Post # 1
My DH and I love to camp and backpack. When you are out on the trail it’s clearly apparent that backcountry camping is male dominated, which I think is a bummer. So I thought I’d ask you as a diverse group of women – if you don’t like camping or haven’t tried it, why not? Is it that you don’t like sports, or hate bugs, or find it intimidating, or are worried about not having a shower/toilet available?
I added a poll and am totally annoyed that you can no longer do polls that allow you to select more than one option!
Post # 2
Peeing outside. I really lack the equipment for this.
Post # 3
I love glamping at our cottage, but I suppose I like my creature comforts too much to “rough it.” I’m fine to hike all day but at the end of the day, I like to have my hot tub and wine waiting! I like AC, I like beds, I don’t like bugs, I like being clean, I like being comfortable, and I don’t like extreme isolation from society.
I think, in general, it just doesn’t appeal to me and there are other things I’d rather spend my time doing. I just really don’t see the point when there are (in my opinion) so many better alternatives.
Post # 4
I want to camp, but I have back and sleep problems and unless I had an ULTRA comfy camping mattress I would be in too much pain to enjoy it. =(
Post # 5
I like being warm and comfortable. and what discodance: said.
Post # 6
No toilet/shower is #1 for me.
Most of the “camping” around here you can basically drive you car right up to the site, throw up your tent and have a fire in the ready-made pit. It’s not really roughing it, lol. I don’t mind that as long as there’s a shower/toilet nearby. Most people just like to go camping and get drunk…
Actual hiking/camping out in the wilderness…not for me. The aforementioned toilet/shower issue, hiking for long distances, ticks, crappy weather, hard ground….eh. I did work with a gal who enjoyed hiking like 10 miles to a campsite in the middle of a freezing winter though. She also walked across the US though, so not exactly an “average” person lol.
Post # 7
Lack of toilet, or really gross smelly toilets, there is just no way I would do it, unless my life depended on it. We went to a camp site once just for a day trip 2 years ago and the bathroom was something like an “outhouse” it was so disgusting and smelly, never want to go through that again!
Post # 8
My parents overdid it for me. We would go on week long back packing/canoe trips that were excessive. Like where they would portage over hills carrying the canoe on their shoulders and we would have to string our food up in trees away from the campsite so bears would not come and attack you to get at the food. No thanks!
My family and kids go cabin camping now where they have flush toilets at a camp ground. That is my limit!
Post # 9
cbgg: I like camping but only if there is toilet/long drop and somewhere to have a shower at least every second day. a group of us went camping a few weekends ago and it was great fun but there was a long drop on site and a shower block a short drive away 🙂 having said that we are doing the inca trail in December so I’m going to have to suck it up and go pee in the bush at some point on that :-/ I’ve heard the toilets at the campsites there are pretty bad too!
Post # 10
Westwood: That is still camping with throwing a tent up on specific spot. You don’t have to “rough it”in the wild wild.
cbgg: Me, I grew up camping. My parents started out with me in a tent, and we eventually when my brother was born went to pick up camper on back of a truck, to pull behind to 5th wheeler. My DH and I tent camp in the state parks around here.
The only thing I hate is when it rains and everything gets wet/damp. Then it is no fun. Now we have a toddler so we haven’t gone camping as much as we used to.
Post # 11
eeniebeans: “My parents overdid it for me. We would go on week long back packing/canoe trips that were excessive. Like where they would portage over hills carrying the canoe on their shoulders and we would have to string our food up in trees away from the campsite so bears would not come and attack you to get at the food. No thanks!”
Ha ha, that’s exactly the kind of thing we are into, we always think that it looks so cool when you see families out camping with their kids, but I guess we’ll have to be careful not to scare them off from camping all together!
Post # 12
I don’t like to be uncomfortable at all. I mean, I could make do if we had one of those little tents where you can put a porta toilet in them.. and running water for a shower. They even make little propane water heaters for camping. And of course, an air mattress.
We did consider registering for some camping stuff – and while we were looking we found that there are tents that now come with holes for window a/c units! I must not be the only one who doesn’t like to be uncomfortable.
SO doesn’t like to camp either, so I’m a lucky girl.
Post # 13
Lollybags: Is a long drop some type of outhouse/outdoor toilet?
You know, I used to always use the outhouse b/c I wasn’t comfortable doing business outside, but since I learned how to do it I am so much happier! I bascially never enter an outhouse anymore, unless we are by the trailhead or something like that. It’s actually kind of empowering to know how to do it.
Post # 14
cbgg: Peeing outside is challenging but tolerable, however I just won’t be fun to be around if I don’t get a shower. But I love camping! So we go camping at campgrounds where we can shower and do day hikes.
Post # 15
I’ve never been camping, ever. Anyone I know who goes camping, has an RV or some kind of trailer that they drive to a camp site and they can eat/sleep/shower/go to the bathroom in the RV. I have no issues calling myself high maintenance…I wouldn’t be caught anywhere without AC, where I can’t shower/shave my legs everyday. I also loathe bugs more than anything. I’ll take a hotel somewhere over a tent or camper any day.