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amyzzz
01-08-2007, 11:33 AM
From the old board, it seems like a lot of the regulars are staying in hotels, but I thought I'd start a thread for campers. I'm going to try camping on-site this year. Maybe the new 3-day festival is not an IDEAL time to start, but oh well!

microcuts
01-08-2007, 02:26 PM
I've camped every year since 2004 and it's tons of fun. They seem to make little improvements and adjustments every year. The 3-day thing shouldn't be too scary.

Showers and food are easy to come by.
Lots of activities and things to do, especially on the first night.
Exceptionally quick and easy to get back to your tent at the end of the day - you can be showered and in bed by the time some people are still finding their cars.

I suppose a negative thing would be that you really can't sleep in. Once that sun comes up your tent essentially becomes an oven. And it comes up early.

But all in all I'd say the only real way to experience Coachella is to do the camping. I'd never consider doing it any other way, primarily because I travel from Michigan and don't really want to deal with the extra hassle and cost of a rental car and hotel reservation. Camping is fairly cheap, $35 a person or something, though they'll probably raise the price this year just because of the extra day, but who knows.

superfiction
01-09-2007, 11:50 PM
ive always wanted to camp, i feel like im missing a part of the experience by staying at my families house down there, but i guess the whole free factor sorta overules my curiosity

All That I Am
01-09-2007, 11:57 PM
Hippies are camping!

summerkid
01-16-2007, 12:25 AM
Camping seems like the way to go it seems like its part of the experience. About having a good nights sleep, I was able to sleep in fine an if I didn't have my alarm i probably wouldn't have woken up. The only time I had problems sleeping was when some guy ran by my tent yelling PENGUINS AHHHHH PENGUINS EVERYWHERE!!! and woke me up.

psychic friend
01-16-2007, 07:34 AM
That is so my new sig. :lool

Boourns
01-16-2007, 09:55 AM
Camping seems like the way to go it seems like its part of the experience. About having a good nights sleep, I was able to sleep in fine an if I didn't have my alarm i probably wouldn't have woken up. The only time I had problems sleeping was when some guy ran by my tent yelling PENGUINS AHHHHH PENGUINS EVERYWHERE!!! and woke me up.

Oh damn, that guy got some gooood shit.

But yeah, camping is lots of fun. It's cheap and it's a lot quicker to stumble back to one's tent than it is to stumble to a car parked a mile away, and then sit in traffic for hours. Showers, food, karaoke, and now a myspace tent. As perfect as laws and insurance will permit...well, almost. On-site camping needs more Japanese girls. Yes.

WhatDoWeStandFor
01-16-2007, 01:25 PM
I went to the last Phish festival EVER, in Vermont, and I camped out all 3 nights. I was by myself, and didn't know anyone there, but honestly...it was one of the best weekends of my life (so far). being all alone, for 3 nights, with over 70,000 people camping there wasn't scary at all. it was a GREAT experience. i remember there was music being blasted alllllllll night from a hippie band in a tent, and a bunch of cars with loud stereo systems. it didn't bother me, because I woke up at like 1030 the next day, and heard firecrackers going off. I wasn't bothered by it, because i slept fine.

suprefan
01-16-2007, 04:32 PM
I am camping, and I dont think I will ever not camp unless I was bringing a child but that wont be happening for a long time. Its so much fun and you dont have to kill yourself leaving to go back to your hotel room or bother with a huge line at the begining of each day since campers get their own entrance.

psychic friend
01-16-2007, 04:37 PM
i dont know why frank keeps talking about a myspace tent. There wasnt a myspace tent ever.

suprefan
01-16-2007, 04:43 PM
I think he meant "and now a myspace tent". I guess he thinks they are gonna add one? But he might be referring to where you could go and get on the internet and stuff.

psychic friend
01-16-2007, 05:13 PM
I have heard nothing around the office of a myspace tent. I somehow doubt it. The thing in the camping last year was a dodge thing I think. And the webcast was done by ATT, they do all the festivals. Sorry no myspace though.

I havent heard what's up for this year yet.

