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Managed through carelessness to lose years of posts so it will soon be time to start over. Plus, happily, I've been diverted by a travelling life.

No prizes for guessing what will be top of the 2019 New Year Resolutions!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Pigeonholing


There's an assumption that using a small tent rules out using a camping table and chairs. How foolish. 
Pigeonholing is a particular hobby horse of mine. It's about the need for us to be slotted into categories, usually by marketing people seeking to make sense of a confusing world. So, we have exclusive labels attached to us as campers such as family, car, lightweight and backpacker to list but a few. The reality is that there are no hard and fast boundaries between campers. Rather, there are core users in each group with plenty of blurring around the edges. I met up a couple of years ago with a bloke who I first met many years ago on a Backpackers' Club weekend in the Cheviots. He's now 76 years old and still enjoys camping. Sometimes that's with his car as transport to a site. At other times, it's on foot to wild pitches with his grandson. Is he a backpacker, a family or car camper? I think he's just somebody who enjoys camping.