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(CBC)   Four of the hottest new high-tech camping accessories that are so good, you might forget you're living in a nylon bag and pooping into a pit toilet for the weekend   (cbc.ca ) divider line
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2014-07-17 11:06:25 AM  
Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.
 
2014-07-17 11:49:15 AM  
My idea of camping is sleeping on the floor of a hotel room when crashing with friends at a sci fi convention.
 
2014-07-17 11:59:42 AM  
I bought a woodlot and put a camp on it. Less "roughing it" and more "drinking in the woods" even without running water.
 
2014-07-17 12:55:34 PM  
What's an accesorite? So kind of camp priest?
 
2014-07-17 01:00:03 PM  
Wow, that totally sucked.  Apparently self inflating mats are a new thing to the CBC.
 
2014-07-17 01:00:23 PM  
Sleeping on the ground is for chumps.

www.rvops.co.uk
 
2014-07-17 01:00:24 PM  
1) It's not the first water purification product, but it does look like it can handle a lot of volume without being bulky.

2) If you're taking something described as luxury with you, you aren't really camping.

3) You don't need to sleep on a mat, but if you want to that looks like a nice, easy to carry one.

4) Light tents are nice, but how resilient are they?
 
2014-07-17 01:01:08 PM  
A bag, a cot, a space blanket, and a tent.

Truly, we live in the future.
 
2014-07-17 01:01:12 PM  
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2014-07-17 01:04:57 PM  
 
2014-07-17 01:11:01 PM  

cgraves67: 4) Light tents are nice, but how resilient are they?


You will probably still need to carry a 5 lb tarp to keep the bottom from ripping out, since that's probably the first heavy part they replaced.  My guess is that the poles are lightweight carbon fiber which if done right would make them more resilient than aluminum or wood.  Off to look them up....

Surviving one trip would be still be enough to make it worthwhile on multi-day vertical treks, though.

/a battery-powered fan is the only high-tech accessory I need for summer camping
 
2014-07-17 01:12:57 PM  

dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.


and a flask of bourbon.

/ someone recently gave me a solar powered and mechanical (has a crank) flashlight/radio/usb charger device.  it was more for hurricanes than camping, but i will use it next time i go camping.  if for nothing more than a flashlight that doesn't need batteries.
 
2014-07-17 01:15:40 PM  
www.urbasm.com
 
2014-07-17 01:15:47 PM  

LucklessWonder: What's an accesorite?


I think it was a Desmond Dekker song
 
2014-07-17 01:19:19 PM  
let's also not forget the Fleshlight.
 
2014-07-17 01:38:30 PM  

dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.


Yeah but without your gun, you won't be safe from a government invasion.
 
2014-07-17 01:38:38 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Sleeping on the ground is for chumps.


Sleeping outdoors is for chumps. I got enough of that in the Army.

Now, my idea of "roughing it" is a room where I actually have to make the coffee myself, rather than blearily stumbling to the lobby and pouring a cup of Colombian.
 
2014-07-17 01:45:08 PM  
I'm sure I'll run into people out on the trails with this stuff and giggle to myself
 
2014-07-17 01:46:16 PM  

jfivealive: dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.

Yeah but without your gun, you won't be safe from a government invasion.


Government invasion?  WTF are you going on about?

Oh, and even if I don't have a knife, so long as I have access to either glass or the right kind of rocks, I can make my own knife.
 
2014-07-17 01:53:41 PM  
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With a rock and a stick, and a piece of glass, flint, chert, quartz, old pottery, porcelain, etc., I can make a knife blade.  Those two bottom pieces were supposed to be a knife blade similar to what Oetzi carried, but I, in my inexperience, snapped the piece in twain, so I make an arrowhead and spearhead out of it, though I could haft the "spear head" onto a knife handle and it would work, it would just be a bit short.

/Better at knapping now.
//Still haven't tried a knife blade since then, will have to give it a whirl.
 
2014-07-17 01:54:48 PM  
I have a Katadyn water filter, a Thermarest pad, and a 3.4 lb. tent.

