Wild camping

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R56Cooper

346 posts

190 months

Thursday 11th March
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silentbrown said:
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.

Thirded! (or should that be turded...)

Kes Arevo

408 posts

6 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Went out on the bike for an overnight camp last night. Weather forecast said 'warm, dry', so obviously it rained from 2am - 6:30am.

Was nice to get out for the first time this year. Set up next to a slow river with turtles sitting on logs. Jackals howling in a chorus every now and then.















Jake899

96 posts

11 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I grew up on the beaches of the south west and I look back very fondly at the many adventures me and the boys have been on, hiking to out of the way surf spots, free camping and hiking back after a day or two. Long trips on the bikes. There are so many places to camp, I would never pay to stay at a campsite. Even in the vans, there's always a quiet gateway or yard or layby somewhere. We have never once been hassled and moved on. When we are asked, we are always respectful, offer a cup of tea and often have a good old chat and sometimes make some friends. Many times we've been told we are welcome to return anytime. Set your camp tidily to show you are going to be respectful. Never be confrontational, especially with a landowner. Move on if asked. NEVER leave a mess of any kind. Dig and bury your bodily waste.
Living in London as a lad in my 20s I would also camp quite often. Me and another Westcountry lad quite often would find a hidden corner of a park, trading estate or roundabout (!). A bit more dodgy and not to be recommended these days but we had fun. Again I agree with the arrive late, leave early comments.
These days I am very fortunate to live in a Nordic country where access to land is enshrined in law as "every mans right". The local council constructs shelters in most footpath routes that are stocked with firewood and have a cooking place. Some have toilets. They are free for all to use. In winter we kicksled our stuff out to these places over the frozen lakes and camp out. We often see amazing wildlife, reindeer, moose, deer, even bears. We are very blessed.

Taita

6,740 posts

170 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Looking good smile

Hoping to fit one in next week myself in Skye.

MonkeyBusiness

3,448 posts

154 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I was out a couple of weeks ago in the Alpkit Elan.
A tropical -3 at 5am.




MonkeyBusiness

3,448 posts

154 months

Tuesday 27th April
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....just to add, I am doing the Lyke Wake walk across the North York moors.

Has anyone done this walk and more importantly, have you wild camped it?

Kes Arevo

408 posts

6 months

Tuesday 27th April
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-3?

Nope.

No thanks.

boxedin

Went winter camping at -15 once in cheap sleeping bags, and cheap tents.

It did not go well.

Tyre Smoke

17,755 posts

228 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Kes Arevo said:
-3?

Nope.

No thanks.

boxedin

Went winter camping at -15 once in cheap sleeping bags, and cheap tents.

It did not go well.
Might have mentioned this before, did WEC at Silverstone Sept '19, in my centrally heated caravan. It was very chilly outside. A lot of grumpy campers the following morning. And a lot of empty tents and cars full!

Kes Arevo

408 posts

6 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Tyre Smoke said:
Might have mentioned this before, did WEC at Silverstone Sept '19, in my centrally heated caravan. It was very chilly outside. A lot of grumpy campers the following morning. And a lot of empty tents and cars full!
If you get it wrong, it's very very wrong.

Tyre Smoke

17,755 posts

228 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Which is why I don't do tents. I do admire those that do, but I hate being cold!

Gretchen

17,575 posts

183 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Kes your scenery is spectacular and the wildlife sounds awesome! What hammock and set up do you use? We have DD hammocks. Had a camp out last two weekends. Hammock and van, and at the coast tonight in the van. No facilities and I love it.








Kes Arevo

408 posts

6 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Gretchen said:
Kes your scenery is spectacular and the wildlife sounds awesome! What hammock and set up do you use? We have DD hammocks. Had a camp out last two weekends. Hammock and van, and at the coast tonight in the van. No facilities and I love it.
I have the cheapest set up known to man.
Hammock is the Decathlon 2 man - €20
Tarp is a cheap poly jobby from a website over here - €25
'Esbit stove' but not esbit - €4
350g hex tablets - €4
Mosquito net - €12
Underquilt, my old, cheap sleeping bag with the button mod
Mug with lid - €1.25

€66 total.

I did spot a snugpak jungle hammock for €55 on the website I got the tarp from, so maybe when covid stops f&@king up my business, maybe...

This lot has been on a decent number of camps, though, and does the job.

superlightr

11,264 posts

230 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Tyre Smoke said:
Kes Arevo said:
-3?

Nope.

No thanks.

boxedin

Went winter camping at -15 once in cheap sleeping bags, and cheap tents.

It did not go well.
Might have mentioned this before, did WEC at Silverstone Sept '19, in my centrally heated caravan. It was very chilly outside. A lot of grumpy campers the following morning. And a lot of empty tents and cars full!
Was about -30ish in Sweden. base Layers and good sleeping bag are key. Snow is a good insulator and will help keep you warm when its covers the bag.





Edited by superlightr on Wednesday 28th April 10:11

21st Century Man

35,782 posts

215 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Usename does not check out.

Uggers

2,180 posts

178 months

Thursday 29th April
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We are trying our first night of wild camping this weekend. Plan is to go for a beachy bit/island on Loch Ken that only we can get to using the kayaks.

Son and me are looking forward to it. My Mrs, isn't so sure smile

LordHaveMurci

Original Poster:

10,752 posts

136 months

Thursday 29th April
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Uggers said:
We are trying our first night of wild camping this weekend. Plan is to go for a beachy bit/island on Loch Ken that only we can get to using the kayaks.

Son and me are looking forward to it. My Mrs, isn't so sure smile
Good luck, don’t forget to update us & include some pics smile

SpeckledJim

25,676 posts

220 months

Thursday 29th April
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LordHaveMurci said:
Uggers said:
We are trying our first night of wild camping this weekend. Plan is to go for a beachy bit/island on Loch Ken that only we can get to using the kayaks.

Son and me are looking forward to it. My Mrs, isn't so sure smile
Good luck, don’t forget to update us & include some pics smile
See if you can capture the precise moment the penny drops when you hand her the trowel.


Gretchen

17,575 posts

183 months

Thursday 29th April
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Kes Arevo said:
I have the cheapest set up known to man.
Hammock is the Decathlon 2 man - €20
Tarp is a cheap poly jobby from a website over here - €25
'Esbit stove' but not esbit - €4
350g hex tablets - €4
Mosquito net - €12
Underquilt, my old, cheap sleeping bag with the button mod
Mug with lid - €1.25

€66 total.

I did spot a snugpak jungle hammock for €55 on the website I got the tarp from, so maybe when covid stops f&@king up my business, maybe...

This lot has been on a decent number of camps, though, and does the job.
Brilliant. I like this the best. I think the only shrewd investment needs to be the bag. Looking forward to the summer months and seeing your adventures.


Uggers said:
We are trying our first night of wild camping this weekend. Plan is to go for a beachy bit/island on Loch Ken that only we can get to using the kayaks.

Son and me are looking forward to it. My Mrs, isn't so sure smile
That sounds bliss. I’m so glad my Dad taught me to camp growing up. Your son will use those skills later in life whether he realises it or not. Enjoy and have fun.


Gretchen

17,575 posts

183 months

Thursday 29th April
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Up at dawn, brushing my teeth on the beach and seeing the Seals made my heart burst yesterday morning





superlightr

11,264 posts

230 months

Thursday 29th April
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Gretchen said:
Up at dawn, brushing my teeth on the beach and seeing the Seals made my heart burst yesterday morning


looks great - where abouts is that?