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Essential gear for extended hikes/backcountry camping

I'm interested in starting to do some seasonal, overnight, backcountry camping in the northeast (spring - fall). What sort've gear do I need to get started? I'll be solo with my dog. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Feb 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Knives are totally romantic

I want to buy a camping knife as Valentine gift. But, which one!? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Feb 8, 2016 - 36 answers

Novice-Difficulty Camping +/- 2 hours from LA?

The ladybro and I have been delving into all kinds of new fun in the New Year- Bouldering, gym workouts, board games. It's been a blast! Next on the list: Camping. We're both super junior league campers. I can put up a tent and I understand the basics of starting a fire, but that's about where it ends. We're looking for a camping spot somewhere within 2 hours of LA where we could bring a tent and a couple sleeping bags and not die in the process. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Feb 3, 2016 - 16 answers

Was it a Sasquatch outside my tent last night? It was, wasn't it.

One of the most horrifying sounds I've ever heard woke me up last night as I was sound asleep in my tent. I'm assuming a sasquatch but maybe y'all can help me come up with an alternative explanation. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Jan 31, 2016 - 42 answers

Winter Camping w/ 9 yr old near Washington DC?

I'm looking for suggestions for one-or-two-day (night) loop trails within three hours of Washington, DC, that can be done in March with a 9 year old. [more inside]
posted by DoubtingThomas on Jan 30, 2016 - 12 answers

I want to go hiking in the mountains

I want to go on a week-long hiking/camping trip somewhere in the vicinity of Washington, Oregon, or Colorado, with maybe a few days rest afterward to enjoy a nearby city. I'm vaguely familiar with the Portland area, having visited once before but haven't spent much time in good hiking areas otherwise. I live in the Midwest. Can you recommend companies / packages that would make this easy and fun? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 24, 2016 - 5 answers

We're living somewhere else for a month. But where?!

We rented our house for 5 weeks in July and early August, so we're outta here (here being White Mountains, New Hampshire). We've got two dogs and a hankering for adventure. Where in the U.S. or Canada should we live for a month or so this summer? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Great Chefs Outside

I'm working on creating a 2 hour class that focuses on cooking and nutrition for wilderness guides. These folks are generally 23-33, and they mostly have some of the basics down. What are your greatest tips and hacks that make you a good cook? What are your best recipes that can be cooked over a one burner camp stove? What nutrition science is true and not just a fad? [more inside]
posted by grinagog on Jan 20, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I live in my car for a while?

So, as posted last week, I'm taking a big trip through the southwest. I'll have a car (Jeep grand cherokee) I can sleep in, a tent, a propane cookstove of some sort (plus pots and such), a good ice chest, some money, and clothes. What do I need to know to successfully survive this trip? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 13, 2015 - 35 answers

Itinerary help for 6 week western USA partly-solo roadtrip extravaganza

Past answers have already given me tons of great ideas for the Best Roadtrip Ever™; now help me polish my itinerary to perfection. Bonus points for advice on enjoying the solo stretches of the trip. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Dec 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Best $50 gift for someone who loves camping?

In my family secret santa exchange, I have been chosen to buy a gift for my sister who is a 31-year old lawyer, married with no children. She loves to go tent camping with her husband, usually at drive-in (rather than hike-in) camp sites. I would like to get her a camping-related gift that is awesome but which she is unlikely to already own. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 11, 2015 - 28 answers

Where should I buy a cabin?

I live in Los Angeles, and am thinking about buying a family cabin. Where should we look? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 29, 2015 - 6 answers

De-stenching a canvas tent for one final voyage.

So, I've ruined my Kodiak canvas tent. What steps can I take to make it usable for one more trip? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Make me a better camper by telling me your favorite backpacking hacks.

I'm looking to up my backpacking game. What tricks, strategies, and indispensable-but-overlooked items do you take with you into the backcountry? I'm looking for little things that cost little or nothing in terms of weight or money, but which make life easier in camp or on the trail. What are some of your most clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 2, 2015 - 41 answers

Retail availability of grain alcohol in New York State

Is high-proof (190 or higher) grain alcohol (Everclear, Gem, Graves, etc.) sold in New York State, and, if so, how difficult is it to find (especially in rural areas)? [more inside]
posted by enn on Sep 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me have an awesome Oregon coast trip!

I'm going to drive down the Oregon coast and back, starting in Seattle. I'd like to know how to make this trip as awesome as possible. [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Sep 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Favorite books about outdoor leadership?

I'm looking for books about outdoor leadership. Bear Grylls in book form, but not his actual books. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 25, 2015 - 4 answers

carless camping vacation! Starting point- Montreal. Destination- ?

