WHAT IS BASE CAMPING?
Another term for base camping is car camping. Base (or car) camping is done in a drive-in campsite area. The camp is used as a base area from which dayhikes are done.
BASE CAMPING VS. BACKPACKING
If you like to camp, but don’t want to carry all your equipment on your back as in backpacking, then base camping is for you.
Just as in backpacking, there’s usually a limit on the group size to minimize the group’s impact on natural areas. Typically, a base camping trip might have 12 or so participants. A group this size is ideal for getting to know everyone, which creates great camaraderie as you sit around the campfire at night and swap stories.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BASE CAMP?
You’ll need basic camping and hiking gear – a tent with a rainfly and groundcloth, sleeping bag and mat, hiking boots, rainwear,camping stove and a pot for boiling water for meals. If you don’t own a camping stove, check with the trip leader to see if you can share someone’s stove.
If you plan to buy camping equipment but don’t know what to buy, we recommend you attend Miami Group’s Backpacking School in the spring – even if you never plan to backpack. In Backpacking School you’ll learn valuable information about choosing all kinds of camping equipment.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES MIAMI GROUP DO BASE CAMPING TRIPS?
Spring and fall are ideal times for base camping – before and after summer’s intense heat and bugs.
Most of Miami Group’s trips are in Ohio and Kentucky, although the Smoky Mountains are also a favorite camping spot. Ohio and Kentucky both have very good state park systems and some National Forest areas. Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio and Red River Gorge in Kentucky are popular spots for our trips.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Call the trip leader for a listed trip in the Happenings that you’d like to go on, and tell that person you’re a new camper. The leader can help you choose the kinds of clothing and other items you’ll want to bring to have the best possible experience.