Boourns
01-16-2007, 05:55 PM
Because there was a tent full of computers, and every single computer was always being used. And never once did I see a screen that showed a site other than myspace.

microcuts
01-16-2007, 06:20 PM
actually i used the computer to look up Depeche mode's setlist from the previous night at Shoreline Amph.. it was painfully slow so that's about all i did before leaving the "cyber cafe" I believe it was called.

Boourns
01-16-2007, 10:14 PM
Apparently Stagecoach will have an internet cafe.

superfiction
01-17-2007, 12:48 AM
id be a little disapoined to see a myspace tent. coachella is my escape from the world. not my connection to it

psychic friend
01-17-2007, 07:26 AM
the reason they were all on myspace is sadly because that is what people were checking. there's your core audience for you. but it wasn't a myspace tent, haha.

suprefan
01-17-2007, 02:59 PM
Apparently Stagecoach will have an internet cafe.

They should call it the "internet corral"

Kampy
01-18-2007, 03:04 AM
Camping at Coachella can be better than staying in hotels in a lot of ways. They pamper their campers!

Off-site camping can be cool too

I've written a couple articles about camping on-site and off-site at Coachella, check em out:

http://wehow.ehow.com/how_2019911_camp-offsite-coachella.html
http://wehow.ehow.com/how_2019773_camp-onsite-coachella.html

chunk
01-18-2007, 08:01 AM
Did the alcohol thing happen last year? The Bloody Mary bar and what not?

Calamity Jane
01-18-2007, 08:46 AM
I reckon I'd like that information as well if you deadbeat cocksuckers wanna get around to anser'n the questions of the goddamned people.

psychic friend
01-18-2007, 08:48 AM
is that you POT? haha

chunk
01-18-2007, 08:50 AM
so, no info? just smartass?

goatparade
01-18-2007, 09:03 AM
campings what its all about! I like to put myself in coachella as long as possible before reemerging into society.

chunk
01-18-2007, 09:28 AM
campings what its all about! I like to put myself in coachella as long as possible before reemerging into society.

was there a cantina and bloody mary bar and stuff? i never hear anybody talking about it.

pf apparantly refuses to respond.

ciaoq
01-18-2007, 10:40 AM
camping is the best fun ever

suprefan
01-18-2007, 12:23 PM
Bloody Mary bar AND Karaoke happend first night of camping. I dont drink so I cant really confirm but I heard a lot of bad singing while setting up my tent.

superfiction
01-18-2007, 12:39 PM
you camping folk sure are strange

knate
01-18-2007, 12:55 PM
Camping was great. Easy access to / from the event, great people, etc.

The only weird thing was when I went to go take a shower and this chick cut out of the woman's line straight into the dudes shower because the line for the woman's shower was so long.

The reaction on the faces of the guys was pretty funny.

I camped last year, I'll camp again.

Did anyone who was camping in 06 see all the um, hairy balls traced through the dust on everyone's cars?

It was funny. I drove back to Washington, I think I saw cars with them all the way up to Utah.

superfiction
01-18-2007, 01:01 PM
washinton state represent

ciaoq
01-18-2007, 01:46 PM
lol my car got "balled"

nmaff
01-18-2007, 03:13 PM
i camped in 05.

i had crutches due to a broken leg and arm.

we got to the lineup around 7 or so... and i'd say we were to our site before 730... everyone was understanding and helpful enough to the point i'm thinking about bringing my crutches again this year.

suprefan
01-18-2007, 03:30 PM
Camping was great. Easy access to / from the event, great people, etc.

The only weird thing was when I went to go take a shower and this chick cut out of the woman's line straight into the dudes shower because the line for the woman's shower was so long.

The reaction on the faces of the guys was pretty funny.

I camped last year, I'll camp again.

Did anyone who was camping in 06 see all the um, hairy balls traced through the dust on everyone's cars?

It was funny. I drove back to Washington, I think I saw cars with them all the way up to Utah.

