Questions tagged [camping]

Questions discussing camping as an activity, equipment and skills that can make camping safer and more enjoyable, possible campsites and related legal and security issues for a specific region should use this tag.

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For multi-day trips on a road bike - What is the most efficient bike pack set up?

I'm going for a 3-4 day bike trip in the Trossachs (Scotland) at the start of June, and as I have never done a multi day cycle trip before, I am looking for some guidance on the best type of bike bag(...
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What kind of camper do I have?

I bought some land last December, and it came with a camper. It's in much better shape than I had feared, but I suspect I'll need a few replacement parts. How can I figure out which model of Prowler ...
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How does camping in "restricted camping areas" in Spanish natural/national parks work?

On the map Parque Natural Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, y Alhama, there are several marked Restricted camping areas within the natural park, typically alongside a recreational area. They tend to be in ...
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What are the different types of camping for a beginner?

I am looking into the camping hobby no found few different styles, specifically the shelter used in the outdoor. So far I have learned that camping with a wood stove means it is hot tent camping, and ...
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Coleman 2-burner Camp Chef stove leaks: Can't find suitable seal

A 15-year-old square o-ring has deteriorated to the point that it can't hold the seal, and propane leaks around it. I have exhausted myself searching for a suitable replacement. The seal in question ...
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Is it worth to use LEP flashlights as a tactical or EDC?

LEP (laser excited phosphor) is the new technology of flashlights to use, with extra brightness. I get some cons to use LEP, like its effect on eyes if the light beam is applied directly to them. I ...
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How high need a concrete wall to be so bears can't climb it

This question is a bit similar with how high does a fence need to be to prevent European brown bear to climb it? question but not exactly (that one specifies a fence, and needs to provide vision and ...
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Density, weight, and compressibility of synthetic sleeping bags

I am very curious. I have frequently used a very small summer-rated sleeping bag, but have now bought a somewhat warmer bag, which is less compressible and takes more volume. It will be tested soon. ...
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self-inflatable mat damaged valve socket where to get replacement [closed]

I am looking for this plastic base cs I lost it for my self inflatable mat here is just valve https://www.openair.co.uk/camping-c11/thermarest-therm-a-rest-winglock-valve-repair-kit-p6229/s48371?cid=...
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Silicone waterproof treatment on former PU treated tent

I read the following post and wondered if I could use the same method on a tent that was formerly treated from factory with a polyurethane coat. What is the best way to re-waterproof a nylon tarp? My ...
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What are the best combos of knots to tie a hammock? [duplicate]

Setting up the camp and rest a bit in a hammock is one of the great pleasures of camping/hiking/touring/etc.. I'm always carrying one and two ropes in case I see a good spot near my camp. I'm ...
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How much different was camping before “leave no trace” took hold?

I’ve read an interesting comment on a different post: I remember when Boy Scout manuals advised "trenching" a tent site- that is, digging a trench around your tent to direct rain water away....
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My Trangia leaves soot all over everything—how do I remove or prevent it?

Just got back from a delightful couple of days hiking in the Cathedral Range in Victoria Australia, and I'm washing all the pots and plates, and cursing the black soot that comes off my Trangia ...
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Is Sleeping Pad R-Value Misleading for Winter Camping?

Most of the advice I see on sleeping pads is along the lines of "for cold weather, get a sleeping pad with an R-value of 5+." I've also read that R-value is additive—that is, if you stack ...
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Is it feasible to use a shovel to even out a camping spot?

While car camping (reaching a campsite by car vs backpacking), it’s not uncommon to encounter camping sites where all the spots are slightly uneven, making it a little uncomfortable to sleep. There ...
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Why are there capacity limits on overnight stays in some locations but not on day trippers?

As an example, The Enchantments area in Washington is open to an unlimited number of day trippers for hiking. But any overnight stays require a pass which is hard to win in a lottery. What is the ...
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Are you allowed to collect dead wood for a campfire?

Yesterday we've camped in a campsite near Lake Wenatchee. We've brought in a lot of wood but I've also seen numerous dead trees lying around in the surrounding forest. Is it okay to take branches from ...
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How many tents you can put up in a USA National Forest campsite?

Yesterday we were staying in a campsite near Lake Wenatchee in Washington, part of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Specifically, Nason Creek campground if it matters. I gave the local park ranger ...
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Is it safe to leave a campfire unattended overnight in a campsite?

Yesterday I was staying near Lake Wenatchee in Washington in an official campsite. There was a fire pit on site consisting of circular piece of metal and some rocks. The closest trees/objects were ...
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What material should I use for picnic ground covering?

I plan on taking family to light camping/park/picnic. This includes infant daughter. I plan on having some material on ground to act as moisture barrier as well as insect barrier. So I am not looking ...
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Use external water tank with destination trailer

My wife and I recently purchased a brand new destination trailer to spend the summer in with our kids. We chose our "permanent" campground based on my wife's parent's presence there and ...
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Looking for a place in the United States to camp for seven weeks

This summer I want to camp in the same place for seven weeks. Wherever I do it must be fairly isolated and near a water source. I would be living in a tent. All US lands seem to prohibit staying in ...
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How to seal a swimming pool/water hole while camping

There are lots of "survival videos" on Youtube, showing "primitive" people making swimming pools in the middle of the forest. They always smear some sort of greyish material over ...
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Help with choosing camping gear

So I have recently developed an appetite for camping and thinking about buying some gear. Since I'm not sure how committed I'll be, I want to keep my purchases on the lower side. So I have chosen Tent:...
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What to do with partially burned fire logs

What I should do with the previous day's fire logs which are not fully burned yet? I believe they can be used again, but should they be put on the top or the bottom? Can they be use as a fire starter?
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Best tarp setup for camping on the plains?

