Micro Wild Camp: Robins Wood

​Location: Robins Wood Derbyshire Distance: 6km Date: April 2015 Kit: DD Super light Hammock and DD 3×3 Tarp Time for another Micro Wild camp, this time to test the new DD Hammocks Superlight hammock. Woodland being a major prerequisite I starting scanning Google Earth for a suitable wood that was not too far away from home, fairly large and away from civilisation. Robins Wood is a Forestry Commission managed woodland with a mixture of pine and broadleaf with many cycle paths and bridleways crossing it. Tim and I parked at the nearby village of Ticknall and followed a footpath north for a couple …

Micro Wild Camp: Foremark Reservoir

​Location: Foremark Reservoir Derbyshire Distance: 5km Date: February 2015 Kit: Alpkit Hunka Bivvy and DD 3×3 Tarp The first #Microwildcamp! Although this was the tenth wild camp this didn’t follow the usual format of a long walk>wild camp>long walk, instead I wanted to try out a MicroAdventure. This is something Alastair Humphreys has invented which you can read all about (here). The general concept of a MicroAdventure follows these rules: ​1. It must be overnight, 5pm-9am (opposite to the working day) ​2. Cover a reasonable distance e.g. more than you’d typically walk to your local shops …ok we didn’t manage …

Alpkit Hunka XL Bivvy Bag

Bought: 2015 Tested: Yes My rating: 9.5/10   The Hunka XL Bivvy bag by Alpkit is a great bit of kit. Alpkit have identified one of the most annoying things about a bivvy bag and solved it. Divvy…bivvy bags tend to be small so they can pack down small. However, the smaller they are the more restrictive they are and what’s worse how much they reduce the loft of a sleeping bag (less loft = less insulation). The Hunka is very large, plenty big enough to allow my winter sleeping bag to fully inflate. Another advantage of the larger size …

Wild Camp: Langsett and Howden Reservoir

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 19.3km Date: November 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) Eighth Wild Camp testing out the new Alpkit Down jacket. For sometime I’d been trying to plan a 24hr route that camped at the River Westend. Its a tricky place to get to without circling Howden and Derwent Reservoirs which include a number of very busy footpaths. The solution I found was to start at Langsett Reservoir and drop down to Margery Hill. The issue with this route is that its a “there and back”,  not my favourite type of route. I tried a number of alternative routes such as taking one leg around …

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 …