Elevation Camping - Part 1

elevation camping

The higher we go up into the Rocky Mountains the thinner the air gets. So, just why would anyone want to camp above ten thousand feet for extended periods of time, especially when you will be off of the grid camping for over 110 consecutive days.

We can sum it all up in one simple phrase. "Because the rewards are ever so many". Absolutely, let's talk about getting our camping trailers up there for a bit. We'll get around to thin air and elevation later in this series. Many years ago in S/E Asia, it was hot and humid with all of the insects one might imagine, so it probably doesn't surprise anyone that when I had a chance to daydream a little, it was about a cool, lush, high mountain meadow, with Elk bugling. Our first work camping assignment was in one such high mountain meadow. Here is a list of some of those rewards. It is mild in the daytime. During a hot, humid, deep South summer, where the heat index is well up into the triple digits, at elevation we experienced daytime highs up in the mid to high 70's with an occasional low 80's day. In the early mornings we might wear a windbreaker while kicking up the campfire, but it nearly always came off by sun up. Low humidity. There were no sweat soaked tee shirts and the laundry would dry nearly as fast as it was hung out on the line. Our bedding always smelled evergreen fresh from being aired out in the old growth Engelman fir tree environment. Up high in the Fir trees there was always plenty of high quality, seasoned firewood that burned clean and colorfully and the larger pieces split readily. There is just something about the sound of a fir wood campfire gently crackling with it's aromatic essence wafting on the breeze. Below we are at 8500 feet elevation.

The temperature drops quickly enough at sundown that the windbreaker may be in order but the mosquito's are not out.

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