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Pitching a Tent


Pitching a Tent

this is a group for lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, and of course, bicycling to our camping destinations. and the group needs a better name

Location: the great outdoors
Members: 327
Latest Activity: on Thursday

Discussion Forum

Lost and found from Zion 9 Replies

Cleaning up we found some items that were left behind, and I also overheard people talking about things that they are missing.So if you lost or found anything while camping post it here! I FOUND a…Continue

Started by Laura. Last reply by Mary K. Million Jan 6.

Howdy all + riding around (part of the) lake 4 Replies

Hello all,I just stumbled on this group while looking around for other Chicago touring/camping bike people. Looks like a good place to be!My wife Allison and I just got back from an 8 day ride around…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Aug 3, 2015.

Something for later in the year

I put this out on another forum and got some interest. There may be a few here as well, especially from the Chicago area.Along my travels the past years a few people have asked about a bike rally in…Continue

Started by Marc A. Irwin Dec 25, 2014.

Fall tour report 3 Replies

We took a 9 day tour in October: train down to Quincy (yay Amtrak roll-on!) then up the Mississippi to Davenport then across the state back to chi. It was a total hoot. I posted a report of the trip…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Joe Kallo Dec 4, 2014.

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Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 12:08pm

or perhaps blackwell forest preserve in warrenville with a stop over at two brothers brewery...?

Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 12:01pm

well then, lets all talk bike camping already!  maybe a zion trip to get warmed up for the season april 26/27th?  what say ye?

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 14, 2014 at 10:57am

Registration just opened for GITy Up! 2014. We're in!

Comment by Julie Hochstadter on February 10, 2014 at 6:20pm

someone plan one!  And make me pay in advance so I go!  I have camping gear now!

Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on February 10, 2014 at 6:18pm

I have the International.  BTW, anybody planning trips in Lake County or Southeast Wisconsin this year?

Comment by JustWill on September 10, 2013 at 9:14am

If you bought the universal, it may have simmering capability. I have the international, and that doesn't simmer.

It does get tricky to light since you have to heat primer cup. It gets hairy if you put too much gas while doing that.

Comment by Cameron 7.5 mi on September 10, 2013 at 9:01am

I believe that newer Whisperlites have a burner adjustment that allows them to simmer. They always had a a burner adjustment, but older models were prone to going out instead of simmering. When I bought by stove I opted for a Dragonfly over a Whisperlite because at that time the Dragonfly had better burner controls and I had had lots of problems with fuel lines plugging on early Whisperlites. Since then many of the Dragonfly's features and parts have been brought over to the Whisperlite.

It can be a tricky stove to light, I suggest you set up in your backyard before taking it on trip.

Comment by Peter Kim on September 10, 2013 at 12:35am
The Whisperlite is a great stove because it's simple and durable. But it does not have an adjustment for the burner flame. When you get it going, you can work the fuel line valve and get some burner adjustment, but factors like the amount of fuel in the bottle, the pressure in the bottle, the temperature, all become part of the equation.
Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on September 9, 2013 at 5:37pm

I'm planning to go to Pinewoods this weekend and am breaking in a new MSR Whisperlite camp stove which I bought at Laacke & Joys.  Has as

anybody on this site had experience with this stove?  Can I get it to simmer as well as boil water?

Comment by Steve Buchtel on July 15, 2013 at 10:34pm
Bike camping friends, my bike camping ride, GITy Up!, is this weekend. It's a lovely 25mi/day tour of the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail, starting and ending in Wheaton, IL. The ride is notable in that 1) it offers overnight camping in St. Charles' Delnor Woods, and 2) it encourages everyone to get off their bicycles and go swimming, eat, drink, and generally enjoy themselves.

I've had some support rider cancellations, which leaves me with fewer "on the route" bike helpers than I'd like.

Could you please ask your friends and yourselves if any would like to tour the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Valley with us this weekend, either Sat/Sun or both? I will provide dinner, breakfast and s'mores. One must provide one's own camping gear, which I'll carry in the truck.

The job is to simply pedal around a marvelous area, and help GITy Up! riders who need help. I might rope you into helping to set up the food tent, and maybe some loading, unloading of the truck.

It's a small ride, 73 people, who are pretty self sufficient. But I feel better knowing I have more skilled cyclists with eyeballs on the route.

The hours:
Saturday: 11am–6pm; camping/eating/star gazing commences afterward;
Sunday: 7:30am–2pm

If you would please let your ride mates know, I'd really appreciate the help. Please have them contact me.

Steve Buchtel, Executive Director
Trails for Illinois
1639 Burr Oak Rd.
Homewood, IL 60430
p: 708/365-9365

May your home be your trailhead.

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