Wild Camping Part 2 – Shelter

What you’ll need to wild camp will depend on the weather and how close you want to get to nature.  It also depends on how long you’re out for but let’s assume it’s a single overnighter and you can extrapolate from there.

Your basic needs when you stop for the night is food to recover from all the adventurous activities you’ve hopefully been doing during the day and to fuel up for all the more tomorrow.  You’ll also need some degree of shelter from the elements in order to recover and get a good night’s sleep.  I’ll deal with food and cooking soon but for now let’s look at shelter.

The greater the degree of shelter and comfort the greater the weight I’m afriad.  Less of a problem when you using something like a canoe or kayak (or car) but if you’re trekking into your campsite or parachuting in and weight is an issue then you do not want to be carrying the equivalent of a fruit machine on your back.  Let’s start with the most accommodating but heaviest – a tent. (more…)

Wild Camping Part 1 – Legal Stuff


One of the easiest and most accessible adventures we can have is Wild Camping.

Anyone, regardless of age and ability, can have a go at this and it needn’t require great long hike into the remote wilds of the Scottish Highland. I’ll offer some tips and tricks on kit, techniques and location in the future but first I’ll cover something which is seldom done in the ‘wild camping is great – get out there’ well meaning and encouraging blogs on wild camping – that fact that’s it’s often illegal.

So let’s deal with some legal pointer.  Wild camping is not permitted by law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but is also classed as a civil not a criminal offence) unless participants have permission from the landowner (there will always be someone as all land in these countries is owned).  However, practically a number of places tolerate wild camping as long as a code of ethics is adhered to.  Good examples of these locations are Snowdonia and the Lake District National Parks. Both locations’ official websites have pages dedicated to dealing with the issue of wild camping and its allowance along with details of the codes of practice one should stick to. (more…)

Introduction to My Home Gym (AKA The Training Room of Torbet HQ)


One of the most requested Vlogs from people on Instagram was an introduction to my home gym, what in there and why. So here’s a quick tour of ‘the training room’ of Torbet HQ.
There is more kit to be added in the coming weeks and months but if you have any questions the best method is to DM on Instagram (@Andy_Torbet).

Vlogs and Blogs Intro

Welcome to my Vlogs and Blogs. My life is pretty varied so you’ll find information on all sorts of exploration and adventure subjects from cave diving to snorkelling, wild camping to climbing, skydiving to science and technology and tips on how to deal with risk and danger, overcome fear and how to organise and motivate yourself. I’ll also include my thoughts on nutrition and fitness and what works to keep me sane and fit for adventures.

It won’t all be extreme and technical. I’ll include advice and ideas for beginners.

You can also view the vlogs my Youtube Channel and Instagram and if you have any Vlog/Blog requests or questions hit me up on Instagram (@Andy_Torbet)