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Deciding what food to take when backpacking can be a difficult task. The major deciding factors being the weight of the food, its taste, longevity, nutrition and your diet. Other considerations are cooking, water and packaging. You may also be concerned about issues such as animal welfare, sustainability and food miles.

MSR camping stove being used to heat up noodles

Make your camping food taste better! Source: Flickr by Beemans.

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Update: We are not currently selling the Mirage 200. As an alternative we recommend the Jack Wolfskin Gossamer II which is a tunnel tent as opposed to the semi-geodesic style of the Mirage.

The Mirage 200 is a 2 man, 3 season backpacking tent from Vango’s expedition range. With an RRP of £150 (July 2012) it represents great value for money and it is no wonder that it is a Duke of Edinburgh Award approved product.

Side view of the Vango Mirage 200 Tent with its outer door open

What makes the Vango Mirage 200 such a good buy? Some of the features that we like best are it’s sizeable interior, quick all in-one pitching and the free-standing, semi-geodesic design.

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Update: Please note that the Power Tokee has been discontinued. As an alternative we recommend the Nordisk Telemark 1 LW instead.

This week’s Product of the Week (09/07/12) is the Vaude Power Tokee Ultralight 2012 Tent. A tent we’ve chosen as a star product, it’s a favourite amongst our customers and one of our best selling tents. The Power Tokee is a 1 person ultralight tent, which at only 860 g packed is currently the lightest tent in our selection. In our review we take a look at its features and find out why it is one of our best selling tents.

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A familiar face on social media platform Twitter, Alex Atkinson ( @atkypne ) is an avid hiker, backpacker and wild camper. Alex and two of his friends recently took on the Coast to Coast walk, in aid of Hounds for Heros.
wild camping at night in the lake district
The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192 mile route that was devised by Alfred Wainwright in 1973. Its starting point is at the Irish Sea (St Bee’s) and it finishes at the North Sea (Robin Hood’s Bay) passing through 3 national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. The highest point on the route is Kidsty Pike at 780m (2559ft) above sea level. The route is a mutli-day walking challenge and is one of the most popular walking routes in the UK.

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Cheap Tents Celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012

The Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012

You will probably have heard about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which luckily for most of us includes 2 bank holidays (4th and 5th June). Many people and communities will be celebrating in different ways, including street parties and bbq’s, others amongst us will use the long weekend to get out hiking and camping for a few days.

Of course here at Cheap Tents we will be doing our bit to join in the celebrations, as you will see next week. We’ll have some special offers for campers and walkers to really help your Jubilee Weekend go well.

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Let’s start this review of the Force 10 Helium 100 with a bit of background information. In 2012 Vango have changed round their backpacking range, dropping the old Helium Superlite 100 and replacing it with the redesigned the Helium 100. Its probably not a surprising move as the Helium Superlite 100 at 0.97kg was extremely close in weight to the old Helium 100, which weighed 1.15kg, not to mention that they were only separated in RRPs by only £30. The current model is called the Force 10 Helium 1.

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Jack Wolfskin LogoWe are delighted to announce that our shopping site CheapTents, will supply Jack Wolfskin the leading European outdoor brand from April 2012. This will see us initially offering Jack Wolfskin tents, building to stock a complete range of Jack Wolfskin clothing, footwear and rucksacks in time for our winter collection this year.

Jack Wolfskin, is a leading brand in the outdoors market which over the past few years has begun to increase its presence in the U.K. Anyone watching Premier League Football will have no doubt seen prominent Jack Wolfskin advertisements as the company sponsors both Liverpool F.C. and Fulham F.C., which shows their intent to become a major player in the U.K. market. However, they are much more than a well oiled marketing machine! Their products are high quality, well designed and competitively priced.

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Square tent pegs resist twisting in the ground

MSR Needle Stakes for good all round performance.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of arriving back at the camping site after full day of hiking up big mountains, only to find that your tent has been blow across the campsite by strong winds and that it has landed in a patch of brambles that have torn it to shreds. Or so I’m told. Fortunately its never happened to me! 😉 Securing your tent with suitable pegs, stakes and guy ropes is essential if you don’t want your tent to get blown away. There are different types of tent peg that are available for use with different types of ground, different types of tent and with differing weights.

Often dedicated campsites, which may also be farmers fields, have a layer of grass covered mud and, provided that there has not been too much sun or too much rain, normal steel or aluminium tent pegs will be fine. The Vango steel hook and pin pegs fall into this category. They are often also useful for pegging down football nets, groundsheets or windbreaks.

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The logo of Nordisk outdoor equipment manufacturerWe are proud to announce that we will soon be stocking camping tents from Nordisk. Based in Denmark and Germany, they have been making high quality camping equipment for many years, their roots can be traced back to 1901 when they were founded as Nordisk Fjer (Northern Feather) in Denmark. Due to their Scandinavian history, all Nordisk’s outdoor gear incorporates an innovative Nordic-style design gained through their long-standing experience in dealing with Scandinavia’s harsh climate.

Since the rise of the earliest northern kingdoms, the virtues of courage, inventiveness and pride have been core values in the nordic heritage. Great kings haves lead their men through victorious battles and bold expeditions, while at the same time farming the land…

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Two Harbours on Catalina Island. Source: Flickr by Chrissy Olson

If you ever happen to be in Los Angeles and need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, an outdoor sanctuary is close at hand: only 22 miles off the coast is Catalina Island. This small island is 22 miles in length and 8 miles across at its widest point. Mostly undeveloped and with a year round mild climate, it offers excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, cycling and sailing.

Up until 1975 Catalina Island was largely owned by the Wrigley chewing gum family, before they deeded their ownership to the Catalina Island Conservancy, which has stewardship of 88 percent of the island. Most areas of the island are protected from development.

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