We just returned from a very eventful “Get Out & Stay Out” winter camp in the hills. We were very excited as part of the trip was to test a new “Campfire Tent” – a full size, modern and innovative canvas tent using environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing (from greenoutdoor.co.uk), and based squarely on the original “Baker Tent” concept from the days of the trappers and “voyageurs” in Canada’s Northern Wilderness – more recently made popular by Ray Mears ( see our Ray Mears Campfire tent feature) – and in between kept alive by the pioneer of canoe travel and wilderness camping Bill Mason.
We were planning to do this on the River Wye as a winter canoe camp trip, but with the recent constant rain in November and December the river levels were much too dangerous and all the camping locations we’d have used are now submerged! So we headed for the hills in Somerset, and as you’ll see hit some spectacular wild weather. This made it a really tough test of this tent, to which it stood up very well indeed, but more on that later. Suffice to say having spent time using this tent to shelter from sub-zero windchill conditions, and gale force winds and driving rain I am even more impressed with it than I expected to be. We’ll publish a full review of the tent and our experiences shortly, along with a full trip report but for now here’s the video of the campfire tent in use.
Eagle-eyed viewers will spot a new “black kelly kettle” in use here – it’s actually an Eydon “STORM” kettle, a new black version that we fell in love with on this trip, providing as it did many cups of hand and heart-warming hot tea!