We know the law but what else can we do to successfully wild camp in the Wye catchment? Besides the universal principals of leave no trace there is a surprising amount we need to consider in order to navigate the land and find our spot and leave it in good nick.
Material prepared for a fire deep in forestry commission woodland
& below how it was left after the fire. Leave No Trace!
In building a fire there is a point to be made. You have to be selective and be prepared to remove all traces of your activity after you have camped. And it's so true when creating something that clearly has an impact upon the land.
As a general rule though we recommend you don't build a fire whilst out hiking but if you find yourself doing so follow these basic rules:
1) Never leave a fire smouldering or the charred remains.
2) Scatter all dampened remains over a large area.
3) Infill or cover over with vegetation the fire site.
After a hard days hiking on the trail the last thing you think about is a fire. A pitch and getting some food on the go is often good enough. And here lay another point. When on someone else's property use a stove either gas or fuel fed - even stick fed is cool. Again, if you're going to build a fire follow the simple steps above.
THE WILD CAMP WEIGHT
Wild camping is not a 2KG tent, cooking pots galore, a shower and a toilet. It's wild camping. off-piste and away from the hustle and bustle. In this sense you want to keep your pack weight down to a minimum. Take into consideration:
2) Your sleeping bag - down bags are generally light and there are now Hydrophobic bags designed that are super light. We use Snugpak and find the brand really good.
3) Make sure your cooking kit is basic and light - there is some great titanium kit out there to look out for such as the Evernew and Caldera Cone Cook sets and Titanium mugs - 700-750 Ml is good. See Base Camp Food basecampfood.com Winwoods www.winwood-outdoor.co.uk/acatalog/Trail_Designs_Caldera_Cone_Toaks_700_Pot.html
4) Water - some people now carry filters instead of a full bladder, which is OK if you are guaranteed a water source. See Backpackinglight for the Sawyer Mini Filtration for the best solution.
WILD CAMP BEHAVIOR
Remember to: Pitch up late and decamp early - camp away from tracks, paths and buildings - Do not leave your human waste on the surface (dig a hole) - don't be loud - scope sights before you go (you can tuck into small areas) and always be respectful of just being there.
Of Course you can always ask which we have done.