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==== Location ====
 
==== Location ====
Each year the same challenge: where? While it's easy to think of many beautiful countries around Europe where it would be nice to gather, exact practical location is really all we need. It could be next to the sea, or not. We've gathered in city parks, mountains, at countryside farm, sea sides...
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Qeparo Fshat is a village in the albanian cost 40 minutes walking up the hill from the main road and from the beach.
We'd need a committed group of (3-10) people who will make it happen.
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Once in qeparo (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=qeparo+fshat&ie=UTF-8&ei=RZopU9TVBILLtQaR4IGwCg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg) , which is a village on the cost, ask people how to go in the upper Qeparo (Qeparo fshat). The road will lead you in the center of the village where there is a tinny bar and right behind the bar you can see the place.
  
 
=====Checklist=====
 
=====Checklist=====
* Is it a hidden paradise?
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* The location is not far from the village but is appart and people are cool with us camping there. There are not many people living there and most of the houses are abandoned.
* Free camping place for 100+ people to put up their tents and be loud all night.  
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* The place should be enough for 100+ people and as I said above is appart from the houses.  
* Do we need a permission and is it easy to get without having anybody really responsible/organizing the event?
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* The place has a owner but I asked the barmen there to talk to the owner of the place and he confirmed .
* Is it possible to stay hidden enough? Do locals mind? In Slovakia we were kicked out from 3 locations before we finally found good one (and that was the best one). Sometimes camping for 3 people is just fine, while for 100+ it's a problem. Private lands (such as the farm in Lithuania) are great if we can get permission. Also locations where there was a festival prior to us are great, since they might have all the permissions/facilities there already. Sometimes bold enough places with enough people are just fine — such as "200 hippies camping under eiffel tower for two nights", what could've they done to us?
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* There is running water nearb to clean and cook and since the place is not far from the village is very easy to find drinking water everywhere.
* Is it possible to make open fire? (No trees too nearby, running water nearby, laws?)
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* I think we can save some hidden place to dig shitpits.
* Is it okay to dig multiple shitpits nearby for like 200+ people?
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* It was an olive field.
* Did you just found a herding place for cows and they weren't there when you checked it, but appear first morning?? (Slovakia).
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* No dumpsters nearby (at least no dumpsters from where we can find sth to eat) but buying vegetables from the locals is not expensive.
* Food? Nearby dumpster diving locations are very nice but not necessary. Any kind of small village shop in hitchable/walkable 4km or so distance is fine.
 
* Drinkable water? Check if there are abandoned wells, springs or a shop nearby.
 
* River, pond or lake nearby enough for washing. Fantastic to have it just next to us, okay to have 2-3km away.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 13:33, 19 March 2014

Hitchgathering is the name of a series of international hitchhiking gatherings held in Europe and Northern America since 2008.

Organizing the event

Communication

Location

Qeparo Fshat is a village in the albanian cost 40 minutes walking up the hill from the main road and from the beach. Once in qeparo (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=qeparo+fshat&ie=UTF-8&ei=RZopU9TVBILLtQaR4IGwCg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg) , which is a village on the cost, ask people how to go in the upper Qeparo (Qeparo fshat). The road will lead you in the center of the village where there is a tinny bar and right behind the bar you can see the place.

Checklist
  • The location is not far from the village but is appart and people are cool with us camping there. There are not many people living there and most of the houses are abandoned.
  • The place should be enough for 100+ people and as I said above is appart from the houses.
  • The place has a owner but I asked the barmen there to talk to the owner of the place and he confirmed .
  • There is running water nearb to clean and cook and since the place is not far from the village is very easy to find drinking water everywhere.
  • I think we can save some hidden place to dig shitpits.
  • It was an olive field.
  • No dumpsters nearby (at least no dumpsters from where we can find sth to eat) but buying vegetables from the locals is not expensive.

Time

Early August, typically at first weekend. People will arrive some days earlier and many stay for like 1-2 weeks. New people keep coming and going during these two weeks. Festival sort of fades in and fades out, most busiest days having over 100 people at once.

Each year somebody suggests if the main event could be moved to June/July. Each time we come again to same conclusion: early August is the most optimal for all the students/working people to have a hitching trip. There will be smaller pre- and post-gatherings happening all the summer.

Past events

Future events

  • 2014 North American Hitchgathering Location Voting in Progress here.
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