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Emergency Camping Gear for Day Trips?

Old 08-01-16, 03:53 PM
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I don't think I've ever hitched a ride with strangers with my bike. But, I have occasionally hitched a shuttle ride while boating.

My experience is that people ignore "bums", but will stop for sports enthusiasts (especially if they've done the sport in the past).

Walk up to the road with a life jacket on after a boating trip, and put the thumb out, and someone will stop pretty quickly.

A few years ago Dad saved a guy from drowning. He walked up to the main highway with the guy who was already chilled, Dad barefoot, in his undies and a borrowed life jacket. The first car to pass stopped, and by the time it turned around and came back it had a cup of hot coffee ready.

A bike may be a bit awkward of a "load", but there are plenty of empty pickups on the road. If I needed a ride, I'd be happy to ride in the back with my bike.
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Saw this on a hiking site. Good to have some essentials...raingear could be shelter. Dallas Sierra Club
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
Out of curiosity... Did you try to hitch a ride or just carry the bike?

Stuck a thumb out for the first few, then whenever it looked like a pickup truck. I did have a lot of visible blood on my legs from some superficial cuts, and it is a middle of nowhere road that has a lot of out of state tourist traffic. I was not terribly surprised to get the 12:00 tunnel vision we cant see you pass from the few drivers I saw. I might have gotten more help if I was not in Cargo shorts and a Hawaiian style shirt, but instead in Lycra. I looked like a bum.

On other roads, this would not have happened. But ive been refused a water bottle refill in that area. Its just a strange part of Arkansas.

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Several people have mentioned possible dire consequences as a possible outcome. I very much agree with this. It sometimes happens that seemingly minor issues can have serious consequences. I would think that the season and terrain, (altitude), could cause those serious consequences. Several years ago a young man went on a short hike in winter up a fire road in the mountains of Vermont. He had a serious fall on his short hike and was unable to walk. Since it was a mere short outing in the woods, he had no winter gear and perished of exposure.

Of course in warm temps there is a much larger margin of safety. I've learned through camping workshops put on by the New Hampshire chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club to always carry enough gear, even on a mere day trip, to survive a night in the woods. On a day outing I would carry a very light bivy sack and a sil/nylon tarp. I've experimented with the tarp and have used it one night in heavy rain in woods and been completely dry and warm.

How much extra stuff to carry is a guessing game; more in winter and less in summer. More if planning to be away for a number of days and less for just a day or two. Such emergency gear, which I've used, weighs less than one pound.
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Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
In finding and leading back day hikers and day trip canoe renters who have been lost, I have found a fine line between fearlessness and being clueless.

Ive walked five miles with a broken forked bicycle over my shoulder, and over 20 cars passed with not one stopping to offer help. And in an area with no cell service.

Its just condescending criticism on the subject. So here, I will rewrite what you said so it sounds less judgmental, and would be an interesting addition to the topic.
Duly noted, thanks for the rewrite
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Depends on where I'm riding......

If I'm going to the mountains or desert,I need some actual gear(food water shelter)....

If I'm riding around town,I need money in my pocket....To buy food water shelter.
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My friends in the bikepacking endurance races often use the SOL Escape Bivy as their _planned_ shelter so I'd say that's a pretty good endorsement. https://www.amazon.com/Survive-Outdo...l+escape+bivvy

Shelter-wise for me it's most often a poncho/tarp and guyline and hail is my main concern. I don't really intend to spend an unplanned night afield though it's not hard to imagine how that could happen.

I also always carry Aquamira tablets and usually a Sawyer filter as I regularly plan on finding water on the trail and always want some ability to treat water.

Of course I also carry tools, toilet-paper, Leatherman Squirt, and a lighter.

When I plan to stay out of course I bring an inflatable pad, sleeping bag, coffee, etc.
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I've heard of people carrying big, orange trash bags. The kind they use when cleaning up the roadsides. Instant emergency shelter from the elements.
more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.
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