If you’ve been reading this blog you will notice that it hasn’t been updated for some time, like many others I have fallen out of the habit of blogging.
So I wish you well, I may return to blogging in the future but meantime I shall satisfy my online urges with the occasional post on the Backpackers Club facebook page.
Happy wild camping.
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I’ve finally taken the plunge and ordered a Scarp1 from Henry Shires. I’ve been looking for a new tent for a number of years, because I ‘ve never felt able to trust my Laser Comp in wet and windy weather. It may be ok, but all that flapping when its windy does not inspire confidence.
So if there is anyone out there who has a Scarp1, which seams do I need to seal? When I’m sealing the flysheet should I seal the inside or the outside?
Whilst looking around Bob and Rose’s show last weekend, I was very taken with the Titanium Esbit Stove. It brought back memories of the emergency brewing kit that I used to carry in the 1960’s.
The following day I thought it would be interesting to sort out the old brewing kit and see if it still worked.
Now I’m a bit of a gear horder, so I was fairly sure the brewing kit would be in the loft somewhere, but finding it amongst all the junk might not be so easy. However my luck was in, the first bag I searched was my wife’s 1967 Karrimor Pinnacle rucksack, half way down there it was, tucked between an old climbing helmet and a pair of Barbour mitts.
The kit consisted of an old elasterplast tin, a collapsible metal stove, some Metafuel tablets, a few matches wrapped in plastic, a square of sandpaper to strike them on, and an aluminium mug. Total weight 219g.
The kit lived in my rucksack during the winter monthhs for about ten years, but the only time it was used in anger was on Tryfan in a snowstorm, when it produce enough boiling water for a brew. Today was the first time it been opened for over forty years. The contents were a bit battered and dusty but otherwise looked ok. I assembled the stove, placed a mug of water on top and put a match to the fuel. The tablets lit instantly and appeared to produce as much heat as when they were new.
It took eleven minuets to come to a rolling boil which thought was pretty good. At 68g the stove is heavy compared with the Esbit’s 13g, but surprisingly the aluminium mug weighed in at only 71g compared with my current titanium mugs 73g.
Having had a couple of hours fun and a trip down memory lane, I’ve also been reminded how light solid fuel is. Maybe I should consider using it rather than gas to save weight.
A wild camp on Arenig Fawr.
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Early May saw us in the Cairngorms, the weather prospects did not look good, with high winds and sleet forecast on the tops.
The first morning dawned cold, wet and windy. Not being prepared to spend the day following a compass bearing in unpleasant conditions, we decided on low level walk to Ryvoen Bothy.
It turned out to be a good choice, we took an early lunch in the spotlessly clean bothy, then spent a pleasant afternoon ambling along the track towards Nethy Bridge.
The weather continued to be stormy so the next couple of days were spent biking in Glen Feshie, hoping that the weather would improve.
After what was to be the final outing of the trip, we returned to the hut feeling somewhat down hearted, our visit to Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy had been cut short by a rising Allt Garbhlach.
But all was not lost!
We entered the hut to find that good weather was forecast for the next day good, and our trusty meet leader had managed to extend our stay by one more night, which meant that at long last we might be able to visit the tops and get a view.
And what a day it was!
Sgor Gaoith was our objective, its been on my peaks to do list for years, but I had determined that I would only climb it on a clear day, and today hopefully was the day.
Blue sky over Glen Feshie.
The start of the path to Carn Ban Mor.
The path crossed a steep snow slope where a fall would have meant a slide of hundreds of feet. .
Having decided it wasn’t worth carrying our ice axes we had to take the safe but steep grassy slopes to the left of the track, these eventually spat us out near the summit of Carn Ban Mor to be greeted with this fabulous view.
Braeriach, Sgor an Lochain Uagaine (Angels Peak) and Cairn Toul.
Sgor Gaoith in the distance.
Loch Einich, Monach Mor and Beinn Bhrotain.
After a leisurely lunch on the summit soaking up the view in warm sunshine, we retraced our route back to the car.
It had been one of those special days, well worth waiting for.
Not much activity this year on or off the hills, but hopefully 2014 will be more focused on fun.