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Official 2011 Camping Thread: Chat, advice, pics

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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
Have seen a few camping threads in the last day or so and thought it would be good to have a "one stop shop" so to speak.

Here's a place to ask questions, discuss gear, show off pictures of sites, talk about trips you're going on this year.

I'll try and keep the first thread up to date with any good links for people.
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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
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Edited By: sancho1983 on Mar 20, 2011 15:50
#2
I have a Vango sungari 400, which suits me, my wife and my daughter lovely. We bought an extension last year which makes it much bigger but is good as it has sides so we can cook in it in the rain.

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS0ICB9_eaWN_yqaDwVlXZ9KxJ02xLhJDc8b7YIW9YWQmdFwf56

Looking to buy a kitchen this year, perhaps a new stove/grill too, the one we have was used by my wife when she was young (a loooong time ago!!)
#4
thought you were meaning this kind of camping
http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac52/boabbyrab/images1-2.jpg
#5
The big secret to camping at festivals is not to lock your tents but instead leave them open.If you do lock your tent all that says to the lowlifes is that there must be stuff to nick inside.
I would highly suggest leaving any expensive gadgets like your phone,mp3 player etc at home.Just get cheap payg phones if you have to have one with you.
Happy festival camping.
banned#6
Thanks sancho.

I love camping and we go here in the summer:-

http://www.upperboothcamping.co.uk/
1 Like #7
I've stayed there twice!!

Really nice site. Plenty to do in the area too
#8
I've just bought a tidgy caravan on a site near Cleveleys. Am I allowed in? ;)
(Not allowed in the caravan, allowed in this chat thread) :D
#9
Of course. Although I'm not a caravan fan :)

Static I presume?
1 Like #10
I'm a Scout Leader, so do LOTS of camping throughout the year. If anyone has questions etc that they think I can help with then feel free to ask :)
1 Like #11
My wife is a guide leader, and I have many friends involved in scouts/guides. I usually get roped in at camps to cook. For 30 people is fun!

We personally camp a fair bit too. Off to Burnham on sea in July, hoping to go to cromer and symonds yat over the summer
1 Like #12
some advice on how to stay warm during the night would be nice lol. went last year with my bf and during the day it was red hot but nighttime was freezing. i had pyjamas and a hoody on inside the sleeping bag.
also is there a way to stop dew/condensation forming in the tent? its awful when you get soaked off the sides of the tent when moving round in the night
#13
You should make sure the inner isn't touching the outer at all times. Condensation is usually from lack of ventilation (although if you open a zip that won't help with the cold problem!!)

You should invest in one of these to keep warm (if you select Amazon as a seller then it's only £5 but not in stock yet), my wife swears by hers. Personally I'm very hot when I sleep and generally just wear boxers :{ I have also read it's counter productive to wear 'clothes' in a sleeping bag

Edited By: sancho1983 on Mar 20, 2011 19:12
1 Like #14
One trick for "pre-heating" your sleeping bag is to lie on top of it for a while before getting in to it. Also, have an inflatable mattress or sleeping mat under the sleeping bag. tbh, though, if you're freezing at night it may be that your sleeping bag is not up to the job - look for a 3 or 4-season one.
Does your tent have ventilation flaps/screens? If so, make sure they're open, as this will cut down on the condensation. And as sancho1983 says, make sure the inner & outer walls of the tent don't touch, as this will cause damp inside the tent. If you're moving around at night this might be why you're getting wet.
1 Like #15
those liners look a good idea. i was just wanting to take a fleecey blanket or extra duvet to stuff inside.

i had a tent when i was younger, just a dome one, and a bit at the top was just net so plenty ventilation but still got wet inside.

so i will be warmer without clothes on? my bf didnt wear anything and he was warm enough but hes like you and doesnt feel the cold
1 Like #16
hoping to go to cromer and symonds yat over the summer

We take our Scouts to Symond's Yat regularly (there's a youth campsite called Biblins that we use). We're there in a few weeks, for one of their DofE Expedition weekends. There's also a national cycle centre nearby, and Go Ape, so plenty to do if you get fed up with walking.
1 Like #17
so i will be warmer without clothes on? my bf didnt wear anything and he was warm enough but hes like you and doesnt feel the cold

Believe it or not, but sleeping bags use your body's warmth to keep you warm, so if you wear lots of clothes to bed your body heat won't heat up the sleeping bag. Even though it sounds back to front, give it a try.
#18
cis_groupie
One trick for "pre-heating" your sleeping bag is to lie on top of it for a while before getting in to it. Also, have an inflatable mattress or sleeping mat under the sleeping bag. tbh, though, if you're freezing at night it may be that your sleeping bag is not up to the job - look for a 3 or 4-season one.
Does your tent have ventilation flaps/screens? If so, make sure they're open, as this will cut down on the condensation. And as sancho1983 says, make sure the inner & outer walls of the tent don't touch, as this will cause damp inside the tent. If you're moving around at night this might be why you're getting wet.
we had a inflatable bed under us, i couldnt sleep on a hard floor lol. the tent does have flaps, but by leaving them open wont people be able to see inside? dont like the thought of people looking in while im asleep
#19
Or if going to Glastonbury use the free lock ups for any valuable stuff

archer1204
The big secret to camping at festivals is not to lock your tents but instead leave them open.If you do lock your tent all that says to the lowlifes is that there must be stuff to nick inside.
I would highly suggest leaving any expensive gadgets like your phone,mp3 player etc at home.Just get cheap payg phones if you have to have one with you.
Happy festival camping.
1 Like #20
We went last year too, really want to canoe but my daughter isn't old enough, will be next year though.

