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WIN a Rab Solar 3 Sleeping Bag worth £135!!!
« on: January 31, 2021, 09:54:17 pm »
WIN A RAB SOLAR 3 SLEEPING BAG WORTH £135!!!

Lockdown will end, we will be out and about again!
In readiness the lovely people at Rab have given UKC a gorgeous sleeping bag as a competition prize - thank you, Rab  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


 

https://rab.equipment/uk/solar-3-sleeping-bag

To enter, post a photo of a camping trip you've been on with a short description telling us about it. Extra points for inspiring/fun/interesting photos and tales to cheers folks up and I am sure that's what we all need at the moment  :hug:

Underground camps, expedition camping, camping in unusual locations, wild camping etc etc...or get creative in lockdown - camping in the garden counts  ;D


Max 3 entries per person.  Closing date Saturday 13th February at 10pm.
Winner to be chosen by me - I'll choose a shortlist, then over to random.org

Once again, thank you Rab - fantastic supporters of the forum  :thumbsup:

Rab make great kit and Inglesport stock a wide range - https://www.inglesport.com/product-category/brands/rab/

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A previous winner of a Rab sleeping bag took this shot!

Good luck!!







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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2021, 10:12:49 pm »
Krem Phlang Karun. Taken whilst on expedition in Meghalaya, Northern India. As this cave lies close to an active quarry which blasts daily through to the afternoon we were not be able to access it until late in the day for surveying, exploration and bat species analysis and so we made camp at the base of the entrance chamber on a fine sand beach.....those were the days.

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Re: WIN a Rab Solar 3 Sleeping Bag worth £135!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2021, 11:00:42 pm »
I haven't got a photo to hand, but during my student days, I used to regularly hitch hike up and down the country between Somerset/ Devon and Durham. Many a cold night was spent under a bush, or road bridge when the lifts ran out after dark...

Fortunately such adventures are behind me and I'm more used to the comfort of the family campsite now.  :)

This was our last trip to Wales (in August 2019!), when I even managed to borrow a pickup from work to complete the experience.

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2021, 09:16:43 am »
My first underground camp was in Baker's Pit, Devon in 1985 for EUSS's contribution to the student rag week to raise money for charity.  It was supposed to be a weekend underground but turned out to be from closing time at the Waterman's Arms one evening until opening time there the next evening.  Two years later I camped at Hard Rock Café, in Daren Cilau for what was probably one of the first tourist trips to the Hard Rock Extensions.  It was the same weekend as Acupuncture Passage was found - the link to Borrowed Boots' Streamway and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  Several camping and digging trips in Daren followed before we switched our sphere of operations to neighbouring Agen Allwedd where we established a bivvy site at High Traverse Passage at the bottom of Southern Stream Passage.  There are photos of this in some book or other.

Here's a more recent photo of me at the divers' camp in Wookey Hole Chamber 24 (photo by Craig Holdstock).  The tent was originally taken in to Chamber 22 to use as a shelter whilst I was waiting with Gavin Newman to be "rescued" as part of a sump rescue exercise for RESCON 2019.  It was subsequently moved to Chamber 24 to provide comfort for divers supporting long dives in the far reaches.  Since October last year is is possible for non-divers to reach the same place.

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2021, 12:35:31 pm »
In the Dolomites near the Marmalade Mountain  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2021, 12:42:01 pm »
Same place so only counts as one (and maybe off-topic?)...  ;D
Could have done with something to "shroud" me from the elements, but I could have had a good long sleep there...

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2021, 12:56:22 pm »
Not certain if this will cheer anyone up, but I am sure people will find the following story funny, even if we did not...

Brexit day exactly one year and a day ago: Me and John could not bare the thought of all the celebrations of self harm, being avid remainers, so we decided to get away from it by camping underground, to forget about all the crap for one day.

Anyway we had originally decided Sand Caverns in Bar pot, but John was not keen on the idea, plus it's not allowed, so John suggested an alternative venue, a little known cave in grit stone called Fairy Holes, near Greenfield.



