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Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Thinking about heading up from Colorado Springs tomorrow night after work. Never been to the area before.

What are my odds of finding a camp site for a 21ft RV?

If not are the chances better for a tent or sleeping in my Pilot?

A quick Internet search leads me to believe its all first come first come first serve. Thats why I ask because we wouldn't be getting in till around 10pm.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Caleb Mallory · · Seattle, N.Carolina, &Hong… · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 425

Should be some decent free of charge spots out on the way to the spectreman area; of course that puts you a ways off from the main parts of the voo.

Matt.H Haron · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 185

There is a road marked 700e that will handle Rvs. Tent camping is fine too. 700e is still pretty close to the Nautilus. Get there early though if you want a spot big enough for the rv. Like well before 3pm. TAKE TAPE!

Stagg54 Taggart · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 10
TRhero wrote: TAKE TAPE!
And long sleeves and long pants. And make sure to eat your Wheaties!
Stagg54 Taggart · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 10

oh and if you are not used to climbing there add 2 to every grade and you should be good.

Andy Novak · · Golden, Co · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 355

^^ This. Arriving at 10 pm will be very tough. Keep driving for a WHLE on that road (700e) and you *might* find a spot for a big rig that has adequate ground clearance. A tent would be FAR more versatile on a summer weekend.. I really am not too familiar with the pay camping so maybe you'll get lucky with an RV?

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Thanks for the info! Sounds like we can make it work.

Ive never climbed there but I am a glutton for punishment. Ive stocked up on tape and wheaties in preparation.

Thanks for the info.

ShireSmitty · · Boulda · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 70

What ever happened to "camping"?

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Oh like an "RV" isnt camping?

Maybe ill leave it at home. The Boulda Gods have spoken.

My apologies.

Seth Reelitz · · Utah · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 123

Dan,
Great advice from everyone, one thing I always pack is an extra trash bag or two, lots party refuse from idiots. Nothing bums you out like setting up camp in the dark only to wake in the morning and see condoms and tampon applicators all around. Maybe it's from all the RV campers ;) Enjoy getting shredded on the beautiful rock!

ShireSmitty · · Boulda · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 70

OP.... the Voo is a beautiful place... what's wrong with saving a bunch of bucks in fuel and going "old school" in the car and pitching a tent? Didn't mean to offend you, but since you asked... no I don't consider sleeping in an RV under a roof with TV and video games and generators to be camping. I consider camping to be, well... outside. And my interpretation has nothing to do with the fact that I now live in Boulder. I grew up, like my moniker suggests, in New Hampshire, and
Vermont. And p.s., the last few times I've gone up, even in a car it's been tough to find a spot after 8:00 pm on a friday

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Dan Cooksey wrote:Oh like an "RV" isnt camping?
No, they aren't even remotely camping. They are a rolling hotel room.

Just a reminder...
Camping:


Not camping:
Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Hahahahaha I cant believe we are arguing about this.

Dont knock it till you try it. If you had one at your disposal you would use it trust me!

But again thanks for all the info. We are going to head up Sat morning and scope things out. That will be easier anyway.

Mike Marmar · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 71

Dan, if all else fails, there are some patches of BLM land nearby that are legal to camp on. Anything orange on this map caltopo.com/map.html#ll=41.…;z=14&b=map&a=sma

Just don't make a mess or accidentally park on private property.

Merlin · · Grand Junction · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 10

The last time I was in an RV it was pouring outside. I ate a ribeye steak, took a shower, and watched a movie. I distinctly remember thinking how much better it was than camping.

Max Supertramp · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 65

If 21 ft campers = camping, then I totally free'd all those C1 cam-pulls. fuck yes, the neighb'hood gone to hell and I totally crush .11 Veed wide.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Dan Cooksey wrote:Hahahahaha I cant believe we are arguing about this. Dont knock it till you try it. If you had one at your disposal you would use it trust me!
I'm not knocking it at all! They're actually rather nice, especially in bad weather. I just don't delude myself into thinking that I'm camping in an RV.
Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

I suppose I don't really like camping. I haven't pitched a tent in years. I prefer the luxury of the back of my Pilot. The RV isnt mine but when I borrow it I enjoy it.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Dan Cooksey wrote:I suppose I don't really like camping. I haven't pitched a tent in years. I prefer the luxury of the back of my Pilot. The RV isnt mine but when I borrow it I enjoy it.
I camp out of necessity or pragmatics. I'd have stayed in the Ahwahnee on my Yosemite trips if I could have afforded it. For several decades post-college, my "camping" was in the back of my pickup.

Even with tents, given my 62 yr old knees and my wife's new knees, we've had to go to one large/high enough to walk in instead of crawl/kneel. Alas it looks like cots are in our future as well.
Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Thanks for all the advice. There was plenty of free camping.

I feel like I have been ran over by a train.

God Bless Vedauwoo and I can't wait to return.

Will S · · Joshua Tree · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,053
Dan Cooksey wrote: I haven't pitched a tent in years
Erectile dysfunction is no laughing matter, climbing friend. They do make pharmaceuticals for that affliction.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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