10 Tips For Wild Camping

When we asked for advice from the experts- Landscape Treks jumped right in there!

Here are the top ten tips for camping wild!

1) Water water everywhere. You’ll need a fair amount of the stuff from drinking during the day to hydrating or cooking your food and it’s heavy. The good news is you don’t need to carry it all but you do need to think about where you’re going to get it from. All this rain we get means there’s usually loads of water in the hills but not everywhere and all the time. Think about where you might be able to stock up along your route and think about treating it before you drink it if taking from a stream. Boiling is great but needs a fair bit of fuel. Water purifiers are also a great option.

2) Lightweight philosophy. Are you a Mr. Titanium or Mrs Kitchen sink? In the end it’s all down to your personal choice and it’s usually a balance between going as light as possible but still being comfortable.

3) Respect the environment. Avoid big groups and popular spots if at all possible. Always take all your rubbish home and make sure you don’t leave any evidence of your stay.

4) Food for thought. Unless you’re an extreme climber on a big wall route don’t skimp on your food; if you’re on the hills all day you’ll be bound to want to eat more than usual. Saying that, think about what food you’ll be taking as it will have to survive being in your rucksack for a couple of days but be light enough to carry.

5) Shiny new gear. It can be worthwhile investing in some new lightweight camping gear but check it meets your requirements and is fit for the job you want it to do before getting out on the hill. It’s worth spending some time getting to know how to pitch your new tent in your garden in the daylight before you have to do it for real on a dark and windy hill.

6) Location, location, location. Spend some time planning where you might pitch your tent and some alternatives if the sites you choose don’t work out (too boggy, too exposed or maybe just lacking in the view you want). Some of this info you can glean from maps before hand and some you can get from the web.

7) Don’t forget your…..waterproofs, hat and gloves are always a good plan no matter what the weather might look like before you head off. Apart from a lot of your usual day walking gear you’ll need camping kit and a few extra things like hand sanitizer and loo roll….

8) Where to go. No easy way to put this but you’ll need to go to the loo at some point and you need to look after yourself and the environment when you do. That hand sanitizer and loo roll will help you but think about what you’re ‘leaving’ out there. Some people carry it all out, but burying it is a good option if you are careful where and how you do it. Always make sure you bury it at least 30m from any water source.

9) Have fun. Wild camping can be one of the best experiences you can have for very little cost. Waking up in your tent in the mountains with the sun coming up over the horizon can keep you going for weeks on end when you’re back at work. The ultimate getting away from it all package.

10) Get someone else to carry your tent. Give your heavy stuff to your fitter friend to carry or failing that hire a guide.

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