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Wild Camp in Peak District with Alpkit Ordos 2 Tent

So this weekend was a weekend of firsts.

My first wild camp in the peak district, first wild camp with friends (i.e. not solo) and first wild camp with my Alpkit Ordos 2 tent which I got for my birthday way back in February.

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Trip – Middle Ninfa Camp and Blorenge Run

A while back I bought a book called Tiny Campsites (Link Here) and whilst my focus over the summer has been wild camping, I figured that I’d give one of the sites in this book a try. Flicking the pages, I quickly established that the author clearly had a soft spot for a campsite not too far away called Middle Ninfa Farm so I looked it up on the 24k OS Maps on Streetmap.co.uk to see whether there was any interesting terrain around. Sure enough, the site was in fact situated about 250m up the side of a hill called Blorenge not too far from the Welsh border and only 2 hours drive from Northamptonshire. Promising good views, fresh air and somewhere more interesting than your typical camp site, I emailed the owner to book a pitch.

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Wild Camp on Berwyn Ridge

I planned this trip last month but couldn’t go in the end, so I moved the trip to September. Yesterday the MWIS weather forecast said perfect weather, clear except for some low-level mist in the morning and chance of inversion. I’ve never experienced an inversion before, so I was determined to get high up for the night with the hope of opening my tent in the morning and looking out onto the tops of the clouds as the sun rose up in the sky.

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Rhinog Fawr Microadventure Bivvy

“…This was my first bivvy under the stars and as a result, I had decided to bring a tarp so if the weather did change, I (and my expensive down sleeping bag) at least had some shelter from the rain. As I was setting up the tarp, I noticed some lights at the other end of the lake. It’s amazing that even in this remote part of the country, you still bump into other people. They seemed equally disappointed as one head lamp shouted to the other “Bugger, someone’s already there!””…

Inspired by Alastair Humphreys

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Finally! Crib Goch in Good Weather

This is my fourth trip across Crib Goch but the first where I’ve been able to see more than 10m in front (or below) me.

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Wild camp by Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris

“…I had a decision to make for this first wild camp trip up a mountain. Do I take a Tarp and go lightweight, or do I take my tent and have some relative comfort (but heavier pack)…”

Inspired by Alastair Humphreys

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First Toddler Microadventure

This weekend I took my daughter on her first toddler microadventure. She’s just turned 3 years old and I figured that this first trip will either make or break her taste for the outdoors, for camping and for adventure in general. Realising this I made sure I carefully planned each aspect of the trip so that there was never a bored moment or soggy spirit. Read on for my experience of how my careful plans panned out.

Inspired by Alastair Humphreys

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Welsh 3000 Challenge Report

“…It was late, we were behind schedule and we now had a difficult decision to make, we were all very tired, red-eyed, achy and did I mention tired? By this time we had covered 8 of the 15 peaks (plus the annoying additional one by mistake) which means we had 7 peaks to go. Just over half way. I can tell you it did not feel like we were only half way and the realisation that we now had to basically do everything we had already done, again, weighed very heavily on our minds…”

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