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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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Most comprehensive online directory of U.S. campgrounds?

What is the most comprehensive directory of campgrounds for the United States?
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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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Should I drain the pierceable fuel canister once mounted to the stove?

Going to use a camping gas stove campingaz 206, which uses the pierceable fuel cartridge. The instruction on the cartridge states it should not be detached from the stove unless empty. Does it mean I ...
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I need Ozark replacement poles

I have a 6 persons Ozark tent model WT101310 , I need all the poles I have the part numbers but i can't find them, does any one knows the size of the replacement poles , the parts number are ...
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Nature camping sites in (western) Europe

Last week I was cycling through my home country (Netherlands), mostly camping on so called "nature camping sites" (natuurkampeerterreinen in Dutch). These are quite minimalistic camping ...
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Can I camp in the protected areas Þjórsárver and Guðlaugstungur og Álfgeirstungur?

I am investigating the feasibility of a hike looping around Hofsjökull. The route takes me through the Þjórsárver and Guðlaugstungur og Álfgeirstungur protected areas. The regulations for Þjórsarver ...
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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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Help with "car camping"

I want to do some car camping. I have a sleeping bag and a 1/2 inch thick foam mat, (just over one cm thick.) The interior is about 43 inches by 63 inches. (About 1.1 by 1.6 meter.) Looking for some ...
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Can a nylon tent flysheet which is delaminating be repaired?

I have a Vango Hurricane Alpha tent (made in Scotland) which I have owned since new in the early 1990s. I have recently noticed that there are irregular white patches on the inside of the flysheet ...
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Activities at the campsite

Inspired by a comment by Kate Gregory I just have to ask this question: What to do on your spare time while being at the campsite? Being outdoors several days while having good friends around and ...
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loop knot vs slip knot vs hitch knot around a tree when camping

When camping, I often need to tension a rope between two points, and it starts by tying the rope to the first point, which can be a tree. In this situation, I can use a bowline or a Siberian hitch or ...
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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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What's a good illustration of the alternate PCT bear-bag hanging method?

Illustration of the standard "PCT bear bag hanging method"[1] is easily found by search engines, e.g. https://theultimatehang.com/2013/03/19/hanging-a-bear-bag-the-pct-method/ The alternate ...
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Buying Campingaz in Eastern Europe

My boyfriend and I are currently a month into a 3-4 month trip in Europe and are finding it quite challenging to find suitable gas refills for our van. The gas runs both the cooktop and the fridge. ...
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How late/early should you pitch up/leave when wild camping in the UK/Europe?

When wild camping, the general advice I've heard is to pitch up late and leave early. However, what times are considered "late" and "early"? One thought is that sunrise and sunset would be sensible ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

I've seen tents for sale that fit in the back of a truck, like this: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/napier-backroadz-truck-tent-0340183p.0340184.html What's the benefit of having a tent in the ...
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What are some challenges to starting a small business that runs backpacking trips?

I have more than a decade of experience in outdoor recreation, environmental education, and backpacking. I am now thinking about starting a small business offering backpacking guide service to people ...
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Lost my vacuum release plug on my 5 gallon water carrier [closed]

Does anyone know I can replace the tiny white plastic vacuum release plug on my Coleman 5 gallon plastic water carrier? I lost it camping.
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How to defend from animals while camping (golden jackals, boars, foxes)?

I want to go camping somewhere (I am from Eastern Europe) but the zone is full of golden jackals/foxes. They are a bit larger than a fox, but they stay in packs. I have a husky dog that wouldn't be ...
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Can I use a glass mason jar or an empty tin can as a DIY cooking pot?

I'm talking about a small gas or alcohol stove, for example like this: Images from: https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/diy-how-to-make-an-alcohol-stove-from-soda-cans Since the stove is DIY, I was ...
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How can I prevent animals from marking my camp as their territory?

Often, when I leave my tent during the day, cats and other animals come and pee in the corners and on the carpet. They probably do this to mark it as their territory. They don't come at night when I ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Is there any resource (website, book, etc) that lists all European countries, and the state of free camping? Specifically, I want to see in which European countries I'm not fined when I place my tent ...
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How to protect from UV radiations and sunburns using elements found in nature? [duplicate]

Is is possible to avoid sunburns and block UV radiations without using industrial suncream, but using elements found in nature(plants, mud, etc.)?
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Yellowstone back country camping trip? [closed]

My wife and I are trying to figure out if back country camping in Yellowstone is something we are prepared for. We've never done this before, so the planning is the hardest part for us right now. We ...
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Does anything like the Dutch natuurkampeerterrein exist in Central Europe?

In June 2022, I was impressed to discover the natuurkampeerterrein (natural camping area) near Groesbeek, The Netherlands. In character, it was a lot like National Forest campgrounds in the United ...
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What is a good tarp setup for very high winds above the tree line?

Assuming it's very impractical to get down to reach the tree line; and that the wind is changing direction very often - so a setup with several sides closed would be preferred - what would be a good ...
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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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Is buying an expensive sleeping bag better?

I went camping a week ago and when I was sick, it was so cold. I woke up many times at night shaking because of it. I have a cheap and old Wal-Mart sleeping bag, and I am thinking about buying one of ...
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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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How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad

I went camping last trip and my nice inflated pad... deflated. I always carry a patch kit but I discovered another issue: I couldn't find the leak. The leak was small. It took quite a while of me ...
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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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Does touching the tent outer wall from the inside make it leak?

This question about how not to make anything touch the outer wall of the tent implies that doing so lets the outer tent leak water through. I never head this problem with my vango mirage tent during a ...
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Condensation, dew when biouvacking above tree line

I have problems with condensation, dew when I camp above tree line in European mountains. The problem is that my down sleeping bag gets wet from the outside. Even when I use single wall tent the ...
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Under what circumstances, if any, can thunder by itself cause damage?

We had an extremely impressive thunderstorm last night, unprecedented for the fairly moderate Northern Virginia weather, and impressive probably in most places. I was glad not to be in a tent. I was ...
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Best axe for making kindling and little work

I am looking for the best type of axe for being able to chops already split wood into smaller kindling, while also being capable of chopping down small trees.
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How to properly light a Son Of Hibachi

So my friend convinced me to buy a Son Of Hibachi :) I've set it up and want to give it a try in the evening. Of course there are several sources for a "how to" and even videos but I wanted ...
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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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End of Winter/Spring Camping

Planning a camping trip for next weekend. It is looking like it may be the end of winter. We have about a foot of snow right now. What problems am I going to run into if the weather is above zero ...
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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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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 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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What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?

I've read one one of the US national forest or wilderness websites that when camping in the wild, one should camp at a certain distance from a water source. Should I understand a water source to mean ...
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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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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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What gear for sleeping in wild camping in western Scotland in May?

I intend to go camping in Scotland (mainly the Isle of Mull, that is Western, central Scotland) next week, i.e. last week of May. I have read quite a lot about the weather and know I should prepare ...
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Resources for camping in Georgia (country)

Is there any resource provided by the Georgian government or by any other agencies about the camping in Georgia? I would like to know about the rules and safety aspects. Any resource on these would ...
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Thinking about a road trip out West

My wife and I are thinking of taking a road trip from northwest Ohio to "out west" - Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, etc. I've never been farther west than Indiana, so it's a whole new ...
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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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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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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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