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Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:56 am
by Reefmonkey
Lollipop wrote:
bbop wrote:I'm looking at getting an ax.


Axes while camping scare me. I grew up using one and have never had an accident with one, but when someone does have an accident with an ax, you need care beyond what most of us are trained to handle. A bow saw will do most things an ax will do, only better and safer.

Lollipop


And is a lot lighter and more portable than an axe as well. I agree with lollipop here. When I am volunteering on trail maintenance crews, every once and a while you see a guy with an axe, and I give him a wide berth. A bow saw is safer, easier to carry, and you can get more work done with it because it doesn't fatigue you as fast as swinging an axe.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:07 pm
by Finn Maccumhail
As somebody who has never done the kayak/river camping thing I'm severely jealous after seeing some of these pictures on the threads.

I've done plenty of camping and plenty of kayaking but other than camping on the beach and yakking the surf I've never combined them.

How about info on put-in/take-out spots, safe places to leave your vehicles, shuttle services, etc?

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:15 pm
by bbop
Reefmonkey wrote:
Lollipop wrote:
bbop wrote:I'm looking at getting an ax.


Axes while camping scare me. I grew up using one and have never had an accident with one, but when someone does have an accident with an ax, you need care beyond what most of us are trained to handle. A bow saw will do most things an ax will do, only better and safer.

Lollipop


And is a lot lighter and more portable than an axe as well. I agree with lollipop here. When I am volunteering on trail maintenance crews, every once and a while you see a guy with an axe, and I give him a wide berth. A bow saw is safer, easier to carry, and you can get more work done with it because it doesn't fatigue you as fast as swinging an axe.


I like this bow saw thing guys--
Thanks!

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:39 pm
by Redshift
Get a hammock! Makes setting up camp a breeze! It's very low impact, lightweight, and super comfortable...

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Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:25 pm
by bbop
Wents to Lowes today and got a bow saw and machete, Thanks for the input!

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:35 pm
by Sand Trout
Redshift wrote:Get a hammock! Makes setting up camp a breeze! It's very low impact, lightweight, and super comfortable...

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Hey Redshift, where was this pic taken? Looks beautiful.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:19 pm
by Redshift
34.77786, -94.69885

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:50 am
by CypressAg83
Redshift wrote:34.77786, -94.69885

Cedar Lake, in far East-Central Oklahoma?

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:33 am
by Redshift
Yep... That was one of the stops on our 4 day Winding Stair hike. Yes, I would recommend this hike to a friend!

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Thu May 20, 2010 11:04 am
by Brasos
A space saving technique I use is breaking eggs into a Nalgene bottle - it will hold 18 eggs.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri May 21, 2010 9:29 pm
by coloradontexas
anyone got pictures of their yak loaded for camping? Would love to see how ya'll are doin it.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri May 21, 2010 9:31 pm
by bowgarguide
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Here you go
Ron

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:58 pm
by Bayou Burner
2 Words:BEANIE WEENIES.....or any other canned grub.Stinks if you go camping and rains enough to not be able to make a fire or start a portable cooker.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:36 am
by FishingSETX
coloradontexas wrote:anyone got pictures of their yak loaded for camping? Would love to see how ya'll are doin it.


My Setup for 4 days on the Lower Neches (BA steinhagen to Evadale, TX)

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One of the other guys

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Notice how LOW the yaks are sitting in the water even without paddlers!!!!!! My gear will be cut down DRASTICALLY for the upcoming Devils river trip!!!!!!

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:15 am
by Jeaux
OT Vapor 12' is my floating camper. I cut out the rear storage area wear as a large and small dry bags can be stored under the hatch cover with a cooler strapped down on top. There is a lot of storage room under the front deck. Cord is tied to bags and clipped with in reach to pull from under the deck, They are pushed in place with my paddle. When I decide to go to sleep dry bags from under deck are lashed topsides. My 6'4" frame slides in my tent on top of a sleeping pad in the cockpit for a floating nights sleep. Just find a protected cove tie off bow and stern and set up camp.
The Vapor's wide flank allows it to handle a load (236lbs. human ballast & gear) and sail amazingly well with my 9'x4' V sail. The sail also serves as a rain shelter when pulled back over the cocpit. Can't wait for cooler weather for overnighters. Anyone game, let me know.
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Early morning on Grapevine after night tied up between the trees.
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Mallards that woke me up.
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Peaceful night paddling

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:54 am
by Lollipop
coloradontexas wrote:anyone got pictures of their yak loaded for camping? Would love to see how ya'll are doin it.


