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What's your best/worst camping tale?!

Post by alby » 03 Jan 2017, 10:40 am

Rang in the new year at Copeton Dam with a few good friends. New years day, 2017, about 3pm it all hit the fan when our camp was hit by a mini bloody tornado. 3 gazebos strapped together sailed off and did quite a majestic aerobatic display before ingraciously dumping themselves 40ft away in twisted pile of bent and broken metal.

Tents were flattened but still there thankfully. A bit of emergency work and duct tape and tie downs salvaged 2 of the gazebos into some semblance of shelter. Later at tea time it was discovered that the dishwashing liquid had somehow made its way into one of the food crates and covered everything in its frangipani freshness.

My 6 year old declared it the worst day of the year! Couldn't argue with that lol. Nothing for it but to Crack a stubbie and wonder at the joys of camping :allegedly: .
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Post by SteamedHam » 03 Jan 2017, 12:01 pm

Went camping in Wombat SF (lol) with two mates who had the masterstroke idea of setting up their 6-man tent in the middle of a walking track, so we had about half a dozen couples and a bloody Scout group walk through our camp. They didn't bring any toilet paper (used mine, if they were civilised enough) Didn't bring any of their own soap/hand sanitiser, fire lighters, WATER. One of them got the s**ts from the diet of VB and baked beans and s**t his pants (burnt them on the fire) Then of course the rain started and didn't stop the entire trip.

I learnt a lot about my friends that trip.
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Post by Supaduke » 03 Jan 2017, 12:39 pm

Couple of incidents

First one I learnt how easy it was to get lost in the bush. Set up camp in the Grampians. Went off to collect some firewood. Head down , bum up collecting wood for about 20 mins. I then looked around and realised I had not been paying attention to which direction I had been going. Had wandered off any tracks and was surrounded by trees. Tramped aimlessly through the bush for another 20 mins before I found a road. Then took me another 30-40 mins to get back to the campsite.

Second one we were camping up on the river near Cobram. I woke up in the morning and needed to ....relieve myself ;)

Wandered off into what I thought was a secluded area with a shovel and squatted down to do the business. Half way through the job a couple out for a morning walk appeared out of the bush and busted me. Being fully committed at this point all I could do was squat there and say "good morning". They gave me a grin and said good morning back as they continued on.
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Post by SendIt » 03 Jan 2017, 1:12 pm

Any trip where preparation talks included the phrase "doesn't look like it will rain"
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Post by superdave » 03 Jan 2017, 2:24 pm

Well it didn't happen to me, and may be an urban legend...

Guy sneaks up to a campervan/motorhome type setup at night, and proceeds to siphon their diesel tank into a can. So far so good.

When he puts the hose into the tank and takes the first suck to get the siphon going, he finds to his horror that he has a mouthful of sewage instead of diesel. The owner (I assume) found a pile of vomit on the ground by the hose the next morning.

Poetic justice.
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Post by juststarting » 03 Jan 2017, 2:30 pm

superdave wrote:Well it didn't happen to me, and may be an urban legend....


Didn't happen to you = didn't happen. Also heard this one before, across 2 countries with a handful for variants.
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Post by superdave » 03 Jan 2017, 3:00 pm

Fair enough.
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Post by albat » 03 Jan 2017, 6:43 pm

Was on a two week trip with the kids camping on fraser island qld tewnty years ago set up camp young kids already raiding the coolers for food after a big day setting up we all dozed off early in the heat and took an early night next morning got up early to rustling noise outside tent only to find a half dozen dingos chowing down on all my meat and perishables for the next two weeks kids didnt shut em right the night before old bloke on next site was just walking over to warn me about the mongrels as i was cursing and swearing had to get a ferry back to mainland and go shopping again rangers had a big cull and fenced the sites after a kid got attacked and killed some years later
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Post by Gwion » 03 Jan 2017, 10:16 pm

Late last trout season a couple of blokes and i head up to the lakes. Two hour walk in. Bit of a detour to check out the state of an old hut. Then the rain started.

Caught a nice trout and then we thought we'd set camp, have lunch and wait for the rain to pass.
And wait.....
And wait.....

At one stage the tent vestibule started filling with water so we made a drain..... It kept filling. About 4pm we thought we could make a dash back to save a cold, wet night. All the tracks were creeks. There were a few jokes about having a cast on top of the plateau but they soon petered out. We considered dropping our packs to make better time. Light failed. We were trying to remember the track but it was all water. I put a foot in the wrong place and went over my knee in water, jarring my knee back at the same time. I let out a few expletives and we again considered dropping our packs (one of the other blokes had recently turned 60, the other was his son). We kept going because none of us liked the idea of walking back to get our packs or having them grow legs before we could return. There is a creek crossing not all that far from the car park but the creek was a river and we just had to guess where to cross. We got back to the vehicle cold, wet, injured and bloody tired. 5 hours of walking for one bloody fish. Good fish, but!

I was limping for three days.
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