Terrifying Camping Styles You Should DEFINITELY Stay Away From

Extreme camping: a phenomenon where campers
push their survival skills to the edge. Here are the 8 most terrifying camping styles
you should definitely stay away from. Number 8: Hammocking 150 feet above the Italian
Alps Monte Piana is a 2324 meter tall mountain
located in northern Italy that is characterized as having two summits. Over one hundred years ago, the area was strongly
fought over between Austrian and Italian armies during World War 1, with each side occupying
one summit each. Many remnants of the brutal battle can still
be seen on both summits. Today, a group of thrill seekers choose to
experience Monte Piana in friendship and peace with the most unusual and terrifying camping
style. The International Highline Meeting is an annual
event where fearless campers set their hammocks hundreds of feet in the air at Monte Piana. The gatherings, which first started in 2012,
is one of the world’s most unique highline events. A strong set-up capable of carrying the weight
of many people on a single line would first be rigged. The daredevil high liners would then attach
their hammocks and camping materials to the wire, and then move out into their designated
spots 2000 meters in the air. They get to hone their skills while having
fun at the same time, and some are seen playing a guitar, smoking, reading a book, or even
taking a nap – totally unfazed by their location. Although the campers seem totally relaxed
up there in the Italian Alps, the activity is only for extreme athletes with great balance
and considerable experience in tightrope walking. A slight mistake would not only put oneself
in danger, but the entire crew on the same line would likely share the same fate. Number 7: Camping under the sea
Underwater camping is surely the most impractical camping style anyone could think of, but it
deserves a mention here for its uniqueness. Credits for this crazy twist goes to Chris
Fietzer and Brian Wurster who went to the middle of the sea off the shores of Guam,
and dived down, bringing with them their entire camping gear. With the help of rocks used as weights, they
set up lawn chairs, hammocks, a tent, and even a fire pit – which of course was just
there for aesthetic purposes. According to the duo, in order to not let
the tent float up to the surface, they cut multiple slits into it so that air from the
inside would escape. They had their hammock attached to buoys. While forest beasts and creepy crawlies aren’t
present, an underwater camper would have to face the dangers of sea predators and the
possibility of their oxygen running out. What Fietzer and Wurster did could hardly
be called real camping as they did not stay there long, had to bring scuba tanks and diving
gear with them, and couldn’t even start a fire. But still, the pair claimed the record as
the first people known to create an underwater campsite. Number 6: Camping in Antarctica
The hazards associated with Antarctica are endless. The enormous icy land mass is not only the
world’s coldest continent, but also the driest, windiest, and has the highest average elevation
of all the continents. The notorious land of extremes definitely
makes it in the list as one of the ultimate and most terrifying camping destinations. The freezing temperature and total isolation
would put off most people from going there, let alone to actually camp there. For starters, visitors are forbidden to bring
in outside food. The Antarctic Treaty has made it one of their
goals to maintain the continent in its pristine condition, meaning they want visitors to have
as little impact as possible towards the ecosystem. On top of having to starve for a while, campers
are also not allowed to go to the toilet. Emergencies would require them to use portable
potties, with the waste being brought back to the ship later on. Staying warm in the freezing temperatures
is a legitimate concern, with frostbite as a potential injury. Trudging through the thick snow to find a
suitable camping spot is a tiresome task that takes many hours. The spotless white landscape also puts campers
at risk of snow blindness, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays would bounce off the snowy surface and
burn their retinas. Without proper equipment as well as both physical
and mental preparation, camping in Antarctica could kill you. Number 5: Desert camping in the Sahara
When speaking of camping, people normally think of mountains and forests filled with
plants and wildlife. But desert camping is an alternative style
where the only view for campers is an endless landscape of brown sand with very few life
forms. The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert,
covering an incredible area of 9,200,000 square kilometers, which is almost the size of the
entire United States of America. Many tour companies in Northern Africa offer
incredible getaway camping experiences in the Sahara Desert, and joining them would
be much more advisable than trying to explore and camp out there unguided. The Sahara desert could be extremely unforgiving
for travelers even for locals who regularly traverse its sands. During the day, the temperatures are extremely
high, and campers are easily susceptible to dehydration and heat strokes. The nights on the other hand, are extremely
chilly. Many Saharan animals have evolved to survive
