New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by Scuba » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:50 am

Car camping is a different animal than LW trail hiking/camping. Generally car camping is much more forgiving. Throw your hat in the ring and discuss everything here.


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Post by sarge » Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:49 am

Great idea. A lot of times folks ask a question and then they'll get six pages of answers regarding lightweight backpacking when they're really looking for car camping answers.
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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by UncleMJM » Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:59 am

When I car camp, I pack my backpack as if for a hike so that I am totally self contained, then I put everything else I own in the truck.

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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by Scuba » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:12 am

UncleMJM wrote:When I car camp, I pack my backpack as if for a hike so that I am totally self contained, then I put everything else I own in the truck.
Sounds like we have the same trip planner.
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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by Biker Bob » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:18 am

Mine is from a motorcycle. Bulk rather than weight is critical. It combines some of both but I learn a lot from the backpackers. Maybe in the future a short overnight hike is in the works, but age and inactivity have taken their toll. With the truck, there is room literally for the kitchen sink. Taking a sidecar is another option.

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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by tangara » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:20 am

Scuba wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:12 am
UncleMJM wrote:When I car camp, I pack my backpack as if for a hike so that I am totally self contained, then I put everything else I own in the truck.
Sounds like we have the same trip planner.
Music to my ears. I TRY, every time to figure out what I really need, but end up packing the backpack, but by the time I'm done with the car I have to hold something in while I slam the hatch shut. Maybe I'll worry less about it now that I have company.

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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by Flynguy521 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:15 am

Car camping trips are the ultimate shakedowns. I can bring multiple of everything and try it out. If I bring a lightweight tiny tarp and decide I want full coverage, pack it up, walk to the trunk, and swap it for one of my winter dreams. Decide to not unpack a UQ cuz it's hot as hades and then a cold snap unexpectedly materializes, short walk to the trunk for an underquilt.

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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by G_Man » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:31 am

Scuba wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:12 am
UncleMJM wrote:When I car camp, I pack my backpack as if for a hike so that I am totally self contained, then I put everything else I own in the truck.
Sounds like we have the same trip planner.
That pretty much sums it up for me too :shock: Pack goes in because all my hammock related gear is in there. Quilts go in storage sacks instead of stuff sacks. Why compress my down when I don't need to, right? Plastic tote with dutch oven, cast iron pan, and miscellaneous cooking/clean up supplies confess along as well. Then it's usually anything and everything else I can make fit......
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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by Scott » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:49 pm

Butt Bake seems to be a perfect example of this. Throw some water in a pack and hike in while the truck brings in the cast iron, tables, canopies, island.........

Some of us haven't figured out there is a time and place for both. My hike earlier this month, between 3 of us we had 120lbs of packs. Mainly because we don't have the lightweight gear, not that we brought very much extra. Except food we should have eaten but didn't.

When my wife and I were camping a lot, we bought a 4x8 trailer to haul out gear. Two tents, one 240 sq ft with a 7' peak, and one that could hold 4 queen size mattresses. A patrol box that weighed 150lbs fully loaded. Kayaks and bikes for 5. My wife was not into sleeping bags so much, so we even had sheets and blankets on the double thick air mattress... Funny thing is when we had to bug out for a fire, we didn't take any of that stuff cause we were going to be in people's homes not camping...
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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by stim » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:24 am

UncleMJM wrote:
Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:59 am
When I car camp, I pack my backpack as if for a hike so that I am totally self contained, then I put everything else I own in the truck.
Same here as well. Except I've never actually hiked out and camped, so I just assume everything I throw in my pack will work. :D

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Post by Karla (with a k) » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:59 am

Why call it heavyweight camping instead of car camping?
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Re: New Forum dedicated to heavyweight camping

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Post by sarge » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:39 pm

Karla (with a k) wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:59 am
Why call it heavyweight camping instead of car camping?
Well--

When you consider that the "pack" you're using weighs over a ton----- :D
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