Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

I like to think I’m a pretty cheer­ful sort of per­son, but I wouldn’t de­scribe my­self as a happy camper – only be­cause my life­long aver­sion to the idea of for­go­ing a ho­tel room for a tent pre­sum­ably disqualifies me from us­ing the term. Given I once found my­self bush­walk­ing while wear­ing high heels (much to the amuse­ment of a bus­load of Ger­man tourists I en­coun­tered mid trek), I’m not sure I am made of the right stuff to risk shar­ing a sleep­ing bag with one of the many venomous crea­tures in­hab­it­ing Aus­tralia’s great out­doors. So it was with some re­lief I dis­cov­ered Stel­lar colum­nist David Camp­bell shares this sus­pi­cion of camp­ing, an ex­pe­ri­ence he be­lieves re­quires oth­er­wise sen­si­ble peo­ple to set­tle in for the night in lo­ca­tions “known for John Jar­ratt-es­que se­rial killers”. As Camp­bell re­veals, how­ever, his dis­dain for the ac­tiv­ity was chal­lenged when his son’s school de­cided to hold a par­ent-child camp. You can read for your­self how it turned out. As for me, I’m just glad my sons don’t go to that school.

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