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Unread 19 Jan 20, 10:41 AM  
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Anyone camped in Yosemite ?

So in very early planning days
Trying to manage a budget
Even the fixed tents at Curry Village are $200 a night ! ( August)

Has anyone successfully booked a tent using here at 7am Pacific time on the relevant 15th of the month ? $26 a night and buying a tent over there seems more feasible

nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm

Or managed to get a ' camping without a reservation ' spot like here , on the day ?

nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/nrcamping.htm
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All I can think is...

BEARS!

We found Yosemite accommodation pricey but I couldnt have considered a tent, there. Hope others come and tell me how wrong I am though
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Generally all the bears are tagged so they know where they are. All food must be kept in the heavy metal bins provided to keep bears away from tents and cars , if left in cars the bears can rip doors open. I would have stayed in the tents but wife would not so we stayed in a fantastic bb the blue butterfly
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My sister camped in Yosemite for the solar eclipse

They took a tent with them for the two of them - obviaouly a small one!

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On bears - having questioned her further - yes there is a threat of bears

Advice is - You cant keep food or anything in your tent. You also need to wear clean clothes to sleep in that you havent been eg cooking in. If there is a known bear around they close some of the tent site areas.
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Make sure it's a site with bear lockers, we were there in September and the guy at housekeeping reception said the bears were stealing cannisters as they'd worked out how to break them open.
We stayed at housekeeping In September for 120ish a night and it wasn't glamping in the slightest, we'd camp if we ever went again, although the nights and mornings were cold so even our good branded 2-3 season sleeping bags struggled, fleeces etc were on.
It's worth thinking about the nights your staying Vs the luggage space impact or cost of buying equipment when you get there. They also tend to use small tents over there and we didn't see many with full waterproof sheets, just fly screens and a topper
Edit:reckon you'd need hard ground pegs too

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I remember looking at this as an option and pretty much in August you've got next to no chance of on the day, best to book in advance or have a backup you can cancel
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Make sure it's a site with bear lockers, we were there in September and the guy at housekeeping reception said the bears were stealing cannisters as they'd worked out how to break them open.
We stayed at housekeeping In September for 120ish a night and it wasn't glamping in the slightest, we'd camp if we ever went again, although the nights and mornings were cold so even our good branded 2-3 season sleeping bags struggled, fleeces etc were on.
It's worth thinking about the nights your staying Vs the luggage space impact or cost of buying equipment when you get there. They also tend to use small tents over there and we didn't see many with full waterproof sheets, just fly screens and a topper
Edit:reckon you'd need hard ground pegs too
Thanks so much for this Fiona. My alternative to camping was Curry camp at $200 a night , which I thought was the most basic / cheapest thing available
Looking at housekeeping camp , that works out at $122 a night , much more manageable and as you say avoids all the paraphernalia
You can seemingly hire blankets , pillows etc but will see what else we plan on the trip to see if it's worth buying something over there
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