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 …

Micro adventure – Dove Dale

Location: Dove Dale – Derbyshire/Staffordshire Distance: 16.4km Date: July 2015 Kit: Solo Tarp (BPL.co.uk) Third Micro Adventure My third Micro Adventure and possibly one of my last for a short while as I await the imminent arrival of my baby daughter. I got in touch with a friend of mine Dean Read to see if he fancied a MicroAdventure somewhere in Derbyshire/Staffordshire. His suggestion was to head to Dove Dale as its about equal distance for us to travel to and not too far given the time constraint for a mid week camp. Phone thrown in the draw, laptop slammed shut I …

Alport Dale Wild Camp

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 14.7km Date: May 2015 Kit: Solo Tarp (BPL.co.uk) Ninth Wild Camp 6 months since the last Wild Camp in the Derbyshire Peak District it was well overdue. Having visited Alport Castles back in March 2014 I wanted to go back and have a look what the amazing area is like in warmer weather. I was also very keen to further minimise the kit and get my pack weight down to the 10kg mark. Opting to take the small Backpackinglight.com tarp and Alpkit bivvy along with my spring/summer sleeping bag my pack weighed 12kg including 2 litres of water, so not bad really. The route started at …