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Leaving your camp during day

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Offline nyj

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Leaving your camp during day
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:26:54 AM »
Has anyone had any issues with leaving their stuff at camp during the days? Plan to set up camp and be gone during the days for most of the week Iím there.

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 10:19:43 AM »
Campground camp, roadside camp, or backcountry hiking/rafting camp?
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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 11:14:18 AM »
Campground camp, roadside camp, or backcountry hiking/rafting camp?

Primitive roadside, probably off Glenn springs

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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 11:22:24 AM »
Campground camp, roadside camp, or backcountry hiking/rafting camp?

Primitive roadside, probably off Glenn springs

Probably OK, but not entirely risk-free. There have been some tent and/or vehicle break-ins in sites close to the river. I've backpacked back in that part of the park, and rafted the entire river from one end of the park to the other without any problems of all. But a (very) few others have had problems. I probably wouldn't leave any small, easily-carried, and extremely valuable items in your camp while you're gone during the day. Other things like tent, sleeping bag, messkit are probably OK, though very occasionally even those have been taken.
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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 01:32:48 PM »
The other concern would be the javalina, if you've cooked in or near  your tent in the past the javalina could be attracted.


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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 01:54:30 PM »
The other concern would be the javalina, if you've cooked in or near  your tent in the past the javalina could be attracted.

That's a good point, Jim. Critters are a whole 'nother thing to consider: Javelina, bear, skunk, rodents. They can create all sorts of problems - though most (except javelina) will probably only be nocturnally-active.
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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2019, 12:25:57 PM »
Just as an FYI, you can store your food/smellables in the bear lockers. I wouldn't worry about leaving food items or tent behind at camp.

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At all campsites: All food, water, food products, food trash, unclean cooking utensils and other aromatic items MUST be stored in a hard-sided vehicle, or in the provided bear resistant storage locker. Bear lockers are provided at all Chisos backpacking sites and primitive roadside sites.


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Re: Leaving your camp during day
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2019, 07:34:14 AM »
Primitive sites - I leave my tent/bedroll/chair.  I always throw my cooler and duffle in the truck.  So if I want to pull over and make lunch, load something to go hike a trail or in case I drink one beer to many in Terlingua and decide not to drive back to my camp.

On my last trip we stayed in the Basin campground and slept on the ground.  We left for a day's adventure and having no tents decided to leave our 2 camp chairs so people would know the site was still occupied.  We came back that evening to find our 2 camp chairs folded up and placed in the camp next to ours.  Maybe they thought we had left and forgot them??? 

 


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