[pct-l] Camping at Campo (Trouble)

Robert E. Riess robert.riess at cox.net
Mon Apr 6 13:17:22 CDT 2015

This hiker's experiences are not typical.  I doubt the veracity of these 
incredulous statements. The US Border Patrol have been nothing but friendly 
and accommodating to hikers for many years.  It is absolutely not necessary 
nor desired to have hikers check in with BP on the way through Campo. 
Observing people who happen to be hikers using binoculars is part of Border 
Patrol's mission.  To be insulted for doing it is rude, and the mooner 
should be profoundly embarrassed and apologetic.  In my opinion, Yogi has 
been profound, accurate, articulate and eloquent in helping hikers 
unfamiliar with the PCT.  Her accumulated knowledge and advice have aided 
countless hikers.  There is no problem with camping near the border.  Hikers 
will not be harassed by BP

-----Original Message----- 
From: Brian Forestell
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 10:15 AM
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] Camping at Campo

The border patrol are hyper vigilant at Campo.  There were many agents who
scoped us and at least one helicopter swept low to get a good look at us in
the first two miles past the border.  A couple days later we could see a
border patrol guy scoping us out with his binoculars.  I obliged him by
mooning him.  The problem with camping that near to the border is that you
will be likely harassed by the border patrol and there is a slim possibility
that some frightened economic refugee might come running scared through your
campsite.  We camped about three miles up the trail from the border in the
chaparral and had a great sleep.  I think that Yogi is just projecting her
own fears; in my opinion she can be a bit of a trouble maker and I would
take any of her advise with a grain of salt.  My advice is just to tell the
border patrol (there on the road on the way up to the monument) who you are
and ask them where they would advise to set up for the night.  They are nice
guys one on one and we had no problem filling up our water bottles at their
station.  Your going to have a great summer.  Have fun.


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