Wild camping

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MonkeyBusiness

3,448 posts

154 months

Friday 5th March
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superlightr said:
you can wild camp now - go for a drive - walk/rest put up your tent/ camp walk drive home.
Dont share a tent outside of your bubble/family. Nothing in the law to say you cannot do that.

Guidance may not like it but fuk the govt guidance as its not law. There is no risk. There is no "Local" distance stated in the Act. Walking/exercise is an absolute exemption and allowed.

Dont give up your rights so easily. Question and Think for yourself.
Local woodland I agree however if you are like me and like to go high, mountain rescue would be pulling a face (see recent episode where one poor MR bloke has life changing injuries thanks to an unnecessary call out) should I need help.

Let's just sit tight a couple more weeks. My bags already packed and I will be out the door pronto when the small villages I park my car in (40 miles away) won't bat an eyelid beer

Edited by MonkeyBusiness on Friday 5th March 20:06


Edited by MonkeyBusiness on Friday 5th March 20:07

Tyre Smoke

17,805 posts

228 months

Saturday 6th March
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I love all the gun loaders on PH. Do this, do that, it's not bowing down to authority, it's about human rights, exercise is allowed, so is camping in a wood, nothing in law, guidance doesn't mention it...just go and do it!

Are all the ones big and brave at home behind a keyboard.

No unselfish, caring person with an ounce of decency would consider testing the law/regulations/guidance by going camping anywhere right now. Yes, you are all on your own in the middle of nowhere, but you may still need rescuing if something goes wrong.

superlightr

11,287 posts

230 months

Saturday 6th March
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Tyre Smoke said:
I love all the gun loaders on PH. Do this, do that, it's not bowing down to authority, it's about human rights, exercise is allowed, so is camping in a wood, nothing in law, guidance doesn't mention it...just go and do it!

Are all the ones big and brave at home behind a keyboard.

No unselfish, caring person with an ounce of decency would consider testing the law/regulations/guidance by going camping anywhere right now. Yes, you are all on your own in the middle of nowhere, but you may still need rescuing if something goes wrong.
dont go out, stay at home. be frightened. do as you are told - lose your civil liberties, roll over. Baa

If you dont have your civil liberties then you have NOTHING. Just think about the principles. How we got our civil liberties and question why you are so easily giving them up and why.

Tyre Smoke

17,805 posts

228 months

Saturday 6th March
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That's the thing though. I'm not giving up my civil liberty. I'll still be able to go wild camping, just not right now.

Your problem seems to be a lack of empathy for the current lockdown. If you can't do what you want right now, you feel your civil liberty has been violated.

Do you wear a mask where required?

ecsrobin

13,051 posts

132 months

Saturday 6th March
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As mentioned above here’s the MRT member who now has life changing injuries due to someone requiring assistance whilst camping up a mountain he said he had chest pains but was released that same night whilst the rescuer, his family and his team have to come to terms with this for life. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-5608...

You can make a donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Chris-Lewis-Su...

I’m not saying don’t do it but have a think first before doing it as I’m sure that guy who thought he had chest pains never set out thinking it would happen to him.

To add, this was last week on the Cleveland way 2 adults and a child wanting to wild camp:





It’s quite easy, apply a bit of common sense.

F20CN16

8,781 posts

165 months

Saturday 6th March
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superlightr said:
dont go out, stay at home. be frightened. do as you are told - lose your civil liberties, roll over. Baa

If you dont have your civil liberties then you have NOTHING. Just think about the principles. How we got our civil liberties and question why you are so easily giving them up and why.
Yeah you tell em. Pitch a tent in a local wood. Fight the power!

LordHaveMurci

Original Poster:

10,752 posts

136 months

Saturday 6th March
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Guys, OP here.

Please don’t turn this great thread into another Covid battleground, we all have our own views, let’s try & keep this on track, harder at the moment I know!


Tyre Smoke

17,805 posts

228 months

Saturday 6th March
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I don't think we are. The majority here are just putting someone back in their box until later.

Anyway, I have a question. I've never really been one for tents, too cold/hot/damp/backbreaking. And have long been a caravan user. I'm sort of taking that to the 'wild camping' stage. Of course when my son was younger, a proper site with hook up, swimming pool, etc was the thing. But now I've fitted LED lights, a solar panel even have an inverter to power a TV if I wanted to and generally think I can do most things without plugging in anywhere. I could quite happily pitch somewhere for a week with no power. Silverstone WEC in 2019 was great. Steak and salad, heating on, comfortable bed, cold beer and wine, lights. Not freezing my nuts off in a tent on a camping stool with a battery lamp shivering in my sleeping bag.

