Want to extend the space your van offers? You need a Camper Shack!
Thanks for a great review Richard.
"Awesome bit of kit! I bought the packashack for my LWB VW T5 with a tailgate so that I could take the children camping as I have a bed platform in the back and wanted an affordable way of extending the space in the van.
The Camper Shack worked perfectly and was a breeze to put up.
Extra standing and changing space at the back of the van made the space inside even more useable. I also intend to use it for my MTB trips as a space to get changed in after a wet or muddy ride.
Top product at a great price!!"
This is my story.
I have a partner van, new in design with the off set doors. This in its self causes a major problem for designers such as Allie due to its difference in length on each door. Never the less I needed a tent to fit my van. The Shack arrived in good time and fitted the van perfectly, even thou Allie and I had discussed the difference in door size. My solution was to place a canopy pole either side of the shack to bring both side up into an even stance. This worked perfectly, I even incorporated a cross bar between each door to prevent them from closing to on there own, great cloths hanger as well.
Weather wise, I will say that I have put my shack through more than I reckon it was made to with stand. I have camped in gales, rain storms and recently floods in Gisburn forest competing in the PMBA competition (Mountain Biking) and yes I've had problems, just like you would with a tent or any other pop up unit. Recently I spent the night in the lakes on a quick flyby visit to get away and have some piece and quite. The Shack was up in minuites with the wine and BBQ quickly in tow.
Last year I spent a week living on the side of Arran on the beach in the Shack, it was an amazing adventure. So go and create your own adventure, and yes its going to have its ups and downs, but turn them into ups and start living life. Email me for pictures or just Packa Shack questions and I'll give you an honest answer. email@example.com
Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe. especially in the UK. Canicross is closely related to Bikejoring, where participants cycle with their dog and skijoring, where participants ski rather than run.
Canicross can be run with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog a harness, and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.
Originally canicross dogs were of sledding or spitz types such as the husky or malamute but now all breeds have begun taking part including cross breeds, small terrier breeds to large breeds such as rottweilers and standard poodles. Not only can all breeds run but people of all ages and abilities can take part. Including children and the disabled such as the visually impaired. Some breeds are very well suited to not only running and pulling but running at steady pace over a long distance. It encourages people and their dogs to take part in outdoor activity and meet other like-minded individuals.
A stone skipping championship of a different nature takes place every year in Easdale, Scotland, where distance is measured as opposed to number of skips, as tends to be the case outside the US. Since 1997, competitors from all over the world have taken part in the World Stone Skimming Championships in a disused quarry on Easdale Island using sea-worn Easdale slate. The stone must bounce/skip at least three times to count. Dougie Isaacs (Scotland) won the title again in 2016, so accruing the most titles in the competition's history(8) Other current title holders include Lucy Wood (England) World Ladies 2016; Coerd de Heer (Netherlands) European (last held October 2015); Jolien Eshuis (Netherlands) European Ladies (last held October 2015); Ron Long (Wales) 2016 All England; Gary Bailey (England) 2016 British; and Ron Long (Wales) 2017 Welsh Open.] Paul Crabtree (England) was the first European champion in 2012, repeating 2013 and 2014. All events require use of natural stone only, except for the Wales. The world record for distance skimmed using natural stone was laser-surveyed at 107.4 metres (352.3 ft), at a Guinness-endorsed event comprising a select squad of 12 and held for the purpose at Abernant Lake, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales on Monday 30 May 2016.] The throw was by Dougie Isaacs This record event may be repeated in 2018 at the same location.
The world record for the number of skips Guinness Book of Records is 88 by Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner, age 48. The cast was achieved on September 6, 2013 at Red Bridge in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania. The previous record was 65 skips, by Max Steiner, set at Riverfront Park, Franklin, Pennsylvania. Before him, the record was 51 skips, set by Russell Byars on July 19, 2007, skipping at the same location. Kurt Steiner also held the world record between 2002 and 2007. The US Stone Skipping champion 2016 at Franklin was Dave Ohmer (Titusville PA) with 40 skips.
A 2-man tent is great for sleeping in, but not much else! You need a Packa Shack to give you somewhere to sit, get changed, wash, cook and whatever else you want to get up to in the great outdoors!
But where does this great activity come from, in terms of recreational camping, well let me pass on some info from Wikipedia...
The history of recreational camping is often traced back to Thomas Hiram Holding, a British travelling tailor, but it was actually first popularised in the UK on the river Thames. By the 1880s large numbers of visitors took part in the pastime, which was connected to the late Victorian craze for pleasure boating. The early camping equipment was very heavy, so it was convenient to transport it by boat or to use craft that converted into tents. Although Thomas Hiram Holding is often seen as the father of modern camping in the UK, he was responsible for popularising a different type of camping in the early twentieth century. He experienced the activity in the wild from his youth, when he had spent much time with his parents traveling across the American prairies. Later he embarked on a cycling and camping tour with some friends across Ireland. His book on his Ireland experience, Cycle and Camp in Connemara led to the formation of the first camping group in 1901, the Association of Cycle Campers, later to become the Camping and Caravanning Club. He wrote The Campers Handbook in 1908, so that he could share his enthusiasm for the great outdoors with the world.
Possibly the first commercial camping ground in the world was Cunningham’s camp, near Douglas, Isle of Man, which opened in 1894. In 1906 the Association of Cycle Campers opened its first own camping site, in Weybridge. By that time the organization had several hundred members. In 1910 the Association was merged into the National Camping Club. Although WW1 was responsible for a certain hiatus in camping activity, the association received a new lease of life after the war when Sir Robert Baden-Powell (founder of the Boy Scouts movement) became its president.