Camping in the Garden

In preparation for the Sleepless in the Saddle Mountain Bike race I’ve signed up for I ordered a new tent from Amazon the other day and it arrived this morning. Needless to say as it wasn’t raining I’ve put it up in the garden and no doubt now that Morgan has seen it we’ll be camping in the garden tonight!

I know it’s a little no the large size for me at the Sleepless in the Saddle, but hopefully we’ll be able to use it for family camping trips too and I’m sure the extra space will some in handy at SITS when I’m trying to change out of cold wet muddy cycling kit at 3 in the morning.

I’ve always been a fan of lightweight, full-on mountain tents, but a family tent is relatively cheap these days and I guess as a family man it will actually get more use than a smaller, lightweight tent. OK, they don’t pack down quite so small and won’t withstand hurricane force winds and snow, but neither will Anna or Morgan. To be honest, most of the camping we are likely to do will be next to the car anyway and having a little more room inside the tent will always be useful.

The same is true of the camping equipment. No need for minimalist lightweight and expensive stoves etc. some good, robust and practical camping gear will do I guess.

Morgan seems to like the tent and it looks to be about the right size for the three of us, and not too huge that I’ll look like a fool if I’m using it on my own.

Morgan and the tent

Morgan and the tent

Camping in the Garden

Camping in the Garden

5 Responses

  1. Avatar forComment Author Alan says:

    Well, we had a good night in the tent. Morgan was pretty excited about it and Anna joined us too (I think she secretly likes camping really!)

    The ten was fine, just about the right size for the three of us. Time for some real camping next.

  2. Avatar forComment Author BikeLover says:

    Well, a camp in the garden is really a good idea for some out goers. But a camp in the field is much more fun for me.

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Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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