I lucked out and my car was "un balled".

ieatkittens
01-19-2007, 12:46 PM
My rental got balled....the look on the girls face when I dropped it off was priceless.

gaypalmsprings
01-20-2007, 09:23 AM
Is camping safe? Did anyone have their car or tent vandalized? Is it safe to leave your tent up during the day, or should you take it down?

microcuts
01-20-2007, 09:29 AM
Quite safe. Invest in a lock for your tent if you're really concerned about theft, but I've never had a problem the past three years.

leelee026
01-20-2007, 01:31 PM
i've done camping the past two years and its great! you get to meet fellow festival goers and you feel like you totally belong. sharing experiences... camping at COACHELLA is ***tty leisure...BONNAROO was a little bit hardcore considering NO SHOWERS for 4 days! the ambiance of campers is euphoric! you bet i'm gonna be camping again this year! 3 days is nothing!

it is true about that sun... and getting you up at 7am b/c you're sweating balls! then at night... you're freezing your butt off! all the sweat from yourself and others just dry on your skin... i know, lovely! you dont really care at that point... you just saw an amazing day of shows!

we might see our pal ROCKY, this big drunk mexican who we met in '05 and then accidentially bumped into '06!

can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

tekonako
01-20-2007, 02:08 PM
Camping was great. Easy access to / from the event, great people, etc.

The only weird thing was when I went to go take a shower and this chick cut out of the woman's line straight into the dudes shower because the line for the woman's shower was so long.

The reaction on the faces of the guys was ***tty funny.

I camped last year, I'll camp again.

Did anyone who was camping in 06 see all the um, hairy balls traced through the dust on everyone's cars?

It was funny. I drove back to Washington, I think I saw cars with them all the way up to Utah.
HAHAHAHAHA. yes.

Also, camping is the only way to go!

thaipod
01-21-2007, 06:21 PM
I've camped every year since the first year they offered it on the grounds (2003 or 2004? I dont' remember). I will always camp. It's a lot of fun, the people I've met have always been cool, and it's so nice not to have to deal with traffic on the way out at night, which is always a bitch.

I've never had worries about theft, although there was the one year where the wind was so crazy that we actually lost one of our tents and had to fix our other two. The one that was lost wasn't staked nor was it weighted down. We made do, though.

I highly recommend it.

suprefan
01-21-2007, 06:37 PM
Yeah 2003, and being in camping lot A which ruled cause it had grass and stuff. But the freaking tiny shower trailer and the hilarity of switching the showers from girls to guys every hour.... Man those were the days... I have never heard of any theft being reported on the camp grounds, not to say it hasnt happend but thats my experience with it. I think everyone knows that if that starts happening they will crack down and there will be more security around and it wouldnt be as fun.. Camping is the only way to go..

codytwo
01-21-2007, 06:40 PM
Last year camping was really cool. The first night we were there they played the Coachella movie on a huge inflatable screen and it was really relaxing and nice after a 22-24 hour drive from Anacortes, Washington. The last night we didn't even sleep in our tent, and it was perfect. I think that this year we will probably just sleep outside and bring the tents just in case. A tent gets really goddamn hot really goddamn fast in the morning, and its warm enough at night that tehre is little need for a tent, other than for privacy.

rgaker
01-21-2007, 06:58 PM
Camping is the so much fun! Besides the fact that it's an extention to the party, it's a good place to make new friends. You don't get alot of sleep but why would you want too? If you need your 8 hours don't camp, however, if you looking for an all around great weekend, you have to camp.

RedThom
01-21-2007, 07:34 PM
campin rules

RadicalDreamer
01-21-2007, 07:59 PM
camping is the only way togo and if your really good and know what your doin you don't even have to bring your own tent ^_-

C DUB YA
01-21-2007, 08:07 PM
the grounds are going to stink a bit more this year i think.

moonfullofstarz
01-21-2007, 08:22 PM
i am. camped every year since 2004 and it's always a blast. it's part of what makes the festival experience for me. the trick is once you're woken up by the sun...move outside the tent and into the bit of shade your tent creates. super duper.

