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DSN1138
11-19-2007, 05:59 PM
Every year I get a camping spot, but last year I kinda got over it, especially because its been extended an extra day, its hard being out in the sun that long.So What is everyone else planning to do?

CrackTheLoveCode
11-19-2007, 07:17 PM
As fun as it seems to be I could never camp. I need air conditioning and a bed to make a full recovery to do it again the next day. Hotel for me.

joppy-slow
11-19-2007, 07:45 PM
you have to be on alot of drugs and booze to camp for 3 days in the desert.. the 3rd day was painful.. but if you want to suffer with a lot of fun people and get no sleep at all.. camp. it was great getting into the venue in under 15 minutes also..
this year we are staying in a hotel in palm spings... i'm sure the drive back and forth will blow ass, unless they have a shuttle.. but sleeping in and being refreshed for the next days events will be great..

miscorrections
11-19-2007, 07:52 PM
I completely disagree with you. I was sober most of the weekend and it was doable, although I'm looking forward to not having the 7 am default wake-up time this year.

scoop49er
11-19-2007, 10:31 PM
camping sounds fun in theory but i need my a/c and sleep. i give all i got at the festival from the first min of the first day all the way to sunday night. its all hotel for me..

ArcadeParade
11-20-2007, 09:39 AM
There is no shuttle to Palm Springs. The drive is shit, but its no big deal. It's no bigger deal than having to drive to Rancho...But to anwser this threads question, staying in a house is the ideal, Indian Palms to be exact. Walking distance, with all the benfits of a hotel, and more. '08!!!

amyzzz
11-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Hotel. I'll be driving in early every day if all goes well.

algunz
11-20-2007, 12:00 PM
We got a house this year in walking/biking distance to the venue. Who's happier than us?

Cpt. Funkaho
11-20-2007, 12:05 PM
you have to be on alot of drugs and booze to camp for 3 days in the desert.. the 3rd day was painful.. but if you want to suffer with a lot of fun people and get no sleep at all.. camp. it was great getting into the venue in under 15 minutes also..

I actually found that being stone sober all weekend was way preferable to the alternative, as if I'd been drinking I would have been dehydrated as hell the whole time. I didn't particularly care about being sober, but I ended up being so out of a desire to not be dehydrated and viciously hung over while the concerts were going.

Definitely got a massive drunk on for the 15-hour series of flights home, though...

Heresy
11-20-2007, 12:22 PM
I'm staying at my parents house not too far from Coachella w00t!

My friend and I were discussing camping but nah...we prefer AC and beds.

orbit
11-20-2007, 12:44 PM
you have to be on alot of drugs and booze to camp for 3 days in the desert.. the 3rd day was painful.. but if you want to suffer with a lot of fun people and get no sleep at all.. camp. it was great getting into the venue in under 15 minutes also..

I was sober most of the weekend. I had a great time, and slept 8 hours each day with no problems at all. Just get earplugs, and camp next to a big tent or a canopy to get good shadow.

Kali27
11-20-2007, 02:35 PM
NOTHING beats camping onsite!!!:rotfl

The adventure, randomness, ALL the weird and different people... some of the other campgrounds have the same thing... but nowhere near what camping onsite is about... I will never go back to camping outside the polo fields... if not for the mere sake of traffic alone.

psychic friend
11-20-2007, 03:06 PM
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joppy-slow
11-20-2007, 04:38 PM
I completely disagree with you. I was sober most of the weekend and it was doable, although I'm looking forward to not having the 7 am default wake-up time this year.

sorry, i was being sarcastic. i was clean the entire 3 days.. but I would be lying if I didn't say that by late Sunday night, I wanted to be sleeping in a bed...but for price and accommodations, I would recommend camping to anyone.

I was really impressed with the showers and you could always find a clean porta.. The noise didn't bother me either..

joppy-slow
11-20-2007, 04:43 PM
There is no shuttle to Palm Springs. The drive is shit, but its no big deal. It's no bigger deal than having to drive to Rancho...But to anwser this threads question, staying in a house is the ideal, Indian Palms to be exact. Walking distance, with all the benfits of a hotel, and more. '08!!!

aight. thanks for the information.. the ideal thing would be to rent little mini scooters.. like that pocket bike on planet terror.. i think i have a bike lock somewhere.

emtgreg
11-20-2007, 06:39 PM
I camped last year, too loud, too hot...

I already booked the hotel, its fancy...

In on Thursday, out on Monday...

dontfeedthebird
11-20-2007, 11:10 PM
It's too hot to get drunk. I sat with scowl on my face, waiting for the festival to begin...

Hotel '08. Best Western Date Tree, "It's like camping, but not."

wstsidela
11-21-2007, 12:00 AM
I always stay at the Fantasy Springs casino & hotel. 24hr room service, hot showers, cold alcohol, clean sheets & towels. You can't beat it.

