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Pitching a Tent


Pitching a Tent

this is a group for lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, and of course, bicycling to our camping destinations. and the group needs a better name

Location: the great outdoors
Members: 325
Latest Activity: Aug 25

Discussion Forum

Late September Ride + Camp • Sonoran Desert • FULLY SUPPORTED • GREAT CAUSE! 2 Replies

Hi Everyone, Wanted to share about an AWESOME RIDE/CAMP Adventure for an AWESOME CAUSE!THE CAUSEThe The Worthwhile…Continue

Tags: worthwhilemile, medicine, arizona, sonorandesert, charity

Started by Erin Stevenes. Last reply by Erin Stevenes Jun 27, 2019.

Lost and found from Zion 9 Replies

Cleaning up we found some items that were left behind, and I also overheard people talking about things that they are missing.So if you lost or found anything while camping post it here! I FOUND a…Continue

Started by Laura. Last reply by Mary K. Million Jan 6, 2018.

Howdy all + riding around (part of the) lake 4 Replies

Hello all,I just stumbled on this group while looking around for other Chicago touring/camping bike people. Looks like a good place to be!My wife Allison and I just got back from an 8 day ride around…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Aug 3, 2015.

Something for later in the year

I put this out on another forum and got some interest. There may be a few here as well, especially from the Chicago area.Along my travels the past years a few people have asked about a bike rally in…Continue

Started by Marc A. Irwin Dec 25, 2014.

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Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 12:01pm

well then, lets all talk bike camping already!  maybe a zion trip to get warmed up for the season april 26/27th?  what say ye?

Comment by Andy J on February 14, 2014 at 10:57am

Registration just opened for GITy Up! 2014. We're in!

Comment by Julie Aberman (Hochstadter) on February 10, 2014 at 6:20pm

someone plan one!  And make me pay in advance so I go!  I have camping gear now!

Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on February 10, 2014 at 6:18pm

I have the International.  BTW, anybody planning trips in Lake County or Southeast Wisconsin this year?

Comment by daWillinChi on September 10, 2013 at 9:14am

If you bought the universal, it may have simmering capability. I have the international, and that doesn't simmer.

It does get tricky to light since you have to heat primer cup. It gets hairy if you put too much gas while doing that.

Comment by Peter Kim on September 10, 2013 at 12:35am
The Whisperlite is a great stove because it's simple and durable. But it does not have an adjustment for the burner flame. When you get it going, you can work the fuel line valve and get some burner adjustment, but factors like the amount of fuel in the bottle, the pressure in the bottle, the temperature, all become part of the equation.
Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on September 9, 2013 at 5:37pm

I'm planning to go to Pinewoods this weekend and am breaking in a new MSR Whisperlite camp stove which I bought at Laacke & Joys.  Has as

anybody on this site had experience with this stove?  Can I get it to simmer as well as boil water?

Comment by Steve Buchtel on July 15, 2013 at 10:34pm
Bike camping friends, my bike camping ride, GITy Up!, is this weekend. It's a lovely 25mi/day tour of the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail, starting and ending in Wheaton, IL. The ride is notable in that 1) it offers overnight camping in St. Charles' Delnor Woods, and 2) it encourages everyone to get off their bicycles and go swimming, eat, drink, and generally enjoy themselves.

I've had some support rider cancellations, which leaves me with fewer "on the route" bike helpers than I'd like.

Could you please ask your friends and yourselves if any would like to tour the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Valley with us this weekend, either Sat/Sun or both? I will provide dinner, breakfast and s'mores. One must provide one's own camping gear, which I'll carry in the truck.

The job is to simply pedal around a marvelous area, and help GITy Up! riders who need help. I might rope you into helping to set up the food tent, and maybe some loading, unloading of the truck.

It's a small ride, 73 people, who are pretty self sufficient. But I feel better knowing I have more skilled cyclists with eyeballs on the route.

The hours:
Saturday: 11am–6pm; camping/eating/star gazing commences afterward;
Sunday: 7:30am–2pm

If you would please let your ride mates know, I'd really appreciate the help. Please have them contact me.

Steve Buchtel, Executive Director
Trails for Illinois
1639 Burr Oak Rd.
Homewood, IL 60430
p: 708/365-9365

May your home be your trailhead.
Comment by Marcusn on July 6, 2013 at 6:36pm

Hey all, I've got campsite 332 at Illinois Beach State Park reserved this coming Saturday night (July 13). Likely just me (10% chance 2 of my kids will bike up with me). I live in Lake Bluff, so it's a very straight 20 mile ride up. City folk can consider taking Metra UP North up to Lake Bluff to join me on the ride north, and also use it to get home Sunday. My hunch is that more than 2 tents will raise eyebrows -- maybe you know better? Once I arrive, I plan on pitching my tent, and riding north 5 more miles to Northpoint to the restaurant at the north end of the marina for beers and grub. Consider private messaging me if you're interested.

Comment by Sue Clark on July 2, 2013 at 12:29pm
If folks pick a weekend that works for me, I'm up for it.

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