and yes, my car got balled last year. even dicked and vagina-ed, too. :-O

lullabynoir
01-21-2007, 09:13 PM
camped for the first time last year, and it was the best. it was just as much fun as the festival itself was. i guess it just depends on your personality. i like to travel and in doing so, meeting new people. can't say i'm looking forward to waking up at 7 in the morning whether or not i want to, and the shower lines aren't the best. but it was so worth it, and i'll definately be doing it again. and waking up at like 6 in the morning to take a shower when there is absolutely no line. fo sho!

lullabynoir
01-21-2007, 09:15 PM
i am. camped every year since 2004 and it's always a blast. it's part of what makes the festival experience for me. the trick is once you're woken up by the sun...move outside the tent and into the bit of shade your tent creates. super duper.

and yes, my car got balled last year. even dicked and vagina-ed, too. :-O

looks like you got some extra special lovin'. you should be proud, haha.

drowningmatt
01-21-2007, 10:30 PM
i guess it just depends on your personality. i like to travel and in doing so, meeting new people.

Totally agree. I love the camping experience, and I normally hate to camp. The people, the parties, everything. It's so much fun. Very well organized. I can't wait.

petemoz
01-22-2007, 07:22 AM
Looks like this year will be the first I will be camping. With the extra day for the festival I don't think I'll be doing hotel anymore. Kinda looking forward to camping though.

C DUB YA
01-22-2007, 11:50 AM
The extra day is EXACTLY why a hotel is in order, I know there are showers but baking in a tent every morning for 4 DAYS, would drain the most avid camper.

Plus I still say Coachella will smell a little more like Bonnaroo this year - just not as bad.

nickelsalsa
01-22-2007, 12:19 PM
My girlfriend and I have never been to Coachella. We want to come in her VW Camper Van, but they won't let us camp in that, will they? I read they don't allow sleeping in the camping parking lot, and I just don't see them letting us on the field in Uda...

Dr. Odd Marvel
01-22-2007, 02:30 PM
I'll be camping again this year. wasn't to bad unless you count the 1st night when I was off my fase and could not stand to walk. Good atmosphere out there. Happy to do it again.

The Nichole
01-22-2007, 06:12 PM
Not too be a total kill joy, but i am surprised to see so many people enjoying the camping. You can't sleep because there are drunk people stumbling around your tent at all hours of the night. The showers were not at all enjoyable. when you finally get to sleep you are waking up @ 7am with your tent hotter than it is outside. not to mention lugging around your stuff to and from the car. after last year, i am happy to say i have a motel reservation for 2007 :)

Canuckgirl
01-22-2007, 06:27 PM
Dodge was handing out free bottles of water but you had to know to ask for it since they kept it hidden under their tables, also there were a couple of free outlets there so we plugged in our camera batteries and cell phones. THANK YOU DODGE!

suprefan
01-22-2007, 06:45 PM
Dodge was handing out free bottles of water but you had to know to ask for it since they kept it hidden under their tables, also there were a couple of free outlets there so we plugged in our camera batteries and cell phones. THANK YOU DODGE!

Nice thats so awesome..... Better than waiting inline to get into the AT&T tent to charge yoru phone..

Basskitten85
01-22-2007, 06:47 PM
Camping is awesome... It is recommended..

RadicalDreamer
01-22-2007, 11:45 PM
exactly if you didn't enjoy camping at coachella you just didn't try hard enough cause its all about the people from the people you smoke with to the guys next to you who brought a ancient tent thats all ripped to shreds with broken poles and your tryin to help um out abit hehe ^_^ all i can say is duct tape FTW!!!
the heat and long lines for the shower are just the price you pay for havin a kick ass time and if your really havin fun you don't even notice that shit

FakePlasticMe
01-23-2007, 12:55 AM
Is camping safe? Did anyone have their car or tent vandalized? Is it safe to leave your tent up during the day, or should you take it down?

No no no. It's very safe. Just don't bring any laptops or anything just incase, but it's a very nice atmosphere. I've never had a problem, and met a ton of nice neighbors. If anything the wind will knock your tent down, remember the windstorm in 05?

