When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video)

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When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video)

Postby dave_VD » 3 Mar 2014, 3:44pm

Hi guys,

Was just digging through some hard-drives and found this moment from stealth camping whilst on tour last year. Sometimes stealth camping can be amazing - you see amazing things and experience total calm. Other times it sucks and you get sprayed by garden sprinklers. This was a bad time.



There's a full post about stealth camping and why the bad moments on tour are actually good moments given time. If you're interested check it out here: http://www.vaguedirection.com/when-adventure-travel-goes-wrong-why-thats-a-good-thing/

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby LondonBikeCommuter » 3 Mar 2014, 4:16pm

Can't watch the video with sound as I'm at work but am enjoying reading your blog.... cheers!

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby dave_VD » 3 Mar 2014, 4:17pm

LondonBikeCommuter wrote:Can't watch the video with sound as I'm at work but am enjoying reading your blog.... cheers!

Oh cool, thanks!

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby horizon » 3 Mar 2014, 9:46pm

I would really like to know who invented the term "stealth camping". It's both silly and inaccurate. I travelled all over the USA and Canada and Europe in the 1970s hitch-hiking and putting up a tent by the side of the road. I've also done it in more recent years by bike in France, Spain and the UK.

Why stealth? I make myself well known to a nearby resident (or petrol station attendant for example) and visible enough to make sure that they can keep an eye on me. Usually I find a land owner and get permission. I don't make it obviously easy for the local louts to stop by for a laugh at my expense. In fact, in most places that you need to "wild" camp you are far from a town and both its facilities and trouble-makers. And this was always travelling alone. So stealth camping it isn't.

Couldn't we call it roadside camping? This says we are not on a campsite and it could mean anything from a literal roadside to tucked away in the forest beyond. That's the reality of cycle touring, not some remake of a Hollywood thriller. :roll:
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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby dave_VD » 5 Mar 2014, 4:40pm

horizon wrote:I would really like to know who invented the term "stealth camping". It's both silly and inaccurate. I travelled all over the USA and Canada and Europe in the 1970s hitch-hiking and putting up a tent by the side of the road. I've also done it in more recent years by bike in France, Spain and the UK.

Why stealth? I make myself well known to a nearby resident (or petrol station attendant for example) and visible enough to make sure that they can keep an eye on me. Usually I find a land owner and get permission. I don't make it obviously easy for the local louts to stop by for a laugh at my expense. In fact, in most places that you need to "wild" camp you are far from a town and both its facilities and trouble-makers. And this was always travelling alone. So stealth camping it isn't.

Couldn't we call it roadside camping? This says we are not on a campsite and it could mean anything from a literal roadside to tucked away in the forest beyond. That's the reality of cycle touring, not some remake of a Hollywood thriller. :roll:


I agree - there's definitely a more secure feeling if you've asked someone whether sleeping in x spot is ok and they're alright with it. So often too doing just that would lead to being invited in for dinner or a room by the landowner. Definitely preferable to do it this way, and also it's a good opportunity to gauge whether the neighbourhood feels safe.

And yep, stealth is a shoddy term. There was nothing stealth about this!

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby Vorpal » 5 Mar 2014, 4:56pm

horizon wrote:I would really like to know who invented the term "stealth camping".


It's in common use in the USA, where trespassing is a criminal act. I used to understand it to mean that people who are stealth camping don't necessarily have permission to camp where they are.
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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby Sooper8 » 6 Mar 2014, 6:58am

I like your film making/editing style. I 'enjoyed' watching, if that can be the right word for such a grotty nights experience?

EDIT- just been on the blog, great read and great photo's!
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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby Therealsouthstander » 6 Mar 2014, 8:24am

Wow some right miserable sods on here.


Great video and gave me a wee chuckle. Also a good read :-)



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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby shane » 6 Mar 2014, 8:52am

Even in the middle of the nowhere you're not guaranteed a quite nights sleep :)



I totally don't get the point of "stealth camping" in or near town, thats the time to just get permission to camp somewhere, which I rarely do either because of the previously mentioned reasons. When I hit a town thats the time for a shower and a beer :)

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby lindagordinho » 6 Mar 2014, 10:20am

That video made me laugh a lot, thanks for posting it!

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Re: When camping on a big tour goes horribly wrong (w/ video

Postby pedalsheep » 6 Mar 2014, 1:14pm

Shane always makes camping look such fun! :lol:
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