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Old 06-29-11, 04:33 PM   #1
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9+ days on a river bank

I have to (long story) spend nine or so days camping out on a big river.
I have to have my camera gear with me so I'm going to be staying in a park campground because locking a car is more secure than zipping up a tent.
It has been years an years since I went car camping.
If this were you what would you bring?
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Old 06-29-11, 04:45 PM   #2
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Depends a lot an what is available at the park. Aside from clothes and sleeping gear I'd be inclined ot take a dutch oven (seasoned) a grill, a cooler for enough beer and my copy of Roughing it Easy and Roughing it Easy 2.

And the right food. I like eating well when camping.

Oh and river means bugs, bug repelant
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Parking is available at the campground. Other than that you are on your own.
I have a hibachi. It will be coming along.
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Beer. Lots of Beer.
And a few good CD's.
And a fly rod.
And sunscreen.
Soap might be good too.
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Got a bota bag, fly rod is still in the car from the last trip.
I'm buying one or two of those jumper boxes for back up laptop and camera power.
Haven't decided what I'm sleeping on yet.
Haven't found a tent yet either. Not going to take my 1 person ultra light tent I know.
Do have my Dr. Bronners ready to go.
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Ohh. Can I come?

Bring a tarp and folding table

Bring a saw

Boats

Cheez-its and beer

A big tent

Pistachios

Maybe some extra beer

Bring a friend

And don't forget the camera
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Old 06-29-11, 06:33 PM   #7
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Litre of Sailor Jerry rum(beer is too heavy)so get the best bang per ounce.Guns and steel jacketed NATO ammo to plink at varmints or killer deer(fun the whole family can get into).
Toilet paper,those state parks use that crap that feels like wrapping paper or stuff your fingers poke through.Diet Cheezits?Camping is no time to deny natural pleasures.
Find out which river the girl in the bikini on the raft(above)is camping at.M-80's to fish in the river(brings them right to the surface).
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Depends on how big your car is.
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Stupidlybrave has it right, especially the more beer and more bug spray part. jsharr's chainsaw might come in handy too, just don't use that after using more beer. A camping towel (the shamwow for you informercial types), a thermarest (an amazingly comfortable camping mattress), and baby wipes would be good too.

Over the years, I've camped by people who brought too much with them. Your fellow campers would like it if you left the screaming kids, ghetto blaster (not everyone likes hearing loud music at 2:00 AM), television and generator at home if they're anything like the people I've camped with.
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Jimi Hendrix still sounds good at 2am
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Old 06-29-11, 07:48 PM   #12
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Don't forget your hunting trebuchet.
Now I wish I had rally fit the Miata rather than lowered it.
Bright skies, big trees, a ranger road, and a Miata towing a trebuchet. Life could be no better.
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Old 06-29-11, 07:52 PM   #13
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Don't forget your hunting trebuchet.
Campers nowadays tend to frown on boulders hurling through their campsite.
Can't were keep things tame with plinking varmints,Hendrix tunes and drunkeness?

Bring a road cycle also.
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Campers nowadays tend to frown on boulders hurling through their campsite.
Can't were keep things tame with plinking varmints,Hendrix tunes and drunkeness?

Bring a road cycle also.
I would have thought the trebuchet was for the guy playing Hendrix at 2 am on his ghetto blaster.
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I would have thought the trebuchet was for the guy playing Hendrix at 2 am on his ghetto blaster.
Potato cannon. Been there...



Edit: EXIF data says this was only 1am

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Potato cannon. Been there...
Got one of those.
Tennis ball cannon too.
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Yuengling! Spoken (written) like a true Eastern Pennsylvanian!
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Like Keith99, I like eating well on canoe camping trips. These trips are how I decompress, so I eat, drink and fish a lot.

Here are some tips:
I bring two coolers: One is a softside and only contains food items that I don't need to keep cold. The other is a "five day" cooler. Mice and bears aren't a problem on river islands, so you might need to have another plan. The other cooler has one or more frozen Delmonico steaks, some frozen hot sausages and frozen breakfast sausages (turkey). and a few frozen water bottles (generally, I have a frozen gallon bottle). As these items thaw, I eat/drink them. For cooking water, I usually have a few nalgine bottles filled with tap water. I make no attempt to keep cooking water cold.

The early part of the trip is where I consume the perishable items. The latter part is dehydrated/freeze-dried stuff. I can usually get by with regular food for short trips.

Nearly all cooking except boiling water is done over a campfire. So I bring one of these gizmos for breakfast sausages and steaks:
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Sometimes, I bring a pie iron and make Reubens/Pizzas and Egg Sandwiches. In the case of egg sandwiches, I fry up the eggs at home and put them in a zip=lock. If I am cooking eggs for breakfast, I usually just get a carton of the yolk-free eggs (much more convenient) and bring fresh sweet peppers and fresh onions.

If I am making baked potatoes in the fire, I wrap them in foil before I leave. Note that you can make corn-on-the-cob on a campfire easily as well.

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I've been camping and backpacking for over 30 years. After starting backpacking I realized that it took a lot of special gear, and you didn't want to get a few miles down the trail and realize you had forgotten something, so I made up a packing list, eventually on my computer. Gradually I've added things to the list to make it fairly comprehensive for all kinds of travel that I do. Before a trip I will make a copy of the list and delete the things that I won't need for that trip. Then I print this list out and use it for packing. If you are serious about this kind of thing I could email you the list. Of course it is fairly personalized for me and the way I like to camp, what I like to eat, etc.
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A propane stove comes in handy if you catch a fish!
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Old 06-29-11, 11:36 PM   #23
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Oh, yeah, absolutely a supercharger. Run it off the belt; leaf blowers don't belong in proper rally sport.
I'd have to kick it back a decade though. Mark II body with wire stone guards on the lamps, wire grill guard and yellow fog lamps mounted on either side.
And white red white stripes running the length of the car offset to the left.

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Oh, I should add this will be in a bear sanctuary.
Eastern black bears, the less terrifying verity of bear.

Sling shot, large nut, string, rope, to pull my coolers into the trees added to the list.
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