On our previous visit we remembered it being spacious and more importantly dry. However, on the night we arrived it has been chucking it down for many days previously.



So when we got underground it was very drippy to say the least. Still we bedded down to try and get some sleep.



John was snug in his waterproof liner, inside a sleeping bag. And me with my feet in a tackle bag and my coat offering limited protection from the drips. DRIP a drip hit me in the face, DRIP, a drip hit the tackle sack. There was no chance we were getting any sleep on what has to be the most miserable camp I ever tried underground. Suffice to say, we left just after midnight, driving past the celebrating pubs we tried to miss by hiding underground on the way home.

Wish we had gone to sand cavern.

If we are only allowed one photo can we choose the bottom one please as the actual photo entry?
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2021, 01:02:23 pm »
A couple of our pitch from "Wicksteed at War" in '18
Maybe another chance in a year or two  :down:

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2021, 03:33:18 pm »
Alex: 
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Wish we had gone to sand cavern.

Like what Miranda did for her 40th birthday (picture with noone identifiable chosen!):


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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2021, 07:28:04 pm »
Not a caving trip but, we went sea kayaking in the Highlands and decided to spend the night on the shores of Loch Teacius, as the open sea was too windy. Set up camp on the grassy foreshore, nice meal, fire to keep the midges away, watching the tide slowly rising. We used a line of stones on the beach to gauge its progress, convincing ourselves that it was going to stop soon. We refused to move the tents and we were lucky, the edge of the loch just reached under the fly of my blue tent but didn't quite reach the inner. Canute had nothing on us.

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Re: WIN a Rab Solar 3 Sleeping Bag worth £135!!!
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2021, 07:45:00 pm »
Photos from a trip to the Lleyn Peninsular a few years ago. It was April and very cold.

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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2021, 08:49:45 am »
Photo taken during the 2017 september Anialarra expedition. Where we were surprised by snow in the morning. Our altitude basecamp is situated at 2100m.

A room with a view :-) The 2nd photo is the altitude basecamp seen from above (wihhout the snow).
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Re: WIN a Rab Solar 3 Sleeping Bag worth £135!!!
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2021, 01:55:22 pm »
This is from around 1989-1990. We used to go camp 2 nights in Smallcleugh mine, go up on the Friday, to the Rose and Crown in Nenthead - drink a load of beer, then around 1am kit up in the car park, head down the mine with food and beer for another night. North End Flats was our base. Canvas camp beds with steel tube frame. Day of explore on Sat, booze up, out on Sunday.

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2021, 02:02:29 pm »
On an more sedate theme, first time camping with our daughter - Knight Stainforth.

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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2021, 02:32:40 pm »


In Sept 2018 I decided one evening to pack a bag, walk from my front door and have a camp out for the night. I packed a warm dinner in Tupperware knowing that it’s warmth would decline the longer I took to find my destination.

Living in Cheddar means plenty of countryside on the doorstep and I headed off up the hill with the aim of camping on top of the gorge to see a lovely sunset. Well I missed sunset with my faffing but I made it up there easily enough and found my idea spot, set up bed, got in and munched my dinner.

Meanwhile I had messaged a friend to tell him what I was up to. It was an open invite to anyone, although I was also quite happy sleeping alone under the stars.




The dark set in and no word of anyone else joining me so I settled into my bivy bag and started to drift off to sleep. Soon I heard voices and it was my two friends coming to join me, struggling to find me in the dark. They had come out for the night as I’d checked the weather forecast and it said it was going to be dry over night.

During the early hours it started to drip, and it got steadily wetter. Can’t say it was my best nights sleep, and I woke up with a puddle in the hood of my sleeping bag. But the morning sky was superb, and our quick goodbyes, walking separate directions, I was soon back home ready to start work for the day, taking advantage of my home working job (in the days before everyone worked from home).