GTI_GRL
01-23-2007, 01:27 AM
Coachella would not be Coachella without camping. I didn't really have any real bad issues from camping 2006. I woke up every morning around 6:30-7am, and I am not a morning person. I never had a line at the showers, except on Monday when I waited until 8am to shower. Beer was a little over priced, but a run to the mini mart saved that. We went to a casino a few miles away, south-east and maybe 5 miles, and had a steak, egg and potatoe breakfast for $4 (12am-9am, or $6 reg price). Came back by 9-10am-ish and never had a problem with parking.

Camping is the way to go, and here are a few things that help out.

-Freeze water/tea/sports drinks at least 2 days before. We bought one small bag of ice and didn't really need it, as the drinks were still 1/2 frozen monday.
-Dont leave ice chest in sun, put in tent or shade.
-Bring baby wipes and put in ice chest. When your to tired to shower at night, a baby wipe will cool you off and freshen you up. I brought them with me to the venue, it helps cool you off when your waiting for an artist.
-Lock for tent, I bought a cheap baby master lock for $2 at Walmart. It doesn't stop anyone from ripping the tent or braking the zipper, but most people would move on.
-Save money and eat at that casino!! anyone know the name? I can find out if anyone wants to know.
-Arrive early for everything camping/shower/the venue
-Get a tent with lots of windows or vents on top, set up before you come to make sure everything is there and working
-Bring a hammer or mallet to put the tent stakes in....I had to borrow last year.

Things I am going to do to improve camping
-Buying bigger tent--- 12x15 72" high..... changing was a 13itch last year in a little 2 person tent with all of the gear and another person.
-Buying a tent fan to bring in cooler air, runs on D batteries.
-Bringing a hammer/mallet
-Bringing an air matress
-Bringing a battery power air pump for matress
-Bringing emergency ice packs for inside venue to stay cool
-Bringing tarps to make shade..... does anyone have the how-to that was floating around last year?
-Bringing something to set my tent apart from everyone elses so it will be easier to find.
-Bringing an ice chest with wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





From the old board, it seems like a lot of the regulars are staying in hotels, but I thought I'd start a thread for campers. I'm going to try camping on-site this year. Maybe the new 3-day festival is not an IDEAL time to start, but oh well!

SamuraiSam
01-23-2007, 07:36 AM
The biggest thing my friends and I didn't have last year that I know I'll want to get this year, is a pole canopy. Lots of people around us had them and they definetly looked like the way to go.

C4103
01-23-2007, 07:38 AM
Im coming all the way from Massachusetts / Connecticut and camping. I camped for 3 days at WEMF so this shouldn't be that bad for me. I also camped at MillionManLAN. I seriously cannot wait.

Chillax
01-23-2007, 01:37 PM
From the old board, it seems like a lot of the regulars are staying in hotels, but I thought I'd start a thread for campers. I'm going to try camping on-site this year. Maybe the new 3-day festival is not an IDEAL time to start, but oh well!

This is also the first time I'm going to camp out there. I live about 2 hours away from Coachella and my parents have a house close to the festival... but this time we're going down in a bigger group (last times was 4 of us, this time its going to be like 7-9) so we've decided to camp for the full=fledged experience.

I'm wondering though, do they allow you to take alcohol into the camping area?

SamuraiSam
01-23-2007, 04:55 PM
No.

Hide it (they don't do very deep searches, and most of the time you don't get anything besides coolers and stuff searched)

GTI_GRL
01-23-2007, 05:11 PM
ummm or just leave it in your car in a small ice chest, consume it there and then come back to the camp grounds. Works like a charm!

veggienat
01-25-2007, 12:07 PM
So I am not really a "camping" kinda gal, but I am not really a pay 200$ a night at the roach infested motel kinda gal either. Will I survive camping for 3 days?

Also, when you say hot...how hot is that? I am from TX and it gets damn hot here. Just want to know what I am in for, Thanks!

foto_synthesis
01-25-2007, 03:47 PM
This will be my first year camping and my first year going to 'chella. All the way from Miami!

garrett222
01-25-2007, 04:57 PM
I guess the camping opens some time on thursday, right? What are the added benefits of showing up right when the camping opens, versus showing up at 8am on Friday? I'm not really interested in taking thursday off from work simply to camp that night. What do you think??? Is there a different parking lot for campers?

lowfront
01-25-2007, 05:37 PM
I've camped every year since 2004 and it's tons of fun. They seem to make little improvements and adjustments every year. The 3-day thing shouldn't be too scary.

