Back in September, I was watching the news on Friday 18th and the weather report said that it was going to be clear on Ben Nevis (this happens for about 14 of the 365 days a year) so we decided that after work that day we’d head up to Ben Nevis and climb it! We couldn’t resist with such a perfect weather report. We threw the TentBox onto the car, packed up a few essentials and the dog and set off on a 6hr drive to the base of Nevis that evening. We woke up for dawn the next morning, after a cracking sleep in the TentBox, right at the start of the walk for Nevis. The weather did not disappoint and we had the perfect day on Ben Nevis and ticked off the highest Munro in Scotland and the highest mountain in the UK.
When we got back to the car/TentBox at the end of the hike, we drove the short distance into Fort William for a chippy and then drove to a secluded spot by a loch and mountains in the Glencoe area to crash in the TentBox after an 8 hour hike!!! It was such a relief knowing that we didn’t have to really travel anywhere to sleep that night – the TentBox was waiting for us in all it’s luxury comfort! It was also such a freeing feeling being able to decide there and then to go on an adventure. I think the whole trip cost about £15 (chippy and snacks).
What are your future plans with your TentBox?
Short term, we plan on continuing to use our TentBox for mountain weekend adventures with our dog, Rupert. We will also be going up to Scotland in February to our family’s lodge but plan to take our TentBox so that we can have an overnight spontaneous adventure somewhere high up in the highlands!
Longer term, we plan to take our TentBox and travel around Europe during the summer and trying to tick off as many bucket list beautiful countries as possible – France, Switzerland, Italy! The Swiss mountains in summer are an absolute dream of mine. I can just imagine waking up to instant mountain views out of the TentBox window!
Any tips and tricks you’d be able to share with the TentBox community?
Park4Night is the best app we’ve ever used. We originally used it in Australia when we campervanned up the east coast to find free and paid camping spots but it works worldwide and it is amazing. It’s free and community lead so there’s lots of options for wild camping and tips on where it’s safe and legal and free to park. It’s been so so useful around Scotland for us over the summer – we managed 10 nights of completely wild camping using the app and we had spectacular views almost every night – lochs, mountains, beaches, harbours!
Also, one of the best things we bought (especially useful during Covid summer) was a portable toilet and pop up shower/toilet/changing tent! It revolutionised the wild camping experience. So good knowing that, once we’d popped the TentBox up in a location, we didn’t have to drive around again looking for toilets etc – we could relax in the TentBox!