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Where are your hidden gem small festivals?

Where are the best small music festivals in Europe this summer. In my ideal world there is a reasonably priced festival with a half decent line up that hasn't got too big for its britches. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Feb 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Yellowstone suggestions

Yellowstone lodging and other Yellowstone-related suggestions [more inside]
posted by youdontmakefriendswithsalad on Feb 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 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

There's one bottle of gin on the wall

My partner and I are about spend the next two weeks camping in a fairly remote national park in Tasmania. We are bringing a bottle of gin because we like it and being compact it can come in by boat with our other supplies. We can buy limited other supplies before we leave to mix with it. Other than that we will have access to (possibly rather mediocre) tank water and a decent camp kitchen. So please give us all your creative gin cocktail recipes that can be prepared with limited ingredients in the middle of nowhere. We will toast you as we drink them!
posted by deadwax on Dec 27, 2013 - 15 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

Gift for a camping enthusiast

My aunt is a big camper. And we're talking serious wilderness mountain/desert camping, not loading up the RV for a weekend. She shops regularly for gear and thus has most of the basic things. I need to get a Christmas present for her. What are some objects that serious campers/hikers can never have too many or too much of? Alternately, what would make a good gift as an object that is more attractive or otherwise superior to the basic utility version? (I'm thinking here of like a really good folding knife, but I am purely spitballing here.) Price range would be ~$50.
posted by Scattercat on Nov 16, 2013 - 28 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

I'd love free ChickFilA, but...

So there's a new Chick Fil A opening near me next month. I could be one of the first 100 and win free chicken, woo hoo! But... [more inside]
posted by KAS on Sep 23, 2013 - 10 answers

two damn tablespoons of olive oil...

I'm going car camping next week, and I'd like to bring a small amount of oil to cook with. I currently have a giant jug of oil and no desire to spend $6 on a tiny glass bottle of the same stuff. is there a container I can decant the oil into that WILL NOT spill in my car? I'm also looking to avoid a leaky container in an oily nasty ziploc. Clearly a cheap or recycled option would be best, but I'd be willing to buy something if it could be washed and reused and would never, ever leak.
posted by genmonster on Sep 9, 2013 - 31 answers

How can I try out camping?

I would like to find a way to try out camping, without buying a lot of gear. Can I rent gear somewhere? Maybe from an outfitter or outdoor education sort of place? My ideal would be to fly or drive to a U.S. National Park, put myself in the hands of an expert who will rent me gear and take me to a camp site, help me set up the gear and give me basic instructions about how to use it and cook stuff, then have the expert leave while I try things out for a long weekend. Does such a service exist? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Sep 9, 2013 - 25 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

Camping + swimming in northern California?

I'd like to go somewhere in northern California where I can camp--either tent camping or cabin-type camping--on or very near a lake that I can also swim in. Any suggestions? Pretty much anywhere from the central valley to the CA/OR border is fair game. I'd also be OK with less-rustic accommodations on or very near a swim-in-able lake.
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Baby, we can't light that fire.

Yum camping meal for two. Difficulty factor: no camp fire. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Sep 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Labor Day Weekend first come, first served camping in California?

What are the best first come, first served camping sites within a five hour drive of Los Angeles? Sites preferably for car camping, but a mile or two of hike is also fine. Keeping in mind that this would be for this coming Labor Day weekend, i.e. tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Aug 29, 2013 - 4 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 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

Help me replace my REI Hobitat 6 tent with a better one

I have an old REI Hobitat 6 tent that has reached the end of its useful life. There were some things I really liked about that tent, and some things I really disliked. I'd like to find a tent that keeps what I liked and fixes what I disliked. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 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

maine camping trip

My boyfriend and I are planning a (somewhat) last minute camping trip to Maine. So far these are the details we have finalized. The trip will be from August 3-14, we will be staying in Kennebunk for a night, and we will spend 3 nights in Camden Hill State Park. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Jul 21, 2013 - 13 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

Campround with waterfalls in a 2 hour driving radius of NYC

I'm looking for a campsite that has waterfalls, rivers, and/or lakes on the campground within two hours of NYC. Thanks!
posted by OsoMeaty on Jul 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Not-so-touristy camping destinations in the US

We just completed a car-camping trip to the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming and loved it. While there were clearly many others camping there also, it had zero tourist factor. We want to find other places like this. We love to camp, so that is a requirement. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Jul 11, 2013 - 16 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

Great camping (preferably with canoeing) within 6-8 hours of Cleveland?

Since moving to Cleveland, I miss the great canoeing and rustic camping options I had in Wisconsin. Can you suggest some places nearby, or within a day's drive? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

How to keep the dampness out when camping?

