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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Camping Chairs

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When car camping chairs or stools really do not pose much of a problem in regards to transporting them. However, for those who like a place to sit when backpacking, carrying a chair can be weight and space prohibitive. On shorter trips I have taken the small collapsible chairs. There are also several varieties of "backpacking chairs" on the market.  I have limited knowledge of these. I know through hikers and the ultralight purist would scoff at such things. They would also reject the idea of packing a small hatchet and a folding saw like the guy building the "Viking chair" in the video at the bottom of the page.  As for me, I always have a hatchet and more times than not a folding saw. I may not ever use them, but I'd rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them.  "Seats" can be anything from a rock, log, or to simply sit on your sleeping pad right on the ground. There is also a variety of lightweight camping stools that can be purchased at camping supply stores, Ebay, Amazon, etc. I recently bought one of these. While it is better suited for my five year old grandson, it will accommodate me.


The little stool is tiny but it is still better than sitting on the ground in my opinion just as it is worth the extra weight and space it adds to the pack. Below is a video I came across a while back showing how to make a camp chair. Obviously there are a lot of considerations to be weighed before one decides to "build" one of these chairs (how long will I be here? Is it worth the effort? Cutting live trees on public land is verboten, etc.). I would be interested in hearing any ideas from other campers pertaining to sitting arrangements.


  1. You need to make a few of these...


  2. Forget the chair. The camp mattress in the pic is a lot more practical.

  3. Pocket chainsaw. First one I have found with full set of teeth. Remember, let the saw do the cutting. Touch up with file.

  4. I know this is not exactly what you are talking about, but the rock furniture hikers have assembled at
    Porcupine Mountains State Park, in Michigan is unbelievable. Entire rooms of furniture have been created at each campsite. This picture is a poor representation, but it was the best I could find on short notice.



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