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Ranger Robert and Capt. Morgan Go Camping

The following is a guest post from Bob Van Hise, an avid camper, paddler and outdoorsman.

Ranger Robert and Capt. Morgan go Camping – July 2015

My thoughts and journal entries during a 4-day solo canoe adventure in Canada’s Algonquin Park.

With a few days off in early July, I decided to head north on another solo canoe trip in Ontario. My plan was to do a 4 night, 5 day paddle trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, beginning on big Lake Opeongo, then north to Big Crow Lake, continue east down the Crow River to beautiful Lake Lavielle, and looping back to Opeongo via Dickson Lake and a 3 mile portage. (EDIT: I finally did that route in May 2016)

DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY – 20 MILES BY CANOE TO THE RANGER CABIN

… Arrived in Algonquin Park and had breakfast Wednesday morning at the Lake of Two Rivers camp store, then headed to the Lake Opeongo store and the registration desk. On the way there, I saw & photographed a beautiful, healthy-looking moose as it crossed Highway 60 in the park, and I also saw a whitetail deer on Opeongo Road. When I checked in with my travel plan, I learned that my prime destination, Lake Lavielle, was experiencing an algae bloom. Because it hadn’t yet been determined whether the water was safe for drinking, camping on the lake was not allowed. This was my second attempt at that lake, the first try was thwarted by low water levels in the Crow River 3 years ago.

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I thought about my options, and asked if the Big Crow Lake ranger cabin was available that night. It was, and I opted to book that accommodation for 3 nights. I had packed minimally, intending to do several miles of carries on that loop trip, culminating in the 3 mile long Dickson-Bonfield portage that I had done twice on a previous trip. Since I would now have only a relatively easy 1 kilometer carry on my altered route, I drove out of the park to the nearby town of Whitney to purchase more supplies, such as hearty beef stew, coffee crystals, cookies, pretzels, a can of OFF!, and a plastic bottle of good ol’ Captain Morgan spiced rum (I feared that the small bottle of Fireball whiskey that I brought just wouldn’t be enough for 4 days of lounging).

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At 11:30AM I launched onto Lake Opeongo into calm wind with minimal waves, and 70-75 degrees F. My estimated travel time to the cabin was 6 hours. Opeongo is the largest lake in the park, so wind and weather conditions are important, dictating whether paddlers can move in a straight line or have to stick close to shore. Luckily, I had only light wind and could take the direct, short way across the big bays on my way north. The park offers a water taxi service (a fast boat that can carry canoes, gear, and passengers) for paddlers who can’t, or don’t want to labor 10+ miles to the farthest ends of the lake. That boat, as well as a few other annoying power boats, disturbed an experience that would otherwise be beautiful and serene. As I paddled through the west narrows, a small island with dead sun-bleached trees looked like the bones of a shipwrecked schooner, leading me into Opeongo’s North Arm.
proulx portageI reached the extreme north end of the big lake at 2:30PM and began the long carry to Proulx Lake. I carried my pack and duffel up the steep portage trail, negotiating the short, rough trail until it reached the far and of a small pond. I left my gear there and walked back for my canoe. On the final leg, I took the “cart trail that bypasses the steep ridge in favor of paddling across the small pond – a much better way to go! As I paddled the length of that pond, I was escorted by dozens of small, electric blue damselflies. Delightful.

Because of all the mosquitoes, “Off!” was my constant companion. The Big Crow Lake Ranger cabin is about 60 years old, measures 16’ by 20’, with 2 bedrooms, kitchen cabinets, table & chairs, and a wood burning stove. Sounds nice? Only on paper. 62 dollars per night (Canadian) plus tax gets you a very tired, abused cabin, Floor needed painting years ago, bedroom walls are covered with graffiti and carvings, only one chair but I wouldn’t want to sit in it. Luckily the kitchen chairs are outdoor patio chairs so they’re sort of clean. No propane anything, so no stove and no lights. If you go there, bring lanterns, tablecloth, and sheets to cover the wooden bunks. Wednesday evening saw mosquitoes hovering at the screen door and entering when I did. I did find a headlamp in the bedroom.
Brought too many cider packets – an entire box. Too much booze (Fireball and Captain Morgan). Hit the sack around midnight, and woke at 2AM because it was chilly. I closed the windows, even though it meant shutting out the beautiful echoing call of the loon.

