What's the point of camping?

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  1. Steady Eddy

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    I just got done spending Memorial Day weekend in someone's cabin. It's so good to be home! Back where things are clean and comfortable, and I can do the things I want to do, like play tennis. The worst thing about getting back to nature, worse than the bug bites, cold showers, and dust everywhere is the BOREDOM. People seem to be killing time, they read, play solitaire, do anything to pass the time. Finally, it ends, and then you can get back to your life, except that everyone makes some obligatory statement about how great it was to "unwind". Do they mean it? Does everyone enjoy it as much as they insist they do? Or is it just something people say even though they don't mean it? Do people feel pressured into saying that they enjoy it because otherwise you're some kind of bad person who doesn't love nature and all that?
     
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    Great post! My parents just bought a beach house in the middle of nowhere. My whole family seems to love it. My wife and I were stuck up there for 2 days a few years ago. All I can say is thank goodness for booze.
     
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    Well said. I can commune with nature just fine in my backyard hammock with a cold one next to me. My sister in law bought a weekend country house and asks us to visit -- I don't even want to go THERE as the beds in the guest rooms are short, hard and narrow, and I find HER favorite things when I trek to the fridge at 3 AM.
     
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    I love free camping in a tent on the beach and fishing :D It's amazing but I guess to each their own.
    For sure though there's no point in it jut like there is no point in playing tennis other than ughh..fun.:rolleyes: :p
     
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    Enjoy the beauty of the nature!! I like camping so much. I wish I could do that again ^_^.
     
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    When I go camping at Camp Crystal Lake I bring my shotgun for protection.
     
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    At the very least, it makes you rediscover how much you value the creature comforts with which you have surrounded yourself. That has to count for something.

    I like camping in small doses, I think a small shake in everyday's routine is healthy. 2-3 days max, then the internet withdrawal syndrome kicks in.

    I feel the same about traveling. That seems to be the ultimate dream for many people, the thing on which they would spend their lottery winnings. Not for me. After 2-3 days of traveling, hotel rooms and sight-seeing I am overwhelmed by the experience and want nothing more than to go back to my place.
     
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    The point? To have fun.

    If you don't like it - don't do it.
     
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    I usually do naughty stuff when I go camping. A good camping movie is Sleepaway Camp, also part 2 and 3 are also good.
     
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    I am camping next week. I'm going kayaking and hiking as well.

    For some reason I am always excited about the possibility of sleeping in a tent and not showering for 2-3 days. Heck about 1 1/2 years ago I camped out in the middle of December in the snow. It took us over an hour to get a fire started because the logs were all covered in snow, but it was damn fun just sitting by the campfire, cooking some food and drinking some beer. I like doing it in small doses like others have said, and it does help me appreciate how comfortable our lives are in our houses. But sometimes you need to get away and just enjoy nature once in a while. Not surprisingly, probably about half of my friends don't like camping and always prefer to "sleep in their own bed" as they put it.
     
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    Smores!!!!
     
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    What's the point of camping?

    Like fishing, it's an excuse to drink beer in the morning.
     
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    you were in a cabin that isnt camping.
     
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    I had the "S" word for the first time in my life in the woods of a campground, I'll never forget it. The only problem I've had with camping is dealing with giant mosquito's and Jason Voorhees.
     
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    camping is always fun friends booze food camp fires always a good time.
     
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    The appreciating the comforts of home is certainly a part of it. :)

    Yeah, I was thrown off by that too! Of course I like "camping" so much I did it for 6 months straight so I'm a little biased. I enjoy backpacking, car camping, day hiking...pretty much anything that gets me out away from the glare and noise of "civilized" life.

    A few keys are choosing when, where and with whom wisely. And like anything else, being prepared and having the right tools for the job. Re: the bad beds or hard ground...the key is getting up early and being very active during the day...makes falling asleep sooo much easier!
     
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    I love camping but it always involves a tent or on a few occasions under the stars sleeping which i love. When said he was in a cabin I that sounds more like you went to a house in the country side for a few days.

    Like its been said you gotta wake up with the sun and go hiking,fishing,hunting, or just wander around and stay busy. If you dont enjoy outdoor activities maybe do another activity.
     
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    haha brokeback mountain camping lol
     
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    Not quite I only deal with women of the highest caliber, women come to me out of the woods when I go camping.

    Also being in a log cabin is still considered camping, you don't have to be all hunter gatherer to be considered camping.

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    But...don't you need to DO something? Can you just look at the view for 16 hours? I like nature. I like having a calender with beautiful pics of nature, I just don't see why a person actually has to be there.

