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Where you decide to camp will largely have been decided when you planned your trek with a map in front of you. And in those planning stages I look at the weather forecast and consider closely the speed of the prevailing winds and which direction they will be coming from. In this way I have comfortably slept through some horrendous mountain weather by sleeping in the lee of a mountain or even, just sheltered behind some rocks.
Camping by or near a water source will make life much easier for you and should feature high in the list of priorities. Beware of anything that might suggest that the ground is boggy – you’ll need to look elsewhere. Flat ground must never be underestimated – even a minor slope will lead to you sliding down your tent and detract from a good night of sleep. Finally a great luxury is having the option to consider the sun … In Scotland facing the tent door to the East can result in fewer midges building up outside the next day. If I want a lie-in I camp in to the west of a tree – rather than bake myself awake in the morning sun.
If you know you snore – you might like to be considerate to your companions and camp 50m away from them!
Other accommodation options
Remember you don’t need to camp to go back-packing. For a first multi-day trek, try using hostels, bunk-houses, back-country huts or bothies to help lighten your load and to lift your day.