The water filter is weighty, but it's small.
The Thermarest pad does its job OK.
The tent only sleeps one.  That's fine by me, but as noted above, I also have to carry a ground cover.  I wonder if the 2 lb. tent requires stakes the way mine does.

Mostly, I don't use a cot.  I have to rely on the fact that I'm mostly too tired on the days that I use this stuff to care how uneven the ground is.
 
2014-07-17 01:58:23 PM  

cgraves67: 4) Light tents are nice, but how resilient are they?

While certainly not light a 2lbs, my 4lbs 10 oz North Face Tadpole 23 tent has served me well for well over a decade now without any issue.
content.backcountry.com

/spent last weekend in it
//spending this weekend in it.
 
2014-07-17 01:59:10 PM  

Six_By_Nine: I have a Katadyn water filter, a Thermarest pad, and a 3.4 lb. tent.

The water filter is weighty, but it's small.
The Thermarest pad does its job OK.
The tent only sleeps one.  That's fine by me, but as noted above, I also have to carry a ground cover.  I wonder if the 2 lb. tent requires stakes the way mine does.

Mostly, I don't use a cot.  I have to rely on the fact that I'm mostly too tired on the days that I use this stuff to care how uneven the ground is.


Most places I camp have things like pine needles, dead leaves, and the like.  You can make the ground fairly comfortable with them.
 
2014-07-17 02:03:53 PM  

dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.


With a knife, I could totally mug other campers for their gear.
 
2014-07-17 02:08:00 PM  

Ambitwistor: dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.

With a knife, I could totally mug other campers for their gear.


Even without a knife you could just run around screaming "Bear!" until they leave.
 
2014-07-17 02:22:46 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: Ambitwistor: dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.

With a knife, I could totally mug other campers for their gear.

Even without a knife you could just run around screaming "Bear!" until they leave.


Or just make growly bear noises at night, and rustle the bushes.  No one will come out of their tents.
 
2014-07-17 02:28:20 PM  
1 = Britta water filter
2 = Not new
3 = Also not new
4 = Watching your tent turn into a kite the moment the wind kicks up...


I can make a filter from 3 bandanas, some roughage, sand, and campfire charcoal... for $3... I don't need a $50 gadget (although a Katydid water filter is nice though).

For lone camping I sleep in a hammock if there are big enough trees, or on pine bows if there aren't, I don't need a cot... If i'm with the family, my wife insists on an inflatable mattress... so... meh

I have a Thermarest... it literally does the same thing...

I prefer a hammock when i'm alone, and a Yurt when i'm with the family... Way more structurally sound and nicer than a nylon kite...


Camping doesn't need to be "high tech". Some high tech items are definitely worth having, a nice inflatable canoe comes to mind, but not necessary...

This is one subject dittybopper and i definitely agree on...

Though i never did get the hang of flintknapping... I'm jealous man... I guess i'm too much of an ogre to get it right... I still grind bone down for arrowheads...
 
2014-07-17 02:48:00 PM  

dittybopper: [img.fark.net image 640x480]

With a rock and a stick, and a piece of glass, flint, chert, quartz, old pottery, porcelain, etc., I can make a knife blade.  Those two bottom pieces were supposed to be a knife blade similar to what Oetzi carried, but I, in my inexperience, snapped the piece in twain, so I make an arrowhead and spearhead out of it, though I could haft the "spear head" onto a knife handle and it would work, it would just be a bit short.

/Better at knapping now.
//Still haven't tried a knife blade since then, will have to give it a whirl.


Pretty + dangerous . . . my daughter would love those.
 
2014-07-17 02:53:43 PM  
fark camping. It defeats the purpose of having invented sturdy, sound resistant walls, HVAC, and indoor plumbing.
 
2014-07-17 02:55:19 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: Ambitwistor: dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.

With a knife, I could totally mug other campers for their gear.

Even without a knife you could just run around screaming "Bear!" until they leave.


With a knife, you could kill the bear or the person running around screaming bear.
 
2014-07-17 02:57:13 PM  

gfid: Big Beef Burrito: Ambitwistor: dittybopper: Best camping accessory I have is a knife.  Given a decent knife, I can camp just about anywhere.