    You must have healthy skin. I've always had trouble with break-outs on camping trips. You don't wash as much, you come back with zits as a souvenir. I felt one coming on at the beginning of this trip, but I washed regularly, (despite the obligatory spiders in the shower), and it went away.
    True, camping would be even more like being homeless. I'll just have to accept it's something I don't understand. I think guys like it as a macho thing. I don't know what females would get out of being homeless in an abandoned wilderness.
     
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    I disagree. Unless that cabin is just bare essentials like 4 walls, roof, a woodstove, and bedding its not camping. I have been in cabins in northern maine that had those things and a stove, generator, and a kitchen area. That wasnt camping.

    I think some of us are just more inclined to be in a nature. I love being out in the woods and among nature. Doesnt really make me more manly just means I enjoy different activities.
     
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    For most people it's the simplicity

    Everyday you're surrounded by stuff that's worth hundreds or thousands of dollars that would cause you great deal of stress if they were to suddenly disappear.

    Go camping, realize the most expensive thing you have is your car, if you bring it that is.

    But most importantly, the simplicity is basically having to do nothing but waking up, starting the fire, eating, and sitting around drinking beer for the whole day. If the campground you're at has crowded sites then it's worthless, you need to get away from people, seriously it's much more enjoyable that way.

    Camping is much more enjoyable at least in the Adirondacks where I go, in early-mid spring and mid-late fall. Still a little cold at night, but the bugs are all dead. Mosquitoes can ruin your experience of sitting around a fire and drinking beer all day, so you need to make sure there are none. If you're going in the summer 4-5 days of 85+ degree weather can kill them as well.

    I like backpacking in the winter the most, but that can cost a lot in gear, and requires a good deal of knowledge, so an average family wouldn't be able to do this as easily.

    I also like free camping areas, to pay to have to go into nature is an insult to be honest
     
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    I hate this stuff, and the 90% of people who say that enjoy it because it's the thing to do to seem all meaningful and deep...
     
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    This is very very true.

    I go 2-3 times per year over a weekend (sometimes just as a single overnighter), and it's usually with good friends. We end up spending most of the day drinking beer and playing lawn games, laughing, etc, and then usually spend the evening in a local watering hole (we go to civilized areas that have campgrounds...). It is a great way to relax, but I always need to build in a day to catch up on sleep afterward.
     
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    it really depends on how much you spend you day addicted to technology. some people feel relieved being away from it (me), while other people can't (you).

    I just randomly go out on a weekend because i'm sick of everything and go on a backpacking trip or just camp. it keeps me from going clinically insane sometimes
     
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    yes me too.Just sitting there focusing on the bait,in total silence only with the sound of the waves and the seagulls watching the sun shine and set ..you just reload your batteries.I'm a female and certainly don't do it because it's macho or because it's supposed to be deep or whatever It's because I enjoy it and seeing just photos from the callendar when you can touch,smell and be in nature??But as I said to each their own.

    come on!Who needs an excuse to drink beer from the morning?:)
     
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    ^^^
    u can drink beer in the morning without going camping
     
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    i know people who go camping and just spend their time on the cell phone. i bring mine, but i just turn it off and throw it in the glove compartment. also, camping in a cabin/rv/whatever isn't camping, it's just living at home somewheres else.
     
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    I live in Utah, so many people here love camping / hiking / outdoor activities. I don't think most of us just pretend to like doing these things either (to be more manly(?) or cool(?)).

    Like most things, it really depends on who you are with. It also depends on where you go. We have lots of great places around here. Loads of activities. I have to say that I have rarely if ever felt bored on these outings.

    But, if you need the "comforts of home", then I imagine you would not be happy camping anywhere. Why not just go to McDonalds and then catch a movie instead?
     
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    Shooting would be one redeeming activity... but even that gets old after awhile...

    Well said. And to think shaggy haired liberals/socialists who believe in global warming and Manhattan and London being under water in 50 yrs want us to live like that - ha ha!

    I'm a concrete and neon guy.
     
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    This is funny to me because in MN, a LARGE portion of the outdoorsman/campers happen to lean to the right of the political map, and still enjoy the camping/hunting/fishing world.
     
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    I like the feeling of isolation, and I like that feeling especially when I'm surrounded by people. There's not much to do really, and the long stretches of nothing contrast very strongly with the few moments that end up being worthwhile. It's memorable, and carries a feeling with it, if you want it to.
     
