Scottish Field - - WELCOME - Richard Bath, Edi­tor

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.

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