Did you hear the one about?

 

You’re grouped with friends around a campfire in the woods on a dark and moonless night. You’ve pitched the tents, lit the fire, cooked the food (all with your camping equipment from ProAdventure) and settled down to an evening of talk, singing and general campfire camaraderie.

It’s as inevitable as a Hollywood movie that you begin taking turns telling stories. Somebody recounts a particularly eerie tale about a ghostly encounter, insisting it was true. Then someone around the flickering flames coughs slightly and begins to speak: “Did you hear the one about. . . ”

When pitching a tent or rolling out a sleeping bag under the stars, few things on earth are as wonderful as taking yourself off to the woods or the beach for a few nights surrounded by natural beauty. One of the very best things about camping is the campfire. On chilly nights, it keeps you warm. On warm nights, it helps to keep the mosquitoes and other unwelcome wildlife away.

The campfire also serves as a gathering point for your group where storytelling and/or live music of some kind are central to the overnight experience. Scary stories are also traditional but any yarn from nostalgic remembrances to tall tales will do the trick.

Like this one.

“In the 1990s I was living in a two bedroom flat with my mum; I was in third grade at the time. I remember the built-in cupboard in my room being a little odd; it had sliding doors and an elevated bottom about 2-3 feet higher than the floor. Being the messy kid I was, the doors were always open and clothes and stuff were lying about everywhere.

“One night, I remember randomly waking up. I couldn’t explain why, but something just felt really off. I sat up in my bed and looked around my room. Sitting in my cupboard was my mum. She just sat there perfectly still in her nightclothes, straight-backed with her hands on her knees, and she was staring right at me. I called to her a few times, but she never moved and never acknowledged that I had even spoken to her. After a while I gave up and just lay back down to go to sleep – it was my mum so I didn’t feel threatened or anything.

“The next morning over breakfast I asked mum why she was sitting in my cupboard last night. Mum looked at me like I had lost my mind and asked me why would she sit in my cupboard and that she hadn’t left her room all night. My mum isn’t much for fibbing or playing pranks so I believed her and it really freaked me out. I never left those cupboard doors open again.”

Most ‘campfire stories’ have much in common with the plot lines of modern horror movies, but there is a difference. Typically, slasher film villains exhibit supernatural traits such as inhuman strength and seem to be un-killable, while the hook-handed madmen and crazed axe murderers of urban legend are only slightly exaggerated versions of the real-life serial killers we read about in news media. It’s these guys that that make for really, creepy tales.

So, if you have a pertinent story that can really cause the body hairs to stand on end, then poke the embers in the campfire, pause a moment, and speak up.

“I grew up in a family of adventurers and was always into the outdoors either hiking, camping, rock climbing and the like. One summer when I was 19, in the mid-1980s, I went on a four day, three night camping trip near my parents’ house on my own, just to chill out for a few days. It might sound weird but I had been to this area many times and it was quite safe. It was off the beaten track but very picturesque and I pitched up in a clearing near a running stream; a place I had done so many times before. Anyway, I brought my camera and took lots of pictures. When I came back and developed my film, there were three extra pictures that I didn’t take.

“Photos of me. Sleeping. One on each night.

None of my stuff was missing or stolen and nothing happened, but it freaked me out so much I’ve never been back.”

Remember, ProAdventure stock all manner of outdoor equipment for the adventurous from Tentipi tents to firestarters, from camping foods to clothing. And Gransfors Bruk axes. In fact, everything required for an enjoyable evening around the campfire.

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Tentipi (camper) Approved Campsites

 

      let’s get together a list of the campsites tentipi campers like, and where we can use our in tent stoves and maybe a fire bowl. Add those you’ve camped at in the comments and we’ll put together a list by area.

      Where works for you guys?

      How about a paragraph about the site, address, website, email, phone number and a photo.

      Pete

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      Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

       

      Running, walking, trekking, camping, paddling, climbing, walking the dog, finding the car, finding your keys – whatever you’re up to, its a lot easier when you shed some light on the situation.

      Now, i’m no expert, but with work, training and finding myself doing many different things day by day, (and admittedly still being a little scared of the dark, even at 20-something) I need to make sure i’m always equipped, whether its finding my way around my friends bunkhouse, trail running or navigating on the hills.
      My solution? Three beauties from the Petzl range! Continue reading Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

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      The hobby that’s a cut above the rest

       

      The term whittling can refer to the art of carving shapes from wood using a knife, or the time-occupying, non-artistic process of repeatedly shaving slivers from a piece of wood. (We know which one we’re better at.) Continue reading The hobby that’s a cut above the rest

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      Being a Part of the Pro(adventure) Team

       

      ProAdventure – an independent like no other, which over the last seven months has provided growth, experience and insight. Les and Pete have grown their business into a culture to be proud of, and as cliché at is sounds I feel lucky to have been accepted in to the ProAdventure family and to have grown as a result.

      Continue reading Being a Part of the Pro(adventure) Team

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      Petromax Griddle & Fire Bowl

       

      The Petromax Griddle and Fire Bowl is the perfect solution to both cooking and heating around a campfire. The two in one griddle and fire bowl is made of stainless steel and allows a campfire to be lit in the fire bowl without causing damage the ground. Or the griddle can be positioned over an open fire on its three 23cm pillars in order to prepare outdoor meals. Continue reading Petromax Griddle & Fire Bowl

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      Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

       

      At the beginning of the month Llangollen’s own, renowned Paddlesport Coach – Leo Hoare gave us an insight into Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the early days, back when Drysuits weren’t available and paddling kit was a lot less luxurious. Continue reading Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

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      How long should my walking boot and shoe replacement laces be?

       

      If your old laces are too battered to measure here is a quick guide.

      Mens walking and approach shoes
      5-7 eyelet pairs 45″ laces

      Mens Walking Boots
      5-7 eyelet pairs 54″
      7-9 eyelet pairs 60″
      9+  eyelet pairs 72″

      Womens walking and approach shoes
      4 eyelet pairs 36″
      5-6 eyelet pairs 45″

      Laces are available online or in our shop

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      UK Tentipi Camp May 2017 – North Wales

       

      Tentipi camps have been popular in Europe for many years, where a like minded bunch of people, who have a common love of camping in their Tentipi Tents, get together to socialise, play and have a good weekend.

      ProAdventure held the UK’s first Tentipi Camp in April 2015 on the banks of the River Dee, attended by over 60 people. There were bushcraft activities, canoeing and plenty of opportunity to talk around the campfire.
      Our 2016 camp, held in the Welsh borders was just as popular with old friends and new enjoying the scenery and activities offered by our campsite hosts at Underhill Farm.

      We aim to make every camp a little bit different and we are learning as we go. Our first camp this year is at Carrog on the River Dee from 5th to 7th May. We would love to invite you along if you have your own Tentipi and if you are interested in buying Tentipi we have a few Tipis for hire but be quick as they go fast. Either way you will need to book.

      Continue reading UK Tentipi Camp May 2017 – North Wales

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      ProAdventure Profile for Public Relations Work PR

       

      ProAdventure Ltd

      Llangollen’s Specialist Outdoor Retailer

      ProAdventure is a specialist outdoor adventure retailer based in the Town of Llangollen, North East Wales, in the heart of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

      Continue reading ProAdventure Profile for Public Relations Work PR

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