Tag: wild camping

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Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

A smartphone is an essential item of kit these days when you’re out for an adventure.  Enabled by a huge number of apps your phone is not only a camera, GPS, notebook, torch, musicplayer … but can also give you a map, weather forecast, emergency beacon, guide to nature and so much more. I’ve selected ten essential apps for the outdoors, a guide to … Read More Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

Becoming a Mountain Leader

  I’ve just recently passed my Mountain Leader award, a professional qualification that allows me to take groups into the UK mountains.  It’s been a lot of work over many years but highly rewarding.  Let me share some thoughts on  why I did it,  how I got on and what tips I’d give for any other aspiring Mountain Leaders out there. [Note: this is … Read More Becoming a Mountain Leader

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Canoe camping on Scottish lochs – 10 great island wild camping spots

  Blame it on devouring ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as a kid.  There’s something magical about camping on an island.  First, there’s the challenge of the journey there by canoe or kayak, then the ‘discovery’ of an uninhabited land.  Even though the stretch of water may be no more than a few hundred metres, it puts a much greater psychological distance between you and the … Read More Canoe camping on Scottish lochs – 10 great island wild camping spots

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Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals

  Mary contacted me recently and laid down a challenge which I was happy to accept: Hi, I have read both of your excellent posts on food for backpacking but I want to challenge you to go further.  My son is going to be completing his Gold DoE expedition in the Lake District later this year and my daughter is going to be doing … Read More Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals

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Beinn Trilleachan wild camp

      Sometimes the planning pays off and it all comes together.  I’d been looking forward to a winter’s wild camp – camped on snow with a star-filled sky – for perhaps a year or two.  Beinn Trilleachan, at the head of Loch Etive, was to tick all of these boxes. This was a quick 24-hour trip, leaving home Saturday lunchtime and back in time for lunch … Read More Beinn Trilleachan wild camp

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My plans for 2016

Firstly, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year !  I hope you’ve had a relaxing break over Christmas; a chance to look back over the year just gone and recharge the batteries.  If, like me, you love to make plans then you’ll also be using this time to think about new year resolutions, bucket lists yet to complete and new hobbies … Read More My plans for 2016

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10 More Delicious ‘Real Food’ Backpacking Recipes

In my previous post I featured 10 delicious ‘real food’ backpacking recipes to address the ‘imagination gap’ that many hikers seem to have when it comes to outdoor food.  Why put up with bland packet food or expensive freeze-dried options when you can cook your own tasty and healthy food at a fraction of the price ? Although I had to dig around a … Read More 10 More Delicious ‘Real Food’ Backpacking Recipes

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The Lakeland 3000ers

While England doesn’t have many big hills, the biggest are concentrated into really just one small area of the country, the Lake District.  For my annual September walking long-weekend I decided to tackle the Lakeland 3000ers, described in the excellent Big Walks book by Wilson and Gilbert which is sadly now out of print. There are six 3000ers – Helvellyn, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, … Read More The Lakeland 3000ers

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Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett

August should be a time for relaxing summer walking.  It brings warm, dry weather and gives way to high summit camps and long, lazy evenings. I kept reminding myself of this as I drove north through the torrential rain, bouncing off the tarmac, and my wipers on double-speed.  But unfortunately, this summer – in Scotland at least – has been a very disappointing, wet … Read More Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett

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10 Delicious ‘Real food’ Backpacking Recipes

. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of us put little effort into thinking about food when we go backpacking and wild camping.  High on our list of priorities are the route, the gear we’re taking and the logistics of getting from A to B.  Food comes way down the list and tends to grabbed during a supermarket trolley dash for packets … Read More 10 Delicious ‘Real food’ Backpacking Recipes

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A midsummer’s wild camp

  Sometimes a quick trip to the hills doesn’t need much planning: it’s just a case of deciding where to go, packing some essentials and taking off.  A ‘microadventure’ accurately describes a quick outing like this.  It’s just enough to help restore balance, just enough to get a ‘fix’ of the outdoors, and all with the minimum of advance planning. “At last“, I hear … Read More A midsummer’s wild camp

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Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes

  One of the great joys of owing a campervan or motorhome is being self-sufficient, able to park up and stay overnight away from the crowds.  People often talk of ‘wild camping’ – camping for free and away from a formal, managed campsite.  But what does the law in Scotland actually say about this ?  What exactly is allowed ? There’s widespread misinformation and … Read More Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes