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gunwharfman

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #30 on: 11:48:25, 17/07/20 »
I've just tried to connect to the www.nearlywildcamping.org site, which doesn't seem to work on my PC. I'll try again later.

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #31 on: 11:49:50, 17/07/20 »
Same here, page not responding. Probably a blip on their end

gunwharfman

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #32 on: 12:16:03, 17/07/20 »
During the last couple of mornings, after 6 am and before my wife gets up, I've been trying to work out how many layouts I can organise with my Alpkit 3.5 tarp. I wish I'd done this before because when I've just used my tarp when hiking I've never found the most ideal way to use it.

I have now worked out a series of movement flows, starting with the basic set up when I first erect the tarp and then by just taking out a tent peg or by just moving my tarp pole from one position to another how I can smoothly adapt it to the weather conditions at the time. For example, when it rains during the day can be one layout, when I want to sleep (and to adjust for a dry or a wet night) when its windy and so on it can be another layout. Also, I have practiced when in my bivi how to adjust the height and so on without having to get out and stand up to do it all.

I was rather surprised how many layout variations could be achieved with such a small area of waterproof material.

I also bought myself a proper bivi pole, cost £10, ordered yesterday, arrived today. The reason I did this was that I can now use the bivi pole as my default pole and can use one or both hiking poles if needed.

I've now got to decide how many strings I need and what length they need to be, another little lockdown interest for me! Later today I'm going to have a look at buying some smaller tent pegs. What fun!

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #33 on: 09:23:20, 18/07/20 »
Thanks Richard, Kielder certainly looks appealing! Couple of hours drive but would be worth it!
Just a heads up. Kielder forest park have announced that they are not allowing wild camping for the rest of 2020. This is not due to true wild campers but because of the mess caused by some folks abandoning cheap tents and leaving litter.  :-[ As usual it's the few selfish people that spoil it for the rest of us.
https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/18574604.wild-camping-banned-kielder-increase-littering/

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #34 on: 09:27:36, 18/07/20 »
Can't understand the mentality of people who would go out into the wilds, and leave such a mess. Sad.
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gunwharfman

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #35 on: 14:28:32, 18/07/20 »
That photo of the abandoned camp interests me, such a lot of stuff, tents as well. I'd love to know the story of how the trip started, were the tents already owned by someone or were they bought just for the trip, how many people were involved, where were they from, what age were they, why did they decide to go to that spot, how long were they there, was there a car park nearby or did they walk to it, etc, etc? So many questions but obviously we'll never know the answers.

My son is a journalist and he wonders if the photo was actually from Kielder, or was it 'borrowed' from another location to give the story more reader impact? How would we even know?

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #36 on: 10:16:04, 19/07/20 »
In today's Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/19/it-was-like-a-bomb-had-hit-an-off-licence-rise-in-wild-camping-hits-beauty-spots

It is interesting to note that "Both the National Trust and Cornwall Council are keen to distinguish between discreet wild campers – who pitch late in remote locations and go early without leaving any trace of their presence – and larger groups camping in inappropriate places and leaving behind rubbish", although Cornwall Council's environment cabinet member said “We don’t encourage it [wild camping] – but we live with it.”

Additionally, a Forestry England ranger at Kielder is quoted as saying,
"We were quite happy when the people coming to camp were proper backpackers, who leave no trace.”

vizzavona

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Re: Wild Camping
« Reply #37 on: 11:41:03, 19/07/20 »
All of this is happening in the part of the Highlands where I live. Local Folks coming back from Braeriach, close to the path to the high ground, with images of abandoned tent, portable BBQ kit and all the rest including cooking stove and pots.  The folks finding the debris gathered it up and carried it all back down to the valley.
On my visit to Glen Feshie this week at the upper bridge over the river there was a Large tent close to the big pool.  That was on Thursday ...my daughter who was in the area earlier in the week said that the tent was also in that position then and I spoke to folks at the coffee shop in Kincraig that they additionally found the scorching of a camp fire at the same location.
I was further into the glen above the Bothy and was aware of the small backpacker tents at the usual positions for an overnight or two  stop...all looked tidy and shipshape. There is a huge difference between those that care for the outdoors and of those with other motives.