Adventurous Dads 2016

By Alpkit

Adam enjoyed an adventure on father's day this year when he was taken out by the whole family...

The weather forecast for the weekend was looking good down where we live on the edge of Dartmoor, so I thought I'd get out with my dad for a wild camp somewhere, especially as it was almost solstice and almost a full moon. I've always been up for a cheeky mission ever since I first went kayaking with my mum and dad and slept on the beach when I was 3! However, this plan was met with a scowl from mum, who was also up for the adventure, but would have to stay at home with my 2 year old brother. So we thought lets all go out, packed a 80 litre rucksack with 4 sleeping bags, 4 mats, a 2 man tent, a tarp, a few clothes and some breakfast and off we set just after tea on Saturday.

We parked up on the moor, had a lovely mile or so walk up to a tor, my 2 brother ran most of the way! It was a beautiful evening with stunning light and we found ourselves a rare flat spot, although it was between two large blocks and so there was a bit of a wind tunnel effect going on.

My dad managed to rig the tarp and tent together so that it acted like an extra large porch and we could all snuggle in.

A fire was lit and a lovely evening was had, with everyone eventually crashing out by half 10!

My dad was woken at 3am by the drizzle wafting in under the tarp and he said it was amazingly light by then as well, but I had a great nights sleep. So by morning we were all awake in various states of tiredness and breakfast was jam sandwiches and tea in a cloud of drizzle! A swift pack up followed and a route march back to the car, luckily before the rain properly set in. Definitely the best fathers day yet!

Everybody very happy and excited about the possibility of more adventures!

Lucy - age 7. (Lucy's dad will be getting some nice little goodies to help make his next outdoor experience fun, if she doesn't nab them for herself! Tippla for a nice little nip of orange squash, the Nonic cup for a longer drink of apple juice and the Lampray to read her dad some bedtime stories)

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