The magic trip to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan saw a bunch of new kit see its debut.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 was pitched properly for the first time in the rain at 1100m or so, and it presented no real issues. Some rain got onto the inner before the fly went on, but none penetrated and the inside stayed dry from both that and any condensation that dripped onto it from the fly during the night. I probably should have untied the guy lines before I left though, they’d been tied into tight coils at the factory and I was trying to undo them wearing Paclite mitts. I pitched it on crappy ground, so I’ll have a better idea about it next time, but I was quite happy in it.
I used the Brunton Flex stove for the first time on a proper trip, and it too was without issue, fast boiling, small packing, orange… After the first use the folding legs jammed at their pivots, but they loosened and stayed loose with subsequent uses. The dissimilar metals settling in?
I had my big long titanium spoon from Tibetan back from Trail and I don’t care how long and awkward it is to pack, it’s the best utensil I’ve used for eating out of a bag.
Night of the Living Marmots the trip could have been subtitled as I had all the Marmot test kit with me. The powerstretch gloves and pull-on served as well as before, but the Nano Paclite jacket and Atom down bag were having their first trip beyond the Kikpatricks.
The Nano had some surgery before I left, the velcro hood adjuster is rubbish, so I “fixed” it. It now has a bungee cord with a captured cord-lock. I just need to figure out how to tell them…
The Atom is light and very packable, even with a full-length zip, but that stitch-through construction was something that was on my mind. I went to bed, and I went to sleep comfy and warm. I didn’t notice any cold spots at all, even with bare legs and arms. I thought about this in the morning as I waited for something to happen outside, I ran the back of my hand down the inside of the bag and I could feel the warmth reflecting back onto my hand where the down tubes were, and I could feel that the seams were noticeably cooler, but when I was in the bag it was all soft focus delight and Christmas mince pies (the shortcrust pastry ones, not the fluffy pastry ones, I’m not so keen on those).
The Neoair? Is fine, I know why there’s been failures, and why there should be no more. I am not worried.
Chocolate Fish’s Taranaki merino top and bottoms, Haglöfs LIM Barrier Pull-on, Montrail Hardrock Mids, OMM Villain, Mountain KIng Trail Blaze poles were all well used regular faces, but one thing really stood out and that was Harvey’s map. If you’re heading to this way, Harvey’s Knoydart British Mountain Map really is the only one you need, it’s miles better than the pink or orange efforts from OS.