Stealth Camping 101

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  1. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    I'm sorry, but this thread has jumped the shark. I'm starting a true STEALTH CAMPING thread.

    Jeez, guys....really.
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  2. rpiereck

    rpiereck Ridin' my Suzi

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  3. Dan Diego

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    That's actually a pretty good article...excellent tips.

    The more practice you get with stealth camping, the easier it becomes. Finding places to sleep each night becomes easier, because you know what to look for… and you’ll begin to relax and enjoy the experience the more you do it.

    Don’t feel guilty when you stealth camp. Stealth camping usually isn’t illegal.
    Most of the time, stealth camping simply means that you are camping in a wild, undeveloped, unfenced area in an attempt to get some sleep, remain out of sight and experience a peaceful night in a wilderness situation. Don’t feel like you are committing a crime (unless you are) just because you’ve decided to stealth camp.

    Avoid camping in areas covered in large amounts of poo. This means avoiding areas that are frequented by cattle, sheep, goats and other farm/herd animals. The animals could quickly inundate your campsite and the animal’s tender/herder will easily spot you. (Been there, done that...TWICE!)

    And remember: Stealth camping is the act of secretly camping in a public or private area (sometimes legally – sometimes illegally) and moving on the next morning without being detected. Anything else is just "camping."
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  4. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I may have been vague about that, I was along side of the road.
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  5. jhax

    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    I find having a divvy makes everything easier. Farmers don't really seem to care if you are sleeping on the edge of their field as long as you are not pitching a tent, lighting a fire etc. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_79f.jpg
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  6. Ruger12g

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    Erin.. This is the one 1 travel with. Get the Atlas straps and your set.
    https://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/
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  7. Ruger12g

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    Perfect set up. My Eagles Nest has a suspension system for snapping your bag onto that goes under the hammock. They are a great way to go. Atlas straps...https://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/product/ATLASCHROMA.html
  8. Ruger12g

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    The wild life isn't a problem unless your in Grizzly bear country, black bears might be a nuisance in garbage of food items which really isn't a factor in this discussion. Everything else is going to leave you alone. The bad People are a bigger problem then any wildlife. It should be a concern when camping solo forsure.

    Im heading up the coast solo in a few days and it is concern of mine, beings I had to leave my firearm at home, because Californa and Oregon don't recognize Washington state Concealed pistol permit. Back home with my side arm don't ever give a second thought.
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  9. Ruger12g

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    Ouch..LOL
  10. Ruger12g

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    Duct tape( Which most of Us have on the bike)works on them.
    I like my reflectors. I like be seen as much as I can while riding. But they are a sure give away.
  11. Rev

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    In my jeep is a ENO (one of the first gen, when they were bigger and had boat anchors for 'biners) double that I use almost daily. My suspension is attached to the hammock and stored in the bag and is pretty technical.

    Atlas straps, while great for a lot of people and situations, are not ideal and will not work well with a Hennessy. Hennys usually come with integrated suspension and in her case, using something like an atlas strap would make the issue worse, as distance is one of the hardest things to overcome in a hammock. When we hang with camping oriented hammocks, they need to be hung as close to 30* as possible so the hammock works as designed. With Atlas straps, there is no real fine tuning, and to be able to span a greater distance most people hang the hammock tighter (since our arms are only so long), which causes the hang angle to be closer to flat than 30*.

    This could be used, but to apply duct tape every stop and remove every time you get underway would become quite a task and possibly expense on a longer trip, plus IF law enforcement came to investigate you, you have now ACTIVELY tried to hide your bike, whereas if I hang my helmet over a mirror and my jacket so happens to drape over the rear end of the bike, thats just happenstance and something you could revert back in a second.
  12. Ruger12g

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    Valid point. I use my ENO to hang between the huge aircraft jacks in the hangar, so at lunch I can take a nap, or I hang it under the work stands. Havent deployed it for the intended application, but love the heck out of it at work.
    P.S It is packed for my road trip back up north. Will post pictures if it gets deployed.
  13. Rev

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    Good deal. The ENO and associated gear is what I call a gateway drug and definately a great backup. Its not a perfect camping system (for that you need bug & weather protection as well as a way to regulate temps; ie under & top quilts) but it IS a great lounger. Even when my fancy hammocks are setup, the ENO is used to relax in.

    One word of caution about using any hammock attached to things that arent permanently anchored (your jacks may be) but when you get in a hammock, your weight effectively multiplies every time you move. So no matter your weight, when you toss and turn in a hammock to readjust, you're putting exponentially more pulling force on whatever youre attached to and that gets worse the farther away from 30* you get (30 degrees is the magic sweet spot for both applied forces at the attachment points and stress on materials, plus it normally gives the best comfort). not too many vertical structures are designed to handle horizontal dynamic load.
  14. Ruger12g

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    You bet it does change a bunch, my jacks have a 350,000 lb jumbo jet setting on them, so Im pretty good there.
    It works good for my naps, but in some of the places I travel (Singapore, India, Ethiopia ect.). These kinds of places I wish I had some screen.
    Thanks for your input..
    Oh which Hammock do you use other than ENO?
  15. Rev

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    My go to is a Hennesey Deep Jungle XL, and this is an especially good model for places where mosquito bites are problematic. Again, I changed the suspension for something better and I use my own tarp for a LOT more coverage, but those are things you can upgrade later as your needs change. https://hennessyhammock.com/products/deep-jungle-asym-zip-xl#

    I also like Dream Hammocks, they can help taylor the hammock to your needs. http://www.dream-hammock.com/

    And last plug (im not affiliated with any of these guys BTW, I just believe in their stuff.) I use a BIAS (butt in a sling) Bugginator for a bug net when Im in something without built in bug netting. http://www.buttinasling.com/buginator.html

    Theres also a ton of DIY options for a bug shield as well, and if you know what a poncho liner is you can make your own underquilt and use another for a top quilt to stay somewhat warm.
  16. SloppyFloyd

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    There is also Warbonnet Outdoors - made in Colorado. The one I have (the Blackbird) has a foot box that allows you to lay on your side. It also has double layered bottom insert a quilt or sleeping pad into. It sleeps better than my bed. In this picture I had the webbing on each end at almost the same level so I eventually moved it.[​IMG]
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    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    Now I am so glad living in Scandinavia! We have two advantages:
    1. the wildlife doesn't want to eat you, just the bugs can be annoying. But better bugs than bears.
    2. we have allemansrätten, the every mans right, which allows you to camp almost anywere, also on private land. Excemptions: stay away from houses and cultivated fields. No offroad druving to a campspot using a motorized vehicle. Off limits for camping are sometimes also national parks and nature reservs. And of course you don't litter and dig down your biological bodyproducts!

    :-)
  19. trailer Rails

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    I talked to someone recently who has spent a couple nights in Lowes Home Improvement parking lots. They have sheds on display. Pick a larger one, pull the bike in, roll out sleeping bag, good to go.
  20. Screwby59

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    *Price for shed does not include ADV bike and smelly rider

    DOES include delivery

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