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Stealth Camping on side of Road⛺Low Profile Stealth Tarp Setups⛺Customizing Camp Spot
November 8, 2019
This was a 10 day getaway stealth camping trip I recently took on my stealth mountain bug out bike – A 32 mile ride out of the city to a creek area in Southern San Diego California (Cuyamaca State Park)… my first stop on the way was off to the side of the road for a little stealth camping using the Aqua Quest tarp, where I set up my tarp and layed low for the night… stealth camping in the bushes is sometimes neccessary should you find yourself tired and running out of daylight… I set up my ultra light stealth Aqua Quest tent shelter tarp behind some bushes about 60 feet away from the road… this low profile tarp stealth setup worked. It kept all of my camping gear, as well as me and the bike, out of view from people driving along the road. I just layed the bike down near some bushes, and hooked one end of the tarp to the brake lever and tied the other end of the tarp up with a 20ft piece of paracord… I used that same 20′ piece of paracord to support the middle section of the tarp, to give me some clearance inside (about 2′ clearance)… I slept in my DIY bivy bag project, which I’ll be making a video on the completion of soon…so check my videos to see how I made that in two videos. I only used two tent stakes to secure the two bottom corners. It’s all that was necessary. I wasn’t expecting any rain that night, but just in case, I wanted to be protected from the elements, should a stray rain storm pop up. I just ate breakfast and it was time to repack the bike and head on out to my camp area destination! At this point I just rode 30 miles and climbed 3000ft in elecation…only about 2 more miles to go to final camp area destination… I made it to my stealth camping area I had in mind… After relaxing and enjoying the initial arrival of a beautiful place, I then got back into gear and climbed the side of the mountian/hill in search for a nice stealth camping spot that was out of the wind and overlooking the valley below… …it was also important to have a level sleeping spot to lay down on… I couldn’t find anything perfectly level, so I knew I was going to have to make a digging stick and rearrange the ground to provide an adequate sleeping spot, where I could also pitch my tarp over… temps were expected to be around 30 degrees that night with a good chance for rain/snow/sleet… so my main concern at this point was to setup a stealth camping spot, level the ground a little and get a tarp over it also keep in mind, the hill I was camping on was about a 60 degree incline. …and about 100 ft in elevation from the bottom of the valley. In need of a digging stick/shovel/trowel, I looked around and found a lot of dead Manzanita wood in the area to make the digging stick with. It was a very dense, very seasoned wood, but very strong! I began hacking, spliting and carving on the dead wood to form something adequate for digging into the ground with… it was a little tricky wood to deal with because it’s a very curved wood with no straight grains running through it… just a little more carving on the wood and I would have it… the end of the digging stick was starting to split right in the middle. So I would just tie a constrictor knot around the stick to prevent a further splitting effect the whole objective was to just bushcraft something up that would move a little bit of dirt with. I managed to build a nice little staged area for cooking and sitting, while utilizing the dirt for creating a level spot at the foot end of my sleeping area now it was time to bushcraft up some camp comforts, gather some nearby flat rocks for the cooking and sitting area, because rocks are just nice one of the first rocks I overturned had a bunch of red ants. Were they Fire Ants? were they Carpenter Ants? not really sure, what do you think? this was the cooking area I was preparing, where I’d set up my little pocket alcohol stove as well the following morning: it was just finishing up raining and I was eager to get out and do some exploring some of the bushcraft included on this mountain bike adventure included this little hook I made from a y branch and some shock cord here’s a little tour of the stealth tarp setup and it’s latest stage… over off to the left- as I point to here – I stacked up some dead Manzanita wood and dead Oak to form a blockage, so I couldn’t be seen from the trail across the valley… here I’m pointing across the valley towards the trail the trail was about 300 yards away from my camp spot… I took a walk over to the trail to see what other people would see and I could see a little of the green from the tarp along the barricade or view block I made, I hung some of my earth toned/camoflauge colored clothing on as well as a coyote brown sniper veil that I carry continuing on with the camp tour… here I show you my cooking area for the camp back up inside and under the tarp you can see some stuff I brought in there from the mountain bike: books, electronic camera gear, etc. for the little pocket stove that I use and make, I just used 3 aluminum tent stakes/shepherds hooks to make nice stand/platform to set my Stanley Cookpot on keep in mind this whole campsite was sitting on about a 60 degree grade I was running low on water, so it was to go harvest some water from the creek, bring it back to camp and filter it ahhh, a nice clear water running stream, a beautiful site to see on a warm day after building a camp spot returning to my secret stealth camp spot with my newly gathered water I use the Sawyer Mini water filter with some bleach and a DIY Carbon Filter modification/add on/adapter today I let the sun’s UV rays work on the water for a while thanks for joining me on this mountain bike adventure… if you’d like to see more of my bushcraft and mountain bike adventures, Subscribe and help me out by sharing the videos you favor… good night!