It was a fab evening out, a brilliant reset using plenty of fresh air and walking from/to my front door made it even more fun.
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2021, 03:22:44 pm »
Caving related, in that everyone there was either a member of, or friends with a member of the same caving club. Treking in Ladakh in 2004. Despite being over 3000m in altitude, the weather was pleasant enough to bivvy out on many nights. Crystal clear skies overhead and watching the Milky Way, shooting stars and satellites.
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2021, 03:41:13 pm »
Photo taken during the 2017 september Anialarra expedition. Where we were surprised by snow in the morning. Our altitude basecamp is situated at 2100m.

A room with a view :-) The 2nd photo is the altitude basecamp seen from above (wihhout the snow).

And last but not least a view from our campsite from very hight in the sky :-) These aerial photos were taking in august 2017, at that moment a third tent was in place.

If you scroll out you can see the vast wilderness where our campite is situated  ;D The hike from the parking place is minimal 1u15 depending on the conditions and the weight of the backpack :-) and if your driver was able to reach the highest parking spot.

https://zoom.earth/#view=42.946046,-0.739901,20z/layers=esri,nolabels



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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2021, 07:39:35 am »
More cavers doing non-caving things.
Again, members and friends of the same caving club. Trying to climb a mountain called Daxue in Gansu Province in China. Our plans were thrown in to disarray as our permit for the original location was cancelled by the authorities a week before. This expedition was thrown together at the last moment by our member on the ground who has a trekking company in China. Unfortunately, the walk in had to be rather tight on altitude acclimatisation and a couple of people (including me) spent our time at base camp feeling very poorly. The summit bid didn't succeed, but all had a very interesting time in this remote part of the country, as well as in the cosmopolitan city of Chengdu.

To the camping! Base camp was on the moraine of a long glacier, so there was a cold wind flowing down it pretty much without stop. Well below freezing at night. A good place to take a Rab sleeping bag, which I didn't have, so I was chilly!


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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2021, 08:10:38 am »
Yet more cavers not going caving. This time the Isle of Rum in 2012. A group of us did a multi day walk on the island. One night wild camping, another in a bothy. This one is of the camp.

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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2021, 12:58:31 pm »
Our campsite on Mount Roraima in Venezuela which fast became known as El Hotel Bastardos.  Our small party was approached on the first night by a member of a large group from Explore Worldwide who were camping a long way from us (hooray). This chap came to ask if we had any spare bog roll and  would we exchange  it for a whole bottle of rum. Silly boy - snapped his hand off.  It was Christmas Eve and that rum went down well along with another we had with us (which also contained some strange greenery care of Riccado our guide). My husband spent the night with his head out of the tent  having a dinner refund. Next morning we were  up early for the walk off. Still pissed and a bit dizzy. It is amazing how a 3000ft drop can sober you up in an instant.   

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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2021, 01:06:19 pm »
My late husband Bosh looking dapper at the 1st camp down the Gouffre Berger.

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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2021, 01:11:26 pm »
On an ice climbing course in the Cairngorms we had the choice of carrying a tent or sleeping in a snow hole. We chose the latter - a nice two chamber affair with a neat connecting window to allow the transfer for tea , coffee and vesta beef curry.  I spent the night freezing and damp. My pal Jo spent the night wondering if the roof was going to fall in. Our husbands spent the night  gently snoring and farting.   

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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2021, 01:38:37 pm »
Hi Jane
Don't need a bag but would like to share with you a few pictures of our camps in caves and jungle. It is not real camping as we provide tents, sleeping bags, 2 foam mattress, a pillow. We now also have changing tents and this year a sauna tent! This is a bit different from horror show camps in the Goufre Engins or in the Barrangasse in Austria.
 