I do not have photos of my kayak loaded and on the water, but I have photos of two companions who joined me for a trip on Boquillas Canyon. We had agreed to each take not more than 76 pounds of gear. That included 3 gallons of water each (25 pounds). When we showed up at the launch site, one of the participants, an avid backpacker, showed up with what he described as a little more than 76 pounds of gear. The other gentleman packed most of his gear neatly in his sit inside.

Lollipop

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:55 pm
by milret
I think I spotted the Kitchen Sink in the last pic.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:13 pm
by TDD
I'd need a defib machine and a pretty nurse to blow me up if I carried all that stuff and tried to paddle far. :shock:
Was he setting up camp for the summer or what??

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:38 pm
by Lollipop
He was camping two nights on the river and loved being contrary. He insisted that he needed it all, so he brought it all. We insisted that he paddle it and not litter the river.

Lollipop

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:13 pm
by Milkjug
Cool thread.

When bringing eggs to eat, open them beforehand, and put them all into a jar or similar container. You won't have to worry about them breaking, and they take up less space. When it is time to cook, pour them out slowly (so you don't pour too many), and they will plop out with the same ratio of white to yolk.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:49 pm
by volyak
M.saxatilis wrote:Most fast food reataruants buy their pickles in five gallon plastic buckets. These have water tight and air tight sealing lids. I ask the manager for a pickle bucket and he knows exactly what I mean. Simply wash them out with a bit of soap and water till the smell is gone...and viola!! A floatable watertight container that fits rather nicely in a canoe or (probably) a kayak.

It will protect a sleeping bag, clothing, food, and with a bit of foam padding most electronics small enough to fit inside. Costs only a few minuets of time and doubles as camp chair when embelished with a pillow.

Still have the one I carried with me on my first canoe trip down the Brazos back in "78."

M.saxatilis


Can't have too many 5 gallon plastic buckets. I get 'em at the donut shop. Their icing comes in these buckets.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:36 am
by CypressAg83
Getting ready for a camping trip this weekend and decided to revisit this old post.
I'm ready to roll as soon as I figure out where to lash the kayaks.
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Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:40 am
by bowgarguide
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Ron

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:15 am
by timbo
Coat the bottom of your pots, coffee pot, etc. with a bar of soap when you cook over a fire or stove. This will make it easy to wash the soot, or gas residue off later.

The only stove I carry is a Coleman backpacker stove now. It does take up any room, I can fry fish, cook coffee, boil water or anything else I want to do with it. I've taken it on several weekend hiking trips and it's never failed me. Takes about 5 minutes to boil water.

Re: Camping - Helpful Hints

PostPosted:Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:08 am
by SurfFishLife
I keep like items in small stuff sacks. I know which ones are my camping sacks, so I can grab and go.

Large plastic tarp and small diameter rope to make a big rainfly. We set this up as soon as we get to camp. If a shower (or downpour) happens, we have a place to stay dry and somewhere to stash things that need to stay dry. Depending on the setup, we can sometimes get a tent or two underneath.

Small bag of MatchLight charcoal. Makes it very easy to cook the first meal and get the campfire going.

I bought a 3-man (will hold 2 men) "water-resistant" (that means it will get wet, but it doesn't want to) Coleman tent years ago for $60, then spent a couple bucks on some seam sealer. I brushed all the seams with seam sealer the first time I set it up. I have been in two torrential downpours and a few rainshowers and have never had one drop of water inside my tent. When I first bought it, my friends with $200+ tents told me it would never stay dry. It's the only tent I've had for the last 15 years or so. They've been through 2 or 3 tents during that time.

My friend bought a small inflatable raft, and rigged up a stationary rudder for it so it would track straight. We load it up with firewood and whatever else and tow it behind the yaks to the campsite. He also bought a hand-cranked blender and makes frozen margaritas.