You guys may think I am crazy but I HATE campfires. Especially in the winter (you guys are thinking -> ). Fires are a quick way to burn holes in your expensive winter jacket or your tarp. They melt important things like boots when you forget to pay attention . They make your clothes smell horrible (dont give me the "camp fires smell good" speech! After a week of sitting in a closest it smells like @$$). Finding firewood on popular trails destroys the local ecosystem and burning fires polutes the air. Plus, when I am watching the stars at night I much prefer the smell of clean crisp air vs burnt wood.
You can all call me a treehugging crazy person but I feel we have taken enough from nature and when we camp within the tiny amount of wild that is left we need to give it our full respect. Plus, when you dont rely on a fire you are forced to choose gear more wisely and listen to your body closer.
I started this thread because I want to hear your honest opinions about this. In all of my camping excursions I have found only ONE other person who agrees with me and I want to know why!
EDIT: I do not want to start an argument about pollution and global warming. It gets beaten to death enough. I should have said this in my initial post but there is something sooooo prestine about being in nature without a fire or electricity. No distractions from the wild. Just you, nature, and the man eating predators that are now more confident to sneak closure to you without all of the fire and lights.
EDIT AGAIN: Seriously guys! I am not calling you out for using a camp fire! It just makes ME feel better! Like RePete said,