Nice thing about this blog is I’m finding out something new every day, which is great because as far as tents go my experience has been a bit limited. I can remember the Vango Force 10 we used on Duke Of Edinburgh Award type expeditions we used to get sent on in the Scottish Highlands in my early teens. Think we were probably using the Mk1 back then and they are now up to M5. Then there was the cheapest tent me and a mate could find for an InterRail trip in my late teens: we later found out that we had picked up a kids one by mistake and it had cowboys and indians painted on it, and to add insult to injury it was too short so our feet were stuck out when we slept. Even we thought this was funny until it rained. More recently we borrowed one of the earlier 4 pole versions of the Halfords Family 4 Man Tent Pack. It was when one of the couplings snapped on the thinner poles during heavy rain that we realised that price might not be everything and we might need something a little more substantial next time, and that’s when we opted for the Bell Tent.
Follow-on from an earlier post where I attempted to kick-off a new Pop-up camping movement after one of Ivan and my planning sessions at the Five Ways Deli (where we spookily we keep turning up with similar t-shirts), I thought I’d better look into some of the issues. So I had a long chat with Paul Ackers at Natural England, the government’s advisors on the natural environment. I have to say that my head is spinning because setting up campsites, temporary or otherwise, is by no means uncomplicated.