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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 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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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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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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