IELTS® Listening Practice 82

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at a nature reserve. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 14 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 14.)

I = INTERVIEWER

C = Carla

I: Hello Listeners. Today I have Carrie Lewis in the studio and she’s going to be talking to us about her experiences of wild camping. Carrie lived in Canada for 5 years and took many short trips into the wilderness there with friends and family. As you probably know, temperatures in Canada can be very variable, ranging from as little as -20 degrees Celsius in some areas in the height of winter to 25 degrees in the summer. So Carrie is going to give us some survival tips about how to make a success of a camping trip in such an extreme climate, no matter which part of the world you live in.  Carrie, what are your tips for wild camping?

C: Well. Obviously, it’s not recommended to go in the months when the weather is extreme, whether you live in a very cold climate like Canada, or a very hot desert climate. As you said, the temperatures can vary wildly depending on the time of year and the location, so always try to plan a trip in mild weather. Remember too, that temperatures drop significantly at night so you will almost definitely need to bring extra layers to sleep in. My number one tip is always to tell someone at home where you are going and when you will return. That way, if you don’t return when you said you would, somebody will be aware and can send help.

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 15 to 21 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 15 to 21.)

I: Right. And can you explain a bit more about the dangers of extreme camping.

C: Sure. Well, the main danger, I suppose, is the harsh climate because if your vehicle overheats in the sun or your car’s air conditioning breaks down, or on the other hand, if your heating system fails and you get stuck in deep snow it would really be quite dangerous to have no shelter from the elements.

I: Right. And do the vehicles get damaged?

C: Mmm, well, they can do if you’re reckless. I mean, part of the fun of extreme camping is driving off-road. Driving off-road simply means driving over rough terrain off the main roads and exploring. It can be quite scary for beginners. And also dangerous, of course, because the car can topple over if you aren’t an experienced driver or it you’re simply not paying attention. If you’re careful, though, it’s perfectly safe. But most of all it’s great fun to drive over the landscape, it’s a great feeling.

I: I see. And what kind of preparations do you have to make before going on a wild camping trip?

C: Well, you must avoid running out of water so stock up before you leave the city. Obviously, once you leave the city limits there’s no place to buy additional water so bring as many bottles as you can fit in your car. It’s worth leaving behind bulky equipment like bikes and kayaks if it means you can bring more water. The other thing is that in the middle of nowhere, your mobile phone may not have good signal, or indeed any signal at all, so you really would be stuck if your battery ran down. And sometimes batteries run down really fast in extreme temperatures so even if you leave the house with your mobile fully charged you might find it almost drained by the time you get to your destination. So I always advise camper to get a car charger, and preferably a spare one too. Another important tip is never to plan a trip alone with only one car. You should always go in a group of at least 2 vehicles or more if at all possible. It’s just much safer.

I: Yes, well that certainly makes sense. And what about special equipment? What do you need to take with you?

C: Right. Well, you need a 4-by-4, because you’ll need to be able to accelerate with all four wheels. A jeep or something similar is the ideal choice. If you’re planning on visiting sandy areas, then you have to let down your tyres when you leave the main roads otherwise you’ll just sink into the sand if they’re still pumped up with air. And then inside the car you need equipment for towing in case your vehicle or another one in your group gets stuck. That’s usually a strong rope or chain that can be fixed to the front or back of any vehicle that gets stuck and then attached to another car that can pull it free. It’s hard work to free a car that’s stuck and it takes a lot of fuel and power, so do try not to let that happen!

I: Right, well that was very interesting, Carrie. Thanks for all the tips.

C: You’re welcome.

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