Camping is usually seen as a fun recreational activity for all age and skill levels, and there are plenty of hacks to make it much easier. But there's innocent, local camping, and then there's survivalist camping. For those who can't spend a night in the wilderness without a serious rush of adrenaline, the latter brings to the table challenges that most campers couldn't even imagine. From animal attacks to nearly uninhabitable weather conditions, some campers will stop at nothing to prove they have what it takes in these places.
While dangerous campsites exist all over the world, none are deemed "safe" for someone with average camping experience. While many are in the world's most bucket-list-worthy parks, these places should be treated as the untamed destinations they are, and shouldn't even be visited without a professional or proper gear and training. Furthermore, many of these places probably shouldn't be camped in, period, as some of them have claimed more lives than not.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area On The Arizona/Nevada Border
Lake Mead is an interesting place to explore because although it exists in a desert climate, people flock there for its well-known water sports. There are few rules when it comes to what people can do out there which is exactly why this recreation area has seen so many lives lost.
Whether it's from a lack of respect for the water, constantly changing water levels, boating safety, or the sheer fact that it's too isolated for help to arrive quickly, this lake has seen its fair share of disaster.
Monte Piana In The Italian Alps
When visiting the Dolomites, most people don't look up at its tallest peaks and think, "wouldn't it be fun to strap up a hammock and camp there?" Unless they're one of the "slackers" or camping daredevils who push the limits of fate in order to sleep at a significant altitude.
The process of doing this usually involves a pretty skilled tight rope walker, not to mention an abundance of caution and particularly incredible balance. Once the hammocks are set up, it's time to hope that they stay put for the night.
Mount Everest Base Camp In Nepal
Mount Everest is a feat that few people commit to and being that it's the highest summit in the world, that's understandable. The physical toll it takes on the mind and the body is one that a rare few can handle, and many haven't made it back from the trek. Instead, some head to Nepal to tackle a challenge that's a little more than 10,000' below Everest's summit - the Everest Base Camp, which sits at roughly 17,600'. The problem with this is that for someone who is not trained and doesn't know what to expect, the physical exertion combined with low oxygen levels and a higher altitude can cause acclimation sickness - similar to the Bends when diving.
Huckleberry Mountain In Glacier National Park
There are plenty of bears in the world, but many of them can be found in Glacier National Park. where wildlife is concerned, no human should ever come face to face with a grizzly. These bears can weight, at a minimum, 700 pounds, and can grow up to 1,700 pounds.
If a bear this size charges you, there's one of two options: Cover your head and play dead, or hit it with some bear spray, which campers would hopefully have in this region. The easier way of dealing? Make sure to cook away from a campsite, never leave food out in the open, and be aware that it's estimated that there's at least one bear within one mile of each campsite in this park.