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Ultimate Camping Thread

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

  1. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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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
     
  2. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:42 PM
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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.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    im kinda new to cold weather camping.....what types of materials do you suggest?
     
  4. Oct 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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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.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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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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  6. Oct 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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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
     
  7. Oct 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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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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  8. Oct 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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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:
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    Food:
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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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  9. Oct 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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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
     
  14. Oct 12, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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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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    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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    I actually got it from Backpacker magazine (I think. Or NatGeo Adventure). They called for the packet of salmon, 2oz of pesto, non-pocketed pita bread and pine nuts.

    I opted for the Ramen over the pita bread for weight, and pine nuts be damn expensive for trail food, so I left them off.

    In all, it was one of the best backpacking meals I've ever had, and saved some weight and space.

    I'm not a huge fan of dehydrated meals, so I try and find cool recipes like this whenever I can.

    As for the bears, I always hang a bear bag when not car-camping, and unless I'm in a spot where I can make a fire to ward 'em off, I don't cook/eat/clean/brush my teeth/make poopy or anything else with a scent anywhere within 500ft. of my campsite. Bears are usually easily scared off (black bears, anyway) unless they're starving -- then you're boned.
     

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