Going Wild Camping, Then Check This Article
Are you“going wild camping”? Okay, those words are mutually exclusive, so I’m confused by the terminology. Do you mean “tent” type camping in a designated campground, staying in a spot not designated for overnight, or is this extreme camping, i.e., plop yourself down on some musty forest litter and suckle morning dew from lichens? That’s so funny to picture because you can never really get away from Nature. Anyways, I guess I’ll go with the latter.
Humans have big, heavy, stupid feet and several toxic, nasty habits. This baggage will kill the very thing that draws the “Wild Camping” enthusiasts – enjoying the natural beauty, beauty untouched by humankind’s heavy hand. You can call it a personal challenge, a spiritual experience, whatever, but it’s merely you, today, outdoors enjoying the natural biosphere. That in itself is such a beautiful thing!
Wild Camping Might Need Some Legal Steps-
But this isn’t just an innocent activity; this a selfish activity that scars and devastates wild ecosystems, tiny and giant, once and forever. Every time you put your foot down off-trail, say in a grassy, mountain meadow, you will crush and change something. It is forever different now.
Please, don’t be carelessly selfish. It’s easier and funnier to romp and play, rather than sacrifice our hedonistic cravings so other generations (humans, plant, wild critters) can live in providence. I will never visit or return to some beautiful places because I know that place doesn’t need me – at all. I love them and leave them alone.
Because of the impacts that open, dispersed camping can have on the surrounding environment.
Something Important To Look At
Depending on the agency and are being discussed, dispersed camping – which means camping in a non-designated or non-established campsite, within a designated Wilderness area as defined in the US (I’m assuming the asker is not North American and likely Indian as we don’t use the term “wild camping,” but rather a wilderness or backcountry camping,), is allowed or required, or prohibited. This varies again by controlling agency and area.
Many USFS Wilderness areas will require or encourage dispersed camping to avoid establishing regular campsites, better preserving the wild nature of the area. This is something I’ve seen in higher-use-density regions. Take for instance the Red River Gorge and Clifty Wilderness in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. These areas will typically have a higher recovery rate than others . Meaning longer summers, more rain, and relatively quick/less than one-year recovery from trampled vegetation/grass.
Other USFS Wilderness areas will allow or encourage the use of established campsites to minimize the impact of dispersed camping in areas with a low rate of impact recovery. For instance, alpine areas and meadows. There may or may not also be restrictions on campfires and distance from water bodies and trails.
We all know that camping is fun. It is just like hiking or skiing. But we enjoy it in different terms and requirement. However, the term wild camping gets some restrictions to follow. And we should abide by those rule when and where required.