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Old 07-27-2004, 11:11 AM
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Camping trip with the guys, need ideas

Every year for the past 9 years three high school/college friends and I take a trip into the woods to stay in a cabin on a lake for 5 days.

We stay at a cabin in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park if you're curious. The hike is typically from 3-5 miles and the cabin is rustic, no running water or electricity.

Two of us fish a little, but not that much really. Mostly we play cards, throw around a football & frisbee and drink beer. Quite a bit of beer actually, we went through ten cases last year.

In addition to a deck cards, we usually bring a few other games along monopoly, mindtrap etc. Potato guns have been a lot of fun in the past.

I'm looking for ideas for activities we could do. Four player games are ideal, I've picked up a set of Settlers of Catan for this year which I hope goes over well.

I was thinking about getting a set of laser tag, or something similar for an outdoor game.

Mix together four guys, an isolated cabin and a fairly large amount of alcohol. What kind of trouble can we get into?

Any ideas?
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:14 AM
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Mix together four guys, an isolated cabin and a fairly large amount of alcohol. What kind of trouble can we get into?
For maximum trouble, I recommend bringing one (1) woman, over 18 years of age.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:40 AM
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For maximum trouble, I recommend bringing one (1) woman, over 18 years of age.

Yea, we bring that topic up every year. All of us are either married or attached.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:04 PM
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Paintball.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:47 PM
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Paintball.
Thats the type of thing that sounds like a blast.

We'd have to carry our all the stuff in, and we'd all be first timers. We'd also have to find an more isolated area where we could make a mess without pissing off rangers or other park users.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:50 PM
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Well, if you were a REAL Yooper, the drinking beer would be enough.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:51 PM
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Redneck Horseshoes, aka Washers.

Or regular ones, I suppose.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:03 PM
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Gotta second the paintball idea. And as long as your wearing the proper protective gear, you can actually be fairly intoxicated without much risk of injury (besides the tripping over a root/running into a tree stuff, but that'll happen paintball or no...)

some other random ideas:

- make a catapult and see how far you can fling random objects.

- if you're musical, bring instruments. If not, a good stereo and a good collection of tunes

- beer pong! improvise with a piece of plywood if you don't have a ping-pong table

- get a good book a drinking games, and plow through it methodically

- *cough*mushrooms*cough*
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:13 PM
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Fizzball!

You guys carry ten cases of beer 3 miles? Plus food & sleeping bags?
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:19 PM
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Well, if you were a REAL Yooper, the drinking beer would be enough.
Yea in the earlier days it was.

It's still by far the most popular activity. For a few years we would bring a keg in along the trail over several miles. The cases of cans seem to keep better. We also bring in a cooler of dry ice.

Three of us are from the Marquette area, one is from Minnesota.

Here is an email I got from one of my friends today.

Gentlemen:

Upon further review, I prefer cases to kegs for this year's trip. We will no doubt bring several cases anyhow. The keg being bulkier and requiring a large open cooling container will more quickly use our precious ice. We can maintain the cans in sealed coolers with dry ice added when appropriate. The only drawback is more cans to haul out. To alleviate some of the burden, we could preplan a trip on day three to carry out cans and get more cases (stored in a vehicle). Who would go? We could select based on doing something funny such as soiling one's self.

I propose 12 cans of beer per person per day = 8 cases. I would add a 25% Safety Factor for 10 Cases of beer.
I further propose 3 cans of pop per person per day = 4 twelve packs of pop + the 25% SF = 5 Twelve Packs.

Carry in half of the cans on day one, retrieve the balance on day three. What do you think?

I'll work on the camping list tonight.


Looking forward to this year's trip. oh yea
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:28 PM
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Strap someone to a large wooden wheel, spin it slowly and work on your knife and/or hatchet throwing skills.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:35 PM
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Fizzball!

You guys carry ten cases of beer 3 miles? Plus food & sleeping bags?
We typically hike out at least once to get whatever beer we had to leave in the truck, or sometimes hidden along the trail. Along with more ice.

Most of it we can get in one trip, but its pretty slow going.

We had a carrier made up for hauling in the keg. I'll post a CAD drawing of it when I get home.
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Old 07-27-2004, 02:49 PM
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You guys should learn to play poker. If you're not gamblers, at least get some chips and play $.20 limit. Buy in for $5 each. I could spend an entire weekend without sleep just drinking and playing poker.

Oh yeah, one question: Can I come?
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Old 07-27-2004, 03:12 PM
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Three of us are from the Marquette area, one is from Minnesota.
hmmm.... do I know you?