Big Crow Lake Ranger Cabin

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DAY 2 – THURSDAY – JUST A WALK IN THE FOREST

Slept late, very late – got up at Noon. Sent a SPOT satellite “OK” signal. Boiled water for coffee and had some concrete-like oatmeal (with a sprinkle of cinnamon). Cloudy bright and warm outside, just a slight breeze off the lake and virtually mosquito free! After diddling around for a few hours, I decided to paddle over to the Crow River and hike the 1 mile trail back to the VIRGIN PINE STAND. Launched my canoe at 4:30… should be back by 7PM.

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(MUCH LATER)…I have a philosophy in the outdoors that there’s no such thing as a day hike. I really should heed my own advice. After paddling across Big Crow Lake’s southern bay, I reached the portage trail by 5 o’clock. I left my canoe there and walked the 240 meter portage trail just to see the river at the other end. Once back at my canoe, I paddled across the river to the sign that marks the beginning of the one mile footpath to a stand of giant white pine trees. It took me about 30 minutes to reach the end of the discernible trail, then I walked just a little bit further looking for that special stand of trees.

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LOST & ALONE IN THE NORTH WOODS
When I turned to go back I couldn’t find the trail. After several trips back and forth on a short section of trail that didn’t seem to be connected to a main trail, I stopped. It was after 6 PM and I knew I’d only have good light until 9 or so. Since I couldn’t find the trail, I set out on a bushwhack to the river. I carried a small waist pack with my camera, granola bars, bug spray, water, water purifier, a simple first aid kit, head net, handkerchief, and TP. What I didn’t carry in my little bag was a headlamp – that was in my life jacket in my canoe, along with my map, extra clothes, and emergency blanket (I had all the right stuff, just not all in one place). I was wearing a spandex short-sleeved paddling shirt, shorts, and water shoes. Pushing through the trees and brush took a great toll on my legs.
After a very difficult two hours of walking with the Sun at my left, my legs were scratched and bloodied, but I had reached the river directly across from the portage trail! I bushwhacked along the shore through thick brush looking for the hiking path, until I realized that I had emerged from the forest across from the second portage trail, not the first one near my boat.

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DOWN THE RIVER WITHOUT A PADDLE (OR A CANOE)
I was nearly a HALF-MILE (or was it KM?) down river from my canoe. After all the effort I expended to reach the river, I couldn’t force myself or my scratched up legs to continue pushing through the painful underbrush. I double bagged my camera (the waterproof case was in my canoe) and waded into the mostly shallow river. I held the little bag above my head like an explorer on Safari, except I didn’t have to worry about crocodiles. The water depths varied from knee deep to chest high, and I stumbled 3 or 4 times on submerged obstacles such as large rocks and logs. When I felt myself falling, I held the pack up high over my head – even when I was in the water up to my ears. Wading is a slow way to travel, but a little faster than bushwhacking. By the time I finally reached the downriver end of the first portage, I was getting tired, but happy to be on a real trail.

ONCE I reached the upstream end of the 240 meter trail I still had to cross the river in a wide marshy bay to retrieve my trusty Kevlar steed that was hitched to a small tree on the shore. I left my little pack by the portage sign and set out across the water toward my canoe (PFD was in my canoe).
At first, the river bottom was deep muck (rhymes with f—) and relatively shallow water. Too mucky to walk in. What worked for me was to float on my stomach while I crawled in the mire with my hands. Once at deep open water, I had to swim – and I’m not a good swimmer. I settled on doing the breaststroke. Part way across, the day’s efforts began to catch up to me. I was exhausted, and a little concerned that I would drown only 50 feet from my canoe. I swam toward a cluster of water lilies and found enough footing to stand and rest in the neck-deep water. I walked and swam the remaining distance to reach my canoe – the highlight of my day! I paddled back to retrieve my small pack and headed up river back to Big Crow Lake and the old cabin, which was looking pretty good by then, even in the rapidly fading light. I stepped out in front of the ranger cabin and checked my watch…it was 10 PM!

Once my boat was stored on shore, I dipped 2 liters of lake water to be purified and carried all my gear up the hill to the cabin. I wiped down my injured legs. Dry clothes, hot water, “Knorr” rice side dish for dinner, and a cup of hot apple cider kept me company while I wrote about the events of my day. It’s good to be dry and indoors! I think I’ll take tomorrow off and just read. And tend to my wounds. 11:50 PM -. Bedtime.

