Archive for January 2007

OM Sykeside Meet

Posted by on January 29th 2007 in Great Escapes

The OM Sykeside Meet was a cracker. Not much snow about, but the weather was fine and the company was excellent, what more could you ask for? Saturday saw Ella conquer High Hartsop Dodd and Little Hart Crag, and Wansfell was added on Sunday morning. These are her first three Wainwrights, and she was really chuffed with herself. My tally is now 151, which leaves 63 more to do.


Looking towards Sykeside


Ella atop Little Hart Crag


Ella beside Caiston Beck

So, how did the new kit fare?

Even though I was starkers, the AD700 was far too warm to sleep in (the nights were very mild even though the wind was a bit blustery) so I used it as a blanket instead.
The Nanok sleeping socks are great for wearing in the tent. It was too mild for me to wear mine under the bag but Ella wore hers in her bag and says that they are great.
The Rab VR Climb jacket was plenty warm enough over just a baselayer top even in the high cold winds on the felltops. It's a superb windproof which withstood driving rain, I neither chilled nor overheated in it.
We had a felltop lunchstop under the TN Bothy4, there was plenty of room for us two and our packs, with space to get the Jetboil going too. Good fun when the wind was really ripping by!

The DIY jobs just keep piling up…

Posted by on January 23rd 2007 in Great Escapes, Rambling on...

The weekend was spent finishing the decorating the main bedroom... it's a job that was nearly finished about 8 years ago, but the last bit just didn't get done. Now I have to move on to refitting the bathroom - a complete refurb is required (plastering, tiling, new suite) so I suppose I'll have to make a start with the scrapers and chisels. Hopefully this job won't take another 8 years!

Sometime in the next couple of days I'll need to get packed for the OM Sykeside Meet this weekend. Ella is looking forward to her first full-on winter mountain walk (she went on the Braithwaite Meet but the snow was so slight that we didn't need to get the metalwork out) - hopefully the recent snow will still be there so that she can get to grips with her new crampons. If so, it'll give her plenty to chat about with her schoolmates next week.

Not much to report today…

Posted by on January 18th 2007 in Rambling on...

Spent several hours with one of the neighbours putting a sloping false ceiling in above his staircase, so I'm now covered in sawdust and plasterdust.

Re-measured the monster weeping willow tree that's in our garden. Worryingly, it's about 70 ft tall but only 65 ft from the house - let's just hope that if it decides to fall, it breaks off above the base of the trunk. Luckily, the current strong winds are blowing it in the right direction (away from the house and the driveway).

Had a look at some other blogs and referring sites that appear in my Live Spaces Stats list. Some were walking blogs, some were general blogs, some were just bizarre. I might put a few links on here later (after the kids have been to gymnastics class and then a yoga session) if SWMBO doesn't get me doing more DIY.

There's one thing I'm trying to put on my WLS blog but without much success - my outdoors gear list. I use a great little program called the Backpacking Gear Weight Calculator v 5.51 by Chris Ibbeson. It produces a list in .dat format and I reckon it would be useful to have the file on here. If anybody reading this can suggest a way to show the .dat file on WLS, please let me know. Thanks in advance! (EDIT: belay those references to WLS... they're redundant now I'm on WordPress!)

Alpkit Gourdon video

Posted by on January 17th 2007 in Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)

Found the Alpkit Gourdon video on YouTube - excellent!

The Nanoks arrived today

Posted by on January 17th 2007 in Shiny new kit

More kit! 🙂

They're nice and warm, lightweight and they pack down quite small - in the supplied stuffsack they measure about 3" square x 6" long, but they can be compressed to something resembling a bulging 3" cube (although in reality they'll live at the bottom of the sleeping bag and hence get compressed with it). They are an unusual fit - the elasticated top is at mid-calf height, so they feel like they need to be pulled up more, but in reality they want to fall down to ankle-height. It's no problem, though, because I fold them down to the ankle anyway. I like the fact that they don't bind on the inside of the sleeping bag because they don't have the dot-grip or rubber soles that so many hut/bothy/tent booties tend to have.

I reckon that I'll be happy with them. In an uncharacteristic fit of generosity I got a pair for SWMBO as well, so that she's got no excuse for stealing mine.

Sleeping socks

Posted by on January 15th 2007 in Shiny new kit

It's taken me ages to track them down here in the UK, but persistence paid off... I just ordered some Nanok Sleeping Socks from OutdoorCode. I figure that they'll do as tent-boots in winter. No doubt the cold-footed SWMBO will requisition them on our next wildcamp.


Posted by on January 12th 2007 in A bit of a rant, Driveway-blocking feckwits

So, I needed to go out in the car, and some eejut had decided to park across the exit to my driveway, somewhat f***ing stupid if you ask me, as there was only one other car parked at the roadside in the whole of the close, so it's not as if there wasn't room for another 15 cars to be parked in a considerate manner. If you encounter the owner/driver of Ford Fusion FD53CVV, please pass on my two-fingered regards.



Update – Seasonal root-veg stew

Posted by on January 11th 2007 in Dehydrating

Just an update to the stew blog.
Total cooked weight = 4500g = 15 meals.
5 meals removed (1 scoffed straight away, 2 fridged and 2 frozen), total 1500g.
Remaining 3000g dried for 24 hours, reduced to 640g, to make 10 drymeals.

TKMaxx rummage

Posted by on January 10th 2007 in TKMaxx

This morning was spent rummaging through the bargain-rails at TKMaxx Nuneaton. Listed here are the items that caught my eye:

  • Keela Belay Jackets - Primaloft insulation, Cranberry or Ice Blue, S, M, L, £39.99, I'll probably get one of these when they drop below £20.
  • Lowe Alpine Dryflo baselayers - crew-neck short-sleeve tee, navy, various sizes, £9.99
  • Helly Hansen Fox Down Vest - no idea about the fill-rating, not a lightweight item but looks robust with plenty of pockets inside and good handwarmers outside. Green with red panels, M, S, £29.99
  • Salomon Ortholite Softshell Shoes - grey, seamless, various sizes, £29.99
  • Raichle Goretex XCR Shoes - weird orange/grey/black things with a zipped sleeve around the ankle, various sizes, £39.99
  • KSB Orkney Leather Boots - tan, various sizes, £49.99

Top marks for Alpkit!

Posted by on January 9th 2007 in Shiny new kit

It's less than 18 hours since ordering and the AD700 is here! It's "evil" black which looks great but after it's travels it needed to go upstairs for a lie down (no pun intended) in order to regain some loft. Looks like I'll be setting up the bivvytent in the garden at the weekend so that I can see how the AD copes - let's pray for a good deep frost on Friday night. Hopefully I won't have to take advantage of Alpkit's 7-day returns policy and change the 700 for a 900.

The Tikes look quite mean too. If they don't keep the bivvytent nailed to the back lawn, nothing will.

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