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Ultimate Camping Thread

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by davestaco, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Max-4_Yota

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    Ive never been camping in my truck, I really want to do it this winter but i dont have a shell or a truck tent, I might have to rig something up...
     
  2. davestaco

    davestaco [OP] TW's number one gear whore

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    how does your north face sleeping bag pack up...is it light? does it compress easily?

    kinda like a hoodie, a extra thermal and some socks and underware

    Tarps and para cord:D
     
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    5L should be more than enough for that and some extra.

    Also, hoodie? What're you doing winter camping with cotton? Big no no.
     
  4. davestaco

    davestaco [OP] TW's number one gear whore

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    im kinda new to cold weather camping.....what types of materials do you suggest?
     
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    Polyester and plenty of it.

    Cotton is NEVER a good choice for outdoor activity - it holds many times it's weight in water and does not insulate when wet, it's heavy, and it packs poorly.

    Layering is the key to success. A polyester base layer (Underarmor would be the best known example, although there are others that are less expensive) with polyester fleece over it it usually best. If you need a heavy insulating layer, get a baffled jacket with high grade synthetic insulation.

    Also, being wind and water proof is often more important than heavy amounts of insulation. If you're cold and it's breezy, try putting on a windproof layer and nothing else and see how much you warm up. NEVER forget a weatherproof layer if you're going to be outside in cold conditions.

    Don't overlayer during cold weather activity. You'll sweat and soak yourself from the inside out. If you're comfortably warm just sitting around, you're wearing way too much for activity. Remember, an active body can produce up to 1600% as much heat as a body at rest.
     
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    I took my two older kids camping this weekend too? Perfect weather for it.

    The youngest (16 months) still needs a couple of years before he's ready.

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  7. davestaco

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    ok.....so ployester with a few layers is the key?

    wow....nice camp set up!.....and yes the hammock is very nice cause im off the ground and its like bein held haha
     
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    thats great man i never had parents like that so it makes me happy to see a guy who takes his kids of fishin and campin.
     
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    I also like the Clark Jungle Hammocks! A hammock is definitely on my To Buy list.

    I'm a huge minimalist when I camp, Ultralight backpacking is the best! I have a "daypack" but have gone on many weekenders with it.


    Major items in my gear list:
    Eureka Apollo 2 + footprint
    Kelty Sleeping bag -15 (not sure which model)
    Osprey Stratos
    2 - Mountain Hardware compression sacks size L (Must have)
    10' x 12' Tarp
    Camelbak
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    $1 fan
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    Spaghetti sauce in the new seal-able pouch!
    Noodles
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    WHISKEY!!

    Theirs a ton of good stuff I take.

    Few pics from my last trip.

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    This is how I camp during the summer when my shell is off. I'll be building a raised sleeping platform once I throw the shell back on.

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    Thanks. They love it...just being outdoors. It gets too hot here to camp from May through September, so when October rolls around, I grab the 1st open weekend I can.
     
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    im trying to get into ultralight camping....but its tough man!
     
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    True story!
    I've been camping about 10x from spring til now. What that basically did was help me narrow down which gear I actually need and use. The first few times I was carrying items that I never used, so I eliminated those.

    Then I just started researching ultralight camping gear/food. I watched a few youtube videos, and got good ideas on food, and gear from those guys. I recommend this, you may not agree with them, but it will get those ideas flowing!! And i frequently check out backpacker.com
     
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    It's light for a 0 degree synthetic bag (I won't do down -- after spending a night shivering in a canvas tent in a down bag with 2 inches of water on the floor, while my brother was snug in his synthetic, I've learned). I have the Long, too, so it's a little bigger/heavier.

    3lbs. for a 0 degree bag is pretty good. It compresses down to about a 9x18 size. I can get it and my camp pillow into the bag compartment on the Gregory.
     
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    Dude. Whiskey all the way.

    I brought bottle of wine (poured it into a Nalgene) on a recent trip into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness -- just didn't do the job for the weight.

    Same trip, I brought some salmon filets in the pouch, and tossed them on the fire to heat up (salmon+pesto+Ramen=Awesome) and when I took them off, I didn't realize there was a hole burned through the pouch. Salmon juice spilled all over my pants.

    We were camping on the North end of a lake, and being upwind in bear country smelling of salmon leads to uneasy sleep.
     
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    wow 3 pounds aint bad.....i am looking at a 15 - 10 degree bag so in theory mine should be a tad lighter
     
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    bumber....my last trip we were being played with by bobcats....not fun either. they make some freaky noises
     
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    davestaco [OP] TW's number one gear whore

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    yes i plan to go "backyard" camping to eliminated some things. Im shur i could ditch my folding shovel, but that thing shur is nice to have!
     
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    I can't camp with out it! :D

    (salmon+pesto+Ramen=Awesome) <----This sounds amazing, I may have to borrow this recipe!!

    For some reason I've heard of a lot of Bear attacks this year?!?! Mostly due to poor judgement on the meals (Person) part. In fact, at Red River Gorge, I place here in Ky, they passed new laws within the park that have you bury or hang your foods, and you cant cook where you sleep :)

    Da Bears!!!
     
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