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Old 27-04-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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weathers improving so a few of you might be thinking about taking to the great outdoors and theres no better way to experience its full glory than wild camping (sometimes referred to as stealth camping ),
no campsite fees , no amenities lol , no neighbors , just peace n quiet .

its not restricted to warmer days but nows a good time to get to know gear and sort out out personal touches so come autumn /winter if you want seasons still open , wild camping in my opinion means one thing grabbing my rucksack and taking off for two days or more when the notion takes me cant recommend it enough .

heres some good introduction videos to get the Q/A going im sure people on here are a great source of routes and tips for anyone considering the road less traveled .
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pt2

some basic tips and legal stuff -

great inexpensive tent -
tent pitched -
not bad for a tent costing around £30 .

good wee stove /burner lots of brands around very light compact .
cost less than a fiver .

tescos have two lightweight s bags one £15 the down one £30
both vg ,
they also have rucksacks for around £20 mark
and a sleeping mat is around a fiver anywere .

some good gear and you will be carrying less weight than taking two pints of milk back from the shop

its all about the outdoors though ,
good kit list in this vid -
you can also take to two wheels -


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Old 28-04-2011, 11:16 PM   #2
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So basically, it's borderline illegal to go camping England/Wales? Come to Norway mate, you can camp pretty much wherever you want to
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Old 29-04-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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is it illeagal? i want to go this summer,i live near the brecon beacons and just need to find somewhere that not owned by the MOD, i'm sure if a farmer saw you , as long as you left no trace of rubbish he'd be ok with it
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Old 29-04-2011, 04:13 PM   #4
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is it illeagal? i want to go this summer,i live near the brecon beacons and just need to find somewhere that not owned by the MOD, i'm sure if a farmer saw you , as long as you left no trace of rubbish he'd be ok with it
Technically, in England and wales, yes, it is illegal without permission. In practice however, as you suggest, if you dont make a mess/noise and keep well away from livestock and crops you are normally OK. Best to set up camp late and pack away early however - if nobody sees you they cant very well complain can they
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Old 29-04-2011, 04:45 PM   #5
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Thanks sannox. Inspired by this. I've begrudgingly got to move soon, move town, job, everything. Now I've pretty much decided that inbetween I'm going to do what I've wanted to do for aaages and trek around for a few weeks before I get tied down to anything again.

Any tips/links for a total n00b? Not just wild camping either. I've been camping loads, but never on my own.

I've read up on the tent a bit, and as well as being a bit too 'compact' space wise for my liking, some folks are complaining about the poles breaking too quick and easy. This looks good to me;

http://www.vango.co.uk/tents/tempest-200.html

You can find them a lot cheaper than quoted there, it seems to have fairly faultless reviews online, particularly in the way of being rock solid if pitched correctly. Am I being a brand victim here?
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Old 29-04-2011, 05:53 PM   #6
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Me and a mate actually done this last friday. He had the tent and a wicked trangia camping stove (well recommended), i had to buy sleeping bag.

£5 from sports direct, done the job perfectly.

Four mile slog on foot, not easy when it were nearly uphill and sixty pounds on your back in 25C+ heat. Had to stop three times, getting too old for it.. Nearly 2 gallons of water, plus a crate of lager don't help either.

Was in a pretty remote area in wilts, could see miles and I mean miles, beautiful location.

Plenty of wood around, dug a hole in ground, and got the fire going around 7pm, was burning well till 3am..

Lager out, wind up radio on, jacket potatoes done properly, perfectly clear night, stargazing for what seemed eons - good old times.

Just a few ashes in the ground in the morning, covered up most of it, wouldn't even know anyone was there..

Aint done it for at least 20 years, need to go again - love it.
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Old 29-04-2011, 06:02 PM   #7
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I almost every night sleeping in my car on dartmoor. Got a great sleeping bag that's good down to about -10. Cant sleep properly in houses.
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Old 29-04-2011, 06:35 PM   #8
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I almost every night sleeping in my car on dartmoor. Got a great sleeping bag that's good down to about -10. Cant sleep properly in houses.
Wow, you're lucky! I'm jealous!
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Old 29-04-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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Wow, you're lucky! I'm jealous!
It all started when my gf kicked me out....and, after such a good nights sleep, I just decided not to go back Been sleeping up there for about 4 yrs now and its so peaceful, its about 10 mins drive -then walk in some lush woods in the morning
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Me and a mate actually done this last friday. He had the tent and a wicked trangia camping stove (well recommended), i had to buy sleeping bag.

£5 from sports direct, done the job perfectly.

Four mile slog on foot, not easy when it were nearly uphill and sixty pounds on your back in 25C+ heat. Had to stop three times, getting too old for it.. Nearly 2 gallons of water, plus a crate of lager don't help either.

Was in a pretty remote area in wilts, could see miles and I mean miles, beautiful location.

Plenty of wood around, dug a hole in ground, and got the fire going around 7pm, was burning well till 3am..

Lager out, wind up radio on, jacket potatoes done properly, perfectly clear night, stargazing for what seemed eons - good old times.

Just a few ashes in the ground in the morning, covered up most of it, wouldn't even know anyone was there..

