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YosemiteFilter: No Reservations.

My partner and I are FINALLY planning on visiting Yosemite in June. We would be driving in from the Bay Area, and didn't make any campsite reservations. The NPS says there are very few openings at the first-come-first-served site(s) in June. Where should we stay at Yosemite to get the best experience? Sparkly nature's majesty-flakes and more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Burning Man for International Visitors (who can't drive)

My girlfriend and I will be going to Burning Man this year. It was the sort of thing we've both wanted to do forever, and finally bit the bullet to do it. I'm scared, but purely for logistical reasons. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by popagandhi on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Generally speaking, how bad of an idea is it to go "car camping" alone?

Would it be filed under "Bad Idea", "Proceed With Caution" or "Good Idea"? [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Mar 19, 2014 - 40 answers

Can I wash an Army Modular Sleep System in my top-load washer?

I just got a set of surplus unused Army sleeping bags (called the Modular Sleep System) and want to wash them. The tags say to use a commercial, front-load washer; can I use my modern, top-load washer that does not have an agitator? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

What do I need to know about buying a tent?

I would like to try camping, but I am an absolute beginner, and don't know a thing about roughing it outdoors. I guess the first thing I need to organize is shelter, so please help me: what do I need to know about buying a tent for one person?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Let's Get Away From You All

Some friends and I would like to go camping. Must be at most two hours drive from Portland, OR, we would like to be far enough away from other people so we can have a drunken good time without disturbing anyone. Bonus: no Sasquatch. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie on Sep 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Chicago-area camping for beginners

I'm looking for a place to go camping for a night, preferably on/near Lake Michigan, over Labor Day weekend, within a 4 hour drive of Chicago. I have never camped before. I have a tent and a tarp. I need help with location, how to make fire, what to do about food, and other things a 32-year-old camping virgin should know before setting out. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by norrington on Aug 23, 2013 - 21 answers

SON OF CAN I EAT THAT, PRAWN EDITION

Prepping a car camping trip. I never take pork or chicken when camping in an effort to respect food-handling volatility guidelines. I do, however, ignore those same guidelines with respect to eggs and bacon (bacon is preserved and, well, eggs must be served with bacon at breakfast when camping). I have been requested to bring 'fresh prawns' to grill. There is no water onsite and there will be no temperature-assured cold storage, but we will have an ice chest with other cold-dependent consumables in it such as the eggs. The campsite is in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and averages daily/nightly high-lows of 72/52 at this time of year. Cursory research appears to establish that prawns are in the same set of volatile meats that pork, chicken and crab belong to. It may be reasonable to source and bring hard-frozen prawns and cook them from semi-thawed. Departure to campsite expected drive time about five hours; departure to food consumption expected out-of-fridge storage time estimated nine to twelve hours. I am leaning toward saying no to the request. Hive mind, your analysis please.
posted by mwhybark on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find a women's backpacking backpack!

Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
posted by mlo on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Car roof rack uses

I have never owned a car roof rack. I would like to own one to haul extra stuff. What are the best uses for a car roof rack? What configurations and additional roof rack accessories will I need to best utilize it? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on May 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Car camping in the US

Help me compile a togo list. I'm open to everywhere, everything. What is your favorite lesser-known US National Park or State Park for car camping? And the best time of year to visit?
posted by 1066 on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Advice for camping out overnight for oral argument at the Supreme Court?

What should I know before I camp out at the Supreme Court to try to see the oral arguments in the marriage cases in late March? What should I pack? How is the line policed? [more inside]
posted by zahava on Mar 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Tips for a trip to Mexico?

I'm headed to Mexico - tomorrow! We're driving, and will be headed for Rocky Point (Puerta Penasco) and San Felipe. There'll be a mix of camping and hotels, and it's just me and my SO going. Besides sunscreen and reading material, what should I take to ensure maximum awesomeness? Any great places you've been to in either city that you'd recommend? My Spanish is at about the level of a 3 or 4 year old kid, the SO is fluent, if that matters.
posted by csox on Feb 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Powering a work environment from a bike dynamo?

I'll soon be off on a big bike tour, and would like reccomendations for running a computer/tablet able to do actual work from a bike dynamo hub (details inside). [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 15, 2013 - 29 answers

A sleeping bag built for two?

What cold-weather sleeping bags allow for two people to bundle together comfortably for serious camping? Zero or under bags preferred. [more inside]
posted by corb on Nov 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Make our broke road trip awesome!

How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Wow really roughing it there, tough guys

Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Finding a good survival knife

A friend of mine has been getting back into camping/hiking/general outdoors-ness recently and has asked for my help locating a good 'survival' knife. [more inside]
posted by skrymir on Sep 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Washington State Travel: Looking for suggestions near/accessible to Wallace Falls State Park

I am planning a trip to Washington (state) in August. Most of the details are confirmed, but I have a few days that I'd like to fill... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Memphis for a day - what to do, where to camp?

