UL car camping

A place to chat about gear and the philosphy of ultralight. Ultralight bushwalking or backpacking focuses on carrying the lightest and simplest kit. There is still a good focus on safety and skill.
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Ultralight Bushwalking/backpacking is about more than just gear lists. Ultralight walkers carefully consider gear based on the environment they are entering, the weather forecast, their own skill, other people in the group. Gear and systems are tested and tweaked.
If you are new to this area then welcome - Please remember that although the same ultralight philosophy can be used in all environments that the specific gear and skill required will vary greatly. It is very dangerous to assume that you can just copy someone else's gear list, but you are encouraged to ask questions, learn and start reducing the pack weight and enjoying the freedom that comes.

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Base pack backpacking the mass of the backpack and the gear inside - not including consumables such as food, water and fuel
light backpacking base weight less than 9.1kg
ultralight backpacking base weight less than 4.5kg
super-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 2.3kg
extreme-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 1.4kg

UL car camping

Postby Neo » Sat 02 Nov, 2019 6:03 pm

Get into it!

Here is a pic of home-sweeeet-home:
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Wombat city, Bendeela KV
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Re: UL car camping

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 02 Nov, 2019 7:01 pm

Looks good. How are the caravans dealing with it? You're questioning their whole world ;)
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Neo » Sun 03 Nov, 2019 4:40 pm

CraigVIC wrote:Looks good. How are the caravans dealing with it? You're questioning their whole world ;)


Nomads are pretty cool, they are on a different journey.

I guess im a curiosity, I sometimes chucke on the inside when it all packs away.

May make the average camper rethink their gear which is good.

Only pulled the tarp out because I know the location, but was woken by a wombat looking for a kiss!
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Tortoise » Sun 03 Nov, 2019 5:01 pm

I confess I'd feel a tad exposed! :shock: People, rather than wombats, being the issue for me.
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Re: UL car camping

Postby wallwombat » Mon 18 Nov, 2019 9:48 am

Looks like boot space is more of an issue for you than weight.
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Orion » Mon 18 Nov, 2019 3:29 pm

wallwombat wrote:Looks like boot space is more of an issue for you than weight.


[stupid american]Why would you even take boots on a car camping trip?[/stupid american]

Seriously, while space is an issue the thing I love most about going simple is the savings in time.
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Re: UL car camping

Postby nezumi » Mon 18 Nov, 2019 7:05 pm

I made the most of my UL gear on the weekend, taking Mr 3.5 on his first overnight trip.

Transport for this adventure was bicycle, augmented by rail. ~20kms from home to the Lilydale train line, train out to Lilydale and then the ~40kms of the Warby Rail Trail.

We both managed to squeeze into my Naturehike Cloud UP 2 tent, but I'm very glad he's only small. It's true what they say about subtracting 1 from the number of people a tent fits. The caravan park at Warburton only had double sites left, however, so our tent looked positively tiny in comparison.

Your picture brought this video clip to mind for me:
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Neo » Tue 19 Nov, 2019 6:19 am

I wanted a four cylinder rear wheel drive, more modern than my previous vehicles.

A back seat would only get filled with gear that then needs to be hidden.

A wagon body could be slept in, but then my existing hilux+canopy is way better for that.

Six months of careful pondering and the car is perfect! Bonus is the convertible roof, that doesnt impact on boot space either.

Yes, the less you have he less there is to deal with (clean up, pack up etc).
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Rosscodj » Tue 19 Nov, 2019 7:33 am

My dad has a '62 MGB roadster that I used to take up to Seal Rocks a couple of times a year. Lots of heads would turn curiously when I'd drive in to the campground, pop out a tent and mattress, chair, table, esky, tarp, etc... and a bodyboard, and be all set up and in the surf within 20 minutes of arriving. You could see the cogs turning when they saw I could still cook full meals, drink cold beer and sleep in comfort. Sometimes one of my mates would come too, if I ditched the board.
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Neo » Tue 19 Nov, 2019 12:06 pm

Rosscodj wrote:My dad has a '62 MGB roadster that I used to take up to Seal Rocks a couple of times a year. Lots of heads would turn curiously when I'd drive in to the campground, pop out a tent and mattress, chair, table, esky, tarp, etc... and a bodyboard, and be all set up and in the surf within 20 minutes of arriving. You could see the cogs turning when they saw I could still cook full meals, drink cold beer and sleep in comfort. Sometimes one of my mates would come too, if I ditched the board.


Ha ha ha!
It's funny as...
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Re: UL car camping

Postby emma_melbourne » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 4:26 pm

I do similar - although not that extreme, with my Sierra Designs Flash 3 tent.

It's great for quick car camping. Not UL of course, weighing some 3 kg for the 3 person tent. But similarly magic-ed up in no time at all, and packing down very small compared to most people's car camping set-ups. And similarly with UL chairs for me (Helinox Zero) and daughter (Helinox mini).
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Re: UL car camping

Postby north-north-west » Tue 26 Nov, 2019 4:48 pm

My version is sleeping in the car. Saves a lot of time and mucking about.
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Neo » Sat 30 Nov, 2019 7:44 pm

north-north-west wrote:My version is sleeping in the car. Saves a lot of time and mucking about.


Travelling today but too tired, kept stopping then couldn't nap. Eventually did at Yass for a couple of uncomfortable but needed Zs!
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Re: UL car camping

Postby Rileyr » Tue 03 Dec, 2019 12:18 pm

I use my hiking gear too! Also have an NA8 mx5 Neo, though it's far more precious than the bike :)Image

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Re: UL car camping

Postby crollsurf » Fri 06 Dec, 2019 5:32 pm

I had an HSV Grange that I used to like flogging on dirt roads. :) so much fun but the Suby Outlander is better. Doesn't really get you that much further down the track but sleeping in the back makes life so much easier.

Probably should have got the window shields to keep the rain out with the window ajar but it's rare I sleep in the car. Much happier sleeping out in the bush.

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