Hiking calls for enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. Therefore, choosing the perfect hiking spot and an apt campsite deserves equal thought. While safe campsites minimize the impact of danger, it should not necessarily account for selection of a boring and non-thrilling spot.
Though apparently it seems that a campsite affects the success of a hiking trip, the contrary is equally true. Our actions also affect our surroundings and perhaps more. While a good campsite selection ensures a peaceful night’s sleep, uninterrupted moments of relaxation and wholesome enjoyment for the hikers, safe cooking and proper disposal of wastes guarantees a cleaner camp spot.
Assuming that you are setting base at various spots during your hiking trip, here are ideas applicable for setting base at public campgrounds and moving on day trips from the base.
Essentials for selecting a good campsite
• It is essential to undertake a thorough research prior to selecting a campsite, in order to avail the best option available.
• Planning of the trip is equally essential to fix upon vital issues like arrival and departure timings.
• While opting for a camping spot it is always better to go for an established one situated at some high use area instead of selecting a campsite in some new and unexplored zone.
• When camping around desert canyons make sure to stay above the high-water mark to escape the agony of flash floods.
• Similarly, set up your camp at least 200 feet away from streams and lakes in order to protect them.
• Since dead branches of huge trees may disastrously break down in the darkness of the night, ensure that your camp is not set beneath such shades.
• To avoid flooding due to stagnation of rainwater, choose a site, which drains really well.
• Select a place where you can receive the benefits of both the morning sunlight as well as be shadowed from the extremes of the afternoon sun.
• Potential windbreaks are also an important consideration.
• Since people go out on hiking in order to get a feel of experiencing the thrills of nature in seclusion, choose a calm and quiet spot away from the humdrum of lively souls.
• A bare ridge away from lakes helps in keeping away bugs while offering a perfect unhindered view of the natural settings.
• Keep away from fruit laden trees and food sources to avoid attracting animals to your camp during the night.
• Fix the tent on a ground that is not too hard, nor too soft for a good night’s sleep.
Being responsible, it is your duty to protect the surroundings as well. Make sure to arrange for a safe cooking, keeping in water handy to avoid the break of a fire. Ensure that you leave the spot in a much better condition than you first saw it. Make considerations of the little seedlings, flowers and even small animals, so as not to injure them.
So, camping in the wild is fun, with just a bit of added responsibility.