PrettyRagdoll
11-21-2007, 04:40 AM
NOTHING beats camping onsite!!!:rotfl

The adventure, randomness, ALL the weird and different people... some of the other campgrounds have the same thing... but nowhere near what camping onsite is about... I will never go back to camping outside the polo fields... if not for the mere sake of traffic alone.

Haha I'd have to agree with Kali. Hotels are nice an all, but camping onsite is part of the Coachella experience. I couldn't imagine missing out on it.

mandelbaum
11-21-2007, 06:09 AM
Haha I'd have to agree with Kali. Hotels are nice an all, but camping onsite is part of the Coachella experience. I couldn't imagine missing out on it.

I have a feeling that if you stayed in a 3500 square foot house within walking distance of the venue, you could very well imagine missing out on the camping experience...

brando4n82
11-21-2007, 06:34 AM
Camping is a lot of fun. I camped 04, 05, and 06, and it was a blast. Was supposed to stay in my buddys Indio time share last year but she bailed out and ended up getting us a hotel room about 15 minutes from the polo fields...
After camping those past three years, it was SOOOOO NICE to have 24/7 A/C & BEDS! Was soo nice staying in a room for a change
For 2008 my friend booked her time share and has gotten work off, I dont plan on camping for Coacehlla anytime soon

Kali27
11-21-2007, 01:02 PM
I have a feeling that if you stayed in a 3500 square foot house within walking distance of the venue, you could very well imagine missing out on the camping experience...

I guess it all depends on the kind of person you are...
I would at least recommend camping onsite at least once just so you do get to enjoy the FULL Coachella journey...

Lauren421
11-21-2007, 02:39 PM
Not sure if I'm camping or not...last year I missed out on camping passes and didn't have a hotel room booked..ended up camping at Joshua Tree (which was nice but the drive back sucked) This year I've booked a hotel room at Red Roof just in case I decide not to camp/don't get camping passes

mad_civvies
11-23-2007, 07:38 PM
2007 was my first year and I enjoyed camping. I brought ear plugs and nothing woke me, well except the police Helicopter :( But I have been debating if we should try to find a hotel for this year. I'd love to sleep in a a/c controlled environment. But considering the cost, I'll probably just buy camping tickets again. I'd like to fly out this year and I can't afford both! We drove from Minneapolis last year! That was the most exhausting part of the trip!

Ill_Eagle
11-24-2007, 02:30 AM
you took a pic of my tent dani

EDIT: nevermind, we didnt have that much room on either side

MarkO
11-24-2007, 02:23 PM
I always stay at the Fantasy Springs casino & hotel. 24hr room service, hot showers, cold alcohol, clean sheets & towels. You can't beat it.


For $500 a night, I probably could beat.

Off site camping ftw.

Jakewc151
12-08-2007, 01:27 AM
Ahh, still can't get over how well last year worked out for me.. I am from SF and starting back in February I was looking on craigslists for rentals of houses in the area of indio.. Fortunately I found someone only charging 40$ a night per person (located in Palm Desert, about 4 miles from the venue?). Even though the house lacked a air conditioner it had a hot tub and swimming pool. best place to crash ever..

There are MANY places like this all over the net... just gotta look well.. Start looking at craigslist once Feb runs around.

dontfeedthebird
12-08-2007, 01:41 AM
Morning times during the camp site (http://render1.snapfish.com/render2/is=Yup6aQQ%7C%3Dup6RKKt%3AxxWtUq4PG-ofrj%3DQofrj7t%3DzrRfDUX%3AeQaQxg%3Dr%3F87KR6xqpxQ QQGxlJPxP0axv8uOc5xQQQ0aaPQnQJnoqpfVtB%3F*KUp7BHSH qqy7XH6gXPaP%7CRup6aQQ%7C/of=50,442,442) were actually peaceful. It's just that goddamn sun thing that fucked it up.

RedThom
12-08-2007, 10:51 AM
Camper. Every year man.

It sure does suck when the sun comes up but hey, good times are still had.

captncrzy
12-08-2007, 06:40 PM
I actually found that being stone sober all weekend was way preferable to the alternative, as if I'd been drinking I would have been dehydrated as hell the whole time. I didn't particularly care about being sober, but I ended up being so out of a desire to not be dehydrated and viciously hung over while the concerts were going.

Definitely got a massive drunk on for the 15-hour series of flights home, though...

Tip from us desert dwellers-drink only when the sun goes down.

