Here at CRAGCATION, when we’re not clipping bolts, we’re knee-deep in field research. “What differentiates good camping from bad?”, you ask.
Empirically speaking, bad camping means there are, a.) plenty of insects/critters to terrorize you, b.) a severe lack of shade… For instance, the moment morning sun hits your tent, you feel as if you’re inside an oven, your sleeping bag is a foil packet, and you’re a filet of Alaskan Salmon, and c.) wind. Lots of wind. Ideally the kind that lifts your tent from its stakes and places it against a barbed-wire fence.
Good camping, in contrast, means a.) shade by way of trees, b.) fire rings, c.) lack of insects/critters, and d.) a water source.