I've got next week off, and have been too busy to plan anything until now. I want to get out of Montreal for the week, but I don't have that much money. So, Camping! I'm carless, so limited to transit + walking. I'd love to feel like I'm out in nature at the campground, but I'll also probably want to eat in a restaurant for dinner most nights and maybe go to attractions in the area if they're also accessible. spot recommendations within a ~6 hour bus or train trip of Montreal?
posted by LRAD_der on Aug 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Will campfires be allowed in Crater Lake National Park this week?

We're camping at Crater Lake National Park's Mazama Campground this week. Most of the state of Oregon is on fire right now. How do I find out if campfires within fire rings will be allowed? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Little luxuries to make tent camping fun

What are the best little luxuries that you use to stay sane and feel great while tent camping? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 1, 2015 - 55 answers

Looking for some outdoor gear (apparel) for a trip

I am planning a biking/hiking and cycling trip in the Fall and I am looking for some suggestions for things to wear (I have all of the other essentials - food, tent, supplies, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jul 24, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I add a logo to a tent?

I'd like to add a white logo/slogan to a standard nylon camping tent. What's the best way to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jul 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Go Where Others Are Not: 4th of July Edition

I hate the 4th of July. I live in Portland. Where can I go where others are not? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo on Jun 30, 2015 - 11 answers

What's the best resuable ice pack for a cooler?

What's the best ice pack to use in a cooler when car camping? Has anyone done scientific reviews of the various kinds? Is there any difference between the various brands of refreezable ice packs? I'm asking about these sorts of things. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Light, easy, fun game?

What is the lightest-weight thing that can bring the most joy and laughter to 4-5 people? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 29, 2015 - 44 answers

Best tent, backpack, sleeping bag for moderate weather?

I'm hiking out into the wild with a friend this autumn, and it's been decades since I last bought gear. I need a two-man tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other stuff. This won't be extreme camping, around 35-55°F at night, 3-4 days max. I'm looking for lightweight, durable, comfortable. Suggestions?
posted by mono blanco on Jun 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Tips for a first-time music festival attendee?

I've never been to a multi-day music festival, but this fall's Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, NY looks like it might be perfect- the price is right for camping, it's not terribly far away or hard to get to by Amtrak, and it won't interfere with my school schedule. What would experienced festival-goers recommend? Has anyone been to previous Basilica Soundscapes? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Jun 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Vegan Baking for Camping Trips

Hello! I'm going to be doing a fair number of short, weekend-only camping trips with a group, a few of whom are vegans. The rest of us are omnivores/vegetarians who don't mind eating vegan. I'd like to bring a few things...especially desserts...that I can share with everyone. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Jun 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for Your Sugar-Free Shelf Stable dessserts

Pretty much what it says on the tin. What is a good sugar free (or as low sugar as possible) dessert I can make that travels well amd doesn't require refrigeration? [more inside]
posted by FakePalindrome on Jun 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Do public outdoor reservations also reserve bathrooms and paths?

I run and hike on regional/state park trails, and I occasionally find myself in conflict with people who have reserved campgrounds / picnic areas / outdoor areas for weddings and other events. These people often believe they have exclusive right to adjacent bathrooms and trails, sometimes blocking the latter. I don't think that's the case and they are still open to the public. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla on Jun 13, 2015 - 11 answers

River Trip Recipes

I was assigned to do dinner on the 5th night (the last night) of a river trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. I'm kind of tired of the usual stuff that I make and I'm looking for good recipes that are filling and delicious. [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jun 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Long term camping in hot hot weather. What should I not forget!?

I will be doing about 4-5 weeks of camping in the mountains in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee this Summer. I think I'm pretty well prepared, but I don't want to forget anything, and would love to hear your tips for what to bring, what to remember, etc. Extra bonus points for good recipes and tips on powering devices! [more inside]
posted by still bill on Jun 11, 2015 - 13 answers

New Age Camping Newb

I will be attending Mass Bliss a several day event in the Berkshires in July for yoga, meditation, and other fun activities. I've never been camping and while they provide a list of things to bring, I'm wondering if more seasoned campers can advise me on specific brands or useful items they left off the list. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Jun 5, 2015 - 8 answers

2-day camping trip tomorrow morning. Camping + Premade Food essentials?

I spontaneously decided to join a friend's 2-day camping trip - I'll be meeting them at the campsite early tomorrow morning. I'm not an avid camper, and don't want to forget anything that might be considered a no-brainer. I'd appreciate advice on any camping essentials I may be forgetting - list of what I'm planning on bringing at the moment is inside. I'd also like advice on ready-to-eat meals or meals which can be easily prepared at the campsite. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on May 28, 2015 - 24 answers

N Cal camp sites with facilities and a short hike in?