With a knife, I could totally mug other campers for their gear.

Even without a knife you could just run around screaming "Bear!" until they leave.

With a knife, you could kill the bear or the person running around screaming bear.


Maybe a baby bear, but the momma would make short work of you...
 
2014-07-17 02:58:59 PM  
stonelotus:

1. Biolite Camp Stove 33 oz - are you f'ing kidding me!
2. Gerber Daily Carry Collection - not sure why you need a hex driver in the woods
3. Decathlon's 2-Second Tents - over 5 pounds - right
4. Tensile Tree Tents
- 14 pounds and $600+

for those who like to go more than 10 yards in the woods...


1. Snowpeak Gigastove (heavy, but you can do more than boil water)
2. Victornox Classic - what the hell are you cutting?
3. http://tarptent.com/
4. http://warbonnetoutdoors.com/
 
2014-07-17 02:59:34 PM  

pute kisses like a man: / someone recently gave me a solar powered and mechanical (has a crank) flashlight/radio/usb charger device. it was more for hurricanes than camping, but i will use it next time i go camping. if for nothing more than a flashlight that doesn't need batteries.


Batteries used to be an issue in the pre-LED era, but these days you can get flashlights which run for 40 hours (at low power) on a single AA. The hand-crank ones are fine as a novelty, but they take up a lot more space than a few spare batteries.
 
2014-07-17 03:21:46 PM  

stonelotus: 3. Decathlon's 2-Second Tents


Weight 3.1 kg

Yeah, no.

Fine for car camping, but I can do a lot better than 6.5 lbs. for a tent if I'm going backpacking.
 
2014-07-17 03:23:59 PM  

Ivo Shandor: pute kisses like a man: / someone recently gave me a solar powered and mechanical (has a crank) flashlight/radio/usb charger device. it was more for hurricanes than camping, but i will use it next time i go camping. if for nothing more than a flashlight that doesn't need batteries.

Batteries used to be an issue in the pre-LED era, but these days you can get flashlights which run for 40 hours (at low power) on a single AA. The hand-crank ones are fine as a novelty, but they take up a lot more space than a few spare batteries.


Plus, you can get a solar panel that is small and light and can trickle-charge rechargeable AA batteries.

http://www.goalzero.com/backpacker-hiker

Essentially, barring equipment failure, you could run whatever electronics/LED lights you would reasonably want to bring pretty much forever.
 
2014-07-17 03:34:13 PM  
The person writing the article has never had to hike to a primitive camp
 
2014-07-17 03:43:17 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: My idea of camping is sleeping on the floor of a hotel room when crashing with friends at a sci fi convention.


forgotmydamnusername: fark camping. It defeats the purpose of having invented sturdy, sound resistant walls, HVAC, and indoor plumbing.


I'm right there with you guys.  I work real hard during the year  I am not going to use my vacation time pretending to be a refugee.

/But ifthat's your thing, more power to you.
 
2014-07-17 03:56:34 PM  

jntaylor63: DjangoStonereaver: My idea of camping is sleeping on the floor of a hotel room when crashing with friends at a sci fi convention.

forgotmydamnusername: fark camping. It defeats the purpose of having invented sturdy, sound resistant walls, HVAC, and indoor plumbing.

I'm right there with you guys.  I work real hard during the year  I am not going to use my vacation time pretending to be a refugee.

/But ifthat's your thing, more power to you.


See, here's the thing:  When something becomes obsolete, it moves from being a valuable life skill to being a hobby.  Hunting (for most in the US), sailing, canoeing, horseback riding, camping, knitting, sewing, etc.  None of these are necessary or valuable skills in a modern context.   But people do them for enjoyment because they harken back to what we want to think of as a simpler time.
 
2014-07-17 03:56:45 PM  

asciibaron: 1. Biolite Camp Stove 33 oz - are you f'ing kidding me!


