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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 15/3/2019 at 12:44pm
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Currently keeping an eye on mountain weather for next weekend. Working this weekend but high winds and snow on forecast so just as well.
Plan is to get OH to drop me off, get up and bag a couple of hills I missed and descend to a mountain lochan for a camp. Next morning drop back down and maybe bag another hill and, depending on fitness, time and weather walk into town or wait for a pick up. The only downside is no pubs open when I get off hills. I would have to go a different route involving a dodgy blanket bog. I don't fancy that after snow melt with a heavy pack.
The walk into town would be 9km of road walking so don't fancy that either.
The camp will give me a chance to test the new air mattress and try out a different brand of dehydrated food. As I will probably have to spend more time in the tent I will take the Cobra. The solitaire is lighter but you can't move in it or sit up.
So, it all depends how the weather pans out.

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Message posted by spiritburner17/3/2019 at 6:22pm
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We'll need pics. Don't forget!

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Pics will be taken.
Weather reports are looking good and coffee, sweets and biscuits have been bought. OH has been instructed where to drop me off and pick me up and the gpx file is on the Garmin. Just need to pack next Friday.

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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 19/3/2019 at 12:27pm
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As Saturday gets closer it is looking that it is going to be a tad rainy but temperatures will be above 0 so that is a plus.

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Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 19/3/2019 at 4:29pm
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Actually temperatures are dropping by the hour. Now -7 Saturday night but no snow. May have to pack the liner as the camp is at 680m. Should be interesting. Will probably have to wear the down jacket to bed.

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Message posted by martinmeatpie05/4/2019 at 6:11pm
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Well had a couple of nights out but here is the latest one.

Stayed at Hardhurst campsite in Hope.
A good chill out was needed but the campsite in Hathersage was shut during the week so had a walk round Hathersage before heading back to Hope. but then missed my train so ended up in the pub as you do for an hour lol. Then the fun started. Went for the train to Hope and got talking to a chap hiking from Hungary. Got off the train at the stop before i should then was wondering where the bloody campsite was lol. It was dark at this point and couldn't understand why google maps on my phone kept putting me miles away from the camp. After 30 mins or so i realised i'd got off at wrong stop and eventually found the site. Had to pitch up in the dark. That was fun. Had took my tea with me but the pub ( The travellers Rest ) across the road was calling me to have a calming pint. Got up late in the morning but had breakfast and packed up. Sun was out so walk and pub was on my mind. Found a nice one in Hope ( The Oldhall Hotel )where i walked thru. Tea rooms next door for a lovely breakfast too. Nice pint as well to set me up for the afternoon. I walked thru Hope over to Castleton and up to the caverns and over Man Tor. The sun was out and it was a cracking day. Stopped and made myself a brew and chilled in the sun before i headed towards Buxton. Was a beautiful day. But alas my legs didn't want to go that far so stopped at a place called Sparrowpit then a short walk down to Dove Holes. Wish i had stayed another night now but going to venture again soon. Very nice walk from Blue John Cavern over to Doveholes. Taking a camera next time for some shots.

Nice little site cheap and cheerful and loads of hot water. Couple of vids on Youtube of the site if the need to see. Looking for somewhere to try out on Sunday night then a nice walk monday

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Quote: Originally posted by martinmeatpie on 05/4/2019
Well had a couple of nights out but here is the latest one.

Stayed at Hardhurst campsite in Hope.
A good chill out was needed but the campsite in Hathersage was shut during the week so had a walk round Hathersage before heading back to Hope. but then missed my train so ended up in the pub as you do for an hour lol. Then the fun started. Went for the train to Hope and got talking to a chap hiking from Hungary. Got off the train at the stop before i should then was wondering where the bloody campsite was lol. It was dark at this point and couldn't understand why google maps on my phone kept putting me miles away from the camp. After 30 mins or so i realised i'd got off at wrong stop and eventually found the site. Had to pitch up in the dark. That was fun. Had took my tea with me but the pub ( The travellers Rest ) across the road was calling me to have a calming pint. Got up late in the morning but had breakfast and packed up. Sun was out so walk and pub was on my mind. Found a nice one in Hope ( The Oldhall Hotel )where i walked thru. Tea rooms next door for a lovely breakfast too. Nice pint as well to set me up for the afternoon. I walked thru Hope over to Castleton and up to the caverns and over Man Tor. The sun was out and it was a cracking day. Stopped and made myself a brew and chilled in the sun before i headed towards Buxton. Was a beautiful day. But alas my legs didn't want to go that far so stopped at a place called Sparrowpit then a short walk down to Dove Holes. Wish i had stayed another night now but going to venture again soon. Very nice walk from Blue John Cavern over to Doveholes. Taking a camera next time for some shots.

