Adventure Camping Overview
Everyone is looking for a little extra thrill and excitement in their lives. It just depends on how much a person is looking for. In the camping world – the range of Adventure camping can go so far as incorporating extreme sports into your camping activities or just lighting the fire for a family with four children.
For the sake of argument, this section of beginner’s guide will swing more towards the more extreme parts of adventure camping. But adventure camping doesn’t necessarily have to place yourselves in danger or possible death. Adventure camping is simply going above and beyond the typical camping activities to a level of excitement that most people do not enjoy on a daily basis.
Four basic sections can be incorporated into Adventure camping. The first is geographical location. While the backyard may be quite an experience for a nine-year-old, the more experienced camper may be looking for something a little more exotic than the campsite down the street. The next two sections of adventure camping deal with the activities that can be added to camping trips.
The first of these two are land operations and the second is water activities. These two will spell out the different sorts of things that the adventure camper can enjoy while “roughing it.” The fourth category in adventure camping is where you are going to say – we are not talking about the difference between 3 or 4-star hotels, but the difference between staying in a campsite against going off the beaten path to find your campsite nestled among nature.
Adventure Camping by Location
Since most people think of camping around the Rocky Mountains, next to the Ozark Lakes, or in the hills of West Virginia, we are going to move away from those. The first location is in the Artic temperatures that surround the Alaska, Canadian, and even the Antarctica regions.
While it may be extremely nice to vacation in Alaska during the summer, some adventure campers have gotten their thrills by visiting it during the frozen winter. Many cruise ships that sail around the island of Antarctica have offered night stays on the ice of the South Pole Island. These extreme temperatures make this kind of camping, indeed adventure camping.
How about camping out in the middle of the rainforest? That is what a lot of companies are now looking at offering campers in the areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America. While hiking through the area – with or without a guide – you simply come to a nice looking area that is surrounded by tropical vegetation and lay your campsite down for the evening.
You will fall asleep to the sounds of nature all around you – maybe sometimes a little too close for me. These are just a couple of the wild opportunities of locations for adventure camping. You could also think of the beaches of Spain, the mountains of Switzerland, the grasslands of the Serengeti, or the valleys of the Far East. Location is an integral portion of adventure camping.
Adventure Camping by Land Activities
Camping is getting in touch with nature and allowing your body to slow down from the world’s daily grind. But allowing your body to relax may involve speeding up the heart rate by doing some crazy and exciting activities out in the wilderness. There are three areas of excitement – low, medium, and high that campers can pick from different activities for.
The low-impact activities can be a day hike or engage in wildlife watching. These activities are low on the most people’s heart rate and can even be enjoyed by younger and older members of the family. The common events may be a longer hike or mountain biking. Hiking and biking have both become extremely enticing for many people that love the outdoors. The only thing is that both of these activities require a bit of an investment for the equipment needed actually to enjoy them.
You don’t want to try hiking 20 miles in a day with your regular backpack with all of your gear inside of it. So look at what you want to do and then invest in proper equipment.
The high-intensity activities are truly for the more extreme campers. This involves possible big game hunting. Maine and Alaska are allowing hunters to go after big game that you won’t find in your typical forests. Also, campers may decide to do rock climbing or base-jumping. Both of these activities require quite a bit of training, equipment, and nerve. These are activities that will pump up the heart rate for the adventure camper.
Adventure Camping by Water Activities
Some extreme adventure campers can also speed up that heart rate with activities that involve water. The simple canoe ride down the lazy river may not be enough to qualify for the adventure camping categories, but still can be quite an adventure for younger campers. But add a few rapids and some quick moving water, and you have an adventure for a lot of campers. Adventure campers may also decide to book a whitewater rafting trip during their camping excursion.
The states of Oregon, Colorado, and West Virginia boast some of the best whitewater rafting areas in the United States, and definitely in the world. A person can also grab a kayak and head down those rivers as well. Actually, in the jungles of South America and the Asia Pacific region, people have begun to take kayaks down streams and waterfalls for some thrill in their life. Make sure that you have proper information on the waterfall and you check with local experts on which to go down and which to avoid.
For some high-energy times – grab your deep-sea fishing pole, but you may want to leave your regular fishing pole at home. The large waves of the ocean combined with the large game that you are going after make this great activity for adventure campers. Most of the time you can book trips with companies that may also let you rent equipment.
Adventure Camping by Lodging
When I first look at this section of camping, it makes me think of what kind of tent I could stay in, and that is part of this section. Most weekend camping trips with the family involve an enormous two-room tent with windows and possibly a screened in porch. For adventure camping, that kind of shelter probably won’t work.
You will probably get a tent that is small and cheap – not to mention quickly put together so that you can enjoy the most out of your day and not spend a lot of time taking it down each day. Most adventure camping trips will not have the same campsite each night, so portability is the must. Also, you may decide, because of weather and terrain to not bring a tent. This kind of camping is popular among hikers so that they can only lie under the moon and stars all night long.
Adventure camping will also lead the campers away from typical campsites into off country camping. During this time you will need to seriously think about finding an excellent location, as well as packing food properly.
This is one of the most important things when camping off the beaten path. Food will attract many animals for visitors, some that you don’t want to see close to you. Make sure your food and waste are properly sealed.