I remember when I was six and my father said the treehouse was done and I could climb up and enjoy my new hang out area. At twelve feet in the air I felt like I could see forever… As time passes we out grow things we love.
Now, a few years older and not necessarily any wiser, I found myself laying in my roof top tent (RTT) overlooking a backwoods pond in the Adirondack Mountains thinking…”okay, now when my wife wakes up I have to pack up our entire campsite so we can go explore some trails,” “I hope when we get back no one has taken this great spot.” It’s true, I loved my RTT, but I found myself getting irritated with not having an established base camp when we would go out exploring. So I sold it…
This past weekend I went back to the Adirondacks with a ground tent (the Gazelle T4 Plus), set up my site, got the fire going, sat down and had a frosty beverage. The next morning, I woke up, made breakfast and while I was eating I thought, “I am ready to explore,” I didn’t have to pack anything up. I could just roll out. This was great! I went of to explore, had lunch while I was out and when I got back I was ready to relax. No setup. No unpacking. Just ready.
There are a few things I will miss about the RTT but the base camp ability far out weighs the things I do miss.
How do you camp? RTT, ground tent, hammock or something else?
Let me know in the comments.