By Ron Lieback
Photos by Jon Beck
Finding a campsite is easy. Finding the perfect campsite is another story. With these tips, we’ll tell you what to look for to find a comfortable, and safe, night’s sleep.
At the end of a long day in the ADV saddle, there are few things better than settling down for the day, setting up camp, and enjoying the night under the stars with a warm meal and fire by your side. Or a night of rain, but let’s not focus on that right now.
But we’ve all been there: your ride takes several unexpected detours and you end up having to set up camp somewhere you didn’t expect. In the dark, no less.
By the next morning, you’ve awoken in amazement. With the advantage of sunlight, you can see how terrible your spot actually was; you’ve slept on a bumpy slope at the bottom of a canyon. One time I set up camp around 11 p.m. and awoke next to a tree with a hornet’s nest…and I’m allergic to the buggers. Needless to say that morning’s packing went extremely slow.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so let’s take these lessons and write them down so other adventure riders can learn from our collective mistakes.
Following are eight tips for finding the perfect campsite on your adventure ride. Some of these might seem obvious, but hopefully, some of these will be added to your bag of tricks the next time you’re looking for a campsite.