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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:15 PM 07/18/08 (CST)
Well its not related to fishing but alot of us on here I'm sure go camping. I am always looking for ways to make the trip easier and more hastle free. Usually that means finding cool new gizmos or maybe creating some gear myself that makes life easier or maybe its finding a cool new recipe that is easy to make and extra tasty.

I thought I would see what your best camping secret is. Do you have a favorite recipe that is easy to cook while camping, or do know of some cool gear that makes life easier, or maybe you just know how to rig something up that makes life easier.

One thing I have been thinking about trying is a camping hamock. I have seen them a few places. They are small nylon hamocks that pack into a little pouch and most come with netting to go over the top of you to keep bugs out. I thought this would be great. No more sleeping on the hard ground and not need to bring a tent. Just a rope and tarp to create a roof to keep the rain off if need be and a blanket for warmth and you are all set. Would be great for a BWCA trip when weight and space is a big consideration.

Anyways, what kind of tips, tricks, advice do you all have? I am anxious to learn some new tricks.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:06 PM 07/18/08 (CST)
just a rope and tarp to keep the rain off? where do you camp that the mosquitoes haven't found?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:52 AM 07/20/08 (CST)
I'm really a big fan of the Plastic Beer bottles no need to carry all that extra aluminum or glass out of the Bush when you can just toss them on the fire when consumed!.. smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:52 AM 07/20/08 (CST)
When we go up into the BWCA, we will pack along a frozen 8 lb. roast. After the first day, it is thawed out and it makes a great meal the second day in, escpecially after paddling most of the time to get to your destination. Freeze dried out in the boondocks gets old fast so it is nice to have some fresh meat. I wouldn't wait more then the second day, though... you don't want that meat going bad on you.

We used to get bothered by bears ocassionally, and we would bring along M-80s to scare them off. Totally illegal, I know, and we don't do this anymore, but shooting off one of them would get any bear running. I know some who bring a pistol just for the noise. Of course the 'ol "banging on the frying pan' still works, unless that bear is really hungry.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:53 PM 07/20/08 (CST)
I can see banging the pan becoming the dinner bell for the bear.. then you becoming THE dinner....

I watched every episode of 'The Alaska Experience' and the bears up there didn't run from ANYTHING the people tried to scare them away with. The last resort was spreading their own #1 around the campsite which they think may have deterred animals from coming close.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:25 AM 07/21/08 (CST)
We take frozen steaks with to the BWCA as well. After the first day of paddling they are usually thawed so the first night in we have a good steak dinner.

I found the best bear repllent is a clean camp and a dog.

What do you guys do about your food packs? Do you guys hang them or do you just place them away from camp aways? I have heard many people quote an expert saying your best bet is to store in on the ground away from camp aways. But I just don't by it. When on the ground the packs are also available for all sorts of critters besides bears. I will always hang my packs away from camp.

Also I find that the 2 pieces of equipment that make life easier are a good lantern and a good knife. Either a propane or gas lantern will make everything easier at night and a good sharp knife that you take care of is usefull in so many ways.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:12 PM 07/21/08 (CST)
Best piece of camping advise I can think of is tell more than one person where u are going and when your getting back.

Our family always does the frozen steak thing also, makes my mouth water just thinking about it. We hang our packs also. And always keep a clean camp and take the dogs.


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