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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2021, 05:45:34 pm »
At the beginning of 2020, blissfully unaware of what the rest of the year had in store, a group of us headed out for what would become the last expedition of the Mulu caves project to date. No tents, but when you have a gourmet chef like Badlad preparing your supper you really don't need other creature comforts ;)

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« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2021, 09:21:20 am »
Ah, yes, Chunky, what fine memories from a year ago.  Our two night camp in Blue Moonlight Bay,.  What an epic.  Seven hour track cutting to the entrance, my boot fell apart and you lost half a camera along the way.  Fabulous cave though and a cracking campsite when we eventually got there.  The leads bummed out and what an epic derig on the last day.  Packs so heavy the shoulder strap broke on yours.  I've pinched a couple of your shots to show the kitchen ingredients and one of our 'friend' we shared the camp with.  :o :o  ..and this is several hours underground down two pitches and across a river (although I expect he didn't come in that way)






No underground camping since of course but it has got me thinking about my first underground camp.  Three nights in the Old Grotto of Swildons Hole, Mendip.  As fifteen years olds we decided this was the best way to explore the cave.  Took a day to get set up, then we explored to sump one and got one of four of us through the sump, third day we tried to get to Swildons four.  We found Tratmans Temple and spent several hours trying to bail a sump.  Found out years later it was the wrong sump.  Then it took a day to clear up and out.  Took four days to do what should take an hour or so  :lol:  I can't imagine that our parents had a clue what we were really up to but you could get away with adventures like that back in the day  ;)

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« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2021, 07:46:21 pm »
We had slowly poured ourselves into the Devon Spelæological Society caving hut, 18 children, 10 staff and Ursa the collie. (If you know the hut this was an achievement in itself.) Boxes of food were unpacked, dinner cooked and then instructions of what to pack in rucksacks for a long hike was disseminated. The first excitement of a week underground & overground was being dropped on the edge of Dartmoor as a full moon rose over the tor. I was asked to lead the group slowly into the moor following a leat edging round the contour above a small valley. My first time on Dartmoor and only 2nd camp with the children’s outdoor education charity. Shortly a flat (ish) piece of ground was found and tents were erected below the brow of a hill under a moon so bright we didn’t need torches.
Morning started with a delivery of hot coffee to me snuggled still in my tent. I put my head out to a sparkling crisp landscape with a tent encased in ice.  I couldn’t think of a better place to be.

PS, the porridge promptly fell off the stove; aubergines spirited themselves out of rucksacks not to be put in the evening stew; the table in the barn is capacious enough to play chess underneath while mixing birthday cake on top; Pridhamsleigh Cavern,  a digeridoo, espresso coffee & ghouls in the attic make for the best cave game, ever!
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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2021, 10:06:13 am »
We decided against a tent for this New Years Dartmoor pre-lockdown camping trip, to prevent having to share a tent 'indoors' and aid airflow with the ol rona. Well... it certainally helped airflow! I haven't had such a cold night (woefully under clothed!) in a while.
The beautiful snow clad Dartmoor in the stunning clear moonlight did make it worth getting up at 3AM to go for a 'warm up walk'! Typical phone camera unable to capture the true beauty of night time snow. A truly fantastic was to start the new year just before lockdown put an end to all camping for the time being.
We got to our campsite only to find that we had forgotton all of the cuttlery - doh! Cue an evening spend trying to eat curry with a plastic packet rolled up as a spoon, can't say I reccomend.

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« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2021, 03:17:42 pm »
I went on a caving holiday with some friends from the MCG in 2019 to a fantastic campsite called Camping Gouffre de la Croix in the Vercors. This was the second time we've been there.

Here is a great big toad we found one night outside my tent. Next is a picture of our BBQ after a hard day's caving and the view of the mountains opposite the campsite. To wake up to that view every morning was the best thing in the world. I wished we could have stayed there forever. I could happily live in a tent somewhere like this.

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« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2021, 04:04:39 pm »
I don’t need a bag either but the competition reminded me of various bivis in the Alps.

We once decided to do a ridge climb in the Ecrin mountains, France.  Having already discovered that we weren’t very good at walking up quickly from the Ailefroide carpark we decided to bivi at the start of the route.  Once there we decided that, as we were only 100m from the start of the climbing, it would be OK to have a bit of a lie in, followed by a leisurely breakfast – otherwise known as a British alpine start.

By the time we’d sauntered over to the rock and roped up, three teams of French climbers had arrived.  One of them had driven from Grenoble in the middle of the night and walked up from the valley.  Another thing we noticed was that all of the French teams were al carrying big boots, crampons and an ice axes.  Strange, we thought, they obviously don’t know they’re not needed.  All we had was a pair of approach shoes each in our 10L backpacks because, from the end of the ridge, we were supposed to be able to walk back down an almost flat glacier on the western side.