In further review of the email, I'll give you back yer yooper status. That was pure yooper thinkin' dere. And I had no doubt you'd hike the ten cases of beer in. We're a tough breed up here. I once brought 36 glass 40 ouncers (aka "jumbos") of beer to my cabin. For 3 people. For one night.

Don't you guys camp near a stream or lake? That's where you keep your beer cold. Just stick 'em in da crick.

Fizzball seems like it would be fun.

What about cribbage? That's the age-old camp game. Or are you sick of that?
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Old 07-27-2004, 03:54 PM
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We used to get naked and run around and then...but that was at Gay camp. I got lots of merit badges.

Otherwise, for drunken weekend party games, the general rule of thumb is the dumber the game the better it is...although I would avoid pointy lawn darts.

Tossing those day-glo sticks through a hoop when it is pitch dark is fun...also use them to learn to juggle...sneak an airhorn along and scare the bejesus out of your fellow campers in the middle of the night, of course you might have to walk home alone after that.

But usually, stupid stuff like a nerf ball to toss back and forth while you are sitting around the fire, badmitten rackets and birdie (net not necessary)...set up the empty beer cans and bowl with a full can (loser has to open the can)...a putter and a golf ball and create your own insane minigolf course around the campsite...bring good rope and make a rope swing (but depending on your knotting skills and 12th beer, this might be better if one of you is a paramedic). Of course, squirt guns are always fun (but the paint ball sounds a lot better).
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Old 07-27-2004, 05:32 PM
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I'll post a CAD drawing of it when I get home.
Ok here is the design of the keg/cargo carrier for our trip into the woods. Link

Two people lighter backpacks walk in front and behind the carrier. You can load a huge amount of stuff on it, and travel quite easily provided you don't have to go uphill too often.


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hmmm.... do I know you?
Ok I googled you it seems like a possibility. Did you goto Marquette High School? I graduated in 88


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Don't you guys camp near a stream or lake? That's where you keep your beer cold. Just stick 'em in da crick.

Fizzball seems like it would be fun.

What about cribbage? That's the age-old camp game. Or are you sick of that?
Lake of the Clouds cabin this year, so we'll use the lake to cool the beer when we run out of ice.

Cribbage works when two people sleep in late, but we stick to four player games mostly. Poker will be popular again this year I'm sure.

The lightstick idea is a good one, since we are often looking for creative drunken things to do after dark.

Supersoakers might be an alternative to paintball, since I can see that an somewhat of an cash investment.

Lots of good suggestions thanks!
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:00 PM
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2nd Laser Tag. Cleaner, less painfull than paintball, you can play it in the dark, don't need a bunch of safety crap (eye protection, hot long-sleeve stuff) and cheaper to get 4 sets to boot!

Motorcycles/ATVs are always a good idea! Like strippers and beer!

Don't forget lots of Beef Jerky, sunflower seeds and red meat for cooking.

Can I come? I'll bring homebrew! (you pay airfare)
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:09 PM
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I propose 12 cans of beer per person per day = 8 cases. I would add a 25% Safety Factor for 10 Cases of beer.
I further propose 3 cans of pop per person per day = 4 twelve packs of pop + the 25% SF = 5 Twelve Packs.
It appears to me that if you guys seek some entertainment here and there, you can bring a huge wooden mallet. The type of which is typically used at the County Fair to see if you can "ring the bell". You can use said mallet to crush the seemingly billions of cans of beverages, therefore making the trip out easier by volume if not by weight.

Sounds like a heck of a good time.

Cartooniverse, whose idea of camping is walking along the A.T. for a few miles to a waterfall and sitting down.
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:10 PM
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Definitely paintball.

The ones where the paint is made out of fish oil and food coloring, and the capsules are made out of gelatin so they're pretty safe for the enviornment.

Wear the safety mask thing and play drunk, it's fun.

Just, if you decide to do that macho manly naked thing, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES play paintball naked.
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:58 PM
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Hey, if I was in the Porcupine Mountain area of the UP, I'd be visiting the Watersmeet Nimrods!!

(just got back from Michigan yesterday, though I ended up only going to the Detroit area, Lansing area, and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti).
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:05 PM
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You really ought to learn to play Euchre
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:10 PM
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Well, usually, you need more than 4, but capture the flag is suprisingly difficult after your 10th beer or so (see you're not quite as stealthy) incorporate the super soakers, and you've got a game.

The trebuchet is a great idea, but there aren't too many random objects up in da UP, IIRC, just wood, rocks and dirt.

Axe and knife throwing gets WAY more interesting after a good day of drinking as well.

If you all have GPS's there's some interesting potential for a scavenger hunt or race.

There's always volleyball.
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:13 PM
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My guy's weekend always includes drunken Jenga.

