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Old 08-11-2014, 10:23 AM   #16
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Good advice on the donation. I have placed a small tent at my camp that I carry when I've had to go get supplies or during a rain-out day, but I always come back that evening.

BTW, shame on you for ratting out Tom.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #17
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:11 PM   #18
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Seen that before when camping up that way. Camping is extremely popular in Steamboat in the summer. Groups will come up from Denver with someone coming early and snagging spots with tents for others. As a group, i'd rather be clustered together on 1 site so yeah this is technique kinda sucks. Surprised equipment has not been stolen from this.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:16 PM   #19
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Oh, none of these are reserveable sites. They're dispersed - first come, first served. All free sites.

Yeah, they're certainly setting up for themselves, family, friends. But they aren't occupying the sites. They're just hogging them up so that nobody else can use them during the week - sort of treating them like private property. Looks like mostly locals who want to camp on the weekend, but don't want to go up & find a new spot every time. So they designate one of them as sort of their own private property - setting up minimal equipment so that others will assume the spot is taken by actual people when it's really just holding a spot for the selfish.
yep locals are doing this too to snag their key weekend spot as some many tourists are around on the weekend. when i lived in steamboat we would go camping during the beginning of the week to to have a better experience.

i agree, it's bogus but never bothered me.
if you are really pissed, just move their tent in the middle of night to an odd spot and when then when they check again the next day they'll get an oh shit moment, maybe i should not do this with my equipment. no loss of equipment of course, just a reminder others are noticing this bs.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:28 PM   #20
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I camped out at Curt Gowdy park in WY and the rangers make daily visits to campsites and mark the tent doors in some James Bond method. When they come back the next day and the "mark" was not disturbed, they haul the tents away. They no like that shit.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:45 PM   #21
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I camped out at Curt Gowdy park in WY and the rangers make daily visits to campsites and mark the tent doors in some James Bond method. When they come back the next day and the "mark" was not disturbed, they haul the tents away. They no like that shit.
Yeah I could see where rangers don't like it, I mean no one actually spent the night they just left garbage out in the forest and who knows when they will be back.

I'm not much into camping so this does not bother me but I think I have noticed saved spots in my local area. Usually I just think "Why is someone camping there it sucks".

Good to know people do this, so if I see a spot and it looks way too clean check the inside of the tent if nothing in it, then move it down the roadway.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #22
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Good to know people do this, so if I see a spot and it looks way too clean check the inside of the tent if nothing in it, then move it down the roadway, 6 inches from the shoulder of the highway.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:54 PM   #23
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This technique has been used for years in the pay campgrounds. Now most don't allow it any more but at one point it was the only way to get a site at Kelly Dahl outside Nederland. I never felt bad about it because if you did not do this you could never camp during the busy part of the summer.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:02 PM   #24
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This technique has been used for years in the pay campgrounds. Now most don't allow it any more but at one point it was the only way to get a site at Kelly Dahl outside Nederland. I never felt bad about it because if you did not do this you could never camp during the busy part of the summer.
Well if you are paying for a spot anyways I don't see a big deal in an empty tent or not. You paid for a spot. But in open forest!!! It's first come first serve, and to me that means it's being USED not just saved.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:04 PM   #25
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If someone arrives while I'm there and asks about it, I'll tell them that there was nothing there when I arrived. Screw 'em.
That was my first thought when reading the original post.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:21 PM   #26
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I couldn't find anything quickly for colorado, but I found this for Hoosier Nat For.

"At least one person must occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up. Camping equipment cannot be left unattended for more than 24 hours."

Sounds very reasonable.

Taking up prime camping space for a couple of days with an empty tent or trailer is just rude.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:25 PM   #27
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At least their not BOGARTING a JOINT cause I HATE when THAT happens
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:50 PM   #28
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I have seen this several times at 4 mile.
Same.

Same people in the same spot usually, but they leave an RV and trailer there.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #29
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I see a new business opportunity selling cheap tents on Craigslist
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:29 PM   #30
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Too many people living here. not enough to go around, so people resort to trying to keep what little is available for themselves, and friend and family. I see more and more of it all the time as Colorado becomes L.A.
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