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Message posted by heather + phil on 19/3/2014 at 12:57pm
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I was out last weekend with Heather walking through our local(ish) woods, where we found that a split tree had fallen across the path and had taken another three down with it. It reminded me of a time where I had to abort an earlier camp because of a stormy wind that made the tops of the trees bash together so hard, that branches and twigs were falling down. I said that on my next day off, I'm going to finish off my original camp. So here it is...



It was nice to be under my basha again. Tents are great, but you do miss things.


Blends in very well.


I really love these woods. I feel very lucky.


Leave no trace


The tree I was telling you about




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Message posted by superbadger on 19/3/2014 at 2:35pm
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Love the location; I'm very lucky to have several good sized locations close by. If I want to be completely alone I have a few very remote places I visit but even then I have been known to encounter the odd 'dog-walker' or fisherman if near water!!!

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It's funny you should mention dog-walkers. I did happen to meet a very nice lady who was in the woods feeding the birds with her dog. She noticed my pack and asked where I was staying. I don't think she believed me when I said I'm not too sure, but she could have belonged to the group which look after the woods for all I knew. What's more, I also encountered a fisherman! No one bothered me, so all's good.

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Like the photos phil..have you ever been disturbed by wildlife when sleeping out in the open under your basha.

I usually hear small animals sniffing about when in a tent, it doesn't bother me but just wondered how it was in the open at night.

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Message posted by heather + phil on 21/3/2014 at 11:11am
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I find it more easier out in the open, as you can see all around you. In a tent you have to unzip it and wriggle out of you bag to have a look around.

The only wildlife that bothers me tend to be slugs. I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't leave a horrible slimy trail all over, so I tend to pick them off and lob them a good few feet away. I've been told that there is a badger set somewhere, but I've yet to locate it.

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Nice one Phil - you're doing well to keep on your target of a trip a month.

I've woken up with slugs in my hair before. It was long then - they'd likely just pass through now it's shaved!



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Thanks for that Phil enjoyed it...

Had a 22 acre site to myself the other night...My favourite pitch is in sight of the single track road that passes it Had a few cars slow down for a double take when they saw my tarp...And a group of hostelers stopped on their way back from the pub when they saw my lights on of an evening...Made a few comments but left me alone....Don't think they could quite believe there was someone camping there this time of year.....

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I've managed two this month, spiritburner. I'm really pleased. Slugs in your hair?!? No wonder you shaved it.

Didn't you offer them a drink, jelboy53? Where was the site? Did you bivi, or was it a hammock?

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at dog walker and fisherman! Happens all the time to me; But everyone pleasant enough.

Slugs! Shame they ain't a delicacy eh?

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I think the fisherman was like myself and just wanted to be left alone.

I only ever eat slugs when they are on my lettuce

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hi phil. the photo of the trees that have fallen. either due to wind or just died. shows the dangers that can happen when camping in the forest. many years ago I camped in forest with friends. never ever thought about trees falling onto us. it was good to hear sounds of the night time animals. hedgehogs can sure make a lot of noise. scared the hell out of the girl friend. do you go that forest very often. I have no idea where it is. do many people camp there. or is it mostly walkers going thru for peace and quiet.

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Actually, superpup, that was my first time there. I loved it and will return again. It will be me new gear "tryer outer." I shouldn't imagine too many people do camp as it's quite a busy area. It's north of Whitwell, Debyshire. I'll give you the grid ref: SK525782. (It's the Sherwood Forest 270 Explorer Map)

I suppose nothing comes without some form of possible danger. I still maintain that's it's safer than being drunk on a Saturday night in some city centre,but that's just me.

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hi phil. that path. was it an old railway line. it appears to be one

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I don't think so. It's quite a large wood that looks like a wagon wheel. Click

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Quote: Originally posted by heather + phil on 21/3/2014
I've managed two this month, spiritburner. I'm really pleased. Slugs in your hair?!? No wonder you shaved it.

Didn't you offer them a drink, jelboy53? Where was the site? Did you bivi, or was it a hammock?



Sorry Phil...Just seen your reply/questions...

Site was the Red Squirrel in Glencoe...Can get busy...But in the winter months you can have the place to yourself...

Used a vango Halo 300....Not the lightest of tents to carry but I like the room it gives me inside for the gear...

Still at my age(61) considering a hammock and tarp approach for the summer months...But might be a bit old to start tree swinging......

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Message posted by heather + phil on 21/4/2014 at 2:37pm
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That's quite alright, jelboy53.

The Vang Halo looks like a really nice tent.

I'm not too sure if there is an age limit on 'tree swinging.' After all, we're still building dens in the woods...

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