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We all talk about wild camping, the inter-web is awash with blogs and sites dedicated to it. But exactly what is wild camping?

I originally wanted to write a post about the features you may want to consider for a backpacking tent or bivi bag, but my research opened up so many questions as to how people view wild camping, that before I could write that post, I needed to be clear as to what wild camping actually is!

Welsh wild camping Sunrise - Pic Courtesy M Padgett

The essence of wild camping, watching the sun climb into the sky to begin its daily Westward journey. Photocredit: M Padgett

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Buying a new tent is never an easy task, there seems to be so many technical features these days that it can be more than a little bit confusing. So to cut the daunting task of buying a tent down to size, here is the CheapTents buying guide.

This article on buying a new tent is by no means exhaustive but is meant as a starting place by which you can get an idea of what features and requirements you have for a tent. Once you’ve read this article, if you have any questions or need some more advice simply leave a comment below or if you are looking for more detailed advice visit our blog posts on choosing all-round 2 man tents, tents suitable for wild camping and family tents. For advice about specific tent models take a look at our product reviews.

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A huge part of climbing (and abseiling) is the adrenaline caused by the risks being taken. However, an even bigger part of climbing is the calculating of these risks in order to ensure the safety of the climber is not in any way compromised. This is no easy task with many considerations such as climbing ropes, safety harness, climbing shoes, karabiner’s, chocks, helmets and other climbing equipment.

In this post I want to take a look at Climbing Helmets, take a glance at why they are used, how they work and which one is right for you.

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Mountain Equipment Kongur Gore Tex Jacket

The award winning and much loved ME Kongur at £252 is a lot of money, so why wouldn't you want to protect it?

Breathable waterproof fabrics such as Gore Tex, eVent and Gelanots are highly technical and can be expensive. So it is not surprising that there are numerous products on the market that claim to protect and prolong the life of waterproof clothing. Is it necessary to use these fabric care products or will my waterproofs be ok as long as I simply look after them?

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Here at CheapTents.com we all love the MSR Hubba tents, but do find the naming system slightly confusing at times.  So we got in touch with Mountain Safety Research to find out where the name comes from.

What is a Hubba?

The Hubba name is something we (MSR) came up with, based on the tent’s unique hub and pole frame. The “hub” is the circle that connects various tent poles sections together, thus cutting down on the total number of poles needed. In the photo below, you’ll see how the pole branches out into two legs–the sections join together at the hub.

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Groundsheet protectors are something that very few people I know carry, mainly due to the extra weight. I recently started thinking about whether or not there was a real need to carry a tent groundsheet protector or whether it was just unnecessary bulk.

What do Groundsheet Protectors Do?

So is it worth carrying the extra weight and what does it actually do?
Well the main purpose of a ground sheet protector, also known as a footprint, is to protect groundsheets! With tents becoming lighter all the time groundsheets are thinner than they used to be. This is fine if you are camping on grass and can clear the site before pitching. However this isn’t normally the case with tents needing to be pitched in a hurry and sometimes your only choice is rocky ground. In these cases a groundsheet protector is well worth the extra weight to prevent against punctures from twigs, thorns or stones.

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You might have heard of social media and/or social bookmarking sites, well here’s an intro into the topic to help you along the way!

Simply click on one of these icons to bookmark the content you want to your social bookmarking account – give it a go!!

Outdoor People and Social Media

What is Social Media?

Social media is the online version of the pub.  You know when you’ve been out walking in the Lakes and you duck in to the local pub at the end of your trail, covered in mud and looking forward to that first pint and a hearty roast dinner, sharing stories of how you were nearly blown off a cliff in a gale once, and how your new waterproof jacket from your new favourite outdoor shop is even better than what you hoped it would be…social media is just like that!

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Please share this warning with fellow walkers!

There has been an avalanche warning put out by the Live for the Outdoors forum around the Snowdonia area, as there has been instances of snow falling away from cornices.  Here are the tips provided by the article advising on walking in the hills, especially avalanche prone areas….

  1. If you are sinking in over ankle deep, just maybe you shouldn’t be there..
  2. Avoid leeward slopes (if the wind’s blowing from the north the leeward slope is the south side).
  3. Know that slopes are at their most dangerous between 25º and 50º- even low angle innocuous looking slopes can avalanche.
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Outdoor People

Help and AdviceOutdoor gear, sports and camping are definitely our thing.  Each of the team at CheapTents.com, enjoys their own range of outdoor sports and activities from leisurely walking to travel and triathalons, or from climbing to mountain biking and bivouacking.  For this reason, we take a great interest in a wide range of outdoor gear and how it performs for it’s designated purpose.  So for this matter we thought we would plant this knowledge down into a library of outdoor resources for others to share…

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What is a Nunatak?

The obvious answer is that it is a situation in which you are accosted by lady who has dedicated her life to god.

In terms of mountaineering however,

Sharp Edge as a Nunatak - artists impression

A Nunatak is a mountain or rock that protrudes through an ice field.

Nunataks are usually identifiable landmarks or reference points in glaciers or ice caps.

Supposing we were to enter another ice age and glaciers flowed into the Lake DistrictSharp Edge could become a nunatak, as in the artists impression on the left!

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