The last Memphis travel question was two years ago; anything to add or change from then? [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Jul 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Paper umbrellas, plastic frying pans, and tits on a boar

Best camping cookware? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Jul 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Long Gone Alpine Campground Orchard Park NY

In the 1980s there was a campground in Orchard Park, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) on Ellicott Road. It closed sometime around 1989. It was called Alpine. I can't find a single mention of it on the internet and would love to know more about the place. It was right here. The camping is long gone, but the quarry is still there and some of the buildings are still standing. I only have fuzzy memories of going there as a kid and I'm trying to learn more about it. [more inside]
posted by Blake on Jun 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Seeking good songs for a song circle in the woods

Seeking song reccommendations for a song circle/singalong in the woods. I want songs that are simple to teach, fun to sing, sound good, and don't make you feel like a 10-year-old at summer camp. Drinking songs, sea shanties, rounds, folk songs, etc. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jun 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Insect repellents for dogs?

Help me keep the bugs off of my dog when camping! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on May 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Dog-friendly outdoor destinations in the Upper Midwest

Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by compartment on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

What essentials do I need for spring camping in Ontario?

I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
posted by iona on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Canoe! Canoe! Canoe! It's just fun to say.

Let's say that I'm looking to buy a serviceable used canoe on the cheap. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 6, 2012 - 15 answers

New England/Mid Atlantic spring break for an outdoorsy family ideas?

I need ideas for a New England/Mid Atlantic spring break trip. Would like to go to rent a house on or near a wild beach... [more inside]
posted by LittleMy on Mar 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find this old Field & Stream article about meal planning.

Looking for an old Field & Stream article about meal planning for a short camping trip. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Mar 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Picking a camping stove

How on earth do I pick a camping stove when I have no idea what the hell I'm even looking at? Requested features inside. [more inside]
posted by sperose on Feb 27, 2012 - 15 answers

May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy?

May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy? Wet? [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Feb 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Camping While Fat

I need tips for hiking and camping from fat-identified and otherwise overweight folks only! FYI I am 5'6. Thanks!
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Feb 2, 2012 - 25 answers

A Vintage Bicycle Tour

I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Sep 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Where can I find a quiet, no rules place to camp in Northern MD or southern DE?

Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to camp away from people?

We are looking to do a two night camping trip in the extreme northeast corner of Washington state. We would love to find a place to camp that is sort of remote- far enough away that we can have our dogs off leash, but close enough to a road to be able to pack in a decent amount of supplies. I have two questions: Is it legal to just drive up a mountain road and camp somewhere? Could we have a campfire without worrying about someone reporting us? We would avoid private property. Does anyone know of a place like this from personal experience? We would love to be by a lake.
posted by virginia_clemm on Sep 6, 2011 - 9 answers

How Can I Enjoy Being Off the Grid?

I'm being forced off the grid, and I'm waiting to hear back from a couple of job interviews... how can I put this out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Sep 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Civil War History Road Trip (with teens) suggestions?

Two moms, three home-educated early-teen boys, planning a learning adventure for two weeks at the end of August. Driving north from South Florida, which civil war sites/events should we not miss? Also looking for great not-too-primitive tent camping. So far all we know for sure is that we want to check out Gettysburg. We want to make it educational, but awesome and fun for our not-too-fascinated kids. Your suggestions welcome!
posted by theplotchickens on Jul 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Tent camping in The Everglades next weekend. AmInuts?

Tent camping in The Everglades next weekend. AmInuts? Have you done this before - camped in the wet season? What should I expect, or should I drop the idea? [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Jul 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking campsite near Montreal

Camping near Montreal, Quebec: Looking for a campsite that allows dogs (not just service dogs). Also would like to be able to go fishing. Scenic a plus. (In case it matters, there are six in our group, plus one dog.) Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 20, 2011 - 1 answer

Hacking the outdoors

Help me survive two months of field work! What gear should I bring along? [more inside]
posted by the oxford comma on Jun 4, 2011 - 22 answers

Best camp sites in Zion/Bryce

What are the most awesomely beautiful camp sites in Zion and Bryce in late May? Also where's the cheapest place to buy supplies? [more inside]
posted by jcrcarter on May 18, 2011 - 2 answers

What weird rules have you come up against on campsites?

Unusual restrictions or rules on campsites? Looking for examples of strange rules on camping or caravan sites. [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on May 16, 2011 - 24 answers

+1 Smoke -1 Fire?

What could cause someone to smell like clean campfire wood smoke--besides camping by a fire? [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 10, 2011 - 51 answers

Yosemite in the rain

yosemite in the rain: does it suck? [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

The Road to RAGBRAI

Suggestions for a RAGBRAI newbie? Mid-forties male, experienced bicycle rider, working on getting into shape for the ride. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 4, 2011 - 4 answers

I'll just toss this hammock up between those two coconut trees on the North Shore

Backpacking Hammock filter: I currently use a MSR Hubba for backpacking but am intrigued by the idea of hammocks and would like to go with a hammock for my next few trips; it could possibly replace my tent for all non-desert camping. There's a ton of choices to go with, so help me if you can please. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Kayaking coastal Georgia

Coastal Georgia - kayaking and camping. Does anyone have any experience? I'm looking for suggested paddle routes, campsites, etc. [more inside]
posted by DizzyLeaf on Feb 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Get outta town.

I'm a total noob when it comes to off-roading; can you help me figure out how to get started? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jan 26, 2011 - 19 answers

How to clean dishes using very little unheated water, and without requiring a rinse?

How to clean dishes using very little water, and without requiring a rinse?. The less water the better. And even better would be if the water is not heated beyond say.. room temp. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by herox on Jan 18, 2011 - 14 answers

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