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JimNasium
10-02-2008, 11:40 AM
I'm embarking on my annual 4 night camping trip next week and it's looking like there's a good chance of rain during the majority of the stay. I'll be in a primitive camping environment with a tent, no electrical, and limited running water. The tent I own has been well tested in heavy rain and it relatively water proof.

I'll be able to buy a bale of straw to spread on the turf at the campsite which I hope will reduce mud. We will be packing all of our gear in Rubbermaid tubs to keep it dry. I've got a screened in sun shelter that I'll be setting up adjacent to the entrance of the tent to keep gear and the entrance area of the tent as dry as possible.

What other helpful suggestions do the camping types have to best survive wet weather camping?

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 11:44 AM
I tend to rely on the advanced roofing technology of Holiday Inn.

chasedude
10-02-2008, 11:46 AM
As Lt Dan would say... "Extra Dry Socks"

Skip Towne
10-02-2008, 11:48 AM
Don't touch the inside of the tent while it's raining or it will leak. I learned that on "Leave it to Beaver".

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 11:49 AM
Be sure that JennyGump has plenty of white t-shirts...and only white t-shirts.

Rooster
10-02-2008, 11:50 AM
Lots and lots of booze.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 11:50 AM
Don't touch the inside of the tent while it's raining or it will leak. I learned that on "Leave it to Beaver".


That's where I learned it, too. Gee whiz!

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 11:50 AM
I tend to rely on the advanced roofing technology of Holiday Inn.

I actually think the camp is more sanitary than the local lodging establishments where we will be staying.

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 11:50 AM
Be sure that JennyGump has plenty of white t-shirts...and only white t-shirts.

Check.

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 11:51 AM
Lots and lots of booze.

Check.

Fish
10-02-2008, 12:04 PM
Tarps, tarps, and extra tarps...

http://www.bushcraftnorthwest.com/articles/tarp_dark_export.jpg

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Dartgod
10-02-2008, 12:06 PM
When we camp in the rain, we usually have to turn up the TV volume to watch whatever DVDs we have brought along. The heavy rain falling on the roof of our camper is a noisy bitch.

Hog Farmer
10-02-2008, 12:09 PM
Dont forget bug repellant and condoms. Thats all I got.

Baby Lee
10-02-2008, 12:11 PM
Bowl of Antirain.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 12:11 PM
When we camp in the rain, we usually have to turn up the TV volume to watch whatever DVDs we have brought along. The heavy rain falling on the roof of our camper is a noisy bitch.

Does the rain interfere with your satellite reception? I hate that.

Delano
10-02-2008, 12:14 PM
When we camp in the rain, we usually have to turn up the TV volume to watch whatever DVDs we have brought along. The heavy rain falling on the roof of our camper is a noisy bitch.

Yeah, but you get to use your rain gauge/flag pole/string of light holder that's made of PVC tubing.

Don't forget to take down your string of penguin lights and put the lid on the mini propane grills when the rain begins.

|Zach|
10-02-2008, 12:17 PM
Have fun!

TrebMaxx
10-02-2008, 12:20 PM
Plenty of Sham Wow!

Really, quick dry towels can come in handy in such an environment.

Dartgod
10-02-2008, 12:21 PM
Does the rain interfere with your satellite reception? I hate that.
Satellite? Pffffft! We're roughing it, baby.

HemiEd
10-02-2008, 12:22 PM
Lots of sponges, paper towels and waxed matches. Close the wrapper on the cheeze doodles.

Dartgod
10-02-2008, 12:25 PM
Yeah, but you get to use your rain gauge/flag pole/string of light holder that's made of PVC tubing.

Don't forget to take down your string of penguin lights and put the lid on the mini propane grills when the rain begins.
My lights are alternating Budweiser bottles and frogs. I have some with Chiefs helmets too.

Fish
10-02-2008, 12:25 PM
Dry paper for kindling....

TP in a ziploc bag....

Extra ziploc bags of various sizes are always a good idea...

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 12:26 PM
The part I left out is that for much of each day we will be sitting on a levy listening to blues. Since I started going to this festival I've sat in rain, cold, and 100 degree heat. I pretty much go prepared for anything.

ottawa_chiefs_fan
10-02-2008, 01:02 PM
Just don't leave your cake out......