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    The right company is critical to enjoying camping. The whole point is being stuck together in the wild. If you like the people you’re with, it’s awesome, and if you don’t it’s misery. So don’t go unless you like the people that you’re going with hahahah.

    ollinger brings up a valid point. If you live in a proper house with a backyard or in a rural area, there isn’t much allure to camping. However, if you live in urban apartments all your life, the change is more likely welcome. It’s a personal choice, really. I love getting trashed around campfire though, and those potheads posting in this thread have a point as well…;)
     
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    Camping is different for every person. Some think camping is in a cabin like The Great Outdoors. Other believe it is with a tent and gear. Camping, to me, is more like "Into The Wild." Even that is modern, because he had a gun, book, and rice.

    I would like to find out what it is like under the following criteria:

    - No clothes.
    - No gun.
    - No man made utility devices, period.
    - No food.
    - No tent or sleeping bag.
    - No mosquito spray.
    - No hygiene products (toilet paper, soap, etc.
    - No helpful books.

    Now, what would that be like? That is as old school as you can get.
     
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    I don't get it?

    You want to know what it would be like to camp naked while starving?

    That's not "old school", that is just plain stupid.
     
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    The main problem with camping is, as we all know, that it raises exponentially the probability to bump into a psycho killer with a chainsaw and a hockey mask, a facility of the US army where some experiment has gone awry, a village of creepy hillbillies mutated by toxic waste and/or inbreeding, etc.

    On the plus side, there will be always some chicks with tattered clothes and nice bouncy assets running around the woods escaping from whatever evil lurks within.
     
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    Nobody else wonders if they could handle it, and for how long? My only short term doubts is tolerating the bugs. Long term is disease.

    Things are so tarnished in society. Meaning, achievements are tarnished by who helps you and how much. Nothing is really your own. Sometimes, I feel like there is something to be had on my own, but it is tough to find. Even surviving in the woods with nothing could still be chalked up to some superior lessons my parents taught me. Impossible dream, I guess.
     
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    You never got naked and howled at the moon? What kind of man are you?:)
     
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    They would get that macho thing....right out in the open.
     
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    Bingo. That's "cabining". I don't think it's a macho thing, it's just what some people enjoy doing. I don't understand the allure of constant texting/ipods/ipads/cellphones/etc. I grew up in the mountains but now live in the city and I need frequent camping trips to bring myself back to normal. My favorite activities are trail running, hiking, rock climbing, surfing, skiing-all things I can do while camping. I winter camp while cross country skiing and I like to beach camp on surf trips. I enjoy creature comforts as much as the next guy but I can go a good week in the woods without missing the city too much. If you've been doing it for a while and know what you're doing, camping can actually be quite comfortable. IMHO, the best nights of sleep I'll get are in a tent on a cool night. Speaking of cell phones while camping, I was at Yosemite with 3 friends last fall and may as well have been in downtown San Francisco. We stayed in a cabin tent village our last night, which has walking access to a convenience store, community center and pizza joint. We grab a pie and some beers and go to sit around the fire and hang out. And we're surrounded by ~ 70 people in turtleneck sweaters, North Face jackets that have seen no outdoor action and Uggs, all typing away furiously on their laptops/cell phones. :(
     
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    You "grew up in the mountains" but I'm guessing you didn't grow up in a tent. Spending a week in a nice comfortable house in the mountains would bring you even closer to what was "normal" for you, I suppose.
     
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    You could do some rappelling on the high seas~


     
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    All of the ticks in the world would starve without people camping.
     
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    I roughed it for a month on the Spanish coast and it was awesome. One of the hardest times I've ever been through, yet very rewarding on some different levels than I am used to finding satisfaction with. Basically if you survive a month in the wilderness, you are just happy to be alive and smell very bad.
     
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    You suppose incorrectly. Actually, my current tents are about as nice as my 'house' growing up. I'm not saying I want to live in a tent permanently but nice long stretches each year are just fine. I don't go on 'active' vacations just to watch TV and shop (though my wife 'requires' those, too :)). I prefer outdoor activity and limited contact with the outside world on those trips.
     
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    "main floor.....going down?"

    I think I'll leave puppet-on-a-string descent stunts to the arachinads.

    My idea of descent or 'going down' involves a scent...of the distaff kind.
     
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    Camping = friends, girls, booze, drugs if you are into that (not me), smore, fire, swimming in nasty lakes, skinny dipping, being loud and not caring.

    Sounds like a good time to me. 1-2 days max, or maybe just a night, no longer than that.
     
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    But however many times you kill Jason Voorhees, he will rise again and come after you.

    I prefer the mutant alligators in Lake Placid.
     
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    I got bit some bug on my stomach while sleeping in the jungle once hurt like hell might have been a centipede as there were two dots around the area.

    I do know of a guy that was bitten in the balls by a centipede. Ahh the joys of military training.
     
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