It is a showery start to the day but managed to eat my breakfast outside the tent. The Hubba tent is really small so I have to be very organised to eat in it – it is much better to be able to get outside and eat.
It was freezing here at about midnight, the grass was crispy as I walked on it and the water on the fly sheet was frozen. This morning there was a dusting of snow in the high ridges I can see from Hayfields Camping and Caravan Club Site. I am planning to go walking today but at the moment the rain has me drinking tea in my tent and blogging!
I had just finished eating my dinner, whilst sitting outside, when there were a few raindrops. By the time I had got my gear inside the tent and had the door closed it was hailing hard.
I had per-packed food this evening, Salmon Moroccan style, with crackers and custard for dessert.
with a mug of tea as well – of course
The food was very good and I will be using these John West lunches on future backpacking trips. They weigh more than noodles but on wild camping trips I will not need to carry any water to rehydrate the meal so saving weight there.
Although I try to carry the lightest backpack possible, I do not skimp on comfort. I had been carrying a self inflating sleeping mat which weighed about 900g, but it filled a lot of space in my 50l pack. I do not want to carry my mat on the outside of my pack to save room or get a bigger pack which I will be tempted to fill and so it will be heavier. So I bought an Alpkit Numo Sleeping Mat.
The mat is exceptionally comfortable to sleep on, but it does not offer very good insulation from the ground compared with my previous mats – however it was a very cold night. Hopefully the light filling in the tubes will work better in less extreme weather.
This mat packs much smaller than my self inflating mat, saving space in my backpack and is half the weight. To save extra weight I do not take the stuff sack or the repair kit, I already have a patch kit in my “camping bits” pouch.
comparison of sizes
The Alpkit Numo fits nicely in my small MSR Hubba tent, leaving enough room at the bottom to store my backpack and along the side for other gear. I was careful not to over inflate the mat, a little give in the tubes made it more comfortable.
One problem I had was that my inflatable pillow now rolls off this mat, so that will have to be addressed.
backpacking food packed – the brew kit is not in this bag – the cranberries go in my pocket
I was planning to carry my Travel Tap bottle and a 1l roll up Platypus bottle. At the start of the walk I would have about 300ml in the Platypus – and the plan was to fill all my bottles using the Travel Tap at Low Water before continuing up to the summit. This should be enough water for the wild camp. On the way down I would collect some more water if required.
It has been a wet day here in Lincolnshire so that put a stop to a planned walk. I also had some work to catch up on.
However I am planning a camping trip for next weekend, so I have taken some time today to sort through my gear.
As part of my ongoing project to keep my camping gear lightweight I have changed my sleeping mat for a much lighter and smaller Alpkit Numo air mattress. The photo shows the difference in size and the weight saving is about 500g.
Jeremy bought me this bottle for Christmas – the specs are here.
This is a really simple, lightweight, way to produce safe drinking water whilst I am backpacking or wild camping. No moving parts, batteries or pumps – drink straight from the bottle or use it to fill another water container or pot. When I wild camped in the Lakes last year I carried 3l or 3kg of water, my pack without the water weighed less than 9kgs – in the future I can top up along the way and save weight.