Why are so many American gay guys into camping?

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    Nov 20, 2007 10:11 PM GMT
    Well, what's the appeal? I like hotels myself. And how does it make you more masculine?
  • NorthFl

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    Nov 20, 2007 10:53 PM GMT
    I wish that was the case "gay guys into camping". In my experience the ones that say they are, think camping is a rv at some campground. If u think a campground is camping, it's not camping. Camping is backpacking 5-10 miles back into the woods setting up a tent or a tarp for the night then tagging some peak in the morning..... in my opinion
  • Timbales

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:11 PM GMT
    I guess I'm a happy medium camper, then. State park, no water or electricity on site, sleeping in a tent.

  • GQjock

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    Nov 20, 2007 11:45 PM GMT
    Yo muy ... gay
    Ma no gusto ... camping - nada icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 1:30 AM GMT
    fuck that. camping doesnt make you maculine. camping is just plain good. i've never decided to camp because it makes me look more like a guy. and i have plenty of girl friends who are into camping, more hardcore than me and they arent rug munchers.

    i just enjoy getting away from society for a while. ya hotels are nice when you're going to another city. but sometimes you just gotta get away from the concrete. i've done trips as long as 2 weeks (was too young to do the 32 day trip but i wanted to).

    i can't imagine that many femmy guys usually like camping, but nor do "femmy"(city) girls, it's just a preference for a type of vacation... and it's not always cheapoer than hotels either.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:18 AM GMT
    Camping is similar to Real Jock in that it a method to filter out fakes and flakes.
    Fuckin in the dirt ain't to bad either.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:19 AM GMT
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    I'm lucky enuf to live in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. I've seen so many things while exploring and camping thru this region that have restored my sense of wonder and fascination with this life. All my life I've lived in BIG cities and not once did I find anything like what I've discovered here.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:27 AM GMT
    redheadguyWhy are so many American gay guys into camping?...And how does it make you more masculine?


    Where did you get these idea?


    [I am betting you have no answer]
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    "I dunno. Something about a bunch of guys, alone in the woods.. sounds kinda gay to me"
    -Bart Simpson.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:35 AM GMT
    ok now we know where idea came from...icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:38 AM GMT
    Gods, that has not been my experience at all. I don't think there are enough guys who are into camping. NorthFl makes a great point, in that many gays (like many people in general) associate camping with an RV, instead of real camping in a tent, miles from the nearest piece of asphalt.

    I don't really care how camping makes anyone look, but I find nothing better than laying out under the stars with a hot man by my side, with maybe 2 or 3 people within a five mile radius. The backcountry is serene and gorgeous, and the best way to experience the wildest of the backcountry is to take a tent and sleeping bag out and hike for days on end. The beautiful natural sites you come upon, the critters you spy, and the clean, crisp, quiet atmosphere is like nothing else in the world.

    Just thinking about it makes me want to go camping right now. Any guy who can be just as happy leaving behind the creature comforts for a week or two and strapping on a pack is just that much hotter to me. It has nothing to do with masculinity; it has to do with being able to enjoy the non-material life at times.
  • fryblock

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    Nov 21, 2007 4:00 AM GMT
    i love camping!! i used to go all the time when i was young, and didnt go for like 13 years. im finally in the mountains for school and have the opportunity to go again. its so beautiful up here, its a great chance to escape the world for a weekend, have some beers with friends, and see an amazing sunset on a cliff.
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:17 AM GMT
    Masculinity has nothing to do with it... but everything to do with the awesome feeling of sleeping under the stars. For the past 15 or so years, I try to go out west for camping and hiking at least 2 or 3 times a year. I was just thinking back to some of my most memorable moments... camping along a lake in northern Ontario watching the northern lights and listening to wolves howling... crawling out of the tent at 3 in the morning to watch a spectacular meteor shower in Arizona... waking up at 5:00 in the morning and being surrounded by a herd of buffalo in Yellowstone... watching a grizzly bear across a stream in Alaska...

    If there is one quality I look for in a guy that I will not compromise on, this is it, he better be willing to camp.

