Exploring the Wild: The Historical Evolution of Camping from Survival Art to Recreational Diversity-01
by Laine Ye on Dec 21, 2023
"Do you like camping? If you ask me, my answer is, yes, I like camping because the effect of camping on me is huge."
The development history of camping has evolved from a basic survival skill into a diverse leisure activity, and its history can be traced back to the period when humans began to explore nature and engage in outdoor activities.
Originally, camping was a necessity for survival, with early hunters and gatherers setting up temporary shelters in the wild. Over time, camping evolved into a recreational activity.
From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, with the development of industrialization and urbanization, people began to seek ways to escape the city, and camping became popular. During the 20th century, camping developed significantly. Early camping tended to be very basic, involving only simple tents and outdoor living skills.
The development of tents
From shelter from wind and rain in ancient times to modern outdoor adventures, the story of the tent is like an epic spanning time.
Every transformation of these tents is a good story in the history of interaction between human beings and nature. Each type of tent carries countless stories and adventures. They are not just tools for shelter, but also an entrance to the wonders of nature.
Robert Scott was a British naval officer and explorer who led a famous Antarctic expedition, the Terra Nova Expedition, from 1910 to 1913. The purpose of this expedition was to be the first to reach the South Pole.
In this expedition, the tent played a vital role. Due to extreme weather conditions, expedition members must rely on tents to provide shelter from the wind and necessary warmth. The design of the tents at that time was relatively simple, mainly made of canvas, and the interior space was small, but it was enough to accommodate the expedition members and their equipment.
Scott's expedition in Antarctica was extremely difficult. They traveled through conditions of extreme cold and strong winds, relying on tents to set up makeshift camps in the snow-covered wasteland. Although the tents provided them with a certain degree of protection, the harsh environmental conditions and equipment limitations eventually led to the expedition's tragic ending - Scott and his four team members suffered from extreme weather and physical exhaustion on the way back. And got into trouble.