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CLOSED: WIN a four-night stay in a luxury Forest Holidays cabin

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Want to go camping but don’t want the struggle with the tent? Or perhaps you’d rather not brave the wilderness in the middle of the night when nature’s calling? Or maybe, you’re just not up to sleeping on the hard ground any more?

We’ve got the answer: tell us your worst camping experience below, in less than 80 words, and you could win a four-night stay in a Forest Holidays cabin complete with a hot tub and panoramic woodland views!

Find out more about the prize here: http://bit.ly/1e7E7W0
Terms and Conditions here: http://bit.ly/I3lUwX
Competition closes Monday 16th December 2013. Prize includes accommodation only, no travel costs included.

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asked November 15, 2013 by Lottie Gross

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Camping with friends, when I was 17, in the Lake District fells at Easter is hard to erase from my memory although it is 50 years ago. During the night the temperature dropped to below freezing and all the food we had with us froze in our rucksacks. I remember breakfast was a fruit loaf which we had to break into pieces by hitting it against a rock because it was frozen solid. Luckily we didn’t lose any teeth!

answered November 20, 2013 by JayS
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A boiling hot summer camping expedition to Norfolk. A packed campsite and one family next to us that seemed to have numerous children and dogs and who didn’t stop arguing – on the other side of us – a snorer, so when the family finally slept, there was still no peace!

answered November 20, 2013 by cathos
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Backpacking around Eygpt, way, way back. In Cairo, cut price room, all we can afford after being robbed in Jerusalem hostel (which we’re amazed at as we have nothing in backpacks to steal, apart from a pretty brush which I didn’t mind losing) we all catch and get eaten by fleas. Travel mate serious allergic reaction, running around back streets in dusty Cairo looking for pharmacist, children running after us looking for fags which we are never going to give them. Find one who also happens to be doctor. Treated and helped friend, real nice guy. Make our way to Dahab a day late to meeting point with various nationalities, friends, partners etc. Get in cab, pass out in desert, cab driver cool, he’s used to it, makes sure we’re OK. Sign in at Dahab police station, bedouin people feed us up on sugary pancakes and fruit. We’re feeling better. Disasters while backpacking always undisastered by cool indigenous people. I’d do every minute again.

answered November 20, 2013 by Gizagirl
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Gizagirl,

That's a great story, and a great point. Thanks for sharing!

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

Thanks,
Becca

November 22, 2013
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During an expedition with friends to the New Forest, we’d gathered in one of our two tents with a few bottles of beer when it started to rain. So everyone decided to crash in ‘my’ tent. During the night there was an almighty storm. Unzipping the fly the next morning we discovered that half the campsite had been washed away and our second tent had been flattened by a falling tree. A lucky escape. And all thanks to beer.

answered November 20, 2013 by gnarlybole
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Yosemite stocked alpine lakes with rainbow trout in the 80’s. Complete novices, we headed off main Hetch Hetchy trail with a blow-up raft and fishing rods. Tony butterfly stroked us to the middle of freezing lake. Beginners luck – I caught the first fish. Second cast -snagged.. PPffffffffff.. We were sinking. Once ashore, we spotted 3 bear cubs; had no choice but approach. Ready to offer our trophy trout, momma bear turned away. Terrified, we scurried back to our tent… with dinner.

answered November 20, 2013 by kcoronges
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Rebecca Hallett Hi kcoronges,

Wow, a lucky escape there... Thanks for the great story!

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

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Becca

November 22, 2013
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Spent a weekend in the Brecon Beacons. Campsite was on a slope and being young and newish to camping we set up so one tent facing uphill (mine) and my friends faced downhill opposite so we could lay in tents and chat. Once set up we went for a hike in the sun. On returning we found both tents infested with ants! After ages flicking out the little blighters we reset our camp further along the field only for it to pour with rain all night and the water to sheet across the field and stream into my tent pooling at the bottom, soaking everything. A great weekend! Hey, its what memories are made of!

answered November 20, 2013 by Matt
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Matt,

Thanks for the great story – glad you came out with a positive attitude!

