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Fotolia_69690786_XSCamping in the Extreme Zone means being far away from civilisation and possibly in inhospitable areas. You need to protect yourself from the elements and have everything with you that you need to survive.

It is important to have the right equipment with you and that it is suitable for the conditions you are going to be in. A pop up tent that you use occasionally for camping in a campsite full of facilities in the summer is unlikely to withstand strong winds or torrential rain/snow. Buy a tent that is strong and will withstand the elements. You also need to know exactly how to put up the tent so practice many times before you go.

Some environments, such as rocky mountains or sandy deserts, do not allow you to secure your sent with pegs so sometimes you need a tent that is free standing and will stand up without additional support.

As with most outdoor activities it is vital that you tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. If you do get into trouble then you want someone to be able to alert rescuers to where you are.

When choosing your camping spot and pitching your tent, choose an area away from objects that could fall on you such as dead tree branch, or rocks from cliffs or steep hills. Check the ground thoroughly for anything that could harm you or damage your tent such as sharp stones, insect nests and spiky or poisonous plants. You also need to be very aware of nearby water sources that could flood.

Your sleeping bag, of whatever you choose to sleep in is highly important at keeping you warm when you are sleeping or resting. Choose a sleeping bag with a ‘Comfort’ rating of at least the lowest temperature you expect to encounter and keep it dry!

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