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We used the Viewranger app on a Samsung Gear smartwatch

I've recently had the opportunity to test the Viewranger mobile application on a Samsung Gear smartwatch.

For those of you unfamiliar with Viewranger, it's a navigational app that allows you to download a variety of map data and operates as a route-planning or GPS-style tracking system on your phone or tablet device.

And now it's available on watches too.

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Stuart Kidman is the magazine's Deputy Editor. He has been a journalist for ten years, writing for local newspapers before joining the Club in 2009. He loves camping and enjoys nothing better than trekking off into the wilderness to 'rough it' for a couple of nights.

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Floating in a sleeping bag

Luis Brown from Nikwax floats in a sleeping bag on Bewl Water

It's not a sight you see every day, but yesterday I watched a man floating around on a reservoir for about 15 minutes – in a sleeping bag.

No boat. No canoe. No raft of any kind. Just a sleeping bag.

Nikwax had invited journalists and trade representatives to its base in Wadhurst, East Sussex to demonstrate the properties of its hydrophobic down fill, specially treated to be much more water-resistant than untreated counterparts - 13 times more to be precise.

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Stuart Kidman is the magazine's Deputy Editor. He has been a journalist for ten years, writing for local newspapers before joining the Club in 2009. He loves camping and enjoys nothing better than trekking off into the wilderness to 'rough it' for a couple of nights.

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Lighting up dark skies

Dark skies are the perfect excuse to go camping

One piece of news that caught my eye today is that Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park has been made Europe's largest Dark Sky Park.

This is fantastic news, not only to seasoned stargazers but to anyone who has even a vague interest in astronomy.

I probably fall into the latter category. I don't even own a pair of binoculars let alone a telescope, but I still take every opportunity I can get to stare skywards on a starry night.

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Stuart Kidman is the magazine's Deputy Editor. He has been a journalist for ten years, writing for local newspapers before joining the Club in 2009. He loves camping and enjoys nothing better than trekking off into the wilderness to 'rough it' for a couple of nights.

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