Aint done it for at least 20 years, need to go again - love it.
That sounds great! It's pretty much what me and one circle of friends would often do some weekends instead of pubs etc. Just replace the alcohol with ... errr... Herbs and sometimes funny little squares of paper Good times indeed. Some hammocks go down pretty well too.

A bit too old for some of that behaviour meself now, I'm definitely approaching it with a less psychedelic frame of mind. One day though...

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It all started when my gf kicked me out....and, after such a good nights sleep, I just decided not to go back Been sleeping up there for about 4 yrs now and its so peaceful, its about 10 mins drive -then walk in some lush woods in the morning
Heh. Fair play. I've just arrived at a similar juncture myself, and I've got to say it's the first time ever in my life so far that I regret not doing the whole driving malarkey. It would certainly make things much easier in a few ways.

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Old 29-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #11
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It all started when my gf kicked me out....and, after such a good nights sleep, I just decided not to go back Been sleeping up there for about 4 yrs now and its so peaceful, its about 10 mins drive -then walk in some lush woods in the morning
Sounds like a nice set up you have.
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Thanks sannox. Inspired by this. I've begrudgingly got to move soon, move town, job, everything. Now I've pretty much decided that inbetween I'm going to do what I've wanted to do for aaages and trek around for a few weeks before I get tied down to anything again.

Any tips/links for a total n00b? Not just wild camping either. I've been camping loads, but never on my own.

I've read up on the tent a bit, and as well as being a bit too 'compact' space wise for my liking, some folks are complaining about the poles breaking too quick and easy. This looks good to me;

http://www.vango.co.uk/tents/tempest-200.html

You can find them a lot cheaper than quoted there, it seems to have fairly faultless reviews online, particularly in the way of being rock solid if pitched correctly. Am I being a brand victim here?
tempests a a great tent you could take it almost anywere in the world another good vango tent is the banshee (ive got one of these and just spent the night in it actually )
the gelert is a great wee tent they shift loads one answer seems to be tape but i have heard of alloy poles you can get making it a 3/4 season tent ,
the gelert poles are thin and i imagine some are treating them a bit rough the gelert i used was fine ,cozy, but strong and stable .

http://www1.livefortheoutdoors.com/N...775_122788.jpg

the banshee and tempest are heavier than the gelert but if your splitting it between two its lighter ,

this is a good site for kit info btw
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...=1&FORM=IDFRIR
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Old 30-04-2011, 09:24 PM   #13
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this is a good site for kit info btw
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...=1&FORM=IDFRIR
Cheers. That's actually one of the sites I've been reading reviews off. Does seem good.

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http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/?

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its a tad windy so one tip worth mentioning is to get a tent with a low profile and increase the footprint it has by extending the guys out even add extra cord , no such as thing as too much really but be sensible
this gives your home for the night the grip of a limpet on a rock double peg the flysheet or place large flat boulders on the pegs to prevent them pulling out ,
and check wind direction so you point the sharp end of tent into wind to reduce resistance .

its possible to find sheltered areas out of the wind but check you arent under loose material or trees last thing you want is a branch or loose boulders crushing you , rain can loosen rocks so try and pick a grassy banking watch evergreen forest plantations the soil is often boggy and its not unheard of for for trees to be uprooted and come down .
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Old 14-05-2011, 11:39 PM   #15
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loads of rain about ,
so if in doubt about watertightness (reminded by topic discussed elsewere - shelter building )
decorators dust sheets are great total 100% covers but be aware they can rip easy due to lightweight construction so secure well heres how i do it -
throw over flysheet and fold under and place long sticks weighted with stones at the end of each stick , can be noisy if windy but you will not get wet at all under this sort of cover , only use in extreme rain theres no need to otherwise .

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something i will doing myself this year is combining cycling and camping ,
this is just an amazing video imo , just inspiring

he couldve used a lower profile tent and swapped hoodie for softshell to make things more comfortable but total respect for the guy been along most of his route myself and cameras dont do it justice .
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been wild camping this weekend, testing out the new hammock, passed with flying colours
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been wild camping this weekend, testing out the new hammock, passed with flying colours
Scruffy fucker...kit all over the place
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well there is a reason for that, misplaced phone found it right at the bottom of rucksack
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Thanks sannox. Inspired by this. I've begrudgingly got to move soon, move town, job, everything. Now I've pretty much decided that inbetween I'm going to do what I've wanted to do for aaages and trek around for a few weeks before I get tied down to anything again.

Any tips/links for a total n00b? Not just wild camping either. I've been camping loads, but never on my own.

I've read up on the tent a bit, and as well as being a bit too 'compact' space wise for my liking, some folks are complaining about the poles breaking too quick and easy. This looks good to me;

http://www.vango.co.uk/tents/tempest-200.html

You can find them a lot cheaper than quoted there, it seems to have fairly faultless reviews online, particularly in the way of being rock solid if pitched correctly. Am I being a brand victim here?
Perhaps you'd enjoy being in my tent. I bought it a couple years ago for $270 on ebay. It was a $500 tent. Got it brand new. I've never slept in it and it's been set up and used once for two nights in the backyard of a friends house and was camped in by several teenagers and children.

The table and chairs did not come with it. I downloaded the images from the auction. This is a very big tent and would easily accommodate 18 people.



The rooms can be removed and also used separately from what I remember of the description.




I should have an image of the outside of it but I'm not seeing it in my folder. big hmmm.
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