Pondering A New Tent

Having just spent a long weekend living the life of a campsite, I’ve found myself pondering about one or two new purchases. I’ve already sorted a new sleeping mat and pillow. But I was looking at buying a new tent ahead of the trip. So, I thought I’d put some current thoughts down on paper. Or screen!

Let’s start by looking at what I currently have.

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Backpacking Kit and Weights – June 2018

By the time of writing this post, I had expected I would be coming to the end of my fourth day backpacking along The Ridgeway National Trail…

I set off on Saturday morning. Slightly later than intended but I was on to the trail soon enough. Within the first three miles, I noticed a pain down the outside of my left leg and, even with stretching, it remained with me for the whole twenty-five miles of day one. I made it to the camp site that evening but was safely and generously ‘extracted’ on Sunday morning.

At 18kg (according to my possibly-unreliable luggage scales), my rucksack was far too heavy and it made little sense for me to press on through the pain. I’ve spent this afternoon weighing everything and taking notes, all of which I’ll share below.

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Back From Dolgellau

I arrived home at about 20.10 last night, having spent the previous three evenings sleeping in a tent to the south of Snowdonia in mid Wales.

My first trip away with and experience of camping with a walking group. Previously, I’d only been camping with one friend at a time. It’s passed by very quickly and there are many things I could reflect on.

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Choosing a Backpacking Rucksack

By the end of next week (which also coincides with the end of Month Three), I aim to have acquired or at least ordered a rucksack for my up-and-coming backpacking adventures.

Here, I’m going to share the two three packs that I’ve narrowed my selection down to.

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