Wild Camp: Tryfan Snowdonia

Location: Wales Distance: 19.3km Date: July 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) Seventh Wild Camp. This was a very nice two day walk starting from the North face of the mighty Tryfan. The route started with a scramble up to the summit of Tryfan to the famous Adam and Eve stones. The route descends Tryfan on the South and dog legs up to Lyn Caseg-Fraith to top up water supplies. Time to properly test the new Sawyer water filter, a recent addition to my kit. In principle an amazing bit of kit but I’m reserving judgement for now. The first night was spent under …

Wild Camp: Alport Castles, Win Hill and Lose Hill

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 27.5km Date: March 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) The sixth wild camp, the MLD Trailstar stands up to a beating! Having had a successful wild camp in the Trailstar it was time to test it out in different conditions. This time there was three of us, my brother Pete wanted to experience wild camping in the Peaks.  The route started from a B&B carpark (permission kindly granted) on the Edale Road climbing steeply to Lose Hill. Following Back Tor to Hollins Cross and into Edale. Weather was sunny, very windy and the occasional hail/snow flurry. Continuing through Edale we took the …

Wild Camp: Wooler Knoll and Stanage Edge

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 30.6km Date: January 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) The fifth wild camp, the introduction to the tarp or more specifically the amazing MLD Trailstar! Having briefly explored the world of hammock camping which changed my view on Wild Camping. I was looking for something that offered the same open feel of a hammock but wasn’t constrained to woodland and provides a warmer environment during the winter months. Enter the TrailStar! Reading through a walking magazine, specifically The Outdoor Magazine, I came across an article by Chris Townsend. For those of you that aren’t aware of who he is, which …

Wild Camp: Shining Tor

​Location: Derbyshire White Peak, Peak District Distance: 25.7km Date: October 2013 ​Kit: DD Hammock The forth wild camp and testing out alternative camping equipment…a hammock! One thing I’ve learnt about wild camping is tents although they have their advantages, also feel claustrophobic and uninteresting. This wild camp formed the turning point in my choice of camping equipment. It was time for a change and to explore somewhere different and head further south to the White Peak area of Shining Tor. The car was left in the village of Flash, the highest village in the Britain at 463m. The route drops down to the west from Flash …

Wild Camp: Bleaklow and Kinder

​Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 33.4km Date: August 2013 ​Kit: Tent (Vaude Power Lizard) The third wild camp, second attempt at a 2 nighter and second attempt at Bleaklow. ​ Since the first wild camp in 2012 ended in disaster I wanted to complete the route and wild camp on Bleaklow and redeem my damaged inner adventurer. The route starts at the Snake Inn where I retreated back to in 2012 during the deluge that stopped wild camp 1 in its tracks. The kind landlady agreed to let me park in their carpark for a couple of nights and wished us on our …

Wild Camp: Baslow and Curbar Edge

​Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 26km Date: January 2013 Kit: Tent (Vaude Power Lizard) The second wild camp, determined to be more successful than the first! This was longer but gentler route than the first, this route started at Baslow and headed to Stanage Edge and back. The route started on a cold January Saturday morning leaving Baslow at the North East up onto Baslow Edge. Stopping for a coffee at the top the route continued North to Curbar Edge. The path along Curbar and Froggatt Edge are very accessible and therefore very busy. Keen to keep away from the busy footpaths that become motorways of ramblers …

Wild Camp: Kinder Scout – Dark Peak

Location: Kinder Scout – Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 19.1km Date: August 2012 ​Kit: Tent (Vaude Power Lizard) The first attempt at Wild Camping!! I say attempt as this wasn’t 100% successful however as all first experiences go a lot was learnt. The intention was to do a 2 night wild camp circling Kinder Scout, with the first night at Seal Stones on the North East edge of the Kinder Plateau. The route was then to head further North to Bleaklow for the second night before returning to Edale on the final day. Events dictated otherwise The route started at the Rambler Inn at Edale, …