Stealth Camping 101

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Rev, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Erinaceous

    Erinaceous ...................O#O

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    Stealth camping on a golf course....what a concept :D
  2. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    This week & last week, not wanting to be among civilization, I went to live in this Primordial forest in the western peaks, above the clouds under the night sky, with only the sound of the wild animals in the night, twigs breaking and crunching underfoot, but no people were nearby for several miles about. It takes about 90 minutes, to ride from Las Palmas to my camp. I strapped several days of bananas on the bike, among other supplies.

    After rising into the mountains, the forest was about 30 minutes from the nearest village - Tejeda - a beautiful, picturesque, quiet little place, that I also stayed, with a gas station, one or two little restaurants overlooking the rocks, where about 10 people were going about their life.

    After the long winding ride into the peaks, I rode my bike off the track, into the forest to hide it behind a tree, trying to avoid the huge pine cones scattered everywhere, not wanting to crush them. I then laid a dead fallen branch infront of the headlight and front wheel to camouflage from trekkers, but I saw no one. You would have had to trek down a slope 5 minutes to find my bike, not visible from the path. My tent was deep in the forest away from the bike out of site. It was a forest that looked untouched for 1000 years, with strange blue moss type growths dangling and hanging from the branches. I gathered some of the carpet of dry pine needles to make a mattress under the tent.

    Ocassionally the clouds are on your same level and the cloud comes toward you while in the forest, and you are surrounded by a refreshing mist. I saw no people, the entire week. Being above the clouds, the sun prevails throughout the day, and even at the altitude, the temperature remained around 30 degrees C during the day. I spent my time, climbing among the rocks, exploring the forest. Reading, & occasionally left on the motorbike for a blast around the mountains, leaving my tent and gear in the forest, which I have to say have some wonderful winding roads that hardly anybody uses - lots of fun. I was like a solitary bird on the rooftop. With Ghillie kettle in the night for a brew & the night sky stars on full display, it was very pleasant.

    Wonderful

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    Next week, im considering climbing accross to this peak in the middle, and setting up my tent on that plateau which overlooks the ocean. The peak in the distance is Teide, the volcano on Tenerife.
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  3. DamnitLaverty

    DamnitLaverty n00b

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    Jesus! You finally replaced your camera! This makes me wanna reconsider my "I can't make it to Tenerife" thing... my envy is great right now.
  4. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    I've been to home depot and Lowe's and around me they all lock the sheds at night.

    What about camping under bridges on rural highways? Anyone do this or is it a bad idea?
  5. Izzo

    Izzo Been here awhile

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    This was my spot last night- in a park by a small lake near Nashua Montana. Park closed at 10 but nobody checked. Tonight I'm legit in a small town park in North Dakota

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  6. Jakeemt

    Jakeemt Adventurer

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    couple things I like for any kind of light on the fly camping I've picked up. First I like to make my own dehydrated meals. Like the mountain house only better ( you can use mountain house though). I base them on those knorr rice and pasta packs. I keep a complete meal (main side napkins ect) all in a large plastic bag. When I am done I put everything back in the big plastic bag and roll it up. Takes up no space. Second is my favorite bit of kit I use it all the time no need for a fuel canister .
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  7. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    I NEVER park my bike where it can possibly fall over and crush my skull as I sleep.
    EVER.
  8. yellow zebra

    yellow zebra Flying Brick

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    bike falling on my - or any one else - head is a non-issue!

    Bike is staked - securely - in the opposite direction, and then side stand in addition.
    But I hear your concern. In capital LETTERS!
    Cheers
    Chris
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  9. BMWDreaming

    BMWDreaming Yes I ride a KTM

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    I have not see that before. I like having my Jetboil system. Very small to pack up and just uses the small fuel cans that are available everywhere.
  10. froger

    froger Been here awhile

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    If it was a road that goes to bed with the chickens, maybe. But there's not a lot of those anymore, no matter where you are. It's too noisy most of the time. Rigs make a big bang when they hit the connection between land and bridge. Make's a racket a hundred yards away. If that's ok, you might find somewhere near the bridge that would serve.
  11. Recklessfxdf

    Recklessfxdf Adventurer

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    I love stealth camping..... I actually call it hobo camping! I love that phrase so much more, I feel like I am an actual hobo versus a high school teacher. I am a huge fan of sleeping on the cemetery. I find that to be the best option because people are just dying to get in there (bad joke) but seriously some of the most peaceful rests. I also think that welcome centers are also a good location. many times they will have chairs out in front and in Encampment, Wyoming they even had a teepee you could crash in. Sometimes if its raining will go to a bar and see if I can pick up a single lady and that always adds to the story! I will take my hobo adventure to the next level by stopping at a motel in the morning to sang a free continental breakfast. Some may call it stealing but its a gray area in my book!
  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    No, its not a grey area, you were called out about that on the other thread.
  13. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless

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    Agreed. Nothing grey about that at all. If you didn't stay at that motel, you are stealing. Too easy to do the right thing, why complicate your life by stealing from others then trying to justify that it is okay by it being a grey area. I'm calling BS on that.
  14. Erinaceous

    Erinaceous ...................O#O

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    That sounds like the self-deception behind a...."white lie".

    Can't imagine telling my wife, "it's just white-adultery!?"
  15. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW R1200 GSA LC rider

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    And he is a school teacher? And look at what he posted and his spelling.
    Shame on you.
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  16. Erinaceous

    Erinaceous ...................O#O

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    Substitute, Shop, or Gym teachers don't need a degree in English, lol.
  17. piratetreasure

    piratetreasure Been here awhile

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    Low class move.