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Message posted by armchaircamper on 13/8/2013 at 4:06pm
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Well, just back from using the new 5m Karma Canvas bell tent and lots of accessories for the first time. Daughter and I spent a week camping in Berneray and at Horgabost in Harris. My husband came for the first five days in Berneray, staying in a B&B just round the bay.
Lovely big tent! I can actually walk around in an upright position in the 5m.
Sshhh - don't tell him it's a new tent. He hasn't noticed!
We had just been sea kayaking around those little islands - excellent, and good opportunities for wildlife spotting.
A few views:
Father and daughter.
Local agricultural show.
Colourful Harris tweed.
The islands are full of hikers . . .
There was a fair amount of wind and rain too, but I wasn't out taking photos! Camped next to a large, very posh De Waard pyramid tent on Berneray belonging to a family of five and two dogs. They had lost a frame tent in the winds there some years ago and decided they needed something better. I tell you, when the wind blew, that canvas didn't move a millimetre, unlike my bell which was billowing in and out, as it does.
All in all, a successful trip. Two mistakes: I thought the 2-3 season sleeping bags would be fine, combined with wool blankets, but we were both cold and only warmed up when we used the fleece covers I had made for the SIMs as sleeping bag liners. So the Snugpaks are coming with us next time.
Also, I thought I would save space in the car by taking a smaller SIM. The 5cm thickness was fine, but it was much narrower than the campbed so ended up lying and sitting on the cold metal frame. I'll have to cut back on something frivolous next time to make room for the larger SIM.