Last weekend three friends got on public transport with loaded up AWOL’s (and a Tarmac) and headed for Mt Diablo, the second highest peak in the San Francisco bay area 3,864 feet (1,178 m ). Every time we do it, and it’s quite often, we’re reminded of how easy it is to just get out there. We wanted to share the receipt:
Friday: Get home from work or school, cook a nice dinner and chill. Pack your bike and go to bed. Early to bed, early to shred.
Saturday: Rise early and eat a good breakfast at home. Get on public transport and get out of the city. Cars are lame, they will turn you into a car camper in the end, it’s just the way it works. If there’s no public transport, make sure to drive as little as possible. Ride all day, shred half of the time, chill the rest. Stop for lunch and fill up supplies.
Ride to that magical, off the radar, outback place you just heard of or scouted on Google Earth. Wait until sunset to set camp unless you’re in an official campground. If no one sees you, you don’t exist. You’re better off if nobody know where you are and make sure no one sees you from nearby roads and if you light a campfire - be careful, both of revealing your location and fire hazard. Cook or eat supplies before you make the camp complete. If you have a tent or a hammock, make sure the entrance is put in the direction of the sun rise.
Sunday: Set the alarm 30 minutes before sunrise, put on a pot of coffee, take your sleeping bag outside, get back into the bag or position yourself for an optimized view. Shut your mouths and feel the sun warm up your skin. Drink your coffee. Tear the camp down, pack your bike and ride back. Get to bed early and you will wake up Monday morning as a richer human. Nature rocks!
Remember: Always leave a stealth campground in a better state that you found it in. Leave ZERO trace. If you find any human traces like bottle caps or plastic, take it with you and recycle. Only reveal magical stealth camping spots to your trusted ones.