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Old 09-16-2014, 10:36 PM   #21
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We are 64 and 57 years old respectively and will continue to sleep on the ground on occasion after we begin using our 17b this January. The piece of equipment that makes this possible is our Exped 9 pads. DownMat 9 M | Exped USA. These things are almost 4" thick and are FAR more comfortable and warm than any other mat out there. Not cheap but if you want to continue camping, consider this piece of equipment.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:57 PM   #22
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It seems I am getting myself in a bit of a pickle here, with my admitted love for what tent camping offers me. Oh well, I gots thick skin.
No pickle, no judgment. There will always be folks running Marathons at 95 years of age.

I'll watch it on TV from the comfort of my 5.0TA on the television!

And... be grateful I'm still camping and have my eyesight
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:02 PM   #23
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Thank you everyone. I've learned that having a trailer does not signal an end to tent camping if you're still enjoying that. I knew we would continue to backpack to get to those hard to reach places. But I wondered if we would get so spoiled with the trailer that we would never want to 'car' camp again. Sounds like that is not necessarily the case.

Really looking forward to getting an Escape in probably a year, after we retire. Until then I will continue lurking on this great forum! Thank you!
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:23 PM   #24
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Doubt we will. Our trip to Kings Canyon in July '13 was the catalyst for buying a trailer. I did camp last night at Rasar State Park in a $25 tent from Big 5 in Burlington. It worked, but am at Sandman tonight in Abbotsford; tomorrow in the 21 somewhere...

BTW, saw a man in his 70's with an old canvass tent chopping wood at Silver Lake County Park. Was checking it out for tonight but wussed out. Had to be in Canada 2nite.

Backpack camping is a different league of course and cannot compare to park tent camping. Have been fortunate to have been on Mailgne Lake and can only imagine how fine that must be camping back there.
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We are 64 and 57 years old respectively and will continue to sleep on the ground on occasion after we begin using our 17b this January. The piece of equipment that makes this possible is our Exped 9 pads. DownMat 9 M | Exped USA. These things are almost 4" thick and are FAR more comfortable and warm than any other mat out there. Not cheap but if you want to continue camping, consider this piece of equipment.
We have had those since they came out 10 years ago. I would bet my wife would not even come along, if we did not have these. I rate them as the top single item that has improved our camping gear since...forever.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:49 AM   #26
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You do not have to sleep on the ground or use a tent. My sons have slept in hammocks while camping for years now, and I have recently started hanging in a hammock as well. They are super comfortable and I get a much better sleep than in a tent. Here is a pic of a typical hammock setup.

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Old 09-17-2014, 06:16 AM   #27
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Talking Reminds of a great trip and how we became an RV family

When my wife and I were first married, we were both laid off (the first Arab oil embargo and subsequent recession). We borrowed camping gear and took off with $200 and her 1974 Chevy Nova. Drove to Colorado and did a two week circuit, seeing some of the great sights of Colorado. With a $200 dollar budget I think we ate one restaurant meal on the whole trip. Was a great trip since my wife had never been west before.

On our next to last night we had planned on staying at Colorado Springs but there were thunder storms over the city. We decided to start back east and drove an hour or so toward the East. Stopped and stayed at a brand new campground (maybe a KOA). The rain followed us and in the middle of the night it started to rain and rain and rain. The campground was on freshly graded ground and as the water accumulated tent pegs loosened. I remember 3 or 4 inches of water in the tent, a collapsed tent, me in my underware trying to pound pegs back in. Finally we gave up and retreated to the car. In the morning we packed up our mud saturated gear and drove straight back to Ohio.

My most vivid memory was as we were being pulled out of the sea of mud by the owners tractor. A gentleman opened the door of his motorhome, looked left, then right, marvelled at the carnage before him, and troopeded off to the shower house high and dry.

I vowed then to get some kind of RV. The next year we bought a van and converted it for camping and had many a great trip. Later I enjoyed many great tent camping outings with boy scouts but our family vacation became RV vacations for ever more.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:21 AM   #28
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You do not have to sleep on the ground or use a tent. My sons have slept in hammocks while camping for years now, and I have recently started hanging in a hammock as well. They are super comfortable and I get a much better sleep than in a tent. Here is a pic of a typical hammock setup.

An interesting option, especially where the ground isn't level enough for a tent. Using a hammock also illustrates Jim's point that tent camping enables you to get to special places inaccessible from a trailer. Backpacking even more. Setting your campsite up 1/2 mile from the road can feel like 100 miles away as the sun sets, the other hikers head to their cars, and you experience solitude and peace.

As a retired Occupational Therapist who worked in home health, I also have to agree with Jim that declining physical capability is not strictly age related. Physical capacity in aging has been well studied, and the consensus is that a physically fit person will decline at approximately half the rate of a sedentary one up until 80 or so when we all approach life's end. There is actually good news here. We also know that if someone is otherwise healthy, it is possible to "get back in shape" beginning in your 60's and 70's. Running with the Grand-kids--cool!
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You do not have to sleep on the ground or use a tent. My sons have slept in hammocks while camping for years now, and I have recently started hanging in a hammock as well. They are super comfortable and I get a much better sleep than in a tent. Here is a pic of a typical hammock setup.
I slept in a friends hammock one night, and it was quite comfy. I would not hesitate to do it again. However, I really like the volume of a tent, having my clothes handy, and to be able to get changed easily. Mostly canoeing now, we use a 4 man tent for the two of us, and Jasper, and it feels like we are living in a huge palace compared to the hammock. Besides, Jasper, though a cozy fella, would be a space hog in a hammock.

Have you used the Exped Downmats, Dave? Holy crap have they gone up in price though. I went with my youngest brother who picked up a couple at $295 each, whereas I thought mine were expensive 10 years ago for $180. No matter, it is well worth the great sleep and comfort they afford you.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:11 AM   #30
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We haven't used a tent car camping since we got our teardrop.
We have however been backpacking and kayak camping.
Here's a shot of our last backpacking campsite several years ago.
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