According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, Americans log 598 million nights a yearunder the stars. At an average rate of $40 in overheads and costs per nighttime, thats $24 billion spent on campsites alone. Add inall the related costsgear, transportation, foodand the Outdoor Industry Association fleshes the industrygenerates closer to $167 billion annually.
But former investment banker Michael DAgostino, who grew up camping on a farm in Litchfield, Conn ., still calls the industry a ruined business.
The tipping degree rose a few summertimes ago, when DAgostino received himself on vacation immediately across from a campsite of 40 people at a Wiccan convening: gowns and UFO spotters and blotching and all. It wasnt what hed suspected as a quiet weekend with his wifecounting wizards, listening to crickets, bellies full from prime steaks grilled over a man-made ardor. We surely took them up on some mead, he spoke of the Wiccans, but we had to keep the dog in the tentshe was going bonkersand it was kind of like camping in Times Square.