I'm flying in to Seattle for Sasquatch from Minnesota and wondering if anyone has any suggestions on finding a place to rent equipment from? We are good with tents, sleeping bags, etc. - more or less wondering if there is a place that might rent a Canopy, Chairs, table, etc.? I'm mainly concerned about the Canopy. REI only rents actual camping equipment... I'm prepared to have to buy everything when we get there, just trying to avoid that.
Post by transatlanticism on Feb 20, 2014 14:06:42 GMT -8
This might be a useless post because I am not sure of any place you can rent the materials, but honestly, all the camping equipment stuff is really cheap. Hit up a Wal-Mart and party your face off for the weekend. Personally, I wouldnt want to risk renting something that could potentially get broken at a music festival. Our group didn't have a canopy the first weekend we went and when we needed some shade, our neighbours were there. Im sure if you threw them a beer or just said hey they would allow you to use their shade.
Post by StormyPinkness on Feb 24, 2014 14:20:49 GMT -8
Not sure where you might rent a canopy but that might not work out well. Depending on how the wind is, canopies are often easily destroyed in a wind gust. You should stake it well, lower it while you are gone and if you are renting you might consider taking the whole cover off while you are not there so it does not blow down.
Post by HecticDialectic on Feb 26, 2014 16:52:28 GMT -8
+1 for being one of the people who simply buys camping gear and then abandons it at the gorge. I've obtained so much fantastic stuff going through the campgrounds as people are leaving. So very many sketchy tents let behind, and then there was that year where we spent several drunken hours jumping on a pile of discarded air matresses.
It's awesome when you score good gear. It's less awesome when most of it gets inevitably left for the trash heap. The waste is only so upsetting to me because if we could somehow share resources more efficiently, nobody would have to buy anything.
I'm imagining a website showing availability at each campsite (much like airplane seat rows). Each camp is a clickable link where you could contact the campsite leader, who could roughly list the equipment they have available and offer to "host" travelers coming in by plane or without equipment.
The only reason I don't think this is completely absurd and impossible is because I've witnessed the power of community at these events time and time again. I've taken people into my camp and I've also had my weekend fucking MADE by some very generous people when I flew thousands of miles from home with little more than a sleeping bag.