Hi Everyone! This week I'm going to talk about all of my camping systems and when I use them. You would think that you would only use one, a tent, but I have several. The ones I choose depend on what I'm doing, where I'm going, and who I'm with. If I'm with my wife, I camp in a certain way, and if it's just me and Forrest (my dog), I will camp another. There are two types of campers. There are those where the campsite is the main attraction. What I mean by that is that they are more interested in the camping at the campsite. They are into setting up the campsite, making the fire, cooking, drinking, the whole campsite experience. Where they are camping is secondary to the campsite. The other type of camper is what I am. I'm just looking for a place to sleep and eat, and I'm ready to go the next morning. Where I am is more important to me than the campsite. With that said the people that I camp with can be the first type of camper, so compromise on my part is always happening. So what about the different systems I use? Well, there are many. First, tents. I have several tents, and this is what I probably started camping in. They are versatile and all you need is a flat piece of ground to put them on. They come in many sizes and shapes. Second, hammocks. I have discovered hammock camping in the last couple of years and found them to be very comfortable. I have made some myself. Third, sometimes I camp out in my truck. I have a bed topper and have made a bed platform so I can sleep in the bed of my truck. And last but not least I have my Teardrop trailer that my wife and I purchased a couple of years ago. So I have all these different types of camping systems. When and why do I use them? Well, here you go.
Tents. Tents are one of the most versatile camping systems. I used a pup tent when I was a Cub Scout. I keep a tent in my truck for emergencies if I get stranded somewhere. But to tell you the truth, I don't use tents often because I'm getting older, and sleeping on the ground isn't as comfortable as it used to be. I mainly use them when I'm backpacking somewhere and I don't know the terrain were I'll be sleeping. I have many tents and they serve different purpose . I have one that's a dome tent (the one I keep in my truck) that's a durable tent, and it weighs about 5 lbs. This is not the tent that I backpack with though because it's too heavy. I have another that is very lightweight, just under 2 lbs., and that's my backpacking tent if I'm by myself. But if Forrest is with me, then I have another tent that's a little larger and weighs about 2.5 lbs. so he can sleep with me in the tent. So different tents for different situations.
My hammock. This is my preferred way to sleep when I'm camping. It's very comfortable, cheap, and easy. When I'm backpacking this is what I want to use. If I know there are going to be trees (and that's almost anywhere in the Southeast), the hammock is what I will be using. I have made a couple, and they have integrated bug nets with tarps for cover from rain and sun. They are fairly lightweight so they are good for backpacking. But if Forrest is with me, there is no room for him. So if Forrest goes backpacking with me, no hammock. But I'm trying to make him something that he can sleep in while I'm in the hammock.
The truck camper. This is my newest way to camp. I built a platform to sleep on and a drawer that holds all of the camping supplies. I've only used it a couple of times. This is mainly used to car camp. While doing my project of visiting all of the state parks in North Carolina, Forrest and I will be doing a lot of car camping, so I guess this type of camping we will be using more of. I can still use my hammock when we car camp, and Forrest can stay in the truck. We've done this once before and it worked out well.
My teardrop camper. My wife and I used to do a lot of tent camping when we were younger. But I just couldn't see my wife sleeping in a tent when we got older, so we bought a Teardrop Camper. It is pretty neat but is definitely Glamping (glamour camping). When my wife and I go camping now, this is the type of camping we do. It has all the perks. Stove, sink, TV, AC, DVD player, just about everything. My wife and I will set up an awning in the back where the kitchen is and we play cards and relax. We don't use it as much as I would like to. The problem with using the camper is that you usually have to make reservations way in advance, and the weather or other things can come up that messes up your trip. Last year we had six camping trips set up for the camper and only made one. Bad weather or other things messed up all the other trips. Hopefully this year will be better. We have a trip planned for two weeks from now.
So those are all my types of camping. I hope you get a chance to get out into the wilderness and do some camping. Until then get out and shoot!