Anyone in to Wild Camping

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Your theory assumes the one carrying the load is the correct weight , a fact hunt of 200kgs would not get far with 60kgs on his back.
It's not my theory - just one developed over years of experience by people with more time and knowledge than me - a fat knacker of 200kg would struggle without any bergen.
At a guess walking isn't their preferred way of getting to maccyD's - they probably need to use drive-throughs and sleep in their car with all the empties and 'driver tizer' on the back seat, pretty much not the target audience for this discussion?
 
1 of the best bits of camping kit I ever purchased was a Sawyer water filter. It will clean the dirtiest of water and I have never been sick from water filtered with it.

Make sure you maintain it well and NEVER let it freeze. Also worth getting a few extra squeeze bags to go with it.

 
It's not my theory - just one developed over years of experience by people with more time and knowledge than me - a fat knacker of 200kg would struggle without any bergen.
At a guess walking isn't their preferred way of getting to maccyD's - they probably need to use drive-throughs and sleep in their car with all the empties and 'driver tizer' on the back seat, pretty much not the target audience for this discussion?
It may be a loose guideline , no more , Ive seen little blokes carry huge weights and big blokes struggle much less, as a civvy you carry what you comfortable with and as an Infantryman you carry what you are given.
 
It may be a loose guideline , no more , Ive seen little blokes carry huge weights and big blokes struggle much less, as a civvy you carry what you comfortable with and as an Infantryman you carry what you are given.
I was 9 stone as a young infantry soldier, but could tab with a fully loaded Bergan of 60lbs plus all bloody day.

Now no longer in my prime, I'll struggle with a bloody daysack tbh
 
Not wild camping as such but I was once woken up by a paramedic after a night out as a student. Lost my keys on the way home, decided in my drunken state to just doss down out of sight of the road and I'd go to the rental agent in the morning to get a replacement key.

I didn't count on the occupant of the ground floor flat seeing me, assuming I was dead and calling an ambulance. Nice people, after a quick explanation they called me an idiot and I staggered off to get breakfast and the replacement key.
Quick lost key story.

Control room: There's someone on the station intercom (at about 0200hrs)
Me; OK, I'll see what they want. - Bloke, very pished, falling over, me being generous establishes he lives nearby so chucks him in the car and runs him back.
Bloke: I can't get in
Me: Where are your keys?
Bloke: In my trousers
Me: I see the problem - you appear to have become separated from said trousers (and your pants too, eugh), When did you last see your trousers?
Bloke: Yesterday

After careful examination of his front door I applied the 'fookit' principle, gave it a kick near the lock which did the job and let him fall gently onto his hall carpet.
 
I was 9 stone as a young infantry soldier, but could tab with a fully loaded Bergan of 60lbs plus all bloody day.

Now no longer in my prime, I'll struggle with a bloody daysack tbh
It's not just the weight it's how it's distributed and how you carry it

Like a tripod I can carry all day in my hands, but put it on my rucksack and it weighs me down, but then my back isn't in a good state
 
1 of the best bits of camping kit I ever purchased was a Sawyer water filter. It will clean the dirtiest of water and I have never been sick from water filtered with it.

Make sure you maintain it well and NEVER let it freeze. Also worth getting a few extra squeeze bags to go with it.

Bought one years ago ..... complete with the straw and water container .... always in the bottom of my rucksack .... weight minimal ... and use can be potentially life saving .

As a consequence of purchase I discovered that the thread on the connector to the water bag is universal and fits all Coke / Pepsi / other screw top drink bottles .
 
Quite easily. A few years ago when I got some cash spare I looked into swapping out my old knackered surplus kit with ultralight clobber. Same with any outdoor kit, at the 'top end' the prices are astronomical for a reduction of a hundred grams here and there.

