2018 Polar Bear Adventure Rally

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by kaosrider, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. DJspeed128

    DJspeed128 Adventurer

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    Sounds great. I'll probably skip the trailer and take two bikes on the bed of a pickup.

    I'm part of the "Jax Supermotos" group on Facebook and shared this event and may have a few riders from there join in. If I have more than two guys coming I'll make sure they get their own site.

    When I booked through the website I tried just 2 people on the reservation and then 8 people and it was the same price.

    Thanks!


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  2. tomarsyd

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    Fellas,
    I need a little guidance if you don't mind.

    I'm 47 and haven't been camping since I was probably 12, with my parents. Would any of you mind sharing your checklist of stuff to have/bring.
    I'll be getting a tent in the next week or so and already have some sleeping pads and a sleeping bag, and that's it.
    With that said, regarding tents, are WalMart tents OK? I was planning to make a run to a BassProShop this weekend to see what they have and will also be browsing Amazon.

    I guess I'll need some camp cooking equipment and the like, but I'm really at a loss since I haven't done this is so long.
    Sorry to be such a Newbie.

    Thanks in advance...
    Tom
  3. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Just bring your parents. :D
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  4. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Haven't tent camped much either but I'd bring a 25' extension cord and $10. space heater from Walmart. You might not need it but if so you'll be glad you had it.
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  5. iMakeTheMaps

    iMakeTheMaps Adventurer

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    After reading through this thread, I would suggest a generator.

    Also, I am IN. First time, looking forward to meeting most of you. The others... well, I'll pretend to be looking forward to it.
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  6. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    Would the louder one be better?
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  7. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation

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    Absolutely.

    I believe only diesel generators are allowed at this particular campground so plan accordingly.
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    -Jake
  8. tomarsyd

    tomarsyd Adventurer

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    Haha, nice.

    That had actually crossed my mind. Are you not staying there?
  9. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Yes in an RV, #73 I think, probably have room for a tent.
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  10. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    If you’re unsure of what to buy, and don’t want to be rushed into a purchase post up and see if anyone has spares (tents, not parents)
    As far as cooking, tents, general camping gear there is no place better to eyeball stuff that works as well as stuff that doesn’t. I have loaned new campers stuff that they forgot, and stuff they knew they wanted to try. Hammocks are a prime example. I’ll bet I’ve loaned tent campers a Hennessy hammock almost as much as I’ve slept in both of mine. Most have bought one for themselves after a weekend of hanging.
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  11. ruckusracing

    ruckusracing Been here awhile

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    I'm on that site as well, it's just me in my camp site if it gets crowded at yours.
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  12. iMakeTheMaps

    iMakeTheMaps Adventurer

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    I don't camp much, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, but considering you will only use it for a couple days.... Wal-Mart has a very liberal return policy. You could potentially buy a bunch of stuff from there, and if you don't use it, take it back. Or even if you do use it, but not very much... still take it back. Keep your receipts and the original packaging. You haven't camped in 35 years, you probably won't be going camping again in February, don't blow out the bank on high end gear.
  13. tomarsyd

    tomarsyd Adventurer

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    I definitely won't be spendy on supplies, I just need enough to get by for now and see if it's something I want to keep doing. I've even tried to buy a couple tents off craigslist, but these people don't answer their ads.

    I will definitely go see what walmart has and I know what you mean about their return policy. Thanks!
  14. dancecommander

    dancecommander Been here awhile

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    I'm in! Stoked for the ride!
  15. bradluke0

    bradluke0 Been here awhile

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    The most important thing to bring while camping is a empty gatorade bottle . That way when you have to pee you don't have to get up .
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  16. Rubbertoe

    Rubbertoe Adventurer

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    I'm in ..with a riding partner.

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  17. Rubbertoe

    Rubbertoe Adventurer

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    Ok. I'm just not in with early commitments.

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  18. Rubbertoe

    Rubbertoe Adventurer

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    Lake loop site 40.

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  19. microtom

    microtom Been here awhile

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    Here is what I would use for brain storming list

    https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/family-camping-checklist.html

    Focus on what you need to be warm and dry. Basic toiletries. Change of clothes. Bring easy food. Snack items and stuff like subs sandwiches and cold chicken. You can always go out to eat. Be selective on your optional items. Less usually ends up making for a more enjoyable trip because it’s easier to set up, take down and keep clean.


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  20. Hinch55

    Hinch55 Noobamatic

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    Here's my solution: a JetBoil for morning coffee, booze, and snacks. There are some restaurants out the gate and down in Keystone Heights. Simple!
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