DAY 3 FRIDAY – RECOVERY & REST

Had a difficult time sleeping because of the pain from my scratched up legs. Stayed in bed until 1 PM, a new record! Sunny and warm maybe 75 degrees F with a slight north breeze. Pulled out my small first aid kit. I had packed minimally to save weight, and all but one of my medical cleansing tissues were dried up. I did have a few antibacterial hand wipes and treated my legs with those. I have more supplies in the car if needed tomorrow when I paddle out. Note to self : Replace first aid supplies every year or two.

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Breakfast of coffee and oatmeal, less concrete-like today. Took a chair down by the water to have my coffee. Totally quiet except for the wind in the trees and a loon calling in the distance… Tranquility. Seemingly nobody else on the entire lake. I’m alone but I’m safe in my cabin today.
THINKING about my self-rescue…. Although I carry a device that can send a message via satellite that relays an “I’m OK” email message or a 911 call, I had that device in my life jacket in my canoe. Worst case scenario yesterday – if something had happened to me on my little walk in the woods, I wouldn’t have been overdue for 3 more days, except a couple people were expecting to receive twice a day “I’m OK” messages that include my GPS coordinates. I attribute my experience, confidence, and will to survive (or to just find my canoe) to getting me out of yesterday’s predicament of being lost a mile from anywhere. Did I tell you that I love my canoe? I love my canoe! Also, I couldn’t wait to write about my experiences and to see some old friends at my upcoming 45th high school reunion. Of course, there are a couple people in this world that would have missed me, and I wouldn’t want to put them through the turmoil of my demise. The expression, “At least he died doing something he loved”, is bullcrap. I would have succumbed to hypothermia or drowning, neither is a fun way to go. I want to end my days as an old man, even older than I am now, surrounded by loved ones – and spare the Rangers searching for me, and worse, finding my mosquito bitten and scratched up corpse in the swampy marsh. OK, enough of that, I’m going to finish my coffee and read a bit.

Algonquin Park

Two groups of visitors today. A canoe of 3, including the man I met at the Proulx Lake put in on Wednesday. They are headed down to the Crow River to walk to the BIG PINES! I told them about my adventure yesterday and directed them across the lake to the river. The other visitors were 4 men in two canoes… members of the Canadian Army from Petawawa. They stopped by to walk up to the fire tower about one-half mile behind the cabin on top of the big cliff. It’s flagged with orange tape so you can’t get lost!
An uneventful day for a change. Healing, hydrating, and resting for my 20 mile paddle back to my car tomorrow, followed by a six hour drive back home to western NY.
Two of the group of 4 that stopped by earlier came back just after 8 PM to hike up to the overlook by the tower and get some sunset photos. I decided not to go. Have to rise early tomorrow, and no 12 hours of sleep this time. Alarm set for 5:30 AM.
PS: Captain Morgan and I might have our first campfire of the week on our last night on the lake – that should be uneventful…

DAY 4 SATURDAY – 20 MILES IN THE CANOE

Up early Saturday morning. Capt. Morgan and I did have a campfire, but celebrated a little too much last night. I’m OK now, though. A leisurely 2 hours to eat and have coffee and pack up. On the water by 8:30.

Algonquin Park

FINAL ENTRY: It took me 7 hours to paddle & portage those 20 miles back to my car… I was tired after 5 hours, and exhausted after 6. My legs didn’t get any better, and on Monday, I was in quite a bit of pain. I’m now taking antibiotics for all of those deep infected cuts. But what a story to tell! – Bob VH

NOTE: I went back to Algonquin in May 2016 on another solo trip, and was able to do the Big Crow-Lavielle-Opeongo loop without incident.

bob-vhAlthough Bob is not a “Ranger” (mentioned jokingly in the opening sentence), he is very experienced in camping, kayaking the Great Lakes, hiking, and solo canoe touring. Additionally, in 2015, he became certified as a New York State Licensed Outdoor Guide (non-practicing). Algonquin has been a favorite camping & canoeing destination for him for the past 30 years; He also spends a lot of time in New York’s Adirondack mountains and lake country.

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No Campfires? 10 Things to do During a Fire Ban

This July and August has been one of the driest in 10 years and has put Southern and Central Ontario into a severe drought and and extreme fire hazard. Many Ontario Parks have issued fire bans over the last few weeks to help avoid accidental fires and Algonquin Park has suffered at least two forest fires this camping season due to careless campfires.

So if you’re camping and the campground is currently under a fire ban, what’s there to do instead of staring into the campfire til the wee hours of the night?

Here are 10 suggestions for having fun in the evenings during a campfire ban.

