Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
rob dixon 2 wrote (see)
Make sure you look at the hone quarries while there - and the sodding great flywheel in the building below. A grand area. You'll be missing out if you don't whizz up to CL while there though! It's a nice route.
The plan is to get up and go to the shelter on Foel Grach for breakfast then decide where to head. CL and Yr Ellen are on the list of priorities and then we'll see what happens next. Very much looking forward to a full day up there to explore. Lets hope this undeciding weather decides to be good to us. I will be sure to post some pictures up. Thanks to all for the great advice.
I always take spare socks and a travel towell. I'd drop the wine (but as Twiglet said take more rum or another spirit). I take spare headtorches too. In the present weather I would not take a spare hat or gloves (that's for proper cold).
Whateve, you'll be fine, enjoy it.
<Spare socks - I would hate to get wet feet on the walk in, but its pretty straight forward I guess. I guess they can go too.
Your only spare socks? What about if you get into in camp after having cold sodden feet all afternoon? bed socks at least for me
<Spare batteries, its two tiny AAA batteries, and if my torch goes.....??
Is it an LED torch (probably) - unlikely to run out for an overnighter (or even a week long trip if it's a decent one) .
Even Ten Tors (Dartmoor Youth Overnighter Event where the kit list is exhaustive) participants don't have to carry spare batteries if their torch is LED....
I would always take spare gloves in the hills until summer.
But that's just me - I hate having painfully cold (wet?) hands in a biting wind at 500m+....
I'd not take a very big FAK, flask,travel tap,multitool or Antibacterial gel
I eat lots in the day, so probably take and more snacks or butties/pasty/pie
Also, you must be very well-off to use Wayfarers!!! Tesco etc do very reasonable pastan and sauce meals for a fraction of the price and they are more than adequate. Add dried fruit and instant custard for a decent meal - with cuppa soups to start.
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Friend of a Friend wrote (see)I have been toying with going for meths, Is that instead of the wine or spirits - now that is Hardcore
I imagine the 'messed uppness' to weight ratio is far greater, and it doubles up as fuel!
Also, I've not actually bought some wayfarers meals, I'm sure I mentioned wayfarers type. Can't remember what I bought but it was a much cheaper option and turned out to be pretty nice, after a bottle of wine and rum in a bunkhouse anyway
I'd ditch the multitool and the thermos and the booze.
Typically I consume more snacks than expected, so take plenty.
Better take a spork so you don't need to eat your Wayfarers with your fingers or the multitool.
I'd take sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, loo paper, trowel, pencil stub, soap. These can be just a few grams each.
Take 2 or 3 spare poly bags. They are very light and tend to come in useful, if only for carrying out trash.
All all costs, keep your sleeping bag dry. So take a suitable drybag! You probably want to keep your spare clothes dry too. Don't rely on your rucksack to be waterproof.
In summer don't forget the insect repellant; you can also take a light pair of shorts for swimming.
If you are with a companion, some things you don't both need to take; this also applies to some spares.
I like to have a checklist as it helps me to pack quicker without forgetting stuff.
One gentleman I heard of parked his car at the bottom of the hill and climbed to the top. When he got to the top he realized he had forgotten something vital. So he left his stuff up there and climbed back down to his car to fetch it. When he got to his car he realized he had left his keys at the top of the hill!
So, don't forget to take something to light the gas with. Firesteels are good because they are dependable and work even when wet.
We're off tomorrow! And the weather is looking great. Thanks for all the help, everyone, it's really helped going through my kit and mentally packing over and over, so much so I've managed to narrow my list down to.
Sleeping bag (alpkit PD400)SI Mat (Alpkit) } both in a dry bag.Mini Trangia with a gas burner and small canisterWayfarer type meal eachPorridge eachPlastic spoonInstant soup for 4Usual snack bars and nutsCoffee sachets and sugarMini Thermos flask for drinking out of and carrying coffee etc.2L Bladder2 plastic bagsGlovesVery thin LS Mid LayerPata Nano Puff smockWaterproofplasterss, antiseptic wipe, burn gel (instead of a full first aid kit)TorchMap + CompassPhone (GPS)CameraRUMRed Wine - in a plastic evian bottle that can be crushed down and/or used for water.
I'm pretty pleased with how light my bag is and, more importantly for me, the factt hat it easily fits into my 33ltr bag.
My only dilema now is do I squeeze some shorts in too, the weather is looking lovely but will it be shorts weather hmmmmmm
Have a good one
- please tell us how how it goes - if you were cold or hungry etc. What you needed/didn't need wished you'd taken or not. Maybe useful for other 'newbies' who might see this thread?
Mole wrote (see)
Have a good one - please tell us how how it goes - if you were cold or hungry etc. What you needed/didn't need wished you'd taken or not. Maybe useful for other 'newbies' who might see this thread?
Will do Mole, I'm also hoping to start a blog/website and may write this up to put on there. I'm not going to do a website that professes to being an expert, I know I'm not, but thought it would be a good angle to do a site that focusses on someone learning the wild camping ropes.
One more question though, a couple of people on here have mentioned personal wash kits. Am I being dirty in thinking that for one night this really isn't needed? In the morning I will no doubt splash my face and pits with water but wouldn't bother having a proper wash, I'm only going to get sweaty and smelly as soon as I start walking.
Baby wipes for face, pits and nethers (in that order) is all you need for overnighters IME.
As Mole said, do come back and let us know how you got on.
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