After much deliberation here’s what I’m planning to take on the TGO Challenge this year.
Final base weight is 7.4 kg including all my shell gear, camera etc. I’m assuming worst case weight, so a sunny start from Lochailort wearing minimal gear. Everything else in or on the pack.
I recently purchased some new trekking poles to use with my TrekkerTent Stealth and in the process I’ve sorted myself a super light and quick way of joining poles together for my MLD Duomid.
The current poles I use are Mounatin King Super Trekker Compact which are cheap and light and have taken some severe battering over the years and coped well. But at a maximum 130cm fully extended they’re not long enough to use as an A-frame with the Stealth which requires 135-140cm poles. To replace these I settled on a pair of Fizan Broadpeak 3, which at 240g a piece are still a decent weight.
Not lost…..just checking….honest !
Entering for the TGO Challenge last year was, of course, meant to be a one off. If only life were so simple, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that.
So here at the start of 2015 I find myself reflecting briefly on last years crossing as I plan to do it all again in 2015. Continue reading
Looking from balcony Camp 2, Korzhenevskaya Peak
Sometimes a piece of kit comes along which becomes so much a part of you, that it’s more like a comfort blanket or childhood teddy bear than a rufty tufty piece of outdoor gear.
The Buffalo Belay jacket has been one such piece of kit, and so much more. But sadly after 20 years of faithful and devoted service it’s entered a final chapter of decrepitude, and it’s now time to say a fond farewell to the old chap. Continue reading
Trekkertent Stealth with single front pole
If you’ve read my last post giving a positive initial review of the Trekkertent Stealth tent, then you will know that one of the only things I’d like to do is to improve the access. The best solution would be to see if the STEALTH could be used with a front ‘A’ frame set-up.
Well Marc at Trekkertent came up trumps with the quickest show of customer service I’ve yet witnessed. Continue reading
Earlier this summer I took the plunge and purchased a tent from a new UK cottage industry company, Trekkertent.
It’s too early to give a full review based on extensive use, but after a few nights out with her in the Lake District and Pennines I thought I’d do a quick initial review. So far I’m impressed with what I see and it’s a great start for this new company. Continue reading
Not to be left out, here finally after a bit of tinkering is my Gear List for the TGO.
I’ve optimistically assumed the sun will have his hat on when I set out from Strathcarron on the 9th May, so shell jacket, gaitors, gloves, hat and windshirt etc will all be in the pack. So the total base weight is really a worst case.
Most of the stuff here will be all too familiar, and as with everyone’s lists it’s very much a personal choice after many years finding out what works for me.