Stealth tenting is the act of secretly tenting in a public or non-public space (generally legally – generally illegally) and transferring on the subsequent morning with out being detected.
Stealth tenting is a wonderful solution to not solely discover free locations to camp, however can also be an effective way to find wonderful campground places, get a great night time’s relaxation in a quiet location and safe an evening’s lodging away from the hustle and bustle of different folks, animals and autos.
On this article you’ll find my 50 finest ideas for stealth tenting wherever on the planet. Make sure to watch the video beneath… and on the finish of the article I encourage you to submit your individual stealth tenting ideas or tales within the feedback part.
Camp above any close by roads or trails. Folks are likely to look down greater than they appear up… and climbing uphill is troublesome, so it’s much less seemingly that others will come in search of you in case you are up excessive. Plus, from up excessive, you’ll be able to look down on others who may be approaching your camp.
Use a brown, inexperienced or earth-toned tent to mix in along with your environment. Camouflage works wonders with regards to stealth tenting.
Cowl your tracks. Make sure to cowl up or disguise any foot prints or bicycle tracks which may lead folks to your campsite. Even damaged branches can lead an individual to your camp, so attempt to not disturb the character surrounding your stealth campsite.
Don’t make a fireplace until you completely should. Smoke and light-weight from a campfire attracts consideration.
Search for animal tracks within the space and keep away from tenting in places the place moose, bear, wolves, racoons, skunks and different animals could frequent or use as sleeping places.
Don’t make camp on the opposite facet of a river, estuary or canal. These sources of water could flood in a single day and trigger you to get caught.
A dust street will flip to mud in a single day in a rainstorm. Make certain you could have an exit technique for the next morning.
Be quiet. Don’t draw consideration to your self by making numerous noise.
Don’t camp in an space the place you may simply be found by canine. A canine on a stroll together with his or her proprietor will rapidly give away your location.
Know find out how to arrange and break down your camp rapidly. Generally pace is your finest ally.
You’re your individual supply of rescue. If nobody is aware of the place you’re and also you get sick, damage your self, or in any other case get into bother, you’re the just one who can get you out of the scenario. This is likely one of the most harmful facets of stealth tenting.
Know what the legislation is. Every nation treats stealth tenting in another way. It’s completely widespread and acceptable in some components of the world, and completely unlawful in different components. Do you analysis earlier than stealth tenting to keep away from being harassed, fined or thrown in jail.
The perfect time to search out and arrange a stealth campsite is simply earlier than it will get darkish. In case you arrange camp too early you may be found by people who find themselves nonetheless out for the day. In case you arrange too late, then again, you would end up attempting to pitch your tent at the hours of darkness.
Keep away from pitching your tent at the hours of darkness. Not solely are you able to not scout out the placement of your campsite as properly when it’s darkish, however any flashlights or headlamps you may use will give away your location.
Break camp early. Get up, pack your gear and hit the street earlier than most individuals are even awake or exterior.
Go away your campsite in the identical situation it was in if you first discovered it. Pack out all trash and make it look as if you had been by no means there. This advantages each you and future stealth campers who may come after you.
The tougher it’s so that you can get to your campsite, the much less seemingly it’s that different folks will discover you. Persons are usually lazy and can often surrender earlier than navigating to troublesome places.
Don’t camp on the opposite facet of enormous fences or gates. Even thought the fence/gate is open now, it may be locked within the morning. You don’t wish to get trapped inside a fence or gate after which be unable to flee. Plus, you may additionally be climbing right into a cage of some type with a bear, mountain lion or different harmful animal (This occurred to me as soon as. I jumped a fence and located myself inside a cage with a mountain lion).
Have the ability to name or sign for assist in the event you get damage, sick, and many others. Carrying a flashlight, mirror, whistle, mobile phone, or satellite tv for pc cellphone may be a good suggestion.
The perfect stealth campgrounds aren’t all the time probably the most scenic. The purpose is to mix in – to not stand out.
Don’t use lights at night time until you completely should. Lights appeal to consideration and may generally be seen from a number of miles/kilometers away. In case you should use your gentle, use it for under quick durations of time and in brief bursts (like a firefly).
Generally (however very not often) the very best hiding spot is true out within the open the place folks passing by will suppose, “I suppose you’re allowed to camp there?”
By no means get caught. By no means.
In case you do get caught, play dumb and/or if crucial, provide to depart. There isn’t a must get in bother for stealth tenting. Merely pack up your campsite, transfer on and discover some other place to spend the night time.
Be prepared to alter tenting spots if after a short time you understand the campsite you picked out initially is unsafe or in a location the place you may be found.
For a speedy getaway, don’t use a tent. As an alternative, simply sleep on prime of your sleeping mat (underneath the celebs) or contemplate the usage of a compact bivy sack.
Don’t camp in an space that might be flooded with folks early the subsequent morning. Simply because the place is empty within the night doesn’t imply will probably be empty if you get up the next day.