I reckon you'll think I'm cheating, but how much am I cheating?

superlightr

11,287 posts

230 months

Saturday 6th March
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Tyre Smoke said:
I don't think we are. The majority here are just putting someone back in their box until later.

Anyway, I have a question. I've never really been one for tents, too cold/hot/damp/backbreaking. And have long been a caravan user. I'm sort of taking that to the 'wild camping' stage. Of course when my son was younger, a proper site with hook up, swimming pool, etc was the thing. But now I've fitted LED lights, a solar panel even have an inverter to power a TV if I wanted to and generally think I can do most things without plugging in anywhere. I could quite happily pitch somewhere for a week with no power. Silverstone WEC in 2019 was great. Steak and salad, heating on, comfortable bed, cold beer and wine, lights. Not freezing my nuts off in a tent on a camping stool with a battery lamp shivering in my sleeping bag.

I reckon you'll think I'm cheating, but how much am I cheating?
if you enjoy that type of camping then go for it - nothing wrong with a level of comfort. smile we all enjoy comfort - i love my sleeping bag and tent as i know i wont be cold or wet but I cant carry a bbq or lots of beers or flood lights etc

wild camping to me tends to equates to walking with your kit and finding a quiet out of the way spot.


its whatever each of us enjoys.

Edited by superlightr on Saturday 6th March 10:13

Tyre Smoke

17,805 posts

228 months

Saturday 6th March
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I'm not one for flag poles (except at Le Mans) but to be able to run a fridge, blown air heating, cooker and even charge my phone and watch TV when 'off grid' to me is fantastic. Add to that the bonus of being able to stand up from a great night's sleep in a comfy bed without creaking or taking 20 minutes, is great.

One of the only 'nods' to you hard core campers is my whistling kettle. laugh

silentbrown

6,717 posts

83 months

Saturday 6th March
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Tyre Smoke said:
I'm not one for flag poles (except at Le Mans) but to be able to run a fridge, blown air heating, cooker and even charge my phone and watch TV when 'off grid' to me is fantastic. Add to that the bonus of being able to stand up from a great night's sleep in a comfy bed without creaking or taking 20 minutes, is great.

One of the only 'nods' to you hard core campers is my whistling kettle. laugh
It's horses for courses. If we're on holiday for a week I wouldn't consider camping or caravanning, let alone try and persuade the OH... Decent beds, central heating, baths and someone else doing most of the washing up are the prime requirements!

But a couple of days 'adventure' in the mountains, where you're totally self-sufficient, finding a pitch around dusk and not expecting to see or hear another soul - that's a different matter altogether. Not sure I could hack it for a week, though smile

Old photo from about 10 years back. Spot the tent... The pitch was a little boggier and midgier than I'd have liked. smile

Hard-Drive

3,637 posts

196 months

Tuesday 9th March
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Tyre Smoke said:
I don't think we are. The majority here are just putting someone back in their box until later.

Anyway, I have a question. I've never really been one for tents, too cold/hot/damp/backbreaking. And have long been a caravan user. I'm sort of taking that to the 'wild camping' stage. Of course when my son was younger, a proper site with hook up, swimming pool, etc was the thing. But now I've fitted LED lights, a solar panel even have an inverter to power a TV if I wanted to and generally think I can do most things without plugging in anywhere. I could quite happily pitch somewhere for a week with no power. Silverstone WEC in 2019 was great. Steak and salad, heating on, comfortable bed, cold beer and wine, lights. Not freezing my nuts off in a tent on a camping stool with a battery lamp shivering in my sleeping bag.

I reckon you'll think I'm cheating, but how much am I cheating?
It's not cheating, it's just different. But for me, having a caravan that starts to seriously resemble home in terms of creature comforts, hold little appeal. If I'm going to sit on a comfy sofa a watch TV I might as well do that at home. Minimalist bikepacking holds a very different appeal, it's all about what's the minimum I can get away with (although looking at my bike when it's loaded up, I clearly have some improvements to make here!) and there's something deeply satisfying about pedalling somewhere, putting your accommodation up, eating a hot meal, going to sleep, and packing it all up and moving on the next day using human power alone. I find it really disconnects me from modern life, and there's something very nice about just doing incredibly basic things like not worrying about the time as such, but just looking at the height of the sun in the sky to see if there's enough time to arrive, pitch the tent and eat before it goes dark.

But I do get your comfort requirement...my boat has very much the same creature comforts as your caravan, and after a big day (and/or night) sailing, a hot shower, cold beer, warm heating, hot food and a cosy cotton duvet is just bliss. But it would hold less appeal if it was just a static thing.

Tyre Smoke

17,805 posts

228 months

Tuesday 9th March
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That's just it. I want to be comfortable. I still want to look out at the stars and have peace and quiet, but I want to wake up refreshed.

