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You lead a very active lifestyle. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of adrenaline pumping in your veins. You live for the thrill, chasing new and exciting experiences. Your favorite place is the great outdoors, but lately camping has just lost the thrill. You went from car to camp to backpacking, but even the minimalist camping experience isn’t quite doing it anymore. Have you tried extreme camping?
There’s been a new trend lately among adventure seekers who got bore with backpacking. This new camping experience, extreme camping, is a perfect option f or adrenaline junkies who still want the peace and relaxation of the great outdoors. This article will let you in on some of the popular methods that people are trying to amp up their camping experience.
Extreme Camping Ideas
Ready to go? Awesome! Whoa, now, slow down there… You’re probably not ready for volcano camping… yet. While you’re hyped up for extreme camping, you need to progress in this the same way you do with other skills. Adrenaline chasing is only worthwhile when you’re being safe, and in this case camping safety means starting with an introductory style of extreme camping before running headfirst into crazy danger.
Against a Cliff Face
Cliff camping is a great way to start your adventure. To attempt this, you should definitely have experience climbing and go with someone else who has experience. In fact, classes would probably be a good idea.
In this form of camping, you literally add a portable ledge to a cliff and camp out on it. This suspended platform is all that separates you from a massive plummet to the rocky shore below.
Although this got a very dangerous start by climbers simply hanging hammocks by carabineers, today’s portaledges are extremely sturdy and safe. Take a guided trip first then go have fun! Just make sure you’re always wearing your harness, even when you’re sleeping.
It’s a gorgeous view for anyone not afraid of heights. You can see right down to the ocean and hear the wind and the waves from much closer than the top of the cliff. Yu can also watch gulls and bird dive at eye level and see seals and whales swimming below. At night, you get a gorgeous sunset and a perfect, starry sky with no light pollution to speak of.
In the Trees
If you’re on too much of a budget to wander far from your local park, simply elevate your experience. Literally. Tree camping is really peaceful and even kids will have fun with this one, so it’s a great family experience.
Camping in trees involves pitching your tent to a tree and letting it hang all night. The higher up in the tree you go, the better your view will be and the harder it will be for the bugs to get to you.
You need some special gear to safely suspend yourself from trees, and it goes without saying that you must be certain that the branch you choose is strong enough to handle the weight of everyone sleeping in the text plus the tent itself!
Hundreds of Meters off the Ground
If tree camping isn’t quite exciting or extreme enough, there’s another option. For the ultimate adventure in minimalist camping, try camping hundreds of meters off the ground!
This camping uses the same types of equipment you’ll need to camp on a cliff face or in a tree. The key thing to remember here is the height. Camping way above the ground gives you some amazing views and makes the ultimate scenic overlook and romantic, starlit experience.
In a Cave
If you enjoy hiking and camping, and you enjoy spelunking (or potholing), why not combine the two into a more extreme and adventurous activity? Cave camping is amazing because you can do it all year round, no matter what the weather is like.
Caves have no humidity issues, a nice, cool temperature for sleeping, and no crowds in your way. Just make sure you know about the local wildlife so you don’t end up with a very unpleasant surprise!
Other issues include flash flooding and hypothermia. Make sure you have a warm enough sleeping bag for the job. Here’s a list of good sleeping bags for girls.
In the Snow
A lot of people think of camping as a seasonal experience. When it gets too cold and snowy, they pack their gear for the winter and count the days until they can get back out there. Extreme campers don’t let the snow deter them.
One of the things you need to know about camping in the snow is that things are very wet. You’ll need a reliable fire starter because your kindling and firewood will be too wet to start on its own.
Guard against hypothermia by layering and bringing insulation. You may not thing you will need it, but pack that sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses. The white, snowy expanse will reflect that sunlight right onto you, exposing you to twice the UV rays, as you’d otherwise get.
On an Icy ledge
Once you get accustomed to cliff face camping, snow camping, and camping hundreds of meters off the ground, try mixing the experiences together! Believe it or not, there are a lot of very experienced climbers who camp on icy ledges each evening.
Amateurs should not attempt this type of camping. You will need to know how to climb, how to camp in winter weather conditions, and most importantly… how to walk and climb on ice, which is very different from rock. Once you get the experience, this will become the ultimate camping experience.
On a Snowy Ridge
Camping on a snowy ridge is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have.
As long as you’re comfortable camping in the winter weather conditions, this is a great adventure.
The scenery is fantastic and you’ll have a lot of peace without other campers and bugs hanging around your site.
In a Blizzard
When the forecast calls for a blizzard and your neighbors are running to the grocery store for milk and bread, why not take the opportunity to go camping? More and more people are putting their wilderness survival skills to the test with blizzard camping.
You start by building a snow cave. Digging into a drift or bank will give you a 6-foot space to make camp. Make sure to pack down the snow, dig a tunnel so you can get out, and strengthen your cave. You also need vents.
You also want to bring multiple ways to build a fire because warmth is crucial for surviving in a blizzard. Leave the matches behind because they’re useless when they get wet. Use flint and steel kits or magnesium fire starters and bring a nice tinder kit to get the fire started.
You’ll also need to find wood that can burn because wet wood won’t ignite. Find dead wood that is off the ground. Remove the wet outer layer of bark and use the pulp to burn.
As ever, make sure to check in with all ranger stations and register your names on the log. Have someone who knows your plan and your route and carry GPS tracking and a way to retrace your steps so you don’t get lost. Have signals for emergency rescue personnel to find you in the worst case.