Backpacking: Camping with just a backpack is probably one of the most rewarding ways to camp. Camping with only what you really need and all in one lightweight convenient place. Backpacking allows you to get as close to nature as possible.

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Camper Species – Types of Camping

Camping - the exploration of the unknown, the rediscovering of nature…the burning of food. Yes, camping is an experience that truly rejuvenates the soul. As a Canadian who lives at the feet of the Rocky Mountains, camping is an integral part of my life. There are many provincial and national parks near my home, and each time I visit them, I notice that there are three distinct types of campers.

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Tips to Organize Your Maps When Backpacking

I love back-packing long distance trails, but what a lot of maps to carry!  Two years ago I plotted my own ‘Coast to Coast’ route from Southport to Scarborough in England.  I needed eleven Ordnance Survey Explorer maps to cover the 200 mile walk. It goes without saying, if your maps are disorganized the maps won't help you they will hinder you. Here are my tips to organize your maps when bac

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Backpacking and Camping Alone can be Inspiring

I do like being in company, but sometimes backpacking and camping alone with the wonderful solitude of  your temporary home on your back can be so inspiring. Especially if you are in an area of fantastic beauty that you have never visited before. The joy of walking early, looking out of the tent to see the mist-covered mountains or lakes. To put your face in the icy water from the local stream an

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Camping: Horse Flies, Cows and Cous Cous!

So my story begins in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District, Cumbria, England. I had embarked on a 4 day camping expedition over the rolling hills and steep mountains of the English countryside, to complete The Duke of Edinburgh Award. My Tips for Camping in the Lake District: Horse Flies and Other Lovely Insects There are a few things you should know before you go on a camping trip,

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Backpacking Through New Zealand

In my opinion New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world. New Zealand offers everything you could possibly want when traveling. It is the home of breathtaking landscapes such as glaciers, rain forests, white sand beaches, mountains, rolling valleys, volcanoes, geysers and so much more! New Zealand - New Start I was 20yrs old when I left home (Vancouver, Canada). I had just finished m

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Backpacking Tips: You’re not too Old to Backpack

After my children grew up and left home, I decided to walk the Cumbria Way -  a beautiful 70 mile trail across the mountains and valleys of the Lake District of England.  I had pre-booked accommodation for each night so my itinerary was fixed.  How I envied the freedom of the backpackers I met, but could a sixty-year-old woman carry enough gear for a solo camping trip? Don't just think it, do i

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