in the harsh place, making them fierce and dangerous. This includes the venomous sand vipers and
death stalker scorpions, as well as wild dogs and foxes. Campers should also be aware of the violent
and unpredictable sandstorms that could go on for hours. Number 4: Rainforest camping in the Amazon
You can’t call yourself a true camper until you’ve explored a “real jungle”, or in other
words, a tropical rainforest. Tropical rainforests have an amazing variety
of animals and plants, including some of the rarest ones on the planet. This also means that a set of terrifying challenges
await rainforest campers, especially for those who go to the Amazon. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical
rainforest, spanning over 2 million square miles. It is so large, it constitutes more than half
of the entire world’s rainforests. Its vast ecosystem also means that it is home
to countless deadly creatures including the poison dart frog, green anaconda, red bellied
piranha, and bullet ant. And we haven’t even mentioned the deadly plants,
like the curare which kills by inducing respiratory paralysis, and the Venus fly trap. The temperature is unpleasantly hot and humid,
and diseases like malaria are spread easily. Campers are always advised to check in with
a tour operator or to have a local guide. A complete camping gear that includes food,
water, and first aid kit is essential, and bringing a mosquito net and anti malarial
pills are also recommended. Number 3: High altitude camping at Mt. Everest’s
base If you are really looking to challenge yourself
and take camping to the next level, then try high altitude camping. This type of camping requires the utmost physical
fitness, as campers would not only have to endure the exhausting hike upwards, they would
also have to survive the frigid temperatures, thin air, and strong winds. The world’s most renowned high altitude campsites
would be the ones at the base of Mount Everest: the South base Camp in Nepal, and the North
Base Camp in Tibet. The camps lie at an incredible 17,000 feet
above sea level. It is preferable to come at summer when the
temperatures are more bearable, but even so you will still have to deal with the problem
of altitude sickness. Symptoms of the acute sickness include headaches,
dizziness, nausea and vomiting, as well as trouble sleeping. Some people regard themselves as being highly
fit, only to experience severe symptoms when they go high altitude camping, and are forced
to descend to lower levels. The atmosphere becomes thinner and thinner
with increasing heights, meaning there is less available oxygen to breath, and inexperienced
climbers would find themselves gasping for air. The best ways to overcome these problems would
be good hydration and taking the time to adapt with high altitudes before coming over. If you can cope with all this, it would definitely
be worth it, as nothing beats the experience of unzipping your tent in the morning to be
welcomed by a full view of Mount Everest! Number 2: Hanging off tree tops
This style of camping takes tree housing to whole new levels. Waldseilgarten is an adventure resort located
in Pfronten, in Bavaria, Germany, which provides visitors with a unique camping experience
in the wilderness. Brave campers could choose to climb to the
mountain summit and nestle themselves in tents that hang off of tree tops. The branches are the only things supporting
the suspended hammock-like tents, and falling off could result in serious injuries. The higher the tent, the better the view you’ll
get across the stunning German Alps. The style is definitely not suitable for those
afraid of heights, and the only way to reach the tents is by climbing a rope. Campers would also have to make sure that
their gear is strong and sturdy enough to support their weight before happily spending
the night. If tree camping is still not extreme enough
for you, Waldseilgarten Resort also offers other camping styles including igloo camping
in the winter, and cliff camping, which we are about to mention. Number 1: Cliff camping
It takes a certain type of crazy to climb up a mountainside, descend down to a small
hanging cot, and spend the night dangling on the cliff face. Cliff camping is truly a daring experience
for thrill seekers, and has been popular among hardcore climbers for quite some time. Usually climbers would camp on the side of
a cliff when met with walls too difficult to climb in one go, but often times they do
it just for the thrill of it. The portaledge is a hanging tent designed
specifically to be deployed on big walls. Setting them up is no easy task, requiring
a lot of preparation by seasoned climbers. Heavy winds can rush up the mountainside and
toss the campsite around if it is not held properly. Today, some companies allow less experienced
climbers to have a go with cliff camping, with the portaledges already set up for them. Still, rappelling down a rope to land squarely
on the nylon platform is not as easy as it looks, and a loss of footing might mean the
end for you. Not to mention the unpredictable weather that
could send your campsite spiraling down the mountain. This is one camping style that is not for
restless sleepers who toss and turn in their sleep, or for those who can’t hold their
bladder in the middle of the night!

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