Normally, I subscribe to the perspective that everyone is uniquely different, but when it comes to camping, people may be more similar than I originally thought. According to some informal research by David Sweet, an experienced camping blogger, there is such a thing as a “typical camper.” I was skeptical at first, but then I found myself nodding my head as I read his conclusions.
After surveying his readers with a series of polls, he put together the following description:
The typical camper: you were less than 10 when you first went camping with your parents, and you’ve traveled over 50 miles to go camping for a few days of privacy out in the woods during the fall. You like s’mores, your favorite way to cook is over a campfire, you like beans in your chili, and you prefer mustard, catsup and/or chopped onions on your hotdog. Most of you make campground reservations, camp more than 4 times a year and have been doing so for more than 10 years. Clean rest rooms are considered the most important campground amenity, and best of all, 95 percent of you keep a clean campsite.
I have to say, Sweet is pretty spot-on. The only thing I’d have to disagree with is how I prefer my hotdogs — not exactly a fan of the condiments (I know, I’m weird). Other than that, his description fit me pretty well. How does it fit you?
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