Love..CAMPING!! (Page 3)
cdnmountainman: I Love primitive camping, my longest camping trip was a 356km hike through the Canadian Rockies, 28 days of camping in the most wildest locations you could imagine most valleys were unmaintained trails,or no trail at all, no bridges, crossed only one road in 28 days of hiking, saw maybe 6 other people the whole time.....one hell of a holiday
Walk happily into the wild....
PureSilver67: @cdnmountainman - that's amazing! Sounds fantastic. You must have seen and experienced some awesome things - many that no one (or few else) experienced and saw. And skilled to navigate your way ... wow!!
cdnmountainman: was a great experience all around, 9 months of planning, mapping routes, campgrounds, river crossings, dehydrating all our food...there were four of us and a dog....some of these valleys, aside from being traveled on foot or horseback, have remained untouched for thousands of years, you walk back in time, following a bear trail that may have been used by generations of bears for hundreds of years, beat into the ground, much more defined than the old horse trail that maybe 100 years old and traveled much much less. that is my sanctuary, my backyard, So so fortunate to live here.
We only saw one grizzly bear, was quite a distance away. I have never had any problems with wildlife in all the years I have been hiking and camping here, the drive home in the car is probably the most dangerous part of the journey....
patti1965: omgosh.......u all make me soooooooooooo happy!!!! Camping...however u do it? is so SPECIAL to me? i have sooo many memories attached to all of my experiences ALL GOOD ones!!! never a bad moment or a regret... It is? what u make of it and what u 'take away' from it!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
cdnmountainman: wether it be a crazy backcountry adventure, or sittin around a campfire, with cold beers, gutitars and good friends/family, camping has been and always will be an extremely important part of my life, just about all of my greatest memories and experiences have come from camping, and mother nature herself
PureSilver67: @ cdnmountainman ... sounds absolutely amazing. (not sure I could trek that long though ... but with a group maybe) and lol to car being most dangerous part (exactly what I say about swimming ... more dangerous on the roads than in the ocean)
One day I will get to visit your beautiful country
HAL 9000: The toughest camping I experienced during my time in the army. Two weeks, in tents and -27°C outside temperature (-16.6°F). A real challenge for men and machines.
Nevertheless I love camping and would like to do a tour like cdnmountainman, it sounds really good.
PureSilver67: OMG Hal ... so happy I never had to do anything like that!! makes me cold just thinking about it lol
anomoly: I love primative camping!! Back packing, camp fires and clear skies with billions of stars. The only sounds are natural. No car horns or cell phones!!!
HAL 9000: Hey PureSilver, it’s not dangerous swimming in the ocean? I heard some nasty things about sea wasps and similar creatures.
Diamond_Rose: my dad told me he went camping friday night by the lake and it was cold right now but he had the fire going know
cdnmountainman: hit minus 30 here last night, glad I wasn't camping lol
winter camping is a whole different ball game, it's more survival than anything, requires so much more work, more energy, your body burns so much fuel just to stay warm. but on a not too cold a night, a good fire, winter camping is so peaceful and quiet...great time to track animals as well, see what critters are runnin round those woods...creepy when you hike out the next day to see cougar tracks in your tracks from the day before, knowing that he was on your trail, behind you.....That is the essence of what is truly wild and free to me....and the idea that at this point you are no longer on top of the food chain...can't get much more primitive than that lol
PureSilver67: @ Hal well it can be dangerous swimming in the ocean IF you choose to swim near seal/ sea lion colonies or at dusk and dawn when sharks are most active .... you can also get stung by blue bottles (a type of sea stinger) and they are very painful .....
BUT there is much more chance of other things happening to you than being taken by a shark .... being struck by lightening for example. lol
I LOVE the ocean ... in fact was at the beach yesterday and it's great being in the water
Camping near the ocean is also fantastic!!! Going for a swim almost every day, long walks on the beach checking out what's been washed up and just sitting or lying and relaxing mmmmm nice
PureSilver67: @ cdnmountainman ... bit harder to track here ... no snow in Winter. Well there is in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, but I don't live there and have not yet camped there. Probably wouldn't in Winter anyway ... I'm "allergic" to cold.
HAL 9000: @PureSilver you are completely right, there is much more chance being struck by lightening than taken by a shark, here in Germany.
On the other hand I use every possibility swimming in the sea, because I like to skin-dive.
@cdnmountainman it’s not primitive, it’s natural
PureSilver67: So who's going camping over the "festive season" ... I have a couple of weeks off, so I may just throw the tent in the car and see where we end up. Not sure yet.
Outbackjack: Oh yes! January is the time to camp in the south west.Looking forward to it.I hope to be able to spend three weeks on the road moving around.We should cover about 2200 kms.
PureSilver67: That was the only thing I really didn't like about my big camping trip, the one-nighters ... I wouldn't move around so much next time, but sometimes ya just got to do it, to see what you want ot see and get where you want to go.
patti1965: PureSilver??? You are an inspiration!!!!! I wld give anything to go on one of your adventures...with U!!
PureSilver67: Thank you so much patti I just love road trips - simple. Best way to really experience a country.
cdnmountainman: So I am planning my next big adventure, won't be till next September, but the preparing is beginning now....
I am planning a one month hike, travelling over 180km, half of which will be through trackless wilderness once again, this time I will be going alone....5 mountain passes, two major river crossings, many wild valleys and alpine meadows. I have begun dehydrating food, I will need a month's worth of meals. At some point through the summer I will have to take a mission to put out a cache of food, for a months worth of food in my pack will cripple me. I will be venturing places very very few people in the world will ever see, have mapped it out, but have no idea what will lie in store for me in some of those untouched valleys.
Because I will be solo on this trip I will be purchasing a satellite tracking device, which select people will be able to track my movements on google maps, and I will also be able to send pre- arranged emails to those people to let them know all is well, or I am turning back. If things get bad, there is an sos button which will go right to search and rescue, and the response time is usually between 45 min to 2 hours depending on my location...Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haunting, taunting, that is the spell of it;
Mocking, baulking, that is the hell of it;
But I'll shoulder my pack in the morning, boys,
And I am going because I must;
For it's so long to all
When you answer the call,
Of the wanderlust
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