Wild Camping And The Trip To Mermaid Pond
This lens is about doing some wild camping discussing what you will need and what to expect. This is based on a personal experience prior to the trip i'm going to tell you about and from it.
Some things are a must and others you should just not bother with. Knowing what to pack, what you will need more or less of and what is essential for making your trip go a lot smoother.
People learn from their own mistakes but right now you can learn from mine. The Mermaid pond experience will put across the importance of a torch and the importance on information.
Ok keeping it simple is the key but you also need to take the important things. So i'm going to list off the important things first in a check list.
2. Sleeping bag
3. Change of clothing
6. Spare torch batteries
8. Matches or lighter
9. Cotton wool
10. Small first aid kit
12. Hexi cooker or gas cooker
15. Spare jumper or jacket
I'm not saying this is all you need but they should be at the base of what you pack.
Why You Need These Things
The reason for the tent, sleeping bag, food, water and the change of clothes speak for themselves you need something to sleep in and to eat and drink.
The roll mat is important because if you lie on the bare floor or just a ground sheet in your sleeping bag the ground will steal your heat, when we were on our trip as we lay in our sleeping bags it was impossible to get warm as the heat was alway getting taken.
This is also one of the reason to take your hat and gloves and your spare jacket because if it gets too cold you will be so glad you have them. We all put on our jackets hats and gloves and slept with them on they were a big help. Had we not had any of this stuff who knows if we could of slept that night.
You know to take food with you but make sure you keep it light like packets of porridge and pasta, stuff that easy to carry or packets of smash. We took a few tins with us which really added to the weight as we climbed the mighty Kinder Scout. You may want or need to make a fire this could be for warmth or to attract attention if need be. So having your lighter is a must I said to pack cotton wool as well keep this in a small water proof bag. Cotton wool is the easiest thing to light it catches with no problem so it's a great contributor to getting your fire going.
A torch is needed if your going to be out in the dark wild camping to see when it gets dark it can be used to attract attention as well. I'll tell you a little story about when we used a torch. A first aid kit can be very useful and good to have because you never know what can happen on these little adventures not everyone thinks about a first aid kit. It's one of those things you take but you might not need but it's better to have it then not.
Have You Ever Camped
A Must Have For All Camping Trip
It's vital to have a tent especially for wild camping there are many to choose from take some time to choose one thats right for you.
Tips For Making A Camp Fire
You may or may not need to make a camp fire but knowing the basics of building one is great to know. If you don't need one then you're fine but if you do then knowledge is power. First you will need some tinder the cotton wool I mentioned is a perfect forms of tinder.
Tinder is any source you use to get the fire going so cotton wool, paper, dry grass etc they are all useful form of tinder.
You will also need some dry small sticks just small ones because they should catch light easy.
What you need to do is put your tinder in a small pile then stack the sticks around it in like a teepee kind of way so they rest on the tinder and cover it. Have a little bit that you can access then light it, it will burn under the wood keeping the heat in and making the wood more likely to burn.
If you're having trouble getting it to burn blowing it can help. The wood should catch and be burning by now what you need now is some hopefully dry log or form of wood to put on your fire. they should catch light and burn slowly giving you a nice little fire for warmth or help.
In the picture is the teepee type shape i was going on about but it would be on a smaller scale as you start your fire.
Packing Your Bag Balanced
Packing your bag is one thing balancing the weight is another you need the weight to spread out as evenly as possible in the bag. The reason for this is so you don't damage yourself and to make carrying the bag easier. There's nothing worse then carrying an uneven weight that's pulling on one shoulder more than the other or having a dead weight.
I once went on a tab which is a fast pace walk with a bit of running and 12 kg in a bag on your back. I've done this many times before but this time i decided to use a 12kg big box of washing powder. I put this in my bag to save packing loads of things. I paid the price as i made the tab so hard for myself i felt like death.
So when your packing try to keep that weight balance put it on your back every now and then to make sure its keeping even then pack some more. It's worth it in the end trust me I know plus, it doesn't take much time to check and rearrange.
I've put on a picture I found which is a great way of packing.
Need A Back Pack For Wild Camping
Going on a trip soon? Need a backpack? If so make sure you choose the right one for you and the right size for you and what your doing.
The Trip To Mermaid Pond And The Use Of The Torch Story
Well we had climbed to the top of Kinder Scout with our over packed bags and were feeling tired but with the excitement of getting up there we were fairly awake. Our mom and dad were feeling tired and once had set up the tents they decided to go to sleep.
You could see Mermaid Pond from where we were it was down one vally up the other. We looked across to the pond an hour tops there and back at most we said as we assessed the distance.
We didn't bother to wake up our mom and dad to tell them, after all we were only going to be an hour. So we set of down the one side of the valley which took us quite a while to get down as it was rocky, full of holes and water logged.
Once we reached the bottom we couldn't see the pond any more but would have to just climb till we found it, it had been well over a hour by now. As we climbed the pond just took forever to come in to view but eventually we came upon it. Bearing in mind we came here because it was supposed to be haunted- we had read about this before hand.
On reaching the pond it looked like no more than a water logged bit of grass. We looked at it and decided to head back thinking what a waste of time. we decided to climb up to the rest of the valley we were halfway up instead of going back down and all the way back up. We could get to the top and just walk round since darkness was coming a pretty quick.
As we tiredly climbed to the top we could see a light on the other side of the valley and our mom rang us, the signal was crap but we managed to find out the light was them. They had been looking for us with their torch, we took out the torch we had on us to indicate to them where we were. We were able to make our way round and find out way back heading towards their torch light while having ours for them to know where we were.
Without the torches it would have being a lot harder then it was. Once we got back we had a cup of tea because we were freezing then straight to our cold sleeping bags.
Have You Had Any Little Disaters Camping
have you had any little mishaps on your camping trips.
Have you had any camping disasters?
Must have For Camping
It was by chance we took a torch over to the pond with us don't you chance it. Try to alway have one with you and spare batteries.
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