The weather forecast was showing a freezing night – and it was.
frost covered tent
The cold weather gave a great sunrise and it did not last long – it was getting warmer by the time I had my second coffee of the morning. The new down sleeping bag kept me warmer than the one I was using last year and the Alpkit mat is very comfortable.
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.
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.
We found a very good spot a short walk from the summit of the Old Man of Coniston.
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Thanks to CheapTents.com (link in the list on the right). Don’t let the name put you off, they supplied my MSR Hubba tent, footprint and gear loft and during the whole process their customer service was second to none. I would recommend them.