A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to the North York Moors with a wild camp. See report here.
Here are my observations on some of the gear used that deserves a mention.
I have had this pack for around a year now. It can really swallow up a lot of gear if you wish, with its 70 litre capacity. It is important to be disciplined and not succumb to the temptation of carrying all those “just in case items”.
My typically weight carried without food and water for this sort of trip is 8kg. I still find even with practice you have to pack carefully to ensure a comfortable carry as it does not have an internal frame system, so items can stick in your back. It is a lot of backpack for 935g (2lbs) and I still wonder whether I would be better off with a pack like the Lightwave Ultrahike 60, slightly heavier but may be more comfortable.
Montane Litespeed Windshirt
I have had this 2 years and it is brilliant. Lightweight, windproof, breathable and will keep you dry in drizzle. The jacket pocket is big enough to take an OS map and has a hood as well. All of these features but it only weighs 165g (5.8oz). This wind shirt is always in my pack and is probably the best bit of kit I own.
Exped Synmat UL7 sleeping mat
This replaced my POE Peak Elite AC mat, which I had deflation issues with. I have slept on this 6 nights now and it is comfortable and easy to inflate and deflate, thanks to the excellent system that Exped use. Packs up small, but is roughly 100g more than the POE mat.
Rohan Ultra Silver T
I purchased one of these after some good comments on it from Robin at blogpackinglight. Extremely light at 60g in weight and is very comfortable. Silver is incorporated into the T shirt’s material which helps combat odours and so far has remained “stink-free”. A link to the product details is here