Stealth Camping 101

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

  1. 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 .
  2. 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.
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  3. 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!
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Erinaceous

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

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    ...if we could get back to Stealth Camping issues....that'd be great.
  7. MatttheHatt

    MatttheHatt Been here awhile

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    I'll be looking for somewhere in the mountains in an area defined by Big Bear, San Bernardino and Palmdale. Going to Barstow-to-Vagas and will be "camping" off my CRF450X for 2 days. Camping here means I'll have a sleeping bag, pad and a bivy. I don't plan on cooking so that saves a lot of space and time.

    I'm looking forward to it.

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  8. Screwby59

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    When I was camping in big bear I stayed at a yellow post sight. Not stealth but a cleared section with a table. And free.

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  9. moron

    moron Pegging Insufferable-O-Meters at 11 since 2006

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    I've done rural stuff but one of the joys of my soon to be regrouped (I hope) bicycle ride is finding urban places to sleep where you will.

    This doesn't really count but having anticipated shit happening my kit let me rest well in the Denver Greyhound station until the security guy rousted me at 0500 on general principle.

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    Behind Malwart in New England somewhere; I should take better notes. No pic but my tent was behind a copse of trees so 5 minutes walk to wifi and whatever.

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    Drying out next day.

    No pic because I forgot in the morning but at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord MA I slept 30 steps from Emerson, a bit further from Alcott and Hawthorne and gave Henry David plenty of room but was still on the ridge.

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    Excellent vibes and it can't hurt spending extended temporal time with the best of eternal ghosts.

    Under a truck in Boston.

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    Two nights behind a furniture store in Beaufort SC... I should have used mosquito spray the first night. :yikes

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    Another double behind a golf cart place in Statesboro GA.

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    A table and chairs where you can repeat scores hugely extra points. :nod

    Front steps of a Methodist church on the main drag in Swainsboro GA - lots of traffic lulled me to a deeper sleep.

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    I'm becoming partial to Methodist churches - Macon GA:

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    The stairs are a bit much for geezers and gasp.

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    Last night on the south side of the Sam Houston building by the Capital here. I stalked an alcove on the NW side of the Capital but on arrival pigeons had fouled the place to this was Plan B and it was better - I had a glorious view of the Capital dome until it fogged in early this AM.

    Capital public wifi = score.

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  10. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    I forgot about one of my favorite Stealth Camping spots. It is not entirely stealth but might be of use to someone.

    A few years ago, a buddy and I were returning from completing the TAT and were passing back through Idaho. We ran into a local and he rode with us for a while, showing us some great trails. Then we were going to part ways and he asked where we were going to stay. We were planning on just camping the woods somewhere. He told us about a grass airstrip that was not too far away. He was a member there and gave us the code. There were showers, picnic tables, electrical outlets to charge gadgets, and the best of all: free WIFI! Lots of planes and helicopters came in during the evening and everyone pitched tents. They even have a truck for people to borrow if needed. I am planning buying a membership. Memberships are open to anyone, even non pilots. https://idahoaviation.com/idahoAirstripNetwork.php
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  11. Dan Diego

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    Exactly. Some of the participants in this thread are “unclear on the concept.”
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  12. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Interesting topic, and a thread that I am most curious about - thank you OP.

    Question about the radio towers: They do seem like a place to look for (easy to spot at a distance) Can you tell me if the focus on the emitting antennas is directed over head so that if one were on the ground, they would be outside of the RF cone (shadow)? Curious about the ionizing energy effects, although may be a great way to warm up one's food - just kidding.

    Thank you
  13. Erinaceous

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

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    I do a fair amount of Stealth camping and every tower that I've seen says, "No Trespassing,"
    which is where I draw the line. There are way too many places to camp to blatantly break
    the will and use of another persons property. Now the topic of RF would be an interesting
    one to follow.
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  14. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    Let's just say after camping in close proximity.... you won't need a flashlight any more :rofl
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  15. ZiggyInNc

    ZiggyInNc Been here awhile

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    How do you “hide” your bike?
  16. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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    I doubt RF from the antennas at the top would be a problem, there is normally an umbrella effect where there is no coverage in the immediate vicinity of a site, but you might get RF leakage from the feeders going to the antennas, sometimes designed in intentionally. I wouldn´t think they were prime camping sites because in the UK at least there have been a lot of robberies (batteries/copper) from radio sites making the sight of an unknown people near a site at night a potential security issue.
  17. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Thank you for your reply. That is what I thought as well (about the umbrella effect), but had not thought about the criminal element coming on site as well.

    Cheers for that!
  18. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    While there are criminals here that do stuff like that, it is very rare. The criminals in the US seem to be much more lazy. It is a lot easier to break into a home and steal the copper pipes.
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  19. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    I've slept in cemeteries, parks, roadside attractions, oil well sites, highway medians, and just out in the open desert. Not a fan of campgrounds with their crowds,noise, and lights.
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  20. Dan Diego

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    1. I find a location away from eyesight.

    2. I cover anything that will cause attention, such as reflectors and my tank.

    But the main thing is to park it where it’ll be out of sight.