Crookstone Knoll

Location: Crookstone Knoll, Dark Peak, Peak District Derbyshire Distance: 20km Date: May 2016 Kit: MLD DuoMid + Exped Downmat 7 Ultra Light + Wilderness Down Quilt Thirteenth Wild Camp I’ve been meaning to write a report on this route for ages and only just got round to doing it, so this will be brief as its all from memory. I met up with my good friend Graeme in Hope and set off for Lose Hill. We didn’t really have a plan other than to head to Crookstone Knoll. We followed the busy path along Mam Tor and dropped into Edale where we sampled a few …

Cadair Idris Wild Camp February 2016

Location: Cadair Idris, Snowdonia National Park, Wales Distance: 12km Date: February 2016 Kit: DuoMid + Exped Downmat 7 Ultra Light + Wilderness Down Quilt Twelfth Wild Camp After a fairly lengthy drive and a quick pub stop for a full english and a pint, Tim and I parked up at the carpark near Minffordd to begin the assent of Cadair Idris. Without a route planned as such, we followed the main footpath out of the carpark that heads up to a small cafe. Just next to the cafe is a 3D diagram of Cadair Idris and the circular route that isn’t marked on the OS …

Kinder North Edge Wild Camp

Location: Kinder Scout, North Edge, Derbyshire Peak District  Distance: 15km Date: January 2016 Kit: Trailstar + Exped Downmat 7 Ultra Light + Wilderness Down Quilt Eleventh Wild Camp Winter 2016 and time to fill up the Osprey 88ltr pack with warm kit and head out for the first wild camp of 2016. After a short break, the first wild camp of 2016 has long been anticipated. Kinder Scout has to be my favourite place for a walk and wild camp so with the route roughly planned we drove up to Hayfield and parked near the Kinder Reservoir on Saturday morning. Finding a space …

2016 Update from UKWildCamper

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my website so I thought as Christmas and New Years eve celebrations are now out the way it is time I updated my blog. The last wild camp seems a lifetime ago back in August 2015 when I camped on Brecon. Wild camping has been on hold since then, as my wife and I were planning for the arrival of our daughter. Hettie arrived a little later than expected on October the 9th weighing 9lb 3 and perfectly healthy, couldn’t ask for more! So over the last few months I’ve being elbow deep …

Monarch Chair – Alite

Bought: 2015 Tested: Yes My rating: 9.5/10 The Monarch folding chair by Alite. The solution to comfortable seating around camp! This may be extravagant, unnecessary, extra weight, extra bulk and a bit of a wimpy accessory but I think it’s amazing. For years I’ve complained about back ache after a long days ramble carrying a huge pack. When you finally drop the pack off your back and setup you tarp/bivvy and get a brew on the go, you then spend the rest of the evening sat on the damp cold ground or on an uncomfortable rock. Even sitting on you sleeping …

Wilderness Down 4 Season Quilt – Backpackinglight

Bought: 2015 Tested: Yes (summer) My rating: 9.9*/10 The Wilderness Over/Under 4 Season Down Quilt by Backpackinglight. I’ve always struggled to sleep in a mummy style sleeping bag, I tend to move about in my sleep and move my legs around occasionally sticking a leg out to regulate my temperature during my sleep (odd you say!). Having tested a number of sleeping bags of different styles I’ve never managed to find one that provide me with the warmth and the freedom of movement…until now! Quilt style sleeping bags have been around for a while and some of the top sleeping …

Pen Y Fan Wild Camp

Location: Wales Brecon Beacons Distance: 21km Date: August 2015 Kit: Solo Tarp + Alpkit Hunka Bivvy + ALite Monarch Chair Tenth Wild Camp The mighty Brecon Beacons! Having spent some very painful hours in this area during my Army Selection over 12 years ago it was time to return for a more leisurely bimble over Peny Y Fan. Leaving the car in the nearby village of Llanfrynach Tim and I made our way down the road to pickup the footpath at (51°54’42.35″N,   3°20’47.27″W) to Bwlch y Ddwyallt which continued on to Fan Y Big. The path then drops down a few hundred metres before climbing back …