Remembering the days of tents, backpacks with external frames, and pet rocks may be difficult for some, but those die hard campers who refused to cook on anything other than a fire, use a generator or pull a trailer that is newer than 1970 and larger than a Boler, are the people who inspire this generation of “Classic Campers”.
Today’s classic camper is the one who seeks out campsites that are tent friendly, level, more dirt than rock, nicely tucked away in the forest and wonderfully positioned in a cell phone free zone. No need for hook ups or power; the classic camp is usually a short walk to a well maintained outhouse and a water hydrant.
Why? Is it a trip down memory lane? Does it connect you with nature more effectively? Is it the simplicity? These questions and more have to be answered individually. The classic camper can be thoughtful about why, as they sit by the campfire with others, telling stories and reflecting on life.
Classic Camping is an outdoor recreational activity. The participants (known as classic campers) leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Classic camping involves the use of a tent, a small, older trailer, or no shelter at all. Camping as a recreational activity became popular in the early 20th century. Classic campers frequent national or provincial parks, other publicly owned natural areas, or privately owned campgrounds that offer out of the way, wilderness experiences.