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

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Becca

November 22, 2013
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A camping expedition in the Easter holidays when I was 17 was a trip to remember – snow was falling as we set up camp in the fells near Coniston Old Man. During the night the temperature dropped below freezing and because our sleeping bags were only the thin, sleepover type, we couldn’t sleep at all so we decided to eat the last morsels of food left in our rucksacks. Out came a fruit cake – our long anticipated treat – but frozen so solid that we couldn’t cut it with a knife but had to hit it against a rock…to see it shatter into hundreds of pieces which scattered amongst the sheep poo and gravel scree…was this the Duke of Edinburgh’s revenge?

answered November 20, 2013 by JayS
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Even though I still had an amazing time. In Telluride, CO for the bluegrass fest in June, it rained and rained and rained. Naturally, after living in sunny Calif for a very long time, I did not prepare for rain and serious mud! I was a mess! The mud was so deep, it actually sucked my boots right off of my feet. Eventually I just went barefoot, as it was so much easier. The music was great, and I just got over the fact that I was a filthy mess every day!

answered November 20, 2013 by photosbypat
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Rebecca Hallett Hi photosbypat,

Thanks for the story! I'm glad you learned to embrace the mud in the end, all campers have to...

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

Thanks,
Becca

November 22, 2013
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Camping in Greenland the weather conspired to make it as difficult as possible. After 3 weeks of glorious summer sunshine and surprisingly warm temperatures (while I was staying in a house) the good weather broke on my first day under canvas. It rained for five of the six days. The sixth day we got hail stones because the temperature had dropped so much. The wind was so bad on two of the days I feared my tent would take-off when I wasn’t in it. I was glad to get on the plane to come back home as I starting to worry what was going to come next.

answered November 20, 2013 by LauraF
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Rebecca Hallett Hi LauraF,

Sounds like quite a trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

Thanks,
Becca

November 22, 2013
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Scout camp in the Lake District. Six and a half days rain in a week, and cooking on wood fires.

answered November 20, 2013 by Jeff Hoyle
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First scout camp in February. Arrived fine, pitched tent and lit a bonfire to keep warm. Next morning woke up to 10″ of snow, frozen pipes at the scout hut, unable to light anything, no warm drink, no warm food. Put me off camping for life,

answered November 20, 2013 by Aitku
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I have always loved Camping so have mostly fond memories. Worst camping experience was when my poor Dad developed kidney stones and ended up in the hospital. We were days away from home and couldn’t go anywhere or do anything while he was in the hospital. All ended up well, but it put a damper on the fun for sure.

answered November 20, 2013 by LisaB
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Camping + sun + cider = happy days for about 4 hours..

Realising you are on a campsite of possibly a million people, you pitched in what looked a great spot..bit is actually the communal toilet so most of them are passing through your space.Made it through the night to enjoy the communal shower facilities, stone cold floor, smelly and hairs in the plugs, yuk no hair dryer..then it starts to rain..then you realise it smells..a lot. Taxi to the nearest chalet/lodge!!

answered November 20, 2013 by Sarahdinnage
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Sarahdinnage,

Thanks for the story! I say thanks, it brings back some olfactory camping memories of my own...

