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I have had one puncture, camping (on an official camp site) where they had just cut the hawthorn hedges. Went right through the groundsheet and the Thermarest.
That was the start of a rather miserable cycling holiday
The puncture repair on my old Long Standard was from a spark off a camp fire when using it in chair mode. So worth being mindful of that.
My first 'abuse' on OM was drawn out after I suggested it was OTT protecting tent poles carried outside the rucsac with a length of drain-pipe or somesuch. As a result I will no longer be surprised at the lengths some folk will go to, although if they act like the DofE'ers above maybe such measures are needed!
Hawthorn is wicked stuff - we have a lot around us & costs us several punctures on bike & wheelbarrow tyres every year.
> Having recently watched a group of DoE youngsters hurl their packs brutally onto rocky ground, I'm not sure it's that much of a non-point
I've also seen DofE youngsters ramming tent poles into an already bursting-at-seams rucksack... Lined with a bin bag, of course. I hate to think what would happen on a wet, three-day expedition...
> Hawthorne is terrible I had five punctures in one day in the wheels of our cart...
Had the same experience when MTBing along a path that had just been cut; punctures all round...
My worst experience of punctures was pitching a tent on a dead bracken field (our tent was moved by the Corfu camping site owner, as we'd inadvertently pitched it outside the invisible boundary of his site). The cheap woven PE groundsheet was riddled with holes...
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