We all have routines. The average British worker will head off to start work early in the morning and return home in the evening. Then make some dinner, watch mind numbing TV then go to bed. It doesn’t always have to be this boring, though…
A few months ago, I was at a presentation by Dave Cornthwaite at the adventure travel show in London. He talked about his personal story, from quitting a job that he found unfulfilling to living a life of purpose and adventure. His story was funny, entertaining and resonated with me in many ways. Dave talked about a community that he has founded called the YesTribe. This is a social enterprise that encourages people to achieve their potential. To ‘Say Yes More‘. I joined the YesTribe facebook group and was amazed to find all of these people on the internet with a similar mindset to myself.
A few months after I discovered the YesTibe, Dave put up a post advertising a wild camp on a Tuesday night on the outskirts of London. Luckily I was working very close to London and thought it sounded like a brilliant idea. Most of my wild camps have been on solo adventures or with just one other person so I was looking forward to camping with a group and meeting like-minded people.
Straight after work, I raced to Blackwater station, bag packed and ready for a night in the wild. I was excited to be doing something so different on a Tuesday night. Don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional night in front of the TV, watching Netflix or even playing the Playstation but a night under the stars fills me with a different type of satisfaction.
I arrived at Oxshott station at 6:30 pm. It was easy to spot the other wild campers immediately. Armed with our rucksacks and sleeping bags we made our way into the wooded area which would be our home for the night.
In all, there was about 15 of us that arrived for the wild camp. We introduced ourselves and had a quick game of frisbee in the late evening sun. For late March, the weather was surprisingly warm. Once the sun started to set we made our way to the area in which we would be setting up camp.
The group quickly went to work, collecting dry bits of wood from the branches that have fallen from trees. We each placed our rucksacks in our sleeping spots and some of us put up small tarp shelters. We all had bivvy bags to protect our sleeping bags from the wind and rain.
Over a campfire, we shared food and told stories about ourselves and what we had done since Yestival in October 16. After listening to a few people, there was a strong theme to every person’s background. We all had a ‘Say Yes More’ attitude. No two people were the same, each had their own special and unique view and experience to bring to the group.
Listening to some of the people in the group talk about their planned expeditions and past successes was awe-inspiring. There was no bragging or arrogance. Just humility. Some of the people there that night are doing some truly amazing things. This is what makes the YesTribe special.Individually we can have a big effect on the world but as a group our strength is endless.Click To Tweet
I love to wake up to the sun rising and the sound of birdsong. We all returned to work the next day with the smell of the campfire smoke in their hair. If you have trouble sleeping, a few nights of wild camping is a great prescription. Leave the electronics at home and enjoy nature for what it is.
We should all get out and spend more time outdoors. There is nothing stopping us from getting our friends together and spending the night in the woods. It’s certainly much more fun than sitting in front of the couch and watching TV.
This was by far, the best Tuesday of 2017 so far.
For advice on how to go on your first wild camp adventure, check out this post giving you some top tips.