Hey guys! Here’s the info page you’ve all been clamoring for - the mythical, magical Key West H3 island campout! Join us on MLK weekend for one of our most-beloved events, camping on Tarpon Belly Key!
We start arriving Friday afternoon from the mainland where you can park a few of your cars at the end of Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key. Please try to pre-arrange carpooling from Key West or someone’s house as space is very limited. Once parked, you will be picked up by a very gracious Hasher who’s using his small center console personal boat as a ferry. (So don’t bring tons of bullshit, this is a primitive camping scenario. Think more water and snacks...less phone chargers, computers, hair dryers, bulky 10 person tents, etc.) You’ll then be ferried the three miles into the Gulf of Mexico to Tarpon Belly Key, where the keg should already be tapped and your weekend begins. Sunday, we try to have everything cleaned up (Leave No Trace principles) and everyone back to the mainland by noon.
I’m gonna break this down real easy for you half-minds:
What there’s NOT:
power unless you bring a small noiseless generator
Trash cans (you bring it, you pack it out)
A way to get to the mainland whenever you want
Single use plastics, like plastic cutlery & plastic cups (bring your vessels/cutlery!!!)
Anyone that cares about your need for a hair dryer
What there IS:
A set schedule for small center-console “ferries”
Giant fire all weekend
A rocky, coral beach (bring swim shoes)
Midnight nekkid Trail (or whatever)
Swimming in crystal clear, calm, ocean water
Fishing if you want
Primitive camping on an island in the Gulf of Mexico for two nights and three days
These lists are subject to change.
DISCLAIMERS, PLEASE READ:
1) All jokes aside, this is always an amazing campout that people talk about for years afterwards. That being said, please be sure when rego-ing that you are able to be on an island away from the mainland for three days. There are no boats to shore available many times throughout the event for safety reasons for the Hasher boat owners, depending on tides, weather, and beer consumption. You will be given the schedule for the boats before the campout. If you have a health emergency, it will be a Coast Guard rescue and you will be responsible for all costs.
2) THIS IS NOT A DOG FRIENDLY CAMPOUT unless your dog is wearing thick rubber booties or you bring your own medical supplies. We have had dogs before, but unfortunately, the dogs ALL cut their tiny toe-beans to shreds on the coral rocks that coat the island whilst running amok. Do the right thing by your best friend if they like to be hyper and run and play all over. And same for you too - bring water shoes or strappy sandals.
tent, sleeping bag, snacks, re-usable utensils and water bottles (no single-use plastics), tarp and line if you want, bathing suit, thick soled water shoes for rocky coral everywhere, bug spray and reef safe sunscreen (or better yet, sunshirts and big floppy hats), a headlamp, TP for your bunghole or prepare your landlubber ass for sea dumps
Tarpon Belly Keys
Catch the ferry between noon and 5pm at the end of Blimp Road
SET UP CAMP BEFORE YOU START DRINKING
Swimming, fishing, exploring the islands, shrimping, etc
Rego "table" opens at 4pm
Dinner at 6pm
Campfire and smores and singing and boobs
Breakfast will happen some time with Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar
Ferry will run at 10am and 2pm.
More swimming and fishing and exploring
Lunch around noon
Trail at 2pm
Dinner at 6pm
Naked trail at midnight, pending muggle invasion like last time
Breakfast around 8am/Bloody Mary bar if there's any left
Slowly clean up the island
Pack your shit and get on a ferry by noon