Category Archives: Hiking

ZPacks Pocket Tarp – first pitch.

It stopped raining today so I jumped at the chance to practice pitching the tarp in the back garden and I have to say I was impressed.  It’s very easy to get a good, taut pitch straight away if the … Continue reading

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Zpacks and ultralight backpacking

My Zpacks Pocket Tarp has arrived and guess what! It’s raining hard so I can’t go and practice pitching it! Grrrrrrrr. A proper review will follow in due course. But for now a few observations on both it and the … Continue reading

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A week in the Lake District

A fortnight ago, a friend and I went to the Lake District for our annual “Lad’s Holiday”. Usually we backpack around an area but this time we decided to “basecamp” at Keswick for half the week followed by the remainder … Continue reading

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A backpacking trip for charity´╗┐

The walk was to be based around the Nine Edges challenge (designed by the Edale Mountain Rescue organisation) with extra miles at the start and end of the hike. The total mileage covered was planned to be slightly over 60 … Continue reading

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Backpackers Club UK AGM

I’m a member of the club and attended the AGM last weekend. Within the club AGM has two meanings; Annual General Meeting and Annual Gathering of Members. So, not only is a chance to make decisons affecting the club as … Continue reading

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Tarps versus tents

Not that many years ago abackpacker who aspired to be ultralight (or even lightweight) had to use a tarp as tents were much heavier. Silnylon has made the choice a littler harder as tents have become much lighter and a … Continue reading

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Gossamer Gear Murmur 36l pack

I’ve got an old blue Murmur (2012?) but took the chance on buying the new 2016 Murmur when a friend visited the States and offered to bring it back for me thus avoiding the horrendous shipping costs to the UK. … Continue reading

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Nite Ize CamJam: First impressions.

Winter is coming. As I wrote this the mercury is reading 0C and my thoughts are turning to getting my backpacking gear ready for when Spring comes.  I’m a fan of tarps and poncho tarps for three season backpacking and … Continue reading

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The Pocket Stove: a review

The Pocket Stove from Backpackinglight.co.uk is a tiny stove that promises much. It is designed to work with meths burners, hexamine tablets and wood in the shape of smallish twigs. There are two versions; one in stainless steel and the … Continue reading

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MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho Tarp: first impressions

I was impressed by my Mountain Laurel Designs silnylon Chaps. I’ve already posted a blog on those earlier. I was given the opportunity to get an unused, matching poncho at a bargain price and I couldn’t resist. Poncho tarps work … Continue reading

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