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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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How to make my own liquid camp soap?

We use Coghlan's Camp Soap when camping, it is available in handy containers at most stores that have any amount of outdoor supplies. But we can only find it in the 4oz bottle, we would like to be ...
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Unofficial camping in Kettle Moraine State Forest

I'm going to be hiking the ice age trail in the Northern unit, between shelter 1 and 2. Do you think I would be fine to just pull off the trail and find a good spot to pitch a tent in an unofficial ...
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Is rustic camping available along any of Michigan's cyling trails?

Among all of the cycling friendly trails in Michigan, do any of them offer the opportunity for rustic or dispersed camping? Preferably, every 20 to 40 miles or so.
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Without rain/snow/wind would it be significantly warmer to sleep under a tarp?

If you are sleeping in a rainstorm it would be warmer to sleep under a tarp, since otherwise you are going to get wet. It would be rather difficult to enclose a space with a tarp to the level that a ...
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How do I choose the right tent?

I am looking for a good 1 person tent, and like some of these. I need a tent that will keep out the rain if needed, but also be open so I can see the sky at night on clear nights. I want enough room ...
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How to safely heat a enclosed tent with electricity

How should I heat that tent? Is heating It with a heater okay? Are there any safe devices designed for electric heating? Is it safe to heat a tent 24 hours? Do you recommend heating while sleep, or ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

I'm looking to camp in SE Oregon. At minimum, my girlfriend and I will have sleeping bags. We're open to adding a tent, fire, and other stuff as recommended. Our goal is to be able to hike around ...
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Is it warmer to sleep with an empty bladder?

One of the recommendations for sleeping warm is to empty your bladder before bed, When your bladder is full, your body is expending energy keeping that liquid warm. If you empty it out, your body ...
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Where are some small, pleasant, natural walk-in campgrounds in France?

We're heading to the Ardèche in France in spring, an area with hundreds if not thousands of campgrounds. Many of those are massive with lots of entertainment provided by facilities such as multiple ...
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Sleeping in a sleeping bag only compared to tent camping [duplicate]

First let me set the stage: Location: Outside of Tokyo (Lake Sagami or something similar) Time: End of April Temperature: The temperature at night is above 9 °C Weather: It's dry (not raining or ...
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Are there any techniques to cooking food when camping in the wild by harnessing the energy of the sun?

Are there any techniques to cooking food camping in the wild by harnessing the sun's energy (rays)? We have all heard of solar panels being used to generate electricity, but are there any techniques ...
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How to pick a good camping airbed?

I'll start with two examples of what I don't want. Two years ago, we bought a double Kathmandu airbed in some camping shop in New Zealand. It wasn't cheap, and it was really good for a month of ...
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Would it be warmer to sleep at the bottom or on the side of a valley?

Given that temperature decreases with altitude, and yet inversions happen where cold air is below warmer air, as a general rule of thumb, where would the warmest place to sleep be? Here is one place ...
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Can I place a Dutch oven directly into/next to a camp fire?

Most of the guides I have found relating to Dutch ovens recommend placing hot coal on and underneath the oven, or hanging the oven from a tripod. I was wondering if my cast iron Dutch oven could be ...
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Dangers of solo hiking (in Ontario)

I have the next week off and I was thinking about exploring some parks in Ontario (e.g: Algonquin). I am prepared for the colder weather and am thinking of doing some trails. Some people I've talked ...
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Where to camp for almost free on the surroundings of Los Angeles?

Here's what I want to do, I want to camp (pitch a tent and go hiking) but I don't want to stay too far away from Los Angeles, and I want to camp in a place with a toilet and maybe a shower, I might ...
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How to assess the likelihood of a tree falling in a forest?

Sometimes while camping in forests, there will be dead trees around, or in forests where there was a fire, a high percentage of the trees will be dead. While it is not extremely likely that a tree ...
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Choosing a sleeping pad for camping

I currently own the most basic closed cell sleeping pad that one could buy. I'd like to upgrade to a better self inflating pad. I've narrowed it down to about two options: REI AirRail 1.5 REI Trekker ...
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What kind of foot pump would I need to build a DIY camping sink?

I want to build a simple DIY foot pump based camping sink. I can't seem to understand what kind of foot pump should I be buying. I don't know what is the exact term for this kind of foot pump: http://...
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Is there a fuel cell that would be clean and quiet enough for RV/Camper/Trailer use?

Gasoline generators are notoriously noisy (some are more quiet) and smelly. Many areas like US national parks have restrictions on the use of generators. Fuel cells are used in many space ...
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Why do most tents have black floors?

From all the tents I saw, including the two I have, most of them had black floors. Sometimes, the older tents have differently colored floors, but all the new ones are all one color (usually bright ...
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Dishwasher Discolored Mess Kit

I have 2 aluminum mess kits. One is a Boy Scout branded one from the 90's and the other I just bought recently for my son. Both was bright and shinny metal but I put them in the dishwasher before a ...
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When making camp in the mountains, which direction should I face my tent?

Sometimes I hear that, when making camp in the mountains, a tent should be pitched so the door is facing a certain direction, usually downhill. I've repeatedly asked why I should do this, and the ...
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How can I take my dog kayaking?

