Backpacking and Walking
I am a keen walker, walking in many places around the country from day walks in the Highlands of Scotland to backpacking in Lincolnshire where I live and even an hour or two across the fields between jobs, an advantage to owning the company!
I used to go backpacking a lot but family, work and years changed that to day walks and long distance walks using hotels and a luggage service. However having watched a number of videos on YouTube of older people backpacking I decided I would start overnight hiking again, with all my gear on my back. That was 2011, this is an on going story.
One thing that is going to be radically different with my hiking now, is the weight I am going to carry – things are going to be lightweight. Not so lightweight that I cut the handles off my toothbrush, eat crushed Pringles and drink cold water. I want to be comfortable, cook a little and drink hot tea but still not be weighed down whilst walking.
If I am not walking I love camping so some of the blog posts and pages mix camping and walking.
Trying to get the weight down of my backpacking gear has been a process, which I have written about, for 2011 and 2012. This year’s experiences, so far, are here - and I will add to this during the year.
When I have been searching the internet and YouTube for ideas about techniques and equipment I particularly liked pages where people laid out their gear with descriptions and then showed it in use – so have created some similar pages and illustrate my gear in use in my blog.
Backpacking gear pages
- Backpacking gear list - you can download my spreadsheet I use to list and calculate how much weight I carry.
- Cooking Gear – my lightweight cooking set, which packs easily into a two litre stuff sack.
- Brew Kit – a pocket sized kit for a weekend away.
- MSR Hubba Tent – my second backpacking tent. A review of my lightweight one man tent.
- Wash Kit – good hygiene is essential for good health even on the shortest trips.
- First Aid Kit – I bought a basic pocket sized first aid lit and then added some essential extras for walking in wild country.
- Hiking Biscuits - a recipe for versatile biscuits that are great for backpacking and camping trips.
- Outdoor Gear - blog pasts about backpacking gear.
I am now using an iPhone and the Memory Map app does not deal very well with stored routes, so I devised a way of storing my .gpx files in the cloud – Loading gpx Files into Memory Map on the iPhone.
The West Highland Way
My blog was up and running when I walked the West Highland Way with my friend Richard. We decided to do it in 2011, the year we both had our 50th birthdays.
You can view all the blog posts I made during the week we were walking here – West Highland Way – however the first post you will see is about the presentation Richard and I gave to the Misterton Ladies Group.
Camping on the Old Man of Coniston