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Photos from my trip to Scotland

Sunday

Walking out form the campsite.

Walking near Lauder

A murder of crows
A murder of crows

Walking near Lauder

Walking near Lauder

Walking near Lauder

Walking near Lauder

Hill Fort and Settlement

Hill Fort and Settlement  - Scotland

Hill Fort and Settlement  - Scotland

Monday

Woodland walking

Tuesday

Melting snow

After the snow I went into a snowless Edinburgh.

Edinburgh

Wednesday

Lauder Common

Because of an afternoon conference call for a client, I only had time for a short morning walk.


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There was a convenient bench up in the hills for a tea break.

Lauder Common tea break

I had packed my titanium meths stove for this trip – my Alpkit gas stove o-ring seal has been giving me some problems. It was completely still, when I came to make some tea later in the evening, so I sat at the picnic table and brewed up.

Vango titanium meths stove and Alpkit gear

Thursday

Lauder

Lauder Scotland

Lauder Scotland

And a “VR”.

I spent a showery afternoon, in the car, drinking tea and watching videos on my iPhone.

Lauder Camping and Caravan Club Site

Lauder Camping and Caravan Club Site

Friday – on the way to Lincoln!

Jedburgh Abbey
Jedburgh Abbey

A68
A68 South of the Border

The view from my tent at 5am – hot coffee in hand @OctagonT

Lauder Campsite - April snow
Lauder Campsite – April snow

I woke during the night to hear the patter of snow on my tent, but as I was warm in my goose down sleeping bag, I went back to sleep.

I woke up again at about 5am, made some coffee and shot this view from my tent, from inside my sleeping bag.

Backpacking cookware – walking in the cold and rain – and lunch ‪@Alpkit‬

Time to try out some new backpacking cookware.

Having spent the morning working on Octagon time sheets, spread sheets and presentations, I headed off at lunch time for a walk across the Lincolnshire fields.

A couple of weeks back, I bought an Alpkit MytiPot 900 and thought I would give it a try out today. I packed a homemade ready meal (fresh pasta, homemade Italian tomato sauce with mushrooms), and my lightweight Alpkit cooking gear.

  • Kraku stove
  • MytiPot 900
  • MytiMug 400
  • SnapWire spoon

The walk was grey, wet, cold and muddy underfoot but it was away from my laptop. I took my mind off the weather with “The Girl who Played with Fire” audiobook on my iPod.

Alpkit lightweight backpacking cookware

In a small wood near the village I found a fallen tree that made a good seat for lunch. I boiled the water for my coffee in the titanium mug first, then heated the pasta in the Alpkit MytiPot, stirring it well.

Alpkit lightweight backpacking cookware
I carried the backpacking cookware in a Finnish gas mask bag

Titanium backpacking cookware is excellent if all you consider is the weight and strength. The problems come with the cost and cooking in a thin walled pot. Alpkit helps with the cost – their prices are lower than other suppliers and they have a comprehensive selection of backpacking cookware.

My top tip if you use your titanium backpacking cookware for more than just boiling water, is stir the food well… very well. The titanium conducts the heat efficiently, but hot spots easily form and then the food burns. I stirred my lunch constantly and moved the pot over the burner and still some food caught. You can see the results below, not a disaster, but if I had stopped stirring things could have gone very badly. If it burns too much is may also spoil the food.

backpacking cookware

Why did I buy more backpacking cookware?

  • Top of the list is that Diana and I are going camping together and I wanted a titanium “kettle” large enough to brew tea for two.
  • I want to do more cooking when lightweight camping – rather than just reheating food.
  • This size and shape of pot could be used as a bowl to eat out of or for washing up etc.

Forest Walking Inverdruie

Looking at the weather forecast for the week today looks like to coldest day I will have – it was 1c when I went out at about 11am. It does not look like I will see any snow this trip – except this in Colchester last week.

I headed out to walk in the forest near Inverdruie and to get a geocache that the boys and I walked past last summer.

Geocache
Here it is

It was easy today to find somewhere quiet to set up for lunch.

Lightweight walking lunch

Lightweight walking lunch

Forest walking in Scotland

Forest Walking Inverdruie

I wrote this whilst watching the Falcons playing Green Bay in the NFC Championship game – the Falcons and Matt Ryan have controlled the first half. I have my iPod hooked into the TV with the Apple HDMI adaptor, I also packed a 1m HDMI cable. Glad I am not at last week’s Hapimag Bowness timeshare as the wifi there was nearly nonexistent. I could not use my NFL Game Pass live there, I had to avoid the scores and downloaded the games offsite on better wifi. The wifi here at Scandinavian Village is great.

Here comes the second half.

Walking in the Rydal Valley

The weather improved today so I travelled a few miles up the road past Rydal, parked and went walking and geocaching. Geocache score for the day 2.

Helm Crag
I think the rainbow is on Helm Crag

I crossed the river between Grassmere and Rydal Water and climbed up from there towards Loughrigg Fell. It stayed dry and sometimes sunny where I was but I could see the rain in the distance.

Fell walking in the Lake District

Loughrigg Terrace
Loughrigg Terrace

Lake District Fell

At lunchtime I found a convenient bench, with a great view.

Grassmere
Grassmere

Alpkit cooking system
Alpkit cooking system with Sea to Summit pack and Platypus 1l roll up water bottle

Robin
I had a number of visitors when I stopped for lunch

Rydal Water
Rydal Water