I guess the camping/hotel debate really just comes down to how tolerant you are. I'm not tolerant-so I hotel it. I have a bed and most importantly, air conditioning. If you can handle the heat and lack of sleep and you're low on dough, go for it.

faxman75
12-08-2007, 07:41 PM
It's worth it for the experience. The only rough part is from 6:30am until the gates open to the fest. So, that's a lot of rough I guess, I beat the heat with water, shower, shade tents, and sometimes a walk to the car and napping with it running with the A/C on. To me it comes down to the money, i'm saving several hundred dollars by camping. I don't dig the idea of traffic every morning and every night either.

rage patton
12-08-2007, 08:47 PM
It's worth it for the experience. The only rough part is from 6:30am until the gates open to the fest. So, that's a lot of rough I guess, I beat the heat with water, shower, shade tents, and sometimes a walk to the car and napping with it running with the A/C on. To me it comes down to the money, i'm saving several hundred dollars by camping. I don't dig the idea of traffic every morning and every night either.

Sleeping in the car w/ AC on is a great idea... I will probably do that next year actually. Oh man. I feel like such an idiot for not even thinking about that.

Another question... I saw a lot of people with covers for their tents. I dont know what the word is for them. I want to saw awning... but I know thats not the word. Most I saw were like 6-7 feet high. Had 4 (obviously) long legs and the top was fabric. I heard some people say it helped keep the sun off of them for like an extra 15-30minutes. Is this true? I would think it would trap the heat inside... but apparently not.

orbit
12-08-2007, 09:31 PM
Camper. Every year man.

It sure does suck when the sun comes up but hey, good times are still had.

Just camp next to a canopy or a big tent. It works great.

rage patton
12-08-2007, 09:39 PM
Just camp next to a canopy or a big tent. It works great.

CANOPY! Thats the word I was looking for.

Do they actually keep the heat out for a little longer? Or do they trap the heat inside?

miscorrections
12-08-2007, 09:46 PM
The canopies are really, really good. It's nice to have somewhere shady to sit.

orbit
12-08-2007, 09:54 PM
CANOPY! Thats the word I was looking for.

Do they actually keep the heat out for a little longer? Or do they trap the heat inside?

Yeah they are pretty good.

I camped next to a big tent this year, and I could sleep until 9-10am in my tent with no problems at all.

rage patton
12-09-2007, 12:37 AM
Yeah they are pretty good.

I camped next to a big tent this year, and I could sleep until 9-10am in my tent with no problems at all.

Oh my god... Coachella 08 camping is goonna be easy! I will be bringing a canopy, then when I wake up, I am off to my car to go sit in some AC. From there I will stand in line for 90 minutes, waiting for a shower, and then get ready to head into the festival.
The latest I slept into while camping this year was 8:00. An extra hour or two of sleep sounds amazing.

Thanks guys!

orbit
12-09-2007, 12:48 AM
That sounds nice. Maybe I will be next to your canopy. Who knows :)

rage patton
12-09-2007, 01:10 AM
That sounds nice. Maybe I will be next to your canopy. Who knows :)

Go right on ahead and steal my extra shade. :) Share the love!

dontfeedthebird
12-09-2007, 01:24 AM
share the love in those brokeback showers....

faxman75
12-09-2007, 05:56 AM
From there I will stand in line for 90 minutes, waiting for a shower

90 Minutes? Insane. I never waited more than 15. Then again, the sun and heat woke me up at 6-6:30 and as soon as I woke up I headed towards the showers with not many people in line yet. I was always in the first 10-15 in line. I also noticed they had two types of showers, the ones with the long lines that didn't seem to open until much later were the private stall showers, I could have taken 5 or 6 showers by the time those opened in the communal shower where the only thing missing was the privacy. I'm a bit to old and mature to be bothered by the fact that there isn't a wall between me and the next person. So, I suggest you get up a bit earlier or even better, just wait and do all your showering at night or get up a bit early, shower then head to the car and finish your sleep clean.

brando4n82
12-09-2007, 06:20 AM
you would think showering at night would work, but its pretty easy to break asweat just by sitting in your tent when the sun comes up. I just gotta have that refreshing shower to start my day.

faxman75
12-09-2007, 06:33 AM
Agreed though I did the night shower once and loved going to sleep all clean. Getting up early because it's hot anyway, showering and then hitting the car with the a/c is the plan I used last year.

MiamiNate
12-09-2007, 06:54 AM
I'm an eagle scout. The last time I camped was 9 years ago. Before that I'd spent probably 300-400 nights in tents. I'm done with it.
A/C, no waiting for a shower that stays hots. A fridge with cold beer and food. A real bed. Grabbing brunch in Palm Springs. Need I go on?

brando4n82
12-09-2007, 07:04 AM
Nope. I'd say that says it all right about there

rage patton
12-09-2007, 11:56 AM
90 Minutes? Insane.

