2013/09/06

Planning for overnight to Crinkle Crags

I'm planning on walking up to Crinkle Crags and overnighting up there. This will be my first overnight on a fell but not my first night outdoors so I'm not worried.

Thought about taking a tent but have decided on using a basha and bivi bag instead. This might be foolish but only time will tell.  The basha and bivi bag is lighter quite a bit lighter then the tent and I will be using walking poles anyway which I can use to set up the basha.

My kit list is as follows:
Sleeping and shelter

  • Basha - This also called a tarp but as I'm using an ex army one may as well call it what they do.
  • Bivi bag
  • 4 season down sleeping bag
  • Self inflating mat 

Cooking, water and food

  • Jetboil Flash stove
  • Source 3l Wide pac.
  • Drinksafe Systems  3-1 Aquaguard which is used inline with the hydration pack
  • 24 MOD ration pack - This should do as only going to be out for 24 hours.
Other Kit
  • Lowe Alpine Sting rucksack
  • Walking poles
  • Map + compass
  • Mobile phone - Taking as camera rather than as a phone.
  • Waterproof coat and trousers. 
  • Warm hat + gloves
  • Spare socks.
  • Headtorch
  • First Aid Kit
Clothes
  • Altberg boots
  • Walking socks
  • Craghopper trousers
  • Base layer
  • Fleece jumper
Think this about it, need to lay it all out and confirm.


2013/09/05

Underquilt Mk I Part 1.1

I have now ordered all the bits I need to start working on my underquilt. I have a deadline of 14th November as I have a wild camp then and would like to use it.

Here is a list of the items I using and a break down of the costs:


ItemUnit CostAmount requiredSub TotalPostageWebsite
Pertex 6 BLack£4.682£9.36£3.05http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk
Pertex 5 Blue£4.212£8.42http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk
Primaloft One 200g£16.032£32.06£7.24http://www.extremtextil.de
CD17 Cordloc Ellipse with tape slots£0.506£3.00£3.00http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
Cotton Reinforcing tape 25mm £0.452£0.90http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
SHC5 Shock cord 5mm £1.0010£10.00http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
Total Ex shipping £63.74
Total inc Shipping £77.03

Now I just need to get down to making it.

2013/07/23

EDC (Every Day Carry)

Everyday carry (EDC) or every day carry refers to a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_carry
Just starting to get my EDC it in to order. Currently I have a SAK (Swiss Army Knife) Hunstman, LED Lenser P3 and Exotac Nanostriker all clipped on to a mini carabiner. The SAK is within the legal limit to be allowed to be carried in the UK. I carry this in my trouser pockets all the time. I also carry my wallet, Galaxy S3 and a packet of tissues, its not tactical or anything but I use it the most!

I have just got a Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack. So I'm still working on the load out of it at the moment. I use it as my work bag as well as at the weekends so the load is a bit mixed plus I have put some bits in to keep my kids entertained if need be, which under the above definition could be anywhere between the mundane and disastrous :)

  • Water Bottle (700ml)
  • Headphones
  • Sunglasses
  • Playing cards
  • Maxpedition Pocket Organiser (Set up as a bit of tool kit)
    • WD40 Pen
    • Super Glue
    • Pocket Widgy Pry bar
    • Craft Knife
    • AAA Mini Maglite
    • 4Gb USB Pen
    • Lighter
    • Permanent Marker
    • Folding Spork
    • Wipes and plasters
  • Pencil Case
    • Bic 4 Colour Pen
    • HB Pencil
    • Propelling Pencil and spare leads 
    • Blue, green and black permanent markers
    • Highlighter
    • Rubber.
    • Ruler
  • Notepad
  • Buff 
  • Cap
  • Keys for work and home
I don't currently carry a multitool at the moment as the one I have, the blade locks out on it. I think it might be legal just in the UK but I don't want to take the chance.


This is a work in progress so I expect to change things round quite a bit as I find out what works and what doesn't.

Pictures to follow.
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