Experience

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In The Rain

I am not a camping person. That is not surprising seeing that I am much closer now to senility than I am to adolescence. The trouble is, I never was a camping person. That however, did not deter me from joining a group of 'friends' who were attending a Fleadh Cheoil in Gorey, Co. Wexford at a time when I had as much money as sense -which was none of either! We arrived in the town on a wet, clam

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Tips for Lightweight Camping

I recently completed a four day solo camping trip in Finnish Lapland, just north of the Arctic Circle. My complete outfit weighed twenty-nine pounds. I know there are ultralight campers who carry even less, but in my experience, most people take far too much and there really is no need to. Here are some tips for lightweight camping which come from my own personal experience. Get a modern tent.

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Camping Champion!

Kate and I made our merry way to the Petta Fiesta gig in Pettaugh with confidence and excitement. On arrival we found the designated camping area, removed the borrowed and previously unwrapped tent from the carry bag. Once successfully pitched we crawled inside its purple, flower embellished sheets and considered our open mic performance booked for the next day. Here are 10 tips on how to become a

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The Best Hikes Around Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls has long been appreciated as a breath-taking visual spectacle, and with over 3,100 tons of water careening over its edge every second, it truly is a sight to behold. The Falls, however, provide more than just the passive entertainment of marveling at nature’s power. Formed at the end of the last ice age, the same powerful waters and glaciers that shaped Niagara Falls have created s

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Triple ‘C’ It’s a Camping Life for Me!

Camping should always be a fun and enjoyable experience and if this isn't case, then something has clearly gone wrong somewhere. Now I think that it is fair to say that not everyone warms to the idea of nature in all it's glorious dirt and meyhem, but it really is possible to put all that aside and take a hold of the bigger picture. From past experiences, I have come up with three phrases which

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Learning From Experience

I heaved my bag out of the back of the minibus and turned around. Here I was, after a slightly nauseating coach journey, in the middle of the Welsh mountains, for my first ever camping trip. The small field was surrounded by closely knit trees and shrouded by a light covering of mist. Along with the glistening dew on the grass, the meadow looked mysterious and magical. Two hours of hard labour la

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The Moonlight Hike

The Moonlight Hike... Could you be missing out on a unforgettable hiking experience? Up until last year I had never heard of such a thing as a moonlight hike. Although I had been on many camping trips with my partner and alone it also seemed that the night time camping was solely reserved for ‘cozying’ up and sleeping in my tent.  Now I plan some of my camping trips to hike through the moo

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Using Your Watch as a Compass

When our Border Collie/Sheltie mix, Keegan and I head off the pavement for adventure, I always carry a handheld GPS along with a compass and a map, so here's a word of advice: learn how to operate your GPS before you go out in the wilderness and know how to use a compass and a map. If you do not know how to use those items, they will be useless to you. Using your watch as a compass is easy, here i

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