, what’s better than cleaning the snorkel set by yourself and ensuring it is perfectly clean? That satisfaction is priceless. 

1.Clean thoroughly
The first and foremost thing to pay attention to is to clean the mask thoroughly. For this, it is necessary to completely inspect the mask and see where does the debris, mold, or residues lie. Use a soft brush or damp cloth to scratch it and remove it lightly. Pay attention to the corners, grooves, and ridges, which are more likely to contain these remains.

2.Use any cleaner for deep cleansing
There are so many things that can help to clean and disinfect the snorkel mask set properly. Some of them are already mentioned above. If you want to save money, try any of the above-listed ingredients. Or else, you can also try any professional-grade cleaner, which is readily available everywhere.

3.Dry it with a soft towel or cloth
After removing the dirt, scrubbing, soaking and cleaning the snorkeling gear, next is to thoroughly rinse it with water, making sure that no cleaning product remains inside the equipment. It is better to wipe it with a clean cloth and let it dry completely before storing it.

4.Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
While air drying or drying in the sun is the best approach, one should make sure that he doesn't forget his snorkeling gear in the sun. The drying takes only a few minutes, and leaving the gears in the sun for hours is never a wise idea. The sunlight may kill the germs, but it can also degrade the material, crack it, or make it weak to break anytime. Also, it changes the colors and makes them faded.

5.Store it carefully inside the packing bag
Once the cleaning and drying is finished, put the snorkeling mask set back into its packing and keep it inside your snorkeling bag or any other secure place.

Important tips for maintenance

Interestingly, cleaning is only a part of this maintenance plan of snorkeling gears, and there is more that can be done. If the equipment is well-maintained, it may only need a basic clean after every trip. Also, you may not need to spend on anything for a long time. Just try to be sure about the following things. 

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