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Cudzoziemiec

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Have you camped out today?
« on: 28 August, 2021, 04:08:04 pm »
A thread to match the Have you been out today? one in Rides and Touring.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #1 on: 28 August, 2021, 04:33:52 pm »
The bus to Keynsham (a town between Bristol and Bath) isn't usually a promising start to anything, but it was the beginning of a little camping trip to an Iron Age hill fort, Stantonbury Hill. I went out footpacking (it's like bikepacking but without a bike) up the River Chew, met a hare close to and was able to observe how un-rabbit like its feet are, talked to four kids (and their mum) sailing and sinking homemade boats from a bridge ("I put some Lego in mine and now I've lost the Lego"), before climbing the hill, walking along a bit of the Wansdyke (a defensive earthwork probably built by Celts for reasons unknown) and pitching my tent within the flat enclosed area, next to an area of maize. Then I made some tea, ate some food I'd made at home and walked home in the morning. No bus on the way back, just walked home. About twelve miles home, was quite tired at the end of it.
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Oscar's dad

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #2 on: 29 August, 2021, 08:18:40 am »
Please define "Camped out".

I'm guessing in the involvement of a caravan will fall outside the definition  ;D

Paul

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #3 on: 29 August, 2021, 09:08:59 am »
I have. Strictly, I still am. A site just outside the delightfully named Whatstandwell. Is there anywhere else with the word ‘hatstand’ in it?
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #4 on: 29 August, 2021, 02:51:52 pm »
I have. Strictly, I still am. A site just outside the delightfully named Whatstandwell. Is there anywhere else with the word ‘hatstand’ in it?
Can you get a teapot in hatstand?  ;D
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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #5 on: 29 August, 2021, 07:29:28 pm »
Please define "Camped out".

I'm guessing in the involvement of a caravan will fall outside the definition  ;D

... also using a tent in own garden as I did last night (set up before I read this thread).
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Oscar's dad

  • aka Septimus Fitzwilliam Beauregard Partridge
Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #6 on: 29 August, 2021, 10:26:13 pm »
Please define "Camped out".

I'm guessing in the involvement of a caravan will fall outside the definition  ;D

... also using a tent in own garden as I did last night (set up before I read this thread).

I think you did camping out! 

Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #7 on: 30 August, 2021, 08:07:43 am »
I did the Essex way.  Left home at 17.00 on Friday. Tried to catch the 18.00 to Harwich from Liverpool Street but I hadn’t downloaded an app, so I missed that one and ended up catching the 18.30.   This meant I’d missed the connection at Manningtree.  Started the Essex Way at 20.20 and then traveled into the night. 

I slept in the corner of a field at 23.00 as the path was not visible through the field. 

Woke up at 5.30 and startled a jogger - he hadn’t spotted me until he almost trod on me.
Tried to make a coffee and found that I’d forgotten a lighter. Had breakfast in a pub at 9.45.


Carried on and finished the journey at 18.00 in Epping.

Warm bath and fell into bed

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #8 on: 30 August, 2021, 09:38:44 am »
That was an early jogger and a microadventure with more adventure, less micro!

As for forgetting a lighter, I bought a lighter on the way to the bus station for my trip above, as I've found matches often don't work in the morning after a damp night. Couldn't find the lighter when I needed it, but the matches worked anyway. Once I got back to Keynsham, I spotted my lighter under a park bench I'd briefly sat on! It was definitely the same lighter: brand new, same brand name, same vicious shade of yellow.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #9 on: 30 August, 2021, 11:08:04 pm »
 Camped with some of my Scouts for the first time in ages. They were over there ->, doing their Expedition thing, while I and some other were over here <-, not getting involved.

I had a go at my first tarp shelter, which worked quite well. I'll do that again I reckon.
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Kim

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #10 on: 31 August, 2021, 12:01:49 am »
Didn't camp out at Darley Moor last night, because horrorlurgi.   >:(

mmmmartin

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Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #11 on: 01 September, 2021, 10:03:20 am »
Had to camp out the other night: incompetence and idiocy on my part meant that I'd utterly failed to reserve a bed in pamplona, the next town on my walk across Spain. An hour asking at places, all full, because festival, then walked on to next town, everywhere gone out of business because covid, then walked to next town, both places shut because covid. Out up tent in rocky ground near church in gale. Did get some sleep, i think, after the wind died down.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Re: Have you camped out today?
« Reply #12 on: 06 September, 2021, 07:03:51 am »
Cheeky, 'school-night' camp-out last night to tryout my hammock-made-of-cheap - lightweight hammock with fly-mesh plus tarp for just over £20!  :D  I have replaced the slings with better ones as the '1 metre strips of webbing' ones it came with were pretty useless.

I was very impressed. Extremely lightweight but strong and I had full confience in it. I didn't employ the tarp. I didn't have a hammock-underquilt - just a sleeping bag - a rather bulky 3 season 'Ozark trail' one that I bought unused with a Snugpak one for £10.  :o  The warmer but bulky Ozark trail bag is a spacious bag, which meant getting into it in the hammock was easier than my tighter lightweight bags. It was still possible to fit bag, hammock setup and unused tarp into a single Ortlieb pannier.

 Having read other people's comments about the fly-screen sagging, I had made a couple of 'spreader poles' from old arrows cut down and 'ferruled', and these worked well. I also added mini caribiners to clip the fly-screen to the paracord rather than trying to thread it through the loops.

There isn't many places to pitch sling a hammock locally in the Fens, so I was in a small strip of woodland at the side of a main road, which meant I didn't get a huge ammount of sleep because traffic. The hammock was very comfotable though, and I am a convert!  :thumbsup:

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