Silverstone WEC in Sept 19 was the first real off grid and it wasn't proper 'wild' camping because we were in a field with a lot of other like minded race fans. However, and this WILL sound smug, it was bliss in the evening to sit in relative warmth, eating steak and salad with a cold beer/glass of wine and decent lighting, looking out at the campers (who, I accept do it as a necessity rather than proper wild campers) freezing in 5 degrees, walking to the 'pub' onsite for a takeaway pizza and a cold beer. A cold beer not being what you want when it's cold already! In the morning, there was a lot of moaning of broken night's sleep and wishing they'd slept in their cars, etc.
I'm looking forward to getting away and not being on grid. I won't necessarily want the TV or the radio, but it will be conveninent to have a fridge and cooker.

LordHaveMurci

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10,752 posts

136 months

Tuesday 9th March
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Having owned a couple of mororhomes I can safelysay I’m not biased but true wild camping is something very different, not better, different.

They both offer different things, personally I wouldn’t want to wild camp for more than 1-2 nights, I could stay in a motorhome for weeks or possibly months & plan to do just that in a few years.

Gretchen

17,578 posts

183 months

Tuesday 9th March
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What are you lot going to do come the apocalypse?

I actually really enjoy having to ‘make do’. Love the stealth camping. Just throwing as little as possible in to a rucksack and running off. Pitching or hanging in a spot back to nature with a decent view, privacy, middle of nowhere. Of course the BioLite Stove with USB is a must so I can charge my phone and post photos of my dinner on Instagram during Z-Day...

Tonight we have been making paracord bracelets. Just in case.


RammyMP

5,109 posts

120 months

Wednesday 10th March
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Gretchen said:
What are you lot going to do come the apocalypse?

I actually really enjoy having to ‘make do’. Love the stealth camping. Just throwing as little as possible in to a rucksack and running off. Pitching or hanging in a spot back to nature with a decent view, privacy, middle of nowhere. Of course the BioLite Stove with USB is a must so I can charge my phone and post photos of my dinner on Instagram during Z-Day...

Tonight we have been making paracord bracelets. Just in case.
A mate and me attempted the Pennine Way in our youth wild camping most of the way, I think we only stayed in one camp site. It added to the fun hiding from farmers!

R56Cooper

350 posts

190 months

Thursday 11th March
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Love a bit of wild camping. Between 16-18 some mates and I would head off on the bus down towards Dolgellau and spend the weekend wandering around the hills.

Kit comprised of a tarp, lightweight sleeping bag, mini trangia etc. All packed into a 35 litre sack, travel light, move fast!

These days it's all car camping for us so I generally use airbed and xl 4 season bag but still keen to get out in the hills before long and remind myself what lightweight backpacking was all about.

Catz

4,698 posts

178 months

Thursday 11th March
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If/when you can go wild camping please have a thought about where you take a st!

For the past few years the Isle of Skye and other Scottish West coast areas have been packed with wild campers who seem to think it’s fine to to their business wherever, even in people’s driveways, gardens or just at the edge of the road.

I’ve not read the entire thread but NO! It is not acceptable to just piss and sh!t wherever!

mikeiow

3,126 posts

97 months

Thursday 11th March
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RammyMP said:
Gretchen said:
What are you lot going to do come the apocalypse?

I actually really enjoy having to ‘make do’. Love the stealth camping. Just throwing as little as possible in to a rucksack and running off. Pitching or hanging in a spot back to nature with a decent view, privacy, middle of nowhere. Of course the BioLite Stove with USB is a must so I can charge my phone and post photos of my dinner on Instagram during Z-Day...

Tonight we have been making paracord bracelets. Just in case.
A mate and me attempted the Pennine Way in our youth wild camping most of the way, I think we only stayed in one camp site. It added to the fun hiding from farmers!
Ahh, happy memories of doing Offa’s Dyke from Rhyl to Chepstow with 3 mates back around 1980!
Must have been fit back in the day: no super lightweight kit, a rucksack with metal L-frame. We did manage a few pub meals along the way, when we found them. Vaguely recall a day somewhere washing clothes too: I think the whole yomp took us 2-3 weeks.



silentbrown

6,717 posts

83 months

Thursday 11th March
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Catz said:
If/when you can go wild camping please have a thought about where you take a st!

For the past few years the Isle of Skye and other Scottish West coast areas have been packed with wild campers who seem to think it’s fine to to their business wherever, even in people’s driveways, gardens or just at the edge of the road.

I’ve not read the entire thread but NO! It is not acceptable to just piss and sh!t wherever!
Couldn't agree more. There's nothing "wild" about camping by the roadside, though.