Saturday, January 21, 2017

HOBO/Stealth Camping

HOBO/Stealth Camping: Camping in a non-designated area, undetected, leaving no trace, at your own risk, possibly trespassing.  No one ever sees you, never seen entering campsite, never seen wile camping, never seen leaving site.
Choosing a good spot to HOBO/Stealth Camp. Never under a tree with large limbs especially during high winds. Never in a dry creek bed or ditch especially if rain is expected. Not recommended next to flowing water especially if water expected to rise.  If camping in or near beach or other areas affected by tidal changes be aware of high tide scheduled and water line limits.

  Keep a low profile wile at camp. If flashlights have to be used always keep pointed down an close to the ground. Keep them dim by keeping in a pocket or use cloth or fabric to muffle the beam. Never build a fire. Campstoves or a tea candles are ok but make sure to use them as low as possible keeping the flames hidden from view.
Keep any food items sealed and hang or keep away from camp as to not attract wildlife.


A BIVY is a camping set. Usually made up of a light weight Tent and Sleeping Bag. I like to carry 2 plastic birthday party table covers and a home made felt sleeping bag, Two table covers; one for  below and one for above, protection from the elements, disposable, and cheap. A 6'x6' sheet of felt folded ,sewn together at bottom and along side to create a sleeping bag. Lightweight and comfy to temps as low as in the 50's. Colder than that and I would rather get a hotel room or continue riding anyway.

  A HOBO is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond. The term HOBO originated in the Western United States around 1890. Unlike a tramp, who works only when has to, and a bum, who does not work at all, a HOBO is a traveling worker.

This Emergency Bivy would come in handy when riding out a storm. The Emergency tent for bikepacking or hiking backpacking Bike Packing Emergency Bivy:  Bike Packing Emergency Bivy
Bike Packing Emergency Bivy

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