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Caring for Your Outdoor Gear Part 2: Boots, Bags and Pots

Last month we welcomed spring by taking a look at ways to restore your key camping paraphernalia should it emerge from its winter storage looking not quite its best. Our two-part series started with tips on how to revive and re-waterproof a mould-ridden tent and, as promised, this time around we are going to move our focus on to other very important bits of camping kit: your boots, your sleeping bag and your cooking gear.

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A Route to Camping in the Wild (Well, Nearly!)

Are you into camping and spending quality time outdoors, but feel a bit frustrated with the way it has become over-commercialised? Maybe the outdoor life has become a bit too fashionable, what do you think? Perhaps there’s been so much hype around spending time in nature that the great outdoors has become just a bit too much of a convenience? If you, like us, appreciate the true beauty of spending time outdoors, but you prefer it with just a handful of creature comforts and basic services, you are probably wondering where you can pitch your tent without getting into trouble. Well, here’s the solution!

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Cold Weather Camping: A Cool Winter Adventure

As much as we love the summer, it has to come to an end, like all good things. But just because the sun’s gone in doesn’t mean you have to throw camping over to the side line. In fact, cold weather camping has much to offer! Camping in the winter can be exhilarating, but you do need to know what you are doing. After all, you don’t want the frost to bite, and you’ll want to get the most enjoyment possible out of your cold weather escapade. So here we go with a few winter camping hacks to help you do just that.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – in a Tent

Camping and backpacking are superb experiences, and when we’re out and about we need a great deal of energy to fuel the pursuits that fill our waking hours. So a good night’s sleep is imperative: you want to feel fresh and ready for the day that lies ahead after all. But sleeping soundly is not always as straightforward as it may seem when you’re out in nature. So if you’re preparing for a few nights under canvas, check out these pointers aimed at enhancing the quality of your slumber time.

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The Great British Summer Outdoor Survival Guide

For those of you who love the outdoors so much you can’t resist getting out there despite what the weather is doing – or even to spite it – we’ve put together a couple of mini survival guides. So if you’re looking to avoid getting wet when caught out camping in the rain, or you want to know how to get through festival season and come out the other side with no regrets about what you should have packed in your kit bag, read on…

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Pentire Point Sunset

And, Relax … it’s September

September to me has always been a mellow feeling month. The sun’s still shining (most of the time), the edginess has dissolved out of the heat and humidity, the kids have gone back to school and there’s that nice feeling that we’ve still got a bit of time to ourselves before the festive madness that is the ‘C’ word descends upon us. I know lots of people who, come September, take to their vans or whatever and make off for an après-summer escape. It’s still warm enough for a bit of outdoor living, and it’s extra nice to cosy up when the early autumn morning and evening chills rustle through the camp.

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