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    When was the last time you went camping?

    I'm talking hardcore, sleep in a tent-type camping--not that soft RV or cabin stuff.

    How long ago was it? Where did you go? Do you go often?

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    That would be 2 summers ago for me during our short bike tour down the coast of CA.
    Here's a photo from our hiker/biker site at El Capitan State Beach, just north of Santa Barbara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    I'm talking hardcore, sleep in a tent-type camping--not that soft RV or cabin stuff.

    How long ago was it? Where did you go? Do you go often?
    Last Summer!

    Going on about a month long ca,ping trip in May.....the bike tour!
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    It has been a lot of years - for some reason with the life I live out here I just don't feel the need to get more primative...

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    Less than 3 weeks ago. Winter camping in the White Mountains of NH. I try to get out often, for at least a couple weeks over the year. Last summer it was a 3 week backpacking trip.

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    My last experience was in May of 1981. This was in the Camden Hills in Waldo County, Maine. My parents and I carried everything up mountain trails in or attached to backpacks.

    We had gone there often and would stay out 2-4 days. The most memorable time was when my stepfather got drunk before we got to the trailhead on the first day, took the flashlights from us, and walked up the first segment in the dark using my feet like radar to guide my mother and I so we wouldn't get lost. My stepfather, in a drunken stupor, followed a quarter mile behind us using our flashlights. At our campsite, there was room enough to set up comfortably so my stepfather could sober up.
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    11 years ago. Last time I went tentless camping (as in making our own snow-shelters) was 9 years ago.

    we well made snow shelter > tents anyday....so much warmer too.
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    Does sleeping on a park bench count as camping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol
    I'm talking hardcore, sleep in a tent-type camping--not that soft RV or cabin stuff.

    How long ago was it? Where did you go? Do you go often?
    Last summer I camp alot cause boyfriend does alot of mountain bike races.

    My last camping trip was with a bunch of girls for two days in the cold wet rain. But we did mountain bike and had a great time.
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    Last Fall in Rocky Gap SP in MD. Rode the Ducati down there. Nice area for motorcycling.

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    Last Spring near Lake Tahoe...a little place called Meis Lake..

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    May 1989, Cape San Blas off of Port St. Joe, on the panhandle of Florida. <wistful Vega look>

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    I don't consider any form of car camping really hardcore. Last time in a tent was about 7 years ago. Late season, as in very late season in Sequoia. There must be a dozen government campgrounds in the area. Only one open. They do not schedule a close date for that last one. It closes when the pipes to the bathroom freeze. Our trip ended when the snow hit.

    About 4 years ago camping out of a small camper. It was set up to cook inside, but we did all our cooking except for one or two meals outside over a camp stove.

    My family has had a fairly large camper since 1963. As time went on I realize there are really two basically different kinds of people who use mobile homes/campers. One is the lazy, can't leave any of the comforts types. The others are the group I fall in, the ones who think a camper is nice because you don't spend time setting up and breaking down camp, which gives more time to actually do the things you want to do in the woods.

    Someday I'll do real hardcore camping. Just me and the dogs. No tent, no sleeping bag.

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    So if we went camping together...and you woke up the next morning with KY warming lotion all over your *ss.....

    Would you tell anyone?
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    I've not done real hardcore camping (and I don't consider a car or RV true camping) in a while, but have promised myself to do this... one of my goals is to do a long bike tour soon.

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    Last summer me and my friend(s) camped out

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    Car camping last summer. I'd like to backpack, but nobody I know is willing or able. Probably not the best idea for an inexperienced hiker to go solo, but that's looking like my only option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    Car camping last summer. I'd like to backpack, but nobody I know is willing or able. Probably not the best idea for an inexperienced hiker to go solo, but that's looking like my only option.
    come down to OKC - we'll take ya along.

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    its been far too long. Last summer I went out in the country with a backpack and a bivy bag with the intention of hiking/camping for several days on the tundra. It was so foggy teh second day that I was afraid to keep going due to the poor visibility and number of muskox signs I'd seen the previous day. I had a ***, but coming face-to-face with a muskox in heavy brush is not my idea of fun, cute as they are. bears are less dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    Car camping last summer. I'd like to backpack, but nobody I know is willing or able. Probably not the best idea for an inexperienced hiker to go solo, but that's looking like my only option.
    Packing alone is not that much of a problem. Just change one selection criteria. Don't look for least used trails, look for trails that get major use. One example that comes to mind it the Onion Valley trailhead. (East side of the Sierras). Going with a group makes htat a real problem unless you plan way ahead. But solo you can get the permit and as long as you stay on any of the established trails there is little chance of trouble without someone finding you.

    Big hint for first timers. Do lots of hiking walking with the boots you will use. If you are able to borrow, rather than rent, a pack then do a couple of day hikes with it laoded up to get used to it.

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