New answers tagged

2

When it comes to flat tarp shape, there is no right or wrong answer. Both shapes can be used to make simple roof, lean-to-type or a fully enclosed tent-like structures. There is a ton of information about different pitches at: http://equipped.com/tarp-shelters.htm There is also this question about tarps and wind: What is a good tarp setup for very high ...


4

I have tarped for most of my outdoor experience. One year on a bet (be careful what you say at the pub...) I spend a full year under a tarp in the bush near my home. Right now I have a silicone coated 9x12 ripstop nylon tarp. Marketed as 'aquatarp' on Amazon. But for a small weight penalty, the coated woven poly tarps you can get at Big Box Stores work. ...


0

In my experience and opinion, sleeping outdoors in below-freezing weather can be pretty miserable. Certainly there are people who enjoy it, but if you've never tried it you don't know if you're one of those people. Don't bet your entire vacation on an unknown like this. Find a way to spend at least one night sleeping in similar camping gear in similar ...


0

I'd advise against plugging in a 30 to 15 amp converter and using it directly. If something short circuits in your 15 amp cabling it might not be enough to trip the 30 amp breaker (if there even is one) on the electricity pole. As noted in the description it's made for RV's and in my experience those always have a breaker panel inside to provide the required ...


1

Notice that the ad says: For use when RV has 15 AMP power and needs to plug into 30 AMP power source Now notice the 15 Amp receptacle side of the adaptor: This is a standard household outlet, which I suspect matches your charger's plug. I.e. if you rent the 15A hookup, you shouldn't need an adaptor. (But it's good to confirm this when making the ...


1

I like to use my backpack as a pillow, which is the safest place, next to all my senses and reach of my hands. :-)


0

My girlfriend and I camped at Hodgdon Meadow last year in May, we had very colder weather and snow. During the day the temperature at the upper elevations went as low as -10 Celcius with a cold wind and light snow. Overnight it probably went down to -20 with freezing rain. However Hodgdon Meadow is at ~7000 feet elevation, down in Yosemite valley proper it ...


4

The gas is compressed in the cylinder so will largely be a liquid. This is normal and expected.


0

From the "quick overview" it looks like the charcoal is started in the closed vertical position, which should get all the coals hot fairly quickly. And indeed, the process can be seen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cXOxQME5w4c


1

I'd consider two theft risks: Whole bag being stolen. Bag contents being stolen. Solutions: To avoid the bag being stolen, I'd anchor it somewhere, prefferably close to you. Easiest (and IMO safest) thing to do would be to wrap the bag straps around your body (arms, legs, etc) so that to take it they have to lift a part of your body. It's trickier to ...


9

I assume based on the [backpacking] tag and the phrases "miles away from civilization" and "most contents of a pack are essential" that you are specifically talking about back country camping and not car camping. The reason I am clarifying is my opinions on security are very different for the two and many of the answers presented here are only practical for ...


5

Two ground anchors The ones which look like large corkscrews, frequently used for securing dogs. If you screw two in next to each other and then attach a padlock between them, neither can be turned to extract them. Removing the ground anchors requires about a foot of soil to be removed. Lock the rucksack to them, and job done. Of course that doesn't ...


5

I’m having trouble finding a link, but I’ve read several praises for a net bag made out of cable. Put the bag in it and lock it closed. When ready to hit the trail again, it collapses into a little ball and goes into the pack. The hard part for OP’s situation is finding something to secure it to. The testimonials I read were from people staying in ...


4

There are many variables, with weight and budget. But given this sentence in your question slept with my backpack wedged uncomfortably beside me due to limited room in a fully manned tent I assume you are in either a one or two person tent, with the rated number of users. Consider upgrading to a tent with extra space. 2 people in a 3 person tent, or ...


2

You can buy a folding/camping bed: Then stash the backpack below the bed. Since the bed is low, and assuming the backpack is full and rather big, any attempt to take it out will result in the whole bed moving, waking you up to catch the thief before they have a chance to run away with your backpack.


9

A thin (2 or 3mm) steel wire, plastic coated, with a loop at each end works well. Anything between one and two metres will do, depending on tent situation. One end looped round the straps of the bag - or locked with a small padlock to the zip ends, and the other end wherever you prefer. That could be attached to the tent, a tentpole, your sleeping bag zipper,...


12

We hardly ever stay in a campground. We usually camp far from a trailhead, and far from the trail, in places where there are no official campsites. We have done this for decades, and nothing has ever been stolen by two-legged critters. When we are leaving our remote camps to take a hike, we put the packs inside the tent and zip up the tent. We always ...


15

Storing the backpack inside instead of next to you won't provide a whole lot more security, in some crowded places where theft is more common it might be justified. Normally, if I am worried about people my common practice is to keep a low profile and try to camp out of sight. If on the other hand, I know that there aren't any humans for several miles then ...


4

March in Yosemite is considered winter, so you need to be prepared for cold temperatures and for snow. A sunny but cold day in the snow can be gorgeous and fun, but you have to also be prepared, so if the weather turns, you won't find your self in a situation where you are struggling for survival. Trails on the valley floor may be open, but the high trails ...


2

I have never been to yosemite so I cannot answer about this part based on experience. There is however a question about backpacking in april which suggests that there will be still a lot of snow in March. If you consider this enjoyable is a matter of personal opinion. I personally probably would only enjoy this with a warm and cozy camper van, but others ...


Top 50 recent answers are included