My kids have expressed interest in camping, so I checked out a car camping site today, and I'm pretty sure won't work for us. (Specifically, there was loud music being played on car stereos; in general, it seemed like the very low barrier-to-entry of car camping led to a lot of noise and general trashiness.) But my girls are hiking lightweights, and honestly I'm no hero either. Where could I take them camping somewhere with (at least!) toilet facilities, and, ideally, shower facilities, that requires a hike of around an hour to get to? Special super bonus - somewhere within an hour or two of Silicon Valley? Ideally in the redwoods? Thanks!!
posted by fingersandtoes on May 25, 2015 - 11 answers

How to Avoid Becoming Grizzly Man Sequel

Is backcountry camping for a novice solo backpacker a bad idea in Denali? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on May 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Smartphone entertainment contingency for possible rainout

Whenever I go camping, I try to prepare for things to do just in case we get rained out and stuck at the campsite (or if it's late at night and I can't sleep or leave). I've already prepared the classic stuff (a bunch of books to read), but this is the first time I've had a smartphone with me on an extended trip! I'd love to hear suggestions of what I can put on my phone that would be a good timewaster just in case? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Going outside and staying outside

I have spent enough time indoors to last the rest of my life, I want to start sleeping outside more. I'm looking for places to wilderness camp near Chicago and I'm having trouble finding any. I've gone camping at a few drive-in type sites and that's not really what I'm looking for. I don't want to be around people watching TV in their RV. I want to be shitting in the woods. I have a hammock and a stove, where should I go within a days drive of Chicago that is actually wild?
posted by mike_bling on May 4, 2015 - 14 answers

First bike tour

I'm going to do my first little bike tour and although it's only a few days, I would love help understanding the mechanics of how this actually works. Advice and also recommendations for other books and online resources would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 1, 2015 - 18 answers

Recommend me a camping trip near Columbus Ohio

Can anyone recommend some nice places to go camping with a small travel trailer in and around central Ohio? [more inside]
posted by Poldo on Apr 30, 2015 - 6 answers

I'll take a home in the woods by myself, if I can

I'm a fairly experienced camper, but I've never gone alone, so I booked a solo trip to spend a week in the woods this summer. I have some stuff (lantern, propane stove, mess kit, sleeping bag) but I'm missing most of the basics: a single person tent, mattress pad, food, mosquito gear. What do I need? What will I want? Once I get out there, what will I be shaking my fist at the uncaring sky for if I forget to bring it along? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Apr 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Tall women of MeFi! Give me your sleeping bag recommendations.

I'd like a new sleeping bag that's mine, just mine. It should be perfect. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Intermediate level multi-day guided hiking/camping in Hawaii?

I'm a fairly experienced hiker who would like to explore Hawaii on foot. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Mar 31, 2015 - 5 answers

ME AM WANT KNOW FISHING

What's a good, straightforward book that will teach me how to fish in various environments and for different fish? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Mar 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Camping in Queensland

We're looking at going camping for the Easter long weekend and taking our telescope with us. We have a couple of requirements. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Mar 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Name that Company

I need to name a fictitious sporting goods company. This company will pretend to be a online retailer like REI who sells GPS watches, camping gear, and bikes. Although not required, the name should not already be a registered domain. The name needs to be authentic and not cheesy. Think "Gander Mountain" or "Sport Chalet". Help me name this company!
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 16, 2015 - 17 answers

How to ride a bike across California?

What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Remote New England vacations

My wife and I are looking for a week to two week vacation to take with our 5 year old daughter some time between April and August of this year. One thing we're looking at doing is renting a USFS cabin in Alaska and camping there, but I'm also considering a trip to New England. I'm wondering if there's anything there which would meet our wants. [more inside]
posted by jammer on Mar 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Help Me Find Good Backpacking Backpacks

The two of us are interested in getting into backpacking, and are each looking to purchase a nice backpack. Help us find a good one! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Feb 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me find a national park geographically between my friend and me

I want to go camping in a national park (or a really great state park) between my friend in Indiana, and myself in Austin, TX. I was initially thinking about Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but it looks like a huge percentage of it is closed during our proposed dates, around March 20th. And the reason for that is weather - as a texan it had not occurred to me, but the highs even in the warmer parts of the park are in the 60s with lows in the low 40s/high 30s. That's probably not really very suitable for us (there will be several small children) Is there anything between us (say, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas) that might be suitable around March 20th? Lows in the upper 40s/low 50s would probably be about as low as we're really willing to go. That might be a really limiting factor at that time of year?
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 16, 2015 - 12 answers

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