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Old 06-25-10, 05:43 AM   #1
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Camping...you like or hate?

I've never been camping before and I'm going to have to stay in a tent at a cycling event. My friend is going to lend me a tent and I don't know if I can put it up. I'm not looking forward to it. The idea of sleeping in a field in close proximity to all those sweaty smelly cycling weirdos is a bit off putting. Maybe I'll look for a hotel nearby.
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Old 06-25-10, 05:45 AM   #2
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I like it. Getting out of all the trappings of day to day life. Sitting around a fire and looking up to see all the stars. Hobo meals.


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Coasting, go with a room. Personally, I prefer the tent, but you should go with a room.

I love camping out, especially close to a waterfall. Very soothing sounds.

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Tents really are quite easy to set up as long as they're relatively modern.

I would personally take the camping option, think of all the people you could meet
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Coasting, go with a room. Personally, I prefer the tent, but you should go with a room.

I love camping out, especially close to a waterfall. Very soothing sounds.

that is what i was looking for. thanks.
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I'd go with the camping. It's a great experience.
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I hate camping. Sure, looking up at the stars is really nice, but the mosquitoes and other nasty little buggers get me, decreasing my enjoyment of the outdoors by 300%. The ground is hard and dirty and utterly uncomfortable to sit or lie down on. Yeah, tents are easy to set up, but watch as all the bugs get in your tent and give you no. sleep. whatsoever. Cooking over a campfire is fun at first but ends up being a goddamn pain in the arse. I end up getting allergic to something or other and this triggers my asthma, so my camping trips always end up disastrously.

So yeah. I hate camping. I'm a city girl through and through, and I suspect coasting is very similar. Don't go camping, you will not like it. Or...go camping if you are feeling particularly masochistic.
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Get a hotel room. Setup the tent inside. Watch Bear Grylls on Man Vs. Wild tv show. Best of all worlds.
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I have a feeling that if the women here were to "camp out" they would not be the only ones suffering. Just sayin'.
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The ground is hard and dirty and utterly uncomfortable to sit or lie down on.
Watch as all the bugs get in your tent and give you no. sleep. whatsoever.
Cooking over a campfire is fun at first but ends up being a goddamn pain in the arse.
1)Decent sealed tent bottom+a wet low spot in the grass+ground pad makes it lots nicer, even enjoyable. Camping on those gravel tent pads is awful.
2) Don't leave your door open for more than the time it takes to dive in, and don't leave any lights on in the tent when the doors are open. This pretty much eliminates the bug issue. A bit of liquid citronella near the door helps if it's still an issue.
3) Nobody I know who camps regularly cooks over a fire because as you noted, it sucks. Either bring a small stove, eat premade food/stuff that doesn't go bad, or just accept that you'll be buying food.
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Coasting, go with a room. Personally, I prefer the tent, but you should go with a room.
Interesting differing opinions. If its something you think might be interesting, go for it. On the other hand, if the concept of not showering for 48 hours bothers you, I'd find a room. Also, if you sleep in a tent you need somewhere to put your bike (neither bikes nor shoes have a place in tents)
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I love camping out. Set up the tent, unfold the chairs, build a fire, ahhhh, bliss. Tents these days are a snap to put up. Most use one or two collapsible fiberglass poles that you simply slide into pocket and the secure to pegs at the four corners.

If you have the right equipment, sleeping in a tent is great. Make sure you have a ground cloth to put under the tent to keep moisture and condensation out. Then get a pad to put under your sleeping bag, or better yet, see if your friend has a folding cot.

You can do it Coasting. Why stay in some generic hotel room, by yourself, with hot water and flushing toilets, when you can sit around with other cyclists, sucking the marrow out of the bone which is life and pooping in a hole in the ground?
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Old 06-25-10, 08:26 AM   #12
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I love camping out. Set up the tent, unfold the chairs, build a fire, ahhhh, bliss. Tents these days are a snap to put up. Most use one or two collapsible fiberglass poles that you simply slide into pocket and the secure to pegs at the four corners.

If you have the right equipment, sleeping in a tent is great. Make sure you have a ground cloth to put under the tent to keep moisture and condensation out. Then get a pad to put under your sleeping bag, or better yet, see if your friend has a folding cot.

You can do it Coasting. Why stay in some generic hotel room, by yourself, with hot water and flushing toilets, when you can sit around with other cyclists, sucking the marrow out of the bone which is life and pooping in a hole in the ground?
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I love camping. I especially love to backpack, the more remote, the better...

Just starting out? A good Therm-a-rest (or cot), good food, plenty of firewood...oh yeah!
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I like camping but I don't really like sleeping in tents. It is all about the back of a pickup.
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who sleeps in the back of a pickup? There's other things you do there.
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I have a tent, but I prefer using just a tarp or a hammock with a rainfly. It's lighter, simple to set up, and I don't care about dirt or bugs. Pitch the tarp, lay out a ground mat and go to sleep... That's so much easier than farting around with tent poles and stakes and ground sheets etc. The only thing simpler is a bivy sack.
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Coasting, go with a room. Personally, I prefer the tent, but you should go with a room.

I love camping out, especially close to a waterfall. Very soothing sounds.
I don't like to spend long periods of time in a relaxed state with the sound of waterfalls or fountains. It makes me need to pee somethin' terrible!

I love camping though. It's great.
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I don't like to spend long periods of time in a relaxed state with the sound of waterfalls or fountains. It makes me need to pee somethin' terrible!
I remember one recent cub scout camp out where one of the boys needed to pee, but did not want to leave his tent. Looked over to see a "stream" arcing out of the tent! It was hilarious!
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Try something new and live outside the box and pitch a tent. What have you to lose?
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I definitely enjoy camping. This is my backpacking/cycle touring tent, by the way (2 pounds, packed weight)





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Love camping. My wife and I mountain bike a lot and typically base camp by mountain streams preferably above 8,000 ft and do rides out of the base camp. We are going to Crested Butte next weekend to ride our favorite trails there and check out a few new ones in the neighborhood. Quiet, pristine, cool mountain air and good food cooked over a 2 burner propane camp stove (he!! with the campfire cooking, it's a hassle). We car camp and backpack camp at least 4 or 5 times a year and wouln't trade the experiences for anything.
I wouldn't camp in a field full of other "campers" due to the noise i.e. the zipperfest that ensues in the night as various people get out to use the facilities, late night partiers etc.. I can't sleep in those conditions and would prefer a hotel room. That isn't camping that is akin to surviving a natural disaster in my book.
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