After several hours and 5 or 6 summits along the ridge, including the Pointe des Cinéastes (3203m), all the French teams suddenly abseiled off the east side of the ridge onto the very steep, and very crevassed, Glacier Tuckett.  Suddenly we were alone and we still had almost three quarters of the ridge to go before we would be able to be able to descend onto the flatter, less crevassed Glacier de la Pyramide.  The ridge went on and on, and on, over gendarme after gendarme.  We had to abseil off some of them which meant that retreat was impossible.  As the sun edged towards the horizon the cold became intense and it started to seem unlikely that we could survive a night up there.  Anyway, at the end of the ridge, after several abseils, glissades and much trudging, we staggered back to our bivi spot an hour after dark, probably around the time that the French team arrived back home in Grenoble.

What’s all this go to do with caving?  The only time I have ever felt a similar level of commitment in the UK was the first time I did Simpsons Pot pull-through and we couldn’t find the duck.  Unless you count the time in Simpson’s Pot where I chucked the rope bag through the duck and then couldn’t find the bag (there’s a underwater void to the left just after you go through).  And then there was the time when someone left the second rope bag at the top of one of Simpson’s pitches and we didn’t know if we had enough rope for Slit Pot.

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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2021, 05:12:02 pm »
A fair few years ago we kayaked out to an WW2 fort in the Medway to camp for a night. There was a group of us went out with heavily loaded boats.

There where a few 'slightly' larger boats on route.



The camp was not the flattest ground I have ever camped on.



Plenty to do when there





Waiting for the tide to come in the next day so we could leave.



Yet more pictures of cavers (and some non cavers) not caving.

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« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2021, 11:38:59 pm »
I had ideas of having a big 50th birthday party this year but like many other celebrations this was put on hold, so what do you do to make one day very different from all the others? No caves on the doorstep but plenty of secret locations hidden away from now busy footpaths. Birthday under the stars and at 5am the snow falling in your face. Magical!
(Apologies, photo's wouldn't rotate) Happy camping!
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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2021, 07:03:19 pm »
Thanks to all who have entered   :thumbsup: - closes tomorrow evening so still time to post those photos, what else are you going to be doing??

A reminder on how to post photos here:

https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=24318.0

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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2021, 08:52:25 pm »
Just before starting my nursing degree, I decided I needed one last 'gap yeaarh' adventure in the mountains. We flew over to the south of France to hike a section of the GR10 in the Pyrenees. It was the best way to spend my last few weeks of freedom, and I can't wait to escape again when I graduate.

I loved looking back through old photos of the trip for this competition, but I've carefully selected the camping highlights!



Our first day on the trail. A long slog up the Chemin de la Mâture - a path carved in the side of a mountain to transport timber down to the sea for ship making. This was definitely my 'oh f*ck what am I doing' moment.



When was the last time you woke up to a view like this? Worth every mile hiking with a tent on your back



Stressing out about a stampede of mountain cows running past our tent



Perfect place for a morning swim in a glacial lake (this was much much colder than it looked)



Nothing better than a cuppa at the end of a long day!

I know I'm not the only one finding it hard to suppress my need for an escape, but some day soon (hopefully!) we will once again be able venture out into the beautiful wilderness. Keeping my fingers crossed that restrictions will lift by the time I graduate so I can try the GR5 in the Alps out before starting my nursing career. And how cool would it be to have a new sleeping bag for the trip?  ;)
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« Reply #33 on: February 13, 2021, 11:42:35 am »
I normally do lots of scout related camping in a year. Ether taking my cub pack on camps. This was a recent (in relative terms) one. No people in it for GDPR reasons.



I also normally go on 4-6 camps (including a week long jamboree) a year to help run a go kart track.



2020 was a bit of a wipe out for them and sadly 2021 isn't looking much better. I am hoping we may get 1 or 2 in late summer.

 

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