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99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Dec 9th, 2006 at 9:54am
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I've been contemplating this thread for a while, winter seems like a good time to start it.  I hope you will all pitch in.  I did this exercise at home and came up with at least 56 rules of my own.  Here are some of the top ones:
1- Use your personal flotation device.
2- Always tie your canoe to shore and to a tree when in camp.
3- Bring a compass and know how to use it.
4- Bring several kinds of incendiary devices, so to always be able to start a fire.
5- Bring along lots of rope.
6- Double and triple bag your food stuffs.
7- Always hang your food pack.
8- Collect fire wood before dark.
9- Leave your route plan and day of return with your loved ones at home.
10- Know how to identify poison ivy plants.
11- Have a dependable, water proof, rain fly packed.
12- Pack for all kinds of weather (hot, cold, wet, windy).
13- Make camp before supper time(4:30-5:00 pm).
14- Keep a clean camp, no food out or strewn on ground.
15- Know basic first aid and take along a basic first aid kit.
16- Pack good sun screen and bug repellant.
17- Pack two flashlights, in case one is lost or quits.
18- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
19- Do not get too close to moose.
20- Make small fires, not bon-fires.
21- Do not pitch your tent under dead trees.
22- Do not pitch your tent down wind from the fire.
23- Take good maps and know where you are at all times.
24- Have a pack of absolutely water proof matches with you.

I KNOW we can come up with at least 99 together.... Cool
  
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Re: 99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Reply #1 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:30am
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I_C,

You have a great list started.  To it I would like to add:

Bring an extra paddle (for those of us with canoes)....just in case

Bring extra food...just in case

I am sure that other things will come to mind but I will let others add their thoughts.  This will become a good check list for next year's trips.  None of the items listed should come up on the "items forgotten" thread  Wink

WR
  
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Re: 99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Reply #2 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:35am
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Before someone else says it, #7 should read, "Never hang a bear pinata in camp".  Grin

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Reply #3 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 11:58am
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Great start on a list. A couple of thoughts:

Bring more plastic bags than you can possibly use.

Don't skimp on the quality of a rain tarp.

Don't skimp on the quality of paddles (and that means the plastic ones outfitters supply).

My friend Larry will understand the origin of all these.

Tim

  
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Re: 99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Reply #4 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 2:04pm
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Make sure all of the woman in the group have plenty of tampon's, regardless if they think they need it or not.
I made this mistake once and have never forgotten it since.

thecanoeman
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 2:07pm
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Canoeman:

I admire your wisdom. Would not have dared, myself. That's like answering the question,"Does this dress make me look fat?"

Tim
  
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Re: 99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Reply #6 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 2:59pm
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Interesting idea:  as we add ideas we should keep the numbers going.  Might need to have a moderator do that.
Repair kit to include duct tape, goop( or waterproof cement), thread, thin wire.
Do not attempt to travel beyond your capabilities, too far, too rugged, too long.  Know your limits.


  
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Reply #7 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 3:17pm
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I know this is fun... and I do NOT want to spoil the party...but...

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Yet the above button is the QJ camping gear list...not... 99 rules.  Though many things overlap.

It appears this group is well on it's way to mention rules never thought of, including some thought b4 unmentionable.

Lips Sealed

 
  
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Re: 99 Rules for Fail-safe camping
Reply #8 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 3:48pm
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Kawishiway wrote on Dec 9th, 2006 at 3:17pm:
I know this is fun... and I do NOT want to spoil the party...but...

(You need to Login or Register to view media files and links)

Yet the above button is the QJ camping gear list...not... 99 rules.  Though many things overlap.

It appears this group is well on it's way to mention rules never thought of, including some thought b4 unmentionable.

FWIW - Currently on the gear list, you cannot add to or comment on the list items. It became 144 pages of pure spam heaven. The one page I left as bait gets about 10 'probably extremely useful' comment attempts per day.

Don't know what I'll do with that section of QJ. You can still read and create a list to print so it's a low priority.
  
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Reply #9 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 5:27pm
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NO FOIL in the fire pit.

Do not dump garbage in the privy. (BW)

If you camp on an island, poop on the mainland. (Q)

Last thing you do when leaving a campsite: do a walk around. Police the area.

Don't pound nails into trees, or carve your initials, etc.

If you bring an axe/hatchet/saw, make sure it is sharp.

Don't dispose of fishguts in or near camp.

Learn how to laugh when things get tough. Especially at yourself.  Grin

WiF



  
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