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Old 09-01-2016, 01:07 PM   #11
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So now we know why Donna hides behind that avatar picture, to retain her anonymity...
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:19 PM   #12
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In the past I have done a couple thousand nights of camping, more than half in the backcountry backpacking, ski touring or canoeing.

One of the ones that is well ingrained in my memory is a winter ski trek. Back then we just packed up and went, never looked at forecasts, as all they ever did was discourage going. Well, the overnight lows were -40° (you pick, °C or °F ). Fortunately we built quinzees (snow shelters) to sleep in so temps inside were actually nearer freezing.

Things I discovered;
- Rum at that temperature is a hard slush, thank god we put it in wide mouth nalgenes
- The only way to eat an apple was to smash into bits with a machete and put it in the porridge.
- Firewood splits extremely easy
- You can hold your hands 12" away from hot flames
- And, the hardest substance in the world at -40° is cheddar cheese. Even the machete would barely put a mark in it. Pre-slicing happened on ensuing trips.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:43 PM   #13
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A funny thing...

We decided to go for a week long trip on Vancouver Islands West Coast to a very busy provincial campground. Our 19 Escape was getting lots of looks, a couple walked into camp and introduced themselves and the husband had a quick look at it while his wife was talking to mine. When I opened the trailer door I hear " Oh God" he is gonna want one now ! My wife chuckled. The visitors went on about their way, on the way back they stopped and said there was another Escape and it was a 21 ' and that they had spoken and the owners would be down to see us.

Maybe a couple hours later an older gentleman walks into camp smiling and says another Escape. After talking for a bit I mentioned I had an issue with my water pump not wanting to shut off and a possible water leak from under the toilet. He leaves and goes back to his site, awhile later he returns and said his wife said go give that fellow a hand, so Jim came back and explained he was a mechanic on dentist tools and he was here to help. He brought a large funnel with a hose down just in case our tank was low on water which it wasn't but I liked his funnel and hose contraption. He had had a look around and we could not figure it out but made a few funny jokes a few laughs and disappeared. What a nice chap, never got his contact info. If you read this Jim, shoot me a pm !
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:46 PM   #14
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Mine is also back in the tenting days, but is one of the main reasons for getting a trailer. My late wife & I made a 2:00AM distant bathroom run in a huge campground. We were talking (quietly) on the way back to the tent & it suddenly seems like we had been walking an awfully long time - yes, we were lost.

It was an interesting combination of what are we going to do until daylight, should we shine our flashlight on the tents of other people, & giggling at the absurdity of it all, but we eventually found our tent & decided then & there that we needed to find a way to skip the night time bathroom runs!
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:03 PM   #15
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Ok, one camping story I always remember:

Back in the 80s, I was in the military stationed in Arkansas. One long weekend myself and a work buddy decided to go camping along the Buffalo River in NW Arkansas. He'd not done much camping but I loved to backpack into remote spots, tent and sleeping bag attached, etc. Even took a small campstove and some fuel.

We found a beautiful campsite right along the river bank with a cliff on the other side. Once we had cleared away dry leaves, etc from a level area, and had set up our campsite, my buddy decided it was time to build a campfire.

I guess he was having a hard time getting it started so he decided to accelerate the process with Coleman fuel. Just as he was about to start pouring the fuel, I said "watch out, the flame can crawl right up into the can. It did so as I said it. He stood there with his eyes wide as saucers watching the flame flicker in the top of the can. I said "don't throw that can, you'll spread fire all over the campground " -- which he then did.

Now we have a pretty good sized fire all over the area where the fuel splashed. He runs to the river with a bucket to get water to douse the fire. As he reaches the river bank, I holler "watch out for the bank, it's steep and you could fall in". As I said the word in, he does just that.

He comes out of the water soaked from head to toe, and between his water and my stomping and dirt throwing, we managed to get the fire put out before we burned the whole forest down.

At this point I'm having a very hard time stopping myself from laughing hysterically, but I manage to do so. As he sits down across from me at the fire, he announces he doesn't have any dry clothes, because it was only a 2 day trip and he didn't intend to change. I lend him some of my clothes.

Since we didn't have any Coleman fuel anymore, the dinner and breakfast the next morning was done in foil pouches in the fire.

I don't know what the moral of the story is, other than to not take a a greenhorn wilderness camping with you. But, every time I recall this story it still makes me laugh.

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Old 09-01-2016, 02:21 PM   #16
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When I was decades younger I did a lot of backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail. One long weekend, three of my gal friends and I took off for a long hike in the Sisters Wilderness area. We came across a beautiful lake with a waterfall and decided to setup camp. Being hot and sweaty, we stripped to our birthday suits, grabbed the Ivory Soap and jumped in to "refresh." DANG that water was cold! Moments before we had decided it was time to get out, dry off and build a campfire we heard voices... a lot of voices. Here comes about 30 Boy Scouts and 4 Leaders. Needlessly to say, the young guys got an eye full (and we heard hoots and hollers) as four twenty-something women "jetted" for their towels which were dozens of yards up the beach.


I remember it clearly, just as if it happened yesterday. I wonder if any of the boys do?
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If that happened today you'd be a viral You-tube video within the hour! No one would have to remember, we could all watch it.
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In the 80's I'd decided I wanted to go hike the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I got a permit for Horseshoe Mesa for a week and booked 5 of my friends. Over the 6 mos waiting for the trip they all bailed. I went anyway by myself. There are only 2 permits with up to 6 on a permit for 10,000 acres issued back then so there was only a possible 6 other people camping in my 10,000 acres. I spent the whole week down in the solitude of the Canyon with nothing on but my hiking boots.
It was only months later that my friends informed me of all the Japanese tourists on the rim with high power state of the art camera lenses shooting away. We figured I was the star in many Japanese tourist slide shows for years after they got home.
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...Being hot and sweaty, we stripped to our birthday suits, grabbed the Ivory Soap and jumped in to "refresh." ...
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...I spent the whole week down in the solitude of the Canyon with nothing on but my hiking boots...
Sounds like some members of this forum will take any and every opportunity to shuck off their clothes!
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Was thinking the same thing Dave. Bunch of closet nudists!

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Unfortunately, my birthday suit has gotten to the point it now needs to be ironed because of the wrinkles. From a distance, I'd look like I had slept in my "clothes"
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