Have the center class ruined tenting? We requested our readers


Murray Evans: “Fab piece, made me smile, thanks. Having spent most of my life tenting in a single kind or one other my experience grew as I received older. From a sweaty tent and a floor sheet by way of to a sherpa caravan with beds, big tents, carpets, kitchen and extra. My motto was for those who can’t get up within the morning to place your pants on then your tent is just too small. I took all of the luxuries to make tenting extra bearable.”

Val Regulation: “As a 76-year-old singleton feminine with two canine, I’ve sadly turned to glamping after my tent blew down on prime of us. However minimal glamping. The one luxurious I can not do with out is my very own in-tent lavatory.”

Kara Grey: “Relying in your age and the situation of your again and joints, an incredible camp mattress and comfy chair could be very a lot wanted. I’ve simply had every week tenting with the household with these little luxuries and it was nice, I couldn’t tough it on a thermarest these days.”

Tee Platt: “Oh the disgrace. I’ve multi-use pronged forks and everybody we met on our glamping journey had fork envy.”

What occurs when all of it goes horribly improper

‘Phil the Fluter’: “Every week after passing my driving take a look at, I drove to Cornwall in an 850 Mini with my mate and his tent. Got here out of a membership late and pitched up in a farmers discipline. Awoke the subsequent day to search out we have been in a sewage farm.”

Royston Collier: “I bear in mind pitching a tent in a discipline one evening, and waking as much as discover a landowner and a policeman having a chat outdoors… within the entrance backyard of an enormous manor home! They discovered it fairly amusing, fortuitously for me. These have been the times.”

Sue Benjamins: “My husband and I pitched our tiny tent on a very good degree spot at midnight one evening after hours of driving. Come daylight, we discovered ourselves in the course of a neat entrance garden; the garden of a somewhat posh proprietor of a indifferent home in Sussex – the tolerant residents gave us tea and toast as we blushingly packed as much as transfer.”

Jennifer Carter: “Whereas tenting within the Matopos Hills in Rhodesia, I noticed a cobra go into our tent. I watched anxiously and, fortunately, it did come out. After that, I used to be delighted to have tents with a built-in groundsheet.”

Susan Wilcock: “Liked this humorous, lighthearted article. My overriding reminiscence of tenting is a visit to the North Wales coast when our kids have been very small. There was only one chilly water standpipe and one bathroom. Our tent blew down in a storm and a kind-hearted B&B proprietor made up some makeshift beds for us within the attic as a result of all the letting rooms have been occupied. Didn’t put us off going once more, although we at all times checked the climate forecast first.”

Anthony Field: “Memorable moments from my tenting previous:

1. Being woken at 3am by the farmer asking for assist rounding up his sheep that had escaped.

2. Getting untangled at 5am from the stays of the tent that had simply been crushed by the inquisitive cows launched into the sector that morning.”

Simon Bell: “One evening, having pitched on the shore of an Italian lake, a storm blew up and Mum and Dad spent a lot of the evening holding on to the awning to cease it blowing away. Us children slept by way of the entire thing.”

Michael Joseph Wimbs: “Having pitched our Scouts tent “in a fallow discipline” in Basel, after arriving late, we have been curious subsequent morning to be wakened by the patter of raindrops on canvas regardless of robust daylight penetrating the identical. Sticking our sleepy heads out to unravel the thriller, we have been immediately and pungently shampooed, to the evident delight of the Swiss farmer driving previous on his muck-spreader.”

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