It didn’t occur to me until last night that i had never tried my tent out, i know a heinous crime if ever there was one.
I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never done this until 3 days before I am due to leave, but hey it is all in good fun. When my partner came down and observed me trying to pitch a tent in the living room a quick trip to my in-laws to use their spacious garden proved a very timely decision. My Vango banshee 200 is a very simple affair, easily erected in super quick time.
I was able to attach the inner to the outer and so saving precious time when assembling most likely in the rain and wind and possibly fog, snow, thunder or any other combination of weather our delightful climate can offer during our, erm summer? To highlight this weather I’ve told a little story below.
this little beauty is a two person tent,now when you buy a tent and they tell you how many people can sleep inside they generally stretch the truth a little. Yes two people can fit inside but you better be damn sure you like to cuddle, if not you best get liking it quick. I have now packed and unpacked for the 7th time is as many weeks, I think it is becoming a bit of an obsession.
In May this year myself and my brother (he’s the ugly one), planed to complete a little 50 mile trip around the lake district, similar to this trip I spent some time printing and highlighting the proposed route taking in some of the great hills and fells. Now being the end of May we expected nice weather with a little rain, what we got was something very, very different, on the journey down it started raining and then this turned to snow.
This was our view the next morning, after we had spent the evening shivering in freezing temperatures, waking periodically and trying desperately to warm the edges of my body. The next morning after very little sleep and aching eyes we decided to escape before it got worse and set off back home, the weather got worse as we drove home and we’d even heard on the radio that a couple had been caught out in a blizzard near to a route we were supposed to have walked.
Our decision to leave not having even been out walking was a sensible one, the weather around our hills and mountains can change in an instant, for example when we completed the three peaks the weather was pleasantly warm in the valley below, once entering the hills, we were met with, fog, rain, hail and strong winds to finish the day with sunburn, these places although beautiful are not to be underestimated and they contain climates of their own, so when your told what to pack, trust me pack it.
So with this in mind, I’m ever hopeful but I am also a realist.