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Old 08-22-16, 07:13 PM
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any campers here?

me I love to go in winter .and love vacant camp grounds I don't need power or running water
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Old 08-22-16, 09:06 PM
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Yes, but I generally don't use camp grounds, the last time being last year in Glacier NP where we had no choice. I mostly only use wide open national forest lands where I can camp wherever I want. Generally I use a hammock or a bivvy sack, I don't care much for tents anymore.
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Old 08-22-16, 10:48 PM
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Just made the transition from tents to a camper... which has tents. For decades we've camped using a truck and tent... for a couple decades before that, it was a bike and tent.

Now it's a trailer that has pop out tents... Was in Glacier just 4 weeks ago. Was in Wilderness Gateway in N Idaho just 2 weeks ago... freakin' beautiful there.

Did a huge western state loop about 6 years ago that included Yellowstone, in mid August... was shocked to wake up the last morning and find the tent frozen (had a hard time pulling poles apart) and a sheen of ice everywhere... beautiful, but c c cold...
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Old 08-23-16, 08:26 AM
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I don't think I have it in me to camp anymore. We used to do it as family vacation when we were kids. Now I just rent cabins that are usually nicer than my house.
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I took a hammock instead of a tent on my last backpacking trip, it was awesome! Except for the bugs. I bought a hammock bug net (for a different brand of hammock?) and will try that out next time I go backpacking in bug season (which is long past here now).

I am finding backcountry camping in national parks a lot nicer than in USFS wilderness areas. Much more of a tragedy of the commons in wilderness areas, people are cutting and burning in places there is supposed to be neither (above 5k feet, an elevation proving that stamina alone does not weed out the jerks) and also crapping all over the place w/ not even a hint of interest in burying their poop and toilet paper.
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Old 08-23-16, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
I am finding backcountry camping in national parks a lot nicer than in USFS wilderness areas. Much more of a tragedy of the commons in wilderness areas, people are cutting and burning in places there is supposed to be neither (above 5k feet, an elevation proving that stamina alone does not weed out the jerks) and also crapping all over the place w/ not even a hint of interest in burying their poop and toilet paper.
I don't understand this comment. NPs are far more used than Wilderness, although there is overlap. When I camp in Wilderness there is often no one else around for miles. If I want to be alone in a little used area I go to Wilderness, if I want designated camp areas and a need to get to site early to ensure I have a spot I go to NPs.

In AZ I typically car camp far from paved roads and always find solitude. But when I travel out of state I more often stay at NPS campgrounds as I can often reserve a spot and if needed can arrive after dark and know I have a place to stay.
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Old 08-23-16, 11:53 AM
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Old 08-23-16, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I don't understand this comment. NPs are far more used than Wilderness, although there is overlap. When I camp in Wilderness there is often no one else around for miles. If I want to be alone in a little used area I go to Wilderness, if I want designated camp areas and a need to get to site early to ensure I have a spot I go to NPs.
Definitely backcountry in NPs are more vacant than designated wilderness in my area. Most people in the greater Seattle area use wilderness for drinkin n shootin. Car camping sites in the NPs are definitely crowded but once you get away from the pavement you can start to get really far from people in the parks.
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Definitely backcountry in NPs are more vacant than designated wilderness in my area. Most people in the greater Seattle area use wilderness for drinkin n shootin. Car camping sites in the NPs are definitely crowded but once you get away from the pavement you can start to get really far from people in the parks.
It is the opposite here. NPs like Grand Canyon are swarming with people at the fringes. With some exceptions Wilderness areas are hardly known or visited even by locals - since there are no roads in wilderness there are no shootin and drinkin from the truck options except at trailhead which are not great camping places.
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Used to camp in Baja... now that was wilderness... no one around for miles. Bring your own wood and water.
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We have an annual camping trip with tents, no electric or water. LOVE it!
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Old 08-23-16, 02:28 PM
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I used to camp quite a bit, my dad was really into it with the whole "Firefox" (book series) flair. No electricity or running water, dug latrine pits, all that jazz. I was in the scouts later and as is prerequisite with that, camped a lot as well. As a young adult we went a lot and did everything from spur of the moment bivouac camping, to tents and lodges. Backpack trips, motorcycle trips, even one spur of the moment bike trip that resulted in a few nights on the road...
I haven't been camping in several years now and honestly couldn't say that I care to go back unless I drug enough things out to make sleep comfortable inside a tent..no hammocks.
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Old 08-23-16, 05:23 PM
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I used to backpack the John Muir Freeway from Yosemite to Devils Postpile, one of the most crowded sections even in the 70s. Firewood was very scarce and we rarely relied on it for cooking. At that time you could drink straight from streams without worrying about giardia. Now they limit trail permits and I have discovered more remote and interesting trails north of Tuolomne Meadows.
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Old 08-23-16, 05:50 PM
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When I was in my 20's and early 30's I backpacked all over the Adirondacks, White Mt's of NH, as well as the AT in Maine. My wife still likes to camp, as do I, been doing car camping on/off now for 30 years. We usually have been heading to a couple of favorite places in Maine - Lily Bay Sate Park, way up in the great north woods or Camden State Park on Penobscot Bay. Lily Bay is very remote and beautiful, it's the end of paved roads near Greenville and when we go in late Sept./early Oct. it's often pretty empty. Also went to Cobscook State Park way down east near Lubec. My favorite site there has a lean-to to cook in and an open view of the bay's where the St. Croix river meets the Bay of Fundy with 24 foot tides. As well an amazing view of the stars.

We have a nice big LL Bean tent, some cots, cook on a Coleman stove, have warm bags and blankets and generally just chill in front of the fire. I sometimes bring a bike and will ride dirt roads.

It's always a very relaxing time, helps us decompress.
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Lots of bike touring and bike packing in New England. All good.
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At least 3 times a month I do overnight backpacking or bikepacking trips into the local mountain trail camps.

This photo was from a couple of months ago at a trail camp. I use a bridge hammock with bugnet.

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Old 08-30-16, 03:51 PM
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At least 3 times a month I do overnight backpacking or bikepacking trips into the local mountain trail camps.

This photo was from a couple of months ago at a trail camp. I use a bridge hammock with bugnet.
is that a alcohol stove in that wind shield?
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
is that a alcohol stove in that wind shield?
Yep.
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r Walmart has heet for 158 a bottle works great in a alcohol
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
r Walmart has heet for 158 a bottle works great in a alcohol
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Yep, that's what I've been using. The one in the yellow bottle.
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yeah stuff works great I also use a pocket butane stove but man o man I wish it used propane.butane isn't cheap like 7,79 per bottle. When
propane is like 2 bucks
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When I feel like cooking a real meal I take my canister stove. I use a MSR Pocket Rocket. I can easily control the heat, plus simmer.
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When I feel like cooking a real meal I take my canister stove. I use a MSR Pocket Rocket. I can easily control the heat, plus simmer.
I have the knockoff version was like 11 bucks rather have the msr
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I have the knockoff version was like 11 bucks rather have the msr
I have the knockoff too.......plus, a tiny BRS titanium stove I got off eBay. They all work great.
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