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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 11:57 AM
Going to my first Peach fest, gonna try my hand at camping there. Hope to be there by Friday morning. Haven't done any tent camping for 40+ yrs. Anybody have any suggestions to make it a good experience. I haven't seen any good views of where the camping is in relation to the stages and water park. Thx for any advice - pedrito!
 
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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 01:05 PM
I would recommend at least a wagon to transport your gear up the mountain. I think they will have flat bed trailers to bring people to the camping portion, but from where they drop you off you may need to walk your gear up or down the mountain. Especially by Friday. I found a map on line of the water park. See the attached link. http://www.montagemountainresorts.com/Meltdown/Discover

The camping is located near where number 2(The wave pool) is on the map. It goes several ski slopes over from the left of that. If you purchased the camping parking, that is located to the right of where they have the baseball field on this map. The Mushroom stage is located just to the right of the wave pool. The Main stage is on the far right of the map.


 

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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 01:21 PM
Sounds about right. I heard it was about a half hour hike to the amphitheater. You pass the water park on your way from the camping area to the amphitheater.

This photo gallery has pictures of the camping area
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/briefs/x355453761/Gallery-Peach-Music-F estival?photo=12

[Edited on 7/22/2014 by JimmyR]

[Edited on 7/22/2014 by JimmyR]

 

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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 08:16 PM
Montage was my home ski area in the 80's. The ski runs where the general camping is located are gentle slopes, but aren't made for comfortable sleeping. I'd plan on bringing an air mattress and doing what you can to level it. It's probably a good idea to get there as early as possible on Thursday as the sites near the base of the hill will get cherry picked, since they are closer to level than up the hill.
My wife and I went the VIP camping route as we are traveling from TX and didn't want to haul all our camping gear on a round trip flight. Anyone here do the VIP camping in previous years? If so, how was it?

 

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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 08:46 PM
Are you allowed to bring food and a camp stove to your tent? The website said no outside food or drinks on the festival grounds, but do they really mean the camping areas too?
 

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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 09:33 PM
As I understand it, outside food and drink are OK in the camping areas.
 

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  posted on 7/22/2014 at 10:25 PM
Is there any spots with shade in the general campin area?

Any patch of woods where I can throw up a tent?

I'm flying solo and light so just a tent and chair and maybe tuck away in some trees?

I'll be catching most of the music so my time back at tent is not long......I'm guessing I'll get less than 6 hours of sleep for the whole weekend.....

 

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  posted on 7/23/2014 at 08:16 AM
You're definitely able to bring food and beverages into the camping area. Make sure that you bring no glass jars or bottles though. Propane camping stoves are allowed.

There are spots with plenty of shade. I've also seen people camping in the wooded areas between the slopes.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2014 at 08:28 AM
RVs have compressor's that kick on and off all **** ing night. Stay away from them. They is a happy med between the drunks and the other festival sounds.
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  posted on 7/23/2014 at 10:43 AM
The good news at this fest is that the RV camping is in a different section and far away from the tent camping.

There are some folks who party through the night in the tent camping(especially on Friday and Saturday night), so if you're looking to get some sleep you may want to bring some ear plugs.

 

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  posted on 7/24/2014 at 08:52 AM
I don't mean to state the obvious, but take care where you pitch your tent. Enough of an angle will ruin your weekend. Avoid low spots (where potential rain may gather or travel under your tent).

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  posted on 7/24/2014 at 09:13 AM
my tips are
- pack as light as possible to be comfortable. if you have back packing gear use that
- bring good footware
-get there as early as you can
-wagons, carts, hand trucks, etc are key
- the first year i went, we camped near the bottom it was crowded there and tents were on top of tents. the second year we almost all of the way to the top. it was a little better there with more space and more social crowd. i'd head there if you can and dont mind the extra hiking
- could leave some gear in the car. its not too bad to take the walk if you dont have a lot to carry. some people only set up a tent in the camping area and basically tailgate at the car all weekend.

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- outside food and drink are allowed in the camping area, just no glass. the first year they were checking coolers
- the only real shade is along the edges of the camp areas. they have the wooded areas roped/fenced off. some people go into them but some of the security were making people move
- flat areas are at a premium
- dont sleep on the ski lift poles/platforms (saw a girl get tossed for that last year)
- its a long walk to the main stage plan your times around that
- the wave pool is very refreshing and good way to start ones day
- last year the shuttles were better than the 1st year. however the lines were really long. my buddy and i hiked most of our gear in while his wife took as much as she could handle on the shuttle. we then walked back after setting up and brought the coolers in on the shuttle and enjoyed a beer in line and on the ride.

have a good time, pace yourself, and enjoy the music

 

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  posted on 7/24/2014 at 11:13 AM
Do they check your gear? I'm trying to decide if sneaking in extra booze is worth it.