This stove uses wood, twigs you collect instead of having to schlep around fuel canisters
 
2014-07-17 04:03:30 PM  
The wife and I are taking a vacation in a few weeks. Flying into Denver, then road tripping-camping our way down to the Grand Canyon (we're camping on the north rim, I'm pretty excited). We wrap up the trip with a night in Vegas, staying at the Bellagio.

I love camping, but I also love a bath and a bed.
 
2014-07-17 04:03:47 PM  

jntaylor63: DjangoStonereaver: My idea of camping is sleeping on the floor of a hotel room when crashing with friends at a sci fi convention.

forgotmydamnusername: fark camping. It defeats the purpose of having invented sturdy, sound resistant walls, HVAC, and indoor plumbing.

I'm right there with you guys.  I work real hard during the year  I am not going to use my vacation time pretending to be a refugee.

/But ifthat's your thing, more power to you.


Count me in.  My idea of roughing it is a hotel with no in room coffee pot or wifi. But again, if camping's your thing, have fun!!  Just don't be mean to me if you ask me to go and I decline.  Why would you want a whiny companion who is not having a good time is beyond me.  Go.  Enjoy.  Take some fantastic pictures.  I'll just do a day trip type thing.
 
2014-07-17 04:07:26 PM  
I love how camping discussion basically devolve into a pissing contest about who hates civilization the most.
 
2014-07-17 04:34:56 PM  

max_pooper: [www.urbasm.com image 300x300]


Oh no. Why does that look yellow? Is that what I think that is? I think that's a drink in his hand and it's ochrish yellow. :(
 
2014-07-17 04:37:08 PM  
I can't get over the word "glamping".  Glamping, glamping, glamping.
 
2014-07-17 04:59:24 PM  

INeedAName: The wife and I are taking a vacation in a few weeks. Flying into Denver, then road tripping-camping our way down to the Grand Canyon (we're camping on the north rim, I'm pretty excited). We wrap up the trip with a night in Vegas, staying at the Bellagio.


What route? You can do an absolutely kickass trip if you've got enough time to meander a little:

Denver -> Great Sand Dunes NP -> Mesa Verde NP -> Canyonlands NP (Needles part) and detour an hour up to Moab for Arches NP -> Natural Bridges Nat. Monument -> Capitol Reef NP -> Bryce Canyon NP -> Zion NP -> Grand Canyon.

If you're shorter on time, you can skip Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde and instead go Denver -> Grand Junction CO for Colorado National Monument -> Arches/Canyonlands (for the Island in the Sky part instead), Nat. Bridges, etc.
 
2014-07-17 05:01:55 PM  

jntaylor63: DjangoStonereaver: My idea of camping is sleeping on the floor of a hotel room when crashing with friends at a sci fi convention.

forgotmydamnusername: fark camping. It defeats the purpose of having invented sturdy, sound resistant walls, HVAC, and indoor plumbing.

I'm right there with you guys.  I work real hard during the year  I am not going to use my vacation time pretending to be a refugee.


If God had wanted you to go camping he wouldn't have created motels
 
2014-07-17 05:58:21 PM  
max_pooper:

Hope he likes foam.
 
2014-07-17 06:07:39 PM  
did anything ever become of the 'just add water' camping alcohol? (for drinking... not stove fuel)
 That was on fark last year about this time...
 
2014-07-17 07:26:04 PM  
TFA was pleasantly free of high tech crap.

I expected shiat to make it easier to use your iPad outdoors
 
2014-07-17 07:47:46 PM  

dittybopper: [img.fark.net image 640x480]

With a rock and a stick, and a piece of glass, flint, chert, quartz, old pottery, porcelain, etc., I can make a knife blade.  Those two bottom pieces were supposed to be a knife blade similar to what Oetzi carried, but I, in my inexperience, snapped the piece in twain, so I make an arrowhead and spearhead out of it, though I could haft the "spear head" onto a knife handle and it would work, it would just be a bit short.

/Better at knapping now.
//Still haven't tried a knife blade since then, will have to give it a whirl.


Well done! It's hard to find good knapping skills these days, and those are relatively nice pieces. The "spear head" would make a good knife for palm work - you may want to consider a short, round grip, similar to that of palm knives for carving.

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