    As a favor to fellow travelers, I normally stay in a hotel the night before I fly back so that I can get a shower. Other than that one time, the tent is all I want.
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:37 AM GMT
    Whats with Gays and Camp?

    You're joking right?

  • liftordie

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    Nov 21, 2007 4:53 AM GMT
    i am sorry but i need hot and cold running utilities. room service!!
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    Nov 21, 2007 5:07 AM GMT
    I love to camp and hike. Sometimes when I camp, I take only what I can carry in a light backpack. I carry a poncho but I prefer to find natural shelter, like a cliff or cave. I like to capture and kill my own food. Nothing tastes so good as when its been camped over an open fire. I even use flint to start my fires, no matches.

    Othertimes when I camp, I take my Roman tent, complete with furniture.

    Eitherway its a method to get out of your routine and live more as our ancestors did.
  • duglyduckling

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    Nov 21, 2007 5:57 AM GMT
    if there isn't indoor plumbing, air conditioning, and a bed... then I ain't going. icon_smile.gif

    what can I say... I am a city boy. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 6:24 AM GMT
    Jesus Crim that ain't camping, that's going freekin native dude....LOL....Nah but seriously, I'm with you on that one, my boy and I have finally got a great camping setup happening and we get away whenever we can...generally along the coastline, fishin for dinner, chipping oysters off the rocks, catching rock lobsters...yeah life is tough
  • EricLA

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    Nov 21, 2007 6:39 AM GMT
    Two words for you guys: Brokeback Mountain. Hear of it?

    That said, I agree most gay men in my experience are NOT into camping. But, I'd love to date a guy who was.
  • jk8man

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    Nov 21, 2007 6:44 AM GMT
    I agree that RVing it is NOT camping.... Funny story...

    I worked for a firm that makes RVs and I was at one of those ginormous boat & rv shows with the marketing dept. I happened to be inside the nicest model we make (think converted charter bus....very rock star-esk)...and a cute old couple is looking around inside....

    The wife sits down on the couch, sighs, and says "Well I think I could like camping if we had one of these..."

    The husband turns around, laughs, and says... "Camping....this ain't camping....it's a fuc&in Radisson on wheels!!"

    I almost wet myself I was laughing so hard.
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    Nov 21, 2007 6:48 AM GMT
    There are lots of profiles on Realjock with guys waxing lyrical about their camping experiences. I was just wondering what was so wonderful about it.
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    Nov 21, 2007 9:31 AM GMT
    I'm not American but in SA too we have a very big camping culture. Not neccesarily just in the gay community but in general. I grew up in a family that likes to camp. I have slept on mountains in gorges in forrests in the dessert on a beach and even though it is sometimes a bit lacking in the comforts of a raised bed with little "soupies" and towls waiting for you, and a chocolate on your pillow, the general experience on these excursions make up for those commercial places a hundred fold and offer you the freedom to just be. Fuck becoming one with nature, we are nature and if sleeping in a normal bed somewhere you feel comfortable is your thing... rock on. Of coarse then you miss out on the (often) communal showers.
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    Nov 21, 2007 10:35 AM GMT
    For me, its cutting myself off from the distractions of the modern world for a bit. no email, cell phone, work, electronics, phone calls, etc. There is something to be said for removing yourself from society for a bit. Instead of movies and television and concerts, you can relax by a stream with a good book, cut firewood, and sit and relax and talk with someone (if you are not alone) without the toxins of the world being involved.
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    Nov 21, 2007 11:36 AM GMT
    "Well, what's the appeal? I like hotels myself. And how does it make you more masculine?"

    It's the anal rape, of course.

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    Nov 21, 2007 12:10 PM GMT
    "The verb to camp, as soon as it stopped merely meaning to sleep with a lot of soldiers in a field, came to signify the performance of an action not for its intrinsic value to you or anyone else but, rather, to display and to relish your talent in doing it, or, if talent is lacking, your style, or, failing style, your sheer nerve.

    In New York, we are all actors."

    -Quentin Crisp