all the gear and some idea....maybe...
If you ever need motivation to prepare yourself watch the film 127 hours.
It does sound like your going about this in all the right ways, by no means least, getting your missus a little interested is a brilliant idea. This is impossible for me as mine is more materialistic than Madonna.
If your using a hobo stove you might want to consider a gransfors bruks mini belt hatchet. Weigh less than most (realistic) survival knives 13.1 oz with sheath, my fallkniven a1 WITH sheath is 16.1 oz. Great for splitting small branches for drying. Can also be used as a knife as it is that small or a hammer, been using my friends for ages as its a more of a legal carry in UK. Not that you need to worry about that, I've heard there wrecking ahem...coffee shops over there... DAMN.
lol, glad you enjoyed it.
Sounds like you had a good time, and found out some more about the kit you need.
It's also good that you've found out about starting to fast! A common mistake at first on multi's. I did it in the past when starting out.
Think of it like a marathon, not a sprint. Pace your self, especially on the first day, or you'll knacker yourself and find it hard the next day or two, untill you get used to walking long days/distances.
Good luck finishing the trip.
Walk. Climb. Camp. Just get out there.
Even the 5km an hour with missus, can, unless it's flat, be a good pace.
As for 'normal' pace on flat ground, for multi's, with a heavy sack, I wouldn't up it to much more than 8kph, if that. I'd start at around 7kph ish, you can speed up as pack weigh gets less.
As for food, I normally take dehydrated food for main meals. The likes of rice, porridge, soup, (large packets, that feed at least two, if not more). I take 'mini' pepperami to add to them. You need lots of food to replace energy youv'e used.
I also take 'treats', like cheese triangles and oatcakes, choc bars, 'trail mix', (mixed nuts and dried fruit), to nibble on when walking along.
I rarely take pasta n sauce type meals, most need milk too make, you can go for dehydrated milk, but I've not found one that mixes well. MHOO.
or to much vodka
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I find rice ones cook quicker, ( the ones I buy anyway), around 5min. P&S takes around 10min.
I also find them more filling, might be just me. Porridge I cook with water, that's the way I've always cooked it and grown up with, could be the way peeps in NI cook, have cooked it. I take the packets of sugar you get from MacD's, etc. or the wee packets of jam, to 'jazz' it up a bit.
I sometimes take the 'pats' of butter too.
I've recently discovered couscous (EDIT: for camping) - it makes a change from pasta
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