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Somewhere in New England to go camping over 4th of July?

My 4th of July plans seem to have exploded, and I'm trying to make a backup plan. Since it's a 3-day weekend, I'd like to go camping somewhere—but I'm expecting that all the decent campsites are going to be packed and I'd really like to avoid that. Do you have any suggestions for where I could go with a couple of friends to enjoy a little camping without having to deal with too many other people? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jun 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Printing photos in the woods

As part of an art project, I would like to be able to use my Canon Selphy CP910 portable printer to print about 30 4x6 prints while at a remote campsite for 5 days. I was thinking maybe I could get a portable, rechargeable UPS like this. How do I figure out how many prints I can get out of something like that? Is that the best option? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetryarts on Jun 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Please make me feel better about my partner hiking the West Coast Trail

My partner is hiking the West Coast Trail in two weeks. They are going as part of a for-hire group that provides most of the necessities. But! They have not trained specifically for it, though they have SOME hiking and camping experience, and have the required gear. I am scared shitless that something terrible will happen. Please give me hope? More inside. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Jun 7, 2016 - 31 answers

Camping/hiking on the cheap in Utah, NM, CO, AZ, etc.?

I have about 8-10 days I want to kill in the Southwest between events in Pueblo and Santa Fe. I would love to spend it camping, hiking, driving through scenic areas, working on photography, etc. I've read some other questions here and poked around my needs are kind of specific and I'd like advice on where to go. [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jun 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Day Hiking

I would like to leave the world behind for a week in early July. I would like to do this by doing some solo day hiking in a awesome locale. Ideally I fly from Austin with minimal connections, rent a car, get a cool place to stay, and do some 5-15 mile hikes each day for 3-5 days. Where should I go?
posted by jasondigitized on May 31, 2016 - 18 answers

Looking for kayaking route for multi-day Lake Powell trip.

We've been scouring the internet for cool routes and it's just not cutting it. There are a lot of routes that people suggest that have heavy traffic and boating. We're looking for something a little more remote or secluded. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on May 29, 2016 - 0 answers

Car camping recommendations in the Plumas/Graeagle/Gold Lake area?

Planning a week long car camping trip to California's Lakes Basin region -- roughly Gold Lake/Yuba River/Feather River (the general area of this map). Looking for recommendations for campgrounds. More details/requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on May 26, 2016 - 2 answers

Best coastal camping in Maine?

My sister is going to do some solo camping in Maine this summer, and would love to be as close to the coast/beach as possible. Favorite campgrounds? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on May 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Where Can I Pitch My Tent AND Ride My Bike? SoCal edition

Next month I'm strapping my big 'ol mountain bike to my car and driving up from Los Angeles to Marin County to visit friends. Where should I stop along the way to camp and ride? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Easy prep-ahead recipes for camping

Please suggest recipes for car-camping meals that I can prepare before leaving home. I don't want to chop or grate at the campsite, but I don't mind assembling. I am happy to cook over a fire and/or on a camp stove, but no charcoal grill. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on May 16, 2016 - 21 answers

Couch to Backpacker program?

Is there a hiking equivalent of the Couch to 5K? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 21, 2016 - 16 answers

How is Joshua Tree camping (first come, first served) during Coachella?

We're a non-Coachella family group looking to camp that weekend someplace spectacular within ~2hrs of LA. What are the Joshua Tree camping spots around Jumbo Rocks like during the festival? I understand the reserved spots are sold out months in advance, but that's normal for JT any time of year, correct? During the festival, is it mostly a festival crowd? Or too far away to be much affected? Bonus Q = will traffic out of LA on the 105 & 60/Pomona be crazy beyond normal around noon that Friday?
posted by cocoagirl on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Pitch a tent!

I'd like to start camping again and need supplies, starting with a good tent: what specific brands and models do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Mar 28, 2016 - 19 answers

How to fix a rip in the seam of a tent next to netting

We have a 6 inch rip in the seam of the roof of our tent. It is nylon attached to netting. Is this a glue fix or a sewing fix? Google is giving me mixed results.
posted by kristymcj on Mar 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Sur la terre, les animaux. Du plus petit au plus gros.

Another geeky field recording question! I live in L.A. and would like to spend Memorial Day weekend in a "primitive camping" situation, surrounded by noisy nocturnal wildlife, to make long-form field recordings (6-10 hours). Birds and beasts are a particular interest. I'd like as little human company and contact as possible. Where would you go within, say, a six-hour drive?
posted by mykescipark on Mar 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Affordable last-minute weekend vacation options near the SF Bay?

I want to go on a nice trip next weekend (March 4-6) with the person I'm dating, but I'm having trouble finding affordable, appealing, not-already-booked places that are within a 3-4 hour drive. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 23, 2016 - 14 answers

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 - 17 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

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