Coors or Bud or someone used to make a "party ball" which was essentially beer in a bag. It was the same as 50 beers. Less packaging, less weight. Your Minnesotan should be able to pick some up. Don't loose the cheap little tap, or you'll be forced to use a forceps. Not that anyone in the group would have a forceps handy.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:39 PM
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If you've done all the standard stuff, bring:

a flame thrower and lots of fireworks.

a battery boom box with Deliverance soundtrack.

knives and baskets. Collect wild berries in the baskets and make a dye, then carve tattoos into each other. This is a real bond builder.

a hooker. Don't share.
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I'm thinking darts. Nothing like a group of hammered guys throwing pointy objects at close range.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:58 PM
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Ok I googled you it seems like a possibility. Did you goto Marquette High School? I graduated in 88
Yup, 87 here. Weird!
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Old 07-28-2004, 02:20 PM
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I'm thinking darts. Nothing like a group of hammered guys throwing pointy objects at close range.
To me, darts were assumed. I generally take a handy backboard I built that can clamp to just about anything to hang the board on. It always backfires on me however. After about the third game, nobody wants to play with me!

Like pool, its not a good idea to play the guy with his own cue.
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Old 07-28-2004, 05:33 PM
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A Variation of Liarís Dice Ė Sorry for the very long explanation. Once you get the hang of it, the game is a lot more fun than Iím describing. Sorry for the novel.

The Basics

1. Everyone puts in a buck. Winner gets the kitty.
2. Each player starts with five dice.
3. When a player loses a round, he loses a die.
4. When a player loses all his dice, he is out.
5. The last player left with dice wins the kitty.
6. To start a round, players shake their dice in plastic cups and then put the cups down on the table "bottoms up."
7. Each player can lift the cup to see his dice, but he only gets to see his dice.
8. Player A starts off by calling a hand, such as five sixes.
9. Going clockwise, the next player, player B, must beat Player Aís hand or call him a liar.
10. If player B calls a higher hand (six twos) the next player going clockwise must now beat that hand or call Player B a liar.
11. The process is repeated until someone finally calls someone a liar. In other words, he doesnít think the player can make the hand that was called.
12. Once someone is called a liar, everyone lifts up their cups to reveal their dice.
13. The hand is counted using all rolled dice from all players. If the liar makes his hand (there are six or more twos), the challenger loses a die. If the liar fails to make his hand (he has less than six twos), the liar loses a die.
14. Play continues until only one player remains.

Counting the Hand

1. All rolled dice from all players are counted.
2. For a normal hand, ones, or aces, are wild. They count both as ones and whatever the liar called. For example, if the liar called seven fours, all fours and ones are counted as fours. If five fours and two ones are showing, there are seven fours.
3. If aces are called, only ones are counted. For example, if the liar called three aces, only the number of ones showing are counted.


Calling a Hand

1. A normal hand is simply called out by saying something like ďfive twos.Ē
2. Once a normal hand is called, another player can call aces, or ones.
3. Aces must beat half a normal hand. For example, the call is seven threes. Divide seven in half for three and a half. In order to beat three and a half, the player must call four aces.
4. After aces have been called, the hand can be beat by calling a greater number of aces (five aces), or a player can call a normal hand that is more than twice the number of aces. For example, the call is five aces. Multiply five times two for ten. In this case, the player must call eleven of a kind.


Starting the Round

1. The player who lost the last round starts the current round.
2. The first player out of the last game gets to start the first round of the next game.

An example with ten dice remaining

Player A Three fours.
Player B Three fives.
Player C Four twos.
Player D Three aces.
Player A Four aces.
Player B Youíre a liar.

Everyone lifts the cups. In this case, only ones are counted. If there are four or more ones, Player B loses. If there are less than four ones, Player A loses. If the round had been called at four twos, all twos and ones would have been counted as twos.
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Old 07-29-2004, 06:53 AM
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You really ought to learn to play Euchre
Its probably the game we play the most at the cabin, its very popular in the Upper Pennisula.


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If you've done all the standard stuff, bring:

a flame thrower and lots of fireworks.

a battery boom box with Deliverance soundtrack.

knives and baskets. Collect wild berries in the baskets and make a dye, then carve tattoos into each other. This is a real bond builder.

a hooker. Don't share.
We always bring fireworks, bottlerockets esp

As for hookers, Apparently they do have prostitutes in Hurley, Wi but they don't seem interested in going to a cabin deep in the woods with four guys, (so says the best bullshitter of the group anyways)


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A Variation of Liarís Dice Ė Sorry for the very long explanation. Once you get the hang of it, the game is a lot more fun than Iím describing. Sorry for the novel. .
Looks cool thanks
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