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Old 05-08-2012, 06:35 PM
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Question Camping in a BC CS or campground?

I am intrigued by the number of folks that frequent the backcountry. Might have to give it a try. Is there a past thread that has a basic list of things to take? I'm thinking of maybe one of the park campgrounds as a BC CS might be a bit awkward with all one would have to carry. I remember old timers taking a skillet, lard, and a sharp knife and doing quite well. Wife has a couple of outings planned for us but I would like to take a couple of days to wet a line in the Park. Thanks.
Would be open to some company but I'm retired so this outing would be in the middle of the week. Hopefully, the Park wouldn't be as crowded. I live in Cleveland, TN- two hours to Townsend.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:24 PM
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The first time you go backcountry you'll probably ask yourself "Why did I bring all this stuff?!!". You can be comfortable with a lot less than you think. Backpacker.com is a good place to get info on what you would need. It's different for everyone. Some people are willing to carry a lot of weight for more comfort in camp. Not me.

The park campgrounds are a good option if you just like to camp. We do both. In the campgrounds you can bring everything you think you may need and have access to a lot of good water too.

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:45 PM
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I am intrigued by the number of folks that frequent the backcountry. Might have to give it a try. Is there a past thread that has a basic list of things to take? I'm thinking of maybe one of the park campgrounds as a BC CS might be a bit awkward with all one would have to carry.
Please don't take this the wrong way...
Honestly, if you are asking these questions, I would recommend not only doing some more research before you actually plan a trip but also try to find someone with BC experience to go with you if at all possible. This way you can rely on the experience of others and through trial and error hopefully fine tune your own BC skills. While not to discourage you, I would wholeheartedly recommend trying out one of the FC campgrounds as a proving ground first. See what you feel you could get away with but in reality, you could have everything right there in your car if you really needed it.

Camping in the BC is much more than just a list of what to bring...
Please don't make the mistake that a lot of people do of assuming that all you need to do is walk into the woods and sleep overnight. I just don't want to see anyone get hurt, lost or worse...

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Old 05-09-2012, 02:26 PM
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tnflyfisher, I understand what you are trying to say. I'm a minimalist when it comes to traveling or camping in the BC. I would probably take less than most. One of the best night's sleep was under a tarp strung between two trees. Thanks to all.
Let's see, knife, lard, salt, cornmeal. Did I leave anything out?
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:35 PM
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You can never really tell from just a post as to how experienced someone is. It was more or less geared towards anyone else who might be reading it as well in addition to yourself. Sounds like you are good to go though...

In that case, I would check out this thread as it has a lot of really good info. on what others take into the BC...

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...ght=ultralight

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:35 PM
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all these are good suggestions.....the first time I tried solo camping in the backcountry there was no Internet....spent a lot of time in the public library....the one piece of advice I do remember is that in trying to reduce the weight of you pack if you find yourself hollowing out the handle of your toothbrush you have taken things too far......do your research and find yourself a site that is not too far away and have at it.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:52 AM
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Don't take a toothbrush- a twig will do the same thing. Just make sure you know what kind of tree you're using.
Thanks to all. Should have mentioned the Mrs. and I have camped for many years but we stay at modern campgrounds like the KOA in Townsend. You can imagine what we take for 9 days- two adults and a dog. Just a matter of paring down the list to what you can carry in. Did think of a question- where do you park to keep thieves out or do you booby trap it like a 007 car?
I'll look for a time later in the year and put out an invitation for others. The more, the merrier, they say.
Again, thanks!
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