The bigger your group, the extra seemingly it’s that you’ll be found. Teams take up more room and make extra noise, thereby attracting extra consideration to themselves.
Don’t camp in areas the place there are “Non-public Property” and “No Trespassing” indicators. Not solely will you not have the excuse of claiming you didn’t know you had been allowed to be there, however these are usually areas the place folks, land house owners and the general public alike are looking out for stealth campers such as you.
Use shadows to your benefit. Disguise in darkish areas – underneath timber and bushes (for instance) the place you aren’t simply noticed.
Keep away from tenting in locations the place kids may play. Not solely are youngsters good at climbing into small areas and constructing forts in and underneath timber, but when they do discover you they may certainly run house and inform mommy and daddy in regards to the unusual individual they noticed tenting of their play spot.
Generally merely asking in the event you can camp someplace is the very best strategy. Don’t be afraid to ask locals, land house owners and even the police the place you could find a great place to camp for the night time.
Don’t camp in a spot that would flood or fill with water. This consists of dry riverbeds, empty swimming swimming pools, drainage ditches, and many others.
Don’t arouse suspicion. Don’t let anybody see you going to or leaving out of your campsite. In case you have to be seen, be seen in your manner out of the campsite – simply as you’re leaving. By then you’re already in your manner and there’s little anybody can say or do in the event that they uncover what you’ve been as much as.
Put on earth-colored clothes to mix in along with your environment. Change your garments, if crucial, earlier than you even start in search of a stealth campsite for the night time.
Take away all lights, reflectors and white, gentle or flashy materials out of your tent, bicycle, backpack or different gear in order to not be detected by flashlights or passing car headlamps.
Watch out for landmines, animal traps, quicksand and different hidden risks that exist in some components of the world.
Preserve a watch out for hunters. Know when looking season is and keep out of areas the place you may be mistaken for a deer, bear, bigfoot or different such animal.
Be careful for surveillance cameras that may be mounted within the space. A digital camera that catches you coming or going out of your campsite may be all it takes to get you in a critical heap of bother.
Keep away from areas frequented by geocachers. Many stealth campsites are positioned in the identical areas which are frequented by these GPS treasure hunters. Study extra at www.geocaching.com.
Recover from your worry of the darkish. Stealth tenting doesn’t should be scary. Worrying about animals, bigfoot, ghosts or different creatures that go bump within the night time will solely add to any nervousness you might need about your stealth tenting expertise.
The extra apply you get with stealth tenting, the simpler it turns into. Discovering locations to sleep every night time turns into simpler, as a result of you understand what to search for… and also you’ll start to calm down and benefit from the expertise the extra you do it.
Keep away from tenting in areas lined in giant quantities of poo. This implies avoiding areas which are frequented by cattle, sheep, goats and different farm/herd animals. The animals might rapidly inundate your campsite and the animal’s tender/herder will simply spot you.
All of the common tenting guidelines nonetheless apply. Keep away from tenting within the wind. Don’t camp underneath something that would fall on you in the course of the night time. Sleep on flat floor. Hold your meals if animals are within the space, and many others.
Don’t arrange camp straight away. Discover a spot you suppose may be good after which wait a short while. Scout out the placement. See if anybody walks previous. Discover what animals are within the space. Pay attention for different campers that may be within the space. Observe the wind path, and many others. After you’re certain that this location is an efficient place to calm down for the night time, then go about organising your campsite.
Know your manner out. Make certain you could find your manner from the campsite again to the street or path that you just got here in on. In case you get up within the morning and the bottom is abruptly lined in snow, for instance, discovering your manner again the way in which you got here may be extraordinarily troublesome. Use a compass or a GPS if crucial to search out your manner again to the street/path.
Preserve transferring. By no means camp in the identical place twice (or for very lengthy). The longer you keep in a single location, the extra seemingly it’s that you’ll be caught or that folks within the space will object to your alternative of campground.
Camp in an space the place even in case you are found, folks received’t thoughts you tenting there. This often means avoiding deserted buildings, behind folks’s properties or companies, public locations the place folks or kids or current… and as a substitute tenting in forests, desolate seashores, wild valleys, and many others.
Don’t really feel responsible if you stealth camp. Stealth tenting often isn’t unlawful. More often than not, stealth tenting merely means that you’re tenting in a wild, undeveloped, unfenced space in an try and get some sleep, stay out of sight and expertise a peaceable night time in a wilderness scenario. Don’t really feel like you’re committing a criminal offense (until you’re) simply since you’ve determined to stealth camp.
Have enjoyable. Do not forget that the entire motive you’re tenting within the first place is to have enjoyable, benefit from the open air and get a great night time’s relaxation. In case you aren’t having enjoyable and customarily having fun with your self, you’re doing one thing unsuitable.
Now it’s your flip! What different ideas, concepts and strategies do you could have for different stealth campers? Go away a remark beneath along with your suggestions or some stealth tenting tales of your individual.