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Old 10-09-2007, 11:54 PM   #29
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I was boondocking a week ago up in Sequoia National Forest. Camped at the end of a 5 mile dirt road at 8,000ft elevation, no picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms or neighbors. During the week I stayed there I relied on 45 watts of solar panels to recharge my batteries and all the free wood laying around the forest for a nice campfire for heat and grilling. I had drinking water in jugs and creek water for dishes and cleaning up. There was nothing in the spot before I got there and when I went home I took everything back with me. I could stay longer with just food and fresh water being the limitation.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:22 AM   #30
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I was boondocking a week ago up in Sequoia National Forest. Camped at the end of a 5 mile dirt road at 8,000ft elevation, no picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms or neighbors. During the week I stayed there I relied on 45 watts of solar panels to recharge my batteries and all the free wood laying around the forest for a nice campfire for heat and grilling. I had drinking water in jugs and creek water for dishes and cleaning up. There was nothing in the spot before I got there and when I went home I took everything back with me. I could stay longer with just food and fresh water being the limitation.

My kind of place.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:56 AM   #31
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I was boondocking a week ago up in Sequoia National Forest. Camped at the end of a 5 mile dirt road at 8,000ft elevation, no picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms or neighbors.
That wouldn't be the Fish Creek Fire Safe Area would it?

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Old 10-10-2007, 09:36 AM   #32
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I, too, have wondered exactly what people mean when they use the term. Now that I have the different descriptions I must ask, are there people out there that just pull into a deserted looking dirt road and spend the night? Seems like a risky, scary thing to do. I have wondered if that is what some people meant. I have thought some people meant they just go to some deserted, undesignated for camping place, and park. I feel better knowing it is a term for lack of amenities and not just campsteading.
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I, too, have wondered exactly what people mean when they use the term. Now that I have the different descriptions I must ask, are there people out there that just pull into a deserted looking dirt road and spend the night? Seems like a risky, scary thing to do. I have wondered if that is what some people meant. I have thought some people meant they just go to some deserted, undesignated for camping place, and park. I feel better knowing it is a term for lack of amenities and not just campsteading.
Yes there are people that just pull into a deserted looking dirt road and spend the night. The Forest Service and BLM have a name for that type of camping. It's called "dispersed" camping vs camping in a "developed" campground. No campground, just a not too bumpy, or slanty place to pitch a tent or park a trailer. It's only scary for city folks that only feel safe with lots of people around them. We, my wife and I, feel a whole lot safer in a rather deserted place without people. A place where it actually gets dark at night. There's nothing like sitting on the edge of meadow where the only sounds are those the local residents make (animals and night birds), the only light comes from the stars and the moon.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:28 PM   #34
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It was the Boone fire safe area next to Trout Creek.
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It was the Boone fire safe area next to Trout Creek.
I spent a week in the Sherman Pass are earlier this year just exploring all of the side roads and camping. I think it was the Boone Area road that I saw a large brown colored bear loping down the road ahead of me.
We are lucky to have such a great area to not to far from us to do our boondocking in.
Boondocking to me is camping in an isolated area that allows you to look at the night sky and see more stars than you could ever imagine.
I would rather put up with a bear than some nut in a full noisy campground. I feel safer dealing with the bear.
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So are these designated, remote camping areas or do you just find a spot and stop? Aren't you afraid the owner might show up and consider it trespassing?
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So are these designated, remote camping areas or do you just find a spot and stop? Aren't you afraid the owner might show up and consider it trespassing?
These are NF or BLM areas. [b]You are the "owner"! In most areas you just find an spot that's to your liking and hunker down, being sure you obey whatever rules are posted for that general area.
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So are these designated, remote camping areas or do you just find a spot and stop? Aren't you afraid the owner might show up and consider it trespassing?
Most the lands where you just pick a spot, (dispersed camping) are Federal lands. In my part of the country there's some state forest lands the allow dispersed camping. There's also some timber companies that allow camping, although that getting less and less as the abuse goes up.

Also the Forest Service is encouraging more dispersed camping, less pressure on the developed campgrounds.
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So are these designated, remote camping areas or do you just find a spot and stop? Aren't you afraid the owner might show up and consider it trespassing?
Some of us that are fortunate enough to live in an area with National Forests forget that some are not as lucky as us.
I think Ohio has only one National Forest down in the south eastern area of the state.
Check out the Wayne National Forest Terry. They allow what is called primitive camping or what is called dispersed camping around here.
Give it a try, you may find it very enjoyable.
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Maybe this will help:
National Atlas - Federal Lands and Maps

compare free camping on Federal lands in Oregon to Texas.... for instance
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It appears that there's also some BLM lands and Coprs of Engineering lands that one might look at.

Ohio also has some state lands. try here
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Byron and Donna D., thanks a lot for the website. We may go to one of these places this weekend. Terry
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