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Message posted by Queen Vic on 13/2/2014 at 1:43pm
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I did that many years ago Heather. It rained ever day for a fortnight but it was fabulous wild camping all the way.


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Message posted by boston321 on 13/2/2014 at 7:07pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Debhill on 25/10/2013
Being a teacher we have just broken up for half term. We are chomping at the bit to go away but are hanging on a few days. We aren't bothered by the wet as we're water proof. Plus we're snug and don't get cold. It's strong winds we hate. And having just moved to a folding camper from a tent, we have not been in that in high winds yet.
Fingers crossed it'll pick up.



hi debhill, i see you are off to kent at easter, im new here and live in london, and am looking for people to go camping with, could that be you :) sandra

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I do camp in the winter months but due to most campsites not allowing fires, I tend to do some 'wild-camps'; Very peaceful because at that time of year and if the location is secluded you never see anybody!

I always ensure the weather has been clear and dry before a trip and that helps for the loose branches i collect to burn better.   

I stay up till late usually to take full advantage of the fire but once it's bedtime I put my clothes for the next day in a sports/kit bag and store that in my sleeping bag with my body heat; I usually strip down to my thermals and don't have any other layers on, that way I feel the full benefit of the sleeping bag and my clothes the next morning. As already mentioned I also have beanie hat and gloves handy for if the cold does take hold.    Before set up I will usually put an extra tarp down to lessen the ground frost sneaking up below the tent too; It's just a small tent so the temp stays fairly stable and I ain't suffered frostbite yet!

One of the kids has got a tiny hot water bottle that I may borrow one day for scientific purposes of course!!!

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Think we might give winter camping a miss at the moment!

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I have actually never had a winter camp with a fire. The only time I've actually camped with a fire was in Lithuania....in the summer.

I usually winter camp wild where a fire is impossible due to lack of fuel. I would also feel guilty lighting a fire off site. It just seems irresponsible and risky to the environment. I also don't want sparks hitting the tent.

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Love the sound of Lithuania Ewan

I only ever have a fire in an open space, I check wind direction with regards to where to pitch my tent for the spark issue too; I also dig a shallow ditch for the fire and only clear dead, fallen branches from around any trails or paths in the area. I always have spare water and I make sure the fire is out using this.

Deadwood is important to a wood for the many species that thrive on them, so I only take loose pieces near the path and I only build a small fire so I do not use a great deal.



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For many years I wild camped in the bush in Australia. Fire is always a hazard and there are days of total fire ban when we couldn't light a fire anywhere in the open. Very very steep fines and imprisonment. The rangers would have spotted the smoke for miles so it just was not worth the risk and we never took chances. Keep a bucket of sand handy and a spade.

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Message posted by jelboy53 on 25/2/2014 at 10:25am
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Quote: Originally posted by heath63 on 13/2/2014
Hi, there was a lot of wisdom in the previous posts. Now I know what to expect from my big tent. I know exactly what you mean, taking the chill out of the air. They are words I have used myself. A fire does make a big difference.

I will at some point come up to Glencoe Jelboy for the experience. Those photos are fantastic. I am stating to form a plan in my head, to head up that way, doing a camp or two, on the way, one of them a free camp, possibly, go up on the west side, back down on the east side.




Sorry Heath....Not been on this thread for a while...But saw your post above outlining your intentions for a Scottish trip Taking in the Glencoe area....

Sounds sensible given the distance you will be traveling to have a few stop off's on the way up...Can't really help or recommend areas/sites to try for this...Or any areas to visit while up here....But if you need any info on the Glencoe area itself I (and I'm sure) and other regular visitors would be only too glad to help in that department....So many lovely areas to camp in up here you will be spoilt for choice....

Jelboy.



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Message posted by heath63 on 25/2/2014 at 8:43pm
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No worries Jelboy, we visited Scotland a few years back. The 3 of us stayed at Ardoch Lodge, in Strathyre. Fab area, we did a lot of walking, Callender, Aberfoyle, loch Lomond, Killin, and others. I would like to revisit places. We drove up to Glencoe and would love to visit the area again.

I have been thinking about it for a few years now. Seeing photos of the area is torture. Lol

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