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camping / backpacking thread...

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...it's supposed to be low of 50 tonight!

I can't believe how hot (and muggy) it is. This is January? The temps are nice, but I could do without the humidity. I went for a run this morning and while it was nice to be able to run in shorts and short sleeves it wasn't all that pleasant.

Have fun camping, hopefully it'll stay dry for you.

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Awesome time.. We broke camp at dawn to get back in time for the game... Got a heavy downpour around 3:30 am... We had shelter all to ourselves but the kids felt safer in the tent...

It was worth the time and aggravation getting ready to go and getting there to see my kids (13,11,9). Sitting in a tent playing cards and actually not fighting like they do at home....

It had rained heavy the night before.. Took me about an hour to get a fire going all the wood was soaked ...30 miles from the closest dirt road it gets awfully dark at night

I saw these cool little led lanterns I wish I had bought... Will defin take 2 next time..

We got a late start and ran out of daylight at about 3 miles... But that was probably about all my 9 year old could handle...

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how do you get in? slack line walk?


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Yup expensive and a bit heavy 9+ lbs for the light one.

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looks pretty easy to whip up a redneck version of one... all you need is a cheap coleman tent, ratchet straps and something for the bottom that has a weight load of what 600 lbs to be safe?


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Forgot about this thread. We went camping this past weekend in Ouray, Colorado. We had a reservation for a site at the Ridgway Reservoir campground (boring, no tree cover), but decided to try to walkup to the Ouray Amphitheater campground. We scored a spot there, and did some off-roading in the area. Very pretty, and we had a good time. I forgot the VTE tribute picture, though.


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If you ever wondered how they clean out the privy at backcountry sites, we passed two lamas being escorted by NPS staff (probably with phd's) each had buckets of what smelled like "shit" strapped to each side of them :-

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we couldn't help but laugh after they walked passed us.. and all I could think of, yep after getting your phd in forestry to work at the National Park you get to haul shit out of campsites for the first couple of years..

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Wait, I thought if you got a PhD in forestry you had to wait tables for 10 years before going back to school to get a second PhD to be able to clean toilets at a national park?

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your right they did look like they were late 20's / early 30's..

The privy was really nice, it didn't have a front door or a roof, but it had an excellent view of the lake, I give it a 9/10

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Man, this thread was a blast from the past. Thanks for bumping it. 

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oh yeah-- so now when you get your permit at the National Park they make you physically show them the bear canister:

http://www.ems.com/backpacker-food-cache-bear-canister/26933300015.html?emssrcid=PPC%3AbingPLA%3AProductType1CampHikeProductType2camping_food&creative=11622643102&device=c

These are required to backpack in Rocky Mtn National Park (& many others I imagine) its about 3 extra lbs of guess who carries this for the family??????

Old School method was to put your food in a bag and hang it from a tree, guess that concept failed so now you put your food in this and put it 90 paces from your tent (just lay it on the ground)- I am not sure if this is being done on the East Coast or just in the Western Parks.  My kids all woke up and rushed over to the bear canister to see if it had been "moved" during the night.. lols...

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Perfect timing on this thread...Mr. Tex and I are thinking about getting a vintage Airstream...Any body here have one?  Any thoughts on remodeling one?

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15 hours ago, Road Guy said:

 

These are required to backpack in Rocky Mtn National Park (& many others I imagine) its about 3 extra lbs of guess who carries this for the family??????

 

 

This made me laugh out loud. You're the best damn sherpa this side of the Mississippi, RG. 

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On 7/26/2016 at 3:02 PM, Road Guy said:

oh yeah-- so now when you get your permit at the National Park they make you physically show them the bear canister:

http://www.ems.com/backpacker-food-cache-bear-canister/26933300015.html?emssrcid=PPC%3AbingPLA%3AProductType1CampHikeProductType2camping_food&creative=11622643102&device=c

These are required to backpack in Rocky Mtn National Park (& many others I imagine) its about 3 extra lbs of guess who carries this for the family??????

Old School method was to put your food in a bag and hang it from a tree, guess that concept failed so now you put your food in this and put it 90 paces from your tent (just lay it on the ground)- I am not sure if this is being done on the East Coast or just in the Western Parks.  My kids all woke up and rushed over to the bear canister to see if it had been "moved" during the night.. lols...

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They are required on the east coast too.  The Olympic National Park in WA requires them, but not because of bears, but because of coons, squirrels, and mice, etc..  There are lighter versions, but they don't keep bears out as well.  I guess some bears have been able to figure out how to open some versions (the transparent one with black lid).  The one you post is completely bear proof.  It makes a decent chair/stool, so that is one plus.  But it's recommended that you paint it a color that is easier to find because bears can move them a loooooong ways.  A buddy of mine had a bear knock his over a cliff.

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my ILs just bought a circa 2000 travellite pull behind from a RV dealer that supposed checked out AOK by their maintenance guys.  two messed up axles and a leaky roof...  so buyer beware!!!!

 

 

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Its not supposed to be used as a stool since the food isn't supposed to be in camp? ;)

I wouldn't carry the weight for just squirrels  unless they actually made you show it to them...

We need to do an EB campout one of these days...

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2 hours ago, Road Guy said:

We need to do an EB campout one of these days...

:plusone:

In Alaska!!!

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the "older boys" in my kids scout troop just got back from a 2 week paddle trip in Canada, looked like a most excellent time,  But hell it was like almost $3K per person!

 

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5 hours ago, Road Guy said:

Its not supposed to be used as a stool since the food isn't supposed to be in camp? ;)

I wouldn't carry the weight for just squirrels  unless they actually made you show it to them...

We need to do an EB campout one of these days...

Well, you can sit on them while you eat...  and in my experience the vermin are more destructive than bears.  YMMV.

Edited by Audi driver, P.E.

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People should stop feeding these little bastards as well....31c668729c6c09fefe9e74caf555f649.jpg

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10 hours ago, Audi driver, P.E. said:

Well, you can sit on them while you eat...  and in my experience the vermin are more destructive than bears.  YMMV.

This is what I use. 

http://www.ursack.com/

light weight and keeps bears out.   You just tie it to a tree.   Downside is food can get crushed and you need to keep food in zip lock bags because it is not water resistant.  

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