Friday, January 2, 2015

A Super Resource - Campendium

I stopped by Government Wash for a couple nights on my way back from Zion in November. While I was there, I spotted a Campendium flag flying from a cluster of Airstreams on the hill. A little research led to a page for Campendium that noted it was still in beta but would be accepting new members shortly.

Leigh and Brian have lived and traveled full-time in Airstream trailers for several years, blogging about their experiences and their campsites on their Aluminarium blog. For the past couple years they have been developing Campendium to fill a need for a robust database of camping locations that spans the spectrum from free boondocking locations to high end RV parks.

In the past, I've used a variety of resources to locate potential camping locations but each source I tried had strengths and glaring weaknesses, requiring the use of many different resources to research an area of interest.

Over the past 2 or 3 weeks I've had a chance to use this resource and the more time I spend with it, the more I'm impressed. Campendium looks much better than any of the other online resources but is open by invitation only. I'd highly recommend to my traveling friends that you request an invitation - no charge. BTW, they also have a Facebook page where teaser campsite pictures are posted on a regular basis.

If you use Campendium, please give back by posting site reviews and/or linking appropriate blog posts.  I'm impressed and I'm looking forward to using this tool when we wander the back roads of Utah and Colorado this summer.


8 comments:

  1. John, is Campendium mainly a West Coast camping resource?

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    1. Nope! Their database is national although some areas of the country have fewer reviews than others, perhaps because many of their beta testers / early reviewers seem to have been in the west this year. Give them a try!

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  2. Thanks for the fantastic review John! It's really exciting that you really get what we're trying to do.

    I didn't realize you were camping at Government Wash when we were. I wish we had met!

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    1. I enjoy recommending something of quality, something that really works and fills a need. You guys are doing a wonderful job with Campendium! Our roads will cross again some day!

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    2. Thanks again John! I'm sure they will.

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  3. Thanks, John. Just joined and liked the FB page.

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    1. I think you'll find it a great resource!

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