  1. Night hikeNight hiking, night swimming
    This will depend on the rules of the campground, but can be very exhilarating.
  2. Some might say there could be a baby boom 9 months from now…
    nuff said.
  3. Portable Campfires
    Portable campfires are spark and smoke free and provide campers with comfort and heat. Many include a cooking rack allowing campers to make cowboy coffee or cook with a skillet. Check with your campground first to see if these propane, controlled campfire alternatives are acceptable.
    portable campfire
  4. Glow Art!
    Get creative with your camera and some glow sticks to create soem glow stick drawings!
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  5. Story Telling
    Tell ghost stories, or start a collaborative story, where everyone takes part adding to it. Break out the guitar and have a sing along… folks may be less bashful in the dark!
  6. Evening Programs
    Attend an evening program. Some campgrounds offer interpretive night programs, Algonquin Park offers an outdoor theatre where you can see historic films and learn about the Park.
  7. Candles
    Use candles (solid fuel candles in glass or metal, citronella…) to simulate a campfire. Place them in the fire pit and enjoy their subtle glow.
  8. Star gazing!
    How often do you get the chance to see the sky at night with little or no light pollution from the city? Depending on when you’re camping, the Perseid Meteor Shower could be in full swing, and you’ll have quite the free show. Bring a star chart, or an astronomy app, and try your hand at locating constellations.
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  9. Night Bugs.
    Watch the fire flies or search for interesting moth species!
  10. Card Games
    Gather in the dining tent and play cards – check out Cards Against Humanity for a hilarious, adult game.

Wondering if a park is currently under a fire ban? Visit the Ontario Parks Alerts Page for the most up-to-date information.

What do you do in the evenings when there is a fire ban? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Camping!

Camping Roadtrip: 19 Glorious Days on the Road

The following is a guest blog post from Jeff Milligan – avid camper, and myCampsiteReview.com ambassador.

Well, we are back from 19 glorious days on the road.grundy-lake-provincial-park

We started our trip with a 1 night stop over at Six Mile Provincial Park. It is a nice family friendly park, with great beaches, Interpretive centre and Parks store. The park caters more to smaller trailers, and tents, but has a few nice size sites to get a bigger trailer into. Our site was tight to get in with a 32 ft fifth wheel, but was a great stop over, and leg stretch for ourselves and the dog. We took a walk through the park, and checked out the amenities. friendly-bearThere were lots of families having a great time there, although we would not do an extended stay there, there was lots to see and do, and was a great stop over on our way to Grundy.

We arrived to Grundy Lake Provincial Park the next day, after an uneventful drive! We were welcomed to a very friendly parks staff at check in, and headed off to our site. We had a large pull through site that could easily handle our rig, on the recommendation of a friend. The site was clean, and the other campers were quite friendly. There is lots to do in this park, with many clean beaches at the different campgrounds. With Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing and Hiking, the possibilities are endless. The park and facilities were clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. grundy-lakeThey have great programs for all ages, at different times in the week. The Wardens patrolled on a regular basis and made their presence very noticeable. We did not have any issues with wildlife, but in other parts of the park, there were bears present. Keep a clean site, and put things away and there is no issues. Spotted a myCampsiteReview.com sticker on a truck and went and introduced myself to Kirby. It was great to meet him. Although there is no store in the park, a 2 minute drive out of the park there is the Grundy supply store, that has everything you might have forgotten, including gas and Canoe/Kayak rentals.
We visited the Lost Channel Inn for Sunday Brunch, also on a friend’s recommendation, a must do while visiting the park. The French River Provincial Park was just up the road, and was a great stop also, as was the French River trading post. Over all I would give the great park a rating of 10, as it had everything we wanted and more. Can’t wait to go back.




our-rideAfter 10 days at Grundy, we Headed South to Earl Rowe Provincial Park. Once again it was just a stopover park for us, as we stopped there on our way to Algonquin last year. The park is large and spread out with a great store and a 1 acre pay per use pool for those that don’t feel comfortable swimming in the man made lake. It too is a very family friendly park with lots to do, but not a place for us on an extended stay.
The next day, we headed, west towards Inverhuron Provincial Park. This is one of our favourite parks, It is smaller in size, very family oriented, with lots of swimming opportunities. Although the main beach was small, due to the high water levels, you can still swim at many of the other areas within the parks shoreline. This is great park with many improvements this year, with 3 new water fill stations on the way in. The new Holmes Bay sites are large, and most if not all can accommodate Rvs over 32 ft. There are mini comfort stations in this area also, with a shared comfort station between the campgrounds. The Staff are very friendly and abundant, when and if you need them. It is a very quiet park, with a short drive to MacGregor Provincial Park, Port Elgin or Kincardine. We like going there to just our-setupkick back and relax. That was our 3rd trip this year there, including a great stay at their group site with 4 other fifth wheel units.They run programs throughout the season, that are very informative and fun for all ages. We always look forward to going back, which we have planned already again this year.