 

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  posted on 7/24/2014 at 04:08 PM
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Do they check your gear? I'm trying to decide if sneaking in extra booze is worth it.


You can bring what you like into camping as long as it's in cans or plastic. Just steer clear of glass containers and you should be OK.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2014 at 09:16 PM
Thanks everybody for the varying information. I had seen the water park map, so that gives you a good idea of the logistics. Been listening to some of bands that are gonna be there on Archive.org. I will try to pace myself - AND ENJOY the Brothers one last time.
 

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  posted on 7/27/2014 at 09:36 PM
Hope you enjoy rattlesnakes.


 

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  posted on 7/28/2014 at 08:09 AM
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Do they check your gear? I'm trying to decide if sneaking in extra booze is worth it.


You can bring what you like into camping as long as it's in cans or plastic. Just steer clear of glass containers and you should be OK.


^^ this. the first year we actually had a jar of peanut butter taken. last year dont remember the search as much. both years no issues with the +/- 100 beers in cans and plastic jugs of whiskey.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2014 at 07:49 PM
Can I get a camping permit day-of?
 

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  posted on 7/29/2014 at 07:38 AM
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Can I get a camping permit day-of?


maybe on this one, but highly doubtful that you could get a camping parking pass. the parking pass would be key or else you have to load your gear from off-site get shuttled to the site and then do all of the walking transporting of gear to your site

 

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  posted on 7/31/2014 at 12:24 AM
it might also be wise to bring a foam matress just in case you get stuck on some rocky area on the mountain u have to set up on.I know a few people did last year & went to Walmart the 2nd day to buy 1,it was hurting their backs.Also get to the showers early if you can to avoid the long lineups.Also on the food kiosks,there was a real good 'grilled cheese' one at the entrance to the main gate.They had a variety of different grilled cheeses good for breakfast,lunches or suppers.And 1 last thing...might be good to bring earplugs..just in case you're right next to a late crowd who like to jam or party till 5 am.Hope that helps & u have a great time.
 

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  posted on 8/4/2014 at 10:26 PM
If you buy the camping parking pass, do you get to park your car right near your tent? Or just closer than the general parking lot? With the camping parking pass, how close do you get to park your car to your tent area? Also, how do you keep your belongings safe when you leave your tent area?
 

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  posted on 8/5/2014 at 07:20 AM
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If you buy the camping parking pass, do you get to park your car right near your tent? Or just closer than the general parking lot? With the camping parking pass, how close do you get to park your car to your tent area? Also, how do you keep your belongings safe when you leave your tent area?


Dunno on Parking, Looks like those are sold out anyway.

On keeping your gear safe: 1. Dont bring anything really valuable(Or lock in car). 2. Make Friends with your neighbors 3. Lock up you tent if you want.

Been to many many fests and never had an issue, I do recall Gathering of the Vibes being bad years ago with theft.


 

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If you buy the camping parking pass, do you get to park your car right near your tent? Or just closer than the general parking lot? With the camping parking pass, how close do you get to park your car to your tent area? Also, how do you keep your belongings safe when you leave your tent area?


Dunno on Parking, Looks like those are sold out anyway.

On keeping your gear safe: 1. Dont bring anything really valuable(Or lock in car). 2. Make Friends with your neighbors 3. Lock up you tent if you want.


Been to many many fests and never had an issue, I do recall Gathering of the Vibes being bad years ago with theft.




Try the Peach Music Festival Facebook page. If you view the "comments to page" section, there are many listings for festival/camping/parking passes for sale. It's probably your best shot at getting parking near the venue right now.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2014 at 11:25 AM
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If you buy the camping parking pass, do you get to park your car right near your tent? Or just closer than the general parking lot? With the camping parking pass, how close do you get to park your car to your tent area? Also, how do you keep your belongings safe when you leave your tent area?


my info is from last year, but here it is

you cant park next to your tent. (maybe if you get an ADA pass)

camping parking pass gets you approximately 1/3rd of a mile from the camping area at best at worst it could be 1/2 mile. this depends on where you park and where you camp. keep in mind its about 100' of drop from parking area to the bottom of camping area and then about 100' of climb to the top of the camping area. (all of this is using google earth).

without a camping pass you need to park off site and be shuttled into the camping lot. this is the general / day parking lot.

as far as valuables dont bring anything you would be upset with having stolen or becoming lost. that being said i went the last two years and didnt have an issue or hear of any issues as far as theft.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2014 at 02:22 PM
Is there a place to get ice in the camping area? Are there power stations for charging phones?
 
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