Thursday, April 12, 2012

Green Camping is an idea whose time has come

Rating ****
By:Craig Macartney

This article describes the needs to have a clean camping site and teaches readers that you must give respect to the land and to your fellow campers. If you can, don’t bring an RV...camping because it’s a waste of gas. You’re already set out to go camping so take a tent. Camping is just not camping if you’re inside an RV. Pack extra garbage bags incase someone before had left trash and for your own trash. Hang your trash bag in a tree at least 100m away from your own tent. When placing your tent down, use the tent site so you can preserve the terrain. Don’t poop in the woods if there’s a portapotty or latrine near you. If there’s none, dig a whole 200m away from water and your campsite and you can do your business there. Never cut down a living tree, there’s enough dead wood on the ground or fallen wood to keep your fire going all night. Don’t feed animals because they could become too dependent on humans giving them food and could face a food crisis when the season ends. Feeding them can also make them aggressive so just enjoy the wildlife from a distance. Before you leave the campsite, always tidy it up and make it look better then when you first came through. Leaving a bit of extra wood for the next campers that come through to that campsite would be nice as well.

I found this article easy to read and very helpful because of my experience with canoe camping and moving to a new campsite every night. I’ve gotten to see many campsites and because of that, I’ve seen the best and worst. And the best ones have always been no garbage, extra wood, and clean tent sites. Its always a comforting idea knowing that after a long day of paddling, you have a nice clean campsite. Other than a campsite with beer bottles, toilet paper, fish bones, and other wrappers which always invites bears or raccoons.

1 comment:

  1. Source: Ottawa Outdoors, Summer/Fall 2010, Page 10