Unfortunately that ended our trip. We had no major problems or set backs, we also stopped into Point Farms Provincial Park to have a look at some sites on our way

home. Can’t wait to get back out again. — Jeff

Jeff Milligan - MCR Ambassador

Jeff Milligan is an avid camper who spends his free time travelling and camping with his family across Ontario and beyond.

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10 Pieces of Camping Equipment your Dad will Love

10 Pieces of Camping Equipment your Dad will Love

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there who love to camp.
These 10 items would make excellent gifts for a special guy who enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors.

1. A great way to boil water, cook food and stay warm with a Kelly Kettle

Kelly Kettle Review

The Kelly Kettle is a unique system for rapidly boiling water without the need for propane or gas fuels. The kettle is designed to be used with readily available natural fuels, such as dried twigs, leaves and pine cones.

Read our full Kelly Kettle review here

 

2. A unique and super comfy sleeping bag – Selk’Bag

Selk'Bag

What is a Selk’Bag you ask? It is a totally re-thought design for a sleeping bag that you wear. The bag has two legs with ruggedized feet, and two arms, with a comfortably designed zipper that allows you to wear the bag with its hood on, or off.

Read our full Selk’Bag review here

3. Try a new type of Camping Blanket – FNO Integrated Camping Blanket

FNO - Integrated Camping Blanket

FNO Integrated Camping Blanket We came across a great looking Kickstarter campaign in 2014 – the Father Nature Outdoors – Integrated Camping Blanket, and we had to make a pledge to help them see their new product come to market

Read our full Integrated Camping Blanket Review here

4. Make your MSR Dragonfly Stove a Quietstove

QuietStove

The design of the QuietStove is simple. According to the manufacturers’ website www.quietstove.com, the burner cap is constructed with Stainless Steel, and the model that was tested for the MSR Dragonfly comes in an optional “nickel” finish.

Read our full QuietStove review here

5. Clean water is a snap with the Purificup

Purificup Water Purifier

myCampsiteReview was recently given the pleasure of testing out the PurifiCup – Natural Water Purifer. The PurifiCup is currently offered in three models: Tap Water Purifier, Natural Water Purifier – Green, Natural Water Purifier – Purple. Our review will focus on the Natural Water Purifer – purple version.

Read our full Purificup review here

6. Bring your favorite coffee pods camping with the My French Press

My French Press

The My French Press is a uniquely designed French Press made specifically for use with K-Cups, coffee pods and ground coffee. K-Cups are typically used with Keurig or other single cup brewing systems, coffee pods are also pre-measured coffee packages for single use.

Read our full My French Press review here

7. Dads love hammocks… Why not a Hammock Tent? – Eureka Chrysalis Hammock Tent

Chrysalis Hammock Tent

The Chrysalis Hammock Tent and Campersleeve is a unique tent for backpackers, paddlers and campers. The hammock / tent combo helps you be one with nature.

Read our full Chrysalis Hammock Tent review here

8. You can never have too much clean water – Cleanwater Water Purifier

Watch our complete demonstration of the Cleanwater Water Purification Kit.

Watch our complete demonstration of the Cleanwater Water Purification Kit.

Read our full Cleanwater Kit review here

9. Become a Grill Wrangler

Grill Wrangler

With the Grill Wrangler, you can grab, flip and stab your meat – without the need of 3 utensils. The Grill Wrangler combines a Spatula, Tongs and a Fork all into one easy to use barbecue tool.

Read our full Grill Wrangler review here

10. This is a backpack that understands that Access Matters! – Paxis Pack

Paxis Pack Review

In the world of backpacks, I’ve seen a lot of gimmicks and novelty features that are integrated with the bag that really don’t add to the overall experience or functionality. These days, you can find no shortage of backpacks with integrated mobile technology. This really just adds up to components and wires that will break down in all-weather situations, and bring little more than new ways to connect your iphone to your backpack. Not very interesting. Paxis has done something much more.

