What Does Camping Mean to You?

For all you fans of extreme traveling, Waldseilgarten mountain resort in Bavaria, Germany might be the destination for you. How does camping in a tent hanging 6,562 feet in the air sound? Waldseilgarten resort offers a variety of camping options from the top of a Bavarian mountain summit. From enjoying a good night’s sleep while dangling off a tree top or cliff to sleeping in a hand built igloo, this resort should provide the right fix for any of you adventurous thrill seekers.
http://enpundit.com/extreme-camping-in-germany/

As I wait for our next camping trip, sometime after Labor Day, I’ve been pondering over all the different types of people who are attracted to the outdoors.  Some of us seek the thrill of adventure, yearning to push our boundaries and conquer the unknown.

I get a severe case of vertigo just looking at this picture. But it’s apparently a thrilling adventure to this guy! http://myfavouritestuffs.com/extreme-camping/13067

Others seek to escape the frenetic pressures of modern living and escape into the peace and serenity of natural surroundings.  Still others hope to meet new friends among the very special people who share their love of the outdoors.

Some of us like to boondock in the wilderness alone.  Some of us need the feeling of security that camping near other people provides.

Just for fun, I did an image search on camping this evening and found the following photos that cover many different camping styles.

The kind of camping our grandparents might have enjoyed. http://www.scenicreflections.com/download/385130/Camping_Wallpaper/

Snoopy and Woodstock sum it up for me. 🙂

What style camper are you?  🙂

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26 Comments

  1. Awesome, just as long as you remember where you are if you need to get up in the middle of the night! Especially if you’re on the cliff!!

    • That was my first thought when I saw that picture. Wouldn’t do to wake up in the middle of the night and forget where you were! 🙂

      • I was climbing with a friend recently who often sleeps on a small platform suspended on a cliff face, amazing stuff really! If you had a choice which would you do?

        • I like the suspended tent at the top best. But I’m pretty old now and my daring adventure days are over. So I enjoy taking my little travel trailer out to beautiful places as often as I can.

          So much fun to read your blog about your high altitude climbing plans! 🙂

  2. Marsha

     /  August 28, 2012

    The suspended/high altitude camping is not for me – I’m afraid of heights!

    As former backpackers, we like rustic camping the best. We love to camp in our Casita, but we will also take our canoe to a backcountry site (much easier than backpacking).

    Interesting post.

    • Marsha, I am afraid of heights, too, but wish I weren’t. I love reading about high altitude hiking and camping and enjoy it vicariously through others’ accounts. I especially love reading their journals.

      I love rustic camping the best, too. But the comfort of the Casita is what enables me to keep camping.

      • Marsha

         /  August 29, 2012

        Well, now rustic camping is no electric hookups in the Casita 😉

        • Well, since we got the solar panel, it’s even less rustic. No air conditioning or microwave, though. I guess that still qualifies as roughing it, right? 😀

  3. Great images. The altitude camping ones gave me vertigo too. Like bungee jumping, I couldn’t possibly do that but am fascinated by the people who can.

  4. I once liked the rustic, sleeping under the stars, type of camping. Now it’s all Casita camping. But that doesn’t mean we can’t experience different types of camping. Sometimes we are in a RV park, other times a NFS or NPS campground, and other times back in the woods off a dirt road. Just being out and experiencing different places is the thing.

    • I dearly loved it, too, Jerry. But sleeping on the ground would be torture for me now. Our little Casita is our ticket to continuing to enjoy the things we love best.

  5. Gail

     /  August 28, 2012

    That was a great post!! Loved it!!

  6. kathy nik

     /  August 28, 2012

    I love to travel and to ‘see’ natural settings and maybe spend a few hours at a picnic table at a lake, but I don’t wish to live in the outdoors! I want ALL the comforts of home, and my pet peeve at higher priced motels is that they usually don’t provide a microwave and fridge! There is one ‘chain’ in the moderate price range that does provide them, and I always try to stay there!

    I do envy your pioneer spirit, however, and always enjoy your posts. I learn about products I didn’t even know existed! Some items would be handy in emergency situations. These photos are amazing! And those folks are crazy! (My humble opinion!)

    • Kathy, I think the people hanging on those cliffs are crazy, too, but I sure do admire them and envy their dreams and the way they tackle their fear head-on and conquer it. I wonder how mastering those impossible situations translates into dealing with everyday life. I can’t imagine their ever letting themselves become victims of circumstance. It probably builds a supreme sense of self-confidence in them.

  7. Elizabeth in NC

     /  August 28, 2012

    I have slept in a tent, but no more…either a rig of some sort, or a motel!! Old bones don’t find the ground all that comfortable. And those extreme types?? CRAZY!! I cannot stand heights at all!! Guess it takes all kinds, eh?

    • Elizabeth, I am one of those who, when I get a few stories up in a building and look out of the window, gets so dizzy I am afraid I will jump! I could never live in a high rise. It’s the most awful sensation! That’s why I am in awe of and envy the people who can do those extreme things!

      Oddly, being on a mountain top didn’t affect me the same way, though. Probably because there were countless tons of solid rock beneath my feet.

      I REALLY enjoy the comfy memory foam mattress in my Casita, too, and am glad my sleeping on the ground days are over. Although I do get very nostalgic for the good old days sometimes. Funny how time has a way of erasing the memory of the pain and the misery and leaving only memories of the good times. 🙂

  8. The pictures are amazing. But I will stay on the flat land.I have done tent and open pickup trucks watching the stars. I just hope to find a van or even a pickup with a large shell. I just want to get back into nature camping.

    • Jo, I am so looking forward to seeing what kind of rig you end up with. Sure would love to meet up with you out in a gorgeous campground somewhere someday! But I doubt I will make it out West anytime soon.

  9. Marcia

     /  August 29, 2012

    The pics are amazing. All the best to those who camp in these extreme conditions. I’ll stick to my little Casita and a combination of state parks, boondocking and the occasional private campground 🙂

  10. Loved the post and pictures and I, too, liked the first one best. It is a good reminder that it takes all kinds of people to make this diverse world we live in.

    We think so many of these people are crazy but many of our non-camping friends think my husband and I are crazy for traveling in our Casita. Some of our loved ones say that their only camping will be done at the Ramada Inn!
    Great post…thank you for the time that it took to find all these great pictures.

    • Lynne, I think I would really like the first one if it were in a tree about 4 feet off the ground. Then I could enjoy hanging without worrying too much about a fatal crash!

      I used to love sleeping in a Clark Jungle Hammock. I remember lying in it one bright moonlit night and watching a fox curiously checking me out before he ran off across the clearing. Of course, friends teased me about being a bear taco in it. 😀

      Even people who like RVs sometimes think we are crazy camping in our little Casita. We, however, think it is absolutely perfect!

      I think I might take the jungle hammock next time we are out in the Casita, though, since it would give me a bug free place to nap outside or bury myself in a good book.

  11. As long as you are enjoying the great outdoors anything will work (well maybe not sleeping on the side of a cliff)

  12. I like the tent hanging from the tree. No problems with water seeping in to the tent through the ground. Not so good in wind I guess or when you have to go somewhere in the middle of night.
    The two on the cliff’s edge look too extreme for me. I move around too much when sleeping.

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