Tuesday 5 February 2008

Kinder Scout, Peak District

Edale Rocks

One of the next crucial decisions I am still to make about my impending wild camping trip is which camera to bring with me! It's not a question of which I'd like to bring (that would always be my DSLR) but more about how much more weight can I possibly bring! I'm not what the Americans call a "Gram Weeney" but facing the prospect of lugging a full 65+10 ltr backpack isn't filling me with much joy at the moment! Being a lover of creature comforts and doing this on a budget means I am using the equipment that I already own or can get hold of cheaply. If there is one thing I have learnt about backpacking, hiking or wild camping is this simple equation: cheap=heavy.

In any case, I was going through some of my pics a few days ago and I came across a set of pictures I don't think I have actually looked at since I took them. The point about thise pictures is that I remember having the same dilemma about whether to take my DSLR on the walk with me. In the end I did and I got some reasonable images out of it. I think I have my answer about taking the camera wild camping - if I can fit it in I'll be taking it!

These two pictures below were taken in March 06 on a camping trip to Edale in Derbyshire's Peak District. They were both taken on the same day on a walk up Kinder Scout via Jacob's Ladder with a friend. An amazing place and well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. On that day what struck me most about being on top of Kinder was eery, grey and almost moonlike surface it has in places. I converted the image below to black and white to really emphasise this feel. I thought about blacking out the sky just for a laugh to see how the effect looks - maybe I'll post that another time!

Kinder Scout Plateau


zionlion said...

Hey, just came across your blog after a search for "wild camping on Kinder" and wanted to say hello :)

I have been wild camping for a few years and recently went "lightweight" and I have to confess its perhaps been the single best thing I ever did in regards to this pass time.

Tip; I had a similar tent that could be pitched without the "inner" (not sure if yours can be?) but I ended up just taking the fly, pegs and poles and shaved a good deal of the weight this way and for free ;)

Great pics and good copy, keep it going :)

Marcus said...

Thanks Zionlion and apologies for taking so long to get back to you.

I have to agree, Wild camping is possibly the greatest thing I've done in a long time. I'm hooked!

My tent doesn't pitch outer first I'm afraid so I can't cut the weight down withought losing the fly really. I'm looking for better tent but maybe for next autumn now. Expensive little buggers they are!