It was my birthday last week and I got a couple of new pieces of lightweight backpacking equipment.
The first was a selection of Nalgene bottles – I bought a set earlier this year (see here) and they have been great for packaging small amounts of food, including liquids. I am happy to carry a little extra weight for the security of the food being packaged in something stronger than plastic bags. The small jar has been useful for carrying jam or peanut butter in, and there are two similar jars in this kit. Now I can take jam and peanut butter! The small bottle will be useful for taking a little cooking oil on backpacking trips.
The second item was a Helly Hansen Lifa Dry undershirt. This high tech, laminated shirt should keep me warmer than my previous under shirt and it weighs less at about 150g. I tried the shirt out at the weekend and it was very comfortable so I have added the long johns to my Christmas list.
It has been an great weekend for the weather, I was sitting by the lake at the campsite until late last night and only needed to use my down sleeping bag as a quilt overnight a big difference from the Peak District trip last weekend.
I carried a tin of food rather than a dehydrated meal – the extra weight was worth it – tasty “Lamb Big Soup “
With the end if the summer camping season rapidly approaching, and with the next two weekends booked with a server change over for a client, I have planned a short backing trip to the regular Camping and Caravan Club site near Woodhall Spa using the Viking Way.
This is also a busy weekend as I have to finish a proposal for a client to provide an integrated email solution between an office in the UK and locations in Southern Africa both in the cities and in more remote places – so using our cloud server I am planning to work that this evening on my iPhone.
morning coffee at the ruins of Barlings Abbey
The Viking Way
This sign is not as accurate as it could be – it looks like the path follows the line of the hedge, when actually the path is marked and heads across the middle of the field.
the sign is at the junction shown in the map clip as you approach the abbey ruins from Fiskerton
The pitch by the lake edge had been cleared of the fallen tree that was there on my previous visit – so I could again pitch in among the trees close to the water.
The weather today was bright and sunny which gave me a chance to air my down sleeping bag over my tent whilst I was having breakfast. My rucksack was not a light as it could have been this time, as I added the luxury of a small folding stool to the load.
looking back over the lake towards where I was camped
Diana and i have been working today on the Branston Business Network stand at the Big Tea Party in Branston. Once we had packed up I got Diana to drop me a few miles away from the Woodhall Spa campsite so I could walk in the last bit and camp out over night. After last weekend it seemed a pity to waste a good weekend and not go backpacking.
The start of the day – setting off from the car park.
Jeremy having a rest
Low Water – a good place out of the wind to have lunch. click on the above image for a larger version
Jeremy heading up into the cloud and onto the summit.
When we reached the summit there was no way we could camp there – like Richard and I did last year. What we should have done then was head home – but we thought we could find somewhere out of the weather to camp.! That however did not work out.
We did however have a great day in Lakes. We had an excellent walk to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston in good company. The variable weather gave plenty of good photo opportunities. And we all got home safely with a lot of wet kit to dry out!
There was a chance for one more photo before getting back to the car. There was a lull in the weather at just the right moment.