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Selecting The Perfect Primitive Campsite
While camping at a park with primitive camping is pretty simple, there are times when there is not a park or camping facility around. What do you do then? The answer is easy, but before you start staking down your campsite claim, there are a few things that you need to consider.
Whenever you camp you always need to get permission first and foremost. Nothing is as discouraging than to have to pull up camp because a landowner is not happy with their new uninvited guests.
While primitive camping is a great way of unplugging and truly getting away, it is also a time when safety is paramount. Before considering a location, follow this checklist of hazards to avoid.
- Is the area known for avalanches and rockslides? If the answer is yes, then move on. Areas with a past like this should be avoided
- Is there water standing near or on the area where you would like to camp? If the answer is yes, then move on. This area is a nursery for many different types of insects including mosquitoes.
- Is the area in a depression? If the answer is yes, then choose another location. This area will hold water or water will run through it and while it may not be raining right now it is a good idea to avoid a problem.
- Is the proposed campsite is under a cliff? If so, move on to another location. You never know when a rock will fall.
- Are there plants with three leaves or poison ivy around? If so, move on to another location.
- Are there large dead trees surrounding the planned campsite or dead branches hanging over? If so, plan on moving to another location. While the chance of a dead tree falling or a branch breaking off is slim, it is a good idea not to put yourself in that situation.
- Is the campsite near a rocky terrain? If so, consider moving on. This environment is the perfect snake habitat and in doing so should be avoided.
Once you have evaluated your chosen site, the next step is to make sure that it provides a relaxing environment. A scenic view is always a plus. Orientating the door on the tent so that the morning sun greets you is a great way of starting ones day. Also, this simple orientation will guarantee that your tent dries from the morning dew.
In just, the perfect campsite is one that is in a clearing, with relatively flat land that is slightly on a rise and contains a well-drained type of soil. If the perfect location has an insect problem, place the tent in a windward location. This will carry away any pest that may come visiting.
The last thing that makes a campsite home is water. While it is nice not to have to hike far distances for water, it also is not a good idea to camp along side a trickling stream. The hazards outweigh the dangers.
So this year, when the camping bugs nibbles on your leg, make sure to pick the best and safest site possible. Doing this simple act will enhance your experience without worry.