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 01:04 PM
watch out for bears

new study out shows that bears will eat anything including the kitchen sink and even Fossetts

Phobia
10-02-2008, 01:12 PM
The part I left out is that for much of each day we will be sitting on a levy listening to blues. Since I started going to this festival I've sat in rain, cold, and 100 degree heat. I pretty much go prepared for anything.

Do you carry anal-eaze?

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 01:40 PM
Do you carry anal-eaze?

Prepared for anything except that.:eek:

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 01:52 PM
Remember the rules for surviving in mountain lion territory.


1. Do not open cans of tuna in the wild.

2. Do not use electric can openers in the wild.

3. Always keep someone smaller than you between you and a mountain lion.

4. Unlike house cats, mountain lions do not like to be petted.

5. Never take off your belt and drag it along the ground behind you in little serpantine paths.

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 01:54 PM
Remember the rules for surviving in mountain lion territory.


1. Do not open cans of tuna in the wild.

2. Do not use electric can openers in the wild.

3. Always keep someone smaller than you between you and a mountain lion.

4. Unlike house cats, mountain lions do not like to be petted.

5. Never take off your belt and drag it along the ground behind you in little serpantine paths.
There's little danger of mountain lions in southeastern Arkansas. I am concerned about brushapes though.http://www.tntoutdoors.com/MVC-006S.JPG

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 01:56 PM
I did a study a while back on outdoor recreation in wild areas in Colorado. Anyone wanna guess the greatest personal safety fear of Coloradans when doing so?

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 01:58 PM
I did a study a while back on outdoor recreation in wild areas in Colorado. Anyone wanna guess the greatest personal safety fear of Coloradans when doing so?

Nalen?

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 01:59 PM
Nalen?

That's a really good guess.

JimNasium
10-02-2008, 02:00 PM
That's a really good guess.

Cut blocking gets a lot of media attention in the 24-hour news cycle.

Donger
10-02-2008, 02:00 PM
I did a study a while back on outdoor recreation in wild areas in Colorado. Anyone wanna guess the greatest personal safety fear of Coloradans when doing so?

Bear attack.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:00 PM
I can share this because the study is on the web. We'll start at the bottom.

The #8 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: being attacked by an animal other than a bear or a mountain lion.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:01 PM
The #7 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: being attacked by a mountain lion.

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 02:03 PM
#6 concern...john elways chompers?

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:04 PM
The #6 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: being attacked by a bear.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:04 PM
#6 concern...john elways chompers?

That's actually more of a concern in Cherry Creek restaurants.

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:05 PM
The #5 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: being hurt by falling materials such as rocks or an avalanche.

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 02:05 PM
#5 concern....ricky schroders silver spoons 22nd anniversary collectors edition signed reunion dvd?

he lives in grand junction CO

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:06 PM
The #4 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: getting lost and not being able to find their way back out.

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 02:07 PM
which..the only good thing about silver spoons was that hot chick from buck rogers

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:07 PM
The #3 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: getting hit by lightning. (For non-Coloradans, lightning is relatively common near the tops of peaks.)

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 02:08 PM
#3 concern...pissing off shanananaan and having your back turned on the practice field

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:08 PM
The #2 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild: getting hurt in a serious fall. (We have lots of places to fall.)

Redrum_69
10-02-2008, 02:08 PM
#1 concern of coloradians...THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!!

Rain Man
10-02-2008, 02:09 PM
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for.

The #1 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild is ......




being attacked by another person.



(So JimNasium actually was right on the money.)

Donger
10-02-2008, 02:12 PM
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for.

The #1 concern of Coloradans recreating in the wild is ......




being attacked by another person.



(So JimNasium actually was right on the money.)

Weird. I only feel that way when I go north of County Line, not up in the mountains.

tooge
10-02-2008, 02:32 PM
Go to home depot and get a fairly large tarp( not canvas, duh). You might spend $30, but it will last for years. Put the tarp over the tent and tie 4 3 or 4 foot lengths of rope to the corner grommets and down to a stake. It can be a freakin monsoon and you wont get wet in the tent. If it is big enough, you can tarp over the front of the tent and to a few trees and it is like an entrance canopy. You can roll the tarp up tight and it may take up a cubic foot max.