Oddly I was reading Bill Bryson's notes from small island when we were there and the chapter I read on the first day was about him visiting king Arthur's caves about 100m from our site :)
1 Like #21
cis_groupie
so i will be warmer without clothes on? my bf didnt wear anything and he was warm enough but hes like you and doesnt feel the cold
Believe it or not, but sleeping bags use your body's warmth to keep you warm, so if you wear lots of clothes to bed your body heat won't heat up the sleeping bag. Even though it sounds back to front, give it a try.
i will. thanks :)
1 Like #22
No, I didn't mean the entrance flaps! I was referring to small air vent/flaps that the tent may have, usually somewhere high up the sides.
#23
cis_groupie
No, I didn't mean the entrance flaps! I was referring to small air vent/flaps that the tent may have, usually somewhere high up the sides.
yeah i got what you meant lol. they look like little mesh windows dont they. ours are half way up on the sides of the rooms
1 Like #24
People shouldn't be able to see you sleeping. The flap is usually just open at the bottom. Plus they would need to shine a torch in there, you would probably notice that!
#25
they look like little mesh windows dont they. ours are half way up on the sides of the rooms

That's them - sometimes they are double layered & you can unzip one of the layers to help with the ventilation.
1 Like #26
reading this thread makes me wanna go camping. :D
banned#27
sancho1983
I've stayed there twice!!

Really nice site. Plenty to do in the area too

Isn't it great.

So much space and surrounded by gorgeous countryside :)
banned#28
deek72
I've just bought a tidgy caravan on a site near Cleveleys. Am I allowed in? ;)
(Not allowed in the caravan, allowed in this chat thread) :D

Oooo I went Cleveleys yesterday.
banned 1 Like #29
aunty jane
reading this thread makes me wanna go camping. :D

It's ace.

Try the campsite I linked x x
1 Like #30
you either love it or hate it, I love it, I combine my camping by bivvying up at the side of a lake & spend a week or two fishing, rain or shine, you cant beat it !!! I'd love to try one of the Ray Mears survival weekend's
#31
My OH keeps going on about going camping and im really not up for it, the thought of going just feels me with dread

i went once when i was a girl guide think i was about 10 maybe 11 or possibly younger..... i lasted one night from a 3 day weekend

i went to the toilet and the wooden shack was filled with big ass spiders, i went and dug a hole and peed in there instead ............next morning i went to the shop and rang my dad and cried for him to come and rescue me and how awful the whole thing had been and how i was traumatised for life
1 Like #32
sancho1983
Of course. Although I'm not a caravan fan :)

Static I presume?


Well no actually. But it's so old I think it's gonna stay static as I wouldn't fancy towing the thing :D

I just picked it up for peanuts from an elderly couple who had owned it from new but were retiring from caravanning. Like I said it's on a nice quiet site, only costs £12 a night and he stores it away for £5 a week when you're not using it.
It's ideal just as a bolt-hole for me, swmbo and the grandaughter when we have her for the weekend.


Edited By: deek72 on Mar 20, 2011 21:46: .
#33
a few questions.

do you guys recommend camping if you are cycling?

like we cycle from home, camp somewhere. cycle again next day camp somewhere, and train back home.


Do any of you camp away from camping sites, whats the law about this? about open fires?

Edited By: black gerbil1 on Mar 20, 2011 21:40
#34
We have the most amazing scenery here but I hate camping - if it doesnt have a socket to plug my hairdryer in then am not going. I like my luxuries!! My hubby and son love camping though as does the dog.
#35
black gerbil1
a few questions.

do you guys recommend camping if you are cycling?

like we cycle from home, camp somewhere. cycle again next day camp somewhere, and train back home.


Do any of you camp away from camping sites, whats the law about this? about open fires?


Have always wanted to do it, just concerned about the pack weight on the bike. You might want to look at 'specialist' light weight 1 man tents, and thin 1 season sleeping bags. Or share the load and turn your pants inside out on day 2 I suppose.
#36
bossyboots
We have the most amazing scenery here but I hate camping - if it doesnt have a socket to plug my hairdryer in then am not going. I like my luxuries!! My hubby and son love camping though as does the dog.


stick your head out of the tent & let the howling wind blow it dry :p
#37
black gerbil1

Do any of you camp away from camping sites, whats the law about this? about open fires?


you want to look at Wild Camping
#38
richp
bossyboots
We have the most amazing scenery here but I hate camping - if it doesnt have a socket to plug my hairdryer in then am not going. I like my luxuries!! My hubby and son love camping though as does the dog.


stick your head out of the tent & let the howling wind blow it dry :p


haha and have all the beasties stuck to my face noooooo thank you!!

Was just showing ILP some pics there of when my son and I stayed in a wig wam (well its a wooden hut) and I hated it!!Just loved the place and the fun we had through the day - but when it came to sleeping in their I had the heebie jeebies (despite the fact I brought my king size feather duvet with me :)
#39
good thread, anybody have any good places in the Midlands to go camping by?

is there a site which suggest sites to camp at etc etc,

thanks.
#40
bossyboots
richp
bossyboots
We have the most amazing scenery here but I hate camping - if it doesnt have a socket to plug my hairdryer in then am not going. I like my luxuries!! My hubby and son love camping though as does the dog.


stick your head out of the tent & let the howling wind blow it dry :p


haha and have all the beasties stuck to my face noooooo thank you!!

Was just showing ILP some pics there of when my son and I stayed in a wig wam (well its a wooden hut) and I hated it!!Just loved the place and the fun we had through the day - but when it came to sleeping in their I had the heebie jeebies (despite the fact I brought my king size feather duvet with me:)


X) your camping bossy, not sleeping in the one of the 12 central heated bedrooms you have in your mansion ! must say though the Wigwam holidays look idyllic.

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