The aim this year was to try and do one wild camp a month. Not through lack of trying, but the last successful one was back in February whilst in Scotland. I was starting to get irritated at the miserable weather so it was decided in June to attempt a wild camp up Kinder, at Ringing Roger.

 

We packed our rucksacks and off we went to Edale, starting the walk up to Ringing Roger. Definitely an eye opener that I need to improve my fitness, even with a summer camp bag, I was struggling with the 16kg+ weight on my back. Eventually we got to the top and we quickly realised we weren’t spoilt for choice in terms of pitches. There was a brief appearance from the sun, just shining across from us on Mam Tor and Winnats Pass, but then the clouds rolled in and that was the end of it.

 

Ringing Roger | PeakDistrict Photography

 Ringing Roger | Peak District Photography

Ringing Roger | PeakDistrict Photography

Ringing Roger | Peak District Photography

 

The following morning the alarm went off at 4am and as we looked outside of the tent, we were above the clouds and the sky was pretty clear! Brilliant we thought, getting all excited at the idea of capturing the glow of the sun on the surface of the clouds. Our excitement soon diminished when within 10 minutes the cloud had risen and we were surrounded with thick cloud covering the sky. We went back to bed again to get a few more hours of sleep before getting up and packing up the tent. We hadn’t planned for the swarm of midges that had made the area around our tent their home and we were eaten alive whilst packing away. Can safely say I’ve never wanted to get back down off a hill fast enough!

 

I think I’d like to return to Ringing Roger again some time, but with more favourable conditions, maybe even a bit of frost or snow.