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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!

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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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Deep in the dark ages of the early 1990s.
Place: Drum hill campsite up in derbyshire.
Event: The live roleplaying “festival” the gathering.

Long weekend culminating in a mass battle… Lots of boozing on the intervening nights…

One night I returned to my tent to find it’d been fallen over, ripping the topsheet and breaking the ridgepole… Fortunately, it didn’t rain or I would’ve been really screwed.

answered November 20, 2013 by spike1
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I was about 8 and we had gone camping in December (it was cold!) I managed in the middle of the night to throw up all over the inside of the tent, over my sleeping bag and groundsheet – everything got covered…. my dad cleaned it up the best he could, however the bits he missed ended up frozen solid…. not the best experience!

answered November 20, 2013 by paul
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A very memorable experience in Jersey in 1970′s when a storm lashed Britain meant that a group of 8 of us returned from the pub to find that 2 of our 4 tents had completely disappeared!! All our belongings were soaking wet and we spent the night sleeping on the floor of the shower block and the next day drying everything out at the launderette in St Helier.

answered November 20, 2013 by Vicki Jackson
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Off to Wales, to stay in a caravan (not quite camping I know, but nearest I’ve got), car broke down going over the Severn Bridge. Called for rescue, car couldn’t be fixed, choice of go home or rent a car. We rented, so I had to drive as hubbie has limited licence, I hate driving. Rest of holiday a disaster as rained continually, so no walk up Snowdon, or much else, so grumpy husband cos no driving, and bored kids.

answered November 20, 2013 by mrusty5
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I was young camping on the St. Lawrence River. My mom was grilling chicken with her famous BBQ sauce. Suddenly, a swarm of mosquitos surrounded us. They were hungry! We ran into the camper but they were getting in. We thought we were going to be eaten alive by millions of mosquitos. The whole family us ran to the car and my dad drove off. Campers were sitting outside enjoying the campfire. It must have been that BBQ sauce!

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

Thanks for the story, can see why it's a family favourite!

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 was backpacking in Yellowstone in October a few years ago when I suddenly had a major stomach bug. I woke up at 530 on a very snowy morning and began having rough issues on both ends!!! The Snake River Trail is amazing but having to cross the river at first light after a 5 inch snowfall was not all that fun. Frozen feet, wet up to my thighs from the river crossing, and no food due to not being able to keep anything down made for an interesting adventure. At mile 6 I had to cross the a snake again to make it to my soon to be warm car. The only good part was that I walked through a couple of warm springs to warm up my tootsies, that and I lost 8 pounds from being so sick!

answered November 21, 2013 by Larry
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Larry,

Thanks for the great story; it's good to hear you could find the silver lining...

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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November 22, 2013
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A nightmare first ever camp out. Somewhere in Scotland (near Edinburgh) 1968. No car, we travelled by foot & thumb. Carrying a 2 man tent, 2 sleeping bags & very little else. After hitching & walking all day we arrived at the campsite ( a farmer’s field) in total darkness. By moonlight we managed to pitch the tent. Took pot luck for cow pats. We did have a small piece of tarpaulin as a ground sheet. I was just about to doze off & heard a noise under my head, sounded like scratching & then I could feel movement, a wriggling sensation, I lifted the tarpaulin & with the aid of a lighter discovered an area the size of a dustbin lid covered in big black beetles, hundreds of them crawling, wriggling & writhing. Horrified, I screamed & leapt out of the tent. Some other campers came to see what was going on, calmed me down, then kindly relocated our tent to a creepy-crawley free zone. To this day I still shudder when I think about it.

answered November 21, 2013 by Anna
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Anna,

Thanks for the story – I think! I'm shuddering a little myself now!

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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November 22, 2013
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When I was about 10 years old my scouting troop went on what should have been a fine trip. The weather did not agree. Not only was it cold and rainy the en

answered November 21, 2013 by Susan Kelly
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Susan,

What's the rest of the story? The suspense is killing me! If you your entry to be counted, we need a full entry from you – but be careful to keep it under 80 words! Please make it a new entry, rather than posting is as a comment on this, though.

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November 22, 2013
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I have always said I would never go camping but whilst in Australia my friend and I booked a trip up to Ningaloo Reef from Perth. We wondered why the travel company gave us sleeping bags and then discovered we were staying in sheep shearers shacks along the route. A tent would have been preferable! Our rooms were like tiny boxes with two bunks in them, no air con..in fact no air!
If we left the door open we had sheep wandering in at all times! With the door shut we were likely to cook during the night! When we lay on the bunk and looked up at the ceiling, there were hundreds of huge spiders weaving great webs up there! Geckos were all over the walls like decals in a child’s nursery! In the morning the showers were cold, communal and we shared them with more spiders!
After that a “real” camping trip sounded luxurious!

answered November 21, 2013 by Rowsie
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Rowsie,

Thanks for the story! I hope Ningaloo was amazing enough to make up for your journey there...

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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November 22, 2013
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getting to new quay with the family .
we unwapped the tent ,only to find we ,d left the tent poles back at home.
luckily a friendly shop keeper lent us a tent,so all was well in the end

answered November 21, 2013 by mogsy
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I think that the worst camping ‘surprise’ was when camping in my 20s. A group of friends went together and we had a tent for the girls and a tent for the boys. After a night of clubbing until sunrise (that is something we certainly do in South America) the boys returned earlier following dissapointing results. The girls had stayed for longer as they were having lots of fun.
When we returned to our tent we found it full of leaves, sticks and even a log that took up most of the space. I can see the funny side now but at 7am and wanting to sleep that was the worst thing ever!!!

answered November 21, 2013 by veroinuk
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Rebecca Hallett Hi veroinuk,

Thanks for the story – I definitely feel your pain! You can always see the funny side of a prank later, but at the time...