How can we prevent gross, damp sleeping bags/pillows on longer car camping trips when there has been recent rain? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jul 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Resources to help locate campgrounds in the PNW

You are driving through the PNW. Suddenly, you become [tired/inspired by the scenery]. You wish to find a place to camp in your vicinity. >OPEN GLOVEBOX >LOOK MAGIC CAMPING MAP [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

Beach camping in Oregon?

I'm thinking of driving down to Oregon (from BC) this coming weekend. I'd like to camp somewhere near the ocean, preferably within walking distance of a beach. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jun 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Going camping, need lunch recipes

Going camping, responsible for lunches. Need ideas. Googling primarily gives me chili and hot dogs. Ideally, I would like tasty, protein-rich lunch ideas (sandwiches are perfectly acceptable and maybe even desirable) made from ingredients that can be kept at room temperature and which have minimal cleanup. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Camp is where I say it is

Is 'informal car camping' legal in the southern Appalachians? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Vegan campfood for the carnivore at heart

Going on a 2 night trip with a couple of vegans. I don't particularly like vegetables and I especially like things like butter. When camping I like to fish, make meaty chili, etc. Can I please have your tastiest things to make and do around the campfire with my vegepeople. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jun 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Searching for the perfect dinner recipe for a large group campers.

I am responsible for feeding about 15 adults dinner on a car camping adventure next month. I always default to "foil dinners" in situations like this, but thought perhaps this time I should try something different and am looking for new ideas. [more inside]
posted by KMoney on May 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Camping + Dog = ?

Although a relatively straight forward question, I feel the need to preface it with a quick bit of background information. I have previously camped with a a well-trained chocolate lab/german shepard, family dog for well over a decade. Now, camping with my own, gentle giant / mini horse. [more inside]
posted by Wynkoop on May 23, 2013 - 33 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

California road trip details

Please help us arrange some details for our California road trip! Questions about places to camp near Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma, the Redwoods, and more. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on May 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Alternative living arrangements?

I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Camping spots in VT, NH, or MA

Does anyone have a recommendation for camping places in southern Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Mass? We're two fit adults looking to find a good tenting spot between Brattleboro and Boston that has hiking trails and water, and is somewhat secluded without being totally backcountry.
posted by transient on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Someone else is already bringing the Bug Juice . . .

We're throwing a camping-themed birthday party for a co-worker next week. I need to bring some treats! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on May 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Places to camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire? [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead on May 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Bike camping gear in northern Ontario

Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

I don't really want dreadlocks.

This feels like a silly question, but what do I do about my long, curly, tangle-prone hair when I'm out in the woods for a very long time doing fieldwork? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Backpack camping gear recommendations

My husband and I love to hike, and this summer we hope to go on some longer hiking trips that will require camping for one or two nights. What gear should we buy to make our trips enjoyable and safe? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Apr 7, 2013 - 37 answers

Car camping in Algonquin

My partner, our dog, and I will be spending 5 nights camping in Algonquin this August. Which of the campgrounds along the Highway 60 corridor has the best hiking trails? As an example of our 'skill level', we really enjoyed the Bruce Trail around Cyprus Lake campground in the Bruce Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Mar 27, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I make camping awesome?

We used to camp fairly often before kids, but our past couple of camping trips have been terrible. How can we love camping again? Give me your best camping tips. (Bonus if you have suggestions for spots within 4-6 hours of LA.) [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Mar 20, 2013 - 32 answers

Camping before the parks open

I'd like to take a couple of days in late April/early May to bike from Boston to Provincetown. None of the state parks along that route are open until Memorial Day. Is there any way I can still camp overnight along the route, or am I going to need to find other accommodations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 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

Poison Ivy

So I picked up some poison ivy camping the last week and didn't notice it for a couple of days. Pretty sure it was on one of my sweatshirts and gloves. It has only sprouted up on my wrist, which popped up on Tuesday. Do you think my sleeping bag is contaminated? If so what would be the best step for cleaning it? Dry cleaning? What about other clothing, best way to clean it? There are a lot of things on the net but I'd like to hear about real people's experience dealing with it.
posted by Astalon on Mar 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to stay in Moscow....Idaho, that is

My family and I will be traveling with some friends to Moscow, ID in July. Our friends will be staying with their family, and we will need a place to stay for a few nights. We hoped to camp, but it doesn't look like much of a camping place, am I right? Where should we stay? B&B? Hotel? Or are there campsites close by? We are 2 adults, 2 kids (ages 2 and 5).
posted by lil' ears on Mar 11, 2013 - 7 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

Joining a friend for a week on the AT, what do I need to bring? Tips?

A close friend has decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in about 10 days at Springer Mountain in Georgia. It just so happens that I have a week off with nothing to do, and he asked if I wanted to start out with him, and I said yes. Help me make sure I'm not forgetting anything (and/or shed inessentials). Any tips/tricks would also be appreciated for this AT newb! [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 answers

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