Gambling with the weather 

Notched up wild camp number three of 2016 last night. 

Armed with a decent weather forecast (well decent for January) I decided to forgo setting up a tarp and instead just hung my hammock. 

  
Risky for sure but it paid off – the skies were clear and the rain held off until morning, giving me a night spent gazing up through the trees at a beautiful star filled sky. 

  
Awoke gently at 7am to a private showing of this woods’ version of a dawn chorus and the first few drops of rain – exactly as forecast – prompting action at a speed I don’t usually achieve in the morning! 

The full deluge held off just long enough to stash my down sleeping bag before it got soaked and to brew up a fresh moka pot of coffee – I’ve yet to discover a better start to the day than waking up in an English wood and brewing coffee on a stove, or better yet an open fire. 

  
Now back home, sat typing this as I gaze out the window at the constant drizzle, I’d say my gamble paid off. 

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2 thoughts on “Gambling with the weather 

    1. andygorman Post author

      I’d gladly put up with a chilly night in favour of a lighter sleeping bag or take a bivvy instead of a tent to save weight but the moka pot is one luxury item I’ll never compromise on!

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