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

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Becca

November 22, 2013
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My worst experience was at Benicassim, Spain. Kings of Leon were about to headline when there was a freak hurricane so the festival was shut down. Security sent everyone to their campsites. When I returned to my cheap flimsy tent there was a giant rip in it! My friend and I quickly rescued our things before the wind ripped our tent away. We spent that night in a local gym with the other ‘refugees’ who were drunk argumentative chavs.

answered November 20, 2013 by Rachel Hawkins
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First – glastonbury festival, cooking my curry in a tin, had a gas cooker malfunction combined with camp fire. I ended up drenched in gas, then caught fire! Much rolling around to extinguish myself to find tent with huge hole in it!
Second – Florida camping, had tent driven over by someone not using their mirrors….. We me asleep inside it!

answered November 20, 2013 by Miribilist
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Our first night camping with two young children and a baby in a pram. A horrendous thunder storm broke. The lightening was bad but the rain was torrential. A large lake of water formed in a droop in the tent right over the pram and it was too wet to go outside to do anything about it. We didn’t sleep all night. Packed up and went home at first light never to camp again.

answered November 20, 2013 by Lynne Box
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You would think it pretty easy to erect a framed tent. Well I thought it would be but not ever having camped before I suppose I was a bit naive. I should have practised in the back garden first, but I didn’t. It also didn’t help that the wind was blowing quite strongly. So rolling up at the campsite and feeling very confident as I emptied out the tent from its bag I began to try to make sense of all the different poles. Which ones fit together? An hour later I had gathered quite an audience. The tent still was erected, my patience was fast running out and my embarrassment was growing by the second.

answered November 20, 2013 by LorraineAlison
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Lorraine,

We've all been there, they're never as easy as you think they will be...

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

Thanks,
Becca

November 22, 2013
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Way back in the ” Singing Sixties ” when I was just 16 some friends decided to go to the Lake District camping and asked me to go along. I hadn’t been camping before so I agreed. We arrived in the dark and pouring rain and struggled to pitch the tent. We succeeded and settled down for a much needed sleep. During the night I woke to a commotion as the tent was awash. We had pitched the tent at the bottom of a slope and all the rain was pouring into our tent. We took shelter in a very smelly cow shed complete with cows!!! Needless to say I have never been tempted to sleep under canvass since.

answered November 20, 2013 by Kermit
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Kermit,

That sounds so stressful! Not only for you guys, but the poor cows sharing their cosy shed with drenched campers...

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

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Becca

November 22, 2013
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I decided to take my 6 children on their first camping holiday to a farm site in Edale, Derbyshire. Shortly after arrival it started to rain. It didn’t stop for 4 days and nights and we were beginning to know what it must have felt like to Noah. When had finally exhausted every stitch of dry clothing we decided to call it a day and return home. Unfortunately I hadn’t noticed that with the ground becoming more and more boggy by the minute the camper van had sunk deeper and deeper into quagmire. Imagine the ignominy of the situation when I had to ask the farmer to tow us out of the field with his tractor!

answered November 20, 2013 by LorraineAlison
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Lottie Gross Hi Lorraine, thanks for your answers. We only take one entry per person so will only put in one entry for you into the draw when the competition closes. Thanks again.

November 21, 2013
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I love the great outdoors we were going to spend a week on a camp site.
During this time we were going to sleep in our cosy caravan and the kids in a tent but guess who had to sleep in the tent not the kids.
It threw it down and next to us was a small stream which grew bigger and bigger
but we decided to face nature.
We had a barbeque and felt satisfied we all settled down and we were getting soaked by the rain as we had a small hole in the tent. We tried to fix it but we couldn’t so we went to the car and slept.
On the way home my youngest said whilst fishing a rat had sat next to him.
We sold the caravan not long after that and the kids wondered why.

answered November 20, 2013 by Linda Thorn
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Linda,

Thanks for the story! It sounds like quite a memorable trip!

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be 80 words or under. You're welcome to repost if you like – please do so in a fresh post, rather than as a comment on this, as it makes it much easier for us to spot!

Thanks,
Becca

November 22, 2013
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Linda Thorn My family were going to spend a week camping.
We were going to sleep in our caravan and the kids in a tent but guess who had to sleep in the tent.
It began to rain but we all settled down to sleep but having a small hole in the tent we got soaked.
On the way home my youngest said whilst fishing a rat had sat next to him.
We sold the caravan not long after that

November 22, 2013

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