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Once upon a time …Once upon a time, camping wasn’t a recreational activity (shock!). It was a necessity – a cheap and simple way to be on the move whilst transporting goods across the country, for hunters and fisherman following animals, or a way for armies to base themselves. And of course, for nomadic communities, camping has been a way of life for centuries. This is not to say that people no longer camp for these reasons, but it was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that recreational camping took on a life of its own and began its roots as the leisure activity we know today.Early tents were heavy. In biblical times, there is evidence of tents made from oiled animal hides, including dolphin skins! By the 1800s, animal skins were still used, but alternatives included weighty canvas and waxed fabrics that were difficult and time consuming to erect.The trend for pleasure boating had become quite fashionable in the late 19th century meant people could easily carry their heavy tents from point to point down whatever river they boated along, but it was difficult to transport such weights on one’s back or on smaller vehicles.CampingGoing on a camping trip in a suit- someone didn’t get the summer sale memo from Cotswold Outdoor …The Lightweight RevolutionThis really began in the mid to late 19th century when Macintosh developed their rubberised silk jackets which weighed in at just over 5oz. Silk was becoming a popular choice for tent material as expeditioners looked for ways to save on weight.

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The Travelling TailorFunnily enough, the first person to popularise recreational camping in the UK was a travelling tailor, named Thomas Hiram Holding. Holding’s passion for camping took hold when in 1853 at the age of 9, he went travelling across the North American prairies with his parents as part of a wagon train. As an adult, upon returning to the UK, Holding made several trips including a canoe and camping trip in the Highlands, and a cycling and camping tour across Ireland. Travelling by bike especially, necessitated tents that were lighter in weight and easy to transport. In July 1987, before Holding set off to Ireland, he designed a small, lightweight tent that suited his mode of transportation. Later, in 1899, Holding put together the ‘Phantom Kit’ for those keen to follow in his cycling and camping footsteps (or tire marks?). The kit is touted as a key point of the Lightweight Revolution and included;A silk tent (less than 1lb)15 bamboo poles (less than 1lb)A down quilt weight (1lb and 8oz)A mini primus pressurized burner that could be clipped onto the bike (less than 6lb)Under 10 lb in total – not bad!

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