Read our full Paxis Pack review here

Camping in the New Era

Living in the new era is great. We have all the technology we could ever dream of available at our fingertips opening up a world of options when it comes to camping and outdoor activities. But have we lost something in the process? Have all the sensations of the new world spoiled the simple activities that used to bring the baby boomers so much joy. Are s’mores just a nostalgic VH1 segment? Not at all!

Information has certainly become more widely available to the masses and no longer in the hands of a few local promoters. People can review and recommend almost anything from an app to a hotel to a service.

The sharing economy has also made some services cheaper and more widely available by allowing people to share their resources when they are not being used. Services like Airbnb for house rentals and Campanda for RV rentals make it easy to rent out your property when you don’t need it and rent others’ property when you do.

Maybe what’s changed the most is the types of campers you encounter in campsites. It’s no longer just families looking for a weekend holiday in the sun. Technology has broadened the activities and forever fragmented campers into multiple categories. Let’s take a look at the different camping profiles you find today.

The Tech Enthusiast

Camping in the New Era

This camper is the one you’ll see flying drones in the desert with a pair of reflectors and a bottle of SPF40.

He is enthusiastic and prefers the company of his toys and equipment to that of men. They go with him wherever he goes. He is an early adopter of the new technologies and loves to test them in the field. He’s not roughing it from a survival perspective. He’s roughing it from a logistical standpoint, monitoring performance and electricity thresholds and keeping his software up-to-date, while sharing his experience in real time with other enthusiasts and close friends.

Although many campers are put off by this over dependence on technology, these campers bring value to the community in many ways. They test new apps when they’re still in beta, weeding out any bugs and helping developers fine tune products. They will also be the first to buy and review new technologies so that most of us can make a more educated decision when looking for new products to help us camp. Their camping priority is electronic in essence. The nature and the elements are just a side to the technological main course.

The over indulging camper

This is the camper that brings a second home with him to the campsite. He arrives in a converted 18 wheeler to the campsite with his wife following in the SUV just in case some quick trips to the supermarket are needed. He has generators running to power the mounted screens, a sound system, an Xbox, lighting and all the family gadgets.

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You’ll find these campers, tailgating, going to concerts and festivals and visiting their families in these big behemoths. They value independence and are willing to invest heavily to provide it to themselves. Sometimes they are not welcome because their massive electricity and network needs make it difficult for the rest to get access. Yet these campers are generous and will usually want to share their comfort with other. Whether at a tailgating event or on a campsite, they will be firing the grill and offering passers-by a friendly hot dog with mustard and sweet relish.

The Adventurer

You might not find him in the campsite at all. The adventurer is off camping away from the places man usually treads.

The adventurer is in it for the adrenaline and the elements. Brought into mainstream by fiction novels such as “Walden” and “Under the Sea Wind”, there has been a revival of extreme camping and a search for total isolation among the millennials. The popularity of shows such as “Man Vs. Wild” and “Dual Survival” serve only to shine light on man’s need to test his mettle and return to survival basics.

Those types of adventurers take camping very seriously and are always looking for new locations to scour on a global scale. They use equipment of the highest quality when needed and value their materials as much as their knowledge.

There has been a strong trend in the camping world as of late as people seek to immerse themselves in raw survival. As a consequence, many specialized camps have been sprouting to educate people on survival techniques, primitive weapons, the setting up of traps, shelter building, fire making and water purifying.

Travelers and Backpackers

Camping in the New Era

On the campsite you’ll recognize them with large backpacks and bare minimum supplies. Sleeping in tents, they make the most of simple pleasures. They care a lot about travelling economically and stretching their resources as much as possible. They make the most out of tips they get from fellow travelers and love to share stories of their trips and adventures past.

Many will call them hippies but they actually will work on farms and by the hour during their travels. Services like Snag a Job and Backdoor Jobs invite more and more people to that lifestyle by offering an increasing supply of jobs every year.

The Rest of Us

Camping in the New Era

We all fall somewhere in the middle of all these camper profiles but for most of us, camping is a vacation and a way for us to take a break from the chaotic city and enjoy a moment in nature with our closest and dearest. Technology is a great way to plan our trip and find the perfect place for our needs, be it the distance, scenery or activities available.

Has camping really changed in the last 50 years: Probably so. People travel further away from home, get more inspired from peers and share their experiences with others on a much wider scale. It is up to the campers how much or how little they want to rely on technologies in their actual campsite. Share your thoughts about how camping has changed in the comments section.

CampandaAbout the author: Anthony Valentin is an outdoor enthusiast masterful at BBQ on a grill as well as an open fire . He is the content manager for the US at Campanda, a global platform for renting and listing RVs.