It’s almost summer snowboard time and you didn’t score that cushy camp job you were hoping for. Don’t despair, lack of income or place to live is no reason not to make the trip to Mt. Hood anyway. There’s tons of snow, the public park is waiting for you, and a little roughing it never killed anyone. Cause yeah, let’s face it, to afford lift tickets, your broke ass will have to camp. Luckily we’ve compiled this handy list of your best bets for natural accommodations and as an added bonus, our friends at Poler have agreed to give away a One-Man tent, before you can even buy them. To win, you’ll have to read on (or just skip to the end.)
Old Timberline Road
Every summer tent city appears about a half mile up Old Timberline Road. Getting there is easy, but it’s often overcrowded, so get there early and bring friends. Seriously, some creepy dudes have lived there in the past, and after the overdose that took place a year or so ago it’s become kind of the “party camp.” You can always drive up a bit further, but it’ll be colder, your commute will be longer and no one will be able to hear you scream.
Pros: Long-term campground. Possible good times. Free.
Cons: Can be shady. Can be boring. Hippies. Seriously, there’s always some dude with dreads.
Timberline Parking Lot
You’re going to need a car, but this is the place to be for the laziest rider. You’re feet from the hill, and if you wake up early you can get up top quick enough to dig-to-ride. Once parked, if you’re smooth, you can pull off multiple nights (weeks?) in the main lot by taking an overnight parking spot. But, for those of you hiking the public park, the old lot just right of main will be a hassle free slumber for the entire summer.
Pros: Safe. Fun in the afternoon. Free. Quick hill access. Stars at night.
Cons: Cold at night. Blisteringly hot when you wake up. Don’t forget to crack the windows.
Parked Car in Govy
Park anywhere East of Exit Real World and West of Charlies and you’re in for a great nights sleep. You have to move your car from time to time so the cops don’t catch on, but your only other threat is drunken buddies carrying rocks and full bladders.
Pros: Party all night. Cobradogs is your neighbor. Camp is right there. Good times.
Cons: Your car will get fucked with. You may get in trouble with Johnny Law. Camp will hate you.
Behind the Burton House
Jonah Owen tried this multiple times last summer. It works for a minute, but the cops really aren’t too fond of this spot.
Pros: Safe, fun, funny.
Cons: Tickets, proximity to campfire, the Frends crew fucking with you.
Got money? Don’t drink? This is your spot. But, if you don’t have the cash, these places will bankrupt you. Also, they are too far to drink and drive to. You’ll hit a tree and die, or just get pulled over leaving Govi. Don’t mess with mountain cops, they like to crack skulls.
Cons: Everything else.
“That” Abandoned Building
Govy is full of abandoned buildings, and plenty of dudes have called them “home” over the years. Last summer two buddies slept in a windowless, doorless, piece of shit shack for months. If they can do it, so can you.
Pros: Free. A roof. Walls. Hilarious.
Cons: Chicks think you’re homeless. Cops will arrest you. Crazies will shoot you. It could catch fire while you’re asleep. Animals may eat you.
This infamous Windells compound exists on the boundary of “holy shit” and paradise. It’s a full-blown mancamp full of all sorts of hidden dangers you can’t even imagine. But, Austin Hironaka has set up tents before, and who’s to say you can’t be next?
Pros: You’re going to have fun. Skate Windells maybe.
Cons: You’re going to have too much fun, have you ever been set on fire? It sucks.
For your chance to win this Poler One-man tent (plus a T-shirt and Trucker hat) just comment and tell us, in 140 characters or less, what you plan to do with it. You don’t have to camp at Mt. Hood to be eligible, any fun/scary/sad use will make you eligible. The best answers will be retweeted by @polerstuff and the very best answer will win it’s answerer a free tent! (It’s that simple, just make sure to use your real email address so we can contact you when you win.) The winner will be chosen on June 8, 2011.
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