I’m fairly frowning down at my words this month in that wee photie. I must have been losing in the “Get your tent up first competition” when they took that one.
The words? This month’s is a strange one, I feels like it’s the best one I’ve done, but… I hit the points I wanted to and got the information out as neatly and as easily read as I could in 300 words. But. I’m just not getting across exactly what going lightweight means to me, and what it lets me do. I’m giving some pointers about the kit and hoping that folk like the look of it and then go and do the next bits. What I’d like folk to see is something that’s very accessible to everyone like that last trip I did up to Beinn Narnain. Leaving late, skipping up the hill with a tiny pack and spending a comfortable, well-fed and wonderful night on the summit. Being geographically close to the mountains helps me with this stuff of course, but the lightweight gear makes these excursions so much more possible.
If I could show folk that kind of thing, it might swing a few floating voters over to trail shoes and 30g/m² fabrics. Someone said to me recently “You should keep your mouth shut, folk out in the hills with tents?”. Yes. What’s the point of having good stuff if you don’t share it.
Lots to get through in this issue, I think it’s a good one. I liked Simon’s lightweight piece, he got it right about being comfortable. There’s no point in carrying 3kg and being all tears and snotters. He still needs to ditch them big boots of course. The wild camping stuff was great, happy faces in a tent. That’s the outdoors right there.
I always worry that when the Trail folks are talking about lightweight, the tone can be a bit guarded. Always if’s and but’s. The engineer in me says let folk take responsibility for their own actions and just supply them with the facts. Just the engineer? Ach, balls. All of me says that, there’s no progress without risk. Just stick in a disclaimer to keep the suits happy.