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    DIY Gear - Gear that you have made yourself. Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 14:49
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    Contrast - Opposites occurring in nature
    – Dynat
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 6:56

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A couple of years ago, I spent a week exploring the east coasts of Benbecula and South Uist, and took this photo of one of my overnight camp sites, looking back north along the coast I'd just paddled. On a calm evening like this, there's no need for all six guy lines; one each side is enough to prevent condensation spots.

camping by the sea

Taken close to the start of the track to Ushenish Lighthouse on Tuesday 24th May 2016.


Norway 2013, Dovrefjell. My first 2-week hiking tour, with rather improvised gear. Instead of a tent, I just had a tarp, hiking sticks and paracord. With a bit of origami, it worked out well enough, and led to a great tour. The only day where it was too wet and mossy to camp that way, I was lucky and found a small cave instead. Needless to say, for the next tour I bought a tent... enter image description here


Sweden, in 2016, at the shores of Fryken near Karlstad. Thanks to the allemansr├Ątten, you can legally set up your tent on this beautiful patch of land and wake up in the morning right next to the lake and continue your hike.

In the summer, it also won't get much darker than this.

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July 2008 - we took the kids (aged 8, 6 and 1 - the elder two had the little blue tent, the baby slept in with us) camping round the UK from Cornwall to the Highlands.

This was in a lovely part of the Highlands called Strathconon - taken just as the afternoon was ending. Later on, the night was perfectly clear, the Milky Way providing the only light, and very little disturbing the silence.

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  • I've never used such a big tent! O.o Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 8:31
  • Haha - those are two of our smallest tents. The big car camping tent can sleep up to twelve, and has a kitchen area and garage :-)
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 10:56
  • Garage.....?? O.O Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 5:37
  • Yup, so I could park the car out of the weather. It's not real camping, but it's great for a big family with young kids in places with really bad weather
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 12:11

We spent 3 days at this base camp in the Laurentian mountains while backcountry skiing in march 2010. Every night we improved the lounge/kitchen pit that had a cooking counter, several cupboards, and seating for 8. The tent on the right built a pair of ornamental snow lions on their porch. Quite good fun!

Nicest winter camp I ever had time to build


Instead of putting up a tent, one night I found a dry corner of a stone mine in which to spend the night. Although dry, it was quite draughty at times, and I was happy to be on my way again early next morning.

bivouac site Sunday 30th December 1990, Wrengill Quarry, England.

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