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  • Is it worth moving this to members only?

  • I’d like to start doing some overnight (bike) wild camping trips, having not been camping since I was at school. Did some tarp camping in cadets but that was a long while ago, but now I’m getting excited about maybe splitting that New Forest route over a Friday/ Saturday as I have a free weekend. Last thing is I’d like to make it easy for my wife to do it with me some time so tent is probably the best first purchase. Is this decathalon job a good starter or is there a better one?


    Pretty inspired by @Scrabble and @platypus amongst others

    Actually I’m going to flesh this out about as I’m stalling starting work. I’m torn between tarplife for perceived simplicity , hammock for getting off the ground and novelty but limited by needing trees(??), and tent for the old reliable and low barrier to entry for my partner (but more faff?). Concerns are blowing a load of cash on an activity I have no proven record of doing. I also have a decathalon voucher burning a hole in my pocket.

    Long post 🙄

  • I think that with two of you, something like that tent would be a great starting point. I've got its predecessor, the T2 ultralight, and I've found it OK for single night solo trips - good pack size, easy set up, slightly heavier than I'd like but you could split the weight of the gear between two of you.
    Tarplife appears simple, but I always spend more time than I'd like setting it up. I've tried hammocking, and found it super comfy, but very chilly (even in summer) as I didn't have an under-quilt. It seems to me like a great way to sleep, but you might need to go a bit all-in on gear.

  • Thanks that's re-assuring. Tent seems reasonable and versatile, and easy to get going with from a cold start

  • Thanks man! Turns out the Forestry commission run sites have a cyclist/hiker policy of super cheap pitch and rock up without pre booking so will keep this as an emergency backup

  • Up in Dartmoor the other night, on the way to Cornwall

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  • Off up to the Isle of Skye next week.

    Anyone got any recommendations?

    Looks like it's hard to go wrong.

  • loch coruisk is class. take the boat from elgol

  • Take loads of Deet/Smidge/SkinSoSoft.

    It'll be midge season and they are cunts.

    However, it's an amazing place and the views are incredible.

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Wild Camping

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