Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

Hammocking 150 feet above the Italian Alps, Monte Piana is a 2,324 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 I, 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 chooses 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 spot 2,000 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.

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.

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.

Source: YouTube by They will Kill You

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