With the winter here it is time to start sorting through my backpacking equipment and updating the website to my current kit.
I have made some changes and additions to my backpacking brew kit.
We went for a short walk this morning around the grounds of Thurnham Hall.
Thurnham Hall is a great place to stay – the villa we have is well equipped and the facilities on site are excellent. The only downside is the complete lack of free wifi to the accommodation – you can buy wifi access via Swisscom – a quick search of my blog will show you what I think of this service, which has never worked for me. So be careful when you see “free wifi” in the Diamond Resorts advertising, you can get free wifi in the bar (probably), but in your flat or villa for comfortable, available internet access you will be expected to pay Swisscom.
Diana has bought me a new headlamp for backpacking – a Petzl e+lite.
It weighs 27g and uses 2x CR2032 lithium button cells – so this torch and a spare set batteries weigh less than the three spare AAA batteries I carried for my pervious Petzl headlamp.
The three white LEDs have two brightness settings, the brightest of which is provides enough light to walk at night by, the lower setting is good for reading a book or using in a small tent. There is a single red LED for night vision lighting – not something I think I will be using. There are two emergency strobe modes, one for the white LEDs and one for the red.
The thin headband is not elastic but sprung loaded and retracts into the headlamp when not is use. Not being elastic it is very comfortable to wear. However I have some concerns about the durability of this mechanism with extended use. Some care will need to be taken when using the headband.
Although the Perzl e+lite is sold as an emergency torch it will make an excellent, very lightweight backpacking headlamp.