When I was a Boy Scout, we camped every month. We always used cheap Walmart gear that we'd beat to death, but leaking tents or shoddy sleeping bags that would freeze our toes always made for fun stories to tell.
After I got my Eagle Scout and left the troop, I haven't camped nearly as much as I'd have liked, but after graduating college, and my fiancé getting a job with the Bureau of Land Management, we found ourselves literally camping around the country. Much cheaper than hotels.
We camped from Helena, MT to Washington state, up into Alberta, Canada; British Colombia, all the way down the coast of California; Death Valley; Las Cruces, NM; Utah, Florida, pretty much every state except for Nebraska. (Sorry, Nebraska... Next time. Maybe.). We spent time in nearly all the major national parks--Sequoia and Zion Canyon being among our favorites.
So, between playing pinball, does anyone else here camp or backpack? Got any cool stories, or gear recommendations?