base camp

a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities, as exploring, reconnaissance, hunting, or mountain climbing.

1895–1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
The second will allow radio-frequency communications when the aircraft is near
  a base camp.
Crank it up for maximum safety during a nighttime run, or drop it to preserve
  the battery for a long hike from base camp.
Managing your base camp is essential, as everything you construct must be
  maintained by workers at all times.
On the ascent, they had come upon the body of a climber they'd met at base camp
  weeks earlier.
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