Maybe 90 minutes was an exageration. More likely around 50-60. Still way to long though. I tried having a shower in different trailers each day, to see if one area went faster. They all took about the same amount of time.
I agree with Brando though. I need my refreshing shower in the morning. It's what gets me through the day.
There were communal showers? Where? I didnt even know about those.

miscorrections
12-09-2007, 12:39 PM
I showered both at night and in the morning, never waited more than 20 mins. Used both types of showers, although when I went in the communal one there was no one else in there the whole time so it was pretty much a giant private shower.

faxman75
12-09-2007, 04:20 PM
I recommend walking the perimeter of the camp grounds. The showers with the shortest wait for me were the ones the furthest from the camping entrance. Exactly diagonal across the camp ground all the way back. I camped about 20 feet away from them. I think I waited 15 minute tops. I was showering at around 6:30-7:00 am. I walked passed people at least 5 times waiting for some other showers to open that were less than 20 yards away. Those lines were long while the ones I am talking about had about 15-20 people in them and you shower with maybe 4 other people. Seperate showerheads of course, you just have to be naked with other people for 5 minutes or so or however long you spend in the shower.

PrettyRagdoll
12-10-2007, 10:56 AM
I have a feeling that if you stayed in a 3500 square foot house within walking distance of the venue, you could very well imagine missing out on the camping experience...

Nah, I couldn't.

amyzzz
12-10-2007, 12:41 PM
I didn't know there were communal showers. I guess I couldn't handle that anyway.

Cancersticks1
12-10-2007, 06:23 PM
I guess I've always lucked out with the showers. I've never waited more than 20 or so minutes, and I didn't even know there were communal showers, are they marked or is it a gamble?

Personally I think that camping is the only way to go for Coachella. So much of what makes the experience what it is revolves around the camping aspect. You never really leave the festival, you just live and breathe it for the entire weekend. Despite the creature comforts of a hotel room, I wouldn't be able to get over the feeling that I was missing something every minute.

Zygomatic
12-10-2007, 10:16 PM
So far I'm going alone so camping isn't going to be ideal. I was thinking hotel. And this leads me to a stupid question.. are there any hotels within walking distance or even biking distance? What is the likelihood I'd be run down from cars on the road? I'd be real pissed if I died on the way to the festival.

DSN1138
12-11-2007, 01:08 AM
http://coachella.com/visitors/hotels

faxman75
12-11-2007, 07:06 AM
So far I'm going alone so camping isn't going to be ideal. I was thinking hotel. And this leads me to a stupid question.. are there any hotels within walking distance or even biking distance? What is the likelihood I'd be run down from cars on the road? I'd be real pissed if I died on the way to the festival.


I would think going alone would be even more reason to camp, especially if you don't have a hotel yet. I can't imagine you are going to find anything under $250 a night.

RT: Can you imagine, rich Cali kids are spending upwards of $700 just for lodging! That's insane to me when you can plop down $40 and camp with showers and a few thousand fun people

Zygomatic
12-11-2007, 09:26 AM
I would think going alone would be even more reason to camp, especially if you don't have a hotel yet. I can't imagine you are going to find anything under $250 a night.



You're right. I was already checking around and it's going to be a lot more difficult then I imagined. I'd love to camp. I guess I better start thinking of ways to pack a tent and supplies for the flight over.

BROKENDOLL
12-11-2007, 09:31 AM
It sure is nice living just down the road from the venue.

Zygomatic
12-11-2007, 09:35 AM
Sure must be.

all I want to do it walk or bike to the venue, is that so much to ask?

emtgreg
12-13-2007, 04:17 PM
There were communal showers? Where? I didnt even know about those.

communal showers at coachella?

that sounds both dirty and yet dirty at the same time....

JustSteve
12-13-2007, 04:27 PM
You're right. I was already checking around and it's going to be a lot more difficult then I imagined. I'd love to camp. I guess I better start thinking of ways to pack a tent and supplies for the flight over.

you can just buy them when you get here, too. there are plenty of sporting goods stores/outdoor stores all throughout so. cal.

tents, supplies, etc. are sold onsite as well.

Zygomatic
12-15-2007, 09:58 AM
ah, thanks JustSteve. I'll keep that in mind.

nocigarettes
12-15-2007, 06:58 PM
booked a hotel room today.

we camped the last 2 years but we're gonna try something new. beds and being away from the sun early in the morning, will be nice. not to mention a dip in the pool before departing to the grouds

heatherxxll
12-30-2007, 05:12 PM
last year was my first, and my friends and i stayed in palm springs. all was well, getting to the festival was easy if we left around 11am, but driving back at night was quite a different story. i made sure to book a hotel in indio this year, i really am not cut out to spend 3 days and nights camping in the desert.

with the kills
12-30-2007, 05:46 PM
hotel after parties!!!!!!!!!!!