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Hammocks, wild camping -

Snow was forecast for the night of Thursday 31st January 2019, and I was keen to get out for a snowy hammock camp. Temps got down to -7.

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wild camping -

Well, I guess it's time that I exposed my own loadout for a one-night wild camp. Firstly, I have a confession. I carry more than I need to generally. With the above kit, I have the option of hammocking or going to ground in a tent, and having the additional luxury of a tarp to go over the hammock or the tent. Excluded from the picture is food/water or any additional clothing that I may take, but that depends on the time of year and the weather. Okay, let's start with the important bit that everyone wants to know. Weight. The...

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Tents -

With a huge selection of tents available, what should you look for in a backpacking tent? There are some key questions that you should be asking yourself when considering a backpacking tent. I'll be focusing on typical UK conditions for this post. Budget Size, 1 or 2 person tent Where will you be using it Weight How many nights you intend on using it for, multi-night trips or just one or two nights Inner or outer pitch first Single or double skin 1) Budget. Okay, so I've hit the ground hard with this one. but it is vital to have some...

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Backpacking Stoves -

We are often asked for an alternative to the Jet Boil type of backpacking cooker. The main reason for this is the stability or rather lack of, that these cookers can have. This is due to the height and narrowness of the base of the unit. The answer could be this Bulin Cookset.  

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Sleeping -

To the uninitiated, the choice of sleeping bags from an outdoor store can be somewhat bewildering.  There's season ratings, comfort ratings, extreme ratings, single ones, double ones, square ones (which are actually rectangular), mummy shaped ones, pod-shaped ones, and that's before we get into down or synthetic filled ones and the fill power of down bags. And then there's the question of fabrics and whether or not to use a sleeping bag liner. There's also the sleeping quilt to consider as well, as an alternative to a sleeping bag. It's a potential minefield to the backpacker or camper. In this article, I'll...

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