Find yourself outside
BY SANDY STRASSER
Get more people outside, connecting with nature – that`s the simple mission of Hipcamp. With Hipcamp, now you can easily discover public parks and campgrounds of the United States of America as well as book spots on ranches, farms, vineyards and land preserves. Camping on private land is an entirely new way to experience the outdoors called, ‘land sharing’.
The story began with waves – gorgeous, glassy, barrelling waves. They were crashing on the Big Sur coast at Andrew Molera State Park as founder Alyssa Ravasio watched in frustration. She had recently spent several hours, and too many websites trying to find a spot that suited what she thought was a simple request: set up camp and watch the first sunrise of 2013 somewhere on a beach. “I was pretty frustrated and I thought, ‘There should be a comprehensive website for people who like the outdoors who are looking to camp and backpack and get out there.‘”And so the idea for Hipcamp was born.
Co-founder Eric Bach came on board a few months later, and the site was born in June 2013. As Hipcamp continues to grow, new features; parks, and overall awesomeness are being added everyday. Now they cover all National, State, Regional and Army Corps Parks in all 50 States. Which comes out to 2,213 parks, 8,669 campgrounds and 282,802 campsites across the United States. What many people do not know: over 60 percent of the United States is privately owned and largely unused. So land sharing is an entirely new way to get outside. Campers can escape the crowds, reconnect with nature and experience new cultures outside of the city. Hipcamp connects people to experiences they will never forget, and these are magic moments, not things, that truly matter.
This article was published in The Produktkulturmagazin issue Q3 2015.