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    Koreans love the outdoors like Americans love spectator sports

    Koreans love the outdoors like Americans love spectator sports

    Twenty-five years ago, when Koreans were known for having the world’s longest work week (nominally six days, often longer), they still found time to get outdoors. Hiking clubs were a big deal. Camping was less popular because it requires a couple days of leisure in a row, but it was still popular.   Over the...
    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    Sometimes that old wine just can’t be decanted into a new bottle.   Case in point: you have some property near Yellowstone. You want to make some money off it, so you build high-end cabins. You put in wi-fi and a flat screen TV and queen beds—equipping them like a modern condo in downtown Seattle...
    Ultralight in the ultra-cold?

    Ultralight in the ultra-cold?

    Camping in summer is perfect: a chance to shake off the stale atmosphere in your (probably) air-conditioned home. You live simple, work hard, sleep well and wake up a little sore. And camping in winter seems deranged. Correction: winter camping in the north, or at altitude, seems mad. This is true when you’re twenty, and...
    Keep the camping fire going over the winter

    Keep the camping fire going over the winter

    If you live at my latitude, these are the weeks hope, when every trip to the basement reminds you that the camping gear is still there, still not packed away for the season. Part of you wants to believe you might get out again this year, but you know the odds get slimmer with each...
    More campsites opening in NYC’s “urban outback”

    More campsites opening in NYC’s “urban outback”

    Spending the night outdoors in New York City doesn’t necessarily mean glamping on the “wraparound terrace of a penthouse suite” with scented candles. Or huddling under a bridge. You can actually pitch a tent and lay out your bedroll in the Gateway National Recreation Area, an expansive (26,000-acre) urban outback that’s spread across parts of...
    Camping out in someone else’s garden: fake, irredeemably lame travel trend for boomers

    Camping out in someone else’s garden: fake, irredeemably lame travel trend for boomers

            Last month we reported on the rise of glamping—a conflation of “glamorous” and “camping” that makes us wince every time we write it. We were skeptical. Even dismissive. But then we looked at a few web sites and thought about it, and decided it might be a very acceptable way to...
    Glamping: not glamorous, not camping – but hard to dismiss

    Glamping: not glamorous, not camping – but hard to dismiss

                  Occasionally, one comes across a story on glamping, a portmanteau word combining glamour and camping. So, glamorous camping: boardwalks through the forest, spacious white safari tents with beds and plumbing, top-notch food cooked by a real chef—but with the scenery and silence of the wilderness.   At first...
    A nice bit of backwoods skunkworks

    A nice bit of backwoods skunkworks

                    Over the past year, we’ve come across a couple of innovative projects—one was a documentary, the other a band’s throwback vinyl record—being funded through Kickstarter.   Kickstarter, if you haven’t seen it, is worth a look. The web site says it’s the largest funding platform for creative...
    Car camping, the early years

    Car camping, the early years

                  You can be impressed by Thomas Coleman du Pont (1863-1930) because he supervised the construction of the DuPont Highway through Delaware, or because he was a two-term U.S. senator from that state, or because he had the good sense to be born a great-grandson of the founder of...