|Posted by Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World on November 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM|
I’m new to Wild Camping, and as an adult I have never camped solo. When I was a young teen in Australia, I used to run away from home a lot, but being without camping equipment over night as a child in the Australian bush, is definitely not ideal.
I have to admit to being a bit apprehensive about Wild Camping. I can get spooked after watching a horror movie, so god only knows what I will be like in the middle of some woods, jungle, or desert somewhere in the world on my own. I believe common sense will be the key. For instance, it wouldn't be a great idea to camp out on packice in a sealskin sleeping bag if there might be Polar Bears in the area, or to set up the tent at waters edge at low tide
I am quite handy and can take care of myself, so aggressive people don’t really bother me too much, other than bring my mood down. But animals and bugs are something else. A creature creeping around my tent in the middle of the night will no doubt sound horrific and conjour up all kinds of crazy images.
Getting into my tent when it’s pitch black, only to find I brought a critter in with me would be bad news! Earwigs I hate. I mean I really hate them more than any other creature. Second to Earwigs are bears. I really don’t like bears. Their emotionless faces and the way they eat things without killing them first. So whatever you do, if you want to surprise me one night with a visit, don't! It will only end in tears
Well there it is, a big strong guy like me, six feet tall and built like a brick shithouse, is scared of the dark Well not that scared, just a little apprehensive. But very soon on this adventure I’m just going to have to get used it. I might even love it and I think I will, just as long as I can get a wash and keep clean. I do sleep really soundly and can go out like a light. My snoring will likely keep most predators away for miles around, unless it replicates the mating call of some crazed wild beast.
This blog is to be updated with my experiences to come. Got any wild camping stories, let me know.