In the Scottish Field office we have a major divergence of opinion when it comes to the subject of canvas. To camp or not to camp, that is the question. Several of my colleagues – including columnist Alan Cochrane, who recently spent two icy nights under canvas with a pair of shivering grandchildren – love nothing better than sleeping under the stars.
Inevitably, a cadre of other colleagues take a more pampered approach to the question of where to lay their head after a day’s walking, preferring a hot shower and a duck down pillow.
For me, if you are going to sleep out under canvas, this is the perfect time of the year to do so. There’s a better-than-evens chance that the
thermometer will stay on the right side of freezing in the wee sma’ hours, the schools still haven’t broken up so it is possible to find a hotel room in extremis, and the midges have yet to come out to play.
Given that many of us are thinking about getting out and about to explore the more remote corners of Scotland, we’ve been busy trialling gear so you don’t have to. My own contribution for our Tried & Tested column was a duck down midge-repellent sleeping bag and a two-man tent I could put up in the time it takes me to eat a bridie.
As ever, we’re always keen to know what you’re up to, so drop us a line and let us know where you’ve been, and how you fared. Disaster stories are, as ever, gratefully received.