- Do I need my own sleeping bag and camping gear?
No. We can provide you with everything you need for camping. You'll just need comfortable outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear. of course, if you have your own kit, feel free to use it. We send you a kit list when you book, and if there's any issue just get in touch and we can help out.
- What do we eat on camping trips?
On tent based trips all meals and hot drinks are provided. We're used to camp cooking and menu planning so know what's tasty, nutritious and lightweight. We can cater for any special diets if you let us know in advance, and often you can come and do the shopping with us, or tell us what you like and we'll try to get it! Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are not included.
- I've never camped before. Help!
Many of our tent based trips are specifically for first time or inexperienced campers. We use top quality equipment and we take care of things, such as putting up tents and cooking, for you - our guides are very experienced at living under canvas and will show you what's what.
Even our longer and more challenging backpacking trips are great for inexperienced campers.
- Do i need to carry a heavy backpack?
No. Many of our trips are specifically designed so we don't carry heavy loads for long distances - on some of them we transport stuff by boat so there's almost no carrying to be done! On longer backpacking trips we often place stashes of food etc in advance so we don't need to carry too much. If you want to challenge yourself then you can always offer to carry the guide's backpack, they won't mind ;-)
- Should I bring my swimming things?
Absolutely! A lightweight pack towel too if you have one, don't worry if you don't - we do!
- Will we be attacked by wild animals?
Extremely unlikely. The most dangerous animal in Britain is, believe it or not, a cow. That's true !! The only bears are dressed in kilts and found in gift shops.
- Will there be hot showers?
To be honest, probably not - most of our camping trips go to remote wilderness areas with no facilities. As part of your camping equipment we supply you with wet wipes, a pack towel, and some antibacterial gel. We also carry a trowel or spade in the group so we can bury any human waste. There's often an opportunity to swim in rivers and in the sea - bring swimming things! it's best to bring your own small wash kit with you - toothbrush, travel wash, etc.
- Will I have to share a tent with a stranger?
We won't make you do so, but normally we do accommodate you in 2 or 3 person tents. We have some tents that are suitable for solo use, but you'd need to ask us in advance and a surcharge may be payable. Sharing has a few advantages - there is less to carry, and it's much warmer! We don't ask you to share with people you don't know of the opposite sex.