Competition: WIN £100 to spend at Simply Hike

Look, I got you a little Christmas present! Win £100 to spend on outdoorsy goodies from the fantastic Simply Hike, ready for another year of adventure.

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How to: make American s’mores by the campfire

My brilliant friend Bobby Downs taught me how to make all-American s’mores when we went hiking in the Catskills, so I asked him to write down this extreme(ly delicious) way of toasting marshmallows over a fire.

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A cabin in the woods

My friend Matt has a little bit of woodland tucked away in the Wye valley, complete with tiny cabin kitted out with a stove and a sofa, a very sophisticated stick system for cooking over a campfire and lots of…

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Four alternatives to camping for festival goers

Off to a festival this month? There’s no need to slum it in a sea of sweaty tents – sleep in style in a bell tent, camper van or even a comfy lodge. Alternatives to camping for festivals and outdoor…

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Wilderness survival: how to survive in the wilderness

My guide to Bear Grylls-style skills for the next time you get lost in the woods. Because, you know, your iPhone might not have any signal. Just make sure you have a few matches on you… Wilderness survival guide HOW…

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Winter camping guide: how to camp safely in the cold

Mark Enright of outdoor equipment specialists Mountain Leisure Perth tells me his tips for sleeping over the snow and under the stars in this winter camping guide. Brrr! Winter camping guide Camping in the middle of winter is an experience…

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Placers to stay: camping on the Isle of Wight

Super chilled, lush green in hue and dotted with surf-friendly beaches, secret woodlands and cool camping spots, the Isle of Wight deserves its growing rep as a hip island getaway, and camping is the best way to experience its beauty.…

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My pick of the best camping books

My pick of the top camping titles just in time for a summer of sleeping under stars and canvas, including essential info on where to pitch your tent and what to cook up on the campfire. My pick of the…

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Interview: The Guyrope Gourmet on camping cookery

Josh Sutton, aka the Guyrope Gourmet, is not a fan of baked beans. Instead, he likes nothing more than to haul fresh neck fillets of lamb and a bottle of red wine across the Howgills, start up a fire and…

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Recipe: The Guyrope Gourmet’s mussels with beer and coriander

We’ve just interviewed Josh Sutton, aka the Guyrope Gourmet, about his love of good food and good camping. He’s very kindly given us this fantastic one-pot wonder recipe to share. Who said outdoor eating has to be all about baked…

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How to: orient yourself by the stars

If you’re stranded in the dark, your best resource is the night sky above you. Rich Johnson explains how to use the stars to guide you home.

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How to use a storm kettle

If you’re as much of a fan as I am of going off on adventures down rivers in wooden canoes, Famous Five Style (lashings of ginger beer optional), you may have used a storm kettle before. If you haven’t, it’s…

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How to: go glamping

Leaky tents, muddy fields and tepid baked beans do not a happy weekend of camping make, but tend to be the inevitable reality. Luckily, the discerningly stylish outdoorsy enthusiast can now enjoy the great outdoors without getting her designer Hunter…

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A little outdoors inspiration

The lovely Elizabeth Grant rounds up some fun and easy ways to get outdoors this summer.

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Review: Gelert Lakeside Deluxe 300 Dl sleeping bag

I’m heading to Glastonbury next week, and am so excited I’m a bit worried I’m going to burn out before I even get there. The amount of bands I want to see and muddy dancing I want to do means…

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Festival special: Top ten under £100

Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Or feeling the pinch and want the outdoors experience for less? These beauties are the finest fests in the land, all for under 100 squids, chosen and (on the whole) personally experienced by me. Book…

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