Given my limited experience in pitching a tent, I check my phone for a video on how to do it. Oh dear, there's no signal. One thing is for sure, I'll be switching off this weekend. My friends look on with an expression of amusement and alarm in equal measure: The tent we have brought clearly doesn't need a video tutorial to pitch it. All that is needed is two seconds and four tent pegs – easy as pie! We set up camp on a flat piece of land a stone's throw from the lake. I feel that we won't be disappointed tomorrow morning. It's great to be here, all together. As friends we often meet up, but experiencing something unique like this is priceless.
I feel like we're going on a holiday camp… Except that I am 27 years old now and, rather than having my mum pack my bag, it's me. Indeed, the backpack is still empty… What do I take? I put the question to our WhatsApp group that we've called, "The famous four go camping". It's the best thing I could think of. The famous four is made up of Thomas, who always comes with me on every adventure. Then there is Hélène, a traveller through and through, and Nathan, the handyman of the group, who could build a shelter from scraps if it should rain. "When you go camping with a tent, you should aim to travel light, yet in comfort," they all say as if with one voice. My backpack is starting to fill up: technical clothing, water bottle, cook set, tableware, bedding, groundsheet, lighter, maps, some string, bin bags, water container, toilet paper, biodegradable hygienic products, bath towel, tea towel and sponge, external battery and a torch. Have I forgotten anything? I nearly forgot the most important thing… the tent!
The car is ready and so are we. It's Friday, just about the day I was most looking forward to this week: Today, we're off bivouacking all together. Everyone has forsaken their weekend plans to head off for the nearest lake we could find. I didn't even know that there was such a beautiful location on our doorstep. It's a place where wild camping is permitted. The mini-adventure promises to be great.
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