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Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper

Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper [Kindle Edition]

Phoebe Smith
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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'This book will let you in on some of the best locations in the British Isles and shares the secret techniques that can turn a grassy moorland or disused quarry into a presidential suite. Inspiring and enjoyable, Extreme Sleeps might just change your life.' (Leo Houlding, British climber, base jumper and adventurer)

'Phoebe Smith proves that you don't need to leave our own shores to have some right royal muddy adventures in the UK. Encounters with sheep and mishaps under canvas are just as much fun at home as they are anywhere in the world!' (Julia Bradbury, presenter)

'As Phoebe Smith reveals, Britain is blessed with wilderness - and you need no more than a tent and a misplaced sense of confidence to experience it.' (Simon Calder, travel writer and journalist)

'Inspiring Stuff!' (Wanderlust)

'This is an inspiring and energetic read.' (The Great Outdoors Magazine)

'the book is inspiring if you're planning your first night alone in the wilderness, particularly if you're female' (Adventure Travel)

'It can be frightening and funny but always entertaining, and even if you don't fancy following in her footsteps you'll enjoy reading about the journey.' (Camping Magazine)

'She portrays vividly the magnification of simple experiences that can make wild camping so exciting, relaxing and invigorating' (TGO Magazine)

'Inspiring book' (Walk (The Ramblers' Association magazine))

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Veteran globetrotter Phoebe Smith sets out to prove that outdoor adventures are available in the UK which rival anything found elsewhere in the world. In this sometimes scary, frequently funny and intriguing journey around the country, Phoebe attempts to discover and conquer its wildest places.From spending the night in the decaying wreckage of a World War Two bomber at Bleaklow to pitching next to the adrenaline-inducing sheer drops of Lizard Point, Phoebe’s extreme sleeps defy her perceptions of the great outdoors and teach her about herself along the way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (27 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C317VFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bitten by the outdoor bug growing up on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, Phoebe's love of dramatic landscapes has taken her on walking and backpacking adventures all around the world - from wild camping on the Scottish islands, sleeping under a swag in the Australian outback and watching the Northern Lights from a heated wigwam above the Arctic Circle. She is currently editor of Wanderlust, the UK's best adventure travel magazine. She also writes for The Guardian, Trail, Backpacker (USA), Country Walking, Australia and New Zealand magazine and has appeared on the BBC talking about camping.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 7 May 2013
By Gerry N
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This book is such a good read and is genuinely inspirational in the sense that my wife and myself can't wait to get started with wild camping ourselves, and have planned our first outing already. Phoebe Smith writes in an easily readable and engaging manner, breaking the book down into chapters which each tell the story of one wild camping trip, from her tentative first night out alone to much more challenging and remote trips ; from deepest Cornwall to the extreme north of Scotland. She has the knack of making you feel you are out on the adventure too, or at least wishing you were, to get away from the rat race for a while.Thoroughly recommended!
Gerry N
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read for trainee campers! 27 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
While most young women are slapping on their fake tan ready to go clubbing,
this intrepid girl is sleeping out in the wild, and inspiring us with tales
of her adventures. I loved the descriptive nature of this easy to
read book. Essential reading for every trainee camper! Brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 18 May 2013
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Extreme sleeps is written in a style of its own making Phoebe's Smiths' experiences very vivid and exciting. This book will appeal to all ages and make an excellent read/present for either avid and dedicated walkers, novices or armchair adventurers. Having visited some, not all, of the locations it made me realise that the book had been well researched and gives very helpful advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 17 Nov 2013
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After a couple of years of camping and festivals with my daughters (aged 5 and 7). I wanted to do a bit more with them and try wild camping. I have a fair few bush craft and outdoor themed books, but the idea of one written by a woman, obviously appealed more to them. I really enjoyed the book and found it a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Holiday Read 1 July 2013
There is nothing like a pub challenge to start a book off. Especially when view in the cold light of a hangover. And this is how this book starts, Smith has a discussion with an Australian where they are playing the one upmanship game, about which country has the better monuments and natural features. She holds her own until he says Urulu, then the barrier refff, and she knows she is beaten. On subsequent vista, she goes to Urulu, and instead of going the full tourist route decides to sleep out under the stars.

This adventure sparks a challenge to herself, to sleep in some of the wildest places in the UK. She starts off in the Brecons, parking up and walking to high ground to camp, alone, overnight. She is successful, and undaunted by this decides to travel to all sorts of locations; the lake district, Cornwall, Essex, Dartmoor and the final camp at Cape Wrath in Scotland. Not all of it is camping, as she sleeps in caves, and bothys in some of the remote locations Most of the trips are alone, but she takes a friend on one of them.

Generally I liked the book. She has a good spirit and sense of adventure, and writes what she sees and feels. THere are some moments when she describes the mishaps, which made me chuckle, but the writing didn't sparkle, hence three rather than four stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great funny read 15 May 2013
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a lovely story about the authers intro into the world of wild it in 2 sittings - makes me what to wild camp with my bug out bag!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 20 Mar 2014
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A fantastic book. I challenge anyone not to be enthused by Phoebe`s adventure. A good pace ans easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed 18 Mar 2014
By rich
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A nice and relaxing read that makes you want to get outside. We'll written stories to inspire more adventures outside.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme camping
A 1st class read. Takes you outdoors and shows you the ropes. A great all round read. Very well done, a really well put together book.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Robin D. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
A well written book with humour and honesty.

Gives those with an inclination for adventure to dip their toe into wild camping
Published 2 months ago by Graham Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
I like going wild camping, and so does Phoebe Smith, she took us on some lovely wild camping nights through this book, stories about different wild camps throughout the UK, well... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaizersoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring
I bought this book thinking I might get some handy tips for my own escapades but it isn't that kind of book. So why 5 stars? Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. Peace
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!
I have always enjoyed camping out in the wild and as an overland tour leader I have had the pleasure of introducing a lot of people to the delights of camping in all parts of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars The story of someone just starting out with wild camping
Slightly disappointed with the content of the book although it is what the title says. Why am I slightly disappointed - well probably there's too much detail about what's going... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DGB Street Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday book
Brought this for my husband who was just about to go on a lone camping trip in the lakes... He said it was very good and made him want to stay longer and do more exploring.
Published 5 months ago by ann crossley
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read!
I'm already a keen wild camper so this book immediately caught my attention. I really enjoyed reading the experiences of the author, of which I could relate to, and it inspired me... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andy Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars senstional!
Yes, but sensational in the unfortunate sense. Just waiting for the next crisis. Remarkably forgetful for such an experienced traveller - going off with a nearly empty gas... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Hawker
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
For a book with the word extreme in the title, I expected it to be a little more exciting than, unfortunately, it turned out to be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Snowman
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