I live in WY, but am posting here because I keep being redirected back to this forum every search that I make online…so I have a ton of questions for those willing to share….I’ve read through many of the posts but wondering if anyone can shed insight or direct me to other resources. There are very few places around here to check out various tents and gear, and even fewer truly experienced people for roughing it (they are probably still out camping when I’m in the store ).
It’s always hard to give the “full picture” online instead of in a face-to-face conversation, but I will try to first give a little background to my questions. I am not new to camping, but was raised rather spoiled with an enclosed camper. Years later, I am on a budget that does not allot for more than SUV camping…So TENT camping is new to me. My husband and I want to year round camp, a week at a time, in the mountains of WY near our place. The campsite will be used in the fall for deer and elk hunting in the mountains. Most of the camping will be between May and Dec. Elevation is 5-9,000ft and there are trees available for wind protection and wood, there are more rattlesnakes and mountain lions than bears in the area, and we will have the ability to drive (off road or at least with a 4-wheeler) to our camping spot. I have seen quite a few large canvas tents setup in the area I want to go, though I’ve never been in one. The temperatures vary (we camped at 0 degrees one year with elk hunting friends), but there is snow well into July where I want to camp. Winters are long, and summers are short and relatively cool and wind chill is probably a big factor. Weight of gear isn’t a problem if I’m able to drive in, but ease of setup and usability is important. Since It would be used for a week at a time and for 4 adults, I would like something with a fairly large interior. I should also mention that this is off grid camping. I would like to hear suggestions/opinions, but I am leaning toward a tent with an attached floor, because if we do summer camping I don’t want to wake up with a rattle snake for a bed partner…and this is more likely than a bear ever wandering into camp. Plus if we ever camp on the other side of the state I think I will take up someone’s suggestion for an electric fence.
Here’s my priority list:
1. Staying warm in winter camping. It’s possible that little ones would be with us.
2. Space to cook, sleep, store gear, and cleanup/toiletry.
3. Not starting anything on fire.
1. What tent would you suggest?
2. Since I am a female…any suggestions about a privy when camping? How many of you put up another tent? I know it’s a weird topic…but I would like some real world feedback on the various products that I’ve seen. I was considering the 5gal bucket with the toilet seat and some kitty litter to control odor? Think it will work? What works for you or your female campers? I don’t mind squatting in the woods on the go, but at base camp I would like a plan. What about winter camping shower suggestions?
3. Heating: This is a foreign concept to me. What is the safest type/model of wood stove? How long should I expect it to last? The same question applies to propane heat. If we brought in a small propane tank, what can we expect from it? How do you stay safe with the CO?
4. Got a good list of “to bring”s that you would share?
5. Books, videos etc. My husband and I loved the video “Alaska Hunting Adventure: 700 Miles Alone by Backpack and Raft.” Know of any more like this? Also any good guides on roughing it comfortably.
Thanks in advance!