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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Outdoorxj, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Outdoorxj

    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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    Anyone have any cool camping ideas or do it yourself ideas. Ive seen some things on the web but I want to know how people from the PNW do it.

    Water jug with headlamp on it makes the the tent light up!
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Not sure exactly what you are asking.

    I generally live semi camping style 1-2 months a year. Sometimes coming back to base camp every night and sleeping in my trailer. On the other extreme being dropped off by helo and living on a mountain for a week or so, living under sheet plastic. Either case I am fully supported but still spending a lot of times in the woods.
     
  3. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Omelette in a Ziploc bag, Easy to "customize" and super easy prep/clean up.

    I forgot to mention, Boil omelettes right in the Ziploc bag with peoples name on it and eat from said bag.
     
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  4. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Be prepared for serious wet any time of the year. We had our family mid August camping trip rained out 3 out of 4 years a while back, and those were on the dry side of the Cascades and car camping. Clothes that dry easily by body heat are desirable. Make sure you treat the seams of anything you plan to use to keep yourself dry.
     
  5. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    that's why I have as many tarps as I have tents. even with the rainflys, the tents STILL get wet because the rainflies do not cover the whole tent.....so I set up tarps over them....the tarps are bigger than most of the tents, save for one, so it is easyto set up like a sort of roofed lean-to, and provides both rain shelter and a place to sit outside the tent during the sunny parts... I've got 4 9x7 tarps, 1 9x12 tarp, and several unknown size blue tarps.
     
  6. Outdoorxj

    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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    build-rocket-stove-design.jpg
    I have the link if anyone wants to know how to build it

    build-rocket-stove-design.jpg
     
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  8. Outdoorxj

    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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    Swedish Fire torch is a good fire stove that will keep its flame for a long time!
     
  9. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    That's pretty righteous - I'm interested
     
  10. Outdoorxj

    Outdoorxj Wilsonville Active Member

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  11. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    We got our first dutch oven last summer and have made a couple delicious things in it. There are tons of dutch oven recipes online. Easy prep usually put it on the fire and let it cook.
     
  12. dirtysteve

    dirtysteve Lincoln City, OR Member

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    hehe...dutch oven
     
  13. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    I know right? Unfortunate alternate deffination.
     
  14. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    Old motor homes are really inexpensive. If you are a do it yourself kind of person who is mechanically inclined, purchasing and fixing up an older motor home is very fun and rewarding if you camp a lot and makes winter camping very pleasant. Nothing like going crabbing / shell fish collecting all day at the coast and coming back to camp to a hot shower then camp fire and hours fresh seafood!! Plus most camp grounds are empty too so tons of privacy.
     
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  15. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    Agree. Last month I bought myself a 19' hybrid trailer its like a standard hard side trailer with beds that flop out like a tent trailer. Its a 1999 model only cost me 3500 bucks. Its only 2700 pounds dry so its easy to tow with a 1/2 ton truck or suv. I like trailers better because once you un hook you have the truck to go exploring in still.
     
  16. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Not sure if this is valid. But it is my favorite pack backing recipes.

    Ghetto camp ramen spaghetti:

    1 - Whatever legal small game animal you can hunt in the woods. (In NV squirrel was not regulated and good for this recipe) or upland game bird like a dove or two, during legal season.

    1 - pack ramen (easy to pack out)

    Field strip animal.

    Boil in water until done. Remove and let cool. Debone.

    Cook noodles until done. Remove.

    Skim off fat from water. Drain water.

    Add oil to pot and meat. Add ramen flavor packet. Caramelize meat adding a little water to thin.

    Add noodles. Add more water till consistent.

    Enjoy.
     
  17. edogg

    edogg Western Washington Active Member

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    Great idea! I do the same thing with pre mixed pancake batter. I also put ice in Ziploc bags for drinks. That way you're not putting the same ice in your drink that everyone has been fingering. Plus, it keeps stuff cool.

    A few others from my wife, the girl scout:

    Put about a half a pack of instant pudding in a plastic Ziploc container (the small round screw top ones are best). Then pour a little milk in and shake shake shake until it's mixed up and enjoy some dessert.

    Take dryer lint and wrap it in little pieces of wax paper. Make them about the size of a long tootsie roll (2-3"). Voilà, waterproof fire starters!

    You can teach kids how to safely make campfires with marshmallows, coconut shavings, hot tamales, and pretzel sticks. Make a ring with the marshmallows to represent rocks. Build a nice log cabin campfire with the pretzel sticks. Put the coconut shavings in the pretzel log cabin to represent kindling. Then your fire is the hot tamales. My nephews loved that they got to participate in building a campfire and had a snack as their reward for learning to do it safely.
     
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    old_heli_logger Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    Friction fire....Use dry cottonwood for a fire board and a mullien stalk for a fire drill.
    Good luck!
     
  19. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Learn to use 5 gallons of gas, a gallon of saw gas, half a gallon of bar oil, and some disel siphoned off your buddys pickup to start a pile of sopping wet alder for your fire. With practice this technique can produce a smoldering mess of bubblegum by Memorial day. Just in time to pack up and go home. Thats IF you havent bailed already do to running out of beer or cigarettes.

    Ahhhh the memories.......
     
  20. GunRightsCoalition

    GunRightsCoalition Vancouver Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I don't see tranny fluid listed. Oh, and a lighter with WD40.