Showers and food are easy to come by.
Lots of activities and things to do, especially on the first night.
Exceptionally quick and easy to get back to your tent at the end of the day - you can be showered and in bed by the time some people are still finding their cars.

I suppose a negative thing would be that you really can't sleep in. Once that sun comes up your tent essentially becomes an oven. And it comes up early.

But all in all I'd say the only real way to experience Coachella is to do the camping. I'd never consider doing it any other way, primarily because I travel from Michigan and don't really want to deal with the extra hassle and cost of a rental car and hotel reservation. Camping is fairly cheap, $35 a person or something, though they'll probably raise the price this year just because of the extra day, but who knows.


How did you avoid not needing to rent a car?

activenike
01-26-2007, 03:03 PM
Coachella would not be Coachella without camping. I didn't really have any real bad issues from camping 2006. I woke up every morning around 6:30-7am, and I am not a morning person. I never had a line at the showers, except on Monday when I waited until 8am to shower. Beer was a little over priced, but a run to the mini mart saved that. We went to a casino a few miles away, south-east and maybe 5 miles, and had a steak, egg and potatoe breakfast for $4 (12am-9am, or $6 reg price). Came back by 9-10am-ish and never had a problem with parking.

Camping is the way to go, and here are a few things that help out.

-Freeze water/tea/sports drinks at least 2 days before. We bought one small bag of ice and didn't really need it, as the drinks were still 1/2 frozen monday.
-Dont leave ice chest in sun, put in tent or shade.
-Bring baby wipes and put in ice chest. When your to tired to shower at night, a baby wipe will cool you off and freshen you up. I brought them with me to the venue, it helps cool you off when your waiting for an artist.
-Lock for tent, I bought a cheap baby master lock for $2 at Walmart. It doesn't stop anyone from ripping the tent or braking the zipper, but most people would move on.
-Save money and eat at that casino!! anyone know the name? I can find out if anyone wants to know.
-Arrive early for everything camping/shower/the venue
-Get a tent with lots of windows or vents on top, set up before you come to make sure everything is there and working
-Bring a hammer or mallet to put the tent stakes in....I had to borrow last year.

Things I am going to do to improve camping
-Buying bigger tent--- 12x15 72" high..... changing was a 13itch last year in a little 2 person tent with all of the gear and another person.
-Buying a tent fan to bring in cooler air, runs on D batteries.
-Bringing a hammer/mallet
-Bringing an air matress
-Bringing a battery power air pump for matress
-Bringing emergency ice packs for inside venue to stay cool
-Bringing tarps to make shade..... does anyone have the how-to that was floating around last year?
-Bringing something to set my tent apart from everyone elses so it will be easier to find.
-Bringing an ice chest with wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thanks a lot for the great advice. i'll be doing all of these things.

daughterxofxexile
01-26-2007, 03:26 PM
thank you! i didnt even know where to start laughs...

daughterxofxexile
01-26-2007, 03:26 PM
(points up) thank you! i didnt even know where to start laughs...

daughterxofxexile
01-26-2007, 03:27 PM
i'm driving down from sacramento california..O_O and the gas alone is going to be over $100.00..so the extra cost of place to stay it rather sucks so we are camping :P but i think that might be the best way to go seems fun

how safe is it anyways...its my friend Laura and I O_O both 19

RadicalDreamer
01-27-2007, 07:02 AM
hey someone from sac i just recently moved away ^_^ but after coachella i was plannin on cruisin up their real quik to visit. sometimes its the strangest things that ya miss about a place like familiar roads or familiar weather. anyways you can't complain to much about the trip compared to some of us you have it easy i loved the ride down last year when i still lived out their got my little pontiac 4 banger upto 120mph comin down right outside of la before you turn off towards palmsprings and i hit a bump and lost 2 hubcaps and bottomed out ^_^ lol unfortuantely this yr my trip down will be much less exciting 8 hrs on a plane blah