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Walk-In Camping

Postby littlemonkey » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:04 pm

Curious as to whether anyone has any experience with walk-in camping?

Advantages and disadvantages type stuff.

Searched but didn't find enough to scratch the itch. Thanks.

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Postby sputnik » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:09 pm

Major disadvantages from my POV are the distance from the action and the fact that you are totally exposed and have no way to use your vehicle as a windbreak.
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Postby bm_cricket » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:38 pm

sputnik wrote:Major disadvantages from my POV are the distance from the action and the fact that you are totally exposed and have no way to use your vehicle as a windbreak.


Major advantages in my POV are the distance from the noise and the fact you don't have to hear gennies... But I agree, when the wind picks up you'd damn well better have a well secured structure. ;-P
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Postby Captain Goddammit » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:25 pm

My impression after years of BM-ing is that walk-in camping is for people that don't want to go to Burning Man!
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Postby bm_cricket » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:47 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:My impression after years of BM-ing is that walk-in camping is for people that don't want to go to Burning Man!


Some people are more sensitive to sleeping where there is generator exhaust/noise or where the ground is shaking from dub-step. I haven't had your experience that they don't want to be at Burning Man.
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Postby dragonpilot » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:03 pm

Adv:

1. Quiet.

Disadv:

1. Long way to bike/hike to the Esplanade
2. Long way to bike/hike to major art
3. Long way to bike/hike to the Man
4. Long way to bike/hike to the Temple
5. Long way to hike to porta potties
6. Long way to bike/hike to buy ice
7. Long way to bike/hike to Center Camp
8. Less security.
9. Less shelter from wind and dust.

But, lots of people do it...YMMV.
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Postby dr.placebo » Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:40 pm

I like camping in the walk-in area, and I do like Burning Man.

The advantage is that it is a bit more quiet. Often (but not always) there is less dust, because there are no roads out there. There is a lot more space, for those who like that And no traffic.

The disadvantage is the distance from damn near everything. You have to be willing to walk or bike more than you would otherwise. And there is no cover from the wind.

I disagree with the "less security" aspect, since that depends mostly on how friendly and alert the neighborhood is. The group I camp with in the walk-in area has been doing this for years, so we take care of each other.

Based on who camps where, I'd have to say that the walk-in area is not for everyone, or even for a substantial chunk of the population. If you like camping, and you prefer the "tent" section to the "RV" section, and you don't mind an extra 5-10 minutes to get to the hub, then it might be just fine for you. Otherwise, you will more likely prefer the city.
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Postby bm_cricket » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:06 pm

dr.placebo wrote:If you like camping, and you prefer the "tent" section to the "RV" section, and you don't mind an extra 5-10 minutes to get to the hub, then it might be just fine for you.


So what you are saying is: City kids are city kids. Country folk are country folk. T'aint no diffr'n in Black Rock City!
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Postby CapSmashy » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:19 pm

bm_cricket wrote:So what you are saying is: City kids are city kids. Country folk are country folk. T'aint no diffr'n in Black Rock City!


Not always true. When I go camping, it either fits in my pack or it stays at home.

When I got Burning Man it more like, yeah, I think the trailer can take another 400 pounds or so, but we're gonna need more straps.
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Postby bm_cricket » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:28 pm

CapSmashy wrote:Not always true. When I go camping, it either fits in my pack or it stays at home.

When I got Burning Man it more like, yeah, I think the trailer can take another 400 pounds or so, but we're gonna need more straps.


I'm in the same boat but my pack is usually half empty when I hit the trail. :-)

Still, for people who really demand the comforts of home I'm not sure walk-in is the way to go.
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Postby Captain Goddammit » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:11 pm

bm_cricket wrote:Some people are more sensitive to sleeping where there is generator exhaust/noise or where the ground is shaking from dub-step. I haven't had your experience that they don't want to be at Burning Man.


But that's Burning Man!
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Postby bm_cricket » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:24 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:But that's Burning Man!


It's my Burning Man experience but I go there for the huge creative interactive stuff. I enjoy the cacophonous dubstep. I tolerate the huge diesel generators that run the big art and the dubstep.
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Postby elmozap » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:08 am

What is a dubstep?
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:09 pm

elmozap wrote:What is a dubstep?


You will find out... :)
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Postby jpx » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:07 am

Advantage -- after, you can look at a gigabit satellite picture of the city, zoom in on walk-in, and find your _exact tent.
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Postby littlemonkey » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:09 pm

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Postby bauhaus » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:14 pm

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