I thought about wild camping for quite a while, but it seemed like a bit of a mysterious world. With so much freedom I almost didn’t know where to start.
Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith showed me how it’s done, and gave me the encouragement I needed to stop thinking about it and just get out there!
I didn’t have questions about gear for wild camping – I know how to hike and camp. I just felt uncertain about what would happen if I stayed somewhere that wasn’t designated as a formal camping place.
In Extreme Sleeps Phoebe camps alone at an aeroplane crash site in the Peak District, on the deserted Isle of Jura, and bivvys under the stars on Cadair Idris.
As well as describing the practicalities of finding a spot and trying to remember all the gear, she describes how she sometimes felt nervous or worried too.
She’s honest about her fears and mistakes, and describes them with a real sense of humour. Despite the ups and downs, the trips are always a success.
Thanks to Phoebe’s stories, I realised that wild camping isn’t too hardcore or mysterious for me, and I was ready to give it a go.
Wild camping feels adventurous, fits easily into a weekend and doesn’t cost very much. If you’ve been thinking about it but aren’t sure what to expect I’d definitely recommend this book, especially if you’d like inspiration for solo adventures.
Find out more about wild camping adventurer Phobe Smith.