I'm in the middle of the country, in Kansas. Not a lot of trees. Most of the tarp camping setups always show camping in the woods. Wanting to try tarp camping, but I'll be mostly in areas without a ...
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Camping: how to put sleeping mats in a tent that tapers at the feet end?

I am not a camper, so please excuse my ignorance here. We have purchased a 2 person tent. The normal width is 140cm, which means that sleeping mats can go down fine (many seem to be 70cm wide, or ...
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How to make a segmented double hammock?

I have been toying with the idea of a split hammock. My idea is a wider than usual gathered end hammock, about 11' by 8', with an adjustable line running under to separate our individual sag points. ...
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I am torn between axe or hatchet, what would you recommend?

I was reading this article on axe or hatchet for camping and I am thinking on bringing a hatchet in my next trip.
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Tenting, and want to hookup my laptop to RV power hookup

The campground I'm thinking of staying at has tenting spots, but they don't have power. I need to be able to charge my laptop, phone, and possibly a portable electric heater. They also offer RV spots ...
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SOTO Triple Mix Expiration

I have a SOTO Triple Mix canister (Power Gas 250, SOD-725T) which is a mixture of Butane, Isobutane and Propane gas. I use it with my SOTO WindMaster but I have not used it in over 10 months. It has ...
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Keeping a backpack from being stolen whilst sleeping in a tent

In the past, I have always slept with my backpack wedged uncomfortably beside me due to limited room in a fully manned tent, since I'm concerned about bag theft when miles away from civilization. ...
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Camping in Yosemite in March

I'm planning a camping trip in Yosemite with a group of friends for some time around mid-March. I know it can get cold at that time of year, but that's the only time we could all arrange the time off. ...
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How do I get a stuck gas canister (for hiking/camping) out of a stainless steel mug?

I nested my 110g gas canister inside my stainless steel mug for a hike. I used it about halfway through for lunch, and when I was done put it back in the way I had packed it (upside down). Now it is ...
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Guidebook for Hiking activities around Geneva

Any recommendations for good hiking books describing trails, camp sites (back- and front-country), etc. along with their topology, difficulty levels for Switzerland, especially around Geneva? ...
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Rainfly window repair

I have a Marmot Limelight tent that the see-through window needs reglued around the edge onto the tent. Is there a common household glue that can be used for this? And what is the best glue and/ or ...
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Camping site suggestions

My friend and I are planning to go camping for three days next week. Since it's winter here in the US, we're targeting the south east side (FL, SC, etc.) I am looking for suggestions on camping sites ...
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Which are the best lightweight, non-solar, camping lanterns available? [closed]

What features should I look for in lightweight, non-solar, camping lanterns? What are the best brands available?
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Is sleeping on a yoga mat better than on an airbed during winter camping?

This is a follow up on question that my friend asked earlier, but I can't comment on. My friend and I have an ongoing argument about a question : During cold winter camping (-20C air temperature, ...
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Is sleeping on the ground in cold weather better than on an air mattress?

My friend and I had an argument about this topic. He says that the cold air in the mattress will stay at the ambient temperature, so if it's -20 outside the air in the mattress will stay at -20 so I'...
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How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

I read about the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland. What safety mistakes these girls did during their camping trip? What could have been done to avoid this situation? How can I ...
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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?

Is it safe to carry the 20 lbs propane gas cylinder in the minivan? I have carried the small Coleman's gas cylinder for camping in car trunk but now with family, I am not sure if what's the right way ...
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What percentage of campground outlets are GFCI or RCD protected?

A recent answer said: Any mains electric (100-240V) going to a tent needs to be GFCI-protected (Europe: RCD) since you will be mixing electricity and water in close quarters. Source I know I have ...
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How to win against ants

I’m adapting to long-term lifestyle of outdoor living, and getting constantly assaulted by this or that type of bug has been a major issue. Sleeping in a tent has thwarted most my opposition at this ...
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What types of ropes are there for multi-purpose camping that are strong?

I'm looking for a multi-purpose rope for camping with the following specs: Synthetic Preferably 7/16" dia or less 750-1000lb test break strength I don't plan on climbing with this rope but it would ...
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Why did backcountry camping at Canyon de Chelly collapse?

Looking at Canyon de Chelly backcountry camping visitation by month: Backcountry camping went from usually more than a hundred per month, up to several hundred per month, throughout spring, summer (...
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Hot coffee brewing solutions for deep woods camping

I'll be going pretty deep into the woods with some buddies and staying in a cabin; I'll have access to a campfire and a wood stove. Can also bring batteries of any kind with me. I'd love to bring my ...
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Need Help Identifying a Birdcall (Sierra Nevadas)

I went on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas and in the third or fourth night while we were camping next to the Kern River we heard this odd noise. At around 5-10 PM we would here an ...
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Using roof rails to set up hammock

Has anyone experience with attaching a hammock to roof rails of a regular car? I just bought a hammock for my next camping trip. I will be traveling mostly by car and sleep in a tent but wanted ...
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Inner tent - Vango F10 Xenon UL 2

Some time ago I bought Vango F10 Xenon UL 2 tent. Had no chance to use it yet as I had to cancel the trip I was planning on using it on. Now I'm planning something new, but as it's going to be in some ...
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