Category Archives: Ultralite

Condensation: a soggy tale. 

I’ve just got back from a backpacking trip in the Peak District. It’s late autumn now and winter is not far away so it’s chilly. The UK tends to be humid enough that the dampness at this time of year … Continue reading

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Bye, bye TrailStar!

Just over a year ago I blogged about the advantages and disadvantages of the MLD TrailStar. Since then I used mine just once so I decided, somewhat reluctantly, to sell it.  I much prefer to backpack with a tarp or … Continue reading

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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 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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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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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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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp

I recently got a SpinnTwinn from a well-known auction site. Gossamer Gear don’t make them anymore but their new tarps are almost the same apart from the material used. The SpinnTwinn is made from Spinnaker fabric while the new ones … Continue reading

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Hiking Umbrella: neat gear!

I’ve come to the conclusion that a hiking umbrella is an indespensable piece of kit for hikers. Not only do they keep rain off but they shield the hiker from ultraviolet too when the sun is out, provide welcome shade … Continue reading

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