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Old 07-12-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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One of my favotite tricks is when your next door camper is a prick then you dispose of your leftovers in the bushes by their camp.
I'll be sure to be nice to you next time I'm up at Balch Park!
That really shouldn't be a problem, though, since that's the way I am most of the time anyway. Thanks for the tip about using Raid around the ice chest. I guess it masks the scent of the food. Sounds like a good idea.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Hmmm, back to the OP topic....
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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Its like I said before, Its great if you dodn't mind being a snack in a ziplock bag for some big bear .
Experienced tent/backcountry campers know how to camp in bear territory - cook away from your campsite, hang your cooking and trash gear from a rope suspended from a tree (or, some campgrounds have bear proof containers available), etc.

Bear attacks on a camper in a tent sleeping are very very very rare. I think i've read of only one case out of the hundreds recorded.

It's no suprise that the "nuisance" bear problems are at developed (not backwoods) campsites with trailers, not at tent campsites. And bear attacks are most likely from those trailer residents on day hikes, not overnight backpackers.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Experienced tent/backcountry campers know how to camp in bear territory - cook away from your campsite, hang your cooking and trash gear from a rope suspended from a tree (or, some campgrounds have bear proof containers available), etc.

Bear attacks on a camper in a tent sleeping are very very very rare. I think i've read of only one case out of the hundreds recorded.

It's no suprise that the "nuisance" bear problems are at developed (not backwoods) campsites with trailers, not at tent campsites. And bear attacks are most likely from those trailer residents on day hikes, not overnight backpackers.
Coons like bears are naturally a camper worst nightmare, but with the proper training one can try to avoid it. I've never camped in an area that is prone to the big fellas, but I have seen what a raccoon can do to a camp site thats not been critter proofed properly.
I've done my share od tent camping in the jungle of Panama and thats more than enough for me to last a life time. Bugs and I mean BIG BUGS.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I used to camp quite a bit in the Land Between the Lakes in western Ky. (just getting back to it this summer) The racoons know when to come out over there. When you're sitting around the campfire late at night, you can see their eyes light up with the light of the campfire or flashlight. About 30 minutes after you go to bed you'll hear them getting in the trash cans and checking out your camp site. Won't find anything around mine. All food is either in the camp kitchen, cooler, or in the trash. Not desperate enough to throw leftovers out in the woods. lol
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA
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Man I love camping. We stay in Los Angeles and head up to Kern County/Tulare. We tent it, 20y/o Coleman stove and latern my dad used...probably older.
I cook potatoes in the coals of the fire, cook meat over the open flame, corn on the cob. Heat up beans, noodles and other things in a pan on the stove, but mostly use a fire to cook. Fish and clean it for dinner. No bathrooms, no electricity, no camp fees, just a campfire permit, my gun, fishing pole, beer and some cards or UNO!

I'm having a hard time finding friends who want to camp without a bathroom and shower. And I am only 27. Most of my friends never camp or are too scared of being eaten alive.

I'm hoping to go in two weeks.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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Not a thing wrong with tent camping. Did it for 25 or 30 years. Now have a TT. (after a popup and RV) Still do all cooking out side. Stay out side most of time. Still call it camping. (Whether you do or not) Do enjoy bath and shower. Have TV, but never watch it. Just easier to go without all that packing.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: southern california
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bek its hard to keep muggers out of a tent.
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Man I love camping. We stay in Los Angeles and head up to Kern County/Tulare. We tent it, 20y/o Coleman stove and latern my dad used...probably older.
I cook potatoes in the coals of the fire, cook meat over the open flame, corn on the cob. Heat up beans, noodles and other things in a pan on the stove, but mostly use a fire to cook. Fish and clean it for dinner. No bathrooms, no electricity, no camp fees, just a campfire permit, my gun, fishing pole, beer and some cards or UNO!

I'm having a hard time finding friends who want to camp without a bathroom and shower. And I am only 27. Most of my friends never camp or are too scared of being eaten alive.

I'm hoping to go in two weeks.
Campfire permit? Whats that?
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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I am jealous of Rv'ers. We rented one and fell in love with it. It's like a fever, can't stop thinking of one. However, we are too scared to buy one right now, we doubt our confidence in not getting a lemon, can't afford it either. Well imo, Rving is great when you have little kids. During a trip up to NY, we got stuck for 4 hours at the Geo Washington bridge. No place to go, no relief in sight. Thank god for the RV and the toilet in the back.
Now, we have to go back to look for a new place to live. I dread 3 kids in the back of our truck for 3 days. We are making it as RV like as possible. Cargo carrier on the roof and a camping potty in the trunk for the kids. lol. Probably going to be chaos but much better then flying.
I feel safer in an RV then a tent.
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