Had a quick look at Terra Nova and their current best 2 man tent is £1,800 - Voyager Ultra 2 Tent - Terra Nova Equipment.
It does not take long to spend a grand if you buy quality kit. My latest Rab doss bag was nearly 250, hammock, bug net and tarp was around 200 - it could have been more, but I made some bits myself, decent boots, waterproof gear, cooker, rucksack and it soon adds up. Start looking at 4 season gear, especially tents and then it can get really expensive.
Yep, Ice axe x 2, crampons, harness, decent quick draws and carabiners, 4 season boots, gortex, top and bottoms, down jacket, mountaineering rucksack, hat, climbing helmet, goggles, gloves and base layers easy 2k.
 
Was in Vegas about ten years ago with a very posh and loaded girlfriend.
She bought me a top from Mountain hardware.
$200.00
I am still wearing it now and its still waterproof.
Got me laid once when I demonstrated its capabilities.
 
Doesn't really work like that - the generally accepted civvie limit is 30% of your body mass, so in theory if your normally weigh 100kg, then 30kg is your max bergen weight, it's more to do with balance and energy storage / consumption than it is to do with total combined mass.
A mate of mine worked in a specialist cycle shop for a while, he was selling lightweight brake levers (titanium) and other cr@p for stupid money, when in reality they'd save more weight and cash just by having a decent dump before they went out
If you weigh 100kg, should you be out in the wild anyway, you fat fukka?

(Unless you're not a couch potato?)
 
Gents,
As the title suggests are any of you in to wild camping? And if so; have you got any recommendations on good places to camp. Perhaps you even take your kids camping with you?
Or are you on of them blokes who miss the days of kipping out in the open since leaving the mob (like me), and want to get back in to it?
I was thinking of maybe doing a week or so, next march, whilst walking the South Downs Way.
Anyone up for a discussion on this topic?

Edited to add: Maybe the use of the words 'wild camping' in the title of this thread is making me sound like a bit of a bell end or something. The point being I'm interested to see whether anyone on here regularly 'camps out' (for want of better terminology).

I'm tentatively planning on Hadrian's Wall (E>W) Feb next year, using bivvi bag and not camp sites.

Maybe bivvibagatively.

If i get too smelly maybe B&B half way through.

I did a large chunk, 90 miles or so, of Offa's Dyke/Watt's Dyke last year, kipped in the bag any old where, best being on the Iron Age fort by Oswestry.

I quite enjoy it. Old school mess tins, shave, pits&bits wash etc.
 
Brother in law used to do it using a kayak. Paddle all day then find a suitable spot to kip at night.
Kit carried by the kayak including beers.

Bloke i used to know through work, ex Commando Gunner, took off to the wilds of Canada for 4 months a year. Kayak, locally procured .308, lived off the land.


So he said, anyhow, for all l know he was balls deep in Thai ladyboys.
 
I'm 80kg ish and an admitted shortarse. If you're 6'6" then 100kg isn't that much.
I am 105Kg, 6'1" and feel fcuking fat and am around 15Kg over my desired weight. My excuse is I had spine surgery and also banged up my right knee in a mountain bike prang. Spine is fine, but every time I try walking or cycling the knee swells up and all the orthopod can tell me is, "give it time". On the positive side I have had a few wimmin tell me I look good. To be honest though I prefer the refugee look to the well fed diamond dealer, or Op Massive look.
 
Bloke i used to know through work, ex Commando Gunner, took off to the wilds of Canada for 4 months a year. Kayak, locally procured .308, lived off the land.


So he said, anyhow, for all l know he was balls deep in Thai ladyboys.
ex-Gunner I knew used to piss off to Bali for the winter months, met a local Indonesian lady and eventually married her. He reckoned on 20 quid a day for a reasonable hotel on a long term rate, nosh, booze and entertainment.
 
While no longer going wild camping, I still carry my ghillie kettle and sachets of coffee in my van. Something very satisfying about brewing up with one of these, despite there being easier to use and smaller kit available. Never run out of gas with a ghillie either
 
Take a look at the 1066 route, I did a chunk of it a few years ago ( Pevensey Bay to Battle) , lots of places to set up along the way. Hammock and tarp was my preferred mode of accommodation.
 
Agreed. Nothing beats room service in a five star hotel, with brasses and sniff on speed dial
Bear Gryls would agree to that.
 
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