Anyways. Last weekend was Time Lady's birthday. After more than a year she'd still never been ger camping, so Engrish and I took it upon ourselves to rectify the situation with a trip to Terelj.
A few days before, Time Lady asked me, "What do you bring on a ger camp?" and it made me realize that although I've done a fair bit of ger camping in the last two years, I've never written the definitive guide to it. Although it's a little late at this point, I'd like to dedicate this guide to her for her birthday (because who needs expensive geek gifts when your foul-mouthed blogging friend dedicates a post to you?!?)
This answer prompted some teasing from my students, but hell, building the fire is my favorite part of ger camping (not just because of the sound!), and I was especially proud of the new firestarters I made with cotton facial circles and wax. I can't stress enough how important it is to bring someone who likes to play with fire. Ger camps are supposed to send someone in the night to keep your fire going, but it never seems to work out that way, and I've developed a touch of pyromania to combat the cold of early mornings in the countryside.
Expect the Unexpected:
I think the most crucial thing you can do to enjoy a ger camp is be prepared. The camp may not have water, so bring a few bottles or a good filtration system, as well as some wet wipes. It may not have toilets, with or without running water so bring toilet paper and mentally prepare yourself to pop a squat. If you know ahead of time that you are putting yourself in a situation that is supposed to be somewhat rough by nature and embrace that, you'll have a much better time. Especially if you remind yourself that it's MUCH less rough than actual camping (or tenting, if you insist on calling it that like Engrish).
Happy Birthday, Time Lady! Thanks for giving us an excuse to have such a great weekend!