voyageboots replied to your post “Answers About Camping”
Dude I go backpacking! Good luck! Watch out for bears! Always tie your shit up high. Also REI does free pack fittings even if you are not buying one from them you can get fitted.
Oh, good to know! I knew they did fittings but I figured it was only if you were buying.spaci1701 replied to your post “Bought a Pack for Backpacking.”
Well, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) the only place accessible to me for camping is the Indiana Dunes state park, which is….small. Small and tame. :D So a GPS isn’t necessary, at least not yet. I probably will have cell service the entire time, but even if I don’t, it’s like…pick a direction and walk for three miles and you will reach someone’s backyard. :D underanothername replied to your post “Bought a Pack for Backpacking.”
Even more than maps and such, look into a GPS unit - some track where you are in relation to where you started from, some have emergency signals - talk to someone at a reliable outfitters and get some advice on what’s best suited for you. Also, check in with the search & rescue services in the area you plan to go, they often have great recommendation lists of what’s needed for your specific area.
For warm weather you can make a decent tent out of a tarp. Some people almost make an art form of it, origami-fashion. Lots of instructions online if you’d like to try it.
I’ve seen diagrams of that, but it seems…breezy, even for an Indiana summer :D Plus, man, so many bugs. Though at some point, if I keep up the backpacking, I may try it – it definitely would lighten the load….auressea replied to your post “Bought a Pack for Backpacking.”
If you’re camping in treed areas… a nice alternative to a tent is a camping hammock. I LOVE mine. not sleeping on the hard ground is a bonus!
I looked at those and they look super cool, but I was concerned about my ability to properly install one. I may yet give it a shot though, depending on what I find at the campsite when I do my recon.
please don’t die sam
By far the most realistic comment when it comes to me and camping. :D