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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November 22, 2013
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Spring Bank holiday week 1992. Glorious sunshine and a great camping week in the Lake District. Subsequent year rained all the time, tent leaked, clothes and bedding saturated, put on wet clothes, walked in the rain then went in pub to get dry and then back out into the rain to get wet. It was not possible to see anything because of the rain, we walked around a rock to get rain blown at us by a cold hard wind.

answered November 21, 2013 by Andrew Tattersall
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Deciding to go camping with a big group of friends and their families/children was a wonderful idea. It was a lovely summer, the children all got on wonderfully and the chosen campsite was beautiful and located just a couple of hours from home.

My husband bought us a fabulous new tent (or so we thought). We were unphased that our eldest son is a wheelchair user, or that our youngest child had just turned 1 (so effectively we had 3 young children with us) … and we decided to take the dog too!

It was a hot sunny day when we arrived, we were in a private field, close to a river and it was really delightful. The children were all playing safely together and the the Mum’s rallying around rustling up snacks – whilst the men put the tents up.

Our tent was in 3 compartments, but 3 small compartments. We couldn’t stand up in it. My son in his wheelchair touched the roof and there wasn’t enough room to swing a cat! It was a tight squeeze with 2 blow up mattresses and a travel cot. Thank goodness the dog was behaving!

The first night not only did it rain – heavily, but all the midges from the river decided to invade us and we spent the whole evening, swatting, and itching and scritching and awoke covered in red blotches and swatted gnats!

Despite everything we did in fact have a really fun and lovely time – but the tent has NEVER seen the light of day since!

The first night

answered November 21, 2013 by sjwfrance
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Rebecca Hallett Hi sjwfrance,

Thanks for the story! It sounds like a lovely trip, shame about the midges though.

If you want to enter the competition, though, your entry must be a story of 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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November 22, 2013
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I took my ten-year-old camping in west Wales for a week in August. It rained solidly for 24 hours. We awoke to find our clothes, books and board games floating in water at the bottom of our beds. The campsite entrance was flooded and we could not get the car out. Shivering and cold we walked into Tenby. ‘Book us somewhere hot and dry,’ I begged through chattering teeth. A week later we were on a flight to Turkey.

answered November 21, 2013 by EllieB
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My very first camping trip was as a guide leader . My job was emptying the chemical toilets into the lap pit .By the end of the week it was awful.
Then having to pat the toilet tent to knock of the masses of earwigs that covered the inside. yuck. It didn’t put me off 17yrs later still at it.

answered November 21, 2013 by olddutch
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Campsite owner says, “I’ll charge you by the day, in case you leave sooner.” We thought, strange but agreed, paid and set up. Later we prepared dinner as the sun set, suddenly there were millions of midges. You couldn’t see for them, eat for eating them, and every inch of our skin was covered in them. It was like a scene from an infestation movie, so dinner was abandoned and we hid in our tents the rest of the night.

answered November 21, 2013 by Danielle Ross
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Rebecca Hallett Hi Danielle,

That does sound suspicious... Great story though!

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November 22, 2013
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In an idyllic spot in Scotland with my husband and sons. Unfortunately it appealed to the midges as well and in the time it took to pitch our tent we sustained many bites. We lit a fire hoping the smoke would keep them away and cooked some food only to find it was seasoned with a peppering of the little blighters. Our boys seemed to be immune to the bites but we adults looked like victims of a terrible pox.

answered November 21, 2013 by Celine
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Worst camping experience was a 17 day canoe trip in northern Quebec, Canada in July. My friend whose gear we used swore it was in good condition. We got set up on our first night out… and discovered that then tent was full of little holes. Northern Quebec in July is mosquito season! Every night was filled with battling mosquitoes.

We tried to tape up all the holes, but every night, the mosquitoes still managed to find their way in. Came home from that trip feeling sleep deprived and itchy!

answered November 21, 2013 by loki7791
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Rebecca Hallett Hi loki7791,

Thanks for the story! That must've been so annoying, I'd imagine you had a few things to say to that friend!

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November 22, 2013
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When I was 4yrs, we went camping to the Lake District. I have a peanut allergy, but at the time I hadn’t had a reaction for a couple of years. My parents thought they would let me try a peanut at the pub. Needless to say, the reaction came and my medication was in the tent. I remember the day fondly as the first that I was allowed a double ice cream cone (needed to stop my throat swelling!)

answered November 21, 2013 by darcevada
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WORST CAMPING DISASTER? FINDING A DEAD BODY.

I was on an overnight camping trip with four of my high school friends in the mid 1970s.

We decided to hike up into the Catalina Foothills, just north of the city of Tucson, AZ. This is located in the Lower Sonora Desert ecosystem, filled with saguaro, prickly pear, ocotillo and cholla cactus, lots of bird species, but very little shade or water.

It was for this reason that we were going to camp in an old mining cave, located at the crest of the front mountain range, elevation approximately 5,000 feet. Piece of cake for us teen delinquents!

Imagine our surprise to find a rotting corpse, right where we were going pitch our tents for the evening….

I think we set a record descent time down to the sheriff’s station.

True story.

answered November 21, 2013 by traderman
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Rebecca Hallett Hi traderman,

That's... quite a story!! I think it's definitely the most traumatic one we've had so far – well done on all staying cool and heading to the sheriff!

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November 22, 2013

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