Logistics of solo camping

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Sweep
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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby Sweep » 22 Jul 2020, 6:08am

PaulaT wrote:Camping in the rain isn't so bad. I've done it lots of times. It's actually a bit of an occupational hazard when touring Ireland ;) Avoid tents which pitch inner first. There's plenty of affordable tents which pitch inner and outer together and can be erected in a few minutes but at a minimum go for a tent which pitches outer first. Take cuppa-soups. I discovered their efficacy on my 1st ever cycle camping tour of a rainy Peak District. First thing I do once the tent is up is get all the panniers inside and make myself a cuppa-soup. There's something about them that rallies you after a day in the saddle in a way that tea or coffee don't. A few years ago I came across a video by wilderness and survival expert Paul Kirtley in which he also recommends cuppa-soups so it's not my imagination :D

Good tip.
Recently came across
Mug Shots
Tho haven't used camping.
Quite nice.
Some of them have bits of noodles in them i think.
Sweep

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby whoof » 22 Jul 2020, 10:21am

Sweep wrote:
PaulaT wrote:Camping in the rain isn't so bad. I've done it lots of times. It's actually a bit of an occupational hazard when touring Ireland ;) Avoid tents which pitch inner first. There's plenty of affordable tents which pitch inner and outer together and can be erected in a few minutes but at a minimum go for a tent which pitches outer first. Take cuppa-soups. I discovered their efficacy on my 1st ever cycle camping tour of a rainy Peak District. First thing I do once the tent is up is get all the panniers inside and make myself a cuppa-soup. There's something about them that rallies you after a day in the saddle in a way that tea or coffee don't. A few years ago I came across a video by wilderness and survival expert Paul Kirtley in which he also recommends cuppa-soups so it's not my imagination :D

Good tip.
Recently came across
Mug Shots
Tho haven't used camping.
Quite nice.
Some of them have bits of noodles in them i think.


I always have a mug of tea, it can be nearing 40 degrees C and I'll still have a nice hot mug of tea on the go whilst getting things pitched. However, the OP is eating in pubs and restaurants so probably has no stove which rules out a brew of any kind (other than purchased) on arrival.

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Jul 2020, 12:42pm

In benign weather I have a cuppa before I erect the tent. In adverse weather, I await a break or get the tent up asap - inner and outer go up together. When leaving I pack everything except my stove and cup and when all is done I have a cuppa.
John

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby ambodach » 22 Jul 2020, 1:11pm

Almost anywhere in Scotland I would not contemplate a tarp due to midges. A tent which can be sealed up will help to keep most of them out. Often any wind drops in the evening and then they appear quite suddenly to make life outside a misery.

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby Jdsk » 22 Jul 2020, 1:14pm

whoof wrote:I always have a mug of tea, it can be nearing 40 degrees C and I'll still have a nice hot mug of tea on the go whilst getting things pitched. However, the OP is eating in pubs and restaurants so probably has no stove which rules out a brew of any kind (other than purchased) on arrival.

Oldjohnw wrote:In benign weather I have a cuppa before I erect the tent. In adverse weather, I await a break or get the tent up asap - inner and outer go up together. When leaving I pack everything except my stove and cup and when all is done I have a cuppa.

Even if I were eating out I'd want to be able to make hot drinks.

Jonathan

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Jul 2020, 2:23pm

Jdsk wrote:
whoof wrote:I always have a mug of tea, it can be nearing 40 degrees C and I'll still have a nice hot mug of tea on the go whilst getting things pitched. However, the OP is eating in pubs and restaurants so probably has no stove which rules out a brew of any kind (other than purchased) on arrival.

Oldjohnw wrote:In benign weather I have a cuppa before I erect the tent. In adverse weather, I await a break or get the tent up asap - inner and outer go up together. When leaving I pack everything except my stove and cup and when all is done I have a cuppa.

Even if I were eating out I'd want to be able to make hot drinks.

Jonathan


Exactly. I have my stove and pot and mug always accessible so I can have a brew at any time.
John

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Re: Logistics of solo camping

Postby PaulaT » 22 Jul 2020, 2:54pm

Jdsk wrote:Even if I were eating out I'd want to be able to make hot drinks.

Jonathan


My preference is to eat out as much as possible but I always carry enough food for 24 hours just in case.