I use a tarp 3 of 4 seasons and a tent only em when it gets really cold. I've got a trunk that fits in the back if the jeep that carries all the cooking, shelter and sleeping gear (except the sleeping bags themselves) for the wife and i. They only get broken out in extreme cold too. Most of the time it's a pair of wool blankets. They're cheap, rugged and warm.
Cooking is in a cast iron Dutch oven and skillet. Nothing beats cast iron at home or in the woods.
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A tent here is a must have. If you don't have one chances are you'll wake up covered in mosquito bites, a snake in your sleeping bag, or you'll be soaking wet by the time you wake up.
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I just came back from a camping trip over labor day weekend and my coleman white gas stove and lantern served me well. That lantern was like a beacon in the night compared to everyone else's pathetic LED lanterns.
I grew up in Colorado and my Dad always packed his coleman white gas stove even though our Apache popup had a propane stove in it. I recall distinctly that the propane stove struggled to get the percolator going at high altitude, but the coleman made pretty quick work of brewing coffee.
'06 Rubicon Unlimited Sienna Jeep Club: Member #15
Here is a picture from my spring trip to Nevada this past spring. This is at Bog Hot Springs. I enjoy a wide range of camping. At the top tier we have a travel trailer which is more like a portable cabin experience. At the other end of the spectrum I am leaving tomorrow for a 4 day canoe camping trip in Oregon. I also do a week or two each year camping from a motorcycle with my dad. In the middle is jeep camping. For the motorcycle I am using all backpacking type equipment to keep it small and light. It is incredible the gear you can get today, including my REI chair that is the size of a thermos when packed up but sturdy enough for my big butt. When Jeep camping I still use my back packing type stuff, but supplement with some stuff like a bigger cooler, bigger chair and maybe the full sized stove instead of the backpacking stove. Some of the brands I like are MSR, Big Agnes, North Face, REI, Marmot etc etc. One of the best purchases I made was a Helinox Cot One super compact backpacking Cot that is very sturdy and comfortable. No more messing with leaking un comfortable air pads. Any ways. I love camping in all of its forms and half the fun is playing with all the really cool gear that goes with it.