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Net Gains: Internet has camping sites pegged.

Byline: with Barrie Mills

JUST because it's the 21st century, it doesn't mean that there aren't still people who like to spend their holidays sleeping in a field with only the torrential rain for company.

For some of us, camping will always be an activity best left to the Carry On team -or Graham Norton.

However,for the rest, the internet has a host of on line camping shops offering everything from tents to self-heating soup.

At www.camping-suppliesuk.com, you can find just about all the gear you're going to need -although they don't seem to have anything to guarantee good weather in the Lake District.

There's another wide selection at www.ukcampsite.co.uk/shop, which also offers free UK shipping on tents.

The site also has a useful archive of articles about camping in general -how to light a proper camp fire,for example.

The site at www.worldofcamp ing. co.uk does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. Pages of gear, plenty of special offers and more useful advice pages for those who don't know their pegs from their guy-ropes.

Nearer to home, the truly lazy can order on line fromwww.adaptoutdoors.com, rather than visit their Liverpool shop. Besides the usual equipment, this shop has a specialist climbing department and can provide a wide range of essentials for the sport.

If you want to find out more about camping before trying it out (although what's to know? You'll get wet and it'll be cold.) visit www.complete-outdoors.co.uk. Besides items for sale,it has an on line magazine which includes an excellent page of weblinks. This took me to www.tips4trips.com,a travel advice site which includes such pearls of wisdom as packing your clothes in plastic bags then sucking the air out with a vacuum cleaner to take up as little room as possible.

There are also some refreshingly honest reviews of products by members of staff, and guides to some popular walking routes around Britain.

In the shop section, besides all the clothing, sleeping bags and tents, there is some serious climbing kit and safety and survival equipment. Great for the expert, and just as useful for the novice.

If you share my enthusiasm for camping,take a look at www.carryonline.com/carry/ cocamp.htmlinstead.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2003
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