I have been camping since the age of four, some 45 years ago and backpacking from the age of eleven. Although I did have a period of time with young children and building up my business where this rather took a back seat.
I have backpacked and day walked many parts of the UK and my longest trip being a two week backpack in the Swiss alps in the early 1980’s. When I first started backpacking at the tender age of 11, the gear I used was very different with waterproofed cotton walking smocks and canvas backpacks with leather shoulder straps. Later moving on to the “Cobmaster” style packs with a large aluminum frame outside of a nylon sack. Cotton tents, especially the Blacks Good Companion and Force Ten tents were the order of the day and were split between three people because of the weight.
The gear I now use and review is a far cry from those days and makes you appreciate the lightweight of today’s offerings.
I started back walking seriously again in 2007 and blogging since July 2010. I try to get out as much as possible, but unfortunately never as much as I would like !
All the best