Backpacking & Wild Camping – ‘WickiUp 3’ Tent Test

Backpacking & Wild Camping – ‘WickiUp 3’ Tent Test

Wild camping & Hillwalking Scotland – Derry Cairngorm, ‘WickiUp 3’ First Camp & US Ration Pack.

You cant beat hillwalking and wildcamping in the Scottish mountains with the Cairngorms offering some rugged yet spectacular scenery at any time of year.

The weather forecast however was to be fairly stormy and wet so decided it would be the ideal opportunity to try out my new WickiUp 3 tent for the first time.

Headed to one of my favourite places up in the Scottish Cairngorms with plans of camping near the Munro ‘Derry Cairngorm’. However due to the bad weather ‘Carn Crom’ would be the only summit I would touch the cairn on.

Also decided to try out an American ‘MRE Ration Pack’ I had received as a gift from a friend just back from over the pond. Had been saving it for my next outing and was keen to see how good it was and what was actually contained inside.

Heavy rain and high winds made for a memorable but sleepless trip as I forgot to bring my earplugs. However the tent so far has performed great and I am looking forward to trying it out more over the rest of the year.

Quick links below.

Trip Introduction: 0:00
Bob Scott’s Bothy: 02:03
Linn of Dee: 04:10
Derry Cairngorm Munro Retreat: 05:05
‘Carn Crom’ Summit: 05:55
Campsite Plan Change: 06:10
WickiUp 3 Tent Setup: 07:10
US MRE Ration Pack: 07:50
Windy Night: 16:15
The Morning After: 17:33
Montane Prism Jacket: 19:47
Break Camp & Tent Pack Up: 23:30
Trip Summary: 07:10


Despite their modest height, walking and climbing in the Scottish mountains may be made treacherous by their latitude and exposure to Atlantic weather systems. Even in summer, conditions can be atrocious; thick fog, strong winds, driving rain and freezing summit temperatures are commonplace. The content shown in my films are just my own opinions, thoughts and as a way to record my trips. Walking and hiking in the Scottish mountains & hills can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk.

Hazards you may encounter include:

Open moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks, difficult navigation.
Crags and steep drops near summits.
Boggy areas.
River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
Snow and ice on summits even in early summer.
Sudden changes in weather conditions.
Temperature decreases by 1 degree C for every 100m of ascent.


You are responsible for your own safety.
Are you fit enough to complete your chosen walk in the available time?
Ensure you have the correct clothing for the changeable Scottish weather.
Know where you are going on the walk and follow the route on your map.
At the very least carry a map & compass, survival bag, torch, whistle and small first aid kit.
Ensure you have enough food plus emergency rations.
Cold temperatures will reduce the life of your batteries.

In severe winter conditions you must carry an ice axe. You are also recommended to carry crampons.

Learn and know how to use your equipment.


Filmed entirely with ‘GoPro Hero 4’ in 4K – ‘Removu M1+A1’

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