I wonder if there are any dog crazy people like me out there who have ever tried to take their dogs kayaking or floating down the river. Has anyone seen anything created for dog-friendly kayak ...
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Fishing/ Kayaking/ hiking in Acadia Maine

I am heading to Acadia, Maine this week for a one week camping, fishing, kayaking and hiking. I've been there once but just for couple hours. Any recommendations for fishing spots in the island? I ...
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How do you smoke salmon in the wild without a smoker?

How do you smoke salmon in the wild without a smoker? I am going camping with a few friends and we would like to try smoking any salmon we catch during our time in the wild. How do we safely smoke ...
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Which characteristics to look for in charcoal for a Son Of Hibachi portable grill?

In addition to my question about how to light a Son of Hibachi portable grill, I want to know which charcoals I should get. Which characteristics should I have an eye on?
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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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How to generate white smoke in the wilderness?

Fictional Scenario - Suppose you are out camping and are stuck somewhere. You want to create a signal of white smoke to attract help. So what are the naturally occurring substance which when burnt ...
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Where to sleep while bike-touring southern Ontario? [x-post from bicycling]

I've been on-and-off planning a (reasonably) short bike tour from the Kitchener area (about 100km west of Toronto, in Canada) to Ottawa/Montreal, followed by a train ride home. I know most of what I ...
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What are the best methods to clean out a fire pits and dispose of the ash?

Are there any recommended methods for disposing of ash from fire pits while primitive camping? I have run into several fire pits in National and State forest camping areas where the fire pit or fire ...
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Tent or hammock safer from lightning?

If a lightning storm is coming, and you had a tent and a hammock/tarp with you, which would you choose, based only on relative safety from lightning?
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What is the best way to manage Scottish midges?

I have seen some posts that mention midges and midge spray. I am wild camping in Scotland in August. Should I be worried about them? Is there anything else a part from midge spray I can use to keep ...
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Are there any areas in Southeast Asia where it would be safe to wild-camp with a tent in the mountains?

I am not interested in camping on a campsite among lots of other people, I want to pitch-up a tent where there is just me and nature around. Are there any areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (...
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Are there wild camping rules in Scotland?

I am planning a 7 day trip in Scotland. I am considering some possible cheap options for accommodation, and I have read wild camping is permitted. Are there any rules that need to be respected? Does ...
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Any tips to prevent theft while tent camping alone in a caravan park?

This summer. I will be camping on my own at a coastal caravan park located between 2 towns. In terms of safety (theft) and other things, what do you advise?
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Do I need to worry about inadvertently signalling while using a space tarp?

If I use a space tarp (basically a heavy duty reusable space blanket) as a sunshade or as a ground tarp with the shiny side facing up, do I need to worry that someone might see it and think that I am ...
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What's a good place for a beginner to go backcountry camping in Oregon and California?

I am a beginner hiker who is looking to spend a few days alone in the woods while not putting myself at risk before I am familiar yet. Criteria: easily accessible by a normal car sufficiently ...
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What to wear to walk to showers: clothes or towel?

This will be my first tent camping trip in my life. And I don't know what to wear to the showers. I usually sleep naked in the summer so my preference is for just wrapping a towel around my waist and ...
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Optimal timing/routing for a year visiting US national parks?

There are 59 National parks in the US. Of which 49 are in the Continental US (lower 48). There are 52 weeks in a year. I would like to take a year and spend about a week camping and exploring each ...
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Quality of duck vs goose down

While searching for a sleeping bag I was told that goose down is clearly superior to duck down in terms of quality. I guess that means e.g. the fill power (measured in cuin). What exactly are the ...
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Are there any possible telltale signs along a water's edge that it would be a good spot for gold panning?

A friend and myself would like to do some gold panning this summer for the first time. We both live in southern British Columbia and have the intention of going into some known gold producing areas. ...
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Legal deep-woods campsites or forests that allow off-trail hiking and ad hoc camping in Maryland?

When I was in Boy Scouts every month we went camping places that seemed to be deep in the woods with no one else around within hiking distance. When I go to reserve a campsite as an adult they're all ...
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Review of Hammock setup sketch [duplicate]

I'm trying to visualise how to setup my first hammock and what kit I will need (excluding tarp and underlay) can you check my sketch below (excuse the simplistic style) and confirm that I have covered ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

I'm contemplating using a hammock for my next trip, usually I'd keep my backpack and boots with me inside when I sleep to keep them dry. Is there room in a hammock for a backpack and boots? Or is it ...
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What should I look for in a head torch? [duplicate]

After my first wild camping experience, I found that my hand torch was really inefficient in the evening compared to other people's head torches - what are the features that make a good head torch?
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What is “Dry Camping”?

I heard the phrase "Dry Camping" while watching an American RV show. What does it mean? Are there similar but different terms for the same thing in other parts of the world?
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Dispersed camping allowing gathered wood fires within 5 hours of San Francisco?

This is somewhat related to this previous question, however we are specifically looking for an area that allows gathered-wood fires. Yosemite is a first choice, but other than there, where within a ...
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Can windowless tents be adjusted for adequate ventilation?

I have an older tent, and it has some zip-down windows that can be completely closed, or opened for ventilation, with a rainfly that covers more or less just the top of the tent and leaves the windows ...
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How many gallons of water can you boil with one isobutane cannister?

I'm trying to figure out how many cannisters of isobutane to bring on a 5 day family backpacking trip. I figure we'll boil about 1.5 gallons of water per day (use this as a unit of measurement: ...