Nice little site cheap and cheerful and loads of hot water. Couple of vids on Youtube of the site if the need to see. Looking for somewhere to try out on Sunday night then a nice walk monday




Hiya, the site sounds great and can you leave a review in the site listings when you get five minutes for all to find and read please.

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Message posted by uktrucker06/4/2019 at 10:52am
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Was out with grandson weekend 30 & 31 march wild camped along the north downs, temps dropped in the evening but 2 wonderful days of walking.Lots of people out walking but was quite easy to find a spot early evening to camp. only problem with the tent is orange so stands out in the open and in the woods at the moment however used a DD tarp as an additional fly shelter which hid most of the orange.Cooking was done on both a small gas stove and small wood burning hobo stove. Grandson was surprised at how quick a few twigs can heat a pot of water. All in all a wonderful 2 days walking and a nights camping good opportunity to try out some new lightweight gear and for the little man to experience carrying a pack (his weight was about 5kgs got mine down to about 11 kgs) Looking forward to some more camping and maybe fishing on the south coast

Message posted by Ewen c via mobile 06/4/2019 at 12:26pm
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Things are picking up on here
Wish I could get my pack down to 11kg. The water is usually about 4kg alone.
Need pics. Get those cameras out

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Message posted by uktrucker06/4/2019 at 7:20pm
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Ewen,

Both of us carry just 1 ltr of water then top up from cattle troughs and filter water through a sawyer mini this helps with weight.
Pack wise have invested in some ultra light gear Big Agnes tent, Rab sleeping bags and currently trying out some Alpkit Dirtbag mats brought in their sale, looking at the thermarest quilts for the summer. Aim is to par everything down to a safe minimum.Aim to carry on camping for as long as I can carry my pack and hopefully in a couple of yers or so the grandson can take some of my weight lol.
Will def post a proper trip report with pics, hoping to get out in next few days.

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I have an MSR trailshot filter but, believe it or not, there aren't many reliable burns etc above 500m in wicklow. Plenty of bog but that does not filter well. Below 500m, you are getting a lot of farm runoff etc. The filter is a last resort.Instead I have a 3 litre water bladder and a water bottle
I have a 1 man bivvy tent for summer but I like my food so that takes up weight and the 2 man tent weighs 2kg. It all adds up along with stuff needed for up the hills on my own.
Like you I intend going out as long as my feet will carry me. Next camp is not lightweight though. Me and the wife to a site in Co Sligo with the force ten. A bit of hillwalking and sightseeing.

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Ewan,

We are softer in SE England no major hills , but still some spectacular scenery. Am lucky in the sense that where we tend to walk at the moment we have lots of access to water along the way. Currently 3/4 of the way along the North Downs Way this is an easy route for us people in London as most sections of the walk can be done as day hikes with stations at start and finish. I think so many people forget how much wonderful countryside is just an hour away from central London.

A few years ago I was lucky enough to do some hiking along the Great Wall of China along the way when I was huffing and puffing and wondering what the hell I was doing on this wall up on a mountain ridge in the middle of nowhere.
When we met this spritley old English lady who appeared to be as fresh as a daisy and when told us it was her 90th year and her last item on her bucket list we nearly fell of the wall.

So my mantra is if you say your old you will feel old , if you don't use those legs and muscles you will lose the use of them. Yes the bones are feeling their age but its not a race it about enjoying the journey. So like you I intend going for as long as I can   

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Last summer the wife and I walked in Normandy. No hills, mainly coastal walking and that was nice. Luckily we don't need to do the beach holiday stuff anymore so can do what we want and that is walking.

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Hi

Currently carting the following about.

zephyros 1 = 1.3kg after new pegs etc.
Exudos 48 rucksack = 1.2 kg.
sea to summit ultralight insulated mat = 0.45 kg.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Windscreen = 0.074 kg.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove = 0.068 kg.
Primus Alu Tech Pot = 0.198 kg.
ALPHALIGHT 2PC CUTLERY SET = 0.016 kg.
Mountain Equipment
Helium 400 Sleeping Bag = 0.885 kg.
PLATYPUS
2.0L Water Bottle = 0.034 kg.

With pocket knife and bits my base kit is approx 5kg.

Got some swapping to do with pots and some clothing swaps. Didn't think i'd get so gramphobic but is very catchy lol. Was quite surprised at clothing weight saving and boots too. But i do weight up the cost/weight ratio to see if it really worth it.

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